Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball
Author: Adam Ruben
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Category: Social Science
Pinball's history is America's history, from gambling and war-themed machines to the arcade revolution and, ultimately, the decline of the need to leave your house. The strangest thing about pinball is that it persists, and not just as nostalgia. And pinball didn't just stick around—it grew and continues to evolve with the times, reflecting the zeitgeist of every era it passes through. Somehow, in today's iPhone world, a 300-pound monstrosity of wood and cables has survived to enjoy yet another renaissance.Pinball is more to humor writer Adam Ruben than a fascinating book topic—it's a lifelong obsession. Ruben played competitive pinball for more than a decade, rising as high as the 80th-ranked player in the world. Then he had kids. Now, mired in 9,938th place—darn kids—Ruben tries to stage a comeback, visiting pinball museums, gaming conventions, pinball machine designers, and even pinball factories in his attempt to discover what makes the world's best players, the real wizards, so good.Pinball competitions are on the rise, thanks in part to modern phenomena, like "nostalgia bars," with several hundred International Flipper Pinball Association–sanctioned events occurring annually—yet they're only a small corner of the pinball world. Pinball Wizards examines the bigger story of pinball's invention, ascent, near-defeat, resurgence, near-defeat again, and struggle to find its niche in modern society.
The Art of Dirty Donny Gillies
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Pop-art connoisseurs are treated to a mind-bending journey through the blistering paintings of San Francisco artist Dirty Donny Gillies. Take a visual tour of his vibrant, hand-drawn and screen-printed poster art series "Blacklight Rebellion" and hand-painted solo art show "Fantastic Voyage." This ultimate collection of cool also includes his iconic work for Stern Pinball, metal giant Metallica, Vans Skate, Snap-On tools, and Cruz Pedregon's Top Fuel Funny Car, not to mention work on his own air-brushed 1970s boogie van. The art attack continues with eye-melting imagery from skateboard decks, decal sets, toys, guitars, drums, and his series of model kits for AMT. Pop-art collectors will appreciate full-page photos from the likes of legendary street photographer Ricky Powell, as well as the commentary by Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies, Mastadon's Brann Dailor, Brendon Small of animated series Metalocalypse, Howie Pyro, (Danzig, D-Generation) and fellow weirdo artist Skinner.
Author: Andreas Luckner
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
"Klug werden heisst nach alledem, sich offnen konnen fur die Erfahrung der eigenen Moglichkeiten und der Bescheidung auf sie." Ein spannendes und flussig geschriebenes Buch zum philosophischen Thema Klugheit. Die Analyse verschiedener Klugheitskonzepte von Aristoteles bis in die Neuzeit fuhrt Andreas Luckner zu der Erkenntnis, dass Klugheit gerade fur moralphilosophische Uberlegungen relevant ist - im Gegensatz zur weit verbreiteten Auffassung, Klugheit stehe in Opposition zu moralischem Denken und Handeln.
Protect Your Child from Video Game Addiction
Author: Olivia and Kurt Bruner
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Family & Relationships
When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And while many parents screen the content of games to protect their children from violent and sexual themes, few understand the forces causing their children to become hooked on the "digital drug." This book arms parents with the facts they need and concrete steps to protect our children from this very real epidemic. A must-read for all parents.
Author: Paul Melko
Publisher: Tor Books
Possessing technology that allows him to travel across alternate worlds, John Rayburn begins building a transdimensional commercial empire, led by him, his closest friends, and their doppelgängers from several different parallel universes. But not every version of every person is the same, and their agendas do not always coincide. Despite their benign intentions, the group's activities draw unwanted attention from other dimensional travelers who covet their technology and will kill anyone to control it, a threat that culminates in a nuclear standoff for dominance throughout the multiverse. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Tom Garrison
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Baby Boomer generation (estimated at around 75 million) became politically active in the 1960s and 1970s, leaving its’ mark on society. The sheer size of this human tsunami rolled through American society and fueled the continuing Civil Rights, Gay Rights, and Women’s Movements and agitation against war. It also coincided with (caused?) loosening social mores, the sexual revolution, widespread recreational drug use, political correctness, identity politics, diminishment of personal responsibility, and excesses in many areas. The 1960s mantra of “Challenge Authority” was the basis of my political activism. What exactly does “challenge authority” mean? Certainly more than disobeying your parents as a kid. Or calling the police “pigs.” Those are juvenile acts of rebellion. Challenging authority is not an attention getting ploy to display your courage or smarts or just for the sake of a good fight. A key component is resisting the temptation to act impulsively. In short, it's okay to break certain rules. But know why the rule exists, and have a good reason for breaking it. In a serious political context, challenging authority does not have to be negative, especially when done with a clear purpose. Challenging authority is a form of nonviolent direct action. You must know what you want to accomplish—hence the need for focus, confidence, and hard facts. A legal/moral/ethical foundation is a prerequisite for such disciplined non-conformity. The title Challenge Authority: Memoir of a Baby Boomer tells it all. Each of the five chapters contains at least a couple of challenge authority stories. In most cases I still believe my challenge, or at least questioning authority, was justified and the correct path. However, a few times my challenging authority was a dismal failure, often due to my immaturity and lack of experience.
