Black Box Inc.

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Author: Jake Bible

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

ISBN: 9781611948394

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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Bram Stoker Award (R) Nominated Author Need to hide something from the fae? Got a tricky transdimensional delivery to make? Need a big ball of magic that can destroy the world? Call Black Box Inc. The world as we know it is gone. Since the "extra-dimensional happening," every creature, monster, and fairy tale goblin has turned Asheville, North Carolina, into their personal playground. An uneasy truce exists between the races, but Chase Lawter's unique ability puts him squarely in the crosshairs of treachery, feuds, and monsters looking to make a buck on black market goods. Chase is the only known being who can pull material from between dimensions and shape it into whatever he likes--like boxes. Like boxes in which folks hide smoking guns and severed heads. Only Chase can hide the boxes, and only Chase can recover them from the Dim. All for a tidy sum, of course. His crack team--a yeti, a zombie, and a fae-trained assassin--have his back. What could possibly go wrong? Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist and author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Other series by Jake Bible: the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy, the Mega series, and the Reign of Four series. Jake lives in the wonderfully weird Asheville, North Carolina. Connect with Jake on Facebook, Twitter, and his website: jakebible.com.

Black Box, Inc.

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Author: Ray Canterbery

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595157971

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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A satirical novel that pokes fun at the world of politics. A humorous blend of physics, psychology (including the paranormal), religion, and current knowledge of economics. Light humor and witty sarcasm. The protagonist's conversations with God is worth the price of the book. Outrageous but believable!

Black Box

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Author: Julie Schumacher

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780375891168

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 176

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WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears blackevery day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear. From the Hardcover edition.

Black Box Thinking

Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do

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Author: Matthew Syed

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069840887X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Nobody wants to fail. But in highly complex organizations, success can happen only when we confront our mistakes, learn from our own version of a black box, and create a climate where it’s safe to fail. We all have to endure failure from time to time, whether it’s underperforming at a job interview, flunking an exam, or losing a pickup basketball game. But for people working in safety-critical industries, getting it wrong can have deadly consequences. Consider the shocking fact that preventable medical error is the third-biggest killer in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths every year. More people die from mistakes made by doctors and hospitals than from traffic accidents. And most of those mistakes are never made public, because of malpractice settlements with nondisclosure clauses. For a dramatically different approach to failure, look at aviation. Every passenger aircraft in the world is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. Whenever there’s any sort of mishap, major or minor, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and experts figure out exactly what went wrong. Then the facts are published and procedures are changed, so that the same mistakes won’t happen again. By applying this method in recent decades, the industry has created an astonishingly good safety record. Few of us put lives at risk in our daily work as surgeons and pilots do, but we all have a strong interest in avoiding predictable and preventable errors. So why don’t we all embrace the aviation approach to failure rather than the health-care approach? As Matthew Syed shows in this eye-opening book, the answer is rooted in human psychology and organizational culture. Syed argues that the most important determinant of success in any field is an acknowledgment of failure and a willingness to engage with it. Yet most of us are stuck in a relationship with failure that impedes progress, halts innovation, and damages our careers and personal lives. We rarely acknowledge or learn from failure—even though we often claim the opposite. We think we have 20/20 hindsight, but our vision is usually fuzzy. Syed draws on a wide range of sources—from anthropology and psychology to history and complexity theory—to explore the subtle but predictable patterns of human error and our defensive responses to error. He also shares fascinating stories of individuals and organizations that have successfully embraced a black box approach to improvement, such as David Beckham, the Mercedes F1 team, and Dropbox.

