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4. The King of Pointland

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

“Behold yon miserable creature. That Point is a Being like ourselves, but confined to the non-dimensional Gulf. He is himself his own World, his own Universe; of any other than himself he can form no conception; he knows not Length, nor Breadth, nor Height, for he has had no experience of them; he has no cognizance even of the number Two; nor has he a thought of Plurality; for he is himself his One and All, being really Nothing............

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10: Elvis and Dr. King

Rod Davis The University of Chicago Press ePub

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ELVIS AND DR. KING

Out of Jackson I took Highway 3 north to Yazoo City. The moon alongside the Yazoo River was only a sliver, and a thick lowland fog made the countryside seem like a Yorkshire moor. Off to my left lay the Delta National Forest and Panther National Wildlife Refuge but all I could see were clumps of roadside mailboxes and the occasional porch light. I pulled to the side a couple of times to check my map. I got on a long stretch of blacktop as the mist cleared, and in the dim moonlight the moor had become an enchanted forest, a verdant kaleidoscope, the kind of place in which apparitions might beckon at the end of a silver spoon hanging from a red string. What appeared for me was the back of an old green Ford pickup traveling without any lights and not much speed. I braked hard, swerving into the passing lane to miss it.

Soon I began to see a glow of yellow light to the west, and then I could smell what I’d been watching for miles grow out of the horizon: a big chemical plant along the river, smokestacks coughing out flames like hell’s own dragons. Texas to Florida, the rural South has become home to giant backwoods industrial plants, refining chemicals or sugar or petroleum, turning timber to pulp to paper, making defense parts and plastics. It was the New Plantation Economy. It doesn’t buy slaves these days; it pays wages. It substitutes bank loans for chains and it admits whites. Prefers them. Part of the illusion. Black or white, though, everybody drinks the water; everybody breathes the air. Everybody gets the cancers.

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9. Layout

James Kalbach O'Reilly Media ePub

"Less isn't more; just enough is more."

Navigation provides the narrative through your site. It's the story people follow to get the information they want. If the navigation concept is your premise and the site structure is your plot, you start telling the story with page layout. Some of the same principles of writing a good story hold true in designing navigation:

Focus on one idea per web page.

Keep extra details to a minimum.

Hold the user's attention.

Use visuals to enhance.

Ultimately, you want to create a flow in navigating through the entire site. In terms of page layout, this means you have to consider how your system of pages varies the position of navigation, labels, and function from page to page. A significant part of orientation while navigating is about how pages change from one to another, referred to as transitional volatility (see Chapter2). Layout plays a large role in creating this desired sense of movement through a site, in addition to a page's labels and text.

Within the overall site development process, laying out pages proves to be a critical phase. It's at this point that people react to the designmore so than at previous stages. When the page layouts start to appear, conflicting perspectives from various project members become apparent. A systematic approach helps avoid unnecessary debates based on personal opinion and keeps your story on track.

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3. WHERE I LEAD ME

Robert Earl Hardy University of North Texas Press ePub

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Where I Lead Me

WITHIN A FEW YEARS, THE guitar became for Townes Van Zandt the key to the form of expression that was to become his life’s work. Learning the instrument and playing and singing along with the radio and with records quickly became for him something more than just entertainment. Once he’d learned “Fraulein” for his father, he began diligently soaking up the music around him and seeking out more.

“My musical influences were Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and the Everly Brothers … it started off with country, then Elvis and those guys …” Van Zandt said.1 Later, he started listening to jazz and blues, then to folk music. But his grounding was in the great, vital melting pot of country and western and early rock’n’roll that bubbled with such creative fervor in America in the 1950s and early ’60s. Townes had been absorbing it all with great interest and enthusiasm since he was a child and would ride with his father as he drove across the countryside visiting the oil fields, listening to Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, and Roy Acuff on the car radio. According to Van Zandt, while Elvis had inspired him to take up the guitar, “In the long run, Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell probably inspired me more, they probably went in deeper to my consciousness.”2

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Chapter 1. Getting Started with AngularJS

Christopher Hiller Bleeding Edge Press ePub

AngularJS is a JavaScript framework that can help you write web applications quickly using less code. AngularJS is not a library, and it is not a collection of tools to help you achieve a specific goal. Rather, at its core, it is an entirely different way of thinking about writing web applications. As such, AngularJS has certain opinions about how you should be using it. Whereas in the vanilla JavaScript world, you are given a blank canvas on which to paint, AngularJS provides structure, organization and patterns. In order to master AngularJS, you must understand how to adhere to its guidelines and why the guidelines exist in the first place.

Not presently. AngularJS is designed for client-side applications instead of server-side JavaScript.  I can't think of a reason to even want to do this other than perhaps server-side template rendering. Look for this feature in the future.

 

AngularJS is excellent at helping you write CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) applications. Its tools, abilities and limitations lend itself to this common scenario. For example, the databinding ability of AngularJS is specifically tailored to allow for the extremely easy modification of models and data sets.

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