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How do you sell a book like this? It's like offering someone gum that has been previously chewed. Almost all of the material in Before The Chop II has been published in the LA Weekly. You can probably go online and find it at the best possible price. How dare the "writer" go slouching towards the trough with the audacity to re-cycle mere "content" and slap a price on it? It's a damn outrage is what it is! The hubris is bristling, the nest feathering obvious and repellent, the self-delusion total. Self-absorbed much? Running for Congress, perhaps?So again, how in the hell does anyone with a scintilla of integrity foist this carbon based catastrophe on citizens without "Hey, you dumb consumer bastard, feel the full weight of my sneering contempt, reserved just for you!" so blatantly implied? Sometimes, I hate my job.Well, maybe we could say that these are the pieces the way they were intended to be read? That all put together, they make a handy and potentially enjoyable resource for those who don't have time to read them as they stagger and fall into existence every week? Yes! Let's go with that. These are the versions before they were sent to finishing school to be refined and taught to keep their eyes and ears open and their mouths shut. This is the raw and "real" stuff, which also describes the artwork of a three year old.It could be put across that it's all about keeping the "artist" from falling into the depths of starvation and insanity. "I met Henry Rollins a few years ago. I was walking back to my car in the Rite Aid parking lot off of Fairfax. I saw a man urinating on my driver's side door. It was Henry. He smiled, waved with his free hand and said, 'TV party tonight!' then limped away." This is what we're trying to avoid.Sad how things sometimes end up, huh? That some buds never fully bloom? Ah, nature, while often cruel, always the straightest line to the truth. Well, even the mightiest redwood will one day fall. Okay, that's not a good example but nonetheless, on with the show. Get out your handkerchiefs, here it is, Before The Chop II!Can I stop now? The stench is making my eyes burn . . .
The lavish photos of inns and hot springs collected in this book will provide homeowners with a wealth of inspiration.With more than 250 color photographs, this is essential for anyone interested in luxury Japan. Each chapter discusses an extravagant inn, its local history, and its cultural traditions. Each of the properties has been handpicked by the author for their strong design aesthetic. The lodgings pictured here will bring a flush of new ideas to home decorators across the world.The Japanese Spa shows the way to places of fragile beauty and luxurious peace.
Memorize tricky Japanese kanji with ease!Since its publication in 1993, this beginner Japanese workbook and textbook has been a hit with teachers and students for learning basic Japanese kanji characters. Speak, read and write Japanese with this newly revised edition that has been updated and expanded by members of the Kanji Text Research Group at the prestigious Tokyo University.Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1 presents the 250 kanji characters that are most frequently found in many places in Japan, including: Street signs Restaurant menus Subway ticket machines ATMsStroke order diagrams and writing practice squares present every kanji systematically alongside its various meanings, readings, vocabulary compounds and derivations. Extensive practice exercises and self-graded quizzes (with answer keys at the back) help you improve your skill at recognizing and using the kanji.In addition to the practical focus of learning the kanji in the context of actual situations, each chapter includes Advanced Placement (AP)-type exam questions mirroring the format of the College Board's Japanese Language and Culture examination. The captivating introduction explains the origins of the kanji and the Japanese kana phonetic alphabets. Appendices list the kanji in two ways-according to pronunciations and radicals-and a glossary of common vocabulary compounds.
Edited by the initiators of a priority research program funded by the German Science Foundation and written by an international team of key players, this is the first book to provide an overview of nanostructured thermoelectric materials -- putting the new developments into perspective alongside conventional thermoelectrics. As such, it reviews the current state of research on thermoelectric Bi2Te3 nanomaterials, covering advanced methods of materials synthesis, characterization of materials structures and thermoelectric properties, as well as advances in the theory and modeling of transport properties. Nanomaterials-based thermoelectric devices are also discussed with respect to their properties, their suitability for different energy generation applications, and in light of their commercialization potential. An outlook on the chances, challenges and future directions of research rounds off the book, giving a straightforward account of the fundamental and technical problems - plus ways to overcome them.