Blood Ghast Blues

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Author: Jake Bible

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

ISBN: 9781611948745

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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"Black Box Inc. is a hoot and a half from beginning to end." -Reading Reality Bram Stoker Award (R) Nominated Author Unspeakable horrors have been unleashed on Asheville, North Carolina. Spectral demons tear victims apart from the inside out, leaving nothing but gory destruction in their wake. And their next victim is one of the biggest extradimensional crime lords around--the One Guy. To survive a fate equal to but also worse than death, he'll have to convince Black Box Inc. to save his sorry ass. Chase Lawter and his crack team--an omnisexual yeti, an ex-Fae assassin, and a business savvy zombie--are tasked with transporting the One Guy to Washington, D. C. where the Department of Extradimensional Affairs will put the crime lord into protective custody. That is, if Chase and Black Box Inc. can evade blood ghasts, dimentionalist rednecks, vengeance-seeking kobolds, and whatever other enemies are in hot pursuit of the One Guy. He's made a lot of enemies. Including Chase, who knows you can't trust the One Guy as far as you can throw him. Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award (R) nominated-novelist and author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Other series by Jake Bible: the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy, the Mega series, and the Reign of Four series. Jake lives in the wonderfully weird Asheville, North Carolina. Connect with Jake on Facebook, Twitter, and his website: jakebible.com.

Black Box Voting

Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century

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Author: Bev Harris,David Allen

Publisher: Aware Journalism

ISBN: N.A

Category: Contested elections

Page: 232

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The definitive expose on electronic voting. 328 footnotes. Over 100 cases documented where voting machines miscounted elections, internal memos, details about the source code and programming that controls voting machines used worldwide.

The Black Box Society

The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information

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Author: Frank Pasquale

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674967100

Category: Law

Page: 319

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Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with all this information? Frank Pasquale exposes how powerful interests abuse secrecy for profit and explains ways to rein them in.

Livre Noir Du Communisme

Crimes, Terreur, Répression

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Author: Stéphane Courtois,Mark Kramer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674076082

Category: History

Page: 858

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Collects and analyzes seventy years of communist crimes that offer details on Kim Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho," and Cuba under Castro.

The Wrong Box (Annotated Edition)

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson,Lloyd Osbourne

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849642607

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

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It must always be a subject for wonder why Stevenson, whose reputation as a writer was jealously guarded by himself and his friends, should ever have accepted the part of joint-author of this farcical tale. A generous desire for his stepson to share in the benefit of association with himself is the most credible explanation. The tale in the first instance was written and re-written entirely by Lloyd Osbourne, then twenty years of age, at Saranac during the winter of 1887. To Stevenson it appeared ' so funny ' that he took it in hand, and in the course of the following year revised it to such an extent that in Mr. Osbourne's words ' it lived as it had never lived before.'

Start-Up & Emerging Companies

Planning, Financing & Operating the Successful Business

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Author: Gregory C. Smith

Publisher: Law Journal Press

ISBN: 9781588520319

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1500

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Start-Up & Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing & Operating the Successful Business brings you the legal and business savvy of leading experts, investment banking and venture capital firms.

The Big Black Box

A Comedy in One Act

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Author: Cleve Haubold

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573642029

Category:

Page: 15

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Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions

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Author: Lou R. Kling,Eileen Nugent,Brandon Van Dyke

Publisher: Law Journal Press

ISBN: 9781588520562

Category: Law

Page: 1296

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This book includes advice on structuring deals, negotiating agreements, identifying issues and solving the real problems that are likely to arise during the acquisition.

Reorganizing Failing Businesses

A Comprehensive Review and Analysis of Financial Restructuring and Business Reorganization

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Author: N.A

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590317143

Category:

Page: N.A

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Fighting Iron

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Author: Jake Bible

Publisher: Severed Press

ISBN: 9781925342970

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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The Bloody Conflict is long over. The lands are now controlled by despots, crooked cattle barons, energy hoarders, and anyone with enough might to keep the local folks under control. For Clay Macaulay, none of that matters as he roams the land in a war machine from a time gone by. He wants nothing to do with small desert towns or brutal dictators. He only has his sights set on a new life. Unfortunately for Clay, too many ruthless people want what he has. They want the war machine he pilots. They want the battle mech that shouldn't exist anymore. They want his Fighting Iron. But they will have to pry Clay's cold, dead body out of that pilot's seat before they can take it from him. And he plans on fighting them every massive mech step of the way! A far-future mech western, Fighting Iron is a rip-roaring scifi adventure filled with six-shooters, plasma canons, rough and rowdy saloon brawls, showdowns, corrupt landowners, and fifty foot battle machines ready to crush everything in their path!

