Author: Joshua Davis
Category: Mexican American high school students
The true story of four underdogs from the mean streets of Phoenix and how they took on the best from MIT in the National Underwater Robotics Championship. The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by George Lopez, directed by Sean McNamara and starring Marissa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steven Michael Quezada and George Lopez, La Vida Robot is an underdog story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team. With $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition, taking down reigning champion MIT.
Author: Kjartan Poskitt,Daniel Postgate
Using a host of hilarious characters, Kjartan Poskitt presents all the tricks, tips and shortcuts to statistics they don't teach at school. Readers will find out how fractions can save them from the toxic mutant fish of Fastbuck, what makes Pongo McWhiffy a mathematical freak, and travel to Planet Mean to discover how averages can be absolutely revolting. Guarantee: this book contains absolutely no sums!
Author: Walker Styles
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
After breaking out of prison, tricky magician Labra-Cadabra-Dor puts canine detective Rider Woofson under a evil spell.
Helping Your Child through the Tough Days
Author: Dr. Kevin Leman
Category: Family & Relationships
Children today live in an unpredictable, disruptive, and often violent world. Many of them live in two different homes with different sets of expectations. They face bullying at school and online. They hear news of school shootings, and racially or religiously motivated violence. They may have lost a friend or a loved one. As parents, the impulse to protect our children is strong, but that very protection can end up handicapping them for life. Rather than seek to save them from the hard things, parents must teach their kids how to cope with and rise above their problems. In one of his most important books to date, internationally known psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman shows parents how to - be good listeners - tell the truth, even when it's difficult - find balance between being protective and being overprotective - approach hurt and injustice as a learning experience rather than fostering a victim mentality - and much more Whether your child is dealing with a difficult family situation, bullies, the loss of friends, the death of a loved one, discrimination, abuse, a teen pregnancy, or even just trying to make sense of what they see in the news, this compassionate and practical book will help parents equip them to process, learn from, and rise above their situation.
Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation
Author: Jonah Raskin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Written as a cultural weapon and a call to arms, Howl touched a raw nerve in Cold War America and has been controversial from the day it was first read aloud nearly fifty years ago. This first full critical and historical study of Howl brilliantly elucidates the nexus of politics and literature in which it was written and gives striking new portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs. Drawing from newly released psychiatric reports on Ginsberg, from interviews with his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Hicks, and from the poet's journals, American Scream shows how Howl brought Ginsberg and the world out of the closet of a repressive society. It also gives the first full accounting of the literary figures—Eliot, Rimbaud, and Whitman—who influenced Howl, definitively placing it in the tradition of twentieth-century American poetry for the first time. As he follows the genesis and the evolution of Howl, Jonah Raskin constructs a vivid picture of a poet and an era. He illuminates the development of Beat poetry in New York and San Francisco in the 1950s--focusing on historic occasions such as the first reading of Howl at Six Gallery in San Francisco in 1955 and the obscenity trial over the poem's publication. He looks closely at Ginsberg's life, including his relationships with his parents, friends, and mentors, while he was writing the poem and uses this material to illuminate the themes of madness, nakedness, and secrecy that pervade Howl. A captivating look at the cultural climate of the Cold War and at a great American poet, American Scream finally tells the full story of Howl—a rousing manifesto for a generation and a classic of twentieth-century literature.
His Life, Legacy, and Legend
Author: Deirdre Bair
From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone-Public Enemy Number One-has gripped popular imagination. Rising from humble Brooklyn roots, Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. At the height of Prohibition, his multimillion-dollar Chicago bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operation dominated the organized-crime scene. His competition with rival gangs was brutally violent, a long-running war that crested with the shocking St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Law enforcement and the media elite seemed powerless to stop the growth of his empire. And then the fall- a legal noose tightened by the FBI, a conviction on tax evasion, Alcatraz. After his release he returned to his family in Miami a much diminished man, living quietly until the ravages of his neurosyphilis took their final toll. But the slick mobster persona endures, immortalized in countless novels and movies. The true flesh-and-blood man behind the legend has long remained a mystery. Unscrupulous newspaper accounts and Capone's own tall tales perpetuated his mystique, but through dogged research Deirdre Bair debunks the most outrageous of these myths. With the help of Capone's descendants, she discovers his essential humanity, uncovering a complex character that was flawed and sometimes cruel but also capable of nobility. And while revealing the private Al Capone, a genuine family man as remembered by those who knew him best, Bair relates how his descendants have borne his weighty legacy. Rigorous and intimate, Al Caponeprovides new answers to the enduring questions about this fascinating figure, who was equal parts charismatic gangster, devoted patriarch, and calculating monster. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Arjo Klamer,Donald N. McCloskey,Deirdre N. McCloskey,Robert M. Solow,Solow, Robert Merton Solow
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
The papers in this volume are drawn from a recent conference at Wellesley College for both theoretical and applied economists, which explored the consequences of rhetoric and conversation within the field of economics.