Bringing the concepts of dimensional analysis, self-similarity, and fractal dimensions together in a logical and self-contained manner, this book reveals the close links between modern theoretical physics and applied mathematics. The author focuses on the classic applications of self-similar solutions within astrophysical systems, with some general theory of self-similar solutions, so as to provide a framework for researchers to apply the principles across all scientific disciplines. He discusses recent advances in theoretical techniques of scaling while presenting a uniform technique that encompasses these developments, as well as applications to almost any branch of quantitative science. The result is an invaluable reference for active scientists, featuring examples of dimensions and scaling in condensed matter physics, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, and general relativity, as well as in mathematics and engineering.
Mathematics for Physicists is a relatively short volume covering all the essential mathematics needed for a typical first degree in physics, from a starting point that is compatible with modern school mathematics syllabuses. Early chapters deliberately overlap with senior school mathematics, to a degree that will depend on the background of the individual reader, who may quickly skip over those topics with which he or she is already familiar. The rest of the book covers the mathematics that is usually compulsory for all students in their first two years of a typical university physics degree, plus a little more. There are worked examples throughout the text, and chapter-end problem sets. Mathematics for Physicists features: Interfaces with modern school mathematics syllabuses All topics usually taught in the first two years of a physics degree Worked examples throughout Problems in every chapter, with answers to selected questions at the end of the book and full solutions on a website This text will be an excellent resource for undergraduate students in physics and a quick reference guide for more advanced students, as well as being appropriate for students in other physical sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry and earth sciences.
Avoid becoming a #PRFail with a solid social media strategy Social Media Rules of Engagement guides you in the development of a bullet-proof social media strategy. You can manage any crisis effectively by having a plan before you actually need one--and by understanding and influencing your audience with military precision. This original, engaging, and informative text with case studies from the coalface offers you the tools you need to avoid scandal and media crises, and to learn how to leverage social media, big data, and influence in your communications strategies. Social media has established itself as a critical part of any external communications strategy--but the very nature of social media leads to crises that organisations are not always prepared to face. To execute an effective social media strategy, you need to build influence, while leveraging the data that supports a targeted approach. This innovative guide focuses on how to create a holistic social media strategy, and how to defend your organization from social media crisis. Develop a risk management strategy that protects your social media interactions around the clock Avoid common mistakes by reading case studies of business faux pas--and learning exactly what not to do in a crisis Cultivate influence both in the boardroom and on the information battlefield by defining your story and knowing your audience segments Leverage digital interactivity features to enrich the content in the book Social Media Rules of Engagement is an integral resource to guide your social strategy toward success.
Using the well-honed tools of nanotechnology, this book presents breakthrough results in soft matter research, benefitting from the synergies between the chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, and engineering communities. The team of international authors delves beyond mere structure-making and places the emphasis firmly on imparting functionality to soft nanomaterials with a focus on devices and applications. Alongside reviewing the current level of knowledge, they also put forward novel ideas to foster research and development in such expanding fields as nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine. As such, the book covers DNA-induced nanoparticle assembly, nanostructured substrates for circulating tumor cell capturing, and organic nano field effect transistors, as well as advanced dynamic gels and self-healing electronic nanodevices. With its interdisciplinary approach this book gives readers a complete picture of nanotechnology with soft matter.
