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Pyspark Cookbook

Combine the power of Apache Spark and Python to build effective big data applications Key Features Perform effective data processing, machine learning, and analytics using PySpark Overcome challenges in developing and deploying Spark solutions using Python Explore recipes for efficiently combining Python and Apache Spark to process data Book DescriptionApache Spark is an open source framework for efficient cluster computing with a strong interface for data parallelism and fault tolerance. The PySpark Cookbook presents effective and time-saving recipes for leveraging the power of Python and putting it to use in the Spark ecosystem. You’ll start by learning the Apache Spark architecture and how to set up a Python environment for Spark. You’ll then get familiar with the modules available in PySpark and start using them effortlessly. In addition to this, you’ll discover how to abstract data with RDDs and DataFrames, and understand the streaming capabilities of PySpark. You’ll then move on to using ML and MLlib in order to solve any problems related to the machine learning capabilities of PySpark and use GraphFrames to solve graph-processing problems. Finally, you will explore how to deploy your applications to the cloud using the spark-submit command. By the end of this book, you will be able to use the Python API for Apache Spark to solve any problems associated with building data-intensive applications. What you will learn Configure a local instance of PySpark in a virtual environment Install and configure Jupyter in local and multi-node environments Create DataFrames from JSON and a dictionary using pyspark.sql Explore regression and clustering models available in the ML module Use DataFrames to transform data used for modeling Connect to PubNub and perform aggregations on streams Who this book is forThe PySpark Cookbook is for you if you are a Python developer looking for hands-on recipes for using the Apache Spark 2.x ecosystem in the best possible way. A thorough understanding of Python (and some familiarity with Spark) will help you get the best out of the book.


SUMMARY: It’s bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn’t a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he’s been trained at Ankh-Morpork’s famed assassins’ school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun.First, there’s the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad — a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal — not to mention aheadstrong handmaiden — at the heart of his realm.


EDITORIAL REVIEW: ***The Manchurian Candidate* meets *South Park*—Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel since the generation-defining *Fight Club*.***“Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67 on arrival Midwestern American airport greater _____ area. Flight _____. Date _____. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name: Operation Havoc.”*Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the United States, disguised as exchange students, to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified act of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified. For Pygmy and his fellow operatives are cooking up something big, something truly awful, that will bring this big dumb country and its fat dumb inhabitants to their knees.It’s a comedy. And a romance.

Pygmalion and three other plays

SUMMARY: Pygmalion and Three Other Plays, by George Bernard Shaw, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Hailed as “a Tolstoy with jokes” by one critic, George Bernard Shaw was the most significant British playwright since the seventeenth century. Pygmalion persists as his best-loved play, one made into both a classic film—which won Shaw an Academy Award for best screenplay—and the perennially popular musical My Fair Lady. Pygmalion follows the adventures of phonetics professor Henry Higgins as he attempts to transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a refined lady. The scene in which Eliza appears in high society with the correct accent but no notion of polite conversation is considered one of the funniest in English drama. Like most of Shaw’s work, Pygmalion wins over audiences with wit, a taut morality, and an innate understanding of human relationships. This volume also includes Major Barbara, which attacks both capitalism and charitable organizations, The Doctor’s Dilemma, a keen-eyed examination of medical morals and malpractice, and Heartbreak House, which exposes the spiritual bankruptcy of the generation responsible for the bloodshed of World War I.John A. Bertolini is Ellis Professor of the Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, where he teaches dramatic literature, Shakespeare, and film. He has written The Playwrighting Self of Bernard Shaw and articles on Hitchcock, and British and American dramatists. Bertolini also wrote the introduction and notes to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Shaw’s Man and Superman and Three Other Plays.

PVC and Pipe Engineer

Build a bunkbed in the morning and a water blaster in the afternoon, with PVC and Pipe Engineer, even advanced projects are easy with the right know-how! PVC and iron pipes used to be hidden deep inside the crawlspaces in your house, serving purely utilitarian needs. But not anymore! DIY with PVC and iron piping has caught on with homeowners and earned a place in every room of the house (and the backyard too)! The 18 projects in PVC and Pipe Engineer range from wine racks to bedframes, showerheads to bike trailers. Best of all, they can all be made with parts you’ll find at your local hardware store. You’ll be surprised at how easily even advanced projects go together once you learn the basics of cutting and joining iron pipe and PVC. Whether you’re building a super-powered water blaster, a minimalist modern chandelier, or even a simple candle holder, the illustrated how-to steps in PVC and Pipe Engineer will show even first-time DIY-ers how to build projects they’re proud of.
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Puzzles of the Black Widowers

