Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 17:58
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 0008311072 | 26.32MB
Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was unlike anything we have previously thought.
In this meticulous and absorbing account, Ford reviews the latest scientific evidence to show that the popular accounts of dinosaurs’ lives contain ideas that are no more than convenient inventions: how dinosaurs mated, how they hunted and communicated, how they nursed their young, even how they moved. He uncovers many surprising details which challenge our most deeply-held beliefs – such as the revelation that an asteroid impact did not end the dinosaurs’ existence.
Professor Ford’s illuminating examination changes everything. As he unravels the history of the world, we discover that evolution was not Charles Darwin’s idea; there were many philosophers who published the theory before him. The concept of continental drift and plate tectonics did not begin with Alfred Wegener a century ago, but dates back to learned pioneers hundreds of years before his time. Ever since scientists first began to study dinosaurs, they have travelled with each other down the wrong path, and Ford now shows how this entire branch of science has to be rewritten.
A new dinosaur species is announced every ten days, and more and more information is currently being discovered about how they may have lived: locomotion, hunting, nesting behaviour, distribution, extinction. Ford brings together these amazing discoveries in this controversial new book which undoubtedly will ruffle a few feathers, or scales if you are an old-school dinosaur lover.
Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity [TTC Video]
11 August 2019, 17:51
Course No 9042 | MP4, AVC, 1370 kbps, 960x540 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x32 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.11GB
Author and motivational speaker Regina Brett once said, “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.” But now consider this alternative: What if you could drop your problems into that pile … and just walk away. Would your life actually be better off?
Recent research shows that we grow into our best and most joyful selves not when we avoid our problems but when we embrace them, confident that we are resilient enough to work through them to an appropriate resolution. Our problems are an important part of our path.
Resilience is our ability to physically, emotionally, and mentally bounce back from adverse circumstances. Without it, we would be down for the count every time we ran into a problem. Stuck in traffic and late for a meeting? It’s your resilience that allows you to make the necessary phone calls and keep moving forward, confident that you can handle this stressful situation as it evolves. Without it, you’d make a U-turn and give up. Recovering from the flu or recent surgery? It’s your resilience that helps you take care of yourself appropriately and look forward to a better future. Our capacity to thrive in life depends directly on our resilience.
Sharing her own fascinating journey, as well as the latest research by neurologists and psychologists, trauma specialist Molly Birkholm shows us how to gauge our current level of resilience and improve from there. In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, you’ll learn how all of our challenges—from everyday stresses to life-altering traumas—can bring wisdom and growth. In 17 fascinating classes and 7 “hands-on” practice sessions, you’ll learn about and experience the process of building the inner calm and clarity of mind that create greater resilience. With Ms. Birkholm’s warm and optimistic demeanor, you’ll feel her encouragement every step of the way as you move toward building your best and most fulfilling life.
Why Do You Need Resilience?
What you may not realize is that you are already resilient! As you read this now, you’ve made it through 100 percent of the most difficult days of your life so far—some of which were extremely challenging. You’ve accomplished that great feat because you inherited a brain and nervous system that evolved an internal resilience in response to stress, you have followed cultural norms that support resilience, and you have actively chosen to dig down to your own inner resources. The great news is that you can proactively improve your resilience to better face any adversity ahead. In fact, we know more about how we can boost our resilience now than we ever have before.
In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, you will learn how to use and strengthen each of the eight themes of resilience, such as:
- Your core values and purpose: the fundamental principles you base your life on and turn to for strength;
- Finding meaning in adversity: moving from a victim mentality to a new paradigm of post-traumatic growth;
- Equanimity: keeping your mind calm, even during challenging situations;
- Self-care: maintaining your energy reserves by taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental needs;
- Healthy coping skills: building your personal bank of coping skills such as humor, gratitude, deep breathing, good friends;
- Positive sense of self: learning to build your inner authentic identity;
- Support and connection with others: knowing you have a supportive group of people to connect to whether times are easier or more challenging; and
- A proactive worldview: knowing you always have the power to choose how to respond to events around you.
Each of these themes can be developed and incorporated into your everyday life, so you are better prepared to face any challenge, whether it is a stressful day at work or something more unexpected.
