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Against A Rock
 
Floreina is a cybernetically enhanced young woman with a vibrant future in the Amarrian Empire, a decorated turret commander and slave overseer aboard an Abaddon warship. But after a cruel “accident” and the repeated abuse of slaves, Floreina risks everything in a defiant act of mutiny.
Along the way, she learns that commandeering a battleship takes more than just artificially focused cunning, automated adrenaline injections, and simple, old-fashioned brutality. For her plan to succeed, Floreina must befriend a Minmatar slave.
But plans don’t always go as planned… And as the two fight for their lives, Floreina must find a way to reconcile their friendship with the racism that drives her career.
 

Bird (Eyewitness Guides)
 
Has your child got what it takes to become a bird expert? Then check out this action-packed kit and help them discover some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Open up this cool slipcased kit to explore the clip art CD packed with 100s of fantastic bird images to download and read the Eyewitness book jammed with exciting facts. There's a giant wallchart perfect for decorating bedroom walls and a map showing some of nature's most incredible migration routes, a model barn owl to build as well as pull-out profiles of 48 of the most awe inspiring birds on the planet. Plus, using the Expert File, they'll join an ornithologist as he battles to save the Northern Bald Ibis from extinction, then get started on their own log book. This book is for budding ornithologists and bird lovers everywhere - perfect for projects or just for fun.
 

Alien Deception
 
Award-nominated author Tony Ruggerio joins Dragon Moon Press with Alien Deception. Classic Space Opera with a Stanley Kubrick twist... Nothing is as it appears. Nothing. Your whole life you think you understand who and what you are, and then one day you learn that it is all a lie. So what do you do? You have lunch with the leading candidate for President of the United States. You...and your alien friends. The United Council for Developing Worlds, an alien conglomeration of civilized planets, wants to help the Earth move forward into space-or at least that is what the plan appears to be. Caught in the middle of the struggle for Earth domination, two humans unknowingly hold the key which can topple the tyrannical rule of the alien race-if they can stay alive long enough to use it.
 

Ancient Egypt
 
Passionate about pyramids? Fascinated by pharaohs? Have you got what it takes to be an Ancient Egypt expert? Then check out this action-packed kit and discover this incredible land and its people. Open up this cool slipcase and explore the clip art CD packed with 100s of images to download, read the Eyewitness book jammed with exciting ancient facts, there's a giant wallchart and map to decorate your bedroom walls, a Tutankhamun burial casket to build and pull-out profiles on 48 of the most powerful Egyptian gods and rulers. Plus, an Expert File - go on an expedition with archaeologist Mark Lehner as he uncovers the mysterious Lost City, then test your knowledge with cool activities and start your own log amazing book. For budding Egyptologists everywhere - use it for projects or just for fun.
 

Brazil: A Global Studies Handbook
 
Brazil: A Global Studies Handbook provides an easy-to-access, multifaceted introduction to the world's fifth largest nation—a staggeringly diverse region, socially and geographically, that remains relatively unknown even as it becomes increasingly important on the world stage.
Brazil offers an expert chronological narrative summary of over five centuries of South America's largest country—from the days of early Portuguese exploration to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's reelection. In addition, it provides a richly informative section of alphabetically organized entries covering important Brazilian people, places, and events. For readers both new to Brazil or researching specific aspects of its unique history, complex politics, heavyweight economy, and vibrant culture, this is the volume with which to begin.
 

100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels
 
"This neatly designed, pocket sized volume... really is a good introduction to the genre." SFX Magazine (January 2007)
Product Description
"A reliable guide to what science fiction is" Christopher Priest, award-winning science fiction author "A really good introduction to the genre" SFX Magazine "Perceptive and glorious" Ian Watson, author of the screenplay for Steve Spielberg's A.I. Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of science fiction. The book is arranged by author and includes some thematic entries and special categories such as SF film adaptations, SF in rock music and Philip K. Dick in the mass media . It also includes a history of SF and a new definition of the genre, plus lists of award winners and book club recommendations. Foreword by Christopher Priest, the multiple award-winning SF author.
 

A Chinese History Reader
 
This book provides a concise introduction to the Chinese history, covering a long time span extending from antiquity through the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. Historical periods elaborated include the pre-Qin period; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and Northern Dynasties; the Tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written by a group of historians from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the book has incorporated some of the latest research findings in the field of Chinese historical studies.
 

Blindsight
 
Sf's best visionaries have played out the ever-popular theme of alien first contact in so many different ways that fresh variations are now in short supply. Yet Watts manages an entirely unique approach in this mind-bending novel. In 2082, with utopia waiting just down the electronic pipeline in a virtual domain called Heaven, Earth experiences the sudden shock of a baffling extraterrestrial visitation in the form of bright probes that surround the globe. Within days, the lights vanish, leaving only a faint signal of outbound communication near the Kuiper belt. Possessing few clues about the aliens' culture or intentions, scientists dispatch an unlikely exploration team that includes a linguist with multiple-personality syndrome, a cyborg biologist, and a spectral captain whose genetic code incorporates vampirism. Watts packs in enough tantalizing ideas for a score of novels while spinning new twists on every cutting-edge genre motif from virtual reality to extraterrestrial biology. Watts' fifth, finest, most-fascinating book.
 

