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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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The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More

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The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More
English | 2011 | ISBN: 1589236602 | 256 pages | PDF | 73 MB

The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More
This second edition of CPi's "Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds" picks up where the original left off. All of the most popular shed plans are still here, plus we've added several new designs to further widen the scope of the styles and plans. Because sheds with overhead doors are very popular with homeowners who drive a riding lawn mower or own a snow thrower, we feature a third mini-garage type shed. All major construction steps are shown in clear, full-color photos, accompanied by materials lists and a full set of plan drawings. For those who simply want a nice-looking outbuilding that's easy to build, we've added new utility shed plans to the mix. Combined with more than a dozen full sets of shed plans and step-by-step photos, the up-front technique material shows you how to accomplish every aspect of shed-building, from design to adding roof coverings.
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The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More

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The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More
English | 2011 | ISBN: 1589236602 | 256 pages | PDF | 73 MB

The Complete Guide to Sheds: Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-Barn, Garden, Backyard Retreat, More
This second edition of CPi's "Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds" picks up where the original left off. All of the most popular shed plans are still here, plus we've added several new designs to further widen the scope of the styles and plans. Because sheds with overhead doors are very popular with homeowners who drive a riding lawn mower or own a snow thrower, we feature a third mini-garage type shed. All major construction steps are shown in clear, full-color photos, accompanied by materials lists and a full set of plan drawings. For those who simply want a nice-looking outbuilding that's easy to build, we've added new utility shed plans to the mix. Combined with more than a dozen full sets of shed plans and step-by-step photos, the up-front technique material shows you how to accomplish every aspect of shed-building, from design to adding roof coverings.
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution

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Fergus Millar, Guy M. Rogers, Hannah M. Cotton "Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution"
The University of North Carolina Press | 2002-03-04 | ISBN: 0807849901 | 416 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, including The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have enriched our understanding of the Greco-Roman world in fundamental ways. In his writings Millar has made the inhabitants of the Roman Empire central to our conception of how the empire functioned. He also has shown how and why Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam evolved from within the wider cultural context of the Greco-Roman world.
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Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution

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Fergus Millar, Guy M. Rogers, Hannah M. Cotton "Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution"
The University of North Carolina Press | 2002-03-04 | ISBN: 0807849901 | 416 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution
Fergus Millar is one of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world. His essays and books, including The Emperor in the Roman World and The Roman Near East, have enriched our understanding of the Greco-Roman world in fundamental ways. In his writings Millar has made the inhabitants of the Roman Empire central to our conception of how the empire functioned. He also has shown how and why Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam evolved from within the wider cultural context of the Greco-Roman world.
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Whatsapp Law

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Whatsapp Law by Pavan Duggal
English | Jan 8, 2015 | ASIN: B00S0CW3FK | 48 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 3 MB
Today is the age of mobile applications. Various mobile applications of different nature and character are being used by mobile users across the world.

Whatsapp Law
One of the most important and popular mobile application is WhatsApp messenger. The advent and the increase growth of WhatsApp messenger has shown not just the popularity of the mobile app but has also given rise to various legal policy and regulatory issues pertaining to use of WhatsApp. A lot of people use WhatsApp in a for granted manner, without understanding the legal ramifications of the use of WhatsApp. However the increase usage of WhatsApp, in different parts of the world, has given rise to various legal and policy considerations and issues which require further discussion as time passes by.

This eBook seeks to elaborate on the legal, policy and regulatory issues impacting WhatsApp at a global level. It also sensitizes about the emerging trends pertaining to evolution of WhatsApp jurisprudence and seeks to collate dos and don'ts that users need to keep in mind while using WhatsApp as a platform.

This eBook should be of immense value for WhatsApp users and others stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem to sensitize them about the legal ramifications and aspects concerning WhatsApp activities.

This eBook is an absolute must for all stakeholders in the digital and mobile ecosystem as also all students of law, legal practitioners, law libraries, law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and other stakeholders who want to understand the legalities concerning WhatsApp and its use.
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Legends of Arthur

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Richard Barber "Legends of Arthur"
Boydell Press | 2003-07-01 | ISBN: 0851159508 | 480 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Legends of Arthur
The image of Arthur has haunted the poets and writers of western Europe for nearly nine centuries, and there is no sign of an end to the reign of the 'once and future king' in the world of literature. The Arthurian epic is as popular a subject now as it was when it was first fashioned, and the stories about Arthur and the heroes associated with him come in a bewildering number of guises. The sheer variety of the legends, both in style and content, is extraordinary; and this collection attempts to present, in a small space, something of this diversity. Sir Thomas Malory, half a millennium ago, plundered a whole range of sources to create his masterpiece, Le Morte Darthur; but he did so to weld them together within the framework of Arthur's own career. Legends of King Arthur draws on different sources, but emphasises the way in which writers have created new stories around the great heroes, or have told the stories in different ways. So there are two versions of each hero's exploits. Arthur is shown as emperor and warlord, and as the triumphant and tragic king of the romances, betrayed by Lancelot and Guinevere. Gawain is the central figure of the wonderful adventures of a Dutch romance, and the courtly and subtle hero of the English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tristan appears as the single-minded lover of Iseult in the original version of his story, and then as a knight of the Round Table whose devotion to chivalry is almost as great as his passion for his beloved. In these differing versions, we can see how the Arthurian romances held the medieval world spellbound for so long, in all their colour and variety.RICHARD BARBER's books on Arthur include Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology, King Arthur: Hero and Legend/I> and Myths and Legends of the British Isles.
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Legends of Arthur

