We use software every day to perform all kinds of magical, powerful tasks. It's the force behind stunning CGI graphics, safe online shopping, and speedy Google searches. Software drives the modern world, but its inner workings remain a mystery to many.
How Software Works explains how computers perform common-yet-amazing tasks that we take for granted every day. Inside you'll learn:
How data is encrypted
How passwords are used and protected
How computer graphics are created
How video is compressed for streaming and storage
How data is searched (and found) in huge databases
How programs can work together on the same problem without conflict
How data travels over the Internet
How Software Works breaks down these processes with patient explanations and intuitive diagrams so that anyone can understand-no technical background is required, and you won't be reading through any code. In plain English, you'll examine the intricate logic behind the technologies you constantly use but never understood.
If you've ever wondered what really goes on behind your computer screen, How Software Works will give you fascinating look into the software all around you.
How Software Works: The Magic Behind Encryption, CGI, Search Engines, and Other Everyday Technologies
The Treatise on Musical Objects is regarded as Pierre Schaeffer’s most important work on music and its relationship with technology. Schaeffer expands his earlier research in musique concrète to suggest a methodology of working with sounds based on his experiences in radio broadcasting and the recording studio. Drawing on acoustics, physics, and physiology, but also on philosophy and the relationship between subject and object, Schaeffer’s essay summarizes his theoretical and practical work in music composition. Translators Christine North and John Dack present an important book in the history of ideas in Europe that will resonate far beyond electroacoustic music.
Give your kids a fun, challenging way to exercise their brains and learn about God! Our Daily Bread for Kids: Bible Quizzes and Games is packed full of crosswords, word searches, picture puzzles, and quizzes all related to the Bible. Children will learn and recall basic Bible knowledge as they dive into these entertaining activities. They'll play for hours while learning about the Bible through 20 quizzes and 60 games. Connect your kids to Scripture with the basics from Genesis to Revelation.
Here's a fun, challenging way for kids to exercise their brains and learn about God! Our Daily Bread for Kids: Bible Quizzes and Games is packed full of crosswords, word searches, picture puzzles, and quizzes all related to the Bible. Children will learn and recall basic Bible knowledge as they dive into these entertaining activities.Enjoy hours of interactive fun featuring:
Adventure writer Richard Grant takes on “the most American place on Earth” the enigmatic, beautiful, often derided Mississippi Delta. Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. This is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place. Imagine A Year In Provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp-to-table dining. On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters, blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes. Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta’s lingering racial tensions. He finds that de facto segregation continues. Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families and good reasons for hope. Dispatches from Pluto is a book as unique as the Delta itself. It’s lively, entertaining, and funny, containing a travel writer’s flair for in-depth reporting alongside insightful reflections on poverty, community, and race. It’s also a love story, as the nomadic Grant learns to settle down. He falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home. Mississippi, Grant concludes, is the best-kept secret in America.
“The truest book about the Mississippi Delta since Rising Tide.” —Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic“[Grant] succeeds, and with flair. His empathic manner, reportorial talent and eye for the unexpected detail make this a chigger-bitten trip that entertains as much as it informs.” —The New York Times Book Review"Grant takes a fillet knife and lays us open to the bone, like you might a catfish. He exposes our idiosyncratic insanity and brilliance, both the failure and the promise that are driven by an intimate yet remote love/hate relationship along the racial divide. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time." —Mississippi State Senator John Horhn“Readers with an appetite for a deep-fried version of A Year in Provence will find much to sate them here. … [Grant is] like a deeper and way funkier version of Peter Mayle. … it’s the individual voices and anecdotes he records that give Dispatches from Pluto its dissonant lilt and outré charm.” —Jonathan Miles, Garden & Gun“One of the best books to have been written about this part of Mississippi. Richard Grant has done something completely different from previous forays into this fascinating and frequently vilified part of America. … Grant’s book strikes a good balance between being partly A Year in Provence, Mississippi-style, and partly a searching investigation of the local culture. This is a man who has done his homework, asked hard questions, and made a point of getting to know everybody, white and black alike.” —The New Criterion“This book’s great virtue…is how it sets aside assumptions to look with clear, questioning eyes. Mississippi’s landscape, with its ‘crated little town(s)’ and ‘primordial interruptions in the empire of modern agriculture,’ is refreshed by Grant’s lovely prose.” —Jackson Clarion-Ledger“Part travelogue, part sociological study, part memoir, and part nonfiction heir to the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Dispatches from Pluto is provocative in the best kind of way. Grant approaches his subjects with empathy, yet pulls no punches. The result is an honest, engaging account of life in one of America’s most beguiling, bewildering cultural outposts. This book is a revelation.” —Alan Huffman, author of Mississippi in Africa"An appealing stew of fecklessness and curiosity, social psychology and social dysfunction, hope and despair." —Kirkus Reviews“[A] delightful inside look at life on today's Mississippi Delta.” —Frans De Waal, one of his “6 favorite books” in The Week“Grant writes with an admiration and tenderness for his new home and neighbors. The book’s often riotously funny, particularly when describing real-life