Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others [Audiobook]

Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others [Audiobook]
Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others [Audiobook] by David Kord Murray, read by Patrick Lawlor
2009 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 34 mins | 288.67MB

As a former aerospace scientist, Fortune 500 executive, chief innovation officer of two major companies, inventor and software entrepreneur, David Murray has made a living by coming up with new and innovative ideas. In Borrowing Brilliance he explains the origins and evolution of a business idea by showing you how new ideas are merely the combination of existing ideas.

Since brilliance is actually borrowed, it's easily within reach. It's really a matter of knowing where to borrow the materials and how to put them together that determines creative ability. Murray presents a simple Six-Step process that anyone can use to build business innovation:

  • Step One: Defining - Define the problem that you're trying to solve.
  • Step Two: Borrowing - Borrow ideas from places with a similar problem.
  • Step Three: Combining - Connect and combine these borrowed ideas.
  • Step Four: Incubating - Allow the combinations to incubate into a solution.
  • Step Five: Judging - Identify the strength and weakness of the solution.
  • Step Six: Enhancing - Eliminate the weak points while enhancing the strong ones.

Each chapter features real-life examples of brilliant borrowers, including profiles of Larry Page and Sergey Brin (the Google Guys), Bill Gates, George Lucas, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and other creative thinkers. Murray used these methods to re-create his own career and he shows how you can harness them to find your own creative solutions. First you copy, then you create. And the further into your own company you look, the more creative the solution.

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook]

Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook]
Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind [Audiobook] by Graham Hancock, read by Christopher Lane
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 14 hrs 56 mins | 408.76MB

Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?

Reader's Digest Quintessential Guide to Healthy Eating [EPUB]

Reader's Digest Quintessential Guide to Healthy Eating [EPUB]
Reader's Digest Quintessential Guide to Healthy Eating: The Truth Behind the Foods We Eat and What to Choose for Optimum Health by Editors of Reader's Digest
2016 | EPUB | 4.19MB

A clear, fresh and frequently surprising guide to good, nutritious food; Inside you will find expert, unbaised information on what is good for us and what is not.

The Reader’s Digest Quintessential Guides do what the Reader’s Digest does better than anyone: the best advice, straight to the point. It will help you sort out the facts, clearing the path to the best, healthiest food for your well being.

Inside you will learn:

  • The best food to avoid
  • The best food to seek out
  • How to transform your diet for better health and still savor and enjoy great-tasting food

This is your basic guide to modern nutrition, covering hundereds of everyday foods and ingredients.

Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden [EPUB]

Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden [EPUB]
Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly Norris
2015 | EPUB | 263.3MB

Why settle for lackluster gardens filled with dull, ho-hum plants? In this spirited, provocative book, plant guru Kelly Norris calls for a garden revolution: out with the boring plants and in with the exciting newcomers that will make your jaw drop and your pulse quicken! A passionate horticulturist and lifelong gardener, Kelly is the ideal guide to the botanical riches available to today’s gardeners. In chapters on environment, structure, seasonal standouts, and plant combinations he shines a spotlight on the A-list plants in every category—plants that will thrive, not merely survive. Along the way, he shows you how to forge a personal style in harmony with your garden’s setting and local environment. As Kelly puts it, “A garden is the best way to savor life on earth.” Let Plants with Style guide you to the plants that will provide a richer, more fulfilling connection between you and your own patch of soil.

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates [PDF]

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates [PDF]
Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates by Scott Ogden, Lauren Springer Ogden
2011 | PDF | 643.76MB

In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it's not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest. There are restrictions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. And even for gardeners with no water restrictions, low-water plants are key to a sustainable garden.

