Learn to Burn: A Step-by-step Guide to Getting Started in Pyrography [EPUB]

Learn to Burn: A Step-by-step Guide to Getting Started in Pyrography [EPUB]
Learn to Burn: A Step-by-step Guide to Getting Started in Pyrography by Simon Easton
2016 | EPUB | 32.04MB

Known as pyrography, which literally means "writing with fire," woodburning is a rewarding art that is practically infinite in its applications! This book shows you everything you need to get started in this fun and expressive craft:

  • Create beautiful art using ready-made materials found at your local craft store
  • 14 step-by-step projects—appropriate for every skill level
  • Illustrated with how-to photographs
  • Easy exercises introduce basic concepts for beginners
  • Learn expert techniques for texturing, lettering, shading, and finishing
  • Make memorable decorative gifts for friends and family—bangles, jewelry boxes, gift tags, fridge magnets, and more!
  • 50 bonus patterns

This easy-to-learn introduction to the art of pyrography offers 14 step-by-step projects for making decorative gifts—from coasters and picture frames to bangles, decorative plates, and door hangers—illustrated with clear how-to photographs. Each pyro project can be completed using ready-made materials that are easy to find at your local craft store. 50 bonus patterns will allow you to unleash your creativity on hundreds of additional woodburning projects.

In Learn to Burn, award-winning artist and pyrographer Simon Easton shows you how to "write with fire," taking you from basic woodburning concepts to tips and techniques that encourage your creativity and help you develop your own individual style. Easton guides you through purchasing tools and materials, and setup and safety. His expert lessons will help you master all of the essential techniques of the craft, from making simple marks to texturing, lettering, shading and finishing.

This a book that you'll come back to again and again as you develop your expertise in an innovative art form.

Red Thread Zen: Humanly Entangled in Emptiness [EPUB]

Red Thread Zen: Humanly Entangled in Emptiness [EPUB]
Red Thread Zen: Humanly Entangled in Emptiness by Susan Murphy
2018 | EPUB | 1.12MB

Love, attachment, the passions, gender, carnality, birth, bodily being, mortality, belonging, suffering, hope, despair, personhood, imagination, vitality, the struggle to be fully human – how do these things dwell wholly in emptiness, how do we reconcile their vivid life with ‘no-thingness’?

The red (or ‘vermilion’) thread originally connoted the color of the silk undergarments courtesans were obliged to wear. Most spiritual traditions do their best to distance themselves as thoroughly as possible from such direct and intimate contact with the fact of impassioned human bodily being, if not to declare open war upon the flesh, and the female body that most plainly bears flesh into the world. Spirituality has trouble dealing with the fact that we arrive here covered in blood.

But the red thread can never be cut. Why not? Why would no perfectly accomplished saint ever even dream of cutting it?

Red Thread Zen will set out to explore every corner of the magnificent koan of being ‘still attached to the red thread, or ‘line of tears’. This is an argument against the bloodless and socially disengaged form of ‘Buddhism’ that is generally being gestated in the West, one that shades too readily into the blandest of bland self-help.

Geek Lust: Pop Culture, Gadgets, and Other Desires of the Likeable Modern Geek [EPUB]

Geek Lust: Pop Culture, Gadgets, and Other Desires of the Likeable Modern Geek [EPUB]
Geek Lust: Pop Culture, Gadgets, and Other Desires of the Likeable Modern Geek by Alex Langley
2018 | EPUB | 10.95MB

Get Your Geek On!

Unless you're horndog Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory, the words "geek" and "lust" are seldom found in the same sentence. Until now, bub.

Whether it's the most recent tweet from Felicia Day, the newest book from Terry Pratchett, or the latest anything from Joss Whedon, the world is a smoking hot, happening place for Geeks.

Geek Lust, a humorous celebration of Geekdom's frenzied desires, heats it up like 1.21 Giga-Suns. It spotlights some of the awesomest real and fictional geeks in history, including Einstein, Madame Curie, Nerdist Chris Hardwick, and Steve Urkel (!); features classic science fiction and horror stories; the greatest experiences to have playing video games; gadgets gone wild; various top lists such as the hottest cryptids; and things from Star Wars that could be euphemisms for your genitals.

If you yearn for time travel, robotics and cloning; if Kirk still captains your imagination; and if, when all is said and done, you still can't decide between Linda Carter's Wonder Woman or Lucy Lawless's Xena, Warrior Princess, welcome to Geek Lust.