Ivo van Hove Onstage

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Author: David Willinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351260065

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 334

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Since his emergence from the Flemish avant-garde movement of the 1980s, Ivo van Hove's directorial career has crossed international boundaries, challenging established notions of theatre-making. He has brought radical interpretations of the classics to America and organic acting technique to Europe. Ivo van Hove Onstage is the first full English language study of one of theatre's most prominent iconoclasts. It presents a comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, his revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and his relationships with specific theatres and companies.

Harry Bosch Novels, The:

The Last Coyote, Trunk Music, Angels Flight

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Author: Michael Connelly

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759508408

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

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The Last Coyote: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is suspended from the force for attacking his commanding officer. Unable to remain idle, he investigates the long-unsolved murder of a Hollywood prostitute. Trunk Music: Harry returns to the force to investigate the murder of a movie producer with Mafia ties. Up against both the LAPD's organized crime unit and the mob, Harry follows the money trail to Las Vegas, where the case becomes personal. Angels Flight: The murder of a prominent African-American attorney who made his career suing the police for racism and brutality means that Harry's friends and associates have become suspects; and he must work closely with longtime enemies suspicious of his maverick ways to investigate them. Together for the first time, these three chilling, pulse-pounding novels chart the volatile, breakneck career of the sleuth the New York Post calls "the quintessential mystery book hero" and prove that "Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are the most impressive body of work by any writer of crime thrillers now active" (Washington Post).

Powerful

Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

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Author: Patty McCord

Publisher: Tom Rath

ISBN: 1939714117

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Named by The Washington Post as one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018 When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley. McCord advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying good-bye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans. McCord argues that the old standbys of corporate HR—annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs—often end up being a colossal waste of time and resources. Her road-tested advice, offered with humor and irreverence, provides readers a different path for creating a culture of high performance and profitability. Powerful will change how you think about work and the way a business should be run.

More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)

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Author: William Julius Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393073522

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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A preeminent sociologist of race explains a groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging both conservative and liberal dogma. In this timely and provocative contribution to the American discourse on race, William Julius Wilson applies an exciting new analytic framework to three politically fraught social problems: the persistence of the inner-city ghetto, the plight of low-skilled black males, and the fragmentation of the African American family. Though the discussion of racial inequality is typically ideologically polarized. Wilson dares to consider both institutional and cultural factors as causes of the persistence of racial inequality. He reaches the controversial conclusion that while structural and cultural forces are inextricably linked, public policy can only change the racial status quo by reforming the institutions that reinforce it.

Incerto

Antifragile, the Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, the Bed of Procrustes

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Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0399590455

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1568

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb's landmark Incerto series is an investigation of luck, uncertainty, probability, opacity, human error, risk, disorder, and decision-making in a world we don't understand, in nonoverlapping and standalone books. All four volumes--Antifragile, The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and the expanded edition of The Bed of Procrustes, updated with more than 50 percent new material--are now together in one boxed set. ANTIFRAGILE "Startling . . . richly crammed with insights, stories, fine phrases and intriguing asides."--The Wall Street Journal Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls "antifragile" is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better. What is crucial is that the antifragile loves errors, as it incurs small harm and large benefits from them. Spanning politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine in an interdisciplinary and erudite style, Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world. THE BLACK SWAN "[A book] that altered modern thinking."--The Times (London) A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictab≤ it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. In this groundbreaking and prophetic book, Taleb shows that black swan events underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives, and yet we--especially the experts--are blind to them. FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS "[Fooled by Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther's ninety-five theses were to the Catholic Church."--Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? Fooled by Randomness is about luck: more precisely, about how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill--the markets--Fooled by Randomness is an irreverent, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining exploration of one of the least understood forces in our lives. THE BED OF PROCRUSTES "Taleb's crystalline nuggets of thought stand alone like esoteric poems."--Financial Times This collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses Taleb's major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical views of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.