Designing in a Complex World

Author: John Thackara

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262250375

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if "tech" ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how?In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now -- not in a remote science fiction future; it's not about, as he puts it, "the schlock of the new" but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, not things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.
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Author: Geneviève Castrée

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

ISBN: 1770463216

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 16

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"Drawn near the end of her life, surrounded by the nature and calm of Anacortes, Washington, Geneviève Castrée drew one final gift for her two-year-old daughter, the stunning board book A Bubble. Leaving behind a last note for a young child is an incomprehensible task; Castrée responds with grace and subtlety. Using precise, exquisite drawings of herself and her daughter, changes in their daily routines are depicted as a greater story unfolds. Castrée and her daughter float from page to page, encased in a bubble that protects them from the outside world. A contemplation of love and loss, A Bubble is a lasting declaration, a final memory, a comfort for others experiencing grief, and a beautiful archive of one of the world's most talented cartoonist's final artistic achievements."--
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Author: Stewart Foster

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471145417

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2790

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever. THE BUBBLE BOY is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-style bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits. Expect superheroes, super nurses and a few tears from this truly unique story. 'One thing we know about good books is their amazing ability to inspire empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and viewpoints that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch.' The Guardian ‘Poignant, hopeful and heartbreaking’ Fiona Noble – Children’s Editor, The Bookseller 'Deeply moving and utterly gripping . . . Stewart Foster carries off an astonishing feat of storytelling in this exceptional book' Julia Eccleshare, ‘A gripping and deeply moving book’ Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy
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The US in the World Economy

Author: Robert Brenner

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859844830

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 331

View: 9051

Brenner demonstrates that the new economy was always a fragile phenomenon.
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Is Sustainable Growth Possible?

Author: Robert U. Ayres

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262027437

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 370

View: 9349

Why the global economy has become increasingly unstable, and how financial "de-carbonization" could break the pattern of bubble-driven wealth destruction.
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Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All

Author: Dan Bongino

Publisher: Wnd Books

ISBN: 9781938067365

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 3369

A former twelve-year Secret Service agent and Maryland political candidate reveals how his experiences inside the White House as an agent protecting the president convinced him to resign and run for the United States Senate.
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Author: Phil Earle

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0553513176

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8184

"Middle school readers will easily relate to the situational humor and school life, but everyone should read this book for its message. The Bubble Wrap Boy is perfect for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and will be an excellent addition to any library or classroom."-VOYA Charlie Han’s troubles are much bigger than he is. At school he’s branded an outsider, a loser—the tiny kid from the Chinese takeout. His only ally is Sinus Sedgely, a kid with a lower-level reputation than Charlie himself. Life at home isn’t much better. His dad is more skilled with a wok than he is with words, and his mom is suffocating the life out of Charlie, worried about his every move. But when a new passion leads Charlie to the mother of all confrontations, he finds his real mom has been hiding a massive secret. A secret that while shocking, might actually lead Charlie to feeling ten feet tall. The Bubble Wrap Boy is a funny and inspiring novel about friendship, family, and one undersized boy's ability to think BIG. "Both laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking...In the fast-growing bullying genre, Charlie's story stands out. This isn't a kid who will do anything to join the cool clique. This is a story about staying true to yourself and following your passion."-Kirkus Reviews "Earle excels at showing personal growth in the characters, and it is gratifying to observe the believable evolution of Sinus’s and Charlie’s parents. VERDICT Family drama with a solid mix of action, adventure, and humor."-SLJ "Charlie is a character to root for. He is witty and perceptive and has a secret weapon in his best friend, Sinus Sedgely....[The Bubble Wrap Boy is] exciting to read."-Booklist "Charlie's amusing sarcasm masks a vulnerability that will resonate with anyone who has felt like an outsider. The humiliation of being the butt of a joke is sensitively rendered, as is Charlie's slow reclamation of his pride in this witty, true-to-life story."-Publishers Weekly
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Author: Albert Arvay

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434333906

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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Author: Michael Hudson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783981484243


