archive-sg.com » SG » R » READON.SG

Total: 946

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Portraits of a few of the people I've made cry : stories / Christine Sneed. - Read On
    always land on rocky ground May December romances flourish in these stories as do self doubt and in most cases serious regret Mysterious dangerous benefactors dead and living artists movie stars and college professors plagiarists and distinguished foreign novelists are among the many different characters No one is blameless but villains are difficult to single out everyone seemingly bears responsibility for his or her desires and for the outcome of

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14713860.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Yearbook / Greendale Primary School. - Read On
    Details Home Non Fiction Social sciences Elementary education Yearbook Greendale Primary School Yearbook Greendale Primary School Author Publisher ISBN Find in Library Reader Reviews

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14715760.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • We visit Egypt - Read On
    p 35 Culture p 41 Economy and Commerce p 47 Famous Egyptians Past and Present p 51 Egyptian Recipe Koshary p 56 Egyptian Craft Your Name in Hieroglyphics p 57 Timeline p 58 Chapter Notes p 60 Further Reading p 61 Books p 61 On the Internet p 61 Works Conulted p 61 Glossary p 62 Index p 63 Terms of Use Summary Imagine living in a country covered almost

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14634008.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Opium fiend : a 21st century slave to a 19th century addiction : a memoir / Steven Martin. - Read On
    anguish would take over a dense boom of depression lowered onto a brain already exhausted by long nights of sleeplessness This desperate funk manifests itself in many ways and is seemingly tailor made to suit the fears and phobias of each and every addict Just as your body turns against you during the days of physical withdrawal so too your mind will conspire with opium to unleash mental torment at its most intolerable Whatever is most likely to unhinge you that is what you will experience Imagine the sound of a thousand babies crying inconsolably for hours and hours on end If I survived the physical pain for how much longer would my opium deprived brain persecute me A month A year The very thought of this had in the past been enough to make me give in before even starting But this time I was determined Savor what Halloween was meant to be I told myself Savor your nightmare When it is all over you will be free of opium forever My provisions were stocked and the most important preparation was in place my opium smoking layout Should I need it the hardwood tray with all the necessary accoutrements meticulously arranged upon it was waiting under my coffee table in the living room together with a bottle of the finest liquid opium Some might think it self defeating to have a quick fix at hand but I was unsure of whether the accounts in those old books were exaggerated If they weren t and if death was as real a possibility as the books suggested I needed to have the antidote at the ready It was late evening nearly twenty four hours since my last pipe when the opium cold began an array of flu like symptoms sneezing watery eyes and runny nose that announces the body s first signs of falling to pieces This is a common event for opium addicts something I had many times experienced whenever I got too busy to recline and prepare some pipes a simple reminder that opium was needed to tighten things back up This time the arrival of these symptoms caused me to retreat to my bedroom with its single blacked out window I wanted no part of the outside world The bustling sounds of nighttime in Chinatown floated up to my flat on waves of heat emanating from the sunbaked concrete but I had no desire to stand at a window and look at the city below I had long before become too detached to enjoy something as worldly as a room with a view and had hung blankets over the windows to promote the illusion of perpetual twilight In order to keep my mind off the steadily intensifying symptoms I got online YouTube and did some searches I looked up an old cartoon that I d stumbled across days before while looking for Halloween fare a Fleischer Studios gem from 1930 called Swing You Sinners I watched the clip over and over that night until the manic jazz and snatches of menacing dialogue became imbedded deep in a part of my brain that specializes in turning catchy songs into maddening little ditties Spook 1 Where you want your body sent Spook 2 Body Ha There ain t gonna be no body Oh yes there would I began to dwell on morbid visions of my corpse being discovered the centerpiece of a room that looked as though it had been ransacked by a madman Whoever found me would also find my collection of antique opium smoking paraphernalia those pieces that had survived my thrashing about like a headless chicken There was a time when I would have died before putting my collection in peril no exaggeration but of late it had become just another source of convenient income a way to pay for more opium At some point I lay down on my bed and fell into a fitful sleep I woke up just before dawn on November 1 All Saints Day with a loud buzzing in my ears and a dull headache My immediate thoughts were recollections of nightmares vague scenes based on long buried memories of celebrating Todos Los Santos as a young man in Manila images of crowds among concrete crypts in candlelit cemeteries Those real life events had been joyous occasions but my dreamed version was suffused with loss and a bitter longing That first night without the pipe was a taste of what I was to lose Never again would sleep be so delicious never again would dreams be so real The scene in the cemetery felt as though the dreams themselves were aware of their imminent demise that without opium my dreamed events would never again enjoy as much importance as my predictable waking life That overlap the blurring of lines between sleep and wakefulness that I experienced with daily opium use would soon cease to exist I couldn t help but feel I was giving up half my life Those first waking thoughts set the tone for the morning of that second day Feelings of impending loss kept resurfacing and all thoughts led to opium I tried to watch movies on my laptop but they served only to anger me Who were these people and what did they know about life My principal feeling toward nonsmokers was scorn Opium arrogance kept me engaged but just barely I stared at the performances meant to evoke emotions such as love and loneliness but I could not relate Watching people interact was like being forced to watch a mime I felt as though I lacked the patience to understand the message I had lost interest in the activities of everyone but a couple of opium smoking friends The rest of humanity I could ignore in the same way that one tunes out the speakers of a foreign language When I could no longer look at the images on my computer screen I tried to read but

