Hacking Happiness [EPUB]

Hacking Happiness [EPUB]
Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World by John Havens
2014 | EPUB | 2.16MB

In Hacking Happiness, futurist and contributing Mashable writer John C. Havens introduces you to your “quantified self”—your digital identity represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer. Harvested by megacorporations such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, Havens argues that companies gather this data because of its immense economic value, encouraging a culture of “sharing” as they hoard the information based on our lives for private monetary gain.

But there's an alternative to this digital dystopia. Emerging technologies will help us reclaim this valuable data for ourselves, so we can directly profit from the insights linked to our quantified selves. At the same time, sensors in smartphones and wearable devices will help us track our emotions to improve our well-being based on the science of positive psychology. Havens proposes that these trends will lead to new economic policies that redefine the meaning of “wealth,” allowing governments to create policy focused on purpose rather than productivity.

An issues book highlighting the benefits of an examined life in the digital world, this timely work takes the trepidation out of the technological renaissance and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for a happier humanity.

The Queen's Houses: Royal Britain at Home [EPUB]

The Queen's Houses: Royal Britain at Home [EPUB]
The Queen's Houses: Royal Britain at Home by Alan Titchmarsh
2014 | EPUB | 20.98MB

The Queen’s life is dedicated to her public – every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public duty.

In The Queen’s Houses, Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a tour of the royal residences, examining the personal family stories behind these magnificent buildings. Through personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research, Alan looks beyond the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, the imposing structure of Windsor Castle and the private escape offered by Balmoral and others.

Illustrated with intimate family photographs and evocative memorabilia, The Queen’s Houses offers a glimpse of life behind the state banquets and sovereign duties – a respectful study of the royal family at home.

Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking [PDF]

Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking [PDF]
Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking by Rich Horwath
2014 | PDF | 2.84MB

According to a study published in Chief Executive Magazine, the most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. However, more than half of all companies say that strategic thinking is the skill their senior leaders most need to improve. Elevate provides leaders with a framework and toolkit for developing advanced strategic thinking capabilities. Unlike the majority of books that focus on strategy from a corporate perspective, Elevate gives the individual executive practical tools and techniques to help them become a truly strategic leader. The new framework that will enable leaders to finally integrate both strategy and innovation into a strategic approach that drives their profitable growth is the Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking:

  1. Coalesce: Fusing together insights to create an innovative business model.
  2. Compete: Creating a system of strategy to achieve competitive advantage.
  3. Champion: Leading others to think and act strategically to execute strategy.

Every leader desperately wants to be strategic--their career depends on it. Elevate provides the roadmap to reach the strategic leadership summit.

Business Intelligence and the Cloud [PDF]

Business Intelligence and the Cloud [PDF]
Business Intelligence and the Cloud: Strategic Implementation Guide by Michael S Gendron
2014 | PDF | 4.03MB

How to measure cloud computing options and benefits to impact business intelligence infrastructure

This book is a guide for managers and others involved in using cloud computing to create business value. It starts with a discussion of the media hype around cloud computing and attempt to pull together what industry experts are saying in order to create a unified definition. Once this foundation is created—assisting the reader's understanding of what cloud computing is—the discussion moves to getting business benefits from cloud computing. Lastly, the discussion focuses on examples of cloud computing, public clouds, private clouds, and virtualization. The book emphasizes how these technologies can be used to create business value and how they can be integrated into an organizations business intelligence system. It helps the user make a business case for cloud computing applications—applications that are used to gather/create data, which in turn are used to generate business intelligence.

From Me to We [PDF]

From Me to We [PDF]
From Me to We: Why Commercial Collaboration Will Future-proof Business, Leaders and Personal Success by Janine Garner
2015 | PDF | 4.18MB

Steel yourself, your career, and your business against future threats with effective collaboration

From Me to We shows business decision makers how the ability to effectively collaborate for mutual commercial benefit is the solution to future-proofing a business. Smashing the myth of the "Me Economy," this insightful guide explains the model of Commercial Collaboration and the mindset and think-space it requires. Expanding upon Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" premise, this book emphasizes the need for continuous professional evolution and effort, and describes why women hold an important role in effecting change. Ideas are illustrated with examples, and backed by sector-specific research and interviews with business leaders who have seen real-world results of effective business collaboration. The Seven ReConnect Principles outline methods of realizing change, providing readers a way forward that will future-proof themselves, their careers, and their businesses.

