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Distinctive Designs Explore a wide range of jewelry-making techniques and build your skills to create beaded pieces that are nothing short of exquisite. Author Lynda Musante shares her wealth of experience to challenge you to develop your skills as a bead artist. She encourages you to stretch your imagination in your quest for distinctive jewelry to wear yourself or give as gifts. Featuring... 30 projects and variations Detailed step-by-step instructions Helpful how-to photographs Techniques for simple stringing, bead stitching and wirework Gallery of inspirational jewelry by top bead artists
For fans of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy comes the first book in the Dark Caravan Cycle, a modern fantasy-adventure trilogy about a gorgeous, fierce eighteen-year-old jinni who is pitted against two magnetic adversaries, both of whom want her--and need her--to make their wishes come true.Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Now in hiding on the dark caravan--the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters' every command--she'd give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle. Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna's revolution and Nalia's sworn enemy. He promises to release Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother. There's just one catch: for Raif's unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle . . . and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him.
"First move's yours, Lex," he murmured. "After that, all bets are off." Wine magnate Gabe De Campo has fired his PR company three weeks before the wwmost anticipated launch event the industry's ever seen. Enter Alexandra Anderson-the last woman he should ever work with, but the only woman who can help. Gabe and Alex have always been a lethal combination, and with so much at stake for them both, failure is not an option. Can they ignore the powerful attraction between them in order to maintain their professionalism...or is it only a matter of time before the cork is popped on their passion?
"A picaresque nightmare, a sinister shell game, an addled odyssey along the graying edges of the psyche--Exquisite Corpse is all of these things." (San Francisco Chronicle) Set in London, Paris, and Munich in the 1940s and 1950s, Exquisite Corpse is, like Irwin's cult classic, The Arabian Nightmare, a novel about the strange and ever-morphing powers of the imagination. At once a love story, a mystery, and an investigation into the ideas of absurdist art, "Irwin's novel about English surrealism is funny and profound and hugely satisfying" (A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times)
All's fair in love and revenge! Jesse Moriarty's whole life has been about one thing -making sure her father pays for the pain he caused their family. Her goal's in sight, but there's one man standing in her way: Luc Sanchis. Kidnapped and stranded on a Greek island, with only his intriguing-and stunning-captor, Luc must uncover her secrets if he's going to get off this island and back to business. There's only one way that's sure to work: seduction. Now, with the tables turned, who will come out on top?"Abby's heroes are fantastically hot. Sizzling and sensational."-Maureen, Maryland, USA
In these fast-paced times, the exquisite risk facing each of us every day is to slow down and "still our own house" so that we may experience life rather than simply manage it. In The Exquisite Risk, poet and teacher Mark Nepo encourages readers to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters--our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature--in order to live a life with nothing held back. In rich, lyrical prose, Nepo shares his own spiritual path, including a battle with illness that helped him understand how only by daring to embrace all that life has to offer can we come to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and beauty. In the spirit of works by Deepak Chopra and Ram Dass,The Exquisite Risk unfolds in chapters like "The Struggle to Be Real," "There Are Teachers Everywhere," "The Rhythm of Kindness," and "The Gift of Surprise," offering fresh perspective on the art of being alive and providing essential insight into how we can minimize what stands between us and our experience of life.
Caroline's EX-boyfriend: That slimeball attorney who was two-timing her with his own ex-wife.Caroline's OH-boy: This forty-three-year-old career woman is pregnant!Life certainly hasn't gone according to Caroline Moore's carefully constructed plan. As the craziness of her situation begins spiraling out of control, she decides on a change of scenery. So off to a small lakeside cottage she goes. Soon she's shedding her designer shoes for barefoot walks, uncovering old family secrets and becoming best friends with Tori-a woman who is her total opposite. And thanks to a handsome neighbor, she might just be ready for romance, as well.But wait...Caroline's new oh-what-a-great-guy also happens to be Tori's ex-husband.Get ready for the shoes to fly!
In this influential and controversial book that has become a classic in popular science writing, Dawkins furthers his fascinating look at the evolution of life and natural selection.
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.
The National Academies Press (NAP)--publisher for the National Academies--publishes more than 200 books a year offering the most authoritative views, definitive information, and groundbreaking recommendations on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health. Our books are unique in that they are authored by the nation's leading experts in every scientific field.
