Investing For Dummies, 7th Edition [EPUB]

Investing For Dummies, 7th Edition [EPUB]
Investing For Dummies, 7th Edition by Eric Tyson
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 2.48/10.64MB

Invest in your financial future with this valuable, popular, and easy-to-use guide

This latest edition of Investing For Dummies is infused with new and updated material to help you ramp up your portfolio today! This includes time-tested advice, updates to investing recommendations, and strategies that reflect changing market conditions. Investing may be an intimidating prospect, but this resource will serve as your primer on all aspects of the topic, including how to develop and manage a portfolio, invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate, open a small business, and understand the critical tax implications of your investing decisions. Updates have been made to sections on investing resources, health insurance, retirement planning, and investment options, among others.

Investing For Dummies, 7th Edition will help ease you into investing confidently. Dive into the new content to get sage advice regardless of where you are in your investment planning stage—beginning to develop plans, investing through a company 401(k), or seeking to shore up your nest egg prior to retirement, this book covers it all.

  • Addresses all aspects of investing, including how to develop and manage a portfolio that includes various investment instruments
  • Features expanded and updated coverage on investing resources, retirement planning, tax laws, investment options, and real estate
  • Offers time-tested advice and strategies from Eric Tyson, a nationally-recognized personal finance counselor and bestselling author

If you're looking to get sound guidance and trusted investment strategies, Investing For Dummies sets you up to take control of your investment options.

The 2014 Internet Peering Playbook [EPUB]

The 2014 Internet Peering Playbook [EPUB]
The 2014 Internet Peering Playbook: Connecting to the Core of the Internet by William B Norton
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.92/8.45MB

Networks of Scale Connect to the Core of the Internet

One can understand the protocols, the technologies, and the routing algorithms, but that doesn't tell the story. The Internet is a global ecosystem of cooperating and competing networks strategically interconnected to maximize performance and minimize costs. If you are operating a growing Internet service, it is essential to understand how the Internet Peering Ecosystem works at the core.

You will learn how the largest content and Internet service companies:

  • Determine when and how to connect to the Core of the Internet
  • Select the right peers and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
  • Choose between public and private peering
  • Make a provable business case for peering
  • Apply the "Tricks-of-the-Trade" to obtain peering with the key players
  • Establish and grow critical mass at their IXP

This is the book you need to understand strategies and tactics for Internet Peering, Transit and Exchange Points, collected from some of the smartest peering coordinators and IXP operators in the world.

The Economist Audio Edition [August 9, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [August 9, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [August 9, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 147.51MB

The sex business: How technology is liberating the world's oldest profession

  • Obama to business: stop whining
  • China's Chechnya
  • Making a mess of world trade
  • Undersea gliders
  • How Koreans got cool

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.

The Origins of Political Order [Audiobook]

The Origins of Political Order [Audiobook]
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution [Audiobook] by Francis Fukuyama, read by Jonathan Davis
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 22 hrs 35 mins | 623.64MB

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestselling The End of History and the Last Man and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work, The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.

Drawing on a vast body of knowledge—history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics—Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents.

No One Is Illegal [Audiobook]

No One Is Illegal [Audiobook]
No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the US-Mexico Border [Audiobook] by Justin Akers Chacon, Mike Davis, read by Mark F Smith
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 07 mins | 332.63MB

No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often violent right-wing backlash against immigrants.

Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices, Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacón expose the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and put a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States.

Davis and Akers Chacón challenge the racist politics of vigilante groups like the Minutemen, and argue for a pro-immigrant and pro-worker agenda that recognizes the urgent need for international solidarity and cross-border alliances in building a renewed labor movement.

The Beatles: The Biography [Audiobook]

The Beatles: The Biography [Audiobook]
The Beatles: The Biography [Audiobook] by Bob Spitz, read by Alfred Molin
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 13 mins | 280.84MB

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz's The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for.

Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; and at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness. From Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe, all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music.

It is all here, the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, the magic never again to be repeated. Bob Spitz's masterpiece is, at long last, the biography the Beatles deserve.

How to Learn a Foreign Language [EPUB]

How to Learn a Foreign Language [EPUB]
How to Learn a Foreign Language by Paul Pimsleur
2013 | EPUB | 1.9MB

In this entertaining and groundbreaking book, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, creator of the renowned Pimsleur Method, the world leader in audio-based language learning, shows how anyone can learn to speak a foreign language.

