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1. A Simple Idea

Peter Barnes Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Every individual is born with legitimate claims
on natural property, or its equivalent

—Thomas Paine

We live in complicated times. We have far more problems than solutions, and most of our problems are wickedly complex. That said, it’s sometimes the case that a simple idea can spark profound changes, much as a small wind can become a hurricane. This happened with such ideas as the abolition of slavery, equal justice under law, universal suffrage, and racial and sexual equality.

This book is about another simple idea that could have comparable effects in the twenty-first century. The idea is that all persons have a right to income from wealth we inherit or create together. That right derives from our equality of birth. And the time to implement it has arrived.

Why is this? America today is on the brink of losing its historic vision. From our beginnings we aspired to build a meritocratic middle class, and by the mid-twentieth century we had largely done so. Though millions of Americans remained marginalized, our median income — the income that half of Americans earn more than—was enough for a family to live comfortably on, often with only one wage earner. Further, most Americans assumed that their children would live better than they did—in other words, that our broad middle class would not only survive but expand.

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Running an Agile Class

Hamid R. Arabnia Azita Bahrami, Leonidas Deligiannidis, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, and Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF


Int'l Conf. Frontiers in Education: CS and CE | FECS'14 |

R unning an Agile Class

Kevin A. Gary

Arizona State University

7171 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall

Mesa, AZ 85212


Agile methods, particularly Scrum, apply an empirical process model to the complexity of software development. The reasoning, in short, is that a highly iterative process with specific short-term goals can be instrumented to provide constant feedback to change and disruption.

Agile methods focus on short iterations, adaptive work assignments, constant feedback, and process visibility to address the fundamental nature of complexity. The author is currently experimenting with agility in the classroom through the incorporation of these mechanisms and the support of online tools. Online tools can help in several ways, such as helping the instructor and teaching assistants scale up the agile teaching process. Initially we have found that the most impactful of online tools is a scrum taskboard, or Scrumboard, to make the work of the class visible to all stakeholders. In the context of the technology-supported classroom, the online

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5 Duke, Nuke Them 1

Tilo Gockel Rocky Nook-IPS ePub

Shooting with flash on a sunny afternoon with the aperture wide open is possible only with a clever trick or two (Model: Dominique)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II | 70–200mm set to 145mm and f/3.2 | M mode | 1/640 second | ISO 100 | RAW

Duke, Nuke Them 1

How to produce lots of light using multiple small flashes

Using five flashes simultaneously

Shooting with flash in the midday sun

Shooting in the midday sun is usually not a good idea. The light comes from directly above, which gives subjects dark, shaded eyes and produces short, ugly shadows. A low sun is much better for backlit shots, too. At midday you can shoot in the shade with flash, but even there the ambient light is often still very bright.

Flash usually limits the exposure times you can use and often restricts you to shutter speeds of 1/200 or 1/250 second (see workshop 4 for tips on how to work around this limitation). In such cases, you often can expose correctly for the ambient light only by using a small aperture or an ND filter, which itself requires a lot of flash power to sufficiently illuminate the subject. A single on-camera flash is seldom powerful enough, so if your budget doesn’t allow for a portable studio flash, multiple Speedlites are the way to go. The advantages and disadvantages of this approach are as follows:

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11 Profit

David Pearson Kogan Page ePub


It is the socialist idea that making Profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses. WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL

A new client had just come in to see a famous lawyer.

‘Can you tell me how much you charge?’ said the client.

‘Of course’, the lawyer replied, ‘I charge £1,000 to answer three questions!’

‘Well, that’s a bit steep, isn’t it?’

‘Yes it is’, said the lawyer, ‘and what’s your third question?’

A distinguished marketer with whom I used to work at Mars Inc. told me that ‘You can only make a Profit if you sell water, air or a promise.’ It may seem a slightly cynical view but there is a lot of truth in it. Water and air, of course, allow Product managers to design their Product to give the appearance of greater substance than perhaps it really has. Perfume comes to mind as a Product that uses both, water in the Product itself and air in the packaging. But it is surely the promise that sells the perfume and allows a Profit to be made.

Charles Dickens described the essence of Profitability through the mouth-piece of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield: ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.’ If we can more than cover our costs we make a Profit. If we earn less than our costs we make a loss. This has the advantage of simplicity but it is not enough. We also need to know the cost of capital employed and then set out to make a Profit in excess of that, otherwise we might show a Positive bottom line in a simple statement of Profit and loss but we will not have made a sufficient return on our investment.

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CHAPTER 1 Super Mario

Silverman, Drew ABDO PDF


Chalmers, a junior point guard,


Five players from Kansas’ 2007–08 national championship team were selected in the 2008 National

Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.

Brandon Rush (Portland Trail

Blazers) and Darrell Arthur (New

Orleans Hornets) were first-round picks. Mario Chalmers (Minnesota

Timberwolves), Darnell Jackson

(Miami Heat), and Sasha Kaun

(Seattle SuperSonics) were secondround picks. One additional member of the national championship team,

Cole Aldrich, was chosen in the 2010

NBA Draft. He was a first-round pick of the Hornets.

was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He finished the championship game with 18 points, four steals, three rebounds, and three assists.

Chalmers had plenty of help from his teammates. In the win over Memphis, sophomore forward Darrell Arthur led

Kansas with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandon Rush, a junior swingman, added

12 points. And sophomore point guard

Sherron Collins had 11 points with six assists.

The 2008 national championship was the Jayhawks’ third. The school’s other NCAA championships came in

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