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GameMaker Essentials

by Nathan Auckett

This book is for users experienced with game development who now want to learn how to develop games in GameMaker: Studio in a fast-paced way.

QGIS Python Programming Cookbook

by Joel Lawhead

If you are a geospatial analyst who wants to learn more about automating everyday GIS tasks or a programmer who is responsible for building GIS applications,this book is for you. The short, reusable recipes make concepts easy to understand. You can build larger applications that are easy to maintain when they are put together.

Machine Learning with R Cookbook

by Yu-Wei Chiu

If you want to learn how to use R for machine learning and gain insights from your data, then this book is ideal for you. Regardless of your level of experience, this book covers the basics of applying R to machine learning through to advanced techniques. While it is helpful if you are familiar with basic programming or machine learning concepts, you do not require prior experience to benefit from this book.

Learning Image Processing with OpenCV

by Oscar Deniz Suarez Gloria Bueno Garcia

If you are a competent C++ programmer and want to learn the tricks of image processing with OpenCV, then this book is for you. A basic understanding of image processing is required.

Wellington Cross (Wellington Cross Series, Book 1)

by Cheryl Lane

Madeline Wellington wakes up a year after the Civil War ended with no memory of her life. She is found by a man who claims to be her betrothed but later finds out he lied about nearly everything. She had actually been married to another man and they'd had a baby together. Ethan Wellington is distraught after losing his wife of a year. Yet within another year, he marries another woman, Elizabeth, just one month before Madeline reappears in his life. When he finds out Elizabeth is with child, he regretfully sends Madeline away to her brother's. The distance between them is torturous, even as they share responsibility of their child. William Brown is a new hired hand of Madeline's brother, who had served in the war with Ethan and has taken it upon himself to watch over Madeline for him. He offers to enter into an agreement to take care of a growing problem of Madeline's. Will she accept his proposal of marriage in order to save the family's reputation? A sudden tragedy sets into motion a series of events that will change everything. Madeline is haunted by something from her past, something best left forgotten, for her life depends on it. This last forgotten memory is the key to how she befell the accident that caused her to lose her memory to begin with. Will she ever find the happiness and love that she longs for?

The Social Profit Handbook

by David Grant

How to Articulate and Assess What Success Looks Like The Social Profit Handbook offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance. For-profit institutions measure their success primarily by monetary gains. But nonprofit institutions are different; they aim for social profit. How do you measure the success of these social profit institutions, where missions are focused on the well-being of people, place, and planet? Drawing upon decades of leadership in schools and the foundation and nonprofit worlds, author David Grant offers strategies--from creating mission time to planning backwards to constructing qualitative assessment rubrics--that help organizations take assessment back into their own hands, and improve their work as a result. His insights, illustrated by numerous case studies, make this book a unique organizational development tool for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, as well as emerging mission-based social venture businesses, such as low-profit corporations and B Corps. The Social Profit Handbook presentsassessment and evaluation not as ends in themselves but as the path toward achieving what matters most in the social sector. The result: more benefits to society and stronger, more unified, more effective organizations prepared to make the world a better place.

Mark Rothko

by Annie Cohen-Solal

Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia. His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school. The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life. Early in his career, Annie Cohen-Solal writes, "he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S. art world during this time." Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer. The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S. and European institutions ensured his celebrity. But this was not enough for Rothko, who continued to innovate. Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Cohen-Solal's fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world--one whose legacy prevails to this day.

Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling

by Professor Mick Cooper

This book is for trainees and practitioners across the orientations who wish to incorporate an existential approach into their practice. Using a pluralistic perspective that recognises the diversity of clients and their individual needs, it shows trainees how and when existential concepts and practices can be used alongside other approaches. A wealth of resources and the author's writing style make this is one of the most accessible and inspiring introductions to existential therapy. Videos of existential counselling in practice and written case studies ensure existential theory is illustrated in practice, while reflective questions and exercises help trainees relate notoriously complex existential themes to their own knowledge and experience. A companion website offers relevant journal articles, video tutorials on existential counselling skills, the results of the author's survey of the 'Top 10' existential films, novels and songs, and much more. This passionate and insightful book is the ideal guide to help your trainees understand existential therapy and learn how to integrate its ideas and practices into their therapeutic work. Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at University of Roehampton.

