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The Online Books Page

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The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.


Major parts of the site include:

 

* An index of over one million online books freely readable on the Internet

 

* Pointers to significant directories and archives of online texts

 

* Special exhibits of particularly interesting classes of online books

* Information on how readers can help support the growth of online books

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HowStuffWorks "History of Portugal"

HowStuffWorks "History of Portugal" | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
The History of Portugal is an important aspect of European history. Learn more about the History of Portugal at HowStuffWorks.
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Blue Mitchell The Thing to Do (Full Album)

Blue Mitchell The Thing to Do 1964

 

1. Fungii Mama 7.49
2. Mona's Mood 5.18
3. The Thing to Do 7.08
4. Step Lightly 10.27
5. Chick's Tune 9.36

 

Blue Mitchell - trumpet
Junior Cook - tenor saxophone
Chick Corea - piano
Gene Taylor - bass
Al Foster - drums

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DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS

DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC, complete with sound, graphics, mouse, joystick, modem, etc., necessary for running many old MS-DOS games that simply cannot be run on modern PCs and operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and FreeBSD. However, it is not restricted to running only games. In theory, any MS-DOS or PC-DOS (referred to commonly as "DOS") application should run in DOSBox, but the emphasis has been on getting DOS games to run smoothly, which means that communication, networking and printer support are still in early development.

 

DOSBox also comes with its own DOS-like command prompt. It is still quite rudimentary and lacks many of the features found in MS-DOS, but it is sufficient for installing and running most DOS games.

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Most Important Law Protecting Internet Speech

Most Important Law Protecting Internet Speech | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

via : http://craigconnects.org/CDA230infographic

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The Accidental History of the @ Symbol

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Once a rarely used key on the typewriter, the graceful character has become the very symbol of modern electronic communication.

 

By William F. Allman

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See Kennedy Space Center in Street View – Google Maps

See Kennedy Space Center in Street View – Google Maps | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

more of 6000 Street View photos of Kennedy Space Center

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J.K. Rowling writes 'Casual Vacancy' for adults

J.K. Rowling writes 'Casual Vacancy' for adults | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, J.K. Rowling set children's imaginations on fire. Can the creator of Harry Potter ignite a similar conflagration for a grown-up audience?
 

The British author will find out on Sept. 27, when more than 2 million hardcover copies of her first novel for adults hit U.S. bookstores, along with the digital edition. It will be simultaneously released in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.
 

Set in the little English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy (Little, Brown, $35) revolves around an election held after a member of the parish council unexpectedly dies. Despite the Miss Marple terrain, press materials describe the novel as "blackly comic … Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war."

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Nikon | News | Digital Compact Camera Nikon COOLPIX S6400/S800c/S01

Nikon | News | Digital Compact Camera Nikon COOLPIX S6400/S800c/S01 | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Three new COOLPIX S-series cameras that propose new possibilities for digital cameras–a Wi-Fi® compatible model equipped with Android™ OS, an extremely compact model that fits in the palm of the hand, and a slim, high-power zoom model operated via a built-in touch panel

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glorieux printemps

glorieux printemps | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Émilie n’a d’yeux que pour la nuque de Raphaël, mais c’est plutôt l’excentrique Antoine qui la suit partout. Pendant ce temps, Micheline est folle des beaux mollets de son âme sœur, et Mathieu observe de très loin la trop parfaite Andréanne. Bref, vous voyez le genre.

 

Auteur: Sophie Bédard

 

Sophie Bédard a 21 ans. Elle a gradué en Graphisme au Cégep du Vieux-Montréal en 2011. Depuis, elle passe ses journées à écrire des histoires qui parlent d’adolescents hystériques.

 

Elle vit à Montréal, mange peu et dort beaucoup.
 

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Humans' Role In Antarctic Ice Melt Is Unclear : NPR

Humans' Role In Antarctic Ice Melt Is Unclear : NPR | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island disintegrated and melted in the waters off Antarctica. Two other massive ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula had suffered similar fates a few years before.
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Wi-Fi Donkey Brings New Tech to an Old World | Techland | TIME.com

Wi-Fi Donkey Brings New Tech to an Old World | Techland | TIME.com | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Have you been called an ass recently for spending too much time on the Internet during a summer vacation?
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Do Yourself a Favor and Watch Stress: Portrait of a Killer (with Stanford Biologist Robert Sapolsky)

Intelligence comes at a price. The human species, despite its talent for solving problems, has managed over the millenia to turn one of its most basic survival mechanisms–the stress response–against itself. “Essentially,” says Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, “we’ve evolved to be smart enough to make ourselves sick.”

