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review 2017-08-22 17:33
The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading - Anne Gisleson

Anne Gisleson's memoirs dealing with her father's death and her twin sister's suicides 18 months apart is quite a heavy read. Her husband had his own losses he was grieving through as he lost his partner and mother to his son very early in their marriage to cancer. Combine that with suffering through Hurricane Katrina and life's daily offerings, there is a LOT of pain in here.

Together with their friends (who had many pains, as well), Ann and her husband, Brad, start a book club, the ECRG in which they really delve deeply into the meaning of these books. I can attest that I did add several of those books to my TBR pile.

A book dealing with loss, comfort and healing. Not your basic summer beach read at all.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-22 16:00
Beyond the Usual Alpha-Beta Search: "Deep Thinking - Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins” by Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins - Garry Kasparov,Mig Greengard

“In 2016, nineteen years after my loss to Deep Blue, the Google-backed AI project DeepMind and its Go-playing offshoot AlphaGo defeated the world’s top Go player, Lee Sedol. More importantly, as also as predicted, the methods used to create AlphaGo were more interesting as an IA Project than anything that had produced the top chess machines. It uses machine learning and neural networks to teach itself how to play better, as well as other sophisticated techniques beyond the usual alpha-beta search. Deep Blue was the end; AlphaGo is a beginning.”

 

In “Deep Thinking - Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins” by Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard 

 

My personal experience with Go dates back at least a decade. I remember getting slaughtered every time by the free GNUgo software, just as I had been by every human opponent for the last 20 years. Never got the hang of it, though I was school chess captain back in the day. Totally different mindset. I first came across it in a little-remembered crime series called 'The Man in Room 17', with Richard Vernon and Denholm Ellit eponymously solving crimes without leaving their office, where they were always playing go. I also remember a funny little story while I was attending the British Council. Back in the 80s, a Korean guy gave me a game. After every move I played, he stifled a laugh and started a rapid fire of, "No! Cos you purrin ['put in', I presume] there, then I purrin here, after you purrin there an' I purrin here, you lose these piece" None of which made anything clearer. At chess, the first (okay, tenth) time I got mated on the back row by a rook, I learned not to leave the king behind a wall of pawns. Never got my head round the simplest 'joseki' (corner opening) at Go. Beautifully elegant game though.

 

If you're into Chess, and Computer Science of the AI variety, read on.

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url 2017-05-24 07:42
Library Thing Author Nuit Mindfulness Books Blog Reviews Events
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training'Series of Books

Author: Nataša Nuit Pantović

 

* ''Art of 4 Elements|Discover Alchemy through Poetry'' (2015)

* ''A Guide to Mindful Eating|Conscious Eating'' (2015)

* ''Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes|Mindful Eating'' (2015)

* ''Mindful Being towards Mindful Living Course|Mindfulness Training'' (2015)

* ''Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents|Conscious Parenting'' (2016)

* ''Chanting Mantras with Best Chords|Chanting Mantras'' (2016)

* ''Ama Alchemy of Love|17th century journey into enlightenment'' (2016)

* ''Tree of Life|Spiritual Poetry Book'' (2017)

* ''Conscious Creativity|Conscious Creativity'' (2017)

 

Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Series of Books

 

https://www.librarything.com/author/nuitnatasapantovic

 

Published by Artof4Elements

Source: www.librarything.com/author/nuitnatasapantovic
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url 2017-05-21 13:13
Amazon Author Nuit and Mindfulness Books Link
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

''Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training'' Series of Mindfulness Books are:

 

* ''Art of 4 Elements|Discover Alchemy through Poetry'' (2015)

* ''A Guide to Mindful Eating|Conscious Eating'' (2015)

* ''Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes|Mindful Eating'' (2015)

* ''Mindful Being towards Mindful Living Course|Mindfulness Training'' (2015)

* ''Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents|Conscious Parenting'' (2016)

* ''Chanting Mantras with Best Chords|Chanting Mantras'' (2016)

* ''Ama Alchemy of Love|17th century journey into enlightenment'' (2016)

* ''Tree of Life|Spiritual Poetry Book'' (2017)

* ''Conscious Creativity|Conscious Creativity'' (2017)

 

Artof4Elements is a Mindfulness Training and self-help Publisher that in 2015 designed and launched a Series called ''Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Books''. The main interest is in areas of Mindfulness, Meditation, Self-Help, New Thought, Alternative Health, Vegetarian and Vegan Food and Nutrition, and Conscious Parenting.

Source: amazon.com/author/nuit
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video 2017-05-19 12:40
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mindfulness Training: Divergent Thinking or How to Practice Creative Thinking

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/35/divergent-thinking
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