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Making War and Building Peace: United Nations Peace Operations

by Michael W. Doyle Nicholas Sambanis

Making War and Building Peace examines how well United Nations peacekeeping missions work after civil war. Statistically analyzing all civil wars since 1945, the book compares peace processes that had UN involvement to those that didn't. Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis argue that each mission must be designed to fit the conflict, with the right authority and adequate resources. UN missions can be effective by supporting new actors committed to the peace, building governing institutions, and monitoring and policing implementation of peace settlements. But the UN is not good at intervening in ongoing wars. If the conflict is controlled by spoilers or if the parties are not ready to make peace, the UN cannot play an effective enforcement role. It can, however, offer its technical expertise in multidimensional peacekeeping operations that follow enforcement missions undertaken by states or regional organizations such as NATO. Finding that UN missions are most effective in the first few years after the end of war, and that economic development is the best way to decrease the risk of new fighting in the long run, the authors also argue that the UN's role in launching development projects after civil war should be expanded.

Wondering Who You Are: A Memoir

by Sonya Lea

In exploring her husband's traumatic brain injury and loss of memory, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities. In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea's husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past--her drinking, his anger. Richard could now hardly speak, emote, or create memories from moment to moment. Who he'd been no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard's relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, together with his fateful days in the hospital--the internal bleeding, the near-death experience, and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions, beliefs, and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.

Adult Onset

by Ann-Marie Macdonald

Mary Rose MacKinnon is a successful author of YA fiction doing a tour of duty as stay-at-home mom while her partner, Hilary, takes a turn focusing on her career. She tries valiantly to balance the (mostly) solo parenting of two young children with the relentless needs of her aging parents. But amid the hilarities of full-on domesticity arises a sense of dread. Do others notice the dents in the expensive refrigerator? How long will it take Mary Rose to realize that the car alarm that has been going off all morning is hers, and how on earth did her sharpest pair of scissors wind up in her toddler's hands? As frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms of a childhood illness that compel her to rethink her own upbringing and family history. Over the course of one outwardly ordinary week, Mary Rose's world threatens to unravel, and the specter of violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her and her children. With humor and unerring emotional accuracy, Adult Onset explores the pleasures and pressures of family bonds, powerful and yet so easily twisted and broken. Ann-Marie MacDonald has crafted a searing, terrifying, yet ultimately uplifting story.

Trompe l'Oeil: A Novel

by Nancy Reisman

Set against a backdrop of Rome, Renaissance artworks, and images of Mary Magdalene, Trompe l'Oeil portrays the ripple effects of a family tragedy and the ways in which its members perceive and misperceive themselves and each other. During a vacation in Rome, the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as the years pass the weight of the loss disintegrates the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member. Trompe l'Oeil seamlessly alternates among several characters' points of view, capturing the details of their daily lives as well as their longing for connection and fear of abandonment. Through the turbulence of marriage, the challenges of parenthood, job upheavals, and calamities large and small, Trompe l'Oeil examines family legacies, the ways those legacies persist, and the ways they might be transcended. Nancy Reisman is a master of psychological acuity, creating characters who are wholly unique and yet express our own longings and anxieties. Trompe l'Oeil haunts not only with its story but also with the beauty of its insight into hopes, desires, and fears.

Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel

by Claire Fuller

Part fairy-tale, part magic, yet always savagely realistic Claire Fuller's haunting and powerful debut Our Endless Numbered Days will appeal to fans of Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child and Christian Baker Kline's Orphan Train . Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost. After Peggy's return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

The Incident Report

by Martha Baillie

In a Toronto library, notes appear, written by someone who believes he is Rigoletto, the hunchbacked jester from Verdi's opera. Convinced that the young librarian, Miriam, is his daughter, he promises to protect her. Little does he know how much loss she has already experienced; or does he? Strikingly original in its structure, composed of 140 highly distilled, lyric "reports," the novel depicts the tensions between private and public storytelling and the subtle dynamics of a socially exposed workplace. Reports on bizarre public behavior intertwine with reports on the private life of the novel's narrator. Both mystery and love story, The Incident Report daringly explores the fragility of our individual identities.nt Report takes the pulse of our fragmented urban existence with detachment and wit, while a quiet tragedy unfolds.

