Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture [EPUB]

Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture [EPUB]
Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest and Culture edited by Anthony McCosker, Sonja Vivienne, Amelia Johns
2016 | EPUB | 9.55MB

With pervasive use of mobile devices and social media, there is a constant tension between the promise of new forms of social engagement and the threat of misuse and misappropriation, or the risk of harm and harassment.

Negotiating Digital Citizenship explores the diversity of experiences that define digital citizenship. These range from democratic movements that advocate social change via social media platforms to the realities of online abuse, racial or sexual intolerance, harassment and stalking. Young people, educators, social service providers and government authorities have become increasingly enlisted in a new push to define and perform ‘good’ digital citizenship, yet there is little consensus on what this term really means and sparse analysis of the vested interests that drive its definition.

The chapters probe the idea of digital citizenship, map its use among policy makers, educators, and activists, and identify avenues for putting the concept to use in improving the digital environments and digitally enabled tenets of contemporary social life. The components of digital citizenship are dissected through questions of control over our online environments, the varieties of contest and activism and possibilities of digital culture and creativity.

Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes [EPUB]

Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes [EPUB]
Cooking with Cocktails: 100 Spirited Recipes by Kristy Gardner
2017 | EPUB | 10.53MB

Boozy starters, main meals, desserts, and more, accompanied by stunning photography

Julia Child famously commented, "I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food . . . " Kristy Gardner has taken this idea to the next level in Cooking with Cocktails. Every recipe is touched with alcohol; the result is a punchy visual adventure with roots in Italian and French cuisine that demands enjoying meals with passion, with friends, and with alcohol. Recipes include:

  • Irish Whisky French Onion Soup
  • Limoncello Spot Prawns with Fresh Black Pepper
  • Beer Braised Chicken Thighs
  • Apple Cider Pork Loin with Thyme and Rosemary
  • Red Wine Poached Pears with Creamy Ricotta
  • Whiskey Soaked Vanilla Anise Cherries

Join the celebration of the very best that life has to offer―good friends, good food, good drink, great stories, and bad jokes―with humor, delicious recipes, and mouth-watering photographs.

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking [EPUB]

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking [EPUB]
Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking by Jennifer Olvera
2017 | EPUB | 2.37MB

Just like great Mexican food, this Mexican cookbook begins at the source: classic recipes, bold flavors, and fresh ingredients.

Unless you live in a city known for its Mexican food, finding good Mexican cuisine can be challenging―and finding the right Mexican cookbook might be even more difficult.

For food writer and cookbook author Jennifer Olvera, cooking traditional Mexican meals began as a labor of love. As a working mother of 2, she wanted to recreate the traditional recipes she saw flowing freely at family gatherings, but also knew that spending hours in the kitchen wasn’t practical.

In Jennifer’s first Mexican cookbook, Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking, she shares the Mexican cooking secret she finally discovered―all you need to enjoy delicious Mexican food at home is some simple techniques, time-saving tips, and a gradual, acquired instinct.

Easy Mexican Food Favoritesis an all-in-one, easy-to-follow, learn-as-you-go Mexican cookbook offering:

  • 115 simple, hassle-free recipes, many of which take less than 45 minutes to prepare
  • Step-by-step instructions that teach a variety of simple, effective, and fast Mexican cooking techniques
  • Helpful cooking tips for what to prep, what to make ahead, and what to swap if you’re missing an ingredient

Easy Mexican Food Favorites: A Mexican Cookbook for Taqueria-Style Home Cooking brings you all the Mexican food you love without all the fuss. Whether you’re in the mood for salsas and tamales or enchiladas and horchatas, this Mexican cookbook has everything you need to get started.

The Wholesome Kitchen: Nourish, Energize, Indulge [EPUB]

The Wholesome Kitchen: Nourish, Energize, Indulge [EPUB]
The Wholesome Kitchen: Nourish, Energize, Indulge by Pooja Dhingra, Viddhi Dhingra
2017 | EPUB | 6.1MB

India’s macaron queen is back with more delicious treats - this time with a healthy twist! As India wakes up to re-learning the alphabet of nutrition and wellness, Pooja Dhingra, one of the country's top chefs and founder of Mumbai's famous Le15 Patisserie and Cafe, attempts to help make the journey easier by introducing healthy bakes that can be consumed with all the pleasure and none of the associated guilt.

Joined by nutritionist Viddhi Dhingra, Pooja provides a wholesome collection of recipes that, apart from delectable desserts, includes wholesome nut milks, smoothies, salads, breakfast meals and nutritionally balanced but delicious treats. Using ingredients that are locally sourced and recipes that are easy-to-follow as well as easy on the wallet, the Wholesome Kitchen also offers advice, tips and tricks on eating clean. Accompanied by stunning photographs, this book will revolutionize the way meals are consumed in every household.

Herbs for Flavor, Healing, and Natural Beauty [EPUB]

Herbs for Flavor, Healing, and Natural Beauty [EPUB]
Herbs for Flavor, Healing, and Natural Beauty by Jim Rude, Jena Carlin
2017 | EPUB | 23.05MB

Tantalize your tastebuds and naturally enhance your beauty with fresh herbs! Featuring gorgeous photography, this one-of-a-kind guide is a carefully cultivated collection of beauty and healing secrets, space-saving herb garden ideas, and recipes for delectable herb-inspired dishes. Discover the wide variety of delicious, healthy, and beautiful ways to use herbs in your kitchen--from familiar flavors like basil and thyme to new favorites like burnet and tarragon.

The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol [PDF]

The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol [PDF]
The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol by Lori Zimmer
2017 | PDF | 111.9MB

Discover the totally unexpected, beautiful and intricate art created using the easily accessible medium.

The Art of Spray Paint showcases the grand and imaginative scale of spray paint art and design. Inside, you'll find jaw-dropping spray paint creations from around the world! You'll discover the process of each art form, as well as tricks of the trade, from small clever projects to huge art installations.

Much more than a book about "cool" spray paint designs, Lori Zimmer guides you through amazing large-scale art production, immersive environments, working from intuition, collaboration, the artist's role in society, alternative creative economies, contemporary mythology, storytelling, DIY projects and more.

With such a readily available medium, what will you create?