Collaboration isn't just a soft skill that's nice to have – it's a vital business practice that affects the bottom line. As the way we do business continues to evolve, collaboration is becoming ever more crucial to steeling an organization against the threats of tomorrow. From Me to We is a practical handbook for more robust business strategy.

  • Learn the key principles at the heart of Commercial Collaboration
  • Discover the value of trusting others in business relationships
  • Become authentically invested in the "We" space
  • Gain the tools to open up to a smarter, savvier way of business thinking

Business leaders and entrepreneurs have the complex responsibility of constant strategic thinking. If those finely tuned minds can be brought together for mutual benefit, the possibilities expand and the rewards can be dramatically amplified. From Me to We helps leaders drive better business, armored against future threats.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition [EPUB]

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition [EPUB]
Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler
2015 | EPUB | 45.35MB

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the leading book on fertility and women’s reproductive health.

Since the publication of Taking Charge of your Fertility two decades ago, Toni Weschler has taught a whole new generation of women how to become pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally and gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health by taking just a couple minutes a day using the proven Fertility Awareness Method.

Now, this 20th Anniversary Edition has been thoroughly revised and fully updated with:

  • the latest medical advances in assisted reproductive technologies (ART)
  • more in-depth coverage of women’s gynecological and sexual health
  • new illustrations, photographs, and an expanded color insert
  • new sample charts
  • an expanded appendix

Six new chapters including:

  • Three Prevalent Conditions—Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts and
  • PCOS
  • Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones
  • Preserving Your Future Fertility
  • Miscarriages
  • Idiopathic Infertility
  • Causes of Unusual Bleeding

Clear and comprehensive, yet warm and approachable, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is one of the most universally lauded health books on the market today. It is an essential reference for every woman of reproductive age.

Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs [Audiobook]

Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs [Audiobook]
Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs [Audiobook] by Richard J Miller, read by Roger Clark
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 42 mins | 444.47MB

"Morphine," writes Richard J. Miller, "is the most significant chemical substance mankind has ever encountered." So ancient that remains of poppies have been found in Neolithic tombs, it is the most effective drug ever discovered for treating pain. "Whatever advances are made in medicine," Miller adds, "nothing could really be more important than that." And yet, when it comes to mind-altering substances, morphine is only a cc or two in a vast river that flows through human civilization, ranging from LSD to a morning cup of tea.

In Drugged, Miller takes listeners on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. The vast scope of chemicals that cross the blood-brain barrier boggle the very brain they reach: cannabis and cocaine, antipsychotics and antidepressants, alcohol, amphetamines, and Ecstasy - and much more.

Literate and wide-ranging, Miller weaves together science and history, telling the story of the undercover theft of 20,000 tea plants from China by a British spy, for example; the European discovery of coffee and chocolate; and how James Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous man of letters, first isolated the alkaloid we now know as caffeine.

Miller explains what scientists know - and don't - about the impact of each drug on the brain, down to the details of neurotransmitters and their receptors. He clarifies the differences between morphine and heroin, mescaline and LSD, and other similar substances. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from the rocket fuel that shot V2 rockets into London during World War II, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats.

Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

Blow Jobs: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not [EPUB]

Blow Jobs: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not [EPUB]
Blow Jobs: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not: A 'How Not To' by The Counter Culture Diva by Dolores DeLuce
2014 | EPUB | 1.43MB

BLOW JOBS: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or NOT! is a cautionary tale--not for the squeamish or faint-of-heart.

Always a loose whore for Show Business, the Counter Culture Diva confesses to doing almost anything to survive in Hollywood...except for taking a day job. She defends her choices: "I needed to keep my calendar open for auditions."

A "How Not To" filled with juicy, side-splitting autobiographical stories will burst the bubbles of Hollywood dreams and delusions.

