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Human Face of Big Data [Import]
Human Face of Big Data [Import]
Price: CDN$ 32.26
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3.0 out of 5 stars This program was appropriately named., April 19 2016
Yes this program has been appropriately named as it shows the potentials and the threats of collecting massive amounts of data. Different people can relate to the different potentials and threats depending on the viewers situation.

It is better that this presentation was made for not having a presentation at all.

The presentation of the program however is very annoying. First there is the background music that is a repetitive jingle that competes with the people that are talking. Then there is the soundbite format; instead of one person going to complete thought there are approximately five people each with their little soundbite thoughts on each isolated segment.

We are treated to graphics that are more for entertainment than for understanding of the concepts that are being placed forward. The graphics are also renting quick enough so that you don’t see any kind of chart you can relate to.

We are shown people in various environments doing obscure things that have nothing related to the subject are being talked about over the pictures. This is not always the fact as some pictures show people using devices that take their pulse and whatnot; however this is not explained in the presentation and can only be derived from people who only’s devices.

That being said there are some good points when they speculate on privacy versus utility and data collection.

I’m about to purchase the book to see what was not placed in the video presentation due to time and space considerations. Hopefully it will be a better presentation without a lot of soundbites.

Edition: Mass Market Paperback
7 used & new from CDN$ 8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A look into another world in another time, April 19 2016
Yet the writing is so full that we can feel part of this other world.

I came to this story by the back door. My first introduction to Somerset Maugham was through the movie "The Razor's Edge" (1946) staring Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell. I have no idea as to how much it was adapted from the book. Then in 1984 we watched Bill Murray as Larry Darrell. This film lost what magic the 1946 film had. So it was time to read the book. Yes I know very few films can do more than present the essence of a book. Turns out that even the older film wrote Summerset out of some of the scenes.

Larry is back from the war (WWI). As with many of us he is left with nagging questions about why one person lives and another must die. This problem leads Larry to search for the answers. He turns down opportunities and takes up a lifestyle to help him find answers. This story is told or narrated by Somerset Maugham himself. In the book Somerset takes more of an active part in the story. Larry came as close as any of us to the answer, he seeks and we leave him much the same way one enters and leaves your life.

Hegel's Philosophy of Mind
Hegel's Philosophy of Mind
by G. W. F. Hegel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 43.51
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes time to read and read again for effect, April 19 2016
They want to make very sure you do not read Hegel out of context. We have a very long introduction that predefines what philosophy is and related sciences. Finally we have an over view of Hegel's system by comparing it to Mr. Herbert Spenser. We also get coverage of other thinkers such as Johann Friedrich Herbart, Kant, Shopenhauer, Leibniz, Fichte, Goethe, Aristotle, Boëthius, etc. They even toss in quotes in Latin form Terentius.

This work is very wordy as is most works of the time; so get used to wordy sentences that could be express today with less flamboyance. There is also some overlap of the same thoughts in different sections; it may be seen as redundancy but is really necessary to make the new point of insight. If you think this is all way out theory, keep reading as Hegel show how it applies to everyday life as in politics. Speaking of politics, there is a lot of information on the nature of the national mind. You will come away with the feeling that you got more than your money's worth.

Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook
Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook
by Betty Crocker Editors
Edition: Ring-bound
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5.0 out of 5 stars A picture is worth 1000 words, April 19 2016
This is a review of first edition (ninth printing).

I inherited this book for my parents.

This book contains enough photographs and diagrams that it could’ve been a video of its time.

I tried several recipes and they still work. However this book is more than recipes that tells how to measure and the meaning of the different technical words used in such recipes.

Even if you do not go as far as using this cookbook for its intention, it is a keeper just to see how people thought in 1950. Seven years before “Leave It to Beaver” it shows a well-dressed family sitting at the table.

This book is still practical but also can be used as a conversation piece if mysteriously found on your coffee table.

The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Short Stories
The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Short Stories
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of short stories, April 19 2016
I bought this book for the first story "Semley's Necklace" however; all of them will surpass your expectations. Ursula has a unique way with words that rival her tales.
The Winds Twelve Quarters Ursula K. Le Guin (Harper & Row, 1975, hc)
Semley's Necklace ["The Dowry of Angyar"] - ss Amazing Sep '64
April in Paris - ss Fantastic Sep '62
The Masters - ss Fantastic Feb '63
Darkness Box - ss Fantastic Nov '63
The Word of Unbinding - ss Fantastic Jan '64
The Rule of Names - ss Fantastic Apr '64
Winter's King - nv Orbit 5, ed. Damon Knight, G.P. Putnam's, 1969
The Good Trip - ss Fantastic Aug '70
Nine Lives - nv Playboy Nov '69
Things ["The End"] - ss Orbit 6, ed. Damon Knight, G.P. Putnam's, 1970
A Trip to the Head - ss Quark #1, ed. Samuel R. Delany & Marilyn Hacker, Paperback Library, 1970
Vaster Than Empires and More Slow - nv New Dimensions I, ed. Robert Silverberg, Doubleday, 1971
The Stars Below - ss Orbit 14, ed. Damon Knight, Harper & Row, 1974
The Field of Vision - ss Galaxy Oct '73
Direction of the Road - ss Orbit 12, ed. Damon Knight, G.P. Putnam's, 1973
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - ss New Dimensions 3, ed. Robert Silverberg, Nelson Doubleday, 1973
The Day Before the Revolution - ss Galaxy Aug '74
A little about Ursula:
Legal Name: Le Guin, Ursula Kroeber
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA
Birthdate: 21 October 1929

Received Nebula Awards for the novels "The Left Hand of Darkness," "The Dispossessed," and "Tehanu"; for the novella "Solitude"; and for the short story "The Day Before the Revolution."

