Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tempting Titles - Nonfiction 000 - 300 (1 of 3)

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Dewey Decimal - 000s (Generalities, computer software, news)

Machinima for Dummies by Hugh Hancock

"Machinima, or the technique of making films in virtual worlds (such as video games), has a growing online fan base. This entry in the series moves from the basics of how Machinima is created through the basics of filmmaking (cinematography, storytelling, editing, distribution), advanced creation, and a final section on Pro Machinima (3-D modeling and other advanced techniques). Its DVD contains Moviestorm, tutorials, some top Machinima films, and additional open source, free, and trial software." (Library Journal)

How to Do Everything with Web 2.0 Mashups by Jesse Feiler

Mashups are the combinations of software programs that allow you to use features in new ways not dreamed up by the company or programmer that made the original program. You don't have to be a programmer anymore to do a mashup.

"This step-by-step guide to creating mashups provides full-code examples using Google Maps, eBay, Flickr, and Amazon." (Library Journal)

Quicken 2008: The Official Guide by Maria Langer
"tips on managing money and investments, tracking income and expenses, automating bill-pay, reconciling checking, savings, and credit card accounts, creating reports, and more." (Book summary)

"An official guide endorsed by Intuit, this covers the basics of the software, plus insider tips and hints on maximizing capabilities." (Library Journal)

Dewey Decimal 100s (Philosophy, metaphysics, psychology)

What Would Socrates Say: philosophers answer your questions about love, nothingness, and everything else edited by Alexander George
"Since its inception two years ago, more than 3,000 questions from doctors, lawyers, immigrants and children have been posed on Creator Alexander George, a professor of philosophy at Amherst College, has here compiled some of the site's most intriguing and widely relevant Q&As, covering, in the "grand tradition of human reflection," perennial topics like death, love, ethics and the origins of each. More than that, George seeks to make clear that philosophy is, indeed, for the thinking person, but that everyone is a thinking person. Organized broadly into four parts, entitled "What can I know?", "What ought I to do?", "What may I hope?" and "What is man?", the answer to each question ("Why isn't it just as good to be happy as to be sad?") is attributed to one of 22 contributing professors, who do a fine job, in short passages, of establishing a personal link to what could otherwise seem distant or abstract theory." (Publisher's Weekly)

Teach Yourself to Meditate in 10 Simple Lessons: discover relaxation and clarity of mind in just minutes a day by Eric Harrison

"Each lesson takes only a few minutes, yet each one relates a valuable meditation skill, including breathing, posture, body awareness, visualization and detachment. In the end, the reader will possess everything needed to develop a healthy practice." (Book summary)

"This humorous, first-person narrative details Guyatt's exploration of an end-times-obsessed subculture of Christianity in which the words rapture, tribulation, and Armageddon are part of the everyday vocabulary. Guyatt examines the motivations and personalities of some of the biggest names in the end-times business—e.g., John Hagee (Jerusalem Countdown), Tim LaHaye (the "Left Behind" series), Hal Lindsey (The Late Great Planet Earth), and Joel Rosenberg (The Last Jihad)—as well as some smaller names. (Library Journal)

Dewey Decimal 300s (Social Sciences)

Father Knows Less or Can I Cook My Sister?: One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions by Wendell Jamieson

"Jamieson, city editor for the New York Times , whose seven-year-old son, Dean, has been in 'full-bore question mode' for the past few years, decided that the best strategy for giving Dean the answers was also to give himself a challenge. He would get each answer 'from a real person who knows it by heart, whose very livelihood depends on the knowledge' that Jamieson would present without sugarcoating or simplification. The result is a compendium of hilariously insightful questions from kids (age seven and under) with often insightfully hilarious answers from adults." (Publishers Weekly)

Sell, Keep, or Toss?: How To Downsize A Home, Settler An Estate, And Appraise Personal Property by Harry L. Rinker

"A unique guide to dealing with personal property during life's transitions. Whether downsizing to a smaller home or dispersing the contents of a loved one’s estate, collectibles expert and professional appraiser Harry Rinker helps to simplify the complicated personal, familial, and financial decisions involved in clearing out a house." (Book summary)
"Using the popular CBS prime-time TV crime series Numb3rs as a springboard, Keith Devlin (known to millions of NPR listeners as “the Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon) and Gary Lorden (the principal math advisor to Numb3rs) explain real-life mathematical techniques used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to catch and convict criminals." ( description)

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