Archetypal Imagery and the Spiritual Self: Techniques for Coaches and Therapists

by Annabelle Nelson

Combining psychology and spirituality, this practical book considers archetypes from Asian, Middle Eastern and European myths and explains how they can be used in therapeutic practice to help clients achieve personal or clinical goals. This innovative model of archetype imagination is a powerful tool for coaches and therapists. It involves visualizing an archetype, which teaches the mind to focus, relaxes the ego, and opens the unconscious. This makes space for spiritual insights and allows the mind to let go of distracting sensations and emotions. Combining foundational psychological theories, brain physiology, and Hindu philosophy with the author's visionary experiences, this book explains how to use this technique in clinical practice. It also includes case studies, engaging images, practical exercises, and quizzes for use with clients. Spiritual seekers will find the book's insights a great complement to their practice. This book will help counsellors, coaches, psychologists, psychotherapists, arts therapists, and other therapeutic practitioners to use archetype imagination techniques to guide their clients to emotional health and spiritual awareness.

Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide to Options for Health Professionals, Midwives, Holistic Practitioners, and Parents

by John Wilks

This is a comprehensive and empowering guide to facilitating a positive pregnancy and birth experience, and ensuring lasting emotional and physical health for mother and baby. Countering increasingly medicalized attitudes towards pregnancy and birth among many healthcare providers, this research-based book discusses the benefits of a more natural approach. It reveals the often undisclosed effects on a child's long-term development of accepted medical practices, such as induction, C-section, surgical interventions and pain-relief medications. It offers advice on how these practices can be avoided, for example with techniques to encourage optimal fetal positioning, by optimising the birth environment, and through drug-free pain management methods. Ultimately, it enables practitioners to support parents in informed, confident decision-making by giving a balanced account of the complex array of options available throughout pregnancy and birth. With invaluable contributions from midwives, doulas, mothers, and doctors, and tried-and-tested advice on sleep, exercise, diet and therapies, this will a very useful reference for anyone working with women and babies. The information will also be relevant to prospective and new parents.

The Four Dignities: The Spiritual Practice of Walking, Standing, Sitting, and Lying Down

by Cain Carroll

Offering a fresh perspective on immediate presence and embodied spiritual practice, The Four Dignities shows how the mindful cultivation of the four essential postures - walking, standing, sitting, and lying down - are the basis for a formal practice to develop greater vitality and spiritual awakening. The author reveals the subtle inner nuances of the four traditional meditations, and shows how they can be practiced as a unified system. Readers are given a profound understanding of correct posture, alignment, breathing, and attention, and the author explains the philosophical basis for the practice, offering a pathway toward realizing profound spiritual and energetic transformation. This accessible yet profound study will be an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of yoga, taiji, qigong, and meditation, as well as spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in Eastern philosophy or the study of movement.

Increasing IVF Success with Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach

by Nick Dalton-Brewer

This practical book provides need-to-know information vital for acupuncturists to treat patients with fertility problems. Nick Dalton-Brewer details the causes of fertility issues, including the impact of lifestyle and diet, and explains the scientific basis for the different methods of treatment. Integrating Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART) with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies and acupuncture, he presents his own cutting-edge research on the successful use of these therapies to improve fertility and pregnancy rates and describes a method for integrated diagnosis and treatment. This book will give TCM practitioners direct access to the vital specialist knowledge and technical information needed to treat the increasing numbers of patients with fertility problems effectively. It will also be of interest to doctors of Western medicine concerned about the efficacy of recommending acupuncture treatments as adjuncts to ART.