Readers who devoured the Counter Culture Diva's confessions in her first book, My Life, a Four Letter Word, will be delighted to know that Blow Jobs, picks up where that book ended. It takes the reader up and down the ladder to stardom, and brings you up to date, and reveals the fate of this aging Diva.

While dropping more names than the Beverly Hills 'Who's Who', Dolores went from being Dean Martin’s maid to a bimbo’s slave that led to pubic hair trimming on XXX film sets. She dressed David Bowie, and The Ramones and endured humiliation as a nude extra in a Rob Zombie horror classic ... and more.

She warns the reader, "If you can't handle the truth and nothing but the naked truth, beware of BLOW JOBS: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or NOT!

Straight Flush [Audiobook]

Straight Flush [Audiobook]
Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How it All Came Crashing Down [Audiobook] by Ben Mezrich, read by Sean Pratt
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + MOBI | 7 hrs 8 mins | 202.48MB

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House—the sources for the films The Social Network and 21—comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica.

One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them. . . .

Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world, on par with some of the behemoths of the Internet. At its height, Absolute Poker was an online empire earning more than a million dollars a day, following savvy business strategy and even better luck. Its founders set up their operations in the exotic jungle paradise of Costa Rica, embracing an outrageous lifestyle of girls, parties, and money.

Meanwhile, the gray area of U.S. and international law in which the company operated was becoming a lot more risky, and soon the U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Should they fold—or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.

Bringing Down the House [Audiobook]

Bringing Down the House [Audiobook]
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions [Audiobook] by Ben Mezrich, read by Johnny Heller
2008 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 47 mins | 440.77MB

In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth. In less than two years, this ring of card savants earned more than $3 million from corporate Vegas. This is the true story of how they did it.

Bringing Down the House is everyman's dream, certainly every gambler's dream, and gambling is a growth industry on the East and West Coasts.

A cross between Liar's Poker, Ocean's Eleven, and The Cuckoo's Egg, this fast-paced caper features the most unlikely of heroes, a bunch of super-smart MIT geeks. Before the dot.coms kidnapped the mathematical geniuses of MIT, here's what higher education produced from the dark underbelly of the Ivy League, where kids with brains, money, and bright futures were just as likely to be found gambling in a Paradise Island casino as putting in time in the library.

Indestructible You: Building a Self that Can't be Broken [EPUB]

Indestructible You: Building a Self that Can't be Broken [EPUB]
Indestructible You: Building a Self that Can't be Broken by Shai Tubali, Tim Ward
2015 | EPUB | 1.86MB

Indestructible You is a practical guidebook for making yourself so strong inside that life's relentless ups and downs cannot shake you and cannot break you. It will help you uncover the powerful, driving force of your true self, and let go of everything that holds you back. The book is based exercises and practices developed by Shai Tubali through his research and work guiding several hundred individuals through psycho-transformational processes. In essence: Life is like an eternal seesaw. At every given moment you're either up - getting what you want and feeling powerful, or down - finding yourself rejected, weakened and frustrated. We are forever hoping to bend the laws of this 'unfair game' so that we stay on the up-side of life. But this unrealistic insistence is why we suffer. Indestructible You reveals the way to step down from the eternal seesaw and build an unbreakable self, a self that remains fearless and strong no matter what life throws at you.

Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies [EPUB]

Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies [EPUB]
Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies by Cesar Hidalgo
2015 | EPUB | 5.81MB

What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT's antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, and complexity. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order.

At first glance, the universe seems hostile to order. Thermodynamics dictates that over time, order--or information--will disappear. Whispers vanish in the wind just like the beauty of swirling cigarette smoke collapses into disorderly clouds. But thermodynamics also has loopholes that promote the growth of information in pockets. Our cities are pockets where information grows, but they are not all the same. For every Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and Paris, there are dozens of places with economies that accomplish little more than pulling rocks off the ground. So, why does the US economy outstrip Brazil's, and Brazil's that of Chad? Why did the technology corridor along Boston's Route 128 languish while Silicon Valley blossomed? In each case, the key is how people, firms, and the networks they form make use of information.

