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Lost Cosmonaut

Author : Daniel Kalder
ISBN : 9780743293501
Genre : Travel
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Daniel Kalder belongs to a unique group: the anti-tourists. Sworn to uphold the mysterious tenets of The Shymkent Declarations, the anti-tourist seeks out the dark, lost zones of our planet, eschewing comfort, embracing hunger and hallucinations, and always traveling at the wrong time of year. In Lost Cosmonaut, Kalder visits locations that most of us don't even know exist -- Tatarstan, Kalmykia, Mari El, and Udmurtia. He loves these places because no one else does, because everyone else passes them by. A tale of adventure, conversation, boredom, and observation -- occasionally enhanced by an overactive imagination -- Kalder reveals a world of hidden cities, lost rites, mail-order brides, machine guns, mutants, and cold, cold emptiness. In the desert wastelands of Kalmykia, he stumbles upon New Vasyuki, the only city in the world dedicated to chess. In Mari El, home to Europe's last pagan nation, he meets the chief Druid and participates in an ancient rite; while in the bleak industrial badlands of Udmurtia, Kalder searches for Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47, and inadvertently becomes a TV star. An unorthodox mix of extraordinary stories woven together with fascinating history, peculiar places, and even stranger people, Lost Cosmonaut is poetic and profane, hilarious and yet oddly heartwarming, bizarre and even educational. In short, it's the perfect guide to the most alien planet in our cosmos: Earth.
Category: Travel

Fundamental Concepts For Interactive Paper And Cross Media Information Spaces

Author : Beat Signer
ISBN : 9783837027136
Genre : Computers
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While there have been dramatic increases in the use of digital technologies for information storage, processing and delivery over the last twenty years, the affordances of paper have ensured its retention as a key information medium. In this book we review a wide variety of projects and technological developments for bridging the paper-digital divide. We present our information-centric approach for a tight integration of paper and digital information that is based on a general cross-media information platform. Different innovative augmented paper applications that have been developed based on our interactive paper platform and Anoto Digital Pen and Paper technology are introduced. For example, these applications include a mobile interactive paper-based tourist information system (EdFest) and a paper-digital presentation tool (PaperPoint). Challenges and solutions for new forms of interactive paper and cross-media publishing are discussed. The book is targeted at developers and researchers in information systems, hypermedia and human computer interaction, professionals from the printing and publishing industry as well as readers with a general interest in the future of paper.
Category: Computers

Virtual Storytelling Using Virtual Reality Technologies For Storytelling

Author : Gérard Subsol
ISBN : 9783540322856
Genre : Computers
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The 1st International Conference on Virtual Storytelling took place on September 27–28, 2001, in Avignon (France) in the prestigious Popes’ Palace. Despite the tragic events of September 11 that led to some last-minute cancellations, nearly 100 people from 14 different countries attended the 4 invited lectures given by international experts, the 13 scientific talks and the 6 scientific demonstrations. Virtual Storytelling 2003 was held on November 20–21, 2003, in Toulouse (France) in the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum “Les Abattoirs.” One hundred people from 17 different countries attended the conference composed of 3 invited lectures, 16 scientific talks and 11 posters/demonstrations. Since autumn 2003, there has been strong collaboration between the two major virtual/digital storytelling conference series in Europe: Virtual Storytelling and TIDSE (Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment). Thus the conference chairs of TIDSE and Virtual Storytelling decided to establish a 2 year turnover for both conferences and to join the respective organizers in the committees. For the third edition of Virtual Storytelling, the Organization Committee chose to extend the conference to 3 days so that more research work and applications could be be presented, to renew the Scientific and Application Board, to open the conference to new research or artistic communities, and to call for the submission of full papers and no longer only abstracts so as to make a higher-level selection.
Category: Computers

The Lost Cosmonaut

Author : Gracie Nucciarone
ISBN : OCLC:1055594052
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The Rocket Men

