Tails of the Guppy Ranch

An La Story


Author: John R. K. Mitchell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541278202


Page: 412

View: 9728

In the late 1960's a young man travels to California to fulfill his ambition of working with animals and maybe even find a girl like the one his grandfather married. Living behind a run down little pet store operated by a peculiar "minister" with an odd church and age old secrets John falls into the gritty underworld of the animal trade. Here he is befriended by a foul little man who teaches him the craft of "monkey business" and other crude dealings. But by night John heads over the hill to Hollywood to socialize with young people his age where he discovers other kinds of animals in this strange new world of rock and roll and the Age of Aquarius.

Rocket Ranch

The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center


Author: Jonathan H. Ward

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319177893

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 331

View: 8631

Jonathan Ward takes the reader deep into the facilities at Kennedy Space Center to describe NASA’s first computer systems used for spacecraft and rocket checkout and explain how tests and launches proceeded. Descriptions of early operations include a harrowing account of the heroic efforts of pad workers during the Apollo 1 fire. A companion to the author’s book Countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey, this explores every facet of the facilities that served as the base for the Apollo/Saturn missions. Hundreds of illustrations complement the firsthand accounts of more than 70 Apollo program managers and engineers. The era of the Apollo/Saturn missions was perhaps the most exciting period in American space exploration history. Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center were buzzing with activity. Thousands of workers came to town to build the facilities and launch the missions needed to put an American on the Moon before the end of the decade. Work at KSC involved much more than just launching rockets. It was a place like none other on Earth. Technicians performed intricate operations, and hazards abounded everywhere, including lightning, fire, highly-toxic fuels, snakes, heat, explosives, LOX spills, and even plutonium. The reward for months of 7-day workweeks under intense pressure was witnessing a Saturn V at liftoff. For anyone who ever wished they had worked at Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo era, this book is the next best thing. The only thing missing is the smell of rocket fuel in the morning.

The Guppy and the Shark


Author: J

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475985460

Category: Fiction

Page: 572

View: 4872

Barbara Wilson is a widow and owner of the Double-T Bar Ranch in Montana living comfortably with her daughter and two loving grandchildren. The demands of running a ranch and maintaining her reputation keep her occupied, but she longs for something more. Mike Watson is a retired widower living alone in northern Illinois. Trapped by his grief and hopelessness since his wife died of cancer, he has chosen to avoid social interactions, which worries his grown children. One day while tinkering with his van, the answer comes to him: he decides then and there to write a book and set it in the West. Mike takes a life-changing trip from home to the wilds of Montana to do research for the book and meet the locals. There, a chance encounter with Barbara changes both of their lives. When the lives of these two wounded strangers suddenly align, a book project, a picnic, a storm, a rock, and secrets form the elements that bring them together. Their two families must now learn to overcome disappointment and the many obstacles that circumstance places in the path to hope. For two lost souls in the process of healing broken hearts, nothing is sweeter than the hope of new love.

Endangered Wildlife and Plants of the World


Author: N.A

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761472025

Category: Reference

Page: 1872

View: 9444

A reference encyclopedia containing 13 volumes providing information on endangered wildlife and plants throughout the world.


Understanding Guppies, Mollies, Swordtails and Others


Author: David Alderton

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 1620080060

Category: Pets

Page: 144

View: 8915

Livebearers focuses on four families of fish which contain many of the most attractive and popular species in the tropical fish hobby today, including guppies, mollies, swordtails, and platies. The families include Goodeidae (Mexican livebearers), Anablepidae (four-eyes and others), Poeciliidae (guppies and others); and Hemirhamphidae (halfbeaks). Author David Alderton explains that hobbyists have applied the term livebearer to these four families for convenience even though there are fourteen families in the wild that reproduce by bearing live young. The chapter “Where in the World?” focuses on the natural history of these families, their distribution, and lifestyles. Hobbyists looking to begin an aquarium of livebearers or to expand their existing communities will find useful information in the chapter called “The Different Groups,” in which Alderton discusses age considerations, health matters, and sex. The chapter also describes the four families and the most common genus/species of each. Included are sixteen representatives of the Family Goodeidae (e.g., Allodontichth, Characodon, and Skiffia), three genus of the Family Anablepidae (Anableps, Jenynsia, and Oxyzgonectes), twenty-six representatives of the Family Poeciliidae (e.g., Belonesox, Fiexipenis, and Limia); and three genus of the Family Hemirhamphidae (Dermogenys, Hemirhamphodon, and Namorhamphus). This colorful, user-friendly guide offers basic information on the anatomical characteristics, housing options, required aquarium equipment for livebearers as well as their feeding habits and food requirements (greenstuff, carotene-rich foods, live foods, meat, etc.). The breeding habits of livebearers have ensured their popularity with hobbyists, and the chapter on reproduction describes the various breeding habits of livebearers and outlines successful breeding strategies for interested hobbyists. In the chapter on health care, the author offers solid advice about caring for livebearers to maximize their lifespan in captivity, which is typically only a few years. He also gives information on signs of illness and some basic diseases that can be treated by the fish keeper. The final chapter offers photographs and distribution maps for sixteen popular livebearers of all four families, including information on size, physical description, natural habitat and behavior, and required aquarium conditions. The author’s livebearer hit parade includes the butterfly goodeid, rainbow goodeid, black-finned goodea, four-eyed fish, guppy (millions fish), black molly, sailfin molly, swordtail, platy (moonfish), mosquito fish (dwarf and large), humpbacked (black-barred) limia, black-bellied limia, pike livebearer (piketop minnow), knife (Alfaro’s) livebearer, and wrestling halfbeak. Resources, glossary, and index included.

Der Samurai von Savannah



Author: T.C. Boyle

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446243917

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6778

Ein japanischer Matrose wird auf der Suche nach seinem amerikanischen Hippievater am Strand einer gottverlassenen Insel vor der Küste Georgias angeschwemmt. Auf der Insel, die von schwarzen Hungerleidern, exaltierten Künstlern und biederen amerikanischen Bürgern, die dort Ferien machen, bewohnt wird, kommt es zu einer dramatischen Begegnung zweier gegensätzlicher Kulturen. Boyles tragikomischer Roman über die blutigen Mißverständnisse, die aus Unkenntnis des Fremden entstehen, hält den Leser bis zur letzten Seite in Atem.

Das Skorpionenhaus


Author: Nancy Farmer,Martin Baresch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596805426


Page: 401

View: 2521

Echte Biester


Author: Carl Hiaasen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783407745323


Page: 331

View: 3619