Seen from Hidalgo's vantage, economies become distributed computers, made of networks of people, and the problem of economic development becomes the problem of making these computers more powerful. By uncovering the mechanisms that enable the growth of information in nature and society, Why Information Grows lays bear the origins of physical order and economic growth. Situated at the nexus of information theory, physics, sociology, and economics, this book propounds a new theory of how economies can do, not just more, but more interesting things.

Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway [EPUB]

Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway [EPUB]
Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts
2015 | EPUB | 15.18MB
"Conway is a creative genius." --Martin Gardner

An unabashed original, John Horton Conway is Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one--a singular mathematician, with a rock star's charisma, a sly sense of humor, a polymath's promiscuous curiosity, and a burning desire to explain everything about the world to everyone in it.

Born in Liverpool in 1937, Conway found fame as a barefoot Cambridge professor. He discovered the Conway groups in mathematical symmetry, and invented the aptly named surreal numbers, as well as the cult classic Game of Life--more than a cool fad, Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity and the game provides an analogy for all mathematics and the entire universe. Moving to Princeton in 1987, as a mathemagician he deployed cards, ropes, dice, coat hangers, and even the odd Slinky as props to extend his winning imagination and share his mathy obsessions with signature contagion. He is a jet-setting ambassador-at-large for the beauties of all things mathematical.

Genius At Play is an intimate investigation into the mind of an endearing genius, laying bare Conway's personal and professional idiosyncrasies. The intimacy comes courtesy of the man himself. He generously granted Roberts full access, though not without the occasional grudge and grumble: "Oh hell," he'd say. "You're not going to put that in the book. Are you?!?"

The World of Caffeine [EPUB]

The World of Caffeine [EPUB]
The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug by Bennett Alan Weinberg, Bonnie K Bealer
2000 | EPUB | 2.89MB

How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice?

This book, the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favorite mood enhancer tells us more, by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love.

The World of Caffeine is a tale of art and society containing many fascinating stories including: how Balzac's addiction to caffeine drove him to eat coffee and may have killed him; how a mini Ice Age may have helped bring coffee, tea and chocolate to popularity in Europe; and how caffeine, in its various forms, was used as cash in China, Africa, Central America and Egypt.

Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone [EPUB]

Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone [EPUB]
Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone by Michela Massimi
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 2.55/1.3MB

What is the origin of our universe? What are dark matter and dark energy? What is our role in the universe as human beings capable of knowledge? What makes us intelligent cognitive agents seemingly endowed with consciousness? Scientific research across both the physical and cognitive sciences raises fascinating philosophical questions. Philosophy and the Sciences For Everyone introduces these questions and more. It begins by asking what good is philosophy for the sciences before examining the following questions:

  • The origin of our universe
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Anthropic reasoning in philosophy and cosmology
  • Evolutionary theory and the human mind
  • What is consciousness?
  • Intelligent machines and the human brain
  • Embodied Cognition.

Each chapter includes an introduction, summary and study questions and there is a glossary of technical terms. Designed to be used on the corresponding Philosophy and the Sciences online course offered by the University of Edinburgh this book is also a superb introduction to central topics in philosophy of science and popular science.

Adventure Time and Philosophy [EPUB]

Adventure Time and Philosophy [EPUB]
Adventure Time and Philosophy: The Handbook for Heroes edited by Nicolas Michaud
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.9/2.51MB

After all, why do you spend so much time and energy saving princesses and fighting for justice? Is it really worth it and are your motives purely righteous? These and other very deep questions are attacked and sometimes stabbed to death in Adventure Time and Philosopy.

Is the world of Adventure Time the best of all possible worlds, and if so, where does that leave our world? Is there more to true heroism than kicking wicked butts? Did Hunson Abadeer, Lord of Evil, really have a choice? Could Adventure Time and Philosophy itself be the future lost Enchiridion? Is Princess Bubblegum a fascist dictator?

Adventure Time and Philosophy will upset everything you thought you knew about life, the universe, and burritos. It all goes to show that, if the Land of Ooo is full of surprises, the Land of Philosophy is fuller.