Contributors include: CRASH, PichiAvo, BR163, Logan Hicks, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Caroline Caldwell, Casey Gray, Tristan Eaton, Matt Eaton, Hueman, Elle, Tatiana Suarez, Conor Harrington, Remi Rough, Will Hutnick, Rubin415, Rebecca Paul, Zac Braun, Ian Kuali’i, Ele Pack, Dana Oldfather

A People's History of the Russian Revolution [EPUB]

A People's History of the Russian Revolution [EPUB]
A People's History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner
2017 | AZW3 | 1.35MB

The Russian Revolution may be the most misunderstood and misrepresented event in modern history, its history told in a mix of legends and anecdotes. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths and pry fact from fiction, putting at the heart of the story the Russian people who are the true heroes of this tumultuous tale. In this fast-paced introduction, Faulkner tells the powerful narrative of how millions of people came together in a mass movement, organized democratic assemblies, mobilized for militant action, and overturned a vast regime of landlords, profiteers, and warmongers.

Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship, and forcefully argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity—and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.

Grounded by powerful first-hand testimony, this history marks the centenary of the Revolution by restoring the democratic essence of the revolution, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.

Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 [EPUB]

Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 [EPUB]
Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 by Neil Faulkner
2008 | EPUB | 7.85MB

The Roman Empire is widely admired as a model of civilisation. In this compelling new study Neil Faulkner argues that in fact, it was nothing more than a ruthless system of robbery and violence. War was used to enrich the state, the imperial ruling classes and favoured client groups. In the process millions of people were killed or enslaved.

Within the empire the landowning elite creamed off the wealth of the countryside to pay taxes to the state and fund the towns and villas where they lived. The masses of people – slaves, serfs and poor peasants – were victims of a grand exploitation that made the empire possible. This system, riddled with tension and latent conflict, contained the seeds of its own eventual collapse.

Black and British: A Forgotten History [EPUB]

Black and British: A Forgotten History [EPUB]
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
2016 | EPUB | 39.05MB

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.

It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation.

Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries. Black and British is a vital re-examination of a shared history, published to accompany the landmark BBC Two series.

The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism [EPUB]

The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism [EPUB]
The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism by David Olusoga, Casper W Erichsen
2010 | EPUB | 19.24MB

On 12 May 1883, the German flag was raised on the coast of South-West Africa, modern Namibia - the beginnings of Germany's African Empire. As colonial forces moved in , their ruthless punitive raids became an open war of extermination. Thousands of the indigenous people were killed or driven out into the desert to die. By 1905, the survivors were interned in concentration camps, and systematically starved and worked to death.

Years later, the people and ideas that drove the ethnic cleansing of German South West Africa would influence the formation of the Nazi party. The Kaiser's Holocaust uncovers extraordinary links between the two regimes: their ideologies, personnel, even symbols and uniform.

The Herero and Nama genocide was deliberately concealed for almost a century. Today, as the graves of the victims are uncovered, its re-emergence challenges the belief that Nazism was an aberration in European history. The Kaiser's Holocaust passionately narrates this harrowing story and explores one of the defining episodes of the twentieth century from a new angle. Moving, powerful and unforgettable, it is a story that needs to be told.

Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up [EPUB]

Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up [EPUB]
Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up by Xiaolu Guo
2017 | EPUB | 1.55MB

Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. They are strangers to her.

When she is born her parents hand her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. Aged two, and suffering from malnutrition on a diet of yam leaves, they leave Xiaolu with her illiterate grandparents in a fishing village on the East China Sea. It’s a strange beginning.

A Wild Swans for a new generation, Once Upon a Time in the East takes Xiaolu from a run-down shack to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing, navigating the everyday peculiarity of modern China: censorship, underground art, Western boyfriends. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a scholarship to study in Britain. Now, after a decade in Europe, her tale of East to West resonates with the insight that can only come from someone who is both an outsider and at home.

Xiaolu Guo’s extraordinary memoir is a handbook of life lessons. How to be an artist when censorship kills creativity and the only job you can get is writing bad telenovela scripts. How to be a woman when female babies are regularly drowned at birth and sexual abuse is commonplace. Most poignantly of all: how to love when you’ve never been shown how.

The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible [AZW3]

The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible [AZW3]
The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible translated and edited by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy
1995 | AZW3 | 1.52MB

A manual on household management, the Domostroi is one of the few sources on the social history and secular life of Russia in the time of Ivan the Terrible. It depicts a society that prized religious orthodoxy, reliance on tradition, and absolute subordination of the individual to the family and the state. Specific instructions tell how to arrange hay, visit monasteries, distill vodka, treat servants, entertain clergy, cut out robes, and carry out many other daily activities. Carolyn Johnston Pouncy here offers, with an informative introduction, the first complete English translation.

NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness, and Success [Audiobook]

NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness, and Success [Audiobook]
NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness, and Success [Audiobook] by Mark Robert Waldman, Chris Manning, read by Patrick Lawlor
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 49 mins | 212.57MB

Perfect for readers of How God Changes Your Brain, two researchers present over thirty straightforward brain exercises to help readers transform how they think in order to generate happiness and success, in business and in life.

From a course they created for professionals, Mark Waldman and Chris Manning adapted their lectures, and present simple brain exercises, based on the latest neuroscience research, to guide readers on what makes us happy, wealthy, and wise.

The promise of their original class – and now of this book – is to help people create more ''wealth'' in their lives, defined as the combination of money, happiness, and success. The book presents both the scientific background and sets of NeuroWisdom exercises that will help everyone transform their environment into a more meaningful and enjoyable place. By spending just a few minutes each day, these exercises reduce neurological stress and increase happiness, motivation, and productivity. The ''worry'' centers of the brain are turned off and the optimism circuits are turned on. Work becomes more pleasurable and creativity is increased, enabling the brain to anticipate and solve problems more efficiently. From a course they created for professionals, Mark Waldman and Chris Manning adapted their lectures, and present simple brain exercises, based on the latest neuroscience research, to guide readers on what makes us happy, wealthy, and wise.

The promise of their original class – and now of this book – is to help people create more ''wealth'' in their lives, defined as the combination of money, happiness, and success. The book presents both the scientific background and sets of NeuroWisdom exercises that will help everyone transform their environment into a more meaningful and enjoyable place. By spending just a few minutes each day, these exercises reduce neurological stress and increase happiness, motivation, and productivity. The ''worry'' centers of the brain are turned off and the optimism circuits are turned on. Work becomes more pleasurable and creativity is increased, enabling the brain to anticipate and solve problems more efficiently.

Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy [EPUB]

Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy [EPUB]
Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy by David Milne
2015 | EPUB | 0.8MB

A new intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the present

Worldmaking is a compelling new take on the history of American diplomacy. Rather than retelling the story of realism versus idealism, David Milne suggests that U.S. foreign policy has also been crucially divided between those who view statecraft as an art and those who believe it can aspire to the certainty of science.

