|James T. Gillam||University of North Texas Press|
Operations Hines and
February 16 to May 18, 1970
From mid-January to the first week of February 1970, B Company was assigned to Operation Putnam Power. The objective was to find and destroy the NVA’s Base Area 226. As a unit, we failed. As an individual soldier, I saw and participated in the Vietnam War on all its levels. I saw the air war carried out by B-52 aircraft of the Strategic Air Force when they performed their Arc
Light missions. I also saw the after-effect of the chemical rain of death called Operation Ranch Hand. It was the kind of warfare
America went to war in Iraq to prevent: the use of chemicals as weapons of mass destruction. The chemical agent 2,4,5-T, known as Agent Orange, defoliated thousands of acres of land and spread a poison over the Central Highlands and its people.
We polluted the environment for decades and caused cancers and birth defects for a generation.
I also continued my part in the ground war searching out enemy supply caches and hunting their troops in vicious smallunit actions, but finally, and most frighteningly, there was my part of the war that was fought in the ground. I beat and strangled an enemy to death in a tunnel. After that, I thought I had seen it all, done it all, and things would get no worse for me before I leftSee All Chapters
|Frances B. Vick (Editor)||University of North Texas Press|
Most of this area of some 16 million acres, ranges from about 50 to 780 feet above sea level and receives 40 to 56 inches of rain yearly. Many rivers, creeks, and bayous drain the region. Nearly all of Texas’ commercial timber comes from this area. There are three native species of pine, the principal timber: longleaf, shortleaf, and loblolly. Hardwoods include oaks, elm, hickory, magnolia, sweet and black gum, tupelo, and others.
The area is interspersed with native and improved grasslands.
Cattle are the primary grazing animals. Deer and quail are abundant in properly managed habitats. Primary forage plants, under proper grazing management, include species of bluestems, rossettegrass, panicums, paspaiums, blackseed needlegrass, Canada and Virginia wildryes, purpletop, broadleaf and spike woodoats, switchcane, lovegrasses, indiangrass, and numerous legume species.
Highly disturbed areas have understory and overstory of undesirable woody plants that suppress growth of pine and desirable grasses. . . .Grasslands have been invaded by threeawns, annual grasses, weeds, broomsedge bluestem, red lovegrass, and shrubby woody species.See All Chapters
|Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis Joan Lu, Fernando G. Tinetti, Jane You, George Jandieri, Gerald Schaefer, and Ashu M.G. Solo||CSREA Press|
Int'l Conf. IP, Comp. Vision, and Pattern Recognition | IPCV'14 |
Optical Pedometer: A new method for distance measuring using camera phones
Joakim Sjöberg 1 , and Mia Persson 1
1 Department of Computer Science, Malmö University, 205 06 Malmö, Sweden
Abstract— Present day pedometer applications lack the ability to identify and measure each step for individual data with high precision. The rapid growth and evolution in the capacity of today’s smartphones now present the opportunity to investigate new methods that gives the possibility to measure each individual step, providing data such as length, width and time by using an out of shelf smartphone. This paper introduces the Optical Pedometer (OP for short) that differs from traditional smartphone pedometer applications in the way that it is based on computer vision, providing new possibilities as to actually identify and measure steps with help of the phone’s camera. Our proposed method was evaluated and compared to the existing methods within thisSee All Chapters
|Laurence Spurling||Karnac Books||ePub|
This is an edited transcript of a paper given by the late Madeleine Davis to The Squiggle Foundation’s ”Original Themes in Winnicott” course in July 1986. This is the second of her talks to be published by Winnicott Studies. The first, ”Destruction as an Achievement in the Work of Winnicott”, was published in Volume 7; the third, on regression, will appear in Volume 9.
[Madeleine Davis begins her talk with a long quotation in which Winnicott describes his ”spatula game” (”The Observation of Infants in a Set Situation”, in Winnicott 1978, pp. 52-54). This was a form of play through which he could observe the psychical state of infants brought to him by their mothers at his clinic at the Paddington Green Children’s Hospital.
In the extract quoted by Davis, Winnicott describes how an infant, when faced with a shiny spatula lying within reach on a table placed between the mother and Winnicott, will normally only be able to reach for it and play with it after a ”period of hesitation” in which the infant overcomes anxiety and turns the spatula into a possession.]See All Chapters
|Peggy Holman||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.
—Mary Catherine Bateson, Willing to Learn
Emergence is rife with uncertainty. The more skilled we are in facing the unknown, the better able we are to engage emergence and to bring others with us.
How do we equip ourselves to engage disturbance?
Three practices—embracing mystery, choosing possibility, and following life energy—are particularly useful to cultivate. This chapter explores them.
What does it take to be receptive to the unknown?
Perhaps knowing that turmoil is a gateway to creativity and innovation provides a reason to open to the unfamiliar. Just as seeds root in rich, dark soil, so does emergent change require the darkness of the unknown. After all, if we know the outcome and how to create it, then by definition nothing unexpected can emerge. Even knowing its value, embracing mystery, being receptive to not knowing, takes courage. Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön speaks eloquently of this notion: “By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what’s happening, we begin to access our inner strength.”1See All Chapters