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Richard Barber "Legends of Arthur"
Boydell Press | 2003-07-01 | ISBN: 0851159508 | 480 pages | PDF | 1 MB

Legends of Arthur
The image of Arthur has haunted the poets and writers of western Europe for nearly nine centuries, and there is no sign of an end to the reign of the 'once and future king' in the world of literature. The Arthurian epic is as popular a subject now as it was when it was first fashioned, and the stories about Arthur and the heroes associated with him come in a bewildering number of guises. The sheer variety of the legends, both in style and content, is extraordinary; and this collection attempts to present, in a small space, something of this diversity. Sir Thomas Malory, half a millennium ago, plundered a whole range of sources to create his masterpiece, Le Morte Darthur; but he did so to weld them together within the framework of Arthur's own career. Legends of King Arthur draws on different sources, but emphasises the way in which writers have created new stories around the great heroes, or have told the stories in different ways. So there are two versions of each hero's exploits. Arthur is shown as emperor and warlord, and as the triumphant and tragic king of the romances, betrayed by Lancelot and Guinevere. Gawain is the central figure of the wonderful adventures of a Dutch romance, and the courtly and subtle hero of the English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tristan appears as the single-minded lover of Iseult in the original version of his story, and then as a knight of the Round Table whose devotion to chivalry is almost as great as his passion for his beloved. In these differing versions, we can see how the Arthurian romances held the medieval world spellbound for so long, in all their colour and variety.RICHARD BARBER's books on Arthur include Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology, King Arthur: Hero and Legend/I> and Myths and Legends of the British Isles.
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Mechanisms of Implicit Learning: Connectionist Models of Sequence Processing

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Mechanisms of Implicit Learning: Connectionist Models of Sequence Processing By Axel Cleeremans
Publisher: The M.I.T Press 1993 | 243 Pages | ISBN: 0262032058 | CHM | 1 MB

Mechanisms of Implicit Learning: Connectionist Models of Sequence Processing
What do people learn when they do not know that they are learning? Until recently all of the work in the area of implicit learning focused on empirical questions and methods. In this book, Axel Cleeremans explores unintentional learning from an information-processing perspective. He introduces a theoretical framework that unifies existing data and models on implicit learning, along with a detailed computational model of human performance in sequence-learning situations.The model, based on a simple recurrent network (SRN), is able to predict perfectly the successive elements of sequences generated from finite-state, grammars. Human subjects are shown to exhibit a similar sensitivity to the temporal structure in a series of choice reaction time experiments of increasing complexity; yet their explicit knowledge of the sequence remains limited.
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Curcumin – The Miracle of Turmeric – Eastern wisdom meets western science in one of the most potent supplements available

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Curcumin – The Miracle of Turmeric – Eastern wisdom meets western science in one of the most potent supplements available by James Lee
English | 2013 | ISBN: n/a | ASIN: B00EV0UKMI | 21 pages | EPUB | 0,1 MB

Curcumin – The Miracle of Turmeric – Eastern wisdom meets western science in one of the most potent supplements available
Get the low-down on one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory and antidepressant substances known to man
Curcumin is one of the only known supplements that increases levels of BDNF – your brain's own natural "fertilizer"
An introduction to one of the most promising supplements to become available in recent memory from James Lee – the author of "The Methuselah Project – How to live to 100 and beyond".
Unlike many herbal treatments which are called "gentle" as a nice way of saying "not very effective", curcumin's effects on the body are surprisingly potent. Typically if you see something claiming to treat anything from cancer to heart disease to digestive upset, you should be suspicious. However in the case of curcumin, reality appears to match the hype, based on clinical trial data.
In this quick, easy to read guide, James Lee has trawled through all the research and clinical trials for curcumin to give you just the facts
* What exactly is curcumin and what has it been shown to treat?
* What are the different forms of curcumin (such as BMC-95, Meriva, Longvida and Theracumin) and are they effective?
* Are there any side-effects or toxicity concerns?
* Does it interact with my other medications?
* What does the research and clinical trial data say?
Along with certain other supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids, n-acetylcysteine and alpha lipoic acid, curcumin is one of the few supplements which James Lee believes should be almost compulsory for many people. All three of these supplements together provides you with a a potent anti-aging, anti-depressive, liver detoxifying anti-inflammatory arsenal.
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