The Yoga of Breath [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 18:41
2002 | EPUB | 2.82MB
For several thousand years, yogis have drawn on the powerful practice of pranayama, a technique of controlling the breath to maximize prana or life energy. Pranayama has been practiced to rejuvenate the body and as a means of self-study and self-transformation. While most yoga practitioners today focus on asanas, or body postures, a growing number of people are learning the complementary practice of pranayama to deepen and enrich their practice.
The Yoga of Breath is a guide to learning the fundamentals of pranayama and incorporating them into an existing yoga practice. Rosen's approach is easy to follow with step-by-step descriptions of breath and body awareness exercises accompanied by clear illustrations. The book also covers the history and philosophy of pranayama, offers useful practice tips, and teaches readers how to use props to enhance the exercises.
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 18:37
2001 | EPUB | 4.88MB
What do Russia, Zaire, Los Angeles, and--most likely--your community have in common? Each is woefully unprepared to deal with a major epidemic, whether it's caused by bioterrorism or by new or reemerging diseases resistant to antibiotics. After the publication of her critically acclaimed The Coming Plague, which looked at the reemergence of infectious diseases, Laurie Garrett decided to turn her highly honed reportorial skills to what she saw as the only solution--not medical technology, but public health. However, what she found in her travels was the collapse of public-health systems around the world, no comfort to a species purportedly sitting on a powder keg of disease. In Betrayal of Trust, Garrett exposes the shocking weaknesses in our medical system and the ramifications of a world suddenly much smaller, yet still far apart when it comes to wealth and attention to health.
With globalization, humans are more vulnerable to outbreaks from any part of the world; increasingly, the health of each nation depends on the health of all. Yet public health has been pushed down the list of priorities. In India, an outbreak of bubonic plague created international hysteria, ridiculous in an age when the plague can easily be treated with antibiotics--that is, if you have a public-health system in place. India, busy putting its newfound wealth elsewhere, didn't. In Zaire, the deadly Ebola virus broke out in a filthy and completely unequipped hospital, and would have kept up its rampage if the organization Doctors Without Borders hadn't stepped in, not with high-tech equipment or drugs, but with soap, protective gear, and clean water. Most of the world still doesn't have access to these basic public-health necessities. The 15 states of the former Soviet Union have seen the most astounding collapse in public health in the industrialized world. But during a cholera epidemic, officials refused to use the simple cure public-health workers have long relied on--oral rehydration therapy. Many of the problems in these nations can also be found in one degree or another in the U.S., where medical cures using expensive technology and drugs have been emphasized to the detriment of protecting human health. The result? More than 100,000 Americans die each year from infections caught in hospitals, and America has a disease safety net full of holes.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (for Newsday and others), Garrett has deftly turned what could have been a very dry subject into dramatic reportage, beginning with the eerie silence on the streets of Surat, India, where half the city's population (including doctors) fled the plague, while a thick white layer of DDT powdered the ground. Fascinating, frightening, and well-documented, Betrayal of Trust should be read not only by medical professionals and policymakers but the general public, and should galvanize a change in thinking and priorities.
Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 17:42
2011 | EPUB | 3.26MB
Is it accurate to label Darwin’s theory "the theory of evolution by natural selection," given that the concept of common ancestry is at least as central to Darwin’s theory? Did Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group though bad for the individual? How does Darwin’s discussion of God in The Origin of Species square with the common view that he is the champion of methodological naturalism? These are just some of the intriguing questions raised in this volume of interconnected philosophical essays on Darwin. The author's approach is informed by modern issues in evolutionary biology, but is sensitive to the ways in which Darwin’s outlook differed from that of many biologists today. The main topics that are the focus of the book—common ancestry, group selection, sex ratio, and naturalism—have rarely been discussed in their connection with Darwin in such penetrating detail.
Author Professor Sober is the 2008 winner of the Prometheus Prize. This biennial award, established in 2006 through the American Philosophical Association, is designed "to honor a distinguished philosopher in recognition of his or her lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science." This insightful collection of essays will be of interest to philosophers, biologists, and laypersons seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most influential scientific theories ever propounded.
VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Fundamentals [Pluralsight]
16 August 2014, 17:36
Aug 15, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Working Files | 3 hrs 15 mins | 626.27MB
VMware Virtual SAN is VMware's converged storage for vSphere. Watch this course to learn how to plan, install, configure, and administer VSAN.
VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is a software-defined storage solution for vSphere infrastructures. Built into the vSphere hypervisor, Virtual SAN offers a new, converged storage solution for virtual machines, potentially eliminating the need for separate, costly, SAN, and NAS storage. In this course, you'll learn how to plan, install, configure, and administer VMware Virtual SAN.
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 14:50
2002 | EPUB | 2.34MB
Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself.
If F. Scott Fitzgerald was the hero of the Jazz Age, Edna St. Vincent Millay, as flamboyant in her love affairs as she was in her art, was its heroine. The first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, Millay was dazzling in the performance of herself. Her voice was likened to an instrument of seduction and her impact on crowds, and on men, was legendary. Yet beneath her studied act, all was not well. Milford calls her book "a family romance"--for the love between the three Millay sisters and their mother was so deep as to be dangerous. As a family, they were like real-life Little Women, with a touch of Mommie Dearest.
Nancy Milford was given exclusive access to Millay's papers, and what she found was an extraordinary treasure. Boxes and boxes of letter flew back and forth among the three sisters and their mother--and Millay kept the most intimate diary, one whose ruthless honesty brings to mind Sylvia Plath. Written with passion and flair, Savage Beauty is an iconic portrait of a woman's life.
Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 13:44
2013 | EPUB | 2.63MB
In Lousy Sex, Gerald Callahan explores the science of self, illustrating the immune system’s role in forming individual identity. Blending the scientific essay with deeply personal narratives, these poignant and enlightening stories use microbiology and immunology to explore a new way to answer the question, who am I?
“Self” has many definitions. Science has demonstrated that 90 percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria—we are in many respects more non-self than self. In Lousy Sex, Callahan considers this microbio-neuro perspective on human identity together with the soulful, social perception of self, drawing on both art and science to fully illuminate this relationship.
In his stories about where we came from and who we are, Callahan uses autobiographical episodes to illustrate his scientific points. Through stories about the sex lives of wood lice, the biological advantages of eating dirt, the question of immortality, the relationship between syphilis and the musical genius of Beethoven, and more, this book creates another way, a chimeric way, of seeing ourselves. The general reader with an interest in science will find Lousy Sex: Creating Self in an Infectious World fascinating.
The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 12:43
2014 | EPUB | 2.2MB
On Christmas Day, 1991, President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation to declare an American victory in the Cold War: earlier that day Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned as the first and last Soviet president. The enshrining of that narrative, one in which the end of the Cold War was linked to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the triumph of democratic values over communism, took center stage in American public discourse immediately after Bush’s speech and has persisted for decades—with disastrous consequences for American standing in the world.