If learning a language in high school left you bruised, with a sense that there was no way you can learn another language, How to Learn a Foreign Language will restore your sense of hope. In simple, straightforward terms, Dr. Pimsleur will help you learn grammar (seamlessly), vocabulary, and how to practice pronunciation (and come out sounding like a native).

The key is the simplicity and directness of Pimsleur’s approach to a daunting subject, breaking it down piece by piece, demystifying the process along the way. Dr. Pimsleur draws on his own language learning trials and tribulations offering practical advice for overcoming the obstacles so many of us face.

Originally published in 1980, How to Learn a Foreign Language is now available on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Pimsleur’s publication of the first of his first audio courses that embodied the concepts and methods found here. It's a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the mind of this amazing pioneer of language learning.

The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success [Audiobook]

The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success [Audiobook]
The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success: How to Use Your Inner Psychopath to Get the Most Out of Life [Audiobook] by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton, read by the Authors
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 25 mins | 128.98MB

If you are bored and unfulfilled by dry and overly worthy self-help manuals, then this is the audiobook for you! Listen to this and take a very different look at yourself!

Former SAS hero Andy McNab and eminent psychologist Professor Kevin Dutton are unlikely partners. As Oxford academic and bestselling author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton has plenty of experience of psychopaths, but he'd never met anyone quite like Andy McNab, decorated war hero and special forces warrior. And although they took very different paths on their roads through life, their personal stories are remarkably similar.

Together they decided to explore the subject of the psychopathic condition using a unique combination of McNab's personal experiences of 20 years in the army and Dutton's ability to analyse them. In their words, McNab pulls the trigger, Dutton explains why the gun goes bang!

This audiobook sets out to answer two main questions: What is a good psychopath? And how can you use the positive attributes of that psychology to be the 'best that you can be' In order to do so, they have created a Psychopath Manifesto, an alternative set of rules for life, which begins by asking 'what do you really want from life' and 'what does success look like to you'? It then offers a candid and penetrating insight into those questions viewed using Dutton's expertise through the prism of Andy McNab's wild and various career. It aims to provide an unusual and entertaining roadmap to self-fulfillment whether in your personal life, your business life or your social life.

Paradise Under Glass [EPUB]

Paradise Under Glass [EPUB]
Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden by Ruth Kassinger
2010 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Like many baby boomers in middle age, Ruth Kassinger was at an emotional crossroads. Confronted with the death of a beloved sister, her children's departure for college, and her own recent battle with breast cancer, she was searching for a way forward. One cold, gray evening, flooded with thoughts of change and loss, she wandered into the U.S. Botanic Garden's conservatory—and a dream was born. Dazzled by the vast and dense tangle of greenery, she began a quest to create a verdant sanctuary of her own at her home in suburban Washington, D.C.

Yet all she knew of indoor gardening was a lone, neglected houseplant at the top of her basement stairs. Paradise Under Glass chronicles her journey from brown thumb to green—a project that takes her across the country. Along the way she meets commercial growers with acres under glass in Florida, a clivia hybridizer whose Delaware home is filled with thousands of specimens, a beneficial bug grower in California, entrepreneurs in Ohio who have a veritable Noah's Ark of rare tropicals, and many others who share their enthusiasms and knowledge.

Kassinger takes us step-by-step from the construction of her conservatory through her efforts to identify the easiest to grow, most beautiful houseplants. She combats pests, raises Monarch butterflies, and harvests kumquats and coffee beans. Her Garden of Eden is complete with a pint-sized pool and a "living wall" she invents.

Kassinger's journey to create her own tropical refuge is also a lively narrative tour of the glasshouses of the past, including Renaissance orangeries, the whimsical follies of Georgian England, the legendary Crystal Palace, and secluded Victorian ferneries.

Throughout, she shares the knowledge and insights that creating and sustaining her garden has bestowed, lessons of loss and letting go, nurturing and rebirth, challenge and change, love and serenity. Paradise Under Glass is the remarkable story of the fruition of a dream that is sure to inspire the gardener in us all.

Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude [EPUB]

Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude [EPUB]
Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein
2012 | EPUB | 1.31MB

After twenty-five years caring for children as a nurse and a pediatrician, Carolyn Roy-Bornstein finds herself on the other side of the stretcher when her teenage son and his girlfriend are hit by a drunk driver. Gratitude for her son’s survival soon gives way to grief. While initially told Neil’s only injury was a broken leg, she soon learns his brain is bleeding.