Worldmaking follows a cast of characters who built on one another’s ideas to create the policies we have today. Woodrow Wilson’s Universalism and moralism led Sigmund Freud to diagnose him with a messiah complex. Walter Lippmann was a syndicated columnist who commanded the attention of leaders as diverse as Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Charles de Gaulle. Paul Wolfowitz was the intellectual architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq―and an admirer of Wilson’s attempt to “make the world safe for democracy.” Each was engaged in a process of worldmaking, formulating strategies that sought to deploy the nation’s vast military and economic power―or sought to retrench and focus on domestic issues―to shape a world in which the United States would be best positioned to thrive.

Tracing American statecraft from the age of steam engines to the age of drones, Milne reveals patterns of worldmaking that have remained impervious to the passage of time. The result is a panoramic history of U.S. foreign policy driven by ideas and by the lives and times of their authors.

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants [EPUB]

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants [EPUB]
Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis
2017 | EPUB | 139.1MB

A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen [EPUB]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen [EPUB]
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2017 | EPUB | 3.26MB

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel [EPUB]

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel [EPUB]
All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Elan Mastai
2017 | EPUB | 0.9MB

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction [Audiobook]

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction [Audiobook]
Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction [Audiobook] by Derek Thompson, read by Derek Thompson
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 34 mins | 318.33MB

Nothing "goes viral". If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history - of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. Even the most brilliant ideas wither in obscurity if they fail to connect with the right network, and the consumers that matter most aren't the early adopters but rather their friends, followers, and imitators - the audience of your audience.

In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. Shattering the sentimental myths of hit making that dominate pop culture and business, Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success, nobody has "good taste", and some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. It may be a new world, but there are some enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want. People love a familiar surprise: a product that is bold yet sneakily recognizable.

All businesses, artists, and people looking to promote themselves and their work want to know what makes some works so successful while others disappear. Hit Makers is a magical mystery tour through the last century of pop culture blockbusters and the most valuable currency of the 21st century - people's attention.

From the dawn of impressionist art to the future of Facebook, from Etsy designers to the origin of Star Wars, Derek Thompson leaves no pet rock unturned to tell the fascinating story of how culture happens and why things become popular.

In Hit Makers, Derek Thompson investigates:

  • The secret link between ESPN's sticky programming and the The Weeknd's catchy choruses
  • Why Facebook is the world's most important modern newspaper
  • How advertising critics predicted Donald Trump
  • The fifth grader who accidentally launched "Rock Around the Clock", the biggest hit in rock and roll history
  • How Barack Obama and his speechwriters think of themselves as songwriters
  • How Disney conquered the world - but the future of hits belongs to savvy amateurs and individuals
  • The French collector who accidentally created the Impressionist canon
  • Quantitative evidence that the biggest music hits aren't always the best
  • Why almost all Hollywood blockbusters are sequels, reboots, and adaptations
  • Why one year - 1991 - is responsible for the way pop music sounds today
  • Why another year - 1932 - created the business model of film
  • How data scientists proved that going viral is a myth
  • How 19th-century immigration patterns explain the most heard song in the Western Hemisphere

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds [Audiobook]

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds [Audiobook]
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds [Audiobook] by Daniel C Dennett, read by Tom Perkins
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 44 mins | 433.08MB

What is human consciousness, and how is it possible? This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. From Bacteria to Bach and Back is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture.

Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought. In his inimitable style - laced with wit and arresting thought experiments - Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a bounty of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains. Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay. The result, a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, emerges from a process of cultural evolution.

An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and other researchers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its wondrous applications.

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection [EPUB]

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection [EPUB]
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits
2017 | EPUB | 47.11MB

Hygge (hoo-gah) is a Danish word but a universal feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered—an experience of belonging to the moment and to each other. When life gets hectic, work grows stressful, and the days fly by, unplug and tune in.

Hygge anchors us, reminding us to slow down, to connect with place and with one another, to dwell and savor rather than rush and spend.

When you curl up by the fire with a blanket, or have a simple meal with friends, that is hygge. When you acknowledge the sacred in the secular, or focus on people rather than things, or when you express love through small gestures, that is hygge.

The Book of Hygge is an invitation to welcome abundance and contentment into your life. It is a call to live more fully by focusing on what moves you.

With beautiful full-color photographs and instructive meditations on relishing the everyday, it is your perfect guide to cultivating the coziness that has made Danes the happiest people in the world. The Book of Hygge is designed with an unjacketed, textured cover and crisp, clean interiors.

As seen in the The New Yorker, a cure for SAD in book form.

Ethnography After Antiquity: Foreign Lands and Peoples in Byzantine Literature [EPUB]

Ethnography After Antiquity: Foreign Lands and Peoples in Byzantine Literature [EPUB]
Ethnography After Antiquity: Foreign Lands and Peoples in Byzantine Literature by Anthony Kaldellis
2013 | EPUB | 2.1MB

Although Greek and Roman authors wrote ethnographic texts describing foreign cultures, ethnography seems to disappear from Byzantine literature after the seventh century C.E.—a perplexing exception for a culture so strongly self-identified with the Roman empire. Yet the Byzantines, geographically located at the heart of the upheavals that led from the ancient to the modern world, had abundant and sophisticated knowledge of the cultures with which they struggled and bargained. Ethnography After Antiquity examines both the instances and omissions of Byzantine ethnography, exploring the political and religious motivations for writing (or not writing) about other peoples.

Through the ethnographies embedded in classical histories, military manuals, Constantine VII's De administrando imperio, and religious literature, Anthony Kaldellis shows Byzantine authors using accounts of foreign cultures as vehicles to critique their own state or to demonstrate Romano-Christian superiority over Islam. He comes to the startling conclusion that the Byzantines did not view cultural differences through a purely theological prism: their Roman identity, rather than their orthodoxy, was the vital distinction from cultures they considered heretic and barbarian. Filling in the previously unexplained gap between antiquity and the resurgence of ethnography in the late Byzantine period, Ethnography After Antiquity offers new perspective on how Byzantium positioned itself with and against the dramatically shifting world.

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel [EPUB]

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel [EPUB]
A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
2017 | EPUB | 1.05MB

A powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.

A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

Civil Wars: A History in Ideas [EPUB]

Civil Wars: A History in Ideas [EPUB]
Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage
2017 | EPUB | 4.89MB

A highly original history, tracing the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggression from Ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day.

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether one is a ruler or a rebel, victor or vanquished, sufferer or outsider. Calling a conflict a civil war can shape its outcome by determining whether outside powers choose to get involved or stand aside: from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq, pivotal decisions have depended on such shifts of perspective.

