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Ocean Liners

Before the advent of the jet age, ocean liners were the principal means of transport around the globe, and carried migrants and business people, soldiers and administrators, families and lone travelers to every corner of the world. Though the ocean liner was born on the North Atlantic it soon spread to all the other oceans and in this new book the author addresses this huge global story. The account begins with Brunel’s Great Eastern and the early Cunarders, but with the rise in nationalism and the growth in empires in the latter part of the 19th century, and the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the colonial powers of Spain, France and Germany soon established shipping lines of their own, and transpacific routes were opened up by Japanese and American lines. The golden age between the two world wars witnessed huge growth in liner traffic to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, India and the Far East, the French colonies and the Dutch East and West Indies, but then, though there was a postwar revival, the breakup of empires and the arrival of mass air travel brought about the swan song of the liner. Employing more than 250 stunning photographs, the author describes not just the ships and routes, but interweaves the technical and design developments, covering engines, electric light, navigation and safety, and accommodation. A truly unique and evocative book for merchant ship enthusiasts and historians. About the Author: Peter Newall is recognised as one of the world’s leading passenger shipping experts. After a successful career at British Airways he is now a full time cruise journalist, lecturer and shipping historian. He has written hundreds of articles and nine highly acclaimed maritime history books including the definitive fleet histories of Cunard, Orient and Union-Castle Lines. His extensive collection of historic merchant shipping images, now known as the Newall Dunn Collection, is one of the largest in private hands.

OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide

OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 by Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff
**Full coverage of functional programming and all OCA Java Programmer exam objectives**
*OCA, Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide, Exam 1Z0-808* is a comprehensive study guide for those taking the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I exam (1Z0-808). With complete coverage of 100% of the exam objectives, this book provides everything you need to know to confidently take the exam. The release of Java 8 brought the language’s biggest changes to date, and for the first time, candidates are required to learn functional programming to pass the exam. This study guide has you covered, with thorough functional programming explanation and information on all key topic areas Java programmers need to know. You’ll cover Java inside and out, and learn how to apply it efficiently and effectively to create solutions applicable to real-world scenarios.
* Work confidently with operators, conditionals, and loops
* Understand object-oriented design principles and patterns
* Master functional programming fundamentals

Obsidian Butterfly

‘I was covered in blood, but it wasn’t mine, so it was okay.’
Edward is a hit man. He specialises in monsters. Vampires, shape-shifters, anything and everything. There are people like me, Anita Blake, who do it legally, but Edward doesn’t sweat the legalities or, hell, the ethics. He is an equal opportunity killer.
I may be one of the few friends that Edward has, but it’s like being friends with a tame leopard. It may curl on the foot of your bed and let you pet its head, but it can still eat your throat out…
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Obama Zombies

In 2008, Barack Obama lobotomized a generation. For an entire year, otherwise clear-thinking members of the most affluent, over-educated, information-drenched generation in American history fell prey to the most expensive, hi-tech, laser-focused marketing assault in presidential campaign history. Twitter messages were machine-gunned to cell phones at mach speed. Facebook and MySpace groups spread across the Internet like digital fire. YouTube videos featuring celebrities ricocheted across the globe and into college students’ in-boxes with devastating regularity. All the while, the mega-money-raising engine whirred like a slot machine stuck on jackpot. The result: an unthinking mass of young voters marched forward to elect the most radical and untested president in U.S. history. Recognized as one of the country’s top young conservative activists by Human Events, Jason Mattera created an internet sensation with ambush video interviews that exposed clueless young liberals and cunning Democratic officials. Now he reveals the jaw-dropping lengths Barack Obama and his allies in Hollywood, Washington, and Academia went to in order to transform a legion of iPod-listening, MTV-watching followers into a winning coalition that threatens to become a long-lasting political realignment. Obama Zombies uncovers the true, behind-the-scenes story of the methods and tactics the Obama campaign unleashed on youth culture. Through personal interviews and meticulous original research, Mattera explains why conservatism’s future rests upon jolting the young masses from their slumber, yanking out their earphones, and sparking a countercultural conservative battle against the rise of the ignorant Left. The lesson from 2008 is crystal clear: When true conservatives run away, Obama zombies come out to play.
**Recensie(s)**

