The Shape of Snakes

The Shape of Snakes

Exposing the horrifying consequences when communities ignore the people who need them the most, The Shape of Snakes is the psychological mystery from crime queen Minette Walters.

Author: Minette Walters

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330528849

Category: Fiction

Page: 500

View: 922

Exposing the horrifying consequences when communities ignore the people who need them the most, The Shape of Snakes is the psychological mystery from crime queen Minette Walters. November 1978. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, rubbish piles in the streets – and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-soaked gutter. Her passing would have gone unmourned but for the young woman who finds her and who believes - apparently against reason – that Annie was murdered. But whatever the truth about Annie – whether she was as mad as her neighbours claimed, whether she lived in squalor as the police said – something passed between her and Mrs Ranelagh in the moment of death which binds this one woman to her cause for the next twenty years. But why is Mrs Ranelagh so convinced it was murder when by her own account Annie died without speaking? And why would any woman spend twenty painstaking years uncovering the truth – unless her reasons are personal . . . ?
Categories: Fiction

Shapes with Snakes

Shapes with Snakes

Tracey Steffora. We can see many shapes when we look at snakes. Let's take a
look! This snake has coiled its body into the shape of. 5.

Author: Tracey Steffora

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 9781406260601


Page: 24

View: 490

It's time to improve your maths ssssskills! Books in this fun series use cute or high-interest animals to teach key maths concepts while retaining reluctant mathematicians' interest. Illustrated with cut-out photos on striking, colourful backgrounds, this book looks at shapes with snakes!

The Snake Prince and the Shape Changer

The Snake Prince and the Shape Changer

When a princess learns of her husband's secret past, he turns into a snake.

Author: Jessica Gunderson

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 9781474747011

Category: Children's stories

Page: 32

View: 616

Categories: Children's stories

Drawing Snakes How to Draw Snakes For the Beginner

Drawing Snakes   How to Draw Snakes For the Beginner

If your snake has a scale containing horizontal rows, you can just simply use a
grid to properly establish their places. ... of the figure and should gradually
become smaller as it moves further on the farthest area of the subject's shape

Author: Adrian Sanqui

Publisher: Mendon Cottage Books

ISBN: 9781311261342

Category: Art

Page: 44

View: 148

Drawing Snakes - How to Draw Snakes For the Beginner TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Drawing tools Establishing the Form Starting with the Contour Figure Drawing a Black Mamba Applying the Details Common Snake Skin Patterns Reference Lines for Drawing the Scales Different Eyes of Snakes Drawing with Pencil Drawing a Cobra Drawing a Rattle Snake Drawing with pens Coloring Coloring a Scarlet King Snake Conclusion Author Bio Introduction First, thank you for picking up this book on how to draw snakes for the beginner. We will be going over a number of different things, so follow along closely and do each step before moving to the next one. At the end, I hope you will have learned the basics of how to draw snakes. Let’s get started!
Categories: Art

The Travels of Mendes Pinto

The Travels of Mendes Pinto

Behind them all went a hundred big barges laden with different figures of idols in
the shape of snakes, lizards, lions, tigers, toads, serpents, bats, ducks, goats,
dogs, elephants, vultures, cats, hawks, crows, and many other animals, all of
which ...

Author: Fernão Mendes Pinto

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226923239

Category: Travel

Page: 752

View: 216

This text, ostensibly the autobiography of Portugese explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto, came second only to Marco Polo's work in exciting Europe's imagination of the Orient. Chronicling adventures from Ethiopia to Japan, Travels covers twenty years of Mendes Pinto's odyssey as a soldier, a merchant, a diplomat, a slave, a pirate, and a missionary, and continues to overwhelm questions about its source with the sheer enjoyment of its narrative. "[T]here is plenty here for the modern reader. . . . The vivid descriptions of swashbuckling military campaigns and exotic locations make this a great adventure story. . . . Mendes Pinto may have been a sensitive eyewitness, or a great liar, or a brilliant satirist, but he was certainly more than a simple storyteller."—Stuart Schwartz, The New York Times
Categories: Travel

Feature Extraction and Image Processing

Feature Extraction and Image Processing

shape. extraction. (snakes. and. other. techniques). 6.1 Overview The previous
chapter covered finding shapes by matching. This implies knowledge of a model
(mathematical or template) of the target shape (feature). The shape is fixed in that