Roy-Bornstein is now not the patient’s doctor or nurse, but his mom. The world she so easily navigated in a white coat must now be traversed, understood, and dealt with from the perspective of a parent.

There are many dividing lines in this story: the line that divides the family’s life into events that occurred before the crash and those that faltered in its wake; and the line that separates gratitude that her son is alive from grief for his loss of memory and changed personality. Roy-Bornstein’s years as a “medical insider” give her story authenticity while her newcomer status as the parent of a trauma victim adds poignancy and warmth to this first memoir.

Data Visualization with D3.js [Lynda]

Data Visualization with D3.js [Lynda]
Data Visualization with D3_js [Lynda] with Ray Villalobos
Aug 07, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | 3 hrs 20 mins | MP4 + Exercise Files | 480.94MB

Creating data-driven visualizations and infographics that run on multiple devices responsively is a tough challenge. The D3.js library has revolutionized visualization by making it easier to parse your data and add meaningful interactivity. All you need to bring your data to life is D3, plus a bit of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and some SVG graphics. In this course staff author Ray Villalobos explores how the D3 library works, and how you can use it to parse data from different sources and create interactive, visually exciting infographics and visualizations. He'll review the basics—controlling HTML with jQuery-esque selections and customizing attributes with D3's CSS-like language—before moving on to working with SVG graphics, the best choice for graphics in D3 visualizations. He'll also cover working with D3 methods like scaling, events, transitions, and animations; data manipulation (including connecting to external data sources); and creating different types of layouts, including a draggable force-driven layout.

Topics include:

  • What is D3.js?
  • Creating a basic document structure
  • Controlling HTML DOM elements
  • Binding data to the DOM
  • Drawing SVG graphics with D3
  • Using ordinal scales
  • Adding events and transitions
  • Working with data
  • Creating and adjusting layouts

A History of the Arab Peoples [EPUB]

A History of the Arab Peoples [EPUB]
A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
2002 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.87/2.11MB

This bestselling history of the Arab-speaking parts of the Islamic world by British-Lebanese historian Albert Hourani first appeared in 1991. A lot has happened since.

In a new preface, journalist and Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven offers a potted biography of Hourani, while his afterword is a skilful summation of events in the past two decades (including a section on the Islamist challenge in Algeria). While Hourani did not predict the Arab spring, says Ruthven, he understood the precariousness of the region's regimes. The absence of civil society suggests that Arab democracy is some way off, Ruthven concludes, perhaps its greatest obstacle being a concept that Hourani calls 'asabiyya – a power-hungry "clannism" made more ruthless by modern systems of surveillance and torture.

Hourani has been criticised for downplaying the violence, racism and misogyny of some Arab-Islamic societies, but Ruthven's contribution helps to restore the balance, making this a splendid general history of the Arab world from the life of Muhammad to the Facebook-using young activists who gathered in Tahrir Square calling for change.

The Witches of Fife [EPUB]

The Witches of Fife [EPUB]
The Witches of Fife: Witch-hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710 by Stuart Macdonald
2014 | EPUB | 1.84MB

Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what happened the night that Janet Cornfoot was lynched in the harbour is hard to grasp as one sits in the harbour of Pittenweem watching the fishing boats unload their catch and the pleasure boats rising with the tide. How could people do this to an old woman? Why was no-one ever brought to justice? And why would anyone defend such a lynching? The task of the historian is to try to make events in the past come alive and seem less strange. This is particularly true in the case of the historian dealing with the witch-hunt. The details are fascinating. Some of the anecdotes are strange.

The modern reader finds it hard to imagine illness being blamed on the malevolence of a beggar woman denied charity. It is difficult to understand the economic failure of a sea voyage being attributed to the village hag, not bad weather. Witch-hunting was related to ideas, values, attitudes and political events. It was a complicated process, involving religious and civil authorities, village tensions and the fears of the elite.

The witch-hunt in Scotland also took place at a time when one of the main agendas was the creation of a righteous or godly society. As a result, religious authorities had control over aspects of the lives of the people which seem every bit as strange to us today as might any beliefs about magic or witchcraft. That the witch-hunt in Scotland, and specifically in Fife, should have happened at this time was not accidental. This book tells the story of what occurred over a period of a century and a half, and offers some explanation as to why it occurred.

A Companion to Medieval Art [EPUB]

A Companion to Medieval Art [EPUB]
A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe edited by Conrad Rudolph
2006 | EPUB | 25.48MB

A Companion to Medieval Art brings together cutting-edge scholarship devoted to the Romanesque and Gothic traditions in Northern Europe.

