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The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

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The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation by Angela Tinwell
2014 | ISBN: 146658694X | English | 236 pages | PDF | 11 MB

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation
Advances in technology have enabled animators and video game designers to design increasingly realistic, human-like characters in animation and games. Although it was intended that this increased realism would allow viewers to appreciate the emotional state of characters, research has shown that audiences often have a negative reaction as the human likeness of a character increases. This phenomenon, known as the Uncanny Valley, has become a benchmark for measuring if a character is believably realistic and authentically human like. This book is an essential guide on how to overcome the Uncanny Valley phenomenon when designing human-like characters in digital applications.

In this book, the author provides a synopsis of literature about the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and explains how it was introduced into contemporary thought. She then presents her theories on its possible psychological causes based on a series of empirical studies. The book focuses on how aspects of facial expression and speech can be manipulated to overcome the Uncanny Valley in character design.

presents a novel theory that goes beyond previous research in that the cause of the Uncanny Valley is based on a perceived lack of empathy in a character. This book makes an original, scholarly contribution to our current understanding of the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and fills a gap in the literature by assessing the biological and social roots of the Uncanny Valley and its implications for computer-graphics animation.
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Signing For Dummies

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Adan R. Penilla II, Angela Lee Taylor, "Signing For Dummies"
2003 | ISBN: 0764554360 | 384 pages | EPUB | 9 MB

Signing For Dummies
American Sign Language (ASL) is something we've all seen Deaf people use in restaurants, hospitals, airports, and throughout the marketplace. The communication is fascinating to watch; to see people sharing ideas by using handshapes and body language is remarkable in a world so defined by sound.
Signing For Dummies gives you a general understanding of the properties of Sign, as well as an understanding of Deaf culture. Designed to act as an introduction or a refresher, the book focuses solely on ASL. Although certainly not the only form of Sign Language, ASL is the most popular in the Deaf community within the United States.
Categorized by subject, this illustrated guide covers grammar and sentence structure, along with the tools to get you going in basic conversation by knowing how to
Introduce and greet people
Ask questions and make small talk
Order food and chat with salespeople
Handle medical emergencies
Talk on the phone
Get around town for fun or business

Although "speaking" American Sign Language (ASL) is mostly a matter of using your fingers, hands, and arms, facial expression and body language are important and sometimes crucial for understanding Signs and their meaning. Signing For Dummies gets the whole body into the action as the fun-to-read resource explores
Signs that look like what they mean
Expression of emotions and feelings
Signing sports and weather
Compass points conversations: Getting or giving directions
Descriptions of where it hurts
Deaf community customs, norms, and culture
Each chapter throughout the book invites you to practice specific Signs in a "Fun & Games" section.
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Immanuel Kant and Philosophy – 670 books

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Immanuel Kant and Philosophy – 670 books

Immanuel Kant and Philosophy – 670 books

Immanuel Kant – 282 PDFs

Philosophy – 388 PDFs

The Immanuel Kant collection (5.5 GB of PDFs) developed in 2011, before I joined, as many other books have done.

The Philosophy group of 388 PDFs is from various assorted collections (partially at IPT), from 2006 to the present.

I’ve checked these, as well as possible, for quality and duplicates.

The lists:

