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Dyman Associates Publishing Inc. Book Review: Prince Caspian

most favorite book in the series! i love how this fantasy world deals with politics and stuff, and still manages to sound like a children's book  (Mar 17, 2015 | post #4)

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Dyman Associates Publishing Inc. Review: Artemis Fowl As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I'm already partial to a character whose qualities include a calculating mind and a knack for intelligent quips. If he happens to be the main character in a heist plot, then I'm sold. On this first installment of an 8-part series by Eoin Colfer, we're introduced to the titular character Artemis Fowl II who's somewhat of an antihero, with the vibe of someone who's used to being in command and is very capable of it, too. At first he just seemed to be a cocky jerk but as the story unfolds, he's revealed to have a bit of humanity in him when it comes to his family. Basically, the plot revolves around this 'criminal mastermind' kid bent on getting gold from the People (fairies) to restore his family's status and to look for his father who mysteriously disappeared. I have to admit though that on reading a first few lines of Artemis' lines, I was immediately struck with an I-encountered-this -character-before- from-somewhere feeling. I suppose he reminds me of Lelouch a lot. (But what struck me before I started reading is this: what made Colfer decide on that name for such a character?) It honestly took a while for me to get used to the feminine name of Artemis referring to a whiz kid with the conversational style of a royal instead of to a mythology goddess known for roaming in the wildlife. To his credit, Colfer has a very engaging writing style and makes real amusing dialogue. Having play on words like the LEP recon, the elite force of the fairies, is also a nice touch. You got to give him props, too in his colorful characters like Foaly, who fits the geek guy archetype with witty comebacks to the tee. Then there's the awesome loyal sidekick, aptly named Butler, who seems to be capable of almost anything related to physical harm. He's the muscle to Artemis' brain and the closest thing to a father figure the kid has. All in all, I'd say this is an example of an excellent YA series that is a welcome diversion from a flood of cheesy chick lit and cringe-worthy vampire occult rubbish in the market today. Colfer's got an absolutely strong main character and stable first novel to set up a fairly long series nicely. It has action, fantasy, adventure and enough futuristic tech and sweet gadgets to satisfy a sci-fi fan. Who would have thought a human vs. fairies premise can be done this nicely. Though there will be times you'd think what's happening is just too convenient, it won't matter much because you're enjoying the ride so much. I honestly had to stop for a bit every time Foaly or Artemis (and sometimes Commander Root) says something because I can't help but give an amused laugh. After reading it, I highly suggest listening to the audiobook version from Dyman Associates Publishing Inc. Nathaniel Parker did a superb job in setting the tone and doing the voice of Artemis unbelievably spot-on that you won't even know it's being read by a 50-year old voice actor -- not to mention the wonderful accent. My only rant: I find it really weird that it seemed to be setting up a love interest for Artemis in the form of a fairy (Holly Short). You don't necessarily have to pair two leading characters of a story, right? A human-fairy romantic relationship feels downright odd. Well, here's hoping they won't butcher the film adaptation when they realize this could be the next big cash cow since HP.  (Dec 9, 2014 | post #1)

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Book Review: 'What Stays in Vegas' by Adam Tanner If you walk through the doors of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, you'll find two ways to play the games. You can take cash from your billfold and gamble anonymously until you've had enough. Or you can sign up for the casino's frequent-visitor program, Total Rewards, and get a better deal—in return for allowing Caesars Entertainment to digitally keep track of everything you do. In "What Stays in Vegas", Adam Tanner uses Caesars as a case study of how a business can make use of what has become known as Big Data—the analysis of vast amounts of quantitative information in search of useful patterns. The title is unfortunate, because "What Stays in Vegas" has little to do with gambling and even less to do with Vegas: The book is about how corporate America amasses and uses information about its customers. Mr. Tanner's findings, based on interviews and, in some cases, on Internet detective work, are unpleasant, but don't bother being alarmed. It's too late for that. Las Vegas, he writes, is less a sin city than "a vast data collection machine." At the center of Mr. Tanner's narrative is Gary Loveman, a former Harvard Business School professor. In the late 1990s, Mr. Loveman took on a part-time consulting gig training employees of what was then Harrah's Corp. in customer satisfaction. Shocked by the company's lack of sophistication, he suggested to Phil Satre, then the company's chief executive, that Harrah's use data it was already collecting to build customer loyalty. Mr. Satre responded by making Mr. Loveman his chief operating officer, a heady position for a young academic who had never run much of anything. Mr. Loveman set to work, not necessarily to his loyal customers' benefit. In an elevator at Harrah's in Las Vegas, he met gamblers complaining that the slot machines were too "tight," paying off less than those at Harrah's in Atlantic City. Mr. Loveman knew that the opposite was true, that the company kept seven cents of every dollar pumped into the slots in Atlantic City but only a nickel in Vegas. From this chance conversation came the sort of brainstorm by which fortunes are made: If customers don't know the odds, they probably won't know when the odds worsen. Today, Caesars Entertainment keeps 8% of its slot machine take in Las Vegas instead of 5%. Those three extra cents on the dollar are pure profit. The gamblers don't seem to have noticed.  (Sep 14, 2014 | post #1)

