The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs [Audiobook]

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs [Audiobook]
The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs [Audiobook] by Greil Marcus, read by Henry Rollins
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs | 195.14MB

Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

"Transmission" by Joy Division. "All I Could Do Was Cry" by Etta James and then Beyoncé. "To Know Him Is to Love Him", first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus' hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices. This audiobook, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism - and its most gifted and incisive practitioner - is destined to become an enduring classic.

Yoga Gym: The Revolutionary 28 Day Bodyweight Plan - for Strength, Flexibility and Fat Loss [EPUB]

Yoga Gym: The Revolutionary 28 Day Bodyweight Plan - for Strength, Flexibility and Fat Loss [EPUB]
Yoga Gym: The Revolutionary 28 Day Bodyweight Plan - for Strength, Flexibility and Fat Loss by Nicola Jane Hobbs
2015 | EPUB | 47.36MB

Yoga Gym is for you if you want to start a fitness plan that will get you strong and supple. This effective 28-day yoga training programme will build strength, improve mobility and burn fat.

Whether you're a yoga fanatic, regular exerciser or complete novice, Yoga Gym is a totally new way to work out. By choosing from over 150 poses and exercises, or following the programme, Yoga Gym gives you the training, nutrition and motivational tools to sculpt a strong body and build a strong mind.

  • Blends together traditional yoga poses with dynamic bodyweight strength training techniques that appeal to both men and women
  • An effective, easy to follow, do-anywhere workout using no equipment
  • Contains information on diet and yoga philosophy

Yoga Gym's message is powerful – yoga makes you strong!

Self Massage: The Complete 15-Minute-A-Day Massage Programme [EPUB]

Self Massage: The Complete 15-Minute-A-Day Massage Programme [EPUB]
Self Massage: The Complete 15-Minute-A-Day Massage Programme by Jacqueline Young
2015 | EPUB | 13.99MB

Self Massage is simple and effective self-care programme which can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Just 15 minutes a day will prepare your body and mind for any stresses and strains ahead. This book will show you how to:

Increase vitality Relieve tiredness Aid relaxation Build up good health Relieve common ailments Ease neck and back pain

Fully illustrated with photos and line drawings – this is a clear step-by-step guide to self-massage.

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh [EPUB]

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh [EPUB]
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto
2015 | EPUB | 89.9MB

Delve into the home of the world’s most beloved bear!

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In the pages of this enchanting book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life.

This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.

HomeMade Modern: Smart DIY Designs for a Stylish Home [EPUB]

HomeMade Modern: Smart DIY Designs for a Stylish Home [EPUB]
HomeMade Modern: Smart DIY Designs for a Stylish Home by Ben Uyeda
2015 | EPUB | 38.6MB

30 Attractive Projects You’ll Actually Want to Make

Everyone is capable of making useful things, and beautifully made modern furniture shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars. In HomeMade Modern you’ll learn to make the furniture you want at a fraction of the price of store-bought furniture. Not only will you save tons of money, but you’ll also make environmentally sustainable pieces that are solidly built, using real materials like metal, wood, concrete, and other recycled ready-mades.

The projects in this book don’t require special skills, prior experience, or even a garage full of tools. This book will walk you step-by-step through the process of making furniture, from where to buy the materials (or where to scavenge!) to how to make the most of the tools you own. All you need is a sense of adventure to make furniture that looks amazing and that you can actually afford.

The Medicinal Power of Cannabis: Using a Natural Herb to Heal Arthritis, Nausea, Pain, and Other Ailments [EPUB]

The Medicinal Power of Cannabis: Using a Natural Herb to Heal Arthritis, Nausea, Pain, and Other Ailments [EPUB]
The Medicinal Power of Cannabis: Using a Natural Herb to Heal Arthritis, Nausea, Pain, and Other Ailments by John Hicks
2015 | EPUB | 1.19MB

It's no surprise that marijuana has healing powers, but whether or not using it to treat common ailments should be legalized continues to be a hot topic of debate among government leaders and medical practitioners alike. Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, an herb whose leaves can be extracted and used as a recreational drug, allowing users to feel a euphoric high. But the cannabis plant has many non-psychoactive properties as well. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant that has been proven to have all the healing powers of marijuana without the psychoactive properties.

With over thirty years of experience in integrated holistic health, Dr. John Hicks presents here his extensive knowledge and research. In this revolutionary book, Dr. Hicks touches on an area of holistic health that many medical practitioners have over looked in the past. He begins by explaining the root cause of most diseases—inflammation—and then illustrates how inflammation progresses into the various diseases and ailments that plague us. Finally, he shows how CBD can stop the inflammation and heal the problem.

CBD has been shown to help:

  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Seizures
  • Huntington's disease
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • And much, much more

With information ranging from easy-to-understand terminology to scientific studies based on Hick’s decades of experience in integrative medicine, this book has a little bit of something for everyone, from your typical hypochondriac to the seasoned medical practitioner.