Admiral's Ghost
 
From Los Angeles drug dealer to hero of an alien world, the Universe must have a sense of humor. Tyler Jensen, an earthling lost in the cosmos, struggles to understand the technologically advanced world whose hero he has inadvertently become. Posing as the Supreme Commander of the planet?s fleet, Tyler must quickly learn the murky alliances of the military to succeed against their neighboring enemy. Will Tyler?s naivet? doom the warring world or can he navigate the political trappings of the Admiral?s world to conquer another?
 

The Trial Of Gesh
 
Los Angeles drug dealer, Tyler Jensen, continues his quest to find a life within the Universe after his transformation into an ethereal agent of destruction known as an Onyalum. Posing as a lowly priest addicted to narcotics, Tyler becomes embroiled in a battle between an ancient cult and the planet's dominant religion. As his decadence leads him further astray, his sins transport him into a hell he is unable to comprehend, let alone escape. Will Tyler survive his damnation or will the alien locked inside awaken his lost humanity to save his soul?
 

Harrington on Online Cash Games; 6-Max No-Limit Hold 'em
 
No-limit hold em was once a game played almost exclusively in casinos. But during the last decade, the game s growth has been fueled in part by the easy availability of online playing sites where participants can play cash games and tournaments 24 hours a day, every day.  In Harrington on Online Cash Games,  Dan Harrington shows you the key ideas and skills that will let you master the online poker world which differs in some significant ways from the world of casino games. You ll learn how to handle different stack sizes, how to play at 6-max tables, how to deal with increased levels of aggression, and how to use the poker databases and heads-up displays that give you unprecedented information on your opponent s tendencies. Harrington lays out detailed strategies for preflop and post-flop play in both the popular micro-stakes games and the more difficult small-stakes games. If you play online poker or you re looking to get started, you ll need to read this book. Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2,576) considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Online Cash Games, Harrington and two-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive books on no-limit cash games in the online world. This books will teach you what you need to know to be a winner playing on the Internet.
 

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
 
A complete how-to from two of the world’s top bloggers
 
Thousands of aspiring bloggers launch new blogs every day, hoping to boost their income. Without solid advice from experts, most will fail. This bestselling guide, now fully revised with new and updated tips and tricks from two of the world’s most successful bloggers, pres the step-by-step information bloggers need to turn their hobby into an income source or a fulltime career.
Earning a solid income from blogging is possible, but tricky; this book details proven techniques and gives aspiring bloggers the tools to succeed
Even novices will learn to choose a blog topic, analyze the market, set up a blog, promote it, and earn revenue
Offers solid, step-by-step instruction on how bloggers make money, why niches matter, how to use essential blogging tools and take advantage of social media and content aggregators, what a successful blog post should include, how to optimize advertising, and much more
 
Written by two fulltime professional bloggers, the updated edition of ProBlogger tells you exactly how to launch and maintain a blog that makes money.
 

Surfing Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Wave Riding
 
Expert instruction you need to take your skills from kook to boss
 
Author John Robison uses hundreds of pictures-- comical, cartoon-like drawings--to clearly illustrate every aspect of surfing: wave dynamics, riding techniques, etiquette, logistics, and more. This entertaining, easy-to-understand visual presentation makes it easy for you to pick up his techniques and use them on the waves.
 
Robison covers every aspect of the sport, from paddling out through the surf zone and catching and riding that first wave to nose riding, acrobatics, shortboard riding, and to equipment repairs.
 

The Mortgage Encyclopedia: The Authoritative Guide to Mortgage Programs, Practices, Prices and Pitfalls
 
The bestselling one-stop guide to mortgages—updated for the post–housing crisis market!
 
The Mortgage Encyclopedia demystifies all the various mortgage terms, features, and options by offering clear, precise explanations.
 
Fully updated to address the new realities introduced by the housing crisis of 2007, The Mortgage Encyclopedia provides not just a complete description, but also in-depth discussion of the issues that may affect you, whether you're a homeowner (or homeowner-to-be), real estate agent, loan provider, or attorney. With this handy, comprehensive guide on hand, you have instant access to:
 
* Definitions and explanations of common mortgage-related terms, as well as arcane mortgage terminology, listed alphabetically
* Expert advice on the most pressing issues, such as whether to use a mortgage brokers, the benefits of paying points versus a larger down payment, and the hazards of cosigning a loan
* The truth about common mortgage myths and misperceptions—and the pitfalls you need to avoid
* Helpful tables on affordability, interest cost of fixed-rate versus adjustable rate mortgages, and much more
 
So the next time you ask yourself such questions as "Is this FHA loan right for me?" or "Can I negotiate this fee?" reach for this indispensable guide and get the fast, accurate information you need!
 

Massage For Dummies
 
Sooth away stress, banish pain, and share the language of touch with the healing powers of massage
 
What reduces pain, enhances athletic performance, job efficiency, improves the circulation, raises immune efficiency, promotes the healing of tissues, increases the functioning of the skin, enhances focus and emotional balance, and improves appearance? Right, massage! So what are you waiting for?
 
