Serious Business

The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story

Author: Stefan Kanfer

Publisher: Scribner Book Company


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 8227

Traces the history of animated films from the silent era to the present, and describes how they reflected and influenced contemporary society, sometimes by adopting and spreading racial and other stereotypes

The Serious Business of Small Talk

Becoming Fluent, Comfortable, and Charming

Author: Carol Fleming

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1523094079

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

View: 5756

The Serious Business of Small Talk Becoming Fluent, Comfortable, and Charming You walk into a room full of strangers and you immediately freeze—wait, no you don't. Instead, you start some light, easy banter with the group of people closest to you. Then you move on to another group. At the end of the meeting or the conference or the party, you leave with a whole new set of connections. It's not an impossible dream. No communication skill is more important in the world than small talk, says communication coach Carol Fleming. It's how you negotiate the beginning of all relationships. What is more, Fleming reveals, contrary to what most people say, they actually love small talk. Very few of us don't enjoy chewing the fat, shooting the breeze, or otherwise catching up with loved ones and old friends. That's small talk! It's just the one little bit about strangers that throws people off. Small talk with strangers is a skill, one Fleming has taught to scores of avowed wallflowers. She covers the inner and outer aspects—from the right attitude to how to dress, move around, and introduce yourself. Most importantly, she lays out a series of simple, memorable conversational strategies that make it easy to go from “Nice weather we're having” to a genuine, rewarding give-and-take. Carol Fleming won't tell you what to say. Believe it or not, you've already got what you need inside you. She merely provides the keys to unlock it.

A Damned Serious Business

Author: Gerald Seymour

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473663504

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8101

'The novel is an absorbing briefing on cyberwarfare as well as a masterclass in characterisation' SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the Month There is a new cold war raging and its frontline warriors are Russian hackers - gang-members working freelance for the FSB, successor to the KGB. Massive thefts of personal information, electoral interference, catastrophic disruption of commercial and social services, banks, airlines, even whole countries disabled - this is happening now. Nicknamed 'Boot' because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back - not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust. Now Boot and his little team need a 'deniable' handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope. From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva things do not go to plan and when the hacker's sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible. The scene is set for a classic story of pursuit and evasion and an epic battle for survival.

The Serious Business of Worship

Essays in Honour of Bryan D. Spinks

Author: Melanie Ross,Simon Jones

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567006093

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 3319

The study of liturgy has received criticism from scholars and practitioners alike: the academic discipline of liturgiology has been compared to the hobby of stamp collection, and proponents for liturgical renewal argue that worship must be made more accessible and relevant. Bryan Spinks has been an important moderating voice in this discussion, reminding both academic and ecclesial communities that Christ is made known in the liturgical riches of the past as well as in contemporary forms of the present. Inspired by Spinks' work, this volume brings together biblical, historical, and theological scholars to discuss the theme of continuity and change in worship. Its historical range begins with the early church, extends through the Reformation, and concludes with a discussion of issues facing contemporary liturgical reform. In recognition of the fact that Professor Spinks' work has been widely influential in both Europe and the United States, the editors have solicited liturgical perspectives from scholars with international reputations on sides of the Atlantic.

Death Is a Serious Business

Author: Harold Quant


ISBN: 0578008289

Category: Self-Help

Page: 52

View: 9766

After reading "Death is a Serious Business" you will learn a little more about death and a lot more about life...

Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business

An EVE Online Reader

Author: Marcus Carter,Kelly Bergstrom,Darryl Woodford

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452950296

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 7797

EVE Online is a socially complex, science-fiction-themed universe simulation and massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) first released in 2003. Notorious for its colossal battles and ruthless player culture, it has hundreds of thousands of players today. In this fascinating book, scholars, players, and EVE’s developer (CCP Games) examine the intricate world of EVEOnline--providing authentic accounts of lived experience within a game with more than a decade of history and millions of “real” dollars behind it. Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business features contributions from outstanding EVE Online players, such as The Mittani, an infamous member of the game’s community, as well as academics from around the globe. They cover a wide range of subjects: the game’s technicalities and its difficulty; its projection of humanity’s future in space; the configuration of its unique, single-server game world; the global nature of warfare in its “nullsec” territory (and how EVE players have formed a global concept of time); stereotypes of Russian players; espionage play; in-game memorials to Vile Rat (aka U.S. State Department official Sean Smith, murdered in the 2012 Benghazi attack); its gendered playing experience; and CCP Games’ relationship with players; and its history and legacy. Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business is a must for EVE Online players interested in a broad perspective on their all-consuming game. It is also accessible to scholars, game designers seeking to understand and replicate the successful aspects unique to EVE Online, and even those who have never played this notoriously complex game. Contributors: William Sims Bainbridge, National Science Foundation; Chribba; Jedrzej Czarnota; Kjartan Pierre Emilsson; Dan Erdman; Rebecca Fraimow; Martin R. Gibbs, U of Melbourne; Catherine Goodfellow; Kathryn Gronsbell; Keith Harrison; Kristin MacDonough; Mantou (Zhang Yuzhou); Oskar Milik; The Mittani (Alexander Gianturco); Joji Mori; Richard Page; Christopher Paul, Seattle U; Erica Titkemeyer, U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nick Webber, Birmingham City U.