Great Garden Design: Contemporary Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces [EPUB]

Great Garden Design: Contemporary Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces [EPUB]
Great Garden Design: Contemporary Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces by Ian Hodgson
2015 | EPUB | 33.12MB

This book presents the best garden designs of the last five years from more than 50 top garden designers. It offers design solutions for every situation, every area, all tastes and budgets, and any size of garden. It draws on the talents of celebrated designers such as Tom Stuart Smith, Luciano Giubbilei, Cleve West, Dan Pearson and Joe Swift. It also showcases the work of lesser-known designers whose innovating designs deserve wider recognition.

The process of garden design requires many thousands of small decisions in the pursuit of the most appealing solutions for outdoor spaces. But this book makes the complex process simpler by offering ample choices of contemporary design for you to explore what's possible, what's practical and what's affordable.

Comprising garden rooms, ornamental details, styles and planting ideas, this book will appeal to every forward-looking garden owner, whether they manage a small or medium sized garden, a roof terrace, balcony or courtyard space. It offers cutting edge solutions for those seeking an entirely new look as well as key details that can make all the difference.

The Lavender Lover's Handbook [PDF]

The Lavender Lover's Handbook [PDF]
The Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cookin by Sarah Berringer Bader
2012 | PDF | 42.82MB

With its intoxicating scent, gorgeous wands of purple flowers, and silvery foliage, lavender is one of the most sought-after plants. But the horticultural reasons for choosing lavender go far beyond its beauty. Lavender attracts beneficial insects, requires little water once established, and is deer resistant.

In The Lavender Lover's Handbook, lavender grower Sarah Bader teaches gardeners how they can successfully grow this beloved plant. Featuring the 100 easiest, most stunning lavenders available today, this beginner's guide provides a complete checklist of the color, fragrance, size, and foliage of each plant, in addition to basic pruning, spacing, and planting requirements. The text is rounded out with tips on how to harvest, cook, and craft with this wonderful herb.

Its abundant variety, hardiness, fragrance, and culinary uses make lavender one of the most popular and versatile plants. And now, with this practical and accessible guide in hand, it's easier than ever to grow at home.

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times [EPUB]

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times [EPUB]
Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening without Wasting Water by Maureen Gilmer
2015 | EPUB | 100.93MB

Here is the definitive guide to growing healthy organic vegetables without wasting our precious water resources! This incredibly timely book will give dedicated home gardeners the know-how to grow delicious produce in dry times, focusing on four different low-water conditions in the western United States: voluntary water conservation, drought, and both high and low desert. Using modern techniques, as well as tips and stories from native traditions ranging from the southwestern United States to the Middle East, this guide offers the best of ancient wisdom and the newest innovations in conservation, and includes varietal recommendations and a seasonal crop guide.

Handmade Garden Projects [EPUB]

Handmade Garden Projects [EPUB]
Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More by Lorene Edwards Forkner
2011 | EPUB + PDF | 26.75/29.88MB

You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how.

Projects run the gamut from eye-catching structures, like a pergola made from plumbing pipes, to imaginative details, like a tree-hung chandelier for nighttime ambiance. You'll also find helpful plant guides to accompany projects: delectable herbs to fill a stacking container tower, stellar succulents for a vertical gutter garden, glorious flowering vines to climb a bamboo obelisk, and so much more.

Ready to get started? All you need are refreshingly simple, inexpensive materials — hardware store basics, salvaged goods, repurposed castoffs from cluttered basements — along with a little do-it-yourself spirit. With clear instructions and inspiring variations on every theme, this book is easy to follow and easy to love. Your journey to a made-from-scratch outdoor space starts here.

Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias [PDF]

Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias [PDF]
Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias by Zenaida Sengo
2014 | PDF | 44.92MB

Air Plants, by Zenaida Sengo, the interior coordinator at the popular San Francisco-based Flora Grubb Gardens, shows how simple and rewarding it is to grow, craft, and design with these modern beauties. Decorating with air plants is made easy with stunning photographs that showcase ideas for using them mounted on walls, suspended from the ceiling, as living bows and jewelry, as screens, and in unique containers, like leather pouches, dishes, and baskets. Six step-by-step projects include a wood mount, a wall hook, lasso-and-hook wiring, a ceramic-frame garden, and three unique terrariums.

Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals [EPUB]

Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals [EPUB]
Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals by Michael Hearst
2015 | EPUB | 9.39MB

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people such as:

  • Evel Knievel, who jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound buses
  • The Iceman, the most well-preserved human, found in the ice after 5,300 years
  • Sam Patch, who jumped Niagara Falls for $75
  • Helen Thayer, who walked to the North Pole alone
  • Roy Sullivan, who was struck by lightning 7 times

These intriguing facts and hundreds more await curious readers, amateur historians, and anyone who aspires to the altogether extraordinary!

Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces [EPUB]

Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces [EPUB]
Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces by Maxwell Ryan
2015 | EPUB | 372.28MB

Whether you inhabit a studio or a sprawling house with one challenging space, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, co-founder of the most popular interior design website, Apartment Therapy, will help you transform tiny into totally fabulous.

According to Maxwell, size constraints can actually unlock your design creativity and allow you to focus on what’s essential. In this vibrant book, he shares forty small, cool spaces that will change your thinking forever.