Page: 505

View: 7937

PROFESSOR MICHAEL HUDSON is one of the foremost critics of contemporary finance capitalism and the worldwide power "the 1%" weilds because of government tax breaks and other favorable legislation. In THE BUBBLE AND BEYOND, he illuminates how the expansive and successful forces of 19th and 20th century industrial capitalism have been subverted by today's predatory finance capitalism, putting the entire world in a financial mess - and what can be done about it. A confusing labyrinth of geo-political issues impacts economic health and growth, and few are studied in the classroom or given space in the press. There is a way out of the labyrinth, however, as Professor Hudson demonstrates across 20 readable topics. PROFESSOR HUDSON'S most controversial claim is that "Debts that can't be paid, won't be," leaving in question whether or not debt non-payment will lead to worldwide foreclosures - including sell-offs of public domain assets by debt-strapped local and national governments. This is already happening locally and globally - exactly what some of the 1% would like - creating a newly-poor feudalistic society with the 1% collecting all the usage "fees." Alternatively, he suggests that the debts be written down in line with the ability to pay, as has been done by corporations via Chapter 11 bankruptcies and reorganizations throughout a more enlightened modern economic history as well as biblical record. In Professor Hudson's bold view, debt write-downs versus privatization and sell-offs of public domain assets are the economic issues that will dominate politics over the next generation. THE BUBBLE AND BEYOND is a compendium and brief history of economic thought and why it matters not only to Americans, but to people all over the world. You will find that you refer to it again and again as a fount of information, much of which has been out of favor for decades and/or suppressed by the financial interests. Professor Hudson provides chapter and verse, names names, and explains the mistakes and outright fraud that have often been committed in the name of political ideology - by both the right and the left. You will encounter all of the heroes and miscreants of economics, industry, and politics from the Bible and Babylon to present day banksters, misguided Fed policy-makers, and captains of the finance/insurance/real estate (FIRE) sector and the military-industrial complex. In one chapter after another, Professor Hudson tells who did what to whom - as well as who wins and who loses. This updated edition makes it plain where money goes versus where it might go - and ought to go. UPDATED EDITION with a NEW INDEX, LIST OF 47 EXHIBITS (illustrations, charts, graphs and models), a BONUS CHAPTER and BONUS SUMMARY, contemporary quotes, and author pull-out quotes.
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Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash

Author: Hilliard MacBeth

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459742052

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 6762

A newly updated edition for the fast-changing real estate market in Canada! Over the last two decades Canadians have become convinced that real estate is the “safe haven” investment. This widely held belief and obsession with real estate led millions of Canadians to take on massive amounts of debt — tripling their collective financial burden — ensuring that Canada is one of the most indebted nations on the planet. Drawing on dozens of interviews and even more conversations with individual Canadians and couples, this second edition also tackles the economic conditions and regulatory rules that allowed such a dangerous situation to develop in Canada, formerly a nation of conservative and prudent citizens. Hilliard MacBeth argues that Canada is in the midst of an unprecedented real estate bubble and that there will soon be a crash in house prices, triggering a financial crisis. Individual Canadians and families can still take action to protect themselves from the fallout of the bubble bursting — if they act quickly.
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How to Keep the Real Estate Market in Perspective-- and Profit No Matter what Happens

Author: Michael C. Thomsett,Joshua Kahr

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 9780814430118

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 229

View: 4318

This work avoids the shrill tone and panic-inducing predictions popular in other books about the slowing housing market. It puts the current "housing bubble" in the historical context of other bubble and analyzes how this one is likely to play out - and how readers can leverage almost any market eventuality into a high return. Thomsett is the author of many successful real estate and personal finance/investing books - a perfect combination of expertise for a book like this.
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How to Use Multiple-choice Tests to Improve Math Instruction, Grades 2-3

