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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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Oh Baby! Crochet

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Oh Baby! Crochet by Connie Ellizon
2010 | ISBN: 1592172563 | English | 176 pages | Scan PDF | 34 MB

Oh Baby! Crochet
What better way to pamper a new baby than with a hand-crocheted expression of love? These 63 designs feature a unique assortment of baby clothes and accessories, all beautifully photographed and just waiting to be stitched! From unique biker bibs to beautiful blankets, caps and toys, you are sure to find a special gift that will be instantly cherished
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Gene Regulatory Networks: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

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Gene Regulatory Networks: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology) by Bart Deplancke and Nele Gheldof
English | 2011-09-22 | ISBN: 1617792918 | PDF | 457 pages | 10,7 MB

Gene Regulatory Networks: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)
Gene regulatory networks play a vital role in organismal development and function by controlling gene expression. With the availability of complete genome sequences, several novel experimental and computational approaches have recently been developed which promise to significantly enhance our ability to comprehensively characterize these regulatory networks by enabling the identification of respectively their genomic or regulatory state components, or the interactions between these two in unprecedented detail. Divided into five convenient sections, Gene Regulatory Networks: Methods and Protocols details how each of these approaches contributes to a more thorough understanding of the composition and function of gene regulatory networks, while providing a comprehensive protocol on how to implement them in the laboratory. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters contain introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and notes on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Authoritative and accessible, Gene Regulatory Networks: Methods and Protocols aims to provide novices and experienced researchers alike with a comprehensive and timely toolkit to study gene regulatory networks from the point of data generation to processing, visualization, and modeling.
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The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity

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The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity by Bruce Barnbaum
2014 | ISBN: 1937538516 | English | 196 pages | PDF | 82 MB

The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity
There is a lot more to photography than simply picking up a camera, pointing it toward something, and tripping the shutter. Achieving a great photograph requires thought and preparation, an understanding of the photographic process, and a firm grasp of how light and composition affect a photo. There must be personal involvement and personal expression. There must be experimentation, with the recognition that only a small percentage of experiments end successfully.

In this book, best-selling author and world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum explores these seldom-discussed issues by drawing upon his personal experiences and observations from more than 40 years of photographing and teaching. In addition to photographs, Bruce also uses painting, music, and writing, as well as the sciences and even business, to provide pertinent examples of creative thinking. These examples serve as stepping-stones that will lead you to your own heightened ability to see and be creative.

Creativity is a topic that is almost wholly ignored in formal education because most instructors think that it cannot be taught or learned. To the contrary, Bruce has proven that photographic seeing and creativity can be taught, learned, and improved. This book expands on the ideas that are central to Bruce's method of teaching photography, which he has used in workshops for the past 41 years.

Included in the book are in-depth discussions on the following topics:

Defining your own unique rhythm and approach as a photographer
How to translate the scene in front of you to the final photograph
The differences and similarities between how an amateur and a professional approach photography
The differences between realism and abstraction, and the possibilities and limitations of each
Learning to expand your own seeing and creativity through classes, workshops, and associating with other photographers
Why the rules of composition should be ignored
How to follow your passion
When to listen to the critics and when to ignore them

The book is richly illustrated with over 90 photographs taken by Bruce as well as other photographers.Seeing and creativity are difficult to teach, but not impossible. This very different, perhaps groundbreaking book is sure to inspire photographers of all skill levels-from beginners to seasoned professionals-to think deeply about the issues involved in creating successful photographs.
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Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

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Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# By Microsoft
2014 | 480 Pages | ISBN: n/a | PDF | 21 MB

Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#
About this Course
This course you will learn advanced programming practices and techniques that will help you develop Windows Store apps. In this course, you will learn how design and develop Windows Store apps, as well as implement advanced features, such as using location information, streaming media to external devices, and integrating with online services. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Expression Blend tools.

This course maps to the 70-485 exam.

Windows Azure is required or used as part of the lab for this course, which may not be available in all countries. Please check with your Microsoft training provider that this cloud service is available in your area. Training Providers please reference the course setup guide for more details.
Audience Profile
This course is intended for professional developers who have one or more years of experience creating applications for a production environment and who are comfortable programming in C# and XAML to create Windows Store apps.
At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Review basic Windows Store app concepts and how Windows Store apps integrate with the Windows 8.1 ecosystem.
Explore the built-in WinRT animation library and storyboards, and apply transitions and transformations.
Localize the Windows Store app UI and apply language-specific formatting to a multi-lingual app.
Create and present a successful splash screen, and differentiate your app with branding.
Use various storage mechanisms, choose a suitable caching strategy for their app, and use advanced file access methods.
Work with custom and template controls, and create and consume a WinRT component.
Print using the Printing API and explore the Play To API.
Explore the Push Notification Service (WNS), and work with push notifications.
Use the CameraCaptureUI API and the MediaCapture API.
Create and consume background tasks.
Discover sensors, test their availability, and handle sensor events and device availability, and enumerate devices and their capabilities and properties and use the capabilities.