These apartments and houses demonstrate hundreds of inventive solutions for creating more space in your home, and for making it more comfortable. Leading us through entrances, living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and kids’ rooms, Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces is brimming with ingenious tips and ideas, such as:

  • Shifting the sense of scale through contrasting colors
  • Adding airiness by using transparent collections
  • Utilizing the area under a loft bed for a kitchen and mini-bar
  • Tucking an office with chic vintage doors into an unused bedroom corner

In each dwelling Maxwell points out what makes the layout work and what adds style. Most of the “therapy” involves minor tweaks that can be accomplished on a limited budget, such as dividing a room with sheer curtains, turning a door into a desk, or disguising electrical boxes with art displays. An extensive resource guide, including Maxwell’s favorite websites for buying desks, open storage solutions, and much more, will help you turn even the tiniest residence into a place you are always happy to come home to.

Mad Mitch's Tribal Law: Aden and the End of the Empire [EPUB]

Mad Mitch's Tribal Law: Aden and the End of the Empire [EPUB]
Mad Mitch's Tribal Law: Aden and the End of the Empire by Aaron Edwards
2014 | EPUB | 5.75MB

Aden, 20 June 1967: two army Land Rovers burn ferociously in the midday sun. The bodies of nine British soldiers litter the road. Thick black smoke bellows above Crater town, home to insurgents who are fighting the British-backed Federation government. Crater had come to symbolise Arab nationalist defiance in the face of the world's most powerful empire.

Hovering 2,000 ft. above the smouldering destruction, a tiny Scout helicopter surveys the scene. Its passenger is the recently arrived Commanding Officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Mitchell. Soon the world's media would christen him 'Mad Mitch', in recognition of his controversial reoccupation of Crater two weeks later.

Mad Mitch was truly a man out of his time. Supremely self-confident and debonair, he was an empire builder, not dismantler, and railed against the national malaise he felt had gripped Britain's political establishment. Drawing on a wide array of never-before-seen archival sources and eyewitness testimonies, Mad Mitch's Tribal Law tells the remarkable story of inspiring leadership, loyalty and betrayal in the final days of British Empire. It is, above all, a shocking account of Britain's forgotten war on terror.

The Bomb: A Life [EPUB]

The Bomb: A Life [EPUB]
The Bomb: A Life by Gerard J DeGroot
2004 | EPUB + AZW3 | 1.05/1.14MB

Before the Bomb, there were simply 'bombs', lower case. But it was the twentieth century, one hundred years of almost incredible scientific progress, that saw the birth of the Bomb, the human race's most powerful and most destructive discovery.

In this magisterial and enthralling account, Gerard DeGroot gives us the life story of the Bomb, from its birth in the turn-of-the-century physics labs of Europe to a childhood in the New Mexico desert of the 1940s, from adolescence and early adulthood in Nagasaki and Bikini, Australia and Siberia to unsettling maturity in test sites and missile silos all over the globe. By turns horrific, awe-inspiring and blackly comic, The Bomb is never less than compelling.

Nazi Steel: Freidrich Flick and German Expansion in Western Europe, 1940-1944 [EPUB]

Nazi Steel: Freidrich Flick and German Expansion in Western Europe, 1940-1944 [EPUB]
Nazi Steel: Freidrich Flick and German Expansion in Western Europe, 1940-1944 by Marcus O Jones
2012 | EPUB | 0.4MB

This study explores an exemplary instance of the close interaction between private and official interests in planning and executing the programs of the Nazi government, namely the acquisition in 1941 of the Rombach steel works by the German industrialist Friedrich Flick. The industrial concern headed by Flick was among the largest and most influential steel producers and manufacturers of war material in the German economy during World War II. Its activities in the occupied territories of western Europe centered on control of the Rombach works, a large operation established in Lorraine in the late nineteenth-century by German industrialists and expropriated by France, along with the entire region, in the aftermath of the First World War. After successful military operations against France in 1940, the Nazi regime actively sought the collusion of the German industrial community in mobilizing the productive capacity of occupied territories for the war effort, and numerous private German businessmen advanced claims on the lucrative assets in Lorraine and adjacent regions. In his bid to gain control of the Rombach works, Flick was successful for reasons specific to his position within the Nazi German economic system and the character of his interests. This account of his activities, then, serves as a fine example of Nazi economic and occupation policy and its response to party, business, and bureaucratic influences.

Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government [EPUB]

Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government [EPUB]
Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government by Martin Winstone
2014 | EPUB | 1.81MB

After the German and Soviet attack on Poland in 1939, vast swathes of Polish territory, including Warsaw and Kraków, fell under Nazi occupation in an administration which became known as the ‘General Government’. The region was not directly incorporated into the Reich but was ruled by a German regime, headed by the brutal and corrupt Governor General Hans Frank. This was indeed the dark heart of Hitler’s empire. As the principal ‘racial laboratory’ of the Third Reich, it was the site of Aktion Reinhard, the largest killing operation of the Holocaust, and of a campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing against Poles which was intended to be a template for the rest of eastern Europe. This book provides a thorough history of the General Government and the experiences of the Poles, Jews and others trapped in its clutches. Employing previously underused sources, Martin Winstone provides a unique insight into the occupation regime which dominated much of Poland during World War II.