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best 200 plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide the common and botanical name, the regions where the plant is best adapted, growth and care information, and notes on pests and disease. This practical and inspiring guide includes a variety of plants, from trees to succulents, perennials to bulbs, all selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value. Companion plants, creative design ideas, and full color photography round out the text.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Growing Healthy and Delicious Food at Home [EPUB]

Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Growing Healthy and Delicious Food at Home [EPUB]
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Growing Healthy and Delicious Food at Home by Teo Gómez
2016 | EPUB | 79.02MB

This book offers a clear picture of all that we need to know to make our small plot of land the most productive it can be. The authors present the information in a way that is cognizant to the people, plants, insects, and animals that live on the land. Thus, they do not recommend the use of pesticides or fertilizers or any other product that can be poisonous or unnatural. They choose organic seeds to maintain practices that promote, rather than destroy, the environment. This book contains, among other themes:

  • Horticultural techniques, from irrigation practices to sowing, tending, and harvesting
  • 1,001 ways to get rid of creatures that plague us, without exterminating them
  • All the plants we can grow and how to do so in the best way possible
  • Fruit trees, aromatic plants, and plants you can eat
  • Plants you should avoid
  • And much more!

A Year in Cheese: A Seasonal Cheese Cookbook [EPUB]

A Year in Cheese: A Seasonal Cheese Cookbook [EPUB]
A Year in Cheese: A Seasonal Cheese Cookbook by Alex Guarneri, Leo Guarneri
2015 | EPUB | 17.51MB

A Year in Cheese comes from the team behind famous artisan cheese shop Androuet, which was established in Paris in 1909 and opened in fashionable Spitalfields in London in 2009. The fromagerie and restaurant Androuet specialises in seasonal cheese from France, Britain and beyond and supplies cheese to many acclaimed restaurants, including Duck & Waffle and Terroirs. Just like fruit, veg and meat, cheese is seasonal. Seasonal cheese is about listening to nature, understanding the grazing cycle of the animal that's being milked, knowing what they're grazing on at which time of year, and recognising optimal maturing times. This beautiful and inventive cookbook introduces the idea of seasonal cheese, starting with a brief introduction to which cheeses are at their prime at which time of year, followed by dozens of exceptional recipes each using an easy-to-find seasonal cheese.

Making & Using Caramel: Techniques & Recipes for Candies & Other Sweet Goodies [EPUB]

Making & Using Caramel: Techniques & Recipes for Candies & Other Sweet Goodies [EPUB]
Making & Using Caramel: Techniques & Recipes for Candies & Other Sweet Goodies by Bill Collins
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 5.56/8.89MB

Chef Bill Collins demonstrates all the techniques you need to make caramel candies, cookies, puddings, and more, using illustrated step-by-step instructions that ensure success every time. Includes safety guidelines, troubleshooting tips, and irresistible recipes!

The Restaurant Martin Cookbook: Sophisticated Home Cooking From the Celebrated Santa Fe Restaurant [EPUB]

The Restaurant Martin Cookbook: Sophisticated Home Cooking From the Celebrated Santa Fe Restaurant [EPUB]
The Restaurant Martin Cookbook: Sophisticated Home Cooking From the Celebrated Santa Fe Restaurant by Martin Rios
2015 | EPUB | 25.66MB

From growing up in a family of eight children in Guadalajara, Mexico to working his way up the culinary ladder under the tutelage of top chefs, Chef Martín Rios’ humble charm and exceptional culinary talent have won him accolades on the national scale.

A James Beard Award nominee, he has been repeatedly honored for his innovative and pleasing combinations of flavors, colors and presentation. His unique style emphasizes fresh, local produce and organic meats and poultry, and reflects not only Southwestern and Asian influences but also his classic training in French technique

Written with acclaimed food writers, Cheryl and Bill Jamison, The Restaurant Martín Cookbook offers sophisticated recipes––some are meant for special occasion dinners and others are straightforward in their basics and suitable for everyday purposes––that are accessible to in-tune home cooks who love to cook, who find joy and fulfillment in creating fine food for themselves, their families, and their friends.

Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking [EPUB]

Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking [EPUB]
Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking with Chris Prieto
2015 | EPUB | 166.98MB

The Ultimate Book of BBQ builds on the expertise of Southern Living magazine to create the definitive barbecue and outdoor grilling guide. The book features more than 200 of the highest-rated Southern Living recipes for barbecued meats and sides, plus pit-proven tips, techniques, and secrets for year-round smoking, grilling and barbecuing.