La vicenda di Asimov e dei Vedovi Neri è la storia di un amore lungamente coltivato tra un autore e la sua creazione letteraria. Dal loro concepimento negli anni Settanta fino alla morte, Asimov non smise mai di scrivere i suoi racconti dei Vedovi Neri. Come Maigret per Georges Simenon, Sherlock Holmes per Conan Doyle o Miss Marple per Agatha Christie, i Vedovi Neri – questi sei distinti signori che, assistiti dal cameriere Henry, si riuniscono a cena una volta al mese per dedicarsi con tutto il loro ingegno e la loro cultura alla risoluzione di un enigma – sono il personaggio (collettivo) che permette alla fantasia dello scrittore di confrontarsi con le sue piccole o grandi ossessioni. Spaziando tra la matematica e la musica, la storia e l’astronomia, la letteratura e la chimica, le tessere del puzzle si ricompongono inesorabilmente fino allo scioglimento del rebus, allo stesso tempo piegando la trama classica del giallo in un gioco continuo e imprevedibile di erudizione che rappresenta l’essenza del divertissement letterario secondo Asimov.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Licensed in over eighty-five languages, *The Purpose Driven Life* is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.
On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:
* The Question of Existence: *Why am I alive?*
* The Question of Significance: *Does my life matter?*
* The Question of Purpose: *What on earth am I here for?*
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.
Five benefits of knowing your purpose:
1. It will explain the meaning of your life.
2. It will simplify your life.
3. It will focus your life.
4. It will increase your motivation.
5. It will prepare you for eternity.
*This new, expanded edition has been created for a new generation of readers.*

Purity of Heart

“Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing,” by Sören Kierkegaard, is considered a devotional classic. Through irony, dialogue, and parable, Kierkegaard slices through the masks and fascades we construct that delude us into thinking that all is well with our soul. With the skill and precision of a surgeon’s hand, Kierkegaard opens up the true condition of our motivations in life and faith. Kierkegaard is not afraid to stare in the face the dark side of our humanity. In “Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing” we see that only through this brutal honesty can we become our true selves and find healing. Kierkegaard boldly asserts that only by joining with providence and the Great Physician’s hand can we “will one thing”–the good. The good is all that is true, eternal, and authentic. The good is all that comes from God. As with all of Kierkegaard’s works, “Purity of Heart” makes for worthy reading which will provoke and challenge you.

Punch Drunk: A Black MMA Fighter Sexually Dominates a Curious White Couple

Housewife Keri is on her knees in front of this towering, black MMA fighter – and her husband is urging her to do TERRIBLE, WONDERFUL things… *When a submissive white couple meet a dominant black fighter, he delights them both by using them every which way he pleases…*
“African Hardwood” is what the tabloids called **Oliver Adami** – a towering 400lb MMA legend from Kenya.
Over in America for a championship bout, Adami leaves the octagon wanting MORE – and a chance encounter with submissive couple Keri and Ross might give this huge, well-hung African exactly what he has an appetite for.
Seduction, submission and surrender… Willing and wanton, both Keri and Ross strip naked and service this towering black champion – before he throws fertile wife Keri onto a bed, and leaves the moaning wife filled and dripping.
**A full-length novella, *Punch Drunk* is a sizzlingly explicit tale of a submissive wife, a bisexual husband, and a towering black champion who takes his bareback pleasure with both of them. Enjoy!**
**Author’s Note:** An previous version of this story was sold as *Fight Night Threesome* by Simone Scarlet MMA.
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Pulse Revolution

With 150 delicious recipes, you can revolutionize your diet with pulses, the powerful plant-based proteins that are full of heart-healthy benefits.
Discover the power of pulses—lentils, dry peas, beans, and chickpeas—and draw on culinary traditions from around the world to create healthy meals. The 150 vegetarian recipes are nutritious and satisfying, and have flexible options for vegans and meat-eaters.
Try a meat-based twist on the White Bean Coconut Curry, flex the Red Lentil Lasagna for vegan diets, or whip up a batch of Black Bean Brownies that anybody will enjoy. Pulse Revolution has something to offer everyone, from meat-loving omnivores to dairy-free vegans. The book includes: • 150 vegetarian recipes flexed to more than 400 ideas with their vegan and meat-based variations.
• Clear photos of many of the final meals.
• Pulse profiles that highlight the preparation, cooking, and nutrition of each pulse featured in the book.
• A ”Pulse Exchange” feature that gives readers flexible pulse swaps they can use in recipes.
• Wide selection of dishes from breakfast to dinner plus desserts.
• Innovative recipes from around the world support the UN’s 2016 International Year of Pulses.
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The Puffin Book of Horror Stories

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A collection of contemporary and classic horror stories by authors such as Pete Johnson, Robert Westall, Roald Dahl and Stephen King.