  • Brings together cutting-edge scholarship devoted to the Romanesque and Gothic traditions in Northern Europe.
  • Contains over 30 original theoretical, historical, and historiographic essays by renowned and emergent scholars.
  • Covers the vibrancy of medieval art from both thematic and sub-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Features an international and ambitious range - from reception, Gregory the Great, collecting, and pilgrimage art, to gender, patronage, the marginal, spolia, and manuscript illumination.

Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas [EPUB]

Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas [EPUB]
Art on Skin: Tattoos, Style, and the Human Canvas by Nancy Hajeski, Marcel Brousseau, Lisa Purcell
2014 | EPUB | 86.82MB

A celebration of all things tattoo, this visually appealing wealth of tattoo knowledge will have you running for the nearest tattoo artist. The twenty-first century has seen a boom in tattooing, with millions of American’s—23 percent of them—boasting ink on their body. This popular pastime is not something to be taken lightly, as there are dozens of aspects to consider when planning your ink. Art on Skin helps with that planning by detailing the different types of art, ink, and artists that pervade the industry.

Using striking visuals, Art on Skin showcases the beauty of the art of tattooing and aids in the choosing of a style, with detailed descriptions of the many different styles of tattoos, including fine art, cartoon characters, wildlife, and many more. The full-color photographs within these pages will leave you with dreams of your own pieces, and stories from others who have lived the tattoo experience will keep you from stumbling upon unwelcome surprises. This is the perfect book for tattoo lovers and prospective tattoo junkies of all kinds.

The Biology of Beating Stress [EPUB]

The Biology of Beating Stress [EPUB]
The Biology of Beating Stress: How Changing Your Environment, Your Body, and Your Brain Can Help You Find Balance and Peace by Jeanne Ricks
2014 | EPUB | 2.79MB

Stress is killing us unilaterally. All races, creeds, colors, socioeconomic groups, political parties--it does not discriminate. According to a recent study by the American Institute of Stress, 48 percent of stress sufferers say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. With an abundance of information on stress readily available on the Web and through other media outlets, people need a mediator to help them separate fact from fiction. Jeanne Ricks is that mediator.

The Biology of Beating Stress is a powerful book that gets major points about stress across in a casual way. With quick and easily digestible reference points, each page is something readers will want to return to again and again.

In addition to breathing and relaxation techniques, The Biology of Beating Stress shows readers how to make the mental shift toward not merely managing their stress, but actually using stress to their advantage!

The way we interpret our stress and its effects directly affects our health and wellness. This book:

  • Explains epigenetics to show how much more control you have over your health than you thought.
  • Describes the amazing benefits of brain wave entrainment for drug-free stress relief.
  • Discusses foods that help support the body when stressed.
  • Shows how consistent cortisol reduction techniques create a clear path to a happier, healthier, more productive, and stress-free life.

Femme Fatale: Cinema's Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies [MOBI]

Femme Fatale: Cinema's Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies [MOBI]
Femme Fatale: Cinema's Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies by Dominique Mainon, James Ursini
2009 | MOBI | 25.88MB

From the femme fatale of the early cinema to her post-feminist rebirth, this lavishly illustrated book and comprehensive guide traces the history of these dangerously alluring, manipulative, and desperate lethal ladies. Femme Fatale surveys the history of the femme fatale in world cinema, with more than 300 photographs testifying to the power of these mysterious women.

The book begins with the silent period and its vamps, like Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Clara Bow, and Bebe Daniels, then moves on to the Pre-Code sound period of American films, which, showing liberated attitudes toward sex and women, featured actresses like Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo. The story continues with the noir 1940s, when the femme fatale became truly lethal including actresses like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Barbara Stanwyck. In the repressive 1950s, the international femme fatale took the fore Brigitte Bardot, Maria Felix, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, etc.

Finally, the authors turn to the revolutionary post-feminist modern period, with an array of lethal ladies from all over the world, like Pam Grier, Salma Hayek, Gong Li, Angelina Jolie, and Sharon Stone.

Fix It: How to Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around Your Home [EPUB]

Fix It: How to Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around Your Home [EPUB]
Fix It: How to Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around Your Home by Scott McGregor
2010 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Never mind the big renos, it's all the little jobs around the house that can end up costing you a fortune - unless you can do them yourself!