Classroom Behaviour

by Dr Bill Rogers

This exciting new edition of the best-selling and beloved teacher's companion looks at the everyday behaviour issues facing teachers working in today's classrooms. Describing real situations and dilemmas, Bill Rogers provides theoretically sound strategies and best practices to support you in meeting the challenges of the job, as well as building up a rapport with both students and colleagues to enable positive and productive learning environments. Written jargon-free in Bill's accessible and empathetic voice it includes in-depth strategies, practical examples, case studies and pragmatic hints and tips to put in to practice. This will make for informative and inspiring reading to all those involved in educating our children and young people. The new edition has been revised and updated and now also includes access to an interactive website packed with a host of extra material to take you further. You'll have access to: Videos of Bill demonstrating his behaviour strategies in real classroom settings Podcasts where Bill explains his ideas and ethos in more detail as well as answering teachers' FAQs Extra reading material for even more support on difficult subjects Behaviour Management Tool Templates to use with students in the everyday classroom Role-play scenario cards to help understand and prepare for challenging situations "We often think of behaviour management in terms of dealing with challenging behaviour, but Dr Rogers begins by looking at classroom organisation and whole-class strategies. Alongside the theory, he provides examples that create a much deeper understanding of exactly what works and what doesn't." - Special magazine

Understanding Cognitive Development

by Maggie Mcgonigle-Chalmers

Understanding Cognitive Development provides a fresh, evidence-based research perspective on the story of children's cognitive development in the first ten years of human life. Starting with a brief survey of the key theoretical positions that have come to define developmental psychology, the textbook then focuses on the different cognitive abilities as they emerge throughout early development. Uniquely, it examines these in terms of their interdependence; that is how skills such as perception, memory, language and reasoning relate to one another. This holistic treatment allows students to see the many important intersections in this critical phase of human life development. This textbook employs a novel design that will be of immense help to both students and instructors and is intended to be read at two levels: at the first level, it provides a fully referenced explanatory account of experimental research on cognitive development with complete attention to the needs of students who have never been exposed to experimental methodology nor studies in cognitive development before. At the second level, and mapped directly onto numbered sub-sections within the text, the author uses illustrative panels designed along the lines of PowerPoint presentations to summarise studies and key findings, employing lots of pictorial material together with bullet-points to give vividness and texture to the material covered. These panels are replicated on the accompanying companion website in PowerPoint for lecturers and students to make further use of in teaching and revision. Revision points are provided at the end of every chapter. Rich in academic coverage, including a widespread database of the most important empirical research in the field, this textbook will be essential reading for students of cognitive development and developmental psychology across psychology and education.

Journalism

by Tony Harcup

Journalism: Principles & Practice remains the essential textbook for all students of journalism. With each print copy of the new third edition, students receive FREE access to the interactive eBook edition offering on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources including video tutorials from the author himself! Journalism: Principles and Practice is the must-have guide to everything students need to know about how journalism works. This new edition is fully updated to cover the new essentials: social media, the impact of Twitter, and the need for an ethical approach. This book will equip you with all the skills and savvy you need to become the resourceful yet ethical journalists of the future. New and improved features will help you: Get to grips with the huge impact of social and mobile media on how we gather information and tell stories Grasp the rights and wrongs of journalism with a new chapter on ethics and regulation Learn how to make the most of your skills with tips and advice from digital and other journalists Think through 'what would you do?' in a new feature that takes you into the real world of journalism This new edition retains its innovative two-column structure, stylishly blending theory and practice. As relevant to the newsroom as the seminar room, it is the one book you will need to take you through your degree and into your career as a journalist.

Hate Crime

by Jon Garland Neil Chakraborti

'Hate Crime is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners seeking to understand this complex and contested subject. It is thoroughly researched and theoretically informed, but will be accessible to newcomers to the field and to people delivering practical responses to offending and victimisation. Clearly written and with case-study illustrations, Chakroborti and Garland bring this challenging subject to the reader in a vivid and readable form.' - Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminology, King's College, London. This engaging and thought-provoking text provides an accessible introduction to the subject of hate crime. In a world where issues of hatred and prejudice are creating complex challenges for society and for governments, this book provides an articulate and insightful overview of how such issues relate to crime and criminal justice. It offers comprehensive coverage, including topics such as: " racist hate crime " religiously motivated hate crime " homophobic crime " gender and violence " disablist hate crime The book considers the challenges involved in policing hate crime, as well as exploring the role of the media. Legislative developments are discussed throughout. Chapter summaries, case studies, a glossary and advice on further reading all help to equip the reader with a clear understanding of this nuanced and controversial subject. Hate Crime is essential reading for students and academics in criminology and criminal justice.