Use this expert guide to prepare for the VCA-DCV exam VCA-DCV VMware Certified Associate on vSphere Study Guide: VCAD-510 is a comprehensive study guide for the VMware Certified Associate - Data Center Virtualization exam. Hands-on examples, real-world scenarios, and expert review questions cover the full exam blueprint, and the companion website offers a suite of tools to help you prepare for the exam including practice exams, electronic flashcards, and a glossary of key terms. In addition, the website includes videos that demonstrate how to complete the more challenging tasks. Focused on practical skills, this study guide not only prepares you for the certification exam, but also for the duties expected of a VCA. The VMware Certified Associate-Data Center Virtualization certification targets those with limited virtualization and VMware data center technology experience, providing a springboard to the popular VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization certification. Virtualization has become a high priority among organizations, and credentialed professionals are in high demand. This guide helps you prove a certain level of foundational skill in basic virtualization technology, including the vSphere suite's Infrastructure Services, Application Services, and vCenter Server. Topics include: Explaining data center virtualization concepts Identifying the core components of vSphere Networking and storage planning/configuration with vSphere Correlating VMware solutions to common business challenges The VCA-DCV certification is the only one with no instructor-led training requirement, so a thorough study guide is an invaluable tool in you exam preparation. This book not only covers the full exam, but also provides practice designed to actually improve the skills used every day on the job. VCA-DCV VMware Certified Associate on vSphere Study Guide is more than just test prep-it's job prep.
Nan-Core is at its heart a detective story, but its regular incursions into Japan's LGBT community mark it out as a vivid and unusual offering. Ryosuke discovers a mysterious notebook in his home labelled the Nan-Core. In the notes, he uncovers a murder confession and must now figure out whether the contents are fact or fiction. In the vein of Ryu Murakami, Numata combines a day-glo surrealism with explosions of violence and a compelling mystery story. Told from a perspective not usually seen in Japanese literature, Nan-Core is a kinetic, brutal novel.
Origami paper with stunning Japanese traditional prints and fun and simple folding instructions!Amazing Origami is designed for origami paper folders of all ages and all skill levels-from novices up to more experienced folders. It provides everything you need to create exciting and original origami art. The gorgeous folding papers feature delicate patterns with gold detailing, recalling the one-of-a-kind traditional designs used in the Japanese kimono fabrics from a bygone era.This origami ebook contains: A full-colored 64-page booklet Clear step-by-step instruction and diagrams 17 fun-to-do projects Downloadable folding sheetsOne of the wonderful aspects of origami is it's simplicity. The paper folder needs nothing more than something to fold-no glue, no tape, no string or wire-just a piece of paper! Though the materials are simple, origami exemplifies the ability of the human mind to solve problems and create beautiful harmony. Origami is relaxing and peaceful, but it is also fun and exciting to discover new ways to fold paper. With Amazing Origami's simple instructions, origami beginners will be able to get started immediately. With the beautiful, Japanese origami paper, experienced paper folders can create unique origami art.Origami projects include: Luna Moth Tortoise Carp Leaf Peacock Butterfly Koi Chinese Pinwheel And many more...
This book outlines the history of Pa-kua-a style of boxing based on the eight (pa) trigrams (kua) of the I Ching-and gives a thorough account of the philosophy behind the art. It also presents to the West for the first the orthodox style of the last Chinese Pa-kua master Wang Shu-chin. Described in great detail and fully illustrated are the basic techniques, the eight palm shapes, and the eight traditional methods of "walking the circle." Guided by this easy-to-follow text, the student of Pa-kua can probe deeply into the hitherto hidden secrets of one of the most complete systems of self-defense ever developed.
Celebrity makeup artist and TV makeover specialist Ramy Gafni knows no one is born perfect, not even his famous clients. InHow to Fake Real Beauty, the makeup guru shares his secrets to enhancing a woman's natural beauty while "faking" what she doesn't have. Some people are thought to be born with flawless features, but many of these gifts are acquired, and the quickest, easiest way is to create the illusion using makeup and a little moxie. The power of makeup goes a long way toward helping you fake anything-a clear complexion, fuller lips, brighter eyes-whatever you want! It's all a matter of knowing how! InHow to Fake Real Beauty, Ramy shares the tried-and-true tricks of the trade. So prepare for the red carpet-whether it's the one in your head or an actual awards show. This guide will teach you how to get ready for your close up and confidently take center stage in any situation.