This book is a clear, detailed and practical guide to learn about designing and deploying you puppet architecture, with informative examples to highlight and explain concepts in a focused manner. This book is designed for users who already have good experience with Puppet, and will surprise experienced users with innovative topics that explore how to design, implement, adapt, and deploy a Puppet architecture. The key to extending Puppet is the development of types and providers, for which you must be familiar with Ruby.
Ira Lessing has been gone for two days. This upstanding citizen of Covington--son of a leading family, successful businessman, philanthropist, city commissioner-- left his riverfront home on a steamy July night and never returned. His wife and his business partner ask Harry Stoner to find him. When Lessing's bloodied car turns up in the railroad station parking lot, the routine investigation takes a sinister turn. As his search continues, Stoner begins to uncover the truth: Ira Lessing has a dark secret that belies the decent, measured life he's lived. The gradual discovery of Lessing's secret and the explosive effect it has on Lessing's family, friends, and on Stoner himself makes Extenuating Circumstances a real and frightening exploration of one kind of contemporary hell.
Exterminate All the Brutes: One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocideby Joan Tate Sven Lindqvist
Chosen as one of the New Internationalist's best books of the year, "Exterminate All the Brutes" is a searching examination of Europe's dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. By retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert.
When Stony Man is called to battle, the crisis is real and immediate. Cybernetics experts run logistics from the war room of a secret facility known only to the President. The commando teams of Able Team and Phoenix Force lead the ground fight--consummate soldiers dedicated to protecting the innocent. The world isn't aware of Stony Man, but Stony Man remains vigilant: guarding that fine line between hell and earth. Small farming towns across America, Europe and Asia have come under attack by a virulent new biochemical cocktail that induces the ravages of starvation in less than a day. The group behind it promises to decimate the human population unless its twisted demands are met by government heads. As this radical antiindustrial group launches its deadly countdown, Stony Man works feverishly to stop the horrifying plague from spreading--before a global megacull leaves only a handful of people to weep for the earth.
Thoroughbred racehorse Exterminator captured the public's imagination from the start of his career. The rangy gelding went from work horse to Kentucky Derby winner to durable campaigner during his eight years on the track. Nicknamed "Old Bones," Exterminator competed and won against some of the best horses of the early twentieth century.
External Evaluation of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Its Grantees Letter Reportby Board on Human-Systems Integration
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research funds applied research and development to improve the lives and functioning of persons with disabilities. At the request of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, the Board on Human-Systems Integration of the National Research Council (NRC) convened a committee to conduct an evaluation of aspects of NIDRR's program. Specifically, the committee was charged to assess the NIDRR priority-setting, peer review, and grant management processes, and to develop an overall framework and evaluation design for the review of grantee outputs for a sample of 30 grantees.
While the analysis is not the first to investigate empirically the effects of different individual or household factors on school access and completion of Ghanaians, it extends previous work by simultaneously incorporating individual, household, community, regional and national characteristics and also illustrates the latest evidence by applying international data sources and unusually detailed household survey data for a sub-Saharan country. Its focus is threefold: (i) gaining a richer understanding of which external influences hinder educational access and attainment in Ghana, (ii) how to better tackle these challenges and (iii) analyzing how educational development affects the country's overall development. An interview with the Minister of Education helps guide the policy orientation of the analysis by identifying several critical challenges and areas of needed policy attention. Findings from the data analysis indicate that the geographic divide between the North and South, increased economic growth, demographic pressure and a number of individual, household and community factors especially children's nutritional and labour status are the most important challenges in increasing levels of education among Ghanaians in years to come. Finally, the analysis pilots a new and comprehensive results- and capacity-focused policy matrix to help the Government of Ghana realign policy priorities and reform existing programs. To this end, respective policy levers on the demand- and supply-side are discussed, with particular reference to external and demand-side interventions which have not received the necessary attention at the policy-level to improve educational opportunities and outcomes at all levels.
David Hume is often considered to have been a sceptic, particularly in his conception of the individual's knowledge of the external world. However, a closer examination of his works gives a much different impression of this aspect of Hume's philosophy, one that is due for a thorough scholarly analysis. This study argues that Hume was, in fact, a critical realist in the early twentieth-century sense, a period in which the term was used to describe the epistemological and ontological theories of such philosophers as Roy Wood Sellars and Bertrand Russell.Carefully situating Hume in his historical context, that is, relative to Aristotelian and rationalist traditions, Fred Wilson makes important and unique insights into Humean philosophy. Analyzing key sections of the Treatise, the Enquiry, and the Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, Wilson offers a deeper understanding of Hume by taking into account the philosopher's theories of the external world. Such a reading, the author explains, is not only more faithful to the texts, but also reinforces the view of Hume as a critical realist in light of twentieth-century discussions between externalism and internalism, and between coherentists and foundationalists.Complete with original observations and ideas, this study is sure to generate debates about Humean philosophy, critical realism, and the limits of perceptual knowledge.
