The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job [EPUB]

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job [EPUB]
The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your PhD Into a Job by Karen Kelsky
2015 | EPUB | 2.89MB

The definitive career guide for grad students, adjuncts, post-docs and anyone else eager to get tenure or turn their Ph.D. into their ideal job

Each year tens of thousands of students will, after years of hard work and enormous amounts of money, earn their Ph.D. And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts, and many more who simply give up in frustration.

Those who do make it share an important asset that separates them from the pack: they have a plan. They understand exactly what they need to do to set themselves up for success. They know what really moves the needle in academic job searches, how to avoid the all-too-common mistakes that sink so many of their peers, and how to decide when to point their Ph.D. toward other, non-academic options.

Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph.D. As a former tenured professor and department head who oversaw numerous academic job searches, she knows from experience exactly what gets an academic applicant a job. And as the creator of the popular and widely respected advice site The Professor is In, she has helped countless Ph.D.’s turn themselves into stronger applicants and land their dream careers.

Now, for the first time ever, Karen has poured all her best advice into a single handy guide that addresses the most important issues facing any Ph.D., including:

  • When, where, and what to publish
  • Writing a foolproof grant application
  • Cultivating references and crafting the perfect CV
  • Acing the job talk and campus interview
  • Avoiding the adjunct trap
  • Making the leap to nonacademic work, when the time is right

The Professor Is In addresses all of these issues, and many more.

The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine [EPUB]

The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine [EPUB]
The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine by Devdutt Pattanaik
2000 | EPUB | 10.5MB

The first exhaustive collection of goddess mythologies from India.

  • Explores the evolution of goddess worship in India over 4,000 years.
  • Stunning color photographs illustrate many stories of goddess lore never before available in one collection.

In India it is said that there is a goddess in every village, a nymph in every lake. Demonesses stand guard on village frontiers, ogresses howl on crossroads, and untamed forests resound with the laughter of celestial virgins. It is a land of mysterious Apsaras and seductive Yakshinis, of terrifying Dakinis and wise Yoginis--each with a story to tell.

In this wide-reaching exploration of ancient Hindu lore and legends, author Devdutt Pattanaik discovers how earth, women and goddesses have been perceived over 4,000 years. Some of the tales recounted are revered classics, others are common and folklorish, often held in disdain by priests. Until now, most have remained hidden, isolated in distant hamlets or languishing in forgotten libraries, overwhelmed by the din of masculine sagas.

As the tales come to light through word and stunning color imagery, the author identifies the five faces given to the eternal feminine as man sought to unlock the mysteries of life: the female half of existence is at first identified with Nature, gradually deified and eventually objectified. She comes to be seen as the primal mother, fountainhead of life and nurturance. The all-giving mother then transforms into the dancing nymph, a seductress offering worldly pleasures that bind man in the cycle of life. As this nymph is domesticated, the dominant image of woman becomes the chaste wife with miraculous powers. Finally the submissive consort redefines herself as the wild and terrifying goddess who does battle, drinks blood, and demands appeasement.

Exploring mysteries of gender and biology, and shedding light on the roots of taboos and traditions practiced in India today, the author shows how the image of the Mother Goddess can be both worshipped and feared when she carries the face of mortal woman.

Symbols, Signs and Signets [EPUB]

Symbols, Signs and Signets [EPUB]
Symbols, Signs and Signets by Ernst Lehner
1969 | EPUB | 30.9MB

Reproducing in historical sequence 1355 signs, seals, and symbols from the simplest drawings of heavenly bodies, through the intricate heraldic devices of the Middle Ages, to modern cattle brands and hobo sign language, this book will be of immense value to the commercial artist and designer. The development of man as an artist and designer is here recorded pictorially by one of the world's foremost experts in the field of graphic art, Ernst Lehner.

