War bows dominated battlefields across the world for centuries. In their various forms, they allowed trained archers to take down even well-armoured targets from great distances, and played a key role in some of the most famous battles in human history. The composite bow was a versatile and devastatingly effective weapon, on foot, from chariots and on horseback for over a thousand years, used by cultures as diverse as the Hittites, the Romans, the Mongols and the Ottoman Turks. The Middle Ages saw a clash between the iconic longbow and the more technologically sophisticated crossbow, most famously during the Hundred Years War, while in Japan, the samurai used the yumi to deadly effect, unleashing bursts of arrows from their galloping steeds. Historical weapons expert Mike Loades reveals the full history of these four iconic weapons that changed the nature of warfare. Complete with modern ballistics testing, action recreations of what it is like to fire each bow and a critical analysis of the technology and tactics associated with each bow, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in ancient arms.
After his last indiscretion, Bass sends Josh Ford to Texas. Let him be someone else´s headache for a while. The marshal there is an old friend and welcomes the badge-toting hellraiser with open arms and a whole wagon load of trouble.Then word comes that Bass is missing and Ford swears he´ll walk through the fires of Hell itself to find out what has happened to his father. In the end, he does just that. Shoulder to shoulder with a marshal called Willis and a fast gun named Laramie Davis.
Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil - an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load. So far so London. But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate. Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River? Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch´s series has swiftly added Grant´s magical London to Rebus´ Edinburgh and Morse´s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.
Luna I was born conjoined to my sister, Rose. The doctors told our parents that we would never survive. Our bodies were joined from our shoulder to our hip. We only had one kidney, one breast, one arm, and one leg each. The thing that really wigged out the doctors was we had only one vagina but two uteruses. Rose Well, since my sister, Luna, thinks our lives will turn around, she has signed us up for a dating TV show. The thing is a three-day getaway to find our perfect mate. She thinks if we do this, our lives will be complete, but I, on the other hand, I think it´s a load of crap. What man would want a freak like us? We have four men to choose from and lots of activities. Will we find a mate or end up alone forever together?
The Comprehensive, Proven Approach to IT ScalabilityUpdated with New Strategies, Technologies, and Case Studies In The Art of Scalability, Second Edition, leading scalability consultants Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher cover everything you need to know to smoothly scale products and services for any requirement. This extensively revised edition reflects new technologies, strategies, and lessons, as well as new case studies from the authors´ pioneering consulting practice, AKF Partners. Writing for technical and nontechnical decision-makers, Abbott and Fisher cover everything that impacts scalability, including architecture, process, people, organization, and technology. Their insights and recommendations reflect more than thirty years of experience at companies ranging from eBay to Visa, and Salesforce.com to Apple. You´ll find updated strategies for structuring organizations to maximize agility and scalability, as well as new insights into the cloud (IaaS/PaaS) transition, NoSQL, DevOps, business metrics, and more. Using this guide´s tools and advice, you can systematically clear away obstacles to scalabilityand achieve unprecedented IT and business performance. Coverage includes *; Why scalability problems start with organizations and people, not technology, and what to do about it *; Actionable lessons from real successes and failures *; Staffing, structuring, and leading the agile, scalable organization *; Scaling processes for hyper-growth environments *; Architecting scalability: proprietary models for clarifying needs and making choicesincluding 15 key success principles *; Emerging technologies and challenges: data cost, datacenter planning, cloud evolution, and customer-aligned monitoring *; Measuring availability, capacity, load, and performance
Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Juliette Chan had an unexpected birthday present: bowel cancer.Luckily, they caught it early, but once the treatment was over, the psychological side-effects surfaced.For many months, Juliette was adrift and felt lost. It seemed that everything in her life was up for review and she struggled to gain clarity about what to do next. There were many questions, such as: When will I feel normalagain? Why am I not as motivated as before? Will the cancer come back? Why am I mentally exhausted? It took her a while to realise that the cancer had caused a whole load of losses: loss of trust in her body, self-image as a fit and healthy person, energy, confidence, motivation, income and much more. And that?s when the penny dropped; she was grieving. Cancer not only involves coping with the physical disease and treatment ? it also means experiencing and dealing with hidden losses that will affect how you view and live your life. Every time you experience a loss, there is an emotional response: grief. Most people only associate grief with bereavement but it is in fact a natural reaction to any and all losses, including the hidden and intangible losses you face with cancer. Anyone who has or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends, will experience grief ? because life has changed. This can show up as anger, frustration, anxiety, ?depression?, fear, sadness, etc. If left unchecked or suppressed, grief will affect your mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn?t have to be like this; it is possible to take care of the emotional and mental impactof cancer and to live well. In her easy, relaxed style of writing, Juliette explains the emotional and mental impactof cancer and highlights the limitations of Mindfulness and positive thinking. She has also included a workbook with simple practical exercises that help to release the psychological side-effects and provide clarity. You can also read the candid stories of eight others who faced cancer: Robert describes his initial feelings of shock on diagnosis and how others helped him to cope, whereas Meena recounts going it alone. Petra shares how she continued to run throughout her treatment, and Susan talks movingly about the seemingly endless decision-making from diagnosis onwards. Mary, Tony and June recount their unique experiences of the same cancer. Then there?s Rhonda who reflects on how she now thinks a lot more about her purpose in life. The Cancer Roller Coasteris for anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether as a patient, relative or friend. Those living with cancer who are looking for greater peace of mind and clarity would also find it beneficial. Juliette Chan is a bereavement volunteer and Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist. She has helped hundreds of grievers and now focuses on supporting men and women through the emotional and mental impact of their cancer experience. She is the founder of Altered Dawn CIC, a UK-based not-for-profit company, and works with clients in the UK and worldwide.