crime stories in Greenwood and elsewhere. But Grant’s also thoughtful and earnest in trying to understand race relations in modern-day Mississippi… Grant’s insights as an outsider trying to decipher a new world make this book compelling and also challenging. He’s confronting tough truths and asking hard questions, but from a place of genuine respect and love.” —Mississippi Business Journal“Whether he’s writing about how to shoot a buck or how to heat a house, Grant is funny, funny, funny. He’s even funny at funerals, yet through all the escapades and hilarity, he never loses sight of the problem of Delta race relations. As much as anything else, this is a book about racism in America, and Grant confronts the issue with an outsider’s honesty and aplomb.” —Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo"A lovely, appreciative and entertaining tour of the strange and rich Mississippi Delta." —Shelf Awareness“A fascinating blend of memoir and travelogue … a vivid and captivating portrait of the modern American South.”—Largehearted Boy“Think what Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil could have been like if the author had a sympathetic understanding of the people. Richard Grant's Plutonic approach to the Delta turns up some marvelous surprises here.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising“In the best tradition of Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad, British travel writer Richard Grant explores the otherworldly Mississippi Delta by settling into an aging plantation home and letting himself be captured by an eccentric, racially-tortured and wondrously hospitable culture. Dispatches from Pluto is wise, wry, sympathetic and spot-on.” —Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus“I’ve never read anything like this before, so ‘plain out’ revealing of humanity’s true nature—how we have tangled ourselves up into the goofball messy life we’ve made on earth (let alone Pluto) while still having a moment or two where we are incredibly kind and sensible.” —Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine and Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves“Richard Grant gets it. Many authors that write about the Delta may come and stay a few months, then go back to their comfortable hometowns to burn or scathe the Delta’s mores, customs and culture. Richard bought an old plantation house here to become a part of the Delta and he writes about it in a way that brings laughter, astonishment, complexity and perplexity.” —Hank Burdine, Delta Magazine“Richard Grant is the ultimate cool customer, a fearless and skilled writer navigating the backwaters of rural Mississippi with his humanity on his sleeve, trying to get to the heart of what makes the Delta such a unique and soulful place while recounting a harrowing and funny, wise and heartwarming personal journey from nomad to proud homeowner. This is a great book.” —Mark Haskell Smith, author of Naked at Lunch
How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's: - Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween - Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age ten - Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high - Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone. Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll.
"The music business isn't pretty, but it's pretty funny. Humor writer and McSweeney's contributor Kennedy recounts his short career as a marketing executive for Atlantic Records. . . .Hilarious. . . .A fitfully funny, ultimately sad look at the continuing decay of our popular culture."--Kirkus"Kennedy is a talented humor writer, and the book is riotously funny throughout. . . .Anyone who appreciates good writing will enjoy it. . . .Recommended."--Library Journal"A very funny memoir about [Kennedy's] days as a marketing executive in the currently flailing music business."--GQ"Kennedy's self-deprecating wit is highly appealing."--Booklist"[Rock On] is not just laugh-out-loud funny; it, Aos snort-audibly-on-the-subway funny. . . . [Kennedy] spins his misgivings into hilarious gold, and in the process illustrates how to use your disillusion."--"Time Out" "New York""Imagine a love child born of "The Office" and "High Fidelity," With "Knocked Up" as the slacker godfather. That captures Dan Kennedy's memoir "Rock On: An Office Power Ballad," his amazingly funny yet perceptive look at rock music and big corporations in crisis."--"USA Today"""Rock On" is a succession of gently mordant vignettes, with hilariously spot-on asides about media image-making, music-biz hierarchies and sensitive singer-songwriters. . . . Like Walter Mitty in reverse, Kennedy constantly retreats from an absurd corporate environment--equal parts tyranny, vanity and fecklessness--into neurotic internal-reality checks even funnier than the folly all around him." --"The New York Times Book Review""An entertaining explanation of how, after years of stumbling through adulthood, he landed an improbable gig writing and producing ads for Atlantic Records. . . . Kennedy's style--hilarious, paranoid and vulnerable--captures wonderfully the absurdity of the corporate music industry. Readers will appreciate the many lists that pepper the book, including 'Inappropriate Greetings and Salutations for Middle-Aged White Record Executives to Exchange: #1. Hello, Dawg."--Publishers Weekly"Fast-moving and darkly funny, "Rock On" should be a chart topper." "People," four star review""Fast-moving and darkly funny, Rock On should be a chart topper."--People, four star review
This was anonymously emailed to us by a Wall Street veteran, who asked us to publish this for him. He has become disgruntled with what he views as Wall Street scamming retail investors who trade options.Inside:-Options Basics-Volatility/Put Call Parity-Expected Value of Options Contracts-Risk Management and Trade Sizing-Where to Source Trades-The Number One Reason Most Options Traders Lose Money- 5 Bonus Tips on TradingThis is a fairly short read, at around 25 pages, but the truth about trading options and making money does not necessarily need a long book. The inventor of game theory, John Nash, turned in a dissertation that was 26 pages and contained 2 references. Big ideas sometimes come in small packages, and this book is ground breaking. Wall Street has hidden the fact a huge secret from ordinary traders, and that secret is that options do not fairly reflect the chances of a stock going up or down, and put/call parity is exploitable. There are some big secrets revealed in this book, and it is well worth it.