This book is divided into 13 sections, each with a separate brief introduction: Symbolic Gods and Deities (Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Germanic, Incan, Aztec, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, etc.); Astronomy and Astrology; Alchemy, Magic, and Mystic (Nordic runes, magic circles, etc.); Church and Religion; Heraldry (coats of arms, badges, etc.); Monsters and Imaginary Figures; Japanese Crests; Marks and Signets (engravers, goldsmiths, armorers, stonemasons, etc.); Watermarks (fourteenth–eighteenth centuries); Printer's Marks (fifteenth–seventeenth centuries); Cattle Brands; and Hobo Signs. All the signs, symbols, and signets are pictured in black and white on strikingly laid out pages, with full explanatory notes for both lay readers and specialists.

Anyone interested in means of communication other than language will find this book fascinating and authoritative. The student and teacher in the graphic arts will find it a practical visual guide through the transformation of simple marks and signs into the complicated emblems of our time.

The Complete Artist's Manual [EPUB]

The Complete Artist's Manual [EPUB]
The Complete Artist's Manual: The Definitive Guide to Painting and Drawing by Simon Jennings
2014 | EPUB | 65.95MB

The practical, accessible painting and drawing guidance that made The Artist's Manual and The New Artist's Manual beloved classics now returns in a refreshed design and compact new package. With the same breadth of content as the originals, this updated version is packed with easy to follow instructions, including comprehensive information about all varieties of materials and tools, along with hundreds of critical techniques for mastering composition, color, line, tone, and more. Copiously illustrated in 1,300 color photos and examples from working artists, this new edition is the definitive guide for artists of every skill level looking to begin, develop, and perfect their skills. The Complete Artist's Manual is today's essential studio companion.

Visual Language for Designers [EPUB]

Visual Language for Designers [EPUB]
Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed
2009 | EPUB | 69.15MB

Within every picture is a hidden language that conveys a message, whether it is intended or not. This language is based on the ways people perceive and process visual information. By understanding visual language as the interface between a graphic and a viewer, designers and illustrators can learn to inform with accuracy and power.

In a time of unprecedented competition for audience attention and with an increasing demand for complex graphics, Visual Language for Designers explains how to achieve quick and effective communications. It presents ways to design for the strengths of our innate mental capacities and to compensate for our cognitive limitations.

Includes:

  • How to organize graphics for quick perception
  • How to direct the eyes to essential information
  • How to use visual shorthand for efficient communication
  • How to make abstract ideas concrete
  • How to best express visual complexity
  • How to charge a graphic with energy and emotion

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications [EPUB]

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications [EPUB]
Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications by Suzanne Brooker
2010 | EPUB | 47.33MB

The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in academic art circles. Fortunately for aspiring artists today who wish to learn the methods that allowed the Old Masters to achieve the luminous color and subtle tonalities so characteristic of their work, this knowledge has been preserved in hundreds of small traditional painting ateliers that persevered in the old ways in this country and throughout the world.

Coming out of this dedicated movement, Portrait Painting Atelier is an essential resource for an art community still recovering from a time when solid instruction in art technique was unavailable in our schools. Of particular value here is a demonstration of the Old Masters’ technique of layering paint over a toned-ground surface, a process that builds from the transparent dark areas to the more densely painted lights. This method unifies the entire painting, creating a beautiful glow that illuminates skin tones and softly blends all the color tones. Readers will also find valuable instruction in paint mediums from classic oil-based to alkyd-based, the interactive principles of composition and photograph-based composition, and the anatomy of the human face and the key relationships among its features.

Richly illustrated with the work of preeminent masters such as Millet, Géricault, and van Gogh, as well as some of today’s leading portrait artists—and featuring seven detailed step-by-step portrait demonstrations—Portrait Painting Atelier is the first book in many years to so comprehensively cover the concepts and techniques of traditional portraiture.

Painting and Understanding Abstract Art [EPUB]

Painting and Understanding Abstract Art [EPUB]
Painting and Understanding Abstract Art by John Lowry
2013 | EPUB | 92.89MB

Painting and Understanding Abstract Art is a practical book on how to paint abstracts but it also explains how to approach and understand abstract art. It moves the teaching of art from a doing level of painting a certain subject in a particular medium to a thinking level of 'what am I doing when I paint?' and 'what am I trying to say in this painting?' Using practical exercises with explanatory text, John Lowry develops the thinking and doing processes together and leads the reader to a greater understanding and appreciation of this most exciting art genre. Gives advice on moving from figurative painting towards abstraction, and explains the tools to abstraction - simplifying and exaggerating; eliminating curves and straights; changing colours, lines and items ; emphasising positive and negative shapes; and using contrast. Includes practical exercises to help develop your own style and understand the techniques of the masters, and offers an overview of the lives and times of artists involved in the stage-by-stage evolution from realism to abstraction. Aimed at beginners and the more experienced, and illustrated with 229 colour illustrations.