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Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Streissguth

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Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Streissguth
English | Sep 4, 2006 | ISBN: 0306813688, 0306815656 | 368 Pages | PDF | 5,4 MB

Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Streissguth
To millions, Johnny Cash was the rebellious Man in Black, the unabashed patriot, the redeemed Christian-the king of country music. But Johnny Cash was also an uncertain country boy whose dreams were born in the cotton fields of Arkansas and who struggled his entire life with a guilt-ridden childhood, addictions, and self-doubt. A sensitive songwriter with profound powers of musical expression, Cash told America and the world the stories of a nation's heroes and outcasts.Johnny Cash: The Biography explores in depth many often-overlooked aspects of the legend's life and career. It examines the powerful artistic influence of his older brother, Roy, and chronicles Cash's air force career in the early 1950s, when his songwriting took formand when he purchased his first guitar. It uncovers the origins of his trademark boom-chicka-boom rhythm and traces his courtship of Bob Dylan in the folk revival era of the 1960s.Johnny Cash also delves into the details of Cash's personal life, including his drug dependency, which dogged him long after many thought he had beaten it. It unflinchingly recounts his relationships with his first wife, Vivian Liberto, his second wife, June Carter Cash, and his children. And it follows Cash as man and musician from his early years of success through the commercially desolate years of the 1980s to his reemergence under the influence of producer Rick Rubin-and association that revitalized his career yet raised contradictions about Cash's values and craft.Scrupulously researched, passionately told, Johnny Cash: The Biography is the unforgettable portrait of an enduring American icon.
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Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West

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Jin Li, "Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West"
English | ISBN: 0521160626, 0521768292 | 2012 | PDF | 400 pages | 3.6 MB

Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West
Western and East Asian people hold fundamentally different beliefs about learning that influence how they approach child rearing and education. Reviewing decades of research, Dr. Jin Li presents an important conceptual distinction between the Western mind model and the East Asian virtue model of learning. The former aims to cultivate the mind to understand the world, whereas the latter prioritizes the self to be perfected morally and socially. Tracing the cultural origins of the two large intellectual traditions, Li details how each model manifests itself in the psychology of the learning process, learning affect, regard of one's learning peers, expression of what one knows, and parents' guiding efforts. Despite today's accelerated cultural exchange, these learning models do not diminish but endure.
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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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The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation (Audiobook)

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The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A Step-by-Step, Gene Reprogramming Action Plan By Mark Sisson, read by Stephen Schlepmo
Unabridged edition 2014 | 5 hours and 19 mins | ISBN: n/a, ASIN: B00KYXET64 | M4A @ 56 kbps | 131 MB

Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson presents a fun, easy-to-follow, practical guidebook to help you "get Primal" in only 21 days. First, you'll learn eight key concepts that represent the most important day-to-day elements of living Primally, then tackle five action items that will enable you to literally reprogram your genes toward a long, healthy, and energetic life. The action items are presented in a fun and life-transforming 21-Day Challenge, featuring daily diet, exercise, and lifestyle endeavors with corresponding journal exercises.

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation (Audiobook)
You'll transition out of the regimented, carb-dependent, fat-storing Standard American Diet (SAD), the chronic, overly-stressful exercise patterns recommended by conventional wisdom, and other health-compromising elements of hectic modern life. Instead, you'll smoothly implement the evolution-tested lifestyle behaviors of our hunter-gatherer ancestors to promote optimal gene expression. By eating primally, you'll transform from a "sugar-burner" into a Sisson's so-called "fat burning beast", where stored body fat becomes your preferred fuel choice, and energy, hormone, metabolic, and immune function are optimized automatically. With an intuitive mix of Primal workouts, you'll get exceptionally fit in only a few hours per week – and have fun while you're at it!

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The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation (Audiobook)

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The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A Step-by-Step, Gene Reprogramming Action Plan By Mark Sisson, read by Stephen Schlepmo
Unabridged edition 2014 | 5 hours and 19 mins | ISBN: n/a, ASIN: B00KYXET64 | M4A @ 56 kbps | 131 MB

Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson presents a fun, easy-to-follow, practical guidebook to help you "get Primal" in only 21 days. First, you'll learn eight key concepts that represent the most important day-to-day elements of living Primally, then tackle five action items that will enable you to literally reprogram your genes toward a long, healthy, and energetic life. The action items are presented in a fun and life-transforming 21-Day Challenge, featuring daily diet, exercise, and lifestyle endeavors with corresponding journal exercises.

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation (Audiobook)
You'll transition out of the regimented, carb-dependent, fat-storing Standard American Diet (SAD), the chronic, overly-stressful exercise patterns recommended by conventional wisdom, and other health-compromising elements of hectic modern life. Instead, you'll smoothly implement the evolution-tested lifestyle behaviors of our hunter-gatherer ancestors to promote optimal gene expression. By eating primally, you'll transform from a "sugar-burner" into a Sisson's so-called "fat burning beast", where stored body fat becomes your preferred fuel choice, and energy, hormone, metabolic, and immune function are optimized automatically. With an intuitive mix of Primal workouts, you'll get exceptionally fit in only a few hours per week – and have fun while you're at it!

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