Author: Mark Wilkerson
Publisher: Omnibus Press
An accurate, detailed and fascinating account of the life of a man whose story should have been told in this much detail long ago. Author Mark Wilkerson interviewed Townshend himself and several of Townshend's friends and associates for this biography.
A Critical History, 1963-1998
Author: John Atkins
Many previously uncovered facts are incorporated into the text and the author has been able to glean exclusive information from The Who's archives.
How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America
Author: Tim Riley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
In Fever, music critic Tim Riley argues that while political and athletic role models have let us down, rock and roll has provided enduring role models for men and women. From Elvis Presley to Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Riley makes a persuasive case that rock and roll, far from the corrosive force that conservative critics make it out to be, has instead been a positive influence in people's lives, laying out gender-defying role models far more enduringly than movies, TV, or "real life."
A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Restaurants, Casinos, & More
Author: Paul W. Papa
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Discovering Vintage Las Vegas takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments like the casinos that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city. They’re all still around—but they won’t be around forever. Start reading, and start your discovering now!
8,888 Questions in 365 Days
Author: Ken Jennings
Category: Games & Activities
Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy! champ gets to ask the questions–and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle. For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****? In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Editors of Time Out
Publisher: Time Out Guides
Time Out Las Vegas is the only crib sheet travelers need to the world's most outlandish city. Whether going for a short or extended visit, this guide is an invaluable companion through the neon maze that awaits in Las Vegas. With the lowdown on all the hotels and casinos, money-saving tips, extensive restaurant reviews, hints on the hottest nightlife, and a full guide to gambling, it leaves nothing to chance. This seventh edition proves that there is more to Sin City than just sequins and slots — the dramatic expansion in hotel accommodations, fine dining, and shopping is attracting tourists from every economic strata, not just those with gambling as their sole agenda. The guide contains a detailed explanation of what games are available in the casinos, as well as tips on how to play them. There is also a chapter on suggested side trips to Hoover Dam, as well as other sights in Nevada and Arizona.
Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science
Author: Philip Mirowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
This was the first cross-over book into the history of science written by an historian of economics. It shows how 'history of technology' can be integrated with the history of economic ideas. The analysis combines Cold War history with the history of postwar economics in America and later elsewhere, revealing that the Pax Americana had much to do with abstruse and formal doctrines such as linear programming and game theory. It links the literature on 'cyborg' to economics, an element missing in literature to date. The treatment further calls into question the idea that economics has been immune to postmodern currents, arguing that neoclassical economics has participated in the deconstruction of the integral 'self'. Finally, it argues for an alliance of computational and institutional themes, and challenges the widespread impression that there is nothing else besides American neoclassical economic theory left standing after the demise of Marxism.
The Concept of Linkage Revisited
Author: Andrea Römmele,David M. Farrell,Piero Ignazi
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Political Science
Since its publication in 1980, Kay Lawson's Political Parties and Linkage has garnered significant attention not only in the field of party research, but also in the field of political science as a whole.
Author: Mark Goldblatt
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The New York Post praised Twerp as “reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Finding the Worm is a sequel that stands on its own--an unforgettable coming-of-age story about life, loss, and friendship. Perfect for fans of The Sandlot and readers who love books by Jennifer L. Holm, Andrew Clements, and Rebecca Stead. It’s not a test unless you can fail. . . . Trouble always seems to find thirteen-year-old Julian Twerski. First it was a bullying incident, and now he’s been accused of vandalizing a painting. The principal doesn’t want to suspend him again, so instead, he asks Julian to write a 200-word essay on good citizenship. Julian writes 200 no’s instead, and so begins an epic struggle between Julian and his principal. Being falsely accused is bad enough, but outside of school, Julian’s dealing with even bigger issues. His friend Quentin has been really sick. How can life be fair when the nicest guy in your group has cancer? Julian’s faith and friendships are put to the test . . . and the stakes have never been higher. Praise for Twerp: A Bank Street Best Book of the Year A Junior Library Guild Selection A Summer Top Ten Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. . . . You don’t have to be a twerp to read this book.” —New York Post “A vivid, absorbing story about one boy’s misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me “[Fans of] Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid who have matured beyond the scope and gravity of that series will find a kindred spirit in Julian.” —School Library Journal “Reminiscent of movies like The Sandlot. . . . Well-written and funny.” —The Advocate “Alternately poignant and comical. . . . A thought-provoking exploration of bullying, personal integrity and self-acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews “Funny, poignant, and an effective commentary on bullying and its consequences.” —The Horn Book Magazine From the Hardcover edition.