Watercolor: Realistic Painting [EPUB]

Watercolor: Realistic Painting [EPUB]
Watercolor: Realistic Painting: Learn to paint step by step by Daniel K Tennant
2011 | EPUB | 51.47MB

Creating a piece of artwork that might be mistaken for a photograph is the goal of many aspiring artists. With this 32-page guide, even beginners can learn methods for painting with amazing realism and accuracy. Accomplished artist Daniel Tennant explains the basics of using gouache and airbrushing and provides in-depth information on essential techniques such as gradating, using stencils, and creating a metallic effect. He also offers instruction on common elements of traditional still lifes, guiding readers from applying the initial layer of color through adding texture to detailing with shadows and highlights. The book also features several inspiring projects, each broken down into numerous, digestible steps so artists can easily follow along.

The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions [EPUB]

The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions [EPUB]
The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions by J T Garrett
2003 | EPUB | 1.08MB

A practical guide to the medicinal uses of over 450 plants and herbs as applied in the traditional practices of the Cherokee.

  • Details the uses of over 450 plants for the treatment of over 120 ailments.
  • Written by the coauthor of Medicine of the Cherokee (40,000 copies sold).
  • Explains the healing elements of the Four Directions and the plants associated with them.
  • Includes traditional teaching tales as told to the author by Cherokee Elders.

In this rare collection of the acquired herbal knowledge of Cherokee Elders, author J. T. Garrett presents the healing properties and medicinal applications of over 450 North American plants. Readers will learn how Native American healers utilize the gifts of nature for ceremonial purposes and to treat over 120 ailments, from the common cold to a bruised heart. The book presents the medicine of the Four Directions and the plants with which each direction is associated. From the East comes the knowledge of "heart medicine"--blood-building tonics and plants for vitality and detoxification. The medicine of the South focuses on the innocence of life and the energy of youthfulness. West medicine treats the internal aspects of the physical body to encourage strength and endurance, while North medicine offers a sense of freedom and connection to the stars and the greater Universal Circle. This resource also includes traditional teaching tales to offer insights from Cherokee cosmology into the origin of illness, how the animals found their medicine, and the naming of the plants.

Secrets from the Eating Lab [EPUB]

Secrets from the Eating Lab [EPUB]
Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again
2015 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Is Your Diet Making You Fat?

From her Health and Eating Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Professor Traci Mann researches self-control and dieting. And what she has discovered is groundbreaking: not only do diets not work, they often result in weight gain. We are losing the battle of the bulge because our bodies and brains are not hardwired to resist food—in fact, the very idea of it works against our biological imperative to survive.

In Secrets from the Eating Lab, Mann challenges assumptions—including those that make up the foundation of the weight loss industry—about how diets work and why they fail. As Mann explains, most weight loss plans are reliant on the notion of willpower—and willpower is an illusion. Moreover, even when we are able to successfully lose weight, our bodies fight our efforts, seeking to regain the weight we've worked so hard to lose. In the end, we become chronic "yo-yo" dieters, destined to lose and regain the same pounds time and again. The diet industry is well aware of these facts and has tellingly built their business model on the concept of the "repeat customer"; they know we'll be back.

The result of more than two decades of research, Secrets from the Eating Lab presents cutting-edge science and offers exciting new insights into the American obesity epidemic and our relationship with food. From redefining "comfort food" to reconsidering healthy food labeling that, ironically, makes us less inclined to make healthy choices, Mann presents an arsenal of simple, common-sense strategies that take advantage of human nature instead of fighting it—helping you to achieve a healthy and sustainable weight.