Author: Maryann Wickett,Eunice Hendrix-Martin

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571108173

Category: Education

Page: 278

View: 5513

Multiple-choice testing is an educational reality. Rather than complain about the negative impact these tests may have on teaching and learning, why not use them to better understand your students' true mathematical knowledge and comprehension? Maryann Wickett and Eunice Hendrix-Martin show teachers how to move beyond the student's answer--right or wrong--to uncover understanding and/or misconceptions. By asking a few simple follow-up questions, teachers can learn a great deal about student understanding and make better, more informed instructional decisions. The Beyond the Bubble books (grades 2-3 and grades 4-5) are each divided into five strands--number, measurement, algebra, geometry, and probability--with six problems per strand. Each problem includes an overview of the objective of the test question, a sample question, typical of those found on standardized tests, strategies students employ to solve the problem, conversation starters, student work, student-teacher conversations, and instructional strategies to advance student learning. Teachers will also find suggestions for differentiation, reproducible of sample questions, and a comprehensive list of additional resources. With dozens of sample test questions and numerous student samples, Beyond the Bubble shows educators how to use multiple choice tests to provide more purposeful, focused mathematics instruction for all of their students.
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The Bubble Blowing Fish

Author: Sharon Velez

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467040649

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 44

View: 4393

Bubbles looks different from all of the other fish in his school. He doesn't think that there is anything special about him. But, after a short journey and help from some new friends Bubbles realizes that he is special after all!Bubbles' school encounters a swarm of hungry sharks and with Bubbles' quick thinking and courageous actions everyone will learn just how special he is too!Find out more about Bubbles and his journey and you just may learn what's special about you!
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Author: Paulette Bourgeois,Sharon Jennings,Sean Jeffrey,Brenda Clark,Sasha McIntyre,Jelena Sisic

Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd

ISBN: 1553378172

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3516

Finding a penny, Franklin races to Mr. Mole's candy store and deposits it in the gum ball machine and he can't believe his luck when all the gum falls out of the machine.
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and other poems

Author: Willoughby Weaving

Publisher: N.A


Category: Poetry

Page: 146

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Inside the Saints in 2010

Author: David Misson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780646544816

Category: Australian football

Page: 300

View: 8716

The St Kilda Football Club coaches and players call it “The Bubble”, the environment in which they operate to the exclusion of all others. This book takes you inside that Bubble.Saints Head of Conditioning David Misson has maintained a diary since Grand Final week 2009. That diary forms the heart of this book, exposing the day-to-day operations of a notoriously private and successful club like no book before it.And few clubs have experienced the highs and lows such as the Saints in the previous 12 months, including:- The drama and heartbreak of defeat in the memorable 2009 Grand Final. The controversial signing and subsequent split with former Essendon utility Andrew Lovett.The off-season departure of former captain and club favourite Luke Ball to arch rival (and 2010 Grand Final opponent) Collingwood.Ongoing rape allegations levelled against two Saints.The hamstring injury, long-term absence and remarkable return of the club's skipper and best player, Nick Riewoldt.The drive to the 2010 Grand Final - every game from the insider's perspective, including never before revealed detail on players, gameplans and opposition.
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How Nortel Burst the Canadian Dream

Author: Doug Hunter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780385659185

Category: Managerial accounting Canada

Page: 474

View: 6961

The Bubble and the Bear recounts the dramatic rise and fall in Nortel stock value and tracks its devastating effects on personal savings and investments in Canada. A brilliant analysis of Canada' s most damaging stock gamble. A cautionary tale of stock market mania, drawing on interviews with Canadian investors who lost tens of thousands of dollars, Nortel employees, and the precious few analysts who foresaw the collapse of the stock. The tech industry boom of the late 1990s led stock analysts to believe that Nortel and other telecommunications industry leaders were a sure thing, the stock that every Canadian should own. By the summer of 2000, Nortel had a market capitalization of almost $375 billion. Nortel figured prominently in the portfolios of most every pension fund in the country, as well as in many mutual funds and RRSPs, as investors were determined to ride the biggest wave on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE). Hunter demystifies the tech industry and the bubble economy' s " irrational exuberance, " which took hold of the stock markets as tech companies rushed to build a global communications infrastructure. When Nortel began to dominate the TSE, it also caught the eye of U.S. analysts, driving the share price up further and making it an active contender on the New York Stock Exchange. - Why did mutual funds and pension plans gamble so heavily on Nortel? - Why were most analysts cheering from the sidelines, unprepared for the dramatic revenue shortfall announced in February 2001? - How did Nortel get away with presenting earnings that made losses disappear? - Is there any evidence of negligence orwrongdoing? All these questions, and more, are answered in this account of Canada' s most costly stock gamble.
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