Find out how, with handyman and DIYer Scott McGregor, in this essential guide to fixing everything around the home. Full of step-by-steps, simple instructions and lots of inside tips, Fix It will show you how to do all those tricky little jobs you'd rather not pay a tradie for. Get the good oil on: tools; products; materials; greening your home; minor and major repairs; painting; furniture repair and restoration; basic plumbing; decks; outdoor furniture; picture hanging; damp; kitchens; wet areas; floors, walls, doors and windows; carpet repairs; repairing built-ins; and much more.

With easy-to-understand diagrams, Fix It is a must-have item in any home tool kit, next to the hammer, the power drill and a length of wire (just in case . . .).

With Fix It, YOU can do it!

The Event of Literature [EPUB]

The Event of Literature [EPUB]
The Event of Literature by Terry Eagleton
2012 | PDF | 19.02MB

In this characteristically concise, witty, and lucid book, Terry Eagleton turns his attention to the questions we should ask about literature, but rarely do. What is literature? Can we even speak of "literature" at all? What do different literary theories tell us about what texts mean and do? In throwing new light on these and other questions he has raised in previous best-sellers, Eagleton offers a new theory of what we mean by literature. He also shows what it is that a great many different literary theories have in common.

In a highly unusual combination of critical theory and analytic philosophy, the author sees all literary work, from novels to poems, as a strategy to contain a reality that seeks to thwart that containment, and in doing so throws up new problems that the work tries to resolve. The "event" of literature, Eagleton argues, consists in this continual transformative encounter, unique and endlessly repeatable. Freewheeling through centuries of critical ideas, he sheds light on the place of literature in our culture, and in doing so reaffirms the value and validity of literary thought today.

Across the Pond [Audiobook]

Across the Pond [Audiobook]
Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America [Audiobook] by Terry Eagleton, read by Richard Shelton
2013 | MP3@80 kbps | 6 hrs 11 mins | 213.26MB

An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells” (Washington Post).

Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British, but the English, says literary critic Terry Eagleton, find their transatlantic neighbors just as strange. Only an alien race would admiringly refer to a colleague as “aggressive,” use superlatives to describe everything from one’s pet dog to one’s rock collection, or speak frequently of being “empowered.” Why, asks Eagleton, must we broadcast our children’s school grades with bumper stickers announcing “My Child Made the Honor Roll”? Why don’t we appreciate the indispensability of the teapot? And why must we remain so irritatingly optimistic, even when all signs point to failure?

On his quirky journey through the language, geography, and national character of the United States, Eagleton proves to be at once an informal and utterly idiosyncratic guide to our peculiar race. He answers the questions his compatriots have always had but (being British) dare not ask, like why Americans willingly rise at the crack of dawn, even on Sundays, or why we publicly chastise cigarette smokers as if we’re all spokespeople for the surgeon general.

In this pithy, warmhearted, and very funny book, Eagleton melds a good old-fashioned roast with genuine admiration for his neighbors “across the pond.”

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories [EPUB]

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories [EPUB]
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker
2005 | EPUB | 4.05MB

This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology.

Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years.

This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

Stuff Matters [EPUB]

Stuff Matters [EPUB]
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
2014 | EPUB | 28.13MB

An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally-renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

In Stuff Matters, Miodownik entertainingly examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his sneakers and the concrete in a nearby skyscraper. He offers a compendium of the most astounding histories and marvelous scientific breakthroughs in the material world, including:

  • The imprisoned alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain.
  • The hidden gem of the Milky Way, a planet five times the size of Earth, made entirely of diamond.
  • Graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existence—only a single atom thick—that could be used to make entire buildings sensitive to touch.

From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.

Bridge Basics: A Beginner's Guide [EPUB]

Bridge Basics: A Beginner's Guide [EPUB]
Bridge Basics: A Beginner's Guide, Sixth Edition by Ron Klinger
2011 | EPUB | 1.44MB

Learn to play proper bridge from an international master of the game.

Bridge is hip for everyone nowadays! Played in more than 100 countries, Bridge has an enthusiastic following of more than 60 million people. Although many believe that bridge is simply an “old person’s game,” more and more young people are taking it up, and now players in their twenties are beginning to win world championship titles. Completely updated and revised by champion bridge player Ron Klinger, Bridge Basics explains and illustrates the basic rules of bidding, play, and defense in contract bridge. This book will turn you into a competent and confident bridge player in no time.