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul [EPUB]

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul [EPUB]
Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul: Discovering the Flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean by Rick Stein
2015 | EPUB | 17.19MB

From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavours to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond – the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character.

Accompanying the major BBC Two series, Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul includes over 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels in the region. The ultimate mezze spread of baba ghanoush, pide bread and keftedes. Mouthwatering garlic shrimps with soft polenta. Heavenly Dalmatian fresh fig tart.

Packed with stunning photography of the food and locations, and filled with Rick's passion for fresh produce and authentic cooking, this is a stunning collection of inspiring recipes to evoke the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.

San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 [EPUB]

San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 [EPUB]
San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 by Fred Lyon
2014 | EPUB | 49.4MB

With a landmark around every corner and a picture perfect view atop every hill, San Francisco might be the world's most picturesque city. And yet, the Golden City is so much more than postcard vistas. It's a town alive with history, culture, and a palpable sense of grandeur best captured by a man known as San Francisco's Brassai. Walking the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local's view in dramatic black-and-white photos— from fog-drenched mornings in North Beach and cable cars on Market Street to moody night shots of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard Street. In San Francisco, Portrait of a City 1940–1960, Fred Lyon captures the iconic landscapes and one-of-a-kind personalities that transformed the city by the bay into a legend. Lyon's anecdotes and personal remembrances, including sly portraits of San Francisco characters such as writer Herb Caen, painters Richard Diebenkorn and Jean Varda, and madame and former mayor of Sausalito Sally Stanford add an artist's first-hand view to this portrait of a classic American city.

The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It [EPUB]

The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It [EPUB]
The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It by Owen Jones
2015 | EPUB | 2.04MB

A major bestseller in the UK and a six-time Best Book of 2014, The Establishment is a sweeping look at how power and money have made British politics hugely undemocratic.

Power, money, and undemocratic politics—wait, does that sound familiar?

Who wields power in politics?

It is a question that's asked all too often—and never really answered. But that's exactly what Owen Jones has done in The Establishment, which has already taken Great Britain by storm. To expose the shadowy and unaccountable network of people who dominate British political life—the people who influence major decisions and reap huge profits in the process—Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the very heart of the elite.

From the lobbies of the Houses of Parliament to Rupert Murdoch's newsrooms to the conference rooms of some of the world's biggest banks, Jones systematically explores the revolving doors that link the worlds of politics, media, and finance—and shows how this corrupt and incestuous world came to be.

Funny, sharp, and rich with brilliant descriptions of the men and women at the heart of the elite, The Establishment is a joy to read, but its diagnosis is deadly serious: the establishment is the biggest threat to democracy today. And it's time, writes Jones, for it to be challenged.

Becoming a Supple Leopard, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Becoming a Supple Leopard, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance, 2nd Edition by Glen Cordoza, Kelly Starrett
2015 | EPUB | 41.29MB

Updated and expanded with more than 80 pages of new content!

Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett—founder of MobilityWOD.com—shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life. This new edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller has been thoroughly revised to make it even easier to put to use.

Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement? Becoming a Supple Leopard lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport. Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements, whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries? Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements, such the squat, deadlift, pushup, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch, and muscle-up, but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements. Frustrated because you can't perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions? Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas, Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility. Unsure how to put it all together into a program that addresses your individual needs? This updated edition lays out dozens of prescriptions that allow you to hone in on a specific limitation, a nagging injury, or an exercise fault that you just can't seem to get right. It even offers a 14-day full-body mobility overhaul.

Performance is what drives us as human beings, but dysfunctional movement patterns can bring the human body to an abrupt halt. Often, the factors that impede performance are invisible even to seasoned athletes and coaches. Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from physical restrictions, this one-of-a-kind training manual will teach you how to harness your athletic potential and maintain your body.

Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, unlock your athletic potential, live pain-free…and become a Supple Leopard.