Common Laboratory Tests Used by TCM Practitioners: When to Refer Patients for Lab Tests and How to Read and Interpret the Results

by Partha Banerjee Christina Captain

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners need to have an understanding of Western medical testing to recognize when laboratory tests are required and to interpret test results that are brought to them by patients. This book is an essential reference for the TCM classroom and clinic that teaches how to use and understand conventional lab testing in the treatment and referral of patients. Focusing on symptoms that commonly present in TCM practices, the book groups the lab tests by diseases or systems. Within each chapter are TCM case studies and perspectives, as well as multiple choice quizzes that test the reader's knowledge. Co-written by a doctor of Western medicine and an acupuncture physician, the book aims to familiarize TCM practitioners with the terminology and methodology of lab tests, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western schools of medicine and promoting an integrative approach to improve the overall care of the patient.

Adelaide Piper

by Beth Webb Hart

"With humor and a nice southern accent...a fine follow-up to her highlypraised first novel, Grace at Love Tide."-Booklist, starred reviewThe year is 1989 and dark currents lurk beneath the smooth surface of theelite Virginia campus where Adelaide Piper has come to study. Her poeticsensibility and idealism only irritate the socialites and cynics who notice herat all.After a heartbreaking loss of innocence, Adelaide must navigate between hergenteel Southern upbringing and the gritty realities of a new generation.Ultimately Adelaide must return to the very ground she once cursed, findinga deeper appreciation for her Southern heritage, however broken and imperfect.Featured in Southern Living's Books of the South

How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

by Mark Victor Hansen Art Linkletter

Baby Boomer Alert! Get ready for the next prime of your life! Today we're living so much longer and more productively that age sixty has truly become the new age forty-the prime of life when our careers are in full swing, our minds are at their most creative, and our passions burn their hottest. -Mark Victor Hansen and Art Linkletter So how do we ensure that our bodies remain fit, our minds alert and creative, our finances stable-even growing-throughout our senior years? TV icon Art Linkletter (incredibly active in several enterprises at the age of 94) and Chicken Soup for the Soul® cocreator Mark Victor Hansen team up to show us how.Much more than a pep talk about maintaining a youthful attitude in our Second Prime, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life provides tools we can use: strategies, self-tests, worksheets and resources, plus dozens of inspiring stories and humorous anecdotes. Woven together by the authors' own invincible spirits, these empowering principles come alive as Hansen and Linkletter motivate us to find greater purpose and passion in what we do, making the rest of our lives the best ever.

Same Kind of Different As Me

by Lynn Vincent Ron Hall

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.An upscale art dealer accustomed to the worldof Armani and Chanel.A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana. . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . .and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster. . . a Texas ranch.Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.This incredible retelling now includes an interview with the authors and a reader's guide that is perfect for individual or group study.The most inspirational and emotionally gripping story of faith, fortitude, and friendship I have ever read. A powerful example of the healing, restorative power of forgiveness and the transformational, life changing power of unconditional love.--Mark Clayman, Executive Producer forthe Academy Award-nominatedThe Pursuit of HappynessDenver Moore and Ron Hall's story is one thatmoved me to tears. The friendship that formsbetween these two men at a time when both were ingreat need is an inspiration to all of us to be morecompassionate to everyone we come in contact with. This is truly a wonderful book!--Mrs. Barbara Bush

Small Acts of Grace

by Alice Gray

Among the many wondrous ways of a woman is the inborn desire to make a difference in the world. For as long as she can remember there has been a deep longing to nurture, comfort, help, teach, and bless those around her. A woman's dreams can be as magnificent as training a child, as lofty as launching a corporation, as gentle as wrapping her arms around someone in need, or as innovative as a little girl opening a lemonade stand to raise money for charity.In Treasures for Women Who Make a Difference, best-selling author Alice Gray helps women celebrate the joy in touching someone else's life with help and hope. At the same time it is a guide for those still looking for their path of purpose.