Discover how to knead your way to relaxation and wellness with this fun guide to the art of massage. With the help of numerous step-by-step hands-on photos and illustrations, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you, move by move, how to harness the healing power of touch. In no time you'll master the basics and learn how to give and receive a therapeutic massage.
 
* 25% new and expanded content in this edition
* Covers an array of techniques, from Swedish to Deep Tissue and sports massage to self-massage
* The newest strokes and techniques that can relieve specific painful conditions
 
Hands-on and extremely practical, Massage For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to integrate massage and its benefits into your everyday life.
 

The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon: And 101 Other Things for Young Mariners to Build, Try, and Do on the Water
 
Spark a passion for sailng and the outdoors in your child
 
Ever since humankind began seafaring, boats and shoreline adventures have produced sturdy, independent, creative, self-reliant kids. From the author of the bestselling Complete Sailor and proud father of a boy mariner, here is the book for all parents who want to introduce their kids to the world of boats, boating, sailing, the shore, and the sea. It provides dozens of adventures and activities for kids, and a plethora of projects for you and your kids to do together.
 
Topics range from how-to to fanciful, in random organization so that each excursion into the book turns up unrelated gems on facing pages. The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon encourages your kid to get outdoors and on the water, to build things, to try things, to cultivate their curiosity, to learn self-reliance, and to get a giant dose of the magic of seaside adventure.
 
* Loaded with things for kids to do--build a rope ladder; build a Huck Finn raft from PVC pipe; catch and fillet a fish; go crabbing; skip a stone; body surf; waterski on bare feet; chart a cove; learn the great sea battles; build a sandcastle; navigate; win a sailboat race; paddle a sea kayak; and a whole lot more.
* Designed to cultivate a kid's curiosity about the natural world.
 
Topics include: Where's the wind coming from; How high is that wave; An anti-pirate potato cannon; Brew your own biofuel; Make a dugout canoe; Build a Huck Finn raft from PVC pipe; Skip a stone; Build a sandcastle; Carve a paddle; Row a boat Escape a rip current; Go kite sailing; Navigate by the stars; Carve a half-hull model; What's on the bottom; A journey to the abyss; Don't wrestle an alligator; A dinghy camper; How to dive with mask and snorkel; Build a motorboat from cardboard tubes; Body surf; Recognize ships; Discipline in the Age of Sail: cat-o-nine tails, hanging from the yardarms; Steer without a rudder; Chapter 25. Tie up to a dock; Reading a lines drawing; Whatever floats your boat; Play nautical capture the flag; Paddle a sea kayas; Build a rowboat; Signal across the water; Capture plankton in a net; Tie knots and splices; Make a rope ladder; Make a chart of your favorite cove; Throw your own beach clam bake; Make a catboat-race weather vane; Fight off a shark; Heave a monkey's fist; Ski on your own bare feet; Fillet a fish... and cook it on your engine; Your own ditty bag; A proper sailor's knife; How to stand up on a PWC; How to get up on a wakeboard; Go clamming; Build a human pyramid on water skis; How to poop in a boat: How marine heads work; Diver's tube raft; Submarine a PWC; Survive a sinking; Finding east or west All you need is the north star; The bosun's pipe; Ships in a bottle; Five sea battles that changed history; Use the five secrets of winning a sailboat race; Make a viewing bucket to see underwater; Cast a fly; Survive a hurricane; The Eskimo roll; Stow that chart; Goggles from a soda bottle; Find fish fast; Repair a sail; Whalewatching; Go on a plastics hunt; Don't be left in the dark; Pets at sea: how to train your cat or dog for boating; The green and clean boat; Ride the disk; Go crabbing; Careers at sea; Pass your boating license exam; Origins of sea terms; The best way to coil rope; Carve a slalom turn; Keeping watch; Throwing a cast net; Keep what you catch - start an aquarium; Heroes of the Sea: Shackleton, Slocum, Day, Knox-Johnston, Heyerdahl, etc.; Books & Stories (Three Men in a Boat, Crunch and Des, Riddle of the Sands, Swallows and Amazons); Stage paintball sea battles; Read the messages in clouds; Get unlost in the fog: sager forecaster; Know how to handle waves; Semaphore signals; Glacier surfing; Great voyages by young mariners; Make a weather station
 

Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture
 
Why it matters who's stirring the pot
 
Soup offers an inspirational business fable that explains the "recipe" you can use to create a winning culture and boost employee morale and engagement. The story follows Nancy, the newly anointed CEO of America's Favorite Soup Company. She has been brought in to reinvigorate the brand and bring success back to a company that has lost its flavor and profit and has fallen on hard times. Fatefully, while eating lunch at a local soup shop, Nancy discovers the key ingredients to unite, engage, and inspire her team and create a culture of greatness.
 
* From the bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, and Training Camp
* Find out how culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits deliver results
* Create relationships that are the foundation upon which successful careers and winning teams are built
* Features quick takeaways you can use to invest in your people, build trust, create unity, and enhance engagement
 
A turnaround tale like few others, Soup will inspire you to work in your own company to unleash the passion that delivers superior results.
 

