Shady Characters

Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities

Author: Keith Houston

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1846146488

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

View: 5849

Keith Houston's entertaining book, inspired by his popular blog, tells the unexpected stories of some unusual, and familiar, typographical marks and reveals a fascinating history of writing. Every character we write or type is a link to the past, and in today's printed, electronic and scrawled writing their history stares right back at us. This book charts the lives of some of the most intriguing examples, like how the pilcrow went from its noble origins in ancient Greece to near obsolescence, only to be revived again in word processing software. Each character reflects the bust and boom endured by punctuation with each new technological innovation and together they form a rich history of written communication. Keith Houston is the founder of, where he writes about the unusual stories behind some well-known - and some rather more outlandish - marks of punctuation.

Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World

Author: Paul Hetzler

Publisher: Lexingford Publishing

ISBN: 9780998606095

Category: Nature

Page: 252

View: 3058

Paul Hetzler is the kind of naturalist with whom you would love to "walk in the woods." He knows so much about nature in all its wonders, complexities, and hilarities, and weaves considerable wit into his broad range of wisdom. This book is a classic, to be valued for hundreds of bits of natural science and lore unknown to the average person. Read one page and you will be hooked!

Sunny Skies, Shady Characters

Cops, Killers, and Corruption in the Aloha State

Author: James Dooley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780824851644

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

View: 4904

For thirty years starting in the mid-1970s, the byline of Jim Dooley appeared on riveting investigative stories of organized crime and political corruption that headlined the front page of Honolulu's morning daily. In Sunny Skies, Shady Characters, James Dooley revisits highlights of his career as a hard-hitting investigative reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and, in later years, for KITV television and the online Hawaii Reporter. His lively backstories on how he chased these high-profile scandals make fascinating reading, while providing an insider's look at the business of journalism and the craft of investigative reporting. Dooley's first assignment as an investigative journalist involved the city housing project of Kukui Plaza, which introduced him to the "pay to play" method of awarding government contracts to obliging consultants. In later stories, he scrutinized bloody struggles over illicit gambling revenue, the murder of a city prosecutor's son, local syndicate ties to the Teamsters Union, and the dealings of Bishop Estate. His groundbreaking coverage of the forays by yakuza (Japanese organized crime) into Hawai'i and the continental United States were the first of its kind in American journalism. As Dooley pursued stories from the underside of island society, names of respected public figures and those of violent criminals filled his notebook: entertainer Don Ho, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Governors George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano, Mayor Frank Fasi, and notorious felons Henry Huihui, Nappy Pulawa, and Ronnie Ching. Woven throughout is the name of Big Island rancher Larry Mehau-was he the "godfather of organized crime" in Hawai'i as alleged by the FBI, or simply an ex-cop who befriended power brokers in the course of doing business for his security guard firm? The book includes a timeline of Mehau's activities to allow readers to judge for themselves. Book jacket.

A Sunny Place for Shady Characters

Tales from St. Barth's "Le Select" Bar

Author: D. Randy West

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781540319425


Page: N.A

View: 6764

In the Caribbean and after 350 years of Pirates, Traders and Smugglers, from Royalty to Movie Stars to World Class sailors and even Vagabons.. the clientele have always been loyal to The Bar. On the French island of St Barth, The Bar happens to be "Le Select" and I have spent 39 years of my life as a loyal patron, Here are some stories from the inside of " a sunny place for shady characters."

Hanging Out with Shady Characters

Author: Abram Winters

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781498409179

Category: Religion

Page: 274

View: 8807

A collection of stories, essays and poems of individual's experiences and adventures in tree climbing.