The Journey

by Billy Graham

Billy Graham is respected and loved around the world. And this work is his magnum opus, the culmination of a lifetime of experience and ministry! Chapter by chapter, Graham leads us on a journey in faith. We learn about God and his purpose for our lives; who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We are reminded of the things God has given us to live successfully: the Bible, the privilege of prayer, fellowship and the church, and the Holy Spirit. We learn to deal with challenges along the way: temptation; wrong thoughts and motives; emotions that can defeat us; habits that destroy our spirit, and what to do when life turns against us. And we are given practical advice on knowing God's will, making right decision, strengthening our marriages, being wise parents, and using our gifts to share Christ with others. With insight that only comes from a life spent with God, The Journey is filled with wisdom, encouragement, hope, and inspiration for anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

ArcGIS By Example

by Hussein Nasser

Develop three engaging ArcGIS applications to address your real-world mapping scenarios About This Book * Design, build and run ArcGIS applications using ArcObjects SDK * Extend ArcGIS objects and use add -ins to deploy applications on top of ArcGIS * An example-centric practical guide to help you understand mapping scenarios with ArcGIS Who This Book Is For If you are an application developer and wish to enhance your skills for the GIS domain with ArcGIS, then this book is for you. Previous experience with ArcGIS is not required. What You Will Learn * Use essential ArcGIS code to query geodatabases * Communicate with ArcGIS maps, with the help of critical designing and optimisation tips * Highlight and interact with objects on your map * Query ArcGIS geodatabases with related data to display your information on ArcGIS * Edit your underlying geodatabase * Explore strategies for the adaptation of various types of spatial analysis techniques into the GIS framework * Analyze tools for Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing * Experience ArcGIS's advanced tools for manipulation of shapefiles and geodatabases In Detail ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is considered the turnkey solution to creating and sharing interactive maps. ArcGIS is designed to work the way you work. With nothing to install and set up, ArcGIS helps you make your work productive from day one. The book covers the design and development of three ArcGIS applications to guide the readers in crafting their own GIS solution as per their requirements. The book begins by giving you a refresher on the concepts of ArcGIS. Without wasting any time, you'll begin with developing your first ArcGIS application. You will be developing a cell tower analysis tool. Following this, you will be guided through mapping signal strength and real - time manoeuvring in your GIS system. You will then move on to the second application of the book: a restaurant mapping system. The application will allow tourists to browse restaurants on a map, according to their preferences. Next, you will learn how to work with reviews and ratings and also cover some of the advanced searching options offered by ArcGIS. You will then make use of advanced ArcObjects to develop your third application: an excavation planning manager. The book will conclude by teaching you how work out excavation cost calculations and also saving and retrieving your excavation designs. Style and approach The book offers an enhanced way of learning ArcGIS, through the design and development of three applications throughout its length. In addition to this the book also covers features that you can add to your application as you develop each one covered in the book.