With full color, step-by-step photos and mouthwatering recipes, this book includes everything the home cook needs to achieve first-rate backyard barbecue. Proven cooking techniques and equipment, expert advice from award-winning pitmasters, and a Rainy Day BBQ chapter with stovetop, oven, and slow-cooker options make this Southern Living's most definitive book on barbecue.

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts: How to Find, Identify, and Cook Them, 2nd Edition by Katie Letcher Lyle
2010 | EPUB | 7.26MB

Edible wild plants, mushrooms, fruits, and nuts grow along roadsides, amid country fields, and in urban parks. All manner of leafy greens, mushrooms, and herbs that command hefty prices at the market are bountiful outdoors and free for the taking. But to enjoy them, one must know when to harvest and how to recognize, prepare, and eat them.

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Mushrooms, Fruits, and Nuts provides everything one needs to know about the most commonly found wild foods—going beyond a field guide's basic description to provide folklore and mouth-watering recipes for each entry, such as wild asparagus pizza, fiddlehead soup, blackberry mousse, and elderberry pie. This fully illustrated guide is the perfect companion for hikers, campers, and anyone who enjoys eating the good food of the earth. With it in hand, nature lovers will never take another hike without casting their eyes about with dinner in mind.

The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Eric Rauchway, read by Richard Davidson
2009 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 45 mins | 260.62MB

The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating its successes and failures.

Rauchway first describes how the roots of the Great Depression lay in America's post-war economic policies–described as "laissez-faire with a vengeance"–which in effect isolated our nation from the world economy just when the world needed the United States most. He shows how the magnitude of the resulting economic upheaval, and the ineffectiveness of the old ways of dealing with financial hardships, set the stage for Roosevelt's vigorous (and sometimes unconstitutional) Depression-fighting policies. Indeed, Rauchway stresses that the New Deal only makes sense as a response to this global economic disaster. The book examines a key sampling of New Deal programs, ranging from the National Recovery Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the Public Works Administration and Social Security, revealing why some worked and others did not. In the end, Rauchway concludes, it was the coming of World War II that finally generated the political will to spend the massive amounts of public money needed to put Americans back to work. And only the Cold War saw the full implementation of New Deal policies abroad–including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

Today we can look back at the New Deal and, for the first time, see its full complexity. Rauchway captures this complexity in a remarkably short space, making this book an ideal introduction to one of the great policy revolutions in history.

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Bernard Wood, read by Gayle Hendrix
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + EPUB + MOBI | 3 hrs 58 mins | 144.91MB

The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the 18th century to today's latest fossil finds. Along the way we are introduced to the lively cast of characters, past and present, involved in evolutionary research.

Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, the book also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modern human genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Wood draws on over 30 years of experience to provide an insiders view of the field, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in related sciences, such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics and developmental biology. This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the origins and development of man.

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Michael Hoskin, read by Marc Vietor
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + EPUB | 3 hrs 46 mins | 116.52MB

This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-19th century.

Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy. This legacy was transmitted to the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus's claim that the Earth is in motion. In justifying this, Kepler converted astronomy into a branch of dynamics, leading to Newton's universal law of gravity. The book concludes with 18th- and 19th-century applications of Newton's law, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Peter Coles, read by Nick Sullivan
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + EPUB + MOBI | 4 hrs 32 mins | 147.66MB

Written in simple and accessible language, this non-technical introduction to cosmology, or the creation and development of the universe, explains the discipline, covers its history, details the latest developments, and explains what is known, what is believed, and what is purely speculative.

In addition, the author discusses the development of the Big Bang theory and more speculative modern issues, like quantum cosmology, superstrings and dark matter.

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Michael O'Shea, read by Dennis Holland
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + PDF | 4 hrs 43 mins | 141.93MB

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. It includes chapters on brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of "altered mental states". A final chapter discusses possible future developments in neuroscience, touching on artificial intelligence, gene therapy, the importance of the Human Genome Project, drugs by design, and transplants.

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Samir Okasha, read by Peter Ganim
2009 | MP3 VBR V4 + AZW | 5 hrs 4 mins | 164.76MB

What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science.

Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

He also looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics. The final chapter touches on the conflicts between science and religion, and explores whether science is ultimately a good thing.