Maran Illustrated Knitting and Crocheting

Maran Illustrated Knitting and Crocheting

Maran Illustrated Knitting and Crocheting
Course Technology PTR | 2005-03-15 | ISBN: 1592008623 | 304 pages | PDF | 38 MB

Produced by the award-winning marganGraphics Group, Maran’s Illustrated Guide to Knitting and Crocheting is a valuable resource to a wide range of readers—from people new to the hobby to those who have dabbled in the occasional project to those more involved knitters and crocheters interested in mastering their craft. Instead of describing the myriad ways to perform each task, Maran’s Illustrated Guide to Knitting and Crocheting shows the reader the best way, while the full-color photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions walk the reader through each task from beginning to end. Thorough topic introductions and useful tips provide additional information and advice to help enhance the readers’ knitting and crocheting experience. Maran’s Illustrated Guide to Knitting and Crocheting is packed with essential information for readers who are picking up needles for the first time, and will provide more experienced knitters and crocheters with the opportunity to add more advanced techniques to their repertoire.

Kosher for Everybody: The Complete Guide to Understanding, Shopping, Cooking, and Eating the Kosher Way

Kosher for Everybody: The Complete Guide to Understanding, Shopping, Cooking, and Eating the Kosher Way

Kosher for Everybody: The Complete Guide to Understanding, Shopping, Cooking, and Eating the Kosher Way
Publisher: Jossey-Bass | ISBN: 0787975877 | edition 2004 | PDF | 272 pages | 11,3 mb

This is certainly one of the most up-to-date and user-friendly English guides to keeping kosher. One fascinating chapter surveys the history of kosher-keeping in America (did you know that Revolutionary-era Jews in Rhode Island 'subsisted on chocolate and coffee' for want of kosher meat?). The rest of the book is decidedly practical: Garfunkel ("The Kosher Companion") rehearses the origins of the Jewish dietary laws and reviews the basic rules–e.g., meat products and dairy must be eaten separately, while some foods, like shellfish and pork, are flat-out forbidden. She explains how to decode the symbols that indicate a packaged food is certifiably kosher, and lists many national products, from Celestial Seasonings tea to Planter's peanut butter, that have obtained kosher certification. Readers are also treated to delicious-sounding recipes, and a lengthy list of kosher eateries all over the country. The glossary is right up front, so readers can easily double-and triple-check the meanings of unfamiliar Hebrew and Yiddish terms….Anyone who delves into this book will find a wealth of clear information.

Advanced Processing and Manufacturing Technologies for Structural and Multifunctional Materials III

Advanced Processing and Manufacturing Technologies for Structural and Multifunctional Materials III

Advanced Processing and Manufacturing Technologies for Structural and Multifunctional Materials III (Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings) by Tatsuki Ohji
Wiley-American Ceramic Society; 1 edition | November 23, 2009 | English | ISBN: 0470457589 | 246 pages | PDF | 12 MB

This issue contains 25 invited and contributed papers, all peer reviewed according to the American Ceramic Society Review Process. The latest developments in processing and manufacturing technologies are covered, including smart processing, advanced composite manufacturing, novel forming and sintering technologies, microwave-processing, polymer-based processing, and film deposition technologies. These papers discuss the most important aspects necessary for understanding and further development of processing and manufacturing of ceramic materials and systems.

Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inference

Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inference
Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inference
edited by Aman Ullah, Alan T.K. Wan, Anoop Chaturvedi
CRC | ISBN: 0824706528 | 2002 | PDF | 718 pages | 3.0 MB

Summarizing developments and techniques in the field, this reference covers sample surveys, nonparametric analysis, hypothesis testing, time series analysis, Bayesian inference, and distribution theory for applications in statistics, economics, medicine, biology, engineering, sociology, psychology, and information technology. It supplies a geometric proof of an extended Gauss-Markov theorem, approaches for the design and implementation of sample surveys, advances in the theory of Neyman's smooth test, and methods for pre-test and biased estimation. It includes discussions ofsample size requirements for estimation in SUR models, innovative developments in nonparametric models, and more.

