Tic-Tac-Toe Insanity

A Book of Games

Author: Joshua Page




Page: 44

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TIC-TAC-TOE, the childhood classic, comes live in this book of games. Explore new variations, attempt new puzzles with your friends, or jot notes in the margins about good times you've shared with those you love the most.

Wow! This is Insane!

Author: Bobby Alvarez

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 480

The captain asked, “Why are there eight spacecraft approaching my castle with apparently evil intentions?” How to sum up my crazy life in a few sentences? Okay, here goes: “Those are probably Mobster spacecraft looking to both kill me, since I have a list of their names and crimes on my contact lens, and to retrieve the time-travel arm bands that I just dumped in your trash scow. Sorry about dropping this mess in your lap, but they’ve already killed my girlfriend and kidnapped my family, and I know they absolutely will not stop, ever, until I am dead. So, I figured if I got the bands into the sun, at least I could die knowing I had done something good with my last great act of defiance.” I took a deep breath and waited for the tongue-lashing that I knew was coming...

The ARML Power Contest

Author: Thomas Kilkelly

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.


Category: Mathematics

Page: 376

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The ARML (American Regions Math League) Power Contest is truly a unique competition in which a team of students is judged on its ability to discover a pattern, express the pattern in precise mathematical language, and provide a logical proof of its conjectures. Just as a team of students can be self-directed to solve each problem set, a teacher, math team coach, or math circle leader could take these ideas and questions and lead students into problem solving and mathematical discovery. This book contains thirty-seven interesting and engaging problem sets from the ARML Power Contests from 1994 to 2013. They are generally extensions of the high school mathematics classroom and often connect two remote areas of mathematics. Additionally, they provide meaningful problem situations for both the novice and the veteran mathlete. Thomas Kilkelly has been a mathematics teacher for forty-three years. During that time he has been awarded several teaching honors and has coached many math teams to state and national championships. He has always been an advocate for more discovery, integration, and problem solving in the mathematics classroom. In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession. Titles in this series are co-published with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).

Insane Clown President

Dispatches from the American Circus

Author: Matt Taibbi

Publisher: Random House


Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 649

One of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism - Independent Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power - Bernie Sanders Matt Taibbi is the best polemic journalist in America - Felix Salmon NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from now, when we're all living like prehistory hominids and hunting rats with sticks, we'll probably look back at this moment as the beginning of the end." In this groundbreaking battery of dispatches from the heartland of America, Matt Taibbi tells the full story of the Trump phenomenon, from its tragi-comic beginnings to the apocalyptic election. Full of sharp, on-the-ground reporting and gallows humour, his incisive analysis goes beyond the bizarre and disturbing election to tell a wider story of the apparent collapse of American democracy. Taibbi saw the essential themes right from the start: the power of spectacle over truth; the end of a shared reality on the left and right; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism. From the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the aimless Hillary Clinton campaign, across the flailing media coverage and the trampled legacy of Obama, this is the story of ordinary voters forced to bear witness to the whole charade. At the centre of it all, "a bumbling train wreck of a candidate who belched and preened his way past a historically weak field" who, improbably, has taken control of the world's most powerful nation. This is essential and hilarious reading that explores how the new America understands itself, and about the future of the world just beyond the horizon.

Being Insane

A Voice Listener’s Story

Author: Eddie Blacklock

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 154

This narrative documents the life of a young man (Samuel Coates) as he is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and admitted involuntarily under the Mental Health Act into a fictitious public hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. While on the mental health unit, the naive young Samuel befriends Theo Walker, a street-savvy young man with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. Theo takes Samuel under his wing and tries to teach him how to manipulate the system to his advantage. Because of his schizophrenia diagnosis, Samuel often misinterprets the world around him, and he falls under the charismatic charm of Theo and later one of his young female associates, which has dramatic consequences for Samuel. Trying to control these developments are the nurses and doctors on the mental health unit and the real-life dilemmas that mental health professionals have to manage on a daily basis. The narrative is used as a backdrop to raise awareness of the plight of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and the limited resources that contemporary mental health services have to manage them effectively.