The Diamond Cutter [EPUB]

The Diamond Cutter [EPUB]
The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life by Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally
2009 | EPUB | 2.83MB

With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, The Diamond Cutter presents readers with empowering strategies for success in their work and personal lives.

Geshe Michael Roach, one of the great teachers today of Tibetan Buddhism, has richly woven The Diamond Cutter in three layers. The first is a translation of selections from the Diamond Sutra itself, an ancient text comprised of conversations between the Buddha and his close disciple Subhuti. Considered a central work by Buddhists throughout the world, the Diamond Sutra has been the focus of much interpretation over the centuries. In the second layer, Geshe Michael quotes from some of the best commentaries of the Tibetan tradition. In the main text, the third layer, he uses both sutra and commentary as a jumping-off point for presenting his own teaching.

Geshe Michael gives fresh insight into ancient wisdom by using examples from his own experience as one of the founders of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, which was started with capital of fifty thousand dollars and which today has annual sales in excess of one hundred million dollars. Much of the success of Andin has come from applying the business strategies presented in The Diamond Cutter. Geshe Michael's easy style and spiritual understanding make this work of timeless wisdom an invaluable source for those already familiar with, and those unfamiliar with, Tibetan Buddhism.

Fighting to Lose [EPUB]

Fighting to Lose [EPUB]
Fighting to Lose: The German Intelligence Service in the Second World War, 1939-1941 by John Bryden
2014 | EPUB | 2.34MB

Based on extensive primary source research, John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose presents compelling evidence that the German intelligence service — the Abwehr — undertook to rescue Britain from certain defeat in 1941. Recently opened secret intelligence files indicate that the famed British double-cross or double-agent system was in fact a German triple-cross system.

These files also reveal that British intelligence secretly appealed to the Abwehr for help during the war, and that the Abwehr’s chief, Admiral Canaris, responded by providing Churchill with the ammunition needed in order to persuade Roosevelt to lure the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor. These findings and others like them make John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose one of the most fascinating books about World War II to be published for many years.

The Invisible Bridge [Audiobook]

The Invisible Bridge [Audiobook]
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan [Audiobook] by Rick Perlstein, read by David de Vries
2014 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 | ~ 39 hrs | 1.59GB

From the bestselling author of Nixonland: a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s.

In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term—until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over”—but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives. The economy was in tatters. And as Americans began thinking about their nation in a new way—as one more nation among nations, no more providential than any other—the pundits declared that from now on successful politicians would be the ones who honored this chastened new national mood.

Ronald Reagan never got the message. Which was why, when he announced his intention to challenge President Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination, those same pundits dismissed him—until, amazingly, it started to look like he just might win. He was inventing the new conservative political culture we know now, in which a vision of patriotism rooted in a sense of American limits was derailed in America’s Bicentennial year by the rise of the smiling politician from Hollywood. Against a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s greatest city, The Invisible Bridge asks the question: what does it mean to believe in America? To wave a flag—or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?

A Spy Among Friends [Audiobook]

A Spy Among Friends [Audiobook]
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal [Audiobook] by Ben Macintyre, read by John Lee
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | ~ 11 hrs | 303.73MB

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date offers a powerful new angle on the twentieth century’s greatest spy story

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.

But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow—and not just Elliott’s words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him—until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.

Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre’s best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

Astronomy Hacks [PDF]

Astronomy Hacks [PDF]
Astronomy Hacks: Tips & Tools for Observing the Night Sky by Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
2005 | PDF | 79.82MB

Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into out-of-this-world stargazing tools? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, you'll find Astronomy Hacks both useful and fun. From upgrading your optical finder to photographing stars, this book is the perfect cosmic companion.This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expect priceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian Telescope, the large-aperture telescope you can inexpensively build in your garage. Get advice on protocols involved with using electronics including in dark places without ruining the party.

Astronomy Hacks begins the space exploration by getting you set up with the right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in an urban setting. Along for the trip are first rate tips for making most of observations. The hacks show you how to:

  • Dark-Adapt Your Notebook Computer
  • Choose the Best Binocular
  • Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
  • Upgrade Your Optical Finder
  • Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment

The O'Reilly Hacks series has reclaimed the term "hacking" to mean innovating, unearthing, and creating shortcuts, gizmos, and gears. With these hacks, you don't dream it-you do it--and Astronomy Hacks brings space dreams to life. The book is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of an evening under the stars and have memorable celestial adventures.