As prize-winning historian Serhii Plokhy reveals in The Last Empire, the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States. On the contrary, American leaders dreaded the possibility that the Soviet Union—weakened by infighting and economic turmoil—might suddenly crumble, throwing all of Eurasia into chaos. Bush was firmly committed to supporting his ally and personal friend Gorbachev, and remained wary of nationalist or radical leaders such as recently elected Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Fearing what might happen to the large Soviet nuclear arsenal in the event of the union’s collapse, Bush stood by Gorbachev as he resisted the growing independence movements in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Caucasus. Plokhy’s detailed, authoritative account shows that it was only after the movement for independence of the republics had gained undeniable momentum on the eve of the Ukrainian vote for independence that fall that Bush finally abandoned Gorbachev to his fate.
Drawing on recently declassified documents and original interviews with key participants, Plokhy presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union’s final months and argues that the key to the Soviet collapse was the inability of the two largest Soviet republics, Russia and Ukraine, to agree on the continuing existence of a unified state. By attributing the Soviet collapse to the impact of American actions, US policy makers overrated their own capacities in toppling and rebuilding foreign regimes. Not only was the key American role in the demise of the Soviet Union a myth, but this misplaced belief has guided—and haunted—American foreign policy ever since.
The Invention of Ancient Israel [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 12:39
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/1.08MB
The Invention of Ancient Israel shows how the history of ancient Palestine has been obscured by the search for Israel. Keith W. Whitelam argues that ancient Israel has been invented by scholars in the image of a European nation state. He explores the theological and political assumptions which have shaped research into ancient Israel by Biblical scholars, and contributed to the vast network of scholarship which Said identified as 'Orientalist discourse'.
Keith W. Whitelam's groundbreaking study argues that Biblical scholars, through their traditional view of this region, have contributed to dispossession of both a Palestinian land and a Palestinian past. This is important reading for historians, biblical specialists, social anthropologists and all those who are interested in the history of ancient Israel and Palestine.
Cities of the Ancient World [TTC Video]
16 August 2014, 12:30
Course No 3723 | WMV, 640x360 | WMA@128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 9.92GB
Jericho: The famous walled city from the story of Joshua, whose conquerors left only rubble for future archaeologists.
Deir el-Medina: Home to the workers who built the tombs of King Tut and other pharaohs in the desert.
Alexandria: The awe-inspiring metropolis that housed wonders of ancient architecture along the North African coast.
Rome: Arguably the most famous and most impressive city of the ancient world, and the seat of one of the world’s most powerful empires.
These and other cities tell us much about the development of civilization: why people settled in cities, how they lived, how they overcame the challenges of urban life, and more. Because we now live in a world of cities—and for the first time ever, the majority of the population lives in an urban environment—reflecting on these ancient models of the “city” as a human phenomenon offers important lessons for our culture today.
Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created. For instance, you will:
- consider the benefits of living in cities, from mutual defense to trading opportunities;
- compare domestic and public spaces and see what implications these spaces have on politics and society;
- investigate critical infrastructure, including water supply and drainage systems;
- learn about how such common ideas as city blocks and crosswalks were invented; and
- marvel at the elaborate monuments and works of art created in antiquity.
From the world’s first city of Çatalhöyük to the mysteries of the Indus Valley to Constantinople, which served as the hinge between the ancient and medieval worlds, Cities of the Ancient World gives you insight into cities both large and small, famous and obscure. Ultimately, however, this is a course about people, not just buildings. Studying these cities will give you a new appreciation for the remarkable cultures of the ancient world, from the ruins of Uruk to the Golden Age of Athens, and spur you to reflect on what makes a city survive.
Discover a Wide Range of Urban Development
From orderly cities to sprawling suburbs, the ancient world offers the same variety of urban living you find around the world today. By looking at such a wide range of cities, you get a sense of the changing ideas about what it takes to make a city—and it allows you to make connections across time and geography. For example, you’ll trace the development of orthogonal planning, in which cities are constructed in a grid with rectilinear blocks, and find out how it gradually spread around the ancient world.
Using a case-study approach, Professor Tuck shows you the incredible breadth and richness of urban design across the ages:
- Tour the mysterious citadel of Mohenjo-daro, part of the lost civilization of the Indus Valley.
- Consider the Egyptian “company town” of Kahun, which housed paid laborers who built the tombs of pharaohs.
- Explore the Minoan city of Knossos, a labyrinthine metropolis seamlessly integrated into the rocky island landscape.
- Meet Hippodamus of Miletus and find out about his principles of urban design. He is credited with formalizing orthogonal planning.
- View the splendor of Alexandria, the first major city built directly on the seacoast, whose great lighthouse was among the seven wonders of the ancient world.
- Examine Roman infrastructure and find out how building codes helped mitigate fires and other dangers.
Examining the structures of these ancient cities teaches us much about the lives and priorities of their inhabitants. For example, are the city blocks short and walkable? Do zoning laws isolate various ethnic groups and social classes? Do city walls protect from outside invasions? Professor Tuck also demonstrates how ancient peoples dealt with the challenges of infrastructure, waste removal, neighbors, and the environment—issues that will resonate with today’s city dwellers.
Weigh the Evidence to Reconstruct Daily Life
More than anything else, Cities of the Ancient World is a course about human beings—what life was like in these cities and how people lived. Professor Tuck assumes the role of a historical detective and examines the archaeological and written evidence for each city we visit. Some cities such as Mohenjo-daro are incredibly mysterious, so we can only deduce who may have lived there and what their lives might have been like. In other cities, including Athens, Rome, and Constantinople, we have a wealth of official records and written accounts that give us a complete picture of everyday life.
One of the many treats of this course is being able to walk through these cities as if in the shoes of an ordinary citizen. From the gender-segregated symposia in Athens to the array of social classes in the Roman baths to the patriotic citizenry on the frontier edges of the Roman Empire, Professor Tuck gives you a three-dimensional feel for everyday life in the ancient world:
- See how the temples of Çatalhöyük and the ziggurats of Uruk suggest cities first emerged to accommodate religious structures, and that agriculture soon followed.
- Study the layout of Amarna, the revolutionary capital of Egypt, and connect city planning with the ideology of social control.
- Trace the average day of a shoemaker as he travels through the streets of Athens.
- Experience two perspectives of daily life in Rome, first as a well-to-do citizen and then as a poor immigrant.
- Visit the unique Roman satellite community of Ostia, which appears to have been an entirely middle class city, with no extremes of wealth or poverty.
The urban layouts and archaeological records give you a remarkable window into each city, as well as the relationships among the cities—and in some cases, clues about why certain cities failed. As you travel from the Indus Valley in the east to Algeria in the west, and from far-flung outposts to imperial capitals, you’ll learn about trade, economies of scale, and the development of communal identity, which plays an especially important role in an increasingly globalized world.
Case Studies Build on Themselves
Professor Tuck’s approach in this course—presenting each city as a case study—allows you to experience the course in many ways. Each lecture is a self-contained episode, but they build on each other to create a vivid and complete picture of life from the earliest civilizations to the beginning of the Middle Ages. This comprehensive portrait will change the way you look at our modern world.