Before there was Darwin, before there was man's best friend, there were . . . Failimals. The Royal Failimal Society presents the Unchameleon, Bipolar Bear, Emo Emu, and other Darwin-defiant animals that, though fascinating, have clearly become extinct for a reason. The culmination of years of research, study, and observation across each continent and every era, Extinct for a Reason is the definitive field guide to the hows, whys, and whats of Failimals and Evolosers. With colorful illustrations and vital information on everything from mating habits to defense mechanisms, this book is a must-have for any species considering undergoing the evolutionary process. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, such as: Alienating oneself from one's peers (see: Goth Sloth) Refusing to admit one's genes are improperly sized (see: Muffintopotamus) Having dangerously high levels of charisma (see: Elvisaurus) Weeded out but still proud, the curious creatures collected within serve as a warning to ambitious animals everywhere: Evolve with Caution.
The landscapes of Madagascar have long delighted zoologists, who have discovered, in and among the island s baobab trees and thickets, a dizzying array of animals, including something approaching one hundred species of lemur. Madagascar s mammal fauna, for example, is far more diverse, and more endemic, than early explorers and naturalists ever dreamed of. But in the past 2,500 or so years a period associated with natural climatic shifts and ecological change, as well as partially coinciding with the arrival of the island s first human settlers a considerable proportion of Madagascar s forests have disappeared; and in the wake of this loss, a number of species unique to Madagascar have vanished forever into extinction. In "Extinct Madagascar," noted scientists Steven M. Goodman and William L. Jungers explore the recent past of these land animal extinctions. Beginning with an introduction to the geologic and ecological history of Madagascar that provides context for the evolution, diversification, and, in some cases, rapid decline of the Malagasy fauna, Goodman and Jungers then seek to recapture these extinct mammals in their environs. Aided in their quest by artist Velizar Simeonovski s beautiful and haunting digital paintings images of both individual species and ecosystem assemblages reproduced here in full color Goodman and Jungers reconstruct the lives of these lost animals and trace their relationships to those still living. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of Simeonovski s artwork set to open at the Field Museum, Chicago, in the fall of 2014, Goodman and Jungers s awe-inspiring book will serve not only as a sobering reminder of the very real threat of extinction, but also as a stunning tribute to Madagascar s biodiversity and a catalyst for further research and conservation. "
The human race is under siege-with shapeshifters, vampires, and half-blood werewolves freely prowling the streets of the world's cities . . . and Full Bloods about to descend en masse from out of the dark wilderness. The police and the military are helpless, and only the Skinners can forestall the tactical nuke strikes the Army has planned as a last resort. Skinners, partners, lovers, Paige Strobel and Cole Warnecki know Armageddon is at hand, and seek a union with the mysterious European blood hunters, the Gypsy Amriany, as a final, desperate means to preventing the monster apocalypse. But power-mad traitors from the ranks of their own kind could doom humanity's valiant efforts to survive. And the only possible outcome at the end of the ultimate war is total extinction. But for whom . . . or what?
Presents a comprehensive overview of the current state of extinction studies.
Immediate threats require immediate action--no questions, no explanations, no prisoners. Stony Man has the green light to strike against terror anywhere, anytime, and answer to no one except the President. Action-ready and combat-hard, the warriors of Stony Man know the stakes, and make their own rules....Powerful, sophisticated conspirators understand the power in global panic and fear. Using remote-control robots and local terror groups as muscle, this secret cadre has accessed nuclear power plants across the globe, and is poised to let hell loose. By shutting down the alternative fuel industry, they alone will control the world's energy. And as the clock ticks to worldwide meltdowns, Stony Man unleashes everything it's got in a race against a new face of terror....
The New York Times best-seller is now in paperback! Now available in paperback, Extinction is the fourth title in the epic Forgotten Realms series about one of the most popular races in the setting. This title landed on the New York Times best-seller list for two straight weeks upon initial hardcover release. Best-selling author R. A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Extinction and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the ...