Up and Running with OpenGL [Lynda]

Up and Running with OpenGL [Lynda]
Up and Running with OpenGL [Lynda] with Pablo Colapinto
Aug 05, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | 1 h 45 mins | MP4 + Exercise Files | 584.42MB

Ready to take your graphics to the next level? Get up and running with OpenGL, the cross-language, multiplatform API for rendering 2D and 3D computer graphics. OpenGL is widely used in CAD, virtual reality, scientific visualization, and video games, where it is particularly useful for game developers who benefit from its hardware-accelerated rendering and advanced programmable pipeline. In this course, Pablo Colapinto will show you how to render real-time content, starting with building a window for your graphics with the GFLW library. Then he'll focus on drawing in 2D and 3D with both the legacy immediate mode and the more modern method of using buffer objects. Plus, learn about texturing and lighting with the GLSL shading language, and accepting keyboard and mouse input for increased interactivity. Start accelerating your graphics with OpenGL today.

Topics include:

  • What is OpenGL?
  • Setting up an OpenGL workflow
  • Creating a window with GLFW
  • Working with geometric primitives
  • Rotating, translating, and scaling
  • Understanding matrix transformations
  • Creating mesh data structures
  • Buffering mesh data
  • Getting mouse and keyboard input

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir [EPUB]

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir [EPUB]
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes
2014 | EPUB | 1.64MB

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.

The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.

From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

No Middle Ground [EPUB]

No Middle Ground [EPUB]
No Middle Ground: Eubank, Benn, Watson and the Last Golden era of British Boxing by Sanjeev Shetty
2014 | EPUB | 10.29MB

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the first bout in the epic unforgettable battle between Nigel Benn, Michael Watson and Chris Eubank that would keep us entertained for five manic, magnificent and ultimately tragic years.

The fight took place a month after the Hillsborough disaster and was screened live on TV, in a slot now dominated by talent contests. It was a time when kids could stay up late to watch 12 rounds of madness. It was also the last Golden Era of British Boxing.

While for us these greats of British boxing provided entertainment away from the hooliganism of football, for them it was much more personal. Rivalries exist in every sport, but their loathing was real and in the ring it nearly became deadly. But this is what the swaggering early-90's Britain tuned in for. These three fighters were Britain's alpha-ego. They made the country proud.

No Middle Ground takes us back to the years when these boxers pounded the heavy bags and tells their story as well as that of Britain's love affair with the sport, and how these fight came to define them and us. In tracing the boxers' journeys to centre-stage Sanjeev Shetty reveals the story of the dark side of Thatcher's nation - the blood, the sweat, the dangerous hatred that fuelled these men, and the ultimate price they would pay for their moment in the sun.

The Guts [Audiobook]

The Guts [Audiobook]
The Guts [Audiobook] by Roddy Doyle, read by Laurence Kinlan
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 12 mins | 280.53MB

Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author.

The distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue that are the hallmarks of Roddy Doyle's fiction are on a full display as he reintroduces Jimmy Rabbitte in this follow-up to his beloved debut novel, The Commitments.

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he's now approaching 50 with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam "Outspan" Foster and the still-beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.

An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life. Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author.

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle [EPUB]

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle [EPUB]
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
1998 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.16/0.29MB

Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabitte, brilliantly coached by Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them from the parish hall to immortality on vinyl. But can The Commitments live up to their name?

Secret Language by Monica Wood [EPUB]

Secret Language by Monica Wood [EPUB]
Secret Language by Monica Wood
2002 | EPUB | 2.06MB

Connie has trouble with time. She always has to stop and think a minute: How old is she now? . . . Faith always seems to know, though her life is the same as Connie’s: back and forth to theater towns all over. The same dingy food, the same noisy sidewalks, the same cramped suites in the same hotels. . . Sometimes they go to school, sometimes not, though they always have books to read: big packets of books that Armand sends to them in every city. Armand is their parents’ lawyer, the only person they know who likes children. . . .

Faith and Connie endured the same childhood as daughters of egocentric, semi-famous actors who can scarcely take care of themselves. But the two sisters could not be more different. Connie learned to beg for attention, clamor for approval, and fill the silence with words. Faith turned inward, shrinking from the tender emotions that make up an ordinary life. Despite their differences, the sisters came to rely on each other exclusively. But lately, after years of quiet connection, Faith and Connie seem to have lost the ties that once held them close. Faith has a home and two growing sons, but is still unable to fathom unconditional love. Connie, a flight attendant, is always searching, ever-expecting to find her true place in life at the end of each long flight. But a series of shocking, revelatory events will bring the sisters back to each other—and forever alter how they define love, fulfillment, and most importantly, family.