Experiencing and Expanding Your Own Inner Resources
In this course, you’ll not only learn about the components and importance of resilience, but you will also work hands-on to increase your own resilience with several classes devoted exclusively to guided practices, including:
- Active and relaxing yoga poses to help you more clearly observe sensations of tension and release in your physical body, your feelings, and beliefs;
- Yoga nidra to find safety deep within yourself;
- Breath work to use your breath to calm your mind;
- Techniques to promote sleep to maintain a healthy body and mind;
- Mindfulness to observe the experience of your entire body and mind exactly as they are, without judgment; and
- Evoking the relaxation response to trigger your body’s built-in relaxation response through the parasympathetic nervous system.
Much like the themes of resilience, these practices will act as tools you can take with you into the world. As you will see, the more you practice and make these exercises part of your life, the easier it will be to call them up when you need them most.
Claiming Your Own Hero’s Journey
Have you ever thought of yourself as a hero? You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest or rescue a baby from a burning building to be a hero. Each of us is already living the hero’s journey as we set out on the unique adventure of our own life—as we face adversity or crisis along the way, struggle to get past those roadblocks, and then move forward as a changed person. Each time we navigate our way through the hero’s journey; we can strengthen our resilience by discovering new vibrancy in life; new sources of wisdom and meaning, and a deeper embodiment of our authentic, true selves. Among the many aspects of the hero’s journey, you’ll learn about:
- The call to adventure: When something happens to make you realize “life as usual” cannot continue;
- Crossing the threshold: To leave behind the familiarity of your former ways and begin something new;
- Tests, Allies, and Enemies: Moving forward as your intuition, faith, strength, and intelligence are all tested and retested; and
- The Road Back: Integrating into your new life the insights you’ve learned on your hero’s journey.
In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, Professor Birkholm shares the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of her own fascinating, life-changing journey as she guides us to find the deeper meaning in our own lives. She tells of her own hero’s journey through trauma and how she came out on the other side with a mission to help others. Whether you’re a trauma survivor or someone who is reaching for a more fulfilling and joyful life, your life will be enriched when you proactively increase your resilience.
The French Revolution: A Peasant's Revolt [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:17
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1788540077 | 71.93MB
In this miraculously compressed, incisive book David Andress argues that it was the peasantry of France who made and defended the Revolution of 1789. That the peasant revolution benefitted far more people, in more far reaching ways, than the revolution of lawyerly elites and urban radicals that has dominated our view of the revolutionary period.
History has paid more attention to Robespierre, Danton and Bonaparte than it has to the millions of French peasants who were the first to rise up in 1789, and the most ardent in defending changes in land ownership and political rights. 'Those furthest from the centre rarely get their fair share of the light', Andress writes, and the peasants were patronised, reviled and often persecuted by urban elites for not following their lead.
Andress's book reveals a rural world of conscious, hard-working people and their struggles to defend their ways of life and improve the lives of their children and communities.
Olympia: The Story of the Ancient Olympic Games [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:16
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 1786691914 | 5.57MB
In the northwestern corner of the great peninsula of the Peloponnese, close to the meeting point of the Cladeus and Alpheus rivers, lies a peaceful river valley overlooked by the steep-sided Hill of Cronus. Here, between the eighth century BCE and the fourth century CE, rival athletes competed for glory in the ancient Olympic Games. Every four years, and from every corner of the Mediterranean world from Samos to Syracuse and from Sparta to Smyrna they descended on this quiet corner of southern Greece sacred to Zeus, seeking to excel in disciplines as diverse as sprinting, boxing, wrestling, trumpet blowing and chariot and mulecart racing.
The victors of these ancient games may have been awarded crowns of olive leaves in recognition of their achievements, but these original Olympics were no idealistic celebration of the classical aesthetic of grace and beauty shared by all of the participating Greek city-states, but often a bitterly contested struggle between political rivals. Robin Waterfield paints a vivid picture of the reality of the ancient Olympic Games; describes the events in which competitors took part; explores their purpose, rituals and politics; and charts the vicissitudes of their remarkable thousand-year history.