This step-by-step guide to movement and mobility will show you how to:

  • Move safely and efficiently in all situations
  • Organize your spine and joints in optimal, stable positions
  • Restore normal function to your joints and tissues
  • Accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition
  • Properly perform strength and conditioning movements like the squat, bench press, pushup, deadlift, clean, and snatch
  • Build efficient, transferable movement patterns and skill progressions from simple to more advanced exercises
  • Identify, diagnose, and correct inefficient movement patterns
  • Treat and resolve common symptoms like low back pain, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow
  • Prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries
  • Use mobilization techniques to address short and stiff muscles, soft tissue and joint capsule restriction, motor control problems, and joint range of motion limitations
  • Create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency

SAS Combat Handbook [EPUB]

SAS Combat Handbook [EPUB]
SAS Combat Handbook by Barry Davies
2015 | EPUB | 10.61MB

An SAS soldier explains the battle history of this prestigious military service, while teaching how you can defend yourself in both hand-to-hand and military combat.

Seventy years after its inception, the Special Air Service (SAS) is recognized by many as one of the most decorated military forces in the world. Their soldiers do battle on a daily basis, taking actions that are normally swift, very hard hitting, and extremely secretive. They will go—willingly—deep behind enemy lines, taking on incredible odds and risking their lives in the hope of rescuing others.

In the SAS Combat Handbook, you will be informed on all aspects of SAS operations. With never-before-seen photographs of these heroes in action and untold stories of individual acts of bravery, you will be taught the key combat methods that have made this military group exactly what they are: elite.
Included are training tips that will teach you about various military tactics, such as:

  • The art of cover and remaining hidden behind enemy lines
  • The keys to covert insertion and extraction operations
  • Counterterrorism skills, including building entry, ambush, and sniping
  • Fire battles on land, in the air, or at sea
  • And so much more

From the gathering of intelligence to undercover operations, the SAS is made up of two hundred men who are rigorously selected, highly trained, and ready to face what others fear. They know what it takes to get the job done, and no matter the situation, their combat skills are the best in the business.

Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War [EPUB]

Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War [EPUB]
Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War by John McCain, Mark Salter
2014 | EPUB | 19.38MB

John McCain's evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love. You'll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who at the tender age of fifteen fought in the Revolutionary War; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor in the War of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American War, whose life inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there's Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disillusioned by the Civil War, and Littleton "Tony" Waller, court-martialed for refusing to massacre Filipino civilians.

Each account illustrates a particular aspect of war, such as Mary Rhoads, an Army reservist forever changed by an Iraqi scud missile attack during the Persian Gulf War, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who saved several lives in an ambushed convoy. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, these thirteen soldiers embody the best America has to offer.

The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport From Homer to Byzantium [EPUB]

The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport From Homer to Byzantium [EPUB]
The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport From Homer to Byzantium by David Potter
2011 | EPUB | 3.45MB

The Victor's Crown brings to vivid life the signal role of sport in the classical world. Ranging over a dozen centuries--from Archaic Greece through to the late Roman and early Byzantine empires--David Potter's lively narrative shows how sport, to the ancients, was not just a dim reflection of religion and politics but a potent social force in its own right. The passion for sport among the participants and fans of antiquity has been matched in history only by our own time.

Potter first charts the origins of competitive athletics in Greece during the eighth century BC and the emergence of the Olympics as a preeminent cultural event. He focuses especially on the experiences of spectators and athletes, especially in violent sports such as boxing and wrestling, and describes the physiology of conditioning, training techniques, and sport's role in education. Throughout, we meet the great athletes of the past and learn what made them great. The rise of the Roman Empire transformed the sporting world by popularizing new entertainments, particularly gladiatorial combat, a specialized form of chariot racing, and beast hunts. Here, too, Potter examines sport from the perspectives of both athlete and spectator, as he vividly describes competitions held in such famous arenas as the Roman Coliseum and the Circus Maximus. The Roman government promoted and organized sport as a central feature of the Empire, making it a sort of common cultural currency to the diverse inhabitants of its vast territory.

While linking ancient sport to events such as religious ceremonies and aristocratic displays, Potter emphasizes above all that it was the thrill of competition--to those who competed and those who watched--that ensured sport's central place in the Greco-Roman world.