Java Deep Learning Essentials

by Yusuke Sugomori

Dive into the future of data science and learn how to build the sophisticated algorithms that are fundamental to deep learning and AI with Java About This Book * Go beyond the theory and put Deep Learning into practice with Java * Find out how to build a range of Deep Learning algorithms using a range of leading frameworks including DL4J, Theano and Caffe * Whether you're a data scientist or Java developer, dive in and find out how to tackle Deep Learning Who This Book Is For This book is intended for data scientists and Java developers who want to dive into the exciting world of deep learning. It would also be good for machine learning users who intend to leverage deep learning in their projects, working within a big data environment. What You Will Learn * Get a practical deep dive into machine learning and deep learning algorithms * Implement machine learning algorithms related to deep learning * Explore neural networks using some of the most popular Deep Learning frameworks * Dive into Deep Belief Nets and Stacked Denoising Autoencoders algorithms * Discover more deep learning algorithms with Dropout and Convolutional Neural Networks * Gain an insight into the deep learning library DL4J and its practical uses * Get to know device strategies to use deep learning algorithms and libraries in the real world * Explore deep learning further with Theano and Caffe In Detail AI and Deep Learning are transforming the way we understand software, making computers more intelligent than we could even imagine just a decade ago. Deep Learning algorithms are being used across a broad range of industries - as the fundamental driver of AI, being able to tackle Deep Learning is going to a vital and valuable skill not only within the tech world but also for the wider global economy that depends upon knowledge and insight for growth and success. It's something that's moving beyond the realm of data science - if you're a Java developer, this book gives you a great opportunity to expand your skillset. Starting with an introduction to basic machine learning algorithms, to give you a solid foundation, Deep Learning with Java takes you further into this vital world of stunning predictive insights and remarkable machine intelligence. Once you've got to grips with the fundamental mathematical principles, you'll start exploring neural networks and identify how to tackle challenges in large networks using advanced algorithms. You will learn how to use the DL4J library and apply Deep Learning to a range of real-world use cases. Featuring further guidance and insights to help you solve challenging problems in image processing, speech recognition, language modeling, this book will make you rethink what you can do with Java, showing you how to use it for truly cutting-edge predictive insights. As a bonus, you'll also be able to get to grips with Theano and Caffe, two of the most important tools in Deep Learning today. By the end of the book, you'll be ready to tackle Deep Learning with Java. Wherever you've come from - whether you're a data scientist or Java developer - you will become a part of the Deep Learning revolution! Style and approach This is a step-by-step, practical tutorial that discusses key concepts. This book offers a hands-on approach to key algorithms to help you develop a greater understanding of deep learning. It is packed with implementations from scratch, with detailed explanation that make the concepts easy to understand and follow.

Learning SQLite for iOS

by Msc Gene Da Rocha

Extend SQLite with mobile development skills to build great apps for iOS devices About This Book * Implement Swift code using SQLite statements * Learn the background to SQL and SQLite for mobile development, its statements, and command features through practical examples * Extend the standard SQLite functionality and increase your software creation portfolio Who This Book Is For This book is intended for those who want to learn about SQLite and how to develop apps in Swift or HTML5 using SQLite. Whether you are an expert Objective-C programmer or new to this platform, you'll learn quickly, grasping the code in real-world apps to use Swift. What You Will Learn * Explore Swift's basic language statements * Connect to SQLite and execute SQL statements * Extend the SQLite language to create your own software extensions * Use HTML5 with Phonegap on iOS * Set up a Swift project using XCode with SQLite * Administer SQLite databases in an easy and effective way In Detail The ability to use SQLite with iOS provides a great opportunity to build amazing apps. Apple's iOS SDK provides native support for SQLite databases. This combination offers the potential to create powerful, data-persistent applications. This book starts with the architecture of SQLite database and introduces you to concepts in SQL . You will find yourself equipped to design your own database system, administer it, and maintain it. Further, you will learn how to operate your SQLite databases smoothly using SQL commands. You will be able to extend the functionality of SQLite by using its vast arsenal of C API calls to build some interesting, exciting, new, and intelligent data-driven applications. Understand how Xcode, HTML5, and Phonegap can be used to build a cross-platform modern app which can benefit from all these technologies - all through creating a complete, customizable application skeleton that you can build on for your own apps. Style and approach This book is a practical and comprehensive guide to developing applications using SQLite and iOS.

