Family history is big business these days, and a matter of keen fascination for some. I’ll be upfront and state that most of the family history I’ve been subjected to is fascinating only to the fan of the family. Start telling me a ‘fascinating’ anecdote from your family history and you too can be amazed at how fast I will suddenly remember that I have an urgent appointment somewhere else … because as a general principle, I am interested in you, not your long-dead ancestors.(And if I don’t scamper off hastily but stand there listening to your story apparently with great interest, it is because you are going to feature in my future novel as The Great Family History Bore. You have been warned).But Kayang and Me, jointly authored in different ways by Kim Scott and Hazel Brown is a different matter entirely.Kim Scott is the novelist whose stunning novels Benang (see my review) and That Deadman Dance (see my review) have won the Miles Franklin Award and many other awards besides, and Hazel Brown is his Elder of the Wiloman Noongar People of Western Australlia. Their book is completely different in form to anything I have read before. It consists of lightly edited transcripts of Hazel Brown’s stories, accompanied by commentary, musings, and clarifications by Kim Scott, testing Hazel’s oral testimony against the scanty documentary records of the Noongar people of south-western Australia. But though this analysis reveals Scott’s scholarship, this is not an historian’s analysis, this is deeply personal. Scott is not entirely comfortable with his right to identify with the Noongar people and the gaps and inconsistencies in Hazel Brown’s testimony make him hesitate about all kinds of things, including his right to call her Aunty. He chooses Kayang, which rather like the Indonesian Ibu means ‘respected old lady’. I like this word, because it seems respectful of traditional Aboriginal kinship systems which (as I understand them) are not like Western ones at all.To read the rest of my review please visit http://anzlitlovers.com/2013/04/10/ka...
As the hordes of Attila the Hun descend upon on a dissolving Roman Empire, Shield Brother Zeno must protect an envoy sent to draw the Burgundians to Rome’s side in what promises to be a battle for the ages. In time, however, we come to understand that neither the envoy nor his Burgundian guide is quite who they seem …The great, dreaded conqueror, Attila the Hun has launched his promised invasion of Gaul (Roman France). The territory is sure to fall unless General Aetius, effectively the de facto ruler of the vast Western Empire, can summon a sturdy, well-equipped army. Alas, the able military leader’s funds have been siphoned off by corrupt officials. He has no fighting force and so must gather volunteers from the barbarian nations of Gaul. All is lost, unless Zeno, a canny, courageous Shield Brother can somehow spirit an inexperienced envoy, the general’s own son, Gaudentius, through the treacherous northern wilds to track down a rich, but reluctant Burgundian king. Their road is difficult and populated by thieves and traitors. They meet a brash, capable Burgundian warrior and guide, Dancmart, along the way. Zeno hopes the delegation’s troubles are over. In fact, they’ve just started.Anselm Audley’s harrowing, action-adventure story is an exciting story inspired by the acclaimed Foreworld Saga.
Some have heard about the Moravians, but even less have heard about Count Zinzendorf. He was a man of prayer, a man of passion for the Martermann, the Man of Sorrows. He could preach all day without tiring. During a sermon he could talk himself into such exhilaration about his Savior that frequently, in rhythmic staccato, he would spontaneously break into impromptu rhyming lyrics, somewhat like the oral poets of ancient Greek and modern rappers. He was an itinerant vagabond for Christ. He urged the Moravians to pray unceasingly, and they prayed unremittingly for over a hundred years. In worship services men and women were separated, but he was instrumental in infusing such a Christian love among the Brethren that he had to advise them not to kiss so loudly that it schmatzt, made a loud smacking sound, when they exchanged the kiss of peace. He entreated the Moravians without coercing to have a burden for lost souls. He wrote that he himself was not so much a God-fearing, but a God-joyful person. Yet he knew suffering. He was harassed as a boy in a boarding school; called a beast by a friend he protected; greeted by a jester in the royal court of Berlin, because the king thought he was a fool; exiled from his beloved homeland; accused of gross misconduct by newspapers in Pennsylvania; and lost nine of his twelve children prematurely. But Zinzendorf knew where to get his strength. Even in his early youth he developed an intimacy with the Lamb of God through prayer. This is a story of persecution, of dissension, of Spirit-filled boldness, of daring enterprises, of dying on mission fields and of congenial relations among the Brethren. The story of the Moravians in the eighteenth century reminds us perhaps of the chronicle of the early Christians in Acts.
Revised edition of a rare account of a German armored division in combat at the epic Battle of Stalingrad.Day-by-day story of the 24th Panzer Divisions savage fighting in the streets of Stalingrad in 1942Eyewitness accounts from participants reveal the brutality of this battlePhotos from official archives, private collections, and veterans--most of them never seen beforeUsed copies of the out-of-print earlier edition sell for more than $900A treasure trove for historians, buffs, modelers, and wargamers
Multimedia data require specialized management techniques because the representations of color, time, semantic concepts, and other underlying information can be drastically different from one another. The user s subjective judgment can also have significant impact on what data or features are relevant in a given context. These factors affect both the performance of the retrieval algorithms and their effectiveness. This textbook on multimedia data management techniques offers a unified perspective on retrieval efficiency and effectiveness. It provides a comprehensive treatment, from basic to advanced concepts, that will be useful to readers of different levels, from advanced undergraduate and graduate students to researchers and to professionals. After introducing models for multimedia data (images, video, audio, text, and web) and for their features, such as color, texture, shape, and time, the book presents data structures and algorithms that help store, index, cluster, classify, and access common data representations. The authors also introduce techniques, such as relevance feedback and collaborative filtering, for bridging the semantic gap and present the applications of these to emerging topics, including web and social networking.