The age of civil war in the West may be over, but elsewhere in the last two decades it has exploded–from the Balkans to Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Sri Lanka, and most recently Syria. And the language of civil war has burgeoned as democratic politics has become more violently fought. This book's unique perspective on the roots and dynamics of civil war, and on its shaping force in our conflict-ridden world, will be essential to the ongoing effort to grapple with this seemingly interminable problem.

The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality [EPUB]

The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality [EPUB]
The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality by Joan Frances Casey, Lynn Wilson
1992 | EPUB | 5.26MB

The groundbreaking first-person account of successful recovery from dissociative identity disorder, now featuring a new preface by the author

When Joan Frances Casey, a married twenty-six-year-old graduate student, “awoke” on the ledge of a building ready to jump, it wasn’t the first time she couldn’t explain her whereabouts. Soon after, Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, diagnosed Joan with multiple personality disorder. She prescribed a radical program of reparenting therapy to individually treat her patient’s twenty-four separate personalities. As Lynn came to know Joan’s distinct selves—Josie, the self-destructive toddler; Rusty, the motherless boy; Renee, the people pleaser—she uncovered a pattern of emotional and physical abuse that had nearly consumed a remarkable young woman.

Modern Classics Theory of the Modern Stage: From Artaud To Zola An Introduction To Modern Theatre And Drama [EPUB]

Modern Classics Theory of the Modern Stage: From Artaud To Zola An Introduction To Modern Theatre And Drama [EPUB]
Modern Classics Theory of the Modern Stage: From Artaud To Zola An Introduction To Modern Theatre And Drama by Eric Bentley
2008 | EPUB | 1.95MB

In The Theory of the Modern Stage, leading drama critic, Eric Bentley, brings together landmark writings by dramatists, directors and thinkers who have had a profound effect on the theatre since the mid nineteenth century, from Adolphe Appia to Émile Zola.

Here, Antonin Artaud sets out a manifesto for a Theatre of Cruelty, Bertolt Brecht discusses the tension between entertainment and instruction in experimental drama and Bernard Shaw defends himself as a realist, while W. B. Yeats describes the creation of a People’s Theatre. The ideas of theatre’s great makers are revealed by their best expositors, as Eric Bentley writes about Stanislavsky belief in the importance of emotional memory when creating a dramatic role and Arthur Symons considers Richard Wagner and the relationship between genius, art and nature.

DIY, Dammit: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting [EPUB]

DIY, Dammit: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting [EPUB]
DIY, Dammit: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting by Joselyn Hughes
2015 | EPUB | 32.31MB

Doing it yourself always seems so simple. Only 3 steps! Just 5 supplies! Less than 30 minutes! Yeah right.

The truth is, craftin’ ain’t easy. But it also doesn’t have to be an exasperating lesson in your own clumsiness.

Joselyn Hughes knows the struggle. She’s lived it. And now, with DIY, Dammit!, she offers up foolproof craftables that deliver maximum cute with minimal effort. There are easy-to-follow instructions and realistic shortcuts—because waiting for paint to dry is as boring as…well, you know.

With Joselyn by your side you’ll laugh, learn, and end up with handcrafted creations that will impress your friends, family, and strangers you accost on the street. She’s already made all the mistakes, so you don’t have to. What are you waiting for? DIY, Dammit!

ReCraft: How to Turn Second-Hand Stuff into Beautiful Things for Your Home, Family, and Friends [EPUB]

ReCraft: How to Turn Second-Hand Stuff into Beautiful Things for Your Home, Family, and Friends [EPUB]
ReCraft: How to Turn Second-Hand Stuff into Beautiful Things for Your Home, Family, and Friends by Sara Duchars, Sarah Marks
2012 | EPUB | 44.69MB

In today's thrifty times it is seems right to re-use fabrics and buttons and customize old clothes rather than buying brand new ones. The Buttonbag book is packed with instruction and ideas on how to re-use, re-cycle and re-create fantastic things, thereby transforming old into new.

There are about 40 step-by-step projects for a range of items including items for the home, clothes and accessories for all ages plus patterns, templates and basic techniques. Illustrated with photographs and hand-painted illustrations, the emphasis is on simple, easy-to-make items with a twist.

Hurricane Street [EPUB]

Hurricane Street [EPUB]
Hurricane Street by Ron Kovic
2016 | EPUB | 5.32MB

In the spring of 1974, as the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Ron Kovic and a small group of other severely injured veterans in a California VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement. In a phenomenal feat of political organizing, Kovic corralled his fellow AVM members into staging a sit-in, and then a hunger strike, in the Los Angeles office of Senator Alan Cranston, demanding better treatment of injured and disabled veterans.

This was a short-lived and chaotic but ultimately successful movement to improve the deplorable conditions in VA hospitals across the country. Hurricane Street is their story–one that resonates deeply today–told by Kovic in the passionate and brutally honest style that led to over one million sales of Born on the Fourth of July.

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art [EPUB]

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art [EPUB]
How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art by David Salle
2016 | EPUB | 5.51MB

A master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.

How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle’s friends and contemporaries―from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others―How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres.

Salle writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of art theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art. The result: a master class on how to see with an artist’s eye.

Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations [Audiobook]

Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations [Audiobook]
Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations [Audiobook] by John Avlon, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@32 kbps | 10 hrs 4 mins | 139.18MB

George Washington's Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a "parting friend" to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars.

Once celebrated as civic scripture, more widely reprinted than the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell Address is now almost forgotten. Its message remains starkly relevant. In Washington's Farewell, John Avlon offers a stunning portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.

At the end of his second term, Washington surprised Americans by publishing his Farewell message in a newspaper. The President called for unity among "citizens by birth or choice", advocated moderation, defended religious pluralism, proposed a foreign policy of independence (not isolation), and proposed that education is essential to democracy. He established the precedent for the peaceful transfer of power.

Washington's urgent message was adopted by Jefferson after years of opposition and quoted by Lincoln in defense of the Union. Woodrow Wilson invoked it for nation-building; Eisenhower for Cold War; Reagan for religion. Now the Farewell Address may inspire a new generation to re-center our politics and reunite our nation through the lessons rooted in Washington's experience.

As John Avlon describes the perilous state of the new nation that Washington was preparing to leave as its leader, with enduring wisdom, he reveals him to be the indispensable Founding Father.

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth [EPUB]

Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth [EPUB]
Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny
2017 | EPUB | 18.03MB

Albert Speer was not only Hitler's architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer's closest friend--his "unhappy love." Speer was one of the few defendants at the Nuremberg Trials to take responsibility for Nazi war crimes, even as he denied knowledge of the Holocaust. Now this enigma of a man is unveiled in a monumental biography by a writer who came to know Speer intimately in his final years.

