Dr. Albert A. Bartlett's eight-part presentation on "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy" may be the most important video you?ll ever see. Few people understand the full implications of innocuous-sounding growth and consumption numbers. But those numbers, when examined, tell a disturbing tale.
Dr. Bartlett, professor emeritus, department of physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, believes that the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function, and by the end of this video series, you?ll understand exactly why that is.
(Hat tip and thanks to Becky for the above three links, and for locating a broken link on this page.)
The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It,
Centennial Edition Paperback -- July 16, 2010 [There were some used
versions of this book for $.01] http://www.amazon.com/The-American-Boys-Handy-Book/dp/0879234490/
Paperback: 468 pages
Publisher: David R Godine; Centennial edition (July 16, 2010)
The American Boy's Handy Book Hardcover -- September 15, 2008
by Daniel C. Beard (Author) [Daniel's the co-founder of the Boy
Scouts of America] http://www.amazon.com/The-American-Boys-Handy-Book/dp/0804839956/
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition
(September 15, 2008)
Long before a "dangerous" book was all the rage there was The
American Boy's Handy Book by Daniel Beard, a beloved classic for
generations of youngsters. Specially designed to provide loads of
ideas for adventures and games both indoors and outdoors during each
season of the year, The American Boy's Handy Book was originally
published in 1882 and became an instant bestseller.
Now, Tuttle Publishing is bringing this much-loved book back for a
new generation of boys to enjoy. If you're not too young to fly a
kite or too old to enjoy a day fishing, The American Boy's Handy
Book is chock full of fun activities intended just for you! There's
something for every day of the year: making an aquarium, rigging and
sailing small boats, camping without a tent, making a cornstalk
fiddle, trapping, building a snow fort, and of course tons of other
games and crafts, too.
Daniel Beard firmly believed in letting boys make their own
playthings, encouraging them to value their own hard work and gain
the skills needed throughout life to successfully invent, construct
and dream. In this world of instant gratification with ever-younger
generations coveting the ubiquitous cell phones, computers and
iPods, it seems as though the imagination and sense of adventure
that permeated our country's past have all but disappeared. Welcome
back the joys of childhood with The American Boy's Handy Book, and
prepare to make old favorites new again!
Lost in the desert? Stuck in quicksand? Confronted by a man-eating
tiger? Trapped at a school dance? Fear not, brave reader! With this
essential survival guide, you'll find a way to get yourself out of
every imaginable predicament, whether it's an avalanche or a zombie
How to survive anything all in one handy book! Inside you'll find
out how to treat a snakebite, send an SOS message, track an animal,
make a map, and build a ladder. Find out how to survive a school
dance, a shopping trip with your mom, a pop quiz, and a shark
"'Uncle Dan' Beard was a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America and
longtime editor of Boy's Life magazine. He published this book in
1882, and its greatest benefit is to show us how much more effort
and ingenuity was expected of boys back in the 19th century than is
expected today. There are projects for every season, ranging from
making a whirligig to making and sailing a boat. Hunting with
blowguns, homemade crossbows and other improvised arms is covered,
as is practical taxidermy for the trophies collected. To read this
book is to realize what has been lost in 130 years." --Shotgun News
"The capacity of the small human male to prevail in the face of
adversity is grossly underestimated in today's society. It seems to
me the solution to most of our ills is simply to let him go outside
to run around a bit more. The American Boy's Handy Book will show
you how to do it properly." --William Dabbs, MD, Guns magazine --This
text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Daniel Beard was born in 1850 and lived most of his life in
Kentucky. From an early age Beard decided to devote his life to
American boyhood. He was a prolific writer and illustrator and the
founder of two different societies for boys, as well as one of the
founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Before his death in 1941,
Beard received the only Golden Eagle badge ever awarded by the Boy
Scouts of America, and the mountain peak adjoining Mount McKinley in
Alaska was named in his honor.
If ever there were a book to make you switch off your television
set, The Dangerous Book for Boys is it.
How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race
your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare?
The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your
fingertips -- swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles
and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach
your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws
of cricket. There's a whole world out there: with this book, anyone
can get out and explore it.
The Dangerous Book for Boys is written with the verve and passion
that readers of Conn Iggulden's number one bestselling novels have
come to expect. This book, his first non-fiction work, has been
written with his brother as a celebration of the long summers of
their youth and as a compendium of information so vital to men of
Chapters in The Dangerous Book for Boys include: The Seven Ancient
Wonders of the World, Conkers, Laws of Football, Dinosaurs, Fishing,
Juggling, Timers and Tripwires, Kings and Queens, Famous Battles,
Spies, Making Crystals, Insects and Spiders, Astronomy, Girls, The
Golden Age of Piracy, Secret Inks, Patron Saints of Britain,
Skimming Stones, Dog Tricks, Making a Periscope, Coin Tricks,
Marbles, Artillery, The Origin of Words and The Solar System.
If Tom Sawyer had been a girl, Aunt Polly would certainly have seen
to it that she had a copy of this book and with a heartfelt
blessing. Its a magical cornucopia of projects, devices, toys,
gifts, dolls, recipes, decorations, perfumes, wax and clay
modelling, oil and water-color painting and games, all with clear
and practical directions for how to make and play them. Vintage
Americana by the Beard sisters, two of the founders of Girl Scouting
in the United States.
"In the Beard sisters' version, 'the American girl' ranges in age
from eight to eighteen. Healthy and spirited, she thinks nothing of
taking a ten-mile 'romp' through woods and fields with a group of
friends, and collects flowers and leaves for preservation or
presentation to friends and relations. Above all, however, the
Beards' girl is handy. She can make a hat rack, a screen, or a
bookshelf; fashion a macrame hammock or a cornhusk doll; and draw,
paint, sculpt, or decorate a room.
The American Girls Handy Book, in short, by emphasizing what girls
can do, presents a portrait of girlhood that is vigorous, active,
and full of possibilities."
- From the foreword by Anne M. Boylan
Sooner or later, every girl needs to do a little spying. Why is your
best friend acting strangely? What does that sneaky boy keep hiding
in his backpack? To find out, you need skills. Spy skills. And Devon
Danby, spygirl extraordinaire, is just the girl to teach you.
Spy Skills for Girls is packed with the kind of spy skills a
modern-day girl needs, such as: how to shadow a suspect in the mall;
how to create a disguise; how to use everyday gestures to send
another spygirl a message; what to pack in a spy bag; plus all the
basics like codes, fingerprinting, message drops and more.
This easy-to-read book is perfect for young girls who love spying
and want to know the very best techniques. Some books include long
lists of every possible spy skill -- Spy Skills for Girls only
includes the ones that work better than all the others. Every tip
and trick in this book has been tested and really works!
You and your best spygirl friends will be ready to start spying