It's the year 3030, and technology offers humankind unimaginable entertainment. What used to be virtual reality is now reality, and sports that once occupied your flat-screen now occupy the world stage. The largest of them embodies the evolution and integration of athleticism and machinery. Once every five years, hundreds of millions of viewers tune in to witness the spectacle that is M.E.C.H.s: Mechanized Entertainment Combat Heroes. Tiny Epic Mechs is an arena-style player-vs-player action-programming game. It features ITEMeeples with plastic molded power armors and a Mech suit that the ITEMeeples actually go inside of. In Tiny Epic Mechs, players take on the roles of highly skilled and athletic Mech pilots. They compete in a free-for-all battle royale over the span of six rounds. In each round, players select four of eight available actions to program. These actions keep you moving around the arena while allowing you to deploy high-scoring defensive turrets, plant explosive land mines with hidden values, collect resources, purchase weaponry, and power up into your Power Armor or eventually the highly-sought-after Mech Suit. While each player has their own Power Armor, there is only one Mech Suit, reserved for the king of the hill. Your programmed actions are played out one at a time around the table until all players have executed their four actions. When you cross paths with another player, combat ensues. During combat, players exchange fire until one player is out of ammo and must retreat, or they are defeated and forced to reset. Combat is fast, and you can use each weapon only one time per fight, so the more weapons you have, the longer you'll last. Weapons are categorized into three types, and each type counters one of the other types. If you time your weapons correctly, you can counter your opponent and unleash a more powerful attack and gain an edge over them. Dealing a lot of damage to your opponent will wow the audience and earn you lots of points, which brings you closer to victory. You also score victory points every other round based on area control and who controls the Mech. At the end of the game, you also earn points for each weapon you own.
Four million captivated viewers watched Charley Boorman complete his last adventure - Long Way Down - which took him from John O'Groats to Cape Town. Along with Ewan McGregor he achieved not only this amazing feat, but also circumnavigated the globe on the Long Way Round. In between these two incredible journeys, he found the time to compete in the Dakar Rally, telling his story in his best-selling book Race to Dakar. Charley's passion for travel and adventure continues in his new challenge - By Any Means. Travelling from his home town in Co Wicklow all the way to Sydney, he will use any means he can to reach his destination, via transport as diverse as steam train, horse, boat, kayak, truck, and tuk-tuk. And of course his beloved motorbike!Whether crossing the Black Sea, trekking through Tibet, riding an elephant in India or hiking through the forests of Papua New Guinea, this will be a unique opportunity to meet fascinating people and explore extraordinary places. With trademark enthusiasm, dedication, and good humour, Charley's new trip is set to be his most challenging yet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rupert Degas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000190/bk_twuk_000190_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Sergeant's long career as a political journalist has been inextricably linked with Margaret Thatcher since the night he stood on the steps of the British Embassy in November 1990 and announced to 13 million viewers that the prime minister would not be coming out of the Embassy to speak to the massed ranks of the world's press. As his broadcast continued, it was plain to all 13 million that Mrs Thatcher, having learned that she had lost the first round of the leadership contest that would cost her the premiership, was walking down the steps behind him. Maggie is John Sergeant's mordant analysis of Thatcher's life and career, bringing to bear his trademark wit and keen sense of the absurd, but also his deep understanding of the British political arena and an insight born of 30 years of reporting on events in Westminster. His access to those who worked for her, with her, and against her is unique. This riveting book offers both a fresh appraisal of a woman who changed British politics forever and a powerful account of her legacy and her political heirs, be they new Labour or Ian Duncan Smith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sergeant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000109/bk_macm_000109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
All the praises are due to the Almighty Allah with His compassion and mercilessness for granting the author capable to complete this thesis successfully for the degree of Masters of Science (MS) in Poultry Science.The author would like to express his deepest sense of appreciation and indebtedness regards to his beloved teacher and research supervisor, Professor Dr. Md. Elias Hossain, Department of Poultry Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, for his cordial and scholastic guidance, continuous encouragement, valuable suggestions and all round help throughout the course of the research work and finalizing this manuscript. This will be helpful for viewers who are involved in biological research and development.
Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees, the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. At this time, as seen by viewers on Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth the near side is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth the far side, completely unilluminated. The time between similar lunar phases - the synodic month - is on average about 29.53 days, so that the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month in those calendars that start the month on the new moon. In any event, as lunar months are counted in discrete numbers of days, lunar months are said to be either 29 or 30 days long.
This book offers a long overdue, extensive study of one of the most beloved television shows: Friends . Why has this sitcom become the seminal success that it is? And how does it continue to engage viewers around the world a quarter century after its first broadcast? Featuring original interviews with key creative personnel (including co-creator Marta Kauffman and executive producer Kevin S. Bright), the book provides answers by identifying a strategy of intimacy that informs Friends ' use of humour, performance, style and set design. The authors provide fascinating analyses of some of the most well-remembered scenes-the one where Ross can't get his leather pants back on, and Ross and Rachel's break-up, to name just a couple-and reflect on how and why A-list guest performances sometimes fell short of the standards set by the ensemble cast. Also considered are the iconic look of Monica's apartment as well as the programme's much discussed politics of representation and the critical backlash it has received in recent years. An exploration of Joey, the infamous spin-off, and several attempts to adapt Friends ' successful formula across the globe, round out the discussion, with insights into mistranslated jokes and much more. For students, scholars, creative industry practitioners and fans alike, this is a compelling read that lets us glimpse behind the scenes of what has become a cultural phenomenon and semi-permanent fixture in many of our homes.
