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"The language is so appropriately raw when needed and so fragile in other passages...James' gifts as a writer are extraordinary." - Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer ""I don't count the days. There are too many of them."" Our narrator, who remains unnamed, grows up gay in the 1960s and 1970s. He spends most of his time alone as a child, not interested in school or church or playing with the other children. A harrowing move from New Jersey to a jerkwater town in Pennsylvania only serves to drive him deeper into isolation. There a rare local murder, a deadly motorcycle crash, and a doomed crush on a boy in high school mark his time in the sleepy town. He begins to adapt to his solitary life of empty relationships and pointless jobs by reaching out to the contemporary art world and making ephemeral connections he does not fully grasp, but is convinced will link him to a better world. ""The fact that each work is a painting is not what makes it interesting. What makes it interesting is that each painting elicits its own breath."" After an unexpected job transfer, he finds himself living in the middle of Tokyo, alone, illiterate, and utterly stunned by his new surroundings. There he wanders into a local bar where he meets a disarmingly attractive young bartender he calls My Foolish Thing. My Foolish Thing pours him drinks and draws pictures on napkins in a genuine effort to get to know him. He replies with an impassioned attempt to complete the connection, but it isn't clear to him what, if anything, will happen. Syncopated Rhythm is an honest and sobering account of living in a world meant for other people, and the truly heroic hopes that make that possible.
This book is about musical rhythm. More precisely, it is concerned with computer programs that automatically extract rhythmic descriptions from musical audio signals. New algorithms are presented for tempo induction, tatum estimation, time signature determination, swing estimation, swing transformations and classification of ballroom dance music styles. These algorithms directly process digitized recordings of acoustic musical signals. The backbones of these algorithms are rhythm periodicity functions: functions measuring the salience of a rhythmic pulse as a function of the period (or frequency) of the pulse, calculated from selected instantaneous physical attributes (henceforth features) emphasizing rhythmic aspects of sound. This book substantially contributes to the field of computational rhythm description by proposing an unifying functional framework; by reviewing the architecture of many existing systems with respect to individual blocks of this framework; by reporting on the first public evaluation of tempo induction algorithms; and by identifying promising research directions.
This book is a practical guide to the differential diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting in the Emergency Department with syncope or arrhythmias, including bradyarrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, narrow and wide QRS tachycardias. In addition, clear advice is provided on the management of patients with cardiac devices and possible dysfunction, electrical storm, or a requirement for urgent surgery. For each topic, a literature review of epidemiology, physiopathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment is conducted. Furthermore, practical suggestions are offered for short-term management, e.g., regarding the decision on when and where to hospitalize the patient; these proposals do not replace but rather summarize or integrate the current guidelines. The book is designed both for emergency physicians and cardiologists, who will be the first to evaluate and treat patients with arrhythmias or potentially arrhythmic problems in the emergency setting. It will also be a useful textbook for students and residents in Cardiology and Emergency Medicine.
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