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The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists

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Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman, "The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists"
English | ISBN: 069116276X | 2014 | 304 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists
An unprecedented look at the quest to unravel the mysteries of the human brain, The Future of the Brain takes readers to the absolute frontiers of science. Original essays by leading researchers such as Christof Koch, George Church, Olaf Sporns, and May-Britt and Edvard Moser describe the spectacular technological advances that will enable us to map the more than eighty-five billion neurons in the brain, as well as the challenges that lie ahead in understanding the anticipated deluge of data and the prospects for building working simulations of the human brain. A must-read for anyone trying to understand ambitious new research programs such as the Obama administration's BRAIN Initiative and the European Union's Human Brain Project, The Future of the Brain sheds light on the breathtaking implications of brain science for medicine, psychiatry, and even human consciousness itself.

Contributors include: Misha Ahrens, Ned Block, Matteo Carandini, George Church, John Donoghue, Chris Eliasmith, Simon Fisher, Mike Hawrylycz, Sean Hill, Christof Koch, Leah Krubitzer, Michel Maharbiz, Kevin Mitchell, Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser, David Poeppel, Krishna Shenoy, Olaf Sporns, Anthony Zador.
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Basslines by Joe Hubbard

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Basslines: An easy to follow insight into 'slap' bass guitar playing, featuring transcriptions of bass lines: Mark King, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius by Joe Hubbard
English | Sep 1996 | ISBN: 071190622X | 48 pages | PDF | 5,7 MB

Basslines by Joe Hubbard
The changing role of the bass guitar from a passive rhythm instrument to a solo vehicle for virtuoso instrumentalists .. has taken giant strides forward with the development of percussive or 'slap' style, techniques.

No better examples of this popular style can be found than in the work of the four distinguished musicians whose playing is transcribed here by Joe Hubbard.

Included are 16 pieces written by or associated with the four bassists, each accompanied by helpful tips on how to play the intricate patterns as well as develop the essential feel for the 'slap' style.
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The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction

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The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Kelly
English | 2006-09-14 | ISBN: 0192803913 | PDF | 168 pages | 4 MB

The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction
The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force–employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture.

Here, historian Christopher Kelly covers the history of the Empire from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, describing the empire's formation, and its political, religious, cultural, and social structures. It looks at the daily lives of the Empire's people: both those in Rome as well as those living in its furthest colonies. Romans used astonishing logistical feats, political savvy, and military oppression to rule their vast empire. This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator. It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.
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Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television, and Imaging Technologies

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Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television, and Imaging Technologies by Kirsten Ostherr
2013 | ISBN: 019973724X, 0199737258 | English | 320 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television, and Imaging Technologies
How do visual images shape the practice of medicine? What role does visual representation play in the cultivation of medical ways of seeing? And how has medicine's visual culture changed in the digital age?

Kirsten Ostherr's ambitious study explores 120 years of medical image-making to explain how visual representations shape medical education and practice. Marshaling powerful, vivid examples she demonstrates how medical images created by the healthcare industry, documentary filmmakers, experimental artists, and the mass media acquire cultural meaning and influence doctors' and patients' understandings of health and disease. Her analysis proceeds chronologically, turning from the earliest experiments with medical filmmaking by the American College of Surgeons, to the place of health films in the "golden age" of instructional film in the 1960s. Ostherr considers the shift to television as the dominant medium of health education, highlighting the evolving status of realism, the techniques employed to bridge the entertainment-education divide, the role of expert consultants and sponsors, and the tradeoffs made by professionals to reach a broad audience. The rise of physician advice segments on newsmagazines forms a transition between medical dramas like Marcus Welby, MD and more recent reality shows like Boston Med and Doctor 90210. Concluding with a section on advertising and social media in the health care setting, the book ends with ten key lessons for the future of medical media.
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The Cinema of George Lucas

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The Cinema of George Lucas By Marcus Hearn
2005 | 246 Pages | ISBN: 0810949687 | scanned PDF | 71 MB

The Cinema of George Lucas
Marcus Hearn analyzes Lucas's journey as a director over four decades whose groundbreaking technical achievements and creation of enduring modern mythologies have forever changed both film and science fiction. as well as his many other accomplishments in the film industry, including the formation of Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and LucasArts. The book is lavishly illustrated with many images that have never or rarely been seen, such as stills from Lucas's student films, material from the director's cut of his early science-fiction film, production shots from, among others, the first Star Wars film, American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones Adventures. and behind-the-scenes photos from his films. With its wealth of new information and compelling illustrations, is an essential volume for every fan and film enthusiast.
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Signifying Rappers (Audiobook)

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Signifying Rappers [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace, Mark Costello
English | August 13, 2013 | ISBN: 1478951192, ASIN: B00DO6LXYO | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 42 mins | 158 MB
Narrator: Robert Petkoff | Genre: Nonfiction/Culture/Music
Finally back in print and now in audio – David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture.

