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When Natalie’s dad is nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, she flies to L.A. for the week, where she plans on hanging out with Tori and also taking her to the Oscars. But when Natalie hits it off with Tori’s friend Reed, Tori feels left out and picks a giant fight, which culminates in Natalie rescinding Tori’s invitation to the Oscars and giving it to Reed instead. Cut to: Natalie and Tori and their tearful reconciliation. Unfortunately the only way for Natalie to really enjoy this happilyever- after ending is to find a replacement ticket to the Oscars!
This is Volume I of a three volume set constituting the refereed proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Neural Networks, ISNN 2006. 616 revised papers are organized in topical sections on neurobiological analysis, theoretical analysis, neurodynamic optimization, learning algorithms, model design, kernel methods, data preprocessing, pattern classification, computer vision, image and signal processing, system modeling, robotic systems, transportation systems, communication networks, information security, fault detection, financial analysis, bioinformatics, biomedical and industrial applications, and more.
A story of poverty, injustice and revenge in Jamaica, SOMETIMES THERE'S A WINNER tells the story of a poor black gardener, Byron Reid, and his sister Nadia, who work for a wealthy white Lebanese-Jamaican family in Kingston. Byron Reid surpasses his work ambitions and achieves success in a variety of jobs with Abraham Faroud, and is driven to bankruptcy by his employer's son Fabian who exploits his sister's innocence and vulnerability when she worked as a servant in the Faroud home. Byron uses incriminating information about his employer which he has secretly collected as the basis for demands for himself and his sister. SOMETIMES THERE'S A WINNER tells of the plight and frustrations of the poor in class-conscious Jamaica.
Do you want to do something spectacular with your life? Maybe you just want to achieve a simple goal that has been eluding you for years. Whatever size your dream may be, this new self-help guide by an experienced Police Officer and mentor can help you achieve it. Seymour Council III has spoken with hundreds of teens in his capacity as a Police Officer and in his current position as the Sergeant of the Juvenile Unit/School Resource Officers. His own life experiences have taught him how to enthusiastically approach challenges. As such, he's combined his perspective with a program formed from his experiences and from conversations he's had with youths who were exposed to greater life challenges and those whose perception of themselves was low. The result is the W.I.N.N.E.R. system, which lays down basic steps anyone can follow to achieve personal success in life. Council was originally inspired by athletes. Sports provides a solid framework for approaching problems and visualizing goals. Council uses sports terminology to connect with readers and help create a goal-oriented mentality. This program can be followed by anyone from their early teens to early twenties and beyond. If you need a little focus in your life or are a mentor or loved one to someone needing the same, this book will provide a step-by-step plan for success.
Die Macht des Gedächtnisses: Entstehung und Wandel kommunaler Schriftkultur im spätmittelalterlichen Augsburg
This study offers a new view on the development of an urban culture of writing in one of the major cities of late medieval Europe. Via the examination of a tremendous number of documents from the Augsburg city archive it shows how civic authorities started to rely more and more on written records, which in turn created the need for archiving. The power of this process primarily resulted from a growing desire for supervision and control. Die Studie eröffnet einen neuen Blick auf den Entstehungsprozess kommunaler Schriftkultur in einer europäischen Großstadt des Spätmittelalters. Die Auswertung der umfangreichen Überlieferung im Stadtarchiv Augsburg zeigt, wie städtische Autoritäten zunehmend auf Schriftlichkeit angewiesen waren und dabei eigene Bedürfnisse der Archivierung ausprägten. Als zentrale Antriebskraft der Verschriftlichung tritt dabei ein wachsendes Bedürfnis nach Kontrolle und Überprüfbarkeit hervor.
Jan Huizinga and Roger Caillois have already taught us to realize how important games and play have been for pre-modern civilization. Recent research has begun to acknowledge the fundamental importance of these aspects in cultural, religious, philosophical, and literary terms. This volume expands on the traditional approach still very much focused on the materiality of game (toys, cards, dice, falcons, dolls, etc.) and acknowledges that game constituted also a form of coming to terms with human existence in an unstable and volatile world determined by universal randomness and fortune. Whether considering blessings or horse fighting, falconry or card games, playing with dice or dolls, we can gain a much deeper understanding of medieval and early modern society when we consider how people pursued pleasure and how they structured their leisure time. The contributions examine a wide gamut of approaches to pleasure, considering health issues, eroticism, tournaments, playing music, reading and listening, drinking alcohol, gambling and throwing dice. This large issue was also relevant, of course, in non-Christian societies, and constitutes a critical concern both for the past and the present because we are all homines ludentes.
