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Unstable Prototypes

By Joseph R. Lallo
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  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 1466191341
  • Pages : 325
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 528
  • File Pdf: unstable-prototypes.pdf

Book Summary:

Following his last adventure, Trevor "Lex" Alexander's life has managed to return to normal. He's back to splitting his time between delivering packages and transporting passengers, along with the occasional foray into testing highly experimental equipment. He's even gotten back together with his girlfriend Michella Modane, who has been launched to stardom by her coverage of the Bypass Gemini incident. Yes, things are going quite well for Lex. But in his life, luck like this never lasts long. Sure enough, while he is preparing for a rare visit from Michella, he receives word that the reclusive inventor Karter Dee has been kidnapped. The eccentric and slightly deranged inventor's checkered past has made getting the authorities involved out of the question. That has left "Ma", the AI in charge of cooking his meals and reining in his insanity, with few options. She has reached out to Lex as one of the few people she can trust, and needs him to help assemble a team of Karter's former allies to take him back before his latest contraptions can be put to work terrorizing the populace at the hands of his captors.

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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn : 1402098278
  • Pages : 324
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 172
  • File Pdf: technology-enhanced-learning.pdf

Book Summary:

Technology-enhanced learning is a timely topic, the importance of which is recognized by educational researchers, practitioners, software designers, and policy makers. This volume presents and discusses current trends and issues in technology-enhanced learning from a European research and development perspective. This multifaceted and multidisciplinary topic is considered from four different viewpoints, each of which constitutes a separate section in the book. The sections include general as well as domain-specific principles of learning that have been found to play a significant role in technology-enhanced environments, ways to shape the environment to optimize learners’ interactions and learning, and specific technologies used by the environment to empower learners. An additional section discusses the work presented in the preceding sections from a computer science perspective and an implementation perspective. This book comes out of the work in Kaleidoscope: a European Network of Excellence in which over 1,000 people from more than 90 institutes across Europe participate. Kaleidoscope brings together researchers from diverse disciplines and cultures, through their collaboration and sharing of scientific outcomes, they are helping move the field of technology-enhanced learning forward.

The D'Karon Apprentice

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 131198111X
  • Pages : 267
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 920
  • File Pdf: the-d-karon-apprentice.pdf

Book Summary:

The D’Karon Apprentice is the long awaited sequel to the acclaimed epic fantasy, The Book of Deacon Trilogy. It is a direct follow up to The Battle of Verril. It has been months since the Chosen finally defeated the D’Karon and the Perpetual War came to an end. Once warriors, Myranda, Deacon, Ivy, and Ether must now take on the role of diplomats in the ongoing task of preserving the unsteady peace between the lands of Tressor and the Northern Alliance. Generations of war have left a deep distrust between the people on both sides of the border, and any sign of treachery or hostility could cause a new war to flare. If that happens, the weakened Northern Alliance will have little hope to survive against the military might of their neighbor to the south. A mysterious figure, long slumbering and forgotten, has stirred in the wake of the Chosen triumph. She is not pleased to find the D’Karon no longer answer her calls, and she sets out to find them once more. This woman, a powerful necromancer with deep knowledge of D’Karon magic and little concern for the world and its people, spreads chaos wherever she goes. Her bloody swath through the southern lands is just the spark the volatile world needs to take to flame once more. To keep their lands from descending back into a war that will claim the lives of untold thousands, Myranda, Deacon, and Myn must venture into the heart of Tressor. Escorted by a Dragon Rider named Grustim and surrounded by fear and distrust, the road ahead will not be difficult, but the chosen have fought too hard and lost too much to lose it all to this dark apprentice…

Top Level Player

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 1005873240
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 884
  • File Pdf: top-level-player.pdf

Book Summary:

The bad news? You died. The good news? You have an extra life! After a terminal diagnosis, Jazz had nothing to lose in testing a prototype brain scanner, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Now she’s locked in a digital afterlife called The After-Image. How did she end up in this chaotic post-life roleplaying game? Is there a way out? She’ll have to find some friends and gain some levels, but one way or another Jazz is determined to get to the bottom of things. Top Level Player is a pop-culture nostalgia-fest by Joseph R. Lallo, combining the wit of Free-Wrench and Big Sigma with deep pull references from the 80s and 90s.

