The Songlines

Author: Bruce Chatwin
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504038339
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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International Bestseller: The famed travel writer and author of In Patagonia traverses Australia, exploring Aboriginal culture and song—and humanity’s origins. Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die. Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey—through his own history—to reckon with the nature of language itself. Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s final—and most ambitious—works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill, a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man’s history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Bicycle Repair Manual

Author: Chris Sidwells
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465469877
Format: PDF, ePub
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The latest edition of Bicycle Repair Manual is the most up-to-date photographic manual on the market, and the perfect handbook for every cyclist, no matter what level of interest or experience. From getting to know your bike to adjusting your brakes and tuning your suspension, detailed photographs and step-by-step sequences show you how to care for your bike and carry out repairs. This quick reference guide is now updated to include all the latest technology. Learn how to set up both mountain and road bikes correctly, discover newly popular bikes like the fixie, tandem, folding bike, and triathlon bike, and find out how to fit and use gadgets like GPS. Keep your bike in peak condition, stay safe, and save money on repairs with this revised and updated sixth edition of Bicycle Repair Manual.

Living in Space

Author: G. Harry Stine
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 159077258X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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We are the first species with the ability to leave planet Earth and expand the horizons of existence into the infinite realm of the universe. Humanity has been working, learning and building toward this accomplishment throughout history. Those who live and work in space will be no different from their predecessors who left ancient homelands to venture into the unknown wilderness. But to travel and work in space, one must not only know the physical characteristics of the space environment, but also something about the human beings involved. Living in Space explains: -Technology necessary for staying happy, healthy and alive in space. - Effects of acceleration on the human body - The long term affects of living in zero-g conditions - The most harmful forms of ionizing radiation for humans - Nutrition and Sanitation - Basic problems of working in space. The people who go into space to live and work are setting the foundation for humanity’s future.

Pilgrims

Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307975312
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better. Track the facts with Jack and Annie!! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday, they had lots of questions. What was it like to sail on the Mayflower? Why did the Pilgrims choose Plymouth? How did they survive in their new home? What did they really eat at the first Thanksgiving? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!

Design for a Vulnerable Planet

Author: Frederick Steiner
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292773374
Format: PDF
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We inhabit a vulnerable planet. The devastation caused by natural disasters such as the southern Asian tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and the earthquakes in China's Sichuan province, Haiti, and Chile—as well as the ongoing depletion and degradation of the world's natural resources caused by a burgeoning human population—have made it clear that "business as usual" is no longer sustainable. We need to find ways to improve how we live on this planet while minimizing our impact on it. Design for a Vulnerable Planet sounds a call for designers and planners to go beyond traditional concepts of sustainability toward innovative new design that fosters regeneration and resilience. Drawing on his own and others' experiences across three continents, Frederick Steiner advocates design practice grounded in ecology and democracy and informed by critical regionalism and reflection. He begins by establishing the foundation for a more ecological approach to planning and design, adopting a broad view of ecology as encompassing human and natural, urban and wild environments. Steiner explores precedents for human ecological design provided by architect Paul Cret, landscape architect Ian McHarg, and developer George Mitchell while discussing their planning for the University of Texas campus, the Lake Austin watershed, and The Woodlands. Steiner then focuses on emerging Texas urbanism and extends his discussion to broader considerations beyond the Lone Star State, including regionalism, urbanism, and landscape in China and Italy. He also examines the lessons to be learned from human and natural disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the BP oil spill. Finally, Steiner offers a blueprint for designing with nature to help heal the planet's vulnerabilities.