&#8220;Consider reality TV, meth labs, over-the-top animal-rights activists, Botox, tabloids and Internet diatribes, and you, too, might come to the conclusion: People should be more like animals. Sara Gruen&#8217;s entertaining, enlightening new novel will certainly leave you thinking so.&#8221;&#8212; Miami Herald &#8220;Propulsive...Gruen writes with the commercial breathlessness of a cozier Dan Brown.&#8221;&#8212; Entertainment Weekly &#8220;Gruen delivers a tale that&#8217;s full of heart, hope, and compelling questions about who we really are.&#8221;&#8212; Redbook &#8220;Animal lovers, gather &#8216;round...[ Ape House] is much better [than Water for Elephants]&#8212;funny because of some weird characters and circumstances that make life difficult for our intrepid reporter, and at the same time, compelling because those apes put to shame our beloved Homo sapiens.&#8221;&#8212; Newark Star Ledger &#8220;Part expose, part thriller, part gothic romance and part comedy and farce...Gruen is a master at the popular novel plot.&#8221;&#8212; Asheville Citizen Times &#8220;Gruen is clearly enjoying herself here. It is fun...the conceit of a household of language- endowed apes as the ne plus ultra of reality TV &#8212; leering humans greedy for profits and naughty thrills...apes who are at once innocent and more compassionate and dignified than the producers and the viewers &#8212; is terrific: an incisive piece of social commentary.&#8221;&#8212; New York Times Book Review '[ Ape House] hums along with a pop-culture plot full of slick profiteers, sleazy pornographers, idiotic reality TV and gossip rags &#8212; with botox and ape sex thrown in for entertaining reading.&#8221;&#8212; Des Moines Register &#8220;Gruen has a knack for pacing and for creating distinctive animal characters. Scenes involving the bonobos are winsome without being sappy, and the reader comes to share Isabel&#8217;s concern for the animals.&#8221;&#8212; Boston Globe 'Gruen&#8217;s astute, wildly entertaining tale of interspecies connection is a novel of verve and conscience.&#8221;&#8212; Booklist (Starred review) 'Has the dramatic tension of a crime thriller...Twists and turns, lies, and treachery abound in this funny, clever, and perceptive story.'&#8212; Library Journal (Starred review) 'Sara Gruen knows things&#8212;she knows them in her mind and in her heart. And, out of what she knows, she has created a true thriller that is addictive from its opening sentence. Devour it to find out what happens next, but also to learn remarkable and moving things about life on this planet. Very, very few novels can change the way you look at the world around you. This one does.'&#8212;Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife 'I read Ape House in one joyous breath. Ever an advocate for animals, Gruen brings them to life with the passion of a novelist and the accuracy of a scientist. She has already done more for bonobos than I could do in a lifetime. The novel is immaculately researched and lovingly crafted. If people fall in love with our forgotten, fascinating, endangered relative, it will be because of Ape House.'&#8212;Vanessa Woods, author of Bonobo Handshake
Banet-Weiser (2004) marked the debut of Clarissa Explains it All in 1991 as a crucial turning point for recognition of girls as 'important empowered subjects in the social world.' The current study of tweencoms focuses on the different ways character tropes are portrayed in media targeted to 8-12 year olds, particularly female characters, over the last 25 years. The focus is limited to the cable giants Disney Channel and Nickelodeon because of their popularity and high concentration of original programming targeted to tweens that airs nearly round-the-clock. This book employs a thematic analysis approach, similar to the one adopted by Riggs (2011) in his identification of the ways in which particular groups of characters are represented and the implications such representations might have for viewers. It incorporates cultivation theory (Gerbner 1998), which is based on media consumption's influence on distorted perceptions of reality, and social cognitive theory (Bandura 1986), which explains the relationship between vicarious exposure to specific behaviors and imitation of those behaviors. This book provides extensive examples and alternative interpretations of the shows' tropes and themes, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with the genre. Past research has shown that media and popular culture portrayals are influential for young viewers and yet live-action, cable comedies targeted to adolescents have gone relatively unnoticed. Much of the previous research has focused on very young girls and princess culture. The book is broken up into two sections. The first section explores common tweencom tropes. Subsequent chapters focusing on different themes that are prevalent throughout the series. The concluding chapter includes a discussion of the big picture of how the tropes and themes give insight into the female characters portrayed in the popular tweencom programming. The final chapter will also include advice to parents and educators.
The twelve essays by Kendall Walton in this volume address a broad range of theoretical issues concerning the arts. Many of them apply to the arts generally-to literature, theater, film, music, and the visual arts-but several focus primarily on pictorial representation or photography. In ''How Marvelous!': Toward a Theory of Aesthetic Value' Walton introduces an innovative account of aesthetic value, and in this and other essays he explores relations between aesthetic value and values of other kinds, especially moral values. Two of the essays take on what has come to be called imaginative resistance-a cluster of puzzles that arise when works of fiction ask us to imagine or to accept as true in a fiction moral propositions that we find reprehensible in real life. 'Transparent Pictures', Walton's classic and controversial account of what is special about photographic pictures, is included, along with a new essay on a curious but rarely noticed feature of photographs and other still pictures-the fact that a depiction of a momentary state of an object in motion allows viewers to observe that state, in imagination, for an extended period of time. Two older essays round out the collection-another classic, 'Categories of Art', and a less well known essay, 'Style and the Products and Processes of Art', which examines the role of appreciators' impressions of how a work of art came about, in understanding and appreciation. None of the reprinted essays is abridged, and new postscripts have been added to several of them.