Josef Bigun, «Vision with Direction: A Systematic Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision»

Josef Bigun, «Vision with Direction: A Systematic Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision»

Josef Bigun, «Vision with Direction: A Systematic Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision» [Repost]
Springer | ISBN 3540273220 | 2006 Year | PDF | 6,4 Mb | 396 Pages

This introductory textbook presents the modern signal processing concepts used in computer vision and image analysis in a systematic and mathematically coherent way. For the first time in a textbook on image processing, single direction, group direction, corners and edges, Hough transform, and motion estimation are developed in a principled way using direction tensors as the unifying concept. The topics presented include Hilbert spaces, the Fourier transform, scale analysis, direction fields, structure tensors, motion tensors, the Hough transform, grouping, and segmentation. Directional signal processing, an increasingly crucial element of computer vision for which neural circuits exist in human vision, is dealt with in depth by use of tensors. All chapters are richly illustrated, with color graphics from cover to cover; applications are studied in various fields, including biometric person authentication, texture analysis, optical character recognition, and motion estimation and tracking; and exercises help the sudent verify progress. Developed out of courses given by the author, this introductory textbook addresses advanced undergarduates as well as master and PhD students in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and in other disciplines where techniques from computer vision, image processing, visual computation and signal analysis are applied.

We Are What We Celebrate: Understanding Holidays and Rituals

We Are What We Celebrate: Understanding Holidays and Rituals

Amitai Etzioni, Jared Bloom "We Are What We Celebrate: Understanding Holidays and Rituals"
Publisher: NYU Press 2004 | 253 Pages | ISBN: 081472227X | PDF | 3 MB

How did Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday become a national holiday? Why do we exchange presents on Christmas and Chanukah? What do bunnies have to do with Easter? How did Earth Day become a global holiday? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating exploration into the history and meaning of holidays and rituals. Edited by Amitai Etzioni, one of the most influential social and political thinkers of our time, this collection provides a compelling overview of the impact that holidays and rituals have on our family and communal life.
From community solidarity to ethnic relations to religious traditions, We Are What We Celebrate argues that holidays such as Halloween, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day play an important role in reinforcing, and sometimes redefining, our values as a society. The collection brings together classic and original essays that, for the first time, offer a comprehensive overview and analysis of the important role such celebrations play in maintaining a moral order as well as in cementing family bonds, building community relations and creating national identity. The essays cover such topics as the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday; the importance of holidays for children; the mainstreaming of Kwanzaa; and the controversy over Columbus Day celebrations.
Compelling and often surprising, this look at holidays and rituals brings new meaning to not just the ways we celebrate but to what those celebrations tell us about ourselves and our communities.
Contributors: Theodore Caplow, Gary Cross, Matthew Dennis, Amitai Etzioni, John R. Gillis, Ellen M. Litwicki, Diana Muir, Francesca Polletta, Elizabeth H. Pleck, David E. Proctor, Mary F. Whiteside, and Anna Day Wilde.

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects (Educational Linguistics) (Repost)

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects (Educational Linguistics) (Repost)

Information Technology in Languages for Specific Purposes: Issues and Prospects (Educational Linguistics)
Publisher: Springer | ISBN: 0387285954 | edition 2006 | CHM | 268 pages | 12,2 mb

Work in the field of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) has also been transformed by technology. This volume offers an overview of a variety of applications of IT in the field of LSP. It is addressed to a wide audience that includes LSP teachers and researchers, although the contents may also be relevant to applied linguists working in other fields. This book contains research studies as well as educational experiences and proposals, presented from different perspectives and backgrounds (both geographical and cultural), all of which are theoretically grounded and with a clear and sound rationale. Readers will find a variety of educational projects and research studies situated in specific educational contexts and in particular geographical locations. Although not intended for generalization, we believe they are valuable technology-based educational solutions that can offer new insight and reflections that may help readers create their own tools and carry out further research. The chapters cover the main areas of research and practice in the field.

Solomon H. Katz, William Woys Weaver, "Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set)"(repost)

Solomon H. Katz, William Woys Weaver, "Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set)"(repost)

Solomon H. Katz, William Woys Weaver, "Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set)"
ISBN: 0684805685 | edition 2002 | PDF | 2004 pages | 73,6 mb

This Dartmouth Medal-winning 3-volume set presents 600 articles on food and its place in human culture and society, covering everything from agronomy to zucchini. Students, academics and general researchers will find entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines. The Encyclopedia's multidisciplinary articles – including: Comfort Food, Ethnicity and Food, Medieval Banquets and Nutrient Composition – range from 250 to 10,000 words each and are supplemented by 450 photographs and illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, timelines and a comprehensive index.