The second edition of Basic Food Microbiology follows the same general outline as the highly successful first edition. The text has been revised and updated to include as much as possible of the large body of infor mation published since the first edition appeared. Hence, foodborne ill ness now includes listeriosis as well as expanded information about Campylobacter jejuni. Among the suggestions for altering the text was to include flow sheets for food processes. The production of dairy products and beer is now depicted with flow diagrams. In 1954, Herrington made the following statement regarding a review article about lipase that he published in thejournal of Dairy Science: Some may feel that too much has been omitted; an equal number may feel that too much has been included. So be it. The author is grateful to his family for allowing him to spend the time required for composing this text. He is especially indebted to his partner, Sally, who gave assistance in typing, editing, and proofreading the manuscript. The author also thanks all of those people who allowed the use of their information in the text, tables, and figures. Without this aid, the book would not have been possible. 1 General Aspects of Food BASIC NEEDS Our basic needs include air that contains an adequate amount of oxy. gen, water that is potable, edible food, and shelter. Food provides us with a source of energy needed for work and for various chemical reactions.
Presenting a thorough overview of the theoretical foundations of non-parametric system identification for nonlinear block-oriented systems, this books shows that non-parametric regression can be successfully applied to system identification, and it highlights the achievements in doing so. With emphasis on Hammerstein, Wiener systems, and their multidimensional extensions, the authors show how to identify nonlinear subsystems and their characteristics when limited information exists. Algorithms using trigonometric, Legendre, Laguerre, and Hermite series are investigated, and the kernel algorithm, its semirecursive versions, and fully recursive modifications are covered. The theories of modern non-parametric regression, approximation, and orthogonal expansions, along with new approaches to system identification (including semiparametric identification), are provided. Detailed information about all tools used is provided in the appendices. This book is for researchers and practitioners in systems theory, signal processing, and communications and will appeal to researchers in fields like mechanics, economics, and biology, where experimental data are used to obtain models of systems.
LA FACTORÍA DE IDEAS CELEBRA EL CINCUENTA ANIVERSARIO DE LA OBRA MAESTRA DEL TERROR PSICOSIS CON UNA NUEVA TRADUCCIÓN Era una noche oscura y tormentosa; Mary Craine estaba exhausta, perdida, y al límite de sus fuerzas, ansiosa por darse una ducha caliente y encontrar un lugar donde pasar la noche. Cuando el Motel Bates apareció de pronto entre la tormenta, Mary pensó que era su salvación. Las habitaciones eran viejas y húmedas, pero estaban limpias, y el encargado, Norman Bates, parecía un tipo bastante agradable, aunque un poco raro... Después Mary conoció a la madre de Norman. Y el cuchillo de carnicero. La pesadilla acababa de empezar.Robert Bloch es conocido por ser el autor de la obra maestra del terror Psicosis, llevada al cine en el clásico de Hitchcock, pero además escribió más de veinte novelas por las que recibió premios como el Hugo, el Bram Stoker y el premio Mundial de Fantasía. Fue discípulo de H. P. Lovecraft, y colaboró con él en la escritura de Los mitos de Cthulhu. «‘Psicosis’ es un homenaje a la obra de Robert Bloch»—Alfred Hitchcock «No querrás quedarte solo en mucho, mucho tiempo»—Library Journal «Es difícil imaginar el mundo de la ficción moderna de terror sin Psicosis; su influencia está por todas partes»—Literary Times «Bloch tenía el talento de Lovecraft para escribir cuentos de absoluto terror, pero desarrolló habilidades que superaban a su mentor»—Times Leader «‘Psicosis’ es una obra de terror brillante, y es muy similar a la película: el espeluznante escenario y los giros y sorpresas están todos entre sus páginas»—Publishers Weekly
When Eric Ward and Sharon Owen defend suspected serial killer Raymond Conroy, they win an acquittal on a technicality, thus incurring the wrath of CI Charlie Spate. Ward has no desire to act further for Conroy when the man decides to remain in the northeast. Instead, he concentrates on issues arising from Sharons family trust although he is continually harassed by a journalist who seeks to interview Conroy. When Conroy disappears and the Zodiac Killer strikes again, Ward finds himself involved once more alongside CI Spate, who is under pressure for his apparent incompetence in tracking Conroy. Complications arise from mysterious dealings in Scotland in the 1970s, but it is only during a murderous climax in a remote Northumberland farmhouse that the truth finally emerges in the hunt for the Zodiac Killer.
Had some good parts in it and some parts that I didnt like. I guess the ending wasnt what I was hoping for. It does have some BDSM scenes in it so if you dont like that then this is not the book for you. So I will say that the author did a pretty good job and hopefully I will read some more books by her.