The Beginner's Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy

by Professor Stephen Palmer

Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: · Development of the Therapy · Theory and Basic Concepts · Practice · Which Clients Benefit Most? · Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a comprehensive glossary help you consolidate your learning. So look no further if you want to know the differences between counselling and psychotherapy, compare psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, discover how constructivist approaches can be applied in practice, learn about third wave CBT therapies, or just get an general overview of the field; this second edition of a bestseller gives you a whirlwind tour of the breadth, complexity, fascination and problems of the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Analysing Quantitative Data

by Dr Raymond A. Kent

This innovative book provides a fresh take on quantitative data analysis within the social sciences. It presents variable-based and case-based approaches side-by-side encouraging you to learn a range of approaches and to understand which is the most appropriate for your research. Using two multidisciplinary non-experimental datasets throughout, the book demonstrates that data analysis is really an active dialogue between ideas and evidence. Each dataset is returned to throughout the chapters enabling you to see the role of the researcher in action; it also showcases the difference between each approach and the significance of researchers' decisions that must be made as you move through your analysis. The book is divided into four clear sections: Data and their presentation Variable-based analyses Case-based analyses Comparing and combining approaches Clear, original and written for students this book should be compulsory reading for anyone looking to conduct non-experimental quantitative data analysis.

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

by Tim Bond

SAGE celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Counselling in Action in November 2008. To view the video - click here ------------------------------------------------------ 'This book is very comprehesive and a useful addition to the reading list for healthcare students' 'Excellent student text' 'Invaluable text' `This edition retains the same informative and accessible style and broadly the same order of contents as the First Edition, which makes it easy for readers to track down key changes. The author's extensive experience in the field of ethics in counselling and his experience as Chair of BACP underpin this updated, essential and authoritative Second Edition' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 'Tim Bond has done a great service to the counselling profession by writing, and now updating, this book... His particular strength must surely be his clarity in acquainting counsellors with the complexities of British law. After an introduction, he starts with an exploration of the origins and scope of counselling. He then exemplifies cases in which a counsellor's personal and professional values collide. He has collected together a host of ethical dilemmas that counsellors might have to face' - Naomi Stadlen, Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis This highly acclaimed guide to the major responsibilities which trainees and counsellors in practice must be aware of before working with clients has now been fully revised and updated. The Second Edition examines issues fundamental to the process of counselling. A wide range of ethical problems are discussed and advice is given for resolving these dilemmas. Tim Bond outlines the values and ethical principles inherent in counselling and points out that the counsellor is at the centre of a series of responsibilities: to the client, to him/herself as a counsellor and to the wider community. He covers topics such as: confidentiality; legal aspects of counselling; working with suicidal clients; false or recovered memory; record- keeping; and the importance of adequate supervision.

Advances in Membership Categorisation Analysis

by William Housley Richard Fitzgerald

This is an exciting addition to the dynamic, multidisciplinary field of membership categorization analysis. Bringing together the biggest names in MCA this landmark publication provides a contemporary analysis of the field and a platform for emerging researchers and students to build upon. The book sets out the current methodological developments of MCA highlighting its analytic strength - particularly when examining social identity and social knowledge. It provides a sophisticated tool of qualitative analysis and draws from a wide range of empirical studies provided by global scholars. The culmination of years of international research this agenda-setting text will be essential reading for academics and advanced students using membership categorization across the social sciences; particularly in media and communication studies, sociology, psychology, education, political science and linguistics.

Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing Students

by Larry Krause Dr Susan Starkings

Now with a Companion Website with additional resources to provide you with extra practice and support! Getting medicines calculations right is often a matter of life and death. As a nursing student, you must pass calculations tests when applying to nursing school and throughout your degree. This book helps you succeed first time in medicines calculations tests. It takes the fear out of maths, even for those who find it a struggle, through clear step-by-step explanations and lively examples. The new edition contains new practice questions, scenarios from real nursing situations, tips from other students, a quick reference guide for essential calculations, and an interactive website with activities and flashcards to help you practice your skills.

