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Nomad Codes

Nomad Codes [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1891241826
Author: Erik Davis
Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
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Nomad Codes by Erik Davis Book Resume:

In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes—spiritual, cultural, and embodied—that people use to escape the limitation of their lives and enrich their experience of the world. These include Asian religious traditions and West African trickster gods, Western occult and esoteric lore, postmodern theory and psychedelic science, as well as festival scenes such as Burning Man (of which Davis is the best-known chronicler). Articles on media technology further explore themes Davis took up in his acclaimed book Techgnosis, while his profiles of West Coast poets, musicians, and mystics extend the California terrain he previously mapped in The Visionary State. Whether his subject is collage art or the “magickal realism” of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, transvestite Burmese spirit mediums or Ufology, tripster king Terence McKenna or dub maestro Lee Perry, Davis writes with keen yet skeptical sympathy, intellectual subtlety and wit, and unbridled curiosity. The common thread running through all these pieces is what Davis calls “modern esoterica,” which he describes in his preface as a ‘no-man’s-land located somewhere between anthropology and mystical pulp, between the zendo and the metal club, between cultural criticism and extraordinary experience, whether psychedelic, or yogic, or technological.” Such an ambiguous and startling landscape demands that the intrepid adventurer shed any territorial claims and go nomad. Davis wanders with sharp eyes and an open mind, which is why Peter Lamborn Wilson calls him “the best of all guides to modern American spirituality.”

The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom

The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1476636400
Author: Carole M. Cusack,,John W. Morehead,Venetia Laura Delano Robertson
Publisher: McFarland
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The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom by Carole M. Cusack,,John W. Morehead,Venetia Laura Delano Robertson Book Resume:

To the casual observer, similarities between fan communities and religious believers are difficult to find. Religion is traditional, institutional, and serious; whereas fandom is contemporary, individualistic, and fun. Can the robes of nuns and priests be compared to cosplay outfits of Jedi Knights and anime characters? Can travelling to fan conventions be understood as pilgrimages to the shrines of saints? These new essays investigate fan activities connected to books, film, and online games, such as Harry Potter-themed weddings, using The Hobbit as a sacred text, and taking on heroic roles in World of Warcraft. Young Muslim women cosplayers are brought into conversation with Chaos magicians who use pop culture tropes and characters. A range of canonical texts, such as Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sherlock—are examined in terms of the pleasure and enchantment of repeated viewing. Popular culture is revealed to be a fertile source of religious and spiritual creativity in the contemporary world.

Numerical Methods for Metamaterial Design

Numerical Methods for Metamaterial Design [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9400766645
Author: Kenneth Diest
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Numerical Methods for Metamaterial Design by Kenneth Diest Book Resume:

This book describes a relatively new approach for the design of electromagnetic metamaterials. Numerical optimization routines are combined with electromagnetic simulations to tailor the broadband optical properties of a metamaterial to have predetermined responses at predetermined wavelengths. After a review of both the major efforts within the field of metamaterials and the field of mathematical optimization, chapters covering both gradient-based and derivative-free design methods are considered. Selected topics including surrogate-base optimization, adaptive mesh search, and genetic algorithms are shown to be effective, gradient-free optimization strategies. Additionally, new techniques for representing dielectric distributions in two dimensions, including level sets, are demonstrated as effective methods for gradient-based optimization. Each chapter begins with a rigorous review of the optimization strategy used, and is followed by numerous examples that combine the strategy with either electromagnetic simulations or analytical solutions of the scattering problem. Throughout the text, we address the strengths and limitations of each method, as well as which numerical methods are best suited for different types of metamaterial designs. This book is intended to provide a detailed enough treatment of the mathematical methods used, along with sufficient examples and additional references, that senior level undergraduates or graduate students who are new to the fields of plasmonics, metamaterials, or optimization methods; have an understanding of which approaches are best-suited for their work and how to implement the methods themselves.