As you’ll discover, cities are here to stay. Considering the lessons from ancient cities—how they succeeded and why they failed—will make a difference in how we live in communities today or plan new ones for the future. The designs, challenges, and solutions to urban life you’ll encounter in Cities of the Ancient World have been with us for thousands of years, and studying communities in antiquity provides valuable insight into what it means to be human—and makes for good citizenship as we build the cities of the future.
Course Lecture Titles:
- The Lure of the City
- Çatalhöyük—First Experiment in Urban Living
- Jericho and Its Walls
- Uruk—City of Gilgamesh
- Mysterious Mohenjo-daro
- Kahun—Company Town in the Desert
- Work and Life at Deir el-Medina
- Amarna—Revolutionary Capital
- Knossos—Palace, City, or Temple?
- Akrotiri—Bronze Age Pompeii
- Mycenae, Tiryns, and the Mask of Agamemnon
- Athens—Civic Buildings and Civic Identity
- Athenian Domestic Architecture
- Hippodamian Planning—Miletus and Ephesus
- Olynthus—A Classical Greek City Preserved
- Wonder and Diversity at Alexandria
- Pergamon—The New Theatricality
- The Good Life in Rome
- The Lives of the Poor in Rome
- Ostia—Middle-Class Harbor Town
- Timgad—More Roman Than Rome
- Karanis—On the Fringes of the Empire
- Constantinople—The Last Ancient City
- Lessons and Legacies of Ancient Urban Life
The New York Review Abroad [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 12:21
2013 | EPUB | 2.11MB
For the past fifty years, The New York Review of Books has covered virtually every international revolution and movement of consequence by dispatching the world’s most brilliant writers to write eyewitness accounts. The New York Review Abroad not only brings together twenty-eight of the most riveting of these pieces but includes epilogues that update and reassess the political situation (by either the original authors or by Ian Buruma). Among the pieces included are:
- Susan Sontag’s personal narrative of staging Waiting for Godot in war-torn Sarajevo
- Alma Guillermoprieto’s report from inside Colombia’s guerrilla headquarters and her disturbing encounter with young female fighters
- Ryszard Kapuscinski’s terrifying description of being set on fire while running roadblocks in Nigeria
- Caroline Blackwood’s coverage of the 1979 gravediggers’ strike in Liverpool—a noir mini-masterpiece
- Timothy Garton Ash’s minute-by-minute account from the Magic Lantern theater in Prague in 1989, where the subterranean stage, auditorium, foyers, and dressing rooms had become the headquarters of the revolution
Among other writers whose New York Review pieces will be included are Tim Judah, Amos Elon, Joan Didion, William Shawcross, Christopher de Bellaigue, and Mark Danner.
A tour de force of vivid and enlightening writing from the front lines, this volume is indeed the first rough draft of the history of the past fifty years.
The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 12:17
2014 | EPUB | 3.21MB
The humorous and intricately designed Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. To preserve the hoard as intactly as possible in a public collection, the majority of the pieces were acquired by the British Museum where they are on permanent display. National Museums Scotland holds 11 pieces, again on permanent display. An exhibition of 30 pieces will tour Scotland from May 2010 to June 2011.
This is the book produced to accompany the exhibition; it also stands alone. It looks at the mystery and intrigue surrounding the chessmen and their discovery, and shows how the characters reflected society at the time they were made.
Earth and Its Moon [PDF]
16 August 2014, 12:02
2011 | PDF | 22.6MB
Long age, Earth was the subject of great speculation. Ancient astronomers such as Ptolemy thought that Earth was the center of the universe. Likewise, there have been all sorts of assumptions about Earth's satellite, the Moon. One of the most interesting beliefs was that moonlight was capable of driving a person crazy. Using a telescope, Galileo Galilei went on the show that the Sun was actually the center of the universe. And while some folks still believe that a full Moon brings out the "weird" in people, they have plenty of solid evidence that proves the Moon has real natural effects on Earth. For instance, the gravitational pull of the Moon during its many phases influences ocean tides. Many additional facts about Earth and the Moon have been discovered over the years. The results of years of research into the nature of Earth and the Moon are the subject of this book.
Questioning Technology [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:52
1999 | EPUB + MOBI + PDF | 0.4/0.46/0.9MB
In this introduction to the study of the philosophy and politics of technology, Andrew Feenberg argues that technology is much more embedded and central to our social and political structures than we realise. We see that the rise and advance of information technology accounts for technologies ultimately crucial social and political position.
Feenberg shows us that technology is the medium of daily life in modern societies. Every major technical change reverberates at countless levels: economic, political, religious and cultural. If we continue to see technical and social domains as being separate, then we are essentially avoiding and denying an integral part of our existence, and our place in a democratic society.
Questioning Technology seeks to convince us that it is vital that we learn more about technology the better to live with it and manage it.
The Beginner's Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:48
2014 | EPUB | 10.03MB
Drying is a simple and easy way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and herbs. This comprehensive guide includes everything you need to know to get started, whether you are using a dehydrator, your own oven, or the sun. Expert Teresa Marrone thoroughly covers the basic techniques, all the way through storing and rehydrating your dried foods. From apples to watermelon, asparagus to zucchini, basil to beef, you'll find solid instructions that will ensure great results every time.
Marrone also includes recipes for using your dried foods in a wide range of delicious dishes, from pies and cookies to stews and casseroles. There are even instructions for drying fresh pasta and making vegetable snack chips and baby-food purees.
The New California Wine [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:45
2013 | EPUB | 36.91MB
A comprehensive guide to the must-know wines and producers of California's "new generation," and the story of the iconoclastic young winemakers who have changed the face of California viniculture in recent years.
The New California Wine is the untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking; their quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir; and the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly-technocratic, reactionary practices of its recent past. Jon Bonné writes from the front lines of the California wine revolution, where he has access to the stories, philosophies, and techniques of top producers.
In this groundbreaking debut, Bonné paints an unflinching portrait of the current state of the industry: its strengths and shortcomings, its essential wines and those not worth pursuing. Lush full-color photographs, as well as a region-by-region tour of some of California’s lesser-known growing areas, reveal the people and places behind the bottles. Finally, a comprehensive purchasing reference lists all the must-know producers and their best wines, making The New California Wine an essential resource for finding and buying the very best the state has to offer.
The Wild Vegan Cookbook [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:44
2010 | EPUB | 1.45MB
A forager's culinary guide (in the field or in the supermarket) to preparing wild, natural foods, with 500 recipes.
Our everyday environment is filled with delicious, organic, healthy sources of food. The Wild Vegan Cookbook will teach you how to take advantage, sustainably and safely, of the wild plants that thrive in local parks, woodlands, fields, and other open spaces, as well as the underuse natural foods increasingly available in markets.
Foraging and natural-cooking expert and longtime vegan Steve Brill thoroughly explains how you can use nearly 150 wild American plants to create dishes that are good for you and taste great. More than 500 diverse recipes are organized by season and give non-foraging cooks excellent non-wild alternative ingredients. Brill has created a comprehensive, groundbreaking culinary reference that anyone can use to create wonderful food.