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky [Audiobook]

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky [Audiobook]
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky [Audiobook] by Noam Chomsky, read by Robin Bloodworth
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 22 hrs 11 mins | 629.04MB

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change. With an eye to political activism and the media's role in popular struggle, as well as U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Understanding Power offers a sweeping critique of the world around us and is definitive Chomsky.

Characterized by Chomsky's accessible and informative style, this is the ideal book for those new to his work as well as for those who have been listening for years.

Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons [EPUB]

Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons [EPUB]
Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Complete Report of 2007 Hoover Institution Conference edited by George P Shultz, Sidney D Drell, Stephen P Andreasen, James E Goodby, Steven P Andreasen
2008 | EPUB | 1.35MB

Fulfilling the promise of Reykjavik

Drawn from presentations made at the Hoover Institution's October 2007 conference, this collection of essays examines the practical steps necessary to address the current security challenges of nuclear weapons and to move toward the goal Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev envisaged in their historic meeting at Reykjavik: the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The distinguished group of contributors includes former officials of the past six administrations—Republican and Democratic—along with senior scholars and scientific experts on nuclear issues. They discuss the critical issues involved in reducing the number of weapons, preventing the growth of new nuclear weapons capabilities, securing nuclear stockpiles worldwide, the challenges of verification and compliance with treaties to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation, preventing the spread of technology for nuclear fuel enrichment and reprocessing, dealing with regional animosities, and engaging the entire international community in the joint enterprise of reducing the nuclear threat.

Contributors: Steven P. Andreasen, Bruce G. Blair, Matthew Bunn, Sidney D. Drell, Robert Einhorn, James E. Goodby, Rose Gottemoeller, David Holloway, Edward Ifft, Raymond Jeanloz, Raymond Juzaitis, Max M. Kampelman, Jack F. Matlock Jr., John E. McLaughlin, Henry S. Rowen, George P. Shultz, James Timbie

Commentaries by: Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William J. Perry, and George P. Shultz

The Education Apocalypse [EPUB]

The Education Apocalypse [EPUB]
The Education Apocalypse: How It Happened and How to Survive It by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
2015 | EPUB | 1.55MB

For decades, the U.S. invested ever-growing fortunes into its antiquated K-12 education system in exchange for steadily worse outcomes. At the same time, Americans spent more than they could afford on higher education, driven by the kind of cheap credit that fueled the housing crisis. The graduates of these systems were left unprepared for a global economy, unable to find jobs, and on the hook for student loans they could never repay. Economist Herb Stein famously said that something that can’t go on forever, won’t. In the case of American education, it couldn’t—and it didn’t.

In The Education Apocalypse, Glenn Harlan Reynolds explains how American education as we knew it collapsed – and how we can all benefit from unprecedented power and freedom in the aftermath. From the advent of online education to the rebirth of forgotten alternatives like apprenticeships, Reynolds shows students, parents, and educators how—beyond merely surviving the fallout—they can rethink and rebuild American education from the ground up.

Basic Figure Drawing Techniques [EPUB]

Basic Figure Drawing Techniques [EPUB]
Basic Figure Drawing Techniques edited by Greg Albert
1994 | EPUB | 7.22MB
  • How to mix every color you need from a basic palette
  • Pages of detailed at-a-glance color charts
  • Mixing with both dry and water-soluble pencils
  • Ideas for mixing a wide range of greens
  • The best mixture for deep, rich colors
  • Useful techniques for blending and overlaying
  • Technical information on pigments

Basic Colored Pencil Techniques [EPUB]

Basic Colored Pencil Techniques [EPUB]
Basic Colored Pencil Techniques by Bet Borgeson
1997 | EPUB | 6.1MB

Easy-to-follow demonstrations show you how to use colored pencils to paint trees, flowers, animals, people and other popular subjects.

The colored pencil is an easy-to-use, inexpensive and incredibly expressive medium. And nobody is more skilled with the pencil than Bet Borgeson.

Using many visual examples to illustrate her points, Bet will teach you how to use layering, burnishing, lifting color and other basic colored pencil techniques to create an exciting range of effects—from highly detailed realism to loose, luscious color. She also offers advice on choosing the right materials, conveying textures, layering in backgrounds, and combining colored pencil with other mediums.