With a voice as disarmingly bold, funny, and unsentimental as its author, a thoroughly unconventional memoir that shatters the myth of the tragic disabled life Harriet McBryde Johnson isn't sure, but she thinks one of her earliest memories was learning that she will die. The message came from a maudlin TV commercial for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that featured a boy who looked a lot like her. Then as now, Johnson tended to draw her own conclusions. In secret, she carried the knowledge of her mortality with her and tried to sort out what it meant. By the time she realized she wasn't a dying child, she was living a grown-up life, intensely engaged with people, politics, work, struggle, and community. Due to a congenital neuromuscular disease, Johnson has never been able to walk, dress, or bathe without assistance. With help, however, she manages to take on the world. From the streets of Havana, where she covers an international disability rights conference, to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, to an auditorium at Princeton, where she defends her right to live against philosopher Peter Singer, she lives a life on her own terms. And along the way, she defies and debunks every popular assumption about disability. This unconventional memoir opens with a lyrical meditation on death and ends with a surprising sermon on pleasure. In between, we get the tales Johnson most enjoys telling from her own life. This is not a book "about disability" but it will surprise anyone who has ever imagined that life with a severe disability is inherently worse than another kind of life.
Take a trip to America’s favorite English village: “If you’ve ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you’ll relish a visit to Fairacre.” —Jan Karon The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row have been home to Fairacre residents for generations. With leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, they make an ideal subject for a “Beautiful Britain” calendar. But the charming exterior of Tyler’s Row conceals more than its share of quirks, as well as some rather particular characters. The new owners, Peter and Diana Hale, plan to create their own rural refuge by converting the middle two cottages into one. But beset by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and bills, as well as their neighboring tenants—the redoubtable Sergeant Burnaby and the sour Mrs. Fowler—the couple soon has cause to ponder their decision. Fairacre isn’t the utopia they expected, and the Hales must adapt to life in a village that’s not always picture perfect. Featuring a “rare combination of humor, delicacy, irony, and precision,” the novels of Miss Read capture the challenges and joys of small-town community life (TheNew York Times Book Review). “The more turbulent the real world, the more charming we may find the stability of Miss Read’s tiny fictional world.” —Los Angeles Times “Miss Read has three great gifts—an unerring intuition about human frailty, a healthy irony, and, surprisingly, an almost beery sense of humor.” —The New Yorker
If you need proof of Gods hand in this world, look no further than the life of Georgette Rias-Baker. And if you seek affirmation of His incredible love for His children, Top of the Ninth & Im Winning is your book. This remarkable memoir chronicles nine near misses that nearly befell Rias-Baker,A skilled storyteller whose first-person account will leave you breathless as she stares down enough challenges to fill several life times. There was the time she was this close to being raped; missed bleeding to death by a hair; escaped an attempted kidnapping; lost everything in a fire; practically died in a car accident; and very nearly took her own life. And thats just for starters.What intervened in each of these cases? God and His Word.Top of the Ninth details the incredible visitations by angels who kept her safe every time.Not that Rias-Baker realized it at the time. It would take years for her to truly understand the love God has for her. And thats the core message of this book.Top of the Ninth shares the incredible embrace the Lord has for each of His creatures, while giving hope to those who have also suffered the bruises of life.Filled with inspiring scripture, Top of the Ninth is about thriving despite the obstacles life throws at us, thanks to a little help from above.
After the brutal death of his surrogate father at the hands of a bitter rival, Travon Brown is caught in a twisted web and he doesnt know where to turn. Tugging at Travons coattails is his newly discovered found fatherhood, thanks to a one-night stand at a bachelor party a year ago. In addition to fathering a love child that he has yet to meet, Travon has to decide if hes going to end a taboo affair or rekindle a relationship with the mother of his child. Twisted picks up where The Twist left off with the gritty story of a man who must decide if he will resist the temptation of the streets, or give in to the bitter taste of sweet revenge.