Marijuana Success Indoors [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:41
2002 | EPUB | 13.71MB
Marijuana Success Indoors looks into the gardens of real people to see how they have combined gardening skill with technological savvy to produce quality buds. This book focuses on homegrowing cultivation issues and solutions, including working in small spaces, the use of hydroponics versus planting mix gardens, lighting, and supplementing with CO2. A great companion to information found in grow guides Marijuana Success Indoors shows what types of problems are encountered in actual gardening situations, and how they are addressed to result in success.
Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:36
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/1.1MB
How people perceive you at work has always been vital to a successful career. Now with the Internet, social media, and the unrelenting hum of 24/7 business, the ability to brand and promote yourself effectively has become absolutely essential. No matter how talented you are, it doesn’t matter unless managers can see those talents and think of you as an invaluable employee, a game-changing manager, or the person whose name is synonymous with success. So, how do you stand out and get ahead?
The subtle and amazingly effective art of self-promotion is the razor-thin difference between success and failure. By drawing on exclusive research on the modern workplace and countless interviews with the most dynamic professionals, career guru and founder of Millennial Branding Dan Schawbel’s Promote Yourself gives you the new rules for success, and answers your most pressing questions about your career:
- What are managers really looking for?
- What do you do if you're stuck at work?
- How do you create a personal brand for professional success?
- How do you use social media for networking to propel your career?
Promote Yourself frees you from the outdated rules for getting ahead and lays out a step-by-step process for building a successful career in an age of ever-changing technologies and economic uncertainty. By basing your personal brand on the rock-solid foundation of hard, soft, and online skills that are essential to get the job done right and by knowing exactly what managers value, Schawbel provides you with the unique skills and message that you’ll need today and for the rest of your career. Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success is the definitive book on marketing yourself and building an outstanding career.
Application Development in iOS 7 [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:17
2014 | EPUB | 3.59MB
Learn how to build an entire real-world application using all of iOS 7's new features with this book and ebook
- Get acquainted with the new features of iOS7 through real-world, project-based learning
- Take an in-depth look at Xcode 5, Foundation, and autolayout
- Utilize the full source code and assets present to build an actual interactive application
Unleash the new features of iOS 7 within the latest Xcode development environment. One of the most important pieces of any SDK is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is why we will start by learning all the new features of Xcode 5. Moreover, we will get to know what's new in Foundation Framework, one of the building blocks of iOS development. We then move on to exploring the new and improved Auto Layout, a feature that was previously plagued by quite a few issues and shunned by many developers. Next, we will start building our application from scratch while applying our new knowledge of the IDE. Also, we will make use of the newly introduced TextKit to make our text more dynamic in nature. Finally, we will utilize the UI Kit Dynamics to give our application some flair.
This book is a practical breakdown of all the new iOS 7 features for developers.
What you will learn from this book
- Manage accounts and provision with ease using Xcode 5
- Analyze the real-time performance of your application within Xcode
- Understand the new features of the foundation framework and why you use them
- Utilize the new and improved Auto Layout to build better layouts
- Learn how to apply new design paradigms to all future projects
- Manipulate text like never before using TextKit
- Add real-world physics to your application's user interface to create beautiful visual effects
A hybrid between informative overview and step-by-step instruction, this book is the ultimate guide to iOS 7 application development.
Who this book is written for
If you are an iOS developer who is looking to understand the new features within iOS 7 and Xcode 5, then this book is for you. In order to fully understand the concepts in this book, it is recommended you have at least some experience with previous versions of iOS.
3D Printing with SketchUp [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:16
2014 | EPUB | 10.85MB
Real-world case studies to help you design models in SketchUp for 3D printing on anything ranging from the smallest desktop machines to the largest industrial 3D printers
- Learn how to design beautiful architectural models that will print on any 3D printer
- Packed with clearly illustrated examples to show you just how to design for 3D printing
- Discover the essential extensions and companion programs for 3D printing your models
As 3D printing is becoming more accessible, it is important for designers and architects to know how to utilize the technology. SketchUp is a popular 3D modelling tool and is among the easiest programs to work with as a beginner. Whether printing on your desktop, or outsourcing to a commercial 3D print service, this is a skill you'll want in your portfolio.
Starting with an overview of 3D printing technologies, you will learn how to design SketchUp models for 3D printing, set up a template for 3D printing, explore the specific requirements for a 3D printable model, and look at the essential SketchUp extensions for 3D printing. You will start by printing a simple 3D model, progress to importing images that can be used to make 3D models, and move on to tweaking the model for specific 3D printers.
This book delves into the most important concepts for designing 3D printable models, from wall thickness and modelling solids, to using available models and adapting them to your needs.
You will also learn where to access, and more importantly, how to adapt existing 3D models available online for your own use. Finally, this book will show how it’s possible to use Google Earth terrain and modify existing architectural SketchUp models before printing.
What you will learn from this book
- Understand how 3D printing works, and why you may need to design your model differently for different printing processes
- Discover tips to make the modelling process easier, extensions to help you work faster, and how to make any model printable
- Find online models and expedite the modelling process by working from an existing modelAdapt architectural models built for rendering into full-color 3D printable models
- Import terrain data from Google Earth to SketchUp and work with terrain data to make it printable
This book teaches practical techniques using real-world case studies to help you design models that print right the first time.
Mastering Metasploit [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:12
2014 | EPUB | 30.39MB
Write and implement sophisticated attack vectors in Metasploit using a completely hands-on approach with this book and ebook
- Develops Real World Approaches to Penetration testing using Metasploit
- Develop advanced skills to carry out effective Risk validation
- Develop skills to fabricate any kind of function within the Framework.
The Metasploit framework has been around for a number of years and is one of the most widely used tools for carrying out penetration testing on various services.
This book is a hands-on guide to penetration testing using Metasploit and covers its complete development. It will help you clearly understand the creation process of various exploits and modules and develop approaches to writing custom functionalities into the Metasploit framework.
This book covers a number of techniques and methodologies that will help you learn and master the Metasploit framework.
You will also explore approaches to carrying out advanced penetration testing in highly secured environments, and the book's hands-on approach will help you understand everything you need to know about Metasploit.
What you will learn from this book
- Exploiting vulnerabilities in application
- Develop exploits for Software and Web applications in Metasploit
- Learn a Variety of Programming languages such as Assembly, Ruby and CORTANA
- Practically Demonstrate advanced Client Exploitation and speed up attacks with SET and Fasttrack
- Learn how to generate Metasploit modules and automate Metasploit
A comprehensive and detailed, step by step tutorial guide that takes you through important aspects of the Metasploit framework.
Who this book is written for
If you are a penetration tester, security engineer, or someone who is looking to extend their penetration testing skills with Metasploit, then this book is ideal for you. The readers ofthis book must have a basic knowledge of using Metasploit. They are also expected to have knowledge of exploitation and an in-depth understanding of object-oriented programming languages.
Learning Anime Studio [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:05
2014 | EPUB | 20.72MB
Bring life to your imagination with the power of Anime Studio with this book and ebook
- Draw and rig cartoon assets using a set of robust tools
- Breathe life into your animated productions with in-depth sets and props
- Learn tips and tricks to add appealing effects to your animated cartoons
- In Detail
Anime Studio is your complete animation program to help you create cut-out, anime and other types of cartoons. You can create your own animated shorts and use Anime Studio to produce cartoon animations for film, TV, or streaming over the Web. Anime Studio is great for hobbyists and professionals alike, combining tools for both illustration and animation. With Anime Studio’s easy-to-use interface, you will be creating an animated masterpiece in no time.