Inspired to Design: Seven Steps to Successful Art Quilts [EPUB]

Inspired to Design: Seven Steps to Successful Art Quilts [EPUB]
Inspired to Design: Seven Steps to Successful Art Quilts by Elizabeth Barton
2013 | EPUB | 47.32MB

Awaken your inner artist with this hands-on, exciting exercise guide that takes you through the seven-step process to design successful art quilts. Celebrated quilter Elizabeth Barton shows you how to master every step, from finding inspiration to creating a design and constructing the final quilt. Before you know it, you’ll be designing quilts that are real works of art, even if you’ve never studied art before. Includes in-depth sections on composing a design, working with color and value, and much more — turns quilters at any level into better quilt designers.

Freehand Drawing and Discovery [EPUB]

Freehand Drawing and Discovery [EPUB]
Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers by James Richards
2013 | EPUB | 223.35MB

Designed to help architects, planners, and landscape architects use freehand sketching to quickly and creatively generate design concepts, Freehand Drawing and Discovery uses an array of cross-disciplinary examples to help readers develop their drawing skills. Taking a "both/and" approach, this book provides step-by-step guidance on drawing tools and techniques and offers practical suggestions on how to use these skills in conjunction with digital tools on real-world projects. Illustrated with nearly 300 full color drawings, the book includes a series of video demonstrations that reinforces the sketching techniques.

The New Art of Photographing Nature [EPUB]

The New Art of Photographing Nature [EPUB]
The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes by Art Wolfe, Martha Hill
2013 | EPUB | 51.44MB

What is the difference between a good picture and a great one? In this fully revised edition of the classic bestseller The Art of Photographing Nature, master photographer Art Wolfe and former Audubon photo editor Martha Hill team up to explain the art of composing images of enduring beauty. Against a backdrop of more than 250 photographs of nature, wildlife, and landscapes, they share insights and advice about what works and what doesn’t, and how small changes can take an image from ordinary to extraordinary. Throughout, all-new tips from digital imaging expert Tim Grey show readers how to make the most of digital technology, whether by choosing the right color space, understanding sensor size, or removing distracting elements in post-processing. The result is an invaluable collection of expert advice updated for the modern age.

Instrument by Pat Graham [EPUB]

Instrument by Pat Graham [EPUB]
Instrument by Pat Graham
2011 | EPUB | 53.15MB

Instruments tell stories through their appearance as much as through their sound.

Pat Graham's photographs capture the intimate relationship between musician and instrument told by the signs of wear of fingers on frets or keys, chips, scratches, and modifications by the artists who have played, beaten on, bled over, and made them their own.

For more than ten years, Graham has been documenting these amazing instruments and collecting stories about them from musicians on the road, in clubs, and at home, including members of The Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, R.E.M., New Order, Wire, Fugazi, Built to Spill, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more. His gritty and beautiful images reveal the physical nature of music.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens [EPUB]

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens [EPUB]
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens: Do-it-yourself and Save, 3rd Edition
2009 | EPUB | 68.17MB

A new edition to the bestselling The Complete Guide to Kitchens, this updated book looks beyond the world of 500-square-foot kitchens with professional stainless steel appliances and presents a host of creative remodeling and updating projects that make sense for anyone. From converting a closet into a pantry to replacing old countertops and cabinets, this book is packed with clear photos and step-by-step instructions for the home DIYer.

250 Amazing Hunting Tips [EPUB]

250 Amazing Hunting Tips [EPUB]
250 Amazing Hunting Tips: The Best Tactics and Techniques to Get Your Game This Season by Lamar Underwood, Nate Matthews
2015 | EPUB | 11.14MB

The very best tactics and techniques that successful hunters use to get their game.

With years of hunting experience, Lamar Underwood and Nate Matthews know the best gear, the best tactics, the best times and places to hunt, and what to do once game has been taken. Now, they want you to know the tips that they've picked up from their long experience. 250 Amazing Hunting Tips is a concise, easy to read collection of the best tested tidbits of wisdom from two longtime hunters.

