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Become Tech-savvy with new Computing books

Recently added items to our Computer & Technology section comes with a great selection of both books and eBooks. Learn Photoshop CC, how to create and manage online content and even how to successfully style your photos for Instagram. An introduction to coding and more in-depth knowledge on Windows 10 makes this list a must read!

Photoshop CC in easy steps : for Windows and Mac / Shufflebotham, Robert
“Photoshop CC in easy steps – 2018 edition helps the reader to master the essentials of Photoshop Creative Cloud 2018 edition, and then enjoy the full creative potential of this popular photo editing software. ” (adapted from Catalogue)

Impractical Python projects : playful programming activities to make you smarter / Vaughan, Lee
Impractical Python is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. It picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing new tools that you’ll use every day.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Computer graphics programming in OpenGL with Java / Gordon, V. Scott
“This new edition provides step-by-step instruction on modern 3D graphics shader programming in OpenGL, along with its theoretical foundations. It is appropriate both for computer science undergraduate graphics programming courses in degree programs that emphasize Java, and for professionals interested in mastering 3D graphics skills who prefer Java.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The content advantage (Clout 2.0) : the science of succeeding at digital business through effective content / Jones, Colleen
“In The Content Advantage (Clout 2.0): The Science of Succeeding at Digital Business Through Effective Content, expert Colleen Jones argues that in the age of digital disruption, your company faces an important choice. Every business function – from marketing to sales and from support to recruiting -demands content. The choice is whether to make your approach to content strategic and, consequently, an advantage.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Styling for Instagram / Cyd, Leela
“Capture success on Instagram! Instagram is a digital wonderland of stunning photographs and inspirational images, but how can you make sure that your own photos stand out amidst the rainbow of eye candy? To master Instagram and earn that coveted double tap of approval, you need to have a strong personal brand and an aspirational style that captures the viewer.–provided by” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Kubernetes, Kelsey Hightower (ebook)
Legend has it that Google deploys over two billion application containers a week. How’s that possible? Google revealed the secret through a project called Kubernetes, an open source cluster orchestrator (based on its internal Borg system) that radically simplifies the task of building, deploying, and maintaining scalable distributed systems in the cloud.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies, Camille McCue, Ph.D (ebook)
Getting a jump on learning how coding makes technology work is essential to prepare kids for the future. Unfortunately, many parents, teachers, and mentors didn’t learn the unique logic and language of coding in school. Helping Kids with Coding For Dummies comes to the rescue. It breaks beginning coding into easy-to-understand language so you can help a child with coding homework, supplement an existing coding curriculum, or have fun learning with your favorite kid.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, Woody Leonhard (ebook)
Are you ready to become the resident Windows 10 expert in your office? Look no further! This book is your one-stop shop for everything related to the latest updates to this popular operating system. With the help of this comprehensive resource, you’ll be able to back up your data and ensure the security of your network, use Universal Apps to make your computer work smarter, and personalize your Windows 10 experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New computing books for November

Our collection grows constantly, our selection of computing books for this month is full of Raspberry Pi material, Windows 10, some coding and programming and even digital photo editing. Enjoy the selection!