Drawing in Pen & Ink [EPUB]

Drawing in Pen & Ink [EPUB]
Drawing in Pen & Ink by Claudia Nice
1997 | EPUB | 12.46MB

Got a yearning to pick up a pen and see what you can do? Go for it! But don't sketch alone—let popular artist and teacher Claudia Nice be your guide. She'll make your first steps fun and successful!

In her trademark style—friendly and encouraging—Claudia will show you how to do a sketch of a subject that actually ends up looking like the subject. And she shares her secrets for turning simple lines and dots into all kinds of lifelike textures, including leaves, glass, hair, fruit, water, clouds, wood grain, grass, fur and feathers.

Easy (and fun!) exercises get you started. Step-by-step projects teach techniques as you draw trees, flowers, barns, animals and other subjects—even people! And demonstrations show you how to put all that you've learned together to create a finished picture.

So go ahead—grab that pen and have fun! Just follow along with Claudia to get the hang of it, and before you know it you'll be making your own, original pen-and-ink drawings!

The Ballet Lover's Companion [EPUB]

The Ballet Lover's Companion [EPUB]
The Ballet Lover's Companion by Zoe Anderson
2015 | EPUB | 0.62MB

This engaging book is a welcome guide to the most successful and loved ballets seen on the stage today. Dance writer and critic Zoe Anderson focuses on 140 ballets, a core international repertory that encompasses works from the ethereal world of romantic ballet to the edgy, muscular works of modern choreographers. She provides a wealth of facts and insights, including information familiar only to dance world insiders, and considers such recent works as Alexei Ramansky's Shostakovich Trilogy and Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale as well as older ballets once forgotten but now returned to the repertory, such as Sylvia. To enhance enjoyment of each ballet, Anderson also offers tips on what to look for during a performance.

Each chapter introduces a period of ballet history and provides an overview of innovations and advancement in the art form. In the individual entries that follow, Anderson includes essential facts about each ballet’s themes, plot, composers, choreographers, dance style, and music. The author also addresses the circumstances of each ballet’s creation and its effect in the theater, and she recounts anecdotes that illuminate performance history and reception.

Reliable, accessible, and fully up to date, this book will delight anyone who attends the ballet, participates in ballet, or simply loves ballet and wants to know much more about it.

Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography [EPUB]

Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography [EPUB]
Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography by Robert Rosen
2012 | EPUB | 0.54MB

For sixteen years Robert Rosen worked behind the X-rated scenes of such porn magazines as High Society, Stag, and D-Cup. In BEAVER STREET: A HISTORY OF MODERN PORNOGRAPHY, Rosen blows the lid off the lucrative and politically hounded adult industry, providing a darkly engaging account of its tumultuous decades--from the defining Traci Lords scandal and the conception of 'free' phone sex to the burgeoning success of smut in cyberspace in the twenty-first century.

Haiti: After the Earthquake [Audiobook]

Haiti: After the Earthquake [Audiobook]
Haiti: After the Earthquake [Audiobook] by Paul Farmer, read by Meryl Streep, Edoardo Ballerini, Edwidge Danticat
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + MMOBI | 14 hrs 7 mins | 400.58MB

On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now their project was transformed into a massive international rescue and relief effort.

In his own words, Farmer documents this effort, including the harrowing obstacles and the small triumphs. Despite an outpouring of aid, the challenges were astronomical. U.N. plans were crippled by Haiti's fragile infrastructure and the death of U.N. staff members who had been based in Port-au-Prince. In chronicling the relief effort, Farmer draws attention to the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to this natural disaster.

Yet Farmer's account is not a gloomy catalog of impenetrable problems. As devastating as Haiti's circumstances are, its population manages to keep going. Farmer shows how, even in the barest camps, Haitians organize themselves, creating small businesses such as beauty parlors. His narrative is interwoven with stories from Haitians themselves and from doctors and others working on the ground. Ultimately this is a story of human endurance and humility in difficult circumstances and seemingly overwhelming odds.