Cursed - Blessed Footsteps

My Journey to the Cross

Author: Felicia Shell

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1478747676

Category: Religion

Page: 266

View: 1463

“Your beginning doesn’t have to define your ending!” Felicia Shell often tells others. In this hard hitting autobiography, Cursed, Blessed Footsteps My Journey to the Cross, you will see how she has developed a deep desire to see those in bondage set free. It’s a subject Felicia knows personally. Brace yourself as you step into this woman’s life that reads like a movie script. Her cursed beginnings include dysfunctional childhood, rebellion, horrendous physical and sexual abuse, suicide attempts, and manipulative witchcraft attacks. Despite her accursed beginnings, with the redemptive Blood of Jesus Christ she is transformed into a blessed wife, mother, graduate, and radical Soldier for the Kingdom of God. Everyone will identify with her testimony where the victim becomes victorious! In her fascinating story on getting delivered from her demons you will discover the basic spiritual principles that helped her counteract attacks sent by the dark side. Through her personal journey she shows you straight forward methods to walk into the fullness of what God has for you.

The Distracting Splat at the Eiffel

Author: Robert Skidmore

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595269230

Category: Fiction

Page: 428

View: 8745

In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, an assassin's bullet strikes James Styles just two weeks before the Democratic Party names his spouse Vice President Harriet Styles its candidate for the Presidency. The task of apprehending the shooter falls to Richard Thatcher, the Director of the FBI, and Thatcher dispatches his protégé Barbara Collins to Paris to lead the investigation. Barbara's quest takes her to the edge of the Arabian Peninsula then back to Paris where she uncovers evidence that suggests a domestic American plot. Candidate Harriet Styles mounts a bitter campaign that condemns the FBI for its failure to apprehend the terrorist assassin. Thatcher, determined to protect his embattled agency, mounts a parallel investigation. A sympathetic American public elects the grieving widow to the highest office in the land. Before the inauguration, Thatcher identifies the shooter and in doing so shakes the very foundations of the American political system.

Diary of an Evil Genius

Author: Gary Patella

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465378782

Category: Fiction

Page: 127

View: 9613

When does a character fall under the evil genius category? Victor Steingardt is the prototypical evil genius, (although admittedly not much), who is bent on ruling the world. At the start of the year, he picks up a journal and begins writing. Gary Patellas fiction, Diary of an Evil Genius, invites readers to follow this antiheros thoughts, taking a glimpse of how his mind works as his plans come to a close. Through his journal entries, readers are able to follow Victors plans. Some entries deal with global domination, while others go off on a tangent. Seasoned with witty and conceited remarks, Diary of an Evil Genius contains reflections of past events, and reflections on events of the day. Henchmen are also given some depth as they step into the spotlight. Each reader will have his or her own feelings about Victor the calculating, misogynistic, egotistical mastermind with the sole aim of global domination who tries to show that he is different from all of the others that have tried to rule the world. But whether he is loved or hated, his writings are sure to be enjoyed by many.


Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736856415

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

View: 5216

Das Werk "Weihnachtserzählungen" ist eine Sammlung von vier Kurzgeschichten, geschrieben von Charles Dickens. Die Sammlung enthält folgende Kurzgeschichten: Doktor Marigold / Mrs. Lirripers Fremdenpension / Die Geschichte des Schuljungen / Die Geschichte des armen Verwandten.

Engaged Learning for Programming in C++

A Laboratory Course

Author: Jim Roberge,James Robergé,Matthew Bauer,George K. Smith

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780763714239

Category: Computers

Page: 365

View: 7906

Engaged Learning for Programming in C++: A Laboratory Course takes an interactive, learn-by-doing approach to programming, giving students the ability to discover and learn programming through a no-frills, hands-on learning experience. In each laboratory exercise, students create programs that apply a particular language feature and problem solving technique. As they create these programs, they learn how C++ works and how it can be applied. Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) is addressed within numerous laboratory activities.

Master the Art of Presentations (Collection)

