Acquired Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure by Wayne P. Lammers (Stone Bridge Press)
Japanese difficult? Study boring? No way! Not with this “real manga, real Japanese” approach to learning. Presenting all spoken Japanese as a variation of three basic sentence types, Japanese the Manga Way shows how to build complex constructions step by step. Every grammar point is illustrated by an actual manga published in Japan to show how the language is used in real life, an approach that is entertaining and memorable. As an introduction, as a jump-start for struggling students, or (with its index) as a reference and review for veterans, Japanese the Manga Way is perfect for all learners at all levels.
Present from Dave Harris
Acquired MEGREZ Chinese Calligraphy Drawing Felt Mat, Sumi Xuan Paper Painting Felt Desk Pad for Practice Chinese Japanese Calligraphy Brush Paintings Writing, Gray, Large (amazon.com)
  • The felt mat size: 31.5 x 51.18 x 0.12 inch (80 x 130 cm x 3 mm).
  • Good quality. Thickened felt pad, it contains wool material.
  • Can be hold your paper and keep the table clean, you won't get ink on your desk.
  • Can be used for practice calligraphy/sumi and drawing, perfect for beginners and Chinese lovers.
  • Easy to carry and easy to use.
Acquired Moon+ Reader Pro for Android (moondownload.com)
Your finger reader for fantastic reading experience in android
I’d read a couple books on the free version of Moon+ Reader this past year and it was a relatively pleasant experience. I saw they were having a New Year’s sale, and couldn’t resist helping out the cause.

They’ve got some reasonable highlights and notes functionality and sharing/export (though their HTML export doesn’t seem to be working).

Acquired Dyson V8 Animal vacuum cleaner

Acquired Dyson V8 Animal vacuum cleaner.
The Dyson V8 Animal stick vacuum is engineered for homes with pets. Captures dust, animal hair and allergens.
I got one of these at Bed Bath & Beyond for $239.00 which was one of the better deals I’ve seen recently. I was loathe to try out yet another vacuum cleaner and didn’t have much hope that anything could win against the inimitable German Shepherd Lily. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen our carpets cleaner! I think the first pass at the living room rug took about two whole dogs’ worth of hair out. How did I manage to live without this for the past two years. 

Now if I could just get the Furminator version of this vacuum so we could get it at the source…

Acquired Standard Issue Notebook NO.3 | GREEN (DesignWorks Ink)

JBE86-2051

  • 192 LINED PAGES WITH DAY/MONTH HEADERS & SUBJECT LINE
  • BULLET TEMPLATE WITH RULER
  • ELASTIC PEN HOLDER WITH GOLD METAL GROMMET REINFORCEMENT
  • ELASTIC CLOSURE
  • FABRIC WRAPPED SPINE
  • ID BADGE ON COVER
  • INFORMATIONAL PAGES
  • 3 RIBBON MARKERS
  • HAND SEWN LAY-FLAT BINDING
  • GOLD FOIL ACCENT
  • 6.75" X 8.5" FLUSH CUT COVER WITH RAW EDGES
  • PRINTED WITH SOY INKS ON ACID-FREE PAPER

"YOUR EVERYDAY ARSENAL FOR GETTING STUFF DONE"

Form meets function in our STANDARD ISSUE notebooks. Whether you're exploring the great frontier or an idea for your next big project these notebooks are all you need. We've paired clean utilitarian designs with high-quality construction for a premium writing experience.

Each journal is packed with handy features like bullet templates conversion charts pen holders and ID badges to help keep you organized. STANDARD ISSUE notebooks are designed to be the only piece of gear you need to get you through the day.

Gift purchased for me from Vromans on 5/25/19.

Acquired Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell

Acquired Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell (Faber & Faber (2016))
The story of Twelve Apostles is the story of early Christianity: its competing versions of Jesus’s ministry, its countless schisms, and its ultimate evolution from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today in all its forms and permutations. In his quest to understand the underpinnings of the world’s largest religion, Tom Bissell embarks on a years-long pilgrimage to the apostles’ supposed tombs, traveling from Jerusalem and Rome to Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, India, and Kyrgyzstan. Along the way, Bissell uncovers the mysterious and often paradoxical lives of these twelve men and how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia. Written with empathy and a rare acumen—and often extremely funny—Apostle is an intellectual, spiritual, and personal adventure fit for believers, scholars, and wanderers alike.
Purchased at UCLA Store for $6.99+tax

Acquired The Witches, Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Acquired The Witches, Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown and Company)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. 

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Purchased at UCLA Store for $8.99+tax

Acquired The Emergence of Biological Organization by Henry Quastler

Acquired The Emergence of Biological Organization by Henry Quastler (Yale Univ Press; First Edition edition (1964))

In 1964 Quastler's book The Emergence of Biological Organization was published posthumously. In 2002, Harold J. Morowitz described it as a "remarkably prescient book" which is "surprisingly contemporary in outlook". In it Quastler pioneers a theory of emergence, developing model of "a series of emergences from probionts to prokaryotes".

