One of the bright lights of the recent Bikolnon writing renaissance, Kristian Cordero presents in his poetry intimate sketches and portraits of the people and land of his birth. He does this with a confident hand, cool detachment and, very often, with tongue-in-cheek humor.
Fully in command of his material, Cordero's poetic diction deftly fuses real and surreal elements to elicit from the thoughtful reader not only high amusement but also deep understanding.--Luis Cabalquinto
Have you ever set out to read your Bible only to get stuck in Leviticus, the prophecies of Ezekiel, the seemingly end lists of First and Second Chronicles, or the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew or Luke? It’s common to start out determined to read through the Bible only to get bored, confused, or discouraged as you struggle through genealogies, prophecy, or sanctuary rituals. Prophecy, genealogy, and sanctuary rituals all have their proper place within the bounds of Bible study. But for the new believer, these things can be difficult and confusing. To resolve this difficulty, I created The Story Bible. The idea was to remove from the text those things that are complicated and/or confusing for the new believer, or for anyone who is new to Bible reading. For example, the books of First and Second Chronicles contain some great stories. But they include so many numbers and lists that the narratives get lost in the shuffle.
So in The Story Bible I simply removed the lists, while leaving the stories to be read and enjoyed. Another example is the book of Numbers, which also contains some fascinating stories. But the stories are interspersed with descriptions of sanctuary rituals and census data that can become boring or confusing to the new believer. So again, I simply removed the sanctuary ritual descriptions and the census data while leaving the stories in place to be enjoyed without frustration. What I have produced is a Bible that can be read by a new believer from cover to cover without getting stuck. After serving as a Christian pastor for many years, I not only recognize the problem of new believers getting stuck in genealogies, sanctuary rituals, etc., but I also recognize that what new believers need most is familiarity with Bible stories. The Bible narratives form the backbone for everything else in scripture. Prophecy, sanctuary rituals, pastoral letters, genealogies, and even census data find their place once the new believer becomes familiar with the stories.
Keep in mind that I have not edited the narratives themselves. Every word of The Story Bible is from the text itself. I have only removed that which is not narrative, so that the narratives are no longer obscured and can more easily be enjoyed. Another way to put it is to say that The Story Bible is a compilation of all the stories of Scripture. Every portion of the Bible that is narrative was included. I did not edit, condense, or rewrite the narratives.
I only compiled them. The translation I used for this project is the Bible in Basic English. It was translated by Professor Samuel Henry Hooke (1874-1968), an English scholar and Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies in the University of London. The BBE was printed in 1965 by Cambridge Press in England.
Published without any copyright notice and distributed in America, this work fell immediately and irretrievably into the public domain in the United States. The BBE is easy to read, since it utilizes a 1000 word vocabulary. My hope is that new believers will be drawn in by the Bible stories and discover how relevant and practical the Bible is for us today.
This bundle brings you the entire Bend Over series at an affordable price! Fresh from a messy breakup, Recruit Johnson joins the army to keep his mind and body busy. But little does he know how busy his female sergeant and ladyboy corporal will end up keeping his body! Over 13000 words of steamy erotic action! Price if bought separately = $8.97 Price of bundle = $6.99 You save 22%! Bend Over! She's fierce, commanding and very dominating. She's also Recruit Johnson's drill sergeant! And when she catches him fidgeting when standing at attention, he doesn't know what to expect when told to see her in her office. Of course, he's to be punished for his lack of discipline... by bending over! [WARNING: This sizzling erotic story contains military fantasies with explicit scenes and graphic language, pegging, bdsm described in first person! Adults only.] Bend Over More! Recruit Johnson's stressed. Thrown right into a military exercise, it doesn't help to be tasked with collecting classified documents from the enemy base when the rest of his team is already down. He'll do anything to complete the mission. But when that involves satisfying the lustful desires of his dominating sergeant and her dickgirl corporal, will he obey or will he have second thoughts? [WARNING: This story contains explicit scenes described in graphic language, sizzling menage action, femdom, bdsm, domination, oral sex, anal sex, double penetration, transsexual sex, sex with a dickgirl and more! Adults only.] Bend Over Again! Recruit Johnson wakes up with his head pounding and a dick literally up his ass. He struggles to regain his memories of the night before while trying to take transsexual, Corporal Dara's rough treatment from behind at the same time. But when his sergeant chances upon the both of them when the corporal's finished, the action can only get hotter! [WARNING: This sizzling 4000 word erotic story contains explicit scenes described in graphic language, sex with a transexual, menage action, oral sex, anal sex, male double penetration, bdsm, domination, bondage and more! Adults only.]
