Robert Rodgers made a transition form from being a tenured professor at the University of Kentucky to being an author of books on many different topics. His primary interest has been to identify options that help people with chronic illness reverse their symptoms. To get his books the widest exposure possible, Robert learn all about converting all of his books to epub formats. This project led him to investigate the best way to edit epubs. This little book reveals the lessons he learned the hard way and represents the approach he uses successfully today to edit all of his epub books.
Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it's nothing short of miraculous.
Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it's RPG studio Bioware's challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone's single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man's vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.
Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell—and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.
Exercises for Intending Mindfully is the Ninth Volume of the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series. Five exercises and their long term implications for intending mindfully are introduced. Contents include: Declaration of Independence, Relationship with Time, Desires, Procrastination, and Jump Start Your Day. Each mindfulness exercise is followed by an explanation of its deeper significance for persons who currently experience symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Among all of the factors that are implicated in causing symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease the most critical is stress. When people experience stress, their symptoms get much worse. When stress levels are under control, their symptoms subside. Everyone who currently experiences symptoms of Parkinson's disease confirms the powerful link between stress and the presentation of their symptoms.
The idea behind mindfulness is to become totally and completely present to each and every moment of our lives - to live in the present moment - not in the past or the future. Stress exerts an unrelenting pressure on our bodies when we slip into the past with our thoughts or jump into the future with our worries. If we fixate on rehashing past experiences that were traumatic or hurtful or unpleasant - we will insure that our body releases an onslaught of stress hormones throughout the day. If we worry about what the future holds in store for us, we fixate on events that rarely even happen.
When thoughts are centered in the past or future our body is sustained in a continual state of stress. Cells are flushed with a continuous blast of adrenaline. This leaves little energy to manufacture dopamine. Symptoms flourish under such conditions. They thrive on stress that is caused by worry, fear, regret, guilt and anger.
What is helpful in reducing stress is to reset our routine way of being in the world, to reset our habit of thinking so that we focus on the present moment. This is most successfully accomplished through a regular practice of mindful exercises where we re-wire our habits as they are currently structured in our neurological network. A total system reset is required for most of us to become mindful.
Becoming more mindful of each and every moment changes the patterns embedded in our neurological system that sustain high levels of stress which thunder through every system in our bodies. Without a conscious mindfulness practice we fall back into the same neurological rut that stimulates the production of stress hormones. We continue to access precisely the same pathways out of habit.
Our neurological system freaks out eventually. Recovery is obstructed because breaking these habits is genuinely challenging.
Stress is reduced by redirecting our attention to the present through becoming more mindful. It is no small step to jump from harping on the past and fearing the future to enjoying and relishing the present moment. The exercises in the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness series have been created to help strengthen a successful mindfulness practice that succeeds in reducing stress levels as well as helping to reverse symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
As more and more people become homeless there will be fewer and fewer shelters and food kitchens which offer free assistance to the homeless. No pleading or prodding of elected officials will change citizen resistance to offer more subsidies and a greater availability of food for homeless people. The only assistance in the long run that will make a difference must come from the homeless themselves.
The most helpful gift anyone can offer to the homeless is to help shift their attitude from helplessness to hopefulness. I believe this is possible by shifting attitudes from "poor me" to "look at me." This is Not an easy shift to make given the dire Circumstances many homeless confront.
It is possible for anyone who is homeless today to shift their current habit of begging to a fresh approach as they ascend to becoming a successful entrepreneur.This book offers business strategies that can be launched today by the homeless which require no upfront money, no office, no business loans, no business plan and no profit and loss statements. Any one of these new businesses offer the promise of tripling the current income stream of homeless who currently rely on begging to keep themselves and their families alive.
Obviously, people who are homeless cannot purchase this book. You can. Instead of giving a beggar a handout, why not give them a copy of my book? Better yet, why not request that your library acquire it so that the homeless who hang out in your public library can read it.
Some people who are homeless are so sick that they do not have the energy to become an entrepreneur. Some do. Help them. They will in turn help others.
This book is not about promoting soup kitchens or arguing for more shelters. This book is not about creating a public policy that promises to solve the problem of homelessness.
From Homeless to Entrepreneur is all about empowering people who currently find themselves who no money and no home to create a new life for themselves that offers promise of a better life. The book contains the following sections:
Begging as a Business
Standard Practices in the Begging Business
Why People Refuse to Give to Beggars
Begging Yields Poor Returns
Why Not Become an Entrepreneur?
Don't Entrepreneurs Need Money and Resources to Start Their Business?
What is Stopping You from Becoming an Entrepreneur Today?
How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur
A Dime for the Punchline
Become a Statute that Moves Only When Paid
Smiles Make Me Happy
Sell Pet Rocks
Play a Musical Instrument
Are You So Depressed, Sick and Hungry that You Cannot Even Think Straight?
Are You Waiting to Land a Full Time Job?
The Best Time to Start a New Business is Right Now