_Immanuel Kant_ 282 PDFs

A Commentary on Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason (UCP 1960) – L.W. Beck.pdf
A Companion to Kant (Blackwell 2006) – (ed.) Graham Bird.pdf
A Kant Dictionary (Blackwell 2000) – Howard Caygill.pdf
Accessing Kant_A Relaxed Introduction to the Critique of Pure Reason (OUP 2005) – J.F. Rosenberg.pdf
Aesthetics and Subjectivity_From Kant to Nietzsche – Andrew Bowie.pdf
Aesthetics.and.Cognition.in.Kants.Critical.Philosophy.Jul.2006.pdf
Agency and Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Theory_Selected Essays (OUP 2006) – Andrews Reath.pdf
Allison, Henry – Kant’s Theory of Taste.pdf
An Introduction to Kant’s Aesthetics_Core Concepts and Problems (Blackwell 2005) – C.H. Wenzel.pdf
An Introduction to Kant’s Ethics (CUP 1994) – R.J. Sullivan.pdf
An Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy (CUP 2010) – Jennifer K. Uleman.pdf
Andrews Reath – Agency and Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Theory~ Oxford.pdf
Anthropologie in Pragmatischer Hinsicht (1800).pdf
Anthropology, History, and Education (CUP 2007) – (eds.) Gu?nter Zo?ller & Robert Louden.pdf
Aquinas and Kant_The Foundations of the Modern Sciences (1950) – Gavin Ardley.pdf
Arendt – Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy.pdf
Bacon und Kant (De Gruyter 2008) – Shi-Hyong Kim.pdf
Banham, Gary – Kant and the Ends of Aesthetics.pdf
Berger, David – Kant’s Aesthetic Theory. The Beautiful and Agreeable.pdf
Between Kant and Hegel_Lectures on German Idealism (HUP 2003) – Dieter Henrich.pdf
Between Truth and Illusion_Kant at the Crossroads of Modernity (2002) – Predrag Cicovacki.pdf
Bowie, Andrew – Aesthetics and Subjectivity. From Kant to Nietzsche.pdf
Cambridge University Press Kant on Moral Autonomy (2013).pdf
Cambridge.Companion.to.Kant.and.Modern.Philosophy.Feb.2006.pdf
Character, Liberty, and Law_Kantian Essays in Theory and Practice (Kluwer 1998) – J.G. Murphy.pdf
Companion to Kant (Blackwell 2006) – (ed.) Graham Bird.pdf
Constructions of Reason_Explorations of Kantian Practical Philosophy – Onora O’Neill.pdf
Correspondence (CUP 1999) – Arnulf Zweig.pdf
Creating the Kingdom of Ends (CUP 1996) – Christine M. Korsgaard.pdf
Critique of Practical Reason (Hackett 2002) – Pluhar.pdf
Critique of Practical Reason (pdf of html) – Gregor.pdf
Critique of Pure Reason (CUP 1998) – (ed.) P. Guyer .pdf
Critique of Pure Reason (Hackett 1996) – Pluhar.pdf
Critique of the Power of Judgment (CUP 2002) – (ed.) P. Guyer.pdf
Dickerson – Kant on Representation and Objectivity.pdf
Die Analogie von Vernunft und Natur_Eine Umweltphilosophie nach Kant (DeGruyter 2009) – Angela Brietenbach.pdf
Dostoevsky and Kant_Dialogues on Ethics – Evgenia Cherkasova.pdf
Essays on Kant’s Anthropology (CUP 2003) – (ed.) B. Jacobs.pdf
Ethics of the Real (Verso 2000) – Alenka ZupanCic.pdf
Ethics Vindicated~ Kant’s Transcendental Legitimation of Moral Discourse – Oxford.pdf
Fallen Freedom_Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration (CUP 1990) – Gordon E. Michalson.pdf
Force and Freedom_Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy – Arthur Ripstein.pdf
Freedom and Anthropology in Kant’s Moral Philosophy (CUP 2003) – Patrick R. Frierson.pdf
Freedom and Religion in Kant and His Immediate Successors_The Vocation of Humankind, 1774-1800 – George de Giovanni.pdf
From Kant to Davidson_Philosophy and the Idea of the Transcendental (Routledge 2002) – J. Malpas.pdf
From Morality to Virtue (1992) – Michael Slote.pdf
From.Kant.to.Davidson.Philosophy.and.the.Idea.of.the.Transcendental.Jun.2002.pdf
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_Philosophy_ 388 PDFs

The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime_200.pdf
The Sublime Object of Ideology (Second Edition)_2009.pdf
A Brief History of the Paradox – Philosophy and the Labyrinths of the Mind – R. Sorensen (Oxford, 2003) WW.pdf
A Companion to African Philosophy.pdf
A Companion to Analytic Philosophy.pdf
A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages.pdf
A Companion to Philosophy of Biology.pdf
A Companion to the Philosophy of Language.pdf
A Companion to the Philosophy of Science.pdf
A History of Philosophy – Vol II – Medieval Philosophy.pdf
A History of Philosophy – Vol III – Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy.pdf
A History of Philosophy – Vol IV – From Descartes to Leibniz.pdf
A History Of Philosophy – Wilhelm Windelban.pdf
A History of Poetics – German Scholarly Aesthetics and Poetics in International Context, 1770-1960.pdf
A History Of Political Thought From Ancient Greece To Early Christianity – Janet Coleman.pdf
A History Of Western Philosophy – Ralph McInerny.pdf
A History Of Western Philosophy The Twentieth Century To Quine and Derrida 3rd ed – Robert Fogelin.pdf
A New History of Western Philosophy – Vol IV – Philosophy in the Modern World.pdf
A Short History Of Ethics – Alasdair Macintyre.pdf
An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy.pdf
Analytic.Philosophy.and.History.of.Philosophy.Jun.2005.pdf
Ancient.Philosophy.A.New.History.of.Western.Philosophy.Volume.1.Sep.2004.pdf
Ansell-Pearson (ed) – Nietzsche and Modern German Thought.pdf
Anthology of Philosophy in Persia Vol. 3, Philosophical Theology in the Middle A
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Journalism in Context: Practice and Theory for the Digital Age

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Journalism in Context: Practice and Theory for the Digital Age (Communication and Society) by Angela Phillips
2015 | ISBN: 0415536286, 0415536278 | English | 182 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Journalism in Context: Practice and Theory for the Digital Age
Journalism in Context is an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of journalism in a changing world. The book looks at the way in which power flows through media organisations influencing not only what journalists choose to present to their audiences but how they present it and then in turn what their audiences do with it.