Extending Ansible

by Rishabh Das

Discover how to efficiently deploy and customize Ansible in the way your platform demands About This Book * Get the first book on the market that maximizes the functionalities of Ansible * Master the skill of extending Ansible by deep diving into its modules and plugins * Work through this step-by-step guide to customizing Ansible according to your requirements Who This Book Is For This book is perfect for developers and administrators who are familiar with Ansible and Python programming, but have no knowledge of how to customize Ansible. What You Will Learn * Get a thorough understanding of Ansible modules * Find out everything about plugins that fit in the Ansible architecture * Get to grips with designing modules and handling errors * Work with data structures * Distribute Ansible extensions using PyPi and Git submodules * Get to know the various distribution methods of modules and plugins In Detail Ansible is an IT automation tool that lets you manage your Infrastructure as a Code. It helps you deploy your applications and manage configurations, thus making life easier. Ansible, in most ways, is self sufficient to address most of your requirements. Ideally, standard modules, libraries, or plugins are used to automate a given IT platform. Customizing Ansible can be done by custom module and plugin development. This book shows you how to automate most of the tasks in your IT environment, thus minimizing the need to manually perform scheduled tasks and extend your Ansible implementation by developing customized modules and plugins. You'll begin by getting an understanding of the fundamental aspects of extending the Ansible framework, such as custom functions and reusable modules. You'll then progress to building custom plugins and extensions using the fundamental building blocks explained earlier. We'll also show you how to automate some tasks using scripts. Finally, we'll demonstrate how these extensions can be seamlessly integrated into existing Ansible installations and explain how to conduct unit testing on these extensions to ensure they work as desired. Style and approach This book is a learning book on the fundamentals of Ansible framework and how it can be leveraged to extend it using the modules and plugins.

Building a Home Security System with Raspberry Pi

by Matthew Poole

Build your own sophisticated modular home security system using the popular Raspberry Pi board About This Book * This book guides you through building a complete home security system with Raspberry Pi and helps you remotely access it from a mobile device over the Internet * It covers the fundamentals of interfacing sensors and cameras with the Raspberry Pi so that you can connect it to the outside world * It follows a modular approach so that you can choose the modules and features you want for your customized home security system Who This Book Is For This book is for anyone who is interested in building a modular home security system from scratch using a Raspberry Pi board, basic electronics, sensors, and simple scripts. This book is ideal for enthusiastic novice programmers, electronics hobbyists, and engineering professionals. It would be great if you have some basic soldering skills in order to build some of the interface modules. What You Will Learn * Understand the concepts behind alarm systems and intrusion detection devices * Connect sensors and devices to the on-board digital GPIO ports safely * Monitor and control connected devices easily using Bash shell scripting * Build an I/O port expander using the I2C bus and connect sensors and anti-tamper circuits * Capture and store images using motion detectors and cameras * Access and manage your system remotely from your mobile phone * Receive intrusion alerts and images through your e-mail * Build a sophisticated multi-zone alarm system In Detail The Raspberry Pi is a powerful low-cost credit-card-sized computer, which lends itself perfectly as the controller for a sophisticated home security system. Using the on-board interfaces available, the Raspberry Pi can be expanded to allow the connection of a virtually infinite number of security sensors and devices. The Raspberry Pi has the processing power and interfaces available to build a sophisticated home security system but at a fraction of the cost of commercially available systems. Building a Home Security System with Raspberry Pi starts off by showing you the Raspberry Pi and how to set up the Linux-based operating system. It then guides you through connecting switch sensors and LEDs to the native GPIO connector safely, and how to access them using simple Bash scripts. As you dive further in, you'll learn how to build an input/output expansion board using the I2C interface and power supply, allowing the connection of the large number of sensors needed for a typical home security setup. In the later chapters of the book, we'll look at more sophisticated topics such as adding cameras, remotely accessing the system using your mobile phone, receiving intrusion alerts and images by e-mail, and more. By the end of the book, you will be well-versed with the use of Raspberry Pi to power a home-based security system that sends message alerts whenever it is triggered and will be able to build a truly sophisticated and modular home security system. You will also gain a good understanding of Raspberry Pi's ecosystem and be able to write the functions required for a security system. Style and approach This easy-to-follow guide comprises a series of projects, where every chapter introduces a new concept and at the end of the book, all these concepts are brought together to create an entire home security system. This book features clear diagrams and code every step of the way.