14 Who Classics Arranged for Ukulele, Complete with Authentic Riffs and Solos for Easy Ukulele TAB
Author: The Who
Publisher: Alfred Music
This book contains 14 classic songs by The Who, arranged for ukulele. All of the essential guitar riffs and solos are represented! Titles: *Bargain *Behind Blue Eyes *I Can See for Miles *I Can't Explain *I'm Free *The Kids Are Alright *Magic Bus *My Generation *Pinball Wizard *The Real Me *See Me, Feel Me *Squeeze Box *Who Are You *Won't Get Fooled Again
Author: Val Fagehr
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Kunibert hat ein Problem - er ist unsichtbar. Zum Gluck lauft ihm die toughe Weltraumforscherin Huberta uber den Weg. Mithilfe zauberhafter Alpenrosen rettet sie Kunibert und gewinnt sein Herz. Da wartet schon das nachste Abenteuer. Seit Neuestem feuern Kuniberts Schafe Kanonenkugeln ab. Ist bei seinen Grasexperimenten etwas schiefgelaufen? Hat das seltsame kleine Wesen etwas damit zu tun, das versehentlich auf ihrem Planeten gelandet ist? Und welche Rolle spielt der geheimnisvolle Baum dabei, der die Form einer Wendeltreppe besitzt? In ihrem schicken Sternencabrio begibt sich Huberta auf die Suche und trifft dabei auf allerhand seltsame Gestalten: einen italienischen Raumbummler mit einer Vorliebe fur schnelle Fahrzeuge, furchterregende Vogelmenschen und Elfen mit einem Hang zur Burokratie. Eine turbulente Reise durch das Weltall, witzig und actionreich."
Author: Pete Townshend
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Der legendäre Gitarrist und Songwriter von The Who erzählt Songwriter, Komponist, Gitarrist und kreativer Kopf hinter der legendären Band »The Who« – zu ihren Hoch-Zeiten die aufregendste Rockband der Welt - : Pete Townshend ist eine der einflussreichsten Persönlichkeiten der Rockgeschichte. In den Sechzigerjahren war er die Speerspitze des Rock, zerschlug in selbstzerstörerischen Auftritten seine Gitarren und schrieb Songs, die die Popmusik radikal veränderten. Pete Townshend erfand den Powerchord, durchbrach in Tommy, Quadrophenia und späteren Werken das Drei-Minuten-Schema des Popsongs und arbeitete so an einer strukturellen Weiterentwicklung des Rock als Kunstform. Townshend jedoch hat sich mit dem Etikett des Gitarrenhelden, dem die rasende Menge 1969 in Woodstock zu Füßen lag, nie so recht wohl gefühlt.Seine Intelligenz, seine Phantasie und sein wacher Geist führten ihn in bislang von Rockstars unerforschte Gefilde – als Schriftsteller, Dichter, Bühnenautor und Verleger.Und noch immer erkundet er als Solist oder mit The Who die utopischen Möglichkeiten der Musik und ist so nach wie vor Inspiration für zahllose junge Musiker. Nun erzählt Townshend zum ersten Mal seine eigene Geschichte, berichtet auf extrem berührende Weise von seiner schwierigen Kindheit, deren Nachhall bis heute anhält, und von seinem Bemühen, die eigene Vergangenheit zu verstehen und dabei seinem Publikum treu zu bleiben.Als eine Geschichte über Ehrgeiz & gnadenlosen Perfektionismus, Krawalle & Rock’n’ Roll-Exzesse, über emotionale und spirituelle Unruhe und der Suche nach Erlösung ist dieses Buch nicht nur ein echter Rock-Klassiker, sondern ein bewegendes Dokument eines wahren Künstlers unserer Zeit.