♥ Book Title : Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar
☯ Full Synopsis : "Like so many young people, James Bach, the son of the famous author Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull) struggled in school. While he excelled in subjects that interested him, he barely passed the courses that didn't. By the time he was sixteen he had dropped out. He taught himself computer programming and software design and started working as a manager at Apple Computers only four years later - and he never looked back. With The Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar, James shows us how he developed his own education on his own terms, how that unorthodox education brought him success, and how the reader can do it too. In his uniquely pithy and anecdotal style James uses the metaphor of a buccaneer to describe anyone whose love of learning and pursuit of knowledge is not bound by institutions or authorities. James outlines the eleven elements of his self-education method and shows how every reader - simply investing time and passion into educating themselves about the things that really interest them - can develop a method for acquiring knowledge and expertise that fits their temperaments and showcases their unique abilities and skills. Particularly well-suited for an audience grappling with the challenges posed by the internet, but also appropriate for parents looking to help and school their children or employees hoping to jumpstart their careers, The Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar is a groundbreaking and uplifting work that empowers and inspires its readers."Article| James Bach| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar
☯ Full Synopsis : "James Bach’s smart and empowering guide to self-education, which shows how leading a life in pursuit of passion can lead to fulfillment and success."Article| James Marcus Bach| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar
☯ Full Synopsis : ""A Buccaneer-Scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled or shackled by any institution or authority; whose mind is driven to wander and find its own place in the world." The volatility of the job market and the limitless opportunities afforded by the internet have forever changed people's attitudes about schooling. In this world of rapid technological development, people are becoming successful, making money and finding personal satisfaction through non-traditional means. Ideas have become more important than training; innovation is more important than credentials. The ability to educate oneself -- to learn how to learn -- is crucial. James Bach, the son of bestselling author Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull,) understands that. Like so many young people, James struggled in school, eventually dropping out at age sixteen. A few years later, he was leading a team at Apple Computer. Now an internationally recognized expert in the field of computer software testing, James has written Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: a groundbreaking book that shows how anyone can create their own education on their own terms. It is nurturing our individual curiosities and relishing the learning process that will lead anyone -- from children struggling in school to professionals looking to jumpstart their careers -- to success. In his unique pithy and anecdotal style, and combining his personal story with proven methodologies, James describes the relentless, whimsical, low-intensity learning process he calls "buccaneering." Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar demonstrates that it is the people who chart their own course, who never stop learning, who will come to dominate this new world."Article| James Marcus Bach| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Lessons Learned in Software Testing
☯ Full Synopsis : "Decades of software testing experience condensed into the most important lessons learned. The world's leading software testing experts lend you their wisdom and years of experience to help you avoid the most common mistakes in testing software. Each lesson is an assertion related to software testing, followed by an explanation or example that shows you the how, when, and why of the testing lesson. More than just tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid, Lessons Learned in Software Testing speeds you through the critical testing phase of the software development project without the extensive trial and error it normally takes to do so. The ultimate resource for software testers and developers at every level of expertise, this guidebook features: * Over 200 lessons gleaned from over 30 years of combined testing experience * Tips, tricks, and common pitfalls to avoid by simply reading the book rather than finding out the hard way * Lessons for all key topic areas, including test design, test management, testing strategies, and bug reporting * Explanations and examples of each testing trouble spot help illustrate each lesson's assertion"Article| Cem Kaner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : DIY U
☯ Full Synopsis : "The price of college tuition has increased more than any other major good or service for the last twenty years. Nine out of ten American high school seniors aspire to go to college, yet the United States has fallen from world leader to only the tenth most educated nation. Almost half of college students don't graduate; those who do have unprecedented levels of federal and private student loan debt, which constitutes a credit bubble similar to the mortgage crisis. The system particularly fails the first-generation, the low-income, and students of color who predominate in coming generations. What we need to know is changing more quickly than ever, and a rising tide of information threatens to swamp knowledge and wisdom. America cannot regain its economic and cultural leadership with an increasingly ignorant population. Our choice is clear: Radically change the way higher education is delivered, or resign ourselves to never having enough of it. The roots of the words "university" and "college" both mean community. In the age of constant connectedness and social media, it's time for the monolithic, millennium-old, ivy-covered walls to undergo a phase change into something much lighter, more permeable, and fluid. The future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and free and open-source educational models. Increasingly, you will decide what, when, where, and with whom you want to learn, and you will learn by doing. The university is the cathedral of modernity and rationality, and with our whole civilization in crisis, we are poised on the brink of Reformation."Article| Anya Kamenetz| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Biplane
☯ Full Synopsis : "Biplane is the story of Richard Bach’s solo flight into the American skies—a flight that became a personal quest to discover everything that lies beyond the ordinary. Includes an introduction by Ray Bradbury."Article| Richard Bach| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Amplifying Your Effectiveness