Our world today-from the phone in your pocket to the car that you drive, the allure of social media to the strategy of the Pentagon-has been shaped irrevocably by the technology of silicon transistors. Year after year, for half a century, these tiny switches have enabled ever-more startling capabilities. Their incredible proliferation has altered the course of human history as dramatically as any political or social revolution. At the heart of it all has been one quiet Californian: Gordon Moore. At Fairchild Semiconductor, his seminal Silicon Valley startup, Moore-a young chemist turned electronics entrepreneur-had the defining insight: silicon transistors, and microchips made of them, could make electronics profoundly cheap and immensely powerful. Microchips could double in power, then redouble again in clockwork fashion. History has borne out this insight, which we now call "Moore's Law", and Moore himself, having recognized it, worked endlessly to realize his vision. With Moore's technological leadership at Fairchild and then at his second start-up, the Intel Corporation, the law has held for fifty years. The result is profound: from the days of enormous, clunky computers of limited capability to our new era, in which computers are placed everywhere from inside of our bodies to the surface of Mars. Moore led nothing short of a revolution. In Moore's Law, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore's life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of twentieth-century technology is littered with overblown "revolutions. " Moore's Law is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like.
Giving great orgasms, receiving really great orgasms, and everything in between: You will find all the pleasure tips you need in this guide. Clinical sexologist Amy Cooper shows you how to:Achieve multiple orgasmsSelf-pleasure with more satisfactionHarmonize with your loverFind erogenous zones Sustain longer-lasting orgasmsTalk dirty, give lap dances, and perform stripteasesUse sex toys, props, aphrodisiacs, and eroticaWith something for everyone, this book is the definitive guide to extreme pleasure between the sheets. This book will have you experiencing the "Big O" as you never have before.
Tired of your humdrum workday routine? Looking for a new an exciting career path that allows you to be your own boss and make your own rules? The 200 Best Home Businesses is the book for you. This completed revised and update 2nd edition profiles 200 of the best and most profitable businesses that you can run from your home Inside, you'll find jobs for your every interest, from Computer Programmer to Personal Chef. Each business profile provides you with all of the information you need to choose the business that's right for you: The pros and cons of each business; Estimated start up costs; Skills needed; Advertising tips; Expert advice from home business entrepreneurs. No matter what your interest or level of experience, you can take charge of your life, tap into your unique background and talents, and build a solid career for the future. The 200 Best Home Businesss, 2nd Edition shows you how!
Scrappy farmers. Aristocratic landowners. Eccentric geniuses. These were the rebels who took on the world's greatest power - and won.From the rebellion against "taxation without representation" to the beginnings of American self-government, readers will learn how this unlikely group of colonists shaped a new nation. This book features all readers need to know about this exciting time:The beginnings of colonial unrest and rebellionThe drafting and signing of the Declaration of IndependenceMajor battles, including Lexington and Concord, Trenton, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and YorktownDaily life for soldiers and ordinary colonists on both sides of the warThe birth of the United StatesThis easy-to-read book covers all the key players and major events--from King George III and George Washington to the Boston Tea Party and the launch of a new government. The interesting facts and vivid details inside will turn any history-phobe into an enthusiastic history buff!
Common foods like blueberries, broccoli, tea, walnuts, yogurt, soy, and salmon are just some of the nutrient-rich foods that can help people live longer, look younger, and feel healthier. This book breaks down the secrets of the top twenty superfoods and how they can be instrumental in transforming the body.Readers will learn key nutritional information on the following topics:blueberries can fuel brain powbroccoli prevents canceroats can lower cholesterolpumpkin helps skin look more youthfulsalmon turns back time in the heartspinach protects the eyesyogurt boosts the immune system. Along with fifty recipes to jumpstart their use in a daily diet, this book makes it easy to find that elusive fountain of youth!
Mocking. Namecalling. Physical aggression. These experiences are all forms of bullying that can wreak havoc on a child's self-esteem, safety, and general happiness. Both parents of bullied children and parents of bullies and are in a difficult situation: They want to protect their children and control their behavior without making the problem worse. Parents need a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to ensure that their children's education and quality of life are not compromised. This book helps parents learn to:Recognize the signs of bullyingFind out where bullying is taking place--at school, at a friend's house, or on the InternetUnderstand the differences between bullying among boys and girlsTeach social skills and assertiveness techniquesCommunicate with the parents of bulliesGet support from teachers, counselors, and other school administratorsHandle bullying situations involving children with special needsWritten by Deborah Carpenter, a social worker and assistant principal, this guide gives parents all the tools they need to recognize the problem, treat it properly, and prevent it from happening again.