And by the way, is it hot in here or did the next-generation iPhone just drop?

Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World [Audiobook]

Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World [Audiobook]
Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World [Audiobook] by Annie Lowrey, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 11 minutes | 197.34MB

A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income - a stipend given to every citizen - and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology.

Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, childcare workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico - all are talking about UBI.

In this sparkling and provocative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey examines the UBI movement from many angles. She travels to Kenya to see how a UBI is lifting the poorest people on earth out of destitution, India to see how inefficient government programs are failing the poor, South Korea to interrogate UBI's intellectual pedigree, and Silicon Valley to meet the tech titans financing UBI pilots in expectation of a world with advanced artificial intelligence and little need for human labor.

Lowrey explores the potential of such a sweeping policy and the challenges the movement faces, among them contradictory aims, uncomfortable costs, and, most powerfully, the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. In the end, she shows how this arcane policy has the potential to solve some of our most intractable economic problems while offering a new vision of citizenship and a firmer foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels.

The Shrinkology Solution: Discover your eating type, lose weight and keep it off – for life [EPUB]

The Shrinkology Solution: Discover your eating type, lose weight and keep it off – for life [EPUB]
The Shrinkology Solution: Discover your eating type, lose weight and keep it off – for life [EPUB]
The Shrinkology Solution: Discover your eating type, lose weight and keep it off – for life by Meg Arroll
2018 | EPUB | 2.17MB

In a world where we are tempted by food on every street corner, on every billboard and all over our social media, is it any wonder so many of us struggle with weight loss and sticking to diets? What if we started thinking about the psychology of dieting and eating, rather than just the food on our plates?

The Shrinkology premise is super-simple: in order to achieve lasting weight loss, you need to start addressing your emotional issues with food, rather than simply going after every fad diet. Offering an in-depth psychological quiz which will reveal which type of eater you are, and tailored life and food hacks for each type, this is the last diet book you will ever need.

Race Across the World [EPUB]

Race Across the World [EPUB]
Race Across the World: The incredible story of the world's greatest road race - the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon by John Smailes
2018 | EPUB | 10.46MB

In 1968, ninety-eight competitors stormed out of London on the world's greatest automotive adventure, the London to Sydney Marathon, the most ambitious and epic car race ever staged.

Four weeks later they arrived in Sydney-or at least half of them did. The others lay in ruin along its 10,000-mile route. Unimaginable now in either concept or execution, the marathon captured the rapt attention of the countries through which it passed, and of the world, as it created front-page news. It was more than a car race, more than a rally, more than the trials that opened up outback Australia only a decade before: it was the world's most gruelling test of driver and vehicle.

For Australians, the race became a focal point of the rivalry between local car-manufacturing giants Holden and Ford, as the Monaro Coupe and the iconic Falcon GT went head to head. Neither was to win, but the story of their duel is motor-sporting legend.

John Smailes was a young journalist at the time, covering the race for the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Fifty years after this extraordinary race was run, John's dramatic, compelling and utterly fascinating story-drawing on his own first-hand, eyewitness account and enhanced by in-depth interviews over the intervening years with all the race's key participants-brings the marathon vividly to life.

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings [EPUB]

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings [EPUB]
Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings by Joseph K. Loughlin, Kate Flora
2018 | EPUB | 2.97MB

Get a deeper understanding of police shootings through interviews with officers involved in real-life cases

Today’s media is filled with discussions about officer-involved shootings. Too often missing from that discussion are the police officers’ voices and the reality of what happens in actual shooting incidents. Through interviews with involved officers, this book addresses common myths and misunderstandings about these shootings.

Shots Fired is a journey “behind the shield” and the experiences of the real human beings behind the badge. It explores true events through the participants’ own eyes and takes readers inside the minds of officers during the actual event. The officers detail the roller coaster of emotions and severe trauma experienced during and after a shooting event.

Along with the intimate, in-depth explorations of the incidents themselves, the book touches the aftermath of police-involved shootings―the debriefings, internal and external investigations, and psychological evaluations. It challenges many commonly held assumptions created by the media such as the meaning of “unarmed” and why the police can’t just “shoot him in the leg,” creating an understanding that reaches beyond slogans such as “hands up, don’t shoot.”

The book is valuable reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of police shootings―officers and police departments, reporters and politicians, and the public who rely on the police to keep them safe.