Out of hundreds of hours of interviews, Sereny unravels the threads of Speer's personality: the genius that made him indispensable to the German war machine, the conscience that drove him to repent, and the emotional wounds that made him susceptible to Hitler's lethal magnetism. Read as an inside account of the Third Reich, or as a revelatory unsparing yet compassionate study of the human capacity for evil, Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth is a triumph.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History [TTC Video]

Food: A Cultural Culinary History [TTC Video]
Food: A Cultural Culinary History [TTC Video] by Ken Albala
Course No 9180 | MP4, AVC, 720x404 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 10.94GB

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

In fact, civilization itself began in the quest for food. Humanity's transition to agriculture was not only the greatest social revolution in history, but it directly produced the structures and institutions we call "civilization."

In every era, the unfolding of history has been intimately tied to the need for food, the production of food, and the culture of food. In all major religions, food choice has been an integral part of religious identity. The quest for spices and exotic foodstuffs led to the European discovery of the New World, as well as to the connecting of the entire globe through trade. In 1840s Ireland a single food—the potato—changed the course of history. Modern warfare, from Napoleon's conquests to World War II, was made possible by advances in food technology.

In our own times, more people worldwide now recognize the McDonald's "golden arches" than the Christian cross. Beyond feeding our bodies, food choices and ideologies express social distinctions, as well as our values, concerns, and aspirations. For all of these reasons, food offers a deeply insightful lens on human history, shedding new light on the evolution of social and political systems, on cultural interactions, economic empires, human migrations, and more. Through food culture, we see how primary biological needs have shaped all human lives through the ages. The history of food is the history of human life at its most elemental, its most intimate, its most essential. It's also a story of ingenuity, creativity, and remarkable human behavior to rival any other aspect of culture.

In Food: A Cultural Culinary History, award-winning Professor Ken Albala of the University of the Pacific puts this extraordinary subject on the table, taking you on an enthralling journey into the human relationship to food. With this innovative course, you'll travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras—as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today.

Incorporating extensive study of historical recipes, food preparation techniques from around the world, and activities you can try at home, these 36 colorful lectures take you through the entire spectrum of food history, from the cuisine of ancient Egypt to the great flowering of European cookery in the Middle Ages, and from the celebrity chefs of 18th-century France to our own Zagat- and Michelin-rated restaurant culture. Along the way, you learn in depth about food production and technology in each era; the social, economic, and political factors surrounding food culture; and thinking on diet and eating through the centuries. The result is a compelling inquiry that will change the way you look at both history and food itself.

Food as a Driver of Human History

As context for exploring humanity's remarkable food cultures, you observe the integral role of food in the unfolding of civilization. From prehistory to our own era, your study includes these seminal subjects:

  • The revolutions of agriculture: Learn how agriculture arose in the prehistoric world and how it spurred the development of urban organization, political systems, social classes, militaries, and trade.
  • Food and faith: Grasp how food practices became core expressions of religious faith in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as in the Eastern traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism.
  • 1492 and food globalization: Track the great trading empires of the Venetians, Portuguese, and Spanish, and the "Columbian exchange," where plants and animals from five continents were transplanted across the world.
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, and slaves: Discover how the trade in a group of superfluous luxury items in the era of European colonialism altered the focus of the global economy.
  • Eating in the Industrial Revolution: Learn how capital-intensive, mass food production in the Industrial Revolution forever changed human diet and nutrition.
  • Big business and food imperialism: Observe the vast industrialization of food production in the late 19th and 20th centuries; its economic and human consequences; and the ideologies, movements, and practices that arose to oppose it.

A Global Richness of Culinary Cultures

At the heart of the course, you delve deeply into classic food traditions around the world. Among civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, your inquiry highlights these traditions:

  • Status and ritual in ancient Rome: Learn how Roman food reflected social rank, wealth, and sophistication, and investigate the dining habits of the upwardly mobile as well as the gastronomic eccentricities of the emperor Heliogabalus.
  • The exquisite flavors of medieval Islamic cuisine: In a culture with no injunction against pleasure, learn how the medieval Muslims' sensual dishes—richly spiced, colored, or perfumed—reflected visions of a paradise on earth.
  • Aztec food culture: In this unique New World tradition, discover the Aztec way of life—the indigenous foodstuffs, eating rituals, and "signature" foods, from chilies to chocolate.
  • Sumptuous dining in the Renaissance: Study the sophistication and complexity of Renaissance-era food culture in the writings of Platina, Ficino, and Messisbugo, and witness the extravagance of banquets at the court of Ferrara.
  • The genesis of French haute cuisine: Grasp the aesthetics of French 17th-century cookery, based in refinement and pureness of flavors and study four Gallic cookbooks that revolutionized culinary history.
  • "Scientific" cooking in the 21st century: In our own diverse era, encounter the phenomenon of "molecular gastronomy"—technology-enhanced food creations designed to titillate and amaze the palate.

A Colorful and Diverse Learning Experience

Expanding on the lectures and in-studio demonstrations of food preparation techniques, the course guidebook presents a series of 39 hands-on activities—where you can learn how to make everything from Egyptian beer to Elizabethan "Chickin Pye"—that give you direct experience of how people cooked, ate, and thought about food in past eras. You also practice medieval eating rituals, track the rich evocation of food in art, and immerse yourself in the poetic ambiance of classic Japanese dining.

Across the span of the centuries you sample important food writing from many cultures, from the world’s first surviving recipes written in cuneiform to the lavish dishes of Apicius of Rome, and from the classic medieval cookbooks of Taillevent and Chiquart to the 19th-century Guide Culinaire by Escoffier.

And, throughout the series, the lectures pulsate with surprising and intriguing details of the human adventure with food:

  • Dinner knives with rounded tips were developed to reduce the threat of violence at the table.
  • The English word "dinner," from the Latin disjejunare, literally means "break-fast."
  • The banana, which we know as a single fruit, actually exists in hundreds of diverse varieties.
  • The world's first restaurant-based food culture was Edo-era Japan.
  • The separation of sweet and savory flavors that we know today is relatively recent historically. Before the 16th century, meat and fish were often cooked with sugar, fruit, and syrups.
  • The Middle Ages produced some of history's most outlandish and theatrical presentations of food, such as gilded boars' heads; "invented" creatures, mixing parts of different animals; and cooked peacocks spewing flames.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History offers you an insightful and startlingly different view of our civilization that you won't find anywhere else, revealing the development of societies and cultures through the single factor that has driven human life more than any other. In the process, you discover the stunning richness of world cultures as seen in their distinctive food traditions, and greatly broaden your own enjoyment of fine food.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone [TTC Video]
How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone [TTC Video] by Melinda Myers
Course No. 9721 | M4V, AVC, 640x360 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 5.41GB

Can you imagine walking out your back door to snip a few fresh chives for your baked potato? Or the satisfaction from growing that potato in the first place? Or how about plucking blueberries for your morning cereal from a container on your balcony or deck?