Libre d'être digital nomad

Libre d'être digital nomad [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 2354564112
Author: Fabrice Dubesset
Publisher: Diateino
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Las de votre mode de vie sédentaire, étouffé par le rituel métro-boulot-dodo, vous rêvez d'être votre propre patron et de parcourir la planète ? Ce guide pratique vous donne toutes les clés pour devenir digital nomad ! Si vous êtes salarié, vous saurez convaincre votre employeur de vous accorder le télétravail, que ce soit à la campagne ou à l'étranger. Si vous êtes freelance ou entrepreneur, vous saurez quel statut choisir et par où commencer pour créer votre activité. Une fois lancé, vous trouverez aussi toutes les réponses à vos questions : où et quand partir ? Comment expliquer votre choix d'indépendance à vos clients et à vos proches, organiser votre emploi du temps entre travail et voyages ? Une multitude de conseils, d'exercices et d'avis d'experts, ainsi que des témoignages de nomades digitaux, viendront enrichir votre réflexion pour vous aider à sauter le pas. Soyez libre de vivre en phase avec vos valeurs profondes, d'explorer le monde à votre rythme en exerçant un métier qui vous passionne et qui a du sens pour vous. Entrez dans la révolution "digital nomad" !

The World According to Philip K. Dick

The World According to Philip K. Dick [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137414596
Author: A. Dunst,S. Schlensag
Publisher: Springer
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The World According to Philip K. Dick by A. Dunst,S. Schlensag Book Resume:

As the first essay collection dedicated to Philip K. Dick in two decades, this volume breaks new ground in science fiction scholarship and brings innovative critical perspectives to the study of one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.

TechGnosis

TechGnosis [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1583949313
Author: Erik Davis
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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TechGnosis by Erik Davis Book Resume:

How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis—a cult classic now updated and reissued with a new afterword—Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Davis uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt technology, providing vital historical context as well as new ways to think about a future defined by the mutant intermingling of mind and machine, nightmare and fantasy.

Star Nomad

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Author: Lindsay Buroker
Publisher: Lindsay Buroker
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The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she's stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former home and the last imperial stronghold. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 20.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 20.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 24.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} But she has a plan. Steal a dilapidated and malfunctioning freighter from a junkyard full of lawless savages. Slightly suicidal, but she believes she can do it. Her plan, however, does not account for the elite cyborg soldier squatting in the freighter, intending to use it for his own purposes. As an imperial soldier, he has no love for Alliance pilots. In fact, he's quite fond of killing them. Alisa has more problems than she can count, but she can't let cyborgs, savages, or ancient malfunctioning ships stand in her way. If she does, she’ll never see her daughter again. Fans of Firefly and Star Wars should enjoy this fun, fast-paced new series from USA Today best-selling author, Lindsay Buroker.

The Places We Share

The Places We Share [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0739158899
Author: Susan Ossman
Publisher: Lexington Books
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The Places We Share by Susan Ossman Book Resume:

This book explores the relationship of mobility to subjectivity, identity to place by exploring the lives of people on the move. The authors draw on research among nomads, immigrants and serial migrants and question their own trajectories. Their comments on cosmopolitanism, ethnicity and religion challenge conventional wisdom from concrete but 'ungrounded' perspectives.

High Weirdness

High Weirdness [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1907222901
Author: Erik Davis
Publisher: MIT Press
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High Weirdness by Erik Davis Book Resume:

An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality—but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Erik Davis—America's leading scholar of high strangeness—examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

Global Nomads

Global Nomads [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134110499
Author: Anthony D'Andrea
Publisher: Routledge
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Global Nomads provides a unique introduction to the globalization of countercultures, a topic largely unknown in and outside academia. Anthony D’Andrea examines the social life of mobile expatriates who live within a global circuit of countercultural practice in paradoxical paradises. Based on nomadic fieldwork across Spain and India, the study analyzes how and why these post-metropolitan subjects reject the homeland in order to shape an alternative lifestyle. They become artists, therapists, exotic traders and bohemian workers seeking to integrate labor, mobility and spirituality within a cosmopolitan culture of expressive individualism. These countercultural formations, however, unfold under neo-liberal regimes that appropriate utopian spaces, practices and imaginaries as commodities for tourism, entertainment and media consumption. In order to understand the paradoxical globalization of countercultures, Global Nomads develops a dialogue between global and critical studies by introducing the concept of 'neo-nomadism' which seeks to overcome some of the shortcomings in studies of globalization. This book is an essential aide for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students of Sociology, Anthropology of Globalization, Cultural Studies and Tourism Studies.

Media After Deleuze

Media After Deleuze [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 147252358X
Author: David Savat,Tauel Harper
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Media After Deleuze by David Savat,Tauel Harper Book Resume:

Media pervade and saturate the world around us. From the proliferation of social media, to crowdsourcing, big data, games, and more traditional media such as television, radio, and print, media provide the framework for our engagement with the world and each other. By recasting the traditional concerns of media studies through the lens of the work of Deleuze and Guattari this book provides an innovative new toolkit for understanding how media shape our world. Taking as their central question what it is that media do, Harper and Savat offer a new and insightful approach to this exciting area of study.