Author : Rex Hall
ISBN : 185233391X
Genre : Science
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This book is the first known work in the west dedicated to revealing the full story of the Vostok space missions, and the first fledgling steps off our planet. In Leaving the Planet authors Rex Hall and Dave Shayler review this Soviet demonstration of technological progress. The text examines both the developmental and operational aspects of the missions, which at the time were clouded in secrecy. This fascinating and important text features a significant amount of new material on the spacecraft, as well as the history, design and development of the launch vehicle. It also includes the full story of the men and women who trained for these missions, some of whom never flew.
Category: Science

Endless Money

Author : William Baker
ISBN : 0470558008
Genre : Business & Economics
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A detailed look at how, and why, the American financial systemhas reached its current state Today's economy and capital markets are faced with the long-termbuildup of public and private credit. Furthermore, we face highertaxes, greater spending, and more debt. We are now at a criticalcrossroads and our leaders have few realistic solutions. Proposalscalling for tax reforms or fewer regulations have fallen on deafears. In fact, U.S. democracy has become more socialist and reformis needed immediately. Endless Money is an examination ofhow the U.S. government and the country's financial systems haveembraced socialism, and why cultural deterioration reinforces thetrend and jeopardizes democracy. In it, author William Baker seesthis socialism embodied in two things. The first is thesocialization of income, the second is the socialization ofcredit. Explores the present socialistic qualities of the Americangovernment and its financial system Looks back at how today's conditions relate not just to theGreat Depression, but ancient empires such as Rome Calls for radical changes such as reduced regulatory power ofthe Federal Reserve, a considerable devaluation of the dollar interms of gold, and repeal of income tax Includes a Web site devoted to book, with recommendations,quotes from the financial community, and think tank contacts Insightful and informative, Endless Money examines ourcurrent economic condition and describes what the United States cando to get back on the right economic track.
Category: Business & Economics

Strange Telescopes

Author : Daniel Kalder
ISBN : 9781468304671
Genre : Travel
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The acclaimed author of Lost Cosmonaut “takes us into a world of exorcism, cults and oddballs” living in Ukraine, Siberia, and the catacombs beneath Moscow (The Guardian). In Lost Cosmonaut, travel writer and anti-tourist Daniel Kalder ventured into the most distant republics of the former Soviet Union. Now Kalder is back in Russia to explore some of its strangest communities and hidden places on a year-long odyssey from Moscow to the Arctic Circle. The trek begins in the sewers of Moscow, where Kalder encounters a lost city inhabited by people known as “the Diggers.” After exploring the depths of this underground planet and meeting the eccentric Utopians who call it home, Kalder journeys to Ukraine, where exorcists chase down demons in the dubious afterglow of the Orange Revolution. In Siberia, he meets a man called Vissarion—a former traffic cop who is now known at the Jesus of Siberia, and to his thousands of followers, the true messiah. Salvation and damnation collide in this colorful account of a truly unique adventure that “provides rare glimpses into the odd afterlife of a collapsed superpower” (Publishers Weekly).
Category: Travel

Artists In Labs Processes Of Inquiry

Author : Jill Scott
ISBN : UCSD:31822034404566
Genre : Art
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Whether you call your workplace a 'lab' or a 'studio' matters less than what you do in it. Both labs and studios are sites of investigation, educational experience, and inspiration to foster new creative possibilities. ArtistsInLabs - Processes of Inquiry is the first comparative study to combine technical and life sciences with the arts in an effort to encourage greater collaboration between artists and scientists. The book includes case studies, scientific viewpoints, and critical essays that explore the conceptual approaches to innovation and presentation that can only result from a collaboration between science and art. The nine labs included are from the natural, computing, and engineering sciences. An enclosed comprehensive DVD documents the potential problems, serves as a guideline for future art and science collaborations, and provides inspiration for creative individuals, wherever they work.
Category: Art

Russia S Cosmonauts

Author : Rex D. Hall
ISBN : 0387739750
Genre : Science
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There is no competition since this is the first book in the English language on cosmonaut selection and training Offers a unique and original discussion on how Russia prepares its cosmonauts for spaceflight. Contains original interviews and photographs with first-hand information obtained by the authors on visits to Star City Provides an insight to the role of cosmonauts in the global space programme of the future. Reviews the training both of Russian cosmonauts in other countries and of foreign cosmonauts in Star City
Category: Science