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Talk like Ted

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking coach and bestselling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED ? which stands for technology, entertainment, and design ? brings together the world’s leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
In his book, Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo’s step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.
Carmine Gallo’s top 10 *Wall Street Journal* Bestseller *Talk Like TED* will give anyone who is insecure about their public speaking abilities the tools to communicate the ideas that matter most to them, the skill to win over hearts and minds, and the confidence to deliver the talk of their lives.
The opinions expressed by Carmine Gallo in TALK LIKE TED are his own. His book is not endorsed, sponsored or authorized by TED Conferences, LLC or its affiliates.

Tales From the Uplands

Uncanny things haunt the high country, where mountains bring justice and men tell mysterious tales. A place where churches seek the lost and deadly forces lurk below the peaks.
Contains eight short stories drawn from locations and legends of Central Europe, including the Drachenberg version of a famous folk-tale, and an excerpt from the next Cat Among Dragons novel. **

Sync

One falls. One comes together.
This is where it all ends and everything changes.
Finsbury Gage thinks he has all the answers, thinks he’s tracked down the man who killed his wife–but he doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Find out the fate of Finsbury Gage in the thrilling conclusion of Lost Time in Part 5 [Sync].
New to the Lost Time series? Discover for yourself how Finsbury Gage’s epic story of loss, revenge and redemption begins in LOST TIME: Part 1 [Second Skyn].