Comets And the Origin of Life
 
The idea that comets may be connected with the origin of life on Earth was considered heresy a few decades ago, with scientists shying away from this possibility as if from a medieval superstition. However the case that comets may have contributed at least the complex organic building blocks of life has become very strong, and mechanisms have now been identified whereby comets may incubate and transfer microbial life from one cosmic habitat to another in the Galaxy. The latter process cometary panspermia was pioneered by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and one of the present authors in the early 1980's. A theory that was once controversial is slowly gaining scientific respectability and support. The recent surge of interest in astrobiology has led to a spate of books in astrobiology -- combining astronomy and biology -- but in most of these, cometary panspermia is dealt with only cursorily. The present book sets out the case for cometary panspermia in a cogent way, combining evidence from space science, celestial mechanics, geology and microbiology. It should be an essential part of any university course on astrobiology, and also serve as a reference textbook for researchers in the field.
 

Saints For Dummies
 
An in-depth resource that separates fact from myth about the lives of saints
 
Saints For Dummies offers information on famous saints (both men and women) from the Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic traditions. With a historical biography on each saint including information on what they are known for, what they did in life to achieve sainthood, and how readers can pray to them in time of need. This easy-to-understand guide reveals that most saints were very common, ordinary, and imperfect human beings with faults and foibles who overcame their shortcomings to become figures of great spiritual and historical significance. You get a unique glimpse into the lives and the character traits of these righteous men and women, as well as future pending saints.
 

Ethics For Dummies
 
An easy-to-grasp guide to addressing the principles of ethics and applying them to daily life
 
How do you define "good" versus "evil?" Do you know the difference between moral "truth" and moral relativity? Whether or not you know Aristotle from Hume, Ethics For Dummies will get you comfortable with the centuries-old study of ethical philosophy quickly and effectively!
 
Ethics For Dummies is a practical, friendly guide that takes the headache out of the often-confusing subject of ethics. In plain English, it examines the controversial facets of ethical thought, explores the problem of evil, demystifies the writings and theories of such great thinkers through the ages as Aristotle, Confucius, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and so much more.
Pres the tools to tackle and understand today's important questions and ethical dilemmas
Shows you how to apply the concepts and theories of ethical philosophy to your everyday life
Other title by Panza: Existentialism For Dummies
 
Whether you're currently enrolled in an ethics course or are interested in living a good life but are vexed with ethical complexities, Ethics For Dummies has you covered!
 

Blogging For Dummies
 
The blogging bestseller, now fully updated to reflect the latest tools and techniques
 
Blogging is forever evolving, and remains essential for anyone who wants a distinctive Web presence. There are many options that surround blogging-on everything from blogging software to hosting services-and this fun and friendly guide gets you started so can begin logging in hours of blogging!
 
Building on the success of the two previous bestselling editions, this latest revision includes essential blogging basics, the elements required of a good blog, and the tools you'll need to get started. You'll discover how to determine the right blogging software for you, whether you should run your own blog or use a full-service hosting site, and how to set up an account and write your first post.
Builds on the two previous bestselling editions and covers the latest advertising tools to attract an audience, methods for making money with your blog, and ways to measure your blog's success
Includes updates to the major blogging software utilities including Google's Blogger, TypePad, and Word
Walks you through the latest search engine optimization techniques for increasing your blog's visibility
Reviews the newest plug-ins and gadgets that will allow you to extend your blog
 
If you're in a fog about how to blog, then this easy-to-understand guide is the right book for you.
 

The Internet For Dummies
 
Don't miss the 12th edition of this bestseller, fully updated and now covering social networking!
 
Sixteen years since the publication of the first edition, this smash hit book has outsold and outlasted all the competition. See what all the excitement is about with the newest edition, The Internet For Dummies, 12th Edition. You'll not only find a lot of the basics presented in an easy-to-follow and friendly style, you'll also get the latest on social networking, security, and much more-stuff barely on the horizon a couple of years ago that now dominates the online landscape.
Introduces you to what's online, how to deal with annoyances like spam and spyware, and how to control what your kids see and do online
Walks you through picking a prer, getting hooked up to the Internet, and sharing a connection in your home or with other devices
Gives you a guided a tour through popular Web browsers, getting good search results; finding music and video; shopping; banking; and sharing files
Also covers e-mail, connecting with friends, online chats, and more
Helps you find the hot social networking sites and see how to handle photo and video sharing
 
Using the Internet? Get thoroughly up to speed with this popular guide.
 

Cost Reduction Analysis: Tools and Strategies
 
Discover the tools for knowing the costs your company should cut, without impacting its ability to deliver goods and services
 
New from Steve Bragg, this book pres the tools for determining which costs a company should cut, without impacting its ability to deliver goods and services. It explains how to use throughput analysis in order to locate bottleneck operations in a company, which in turn dictates where capital investments should (and should not) be made.
Delves into process analysis, to determine where excess resources are being used in a business process
Describes the total cost of ownership, showing how a single purchasing decision actually snowballs into a variety of ancillary costs
Shows how to create and use a spend management system to reduce procurement costs
Shows how just-in-time systems can be used to eliminate inventory costs
 
Cost Reduction Analysis: Tools and Strategies pres examples to show how much cost can potentially be eliminated to avoid drastic action later that can imperil your corporation's direction and future
 

Excel VBA Programming For Dummies 2010
 
Take your Excel skills to the next level with VBA programming
 
Now that you've mastered Excel basics, it's time to move to the next level—creating your own, customized Excel 2010 solutions using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The new edition of this non-threatening guide is your key to getting there. Using step-by-step instruction and the accessible, friendly For Dummies style, this practical book shows you how to use VBA, write macros, customize your Excel apps to look and work the way you want, avoid errors, and more.
 