Signifying Rappers (Audiobook)
Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?

Available again at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this reissue cannot be missed.
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Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development

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Marcus Zarra, Matt Long, "Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development"
English | ISBN: 0321617754 | 2009 | PDF | 264 pages | 3 MB

Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development
Apple's Core Animation framework enables Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPod touch developers to create richer, more visual applications-more easily than ever and with far less code. Now, there's a comprehensive, example-rich, full-color reference to Core Animation for experienced OS X and iPhone developers who want to make the most of this powerful framework.

Marcus Zarra and Matt Long reveal exactly what Core Animation can and can't do, how to use it most effectively-and how to avoid misusing it. Building on your existing knowledge of Objective-C, Cocoa, and Xcode, they present expert techniques, insights, and downloadable code for all aspects of Core Animation programming, from keyframing to movie playback.

Zarra and Long thoroughly review similarities and differences between Core Animation on the Mac and iPhone, helping you write code that can easily move between platforms. They also present a full chapter of innovative techniques and proven "rules of thumb" for optimizing Core Animation's real-world performance.

Coverage includes:
Taking full advantage of Core Animation's lightweight layers and views
Using keyframes to gain complete control over your animations
Creating startling effects with Core Animation transforms
Leveraging Core Image's powerful filtering capabilities from within Core Animation
Playing QuickTime movies using Core Animation's QTMovieLayer
Using the OpenGL layer to achieve greater control over movie playback
Integrating advanced Quartz Composer visualizations into your user interfaces
How to use helper layers to draw gradients, composite shapes, and replicate sublayers
Adding mouse and keyboard user interaction points, and much more…
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Rational Causation

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Eric Marcus, "Rational Causation"
English | ISBN: 0674059905 | 2012 | 280 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Rational Causation
We explain what people think and do by citing their reasons, but how do such explanations work, and what do they tell us about the nature of reality? Contemporary efforts to address these questions are often motivated by the worry that our ordinary conception of rationality contains a kernel of supernaturalism – a ghostly presence that meditates on sensory messages and orchestrates behavior on the basis of its ethereal calculations. In shunning this otherworldly conception, contemporary philosophers have focused on the project of "naturalizing" the mind, viewing it as a kind of machine that converts sensory input and bodily impulse into thought and action. Eric Marcus rejects this choice between physicalism and supernaturalism as false and defends a third way. He argues that philosophers have failed to take seriously the idea that rational explanations postulate a distinctive sort of causation – rational causation. Rational explanations do not reveal the same sorts of causal connections that explanations in the natural sciences do. Rather, rational causation draws on the theoretical and practical inferential abilities of human beings. Marcus defends this position against a wide array of physicalist arguments that have captivated philosophers of mind for decades. Along the way he provides novel views on, for example, the difference between rational and nonrational animals and the distinction between states and events.
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A Brooding Beauty (Wedded Women Quartet Book 1) – Jillian Eaton

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A Brooding Beauty (Wedded Women Quartet Book 1) – Jillian Eaton
English | November 17, 2013 | ASIN: B0079Q4NIS | 65 pages | EPUB | 0.1 MB
What happens after happily ever after? The marriage of Lady Catherine Nettle and Marcus Windfair, the 7th Duke of Kensington, was declared the affair of the Season. They seemed perfect for each other until they weren't.

A Brooding Beauty (Wedded Women Quartet Book 1) – Jillian Eaton
Now after three years of separation Catherine wants a divorce. She can no longer remain married to a man who does not return her love and is willing to do whatever it takes – including following Marcus to the secluded cottage in the highlands where they spent their honeymoon – to get what she wants.

Marcus can no longer trust his wife after what happened three years ago, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love her. Refusing her ridiculous request for a divorce, he escapes to Woodsgate, confidant his wife will not follow him into the wilds of Scotland. Unfortunately for the Duke, this is one bet he is bound to lose.

Forced together, husband and wife reach an unusual compromise: Catherine agrees to sleep with her husband for two months, after which time Marcus will grant her a divorce. It is the perfect solution for two people who claim to no longer love each other or is it?

A Brooding Beauty is the first novella in the Wedded Women Quartet. Each novella is 15,000 – 20,000 words in length.
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The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years (Audiobook)

The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years (Audiobook) By Greil Marcus, read by Ray Porter
Unabridged edition 2011 | 4 hours and 45 mins | ISBN: 1455122076 | MP3 96 kbps | 198 MB
The best critic of popular culture in America considers the attraction of the Doors, which has endured despite the band's short life, sampling the lasting songs and legendary performances that made Jim Morrison and his band rock 'n' roll legends.

A fan from the moment the Doors' first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock 'n' roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive from here to there, changing from one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four of the Doors' songs in an hour–every hour. Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive.

There have been many books on the Doors. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison–and the era he was made to personify–and focus solely on the music. All these years later, it is a new story.

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