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The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America

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Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering the scene.

It is the sound of the millennial generation, the music “defining youth culture of the 2010s” (Rolling Stone). Rooted in American techno/house and ’90s rave culture, electronic dance music has evolved into the biggest moneymaker on the concert circuit. Music journalist Michaelangelo Matos has been covering this beat since its genesis, and in The Underground Is Massive, charts for the first time the birth and rise of this last great outlaw musical subculture.

Drawing on a vast array of resources, including hundreds of interviews and a library of rare artifacts, from rave fanzines to online mailing-list archives, Matos reveals how EDM blossomed in tandem with the nascent Internet—message boards and chat lines connected partiers from town to town. In turn, these ravers, many early technology adopters, helped spearhead the information revolution. As tech was the tool, Ecstasy—(Molly, as it’s know today) an empathic drug that heightens sensory pleasure—was the narcotic fueling this alternative movement.

Full of unique insights, lively details, entertaining stories, dozens of photos, and unforgettable misfits and stars—from early break-in parties to Skrillex and Daft Punk—The Underground Is Massive captures this fascinating trend in American pop culture history, a grassroots movement that would help define the future of music and the modern tech world we live in.


The Complete YouTube Book: What Works for My Channel with 8+ Million Views?



YouTube connected me with a way of living that is awesome. How can you do it? Read this book to find out! Making videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and my website is what I do now full time. Reading this book explains each part of the system I use that you can duplicate! I am honored and very lucky that I can start every day off making videos. That’s my full time job now and that’s what I do. I have my own company and I work for myself. I make videos every day to put on my online courses. Then, I put some of those videos as free previews on my YouTube channel. My YouTube channel, Jerry Banfield, has 72,000+ subscribers, more than eight million views, and 922+ videos. I absolutely love it! What I’m offering you in this book is not a system to do exactly what I’m doing, but an idea for what might work to find your passion for what you want to do. The magic in what I’m doing is that I love doing it! I don’t do it as a means to an end and I’m not trying to go anywhere. I’m happy right where I am at, right here, talking to you today. That is the miracle. I’m not trying to use this so I can get somewhere else. I’m not trying to make this into a stepping stone, so then I can do something bigger. This is the big thing I’m doing and I love it! If you want this to be the big thing you are doing, then you have got the basics in this book of exactly what you can do to make that happen. Ultimately, exceptional things through creativity happen when you love what you are doing, you are present when you are doing it and you are not doing it as a means to an end. You can see a lot of online courses and videos everywhere, where it is just a means to and end and where there is no real passion. You often have to struggle really hard to create things like that too because you have to work against your inner self. You have got to fight by making scripts and forcing everything together somehow. I make things nearly effortlessly because it comes from the soul. It is passion and I love doing this! There is almost no resistance to it and it just comes out. I don’t have to use a script and I don’t have to plan hardly anything out. It just explodes out of me into existence online. That’s the power I’m offering you by what I share in this book. I’ll give you a lot of the technical details on how you can go through and do some of these things. I’ll give you the gateway and the excitement into the world to do this. Now, if you want success with it, it is up to you to find an area that you are passionate about. I haven’t seen this covered in other books or online courses. You can do an infinite number of things, but there is only one thing you are going to do right now, that you would be fulfilling your inner purpose, that you would feel it is the right thing to do, and when you match up with that, everything becomes almost effortless. That’s not to say your whole life is perfect, and you don’t have some down times, but your work becomes a flow of creativity and passion. YouTube is a great venue to explore this. By doing webcam videos, screen captures or even just putting other videos together. If you love making top ten videos, then give it a try. If you enjoy watching videos on a certain topic, and you have thought: “You know what, I can make a better video on that.” Then go for it if you enjoy doing it, if you do it as the thing that is the big thing to do and not a means to an end. What I am giving you is a powerful set of tools, where you can use this to work and make videos at home full time. But if you are doing it to try and get somewhere else, it is not going to work. If you want to do this, find your passion in it. That can be scary and you will have to make changes to your life lots of times to get things to work exactly the way you want them to. Read this book to take a leap of faith with me in advancing your knowledge and opportunities on YouTube!


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.


Literary Hypertext: The Electronic Attempt to Break Textual Norms



The end of the 20th century brought with it a new writing format – hypertext. This new format was perceived by the literature’s scholarly community as a way for realizing structuralist and post-structuralist ideas, thus creating a ‘new literature’ produced by piecing together nodes and links. In this book, Dr. Hava Ritter-Cohen looks back at the hypertext literature written between the genre foundation in 1985 and the end of its peak in 2000. The book explores, whether or not this genre met the expectations created around it, and what place it achieved in comparison to print literature.
Though the work presents the theoretical background of hypertext, as many other researchers have done since the appearance of the format, it does not stay in the philosophical realm. The work delves into the main literary hypertexts of the time and analyzes their structure and meaning; Joyce’s afternoon, a story (1986), Moulthrop’s Victory Garden (1987), Larsen’s Samplers (1997), Coverley’s Califia (2000). The study refers also to two web hypertexts: Geoff Ryman’s 253 (1996) and Moulthrop’s Hegirascope (1997 [1995]). These hypertext works are compared with various print literature works, starting with Stern’s Tristram Shandy (1759-1767), through, to mention only some, Dickens (1860-61), Apollinaire (1913-1916) Robbe-Grillet (1959) to Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (2007).
The book summarizes hypertext’s origin and its main concepts, definitions, and common terms. Further, it presents the great expectations that were raised by the new format in the literary research community.
Additionally, the book compares between print and electronic textual norms; the structure of the text and its norms. Scholars regard hypertext as a fragmented text, in view of the structure of nodes and links, where the reader is the one to combine into a story.
The comparison between the fragmentation of hypertext literature and that of other avant-garde printed works allows the readers of this book to understand unique elements of hypertext literature. The chapter also examines hypertext literature compared to the ‘new novel’, where time, places, events and people are juxtaposed by the linear sequence of the book.
A major element in this book focuses on the comparison between the narrative structure of hypertext to a variety of print literature. While both mediums offer a fixed beginning point, hypertext literature alters the place of literature work’s ‘end.’ The main innovation of hypertext is its visible combinatorial pattern, the link, which connects the nodes together into multiple potential sequences. The node may be a segment, a fully developed story or any other part or fully developed object. Thus, hypertext provides its readers with optional or multi-reading paths, though they are carefully premeditated by the author.
Hyper-literature did not reach the general public and remained the domain of its authors and academic researchers and almost perished. It can be found on the Internet as a kind of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ stories where the reader chooses between some links. And yet, the appearance of the tablet reader and the rapid growth of electronic print consumption may lead to the rebirth and rise of hyper-literature as a leading literary medium of the 21st century.


Pokemon: Black & White Handbook

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Gotta read ’em all! Scholastic’s publishing program is geared to appeal to Pokémon fans of all ages. Handbooks, sticker books, create & trace, readers, and more.

Come meet the newest, coolest Pokemon! Ash and his friends are entering a new region with over 100 all-new Pokemon. Get the latest stats and facts in this exclusive handbook, which includes info on two amazing Legendary Pokemon, Reshiram and Zekrom.

This book is a must-have for Pokemon fans of all ages!

Great product!