The book's Web site pres all the programming examples from the book.
Introduces you to a new range of Excel 2010 options
Shows you how to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to program your own custom Excel applications or to automate functions
Explains how to create VBA macros, program, handle errors, debug, and more
Covers Visual Basic Editor tools and functions; working with range objects; controlling program flow; and the easiest ways to create custom dialog boxes, toolbars, and menus
Includes a companion Web site with all the sample programs from the book
 
Create your own, custom Excel programs with this information-packed guide!
 

Master AP English Language & Composition
 
The Master AP English Language and Composition book will help you get ready for the AP English Language and Composition exam. You'll get an overview of the exam, subject reviews of key topic areas, and test-taking tips and strategies. You'll also have the chance to practice your skills and diagnose your strengths and weaknesses by taking three practice tests.
 
Features:
Find detailed answer explanations for every question.
Review key subjects and test-taking strategies.
Use what you learn to target your study time.
 

Tourism and Visual Culture, Volume 1
 
Tourism is an essentially visual experience: we leave our homes so as to travel to see places, thus adding to our personal knowledge about, and experience of, the world. The study of tourism as a complex social phenomenon, beyond simply business, is increasing in importance, and by providing an examination of perceptions of culture and society in tourism destinations through the tourist's eyes, this book discusses how destinations were, and are, created and perceived through the 'lens' of the tourist's gaze.
 

Kama Sutra
 
Anne Hooper's Kama Sutra updates and reinterprets the 2,000 year--old sexual text in a fully illustrated guide that features specially commissioned photographs and information on ways to enrich and diversify one's sex life. In this classic volume of sexual learning, Anne Hooper brings together the best of the eastern sexual teaching, the Kama Sutra, the Ananga Ranga, The Perfumed Garden, and The Tao to create a new classic that encourages an emphasis on pressure points, manners, artistic freedom, and most of all finding and pursuing a loving sexual relationship. She discourages the focus from accomplishing distorted poses----in actuality, they are advanced yoga positions----and instead has discovered the true spirit of these ancient teachings and applied the teachings to contemporary lovemaking.
 

Confessions of an IT Manager
 
During my career as an IT professional, strange things have always seemed to happen to me. The true incidents I describe in the chapters that lie ahead are those that are intended to illustrate a point about working in IT. There are many such incidents that I cannot talk about because, in doing so, I would reveal my true identity. Many cannot be used because they are unrelated to the themes of this set of articles, which are about the IT workplace, and the predicament of those who work in the business. Some stories have to remain untold as they are so outrageous that nobody would believe them. A few would be unsuitable for a public airing on grounds of decency.
 

Harmony for Computer Musicians
 
Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all they need to produce quality tracks. Yet there is often a vital ingredient missing: a useful knowledge of the way the language of music actually works -- an understanding of the ingredients of music and how they are put together; what scales, chords, modes, and keys are; and the principles of arrangement, melody, and harmony. In other words, computer musicians may have learned how to use their instruments, but this does not necessarily mean that they know how to create professional-sounding music using those instruments. This book was written to help computer musicians grow in their knowledge of musical harmony, knowledge that is essential for the skilled creation of complex musical works. Topics include intervals, tonality and the key system, part writing, triads, tonic and dominant harmony, modulation, and modal interchange and harmony. Techniques are taught using the tools computer musicians are most familiar with. Rather than using a conventional score format, most of the materials are presented in the familiar piano roll format of computer music sequencing programs. For practice, the companion CD contains numerous short exercises that will considerably improve the musician's skill in the art of musical harmony.
 

Ventus
 
Jordan Mason of the planet Ventus comes from a long line of stoneworkers, and he has a clear understanding of his place in his world. He is subservient to the aristocracy, who in turn bow to the Winds, who control the weather, plant and animal life, and human undertakings. Lately, Jordan has had troubling visions, in which his immediate surroundings are blotted out by a different sky and a different forest, and he sees through another man's eyes. One night, searching in the forest for his sister, Jordan meets captivating Calandria May, who says she can explain his visions if he will help track Armiger, through whose eyes he has gazed. Armiger is a rogue artificial intelligence (AI), sent to Ventus to co-opt the Winds, which are also AIs, into enslaving humans and creating a powerful, ruthless world-mind. Through Armiger's eyes, Jordan sees how his interactions with an independent, tender peasant woman and a fierce, lonely queen are changing the AI's cold objectives. As Jordan and Calandria close in on Armiger, they see that the Winds are divided into pro-human and antihuman camps. Wondering whether he is on the right side, Jordan uses his visionary power to speak directly to the Winds. A final battle for Ventus brings human generals, intelligent moons, and a roving off-planet archaeologist onstage. Although strictly hard sf, full of technology, Schroeder's novel is so rich in character and emotion that it feels like classic fantasy.
 