☯ Full Synopsis : "Explore the People-Oriented Challenges That Software Engineers Must Master Gerald M. Weinberg, James Bach, Naomi Karten, and a group of successful software consultants present powerful ideas on how software engineers and managers can amplify their professional effectiveness--as individuals, as members of teams, and as members of organizations. The collected essays address diverse topics in personal empowerment, interpersonal interaction, mastering projects, and changing the organization. Contributors include James Bach, Marie Benesh, Rick Brenner, Esther Derby, Kevin Fjelsted, Don Gray, Naomi Karten, Bob King, Pat Medvick, Brian Pioreck, Ken Roberts, Sharon Marsh Roberts, Johanna Rothman, Steve Smith, Eileen Strider, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Becky Winant. The idea for this collection arose out of a brainstorming session for the inaugural Amplifying Your Effectiveness Conference (AYE), in 2000, for which the contributing authors served as hosts. Like the book, this annual conference is designed to help technical people become more effective individually, within a team, and within an organization. For details on the next AYE Conference, visit www.ayeconference.com. The variety of techniques and perspectives represented in the book will help you amplify your effectiveness--whether or not you attend the live event."Article| Gerald M. Weinberg| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mastering the Audition
☯ Full Synopsis : "Drawing on research into how the brain copes and responds in high-stress situations, Mastering the Audition dissects the audition process and offers original solutions to help master its art."Article| Donna Soto-Morettini| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Middle Passage
☯ Full Synopsis : ""A work from the Johnson Construction Co.""Article| Charles Johnson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Missing Kennedy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Rosemary (Rosie) Kennedy was born in 1918, the first daughter of a wealthy Bostonian couple who later would become known as the patriarch and matriarch of America’s most famous and celebrated family. Elizabeth Koehler was born in 1957, the first and only child of a struggling Wisconsin farm family. What, besides their religion, did these two very different Catholic women have in common? One person: Stella Koehler, a charismatic woman of the cloth who became Sister Paulus Koehler after taking her vows with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. Sister Paulus was Elizabeth's Wisconsin aunt. For thirty-five years―indeed much of her adult life―Sister Paulus was Rosie Kennedy’s caregiver. And a caregiver, tragically, had become necessary after Rosie, a slow learner prone to emotional outbursts, underwent one of America’s first lobotomies―an operation Joseph Kennedy was assured would normalize Rosie’s life. It did not. Rosie’s condition became decidedly worse. After the procedure, Joe Kennedy sent Rosie to rural Wisconsin and Saint Coletta, a Catholic-run home for the mentally disabled. For the next two decades, she never saw her siblings, her parents, or any other relative, the doctors having issued stern instructions that even the occasional family visit would be emotionally disruptive to Rosie. Following Joseph Kennedy’s stroke in 1961, the Kennedy family, led by mother Rose and sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, resumed face to face contact with Rosie. It was also about then that a young Elizabeth Koehler began paying visits to Rosie. In this insightful and poignant memoir, based in part on Sister Paulus’ private notes and augmented by nearly one-hundred never-before-seen photos, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff recalls the many happy and memorable times spent with the “missing Kennedy.”"Article| Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Insightful Reader
☯ Full Synopsis : "Read for Insights, Improve Your Life, & Make an Impact * INSIGHTS present you with a shift in the way you think about an idea or topic. They provide you with a realization that you should change the way you think about something and reconsider the actions that you take. * Insights from reading have the power to provide us with priceless nuggets of knowledge and wisdom. For example, you may discover a key piece of advice that helps you move away from a bad situation and to change your life around. Or you may discover words that aid you to help someone close to you in need of advice or support, perhaps helping you to save a life. Seeking out and reading insightful books will help catapult you to higher levels of success, happiness, physical and emotional health, understanding, wisdom, and peace. This is because when you read, you have access to some of the most brilliant and inspirational people of all time, and the lessons they learned. The problem is most of us learn how to read superficially in school, rather than in a deep and meaningful way. Thankfully, The Insightful Reader will help you to choose the right books to read, get more out of what you read, create a better life through reading, and ultimately to become an insightful reader, learner, and thinker. Whether you read hundreds of books or just a few per year, you will benefit from this book. With the insights you acquire through reading, you can change and empower yourself, aid those around you, and ultimately make an impact on the world. Why focus on reading? Reading is a unique vehicle for learning, where the cost in money and time for the insights gained is quite low. A workshop or course will cost magnitudes more, while you may not learn any more than you would from books. Also, you tend to learn much more from reading than you would in audio or video formats, when given the same time. Focus on becoming an Insightful Reader, and you will accomplish your goals much more effectively and efficiently. Internationally bestselling author I. C. Robledo has written The Insightful Reader based on a personal love for reading, learning, and applying what he learns. He has read over 400 books, thousands of general articles, hundreds of academic articles, and hundreds of short stories and poems. Robledo wishes to show you how to improve your reading abilities based on his experience. Inside, you will discover how to: - Find high quality, interesting books efficiently - Hunt for insights instead of meaningless facts - Make more time to read and stop making excuses - Take notes adaptively, depending on your goals - Stop getting distracted while reading - Read different books differently, depending on your purpose - Learn more effectively from very challenging books (e.g., college textbooks or highly technical texts) - Apply what you read - Bonus: 200+ high quality and insightful book recommendations Learn how to read better books and get the most out of them today with The Insightful Reader. Pick up your copy today by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking BUY NOW."Article| I. C. Robledo| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Yucks
☯ Full Synopsis : "Long before their first Super Bowl victory in 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did something no NFL team had ever done before and that none will ever likely do again: they lost twenty-six games in a row. It started in 1976, in their first season as an expansion team, and it lasted until the penultimate game of the 1977 season, when they defeated Archie Manning and the New Orleans Saints on the road. When the Bucs arrived back in Tampa, they were mobbed, and eight thousand people came to a victory party. It was the beginning of a new streak for a team that had come to be called The Yucks. This is their story of athletic futility, despair, fan loyalty, and survival."Article| Jason Vuic| Statement ..."