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Ko Lanta

Christopher Evans Hunter Publishing ePub

 

 

 

To us this island was just a tiny blob on the map of Krabi province, a little area stuck out in the middle of the Andaman Sea. The sort of place you'd could easily miss. Are we glad that we didn't. This is an island - in fact two, Ko Lanta Yai, the large island and Ko Lanta Noi the smaller - that is just waiting to boom. This is how we imagine Phuket must have been 20 years ago.

But this is not a deserted island by any means. Some 20,000 people live here, and there is a road of sorts that runs from north to south along most of the island's 27 kilometers length. It's cemented in part; crazy-paved in others, dirt track for most of the way and has some of the world's biggest potholes. When it's dry dust fills the air, and when it rains the mud overfloweth. It has an abundance of road signs that mostly tell you that anywhere you're going is straight ahead.

It's not the easiest place to get to, which many people find one of its major appeals, but once you see the island up close with its verdant mountainous jungle spine peppered with sandy coves and beaches you know this is a place that will be a bustling tourist resort within a decade.

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4 From “European Oasis” to Downtown New York: The Image of Tel-Aviv in School Textbooks

Maoz Azaryahu Indiana University Press ePub

In his book Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum describes the adventures of Dorothy and her friends on their way to a place regarded as the center of the world—the Emerald City—where the most powerful ruler of the Land of Oz dwells.1 The sight of the city, which appears before them after an exhaustive and dangerous journey to remote locations, left them in awe. The brightness of the light, the joy and splendor of the city, the magnificent houses along the paved streets, the beautiful people strolling among the shops—all engendered a feeling of respect toward the city and its great ruler. Baum uses a familiar motif taken from the biblical story of wandering in the desert on the way to the Promised Land. In his point of view, for those living in the Midwest of the United States, the Emerald City symbolizes New York and its skyline, its wealth, the aspirations and dreams it arouses among the people living in the periphery.

Ten years after this book was written the neighborhood Ahuzat Bayit was founded upon the dunes along the Mediterranean shore of what would later become the Land of Israel. Within approximately one decade, in 1918, the image of the new neighborhood (that had no more than 200 houses) was portrayed in stereotypes that recall the descriptions of the mythical Emerald City created by Frank Baum. Already, at that stage, the neighborhood was compared in a geography textbook that appeared in Kishinev to a “European Oasis in the Asian desert.” In its description, the author uses the elements of sunlight, beautiful houses, and wealth in order to emphasize its unusual European-like characteristics within its Oriental location.2

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Line Avoidance

Tero Karvinen Maker Media, Inc ePub

To make your bot stay in the arena, you must teach it to avoid a black line. Then you can build an arena with big white paper as the floor and black tape as the border.

Lets connect the reflection sensor to Arduino. Prepare the cable by cutting the end that doesnt fit to the sensor. In our case, the small white connector fit to the sensor and we left it in place. The big black connector didnt fit anywhere, so we cut it away. Strip the free wires for connecting to Arduino (Figure2-6).

Figure2-6.Stripped sensor wire

Connect free sensor wires to Arduino as shown in the circuit diagram for helloreflection.pde (Figure2-7). Connect the red plus wire to +5V, and the black ground wire to GND. Connect the green data wire to D4. (Figure2-8). Use the ScrewShield to keep the wires in place (Figure2-9).

Figure2-7.Circuit diagram for helloreflection.pde

Figure2-8.Reflection sensor connected

Figure2-9.Free wires connected to Arduino with ScrewShield

For line avoidance, we use a typical reflectivity sensor. We read it with Arduinos digitalRead() function.

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4: The Friendship Strategy: Building Trust to Sustain Life

Bernard Lown Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.
—MAYA ANGELOU

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him, and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.
—HENRY L. STIMSON, speaking to Truman about the atom bomb

BY THE LATE 1960s I had moved away from the antinuclear struggle. It was psychologically numbing to continue as an apocalyptic evangelist. The moral depravity of the Vietnam War was overwhelming all other political issues in my mind. Yet the undiminished nuclear threat hovered as an inseparable shadow. It could not be otherwise after my experience in founding the Physicians for Social Responsibility. I read every issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and kept file cabinets bulging with articles on every aspect of nuclearism. I followed the nuclear arms race with dread and with the mounting outrage that is the offspring of helplessness. It seemed as though in the nuclear arms race the American and Soviet lead runners had lost control of their limbs.

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Ten Business Travel

Devora Zack Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

You leave something of yourself at every meeting with another person.

—Fred Rogers

On-the-Road Quiz

a. Why does an extrovert join you for dinner on a business trip?

b. Why does an introvert join you for dinner?

Answer:

a. To unwind and enjoy a meal after a long day.

b. To avoid seeming rude.

Let’s talk about your next seatmate on a transcontinental flight. “Whoa!” I can hear you shout all the way from here. “I don’t want a conversation on an airplane!” (Introverts can be irrefutably loud when harboring a strong opinion.)

And you wonder why you are underconnected.

I bet introverts account for 75 percent of the sales of those giant, circa-1970s noise-canceling headphones. That’s right; introverts pop them right over their ears to dissuade any hope of conversation from fellow passengers.

Take off those headphones for a minute, I’m talking to you!

Let’s make a deal. You can ignore your seatmates for at least 90 percent of the flight. I ask for only about 10 percent of your time. Doesn’t that sound more than reasonable?

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