Make the most of your infrastructure and serve pages faster than ever with Nginx.Key FeaturesDiscover possible interactions between Nginx and Apache to get the best of both worldsLearn to exploit the features offered by Nginx for your web applicationsGet your hands on the most updated version of Nginx (1.13.2) to support all your web administration requirementsBook DescriptionNginx is a lightweight HTTP server designed for high-traffic websites, with network scalability as the primary objective. With the advent of high-speed internet access, short loading times and fast transfer rates have become a necessity.This book is a detailed guide to setting up Nginx in ways that correspond to actual production situations: as a standalone server, as a reverse proxy, interacting with applications via FastCGI, and more. In addition, this complete direct reference will be indispensable at all stages of the configuration and maintenance processes. This book mainly targets the most recent version of Nginx (1.13.2) and focuses on all the new additions and improvements, such as support for HTTP/2, improved dynamic modules, security enhancements, and support for multiple SSL certificates. This book is the perfect companion for both Nginx beginners and experienced administrators. For beginners, it will take you through the complete process of setting up this lightweight HTTP server on your system and configuring its various modules so that it does exactly what you need quickly and securely. For more experienced administrators, this book provides different approaches that can help you make the most of your current infrastructure. Nginx can be employed in many situations, whether you are looking to construct an entirely new web-serving architecture or simply want to integrate an efficient tool to optimize your site loading speeds.What you will learn Download and install Nginx on your system Prepare a basic configuration and test your initial setup Discover the core functionality of the HTTP module Make the most of first- and third-party Nginx modules Set up Nginx to work with PHP, Python, and other applications Learn how to set up Nginx to work with Apache Fully replace Apache with Nginx Optimize your architecture with threads or load balancing Identify errors in configuration and learn basic troubleshooting techniques Consult the exhaustive directive and module index for referenceWho this book is forThis book is a perfect match to web administrators who are interested in solutions to optimize their infrastructure. Whether you are looking into replacing your existing web server software or integrating a new tool to cooperate with applications that are already up and running, this book is your ideal resource.
Five filthy stories about fertile employees getting knocked up after taking it rough and unprotected from their hot, dominant bosses. Enter a world where the dirtiest fantasies about your boss come true – he wants to fill you up with his seed and put a baby inside you... Because sometimes it´s a good thing to get a big ´work load´!
Anthony Lane on Con Air— ´´Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.” Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison County— ´´I got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboy´s Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.” Anthony Lane on Martha Stewart— ´´Super-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, and—damn it—the duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are ´fifty to sixty´ stuffed peas raring to go.” For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobody´s Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Lane´s trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book is filled with weird and amazing facts that you´ve never heard before. Read about the dinosaur that used camouflage, wonder at the penguins that ´propose´ to each other with rocks and tell your friends that the dodo was actually quite smart! Scientists found that cockatoos in Australia make their own drumsticks and their own music. Each bird plays it´s own different rhythm at its own different speed to attract a mate. Scientists in Tokyo have trained pigeons to distinguish between art style. They can tell the difference between works by Picasso and Monet. There are facts about sharks that listen to Death Metal, the amazing amount a hummingbird needs to eat, and strange creatures such as the ´ghost´ octopus. James Olstein beautifully illustrates these odd facts in a retro-inspired, quirky style. His designs aren´t meant to be taken literally, but you´ll laugh-out-load when you see a spider relaxing on a pool float and dinosaurs playing with a ball! Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn. Being a geek has never been so cool.