Using examples from across the world, as well as from her own research, Angela Phillips uses them to explain complex theoretical concepts. She invites readers to consider how news is influenced by the culture from which it emerges, as well as the way it is paid for and how different countries have approached the problem of ensuring that democracy is served by its media, rather than being undermined by it.

Journalism has always been an early adopter of new technologies and the most recent changes are examined in the light of a history in which, although platforms keep on changing, journalism always survives. The questions raised here are important for all students of journalism and all those who believe that journalism matters.
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Geological Field Techniques

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Geological Field Techniques
by Angela L. Coe
English | 2010 | ISBN: 1444330616, 1444330624 | 336 pages | PDF | 32.39 MB

Geological Field Techniques
"The understanding of Earth processes and environments over geological time is highly dependent upon both the experience that can only be gained through doing fieldwork, and the collection of reliable data and appropriate samples in the field. This textbook explains the main data gathering techniques used by geologists in the field and the reasons for these, with emphasis throughout on how to make effective field observations and record these in suitable formats. Equal weight is given to assembling field observations from igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types. There are also substantial chapters on producing a field notebook, collecting structural information, recording fossil data and constructing geological maps. The volume is in a robust and handy size, with colour coded chapters for ease of use and quick reference in the field.
is designed for students, amateur enthusiasts and professionals who have a background in geology and wish to collect field data on rocks and geological features. Teaching aspects of this textbook include:
– step-by-step guides to essential practical skills such as using a compass-clinometer, making a geological map and drawing a field sketch;
– tricks of the trade, checklists, flow charts and short worked examples;
– over 200 illustrations of a wide range of field notes, maps and geological features;
– appendices with the commonly used rock description and classification diagrams; "
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100 Great Sex Games For Couples

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Steve & Angela Lucas, "100 Great Sex Games For Couples"
2005 | ebook | ISBN: N/A | 39 pages | PDF | 3 MB

100 Great Sex Games For Couples
Featuring 33 games and 67 exciting variations!

100 Great Sex Games is for couples looking to add a bit of flavor and excitement to their sex lives. Unlike most books offering suggestions for sex, this one is not loaded down with predictable variations of dress-up or fantasy. Instead, we’ve taken ordinary games that most people know and have played and tweaked the rules a bit. Some games require minor props, some more elaborate preparation, and some require no preparation or props at all.

For couples who are inhibited, these games will help move them past their inhibitions by letting the rules of the game dictate their actions, removing the pressure to be creative. Uninhibited couples will find ideas for stoking the fires of passion to burn just a little bit hotter. Either way, every couple will discover new and creative variations that will bring laughter, joy, and if all goes well, a lot of great sex into their lives.
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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture Series) by Angela Smith
2012 | ISBN: 0231157169, 0231157177 | English | 368 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema
Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of sexual repression or as metaphors for other kinds of marginalized identities, yet Angela M. Smith conducts a richer investigation into the period's social and cultural preoccupations. She finds instead a fascination with eugenics and physical and cognitive debility in the narrative and spectacle of classic 1930s horror, heightened by the viewer's desire for visions of vulnerability and transformation.

Reading such films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), and Mad Love (1935) against early-twentieth-century disability discourse and propaganda on racial and biological purity, Smith showcases classic horror's dependence on the narratives of eugenics and physiognomics. She also notes the genre's conflicted and often contradictory visualizations. Smith ultimately locates an indictment of biological determinism in filmmakers' visceral treatments, which take the impossibility of racial improvement and bodily perfection to sensationalistic heights. Playing up the artifice and conventions of disabled monsters, filmmakers exploited the fears and yearnings of their audience, accentuating both the perversity of the medical and scientific gaze and the debilitating experience of watching horror. Classic horror films therefore encourage empathy with the disabled monster, offering captive viewers an unsettling encounter with their own impairment. Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema

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2012 | ISBN: 0231157169, 0231157177 | English | 368 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema
Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of sexual repression or as metaphors for other kinds of marginalized identities, yet Angela M. Smith conducts a richer investigation into the period's social and cultural preoccupations. She finds instead a fascination with eugenics and physical and cognitive debility in the narrative and spectacle of classic 1930s horror, heightened by the viewer's desire for visions of vulnerability and transformation.

