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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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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity

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Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity By David Sibbet
2010 | 288 Pages | ISBN: 0470601787 | EPUB + MOBI | 6 MB + 7 MB

Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity
Use eye-popping visual tools to energize your people! Just as social networking has reclaimed the Internet for human interactivity and co-creation, the visual meetings movement is reclaiming creativity, productivity, and playful exchange for serious work in groups. Visual Meetings explains how anyone can implement powerful visual tools, and how these tools are being used in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to facilitate both face-to-face and virtual group work. This dynamic and richly illustrated resource gives meeting leaders, presenters, and consultants a slew of exciting tricks and tools, including Graphic recording, visual planning, story boarding, graphic templates, idea mapping, etc. Creative ways to energize team building, sales presentations, staff meetings, strategy sessions, brainstorming, and more Getting beyond paper and whiteboards to engage new media platforms Understanding emerging visual language for leading groups Unlocking formerly untapped creative resources for business success, Visual Meetings will help you and your team communicate ideas more effectively and engagingly.
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Costa Rica For Dummies (Dummies Travel)

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Costa Rica For Dummies (Dummies Travel) by Eliot Greenspan
English | Oct 31, 2005 | ISBN: 0764584413 | 384 Pages | PDF | 7 MB
With a wealth of attractions and adventures, Costa Rica is the hottest new vacation destination in the Americas. Whether you want relaxation or excitement, you'll find it. Stroll leisurely on the beach or zip through the trees on a canopy tour.

Costa Rica For Dummies (Dummies Travel)
Explore urban San José or incredible national parks with untouched wilderness. Choose the Caribbean Coast or the Central Pacific Coast Relax beside an infinity pool or battle a billfish. Seek out exuberant nightlife or take in the lush tropical scenery. Go golfing, snorkeling, volcano viewing, river rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Stay in a luxurious resort or a rustic wooden cabina Mediterranean style villa or an Ecolodge tent. This friendly guide clues you in, with:
The rea1 deal on how to get to Costa Rica and how to get around after you arrive
Details on San José and the Central Valley; the Guanacaste area, Costa Rica's "Gold Coast"; the Manuel Antonio area, the most popular ecotourism destination; the Monteverde area with misty cloud forests,; and the rest of the country
Five suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your time
Fun options for rainy days-even if you're on the sunny coast
Like every For Dummies travel guide, Costa Rica For Dummies, lst Edition includes:

Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
What you shouldn't miss-and what you can skip
The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages
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Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast

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Jessica Joyce Christie, Patricia Joan Sarro, "Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast"
2006 | ISBN-10: 0292709846, 029272599X | 432 pages | PDF | 16 MB

Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast
Ancient American palaces still captivate those who stand before them. Even in their fallen and ruined condition, the palaces project such power that, according to the editors of this new collection, it must have been deliberately drawn into their formal designs, spatial layouts, and choice of locations. Such messages separated palaces from other elite architecture and reinforced the power and privilege of those residing in them. Indeed, as Christie and Sarro write, "the relation between political power and architecture is a pervasive and intriguing theme in the Americas." Given the variety of cultures, time periods, and geographical locations examined within, the editors of this book have grouped the articles into four sections.The first looks at palaces in cultures where they have not previously been identified, including the Huaca of Moche Site, the Wari of Peru, and Chaco Canyon in the U.S. Southwest. The second section discusses palaces as "stage sets" that express power, such as those found among the Maya, among the Coast Salish of the Pacific Northwest, and at El Tajin on the Mexican Gulf Coast. The third part of the volume presents cases in which differences in elite residences imply differences in social status, with examples from Pasado de la Amada, the Valley of Oaxaca, Teotihuacan, and the Aztecs. The final section compares architectural strategies between cultures; the models here are Farfan, Peru, under both the Chimu and the Inka, and the separate states of the Maya and the Inka. Such scope, and the quality of the scholarship, make "Palaces and Power in the Americas" a must-have work on the subject.
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Kirsten Jones – The Assassin’s Tale

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Kirsten Jones – The Assassin's Tale
K L Jones | 2014 | English | ASIN: B00ALAVS46 | 738 Pages | EPUB | 0.6 MB

Kirsten Jones – The Assassin’s Tale
*NOW FULLY REVISED* Secrets and death. The Isle is made of both. Enter a broiling mass of blood feuds and bitter conflicts between the battling races of Mage and Arcane. Life is a commodity to be bought and sold. To some it is murder, to the Valley of the Ri it is business. Mistral, an abandoned orphan, finds her way to the mysterious Valley of Ri to train as a warrior and assassin. There, amongst the dispossessed of the Isle, she finds there is so much more to life than death
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A New Napa Cuisine

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A New Napa Cuisine by Christopher Kostow
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1607745941 | 304 pages | EPUB | 39 MB

A New Napa Cuisine
follows Christopher Kostow's journey from a young line cook in a seaside town to the storied Restaurant at Meadowood, the Napa Valley mainstay that has earned three Michelin stars and James Beard Awards for best chef and outstanding service under Kostow's leadership.

Through 100 artfully constructed recipes and stunning photography, Kostow details the transformative effect this small American valley has had on his life and work–introducing us to the artisans, products, growers, and wild ingredients that inspire his unparalleled food. As he shares stories of discovering wild plums and radishes growing along the creek behind his home or of firing pottery with local ceramists, Kostow presents a new Napa cuisine–one deeply rooted in a place that's rich in beauty, history, and community.
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The Book Lover’s Cookbook

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The Book Lover's Cookbook by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger
English | Oct 14, 2003 | ISBN: 0345465008 | 352 Pages | PDF | 6 MB
Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby's Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod's Slapjacks, as featured in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There's homey comfort food like Connie May's Tomato Pie, created with and inspired by Connie May Fowler (Remembering Blue); Thanksgiving Spinach Casserole (Elizabeth Berg's Open House); and Amish Chicken and Dumplings (Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth) . . .

The Book Lover’s Cookbook
. Sample salads, breads, and such soul-warming soups as Nearly-a-Meal Potato Soup (Terry Kay's Shadow Song); Mr. Casaubon's Chicken Noodle Soup (George Eliot's Middlemarch); and Mrs. Leibowitz's Lentil-Vegetable Soup (Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes) . . . After relishing appetizers and entrees, there's a dazzling array of desserts, including Carrot Pudding (Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol); Effie Belle's Coconut Cake (Olive Ann Burns's Cold Sassy Tree); and the kids will love C.S. Lewis's Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Sprinkled throughout with marvelous anecdotes about writers and writing, The Book Lover's Cookbook is a culinary and literary delight, a browser's cornucopia of reading pleasure, and a true inspiration in the kitchen.
Shaunda Kennedy Wenger enjoys creative cooking and writing children's stories and articles. She is currently working on a novel. Her work has been published in Babybug, Ladybug, Wonder Years, American Careers, South Valley Living, and Short-Short Stories for Reading Aloud (The Education Center, 2000). She is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She regards her monthly book club meeting as one life's essential ingredients.
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