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30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations. The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to approaching an understanding of reality and attaining enlightenment.1984 by George Orwell – 1984 still holds chief significance nearly 60 years after it was written in 1949.

13 Under-the-Radar Stock Photo Websites To Use When Creating Content If you create content or manage social channels for your company, chances are you use visuals, photos, and images to help make your assets stand out. However, many of us get into the habit of resorting back to Google Images, or feeling restricted by the licensing limits of certain photo subscriptions. Thanks to creators, photographers, designers, marketers, and artists around the globe, there are dozens of alternative options for stock photos, royalty-free images, and everything in-between. From free subscription services to extensive databases of photos, here are 15 websites to start using for your visual assets.

How do I love thee? Let me Instagram it In 2013, Lang Leav self-published a small debut poetry collection, Love & Misadventure, online. Two years later, she was meeting her fans on a book tour in the Philippines. “It was insane,” she says. “The organisers had to limit each signing to 500 people per session … and I was being escorted by armed guards.” Many queued for hours, some camping out overnight for a chance to meet her. Leav is one of a new generation of bestselling poets catapulted to celebrity – and coveted book deals – through the use of social media, and the huge followings they have built up.

4 Sites with LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck - StumbleUpon If you’re a fervent reader and nerd like I am, you’ve probably encountered quite a lot of writing online. However, most of them are either absolute garbage or entirely illegal. It’s hard to find good, legal reads online – unless you know where to look. There are several sites that offer classic out-of-copyright writing, or publishes new e-books online as promotions. If you know where to look, you can feast on these completely free Ebooks for all the time you’ve got, and today is the day we’ll show you where to look. Planet eBook

Sergey Brin Used Google Buzz To Write His NYT Op-Ed On Google Bo During the Q&A session today following the Google Buzz event, Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed something both humorous and interesting. When asked a question about practical uses for Google Buzz, Brin noted that he actually used the service to help him write his op-ed about Google Books that ran in the New York Times last year. Brin noted that he was having difficulty with the article because it’s just his one point of view. So he put out his draft on Google Buzz (which Google was testing out internally within the company at the time), and quickly got dozens of comments. Brin then used this feedback to edit his article. What’s interesting here beyond Brin crowd-sourcing the writing of his important article, is that they’re apparently using Google Buzz internally in much the way that Google Wave has been set up: As a realtime collaboration tool.

Browse Textbook Sets Textbook Sets combine offerings from all Scholars Resource contributors to provide the most complete digital image accompaniment to the core survey texts. All Textbook Set images were photographed directly in front of the work of art, under controlled lighting conditions, with original film produced in volume - creating a richness of images superior to those created from books or duplicate slides. These images (and their metadata) provide a searchable, high-quality teaching resource that is a must-have basis for any course. Textbook Superset

Moot aims to revolutionize online discussion technology Developers of the Moot online discussion technology are looking to improve Web conversation capabilities via tighter integration between sites and the application itself. Leveraging both client- and server-side JavaScript, Moot is deployed as a cloud service run by Moot, Inc. "You can install Moot forums by copy-pasting a few lines of HTML on your website, and that's it.

Japanese AI Writes Novel, Passes First Round for Literary Prize While many people in the world are worrying that robots will take over human jobs once artificial intelligence (AI) is fully developed, it’s a safe bet that no one put “author” at the top of the robot job list. Yet, now that a Japanese AI program has co-authored a short-form novel that passed the first round of screening for a national literary prize, it seems that no occupation is safe. The robot-written novel didn’t win the competition’s final prize, but who’s to say it won’t improve in its next attempt?

eBooks Why eBooks? English and Language Arts teachers have their students write in various genres – narrative, creative fiction, first person accounts, poetry, and more – as they investigate stories, characters, and history. However, student work is usually limited to the printed word, possibly enhanced by images and diagrams, and only seen by the author and evaluator. In 21st society the dominance of conventional, linear text of the last few centuries is eroding and quickly giving way to multimodal communication, with a screen-based, non-linear, and visual emphasis. With the advent of eBooks, students can not only read content electronically but produce interactive written work of their own, complete with images, audio and video, and interactive hyperlinks. Collaboration is more possible than with simple word processing, and student work can be shared with anyone via the Internet, allowing students to create content for classmates and others.

Tan Lin, plagiarism/outsource In plagiarism/outsource Tan Lin presents a massive accumulation of language and graphics from diverse sources, nearly all available from the Web, including commercial ads (i.e. Jackie Chan hawking green tea mix), information for theatre programs at the Museum of Modern Art, blog, RSS, Facebook, and MySpace news about and reactions to the 2008 death of Australian actor Heath Ledger, material pertaining to the Gutenberg Project’s online version of Samuel Pepys Diary, and bits of academic articles. There are corporate logos, pictures of the drug Ecstasy, and a great deal of print common to internet platforms (and not books of poetry). Lin’s eight students in an Asian-American Writer’s Workshop are listed on the back cover, presumably as co-authors, and index cards with their personal information are reproduced, along with a few other references to some of them. And yet. . . People don’t read text so much as look at it or download multiple reading formats for text.

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Design Better And Faster With Rapid Prototyping The old adage, “a picture speaks a thousand words” captures what user interface prototyping is all about: using visuals to describe thousands of words’ worth of design and development specifications that detail how a system should behave and look. In an iterative approach to user interface design, rapid prototyping is the process of quickly mocking up the future state of a system, be it a website or application, and validating it with a broader team of users, stakeholders, developers and designers. Doing this rapidly and iteratively generates feedback early and often in the process, improving the final design and reducing the need for changes during development. Prototypes range from rough paper sketches to interactive simulations that look and function like the final product. The keys to successful rapid prototyping are revising quickly based on feedback and using the appropriate prototyping approach. The Rapid Prototyping Process Link

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