Executing Magic in the Modern Era
This book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and the magic of the gallows site. The use of corpses in medicine and magic has been recorded back into antiquity. The lacerated bodie...
Games and Rules
Why do we play games and why do we play them on computers? The contributors of Games and Rules take a closer look at the core of each game and the motivational system that is the game mechanics. Games are control circuits that organize the game world with their (joint) players and establish motivations in a dedicated space, a "Magic Circle,&qu...
Zandi and Birdy Monster
Zandi has a friend that no one else can see. His name is Birdy Monster. They mix up magic potions, play pretend and go on adventures together. Zandi like to play with her imaginary friend Birdy Monster....
Pentecostalism and Witchcraft
This book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evi...
Play-Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education
This book develops a theoretical concept of teaching that is relevant to early childhood education, and based on children's learning and development through play. It discusses theoretical premises and research on playing and learning, and proposes the development of play-responsive didaktik. It examines the processes and products of learning and de...
The Haskell School of Music
This free book explores the fundamentals of computer music and functional programming through the Haskell programming language. Functional programming is typically considered difficult to learn. This introduction in the context of creating music will allow students and professionals with a musical inclination to leverage their experience to help un...
How to Read a Folktale
How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage...
Fundamentals of Python Programming
Guido van Rossum created the Python programming language in the late 1980s. In contrast to other popular languages such as C, C++ , Java, and C#, Python strives to provide a simple but powerful syntax. Python is used for software development at companies and organizations such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, CERN, Industrial Light and Magic, and NAS...
Don't Just Roll the Dice
How do you price your software? Is it art, science or magic? How much attention should you pay to your competitors? This short handbook will provide you with the theory, practical advice and case studies you need to stop yourself from reaching for the dice. Neil Davidson is co-founder of Red Gate Software. Redgate was founded in 1999 and now ...
SLO Adoption and Usage in Site Reliability Engineering
To realize the full benefits of SRE, organizations need well-thoughtout reliability targets known as service level objectives (SLOs) that are measured by service level indicators (SLIs), a quantitative measure of an aspect of the service. As detailed in the following section, the measurable goals set forth in an organization's SLOs eliminate the co...
The AI Ladder
The processes for gathering, organizing, analyzing, and ultimately infusing AI throughout your organization can be thought of as a ladder. A ladder helps you climb far higher than you could go on your own by turning an impossible leap into a series of steps. Knowing what the ladder looks like helps you evaluate your organization's readiness for AI....
Python re(gex)?
Scripting and automation tasks often need to extract particular portions of text from input data or modify them from one format to another. This book will help you learn Python Regular Expressions, a mini-programming language for all sorts of text processing needs. The book heavily leans on examples to present features of regular expressions ...
Ruby Regexp
Scripting and automation tasks often need to extract particular portions of text from input data or modify them from one format to another. This book will help you learn Ruby Regular Expressions, a mini-programming language for all sorts of text processing needs. The book heavily leans on examples to present features of regular expressions on...
PHP Notes for Professionals
The PHP Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....
Zanele sees numbers
There are numbers everywhere, but Zanele can't see them....
Wiggle jiggle
Wiggle jiggle wriggle with the wiggly worm, on a fun adventure that is full of surprises....
Learning PHP
PHP is a widely-used open source programming language. It is especially suited for web development. The unique thing about PHP is that it serves both beginners as well as experienced developers. It has a low barrier to entry so it is easy to get started with, and at the same time, it provides advanced features offered in other programming languages...
The Official Raspberry Pi Handbook 2021
To help you get the most of out of your Raspberry Pi computer, this official Handbook features 200 pages of essential information, inspiring projects, practical tutorials, and definitive reviews. - Learn how to set up your Raspberry Pi and start using it; - Discover the new Raspberry Pi 400 and High Quality Camera; - Be inspired by incredible ...
Creative Chaos
Creative Chaos describes the dynamic process of collaborative design and development within interdisciplinary teams as they work to create something together. Creativity is wonderfully complex and chaotic, and at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center we often describe what we do as "creative chaos" in that it's not ...