Daniel Hewitt, a computer programmer and games expert, tells his own story of how he decides to perfect the ideal games for his friends and uses them as his characters in each venture. His idea works until his girlfriend, Kim, disappears into one of the games, and his creations go disastrously wrong. His whole concept of reality becomes confusing as he continues to create the perfect game.
The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop
Author: David Hepworth
Pubpsher: Random House
Pop music’s a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? But what’s fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He’s interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play ‘Angels’ at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said ‘of all the unimportant things, football is the most important’. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.
This book features a literal interpretation of Immanuel Kant's philosophical view that we shape our world and lives through what we perceive in our environments, and our innate mind is actively trying to find, at the most, an answer. Hisako was adopted by upper middle-class religious parents who shaped his world through oppressive religious upbringing, and these shape his reality in a quite literal and supernatural way, as he always has the feeling of a presence following him throughout his life. As he grows older he questions this "reality" forced upon him and finds himself in a flux of constant rebirth between his dreams and his waking life. He later becomes like a god with the abolition in the belief of God and legitimacy of outside authority and becomes an absolute authority himself.
"So who is Ryan Lessard? For a long time he was the 'produce guy,' as this is the only contact I'd ever had with him, seeing him stock produce at a local supermarket at which we both worked. We never discussed the ripeness of lettuce, or what season was best for growing tomatoes and, whereas, I'm sure neither of us lost much sleep over that fact, what is unfortunate is that it took almost 10 years before I knew that he was much more than just the 'produce guy.' Ryan is not just a poet, or a writer for that matter; he's what I call a reactive visionary. He's not a prophet; he simply sees. And then he writes. His poetry comes from all elements of life, things that he embraces and expresses to the fullest. His words are honest and powerful without being overtly obvious, or strung out with clichés and typicality; his mind is a maze, one you will want to get lost in-and lose yourself in-time and time again. There isn't enough poetry like this in the world. It's gut wrenching, but not vomit-inducing like a lot of so-called modern poetry. It'll trap you, yet it's irresistibly inviting. His words are many things; forgettable is not one of them." -Kenneth Wood Author of The Silent Winds of October' "He paints the canvas of the mind with the color of thought. What is real remains the same and what was once surreal becomes more than that. A catalyst for the movement he, too, is a ready man, prepared for the cascaded journey ahead. Remembering the past, recognizing the now, and understanding the randomness of the future that may be encountered, no sunrise will go unnoticed; the sun will not set until the task at hand is complete. The illumination places him in his own reflection, forcing the confirmation of his existence, and the evaluation of ours. The power lies within him, it's on the mind." -Liam Ahearn Author of Floating Back To the Present Tense
Beginning with Wizard's First Rule and continuing with six subsequent fantasy masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled and awed millions of readers worldwide. Now, in Naked Empire, Goodkind returns with a broad-canvas adventure of epic intrigue, violent conflict, and terrifying peril for the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and her husband, the heroic Richard Rahl, the Sword of Truth. Richard Rahl has been poisoned. Saving an empire from annihilation is the price of the antidote. With the shadow of death looming near, the empire crumbling before the invading hordes, and time running out, Richard is offered not only his own life but the salvation of a people, in exchange for delivering his wife, Kahlan, into bondage to the enemy. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Release on 2004-01-19 | by MICHAEL JEAN NYSTROM-SCHUT
Staying as Real as Possible in a World of Illusion
Author: MICHAEL JEAN NYSTROM-SCHUT
…In this book, Keeping it Real in an Unreal World, Michael Jean Nystrom-Schut examines the reality of illusion (or the illusion of reality?). He talks about how we can come to pursue our best efforts at finding something that resembles a path through the foggy haze of an earth-dwellers life, and the fuzzy twists and turns and convolutions of existence. If our voyage is one of expectation, our reality will become just that. Its a perceptual thing; how we each perceive it is a highly individual matter. If you keep an open mind, Michael's promise is that rewards will come out of your enthusiastic reading participation. Dont assume you know anything whatsoever about real life; it goes better for us when we think of it like that. In reality, each day we start out new, and each new day presents itself with an entirely new set of illusions. In sorting out the illusions, we have the chance to make things happen in our lives. The book is presented in five sections. To begin with, in Section One the whole matter of reality and illusion is examined. The next section talks about the individual self, and what reality means to him. The third section explores reality close to home, in the lives of our mind, and with our friends and family. Section Four moves into the outer world, where a global view of reality is addressed. Finally, in the last section (Five), Michael takes on the great and perennial metaphysical questions, doing his best to apply the human notions of God and Universe to the world of the thinking self. Michael admits he is only sharing thoughts on how he narrowly see things. You will hopefully have your own spin on reality, different from everyone else in the world. Keeping it real comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. Each of us looks at it uniquely, and what you are about to experience in this book is merely one tiny sliver of reality perspective. When you are finished reading the book, it is Michael's hope that you will have given more consideration to the matter of whats real and not real for yourself. And that you will take valuable living information from it. Reality. Its a funny thing. How we negotiate our way through it goes a long ways towards whether we adapt or fail in our experiences and encounters with life. Enjoy your journey, both through the book, and through life!