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14714135.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Uncharted strait the future of China-Taiwan relations - Read On
    Implications for the United States p 213 Epilogue p 244 Notes p 251 Index p 309 Terms of Use Summary The future of the Taiwan Strait is more wide open than at any other time in recentdecades Tensions between China and Taiwan have eased since 2008 But the movementtoward full rapprochement remains fragile Whether the two sides of the Strait can sustain and expand a cooperative relationship after years of mutual distrust and fear is still uncertain The waters of the Strait are uncharted and each side worries about shoals beneath the surface The current engagement between Beijing and Taipei may make possible a solution to their six decade long dispute Whether when and how that might happen is however shrouded in doubt China fears the island s permanent separation by way of either an overt move to de jure independence or continued refusal to unify with the mainland Taiwan fears subordination to an authoritarian regime that does not have Taipei s interests at heart And the United States worries about the stability of the East Asian region Richard Bush who studied issues surrounding Taiwan during almost twenty years in the U S government explains the current state of relations between China and Taiwan providing the details of what led to the current situation And he extrapolates on the likely future of cross Strait relations Bush also discusses America s stake analyzing possible ramifications for U S interests in the criticallyimportant East Asia region and recommends steps toprotect those interests At the heart of the Taiwan conundrum is a question of definition Does the dispute stem from the protracted division of the Chinese state after World War II or does the Republic of China on Taiwan in some sense constitute a successor state of the old Republic of China ROC

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14711184.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The civilization of the Incas - Read On
    Details Home Fiction T The civilization of the Incas The civilization of the Incas Author Quilter Jeffrey Publisher Rosen Pub 2013 ISBN 9781448884995 library binding Find in Library Reader Reviews