U-48: The Most Successful U-boat of the Second World War [EPUB]

U-48: The Most Successful U-boat of the Second World War [EPUB]
U-48: The Most Successful U-boat of the Second World War by Franz Kurowski
2012 | EPUB | 2.6MB

Following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Germany was not permitted to build or operate submarines. However clandestine training onboard Finnish and Spanish submarines took place and U-boats were still built to German designs in Dutch yards. At the outset of the Second World War, Donitz argued for a 300-strong U-boat fleet, since his force of 57 U-boats 'could only inflict pin-pricks against British seaborne trade'. In August 1939, U-48 left Germany, commanded by 'Vaddi' Schultze, to take up a waiting position around England. It scored its first success on 5 September, when it torpedoed the British freighter Royal Sceptre, then the Winkleigh on 8 September. On both occasions - the first of many - Schultze showed himself to be a notable humanitarian: he addressed signals to Churchill giving positions of the sinkings so that crews could be saved. By 1 August 1941, U-48, the most successful boat of the Second World War, had sunk 56 merchant ships of 322,478 gross tons and one corvette. She was then transferred to the Baltic as a training boat. Schultze became commander of operation 3 U-Flotilla and later was appointed commander, II/Naval College Schleswig. He died in 1987 at the age of 78. U-48 was scuttled on 3 May 1945.

Entertaining the Third Reich: Illusions of Wholeness in Nazi Cinema [EPUB]

Entertaining the Third Reich: Illusions of Wholeness in Nazi Cinema [EPUB]
Entertaining the Third Reich: Illusions of Wholeness in Nazi Cinema by Linda Schulte-Sasse
1996 | EPUB | 1.43MB

In this persuasive reversal of previous scholarship, Linda Schulte-Sasse takes an unorthodox look at Nazi cinema, examining Nazi films as movies that contain propaganda rather than as propaganda vehicles that happen to be movies. Like other Nazi artistic productions, Nazi film has long been regarded as kitsch rather than art, and therefore unworthy of critical textual analysis. By reading these films as consumer entertainment, Schulte-Sasse reveals the similarities between Nazi commercial film and classical Hollywood cinema and, with this shift in emphasis, demonstrates how Hollywood-style movie formulas frequently compromised Nazi messages.

Drawing on theoretical work, particularly that of Lacan and Zizek, Schulte-Sasse shows how films such as Jew Süss and The Great King construct fantasies of social harmony, often through distorted versions of familiar stories from eighteenth-century German literature, history, and philosophy. Schulte-Sasse observes, for example, that Nazi films, with their valorization of bourgeois culture and use of familiar narrative models, display a curious affinity with the world of Enlightenment culture that the politics of National Socialism would seem to contradict.

Schulte-Sasse argues that film served National Socialism less because of its ideological homogeneity than because of the appeal and familiarity of its underlying literary paradigms and because the medium itself guarantees a pleasurable illusion of wholeness. Entertaining the Third Reich will be of interest to a wide range of scholars, including those engaged in the study of cinema, popular culture, Nazism and Nazi art, the workings of fascist culture, and the history of modern ideology.

Sketches by Boz Vol 1 [Audiobook]

Sketches by Boz Vol 1 [Audiobook]
Sketches by Boz Vol 1 [Audiobook] by Charles Dickens, read by Peter Joyce
2015 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hrs 52 mins | 332.83MB

Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for 'The Morning Chronicle,' a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.

The Sketches 'Illustrative of Everyday Life and Everyday People' are a valuable documentary account of existence in the great metropolis during the early part of the nineteenth century and exhibit to the full the waspish wit, joie de vivre and compassion, for which the author was known.

From the humorous gossip of 'The Curate' to the informative 'Scotland Yard' and on to a campaigning descriptive piece about Newgate Prison, Dickens takes us on a rewarding journey across our capital city, enlivened by the quirks and foibles of its inhabitants.

This is the first of several volumes of Dickens' journalistic writing to be published in audio format by Assembled Stories. We are sure you will enjoy them.

Sketches by Boz Vol 2 [Audiobook]

Sketches by Boz Vol 2 [Audiobook]
Sketches by Boz Vol 2 [Audiobook] by Charles Dickens, read by Peter Joyce
2011 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hrs 14 mins | 315.54MB

The 'sketches' in this… volume are more the substance and length of short stories illustrating the development of the tools of the Masters trade: farce, parody, irony, black humour and wonderful one liners which unerringly hit the mark.

The ensuing narrative, however, brings the listener bumpily back to earth with a reminder of the mean and often tragic lives that were being endured in the busy, uncaring metropolis. The stories are in the following order and entitled; The Dancing Academy, Shabby Genteel People, The Prisoners Van, The Boarding House, Mr Minns and his Cousin, Sentiment, The Tuggses' at Ramsgate, Horatio Sparkins, The Black Veil, The Steam Excursion, The Great Winglebury Duel, Mrs Joseph Porter, A Passage in the life of Mr Watkins Tottle, The Bloomsbury Christening, The Drunkards Death.