Sound Unbound

Sound Unbound [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780262266468
Author: Paul D. Miller
Publisher: MIT Press
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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller Book Resume:

The role of sound and digital media in an information-based society: artists—from Steve Reich and Pierre Boulez to Chuck D and Moby—describe their work. If Rhythm Science was about the flow of things, Sound Unbound is about the remix—how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. In Sound Unbound, Rhythm Science author Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. These are reports from the front lines on the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society. The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Miller himself considers sampling and civilization; novelist Jonathan Lethem writes about appropriation and plagiarism; science fiction writer Bruce Sterling looks at dead media; Ron Eglash examines racial signifiers in electrical engineering; media activist Naeem Mohaiemen explores the influence of Islam on hip hop; rapper Chuck D contributes “Three Pieces”; musician Brian Eno explores the sound and history of bells; Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno interview composer-conductor Pierre Boulez; and much more. “Press 'play,'” Miller writes, “and this anthology says 'here goes.'” The groundbreaking music that accompanies the book features Nam Jun Paik, the Dada Movement, John Cage, Sonic Youth, and many other examples of avant-garde music. Most of this content comes from the archives of Sub Rosa, a legendary record label that has been the benchmark for archival sounds since the beginnings of electronic music. To receive these free music files, readers may send an email to the address listed in the book. Contributors David Allenby, Pierre Boulez, Catherine Corman, Chuck D, Erik Davis, Scott De Lahunta, Manuel DeLanda, Cory Doctorow, Eveline Domnitch, Frances Dyson, Ron Eglash, Brian Eno, Dmitry Gelfand, Dick Hebdige, Lee Hirsch, Vijay Iyer, Ken Jordan, Douglas Kahn, Daphne Keller, Beryl Korot, Jaron Lanier, Joseph Lanza, Jonathan Lethem, Carlo McCormick, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Moby, Naeem Mohaiemen, Alondra Nelson, Keith and Mendi Obadike, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pauline Oliveros, Philippe Parreno, Ibrahim Quaraishi, Steve Reich, Simon Reynolds, Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, Nadine Robinson, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Alex Steinweiss, Bruce Sterling, Lucy Walker, Saul Williams, Jeff E. Winner

Wireless Internet Monthly Newsletter

Wireless Internet Monthly Newsletter [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: N.A
Publisher: Information Gatekeepers Inc
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American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0791479137
Author: William V. Spanos
Publisher: SUNY Press
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American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization by William V. Spanos Book Resume:

Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.

Assez parlé d'amour

Assez parlé d'amour [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 270963404X
Author: Hervé Le Tellier
Publisher: JC Lattès
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« La planète connut cette année-là son automne le plus chaud depuis cinq siècles. Mais de la clémence providentielle du climat, qui joua peut-être son rôle, il ne sera plus question. Ce récit couvre l’espace de trois mois et même un peu plus. Que celle – ou celui – qui ne veut pas – ou plus – entendre parler d’amour repose ce livre. » Ainsi commence Assez parlé d’amour. Anna et Louise pourraient être sœurs, mais ne se connaissent pas. Elles sont mariées, mères, heureuses. Presque le même jour, Anna la psychiatre va croiser la route de Yves, l’écrivain, Louise l’avocate croise celle de l’analyste d’Anna, Thomas. À quarante ans, à ce tournant d’une vie qui ne comporte pourtant que cela, la foudre est encore permise, mais quand on a cru – à tort – que la vie était à jamais tracée, le désir et la liberté se payent cher et comptant.Hervé Le Tellier, en horloger délicat, trace la parabole de leurs trajectoires. Amoureux de ses personnages, il dessine une galerie de portraits tendres et sans pitié de femmes, d’amants et de maris.

Slow Philosophy

Slow Philosophy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1474279902
Author: Michelle Boulous Walker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Slow Philosophy by Michelle Boulous Walker Book Resume:

In an age of internet scrolling and skimming, where concentration and attention are fast becoming endangered skills, it is timely to think about the act of reading and the many forms that it can take. Slow Philosophy: Reading Against the Institution makes the case for thinking about reading in philosophical terms. Boulous Walker argues that philosophy involves the patient work of thought; in this it resembles the work of art, which invites and implores us to take our time and to engage with the world. At its best, philosophy teaches us to read slowly; in fact, philosophy is the art of reading slowly – and this inevitably clashes with many of our current institutional practices and demands. Slow reading shares something in common with contemporary social movements, such as that devoted to slow food; it offers us ways to engage the complexity of the world. With the help of writers as diverse as Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Woolf, Adorno, Levinas, Critchley, Beauvoir, Le Dœuff, Irigaray, Cixous, Weil, and others, Boulous Walker offers a foundational text in the emerging field of slow philosophy, one that explores the importance of unhurried time in establishing our institutional encounters with complex and demanding works.