Do you find yourself restless and distracted by the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Have you sought comfort in possessions and acclaim only to be disappointed by their emptiness? If so, you are not along. The Everything Zen Book introduces you to thousands of years of ancient teachings that can help you achieve inner peace and unity with the world around you. Whether you are at home or in the office, this easy-to-follow guide shows you how to apply ancient Zen principles to every area of your life--from relationships and your career to artistic expression and your health.
With the increase in travel to Spanish-speaking countries as well as the rise in the Latino population in the United States, a growing number of people are in need of a quick reference to help them communicate. Sadly, most Spanish reference books contain outdated phrases organized in a manner that make it difficult to find the right words for the right situation. The Everything Spanish Phrase Book remedies these shortcomings with a practical, real-world approach to language learning that is both quick and easy to use.From ordering dinner and asking for directions to working and communicating in Latino communities, this handy guide provides readers with all they need as ellos hablan español in any setting.Organized by situation, The Everything Spanish Phrase Book contains the right words for:Traveling and making reservationsDining and shoppingSpeaking Spanish in a business settingWorking with the Latino communityFully indexed and complete with a pronunciation guide and helpful dictionaries, The Everything Spanish Phrase Book is the ideal resource for business or pleasure.
A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism is a collection of inspiring true stories that relates the strength, love, and devotion families like yours draw on daily. These heartwarming tales will connect you to other devoted and courageous parents, while giving light to your blessing-your child.You will share the power of a family's love with parents such as:Karen, who fears that her son with autism will be labeled "the Weird Kid," but instead watches as his peers accept him on the field and in the classroomKathryn, a divorcee who must explain to her teen with autism the abstract concept of love when his father decides to remarryIt's tough being a parent. But A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism lets you know that you are not facing this challenge alone.
A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be is a celebration of a very extraordinary time in your life-the nine months that make you into a mother. From joy to fear, from morning sickness to the first kicks, moms to be just like you tell their stories in this new addition to the beloved Cup of Comfort series. A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be brings the heartwarming stories of pregnant women to life, including: Diana, who discovers that finding the perfect name for her son is an unforgettable historical adventure; Judy, whose young son J.P. closely monitors his unborn sibling's progress; Candace, who while listening to generations of mothers share stories realizes that she is about to enter the "secret club of motherhood"; These touching accounts of the most exciting months of a new mother's life are sure to warm your heart-and those of the loved ones who surround you during this emotional and amazing period of your life.
Jesus speaks clearly from the midst for the more than fifty Christians from all walks of life who gather in this special little book. You will thrill to such stories as: Christine, whose near-death experience moves her to teach English to immigrants making a new home in America; Donna, who feels abandoned by God during her painful divorce, until He comes to her on the wings of a ladybug; Karen, whose faith pulls her through a difficult time when her husband is facing unemployment; As each of the ordinary folks who contributed stories to this special little volume knows, God invariably unfolds beauty from ashes; His very presence is like a cool glass of water in the desert.
The bond between grandparent and grandchild is like none other. A Cup of Comfort for Grandparents celebrates the unconditional love, mutual delight, and everlasting joy only this special bond can bring you. In this heartwarming collection you'll find more than fifty stories that pay tribute to the difference grandmothers and grandfathers can make in grandchild's life-and vice versa-including:Charles, whose granddaughters give him a reason to live after his wife passes away; Sydney, whose five-year-old grandson's first heartbreak reminds her of her own almost-lost love; Bobbi, who defies her age (and sore muscles) and Rollerblades and rides horses with her grandson; These moving tales, along with the dozens of others in A Cup of Comfort for Grandparents, will make you appreciate your own special relationship in the way only A Cup of Comfort can.
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