Jason Mattera is sharp, confident, and articulate. He is a solid example of the next generation of conservative leadership. . . . America will be in good hands in the future. –Kirby Wilbur, radio personality, AM 570 KVI (Seattle) A heat-seeking missile aimed straight at the Cult of Obama. Explosive, devastating, and rib-crackingly hilarious, Obama Zombies is a must-read for every citizen who cares about protecting freedom for future generations of America. If you know an Obama Zombie who needs awakening, buy this book now! –Michelle Malkin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies Jason Mattera is a national treasure. You’ve seen him ambush interview and demolish some of liberalism’s biggest names. Now he’s served our nation yet again by exposing the liberal lunatics who gave us President Obama. Piercing, eye-opening, and deliciously witty, Obama Zombies is required reading for an entire generation who have been sold liberal lies. –Ann Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America Jason Mattera is an incisive, tenacious champion of the right. His continuing work to expose liberal bias on campus always makes for a blockbuster interview! –Mark Larson, radio personality, 1170 AM KCBQ (San Diego)
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O’ Artful Death

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Newcomer Sarah Stewart Taylor delivers a compelling and atmospheric cozy mystery that introduces Sweeney St. George, an art historian in Boston with a special interest in the art of death. Sweeney becomes interested in Byzantium, Vermont, an art colony that flourished in the late nineteenth century, when she comes upon a photograph of the striking gravestone of a girl who drowned, and may have been murdered, in 1890. The stone is in a tiny cemetery surrounded by other beautiful, if unremarkable, headstones, some dating back hundreds of years. But the unsigned sculpture that marks this young woman’s grave is of extremely high quality and the artist is unrecognizable.
Sweeney is soon hooked, not only on the mystery of who created the beautiful sculpture but also on the details of the events surrounding the girl’s death. When the friend who showed her the gravestone invites Sweeney to visit his relatives in Byzantium for Christmas, she jumps at the chance, knowing full well that the girl’s murder has achieved the status of mythology in the town and hoping she’ll be able to uncover new information. But by the time they arrive, her interest in the girl and the sculpture has gotten around town and, in fact, seems to have disturbed a killer. For not long after Sweeney arrives, one of the girl’s descendants is murdered, shot and left lying in the cemetery.
Taylor has written a remarkably accomplished debut mystery in the traditional cozy vein, and she’s sure to win over legions of fans with *O’ Artful Death.*

Nurtureshock

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
In a world of modern, involved, caring parents, why are so many kids aggressive and cruel? Where is intelligence hidden in the brain, and why does that matter? Why do cross-racial friendships decrease in schools that are more integrated? If 98% of kids think lying is morally wrong, then why do 98% of kids lie? What’s the single most important thing that helps infants learn language?
*NurtureShock* is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we’ve mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring—because key twists in the science have been overlooked.
Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors’ work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children’s (and adults’) lives.

The Nursing Home Murder

Ngaio Marsh’s bestselling and ingenious third novel remains one of the most popular pieces of crime fiction of all time. Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse Jane Harden are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary – and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why…
**Recensie(s)**

Continues to be one of Ngaio’s most popular novels, and has outstripped all her other titles in sales.’ MARGARET LEWIS Ngaio Marsh transforms the detective story from a mere puzzle into a novel.’ DAILY EXPRESS She is astoundingly good.’ DAILY EXPRESS The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’ THE SUN
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Numerical Python

Leverage the numerical and mathematical modules in Python and its standard library as well as popular open source numerical Python packages like NumPy, SciPy, FiPy, matplotlib and more. This fully revised edition, updated with the latest details of each package and changes to Jupyter projects, demonstrates how to numerically compute solutions and mathematically model applications in big data, cloud computing, financial engineering, business management and more.