Author: Avan Jesia

Publisher: Penguin UK


Category: Fiction

Page: 152

View: 334

An ancient throne reveals forgotten tales of the bravest and noblest of kings—Vikramaditya When Upa’s father gets kidnapped from the tiny village where he was working, Upa and her mother move to her great-grandmother’s house in a small town, to recover from the shock. There the dejected and worried mother and daughter are befriended by an odd-looking stranger who insists on telling them stories of King Vikramaditya and his long-lost throne. Centuries after Vikramaditya’s death, King Bhoja unearthed his magnificent throne and decided to make it his own. But each time he set foot on it, a statue carved on its side came alive and told him a story of Vikramaditya’s kindness. The statues warned Bhoja that he should sit on the throne only if he could match Vikramaditya in his deeds, and each time Bhoja came away humbled. For whether he was diving to the bottom of the seas to discover fantastic jewels, or deflecting the planet Saturn from its path in order to save his kingdom, or simply trying to help a miserable cow fallen into a ditch, there was never one to match Vikramaditya in courage and generosity. As Upa and her mother listen to these magical stories they begin to see the goodness in the people around them and recognize the relevance of the tales of King Vikramaditya in their lives today. Thought-provoking and always entertaining, Poile Sengupta’s retelling of these ancient stories makes them come alive like never before.

Abnormal Psychology

The Science and Treatment of Psychological Disorders, DSM-5-TR Update

Author: Ann M. Kring

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: Psychology

Page: 624

View: 816

"The focus of this book has always been on the balancing and blending of research and clinical application and on the effort to involve the learner in the problem solving engaged in by clinicians and scientists. We continue to emphasize an integrated approach, showing how psychopathology is best understood by considering multiple perspectives and how these varying perspectives can provide us with the clearest accounting of the causes of these disorders as well as the best possible treatments. With the DSM-5-TR update of the fifteenth edition, we have once again emphasized the recent and comprehensive research coverage that has been the hallmark of the book. Of equal importance, however, we have worked to make the prose ever more accessible to a variety of students"--

Something Missing

A Novel

Author: Matthew Dicks

Publisher: Crown


Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 686

"The story of an obsessive-compulsive housebreaker whose every waking moment is jam-packed with finicky clockwork ritual--the kind of intense micro-planning that might have made even Napoleon back off...Matthew Dicks has created an unforgettable character that will have you torn between wanting to throttle him--or adopt him." --Alan Bradley, author of the New York Times bestselling Flavia de Luce novels A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best. After all, he’s been able to steal from the same people for years on end—virtually undetected. Of course, this could also be because of his unique business model—taking only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner. After all, who would notice a missing roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Even though he's never met these homeowners, spending hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals, he feels like he knows them. So Martin decides to meddle more in their lives—playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel—even though it means breaking many of his neurotic rules. In this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, Martin comes to realize that life is much better lived on the edge (at least some of the time).

Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust

How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives

Author: Haim Shapira

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers


Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 664

This book provides many humorous anecdotes and insightful examples of how our daily lives are affected by Game Theory. Game Theory is the mathematical formalisation of interactive decision-making - it assumes that each player's goal is to maximise his/her benefit, whatever it may be. Players may be friends, foes, political parties, states, or any entity that behaves interactively, whether collectively or individually. One of the problems with game analysis is the fact that, as a player, it s very hard to know what would benefit each of the other players; some of us are not even clear about our own goals or what might actually benefit us.

Pinking Shears

Book 7 of the Instruments of Death Series

Author: Paul Dale Anderson

Publisher: Crossroad Press


Category: Fiction


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Pinking Shears is the novel everyone has been waiting to read. Not only does Pinking Shears link Paul Dale Anderson’s classic Claw Hammer with the more recent Pickaxe, it introduces readers to rookie detectives Troy Nolan, Bill Bowers, Rich Pearson, and Betty Brooks. Homicide Lieutenant Carl Erickson and Deputy Coroner Dr. Marsha Wade are working the case in this exciting addition to the Instruments of Death series of police procedurals. Brooks goes undercover as a streetwalking prostitute to find a vicious serial killer, Nolan looks for a missing boy, and Carl becomes jealous when a handsome new doctor dates Marsha. Can a cop do his duty and have a personal life, too? How important is family and what constitutes a normal family in this day and age of shifting gender roles, rampant divorce rates, and neglected children?