Author: Mark Nixon

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080506258

Category: Computers

Page: 350

View: 193

Focusing on feature extraction while also covering issues and techniques such as image acquisition, sampling theory, point operations and low-level feature extraction, the authors have a clear and coherent approach that will appeal to a wide range of students and professionals. Ideal module text for courses in artificial intelligence, image processing and computer vision Essential reading for engineers and academics working in this cutting-edge field Supported by free software on a companion website
Categories: Computers

Snakes of Italy

Snakes of Italy

(L. Pasteur) Abstract Treaty relating to methods of observation to distinguish the
various species of snakes, with particular ... size · Snake head shape ·
Herpetological collections Italian snakes belong to two families: Colubridae and

Author: Gabriele Achille

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319141060

Category: Science

Page: 180

View: 546

This book offers a comprehensive review of the biology of snakes, focusing on Italian species. The snakes of Italy belong to the two families Colubridae and Viperidae, and for each species the systematic classification and chorology including distribution maps are presented. Furthermore, readers will learn how to carry out field studies, how to handle snakes and how to photograph them. The book concludes with a chapter on the iconography of historical Italian snakes and their importance in popular science, and one on myths and legends. This SpringerBriefs volume will appeal to herpetologists and technical staff. The section on iconography may also be of interest to museum staff.
Categories: Science

Snakes Collins Gem

Snakes  Collins Gem

Size and shape Snakes vary greatly in size: the smallest are barely 15 cm in
length while the largest grow to almost 10 m. Most species, however, including
nearly all the European and North American species, are between 1 m and 2 m
when ...

Author: Chris Mattison

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007555260

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 892

An easy-to-use and authoritative guide to over 220 species of snake from around the world, each entry specially selected to show the diversity of size, shape and colour of these respected creatures.
Categories: Nature

Snakes Sunrises and Shakespeare

Snakes  Sunrises  and Shakespeare

In Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare, Orians explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience.

Author: Gordon H. Orians

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226003375

Category: Science

Page: 230

View: 534

The eminent zoologist “extends his pioneering work in evolutionary biology” to examine “our preferences, predilections, fears, hopes, and aspirations” (Stephen R. Kellert, author of Birthright). Why do we jump in fear at the sight of a snake and marvel at the beauty of a sunrise? These impulsive reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our evolutionary past—we fear snakes because of the danger of venom, and we welcome the assurances of sun as the predatory dangers of night disappear. According to evolutionary biologist Gordon Orians, many of our aesthetic preferences—from the kinds of gardens we build to the foods we enjoy and the entertainment we seek—are the lingering result of natural selection. In Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare, Orians explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience. Orians reveals how our emotional lives today are shaped by decisions our ancestors made centuries ago on African savannas as they selected places to live, sought food and safety, and socialized in small hunter-gatherer groups. During this time our likes and dislikes became wired in our brains, as the appropriate responses to the environment meant the difference between survival or death. His rich analysis explains why we mimic the tropical savannas of our ancestors in our parks and gardens, why we are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by danger, and how paying close attention to nature’s sounds has made us an unusually musical species.
Categories: Science

Bodied Mindfulness

Bodied Mindfulness

During my encounter with it, I was sometimes the small snake, sometimes my
normal shape, and from time to time I was simultaneously both my normal shape
as a woman and the big snake. I had been instructed by the teacher to ask the ...

Author: Winnie Tomm

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554588022

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

View: 784

“I see spirituality and social change to be integrally related to each other. I believe that liberation efforts that are supported by spiritual experiences of integration promote human dignity as well as social equality.” Bodied Mindfulness combines spiritual, social and analytical perspectives to explore topics central to women’s development: spirituality, women’s bodies, cultural constructions of women’s sexuality in language, sexual ethics, the sexual contract in politics and at work, and the relation between nature and culture. It is Tomm’s deeply held conviction that women need to bring a vital spirituality to feminist social criticism in order to resolve these issues and increase their power to promote social justice and ecological balance. Tomm embraces a vast store of knowledge from diverse sources, including Buddhist, shamanist and feminist resources. In a move away from abstract theorizing, she explicitly connects theory with realities lived by women. Grounding theory in personal experience — her own and others — Tomm delivers a powerful and empowering account of women’s spirituality. The resulting ontological transformation allows women to live deeply in the body while strengthening their relation to human and non-human matter and energy. Bodied Mindfulness will be of great interest to feminist scholars in all disciplines, but most particularly to those in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies.
Categories: Social Science

Fast Facts for the ER Nurse

Fast Facts for the ER Nurse

The venomous snakes, look at the shapes of their heads. ... rattlesnake has a
more triangular-shaped head than the nonvenomous snake, which has a narrow
round-shaped nonvenomous snake, which has a narrow round-shaped head.

