Time Predictions: Understanding and Avoiding Unrealism in Project Planning and Everyday Life (Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing Book 5) by Torleif Halkjelsvik

This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.Predicting the time needed to complete a project, task or daily activity can be difficult and people frequently underestimate how long an activity will take. This book sheds light on why and when this happens, what we should do to avoid it and how to give more realistic time predictions. It describes methods for predicting time usage in situations with high uncertainty, explains why two plus two is usually more than four in time prediction contexts, reports on research on time prediction biases, and summarizes the evidence in support of different time prediction methods and principles. Based on a comprehensive review of the research, it is the first book summarizing what we know about judgment-based time predictions. Large parts of the book are directed toward people wishing to achieve better time predictions in their professional life, such as project managers, graphic designers, architects, engineers, film producers, consultants, software developers, or anyone else in need of realistic time usage predictions. It is also of benefit to those with a general interest in judgment and decision-making or those who want to improve their ability to predict and plan ahead in daily life.

Author: Torleif Halkjelsvik

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Practicing Presence: Insights from the Streets: (Mindfulness and Homelessness) (The Emptiness of Our Hands Book 2) by Phyllis Cole-Dai

Written from the perspective of life on the streets, Practicing Presence is an uncommon invitation to deepen your practice of presence, or mindfulness. In 1999 Phyllis Cole-Dai lived by choice for forty-seven days on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Together with James Murray, she practiced being present among chronically homeless people, offering them sustained attention and compassionate acceptance. She and James eventually recounted their story in The Emptiness of Our Hands, an “eye-opening” and “life-changing” read.Ten years later Phyllis wrote this series of forty-seven reflections to commemorate their streets experience, elaborate further on practicing presence, and continue to bear witness to those who are homeless. Each reflection is based on an excerpt from The Emptiness of Our Hands. Originally published on her blog, the series has been compiled and lightly edited in this volume. Her insights remain as relevant as ever. Also included in Practicing Presence are street photographs of Phyllis that have never been published. Read this book on its own or in the company of The Emptiness of Our Hands. Take it slow, perhaps one chapter per day, so you can absorb and reflect. If you happen to be Christian, you might consider using this book and The Emptiness of Our Hands as companion resources during Lent and Holy Week, which served as a backdrop for Phyllis and James’s experience. But you don’t need to be a Christian to take this stumbling journey into practicing mindfulness on the streets. Just allow these forty-seven days to be for you what they were for Phyllis and James: a deep embrace of core values that human beings around the world have held in common for millennia. These values might best be articulated as questions: How do we treat others as we would have them treat us?How do we love our neighbors, including those who seem “alien” and “other?”How do we extend hospitality to strangers, allowing them an honored place among us? These age-old questions have no simple answers. We must seek to answer them daily with our lives. Get your free sampler of Phyllis’s work when you join her mailing list at http://subscribe.phylliscoledai.com/. It includes music, poetry, spiritual nonfiction and historical fiction. You can also join her mailing list at http://www.phylliscoledai.com.CATEGORIES FOR PRACTICING PRESENCE:–spirituality–memoir–mindfulness–homelessness–Lent & Holy Week–social conscience–engaged Buddhism

Author: Phyllis Cole-Dai

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Poeticolors: Kaleidoscope by Dwayne Gray

A book of carefully woven words inspired by most of our human emotions and some of the most common experiences that aims directly at relating to the many emotions we experience daily. In this Callaloo/ mixture of poems you are bound to find yourself. Find yourself, your surfaced emotions in “Poeticolors”, and know that you are not alone in any emotion, good or bad, happy or sad.

Author: Dwayne Gray

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Give A Legacy: Fun and Memorable Journaling Prompts for Parents and Grandparents by Perky Bird Journals

Journaling is one of the most fun and effective ways to make sure memories and histories are passed down from generation to generation. 
But sometimes, it’s difficult to know where to start.Give A Legacy provides a wide array of prompts, tools, and creative ideas to get you started. Perfect for parents and grandparents who want to share not only their genealogy, but their hearts and stories with their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and future generations.

Author: Perky Bird Journals

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Apocalypse-a-Day Desk Calendar, Volume 1 by Norman Prentiss

Destroying the World, One Day at a Time… In this eclectic assortment of flash fiction, Bram Stoker Award-winner Norman Prentiss concocts a different end-of-the-world scenario for each calendar day (Volume 1 covers January through March). The stories range from humorous to bizarre to unsettling, commemorating holiday and observance days (New Year’s or Valentine’s Day, National Pig Day), famous birthdays (Robert Frost, Charles Dickens), or notable historical events (the first computer…and the first computer virus). Other daily entries include a riff on the first (and only) golf game on the moon; and “The Milking of Elm Farm Ollie,” which reinvigorates an in-flight publicity stunt by adding apocalyptic results. Volume 1 includes more than 40,000 words of doomsday fiction, ready to be sampled in small doses just like the pages of those desk calendars you buy for 50%-off in February…or available all at once for your immediate binge-reading pleasure!

Author: Norman Prentiss

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The Light After The Darkness by D. R. Nguyen

“The Light after the Darkness,” is a journey through the highs and lows that life has to offer using poetry and prose. The book is divided into five chapters, with each chapter telling a different story from the most difficult moments in life to love and inspiration. This book is for anyone who’s ever felt pain, if you ever experience loss, if you ever felt love, this book is for you.

Author: D. R. Nguyen

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