The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country’s libraries–including the Library of Congress–have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and quality of the original paper and illustrations, and deteriorate with age. With meticulous detective work and Baker’s well-known explanatory power, Double Fold reveals a secret history of microfilm lobbyists, former CIA agents, and warehouses where priceless archives are destroyed with a machine called a guillotine. Baker argues passionately for preservation, even cashing in his own retirement account to save one important archive–all twenty tons of it. Written the brilliant narrative style that Nicholson Baker fans have come to expect, Double Fold is a persuasive and often devastating book that may turn out to be The Jungle of the American library system.
Although its underlying concept is a relatively simple one—the measurement of the human body and its parts—anthropometry employs a myriad of methods and instruments, and is useful for a variety of purposes, from understanding the impact of disease on individuals to tracking changes in populations over time. The first interdisciplinary reference on the subject, the Handbook of Anthropometry brings this wide-ranging field together: basic theory and highly specialized topics in normal and abnormal anthropometry in terms of health, disease prevention, and intervention. Over 140 self-contained chapters cover up-to-date indices, the latest studies on computerized methods, shape-capturing systems, and bioelectrical impedance, data concerning single tissues and whole-body variables, and reports from different areas of the world. Chapters feature helpful charts and illustrations, cross-references to related chapters are included, and key points are presented in bullet form for ease of comprehension. Together, the Handbook’s thirteen sections entail all major aspects of anthropometrical practice and research, including: · Tools and techniques. · Developmental stages, from fetus to elder. · Genetic diseases, metabolic diseases, and cancer. · Exercise and nutrition. · Ethnic, cultural, and geographic populations. · Special conditions and circumstances. The Handbook of Anthropometry is an invaluable addition to the reference libraries of a broad spectrum of health professionals, among them health scientists, physicians, physiologists, nutritionists, dieticians, nurses, public health researchers, epidemiologists, exercise physiologists, and physical therapists. It is also useful to college-level students and faculty in the health disciplines, as well as to policymakers and ergonomists.
The Art Of Laundry Work Practically Demonstrated' covers every conceivable element of the laundering process: washing, wringing, mangling, "blueing", ironing, starching, folding, and the methods of cleaning every type of garment from a boy’s sailor suit to muslin chemise and toilet covers... The author on ironing: "When ironing lift the iron as little as possible, and do not thump it down. Ironing should not be a noisy proceeding. Iron quietly, and at the same time press well... Handle the things so as not to crush the parts that have been ironed. There is quite an art in the way clothes are lifted and moved about." Laundering a gentleman’s silk tie: “If these have a lining in them, take a needle and thread and tack right down the centre to prevent the lining curling up inside, then wash then in the same way as other silks. Before ironing them, stretch well until the lining lies straight inside, then gently draw out the tacking thread. Ironing over the thread would leave marks on the silk”
This groundbreaking resource offers a comprehensive overview of cutting-edge video-based eye monitoring algorithms, as well as human factor algorithms and experiments. Helping to apply the skills in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction (IHMI), this practical reference shows how the core low-level building blocks are implemented and how they are linked with human factor algorithms and human-machine interfaces (HMI) in smart vehicles, sensitive environments and medical facilities.