The Areas of My Expertise

Author: John Hodgman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101653612
Category: Humor
Page: 256
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In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although bestsellers such as Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman—which is the nice way of saying: He made it all up. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: -What are the mottoes of the 51 United States? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -Who were the U.S. presidents who had hooks for hands? THE ANSWER IS PROVIDED -What role does the Yale secret society “Skull and Bones” play in the secret world government? THERE IS NO SECRET WORLD GOVERNMENT -What was the menu at the first Thanksgiving, and did it include eels? Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both... LATER. -Aside from a compendium of fake trivia, what is the best kind of book to write? A SIMPLE TABLE OF THE 55 MOST DRAMATIC LITERARY SITUATIONS PROVIDES THE ANSWER, and John Hodgman is the author of that table. Imagine if The Book of Lists had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of “John Hodgman” and then renamed The Areas of My Expertise, and you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journey that is contained within this book (along with all the pages and words). Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share—and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies...or as true. Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.

More Information Than You Require

Author: John Hodgman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101653493
Category: Humor
Page: 400
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The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club) In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as: THE PAST (because there is always more of it) THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left) MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names) GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing) CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada) HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television) AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility. PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Assess Your Own Teaching Quality

Author: Sally Brown,Philip Race
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780749413705
Category: Education
Page: 139
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Teaching quality assessment and appraisal are now commonplace throughout the education sector. Very little guidance is provided, however, in how best to meet the demands made by these procedures. This book is a creative response to that shortcoming, providing a swift and simple system for teachers and lecturers who wish to establish a snapshot of their own teaching quality. - Back cover

Mastering Sporting Clays

Author: Don Currie
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0811766152
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 240
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Mastering Sporting Clays is a perfect guide for all levels of sporting clays shooters, from recreational to competitor. Beginner and novice shooters learn essential first steps, including an easy to remember set of fundamentals and, equally important, a system for recalling those fundamentals. Advanced shooters, including competitive shooters, will benefit from target-specific tactics, allowing them to focus on improving their problem areas.

How To Avoid A Nuclear War - Proceedings Of The 2nd International Seminar On Nuclear War

Author: Zichichi Antonino,Etim E,Stipcich Stanislao
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814553921
Page: 372
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This series started in 1981 with the Erice Seminars when the danger of a nuclear East-West confrontation was menacing the world. The volumes reproduce the crucial steps, from the Nuclear Winter to the Strategic Defense Initiative. After the collapse of the U.S.S.R., new emergencies are now to be faced such as the danger of proliferation of Weapons for Mass Destruction (WMD), the North-South confrontation on ecological problems and the new deal for Science and Technology to help developing countries in their struggle for a better standard of life. The Erice Seminars have attracted the attention of world leaders in Science, Technology and Culture.

The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor

Powerful Lessons and Proven Strategies from Top Producers
Author: David J. Mullen, Jr.
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 0814414737
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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The best financial advisors are well equipped to succeed regardless of market conditions. Based on interviews with fifteen top advisors, each doing several million dollars worth of business every year, The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor distills their universal success principles into thirteen distinct lessons. Each is explained step-by step for immediate application by veteran and new financial professionals alike. The lessons cover: * Building and focusing on client relationships * Having a top advisor mindset * Developing a long-term approach * Specialization * Marketing * And much more The book also features two complete case studies. First there is the "best of the best" advisor whose incredible success showcases the power of all the book's principles working together in concert. The second is an account of a remarkable and inspiring career turn around and demonstrates that it's never too late to reinvent oneself. Brimming with practical advice from the author and expert insights from his interview subjects, The Million-Dollar Financial Advisor is a priceless success tool for any and all financial advisors.

An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism

A Handbook for Professionals
Author: Kenneth J. Aitken
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 184310976X
Category: Psychology
Page: 542
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This volume explains the biology and genetics of ASD, and provides clinicians and researchers with a comprehensive summary of each genetic factor including the research that links it to ASD, diagnosis and treatment issues, and related animal models, as well as detailing relevant professional organisations and avenues for further research.