Solar Hydrogen: The Ultimate Solution to Prevent More Climate Change [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:15
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1543973051 | 9.46 MB
The threats of Climate Change to society are much more dire than typically portrayed, up to and including the demise of modern civilization as we know it due to the world's eventual inability to feed a growing population. Meeting the climate change community 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal will require major emission reductions from both electricity generation and transportation sectors.
Business-as-usual such as adding some renewable electricity to the power grid and adding battery electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles to the transportation system will not be sufficient to reach the GHG reduction goal. We do not know of any organization or author that has proposed a plausible scenario to achieve the GHG reduction goal and to avoid the estimated societal cost of climate change that could reach $13 trillion over the 21st century.
This book describes one bold new approach to achieve the 2050 GHG reduction goal by using solar photovoltaic energy to generate hydrogen gas as the main energy carrier for the transportation system and the main energy storage mechanism to smooth out renewable electricity fluctuations over time, which would eliminate all GHG emissions from generating electricity. We show that such Solar-Hydrogen Energy Systems (SHES) will be affordable without any government support. Private industry can make a robust return on their investments in SHES's.
We also show that a full implementation of SHES for the transportation sector would eliminate the need for any oil imports (most vehicles would run on hydrogen fuel), since the growing US oil production can supply all non-transportation petroleum requirements including jet fuel, lubricants, pipeline fuels, and feedstocks for industrial processes, etc.
A People's History of Silicon Valley [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:05
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1911335332 | 1.66MB
Regardless of where you live or work, Silicon Valley undoubtedly touches your life—the tech industry's gadgets and apps promise us more efficient, convenient, and fun lives. Yet despite Silicon Valley's utopian promises, more and more of us find ourselves addicted to our smartphones, made insecure by social media, gentrified away by tech wealth, and alarmed at social media companies profiting off personal data.
This succinct guide follows Silicon Valley and the tech industry from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, tracing how Silicon Valley changed the San Francisco Bay Area, changed human culture, and ultimately changed the way we think about ourselves. From the first Macintosh to the rise of social media, A Brief History of Silicon Valley peels back the curtain on an industry that brands itself as visionary but which may be swiftly hurtling us towards dystopia.
Simply Invest: Naked Truths to Grow Your Money [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:05
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 981478561X | 9.28MB
A pioneer in financial planning in Singapore, Goh Yang Chye debunks several misconceptions, showing how so-called experts are no better than the average seven-year-old at picking stocks. Investing is simple; look at the evidence. He tells us why we shouldn't trust the industry jargon and why cryptocurrencies are not a good investment; why Singapore's love affair with property is a mistake; why the media always get it wrong; and how not to overreact. From understanding market cycles to knowing what exactly to ask your financial adviser, this book will teach you how to secure your financial future—and enjoy the journey!
Food and Fire: Create bold dishes with 65 recipes to cook outdoors [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:04
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1911026887 | 38.29MB
65 recipes for grilling, smoking and roasting with fire.
Cooking with fire is primal. There is nothing simpler – no metalwork, no fancy gadgets, just food and flame – allowing you to take the most basic of ingredients and turn them into something special. Cultures across the globe have cooked in this way, developing their own innovative methods to combine heat and local flavours. Cooking with Fire takes the best of these global artisanal techniques – from searing directly on the coals to rotisserie, wood-fired ovens, cast-iron grilling, and plenty more – and creates 65 lip-smacking dishes to cook outdoors and share in front of the fire with family and friends.
First Time Window Treatments: The Absolute Beginner's Guide - Learn By Doing [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:03
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 163159785X | 28.4MB
Learning how to plan, make, and install your own beautiful curtains, drapes, shades, and other window decor may sound daunting, but with the expert, step-by-step guidance of Susan Woodcock in First Time Window Treatments, your goal is within reach.
Like having your very own sewing instructor at your side, First Time Window Treatments guides you expertly through the process, including:
- Measuring your windows and selecting fabric
- Fundamental techniques of cutting, seaming, hemming, and adding frills and trims
- Making basic styles of curtains, shades, blinds, and top treatments
- Essential tips and tools for installation
There's a first time for everything. First Time Window Treatmentswill help you decorate your windows with your own stylish designs.