This practical, step-by-step guide will provide you with a structured path for designing an animated cartoon and gives you a strong foundation to create your future projects. This book also serves as a great reference guide for Anime Studio Pro 10's new features.
This book starts by getting you acquainted with the tools and features of Anime Studio Pro 10. You will then learn how to utilize them to create a cohesive and polished package. You will dive into the Anime Studio drawing tools, layer types, and various panels to create and rig a cartoon character as well as design background scenes and props. Everything is then combined, animated and polished. Finally, you will take everything you have created and edit it together so that it can be distributed online through websites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
What you will learn from this book
- Write outlines and screenplays for your projects
- Draw your very own cartoon character with an impressive set of draw and fill tools.
- Rig a character using the advanced bone system
- Take advantage of the different layer types such as Vectors, Bones, and Switches
- Use the Channels, Sequencer, and Motion Graph timelines to control the animation in every aspect of your production
- Create unique effects using different brushes and layer settings
- Design props and set pieces for your character to inhabit
- Combine your animated scenes with video editing software
- Render your videos for distribution on websites such as YouTube and Vimeo
Written in an easy to follow manner with practical exercises, this book takes you through every aspect of Anime Studio, guiding you to create your own original cartoon.
Force.com Development Blueprints [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:04
2014 | EPUB | 20.2MB
Design and develop real-world, cutting-edge cloud applications using the powerful Force.com development framework with this book and ebook
- Create advanced cloud applications using the best Force.com technologies
- Bring your cloud application ideas to market faster using the proven Force.com infrastructure
- Step-by-step tutorials show you how to quickly develop real-world cloud applications
No one can dispute the sheer power and breadth of the Force.com cloud development platform and its influence on thousands of developers across the world. The staggering number of technologies on offer can cause confusion among developers when it comes to using them to build real-world applications.
Starting with how to develop a Salesforce community, you will begin a whirlwind tour across the Force.com platform, using it to build applications for the e-commerce, CRM, reporting, and mobile subject domains.
Packed with real-world examples and insights gained from implementing solutions for customers in the fi eld, Force.com Development Blueprints will prove an indispensable reference when it comes to building Force.com cloud applications. This book will give you the edge you need to develop Force.com cloud applications that will delight your customers.
What you will learn from this book
- Create advanced cloud applications using the best Force.com technologies and Bring your cloud application ideas to market faster using the proven Force.com infrastructure
- Create a Salesforce community using Site.com
- Develop an e-commerce application using Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails, Heroku, and Visualforce
- Build a traditional CRM solution with a custom Apex workfl ow feature
- Use the Salesforce Platform Mobile SDK to build a mobile application
- Discover how to integrate your application into the cloud by interacting with cloud-based APIs
This book consists of an easy-to-follow yet comprehensive set of step-by-step tutorials that will help you gain proficiency in the Force.com platform.
Who this book is written for
If you have some experience with the Force.com platform and are looking to take your skills to the next level, this is the book for you.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence Development [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 11:00
2014 | EPUB | 23.41MB
Get to grips with Microsoft Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing technologies using this practical guide with this book and ebook
- Discover the Dimensional Modeling concept while designing a data warehouse
- Learn Data Movement based on technologies such as SSIS, MDS, and DQS
- Design dashboards and reports with Microsoft BI technologies
Take advantage of the real power behind the BI components of SQL Server 2014, Excel 2013, and SharePoint 2013 with this hands-on book. This book will give you a competitive advantage by helping you to quickly learn how to design and build BI system with Microsoft BI tools.
This book starts with designing a data warehouse with dimensional modeling, and then looks at creating data models based on SSAS multidimensional and Tabular technologies. It will illustrate how to use SSIS for ETL, and MDS and DQS for data governance and data quality. The book is packed with real-world examples that will give you a good understanding of the BI and DW components of SQL Server 2014, Excel 2013, and SharePoint 2013.
What you will learn from this book
- Perform Data Modeling with SSAS Multidimensional and MDX
- Use DAX and SSAS tabular for Data Modeling
- Manage Master Data with MDS
- Reveal Knowledge Driven Data Quality with DQS
- Understand prediction and Data Mining
- Identify data patterns and predictive models
- Design Dashboards with PerformancePoint and Power View
- Explore Power Query and Power Map as components of Power BI
- Create Reports with SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate them in applications
Written in an easy-to-follow, example-driven format, there are plenty of step-by-step instructions to help get you started! The book has a friendly approach, with the opportunity to learn by experimenting.
Who this book is written for
If you are a BI and Data Warehouse developer new to Microsoft Business Intelligence, and looking to get a good understanding of the different components of Microsoft SQL Server for Business Intelligence, this book is for you.
It’s assumed that you will have some experience in databases systems and T-SQL. This book is will give you a good upshot view of each component and scenarios featuring the use of that component in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence systems.
Learning Autodesk Maya 2015 [Udemy]
16 August 2014, 10:55
MP4, h264, 1280x720 | English, AAC | ~ 7 hrs | + Working Files | 1.05GB
This Autodesk Maya 2015 training course from Infinite Skills teaches you the core features and concepts of Maya. This course is for the absolute beginner, meaning no prior experience with Maya is necessary.
You will start by touring the Maya interface, then jump into learning about nodes and transformations. Todd will teach you how to model a polygon, including creating the basic structure, extrude faces, and bevel. This video tutorial will cover topics including UV mapping, applying custom textures, rendering, painting and mirroring weights, and rigging. You will learn how to create animations and work with the graph editor. Finally, Todd teaches you how to render your finished product using Mental Ray.
Once you have completed this computer based training course, you will be fully capable of using Maya 2015 to create your own models from start to finish, using the key concepts and techniques that Todd has taught you. Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.
The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering [Skillshare]
16 August 2014, 10:52
FLV, AVC, 640x360 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 3 hrs 26 mins | Level: Intermediate | 1.76GB
This is the second class in a two part series on Hand Lettering.
Here, we'll pick up where we left off and explore the process of bringing a piece all the way to a final digital state.
In this class, you'll learn my process for digitizing lettering, using color, and adding texture to illustrations. I will offer tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way and demonstrate how you can use them in your own illustrations.
If you find letters beautiful and want to turn your handwriting into artful drawings, this is the class for you. Even if you're already a skilled letterer, you will learn new tips on what to avoid when adding color and texture and how to make a clean final file that is ready to share with friends online or send to a printer.
What You'll Learn
I'll walk you through the step-by-step process to create a final hand lettered piece.
- Digitizing – You will learn how to digitize your lettering without compromising the hand-drawn edge. We'll scan, clean up, and vectorize in this phase.
- Adding color – We will take a look at different methods for adding color to your lettering.
- Creating texture – We will discuss new ways to add texture to your drawing to make it your own.
- Finish touches – We'll cover those final touches you can apply to create a great final piece.