Growing your own food is one of the most rewarding things you can do. While starting a garden may sound intimidating to some, nearly everyone can grow a few herbs, fruits, or vegetables. And as gardening pros know, nothing beats the freshness of a crisp vegetable right off the vine, a sweet fruit plucked from the tree, or a savory herb from your window box. When you grow your own food, not only do you get the freshest food and most delicious flavor, you also get a lower grocery bill and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Best of all, gardening is something you can get started on right away:

  • Grow micro-greens and sprouts year-round in a matter of weeks.
  • Start growing oyster mushrooms—in your basement!
  • Jump-start your local growing season by planting seeds indoors.

Whether you live on rural acreage or a city lot, virtually anyone can grow a simple garden—regardless of your skill level and busy schedule. How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone is a practical guide for cultivating fresh produce from seed to harvest. Taught by renowned horticulturalist Melinda Myers, these 12 hands-on lessons are chock full of tips and tricks for novice gardeners and green thumbs alike. Here, you’ll discover everything from materials and preparation to maintenance and harvesting, giving you all the practical knowledge you need to:

  • Enjoy windowsill herbs such as chives, basil, rosemary, dill, and thyme.
  • Harvest garden staples such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, and potatoes.
  • Learn to grow nutritious and beautiful vegetables, including kale, Swiss chard, and rhubarb.
  • Cultivate fruits from strawberries and raspberries to pears and plum trees.

Ms. Myers shows you the ins and outs of designing a beautiful garden to fit your space, and shares a wealth of examples to give you an idea of just what’s possible. For example, if you just want a few plants on your patio, consider the “thriller, filler, spiller” method of container gardening. Or if you live somewhere with a shorter growing season, consider planting seeds indoors and transplanting them outside when the weather warms.

Prepare Any Space for a Lush Garden

Whether you’re growing indoors or outside, preparation is the key. Ms. Myers walks you through every step of the process, including:

  • Soil preparation
  • Sunlight requirements
  • Proper watering
  • Spacing
  • Pruning
  • Harvesting

You’ll discover how to repair damaged soil, convert grass to a garden, build raised beds, or simply boost the nutritional value of your growing space. She shows you eco-friendly methods for fighting pests such as hornworms, beetles, aphids, and other bugs that might munch on your fruits and veggies. Also, see how to prevent plant diseases through good watering habits and proper airflow.

Once you have your space prepared, it’s time to decide which plants to cultivate! Whether you’re interested in growing from seeds or selecting young plants from your local garden center, you’ll find out all the do’s and don’ts to maximize your garden’s productivity. You’ll get a comprehensive guide to:

  • Topsoil and mulch
  • Fertilizers and pest management
  • Composting and other sustainable gardening practices
  • Water wise gardening strategies
  • Row covers, cold frames, and greenhouses to extend the season

Throughout the course, you’ll unpack key terms you need to know, including “indeterminate” versus “determinate,” “heirloom,” and more. Ms. Myers also provides a dazzling array of creative solutions to build the ideal garden for your space—including ways to tap into a neighborhood co-op or community garden.

Practical Tips and Hands-on Tricks

As she guides you through the process, Ms. Myers offers enthusiastic, can’t-go-wrong advice to get novice gardeners started—as well as professional tips and tricks that will surprise and inspire experienced gardeners. For instance, everyone will appreciate her time-saving tips, like a five-minute plan for weeding, to keep gardening fun rather than a chore.

Along the way, she gives you the case study of her own garden, filmed on location in Wisconsin. As an added bonus, she brings some of her projects right into the studio. You’ll see demonstrations of planting micro-greens, learn to build a worm composter, and more. In keeping with the practical, workshop nature of these lessons, the course guidebook is a handy resource you can take into the field to help with your own gardening efforts.

In no time at all, you’ll experience the myriad benefits of gardening, which feed your body and soul. Whether you simply want to grow herbs for your homemade spaghetti sauce or you dream of cultivating a dazzling orchard, How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone offers everything you need to grow fresh food right outside—or inside—your home.

How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques [TTC Video]
How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques [TTC Video] by Melinda Myers
Course No 9716 | WMV, WMV3, 640x360 | WMA, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 6x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 2.56GB

Most of us don’t have the time, space, or energy to design and cultivate a large outdoor garden. So what should we do if we’re craving some homegrown fruits, vegetables, or herbs, or looking to add a colorful splash of flowers to a back deck or front porch? The answer is simple: container gardening.

Growing your own plants in containers is the perfect way to liven up a living space without much of the hassle associated with traditional gardening. With container gardens, you can

  • control and manage plants and flowers with ease,
  • add bursts of color and interest almost anywhere you like,
  • easily extend the planting season beyond your usual growing season, and
  • create warm and friendly environments that match specific occasions and events.

Perhaps the best part is that you can still plant anything in a container that you would in an in-ground garden: perennials, annuals, grasses, vegetables, fruits, and even trees. All it takes is an understanding of the essentials of container gardening, as well as access to some of the same design tips, tricks, and techniques that trained gardeners and landscape artists use to create unforgettable natural displays.

And all of this you can find in the six lessons of How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips and Techniques. Delivered by award-winning horticulturalist and master gardening educator Melinda Myers, this series gives you the essentials of container gardening and the expert know-how to grow practically anything you want in as small a space as you have available. In every lesson, you’ll be immersed in real situations that reveal ideas and solutions that will work for your container garden throughout the year.

Everything You Need for Great Container Gardens

Enjoyable, economical, inspiring, and a pleasure to watch, Container Gardening Tips and Techniques is perfect for gardeners at all levels of experience. Seasoned pros will find creative ideas for designing and planting container arrangements, and novices will get everything they need to know about this form of gardening.

Throughout these six lessons, you’ll learn the fundamentals of successful container gardening, including

  • the advantages of different containers (such as concrete, plastic, and glass) and how to make each of them work to your advantage;
  • the specific soil, light, and water requirements for some of the most common plants and flowers planted in containers; and
  • solutions to common problems and pitfalls related to container gardening, including the potting mix, pests, and shaded areas.

In each instance, you’ll learn how to create your own unique container gardens to fit a range of settings and space constraints, including patios, balconies, decks, and large lots. You’ll also see how container gardens can be used to create natural privacy barriers, liven up empty corners of interior spaces, and complement the theme of a party or special occasion.