Isn't This Fun?

Investigating the Serious Business of Enjoying Ourselves

Author: Michael Foley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471154831

Category: Philosophy

Page: 400

View: 9593

Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn't appear to be experiencing as much 'fun' as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. He investigates pursuits such as dancing, sex, holidays, sport, gaming, and comedy, and concludes that fun is not easy, simple and fixed, as many seem to believe, but elusive, complex and constantly changing. In fact, fun is a profoundly serious business, a range of new group rituals evolving in response to cultural developments, often motivated as much by spirituality as hedonism. Also, while fun is a modern phenomenon it turns out to have recreated many of the elements of early ritual. His findings will invigorate you with insights, make you laugh at life, and quite possibly help you to understand why the post-post-modern is actually the pre-pre-modern.

The Serious Business of Growing Up

A Study of Children's Lives Outside School

Author: Elliott A. Medrich

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520042964

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

View: 4183

Analyzes children's out-of-school time, including play, activities with parents, household chores, and television viewing, to determine its influence on their development

Serious business

the Livingston-Hazel connection, Great Britain to Virginia, to Kentucky, to south-west-central Indiana : the history of the Livingston-Hazel connection and marriages to the Hansford, Cooper, Fulkerson, Head, Ware and Todd families, as well as the Trisler, Rhorer, Bowen, Wright, Fears, and more remote families including their descent from Virginian and even more ancient and noble origins

Author: Julian Livingston

Publisher: N.A


Category: Hasell family

Page: N.A

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A damned serious business

Author: Rex Harrison

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553073416

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 5887

One of the twentieth century's most popular actors recounts his extraordinary career, from his early days touring seaside piers and palaces, to his legendary portrayal of Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," and beyond

Why Games Are Good For Business

How to Leverage the Power of Serious Games, Gamification and Simulations

Author: Helen Routledge

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137448989

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 215

View: 4950

By tapping into the same psychology that keeps gamers glued to Minecraft or World of Warcraft, innovative organizations are creating their own engaging and flexible learning experiences. They're called Serious Games. This is a practical toolkit for those who want to learn about more serious games and how to apply them in the workplace.

Fun Inc

Why Games are the Twenty-first Century's Most Serious Business

Author: Tom Chatfield

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753519453

Category: Electronic games industry

Page: 258

View: 4522

"In the US, the gaming industry was worth over $18bn in 2007, while the second-biggest, Japan, added $7bn to a global total of almost $50bn. It's the fastest growing media business in the world, and one of the very few industries that seems destined to resist the credit crunch. Gameland is a guide book to what for many of us is a foreign country written by one of the industry's leading analysts. In commercial terms understanding the games industry's innovations presents a great opportunity for businesses to better understand both their workers and their clients; a revolution in co-operation, communication and motivation. It is up to us, today, to decide what we wish to preserve, what we wish to transform, what we wish to avoid, and what we should really be afraid of. Let Tom Chatfield help you get wise and get powerful in the most dynamic industry in the world, before you get left behind."

Radical Candor

Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Author: Kim Scott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1250103509

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 3342

"I raced through RADICAL CANDOR--It’s thrilling to learn a framework that shows how to be both a better boss and a better colleague. RADICAL CANDOR is packed with illuminating truths, insightful advice, and practical suggestions, all illustrated with engaging (and often funny) stories from Kim Scott’s own experiences at places like Apple, Google, and various start-ups. Indispensable."--Gretchen Rubin author of NYT bestseller THE HAPPINESS PROJECT "Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Kim Scott's insights--based on her experience, keen observational intelligence and analysis--will help you be a better leader and create a more effective organization."--Sheryl Sandberg author of the NYT bestseller LEAN IN "Kim Scott has a well-earned reputation as a kick-ass boss and a voice that CEOs take seriously. In this remarkable book, she draws on her extensive experience to provide clear and honest guidance on the fundamentals of leading others: how to give (and receive) feedback, how to make smart decisions, how to keep moving forward, and much more. If you manage people?whether it be 1 person or a 1,000--you need RADICAL CANDOR. Now."--Daniel Pink author of NYT bestseller DRIVE From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of. Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Serious Business

How to attract and persuade customers without being salesy

Author: Stephan Heinrich

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3739206322

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 5741

The traditional sales professional is a thing of the past. Today, people are increasingly selling independently—be it a product, a service, or their own image. Everybody’s looking for a good deal. But how does it work? Different than you might think, says Stephan Heinrich. People don’t want to be persuaded. Instead, they want to negotiate at eye level. That’s why this book won’t reveal how to create interest, but rather how to locate interest that is already there. Furthermore, how to put your decision maker into a position to decide reasonable: For a purchase, for a project, for an investment or for a cooperation. Making your business connections profitable in the long term.