Bayesian Methods for Structural Dynamics and Civil Engineering

Author: Ka-Veng Yuen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470824559
Category: Mathematics
Page: 320
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Bayesian methods are a powerful tool in many areas of science and engineering, especially statistical physics, medical sciences, electrical engineering, and information sciences. They are also ideal for civil engineering applications, given the numerous types of modeling and parametric uncertainty in civil engineering problems. For example, earthquake ground motion cannot be predetermined at the structural design stage. Complete wind pressure profiles are difficult to measure under operating conditions. Material properties can be difficult to determine to a very precise level – especially concrete, rock, and soil. For air quality prediction, it is difficult to measure the hourly/daily pollutants generated by cars and factories within the area of concern. It is also difficult to obtain the updated air quality information of the surrounding cities. Furthermore, the meteorological conditions of the day for prediction are also uncertain. These are just some of the civil engineering examples to which Bayesian probabilistic methods are applicable. Familiarizes readers with the latest developments in the field Includes identification problems for both dynamic and static systems Addresses challenging civil engineering problems such as modal/model updating Presents methods applicable to mechanical and aerospace engineering Gives engineers and engineering students a concrete sense of implementation Covers real-world case studies in civil engineering and beyond, such as: structural health monitoring seismic attenuation finite-element model updating hydraulic jump artificial neural network for damage detection air quality prediction Includes other insightful daily-life examples Companion website with MATLAB code downloads for independent practice Written by a leading expert in the use of Bayesian methods for civil engineering problems This book is ideal for researchers and graduate students in civil and mechanical engineering or applied probability and statistics. Practicing engineers interested in the application of statistical methods to solve engineering problems will also find this to be a valuable text. MATLAB code and lecture materials for instructors available at

Meet Me in Atlantis

My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Author: Mark Adams
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698186214
Category: Travel
Page: 336
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The New York Times Bestseller! The author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu travels the globe in search of the world’s most famous lost city. “Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed.”—Hampton Sides A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Far from alien conspiracy theories and other pop culture myths, everything we know about the legendary lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Stranger still: Adams learned there is an entire global sub-culture of amateur explorers who are still actively and obsessively searching for this sunken city, based entirely on Plato’s detailed clues. What Adams didn’t realize was that Atlantis is kind of like a virus—and he’d been exposed. In Meet Me in Atlantis, Adams racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city—and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.

New Directions of Oceanographic Research and Development

Author: Noriyuki Nasu,Susumu Honjo
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 4431682252
Category: Science
Page: 224
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The earth where we live is the only planet of our solar system that holds a mass of water we know as the ocean, covering 70.8% of the earth's surface with a mean depth of 3,800 m. When using the term ocean, we mean not only the water and what it contains, but also the bottom that supports the water mass above and the atmosphere on the sea surface. Modern oceanography thus deals with the water, the bottom of the ocean, and the air thereon. In addition, varied interactions take place between the ocean and the land so that such interface areas are also extended domains of oceanography. In ancient times our ancestors took an interest in nearshore seas, making them an object of constant study. Deep seas, on the other hand, largely remained an area beyond their reach. Modern academic research on deep seas is said to have been started by the first round-the-world voyage of Her Majesty's R/V Challenger I from 1872 to 1876. It has been only 120 years since the British ship leftPortsmouth on this voyage, so oceanography can thus be considered still a young science on its way to full maturity.


Author: John Darnielle
ISBN: 3732549380
Category: Fiction
Page: 286
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In einer Videothek in einer Kleinstadt inmitten Iowas tauchen seltsame und unheimliche Filmschnipsel auf den Leihkassetten auf. Dunkle und grobkörnige Szenen, die in einer Scheune aufgenommen wurden. Sie dauern nur ein paar Minuten und zeigen möglicherweise S/M-Spiele, vielleicht sogar eine Folterung. Der Videotheksmitarbeiter Jeremy will nichts mit der Sache zu tun haben, doch als die Dorflehrerin Stephanie die Scheune in den Videos wiedererkennt, muss er handeln. Die Suche nach der Wahrheit hinter den Videos führt Jeremy und Stephanie in die Vergangenheit.

Dear American Airlines

Author: Jonathan Miles
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547237909
Category: Fiction
Page: 180
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Traveling to the wedding of his estranged daughter and left stranded in O'Hare Airport when his flight is cancelled, Bennie Ford begins writing a letter of complaint to the airline that evolves into a painful lament for a life that has gone badly awry.

Digital Storytelling

A creator's guide to interactive entertainment
Author: Carolyn Handler Miller
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1135044457
Category: Art
Page: 548
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Digital Storytelling shows you how to create immersive, interactive narratives across a multitude of platforms, devices, and media. From age-old storytelling techniques to cutting-edge development processes, this book covers creating stories for all forms of New Media, including transmedia storytelling, video games, mobile apps, and second screen experiences. The way a story is told, a message is delivered, or a narrative is navigated has changed dramatically over the last few years. Stories are told through video games, interactive books, and social media. Stories are told on all sorts of different platforms and through all sorts of different devices. They’re immersive, letting the user interact with the story and letting the user enter the story and shape it themselves. This book features case studies that cover a great spectrum of platforms and different story genres. It also shows you how to plan processes for developing interactive narratives for all forms of entertainment and non-fiction purposes: education, training, information and promotion. Digital Storytelling features interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names, showing you how they build and tell their stories.

Mother Always Said, "..."