Training to Teach in primary schools

by Jane A Medwell

Full of practical help and guidance, this is a must have for primary trainees on school experience, whether they are in a school-based or university-based teacher training programme. It begins by helping trainees to plan their own journey through training and beyond. Taking control of their own training in this way supports student teachers to approach the course with confidence, and secure their first teaching job. The book provides guidance on: adapting to working in school observing, planning and evaluating in school teaching on placement assessing, monitoring and reporting on children's progress self-evaluation and how to pre-empt and resolve issues securing the first teaching job and succeeding in the NQT year For student teachers, the experience of school-based training is exciting but also challenging - this book supports them throughout and prepares them for the journey ahead.

Introducing Research Methodology

by Dr Uwe Flick

In the Second Edition of this textbook designed for new researchers, Uwe Flick takes readers through the process of producing a research project. The book gives readers the fundamental data collection and analysis skills that they need for their first project, as well as a good understanding of the research process as a whole. It covers both quantitative and qualitative methods, and contains plenty of real-life examples from the author's own research. The book will help readers to answer questions such as: why do social research in the first place? how do I develop a researchable question? what is a literature review and how do I conduct one? how could I collect and analyze data? what if I want to do my research online?

After Abel and Other Stories

by Jonathan Kirsch Michal Lemberger

"Her knowledge of the Bible is evident and her creativity shines through as she weaves nine thoughtful and layered accounts of distant, complicated times."-Publisher's Weekly"Reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent. . . . These beautifully written stories feel like meeting Eve, Lot's wife, and many other compelling characters for the first time." -LAUREL CORONA, author of The Mapmaker's Daughter and The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice"Stunning." -MOLLY ANTOPOL, author of The UnAmericans"Gorgeous and captivating." -DARA HORN, author of A Guide for the Perplexed and The World to Come"Marvelous." -MICHELLE HUNEVEN, author of Off Course and Blame"What struck me most about these stories is their clear, assured confidence-as if Michal Lemberger had pulled apart some of the lines in the old story, spied a new story tucked in there way off in a corner, shimmied in a fishhook and pulled it out." -AIMEE BENDER, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"Lemberger liberates the voices that are trapped beneath the [biblical] text . . . with artistry and erudition." -RABBI DAVID WOLPE, Rabbi of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles and author of Why Faith MattersEve considers motherhood.Miriam tends Moses.Lot's wife looks back.Vividly reimagined with startling contemporary clarity, Michal Lemberger's debut collection of short stories gives voice to silent, oft-marginalized biblical women: their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles and challenges. Informed by Lemberger's deep knowledge of the Bible, each of these nine stories story recasts a biblical saga from the perspective of a pivotal woman.Michal Lemberger's nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, and other publications, and her poetry has been published in a number of print and online journals. A story from After Abel, her first collection of fiction, was featured in Lilith Magazine. Lemberger holds an MA and PhD in English from UCLA and a BA in English and religion from Barnard College. She has taught the Hebrew Bible as Literature at UCLA and the American Jewish University. She was born and raised in New York and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Body Punishment

by Maggie Lamond Simone

Maggie Lamond Simone details her experience with recovery from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and addiction. Her painful journey provides insight for the thousands of others who similarly cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt themselves in private in order to survive in public. She also explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD.Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. Her first column anthology, From Beer to Maternity, was released in November 2009. She has a black belt in Kenpo karate and a master's degree from the Newhouse School of Public Policy.