Charles Graybar had all of the trappings of a financially successful existence; literally, living the American dream.
As he reached his late 30's he was stunned by the realization that his life felt incredibly empty and seemingly without purpose.
While experimenting with a self-designed combination of meditation techniques that he used to escape the stresses of corporate life, he stumbled upon a perceptional gateway of sorts in 1993. Through this gateway Graybar learns that communication with three advanced souls is possible. Beyond the Broken Gate is a chronicle of Graybar's search to find meaning in his discovery and the very purpose of life.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-running candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008, as well as being up for re-election as Senator from New York in 2006.This brief political tract both explores the political history and ideology of Mrs. Clinton since her college years at Wellesley and Yale, through her Arkansas and White House years, and now her "repositioning" prior to two election campaigns in the next four years.Un there is a massive shift in the way the mainstream media have covered her actions and views in the past, this small book -- both highly entertaining and informative -- will serve as a necessary balancing source for Americans interested in a complete portrait of a potential future President of the United States.
Enhance your understanding of Computer Vision and image processing by developing real-world projects in OpenCV 3 About This Book Get to grips with the basics of Computer Vision and image processing This is a step-by-step guide to developing several real-world Computer Vision projects using OpenCV 3 This book takes a special focus on working with Tesseract OCR, a free, open-source library to recognize text in images Who This Book Is For If you are a software developer with a basic understanding of Computer Vision and image processing and want to develop interesting Computer Vision applications with Open CV, this is the book for you. Knowledge of C++ is required.
What You Will Learn Install OpenCV 3 on your operating system Create the required CMake scripts to compile the C++ application and manage its dependencies Get to grips with the Computer Vision workflows and understand the basic image matrix format and filters Understand the segmentation and feature extraction techniques Remove backgrounds from a static scene to identify moving objects for video surveillance Track different objects in a live video using various techniques Use the new OpenCV functions for text detection and recognition with Tesseract In Detail Open CV is a cross-platform, free-for-use library that is primarily used for real-time Computer Vision and image processing. It is considered to be one of the best open source libraries that helps developers focus on constructing complete projects on image processing, motion detection, and image segmentation. Whether you are completely new to the concept of Computer Vision or have a basic understanding of it, this book will be your guide to understanding the basic OpenCV concepts and algorithms through amazing real-world examples and projects. Starting from the installation of OpenCV on your system and understanding the basics of image processing, we swiftly move on to creating optical flow video analysis or text recognition in complex scenes, and will take you through the commonly used Computer Vision techniques to build your own Open CV projects from scratch. By the end of this book, you will be familiar with the basics of Open CV such as matrix operations, filters, and histograms, as well as more advanced concepts such as segmentation, machine learning, complex video analysis, and text recognition. Style and approach This book is a practical guide with lots of tips, and is closely focused on developing Computer vision applications with OpenCV. Beginning with the fundamentals, the complexity increases with each chapter. Sample applications are developed throughout the book that you can execute and use in your own projects.
L’indagine storica degli ultimi decenni ha profondamente rinnovato le nostre conoscenze su aspetti, figure, temi che hanno formato la trama delle vicende intellettuali, politiche e sociali dell’illuminismo. Interrogato a partire dalle domande tipiche dei nostri giorni, esso perde così la rigidità di quel razionalismo astratto che gli è stato attribuito in passato e rivela una passione per la ragione ricca di sfumature, di curiosità per il mondo della natura e per le istituzioni umane e di aperti contrasti interni, che animarono un’ampia e spesso vivacissima discussione tra i philosophes. Guardato nella prospettiva di fine millennio, l’illuminismo ci appare un momento di rottura nella cultura europea nei confronti delle tradizioni religiose, culturali, politiche, intellettuali in genere, che nelle speranze dei suoi teorici avrebbe dovuto porre le premesse per un’esistenza umana più libera e consapevole delle proprie forze. La conoscenza dell’illuminismo rappresenta quindi un precedente necessario a capire la condizione di modernità che costituisce il nostro orizzonte attuale: gli illuministi si mostrano uomini con i quali condividiamo, al di là delle fondamentali trasformazioni intervenute in questi due secoli, speranze di emancipazione e consapevolezza dei limiti intrinseci alla condizione umana, inesauribile volontà di sapere e dubbi sulla forza della ragione.