The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 15:02
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0805095594 | 80.79MB
A deeply-reported, riveting account of a cold case murder in Los Angeles, unsolved until DNA evidence implicated a shocking suspect – a female detective within the LAPD's own ranks
On February 24, 1986, 29-year-old newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in the home she shared with her husband, John. The crime scene suggested a ferocious struggle, and police initially assumed it was a burglary gone awry. Before her death, Sherri had confided to her parents that an ex-girlfriend of John's, a Los Angeles police officer, had threatened her. The Rasmussens urged the LAPD to investigate the ex-girlfriend, but the original detectives only pursued burglary suspects, and the case went cold.
DNA analysis did not exist when Sherri was murdered. Decades later, a swab from a bite mark on Sherri's arm revealed her killer was in fact female, not male. A DNA match led to the arrest and conviction of veteran LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus, John's onetime girlfriend.
The Lazarus Files delivers the visceral experience of being inside a real-life murder mystery. McGough reconstructs the lives of Sherri, John and Stephanie; the love triangle that led to Sherri's murder; and the homicide investigation that followed. Was Stephanie protected by her fellow officers? What did the LAPD know, and when did they know it? Are there other LAPD cold cases with a police connection that remain unsolved?
The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton: 7 Steps to Revolutionary Leadership from Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers, 2nd Edition [PDF]
11 August 2019, 15:01
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 1492679526 | 36.82MB
VICTORIOUS in the War of American Independence, Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers built the first successful democratic government. They'll forever go down in history as having changed the rules of leadership and redefined what it means to ignite change in people.
As a modern day leader, you may not be establishing a new system of government but the principles of radical leadership still apply, whether you're undertaking a new initiative, rejuvenating a business, or sparking motivation in your team.
Using history's greatest rebels as your guide: START YOUR REVOLUTION!
101 Things I Learned in Law School [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:59
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1524762024 | 39.96MB
A provocative, accessible, and cleverly illustrated guide to legal principles and practice, by a law instructor and internationally experienced attorney
This might be the most useful book law students ever read. Not because it contains the details of case law, but because it teaches them how to think like a lawyer. From the fundamentals of effective argument to the principles, structures, and assumptions underlying our legal system, 101 Things I Learned in Law School makes the impenetrable clear and the complex understandable.
Illustrated lessons summarize landmark cases and illuminate a fascinating range of questions, including:
- What is the difference between honesty and truthfulness?
- Why is circumstantial evidence often better than direct evidence?
- How does one find the proper sources to substantiate a legal argument?
- Why do states deliberately pass unconstitutional laws?
- How can testimony from a hostile witness be helpful?
Written by an internationally experienced attorney and law instructor, 101 Things I Learned in Law School is a concise, highly readable resource for law students, graduates, professionals, and anyone else fascinated—or confused—by our legal system.
Farm DIY: 20 Useful and Fun Projects for Your Farm or Homestead [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:58
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1620083329 | 74.3MB
Roll Up Your Sleeves and Build a Better Farm! Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stands to a weather vane and a barn quilt, clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project.
An introduction to the DIY mindset explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself, and provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task. Farm DIY also includes a background discussion of farming today, and instructions for building an effective farmer's market display stand for selling your products.
Inside Farm DIY
- 20 step-by-step, do-it-yourself projects for creating the farm of your dreams.
- Build practical items like fences, gates, bee houses, log jacks, rabbit hutches and milking stools.
- Make fun items like a weather vane, a barn quilt and a goat see-saw.
- Create an attractive display stand for selling your products at farmer's markets.
- Easy-to-complete projects all feature inexpensive materials and basic techniques.
Banking Bad: Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist's fight for the truth. [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:57
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 0733340113 | 9.94MB
How corporate greed broke our trust and failed Australia.
Against all the odds, Australia held a royal commission into the banking and financial services industries. Its revelations rocked the nation. Even defenders of the banks were blindsided.
Few people were more instrumental in bringing about the commission than journalist Adele Ferguson. Through her exposes in print and on television, she pursued the truth about funds mismanagement, fraud, lack of probity, and the hard-sell culture that took over the finance industry after deregulation in the 1980s. But it wasn't just light-touch regulators and crooked bankers growing fat on bonuses she put under the spotlight. It was also their victims - men and women who had lost everything, and had no recourse when they discovered empty accounts, egregious fees, forged documents and broken promises.