Sword and citadel

SUMMARY: I Master of the House of Chains “It was in my hair, Severian,” Dorcas said. “So I stood under the waterfall in the hot stone room—I don’t know if the men’s side is arranged in the same way. And every time I stepped out, I could hear them talking about me. They called you the black butcher, and other things I don’t want to tell you about.”“That’s natural enough,” I said. “You were probably the first stranger to enter the place in a month, so it’s only to be expected that they would chatter about you, and that the few women who knew who you were would be proud of it and perhaps tell some tales. As for me, I’m used to it, and you must have heard such expressions on the way here many times; I know I did.”“Yes,” she admitted, and sat down on the sill of the embrasure. In the city below, the lamps of the swarming shops were beginning to fill the valley of the Acis with a yellow radiance like the petals of a jonquil, but she did not seem to see them.“Now you understand why the regulations of the guild forbid me from taking a wife—although I will break them for you, as I have told you many times, whenever you want me to.”“You mean that it would be better for me to live somewhere else, and only come to see you once or twice a week, or wait till you came to see me.”“That’s the way it’s usually done. And eventually the women who talked about us today will realize that sometime they, or their sons or husbands, may find themselves beneath my hand.”“But don’t you see, this is all beside the point. The thing is…” Here Dorcas fell silent, and then, when neither of us had spoken for some time, she rose and began to pace the room, one arm clasping the other. It was something I had never seen her do before, and I found it disturbing.“What is the point, then?” I asked.“That it wasn’t true then. That it is now.”“I practiced the Art whenever there was work to be had. Hired myself out to towns and country justices. Several times you watched me from a window, though you never liked to stand in the crowd—for which I hardly blame you.”“I didn’t watch,” she said.“I recall seeing you.”“I didn’t. Not when it was actually going on. You were intent on what you were doing, and didn’t see me when I went inside or covered my eyes. I used to watch, and wave to you, when you first vaulted onto the scaffold. You were so proud then, and stood just as straight as your sword, and looked so fine. You were honest. I remember watching once when there was an official of some sort up there with you, and the condemned man and a hieromonach. And yours was the only honest face.”“You couldn’t possibly have seen it. I must surely have been wearing my mask.”“Severian, I didn’t have to see it. I know what you look like.”“Don’t I look the same now?”“Yes,” she said reluctantly. “But I have been down below. I’ve seen the people chained in the tunnels. When we sleep tonight, you and I in our soft bed, we will be sleeping on top of them. How many did you say there were when you took me down?”“About sixteen hundred. Do you honestly believe those sixteen hundred would be free if I were no longer present to guard them? They were here, remember, when we came.”Dorcas would not look at me. “It’s like a mass grave,” she said. I could see her shoulders shake.“It should be,” I told her. “The archon could release them, but who could resurrect those they’ve killed? You’ve never lost anyone, have you?”She did not reply.“Ask the wives and the mothers and the sisters of the men our prisoners have left rotting in the high country whether Abdiesus should let them go.”“Only myself,” Dorcas said, and blew out the candle.* * *Thrax is a crooked dagger entering the heart of the mountains. It lies in a narrow defile of the valley of the Acis, and extends up it to Acies Castle. The harena, the pantheon, and the other public buildings occupy all the level land between the castle and the wall (called the Capulus) that closes the lower end of the narrow section of the valley. The private buildings of the city climb the cliffs to either side, and many are in large measure dug into the rock itself, from which practice Thrax gains one of its sobriquets—the City of Windowless Rooms.Its prosperity it owes to its position at the head of the navigable part of the river. At Thrax, all goods shipped north on the Acis (many of which have traversed nine tenths of the length of Gyoll before entering the mouth of the smaller river, which may indeed be Gyoll’s true source) must be unloaded and carried on the backs of animals if they are to travel farther. Conversely, the hetmans of the mountain tribes and the landowners of the region who wish to ship their wool and corn to the southern towns bring them to take boat at Thrax, below the cataract that roars through the arched spillway of Acies Castle.As must always be the case when a stronghold imposes the rule of law over a turbulent region, the administration of justice was the chief concern of the archon of the city. To impose his will on those without the walls who might otherwise have opposed it, he could call upon seven squadrons of dimarchi, each under its own commander. Court convened each month, from the first appearance of the new moon to the full, beginning with the second morning watch and continuing as long as necessary to clear the day’s docket. As chief executor of the archon’s sentences, I was required to attend these sessions, so that he might be assured that the punishments he decreed should be made neither softer nor more severe by those who might otherwise have been charged with transmitting them to me; and to oversee the operation of the Vincula, in which the prisoners were detained, in all its details. It was a responsibility equivalent on a lesser scale to that of Master Gurloes in our Citadel, and during the first few weeks I spent in Thrax it weighed heavily upon me.It was a maxim of Master Gurloes’s that no prison is ideally situated. Like most of the wise tags put forward for the edification of young men, it was inarguable and unhelpful. All escapes fall into three categories—that is, they are achieved by stealth, by violence, or by the treachery of those set as guards. A remote place does most to render escapes by stealth difficult, and for that reason has been favored by the majority of those who have thought long upon the subject.Unfortunately, deserts, mountaintops, and lone isles offer the most fertile fields for violent escape—if they are besieged by the prisoners’ friends, it is difficult to learn of the fact before it is too late, and next to impossible to reinforce their garrisons; and similarly, if the prisoners rise in rebellion, it is highly unlikely that troops can be rushed to the spot before the issue is decided.A facility in a well-populated and well-defended district avoids these difficulties, but incurs even more severe ones. In such places a prisoner needs, not a thousand friends, but one or two; and these need not be fighting men—a scrubwoman and a street vendor will do, if they possess intelligence and resolution. Furthermore, once the prisoner has escaped the walls, he mingles immediately with the faceless mob, so that his reapprehension is not a matter for huntsmen and dogs but for agents and informers.In our own case, a detached prison in a remote location w

Swift

The vampire was squashed as flat as my hair on a bad day, and the troll had his eye on me next. Then I nearly got killed because of a pigeon, and *then* I forgot the bloody shopping. I knew the rest of the day would suck.
It did. I got a call. I had a job.
With the city still in chaos after the Rift spat out more Strange than we could cope with, and me seriously reconsidering my role as Justice, I get dragged down deep into the dark underbelly of all things magical.
Things go from bad to worse as I chase a way too hot shifter monster across the scarred landscape of ground zero, a mystery reveals itself that threatens our already tenuous future, and everything unravels as violence escalates.
It doesn’t help that a demon who thinks fo’ shizzle is the latest in street talk insists on tagging along, the dark elves are amassing on the other side, and I almost lost Mr. Moppet.
Whatever, I’m a five-hundred-year-old witch and I’m gonna clean up this city no matter what.
I’m Swift, and I’ll show them Justice.
Welcome to Strangetown.