The Darkening Hour

Author: Penny Hancock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857206265
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Meet Theodora. And Mona. Two women, from completely different walks of life, forced by circumstances to live together under one roof. Both women are at their wits' end, scared of losing the one thing that's most precious to them. So when tensions boil over, who will go to the most extreme lengths to survive? Will it be Theodora, finally breaking under the pressure? Or Mona, desperate to find a way out? In a tale of modern day slavery and paranoia, two women tell their sides of the story. Who do you trust? 'The author skilfully plays with [the two narrators'] versions of reality as this dark and brooding novel races towards its genuinely scary conclusion' Sunday Mirror 'Penny Hancock cranks up the tension in The Darkening Hourso when a murder is committed we don't know who to believe. This thriller about a stressed-out radio presenter who demands more and more from her elderly father's put-upon carer is frighteningly plausible' Thriller of the Month, Good Housekeeping From the acclaimed author of Tideline, A Trick of the Mindand the forthcoming AStranger in my House.

Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide

Author: Charlotte K. Lowrie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118013427
Format: PDF, Mobi
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With18.0 megapixels, full high definition recording capabilities, broad range ISO settings, shutter speed up to 5.3 frames per second, and many other advanced features, the Canon EOS 60D is a solid intermediate dSLR. The Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide will teach you how to get the most out of these impressive features. Chapter 1: Roadmap to the 60D. – Learn the basics of camera and lens controls, as well as menu navigation and viewfinder displays on your Canon EOS 60D. Chapter 2: Choosing Camera Options and Reviewing Images. – Learn which format and image quality settings are best for each situation, and how to modify key settings on the Canon EOS 60D to get the best quality images. Chapter 3: Getting Great Exposures and Focus. – Learn all the automatic, manual, and sensitivity settings needed to get the most out of your Canon EOS 60D’s imaging capabilities in any lighting situation or for any subject near or far. Chapter 4: Using Color Options, Ambience, Effects, and Creative Filters. – Learn how to improve your photography by use of color space, white balance, and filters by adjusting the setting on your Canon EOS 60D. Chapter 5: Customizing the 60D. – Learn all of the customization options for the Canon EOS 60D including exposure, images, auto focus, and menu settings to make your camera work for you. Chapter 6: Shooting in Live View Mode. – Learn the pros and cons of live view shooting, as well as the best settings and tips for working in your Canon EOS 60D’s live view mode. Chapter 7: Using Movie Mode. – Learn how to record video on the Canon EOS 60D and get tips for video standards, optimal camera settings, and editing. Chapter 8: Working with Flash. – Learn how to use and modify the Canon EOS 60D’s built in flash, and learn to shoot with wireless Speedlites and other flash techniques to bring professional quality photography to your fingertips. Chapter 9: Lenses and Accessories. – Learn all you need to know for choosing the optimal lenses for the Canon EOS 60D, including lens types, focal-length multipliers, and lens accessories. Also learn how to work with multiple lens types for optimal photos in any situation. Chapter 10: Event and Action Photography. – Learn the optimal settings and gear needed to shoot great action photographs with the Canon EOS 60D including set up options and a gear selection guide. Chapter 11: Nature and Landscape Photography. – Learn how to capture stunning natural images and landscapes using your Canon EOS 60D, as well as how to choose the proper gear for nature and landscape photography. Chapter 12: Portrait Photography. – Learn how to make natural light and studio quality portraits with the Canon EOS 60D including guides on gear selection, lighting, and exposure. Appendix A: The Elements of Exposure. – Learn or review the fundamentals of exposure and how they relate to your Canon EOS 60D’s settings. Appendix B: Exploring RAW Capture. – Learn the elements of RAW capture as well as a brief walk-through on converting RAW images into a final image. Appendix C: How to Use the Grey Card and Color Checker. – Learn how to produce photos with accurate color and exposure with these free-inside-the-book tools. A full color, portable trim book with beautiful photography for photographers on the go, the Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide includes a free grey/color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color. With the Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide, you will gain a thorough understanding of the Canon EOS 60D camera, as well as the basic fundamentals of capturing the best possible photos.

A Barrel Full of Pennies

Author: John Patrick
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 9780822200956
Format: PDF
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THE STORY: In the household of Adonis Samaritan, cab driver and lover of mankind, all homeless creatures, dogs, lame ducks and people--are welcome, much to the distress of daughter Alicia, who wishes she didn't have to be embarrassed at the thought