Author: Jennifer R. Buettner, RN, CEN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826199478

Category: Medical

Page: 312

View: 553

Because ER nurses need to think fast and act fast . . . Fast Facts for the ER Nurse is the only orientation guide and reference designed specifically for new ER nurses and the preceptors responsible for their orientation. The chapters provide a brief overview of equipment, treatments, and drugs used to manage common disorders and conditions frequently seen in the ER. The book includes disorder definitions, signs and symptoms, interventions, drugs, and critical thinking questions. Using a bullet-point format, each chapter is conveniently organized alphabetically by disease and disorder within each body system for quick access. The book serves as an organized, reliable, and thorough ER guide, ensuring a structured approach to orientation. The book's "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature provides quick summaries of important points, questions, and answers at regular intervals throughout. Other useful features include a skills checklist, coverage of common lab values and medications, and EKG rhythms. Key Topics Include: Cardiovascular Emergencies Disaster Response Emergencies Infectious Disease Emergencies Mental Health Emergencies Shock and Multisystem Trauma Emergencies Substance Abuse and Toxicologic Emergencies New to this Edition: Endocrine Emergencies Environmental Emergencies Dental Emergencies Rapid Sequence Intubation Triage Acute Stroke Management Guidelines Sexual Assault-Intimate Partner Abuse
Categories: Medical

Information Processing in Medical Imaging

Information Processing in Medical Imaging

The extension allows the model to automatically cope with topological changes
and for the first time, introduces the concept of a global shape into geometric/
geodesic snake models. The ability to characterize global shape of an object
using ...

Author: Attila Kuba

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540661672

Category: Computers

Page: 396

View: 896

The 1999 international conference on Information Processing in Medical Imaging (IPMI ’99) was the sixteenth in the series of biennial meetings and followed the successful meeting in Poultney, Vermont, in 1997. This year, for the rst time, the conference was held in central Europe, in the historical Hungarian town of Visegr ad, one of the most beautiful spots not only on the Danube Bend but in all Hungary. The place has many historical connections, both national and international. The castle was once a royal palace of King Matthias. In the middle ages, the Hungarian, Czech, and Polish kings met here. Recently, after the summit meeting of reestablished democracies in the area, it became a symbol for the cooperation between central European countries as they approached the European Union. It was thus also symbolic to bring IPMI, in the year of the 30th anniversary of its foundation, to this place, and organize the meeting with the close cooperation of local and traditional western organizers. It also provided a good opportunity to summarize brie?y a history of IPMI for those who were new to the IPMI conference. This year we received 82 full paper submissions from all over the world. Of these, 24 were accepted as oral presentations. These were divided into 6 sessions. In spite of our e orts, it was found to be impossible to make these sessions fully balanced and homogeneous.
Categories: Computers

Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians

Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians

Ahaetulla nasuta Long-nosed whipsnake The long-nosed whipsnake has
extremely good vision. its eyes are large and ... a groove running along the snout
and this, coupled with the shape of the pupils, allows the snake to see forwards.
as the ...

Author: DK

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241186718

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 639

Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides From tiny frogs in the rainforest to giant tropical crocodiles, leaf through Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians profiling the world's snakes, reptiles and amphibians. Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the snakes, reptiles and other amphibians featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With detailed sections on what a reptile or amphibian is, their reproduction and their feeding habits, Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is the ideal identification guide.
Categories: Nature

Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Poor convergence to concave shapes is a main limitation of snakes as a
standard segmentation and shape modelling technique. The gradient of the
external energy of the snake represents a force that pushes the snake into
concave regions, ...

Author: Anand Rangarajan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540404989

Category: Computers

Page: 534

View: 733

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, EMMCVPR 2003, held in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2003. The 33 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 66 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on unsupervised learning and matching, probabilistic modeling, segmentation and grouping, shape modeling, restoration and reconstruction, and graphs and graph-based methods.
Categories: Computers

The Ice House

The Ice House

By the same author The Sculptress The Scold's Bridle The Dark Room The Echo
The Breaker The Shape of Snakes Acid Row Fox Evil Disordered Minds The
Devil's Feather The Chameleon's Shadow and The Tinder Box Chickenfeed (
Quick ...