The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis
 
There is long-standing disagreement among systematists about how to divide biodiversity into species. Over twenty different species concepts are used to group organisms, according to criteria as diverse as morphological or molecular similarity, interbreeding and genealogical relationships. This, combined with the implications of evolutionary biology, raises the worry that either there is no single kind of species, or that species are not real. This book surveys the history of thinking about species from Aristotle to modern systematics in order to understand the origin of the problem, and advocates a solution based on the idea of the division of conceptual labor, whereby species concepts function in different ways - theoretically and operationally. It also considers related topics such as individuality and the metaphysics of evolution, and how scientific terms get their meaning. This important addition to the current debate will be essential for philosophers and historians of science, and for biologists.
 
The species idea
 
Species are kinds of living things. This way of thinking about life seems to go back at least to Plato and Aristotle, who used the term eidos that meant in one sense, the appearance or form of a thing. For the naturalists who came after, species were also the relatively distinct groupings of individual organisms that were more or less similar in appearance and behavior, and that sometimes interbred. Since the development of a hierarchical taxonomy by Linnaeus in the eighteenth century, those organisms that had been grouped into species taxa were then grouped into more inclusive categories – genera, orders, classes, and ultimately kingdoms. Because species are the most basic groupings of organisms in this hierarchy, they are now usually regarded as the fundamental units of biodiversity. But for contemporary biologists steeped in evolutionary theory, species are much more. Darwinian evolution tells us that species are the things that are “born” in speciation from other species, change over time, produce new species, and ultimately “die” in extinction. Species are therefore also the fundamental units of evolution.
The idea of species has played a similarly significant role in philosophy. Philosophers have followed the tradition of Plato and Aristotle, as they understand it, and have treated those groups of organisms we identify as species as natural kinds with essences. In doing so, they have treated biological species as equivalent to chemical elements such as hydrogen and oxygen, and molecular kinds, such as water, that are made up of these elements. Biological species have in this way fit into a philosophical way of thinking known as metaphysics, which studies the basic, fundamental things and processes that exist. On this traditional essentialist approach, biological species, like hydrogen, oxygen and water, are the fundamental and eternal kinds of things we find in nature. And when we divide nature into species, elements and molecular kinds, we are, in the oft-paraphrased words of Plato, “cutting nature at its joints.” But Darwinian evolution has seemed by many to challenge this idea that species are natural kinds with essences. Most obviously, evolution implies that species can no longer be regarded as eternal and unchanging. If so, then how do species fit into our philosophical understanding of the world? The philosophical significance of this idea of species extends into our understanding of human nature. In the essentialist tradition, humans have a nature because they belong to the species-kind human. In more modern terms, humans are the way they are by virtue of being members of the species Homo sapiens. The idea of human nature is therefore dependent on our ideas of what it means to be a member of a species. In the past this might have meant an understanding based on the essence of being human. But with the Darwinian challenge to this traditional picture, we also get a challenge to traditional ways of thinking about human nature. If evolution forces us to rethink the nature of species, perhaps we must also rethink the nature of human nature.
 

Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel PaintShop Photo Pro
 
Fully revised to include coverage of the new features of PaintShop Photo Pro, Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel ? PaintShop Photo ? Pro, Second Edition teaches you how to use PaintShop Photo Pro's plethora of top-notch photo editing tools to retouch, enhance, and restore your photographs. You'll benefit from the practical techniques and insider tips shown in this book, regardless of your skill level. After a brief introduction to PaintShop Photo Pro and other helpful topics such as scanning and organizing, you'll dive into detailed photo studies that showcase new and old photos alike. By examining actual photos from the author's collection, you'll learn how to retouch or restore digital, scanned, color, and black-and-white photos. Each study teaches you how to tackle specific problems, shows you the pros and cons of different techniques, and concludes with a fully restored or retouched photo. You'll learn how to do things like repair cuts and scratches, remove dust, blemishes, take out red-eye, enhance color, brightness, and contrast, remove distractions, correct perspective and lens distortion, and more. You'll even discover how to retouch people, enhance good photos, and explore ways to tackle "impossible" photos.
 

Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology
 
From the earliest days of oral history to the present, the vampire myth persists among mankind's deeply-rooted fears. This encyclopedia, with entries ranging from "Abchanchu" to "Zmeus," includes nearly 600 different species of historical and mythological vampires, fully described and detailed.
 

Uncommon Paradigm
 
Uncommon Paradigm is a 3D science fiction Art Book as seen through the camera lens of a fictitious space faring photographer. Very cool futuristic vehicle models, awesome landscape renderings, they have an aura of seeming real.
 