Syndetics book coverBegin to code with C♯ / Rob Miles.
This friendly, easy, full-color book puts you in total control of your own learning, empowering you to build unique and useful programs. Begin to Code with C# is packed with innovations, from its “Snaps” prebuilt operations to its “Make Something Happen” projects. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve tried before, this guide will put the power in your hands! (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 all-in-one for dummies / by Woody Leonhard.
If you’re new to Windows 10 and want an accessible guide to the basics of the widely used operating system, Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies is the book for you. Written by trusted Windows expert Woody Leonhard, this freshly updated guide cuts through the jargon and covers everything you need to know, including navigating the start menu, personalizing your Windows experience, maximizing Windows apps, and managing security. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi 2 : a practical guide to the revolutionary small computer / Gray Girling ; foreword by Eben and Liz Upton.
The Raspberry Pi Manual is the perfect introduction to the affordable small computer. This new edition covers the Rasberry Pi 2 and is printed in full colour throughout. The manual introduces various aspects of computing and programming and provides a variety of recipes to demonstrate the acclaimed versatility of the Raspberry Pi’s hardware and software. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverLightroom transformations : realizing your vision with lightroom, plus Photoshop / Martin Evening.
Photographer and digital imaging expert Martin Evening’s guiding philosophy when editing images is to ask, “What is the point? Does what I am doing enhance the picture, or is it just artifice for artifice’s sake?” In Lightroom Transformations, Martin applies this approach to a broad collection of images, showing you how to turn ordinary-looking photos into hero shots—without using fancy montage techniques or wacky effects. By giving each image his own interpretation and explaining the rationale behind the choices he makes, he shows how you can do the same when processing your photos.
(adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverThe language of SQL / Larry Rockoff.
The intent of this book is to provide examples of SQL usage that can be understood simply by reading. The topics are organized in an intuitive and logical sequence. SQL keywords are introduced one at a time, allowing you to grow your understanding as you encounter new terms and concepts. This book covers the syntax of three databases: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle. Special “Database Differences” sidebars clearly show you any differences in syntax among these three databases, and instructions are included on how to obtain and install free versions of the databases. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverArtificial intelligence : what everyone needs to know / Jerry Kaplan.
Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans. Whether we regard them as conscious or unwitting, revere them as a new form of life or dismiss them as mere clever appliances, is beside the point. They are likely to play an increasingly critical and intimate role in many aspects of our lives. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi IoT projects : prototyping experiments for makers / John C. Shovic, PhD.
This book is designed for entry-through-intermediate-level device designers who want to build their own Internet of Things (IoT) projects for prototyping and proof-of-concept purposes. Expert makers may also find interesting new approaches. Raspberry Pi IoT Projects contains the tools needed to build a prototype of your design, sense the environment, communicate with the Internet (over the Internet and Machine to Machine communications) and display the results. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding ECMAScript 6 : the definitive guide for JavaScript developers / by Nicholas Zakas.
ECMAScript 6 represents the biggest update to the core of JavaScript in the history of the language. In Understanding ECMAScript 6, expert developer Nicholas C. Zakas provides a complete guide to the object types, syntax, and other exciting changes that ECMAScript 6 brings to JavaScript. Every chapter is packed with example code that works in any JavaScript environment so you’ll be able to see new features in action. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverMicrosoft Access 2016 programming by example : with VBA, XML, and ASP / Julitta Korol.
Updated for Access 2016 and based on the bestselling editions from previous versions, Microsoft Access 2016 Programming by Example with VBA, XML and ASP is a practical how-to book on Access programming, suitable for readers already proficient with the Access user interface (UI). If you are looking to automate Access routine tasks, this book will progressively introduce you to programming concepts via numerous illustrated hands-on exercises. (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi user guide / Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree.
Raspberry Pi User Guide, 4th Edition is the “unofficial official” guide to everything Raspberry Pi 3. Written by the Pi’s creator and a leading Pi guru, this book goes straight to the source to bring you the ultimate Raspberry Pi 3 manual. This new fourth edition has been updated to cover the Raspberry Pi 3 board and software, with detailed discussion on its wide array of configurations, languages, and applications. You’ll learn how to take full advantage of the mighty Pi’s full capabilities, and then expand those capabilities even more with add-on technologies. (adapted from Amazon)

Book Quote of the Day

Hand lettering is on trend at the moment. Nothing better than bringing together quotes from books and this amazing form of art.


We have Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert in our catalogues in all possible versions – as an eBookeAudio and the movie as well.

If you like crafts, as we do, you should try some hand lettering. We have some books on calligraphy and hand lettering that can help you:

Syndetics book coverHand-lettering ledger / Mary Kate McDevitt.
“The ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn lettering, this workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures in lettering / Dawn Nicole Warnaar.
“The ultimate hand-lettering workshop for young creatives!
Taught by the popular and skilled hand-lettering artist Dawn Nicole Warnaar, Adventures in Lettering combines creative self-expression and beautiful designs for an exploration of various lettering exercises. This hand-lettering workbook features hand-lettering lessons for beginners, from playing with style and brush calligraphy basics to illustrated hand-lettered designs and lettering styles. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, apply them to additional crafts and projects. Adventures in Lettering is the ultimate workshop to get started in the art of hand-lettering!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMastering calligraphy : the complete guide to hand lettering / by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls.
“The centuries-old art of calligraphy has rarely witnessed a more diverse and prolific explosion of new work than in today’s hand-lettering revival.Mastering the Art of Calligraphy is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on this traditional craft and its contemporary practice. Brimming with both practical instruction and more than 700 inspirational photos, this is the definitive new guide for both serious calligraphers and budding hand-lettering enthusiasts. Inside are step-by-step instructions accompanied by examples of current work, plus historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, professionals, and hobbyists, this is a tremendously valuable addition to any arts library.” (Syndetics summary)