YUGA describes five falls--the Fall into Time, the Reign of Quantity, the Mutation into Machinery, the End of Nature, and the Prison of Unreality. Taken together, these comprise the fate of historical humanity and are, the author is convinced, one-way trips. And the urban-industrial-vehicular-commercial-technological-pharmaceutical-electronic-information-spectator secular society they have produced has ripped the human world to shreds. . . . The book is hard-hitting, but readers who find it disturbing overlook the invincible beatitude that undergirds its every line. When we awaken from our modern nightmare--as sooner or later we all shall--this book will help us remember what that nightmare was. In YUGA the perennial wisdom has found a new and clarion voice. Glass's poetic and novelistic vocabulary, combined with exhaustive and blithely eclectic research, the mind-boggling diversity of his sources and references, even the peculiar Table of Contents, is a radical departure. Equally at home with the Diamond Sutra and the Grundrisse of Karl Marx, while being a careful student of magazine displays at the checkout counters of supermarkets, the author cheerfully presents his book as a provocation rather than as argument. But the master achievement of YUGA, which lies neither in its 'argument' nor its style, is its voice. That voice speaks so palpably from the author's heart that we find it resonating in our hearts as well. The final pages of YUGA are celebrations of joy and love, and the discerning reader will detect those qualities lurking between the lines of the book's every page. For remember, Marty Glass is a spokesman for the truth that underlies all the world's wisdom traditions. Behind the world of appearances--samsara, maya, and the shadows on Plato's cave--stands the uncreated Light, Reality, which is eternal Bliss. This reality speaks to individuals in the darkest of times, and its grace never falters. No one need be completely captive to history's downward trajectory. Its dream unfolds, and we can actually love that dream if we are awake to the fact that it is we ourselves that are, collectively, the immortal Dreamer. The message of YUGA is the message of Tradition, the Sophia Perennis. -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions, etc. For those seriously concerned with the plight of present-day humanity and the unprecedented crises through which human society is passing, this book offers many profound insights. It can offer guidelines and openings onto the understanding of the traditional world and that perennial wisdom whose loss has brought about the present age of spiritual darkness. -- Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author of Knowledge and the Sacred, etc.
Release on 2012-03-09 | by Paul George Claudel,Pierre Casse
How Philosophy Can Turn People into More Effective Leaders
Author: Paul George Claudel,Pierre Casse
Pubpsher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Political Science
We dont just lead others, we lead ourselves Increasingly, having a philosophy in a sense of knowing your strengths and understanding you life is a project is regarded as a major plus point by organizations, employers and team managers. With this in mind, The Philosophical Leaders aim is twofold: to obtain a deeper sense of our purpose by getting a philosophical grasp of the world; and to use this understanding to live a better life and become more effective leaders. Using the Project-to-Live model for success, this interactive text asks us questions about our day-to-day references, our self-awareness, and how we compute aptitudes and weaknesses in ourselves and others. Personality-type indicators are linked with team appraisals, discussion topics and a personal journal to help you become the leader of today and tomorrow. With its useful glossary of terms and reading list, the life enhancing book is a musthave for leaders and professionals everywhere.
The quantum computer is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Pioneering physicists are on the brink of unlocking a new quantum universe which provides a better representation of reality than our everyday experiences and common sense ever could. The birth of quantum computers – which, like Schrödinger’s famous ‘dead and alive’ cat, rely on entities like electrons, photons or atoms existing in two states at the same time – is set to turn the computing world on its head. In his fascinating study of this cutting-edge technology, John Gribbin updates his previous views on the nature of quantum reality, arguing for a universe of many parallel worlds where ‘everything is real’. Looking back to Alan Turing’s work on the Enigma machine and the first electronic computer, Gribbin explains how quantum theory developed to make quantum computers work in practice as well as in principle. He takes us beyond the arena of theoretical physics to explore their practical applications – from machines which learn through ‘intuition’ and trial and error to unhackable laptops and smartphones. And he investigates the potential for this extraordinary science to create a world where communication occurs faster than light and teleportation is possible.