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Off the Grid By Blaine Readler
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With a determination born of desperation, Fels has convinced Carl to abandon their life in San Diego and build a self-sufficient little cabin high in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Carl has been wrestling... More > with the premature termination of his blossoming musical career due to a freak accident, while Fels struggles with grief over the death of her beloved young nephew, for which she feels partly to blame. She believes that they can both find relief in the solitude afforded off the grid. Carl, though, wonders whether the isolation has begun to affect their minds when he finds an ancient Cuyamaca tribal chief hovering in the shadows, his spirit manifested as a coyote, while Fels is convinced that her nephew has reincarnated as a young ferret. More ominously, Carl realizes that another invisible visitor has been lurking among them, one created and placed for the sole purpose of killing humans. And there is no mistaking that this visitor is very much real.< Less
Off the Grid By Blaine Readler
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With a determination born of desperation, Fels has convinced Carl to abandon their life in San Diego and build a self-sufficient little cabin high in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Carl has been wrestling... More > with the premature termination of his blossoming musical career due to a freak accident, while Fels struggles with grief over the death of her beloved young nephew, for which she feels partly to blame. She believes that they can both find relief in the solitude afforded off the grid. Carl, though, wonders whether the isolation has begun to affect their minds when he finds an ancient Cuyamaca tribal chief hovering in the shadows, his spirit manifested as a coyote, while Fels is convinced that her nephew has reincarnated as a young ferret. More ominously, Carl realizes that another invisible visitor has been lurking among them, one created and placed for the sole purpose of killing humans. And there is no mistaking that this visitor is very much real.< Less
Verilog by Example: A Concise Introduction for FPGA Design By Blaine Readler
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A practical primer for the student and practicing engineer already familiar with the basics of digital design, the reference develops a working grasp of the verilog hardware description language... More > step-by-step using easy-to-understand examples. Starting with a simple but workable design sample, increasingly more complex fundamentals of the language are introduced until all major features of verilog are brought to light. Included in the coverage are state machines, modular design, FPGA-based memories, clock management, specialized I/O, and an introduction to techniques of simulation. The goal is to prepare the reader to design real-world FPGA solutions. All the sample code used in the book is available online. What Strunk and White did for the English language with “The Elements of Style,” VERILOG BY EXAMPLE does for FPGA design.< Less
VHDL BY EXAMPLE By Blaine Readler
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A practical primer for the student and practicing engineer already familiar with the basics of digital design, the reference develops a working grasp of the VHLD hardware description language... More > step-by-step using easy-to-understand examples. Starting with a simple but workable design sample, increasingly more complex fundamentals of the language are introduced until all core features of VHDL are brought to light. Included in the coverage are state machines, modular design, FPGA-based memories, clock management, specialized I/O, and an introduction to techniques of simulation. The goal is to prepare the reader to design real-world FPGA solutions. All the sample code used in the book is available online. What Strunk and White did for the English language with “The Elements of Style,” VHDL BY EXAMPLE does for FPGA design.< Less
Monsters in the Attic By Blaine Readler
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Gabe didn’t go looking for the role as Earth’s defender against marauding aliens; in fact, quite the opposite. Pet-sitter by day, jump-blues guitarist by night, Gabe’s plate is, as... More > they say, quite full. He has his ducks all in a row. He and life are reading off the same page. You get the picture. But fate is not some bleeding heart, Mr. Rogers do-gooder. Oh no. Once he decides that it’s Gabe’s turn at bat, he reaches out his gnarled hand--or in this case, raccoon paw--clutches Gabe’s shoulder, spins him around and impresses in no uncertain terms that the fate of the world is in his hands. That’s Gabe’s hands. Adding to the non-trivial problem of saving the world, though, is Gabe’s growing suspicion that fate in the form of a raccoon is lying.< Less
The Worth of Smart By Blaine Readler
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True stories about next-generation Predator drones scouting the Mexican border for illegals, a scientist whose only means of escaping certain death in the Antarctic carries him into the future,... More > robots fooled by Groucho glasses, interstellar astronauts who draw blood over dessert snacks while the schizophrenic ship computer eggs them on, and the smartest man on Earth who’s dumber than a turnip. Then, there’s a whole gaggle of true stories about aliens: aliens that come to Earth to claim the remains of their deceased Roswell companions, only to find the captain’s head missing; aliens that come to Earth to recruit space fighter pilots because their own arms are too short to reach the controls; aliens that try to come to earth disguised as marbles; and aliens that come to Earth to practice their acting roles as aliens coming to Earth. Amazing, but all true. At least, there’s no clear evidence that these stories couldn’t one day happen.< Less
Overlay By Blaine Readler
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Myths of spirits and wraiths roaming a world just beyond our mortal perceptions have haunted mankind since the dawn of history. Against common sense and sane reasoning, Jordan attempts an expedition... More > into just such a world in pursuit of his fiancée who lies senseless in an inexplicable coma. Her professor has discovered a sixth-century manuscript describing such a journey, and wielding an ancient Latin palindrome, he launches Jordan on an expedition stranger than he could have imagined. The Overlay is populated by souls both familiar and legendary, and one in particular who has determined that Jordan represents a challenge to his domain and must be destroyed. Worse, Jordan realizes that the professor was weak on his instructions for returning.< Less
The Colony By Blaine Readler
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Kiel seeks temporary refuge from his hard life on the road as a fugitive, and believes that he’s found it on the Bakke farmstead. He fails to see, however, that if it were simply a safe haven... More > he sought, he would do much better giving himself up to the police. The farm harbors tiny enigmatic creatures that are masters at cooperating towards their collective goal. As their capabilities grow, their tolerance diminishes for people who get in their way. Against an expanding threat of aggression, Kiel bands with the Bakke family to fight back. The fight, however, soon becomes a struggle to survive the deadly, resilient forms evolving before their eyes.< Less
The Shoes of Moses By Blaine Readler
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Ponderable stories about next-generation Predator drones scouting the Mexican border for illegals, a scientist whose only means of escaping certain death in the Antarctic carries him into the future,... More > robots fooled by Groucho glasses, interstellar astronauts who draw blood over dessert snacks while the schizophrenic ship computer eggs them on, and the smartest man on Earth who’s dumber than a turnip. Then, there’s a whole gaggle of ponderable stories about aliens: aliens that come to Earth to claim the remains of their deceased Roswell companions, only to find the captain’s head is missing; aliens that come to Earth to recruit space fighter pilots because their own arms are too short to reach the controls; aliens that try to come to earth disguised as marbles; and aliens that come to Earth to practice their acting roles as aliens coming to Earth. Stories to ponder and debate; stories that will change your world.< Less
The Alien Who Preferred Fish By Blaine Readler
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Space aliens have invaded the earth! Unfortunately nobody is even aware, at least until Gabe, pet-sitter by day and jump-blues bandleader by night, finds himself face-to-face with a raccoon that... More > talks like Louis Armstrong. Ronny (he named himself after Ronald Reagan, thinking that this would elicit fond memories) explains that he needs Gabe’s help to thwart a full-scale invasion of evil Demon-zombies. Gabe, though, can’t shake the feeling that something smells . . . fishy.< Less