Sketches by Boz Vol 3 [Audiobook]

Sketches by Boz Vol 3 [Audiobook]
Sketches by Boz Vol 3 [Audiobook] by Charles Dickens, read by Peter Joyce
2015 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hrs 58 mins | 221.23MB

Queen Victoria… and Prince Albert were married in 1840. Dickens uses this event as an ingenious ploy to salute and promote domestic felicity, advising young ladies upon several examples of the different types of male available as partners. There follows a section describing various married couples from whom the young ladies could possibly learn a lesson. The author then entertains with a tale of Nicholas Tulrumble, newly appointed Mayor of Mudfog, with ideas above his station. Mudfog is modelled on the town of Dickens childhood, Chatham, and he continues, with this backdrop, to regale us with a satirical tale about the first meeting of 'The British Association for the Advancement of Everything [aka Science]' supposedly held there. Here his imagination runs riot and the authors huge influence and importance in the evolution of humorous writing is once again confirmed.

Fantastic ideas such as using cauliflowers as parachutes, theme parks for dissolute nobleman to indulge their rowdy behaviour, an automaton pickpocket that could be utilised by Her Majesties Government- the only disadvantage being it would soon wear out from overwork ! Redolent with the author's usual swipes at the establishment and his reforming zeal Volume 3 of the Sketches is a Dickensian treat.

The Second World War: A Complete History [Audiobook]

The Second World War: A Complete History [Audiobook]
The Second World War: A Complete History [Audiobook] by Martin Gilbert, read by Bernard Mayes
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 43 hrs 6 mins | 1.19GB

Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, offers a complete history of World War II.

It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. By the time it came to an end on V-Day - August 14, 1945 - it had involved every major power, and had become global in its reach. In the final accounting, it would turn out to be - in both human terms and material resources - the costliest war in history, taking the lives of forty-six million people.

With unparalleled scholarship and breadth of vision, Gilbert weaves together all of the war's aspects - the political, the military, the diplomatic, and, not least, the civilian - charting an almost day-by-day account of the terrible progress of the war's juggernaut of death and destruction. Through it all, his aim is to show what happened, not from the point of view of any one of the warring nations but from a global perspective. The result is the first total history of this global war, a work that is both a treasure trove of information and a gripping dramatic narrative.

Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate [Audiobook]

Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate [Audiobook]
Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate [Audiobook] by Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries, read by the Authors
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 21 mins | 179.83MB

How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?

Enter Zillow, the nation's #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In ZILLOW TALK, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. Listen to this book to find out why:

  • It's better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen
  • Putting the word "cute" in your listing could cost you thousands of dollars
  • You shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood
  • You should never list your house for $444,000
  • You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters

Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and invaluable how-to advice, ZILLOW TALK is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.

Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery [TTC Video]

Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery [TTC Video]
Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery by James Tanton
Course No 1033 | WMV, WMV3, 640x360 | WMA, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | 13.96GB

Inscribed over the entrance of Plato’s Academy were the words, “Let no one ignorant of geometry enter my doors.” To ancient scholars, geometry was the gateway to gaining a profound knowledge of the world. Today, geometry’s core skills of logic and reasoning are essential to success in school, work, and many other aspects of life.

Like other math fields, geometry teaches us how to think. It leads students to uncover new truths based on already established ideas and facts. It requires us to test and examine the conclusions of others. It teaches us to lay out our thinking clearly, describing each step so that others can follow along and verify our results.

This systematic way of thinking is essential in many fields. Drawing conclusions from experimental data is the basis of scientific discovery. Our justice system depends on compelling evidence to render a verdict in a court of law. And we use logical reasoning in everyday conversations to win friends over to our point of view.

In fact, the great Greek scholar Euclid demonstrated just how much you can do with logic. He worked out that basically all of geometry stands on just 10 core principles. You can build the rest using straightforward, logical reasoning.

In short, geometry is among the great intellectual feats of humankind. However, geometry goes far beyond being just an intellectual exercise. Its real-world applications extend to navigation, architecture, engineering, physics, technology, and even art.

  • Botanists use the geometry of triangles to estimate the heights of trees.
  • Astronomers use an understanding of ellipses to describe the orbits of planets.
  • Quantum physicists use the mathematics of rotation to explain aspects of subatomic physics.
  • Architects use principles of symmetry to develop aesthetically pleasing buildings.
  • Engineers use the properties of parabolas to design headlights and satellite dishes.

With its powerful blend of intellectual accomplishment and practical application, it’s no wonder that most schools consider geometry a core subject. Yet as award-winning Professor James Tanton of The Mathematical Association of America shows in Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery, geometry can be an exciting adventure at any age. Those who will benefit from his 36 clear and accessible lectures include

  • high school students currently enrolled in a geometry class;
  • their parents, who seek an outstanding private tutor for their students;
  • home-schooled students and others wishing to study high school geometry on their own;
  • collegestudents who are struggling with math requirements and who need to strengthen their grasp of this fundamental subject; and
  • anyone curious about the intellectual challenge of logic and reasoning that underlies mathematics, the sciences, and our technological world.

Professor Tanton’s excellent teaching style makes the course ideal for those students who have ever believed they’re “not good at math” or have had challenges understanding geometry in the past.