Design Tips and Tricks from an Expert

Container Gardening Tips and Techniques comes packed with advice and tricks you’ll learn alongside a friendly expert. Here is just some of the insider information you’ll get with these lessons.

  • One easy way to design a container garden is the “thriller, spiller, and filler” technique. The “thriller” is your vertical accent, which creates a focal point in the garden. The “spiller” is a plant that cascades over the pot and anchors it to the container. And the “filler” ties both together to create a more professional look and feel.
  • To find out when it’s time to water your container garden, your finger is the best tool. Push it into the soil several inches; if the soil has the slightly moist consistency of a damp sponge, it’s time to water (cacti and drought-tolerant plants, of course, are allowed to go a bit drier).
  • What happens to your container gardens when winter comes? If you live in a mild climate, you can leave your containers out all winter long (just make sure to water thoroughly when the soil is dry). For those in colder areas, you can leave containers outdoors as long as they’re weather proof and can tolerate the freezing/thawing of the soil, and your plants are at least one to two climate zones hardier than the area you’re growing them in.

Whether taking you to homes to show you container gardening in action, guiding you through a popular garden center, or explaining the secrets of container gardens from our gardening studio, Ms. Myers elevates this course high above do-it-yourself gardening. With more than 300 kinds of plants shown or referred to, you’ll have an encyclopedic visual reference for countless ways to experience container gardening.

What’s more: Every minute of these engaging lessons, you’re in the hands of a master gardening educator. With more than 30 years of experience as a college professor, popular television and radio host, and prolific writer, Ms. Myers knows how to make container gardening fascinating and fun. You’ll quickly discover why she’s earned a wealth of recognition for her knowledge and teaching abilities, including the Garden Communicator of the Year Award from the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the American Horticultural Society’s B. Y. Morrison Communication Award.

Spring, summer, fall, winter—with How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips and Techniques you’ll have the skills, tips, and tricks you need to add a vibrant natural touch to any season.

How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons [TTC Video]
How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons [TTC Video] by Melinda Myers
Course No 9711 | WMV, WMV3, 640x360 | WMA, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 6x33 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 2.84GB

Gardening is one of life’s great pleasures. It offers bountiful wonders—flowers, grasses, fruits, vegetables, trees—that bring you closer to the natural world. It allows you to design private and public displays of infinite variety and for numerous purposes. And the best part: Learning how to grow the garden of your dreams is a skill that anyone can learn with relative ease.

Believe it or not, you can create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate. All it takes is a little care, a little patience, and, above all, the knowledge and techniques that professional gardeners and horticulturalists use to cultivate garden spaces that are both beautiful and successful.

In just six engaging and accessible lessons, How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden Landscape in 6 Lessons offers you the unique chance to learn alongside a master gardening educator with more than 30 years of experience as she reveals the essential skills of gardening. Melinda Myers—an award-winning horticulturist and ­certified arborist, and a nationally syndicated garden host—guides you step-by-step through the fundamentals, from design to preparation to planting, that any novice gardener needs to know in order to plant and maintain a thriving garden that looks as great as those seen on television and in books and magazines.

And even if you’re someone who has been gardening for years, you’ll find new ideas and tips as the instructor takes you to two test sites across the year—from spring to winter—transforming grassy areas, overgrown beds, and lackluster designs into spectacular gardens.

Get Solutions to Common Gardening Dilemmas

Escorting you from public gardens and garden centers to personal outdoor garden spaces to our in-studio garden, Ms. Myers reveals in a conversational and engaging way solutions to common gardening challenges.

  • What plants and flowers are best for your particular space’s light and soil conditions?
  • When is the best time to plant, and how can you maximize your harvest? What adjustments can you make as the seasons change?
  • How do you protect your garden against common insects and diseases?
  • How can you choose the right plants and flowers to make an eye-catching design?
  • How do you optimize your vegetable garden or combine edibles and ornamentals in a single space?

According to Ms. Myers, it’s all about following what she calls the “four R’s”: the right plant for the right purpose in the right place to give you the right look. Whether you’re working with a suburban backyard or the window box of an apartment, you’ll rely on this insight to discover just how simple it can be to overcome the most common gardening and landscaping challenges. In addition, you’ll

  • get a vibrant visual introduction to dozens of edible and ornamental plant varieties;
  • explore the basic science behind how soil, light, and water influence plant growth;
  • learn how best to plant, water, weed, prune, and harvest the fruits of your labor; and more.

Learn Tips and Tricks from an Expert Gardener

Your Best Garden Landscape in 6 Lessons is packed with the kind of insider tips and techniques that will not only help you avoid the pitfalls that prohibit many of us from keeping up with a garden, but will help you create and design personal gardens you’ll enjoy maintaining and that are sure to impress your family, friends, and neighbors.

  • A simple trick for moving in-ground plants to a new location: Wrap the roots in wet newspaper or place them in plastic grocery bags. This reduces stress on the plant, keeps the roots moist, and avoids prolonged exposure to air.
  • When using a total vegetation killer, take a small plastic soda bottle with the bottom removed, use it to cover your weeds, and spray into the neck of the bottle. That way, this spray will kill only the weeds and it won’t get on nearby plants and be absorbed by the plants’ leaves.
  • Reduce your workload by matching plants to their specific light, water, and soil requirements (which you can find on their labels). For example, plants that thrive in normal/natural rainfall in your area will need supplemental watering only during extended periods of drought.
  • Minimize pruning to a newly planted tree (except for broken, crossing, or damaged branches). The more top growth on your tree, the more energy is produced and the faster your tree will start to get established.

An Unrivaled Introduction to the Essential Skills of Gardening

With more than 30 years of experience in the gardening and horticulture business—and as a twice-tenured professor, author, prolific columnist, and media expert—Ms. Myers knows how to break down the complexities of gardening and make it easier, more fun, and more personally rewarding than you ever imagined.

With How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons, you’ll also find that there’s more to be gained from learning alongside this consummate expert and teacher than from what you could get in a book on gardening. You’ll get the unrivaled experience of watching Ms. Myers in action as she designs spaces, shops for plants, maintains the health of her garden spaces, and makes adjustments—just as you will at home. She also takes you through the seasons so you can see how plantings in spring turn out in late summer, or witness how solutions to common garden design challenges prove successful at the end of the planting season. It’s an opportunity to see the entire growing season burst into life right before your eyes.

Above all, these lessons are ones you’ll come back to again and again with each seasonal change. “One of the things I like about gardening is that it’s never finished,” Ms. Myers notes. “You’re always learning more. Best of all, there are always new plants to try. The opportunities are endless.”

