Wintellect – Application Architecture Fundamentals
The fifth in the saga of the Provincetown Tales. The winds of fortune are fickle guides.and happiness or heartbreak may be the destination. For Provincetown local Deo Camara, the only winds that have ever blown her way have been cold and lonely, and she doesn’t expect things to improve when she is drawn into a family crisis against her will. Despite a decade of estrangement, however, Deo can’t turn her back on the call of blood, no matter how high the price in heartache.
Dr. Bonita Burgoyne is pleased with the changes she’s made in her life.she has a rewarding new job and is looking forward to renovating the historic sea captain’s house she has just purchased. She’s content, and that’s all she needs to be, or so she thinks until she hires Deo to head up the renovations. They have nothing in common except a shared legacy of betrayal by those they’d trusted the most, and an impossible attraction they would both prefer to ignore.
Meanwhile, Bonita’s new associate Dr. Tory King and her partner, Reese Conlon, must cero with the aftermath of the winds of war and the approaching fury of a very real gathering storm.
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We depend on – we believe in – algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It’s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations – the marriage vow, the shaman’s curse – do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In What Algorithms Want, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm – in practical terms, "a method for solving a problem" – has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking.
Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash to Diderot’s Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost’s satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google’s goal of anticipating our questions, Uber’s cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things.
If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of "algorithmic reading" and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities.
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Before Eddie Brock.before Peter Parker.there was the Venom symbiote’s first host! And now, that host has returned in need of the symbiote’s help – because only by reuniting can the two prevent cosmic ruin! Meet the Kree soldier named Tel-Kar, and learn a secret chapter in the Venom symbiote’s history! And now, as Venom faces down a Skrull ambush and the universe teeters on the brink, the symbiote must choose: allow its newborn offspring to die, or separate from Eddie Brock – forever! But Eddie won’t give up his “other” without a fight.after all, the fate of Earth is at stake! Can Eddie and the symbiote trust one another long enough to save the galaxy – or will the First Host prove to be Venom’s undoing?!
The encounter that was destined to happen! When an alien scout ship crashes on Mars, Dejah Thoris must risk reigniting war with the Green Martians and becoming dinner for the white apes. But the stakes are raised so much higher when the ship is revealed to carry Vampirella, who is on a desperate mission of survival-one that might end before it truly begins!
United States Essays 1952-1992 (v. 1)
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