Sh*t Towns of New Zealand [EPUB]

Sh*t Towns of New Zealand [EPUB]
Sh*t Towns of New Zealand by Anonymous
2018 | EPUB | 49.78MB

From Auckland to the bubbling pit of Rotorua, New Zealand is a veritable smorgasbord of crappy towns and shitty cities.

Slagging off our towns is as much a national pastime as binge drinking and homoerotic ball sports. Ever since a Dutch bloke in a sailboat did a driveby and claimed to have discovered the place (much to the chagrin of Maori living here), New Zealanders have reveled in taking the piss.

The towns reviewed in this volume have been carefully selected using an exacting set of scientific criteria based on the Scheisse-Ortschaft Formula, combined with extensive field research and a healthy sense of humor.

Ajax the Kea Dog: A Working Dog's Life in the High Country [EPUB]

Ajax the Kea Dog: A Working Dog's Life in the High Country [EPUB]
Ajax the Kea Dog: A Working Dog's Life in the High Country by Corey Mosen
2018 | EPUB | 81.24MB

The highly illustrated, heartwarming story of conservation heroes, dog Ajax and his handler Corey, who traverse remote parts of the South Island tracking kea nests.

Together, Corey and Ajax travel through the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes.

This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the steep back-country, including flying in helicopters; working in blizzards, heavy rain, and dense fog; escaping from angry wasps; and sleeping out in the bitter cold.

The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over.

Carbs: From weekday dinners to blow-out brunches, rediscover the joy of the humble carbohydrate [EPUB]

Carbs: From weekday dinners to blow-out brunches, rediscover the joy of the humble carbohydrate [EPUB]
Carbs: From weekday dinners to blow-out brunches, rediscover the joy of the humble carbohydrate by Laura Goodman
2018 | EPUB | 8.09MB

We've tried to hide it, shoving carbs aside for cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles, but we're not fooling anyone. Carbs are what we want – what we really, really want. We love them because they make every meal better. And anyway, global medical guidelines now say carbohydrates should make up 50% of our daily food intake, and that skipping them could lead to long-term health issues. What have we been thinking? It's definitely time to embrace carbs in all their guises. Macaroni and cheese is (practically) a medical requirement.

Whether you've always been a die-hard carb lover, or you'd like to learn to love them again, this book has the recipes you need. There are rice bowls, pizzas, pastas, tacos, muffins, loaves, and oh-so-many ways with the glorious potato, king of the carbs (including all the fry hacks you can shake your salt at). It's time to put carbs back on the table.

Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes [EPUB]

Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes [EPUB]
Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes by Richard Snapes, Grant Harrington
2018 | EPUB | 52.71MB

Bread and butter were first recorded as being eaten together in 1492, and the marriage has been solid and loving ever since.

Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes is a celebration of a divine partnership and a love letter to two glorious, artisanal products that have graced our tables for centuries. The book delves deeply into the history and culture behind the bread and butter partnership, taking a global overview that brings us to the present day. It also shares 40 outstanding recipes that celebrate the best of both bread and butter.

Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump [Audiobook]

Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump [Audiobook]
Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J Trump [Audiobook] by Dan Bongino, DC McAllister, Matt Palumbo, read by Dan Bongino
2018 | M4B@64 kbps | 7 hours and 28 minutes | 203.88MB

The comprehensive story of how the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, and foreign entities tried to sabotage the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.

Everyone has an opinion about whether or not Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. The number of actors involved is staggering, the events are complicated, and it's hard to know who or what to believe. Spygate bypasses opinion and brings facts together to expose the greatest political scandal in American history.

Former Secret Service agent and NYPD police officer Dan Bongino joins forces with journalist D.C. McAllister to clear away fake news and show you how Trump's political opponents, both foreign and domestic, tried to sabotage his campaign and delegitimize his presidency. By following the names and connections of significant actors, the authors reveal:

  • Why the Obama administration sent a spy connected to the Deep State into the Trump campaign
  • How Russians were connected to the opposition research firm hired by the Clinton campaign to find dirt on Trump
  • How the FBI failed to examine DNC computers after they were hacked, relying instead on the findings of a private company connected to the DNC and the Obama administration
  • Why British intelligence played a role in building the collusion narrative
  • What role Ukrainians played in legitimizing the perception that Trump was conspiring with the Russians
  • How foreign players in the two events that kick-started the Trump-Russia collusion investigation were connected to the Clinton Foundation
  • What motivated the major actors who sought to frame the Trump campaign and secure a win for Hillary Clinton

Where Did You Get This Number?: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World [Audiobook]

Where Did You Get This Number?: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World [Audiobook]
Where Did You Get This Number: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World [Audiobook] by Anthony Salvanto, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 45 minutes | 143.02MB

CBS News' Elections and Surveys director Anthony Salvanto takes you behind the scenes of polling to show you how to think about who we are and where we're headed as a nation.