Now in Banking Bad, Ferguson tells the full story of the power imbalance, toxic culture and cover-ups. She describes the long fight for justice by whistleblowers, victims and political mavericks, and she looks at the outcomes of the royal commission - the falls from grace, the damaging hubris, the scathing assessment of the regulators, and the colossal compensation bill - an estimated $10 billion.
Finally, she asks whereto from here? In May 2019, the Coalition government, which resisted calls for a royal commission, was re-elected. Bank stocks surged and lending regulations were loosened. Will it all be business as usual from now on, or have our financial executives learned that their wealth cannot come at the expense of ordinary Australians?
This is a book for every person with a bank account.
Chilis: How to Grow, Harvest, and Cook with Your Favorite Hot Peppers, with 200 Varieties and 50 Spicy Recipes [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:56
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1510740376 | 76.46MB
Interest in growing and eating chilis has increased tremendously in the past few years. Everyone wants to grow chilis. It's easy to understand why since chilis are fun and easy to grow and yield a big harvest. And best of all, there are many varieties to try—from the hottest varieties like Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and Carolina Reaper, to milder varieties like Jimmy Nardello and Padron.
Included here are more than 200 different varieties with cultivation tips, images, and taste guides. Eva Robild and Kerstin Rosengren are two devoted chili lovers who show you the basics of growing chili, from planting a seed during the winter months to moving them outdoors during the summer.
You will also learn how to test a chili from the weakest to the strongest heat. But chili is not just about heat. Some varieties may also have notes of lemon or pineapple. The authors also provide tips on how to take care of and store chilis and recipes for hot sauces and dishes.
Cybersecurity: The Beginner's Guide [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:54
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1789616190 | 29.7MB
Understand the nitty-gritty of Cybersecurity with ease
- Align your security knowledge with industry leading concepts and tools
- Acquire required skills and certifications to survive the ever changing market needs
- Learn from industry experts to analyse, implement, and maintain a robust environment
It's not a secret that there is a huge talent gap in the cybersecurity industry. Everyone is talking about it including the prestigious Forbes Magazine, Tech Republic, CSO Online, DarkReading, and SC Magazine, among many others. Additionally, Fortune CEO's like Satya Nadella, McAfee's CEO Chris Young, Cisco's CIO Colin Seward along with organizations like ISSA, research firms like Gartner too shine light on it from time to time.
This book put together all the possible information with regards to cybersecurity, why you should choose it, the need for cyber security and how can you be part of it and fill the cybersecurity talent gap bit by bit. Starting with the essential understanding of security and its needs, we will move to security domain changes and how artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping to secure systems. Later, this book will walk you through all the skills and tools that everyone who wants to work as security personal need to be aware of. Then, this book will teach readers how to think like an attacker and explore some advanced security methodologies. Lastly, this book will deep dive into how to build practice labs, explore real-world use cases and get acquainted with various cybersecurity certifications.
By the end of this book, readers will be well-versed with the security domain and will be capable of making the right choices in the cybersecurity field.
What you will learn
- Get an overview of what cybersecurity is and learn about the various faces of cybersecurity as well as identify domain that suits you best
- Plan your transition into cybersecurity in an efficient and effective way
- Learn how to build upon your existing skills and experience in order to prepare for your career in cybersecurity
Who this book is for
This book is targeted to any IT professional who is looking to venture in to the world cyber attacks and threats. Anyone with some understanding or IT infrastructure workflow will benefit from this book. Cybersecurity experts interested in enhancing their skill set will also find this book useful.
Treasury of Flower Designs for Artists, Embroiderers and Craftsmen [EPUB]
11 August 2019, 14:53
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 0486240967 | 15.82MB
A hundred garden favorites rendered in black-and-white line illustrations will suggest numerous design and artistic uses to artists, designers, craftsmen, needleworkers. Amaryllis, anemone, begonia, cinquefoil, peony, snapdragon flow and weave, many forming borders and frames. All drawings royalty-free.