A Different Way to Learn Geometry

Even students who have done well in other math courses such as algebra can sometimes find geometry a challenge. More so than algebra and other equation-based math, geometry places particularly strong focus on making logical inferences from facts and building a story of reasoning. Plus, geometry involves a more visual approach—working with shapes and patterns from the real world.

Many geometry courses begin by teaching the results of geometric thinking—by listing a set of beginning rules first. But how can one build the foundations of a house without first having a sense of what the house should be? Professor Tanton encourages students to start by playing with ideas of the mind (and acts of the hand!) to develop a feel for geometric rules and a context for those rules.

In Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery, Professor Tanton guides students as they build an understanding of geometry from the ground up. With this approach, the instruction focuses on the intellectual play of the subject and its beauty as much as its utility and function. Students begin with elementary building blocks like points, lines, and angles and observe how those basic units interact.

From a clear understanding of the fundamental principles, students use logical reasoning to expand their understanding of geometry. Like building a house brick by brick, each new discovery stands upon the others—without any sudden or confusing jumps.

In the first part of the course, students

  • develop an intuitive context for thinking about terms like point, line, angle, plane, and flat;
  • grasp how to create logical proofs; and
  • uncover the three deep and fundamental assumptions of geometry—the Pythagorean theorem, the parallelism postulate, and the similarity principles.

In the second part, students

  • study common geometric shapes and their properties (such as triangles, polygons, and circles);
  • explore the intersection of geometry and algebra;
  • examine the basics of trigonometry; and
  • learn how to calculate areas.

Once students understand the core principles, they are set loose to play in the third part of the course. Students ponder a range of fascinating and sometimes counterintuitive applications for geometry. They

  • combine two seemingly disparate fields: geometry and probability;
  • dive into the wild world of fractals;
  • investigate conics and their many practical applications;
  • use complex numbers to solve tricky geometry problems; and
  • contemplate spherical and even “taxi-cab” geometry.

Delightful Real-World Examples

A beauty of geometry is its wide variety of fascinating and unexpected applications. Some of the examples students explore in this course include these:

  • Width of a river: You're on a walk and come across a river. Can you estimate how wide it is? See how you can—with no more than a bit of geometry and a baseball cap.
  • Geometry and nature: From the orbits of planets to the shape of your small intestine, geometric shapes appear in some surprising places throughout nature. See how geometry helps us better understand the marvels and mysteries of the world around us.
  • Modern cell phones: Swiping the screen on a cell phone seems to be an ordinary activity. But did you know your phone is actually relying on some clever geometry? Find out exactly what your phone is doing and the mathematics behind it.
  • Works of art: When people think of applications for mathematics, they often mention the fields of science or engineering. But geometry also has its place in the visual arts. See how great artists like M.C. Escher used geometric shapes and principles to create masterpieces.
  • A game of pool: If you're playing pool and want to play a trick shot against the side edge, how do you need to hit the ball? See how you can determine this and more using the reflection principle.

A Teacher of Teachers

Professor Tanton is committed to sharing the delight and beauty of geometry and works with teachers across North America to develop more effective teaching methods for geometry and other math courses.

He is not only a teacher of math, but a teacher of the best ways to teach math. His experience has taught him where students most frequently flounder, which has given him the skills to explain mathematical concepts in a way that removes mental roadblocks to success.

Making each example come to life, Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery engages students in a visual adventure. Professor Tanton uses bright and colorful slides, easy-to-understand whiteboard drawings, and interactive demonstrations to make his explanations crystal clear. And to help students better understand geometric principles, a workbook complete with sample problems and solutions accompanies the course.

Equipped with a firm understanding of geometry, students walk away from the course with the tools and knowledge to continue on to greater challenges in mathematics, school, and life. Your journey into this world of joy and wonder has only begun.

Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery [TTC Video]

Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery [TTC Video]

Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery [TTC Video]

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Final Year [Audiobook]

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Final Year [Audiobook]
Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Final Year [Audiobook] by Tavis Smiley, David Ritz, read by Tavis Smiley
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 15 mins | 179.29MB

A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times best-selling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations - denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley's Death of a King paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life - one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

Guitar Secrets: Turn Your Brain Into a Chord Encyclopedia [Video]

Guitar Secrets: Turn Your Brain Into a Chord Encyclopedia [Video]
Guitar Secrets: Turn Your Brain Into a Chord Encyclopedia [Video] by Andrew Mcnaughton
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 28 hours | 32.4GB

Everything You Always Wanted To Know,,,But Didn't Know What To Ask!!! And No Sight Reading

Stop Spinning Your Wheels! Take decades off your mastering the guitar!

Are you tired of random, disorganized lessons that throw a handful of chords shapes at you and expect you to memorize them without any system to help you remember them?

Still Feel Like You can't connect the dots, or see the big picture?!

You are not alone!

What are the requirements?