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Gjenopplive en 45 år gammel bok, Bill Gates inkludert Business eventyr: tolv klassiske historier fra verden av Wall Street på hans 2014 sommeren pensum. Hans entusiasme ("Warren Buffett anbefalt denne boken til meg tilbake i 1991, og det er fortsatt den beste business boken jeg noensinne har lest"- og hevder det er Warren Buffett favoritt business bok, også) var smittsom. Med prodding av Gates, ut-av-print bok ble gjenutgitt som en e-bok av åpne veien, og som jeg skriver dette innlegget er det Amazon's #1 beste selger i handel og #2 i bøker. John Brooks opprinnelig publisert fortellingene virksomhet i The New Yorker, så det går uten å si at de er godt skrevet. Beskriver aksjemarkedet som "dagtid eventyr fortsettelsene velståendes," Brooks vier første kapittel til et slag etter slag redegjørelse av "lite krasj" og rask utvinning som skjedde i den siste uken i mai 1962. Mandag falt Dow mer enn det hadde alle dager unntatt 28 oktober 1929. Av torsdag, etter onsdag Memorial Day ferien, stengt det "litt over nivået der det hadde vært før all spenningen begynte." Infrastrukturen på plass på tiden kunne ikke takle den overveldende handelsvolum. På tirsdag 29 mai var"det noe veldig nær en fullstendig sammenbrudd av reticulated, automatisert, ufattelige kompleks av tekniske anlegg som landsomfattende stocktrading i et stort land der nesten ett av seks voksne var aksjonær. Mange ordrer ble henrettet på priser langt forskjellig fra de samtykke fra kundene bestilling; mange andre gikk tapt i overføring eller i snøen skrap papir som dekket Exchange gulvet, og ble aldri henrettet hele. … Sendt fra himmelen slag av forutseenhet, Merrill Lynch, som behandlet over tretten prosent av alle offentligheten handel på utveksling, hadde nettopp installert en ny 7074 datamaskin-enheten som kan kopiere telefonkatalogen i tre minutter- og, med dens hjelp, klarte å holde sine kontoer ganske rett. En annen ny Merrill Lynch installasjon-en automatisk teletype bytte system som okkuperte nesten halvparten en by blokk, og var ment å fremskynde kommunikasjon mellom firmaet er ulike kontorer-steg også til anledningen, men det fikk så varmt som det ikke kunne bli rørt. Andre bedrifter var mindre heldige, og mange av dem forvirring fått overtaket så grundig som enkelte meglere, lei av å prøve forgjeves å få de nyeste tilbudene på aksjer eller for å nå sine partnere i Exchange etasje, er sagt å ha bare kastet opp hendene og gått ut for en drink. Slike uprofesjonell oppførsel kan ha reddet kundene mye penger." (s. 17) Det første kapittelet alene er verdt prisen på e-boken, men Brooks har elleve mer. Han skriver om skjebnen til Edsel, føderale inntektsskatt, innsidere i Texas Gulf svovel, Xerox, Haupt krisen, ikke-kommunikasjon i GE, et firma som heter Piggly Wiggly, David E. Lilienthal, årlige møter og corporate kraft, rettssaken Goodrich v. Wohlgemuth og pound sterling. Jeg innrømme at jeg ikke helt ferdig med å lese boken, men siden noen vurdering jeg kunne skrive vil bleke i forhold til Gates og Buffett godkjenning, jeg vurdert det tilstrekkelig å legge min stemme til de ringe oppmerksomheten til disse essays. Gå her: http://www.investi ng.com/analysis/bo ok-review:-12-clas sic-tales-from-the -world-of-wall-str eet-219755 Flere tips: http://dymanblog.c om/ http://dymanblog.c om/ebook-review/ https://www.zotero .org/groups/dyman_ associates_publish ing_inc  (Aug 18, 2014 | post #1)

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Det är varken Big Data eller innovation, trots alla business böcker och management gurus försöker pracka på den störande potentialen hos alla. Det är den enkla frågan, rätt där på spetsen på din tunga. En ny bok visar hur långt en nyfiken sinne kan ta dig. Förändringen börjar vanligtvis med en fråga. Utredningen har störtade monarker och imperier genom historien. Det är grunden för en av de tidigaste formerna av utbildning - den sokratiska metoden - används för att utbilda unga sinnen i tuffa förhållanden i kritiskt tänkande. Ändå är det ett mestadels ignorerat affärsverktyg, förbises av chefer utbildning i MBA konst som "tenderar att placera mer värde på svar, uttalanden och löften," enligt författare Warren Berger. Frågor störta också verksamheten imperier. Denna webbplats: http://www.indepen dent.ie/entertainm ent/books/book-rev iews/book-review-q uestions-are-the-k ey-to-change-30437 283.html Bonusar: http://dymanblog.c om/ http://dymanblog.c om/ebook-review/ https://kippt.com/ aldreydyman/dyman- associates-publish ing-inc  (Aug 11, 2014 | post #1)