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Body Perspectives

Source: Egon Schiele
Slice PDF May 27, 2014

Astonished, he saw unusual changes in the skin in whose sagging vessels thin, watery blood and tainted fluids trickled sluggishly, he marvelled also at light-sensitive green eyes behind red lids, the slimy mouths and the soul in these unsound vessels,’’ reports

Roesseler. Therein he resembled Oskar Kokoschka, called the “soul slasher” and of whom it was said that “painting hand and head, he lay bare in a ghostly manner the spiritual skeleton of her whom he portrayed”. To the colour lithograph of his drama, Murder Hope of Women, he commented: “The man is bloody red, the colour of life, but he lies dead in the lap of a woman, who is white, the colour of death.” Man and woman in the dance of life and death.

Phantom-Like Creatures

With a few lines, Schiele sketched the outlines of the body on paper. A thigh is reduced to two lines. The stroke is dynamic, grows fainter, following the structural ductility of a fast thrown-in movement. Jagged, with hard angles he loves the bone structure. Schiele’s strokes are like calligraphy, which captures the body’s expression in just a few lines. In contrast to the reluctant, bony aspect of the shoulders and pelvis is the round diffraction of the chest.

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3. Garlic—Cardiovascular and Immune-System Booster

Slice ePub May 23, 2014


Humans have cultivated garlic (Allium sativum) for at least 5,000 years, and today this herbal medicine is found almost everywhere in the world, from Polynesia to Siberia. By the end of the first century A.D., Dioscorides, Hippocrates, and other ancient Greek physicians recommended garlic for many conditions, including respiratory problems, parasites, and poor digestion. Garlic is principally used now to prevent and treat heart disease, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The primary active ingredient in garlic is allicin, a sulfur-containing compound that the body converts into other therapeutic compounds. Allicin is found only in garlic products produced by crushing the fresh bulb, not in those produced by steam distillation of the oil.

Garlic has been shown to be helpful in preventing and reversing atherosclerosisthe dangerous hardening of the arteries that causes high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. The evidence for using garlic to treat atherosclerosis comes from numerous animal and human studies. Garlic has been shown to reduce the size of plaque deposits, the hard material that clogs and stiffens arteries, by nearly 50 percent in humans, rats, and rabbits. And in a recent study of 200 men and women conducted over a two year period, those who took 300 mg or more of garlic daily showed improvement in the flexibility of their aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart. Garlic extracts have also been shown to reduce blood pressure in dogs and rats, and numerous animal studies have shown that it can reduce blood clotting. Taken as a whole, this makes garlic a remarkably effective treatment for arterial disease.

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Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Source: Still Life
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The Heart of Google: Basic Text Searches

Slice PDF May 27, 2014


Chapter 1


Google 101

If you’ve never used Google before, you’re in luck: it’s incredibly easy to run a simple search. But if you’ve been using Google since the day it debuted, and you’ve never tried an image search or clicked the “Similar pages” link, consider yourself part of the vast Underusers Club.

Google is appealing because it’s so straightforward. But you can get a lot more out of the site by knowing your way around the unobvious details and using the less prominent features. This chapter guides you through basic search techniques, and helps you analyze search results in ways that would surprise many power users.

The Heart of Google: Basic Text Searches

The Google home page ( is as plain and friendly as Web pages get—loading quickly both for dial-uppers and broadband jockeys. As Figure 1-1 shows, it features tons of white space, a blank search box awaiting your command, two buttons, and a handful of links. What less could you want?

Google is about as hard to use as your refrigerator. To run a search, just follow this simple procedure:

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5. Response Metrics

Slice ePub May 28, 2014

The numbers either refute my thinking or support my thinking, and when theres any question, I trust the numbers. The numbers dont lie.

This chapter covers metrics that help you analyze the response, both positive and negative, for the software released by development teams. These metrics provide the basis to determine whether the software team is meeting team and organizational goals, and is thereby winning or losing. Included also are metrics that involve comparing results to key competitors.

Overall, these metrics are designed to be as straightforward and simple as possible. They are meant to be achievable, meaning that you can get the data and calculate them. And they are meant to be understandable, meaning that software team members can appreciate them and the relevance to their own work.

The Response Metrics show you how well and in what ways each project succeeded or failed. When examined side-by-side with a teams Skill Metrics, you will be able to analyze which skills or combination of skills correlate with positive or negative results. If you are not already collecting the data for Response Metrics, it may seem more challenging than the work required to gather data for Skill Metrics. But the payoff comes in your ability to begin to see the patterns of success over time. Therefore, I strongly urge you to gather data and keep Response Metrics for your team.

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