The War of the Worlds
 
'No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's?' A series of strange atmospheric disturbances on the planet Mars may raise concern on Earth but it does little to prepare the inhabitants for imminent invasion. At first the odd-looking Martians seem to pose no threat for the intellectual powers of Victorian London, but it seems man's superior confidence is disastrously misplaced. For the Martians are heading towards victory with terrifying velocity. The War of The Worlds is an expertly crafted invasion story that can be read as a frenzied satire on the dangers of imperialism and occupation.
 

Eye of the Ocean Book 3 - Ji'jin Station
 
Thirty-five years ago, the Empress Cassa turned a good chuck of the palace - and herself - to granite. Of course, nobody thinks she's really dead. And nobody thinks she's still quite human either. The problem? The transformation into granite didn't stop with the palace. Empire is in danger of being destroyed.
 
Meet Ulanda, a young woman bred and trained to be a safe replacement for the Empress, allowing Cassa the freedom she wanted while saving the Empire from destruction. And meet Garm, Cassa's lover who never stopped loving her - or waiting for her to come back.
 

Eye of the Ocean Book 2 - Alisim
 
Thirty-five years ago, the Empress Cassa turned a good chuck of the palace - and herself - to granite. Of course, nobody thinks she's really dead. And nobody thinks she's still quite human either. The problem? The transformation into granite didn't stop with the palace. Empire is in danger of being destroyed.
 
Meet Ulanda, a young woman bred and trained to be a safe replacement for the Empress, allowing Cassa the freedom she wanted while saving the Empire from destruction. And meet Garm, Cassa's lover who never stopped loving her - or waiting for her to come back.
 

Mental Health Self-Help: Consumer and Family Initiatives
 
Building on earlier patient-empowerment movements, consumer- and advocate-driven mental health self-help (MHSH) initiatives currently outnumber traditional mental health organizations. At the same time, this apparent success raises significant questions about their short-term efficacy and their value to lasting recovery.
 
Mental Health Self-Help assembles the state of the evidence on the effectiveness of MHSH, beginning with the individual and larger social factors behind the expansion of consumer-directed services. Clearly organized and accessibly written, the book traces the development and evolution of MHSH as both alternative and adjunct to traditional mental health structures, offers research-based perspectives on the various forms of MHSH, and identifies potential areas for consumer initiatives to work with—and help improve—mental health systems. Contributors weigh strengths and limitations, raise research and methodology questions, and discuss funding and training issues to give readers a deeper understanding of the field and an informed look at its future impact on mental health treatment. Individual chapters cover the spectrum of contemporary self-help initiatives in mental health, including:
 
• Online mutual aid groups.
 
• Consumer-run drop-in centers.
 
• Family and caregiver groups.
 
• Certified peer support specialists.
 
• Consumer advocacy initiatives.
 
• Technical assistance organizations.
 
• Professional/self-help collaborations.
 
Mental Health Self-Help is a bedrock guide to an increasingly influential aspect of the mental health landscape. Researchers studying these initiatives from a variety of fields including community and clinical psychology, and public health—as well as clinicians, counselors, social workers, case managers, and policymakers—will find it an indispensable reference.
 

Eye of the Ocean Book 1 - Ri
 
Thirty-five years ago, the Empress Cassa turned a good chuck of the palace - and herself - to granite. Of course, nobody thinks she's really dead. And nobody thinks she's still quite human either. The problem? The transformation into granite didn't stop with the palace. Empire is in danger of being destroyed.
Meet Ulanda, a young woman bred and trained to be a safe replacement for the Empress, allowing Cassa the freedom she wanted while saving the Empire from destruction. And meet Garm, Cassa's lover who never stopped loving her - or waiting for her to come back.
And she has come back.
 

Think of a Number
 
How many colors are needed to color a map? Must hailstones numbers always fall to the ground? Can statistics prove anything? What is a perfect square, and who has found the ultimate one? How do numbers affect national security? What kinds of problems confront the traveling salesman? Does anyone know how best to pack balls together? What is life like in 4 (or 3 1/2) dimensions? How does a clock count, and why should we care? What number secrets do sunflowers and pine cones conceal? What is a monster doing in mathematics?
 
These and many other fascinating questions about familiar numbers like 1, 2, and 3 are explored in Malcolm Line's second adventure into the world of numbers. Written in a lively and readable style, Think of a Number relates the story of some of the most famous problems that have confronted the world's experts over the centuries, from the earliest interests of the ancient Greeks to the very cutting-edge of modern research involving today's most powerful computers. The book explores the relationship between numbers and nature in its broadest sense and discovers the beauty of fractals and chaos. Requiring little or no prior knowledge of mathematics, this resource will be fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in numbers and their role in the natural world.
 

The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need
 
Now in its Sixth Edition, this popular, practical text presents all the information clinicians need to use the EKG in everyday practice and interpret hypertrophy and enlargement, arrhythmias, conduction blocks, pre-excitation syndromes, and myocardial infarction. It is an ideal reference for medical students in ICM courses, house officers, or anyone directly involved in patient care, whether student, teacher, or practitioner.
 

Pocketbook of Taping Techniques
 
Functional taping is now recognised as a skill which is essential for those involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and many other conditions such as muscle imbalance, unstable joints and neural control. This exceptional new Pocketbook of Taping Techniques takes the place of the highly successful text which was also edited by Rose Macdonald. It incorporates all the basic techniques vital to the practice of good taping but also includes chapters on new evidence-based procedures written by experts from around the world. To aid in the development of these techniques, this pocketbook demonstrates many new methods which may be used as indicated or modified to suit the clinical situation.
 