Timeless Wisdom to Achieve Personal & Business Success
Author: Robert Popovich
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1491898054
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 122
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Mother always said, is a compendium of the authors mothers most treasured maxims and memorable childhood value lessons he learned while growing up and has applied in numerous and unique situations in his successful business career. The journey begins in a small quiet town in western Pennsylvania, passes through the bright lights of Broadway, unwittingly into the middle of the Iranian Revolution, then living and working within a breath of the Berlin Wall; and finally, the unending challenges he faced in the early years of the former Soviet Union. Each encounter tests his faith and reliance upon his mothers wisdom to see him through. He has taken the best of his anecdotes and put them into an indispensable collection for all ages to enjoy and successfully apply in their everyday lives and business careers. His narrative style will tickle your funny bone and possibly draw an occasional tear. Critics have labeled his writing as unique, refreshing, practical and riddled with original humor. While the authors childhood experiences cover some of the most relatable and entertaining moments in a childs life, they also provide a foundation for teaching many important value lessons to children. The adult experiences provide the framework for addressing lifes daily challenges in personal relationships and a variety of business situations. You can be effortlessly apply these principles and immediately measure their value in your life. The result is a fascinating literary effort that will appeal to young and old, professional men and women, and the general public. Mother always said, can be absorbed in one reading or a chapter at a time. It is a book that is certain to become a permanent reference for every library, business and family.

Real KSAs--knowledge, Skills & Abilities--for Government Jobs

Improve Your Chances of Gaining Federal Employment by Preparing Top-notch KSAs
Author: Anne McKinney
Publisher: PREP Publishing
ISBN: 9781885288349
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 193
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Getting a federal government job can be a difficult experience because of the unusual and often complex paperwork. Many federal jobs require "KSAs," which stands for "Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities." This book shows how to write up KSAs in order to present your qualifications and talents in the most effective manner.

Time Bomb from Within

Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry
Author: Dr. Stuart Scheckner
Publisher: Abbott Press
ISBN: 9781458205889
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 180
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“This book is a gem. It hits hard at just how simple it is to be poisoned from the vapors from mercury and mercury amalgam exposures and yet just how difficult it is to achieve understanding from anyone in either the health care industry or society in general. Dr. Scheckner is able to take the reader on a journey of just how simple it is for mercury to slowly and silently destroy someone’s life. People are being hurt, not only from the damaging effects of mercury on one’s health, but also from the battle that it takes to achieve acceptance and recognition that mercury poisoning is a disease. This is a compelling story that all too many people in our profession of dentistry and patients who have been treated with mercury amalgam have faced and, because of a societal lack of understanding, will continue to face, unless we start to wake up and stop using this insidious and pernicious agent. Time Bomb from Within: Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry is a simple but heart-wrenching read for every dental health care professional and anyone who has, or has ever had, a mercury amalgam filling.” —Dr. Nestor B Shapka, BSc, DDS, IAOMT; president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

Worship Seeking Understanding

Windows into Christian Practice
Author: John D. Witvliet
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441207007
Category: Religion
Page: 320
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What exactly is worship? How can we account for its power? In Worship Seeking Understanding, noted worship expert John Witvliet mines the riches of the Bible, theology, history, music, and pastoral research to provide windows into the practice of Christian worship. With this work, Witvliet attempts to build bridges between theory and practice, among various worship-related disciplines, and across denominational lines. If worship renewal is to occur, each bridge must be formed. His hope is that this work will not only articulate questions about worship but also enrich the practice of worship in congregations today. Witvliet's broad scope and insightful advice will be welcomed by pastors, worship leaders, church leaders, and students.

Aufstieg und Fall großer Mächte

Author: Tom Rachman
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423424702
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
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Freundschaft, Liebe und Mut sind die wahren Koordinaten des Lebens Tooly Zylberberg liebt Tee, lange Spaziergänge und den Buchladen ›World’s End‹ in einem kleinen walisischen Städtchen, dessen stolze, wenn auch nicht gewinnbringende Besitzerin sie ist. Tooly hütet nicht nur tausende Bücher, sondern auch eine Fülle von Geheimnissen, ihre eigene Vergangenheit betreffend, die sie selbst nicht alle kennt. Als sie klein war, hatte ihr Vater sie entführt und war mit ihr durch die Welt gezogen, während ihre Mutter Chaos verbreitete, wo immer sie auftauchte. Doch waren da noch Humphrey, der griesgrämige Russe, der Bücher über alles liebte, und Venn, Sarahs Liebhaber, ebenso charismatisch wie egozentrisch, dessen Weltsicht Tooly für immer prägen sollte. Ein Dreieck, in dem Tooly versuchte, Grund unter die Füße zu bekommen, während das Leben sie durch die Luft wirbelte. Tooly fiel durch alle Netze und Raster – und doch wird sie am Ende ankommen in einem Leben, das das ihre ist. Ein großartig verdichteter Roman, in dem der Mut, sich seiner Vergangenheit zu stellen, leuchtet wie ein helles Licht.