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14625926.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The measure of Manhattan : the tumultuous career and surprising legacy of John Randel Jr., cartographer, surveyor, inventor / Marguerite Holloway. - Read On
    exhaustive research to resurrect her subject s life Nonetheless she is to be commended for reminding us of the undeniable significance to this day of Randel s work not only for New York but for infrastructure development across the United States Recommended for anyone interested in American civil engineering urban planning or New York biographies Richard Drezen Jersey City NJ c Copyright 2013 Library Journals LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source Inc No redistribution permitted Publishers Weekly c Copyright PWxyz LLC All rights reserved Between 1808 and 1865 John Randel Jr altered the landscape of New York City by proposing surveying and establishing the current grid system of the modern city during the same years the inveterate and peripatetic genius also surveyed and divided portions of upstate New York trudged hundreds of miles laying out turnpikes and surveying routes for several of the country s earliest railroads and sounded the Hudson River south of Albany in order to determine how ships might navigate the waters more easily In this fascinating biography of a figure mostly eclipsed by the city s other sculptor Robert Moses Holloway traces Randel s life and career from his work mapping the grid of Mannahatta to his plans for an elevated rail line and his constant efforts to improve the tools of his trade Randel invented a number of devices including a water level a theodolite and various measuring rods for use in surveying parcels of land The figure that emerges from Holloway s admiring portrait is a man who obsessed over precision hoped his ideas would improve the world loved finding solutions to problems and who strove to see how best to move from the present into the future 63 illus Agent Elaine Markson Markson Thoma Literary Agency Feb c Copyright PWxyz LLC All rights reserved Book list From Booklist Copyright American Library Association Used with permission Surveyed two centuries ago the street grid of then rural Manhattan was originally created in maps and marked on the ground by John Randel Jr who emerges here as a remarkable character Obsessively precise he impressed mentors in his youth cemented his name to the Manhattan survey and carried forward a career in engineering canals railroads and elevated railroads But he was also impolitic racking up a roster of antagonists whom he battled in print and in court Drawing on a wonderful assembly of the scattered sources on Randel Holloway regards him without simplification considering him to have been a multiphased character exact brilliant equality minded for his day he involved his two wives in his work but relentlessly righteous about his reputation As Holloway develops Randel s traits in connection with for example the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal she recurs to the afterlife of his Manhattan surveys Cartographers still consult them as do environmental scholars envisioning Manhattan s natural history e g Eric Sanderson in Mannahatta 2009 Setting Randel amid the infrastructure manias of early 1800s America Holloway renders his life s triumphs and failures

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14713840.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The day the world discovered the sun : an extraordinary story of scientific adventure and the race to track the transit of Venus / Mark Anderson. - Read On
    from the Venus transits of 1761 and 1769 However this is a story that explains the inner workings and politics of 18th century voyages and the relationships between countries explorers and astronomers Anderson author of Shakespeare by Another Name CH Dec 05 43 2025 deftly weaves in multiple stories and perspectives of international interest He also provides wonderful descriptions of a variety of cultures A map immediately preceding the prologue gives readers a sense of the locations that will be addressed In addition to the quest to understand the size of the sun Earth distance and humankind s place in the universe scientists of the time were seeking to solve the longitude problem Hence some might compare this book to Dava Sobel s Longitude CH Mar 96 33 3880 and it would make a great companion As Anderson notes in the appendix this book requires no specialized mathematical or astronomical training to explore the human drama of the 1761 and 1769 Venus transit voyages Summing Up Highly recommended All levels of academic and general readers J R Kraus University of Denver Book list From Booklist Copyright American Library Association Used with permission On June 5 2012 the planet Venus will pass between the sun and Earth appearing as a tiny dot set against the sun This rare astronomical event occurs only twice every 120 years In 1769 the anticipation of this transit of Venus triggered a rush to the far corners of the planet to observe the transit record data and draw scientific conclusions Using the evolving process of triangulation it was believed that observation from various points would lead to precise measurement of the distance between the sun and Earth and then to the calculation of the size of the solar system Anderson has written an exciting chronicle centered on three of the journeys to observe the passage to lower California to the Arctic and to the South Pacific These travels were replete with dangers and surprises and were led by an interesting cast of characters including the now iconic Captain James Cook This is a fine combination of popular science and real life adventure that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers Freeman Jay Copyright 2010 Booklist Publishers Weekly c Copyright PWxyz LLC All rights reserved In this exciting tale part detective story part history of science Anderson Shakespeare by Another Name vividly recreates the torturous explorations and enthralling discovery of three peripatetic and insatiably curious explorers The French astronomer Jean Baptiste Chappe d Auteroche the British naval captain James Cook and the Hungarian scientist and priest Maximilian Hell chased Venus across the sky in 1761 and 1769 as its shadow crossed the sun and they sought to uncover one of the 18th century s greatest scientific mysteries the dimensions of the solar system In these voyages Cook Chappe and Hell determined that the Sun is 95 million miles from Earth and that the Sun s horizontal parallax is about eight and a half seconds These discoveries

    Original URL path: http://readon.sg/det_14713837.aspx (2013-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive



  •