New computing books for September – eBooks special edition

You might not be so familiar with our ever growing collection of eBooks, especially on computing and technology. This month I’m bringing you a special edition on new computing eBooks, enjoy!

Overdrive cover Drupal for Education and Elearning, by James Gordon Robertson (eBook)
“With clear instructions and plenty of screenshots, this book provides all the support and guidance you will need as you begin to create your classroom website. Step-by-step tutorials show you how to use Drupal in the most efficient and effective ways possible. No experience with programming languages, HTML, or CSS is needed to understand the examples in this book.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Learning Drupal 8, by Nick Abbott (eBook)
“Create complex websites quickly and easily using the building blocks of Drupal 8, the most powerful version of Drupal yet. Start with the basics, such as setting up a local “stack” development environment and installing your first Drupal 8 site, then move on to image and media handling, and extending Drupal modules. This is an absolute beginners’ guide, providing step-by-step instructions to help you learn Drupal 8 from scratch.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Disrupted, by Dan Lyons (eBook)
“Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of “marketing fellow”. What follows is a hilarious and excoriating account of Dan’s time at the start-up and a revealing window onto the dysfunctional culture that prevails in a world flush with cash and devoid of experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Third Wave, by Steve Case (eBook)
“One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology. Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985. In The Third Wave, which pays homage to the work of the futurist Alvin Toffler, Case takes us behind the scenes of some of the most consequential and riveting business decisions of our time while offering illuminating insights from decades of working as an entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist, and an advocate for sensible bipartisan policies.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Evernote For Dummies, by David E. Y. Sarna (eBook)
“Organize your life the simple, painless way with Evernote! Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small using your computer, smartphone, or the web. You can type a text note, clip a web page, snap a photo, or grab a screenshot and Evernote will keep it all. Evernote For Dummies, is the ideal reference to help you take control of your life and get organized with Evernote. This handy guide makes it a breeze use Evernote to store, organize, and access practically anything, everywhere.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation, by David J. Parker (eBook)
Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation provides a comprehensive and practical tutorial including example code and demonstrations for creating validation rules, writing ShapeSheet formulae, and much more.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets, by Tero Karvinen (eBook)
“Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, control devices with a computer, or make your own cell phone applications? It’s a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Get started with six fun projects and achieve impressive results quickly. Gain the know-how and experience to invent your own cool gadgets. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover grep Pocket Reference, by John Bambenek (eBook)
grep Pocket Reference is the first guide devoted to grep, the powerful Unix content-location utility. This handy book is ideal for system administrators, security professionals, developers, and others who want to learn more about grep and take new approaches with it — for everything from mail filtering and system log management to malware analysis. If you’re new to grep, this book is the best way to get started.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Introducing Regular Expressions, by Michael Fitzgerald (eBook)
“If you’re a programmer new to regular expressions, this easy-to-follow guide is a great place to start. You’ll learn the fundamentals step-by-step with the help of numerous examples, discovering first-hand how to match, extract, and transform text by matching specific words, characters, and patterns.Regular expressions are an essential part of a programmer’s toolkit, available in various Unix utlilities as well as programming languages such as Perl, Java, JavaScript, and C#.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover sed and awk Pocket Reference, by Arnold Robbins (eBook)
“For people who create and modify text files, sed and awk are power tools for editing. sed, awk, and regular expressions allow programmers and system administrators to automate editing tasks that need to be performed on one or more files, to simplify the task of performing the same edits on multiple files, and to write conversion programs.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New computing books for August

Different themes are coming through our new computer books this month. Raspberry Pi continues to be popular, Linux apparently will always have new books explaining its multiple uses together with books like Macs for dummies. Come with me and let’s explore our brand new collection.