Psychobitches: Tear It Up

## I am the law! Well, kinda. More like a bounty hunter, but I still put a foot up the @$$ of injustice and bring criminals down.
Only, this time things didn’t go as planned. This time, as I was delivering my criminals to be placed in the Abaddon Asylum, everything fell apart when an uprising tore down the system and led to my ship exploding before I could get out of there. Now it’s up to me and some sexy lady allies (and then some!) I’ve teamed up with along the way to put things right. But we’re not just going to stop the uprising. Our mission goes much deeper than that, into the planet itself where all manner of horrors await. Oh, and we call ourselves the Psychobitches. And yeah, I [email protected] own it like a crown. **NOTE: Read on, friend, if you’re a fan of explosions galore, superpowers and leveling up, monster girls and tiny fairies who are all freaks in the sheets, and crazy ladies who could just as easily slit your throat as bring you to the point of more bliss than you’ve ever thought possible. Take it, it’s yours! **


When a mysterious man orchestrates an attack on archaeologist Annja Creed and then offers her an assignment, Annja is baffl ed. But the mission is too intriguing for her to refuse. She must fi nd an object that possesses a sacred and powerful secret offering atonement to anyone who uncovers it—or wreaking havoc on the world.
Stolen from an ancient order of knights, the relic is now in the clutches of a band of pirates sailing the South China Sea. When a government leader threatens to destroy the pirate ship—along with the artifact—rather than let it get into the wrong hands, Annja must decide at what cost the sacred prize should be protected. Destroying it would defi le history. But saving it could bring about apocalypse.

Proven Guilty

Proven Guilty (Dresden Files Series #8) by Jim Butcher
Elevated “into the front rank of urban fantasy heroes” (SF Site), professional wizard Harry Dresden is pledged to fight crime, banish evil, and outwit the masters of dark arts in the shadowy corners of Chicago.
Harry, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, is drafted to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City. And if that wasn’t enough, he must help the daughter of an old friend, whose boyfriend was the only one in a room where an old man was attacked. He insists he didn’t do it. And what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film turns out to be-well, something quite close to that, as Harry discovers that malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago.

Protector of Midnight

**Not all monsters are evil. Serenity should know… She is one… **
Being a monster among humans is no easy task, but Serenity is determined to make it work for the sake of her adopted human sister. Being an officer with the Sunset PD means the humans are hers to protect, be it from the self-proclaimed winged messiahs of Dawn or the ravenous scourge of Midnight. But most of all from the constant threat of the hungry demon within.
**But one slip is all it takes for the facade to unravel.**
Exiled to Midnight, a district filled with moonlight and monsters, Serenity must find her place among the supernaturals and freaks. Being drafted into the Nephilim Protectorate, the only line of defence between humans and dangerous magic, means proving her worth while battling to control her demon hunger. It won’t be easy, but with the help of the protectorate men, and their terrifying charismatic leader, it may just be possible, because a malevolent force is rising, and Serenity may be the only one with the power to stop it.
**Midnight’s fate is in Serenity’s hands, and to succeed she may have to do the unthinkable, she may have to unleash the monster inside.**
*A Kick-ass Urban Fantasy with a slow burn reverse Whychoose romance.*
**Angels, Fallen, nephilim and Arthurian legend are given a fresh twist in this sexy, thrilling urban Fantasy series. Fans of Lost girl and True blood will surely enjoy it. Scroll up to grab your copy today!**

Protecting Their Mate [Wolf Packs of Fate 4]

[Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Paranormal Cowboy Menage a Quatre Romance, M/F/M/M, werewolves, HEA] Big and beautiful Betsy Cramer has been put down because of her weight all her life. She moves to Fate to realize her dream of owning a clothing boutique that caters to all women, no matter what their size. Can she fake it until she makes it? Or will others, especially three sexy cowboys she’s got the hots for, see right through her? Werewolves Scott Branton, Billy Johnson, and Foster Rittenhouse want to claim Betsy as their mate, but first they need to make her see herself as they do. She’s the perfect woman, both curvy and spunky. Yet just when they think they’ve convinced her that she’s theirs, an unseen danger threatens to take her away. The men must protect their mate no matter how much she tries to run from them. But can they fight the danger lying within her? ** A Siren Erotic Romance Jane Jamison is a Siren-exclusive author.