Numerical Python, Second Edition, presents many brand-new case study examples of applications in data science and statistics using Python, along with extensions to many previous examples. Each of these demonstrates the power of Python for rapid development and exploratory computing due to its simple and high-level syntax and multiple options for data analysis.

After reading this book, readers will be familiar with many computing techniques including array-based and symbolic computing, visualization and numerical file I/O, equation solving, optimization, interpolation and integration, and domain-specific computational problems, such as differential equation solving, data analysis, statistical modeling and machine learning.

What You’ll Learn

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Work with vectors and matrices using NumPy
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Plot and visualize data with Matplotlib
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Perform data analysis tasks with Pandas and SciPy
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Review statistical modeling and machine learning with statsmodels and scikit-learn
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Optimize Python code using Numba and Cython

Who This Book Is For

Developers who want to understand how to use Python and its related ecosystem for numerical computing.

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Numbers in the Dark

Numbers in the Dark is a collection of short stories covering the length of Italo Calvino’s extraordinary writing career, from when he was a teenager to shortly before his death. They include witty allegories and wise fables; a town where everything has been forbidden apart from the game of tip-cat; a pitiable tribe watching the flight paths of guided missiles from outside their mud huts; a computer programmer considering the possible sequence of a series of brutal acts; and dialogues with Henry Ford, a Neanderthal and the gloomy, overthrown Montezuma …

Italo Calvino, one of Italy’s finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include Cosmicomics (1968), Invisible Cities (1972), and If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979). He died in Siena in1985, of a brain hemorrhage.

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Number 9 dream

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Number9Dream** is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, *Ghostwritten*, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, **Number9Dream** is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.*From the Hardcover edition.*

Now Wait for Last Year

Dr. Eric Sweetscent has problems. His planet is enmeshed in an unwinnable war. His wife is lethally addicted to a drug that whips its users helplessly back and forth across time — and is hell-bent on making Eric suffer along with her. And Sweetscent’s newest patient is not only the most important man on the embattled planet Earth but quite possibly the sickest. For Secretary Gino Molinari has turned his mortal illness into an instrument of political policy — and Eric cannot tell if his job is to make the Male better or to keep him poised just this side of death.
Now Wait for Last fear bursts through the envelope between the impossible and the inevitable. Even as ushers us into a future that looks uncannily like the present, it makes the normal seem terrifyingly provisional — and compels anyone who reads it to wonder if he really knows what time it is.
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Now for the Disappointing Part

True stories from the world of temporary employment for anyone terrified of being stuck in a job they hate.

When Steven Barker was twelve, his father, in pursuit of the American Dream, moved the family from Canada to Connecticut, having worked his way up from an IBM mailroom to landing a vice president position in a top computer factory. Steven, in contrast, has followed the philosophy of quit everything until you find something you don’t want to quit,” and has spent over fifteen years as a contract employee, a demographic that has come to make up 2 percent of the nation’s work force. Now for the Disappointing Part is the first collection of essays written for the temp workers of the millennial generation-those who, by choice or circumstance, delay or abandon plans for long-term careers for the variety (and anxiety) of contract work.

Funny, insightful, and sometimes shocking, Barker details his life moving from job to job as his contracts expire. He faces abuse as an account manager at Amazon when callers assume he’s in India. He learns about office politics at a nonprofit. And he attends an open call at UPS for holiday help. The chapters explore issues ranging from financial instability to how gender and race play into the workforce to the (often poor) treatment temporary employees receive compared to full-time employees performing the same job. Throughout Barker also reveals his parallel relationships with women, which, like the jobs he works, appear to have predetermined expiration dates.

Now for the Disappointing Part is more than the stories of a man who thinks life is too short to spend forty hours a week doing something you hate. It will resonate with a generation of people who are struggling to find work, stability, and happiness, and are afraid of losing all of them.