Reading such films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), and Mad Love (1935) against early-twentieth-century disability discourse and propaganda on racial and biological purity, Smith showcases classic horror's dependence on the narratives of eugenics and physiognomics. She also notes the genre's conflicted and often contradictory visualizations. Smith ultimately locates an indictment of biological determinism in filmmakers' visceral treatments, which take the impossibility of racial improvement and bodily perfection to sensationalistic heights. Playing up the artifice and conventions of disabled monsters, filmmakers exploited the fears and yearnings of their audience, accentuating both the perversity of the medical and scientific gaze and the debilitating experience of watching horror. Classic horror films therefore encourage empathy with the disabled monster, offering captive viewers an unsettling encounter with their own impairment. Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.

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The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes

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The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes (Writers Helping Writers) by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
2013 | ISBN: 0989772519 | English | 252 pages | EPUB + MOBI | 0.55 MB + 0.75 MB

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
It's a writer's job to create compelling characters who can withstand life's fallout without giving up. But building authentic, memorable heroes is no easy task. To forge realistic characters, we must hobble them with flaws that set them back while giving them positive attributes to help them achieve their goals. So how do writers choose the right blend of strengths for their characters–attributes that will render them admirable and worth rooting for–without making it too easy for them to succeed?? Character creation can be hard, but it's about to get a lot easier.

Inside The Positive Trait Thesaurus, you'll find:

* A large selection of attributes to choose from when building a personality profile. Each entry lists possible causes for why a trait might emerge, along with associated attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions

* Real character examples from literature, film, or television to show how an attribute drives actions and decisions, influences goals, and steers relationships

* Advice on using positive traits to immediately hook readers while avoiding common personality pitfalls

* Insight on human needs and morality, and how each determines the strengths that emerge in heroes and villains alike

* Information on the key role positive attributes play within the character arc, and how they're vital to overcoming fatal flaws and achieving success

* Downloadable tools for organizing a character's attributes and providing a deeper understanding of his past, his needs, and the emotional wounds he must overcome

If you find character creation difficult or worry that your cast members all seem the same, The Positive Trait Thesaurus is brimming with ideas to help you develop one-of-a-kind, dynamic characters that readers will love. Extensively indexed, with entries written in a user-friendly list format, this brainstorming resource is perfect for any character creation project.
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Performance Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide, 1e

Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide, 1e by David John Collins BEd(Hons) CertEd CPsychol MSc PhD, Angela Abbott and Hugh Richards
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0443067341 | ISBN-13: 9780443067341 | 432 pages | PDF | 11 MB
Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide is a comprehensive, evidence-based text covering the key aspects of performance culture: performer development, preparation, training and execution.
Written by a team of international contributors, including national coaches, training specialists, applied sports psychologists, clinicians and researchers, and building on strong links between theory and practice, the book shows how applied psychological methods and principles can be used to enhance performance

Contributing authors offer clear implications for applied practice and each section is summarized by contributions from a 'Performers Panel' of experts who provide real-life practical examples. Performance psychology is applied to a wide variety of physical performance domains which enables practitioners to see how they can combine ideas and tailor interventions, to people and contexts, to produce effective applications of psychology.

Dave Collins is Professor of Performance and Coaching/Director for the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. As a practitioner, he has worked with over 50 World and Olympic medalists, and in professional performance domains spanning sport, business, motor sport, music, dance and adventure. He was formerly Performance Director of UK Athletics, a rugby player, martial artist and OE instructor. Dave currently works with the Chelsea FC Football Academy, amongst other consultancies.

Angela Button is a researcher at the University of Otago and is widely acknowledged as a world expert on talent. Angela has led funded research projects in talent development in the UK and New Zealand. Her sporting interests include squash, running and triathlon.

Hugh Richards lectures and is Director of post-graduate programmes in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of coping, talent, individual differences and professional development related to sport, the military and music. Hugh has applied psychology to professional performers from international level sport to business. He currently works with the UK Motor Sport Association, international performer development schemes and has been advisor to the BBC on learning and performance.

• Strong links between theory and practice – a panel of top performers conclude each section with an overview, providing real-life practical examples in addition to the case studies included in each chapter.
• Holistic approach allows students to see how they can combine different approaches to address a problem.
• Written by a team of international contributors including national team coaches, sports psychologists and academics.

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