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The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Posted by Azul at May 29, 2016, 6:46 pm in Ebooks » Fantasy

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"The Ghost Pirates . . . is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power." — H.P. Lovecraft


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The Figure Out of the Sea

He began without any circumlocution.

I joined the Mortzestus in 'Frisco. I heard before I signed on, that there were some funny yarns floating round about her; but I was pretty nearly on the beach, and too jolly anxious to get away, to worry about trifles. Besides, by all accounts, she was right enough so far as grub and treatment went. When I asked fellows to give it a name, they generally could not. All they could tell me, was that she was unlucky, and... read more

Ghost Ship - Ourang Medan

Posted by Azul at November 5, 2015, 8:57 pm in Movies » Documentary - Mystery

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The SS Ourang Medan was a ghost ship which, according to various sources, became a shipwreck in Indonesian waters after its entire crew had died under suspicious circumstances. Skepticism exists about the truthfulness of the story, suggesting that the ship may have never actually existed, but has become something of a legend.

In February, 1948, distress calls were picked up by numerous ships near Indonesia, from the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan. The chilling message was, “All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then one final grisly message… “I die.” When the... read more

The Great Math Mystery

Posted by Azul at June 3, 2015, 7:38 pm in Movies » Documentary - Science

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Go on a mathematical mystery tour - a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the successful landing of rovers on Mars.

But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ... read more

The Son of the Wolf by Jack London

Posted by Azul at March 23, 2015, 10:14 pm in Ebooks » Action - Adventure

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Jack London gained his first and most lasting fame as the author of tales of the Klondike gold rush. This, his first collection of stories, draws on his experience in the Yukon. The stories tell of gambles won and lost, of endurance and sacrifice, and often turn on the qualities of exceptional women and on the relations between the white adventurers and the native tribes.
Stories included are:
- The White Silence
- The Son of the Wolf
- The Men of Forty Mile
- In a Far Country
- To the Man on Trail
- The Priestly Perogative
- The Wisdom of the Trail
- The Wife of the King
- An Odyssey of the North


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'Carmen won't last more than a couple of days.' Mason spat out a chunk of ice and surveyed the poor animal ruefully, then put her foot in his mouth and proceeded to bite out the ice which clustered cruelly between the toes.

'I never saw a dog with a highfalutin' name that ever was worth a rap,' he said, as he concluded his task and shoved her aside. 'They just fade away and die under the responsibility. Did ye ever see one go wrong with a sensible name like Cassiar, Siwash, or Husky? No, sir! Take a look at Shookum here, he's—' Snap! The lean brute flashed up, the white teeth just missing Mason's throat.

'Ye will, will ye?' A shrewd clout behind the ear with the butt of the dog whip stretched the animal in the snow, quivering softly, a yellow slaver dripping from its fangs.... read more

Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion

Posted by Azul at January 15, 2015, 7:30 pm in Ebooks » Science

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This book is distinct from all other books on Astronomy. As the book goes on it give rise to a sense of guilt for being ignorant about the world around us. It does not go deep into the scientific theories or technicalities of the subject, but very efficiently presented the required information to the reader. This will be a great book for a beginner but its contents will not satisfy the sections of reader who have already very well acquainted with the subject. This will be a good book for general reading also. This book surely can be classified as a book on Astronomy with an artistic touch. Reader of any age and with any background can read and enjoy this book and gain knowledge of basics of Astronomy and next time watch the sky with a smile on the face.

This book begins with an interesting section on contribution of women in the study and progress of Astronomy. This section is followed by the chapters on universe, constellations, star, sun as a star and sun as a centre of the solar system. The bulk of the book is ... read more

The Geopolitics of World War III

Posted by Azul at November 12, 2014, 6:52 pm in Movies » Documentary - Politics

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Storm Clouds Gathering, known for its unorthodox analysis of news, politics, and geopolitical issues through documentary video content, takes a look at how the American media portrayal of why Russia and Syria are being accused of global aggression might differ from what is really behind it all in The Geopolitics of World War III.