  • If You know your basic open chords, bar chords, and a scale or two, you are perfect for this course!
  • No sightreading or tablature knowledge necessary!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 220 lectures and 28 hours of content!
  • Develop a rock-solid foundation of how music is made.
  • Learn how to focus on what really matters, instead of wheelspinning, and slaving over boring scale patterns!
  • 26+ hours of video presentations, exercise instructions, demonstrations
  • 1,300+ visual aids, Reference Sheets and diagrams to help gain clarity of the concepts.
  • System to remember thousands of chords, by gaining access to a completely new color coded system of visualizing the fretboard.
  • Constantly updated and added to, I answer any questions you might have.
  • 3 different types of lectures: 1) presentation of musical concept 2) How to apply what you have just learned to the guitars unique layout. 3) A demonstration of how to practice the concept on the guitar with the backing track designed for it.
  • Specifically designed backing tracks to help implement what you learn, so you don't have to practice in a void, instead have a band to play with.
  • What is the target audience?
Guitar Secrets: Turn Your Brain Into a Chord Encyclopedia [Video]

Penetration Testing with Linux Tools [Video]

Penetration Testing with Linux Tools [Video]
Penetration Testing with Linux Tools [Video] by Keith Barker
MP4, AVC, 500 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 56 kbps, 2 Ch | 11 hours | 2.58GB

This course with Keith Barker offers both BackTrack and Kali Linux training, which provides easy access to an extensive collection of security-related tools ranging from port scanners to Security Audit.

BackTrack is a Linux distribution designed by Jason Dennis based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution aimed at digital forensics and penetration testing use. In March 2013, the Offensive Security team rebuilt BackTrack and released it under the name Kali Linux.

Kali Linux is an advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing Linux distribution. Kali Linux features a complete re-build of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards. All-new infrastructure has been put in place, all tools were reviewed and packaged.

This Kali Linux course addresses both platforms and focuses on using the tools of BackTrack/Kali Linux for authorized penetration testing and vulnerability analysis for both wired and wireless networks. None of these tools should be used in any unauthorized, unlawful or harmful ways.

Penetration Testing with Linux Tools [Video]

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath [Audiobook]

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath [Audiobook]
The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath [Audiobook] by Ben S Bernanke, read by Grover Gardner
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 36mins | 640.62

An unrivaled look at the fight to save the American economy.

In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, the unexpected apex of a personal journey from small-town South Carolina to prestigious academic appointments and finally public service in Washington’s halls of power.

There would be no time to celebrate.

The bursting of a housing bubble in 2007 exposed the hidden vulnerabilities of the global financial system, bringing it to the brink of meltdown. From the implosion of the investment bank Bear Stearns to the unprecedented bailout of insurance giant AIG, efforts to arrest the financial contagion consumed Bernanke and his team at the Fed. Around the clock, they fought the crisis with every tool at their disposal to keep the United States and world economies afloat.

Working with two U.S. presidents, and under fire from a fractious Congress and a public incensed by behavior on Wall Street, the Fed―alongside colleagues in the Treasury Department―successfully stabilized a teetering financial system. With creativity and decisiveness, they prevented an economic collapse of unimaginable scale and went on to craft the unorthodox programs that would help revive the U.S. economy and become the model for other countries.

Rich with detail of the decision-making process in Washington and indelible portraits of the major players, The Courage to Act recounts and explains the worst financial crisis and economic slump in America since the Great Depression, providing an insider’s account of the policy response.

How to Draw [TTC Video]

How to Draw [TTC Video]
How to Draw [TTC Video] by David Brody
Course No 7770 | MKV, AVC, 755 kbps, 1024x576 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 5.31GB

Like reading and writing, drawing is a fundamental life skill. Once an integral part of a traditional education, knowledge of drawing deepens your understanding of the visual world that surrounds you and enhances your ability to interact meaningfully with it. In addition to the many pleasures of drawing, the ability to see as an artist sees brings a new dimension to self-expression and elevates your skill in countless other activities, from photography and design to the deeper appreciation of nature and art.

Professional artists in the West have traditionally studied drawing first, as a primary and foundational skill. And, as you’ll discover in How to Draw, the art of drawing is eminently learnable.

Contrary to what many people think, the ability to draw both accurately and expressively does not depend on innate talent or a unique gift. Think of it like this: Anyone can learn to play a musical instrument, though not everyone can be Mozart. Similarly, though not everyone can be Michelangelo or van Gogh, anyone can learn the skills of drawing and develop the ability to draw what they see from observation and invent whole worlds from their imagination.

In fact, you may be amazed at how well you can learn to draw, even if you believe you have no artistic talent. As this course demonstrates through clear examples, you can learn to apply the same fundamental principles that professional artists routinely use in their drawings. If you follow the professor’s guidance, by the end of the course you’ll understand how to faithfully represent what you see in front of you and in your mind’s eye.

The 36 video lessons of How to Draw offer you dynamic and comprehensive training in the art of drawing. Your teacher, David Brody, Professor of Painting and Drawing at of the University of Washington, brings more than forty years of study, studio work, and dedicated teaching to this course, demonstrating an inspiring teaching style and limitless insight into the learning process.

This brilliantly designed course takes you step by step through all of the key elements that, taken together, form the art of drawing. Through Professor Brody’s presentation and your own studio practice, you’ll study the core principles of drawing, such as line, proportion, composition, value, light and shadow, texture, color, and figure drawing. You’ll also study many of the groundbreaking Renaissance methods used for realistically depicting illusionistic space on a two dimensional surface, including empirical and linear perspective.