Supervised Machine Learning With Python: Develop Rich Python Coding Practices While Exploring Supervised Machine Learning

**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

**
### Sinossi
**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

### L’autore
**Taylor Smith** is a machine learning enthusiast with over five years of experience who loves to apply interesting computational solutions to challenging business problems. Currently working as a principal data scientist, Taylor is also an active open source contributor and staunch Pythonista.

Supercharged Python: Take Your Code to the Next Level

> “Brian Overland makes programming simple. . . . To my amazement, his books explain complicated code clearly enough for anyone to understand.”
> *–Art Sedighi, PhD* Tapping into the full power of Python doesn’t have to be difficult. ***Supercharged Python** * is written for people who’ve learned the fundamentals of the language but want to take their skills to the next level.
After a quick review of Python, the book covers: advanced list and string techniques; all the ways to handle text and binary files; financial applications; advanced techniques for writing classes; generators and decorators; and how to master packages such as Numpy (Numeric Python) to supercharge your applications!
* Use profilers and “magic methods” to code like a pro
* Harness the power of regular expressions to process text quickly with a single statement
* Take advantage of 22 coding shortcuts, along with performance tips, to save time and optimize your code
* Create really useful classes and objects, for games, simulations, money, mathematics, and more
* Use multiple modules to build powerful apps while avoiding the “gotchas”
* Import packages to dramatically speed up statistical operations–by as much as 100 times!
* Refer to the five-part language reference to look up fine points of the language

***Supercharged Python** * demonstrates techniques that allow you to write faster and more powerful code, whether you’re manipulating large amounts of data or building sophisticated applications.
*Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.*   **

Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts

#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists. **
### Sinossi
#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.
### L’autore
**Thomas Willeford** has degrees in physics, history, and art. His alter ego, Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, has displayed his work, which blurs the line between art and engineering, throughout the United States and Europe for years. Willeford’s work (including the E-pod) was recently featured in the exhibit, “Device and Contraptions Extraordinaire” at the Ashmolean University of Oxford museum of the History of Science. He has made costume pieces for Abney Park, Beautiful Deadly Children, and GhostFire. Willeford has been called, “The most photographed person in the Steampunk community.” He has been featured in Steampunk Bizarre, the BBC, MTV, the Steampunk World’s Faire, Whitby Gothic Weekend, Glasgow Marker’s Faire, *Pirate* magazine, and the *Daily Mail*.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Log 09

Another exciting episode from television’s most popular science fiction series.

Complete in this volume.

**Bem**

It seemed like such a simple request.

The Pandronians had petitioned to send a representative to observe a Federation crew carrying out a survey mission . . . precisely the type of mission the Enterprise had just been assigned.

What could go wrong?

So Commander Ari bn Bem joined Captain Kirk and his crew to evaluate aboriginal lifeforms of undetermined intelligence and accomplishment on the planet Delta Theta III.

And that’s when the trouble began . . .

Star Rain

The fight with the genetically engineered aliens seems impossible. Benny and Gina, both Seeders, stand on the bridge of their massive mother ship knowing they needed miracles to win.
They both know that if they work long enough and hard enough, miracles might happen. Centuries worth of work.
A massive-scale Seeders Universe story that started in the novel *Star Mist.*

Star Quest

In a universe that had been ravaged by a thousand years of interplanetary warfare between the star-shattering Romaghins and the equally voracious Setessins, there seemed now but one thing that might bring the destruction to an end.
That would be the right catalyst in the hands of the right people.
The right catalyst could well be the individualist rebel, Tohm . . . he who had once been a simple peasant and who had been forcibly changed into a fearfully armored instrument of mechanical warfare–the man-tank Jumbo Ten.
But the right people? Could they possibly be the hated driftwood of biological warfare–those monsters of a cosmic no-man’s land–the Muties?
*
Ace Double: Emil Petaja – Doom of the Green Planet / Dean R. Koontz – Star Quest
Książka ma 127 stron.

Star Mist: A Seeders Universe Novel

A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best. **
### Sinossi
A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best.
### L’autore
Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres. At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, and a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang. His monthly magazine, Smith’s Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month. During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown. Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series. For more information about Dean’s books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at www.deanwesleysmith.com and sign up for his newsletter.