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(1888 PressRelease) Flesh of the Blood, to be released at the Rose City Comicon in Portland, Oregon, on September 20th, is the first in a series of three fantasy novels by author E.A. Channon, will entice readers with a tale of humans, dwarves, magicians and elves working together to rescue a lost girl.
1888 PressRelease - Author Phyllis R. Brown understands what it is like to see her husband slipping away. She helps readers of Help Me! I'm Slipping navigate the changes in their loved ones.
1888PressRelease - Arnie Danielson, an expert on the evolution of American banking, helps readers to understand the historical impact of changes in the banking landscape and shows that the recent events have not only taken the largest banks beyond traditional banking, but has also greatly enhanced their international position.
Apabila merancang ruangan yang mana salah satu fungsi utama ruangan tersebut adalah mendengarkan suara, seperti studio rekaman, auditorium, gedung konser, home theater, ruang rapat, kelas sekolah dan sebagainya, kita harus memperhatikan aspek akustiknya. Apabila rancangan tersebut tidak memperhatikan aspek akustik, maka dapat dipastikan fungsi ruangan tersebut menjadi gagal. Beberapa kejadian akustik yang terjadi di sebuah ruangan adalah room modes, reflection (pantulan), absorbtion (penyerapan), diffusion (penyebaran), diffraction (pembayangan), dan lain-lain. Kejadian akustik tersebut terdengar oleh pendengar sebagai gema (echo), dengung (reverberation), bass boomy-flat, dan lain- lain. Banyaknya gema, panjangnya dengung, dan lain sebagainya apabila digabung, akan membentuk sebuah karakteristik akustik ruangan
Pola penanggulangan bencana mendapatkan dimensi baru dengan dikeluarkannya UndangUndang No.24 Tahun 2007 tetang Penanggulangan Bencana, yang diikuti beberapa peraturan pelaksanaan terkait.Untuk mendukung pengembangan sistem penanggulangan bencana yang mencakup pemerintah pusat maupun daerah, maka dipandang perlu memulai dengan mengetahui sejauhmana penerapan peraturan yang terkait dengan penanggulangan bencana di daerah.Telaah ini bertujuan untuk melakukan review terhadap sistem penanggulangan bencana di Indonesia dengan menghasilkan rekomendasi kebijakan strategis dalam kegiatan penanggulangan bencana. Secara umum dapat disimpulkan bahwa sistem penanggulangan bencana yang saat ini dikembangkan baik ditingkat nasional maupun daerah adalah merupakan tahap transisi antara sistem yang selama ini berjalan dengan sistem baru seperti yang diamanatkan oleh UU No. 24 Tahun 2007. UU ini menjadi “milestone” dikarenakan adanya berbagai kewenangan yang terdapat di di dalam UU tersebut. Ada kewenangan di beberapa kementerian dan lembaga, secara langsung tidak berada dalam kewenangan/tugas pokok dan fungsi dari BNPB, dan apabila terjadi bencana alam, akan mengalamai kesulitan dalam melakukan koordinasi serta menimbulkan kelambatan dalam pelaksanaan, dan ketidak efektifan dalam penanggulangan bencana.
Guna membantu BPBA khususnya pada ruang pencegahan dan kesiap siagaan dalam mengatasi proses pendataan bencana yang terhambat dengan adanya gangguan jaringan internet maupun gangguan server database di kantor pusat, maka penulis merancang dan mengembangkan sebuah perangkat lunak yang membantu dalam melakukan proses pendataan bencana di Provinsi Aceh demi mengantisipasi permasalahan tersebut. Pengembangan perangkat lunak tersebut menggunakan bahasa pemograman java dengan menggunakan Netbeans IDE versi 7.1 dan MySQL Server versi 5.5 sebagai basis data. Produk dari pengembangan tersebut adalah Sistem Informasi Pendataan Bencana (SIPEB). SIPEB merupakan perangkat lunak berbasis aplikasi desktop, yang memiliki media penyimpanan data di dalam sebuah database. Tidak hanya fungsi Create Read Update Delete (CRUD) yang terdapat didalam SIPEB, fungsi lain yang terdapat pada SIPEB yaitu fungsi backup data, restore data, cetak laporan harian, cetak laporan bulanan dan cetak laporan tahunan. Perangkat lunak yang dirancang ini berfungsi untuk melakukan pendataan bencana, penyajian informasi bencana yang pernah terjadi dalam bentuk laporan dan juga pemeliharaan data dari kerusakan data, kehilangan data maupun penggandaan data. Kata Kunci : Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Aceh (BPBA), pencegahan dan kesiapsiagaan, Sistem Informasi Pendataan Bencana (SIPEB). I. gangguan atau permasalahan jaringan internet pada kantor tersebut akibatnya data-data maupun laporan bencana yang harus di input akan menjadi terlambat sehingga menghambat kelancaran aktivitas operator untuk menginput laporan pendataan bencana. Sistem yang dibuat berbasis desktop application menggunakan database sebagai penyimpanan data. Penyimpanan data di dalam database dapat meminimalisir kemungkinan data tersebut hilang atau terkena virus computer yang mengakibatkan data itu rusak.