The work is based on lectures given by Quastler during the spring term of 1963, when he was Visiting Professor of Theoretical Biology at Yale University. In these lectures Quastler argued that the formation of single-stranded polynucleotides was well within the limits of probability of what could have occurred during the pre-biologic period of the Earth. However, he noted that polymerization of a single-stranded polymer from mononucleotides is slow, and its hydrolysis is fast; therefore in a closed system consisting only of mononucleotides and their single-stranded polymers, only a small fraction of the available molecules will be polymerized. However, a single-stranded polymer may form a double-stranded one by complementary polymerization, using a single-stranded polynucleotide as a template. Such a process is relatively fast and the resulting double-stranded polynucleotide is much more stable than the single single-stranded one since each monomer is bound not only along the sugar phosphate backbone, but also through inter-strand bonding between the bases.

The capability for self-replication, a fundamental feature of life, emerged when double-stranded polynucleotides disassociated into single-stranded ones and each of these served as a template for synthesis of a complementary strand, producing two double-stranded copies. Such a system is mutable since random changes of individual bases may occur and be propagated. Individual replicators with different nucleotide sequences may also compete with each other for nucleotide precursors. Mutations that influence the folding state of polynucleotides may affect the ratio of association of strands to dissociation and thus the ability to replicate. The folding state would also affect the stability of the molecule. These ideas were then developed to speculate on the emergence of genetic information, protein synthesis and other general features of life.

Lily E. Kay says that Quastler's works "are an illuminating example of a well reasoned epistemic quest and a curious disciplinary failure". Quastler's aspiration to create an information based biology was innovative, but his work was "plagued by problems: outdated data, unwarranted assumptions, some dubious numerology, and, most importantly, an inability to generate an experimental agenda." However Quastler's "discursive framework" survived.

Forty-five years after Quastler's 1964 proposal, Lincoln and Joyce described a cross-catalytic system that involves two RNA enzymes (ribosymes) that catalyze each other's synthesis from a total of four component substrates. This synthesis occurred in the absence of protein and could provide the basis for an artificial genetic system.

The Emergence of Biological Organization

There was a single used copy in the UK for $12.49 and all the rest are $149.00+ so I snapped it up. Should be an interesting read in and of itself, but I suspect it’s got an interesting niche of the history of science covered with respect to bit history, complexity, and biological organization.

Should arrive some time between March 13 – March 25.

Acquired 2 packages of Brodart Advantage I Book Jacket Cover Sheets

Acquired Brodart Advantage I Book Jacket Cover Sheets (Brodart)

Adjustable polypropylene book jacket coversAdjustable polypropylene covers are acid-free and available in prepackaged sheets (24' x 12", non-reflective, qty 25)

  • Polypropylene is a flexible, quiet material that will stretch but not tear
  • Recommended for non-circulating or personal collections
  • Available in two film clarities:
    • Non-Reflective – Covers have a matte finish to hide imperfections, flaws, and fingerprints; covers also reduce glare
    • Clear – Covers are crystal clear and have a glossy finish to show off new book graphics
  • Acid-free polypropylene; will not yellow or crack with age
  • Not recommended for use in book drops
  • 2.5-mil sheets

Home, Altadena, CA 91001, USA

64 °F clear sky

Acquired Category Theory for the Sciences by David I. Spivak

Acquired Category Theory for the Sciences by David I. Spivak (The MIT Press, 1st Edition)

An introduction to category theory as a rigorous, flexible, and coherent modeling language that can be used across the sciences.

Category theory was invented in the 1940s to unify and synthesize different areas in mathematics, and it has proven remarkably successful in enabling powerful communication between disparate fields and subfields within mathematics. This book shows that category theory can be useful outside of mathematics as a rigorous, flexible, and coherent modeling language throughout the sciences. Information is inherently dynamic; the same ideas can be organized and reorganized in countless ways, and the ability to translate between such organizational structures is becoming increasingly important in the sciences. Category theory offers a unifying framework for information modeling that can facilitate the translation of knowledge between disciplines.

Written in an engaging and straightforward style, and assuming little background in mathematics, the book is rigorous but accessible to non-mathematicians. Using databases as an entry to category theory, it begins with sets and functions, then introduces the reader to notions that are fundamental in mathematics: monoids, groups, orders, and graphs―categories in disguise. After explaining the “big three” concepts of category theory―categories, functors, and natural transformations―the book covers other topics, including limits, colimits, functor categories, sheaves, monads, and operads. The book explains category theory by examples and exercises rather than focusing on theorems and proofs. It includes more than 300 exercises, with solutions.

Category Theory for the Sciences is intended to create a bridge between the vast array of mathematical concepts used by mathematicians and the models and frameworks of such scientific disciplines as computation, neuroscience, and physics.

Category Theory for the Sciences

Ordered a copy from Amazon