In the later lectures, you’ll explore the ways in which Renaissance spatial constructs evolved to include a broader understanding of pictorial space. You will study the essential connection between figuration and abstraction, and the ways in which this opened new possibilities for art that melded abstraction and representation.

Throughout the course, you’ll take lessons and inspiration from dozens of master drawings from history’s greatest draftsmen— artists like Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Thomas Eakins, and contemporary masters such as Richard Diebenkorn and Norman Lundin. The result is a richly enjoyable and effective system for learning this remarkable art.

You can use the course material in many ways. How to Draw is a rich and deep resource, offering a wide spectrum of lessons that make the skills of drawing directly accessible.

Learn the Language of Drawing

Start by tracing the fascinating history of drawing, and begin to experiment with the artist’s materials you’ll use throughout the course. From there, you’ll study the underlying “grammar” of drawing, and make drawings that explore elements such as:

  • Line: Learn to use contour and construction line to draw objects and cross-contour line to create volume.
  • Shape: Draw individual objects by constructing them from basic geometric shapes, and discover the elements of positive, negative, and aggregate shape.
  • Composition: Study how to organize the parts of a drawing to create a unified whole within a specific rectangle, using techniques of compositional balance, spatial organization, and the use of focal areas and focal points.
  • Proportion: Use the velo of Alberti, a gridded Renaissance device that allows you to understand how three-dimensional form can be accurately depicted on a flat surface, and learn to control proportion by using a standard unit of measure, level and plumb lines, and quantify difficult angles using the clock hand approach.
  • Illusionistic Space: Study in detail how to create flatness, volume, and space, using such tools as receding diagonals and foreshortened shapes, the relative scale of objects, and atmospheric perspective.

With each new step in the process, you’ll apply your knowledge in drawing projects, which encompass individual objects, still lifes, interiors, and self-portraits.

Master the Principles of Linear Perspective

The Renaissance discovery of linear perspective radically changed the way future generations would draw, allowing artists to depict three-dimensional space with astonishing accuracy. In the course, you’ll devote five lectures and numerous drawing projects to a study of this powerful drawing tool.

  • Investigate one-point perspective, and how diagonal lines recede to a “vanishing point” on the horizon, a principle that allows you to create three-dimensional form in space.
  • Learn to draw perspectival grids—used for measuring depth of space in a drawing—and geometric patterns in perspective.
  • Continue with the principles governing inclined planes, the principles of two-point perspective (which depicts planes angled differently from in one-point perspective), and the principles of three-point perspective (which describes what we see when we look up or down).
  • Combine your knowledge of illusionistic space and perspective to draw architectural landscapes, buildings, and room interiors.

Explore the Uses of Value, Texture, and Color

Discover further elements that add depth and dimension to your art. As you go through the course, you’ll build your vocabulary of drawing terms and learn to apply a wide array of new techniques.

  • Investigate the rich possibilities of visual texturein drawing. Practice textural techniques such as hatching, create your own textural marks, and learn to simulate the textures of objects.
  • Study color theory, the spectrum of colors on the color wheel, and how colors function in nature.
  • Choose palettes of colors for your drawings, and learn to use color to create mood, emotion, visual hierarchy, space, and light.
  • Learn how to use value (the relative lightness or darkness of tones) in creating mood, volume, and as a compositional tool in directing the viewer’s attention.
  • Develop the ability to portray light,both natural and artificial, and shadow; learn to draw cast shadows, both outdoors and within interiors.

You’ll also get in-depth instruction on how to draw realistic human figures.

  • Study a canon of human proportions, and draw the figure by building it using measure and component geometric shapes.
  • Delve into the underlying structure of the body, learning about human anatomy like Leonardo and Michelangelo: study the skeleton and muscles, their functions, and how to create naturalistic volume in figure drawing.
  • Do a range of figure-drawing projects, including self-portraits, figures in perspective, and figures in narrative contexts.

Professor Brody’s presentation shows you that in order to portray the visual world naturalistically, you must learn to see analytically and abstractly, as artists see. Among many things, this means learning to understand the underlying architecture of form and developing the ability to visualize the whole before the details.

Forge A Vision for Your Own Work

In the course’s final section, Professor Brody guides you in applying what you’ve learned to discover your own personal creative vision. Here, you’ll encounter concepts and do advanced drawing projects aimed at developing individual source material and subject matter for your own drawings, and you’ll form a clearer idea of the kind of art you want to make.

Throughout the course, Professor Brody illustrates the subject matter with vivid animations, live demonstrations of key principles, and drawings by both celebrated masters and students whose work exemplifies and clarifies the learning process. In addition to the video lectures themselves, Professor Brody has crafted many exercises for you to practice your newly acquired skills.

These 36 in-depth lessons help you build a complete and integrated set of drawing skills in a step-by-step, clear, and detailed manner. How to Draw is your opportunity to understand and master the skills, concepts, and art of drawing, an ability with rewards you will treasure for a lifetime.

How to Draw [TTC Video]