Syndetics book coverGetting started with / Allison Parrish, Ben Fry, and Casey Reas.
“Processing opened up the world of programming to artists, designers, educators, and beginners. The Python implementation of Processing reinterprets it for today’s web. This short book gently introduces the core concepts of computer programming and working with Processing. Written by the co-founders of the Processing project, Reas and Fry, along with co-author Allison Parrish, Getting Started with is your fast track to using Python’s Processing mode.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe joy of UX : user experience and interactive design for developers / David Platt.
“This guide will help you optimize usability and engagement while also coping with difficult technical, schedule, and budget constraints. Platt’s technology-agnostic approach illuminates all the principles, techniques, and best practices you need to build great user experiences for the web, mobile devices, and desktop environments. He covers the entire process, from user personas and stories through wireframes, layouts, and execution.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaspberry Pi cookbook / Dr. Simon Monk.
“With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand. The second edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 240 hands-on recipes for running this tiny low-cost computer with Linux, programming it with Python, and hooking up sensors, motors, and other hardware–including Arduino and the Internet of Things.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearning Node : moving to the server side / Shelley Powers.
“Take your web development skills from browser to server with Node-and learn how to write fast, highly scalable network applications on this JavaScript-based platform. Updated for the latest Node Long Term Support (LTS) and Node Current (6.0) releases, this hands-on edition helps you master Node’s core fundamentals and gain experience with several built-in and contributed modules. ” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig data : does size matter? / Timandra Harkness.
“From the first tally, scratched on a wolf bone over thirty thousand years ago, to the Large Hadron Collider, which produces forty million megabytes of data per second, data is big, and getting bigger.
Nobody needs a degree in computer science to follow Harkness’s exploration of what mega data can do for us–and what it can’t or shouldn’t. BIG DATA asks you to decide: Are you a data point, or a human being?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverData analytics with Hadoop : an introduction for data scientists / Benjamin Bengfort and Jenny Kim.
“Ready to use statistical and machine-learning techniques across large data sets? This practical guide shows you why the Hadoop ecosystem is perfect for the job. Instead of deployment, operations, or software development usually associated with distributed computing, you’ll focus on particular analyses you can build, the data warehousing techniques that Hadoop provides and higher order data workflows this framework can produce.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearn & use Linux made easy / Maxwell Cooter and David Cartwright.
This is a highly accessible guide to the complex and highly customisable operating system Linux. Featuring step-by-step guides on a variety of topics, including how to choose and set up your distro, informative guides to many different distros including Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat, as well as advice on Linux firewalls and setting up your wireless network.” (adapted from Goodreads summary)

Syndetics book coverMacs for dummies / by Edward C. Baig.
“So, you joined the cool kids club and bought a Mac. Do you dare tell all your new cool Mac-owner friends that you still need some help figuring out how it works? No worries, Macs For Dummies is here to help! This fully updated edition turns you into a Mac pro. With coverage through OS X El Capitan, this edition of the long-running bestseller is sure to provide all your Mac answers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmbed with games : a year on the couch with game developers / Cara Ellison.
“In January of 2014 Cara wasn’t quite making rent but her cultural criticism on games for places like The Guardian seemed pretty popular. On a whim she pledged to her Twitter followers that she would do gonzo journalism and travel each month to stay with game creators she found across the world, if they put a bit of money towards it. Cara put a page up on Patreon and said if it got to $1000 that would be enough for her first flight. She thought it would never get there… Within an hour this ‘cyberpunk hair-dyed Attenborough’ had kicked herself out of her home and sent herself hurtling across a year of four continents, living on gamemakers’ couches, writing about their cities and creations. Six hundred readers funded her round-the-world trip, from London to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. This is a collected work of all the essays Cara wrote along the way, a map of independent game creation as she found it.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverGetting started with SQL : a hands-on approach for beginners / Thomas Nield.
Businesses are gathering data today at exponential rates and yet few people know how to access it meaningfully. If you’re a business or IT professional, this short hands-on guide teaches you how to pull and transform data with SQL in significant ways. You will quickly master the fundamentals of SQL and learn how to create your own databases.” (adapted from Goodreads summary)

New Computing books for February

With the New Year it’s good to see books about the new 2016 version of some of the most popular software together with Windows 10 and some other useful pieces of info. Come with me to find out more of what you need to know in 2016.

