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Music Similarity and Retrieval: An Introduction to Audio- and Web-based Strategies (The Information Retrieval Series)
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ean: 9783662497203, isbn: 3662497204,
4.9 out of 5 stars with 136 reviews
This book provides a summary of the manifold audio- and web-based approaches to music information retrieval (MIR) research. In contrast to other books dealing solely with music signal processing, it addresses additional cultural and listener-centric aspects and thus provides a more holistic view. Consequently, the text includes methods operating on features extracted directly from the audio signal, as well as methods operating on features extracted from contextual information, either the
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
4.2 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews
In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. More than 40 years and $37 billion later, Star Wars-related products outnumber human beings, a stormtrooper army spans the globe, and ''Jediism'' has become a religion in its own right. Lucas's creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet until now the complete history of
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.2 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
Swine flu. Bird flu. Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases. Massive fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. Recalls of meats, vegetables, and fruits because of deadly E. coli bacterial contamination.
Recent public-health crises raise urgent questions about how our animal-derived food is raised and brought to market. In Animal Factory, best-selling author and investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
4.7 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
In Plutopia, Kate Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington, and Ozersk, Russia - the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium.
To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias - communities of nuclear families living in highly subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society
Presto!: How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
4.2 out of 5 stars with 130 reviews
An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality. Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary.
Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to
Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Learn How to Overcome Your Nervousness About Public Speaking (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
By Brand: Cengage Learning
mpn: illustrations, ean: 9780534636180, isbn: 0534636187,
4.4 out of 5 stars with 96 reviews
CONQUER YOUR SPEECH ANXIETY provides students with a resource to help them understand their speech anxiety and develop a plan to overcome their fear of public speaking. By focusing on and applying the most recent communication anxiety research, this resource incorporates the finding that a combination of various techniques results in the greatest reduction of anxiety. The accompanying student CD-ROM contains audio relaxation exercises and techniques to help students conquer their anxiety.Used
Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.7 out of 5 stars with 137 reviews
Sasha Martin set herself a rather ambitious goal: to cook - and eat - her way around the world, with 196 recipes from 196 countries in 196 weeks. Enter Global Table Adventure, a project that proves to be more than just a culinary challenge as Sasha attempts to navigate the vicissitudes of marriage, motherhood, and life's failures and successes, all inextricably linked to her troubled past.
For Sasha food and cooking unlock the memories of a difficult childhood and the loss and heartbreak that
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film
4.4 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews
Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines - the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films - that have powered them. Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse.
Candid, penetrating and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in
Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
4.7 out of 5 stars with 138 reviews
After billions of dollars and 50 years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities.
Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure - but, as Kaplan warns, the