Los Angeles — Jake London’s ideal teenage life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. Mechcraft is the skill of controlling the nanotech, summoning and creating tools, weapons, and even machines. Being the first person born with the nanotech, warring factions desire to use Jake for their own sinister ends. Now, with two Mechcraft agents at his side, and a horde of enemies chasing them down, Jake finds himself in a desperate race to safety.
In a perfect world, software engineers who produce the best code are the most successful. But in our perfectly messy world, success also depends on how you work with people to get your job done. In this highly entertaining book, Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman cover basic patterns and anti-patterns for working with other people, teams, and users while trying to develop software. This is valuable information from two respected software engineers whose popular series of talks—including "Working with Poisonous People"—has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers. Writing software is a team sport, and human factors have as much influence on the outcome as technical factors. Eve...
The Leamey’s is an epic story of hardship, devotion and love of an Irish family living in Doonas Ireland in the 1840s, where they are taken to the depths of despair, separated by hardship and starvation during the potato famine and overcoming immense tragedy which split the family to three Continents on a journey so incredible it test the souls to breaking point, where hope and determination creates great triumphs of the human spirit. Brian Leamey is very angry but worried for his family when he’s convicted of assaulting a Police Officer. His beloved wife and family are devastated when he is sentenced to ten years on a wretched penal colony on the infamous Van Diemans land. He is transpo...
In the course of their 20+-year engineering careers, authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman have picked up a treasure trove of wisdom and anecdotes about how successful teams work together. Their conclusion? Even among people who have spent decades learning the technical side of their jobs, most haven’t really focused on the human component. Learning to collaborate is just as important to success. If you invest in the "soft skills" of your job, you can have a much greater impact for the same amount of effort. The authors share their insights on how to lead a team effectively, navigate an organization, and build a healthy relationship with the users of your software. This is valuable information from two respected software engineers whose popular series of talks—including "Working with Poisonous People"—has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers.
What makes us truly happy? Who knows... Asking what makes us unhappy, unhealthy and unfulfilled might help. Despite all the wisdom and advice available, tension and worry are never far away. The reasons for this are many and varied though they could be largely attributed to our widespread lack of personal ‘growth’. We are almost totally unaware of our influences and set responses, which often makes life tougher and duller than it needs to be. So take a step back. Look at the broader view. Don’t just follow the crowd. Questioning our ideas on subjects like – success, ego, relationships and money can be more unsettling than illuminating at first. Nevertheless, Find a Better Life encourages readers to open these doors that lead to potentially rewarding self-exploration. By touching on topics such as Psychology, Spirituality and Nature, this book provides an expansive outlook that can contribute to less self-inflicted hardship. The bigger picture is a bridge to worthwhile ways for everyone. Find a Better Life is a unique, accessible and entertaining take on life, offering inspiring insight that will appeal to those looking to ‘grow’ and relax through greater understanding.
The fields of photonics and phononics encompass the fundamental science of light and sound propagation and interactions in complex structures, as well as its technological applications. This book reviews new and fundamental mathematical tools, computational approaches, and inversion and optimal design methods to address challenging problems in photonics and phononics. An emphasis is placed on analyzing sub-wavelength resonators, super-focusing and super-resolution of electromagnetic and acoustic waves, photonic and phononic crystals, electromagnetic cloaking, and electromagnetic and elastic metamaterials and metasurfaces. Throughout this book, the authors demonstrate the power of layer potential techniques for solving challenging problems in photonics and phononics when they are combined with asymptotic analysis. This book might be of interest to researchers and graduate students working in the fields of applied and computational mathematics, partial differential equations, electromagnetic theory, elasticity, integral equations, and inverse and optimal design problems in photonics and phononics.
While Brian Fitzpatrick has today fallen into relative obscurity, efforts persist in discrediting Manning Clark's name. Against the Grain examines the dual careers of Fitzpatrick and Clark as activists and historians during the Cold War, and shows the political and personal difficulties that beset both men throughout their careers. Contributors Stuart Macintyre, James Waghorne, Ann Curthoys, Mark McKenna, Roger Douglas, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Mark Finnane, John Myrtle, Carolyn Rasmussen, Jill Roe and others critically observe the men's legacy and the value of their work to future generations. The collection also includes memoirs of Fitzpatrick and Clark by their daughters Sheila and Katerina, and Beverley Kingston and Nicholas Brown.