J.R.R Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa. After the death of his parents, Tolkien studied language at Oxford where he later became a language professor and developed the fictional world of Middle Earth. Tolkien’s books have influenced a whole genre of fantasy and mesmerized readers from all around the world. The Hobbit is a humble children’s book written for his own children. It was published in 1937 and since then both children and adults have read the book and adored it. The Hobbit is a prelude to The Lord of the Rings, but can be read as an independent story. The book consists of many different themes and is more than just a children’s adventure; it is a tale of war, ethics and personal development. It is easy to feel sympathy with the protagonist Bilbo, who is an approximately three foot tall hobbit, since we all can feel small sometimes in life. But in The Hobbit, Bilbo develops into a hero despite his small size. The plot describes how Bilbo joins a company of 13 dwarves and Gandalf, the old wizard, on a journey to the Lonely Mountains in the east to recover the ancient treasure taken and guarded by the dragon Smaug. But through the book the reader may begin to understand that Bilbo will come back home from adventure with something much more important than piles of gold and precious metal; he comes back home with compassion, maturity and bravery: he becomes a hero. The hero that is described in Tolkien’s The Hobbit is different than other common heroes in literature: Hercules, Achilles and Beowulf to mention a few, all of whom are strong males and warriors. Bilbo, however, is a small hobbit with more heart than muscles and he still changes the world into something better. As I will argue in this essay, a hero, according to Tolkien, is a sensitive character rather than a mighty warrior. The Hobbit is not a novel about an isolated hero, but as I will show friendship is a core value.
A Rare Copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendary Book The Hobbit Goes Under the Hammer As the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s epic film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit reaches the final stages of production, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions offer Tolkien fans the world over the opportunity to buy a first edition of the original book, The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (1937), at their sale of Modern Literature in London on Friday 11th April. Published in September 1937 the book tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, and acts as a precursor to Tolkien’s famous The Lord of The Rings (1954-1955) trilogy. The continuing popularity of the book, and the recent adaptation to film, make copies of this work coveted collectors' items, this copy is estimated to sell for £15,000 – 20,000. [Lot 139] The adventures of secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming's 007 novels comprise lots 48 – 62 of this sale. Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James Bond, and made a further 11 Bond novels possible. This iconic book, the dust-jacket of which was designed by Fleming himself, was an instant success with readers with 4,728 copies selling in the UK within a month of publication, and a further two print runs within the same month selling at the same speed. More than 60 years later buyers have an opportunity to purchase one of the books from the original print run. This superb copy comes in an almost pristine dust-jacket and is priced at £10,000 – 15,000. [Lot 48]
I want to consider the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in terms of its reception, which combines remarkable popular success with extraordinary critical hostility.1 What are so many readers finding so rewarding in these books that so many professional literary intellectuals think is so bad? The solution to this riddle, I suggest, arises out of the meaning and values of his work as apprehended by both sets of readers, constellated around the idea, values and projects of modernity - something which Tolkien's alternative, "re-enchanted" world fundamentally questions. Crucial too, therefore, are various aspects of what has come to be called postmodernity which, taken together, imply a passing of modernist hegemony. To put it crudely, then, I intend to use postmodernism to defend the contemporary meaning of Tolkien's anti-modernism against his numerous Marxist, materialist, psychoanalytic and structuralist critics. But I shall also use the issue of re-enchantment to criticize postmodernist secularism. I finish up with a few suggestions about both criticism and the writing of fantasy which arise out of this approach. Without suggesting a comparable importance, a certain parallelism with Tolkien's famous lecture on Beowulf has emerged in the course of my own essay, except that this time, the story is contemporary literature, and the irritatingly atavistic and intractable monster at its centre is The Lord of the Rings itself. I too am going to suggest that the latter's critics too have missed its point, and have done so for reasons which turn on their own relationship of complicity with modernity.
Because of the popularity of The Lord of the Rings in all its mediums, the creatures known as “orcs” or, sometimes, “goblins” are commonly known at this point in time. Even those who have never read J.R.R. Tolkien’s books have some image associated with the name. “Orc.” It is Old English in origin, returned to the popular lexicon of both British and American English by a certain professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. What does one imagine when hearing that word? For those who know these creatures through Tolkien’s writings, one probably pictures a dank, stooped warrior, not fair in any sense of the word, with a taste for blood and greed for destruction: dark, coarse, stinky, and cruel. Between such a description and the activities of orcs as narrated in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, these creatures are, in a word, evil. Not one of the passages in these books is sympathetic to the orcs; not once are they considered among the free peoples of Middle-earth; and, not once do their actions (as we see them) really justify it. We must remember that these creatures do not exist in the reality we here experience, and as such that Tolkien imagined these characters and thus made conscious choices in their written creation. It is entirely intentional that we never see an orc worthy of our sympathy or our pity as readers. In so doing, Tolkien establishes the orcs as a race of evil motives, evil deeds, and evil natures. Even men, the men from the East and South so very different from the Gondorian heroes of The Lord of the Rings, receive forgiveness from their enemies and earn a chance at redemption. No such considerations for the orcs! Aligned first with Morgoth, and then with Sauron, the orcs, by their very nature, it seems, cannot be redeemed. They are evil, and thus irreversibly immoral – or so Tolkien’s presentation leads many to believe. And, of course, the orcs are evil according to Tolkien’s own morality, defined by him as “a guide to our human purposes, the conduct of our lives: (a) the ways in which our individual talents can be developed without waste or misuse; and (b) without injuring our kindred or interfering with their development” (Letters 399-400). Tolkien’s own morals aside, has he truly made the orcs irreversibly evil? Is there no question, no possibility, that they can be redeemed – or even, that they are not evil in the first place? ...