Author: R. Joobbani
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Technology & Engineering
Routing of VLSI chips is an important, time consuming, and difficult problem. The difficulty of the problem is attributed to the large number of often conflicting factors that affect the routing quality. Traditional techniques have approached routing by ignoring some of these factors and imposing unnecessary constraints in order to make routing tractable. In addition to the imposition of these restrictions, which simplify the problems to a degree but at the same time reduce the routing quality, traditional approaches use brute force. They often transform the problem into mathematical or graph problems and completely ignore the specific knowledge about the routing task that can greatly help the solution. This thesis overcomes some of the above problems and presents a system that performs routing close to what human designers do. In other words it heavily capitalizes on the knowledge of human expertise in this area, it does not impose unnecessary constraints, it considers all the different factors that affect the routing quality, and most importantly it allows constant user interaction throughout the routing process. To achieve the above, this thesis presents background about some representative techniques for routing and summarizes their characteristics. It then studies in detail the different factors (such as minimum area, number of vias, wire length, etc.) that affect the routing quality, and the different criteria (such as vertical/horizontal constraint graph, merging, minimal rectilinear Steiner tree, etc.) that can be used to optimize these factors.
Seeking the Meaning of Life in the World's Most Outlandish Competitions
Author: Joshua Davis
Publisher: Villard Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A young journalist analyzes humankind's obsession with competition and the offbeat subcultures that encourage it as, in order to prove something to his wife, he takes part in a variety of offbeat events, including the U.S. Armwrestling Championships, Japanese sumo wrestling, Spanish bullfighting, Italian backward walking races, and a Scandinavian sauna contest. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Category: Foreign Language Study
Revised and updated with sixty-four additional pages, the most readable and accessible compact Spanish and English Dictionary includes 15,000 headwords and more than 24,500 translations, including expanded coverage of technology words. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Author: Massimo Vignelli,Lella Vignelli,Images Publishing
Publisher: Images Publishing
Features design for corporate identity, packaging, post design, interior design, architectural graphics, book and magazine, furniture and product design.
Case Studies in Nature, Society and Catastrophe
Author: Benjamin Reilly
Category: Political Science
"This book examines the relationship between mankind and the natural environment through the lens of natural disasters, where the interaction between humanity and its environment comes into sharpest focus. The text achieves this goal through the examinati
How to Discover and Master the Power Within You
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz,Barbara Emrys
The beloved spiritual teacher builds on the message of his enduring New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements with this profound guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture—the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three eternal questions can help us into our power and use it judiciously: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love? At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet deeply profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Don Miguel Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions—or if we fail to pay attention to their answers—because we either never act on our power or use it destructively. Only when power is anchored in our identity and in reality will it be able to be in synch with the universe—and be of true benefit to ourselves and to others. The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. An essential guide for all travelers pursuing self-knowledge, understanding, and acceptance, The Three Questions is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis.
Author: Amy Nicholson
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Category: Performing Arts
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. Tom Cruise (born 1962), first cast by Francis Ford Coppola in The Outsiders (1983), gained international notoriety in the mid-1980s thanks to Tony Scott's Top Gun (1986). One of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, Cruise has oriented his career to blockbusters, starring in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005) and the Mission: Impossible series (1996, 2000, 2006, 2011) An accessible text combines both a narrative and analytical dimension and is illustrated by 300 film stills, set photographs and film sequences.
Number 5 of series
Author: Laura Wright
Publisher: Hachette UK
Enter again into the world of Impure Vampires and shapeshifters and the dark adventures to be had in the mean streets of the city . . . Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips - www.piatkusentice.co.uk
How I Survived the World's Most Outlandish Competitions
Author: Joshua Davis
Publisher: Villard Books
A young journalist analyzes humankind's obsession with competition and the offbeat subcultures that encourage it as he takes part in a variety of offbeat events, including the U.S. Armwrestling Championships, Japanese sumo wrestling, Spanish bullfighting, Italian backward walking races, and a Scandinavian sauna contest.
Author: Edward P. Warner
Category: Technology & Engineering
Balloons of all classes, while in equilibrium or moving vertically, are discussed fully for the information of pilots; in addition the subject is treated mathematically for students at aeronautical schools. At the time of the original publication the author was Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Aerodynamics of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; and Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Author: Alix Kates Shulman
Publisher: Open Road Media
“This story, told with astringent wit, explores every facet and cliché of what it means to grow up female and beautiful.” —San Francisco Chronicle Sasha Davis, smart and pretty, was once an all-American teenage beauty queen. Full of potential, she was the only student at her midwestern high school to attend college on the East Coast. But soon her promise begins to falter. After starting graduate school in New York, Sasha gets married and drops out of school to take a clerical job. Consigned to the role of trophy wife, and already feeling old at twenty-four, she lives in fear of turning thirty—the year, in her mind, when her beauty will fade and life as she knows it will end. While she still has time, she embarks on an adventure of self-discovery and sexual exploration. Only after entering a second marriage and finding herself trapped by her responsibilities as a mother, does she finally begin to figure out what’s gone wrong. Poignant, funny, and breathtakingly honest, Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen is a landmark in second-wave feminism and a must-read for anyone interested in what it really means to be a woman in America.
The War in Ben Franklin's House
Author: Daniel Mark Epstein
Category: American loyalists
Reveals one of the more enigmatic aspects of Benjamin Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William, raised and educated to be Benjamin's aide, who became royal governor of New Jersey.