Serendipity in Anthropological Research

Serendipity in Anthropological Research [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317057066
Author: Haim Hazan
Publisher: Routledge
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Serendipity in Anthropological Research by Haim Hazan Book Resume:

Challenging the idea that fieldwork is the only way to gather data, and that standard methods are the sole route to fruitful analysis, Serendipity in Anthropological Research explores the role of fortune and happenstance in anthropology. It conceives of anthropological research as a lifelong nomadic journey of discovery in which the world yields an infinite number of unexplored issues and innumerable ways of studying them, each study producing its own questions and demanding its own methodologies. Drawing together the latest research from a team of senior scholars from around the world to reflect on the experience of research, Serendipity in Anthropological Research presents rich new case studies from Europe and the Middle East to examine both new and old questions in novel and enriching ways. An engaging examination of methodology and anthropological fieldwork, this book will appeal to all those concerned with writing ethnography.

Machine Learning avec Scikit-Learn

Machine Learning avec Scikit-Learn [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 2100797824
Author: Aurélien Géron
Publisher: Dunod
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Machine Learning avec Scikit-Learn by Aurélien Géron Book Resume:

L’apprentissage automatique (Machine Learning) est aujourd’hui en pleine explosion. Mais de quoi s’agit-il exactement, et comment pouvez-vous le mettre en oeuvre dans vos propres projets ? L’objectif de cet ouvrage est de vous expliquer les concepts fondamentaux du Machine Learning et de vous apprendre à maîtriser les outils qui vous permettront de créer vous-même des systèmes capables d’apprentissage automatique. Vous apprendrez ainsi à utiliser Scikit-Learn, un outil open source très simple et néanmoins très puissant que vous pourrez mettre en oeuvre dans vos systèmes en production. • Apprendre les bases du Machine Learning en suivant pas à pas toutes les étapes d’un projet utilisant Scikit-Learn et pandas. • Ouvrir les boîtes noires pour comprendre comment fonctionnent les algorithmes. • Explorer plusieurs modèles d’entraînement, notamment les machines à vecteur de support (SVM). • Comprendre le modèle des arbres de décision et celui des forêts aléatoires, et exploiter la puissance des méthodes ensemblistes. • Exploiter des techniques d’apprentissage non supervisées telles que la réduction de dimensionnalité, la classification et la détection d’anomalies.

Past and Present

Past and Present [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3748185251
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
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Past and Present by Thomas Carlyle Book Resume:

Here is Carlyle's new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of the French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It grapples honestly with the facts lying before all men, groups and disposes them with a master's mind, and, with a heart full of manly tenderness, offers his best counsel to his brothers. Obviously it is the book of a powerful and accomplished thinker, who has looked with naked eyes at the dreadful political signs in England for the last few years, has conversed much on these topics with such wisemen of all ranks and parties as are drawn to a scholar's house, until, such daily and nightly meditation has grown into a great connection, if not a system of thoughts; and the topic of English politics becomes the best vehicle for the expression of his recent thinking, recommended to him by the desire to give some timely counsels, and to strip the worst mischiefs of their plausibility.

Deleuze and Guattari

Deleuze and Guattari [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1848609671
Author: Philip Goodchild
Publisher: SAGE
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Deleuze and Guattari by Philip Goodchild Book Resume:

This accessible book examines critically the writings of Deleuze and Guattari, clarifying the ideas of these two notoriously difficult thinkers without over-simplifying them. Divided into three sections - Knowledge, Power, and Liberation of Desire - the book provides a systematic account of the intellectual context as well as an exhaustive analysis of the key themes informing Deleuze and Guattari's work. It provides the framework for reading the important and influential study Capitalism and Schizophrenia and, with the needs of students in mind, explains the key concepts in Deleuze and Guattari's discussion of philosophy, art and politics. Definitive and incisive, the book will be invaluable in situating the philosophy of these two major figures within the perspective of the social and human sciences.