The Securitization Markets Handbook: Structures and Dynamics of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities

The Securitization Markets Handbook: Structures and Dynamics of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities

Author, «The Securitization Markets Handbook: Structures and Dynamics of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities»
Bloomberg Press | ISBN 1576601382 | January 2005 | PDF | 352 Pages | 2,50 Mb

Securitization is a corporate funding technique that is widely adopted by financial and industrial companies throughout the world, used to finance both working capital and capital budgets. Importantly, it is also used as a risk management tool and a source of liquidity. Securitization has been adapted to fund corporate acquisitions, capitalize future streams of revenue, and to liquidate pools of nonperforming loans. In this book securitization experts Charles Stone and Anne Zissu provide a practical explanation of how securitization works and explain how future cash flows from various asset classes–from credit card receipts and mortgage payments to movie royalties–can be packaged into bond-like products and sold to investors. The discussion includes descriptions of all major classes of asset-backed securities and offers a practice-oriented commentary on trends in securitization and the value of asset- and mortgage-backed securities across industries and throughout the global markets.

Computer Graphics and Multimedia: Applications, Problems and Solutions by John Dim

Computer Graphics and Multimedia: Applications, Problems and  Solutions by  John Dim

Computer Graphics and Multimedia: Applications, Problems and Solutions by John Dimarco (Editor)
Publisher: Idea Group Publishing (February 27, 2004) | ISBN: 1591401968 | PDF | 4,5 Mb | 265 pages

As the disciplines of art, technology, and information science collide, computer graphics and multimedia are presenting a myriad of applications and problems to professionals and scholars in Computer Science, Information Science, Digital Art, Multimedia, Educational Technology, and Media Arts. Today's digital scholar can use Computer Graphics and Multimedia: Applications, Problems and Solutions as a tool to explore the vast parameters of the applications, problems, and solutions related to digital disciplines. Contributing authors include computer scientists, multimedia researchers, computer artists, graphic designers, and digital media specialists. The book has an extensive range of topics for the digital scholar who wants to discover and research other areas within the computer graphics and multimedia disciplines beyond their own.

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
RS | 1.2 M Rar | No Pass | PDF: 256 pages | Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (February 3, 2005) | Language: English | ISBN-10: 1591396190 | ISBN-13: 978-1591396192

Kim and Mauborgne's blue ocean metaphor elegantly summarizes their vision of the kind of expanding, competitor-free markets that innovative companies can navigate. Unlike "red oceans," which are well explored and crowded with competitors, "blue oceans" represent "untapped market space" and the "opportunity for highly profitable growth." The only reason more big companies don't set sail for them, they suggest, is that "the dominant focus of strategy work over the past twenty-five years has been on competition-based red ocean strategies"-i.e., finding new ways to cut costs and grow revenue by taking away market share from the competition. With this groundbreaking book, Kim and Mauborgne-both professors at France's INSEAD, the second largest business school in the world-aim to repair that bias. Using dozens of examples-from Southwest Airlines and the Cirque du Soleil to Curves and Starbucks-they present the tools and frameworks they've developed specifically for the task of analyzing blue oceans. They urge companies to "value innovation" that focuses on "utility, price, and cost positions," to "create and capture new demand" and to "focus on the big picture, not the numbers." And while their heavyweight analytical tools may be of real use only to serious strategy planners, their overall vision will inspire entrepreneurs of all stripes, and most of their ideas are presented in a direct, jargon-free manner. Theirs is not the typical business management book's vague call to action; it is a precise, actionable plan for changing the way companies do business with one resounding piece of advice: swim for open waters.

Z. Li, W. Halang, G. Chen - "Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory", 1st Ed. (Repost)

Z. Li, W. Halang, G. Chen - "Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory", 1st Ed. (Repost)

Z. Li, W. Halang, G. Chen - "Integration of Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Theory", 1st Ed. (Repost)
Publisher: Springer | Pages: 625 | February 2006 | ISBN: 3540268995 | PDF | 9.67 Mb

This book attempts to present some current research progress and results on the interplay of fuzzy logic and chaos theory. More specifically, this book includes a collections of some state-of-the-art surveys, tutorials, and application examples written by some experts working in the interdisciplinary fields overlapping fuzzy logic and chaos theory. The content of the book covers fuzzy definition of chaos, fuzzy modeling and control of chaotic systems using both Mamdani and Takagi-Sugeno models, fuzzy model identification using genetic algorithms and neural network schemes, bifurcation phenomena and self-referencing in fuzzy systems, complex fuzzy systems and their collective behaviours, as well as some applications of combining fuzzy logic and chaotic dynamics, such as fuzzy-chaos hybrid controllers for nonlinear dynamic systems, and fuzzy-model-based chaotic cryptosystems. This book can serve as a handy reference for researchers working in the interdisciplines related, among others, to both fuzzy logic and chaos theory.