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 / Paul McFedries.
“Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 10 is the visual learner’s guide to the latest Windows upgrade. Using full color screen shots and clear instruction, you’ll learn your way around the interface, set up user accounts, and much more. If you want to get the most out of the latest Windows offering, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 10 is the guide you need.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 plain & simple / Nancy Muir Boysen.
“Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows 10. Follow easy steps and screenshots to see exactly what to do. Get handy tips for new techniques and shortcuts and exercises to apply what you learn right away” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOffice 2016 / Elaine Marmel.
“Quickly and efficiently learn the latest version of Office. Teach Yourself Visually Office offers you a straightforward, visual approach to making your work life more efficient and productive using the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite. Whether you′re looking to discover what′s new in the latest release of Microsoft Office or don′t know Access from Word, this visual guide makes learning easy!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExcel 2016 / by Paul McFedries.
“If you’re always hearing about the cool things Excel can do, here’s your chance to see how to do them! Teach Yourself Visually Excel is packed with visually rich tutorials and step-by-step instructions that will help you take your Excel skills to new heights, this friendly and approachable guide will have you creating, editing, and manipulating Excel spreadsheets in no time!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPowerPoint 2016/ Barbara Boyd with Ray Anthony.
“The uncomplicated PowerPoint guide designed specifically for visual learners. Teach Yourself Visually PowerPoint offers you an effortless approach to creating winning presentations with the latest version of PowerPoint.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy Excel 2016 / Tracy Syrstad.
My Excel 2016 is your must-have companion for getting most out of Excel 2016. This friendly, quick, full-color, 100% practical tutorial walks you through every task you’ll want to do with Excel 2016.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComputer basics : absolute beginner’s guide / Michael Miller.
“Make the most of your new Windows® 10 notebook or desktop computer-without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get comfortable, get productive, get online, get started with social networking, make more connections, and have more fun!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMYOB Software For Dummies [electronic resource] / Veechi Curtis.
“MYOB(R) Software For Dummies walks you through everything you need to know, from starting your MYOB(R) file from scratch and recording payments and receipts, to tracking profit and analysing sales. This new edition includesall the information you need on the new generation of MYOB(R) Account Right software, including the new cloud computing features.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAutomate the boring stuff with Python : practical programming for total beginners / by Al Sweigart.
“If you’ve ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. In Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, you’ll learn how to use Python to write programs that do in minutes what would take you hours to do by hand. Once you’ve mastered the basics of programming, you’ll create Python programs that effortlessly perform useful and impressive feats of automation.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA beginner’s guide to coding on Android tablets and smartphones / Jim Gatenby.
Explains, at an elementary level, basic concepts of computers and computer coding using an Android tablet or smartphone. Also covers how to then transfer your program code to a desktop or laptop computer and vice versa.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeach yourself visually iPhone 6s / by Guy Hart-Davis.
“A visual guide to the iPhone 6s now fully updated. Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone, 3rd Edition is the book for you with 500 full-color screenshots that clearly illustrate all the features your iPhone has to offer.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow software works : the magic behind encryption, CGI, search engines, and other everyday technologies / by V. Anton Spraul.
“We use software every day to perform all kinds of powerful tasks. It’s the force behind stunning CGI graphics, safe online shopping, and speedy Google searches. How Software Works explains how computers perform common-yet-amazing tasks that we take for granted every day. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on behind your computer screen, How Software Works will give you fascinating look into the software all around you.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Doodles and Zentangles

It happens that I’ve always dreamed of being able to draw. Unfortunately I don’t really have the talent. Not that I’m that bad, but I would never consider myself an illustrator.

To fulfill this dream of mine I decided to try doodles and zentangles. They are pattern like drawings that are told to help free your mind and is good to relax and even helps with pain management.