The filmmaker sets the stage for the subject matter by suggesting that the U.S. dollar is a unique currency for many reasons, though the reasons that matter most are not necessarily widely known. One fact often thought to be significant is its status as the world reserve currency since 1945, but the dollar's importance is much more dependent on the fact it of it having been the primary currency by which oil has been traded in the global marketplace since 1970. Oil makes the world go round in the present political landscape, for better or worse, so this in turn makes the U.S. dollar a very important cog in the global financial machine.

Prior to 1971, the U.S. dollar was bound to the gold standard - or at least that is what the world operated under the belief of. The filmmakers highlight that the International Monetary Fund reports that in 1966, foreign central banks and governments held 14 billion U.S. dollars. While the United States did have $13.2 billion in gold reserves, most of that was needed to cover domestic holdings and only $3.2 billion of it was available for foreign holdings. What that means is the U.S. was printing more money than it could cover, and... read more

Hitler's ren

Posted by Azul at September 25, 2014, 9:21 pm in Movies » Documentary - History

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Hitler’s ren is a film about the descendants of some of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime, such as Heinrich Himmler, Hans Frank, Hermann Göring, and Rudolf Höss, who have inherited a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. For more than 60 years they lived in the shadows trying to rebuild their lives without the constant reminders of what their fathers and grandfathers once did.

They discuss the delicate balance they reached as they negotiate between the natural admiration that ren have toward their parents and their innate revulsion at their parents’ crimes, and the challenges of protecting their families as they pass their name down to future generations-or decide not to produce any descendants at all. The film also explores how... read more

The Altar of the Dead by Henry James

Posted by Azul at September 3, 2014, 9:27 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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Short story by the prolific American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness and morality. The Altar of the Dead, first published in James' collection Terminations in 1895 after the story failed of magazine publication, is a fable of literally life and death significance.


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He had a mortal dislike, poor Stransom, to lean anniversaries, and loved them still less when they made a pretence of a figure. Celebrations and suppressions were equally painful to him, and but one of the former found a place in his life. He had kept each year in his own fashion the date of Mary Antrim’s death. It would be more to the point perhaps to say that this occasion kept him: it kept him at least effectually from doing anything else. It took hold of him again and again with a hand of which time had softened but never loosened the touch. He waked to his feast of memory as consciously as he would have waked to his marriage-morn. Marriage had had of old but too little to say to the matter: for the girl who was to have been his bride there had been no bridal embrace. She had died of a malignant fever after the wedding-day had been fixed, and... read more

Light the Ocean

Posted by Azul at August 14, 2014, 8:13 pm in Movies » Documentary - Nature

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It's the ocean like you've never seen it before.Take a moment and watch this stunning documentary from National Geographic called “Light The Ocean”.

It reveals spectacular underwater landscapes and hidden structures in the ocean itself. You can see how landscapes and water interact on unimaginable scales to create an ocean world as diverse in habitats as anywhere on dry land.

Guys from National Geographic have travelled the planet, from the Antarctic to the deep waters of the mid-Atlantic to capture this spectacular new footage of the creatures that depend on these ocean habitats. They followed... read more

Murder in the Gunroom by H. Beam Piper

Posted by Azul at July 21, 2014, 8:31 pm in Ebooks » Mystery - Detective

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The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of his locked gunroom, a Confederate-made Colt-type percussion .36 revolver in his hand, the coroner's verdict was "death by accident." But Gladys Fleming had her doubts. Enough at any rate to engage Colonel Jefferson Davis Rand—better known just as Jeff—private detective and a pistol-collector himself, to catalogue, appraise, and negotiate the sale of her late husband's collection.

There were a number of people who had wanted the collection. The question was: had anyone wanted it badly enough to kill Fleming? And if so, how... read more

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