Kerberos, the single sign-on authentication system originally developed at MIT, deserves its name.It's a faithful watchdog that keeps intruders out of your networks. But it has been equally fierce to system administrators, for whom the complexity of Kerberos is legendary.Single sign-on is the holy grail of network administration, and Kerberos is the only game in town.Microsoft, by integrating Kerberos into Active Directory in Windows 2000 and 2003, has extended the reach of Kerberos to all networks large or small.Kerberos makes your network more secure and more convenient for users by providing a single authentication system that works across the entire network. One username; one password; one login is all you need.Fortunately, help for administrators is on the way.Kerberos: The Definitive Guide shows you how to implement Kerberos for secure authentication.In addition to covering the basic principles behind cryptographic authentication, it covers everything from basic installation to advanced topics like cross-realm authentication, defending against attacks on Kerberos, and troubleshooting.In addition to covering Microsoft's Active Directory implementation, Kerberos: The Definitive Guide covers both major implementations of Kerberos for Unix and Linux: MIT and Heimdal.It shows you how to set up Mac OS X as a Kerberos client.The book also covers both versions of the Kerberos protocol that are still in use: Kerberos 4 (now obsolete) and Kerberos 5, paying special attention to the integration between the different protocols, and between Unix and Windows implementations.If you've been avoiding Kerberos because it's confusing and poorly documented, it's time to get on board!This book shows you how to put Kerberos authentication to work on your Windows and Unix systems.
"Battlestar Galactica" the 're-imagined' version of the cult 1970s series and now in its fourth and final season is without doubt the most critically acclaimed SF show on TV. With a classy ensemble cast, including Edward James Olmos ("Miami Vice") and Mary McDonnell ("Independence Day"), cutting edge special effects, superb production design and adult-oriented scripts, the new "Battlestar Galactica" is both a worthy successor to a classic original, and a stunning piece of television in its own right. This official full-colour companion to the first and second seasons is packed with exclusive interviews, stunning photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, and a complete episode guide with in-depth commentary from both cast and crew.
"* "This is a beautifully written show, driven by character rather than effects... but the effects are damn good. And there's not a better acting troupe at work on television." - --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly"
"This is an in-depth examination of a slippery and contradictory subject. Knowledge alone is not enough for this type of project. It takes breaking out of narrow conceptual cages and unsettling what we think of as stable meanings. The author brings all of this to life in often unforgettable ways." - Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University
"National identities were once taken largely for granted in social science. Now they are part of an even more complex 'politics of belonging' that challenges both public affairs and the categories of social science. Nira Yuval-Davis offers a nuanced account that will be important for scholars and all those concerned with contemporary politics." - Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE
This is a cutting-edge investigation of the challenging debates around belonging and the politics of belonging. Alongside the hegemonic forms of citizenship and nationalism which have tended to dominate our recent political and social history, Nira Yuval-Davis examines alternative contemporary political projects of belonging constructed around the notions of religion, cosmopolitanism and the feminist 'ethics of care'.
The book also explores the effects of globalization, mass migration, the rise of both fundamentalist and human rights movements on such politics of belonging, as well as some of its racialized and gendered dimensions. A special space is given to the various feminist political movements that have been engaged as part of or in resistance to the political projects of belonging.
Yuval-Davis deconstructs notions of national and ethnic and interrogates the effects that different political projects of belonging have on members of these collectivities who are differentially located socially, economically and politically.
