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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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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

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Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by Philip E. Tetlock
English | 2006 | ISBN: 0691128715, 0691123020 | 352 pages | EPUB | 5 MB

Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?
The intelligence failures surrounding the invasion of Iraq dramatically illustrate the necessity of developing standards for evaluating expert opinion. This book fills that need. Here, Philip E. Tetlock explores what constitutes good judgment in predicting future events, and looks at why experts are often wrong in their forecasts.

Tetlock first discusses arguments about whether the world is too complex for people to find the tools to understand political phenomena, let alone predict the future. He evaluates predictions from experts in different fields, comparing them to predictions by well-informed laity or those based on simple extrapolation from current trends. He goes on to analyze which styles of thinking are more successful in forecasting. Classifying thinking styles using Isaiah Berlin's prototypes of the fox and the hedgehog, Tetlock contends that the fox–the thinker who knows many little things, draws from an eclectic array of traditions, and is better able to improvise in response to changing events–is more successful in predicting the future than the hedgehog, who knows one big thing, toils devotedly within one tradition, and imposes formulaic solutions on ill-defined problems. He notes a perversely inverse relationship between the best scientific indicators of good judgement and the qualities that the media most prizes in pundits–the single-minded determination required to prevail in ideological combat.

Clearly written and impeccably researched, the book fills a huge void in the literature on evaluating expert opinion. It will appeal across many academic disciplines as well as to corporations seeking to develop standards for judging expert decision-making.
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Professional Outlook 2007 Programming

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Professional Outlook 2007 Programming by Ken Slovak
English | Oct 8, 2007 | ISBN: 0470049944 | 454 Pages | PDF | 5 MB
Written by one of the most popular and knowledgeable Microsoft Outlook MVPs, this book fills a void in the market for a professional-level Outlook programming book

Professional Outlook 2007 Programming
Explains how to use the many new features of Outlook 2007's object model and offers honest advice from the author on how to deal with common shortcomings and pitfalls of Outlook
Addresses common workarounds for Outlook programming bugs and how to interface with Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Access
Discusses the new Object Model, Outlook forms, COM add-ins, security, and more
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The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

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Martin J. Ball, Michael R. Perkins, "The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics"
2008 | ISBN-10: 1405135220, 1444338773 | 712 pages | PDF | 4 MB

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics
brings together an international team of contributors to create an original, in-depth survey of the field for students and practitioners of speech-language pathology, linguistics, psychology, and education. Explores the field of clinical linguistics: the application of the principles and methods of linguistics to the study of language disability in all its forms Fills a gap in the existing literature, creating the first non-encyclopedic volume to explore this ever-expanding area of linguistic concern and research Includes a range of pathologies, with each section exploring multilingual and cross-linguistics aspects of the field, as well as analytical methods and assessment Describes how mainstream theories and descriptions of language have been influenced by clinical research
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Illustrator Made Easy to Learn

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Illustrator Made Easy to Learn by Locky Adams
English | Jan 11, 2015 | ASIN: B00S4FZRLK | | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 2 MB
Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard vector drawing tool. It's used by print professionals as well as illustrators and web designers.

Illustrator Made Easy to Learn
This Illustrator CC Tutorial explains the key concepts and techniques for producing vector-based artwork. We review the elements that make up vector graphics such as paths, strokes, and fills. Additionally, we show you how to use the key drawing tools, including the Pen Tool. This course is designed to teach all that you need to know about Adobe Illustrator.
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The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story

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Jimmy Hart, "The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story"
English | ISBN: 1550225952 | 2004 | PDF | 264 pages | 11.9 MB

The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story
When Andy Kaufman slapped Jerry "The King" Lawler and swore at him on Late Night with David Letterman, the two men and the legendary manager Jimmy Hart were the only people privy to the planned (and unplanned) elements of the row, as revealed in this autobiography of "The Mouth of the South." Beginning with stories from his days onboard Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars as a singer with the Gentrys, Jimmy Hart offers straight talk about stardom and his entrance into the wrestling arena as a manager. An insider's perspective on pro wrestling's most outrageous personalities and matches fills this celebration of the business and spectacle of such organizations as the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, Wrestle Xpress, and the Xtreme Wrestling Federation. Wrestling fans will relish these rarely told stories of insider upsets, personal victories, and unbelievable moments in the history of pro wrestling.
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The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story

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Jimmy Hart, "The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story"
English | ISBN: 1550225952 | 2004 | PDF | 264 pages | 11.9 MB

The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story
When Andy Kaufman slapped Jerry "The King" Lawler and swore at him on Late Night with David Letterman, the two men and the legendary manager Jimmy Hart were the only people privy to the planned (and unplanned) elements of the row, as revealed in this autobiography of "The Mouth of the South." Beginning with stories from his days onboard Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars as a singer with the Gentrys, Jimmy Hart offers straight talk about stardom and his entrance into the wrestling arena as a manager. An insider's perspective on pro wrestling's most outrageous personalities and matches fills this celebration of the business and spectacle of such organizations as the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, Wrestle Xpress, and the Xtreme Wrestling Federation. Wrestling fans will relish these rarely told stories of insider upsets, personal victories, and unbelievable moments in the history of pro wrestling.
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