What You'll Make
We'll take a hand-lettered phrase and finalize it by vectorizing, adding color, and bringing in texture.
While the most crucial part of an illustration is, of course, the drawing, knowing how to add color and texture to create deliverable files to your client is also very important.
The First Steps of Hand-Lettering [Skillshare]
16 August 2014, 10:51
FLV, AVC, 640x360 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 1 h 55 mins | Level: Beginner | 650.57MB
Style a phrase you love. Share it forever.
Count us among the thousands transforming our handwriting into artful drawings. In this 2-hour class, the talented Mary Kate McDevitt reveals the first steps of hand-lettering and inspires us to concept, design, and letter words for any use—a poster, magazine, t-shirt, or anything else we imagine. Plus, the impressive class project gallery speaks volumes for her clear guidance on common missteps, conceptual illustration, and digitization. We're sharpening our pencils.
Learn by doing.
Find a quote, title, or phrase that speaks to you, and develop an illustrative concept that matches its mood and tone. Using your favorite drawing materials, create a hand-letter sketch that's meaningful, lasting, and inspiring.
Watch 16 video lessons.
- Researching and Brainstorming. Research and brainstorm ideas for your hand-lettered phrase, as well as different possible applications.
- Sketching. Sketch out concepts that fit your idea.
- Exploring Styles. Develop a clear concept and explore styles appropriate to the application—all while keeping your style.
- Finalizing. Finalize a drawing that is ready to scan.
This is a beginner-level class, which means no prior lettering skills are required to participate. You'll need all your favorite drawing materials; sketchbook, paper, tracing paper, pencil, soft pencil, pen and micron pen.
A Crash Course in Photographic Composition [Skillshare]
16 August 2014, 10:34
MP4, h264, 962x720 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 2 hrs 16 mins | 415.0MB
This class is for anybody who wants to create visually compelling photographs. You will learn photographic composition - a crucial element for great photos.
What You'll Learn
- Composition. We'll focus on why certain images just "work" and discuss the importance of proportion in photographic composition, starting off with a discussion of the photographic frame, and then moving onto subject placement, and then going to more specific forms of proportion such as balance, the rule of thirds, golden ratio and its variants.
- Geometry & Lines. Building on what we've learned about proportion, we'll add geometry and lines to the equation, and will explore how the use of verticals, diagonals, and horizontal lines affect your images as well as how various shapes (circles, rectangles, triangles) can be utilized in isolation and in patterns.
- Putting It All Together. We will build on the last two sessions and utilize shapes, color, and contrast to achieve the above compositions, as well as various ways of training your eye to see opportunities to make use of what we've learned so far (such as flattening / expanding perspective and use of abstraction).
What You'll Make
This class will be fiercely analytical and teach you the above concepts and how you can use them effectively. There will be less discussion on exposure, gear and other technical aspects. You will be given an assignment to apply what you've learned in each session to your project. At the end of the class you should have posted 5 images per module, for a total of 15 amazing photos.
You should own a digital camera. Any digital camera, including your camera phone will do!
Freud: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:30
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/0.9MB
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, developed a totally new way of looking at human nature. Only now, with the hindsight of the half-century since his death, can we assess his true legacy to current thought.
As an experienced psychiatrist himself, Anthony Storr offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas. An excellent introduction to Freud's work, this book will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology.
Jung: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:27
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 882.93/1022.09KB
This is the most lucid and timely introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung available to date. Though he was a prolific writer and an original thinker of vast erudition, Jung lacked a gift for clear exposition, and his ideas are less widely appreciated than they deserve to be.
Now, in this extremely accessible introduction, Anthony Stevens--one of Britain's foremost Jungian analysts--clearly explains the basic concepts of Jungian psychology: the collective unconscious, complex, archetype, shadow, persona, anima, animus, and the individualization of the Self. A small masterpiece of insight and concision, this volume offers a clear portrait of one of the twentieth century's most important and controversial thinkers.
Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:20
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/0.6MB
Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re-offending , the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as Forensic Psychology.
This fascinating Very Short Introduction discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole. It includes explanations of criminal behavior and criminality, including the role of mental disorder in crime, and it reveals how forensic psychology contributes to helping investigate the crime and catching the perpetrators. David Canter also explains how psychologists provide guidance to all those involved in civil and criminal court proceedings, including both the police and the accused, and what expert testimony can be provided by a psychologist about the offender at the trial. Finally, Canter describes how forensic psychology is used, particularly in prisons, to help in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, once they have been convicted.
Psychology: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:17
2000 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/0.9MB
Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence to relationships and emotions, advertising, and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what we think, feel, and do. But what exactly are psychologists trying to help us understand? What scientific grounding do they have for their approach?
In Psychology: A Very Short Introduction, Dr. Gillian Butler and Dr. Freda McManus provide an understanding of some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance. The authors answer some of the most frequently asked questions about psychology including: What is psychology? How do we use what is in the mind? How does psychology work? How do we influence each other? What can or can't a psychologist do for you? Psychology is a large part of our everyday experience, and this elemental guide is a stimulating introduction for anyone interested in understanding the human mind.
Memory: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:13
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.4/0.8MB
Memories are an integral part of being human. They haunt us, we cherish them, and in our lives we collect more of them with each new experience. Without memory, you would not be able to maintain a relationship, drive your car, talk to your children, read a poem, watch television, or do much of anything at all.
Memory: A Very Short Introduction explores the fascinating intricacies of human memory. Is it one thing or many? Why does it seem to work well sometimes and not others? What happens when it "goes wrong"? Can it be improved or manipulated through techniques such as mnemonic rhymes or "brain implants"? How does memory change as we age? And what about so-called recovered memories--can they be relied upon as a record of what actually happened in our personal past? This book brings together our most recent knowledge to address (in a scientifically rigorous but highly accessible way) these and many other important questions about how memory works, and why we can't live without it.
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:07
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.74/1.01MB
What is dreaming, and what causes it? Why are dreams so strange and why are they so hard to remember? Replacing dream mystique with modern dream science, J. Allan Hobson provides a new and increasingly complete picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. Focusing on dreaming to explain the mechanisms of sleep, this book explores how the new science of dreaming is affecting theories in psychoanalysis, and how it is helping our understanding of the causes of mental illness.
J. Allan Hobson investigates his own dreams to illustrate and explain some of the fascinating discoveries of modern sleep science, while challenging some of the traditionally accepted theories about the meaning of dreams. He reveals how dreaming maintains and develops the mind, why we go crazy in our dreams in order to avoid doing so when we are awake, and why sleep is not just good for health but essential for life.
John Schreiner's Okanagan Wine Tour Guide [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 03:01
2014 | EPUB | 8.91MB
Now in its fifth edition, John Schreiner's Okanagan Wine Tour Guide has more wineries than ever before. Featuring profiles of old favourites as well as 30 brand-new wineries, this book remains the most comprehensive guide to visiting the wineries in BC's Interior. As always, the wineries are listed by region as well as alphabetically, for easy tour planning and reference. You will be guided through the wineries of the Okanagan and the Similkameen, as well as the wineries of Vernon, Salmon Arm and the Thompson River Valley to the north, and the wineries of the Kootenays to the east, with insider tips from Canada's most prolific wine writer.