Author: Jerry Weissman

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133739937

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 481

View: 6642

World-renowned presentation coach Jerry Weissman has spent 20 years helping top executives succeed in the most important business presentations of their lives. Here’s what he’s learned: the best way to get his message across is to show his techniques in action. In Presentation in Action , Weissman does just that: he teaches how to make spectacularly successful presentations by showing exactly how great presenters have done it. Weissman dives into his library of outstanding presentations, sharing examples from current events, politics, science, art, music, literature, cinema, media, sports, and even the military. His compelling examples don’t just demonstrate what’s universal about effective human communication: they also reveal powerful ways to solve the specific challenges presenters encounter most often. This book’s five sections focus on each element of the outstanding contemporary presentation: Content: Mastering the art of telling your story; Graphics: Designing PowerPoint slides that work brilliantly; Delivery skills: How to make actions speak louder than words; Q+A: How to handle tough questions; Integration: How to put it all together. Now, in Winning Strategies for Power Presentations, Weissman identifies the elements of a great presentation, distilling 75 best practices from the world's best persuaders into bite-sized chapters designed to be easy-to-read -- and equally easy to apply. Following on the heels of Weissman's best-selling Presentations in Action, this book presents powerful new insights into the four key areas of delivering winning presentations: contents, graphics, delivery, and Q-and-A sessions. Throughout, Weissman's compelling case studies range from Jon Stewart to venture capitalist John Doerr, Stephen King to Mark Twain, Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Weissman also includes brand-new advice on a wide spectrum of "special presentation" issues, ranging from developing a richer public speaking voice to delivering scripted speeches, interviewing like a TV anchorperson to demonstrating products more successfully.


Author: Zane Grey

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3743872072

Category: Fiction

Page: 226

View: 6244

Der Mann liegt mitten auf der Straße, mit dem Gesicht im Staub. Jean Isbel weiß, dass er nicht der erste war und dass er nicht der letzte sein wird in diesem blutigen Krieg, der zwischen Ranchern und Schafzüchtern tobt.Doch hinter all dem steckt weitaus mehr als nur der Kampf um gutes Weideland: Im Pleasant Valley suchen zwei Familien, die eine uralte Fehde zu unversöhnlichen Feinden gemacht hat, eine Entscheidung auf Leben und Tod. Auf der einen Seite steht Gass Isbel mit seinen Söhnen, auf der anderen Colonel Lee Jorth mit seinen verwegenen Männern. Für beide... gibt es kein Zurück mehr.Aber noch schlimmer sind die zweibeinigen Wölfe, die zwischen ihnen stehen...Zane Grey ist einer der bedeutendsten Klassiker unter den Autoren des amerikanischen Western: Sein Roman Bis zum letzten Mann gilt überdies als eines der großen tragischen Werke dieses Genres. Der Apex-Verlag präsentiert diesen Roman in seiner Reihe APEX WESTERN als durchgesehene Neu-Ausgabe, ergänzt um ein Essay von Dr. Karl Jürgen Roth.

In Like Flynn

A Molly Murphy Mystery

Author: Rhys Bowen

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 1429901756

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3009

From the author of In Farleigh Field... Fledgling private investigator Molly Murphy's latest assignment gives her the opportunity to escape the typhoid epidemic sweeping across New York City in the summer of 1902 for the lush Hudson River Valley. And it comes from an unlikely source-Captain Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police detective and erstwhile beau of Molly's. She has vowed to keep him at arm's length until he can rid himself of his socialite fiancée, but she can't pass up the chance to take advantage of his offer of a real detective job. Daniel hires Molly to go undercover inside the country household of Senator Barney Flynn, in Peekskill, New York. Flynn's wife, Theresa, has become the latest devotee of a pair of spiritualists known as the Sorensen Sisters. The frail Theresa is desperate to use the sisters' alleged abilities to hold a séance to contact her infant son, who was kidnapped five years ago and never found; the accused kidnapper was killed before he could tell police where the boy was being held. But the police are sure the women are frauds. When Molly allows herself to be distracted from the Sorensen Sisters and the members of the Flynn household by the unsolved kidnapping, it is a race against time to find out what's really going on before it's too late. In Like Flynn is the fourth captivating installment in a series which has garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations in just three books: Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy mysteries have won the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, the Bruce Alexander Historical Award, and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Getting Down

An Unveiling of the Horse Racing Industry: Its Insiders, Workers, Patrons, and Me