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History
Rob Blair | University Press of Colorado | Pages: 406 | 1996-05 | ISBN: 0870813781 | PDF | 2.63 MB

The San Juan Skyway winds its way up, over, and through canyons, mesas, plateaus, mountains, plains, and valleys. The sheer variety of landforms makes the Skyway a veritable classroom for the amateur naturalist and historian.
The most complete work published on the natural history of southwest Colorado’s majestic mountain system, The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History is designed to be used while exploring the scenic 235-mile paved San Juan Skyway, which passes through Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez.

The Western San Juan Mountains covers the physical environment, the biological communities, the human history, and points of interest represented on milepost signs along the highway. Some of the many topics covered include: how the San Juan Mountains were formed; why the landscape is so rugged and picturesque; why the vegetation changes from the lowlands to the alpine heights; energy and mineral resources of the area; why these mountains intrigued early explorers; factors that influence the unpredictable weather; and the first-known inhabitants.

Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Native American History, Culture, and Life From Paleo-Indians to the Present

Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Native American History, Culture, and Life From Paleo-Indians to the Present

Instant Info Riches
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | ISBN-10: 0395669219 | edition November 20, 1996 | PDF | 756 pages | 12.52 mb

Even as interest in the powerful, often tragic history of Native America grows, many books continue to perpetuate long-standing misconceptions of the past as well as the romantic steretypes often popularized today. Readers can now rely on Encyclopedia of North American Indians for an authentic and often surprising portrait of the complexities of the Native American experience. Written by more than 260 contemporary authorities, the volume features many Native American contributors - including eminent writers, tribal elders, scholars, and activists - with voices as distinct as their subjects, offering a deeper and more informed appreciation of American Indian life, past and present. Illustrated with many rare photographs, the Encyclopedia features articles on subjects such as mound builders, reservations, cigar-store Indians, child rearing, powwows, boarding schools, museums and collectors, dreams, the occupation of Alcatraz, and the impact of American Indian civilizations on Europe and the world. Contemporary topics include gambling, sports mascots, alcoholism, urban Indians, and the status of women. Biographies illuminate not only famous chiefs and warriors but an enormously diverse group of historical figures, such as Pauline Johnson, a Mohawk who becme the first American Indian woman to publish poetry; Charles Curtis, a Kaw Indian who served as vice president under Herbert Hoover; and "Chief" Bender, an Ojibwa who played and coached professional baseball and is lauded in the Baseball hall of Fame. Covering Arctic to southeastern peoples, separate articles on more than one hundred major tribes - from Abenaki to Zuni - discuss community origins, rituals and beliefs, social organizations, and present-day life.

At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet

At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet

Annmarie Chandler, Norie Neumark, «At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet»
MIT Press | ISBN: 0262033283 | 2005 | PDF | 496 pages | 2.71 MB

For those who want to argue that Internet-based work and collaborations are new kinds of art wholly determined by the Web's capabilities and codes, this edited collection offers a series of history lessons. Both editors are based at Sydney's University of Technology: Chandler is director of "emerging field" in new media and digital culture; Neumark is associate professor of media arts and production. The 20 pieces that they have collected here show, variously, how the politically engaged mail art, dematerializations, performances, broadcasts, happenings and other doings of the '60s through '80s (with an emphasis on the latter years) worked in the same networked fashion as Internet art-they just relied on slower and/or more familiar media, like the postal service, f-2-f contact or FM broadcasting. The best pieces here feature first-person accounts from the artists and collaborators themselves. Highlights include Jesse Drew's account of Deep Dish TV (a satellite-delivered alternative television network from the '80s) and Melody Summer Carnahan's story of The Form, a 1978 project that solicited one-line responses to each year of the 1970s (and predictions for '79) from a variety of artists and civilians. The rest can be high on jargon, but the spirit of play that pervades the work comes through regardless.