250 Amazing Hunting Tips focuses on the game species that most of us hunt for: deer, elk, bear, boar, pheasants, quail, grouse, ducks, geese, turkeys, small game, and much more. Included are techniques and advice on such things as the best equipment for different game, how to train gun dogs, where to place tree stands for your best chance at a deer, how to effectively use decoys, and much more. Divided into convenient sections, the tips in this book offer something for both experienced hunters and beginners heading out for the first time.

The guy who always gets his buck or consistently comes home with braces of birds isn't lucky—he just studies his quarry thoroughly, so there is nothing left to luck when he ventures afield. With 250 Amazing Hunting Tips, you acquire that knowledge as well. With this specially selected collection of hunting know-how, you will get more birds, deer, or whatever you choose to hunt, and have more fun doing it.

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden [EPUB]

The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden [EPUB]
The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color by Lee Schneller
2009 | EPUB | 64.2MB

The gardener's fantasy of colorful blooms that begin in early spring and continue through the last glow of fall is now an achievable reality. With a little careful planning and the fun-to-use formulas in The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden, season-spanning spectacular color is more attainable than ever before.

Author Lee Schneller developed her blueprint system when she began designing gardens professionally, and she has successfully applied it to more than 150 gardens. Now she brings her proven system to gardeners everywhere who continue to chase that elusive dream of perpetual bloom.

Schneller's system is a wonder of organization and information - packed with checklists and questionnaires, planning equations and plant characteristics. Yet for all its wealth of information, gardeners of every level will find Schneller's techniques simple to use and her blueprints fun to customize. Readers choose from a list of 220 low-maintenance plants organized by bloom month and supported by a Flower Catalog with basic growing information and photos of all 220 plants.

By following five simple steps, readers develop a unique garden design featuring personally chosen plants that deliver height, color, and tons of blooms all season long. For added convenience, the completed planning chart also serves as a plant shopping list.

Once the blueprint has been created, Schneller helps readers put the plan to work, offering advice on shopping, planting, and finally, enjoying and maintaining the garden.

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens [EPUB]

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens [EPUB]
The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Everything You Need to Know and Didn't Know You Needed to Know About Backyard and Urban Chickens by Andy Schneider, Brigid McCrea
2011 | EPUB | 54.24MB

Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knows…and everything you need to know…about raising a backyard flock! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle.

Inside, you’ll learn:

  • The Benefits of a Backyard Chicken Flock
  • So You're Eggspecting: The Art of Incubation
  • The Art of Brooding
  • Home Sweet Home: Coops & Runs
  • Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
  • …and much more!

The Ultimate Unofficial Rainbow Loom Handbook [EPUB]

The Ultimate Unofficial Rainbow Loom Handbook [EPUB]
The Ultimate Unofficial Rainbow Loom Handbook: Step-by-Step Instructions to Stitching, Weaving, and Looping Colorful Bracelets, Rings, Charms, and More by Instructables
2015 | EPUB | 65.85MB

With millions of Rainbow Looms sold, the colorful toy is off to a sizzling start and shows no signs of stopping. Skyhorse Publishing and Instructables.com join forces to bring you the best in Rainbow Loom projects. From toys to jewelry, The Ultimate Unofficial Rainbow Loom Handbook will show you just how much you can do with a few rubber bands, a hook, and a little imagination. Brought to you by the very best Rainbow Loom enthusiasts at Instructables.com, these projects will keep you looping and weaving for hours on end. There’s no need to fear confusing instructions; these projects are made by loomers just like you. Learn how to:

  • Loop your way to a cute ring
  • Weave a fishtail bracelet
  • Create vegetable garden charms
  • Use a fork to make a necklace
  • And much, much more!

From simple rings to funky goldfish charms, the looming-made-easy instructions allow anyone to master the Rainbow Loom. Create funky bracelets to stack on your arm, or surprise your best friend with a customized charm necklace. Spice up everyday household objects with Rainbow Loom accessories. Because the simple steps are paired with clear photographs, when in doubt, just look! Multiple project options give you the opportunity to find the best way of creating your rainbow collection. After all, every craftsman has a unique way of doing things. So bust out your loom and gear up for a heavy dose of color—The Ultimate Unofficial Rainbow Loom Handbook will turn you into a loomer extraordinaire.