The Do-Over

by Kathleen Ossip

A much anticipated third collection with poems mourning a mother figure, as well as recently deceased cultural icons.Praise for Kathleen Ossip:"Ossip conjures delightful and unexpected muses...shrewd and ambitious."--New York Times Book Review"The biggest surprise in poetry for 2011 is this second book by Kathleen Ossip. It's got everything one could wish for in a new collection of poems. . . . It's just beautiful. And terrifying."--Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2011"The poet has an uncanny ability to convey what it actually feels like to be alive today...Ossip is one of our foremost ethnographers of contemporary unreality."--The Believer"How do you stay in heaven?" Ossip asks, "Is it a kind of sophisticated rewind?" Her third collection of poems is haunted by the idea of 'rewind,' and especially by the teasing possibility that we, too-like the moon, like a plant-may be granted cycles of life, death, and rebirth. The book's overarching narrative is the death of the poet's stepmother-in-law, a cherished, loving, eccentric woman who returns to its pages again and again. But in spite of its focused grief and ontological urgency, The Do-Over is a varied collection-short acrostics mourn recently dead cultural icons (Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, Donna Summer); there's an ode to an anonymous Chinese factory worker, three "true stories" that read like anecdotes told over drinks, and more. The Do-Over is an unsentimental elegy to a mother figure, a fragmented portrait of its difficult, much loved subject. It's also a snapshot of our death-obsessed, death-denying cultural moment, which in Ossip's gifted hands turns out to be tremulous, skeptical, unsure of ultimate values and, increasingly, driven to find them. "I am still studying, aren't you?" she begins. Readers will eagerly embrace the surprise, humor, and seriousness of her quest.

The Divine Farce

by Michael S. Graziano

"A Dante/Beckett reduction of human struggle to its lowest common denominator."--Michael Mirolla, author of The Formal Logic of Emotion and Berlin"One of the most original and thought-provoking stories I have ever read...true literary art...Not a word is wasted in this masterpiece. Yes, I call it that. I have read many classics, and I can tell you that The Divine Farce should be counted among them; the finest in American literature."--GeekscribeThree strangers are condemned to live together in darkness, crushed together in a concrete stall so small that they can never sit down. Liquid food drips down from above. Waste drains through a grid on the floor. So begins one of the strangest, most surreal comments on the human experience, on love and hatred and the human ability to find good in any situation, no matter how difficult. Michael S. A. Graziano delights in the macabre and surreal, yet it is his optimism that lifts this little novel. Like The Love Song of Monkey, this book is deeply thought provoking, horrifying, and funny.Praise for The Love Song of Monkey:"Imaginative, intelligent narrative. Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel."--Publishers Weekly"Fabulously imagined, seriously considered, and very funny. A kind of fairytale antithesis on the meaning of existence. . . . Fantastic."--Spirituality and Health Books"Strange but wonderful . . . like nothing I've read before. A very short book, but the scope is epic in detail. . . . I enjoyed the heck out of this book."--Geekscribe"Should be required reading in the writing grad schools. . . . There's nary a word wasted. What's left is comedy, retrospection, betrayal, tenderness, meditations on loneliness, a love story that survives all attempts to suppress it . . . not bad within 149 pages."--Barnstable PatriotMichael S. A. Graziano, Princeton University neuroscientist, is the author of the novella Hiding Places (New England Review, 1997), the novel The Love Song of Monkey (Leapfrog Press, 2008), and The Intelligent Movement Machine (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Learning in Action

by David A. Garvin

Most managers today understand the value of building a learning organization. Their goal is to leverage knowledge and make it a key corporate asset, yet they remain uncertain about how best to get started. What they lack are guidelines and tools that transform abstract theory-the learning organization as an ideal-into hands-on implementation. For the first time in Learning in Action, David Garvin helps managers make the leap from theory to proven practice. Garvin argues that at the heart of organizational learning lies a set of processes that can be designed, deployed, and led. He starts by describing the basic steps in every learning process-acquiring, interpreting, and applying knowledge-then examines the critical challenges facing managers at each of these stages and the various ways the challenges can be met. Drawing on decades of scholarship and a wealth of examples from a wide range of fields, Garvin next introduces three modes of learning-intelligence gathering, experience, and experimentation-and shows how each mode is most effectively deployed. These approaches are brought to life in complete, richly detailed case studies of learning in action at organizations such as Xerox, L. L. Bean, the U. S. Army, and GE. The book concludes with a discussion of the leadership role that senior executives must play to make learning a day-to-day reality in their organizations.

All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa

by Jenny Mccarthy Kim Stagliano

"Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)? Check. What to Expect When You're Expecting? Check. I had a seven hundred dollar Bellini crib for God's sake! I was perfect. And so was Mia when she was born . . ." ...and so begins Kim Stagliano's electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family's journey raising three daughters with autism. In these stories, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs with her amazing ability to lay everything on the table--from family, friends, and enemies to basement floods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions--eviscerating and celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern to her increasing activism in the autism community and exhaustive search for treatments that will help her daughters, she covers it all. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing--her "Kimoir" (as she calls it) will be a must-read within the autism community and the literary world at large.

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