Our Town (Perennial Classics) [EPUB]

Our Town (Perennial Classics) [EPUB]
Our Town (Perennial Classics) by Thornton Wilder
2014 | EPUB | 1.86MB

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover 's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.

It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play." In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

The Faraway Nearby [EPUB]

The Faraway Nearby [EPUB]
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
2014 | EPUB | 0.56MB

This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost

In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness—Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.

A Paradise Built in Hell [PDF]

A Paradise Built in Hell [PDF]
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
2010 | PDF | 2.18MB

A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster? whether manmade or natural?people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the newfound communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this joy reveal about ordinarily unmet social desires and possibilities?

In A Paradise Built in Hell, award-winning author Rebecca Solnit explores these phenomena, looking at major calamities from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco through the 1917 explosion that tore up Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She examines how disaster throws people into a temporary utopia of changed states of mind and social possibilities, as well as looking at the cost of the widespread myths and rarer real cases of social deterioration during crisis. This is a timely and important book from an acclaimed author whose work consistently locates unseen patterns and meanings in broad cultural histories.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost [EPUB]

A Field Guide To Getting Lost [EPUB]
A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.21/0.29MB

A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a provocative investigation into the nature of loss, losing and being lost. Starting from the revelation that what is totally unknown to you is usually what you most need to discover, this book explores how finding that unknown quantity frequently requires getting lost to begin with. Exquisitely written, this book manages to be both a heartfelt memoir, and a highly accomplished cultural study, with the bird's eye perspective of one of the world's most perceptive critics. Taking in subjects as eclectic as mapmaking and memory, Hitchcock and Renaissance painting, this book confronts the challenge of living with uncertainty.

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight [EPUB]

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight [EPUB]
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree
2014 | EPUB | 5.51MB

Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America’s modern hero and history’s most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil’s life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend – Jay Barbree.

Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil’s three passions – flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space, to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moon’s Sea of Tranquility.

Together Neil and Jay discussed everything, from his love of flying, to the war years, and of course his time in space. The book is full of never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time, including what Armstrong really felt when he took that first step on the moon, what life in NASA was like, his relationships with the other astronauts, and what he felt the future of space exploration should be.

As the only reporter to have covered all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings Jay knows these events intimately. Neil Armstrong himself said, “Barbree is history’s most experienced space journalist. He is exceptionally well qualified to recall and write the events and emotions of our time.” Through his friendship with Neil and his dedicated research, Barbree brings us the most accurate account of his friend’s life of flight, the book he planned for twenty years.

Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next [EPUB]

Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next [EPUB]
Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next by John D Kasarda, Greg Lindsay
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.6/0.87MB

From Dubai to Amsterdam, Memphis to South Korea, a new phenomenon is reshaping the way we live and transforming the way we do business: the aerotropolis.

A combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility and business hub, the aerotropolis will be at the heart of the next phase of globalization. Drawing on a decade's worth of cutting-edge research, John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay offer a visionary look at how the metropolis of the future will bring us together - and how, in our globalized, 'flat' world, connecting people and goods is still as important as digital communication.

Airport cities will change the face of our physical world and the nature of global enterprise. Aerotropolis shows us how to make the most of this unparalleled opportunity.

The Highly Paid Expert [EPUB]

The Highly Paid Expert [EPUB]
The Highly Paid Expert: Turn Your Passion, Skills, and Talents Into A Lucrative Career by Becoming The Go-To Authority In Your Industry by Debbie Allen
2014 | EPUB | 2.03MB

Today, no matter what industry you’re in, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stand out from the competition and get the sale when prospects aren’t as loyal as they used to be. How do you get prospects’ attention when they are often swayed by price rather than quality? The key is to become recognized as the go-to expert in your industry, someone whom others actively seek out for top-notch information.

By becoming a highly paid expert, you will:

  • Gain a huge edge over the competition.
  • Attract more quality clients who will pay you top dollar for your advice.
  • Open more doors to bigger opportunities.
  • Develop multiple streams of income sharing your knowledge with others.
  • Dominate your industry!

The expert industry has been shrouded in myth and mystery for far too long. The Highly Paid Expert finally reveals exactly how you can make a difference sharing your knowledge and get paid top dollar while doing so.