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons [TTC Video]

The Enlightenment: Invention of the Modern Self [TTC Video]

The Enlightenment: Invention of the Modern Self [TTC Video]
The Enlightenment: Invention of the Modern Self [TTC Video] by Leo Damrosch
Course No 4117 | AVI, DivX, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 4.16GB

You are a product of the Enlightenment. In fact, the philosophy behind so much that has created the modern concept of Self—politics, economics, psychology, science and technology, education, art—was invented as recently as the Enlightenment of the 18th century. In The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self, literary scholar Leo Damrosch of Harvard University considers the time when ideas about the self were first considered.

Through the eyes of the Enlightenment's greatest writers, you follow the origin of new ways of thinking—ideas we today take for granted but are startlingly recent—about the individual and society.

You see how these notions emerged in an era of transition from a world dominated by classical thought, institutional religion, and the aristocracy to one that was increasingly secular, scientific, skeptical, and middle class. The 18th century was a crucible for new questions that, among other things:

  • Reversed religious notions that human nature and the material world were infected by sin; instead they became beneficial
  • Provided a new rationale for the way we obtain and use knowledge
  • Coined or redefined words—such as humor, sentiment, and sensibility—to reflect new attitudes about feelings and personality
  • Disputed the classical dictum that art should "hold a mirror up to nature" and serve a moral purpose
  • Laid the groundwork for theories of the unconscious
  • Nurtured the development of the novel, with new ways of understanding psychological and social experience
  • Invented the autobiography
  • Raised pre-Darwinian ideas about evolution
  • Suggested that men and women should be treated as equals.

Understand the Enlightenment through its Great Books

These lectures are essentially about ideas and about books—how great ideas are alive and powerful in the pages of significant written works. The guiding premise is that the best way to appreciate the thinking of a given period is to explore its literature.

You note or discuss at length a range of novels, autobiographies, and biographies from the 1670s to the 1790s, including The Pilgrim's Progress, Candide, The London Journal, The Social Contract, Confessions, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience. If you haven't already done so, this is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this remarkable collection of works.

Professor Damrosch is the perfect teacher to lead you on this literary tour. He served a five-year term as chairman of Harvard's Department of English, and in 2001 was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of distinguished teaching. His books that explore Enlightenment themes include Samuel Johnson and the Tragic Sense, Symbol and Truth in Blake's Myth, The Imaginative World of Alexander Pope, and Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson.

Through its literature, and with Professor Damrosch as your guide, you explore key themes and issues of the Enlightenment. One of these is the notion of authenticity. Do we have an authentic self, or are we simply the various roles we play? Is there such a thing as truth, or are our values, and even our motivations, arbitrary and artificial?

You consider these questions in the light of such works by Denis Diderot as D'Alembert's Dream, Rameau's Nephew, and the "antinovel" Jacques the Fatalist. The lectures on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, toward the end of the course, examine the potentially explosive implications of such thinking.

Another central issue was the way the Enlightenment revealed a need for new intellectual tools. For example, its main philosophy, empiricism, had no concept of what we would now call the unconscious. It could not account for feelings of conflict or alienation, or for neuroses or obsessions.

The problems this created can be seen in the biographies of the time. In his Life of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson describes Pope's physical disability but never considers its psychological effects on Pope's life and work. Similarly, Edward Gibbon, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, fails to recognize that sadism might be the cause of the emperor Commodus's atrocities. Such blind spots cried out for new intellectual tools to deal with human psychology.

We Talk Like Rousseau, but Live Like Franklin

The Enlightenment identified a psychological conflict that underlies modern life. On the one hand, we have a strong belief in our individual uniqueness and self-sufficiency. On the other hand, we acknowledge that exterior forces—nature and society—have great power to nurture us. One highlight of this course is how Professor Damrosch makes this conflict clear by vividly comparing two highly influential Enlightenment figures: the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and American statesman Benjamin Franklin.

Rousseau was the Enlightenment's most original thinker. His legacy to us is intellectual and inward-looking: about psychology and education, the value we place on introspection, our need to find and fulfill our unique potential, and the framework we use to discuss our feelings of conflict with society at large.

Franklin was action-oriented and outward-focused. He provides the role model for daily life: optimistic, characterized by disciplined work to create tangible accomplishments, and defined by the belief that involvement in society, for the betterment of society, is the optimal way to live.

In Professor Damrosch's opinion, we conduct ourselves and understand our lives along a spectrum that runs from Rousseau to Franklin. In fact, he believes that, in general, "Our culture talks the Rousseau line but lives the Franklin life."

What was, after all, the modern self that the Enlightenment invented? This course suggests that it was a new human insight, one that rejected absolute or easily generalized explanations and embraced the conflict, confusion, and paradox of life. It was a new and dynamic account of human life—one that continues to both benefit and afflict us.

A Partial List of Books You Discuss

This course either takes note of or discusses at length works from the 1670s to the 1790s, including:

  • The Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan)
  • Pensées (Blaise Pascal)
  • Discourse on Method (René Descartes)
  • Leviathan (Thomas Hobbes)
  • Maxims (François, Duc de la Rochefoucauld)
  • La Princesse de Clèves (Mme. de Lafayette)
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (John Locke)
  • A Treatise of Human Nature (David Hume)
  • Candide (Voltaire)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon)
  • Memoirs of My Life (Edward Gibbon)
  • The London Journal (James Boswell)
  • Encyclopedia of the Sciences, Arts, and Trades (Denis Diderot)
  • Jacques the Fatalist (Denis Diderot)
  • D'Alembert's Dream (Denis Diderot)
  • Rameau's Nephew (Denis Diderot)
  • A Discourse on Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • The Social Contract (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • Confessions (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  • Autobiography (Benjamin Franklin)
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Adam Smith)
  • The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Choderlos de Laclos)
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience (William Blake)
  • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (William Blake)
The Enlightenment: Invention of the Modern Self [TTC Video]

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2016 | AZW3 | 4.42MB

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MP4, VP8, 960x540 | OGG, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 4.5 hours | 4.77GB

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The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer [EPUB]
The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer by Leigh Erin Connealy
2017 | EPUB | 5.7MB

When it comes to cancer, conventional doctors are trained to treat their patients exclusively with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These methods are grueling on the whole body - and they don't treat beyond the tumor or the cancer itself. The focus is on the disease, not the whole person - and because of this, the outcomes in conventional medicine can be bleak.

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Chemotherapy and radiation have their place in treatment, but in many cases, they are simply not enough, because cancer isn't caused by one thing, but by many different factors. All of these causes must be addressed, not just the tumor. The Cancer Revolution will equip you to make impactful, achievable lifestyle choices that fight the root of the disease, and that offer hope for recovery and a cancer-free life.