Author: Minette Walters

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330528719

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 415

Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Award for best first novel, The Ice House is the mystery thriller from crime queen Minette Walters. It was evident, if there were no other entrance to the ice house, that the body had at some point traversed this thorny barrier . . . The big question was, how long ago? How long had that nightmare been there? The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange – not since Phoebe Maybury's husband suddenly, inexplicably, vanished. Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe's nightmare begins. For once they have identified the body the police are determined to charge her with murder . . .
Categories: Fiction

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes

Scarabs were amulets, or good luck charms, made in the shape of these beetles.
Lapis lazuli is a deep-blue, opaque jewel, and the finest lapis lazuli is a very
intense blue with light flecks of golden pyrite, commonly known as fool's gold.

Author: Lois H. Gresh

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470225561

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 209

Explores the scientific, historical, and cultural facts behind the Indiana Jones movies, discussing real-life archeologists and their adventures, the uses of bullwhips, and the connection between Nazis and the occult.
Categories: Performing Arts

How Snakes Work

How Snakes Work

Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes Harvey B. Lillywhite ... A
common symbol in many different religions and customs is a snake that is
portrayed eating its own tail in the shape of a circle, and this represents life and

Author: Harvey B. Lillywhite

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199701575

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 715

Anyone can look at a snake and see a creature unique unto itself, a reptile with a set of zoological and biological traits that are entirely its own. Just looking at this distinct animal raises many scientific questions. With regard to evolution, how did such an animal come to be? How does a snake move, and how do its sense organs differ from that of other reptiles? How does it eat, and how does it reproduce? Essentially, how does a snake "work"? In How Snakes Work: The Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes, leading zoologist Harvey B. Lillywhite has written the definitive scientific guide to the functional biology of snakes. Written for both herpetologists and a more general audience with an interest in the field, How Snakes Work features nearly two hundred color images of various species of snakes, used to provide visual examples of biological features explained in the text. Chapter topics include the evolutionary history of the snake, feeding, locomotion, the structure and function of skin, circulation and respiration, sense organs, sound production, temperature and thermoregulation, and reproduction. Containing all the latest research and advances in our biological knowledge of the snake, How Snakes Work is an indispensable asset to professional zoologists and enthusiasts alike.
Categories: Science

Advanced Algorithmic Approaches to Medical Image Segmentation

Advanced Algorithmic Approaches to Medical Image Segmentation

In the case of region - based geometric snakes , Leventon et al . [ 588 ] very
recently proposed a fusion of the shape model to the classical geometric level set
snake . This work is similar to the work this chapter presents ; the key difference is

Author: S. Kamaledin Setarehdan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1852333898

Category: Computers

Page: 636

View: 380

Medical imaging is an important topic and plays a key role in robust diagnosis and patient care. It has experienced an explosive growth over the last few years due to imaging modalities such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and ultrasound. This book focuses primarily on model-based segmentation techniques, which are applied to cardiac, brain, breast and microscopic cancer cell imaging. It includes contributions from authors working in industry and academia, and presents new material.
Categories: Computers



Asked to name the most dangerous snake. herpetologists mention several
candidates. Drop A for toxic drop, the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlfpidotus)
wins hands down: a bite from "» this Australian cobra relative contains enough
venom ...

Author: Harry W. Greene

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520224876

Category: Nature

Page: 351

View: 875

"A marvelous, well-written account of the science, natural history, lore, and poetry of snakes by a world authority. Greene has the valuable gift of sharing his own many field adventures with the reader."--Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University
Categories: Nature

Feature Extraction Image Processing for Computer Vision

Feature Extraction   Image Processing for Computer Vision

338 6.1 Overview The previous chapter covered finding shapes by matching.
This implies knowledge of a model (mathematical or template) of the target shape
(feature). The shape is the fixed in that it is flexible only in terms of the parameters

Author: Mark S. Nixon

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780123965493

Category: Computers

Page: 609

View: 915

This book is an essential guide to the implementation of image processing and computer vision techniques, with tutorial introductions and sample code in Matlab. Algorithms are presented and fully explained to enable complete understanding of the methods and techniques demonstrated. As one reviewer noted, "The main strength of the proposed book is the exemplar code of the algorithms." Fully updated with the latest developments in feature extraction, including expanded tutorials and new techniques, this new edition contains extensive new material on Haar wavelets, Viola-Jones, bilateral filtering, SURF, PCA-SIFT, moving object detection and tracking, development of symmetry operators, LBP texture analysis, Adaboost, and a new appendix on color models. Coverage of distance measures, feature detectors, wavelets, level sets and texture tutorials has been extended. Named a 2012 Notable Computer Book for Computing Methodologies by Computing Reviews Essential reading for engineers and students working in this cutting-edge field Ideal module text and background reference for courses in image processing and computer vision The only currently available text to concentrate on feature extraction with working implementation and worked through derivation
Categories: Computers