Diary of a Sex Fiend: Girl with a One Track Mind [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 02:56
2007 | EPUB | 0.7MB
Who says men think about sex more than women do? Abby Lee is a smart, determined young woman who for almost three years has been writing an online journal about her sex life. Her writing is everything that writing about sex should be—frank, hysterical, provocative, and completely honest. Her website quickly attracted thousands of hits a day, with both men and women drawn to her observations about masturbation, one-night stands, and same-sex encounters.
Girl with a One Track Mind is a year-long diary of Abby’s desires, fantasies, and anxieties as she tries to answer the question: why do I always think about sex? Celebrating both her sensuality and her physical needs, Abby explores a swingers’ club and a Dominatrix dungeon, and even participates in a pre-arranged three-way (which ends without any satisfaction for her). In between her new experiences are run-ins with lifelong friends; potential romances; and long, frustrating nights when all she really wants is a “great shag.” Whether she’s offering a girl’s guide to understanding date-speak or explaining to her parents why there’s a racy picture of her on their computer, Abby writes with a ribald eye and a fearless heart.
Guerilla Filmmaking [CreativeLive]
16 August 2014, 02:20
MP4, h264, 1044x584 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 4.97GB
Is there an idea for an incredible film banging on the walls of your brain and begging to come out? If so, join Film Riot founder Ryan Connolly for an immersion into envisioning, shooting, and producing films – with any gear on any budget.
In this course, you’ll explore the step-by-step process of making a film from start to finish. You’ll learn how to script, storyboard, location scout, and cast films. Ryan will offer insights on how to best work with your crew to make your sets fun, collaborative, and professional places to be. Ryan will demonstrate the process of getting the light you want for the shots you’ll need, whether you’re working with DIY lighting structures, available light, or gels and diffusion. Since lighting and sound are equally essential to professional-level work, you’ll also explore both production and post-production audio skills, including integrating music and sound effects. You’ll build a post-production workflow for editing, adding visual effects, and more to ensure you’re getting the pro look every time.
Whether you’re a first time filmmaker or a working professional ready to sharpen up your skills, this course will give you the tools you need to create superior quality films that reflect your unique vision as an artist.
Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 02:18
2012 | EPUB | 1.78MB
It is a striking aspect of contemporary western culture that, alongside a decline in traditional religious affiliations, there has been a growing interest in spirituality and the use of the word in a variety of contexts.
Indeed, spirituality is sometimes contrasted favorably with religion, which many people see (for good or ill) as an off-putting amalgam of dogma, moralism, institutions, buildings, and hierarchies. This Very Short Introduction, written by one of the most eminent scholars and writers on spirituality, explores the historical foundations of spirituality and considers how it came to have the significance it has today. The notion of spirituality, Philip Sheldrake notes, expresses the fact that many people are driven by goals that concern more than material satisfaction. Broadly, it refers to the deepest values and sense of meaning by which people seek to live. Sometimes these values are conventionally religious. Sometimes they are associated with what is understood as "the sacred" in a broader sense--that is, of ultimate rather than merely instrumental importance. Looking at spirituality in religion, philosophy, anthropology, and psychology, Sheldrake sheds light on the concept of the spiritual "experience" and considers the impact and transformation it can have on individuals and on society.
Paul: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 02:16
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.4/0.5MB
Missionary, theologian, and religious genius, Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church. E.P. Sanders, an influential Pauline scholar, analyzes the fundamental beliefs and vigorous contradictions in Paul's thought, discovering a philosophy that is less of a monolithic system than the apostle's convictions would seem to suggest. This volume offers an incisive summation of Paul's career, as well as his role in the development of early Christianity. Both lucid and judicious, it is the most compelling short introduction to Paul now available.
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 02:12
2010 | EPUB | 3.55MB
Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all. Indeed, from childhood most of us develop some mental image of a witch--usually an old woman, mysterious and malignant. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween superstitions to literary references such as Faust and, of course, Harry Potter, witches seem ever-present in our lives. In this Very Short Introduction, Malcolm Gaskill takes a long historical perspective, from the ancient world to contemporary paganism.
This is a book about the strangeness of the past, and about contrasts and change; but it's also about affinity and continuity. He reveals that witchcraft is multi-faceted, that it has always meant different things to different people, and that in every age it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof. Delving into court records, telling anecdotes, and challenging myths, Gaskill re-examines received wisdom, especially concerning the European witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He also explores the modern memory and reinvention of witchcraft--as history, religion, fiction, and metaphor.
Theology: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:36
2014 | EPUB | 0.5MB
This Very Short Introduction provides both the believer and non-believer with a balanced survey of the central questions of theology.
David Ford's approach draws us in to considering the principles underlying religious belief, including the centrality of salvation to most major religions, the concept of God in ancient, modern, and postmodern contexts, the challenge posed to theology by prayer and worship, and the issue of sin and evil. He also probes the nature of experience, knowledge, and wisdom in theology, and discusses what is involved in interpreting theological texts.
Ford's introduction to theology has already helped tens of thousands of believers and non-believers to understand the central questions of contemporary theology. In this new edition, he includes updates to a number of areas, including theology between faiths, theological responses to science, and the effects of globalization and technology.
Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:31
2013 | EPUB | 1.39MB
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition has known over thirteen centuries of continuous development. During that time, it has spread among the neighboring peoples - the Mongol, Himalayan, and Siberian peoples, Manchus and Chinese.
At its height is has been practiced in regions as far west as the Volga river and to the east in Beijing. Its capacity for creative adaptation is demonstrated by its recent growth in Europe and America. At the same time, it is at the center of political contestation in ethnically Tibetan regions of China, while its best known exponent, the Dalai Lama, has become one of the most admired religious leaders in the world today. But what does this religion teach? Just what is the position of the Dalai Lama, and how will his succession be assured? Is it true that Tibetan Buddhism in entirely suppressed in China? Scholar Matthew Kapstein offers a brief account responding to these questions and more in this Very Short Introduction, in terms that are accessible to students, general readers, journalists, and others who are curious to learn the most essential features of Tibetan Buddhist history, teachings, and practice.
Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:27
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/1.0MB
The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is ranked as the world's fifth largest religion. However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs just after September 11 indicated that they were being mistaken for Muslims, and suggests that the raising of sufficient and appropriate awareness about Sikhism still needs to be addressed.
This book is one of the first to introduce newcomers to Sikhism's meanings, beliefs, practices, rituals, and festivals. Eleanor Nesbitt highlights the key threads in the fascinating history, from the Gurus and the development of the Sikh appearance, to martyrdom and militarization in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the diaspora. She also examines the recent proliferation of Sikh lifestyles in today's news and entertainment media. This book is an essential guide to increasing understanding of the Sikh religion and culture.
Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:23
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.3/0.5MB
Written by a leading expert on the Puritans, this brief, informative volume offers a wealth of background on this key religious movement. This book traces the shaping, triumph, and decline of the Puritan world, while also examining the role of religion in the shaping of American society and the role of the Puritan legacy in American history. Francis J. Bremer discusses the rise of Puritanism in the English Reformation, the struggle of the reformers to purge what they viewed as the corruptions of Roman Catholicism from the Elizabethan church, and the struggle with the Stuart monarchs that led to a brief Puritan triumph under Oliver Cromwell. It also examines the effort of Puritans who left England to establish a godly kingdom in America. Bremer examines puritan theology, views on family and community, their beliefs about the proper relationship between religion and public life, the limits of toleration, the balance between individual rights and one's obligation to others, and the extent to which public character should be shaped by private religious belief.
Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:19
2011 | EPUB | 0.64MB
Pentecostalism is arguably the most vibrant and rapidly growing religious movement of the 20th century, circling the globe in less than 25 years. Characterized by speaking in tongues, miracles, television evangelism, and megachurches, it is also known for its small-group meetings, empowerment of individuals, liberation of women, and humanitarian concerns.
In this Very Short Introduction, William K. Kay outlines the origins and growth of Pentecostalism, looking at not only the theological aspects of the movement, but also the sociological influences of its political and humanitarian viewpoints. He shows that its history goes back to Methodism and, before that, to earlier revival movements, while its theology includes elements of holiness teaching and Adventism in a unique pattern focused upon Jesus. Worship may be expressed in innovative music or dance and, despite a worldview open to supernatural beings, believers are likely also to welcome the use of the latest communication technology. Kay discusses how Pentecostalism was joined in the 1960s by a new religious wave, the "charismatic movement," which spilled over into mainline Christian denominations and transformed their worship.
Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:13
2008 | EPUB | 2.98MB
Beginning with a handful of members in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith founded has grown into a world-wide organization with over 12 million adherents, playing prominent roles in politics, sports, entertainment, and business. Yet they are an oddity. They are considered wholesome, conservative, and friendly on one hand, and clannish, weird, and self-righteous on the other.
Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction explains who Mormons are: what they believe and how they live their lives. Written by Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and practicing Mormon, this compact, informative volume ranges from the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the contentious issues of contemporary Mormonism. Bushman argues that Joseph Smith still serves as the Mormons' Moses. Their everyday religious lives are still rooted in his conceptions of true Christianity. They seek revelation to solve life's problems just as he did. They believe the authority to seal families together for eternity was restored through him. They understand their lives as part of a spiritual journey that started in a "council in heaven" before the world began just as he taught. Bushman's account also describes the tensions and sorrows of Mormon life. How are Mormons to hold on to their children in a world of declining moral standards and rampant disbelief? How do rational, educated Mormons stand up to criticisms of their faith? How do single Mormons fare in a church that emphasizes family life? The book also examines polygamy, the various Mormon scriptures, and the renegade fundamentalists who tarnish the LDS image when in fact they're not members.
In a time when Mormons such as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid are playing prominent roles in American society, this engaging introduction enables readers to judge for themselves how Mormon teachings shape the character of believers.
Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:09
2011 | EPUB | 0.6MB
Mark A. Noll, named one of America's most influential evangelicals by Time Magazine, provides a fresh and accessible history of Protestantism from the era of Martin Luther to the present day.
Noll begins with the founding of Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist churches in the sixteenth-century Reformation, and considers the rise of other important Christian movements like Methodism and Pentecostalism. But rather than focusing on just the familiar European and American histories, he discusses the recent expansion of Protestant movements in Africa, China, India, and Latin America, emphasizing the on-going and rapidly expanding story of Protestants worldwide. The book highlights the contributions of well-known figures ranging from Martin Luther and John Calvin to Karl Barth, Dora Yu, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, and Pandita Ramabai, and it sheds light on why Protestant energies have flagged recently in the Western world while expanding dramatically elsewhere. Detailing the key points of Protestant commonality--including the message of Christian salvation, reliance on the Bible, and organization through personal initiative--he illuminates the reasons for Protestantism's extraordinary diversity.
Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:06
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.55/0.98MB
What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularization. While there are distinctive themes and emphases that emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism today.
Here, Mark Chapman explores the fascinating history, theology, and structures of Anglicanism, and highlights the diversity of the contemporary church by examining how traditions vary from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman looks at current developments and controversies, such as homosexuality and women priests, and offers thought-provoking suggestions for the future of Anglicanism. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart.
The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 01:03
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.68/0.77MB
Eminent biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan offers here a wide-ranging and stimulating exploration of the Old Testament, illuminating its importance as history, literature, and sacred text.
Coogan explains the differences between the Bible of Jewish tradition (the "Hebrew Bible") and the Old Testament of Christianity, and also examines the different contents of the Bibles used by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, and Protestants. He looks at the rise of modern biblical scholarship as well as the recovery of ancient Near Eastern literatures and their significance for biblical interpretation. Coogan explores the use of invented dialogue and historical fiction in the Old Testament, the presence of mythic elements in apparently historical accounts, and the relationship of ancient Israelite myths to those of their neighbors. The book considers the Old Testament's idea of divine justice, especially in Ecclesiastes and Job, and looks at notions of the afterlife in the ancient Near East and in ancient Israel. Coogan highlights the significance of the history and literature of the Old Testament and describes how non-biblical evidence, such as archaeological data and texts, has placed the Old Testament in a larger and more illuminating context. The book also discusses law and ritual in the Bible as well as the biblical understandings of prophecy.
Here then is a marvelous overview of one of the great pillars of Western religion and culture, a book whose significance has endured for thousands of years and which remains vitally important today for Jews, Christians, and Muslims worldwide.
Let's Stop Meeting Like This [PDF]
16 August 2014, 00:58
2014 | PDF | 6.68MB
Ugh—meetings. They’re where productivity goes to die, right? There has to be a better way. According to leading consultants Dick and Emily Axelrod, there is.
Using the same principles that make video games so engaging and that transformed the numbing assembly line into the dynamic shop floor, the Axelrods outline a flexible and adaptable system used to run truly productive meetings in all kinds of organizations—meetings where people create concrete plans, accomplish tasks, build connections, and move projects forward. They show how to design every aspect of a meeting—from the way you greet people at the beginning to how you sum up at the end—so that real work actually gets done. Those who have adopted this system will never go back. Neither will you.
Metronome: A History of Paris from the Underground Up [EPUB]
16 August 2014, 00:52
2013 | EPUB | 3.5MB
A phenomenal bestseller in France, Metronome presents a fascinating history of Paris through the lens of the city's iconic Metro system
Did you know that the last Gallic warriors massacred by the Romans lie beneath the Eiffel Tower? That the remains of Paris’s first cathedral are under a parking lot in the Fifth District? Metronome follows Loránt Deutsch, historian and lifelong Francophile, as he goes on a compelling journey through the ages, treating readers to Paris as they've never seen it before. Using twenty-one stops of the subway system as focal points—one per century—Deutsch shows, from the underground up, the unique, often violent, and always striking events that shaped one of the world’s most romanticized city. Readers will find out which streets are hiding incredible historical treasures in plain sight; peer into forgotten nooks and crannies of the City of Lights and learn what used to be there; and discover that, however deeply buried, something always remains.