So I bought some cool fineliner pens and put it into work:


We have some books that you can be inspired by:

Syndetics book coverThe art of zentangle : 50 inspiring drawings, designs & ideas for the meditative artist / [senior editor, Stephanie Meissner].
The Art of Zentangle teaches artists of all skill levels the meditative process of combining shapes and lines to make complex and interesting final pieces of artwork.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZentangle : the inspiring and mindful drawing method / Jane Marbaix.
“Aimed at beginners, this book shows how beautiful images can be created from repeating patterns. Accredited Zentangle teacher Jane Marbaix demonstrates a range of patterns one step at a time and offers a sourcebook of her own designs to inspire tanglers to try something different. Proven to reduce stress and enhance creativity in people of all ages, Zentangle does not require a background in practical art or expensive materials to produce pleasing result, as Anyone Can Zentangle proves. A wonderfully mindful artform helping attain zen like peaceful states in our day to day lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty of zentangle : inspirational examples from 137 tangle artists worldwide / Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT.
“Zentangle is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon, attracting individuals from all walks of life. The Beauty of Zentangle celebrates this simple but elegant new craft with hundreds of sensational one-of-a-kind designs from around the world. This invitation-only collection of the very best Zentangle-inspired art includes stunning masterpieces from breakthrough artists and CZTs like Suzanne McNeill, Cindy Shepard, Marie Browning, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and many more. Their inventive tangles are at the forefront of a new wave of creative expression and personal freedom.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZentangle untangled : inspiration and prompts for meditative drawing / Kass Hall.
“Unwind, Tangle and Relax! In Zentangle Untangled, Kass Hall introduces you to the fun and relaxing “doodling” process of Zentangle©–an engaging art form that uses repetitive patterns to create striking works of art that anyone can achieve regardless of age or artistic ability. Following an explanation of the Zentangle© process, inside you will find 12 step-by-step demonstrations showing you how to create enticing tangle patterns, followed by several examples of how to add eye-popping color to your pieces, as well as fun ways to use tangles in your art journals. Captivating pieces from Kass and a slew of other artists will further satisfy your craving for inspiration!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover500 tangled artworks : a showcase of inspired illustrated designs / Beckah Krahula.
“Become inspired by this vast collection of meditative drawing tiles known as tangles!” (Syndetics summary)

New Computing books for September

Our computer books are always diverse and for this month we have a great eBook about HTML5 Game Development, books on Android tablets and Digital Photography for Seniors, and one that explores the ever growing issue of girls having their lives exposed online, and how they can be more protected. So come with me and check all the new things we prepared for you.

Overdrive coverHTML5 Game Development by Example, by Makzan (eBook)
“This book is for web designers who have a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and want to create Canvas or DOM-based games that run on browsers.” (Overdrive description)

Syndetics book coverMacBook in easy steps : for MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro / Nick Vandome.
MacBook in easy steps, now in its fourth edition, makes exploring the MacBook inspiring and a pleasure. Use this guide to accelerate your learning and take control of your new MacBook! Covers OS X Yosemite.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 for dummies / by Andy Rathbone.
Windows 10 For Dummies covers the latest version of Windows and gets you up and running with the changes and new features you’ll find in this updated operating system. Packed with time-saving tips, this helpful Windows 10 guide shows you how to manage Windows tasks like navigating the interface with a mouse or touchscreen, connecting to the web, and troubleshooting problems and making quick fixes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAndroid tablets for seniors / Nick Vandome.
Android Tablets for Seniors in easy steps is the perfect guide to Android devices, their specifications and functionality, and explains the operating system and how to use it on your tablet. This book details the Android settings so that you can personalize your tablet to look and work in exactly the way that you want. The book features the Google Nexus but is applicable to all tablets running the Android operating system.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy digital photography for seniors / Jason R. Rich.
My Digital Photography for Seniors is an exceptionally easy and complete full-color tutorial on digital photography, visual storytelling, and image sharing. No ordinary “beginner’s book”, it approaches every topic using meaningful examples, step-by-step tasks, large text, close-up screen shots, and a custom full-color interior designed for comfortable reading.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHadoop application architectures / Mark Grover, Ted Malaska, Jonathan Seidman & Gwen Shapira.
“Get expert guidance on architecting end-to-end data management solutions with Apache Hadoop. This practical book takes you through architectural considerations necessary to tie those components together into a complete tailored application, based on your particular use case.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAndroid application development all-in-one for dummies / by Barry Burd.
“Your all-encompassing guide to learning Android app development. If you’re an aspiring or beginning programmer interested in creating apps for the Android market, which grows in size and downloads every day, this is your comprehensive, one-stop guide.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPhotos for OS X and iOS : take, edit, and share photos in the Apple photography ecosystem / Jeff Carlson.
“For anyone who’s taken photos, you know the frustration of trying to find and manage your snapshots on your iPhone, camera, or Mac. With Photos for OS X, Apple has made it possible to have at your fingertips all your photos.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Apple Watch book : master the most personal computer in your life / Scott McNulty.
“The Apple Watch is more than a timepiece and a fashion accessory. The watch is designed to be a very personal assistant, from paying for groceries or a coffee to keeping a detailed record of your daily physical activity.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProgramming for the absolute beginner / Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
“Are you interested in learning to program computers? Programming For The Absolute Beginner, Second Edition is a friendly guide that will teach you the fundamentals of computer programming through the hands-on (and fun!) development of computer games.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe smart girl’s guide to privacy : practical tips for staying safe online / Violet Blue.
“The whirlwind of social media, online dating, and mobile apps can make life a dream–or a nightmare. For every trustworthy website, there are countless jerks, bullies, and scam artists who want to harvest your personal information for their own purposes. But you can fight back, right now. In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy, award-winning author and investigative journalist Violet Blue shows you how women are targeted online and how to keep yourself safe.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Computing Books for August