 

In the 2008 National Geographic documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer (above), Sapolsky and fellow scientists explain the deadly consequences of prolonged stress. “If you’re a normal mammal,” Sapolsky says, “what stress is about is three minutes of screaming terror on the savannah, after which either it’s over with or you’re over with.” During those three minutes of terror, the body deploys stress hormones that stimulate the heart rate and blood pressure while inhibiting other functions, like digestion, growth and reproduction.

 

The problem is, human beings tend to secrete these hormones constantly in response to the pressures of everyday life. “If you turn on the stress response chronically for purely psychological reasons,” Sapolsky told Mark Shwartz in a 2007 interview for the Stanford News Service, “you increase your risk of adult onset diabetes and high blood pressure. If you’re chronically shutting down the digestive system, there’s a bunch of gastrointestinal disorders you’re more at risk for as well.”

 

Chronic stress has also been shown in scientific studies to diminish brain cells needed for memory and learning, and to adversely affect the way fat is distributed in the body. It has even been shown to measurably accelerate the aging process in chromosomes, a result that confirms our intuitive sense that people who live stressful lives grow old faster.

 

By studying baboon populations in East Africa, Sapolsky has found that individuals lower down in the social hierarchy suffer more stress, and consequently more stress-related health problems, than dominant individuals. The same trend in human populations was discovered in the British Whitehall Study. People with more control in work environments have lower stress, and better health, than subordinates.

 

Stress: Portrait of a Killer is a fascinating and important documentary–well worth the 52 minutes it takes to watch.

 

by Mike Springer 

 

via ☛ Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web ✎ http://www.openculture.com/

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EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it

EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

 

Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming.

 

First hand accounts, illustrated with vintage photos, original radio broadcasts.

 

 

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English Scholar

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EnglishScholar.com is intended to serve English scholars and students.

 

It is primarily a portal to other locations on the web. 

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Web Lab

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Web Lab. A series of interactive Chrome Experiments made by Google. See the magic of the web brought to life. Open to the world online. Live from the Science Museum, London.

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Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci online › Welcome to Universal Leonardo

Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci online › Welcome to Universal Leonardo | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Universal Leonardo is an exciting and innovative project aimed at deepening our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci through a series of international exhibitions linked together to illustrate the unity and diversity of the work of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

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A PR disaster: Five views on Pussy Riot's war

A PR disaster: Five views on Pussy Riot's war | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

"Russia's prosecution of the feminist, anti-Putin punk group is much more complex than portrayed by Western media."

"The reality is that all democratic societies have to make compromises between the right to free speech and the maintenance of civility and good order." 

 

"So what makes Pussy Riot so special in the attention they got? Ultimately, I think it boils down to them being telegenic, weird, having a cool name, and, most critically, anti-Putin."

by Anatoly Karlin 


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Pet ownership disputes can be as messy as child custody cases

Pet ownership disputes can be as messy as child custody cases | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

She first spotted the dog toddling down a rural highway in Northern California. He was small, maybe 25 pounds, and looked out of sorts.
 

The address on his collar was a post office box. She called the phone number listed. Disconnected.
 

Who was the dog's owner?

 

Answering that would prove more troublesome than anyone imagined.

 

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times 

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Julian Assange and a diplomatic debacle

Julian Assange and a diplomatic debacle | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Thus, you don’t have to agree with Assange to think he is getting a raw deal. The possibility of him ending up on death row in some U.S. prison for his WikiLeaks revelations is real. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, whatever his motives, is standing up for what many consider to be a good cause. Latin America is standing behind Correa on the principle of diplomatic immunity. And British diplomacy, whose professionalism and savoir faire is (was?) legendary, has managed to antagonize much of the western hemisphere in a single demarche.

 

by Jorge Heine

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Hard to escape in a world of Facebook, iPhones, Wi-Fi and Skype

Hard to escape in a world of Facebook, iPhones, Wi-Fi and Skype | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
In our connected world, you can’t hide unless you run.

 

By David Horsey

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They're town criers in the age of Twitter

They're town criers in the age of Twitter | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
A growing group of L.A.-area residents share a passion for listening to police scanners and spreading that news online, in real time, via Twitter. 'It's like theater,' one says.
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NewsPoet: Tess Taylor Writes The Day In Verse : NPR

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Tess Taylor. Want to write your own poem about the day's news?
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John Coltrane Black Pearls (Full Album)

John Coltrane Black Pearls 1958
 

1. Black Pearls 13.13
2. Lover, Come Back to Me 7.27
3. Sweet Sapphire Blues 18.13
 

John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Red Garland - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Art Taylor - drums


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To Sketch, to Draw, to Create, With No Pencil in Sight

To Sketch, to Draw, to Create, With No Pencil in Sight | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Put away the sketchbook and pencil. Sketching has gone digital, and several apps make it easy.
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