Structophis

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 1370040393
  • Pages : 159
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 694
  • File Pdf: structophis.pdf

Book Summary:

Structophis is a heartwarming YA adventure from the author of The Book of Deacon, Bypass Gemini, and Free-Wrench. It is based upon a concept and artwork by ProjectENDO. In a small town in Colorado, Markus Spiros was just getting his life on track. By day he worked as a veterinary tech, by night he took classes. His steady little routine was rolling along nicely when his impulsive Uncle Dimitrios threw a wrench in the works. Thanks to an unannounced trip, Markus had to swing by his uncle’s bistro to tend to the ‘special oven.’ When he arrived, he discovered it wasn’t the oven that was special, it was the rare and exotic egg that had been incubating inside it. And now it had hatched. Suddenly, Markus found his life had become a good deal more complicated. The creature was a Structophis Gastrignae—a strange creature that was equal parts dragon and oven—and she’d become quite a big girl. Large as a refrigerator and curious as a toddler, the creature he’d dubbed Blodgette would have been a handful in any situation. Markus had bigger problems than figuring out how to take care of her, though. Owning such a rare and special beast was illegal, so should the cops learn of it, Markus would be destined for jail. Worse, there were certain unscrupulous people who would do anything to acquire Blodgette. Now, with the help of his old classmate Gale, Markus must scramble to stay two steps ahead of the authorities and a corrupt CEO, all while being the best ‘mommy’ he can be to his brand-new pizza dragon.

Bypass Gemini

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 1458091066
  • Pages : 149
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 906
  • File Pdf: bypass-gemini.pdf

Book Summary:

In a distant future, Trevor "Lex" Alexander was shaping up to be the next great race pilot until a fixed race got him banned from the sport. Reduced to making freelance deliveries, he thinks his life can't get any worse. That's when a package manages to get him mixed up with mobsters, a megacorp, and a mad scientist. Now his life depends on learning what their plans are, and how he can stop them.

The Coin of Kenvard

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph Lallo
  • Isbn : 0463122429
  • Pages : 189
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 278
  • File Pdf: the-coin-of-kenvard.pdf

Book Summary:

In the wake of the Perpetual War, the world cannot afford for history to repeat itself. Myranda and Deacon have helped to guide their world out of the clutches of the D’Karon. But victory has come at a price. Deacon’s mysterious affliction is becoming more than he can handle. Will he be forced to choose between his own life and finding the source of the anomalies that threaten his home? The Coin of Kenvard is the sixth full-length novel in the Book of Deacon Saga, and marks the end of the Perpetual War Era for the series.

Indra Station

By Joseph R. Lallo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Joseph R. Lallo
  • Isbn : 0463325516
  • Pages : 226
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 273
  • File Pdf: indra-station.pdf

Book Summary:

What would you risk to do what you were born to do? Since college, Lex Alexander has had two loves. Hoversled racing, and Michella Modane. Everything from mega-corporations to robot rampages have threatened to keep them apart. Now, at long last, Lex may finally get a chance to race again. Just one thing stands in his way: Michella herself. The people behind the league have a history in organized crime. Lex believes they’ve gone legit. Michella isn’t buying it. He’s desperate to get back on the track. She’s determined to find what the league is hiding. This second chance may be their last.

Achieve Lasting Process Improvement

By Bennet Lientz,Kathryn Rea
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1136431330
  • Pages : 281
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 354
  • File Pdf: achieve-lasting-process-improvement.pdf

Book Summary:

Methods of improving business processes are developed on an ongoing basis, but few are successful. Common problems encountered include the failure of processes to meet expectations and the inability to sustain or replicate these business processes. Involvement of personnel at grassroots level, as well as at management level, is essential in implementing effective process improvement methods. The authors present a step-by-step approach to the issue of effective process improvement, offering more than 200 tips and guidelines as well as addressing specific common problems and issues. The strategy presented is to take a broad and intuitive, but learned view of process improvement methods, and the tactics expounded are based on guidelines, common faults, and lessons learned. The authors disparage process improvement operations that depend on jargon and the support of just upper management, and promote grassroots involvement and self-sustaining measurement, making this an essential guide for all with involvement in process improvement.