This is an in-depth examination of a slippery and contradictory subject. Knowledge alone is not enough for this type of project. It takes breaking out of narrow conceptual cages and unsettling what we think of as stable meanings. The author brings all of this to life in often unforgettable ways. (Saskia Sassen)National identities were once taken largely for granted in social science. Now they are part of an even more complex "politics of belonging" that challenges both public affairs and the categories of social science. Nira Yuval-Davis offers a nuanced account that will be important for scholars and all those concerned with contemporary politics. (Craig Calhoun)Nira Yuval-Davis always pushes the feminist envelope. Here she guides us through the thickets of five questions that preoccupy all of us today , shining a bright light on the fraught dynamics of "belonging." One of the innovations of The Politics of Belonging is to introduce us to specific feminist groups and movements tackling each one of these five thorny questions. I've learnt a lot, as I always do when guided by Nira Yuval-Davis. (Cynthia Enloe)
The climactic third novel in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series finds Vlad and his newly turned bride, Leila, at odds with each other—and vulnerable to the one vampire powerful enough to end the Dark Prince's reign . . .
Play with fire, pay the price
Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin . . .
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn't like Vlad to feel fear, but he does . . . for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad's greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad's love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both . . .
“A stay-up-until-sunrise read… There are many Draculas out there, but only one Vlad, and you owe it to yourself to meet him.” (Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Daniels series)“I always open a Frost book with happy anticipation.” (Charlaine Harris)“New and returning readers alike will enjoy this warmhearted and often hot-blooded adventure.” (Publishers Weekly)“A new twist on the classic vampire mythos...Jeaniene Frost has a winner on her hands.” (Yasmeen Galenorn, New York Times bestselling author of DEMON MISTRESS)
If you're wondering what Chris Stewart did before he and Ana moved to El Valero, their Spanish farm, here's one of the answers. He took to the sea, landing a job as skipper for the summer, sailing a Cornish Crabber around the Greek islands. It was his dream job - and there was just one tiny problem. He hadn't ever sailed before and had not the foggiest how to start.
In a series of madcap and hilarious adventures we follow Chris from a shaky start in Chichester harbour to his epic Odyssey to Spetses (a bucket would have been handy), and then on to the journey of a lifetime - battening down the hatches on a trip across the North Atlantic. It's a journey crackling with Chris's zest for life, irresistible humour, and unerring lack of foresight.
Dry land never looked more welcoming.
Often amusing, occasionally laugh-out-loud and generally good fun. (The Courier Mail, Australia 2009-08-08)
They had only one thing in common . . . William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant - two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune.
The marvellous story, spanning sixty years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save . . . and finally destroy . . . each other.
'Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius'Daily Telegraph
'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age'Mail on Sunday
'Critics will complain . . . but all that is to overlook the essential genius of the man. His novels are so appealing because they are so personal. He seems to believe in them and, fairly or unfairly, the are like a window on his soul. Their absurdities are his absurdities, their triumphs his. It is easy to poke fun at them, just as it is easy to poke fun at him, but look at the figures. Look at the pleasure the novels have given.'--Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
Even today, many people still own an old portable writing desk or know someone who does. Although portable writing desks have existed in England since the sixteenth century, the majority of those found nowadays date from the Victorian period. They were made in large numbers at that time for the rapidly increasing middle classes. These small pieces of furniture have been largely ignored as antiques, perhaps because they are so numerous and because the quality of the later ones is often poor. However they vary tremendously in size and decoration and it is rare to find two that are identical. This book looks at the history and significance of the portable writing desk and illustrates the main types to be found.
David Harris has been employed as a technical author for a number of years. He became interested in antique writing equipment in the mid 1990s and started to collect, restore and eventually to research the subject of portable writing desks. he has contributed to several specialist journals.
(Guitar Recorded Versions). Includes the Elvis Presley The King of Rock 'n' Roll Guitar Recorded Versions book (HL00690299) and the Elvis Presley Guitar Play-Along DVD (HL00320798) in one money-saving pack! The book features note-for-note transcriptions in standard notation and tab for 25 of the King's top hits, while the DVD features 8 favorites presented in lessons and a performance by a professional guitar teacher with top-notch backing tracks. Both the book and DVD include the songs: All Shook Up * Blue Suede Shoes * Don't Be Cruel * Hard Headed Woman * Heartbreak Hotel * Hound Dog * Jailhouse Rock * Little Sister.
Here, in words drawn from diaries, letters, journals, memoirs, prose and poetry, is a powerful portrait of men uniquely bound together in hellish circumstances they knew they were unlikely to survive.'