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Now & Then

When a simple case turns into a treacherous and politically charged investigation, Spenser faces his most difficult challenge yet-keeping his cool while his beloved Susan Silverman is in danger. Spenser knows something’s amiss the moment Dennis Doherty walks into his office. The guy’s aggressive yet wary, in the way men frightened for their marriages always are. So when Doherty asks Spenser to investigate his wife Jordan’s abnormal behavior, Spenser agrees. A job’s a job, after all. Not surprisingly, Spenser catches Jordan with another man, tells Dennis what he’s found out, and considers the case closed. But a couple of days later, all hell breaks loose, and three people are dead. This isn’t just a marital affair gone bad. Spenser is in the middle of hornet’s nest of trouble, and he’s got to get out of it without getting stung. With Hawk watching his back, and gun-for- hire Vinnie Morris providing extra cover, Spenser delves into a complicated and far-reaching operation: Jordan’s former lover, Perry Alderson, is the leader of a group that helps sponsor terrorists. But Perry doesn’t like Spenser poking around his business, so he decides to get to Spenser through Susan. The Boston P.I. will use all his connections both above and below the law to uncover the truth behind Perry’s antigovernment organization. But what Alderson doesn’t realize is that Spenser will stop at absolutely nothing to keep Susan out of harm’s way; nothing will keep him from the woman he loves.

Nova Unchained

Excerpt from **Luke & Nova Vs. The World**
*Dear Diary,
We were one hour away from fulfilling our fifteen-year-old dream. One hour.
But then, they came. They killed. They took a part of my soul prisoner by putting Luke into a coma.
Remember how, every time one of us gets in trouble with The World, the other comes to the rescue?
Well, this time, Luke isn’t going to be there to fend off the bullies and the psychos who think my body is theirs to take. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there to wrap his arms around me while his father – my uncle – beats us bloody. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there… period.
For the first time in my life, I’m going to be alone. I’m going to have to fight against The World all by myself.
But mark my words, dear diary: I’m going to win.
– Nova Vaughn*
I used to be just a Mississippi girl with a dream bigger than the universe. I had no idea about the dangerous creatures that lurk in the darkest corners of the streets, until I come face to face with one.
When my cousin Luke gets poisoned by a demonic vampire and falls into a coma, the Senior Order of Magic gives me a chance to both avenge him, and bring him back. I don’t think twice. I take it.
But I had no idea that I’d have to sell my soul and become something else in order to save Luke.
And when I do, something tells me that it’s going to be too late to save myself.

Notte Oscura

Nella storia della teologia e della spiritualità cristiana san Giovanni della Croce è probabilmente il mistico che più ha indagato e descritto la natura, il dinamismo e gli effetti della prova nella vita dello spirito, prova che ha magistralmente identificato con la metafora della notte.
Alla “notte oscura” viene attribuito il valore centrale che ne fa l’espressione sintetica dell’esperienza mistica: si riferisce, infatti, a tutti i momenti dell’esperienza e quindi anche a quello culminante, quando diventa “notte pacifica, abissale e oscura intelligenza divina”, allorché l’anima si unisce a Dio “trasformata dall’amore”. Ma è notte anche perché è il luogo dove agisce la fede, che procede nell’oscurità, cioè nella non conoscenza dell’obiettivo finale, anche se cammino di progressiva trasformazione, purificazione del soggetto, il quale perde uno dopo l’altro i suoi attaccamenti ai sensi e alle facoltà psichiche (intelletto, immaginazione e desiderio).
La “notte” porta a sviluppare la capacità di contemplazione che, in modo apparentemente molto semplice, è descritta come un “rimanere quieti trascurando qualsiasi opera interiore ed esteriore e tenendo lontana ogni sollecitudine di fare qualche cosa”. In realtà si tratta di un suggerimento molto tecnico, che viene spiegato come un cessare da ogni “meditazione’ di tipo discorsivo (come sarebbe p. es. riflettere su un passo della Scrittura o altri simili esercizi in cui è coinvolto il pensiero) e restare fermi su un oggetto singolo e specifico, che nella fattispecie è la sensazione della presenza di Dio.

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