As Elections and Surveys director for CBS News, it's Anthony Salvanto's job to understand you - what you think and how you vote. He's the person behind so many of the poll numbers you see today, making the winner calls on election nights and surveying thousands of Americans. In Where Did You Get This Number? A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World, Salvanto takes listeners on a fast-paced, eye-opening tour through the world of polling and elections and what they really show about America today, beyond the who's-up-who's-down headlines and horse races. Salvanto is just the person to bring much-needed clarity in a time when divisions seem to run so deep.

The language of polling may be numbers, but the stories it tells are about people. In this engaging insider's account, Salvanto demystifies jargon with plain language and answers readers' biggest questions about polling and pollsters. How can they talk to 1,000 people and know the country? How do they know the winner so fast? How do they decide what questions to ask? Why didn't they call you? Salvanto offers data-driven perspective on how Americans see the biggest issues of our time, from the surprising 2016 election to the shocks of the financial crisis, the response to terrorism and the backlash against big money. He doesn't shy away from pointing out what's worked and what hasn't. Salvanto takes listeners inside the CBS newsroom on Election Night 2016 and makes listeners rethink conventional wisdom and punditry just in time for the 2018 midterms. He shows who really decides elections and why you should think about a poll differently from the forecasts popularized by Nate Silver and others.

Where Did You Get This Number? is an essential resource for anyone interested in politics - and how to better measure and understand patterns of human behavior. For any American who wants to get a better read on what America is thinking, this book shows you how to make sense of it all.

The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse for High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body [Audiobook]

The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse for High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body [Audiobook]
The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse for High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body [Audiobook] by Ori Hofmekler, read by R C Bray
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 7 minutes | 250.64MB

Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution - to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science, this book proposes not ordinary dietary changes but rather a radical yet surprisingly simple lifestyle overhaul.

Drawing on both scientific studies and historical data, Hofmekler argues that robust health and a lean, strong body can best be achieved by mimicking the classical warrior mode of cycling-working and eating sparingly (undereating) during the day and filling up at night. Specific elements from the Warrior Diet Nutritional Program (finding ideal fuel foods and food combinations to reduce body fat) to the Controlled Fatigue Training Program (promoting strength, speed, and resilience to fatigue through special drills), literally reshape body and mind. Individual chapters cover warrior meals and recipes; sex drive, potency, and animal magnetism; and personalizing the diet for women.

Featuring forewords by Fit for Life author Harvey Diamond and Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill author Dr. Udo Erasmus, The Warrior Diet shows listeners who are weary of fad diets how to attain enduring vigor, explosive strength, a better appearance, and increased vitality and health.

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals [Audiobook]

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals [Audiobook]
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals [Audiobook] by Sy Montgomery, read by the Author
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hours and 42 minutes | 100.9MB

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals - Sy's friends - and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords, and Princes [EPUB]

The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords, and Princes [EPUB]
The Welsh Kings: Warriors, Warlords, and Princes by Kari Maund
2006 | EPUB | 2.2MB

When Edward I's troops forced the destruction of Dafydd ap Gruffudd in 1283 they brought to an end the line of truly independent native rules in Wales that had endured throughout recorded history. In the early middle ages Wales was composed of a variety of independent kingdoms with varying degrees of power, influence and stability, each ruled by proud and obdurate lineages. In this period a 'Kingdom of Wales' never existed, but the more powerful leaders, like Rhodri Mawr ('the Great'), Gruffudd ap Llywelyn and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, sought to extend their rule over the entire country.

The author produces revealing pictures of the leading Welsh kings and princes of the day and explores both their contribution to Welsh history and their impact on the wider world. They were, of necessity, warriors, living in a violent political world and requiring ruthless skills to even begin to rule in Wales. Yet they showed wider vision, political acumen tna statesmanship, and were patrons of the arts and the church. The history of their contact with their neighbours, allies and rivals is examined - Anglo-Saxons, Irish, Vikings, and Anglo-Normans - thereby setting Welsh institutions within their wider historical context.

This work revives the memory of the native leaders of the country from a time before the title 'Prince of Wales' became an honorary trinket in the gift of a foreign ruler. These men are restored to their rightful place amongst the past rulers of the island of Britain.