Author: David Nalick

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1481746197

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

View: 2835

“Getting Down” is not a typical racetrack story. Seabiscuit, Swaps, Man o’ War, John Henry, Secretariat, and Zenyatta may well be mentioned, but this story is about the people of racing, not the horses. It’s about racetrack workers, on both the back and front sides of the track. It’s about racetrack owners and managers. It’s about those who own the horses and train them, and it’s about the people who ride them. It’s also about the people who pay to go to the races - the patrons, including the rich and famous, along with the not so rich and famous, all the way down the economic ladder to the out and out homeless. The above categories include some of the strangest, meanest, most dangerous, most pathetic, most ruthless people on the face of this earth. Yet, my list of characters also includes some of the nicest, kindest, most generous, funniest, happiest people one could ever hope to meet. And since this book is also about me and my over fifty yeras working in this industry, I’m going to let you decide in which of the above categories you think I might best fit. “Getting Down” is about “getting down.” The term, getting down, is racetrack lingo having to do with the process of successfully putting one’s wager on a given horse, in the right race, before getting “shut out.” In other words, it’s about successfully making one’s bet before the race begins and betting for that race But the scope of this story is, as you will see, much broader than that. Indeed, it is a story about life, because in one way or another, in one form or another, life itself is about getting down.

A Baby Boomer's Story

Sex Drugs Rock and Roll

Author: Gary Dixon

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457507110

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5039

This book is about an era in our country when American children received more freedom than any other time in American history. After the Vietnam War ended, some American Baby Boomers totally abused this freedom. This book contains many stories about some of those Baby Boomers who were taking full advantage of these times, with no regret or regard of the consequences. Many of the stories you will read about are unethical, immoral, and sometimes disturbing. This book is about a Baby Boomers life, and many of the unique people and events which occurred through these times. You will also read about certain subjects such as sex, drugs, and rock and roll, which were the trademarks of that era. The Baby Boomers not only broke all the rules which took generations to establish: They set new trends and guidelines for many generations to come. They also created a whole new way of life for the American child. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit Michigan, Gary Dixon managed to escape the magnetism of the big city life. He now calls Clearwater Florida his home. From a family of nine children, his family could definitely be considered a Baby Boomer family. With the Baby Boom era in full force, there were not too many places in America to elude the temptations of recreational drug use, and the casual sex scene. Since the Baby Boomers created this new kind of lifestyle, almost every young person in America became a part of it. Gary Dixon and many of his friends not only became a part it, they took it to a whole new level. Living through this era, his life became very unique and eccentric, and he developed many stories along the way. He would like to share these stories with anyone interested, or any other Baby Boomers who grew up through these times.


In All of Us, in All We Do

Author: Kenneth L. Untiedt

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 157441223X

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

View: 4527

Folklore is everywhere, whether you are aware of it or not. A culture's traditional knowledge is used to remember the past and maintain traditions, to communicate with other members within a community, to learn, to celebrate, and to express creativity. It is what helps distinguish one culture from another. Although folklore is so much a part of our daily lives, we often lose sight of just how integral it is to everything we do. If we look for it, we can find folklore in places where we'd never think it existed. Folklore: In All of Us, In All We Do includes articles on a variety of topics. One chapter looks at how folklore and history complement one another; while historical records provide facts about dates, places and names, folklore brings those events and people to life by making them relevant to us. Several articles examine the cultural roles women fill. Other articles feature folklore of particular groups, including oil field workers, mail carriers, doctors, engineers, police officers, horse traders, and politicians. As a follow-up article to Inside the Classroom (and Out), which focused on folklore in education, there is also an article on how teachers can use writing in the classroom as a means of keeping alive the storytelling tradition. The Texas Folklore Society has been collecting and preserving folklore since its first publication in 1912. Since then, it has published or assisted in the publication of nearly one hundred books on Texas folklore.

Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy

The Porpoise Driven Life

Author: Erin McKenna,Scott L. Pratt

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 081269659X

Category: Music

Page: 234

View: 9176

An examination of the philosophical aspects of Jimmy Buffett's music, presented in a series of articles that also explores the ways in which to approach philosophy from a perspective of Buffett's works, evaluates key questions about ancient and contemporary philosophers from Epicurus and Diogenes to John Dewey and Judith Butler. Original.

The Cat Sitter's Whiskers

A Dixie Hemingway Mystery

Author: Blaize Clement,John Clement

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 146685202X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 9997

Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures. Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise. Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing. Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge... a mystery only she can solve.