Winning
 
Jack Welch knows how to win. During his forty-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.
 
Since Welch retired in 2001 as chairman and chief executive officer of GE, he has traveled the world, speaking to more than 250,000 people and answering their questions on dozens of wide-ranging topics.
 
Inspired by his audiences and their hunger for straightforward guidance, Welch has written both a philosophical and pragmatic book, which is destined to become the bible of business for generations to come. It clearly lays out the answers to the most difficult questions people face both on and off the job.
 
Welch's objective is to speak to people at every level of an organization, in companies large and small. His audience is everyone from line workers to MBAs, from project managers to senior executives. His goal is to help everyone who has a passion for success.
 
Welch begins Winning with an introductory section called "Underneath It All," which describes his business philosophy. He explores the importance of values, candor, differentiation, and voice and dignity for all.
 
The core of Winning is devoted to the real "stuff" of work. This main part of the book is split into three sections. The first looks inside the company, from leadership to picking winners to making change happen. The second section looks outside, at the competition, with chapters on strategy, mergers, and Six Sigma, to name just three. The next section of the book is about managing your career—from finding the right job to achieving work-life balance.
 
Welch's optimistic, no excuses, get-it-done mind-set is riveting. Packed with personal anecdotes and written in Jack's distinctive no b.s. voice, Winning offers deep insights, original thinking, and solutions to nuts-and-bolts problems that will change the way people think about work.
 

Mathematical Teasers
 
Mathematical_Teasers is a collection of some 300 carefully selected, unusual, and above all, challenging mathematical problems, puzzles, riddles, and a number of playing-card and dice tricks for both students and laymen, and especially for those who have a modicum of mathematical ability or a bent for puzzle-solving.
 
The wide variety of problems in this book range in difficulty, with the more difficult ones in the last three chapters... they can most assuredly be solved by the less-gifted... There are, in addition, many interesting illustrations and lively cartoons that enhance this volume.
 

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook
 
This book approaches system administration in a practical way and is an invaluable reference for both new administrators and experienced professionals. It details best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations, and much more. UNIX? and Linux? System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, reflects the current versions of these operating systems
 

The Philosophy of Action: An Introduction
 
This textbook is designed to be an introduction to the philosophy of action, suitable for students interested in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of social sciences. Moya begins by considering the problem of agency - how are we to understand the distinction between actions and happenings, between actions we perform and things that happen to us? Moya outlines and examines a range of philosophical responses to this problem. He also develops his own original view, treating the analysis of meaningful action as the basis for understanding the distinctive interplay of agency, intention and commitment. Subsequent chapters examine recent attempts to integrate understanding of action with the view of the world provided by the natural sciences. The work of Donald Davidson is examined in detail. Moya also discusses the views of many other authors who have contributed to recent debates in the philosophy of action, including Anscombe, Churchland, Harman, Hornsby, Goldman and O'Shaughnessy.
 

China (Asia in Focus)
 
Part of ABC-CLIO's Asia in Focus series, this authoritative resource is designed to help a wide variety of readers understand the complexities of the worldOs most populous country—a nation of ancient glory and rising importance, yet one that remains elusive and not generally well known.
 
Packed with recent scholarship and fascinating details, this concise, multifaceted volume offers an updated look at ChinaOs geography and history, from the political and technological dominance of the imperial period to the communist revolution and the present state. The work also vividly captures the OlivingO China of today—its economy, politics, and culture—with extensive coverage of topics ranging from education, languages, arts, and cuisine to industrialization, gender issues, population control efforts, and human rights controversies that have impacted the country's relationship to the global community.
 

The Science and Art of Using Telescopes
 
Amateur astronomers have to start somewhere. Most begin by buying a modest astronomical telescope and getting to know the night sky. After a while, many want to move on to the next stage, but this can be problematic. The magazines advertise a mass of commercially-made equipment – some of it very expensive – which can represent a major financial outlay. The trick is to choose the right equipment, and then use it to its fullest extent.
Observing Skills: The Science and Art of using Astronomical Telescopes provides the required information. First, it explains how to get the best from entry-level equipment (that upgrade may not even be needed for a year or two!). Second, it explains how to select equipment that is at the ‘next level’, and describes how use more advanced telescopes and accessories.
 

First Children's Encyclopedia
 
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about anything with this first reference for young readers and writers. This is an inspiring and comprehensive collection of the best in the "DK First Reference" series, all gathered together in one superb volume. From prehistoric life to space travel, bacteria to the human brain help, your child discover all about the world we live in. They'll discover how life on Earth began, how the human body works, how people lived in Ancient Egypt, why some dinosaurs were so huge, what makes machines work, the countries of the world and much, much more. Full of fantastic photos, bite-sized facts and quiz questions kids will love getting their teeth into, there's lots to see and explore. This title is perfect for homework or just for fun. Go ahead; let your child find out more about everything.
 
 
 
 

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