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) - English Audio (Blu-ray)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) - English Audio (Blu-ray)

5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of poison ants and snakes, April 19 2016
Made on location at Hanging Rock, Victoria Strathalbyn and Clare, Marbury School South Australia, and South Australian Film Corporation Studios.

"On Saturday 14th February 1900 a party of schoolgirls from Appleyard Collage picnicked at Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria.

During the afternoon several members of the party disappeared without a trace..."

I cannot explain the specific attraction of this movie (Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock.) It is worth watching over again just to get the nuances and suggestions that were not verbalized.

The Teahouse of the August Moon
The Teahouse of the August Moon
by Vern Sneider
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
3 used & new from CDN$ 27.71

5.0 out of 5 stars The best-laid plans of mice and men, April 19 2016
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

This is the 1951 book that was the basis of the October 15, 1953 play that was the basis of the 1956 movie.

The play Opening Night Cast:

John Forsythe ... Capt. Fisby
David Wayne ... Sakini
Paul Ford Col. ... Wainright Purdy III
Larry Gates Capt ... McLean
William Hansen ... Mr. Oshira
Mariko Niki ... Lotus Blossom

The movie cast:

Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby
Marlon Brando ... Sakini
Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean
Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)
Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl
Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich

Each version has its advantage. As in most cases the book is best as each page reeks with puns and satire.

The Second World War has ended but the battle has just begun for a better built world. On the island of Okinawa colonel Purdy is using a subsection of plan B to rebuild villages based on colonial buildings and "Democracy in the home through the women." In the process Colonel Purdy plans for a silver star. Others have plans of their own.

"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry"

An Introduction to the History of Mathematics (Saunders Series) by Howard Eves (1990-01-02)
An Introduction to the History of Mathematics (Saunders Series) by Howard Eves (1990-01-02)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun place to start on the history of mathematics, April 18 2016
You can have fun as you recreate the condition and think as the ancients did

You may find secrets that were lost to us. Many useful ways of thinking if you do not have one of them new fangled hand held calculators that do everything for you.

Part 1 - systems
Part 2 - Babylonian and Egyptian mathematics
Part 3 - Pythagorean mathematics
Part 4 - duplication, try section, and quadrature
Part 5 - Euclid and his elements
Part 6 - Greek mathematics after Euclid
Part 7 - Chinese, Hindu, and Arabian mathematics
Part 8 - European mathematics, 500 to 1600
Part 9 - The Dawn of modern mathematics
Part 10 - Analytic geometry and other pre-calculus developments
Part 11 - The calculus and related concepts
Part 12 - The 18th century and the exploration of the calculus
Part 13 - The early 19th century and the liberation of geometry and algebra
Part 14 - The later 19th century and the arithmetization of analysis
Part 15 - Abstraction and the transition into the 20th century

At the end of each part there are essay topics and a generous bibliography.

You will want to keep your old edition and get the latest as each edition applies different information.

Self Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use in Daily Living
Self Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use in Daily Living
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic by a mainstream author, April 18 2016
Leslie M. Lecron is well known as a mainstream specialist in the technique and understanding of the hypnosis process. What you are looking at is a classic. He may be a little Freud happy; however so was every one else in his environment. Say what you will the concept of triggering events is still with us. There is only one diagram of a Cheurel Pendulum "Magic Eye" and no photographs. Instead of me trying to interpret the good, bad and ugly of this book I will write the chapter titles so you can decide if this is what you are looking for.

1. What you should know about your subconscious
2. How you ca communicate directly with your "inner mind"
3. Hypnosis: A powerful force for good
4. Self-Hypnosis gives you the key to a happier life
5. How the use of autosuggestion can improve your life
6. Eliminate emotional troubles from your life
7. How bad emotions figure your health
8. The value of positive thinking and healthful relaxation
9. How to overcome feelings of inferiority and poverty "Complex"
10. How to conquer bad habits and overcome pain
11. Heal your own emotional scars
12. Fears and phobias can be conquered
13. Keep slim and youthful without dieting
14. Never suffer from headaches again!
15. The key to a happier sex life
16. Master your emotions and overcome allergies
17. common ailments and how self-therapy helps your remedy them
18. You have the power!

Getting Started in Electronics
Getting Started in Electronics
2 used & new from CDN$ 129.80

5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to learn electronics is through projects, April 18 2016
Yep you can get all the electronic goodies from RadioShack; however do not overlook Amazon.

Although most of the electronics are now part of IC chips it is nice to actually touch what you are reading about.

The book its self is written like a lined notebook and the pictures are really crude schematic and pictures that you would have seen in a notebook. The wording is in uppercase print. I write that way so it is much easier to read than most fonts.
Might be missing 30+ years in technology. However the logical is still the same.

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