Game Theory for Applied Economists

by Robert Gibbons

This book introduces one of the most powerful tools of modern economics to a wide audience: those who will later construct or consume game-theoretic models. Robert Gibbons addresses scholars in applied fields within economics who want a serious and thorough discussion of game theory but who may have found other works overly abstract. Gibbons emphasizes the economic applications of the theory at least as much as the pure theory itself; formal arguments about abstract games play a minor role. The applications illustrate the process of model building--of translating an informal description of a multi-person decision situation into a formal game-theoretic problem to be analyzed. Also, the variety of applications shows that similar issues arise in different areas of economics, and that the same game-theoretic tools can be applied in each setting. In order to emphasize the broad potential scope of the theory, conventional applications from industrial organization have been largely replaced by applications from labor, macro, and other applied fields in economics. The book covers four classes of games, and four corresponding notions of equilibrium: static games of complete information and Nash equilibrium, dynamic games of complete information and subgame-perfect Nash equilibrium, static games of incomplete information and Bayesian Nash equilibrium, and dynamic games of incomplete information and perfect Bayesian equilibrium.

Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything

by Alden M. Mills

25,000 copies sold in three languages! You see others who have the things you want money, joy, success and suppose that they were born with special talent or into a family which made these things easy to attain. They are just lucky. What you don t know is that there is a methodology to success. BE UNSTOPPABLE contains a system to gain this vital skillset. Alden Mills was an uncoordinated asthmatic who went on to become a national rowing champion, three time Navy SEAL Team Commander, inventor of over 20 fitness products and CEO of the #1 fastest growing consumer products company as identified by INC 500 magazine in 2009. Through his own journey to success, Mills identified Eight Actions proven to overcome the bad habits between you and getting your goals. Written in a story format that is easy to remember, BE UNSTOPPABLE opens with a parable of a young skipper who meets a remarkable, seasoned captain, changing the skipper's direction and setting him on a course to fulfill a larger destiny. The allegory, intertwined with Mills humorous, brutally honest personal stories, anchors tools like Plan in 3D, Exercise to Execute and Improvise to Overcome into your memory. You can start at any place in the program, because the momentum gained from using any of the tools will cause you to stop making excuses about why you can t have the life of your dreams, while the stories inspire you to do whatever it takes to ensure that you can. The goal-getting code embedded in BE UNSTOPPABLE will enable you to navigate around challenges, chart a course, and put you on a heading to achieving your dreams. However the past has shaped you, your future is yours to shape, and if you want to shape it for success, you'll find no better coach than Alden Mills. Using the power of a parable and his own experiences as a Navy SEAL and accomplished entrepreneur, Mills teaches you his proven framework for success. BE UNSTOPPABLE is the parable of a young skipper who meets a remarkable, seasoned captain, and this chance meeting changes the young skipper's direction in life, setting him on course for living his dreams. This charming tale illuminates the eight actions to take to succeed at anything in life, and makes BE UNSTOPPABLE a uniquely effective hybrid of Who Moved My Cheese and Vince Lombardi-style coaching.

LiveCell: A Novel

by Eric Green

Visionary loner Jay Chevalier develops a revolutionary cell phone, pulsing with a living, biogenetic core, that offers free calls with untraceable privacy, completely negating established business models. LiveCell gobbles market share and initiates a grassroots movement of social change, but the pushback from the communications industry is swift and ruthless. Jay's invention will change the world--if he can stay alive. Nonstop action, ill-destined love, and a tragically relevant plea for social change will propel you through this thriller at neural-network speed.

The Boatmaker

by John Benditt

Part fable, part allegory, The Boatmaker is the haunting and passionate story of a voyage of self-discovery. A fierce and complicated man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the isolated island where he was born. Encountering the wider world for the first time, the reluctant hero falls into a destructive love affair, is swept up into a fanatical religious movement, and finds himself a witness to racial hatred unlike anything he's ever known. The boatmaker is tempted, beaten, and betrayed: his journey marked by chilling episodes of violence and horror while he struggles to summon the strength to make his own way. The Boatmaker is a fable for our times, a passionate love story, and an odyssey of self-discovery.

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