From step-by-step general help with technology, going through more specific themes like programming and coding and Android tablets, our selection for computer books this month has definitely something for everyone. So don’t be afraid and have a look at the amazing books!

Syndetics book cover“Is this thing on?” : a friendly guide to everything digital for newbies, technophobes, and the kicking & screaming / Abby Stokes ; illustrations by Michael Sloan and Susan Hunt Yale.
“Like a personal trainer for the digital age, Abby Stokes is the hand-holding, motivating expert that newbies–specifically older newbies–turn to when they want to become digitally literate. An all-new companion website––will include video tutorials explaining the latest technologies.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy Android tablet / Craig James Johnston.
“More than 100,000,000 Android tablets were sold last year: that’s nearly 62% of all tablets sold. If you own or are considering an Android tablet, My Android Tablet is your must-have companion. This friendly, quick, full-colour, 100% practical tutorial walks you through every task you’ll want to perform with your new Android tablet, no matter what brand or model you choose.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

Syndetics book coverProfessional Android wearables / David Cuartielles Ruiz and Andreas Goransson.
Professional Android Wearables covers how to use the Android Wear platform and other techniques to build real-world apps for a variety of wearables including smartbands, smartwatches, and smart glasses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coveriPad at work for dummies / by Galen Gruman.
iPad at Work For Dummies provides essential and in-depth coverage for a variety of productivity-related tasks made possible on the iPad. From basics such as setting up and starting out with an iPad to tips on the best practices for enterprise-level word processing, spreadsheet creation, presenting, task management, project management, graphic design, and communication. If you′re considering integrating the use of an iPad at work, or have recently begun and want to grasp the full spectrum of its capabilities in the workplace, iPad at Work For Dummies has you covered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPHP : 20 lessons to successful web development / Robin Nixon.
“Based on the author’s successful online courses, this complete, integrated learning tool provides easy-to-follow lessons that feature clear explanations, sample code and exercises, and video tutorials. Each lesson is designed to take you less than an hour to complete. Together, the book and almost five hours of videotraining, make learning PHP easier than ever!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEffective Python : 59 specific ways to write better Python / Brett Slatkin.
“It’s easy to start coding with Python, which is why the language is so popular. However, Python’s unique strengths, charms, and expressiveness can be hard to grasp, and there are hidden pitfalls that can easily trip you up. Effective Python will help you master a truly “Pythonic” approach to programming, harnessing Python’s full power to write exceptionally robust and well-performing code.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoding for beginners in easy steps / Mike McGrath.
Coding for Beginners in Easy Steps instructs readers how to write code to create their own computer programs. The examples feature the popular Python language and the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages to give the reader a rounded view of computer coding. The steps within the book is colour-coded to match the default colour-coding of the Python IDLE editor, making it easier for beginners to grasp.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeginning JavaScript / Jeremy McPeak, Paul Wilton.
“The bestselling JavaScript guide, updated with current features and best practices Beginning JavaScript 5th Edition shows you how to work effectively with JavaScript frameworks, functions, and modern browsers, and teaches more effective coding practices using HTML5. To learn JavaScript the way it’s used today, Beginning JavaScript, 5th Edition is your concise guide.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)