The Architect, the Cook and Good Taste

The Architect, the Cook and Good Taste

Petra Hagen Hodgson, Rolf Toyka "The Architect, the Cook and Good Taste"
Publisher: Birkhäuser Basel 2007 | 160 Pages | ISBN: 376437621X | PDF | 12 MB

Since time immemorial, cooking and building have been among humanity’s most basic occupations. Both of them are rooted in necessity, but both of them also possess a cultural as well as a sensory, aesthetic dimension. And while it is true that cooking is a transitory art form, it gives expression to the periods of human cultural history just as architecture does. Moreover, both arts accord a central role to the materials employed. Both involve measuring and proportioning, shaping and designing, assembling and composing.
This book pursues the astonishing parallels and deeply rooted connections between the art of building and that of cooking. A variety of essays takes up questions of materiality and proportioning. Attention will also be given to food cultivation and architecture, to the places where meals are prepared as well as a range of different culinary spaces. With articles by Annette Gigon, Stanislaus von Moos, Claudio Silvestrin, Ian Ritchie, and others.

You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit

You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit

Lois A. Vitt, Karen L. Murrell "You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit"
Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2007) | 336 Pages | ISBN: 0131003100 | PDF | 1.6 MB

"With over 70% of American workers living paycheck to paycheck, basic money management skills are needed desperately. This is a masterful work that guides us to discover our own money dysfunctions and takes us on a journey to healthy financial behaviors." –Sally Hass, Employee Benefits Life Planning Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company "This book combines solid knowledge of societal trends in personal finance with guidance on how to develop a sense of purpose about money and get financially fit for a lifetime. I heartily recommend it." –Kelvin Boston, host Moneywise PBS Series and author of Who's Afraid To Be A Millionaire? "The rules have changed on how to achieve the American Dream. What many of us consider a fundamental right will be out of reach unless we get smart and take action now. The authors get right to the point by helping readers define what they care most about and then set them on a path to achieving true financial well-being." –Carol Anderson, President and CEO of Money Quotient, specialists in financial planning education "The authors have looked at the current disastrous consumer model and envision a 'New' American Dream. They break the rules, set up a new framework for humanized finances, and challenge consumers to change the future by changing their habits, now." –Dean Brassington, Financial Educator and U.S. Navy Quality of Life Program and Design Consultant…

Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes with Your Money

Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes with Your Money

David E. Adler "Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes with Your Money"
Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (June 19, 2009) | 288 Pages | ISBN: 0137147783 | PDF | 1 MB

"Adler's argument is illuminating and reveals that, when it comes to investing, we should always have second thoughts about our first impressions." –Publisher's Weekly WHY YOUR INSTINCTS CAN BE YOUR #1 ENEMY–AND HOW TO DEFEAT THEM! "David Adler's Snap Judgment is a well-written, entertaining review of human action in risky situations, including stock market behavior and other risk-facing situations. In particular, Adler recounts the conclusions of many practitioners and behavioral finance scholars who have studied such matters. This book is well worth reading, both for its practical advice for the novice and its wealth of illustrations for the pro." – Harry Markowitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics and father of modern portfolio theory "David Adler has done a great public service by translating a dazzling array of research in economics and finance into practical terms that anyone can understand and profit from. This book…

The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (Repost)

The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (Repost)

The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience | pages: 704 | 2008 | ISBN: 0471799599 | PDF | 2,9 mb

This handbook provides an accessible overview of the most important issues in information and computer ethics. It covers: foundational issues and methodological frameworks; theoretical issues affecting property, privacy, anonymity, and security; professional issues and the information-related professions; responsibility issues and risk assessment; regulatory issues and challenges; access and equity issues. Each chapter explains and evaluates the central positions and arguments on the respective issues, and ends with a bibliography that identifies the most important supplements available on the topic.

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set) (repost)

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set) (repost)

Solomon H. Katz, William Woys Weaver, "Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 Vol. Set)"
English | 2002 | ISBN: 0684805685 | 2004 pages | PDF | 73,6 MB

This Dartmouth Medal-winning 3-volume set presents 600 articles on food and its place in human culture and society, covering everything from agronomy to zucchini. Students, academics and general researchers will find entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines. The Encyclopedia's multidisciplinary articles – including: Comfort Food, Ethnicity and Food, Medieval Banquets and Nutrient Composition – range from 250 to 10,000 words each and are supplemented by 450 photographs and illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, timelines and a comprehensive index.