The Mediterranean mount. A guide for naturalists

The Mediterranean mount. A guide for naturalists

Disclosure book by Julián Simón López-Villalta de la Editorial Tundra. A small wonder that has made me change my vision on many points.

In the book he reviews all the ecology of the mediterranean forest. Going through the history of the Mediterranean, its habitats and biodiversity where it tells us about trees, shrubs, herbs, carnivores, granivores, herbivores, pollinators, parasitoids, insectivores, decomposers, scavengers.

A section dedicated to survival (droughts, fires, frosts, etc.) and another to the relationships between species (predators and prey, parasites, competition, mutualism and symbiosis and diners and tenants)

As you can see, it is a complete look at plant and animal species and the relationships between them and the habitat where they live. All perfectly explained and integrated, giving an overview of how the ecosystem works, why it is so special and why it contains so much biodiversity.

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Sea Pottery

Sea Pottery, what it is, types, collection and more information

By Sea Pottery we understand all those pieces of ceramic or tiles that, like the Sea Glass, are eroded by the sea, by lakes or rivers, although the most common is to find them on the beaches. If you don't know what the Sea Glass see our guide.

Besides Sea Pottery they also call it Stoneware Sea Pottery. I do not know a name in Castilian, perhaps the translation is marine ceramics or sea ceramics, marine ceramics of grés. Any combination seems valid, but I think that in these cases it is better to continue using the English name.

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Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Art matters, because imagination can change the world

Art matters. Because imagination can change the world.

It is about texts written by Neil Gaiman over the years and illustrated by Chris Ridell for this volume. I saw the book in the library and did not hesitate to pick it up. I already know Neil Gaiman for CoralineBy The cemetery book and many other things that I have on the list but that I have not read yet (American Gods, Sandman, Stardust, Its Nordic myths, etc). I didn't know Chris Ridell. The translation is the responsibility of Montserrat Meneses Vilar.

I always like to read other genres of the authors that interest me, especially when they are essays, conferences and opinions they have on life and literature.

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Zotero, Personal Research Assistant

zotero, personal research assistant

I've been looking for a tool like Zotero, which allows me to organize and manage in a simple and effective way all the information that I am storing on topics that interest me, projects I want to work on and / or on the articles I'm going to write.

And it is that although Zotero is known by people as a bibliography manager and has been its main function for a long time, today they themselves define the project as a Personal research assistant. And it's the most interesting thing I've ever seen.

Take a look because if you are a Maker or you like to work on projects, research and collect information on different topics, you will fall in love.

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Jupyter Notebook. The Jupyter project

jupyter notebook interactive computing environment to learn programming

Take this article as a way to get started in Jupyter, a guide to know what we can do and some notions to start using it.

It is an interactive computing environment, which allows users to experiment with the code and share it.

Jupyter is the acronym for Julia, Python and R, the three programming languages ​​that Jupyter started with, although today it supports a large number of languages.

It is widely used to create and share documents that contain code. This is very useful in teaching, since we can show with examples how a script, a language works or ask students to propose and validate their own code.

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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

V for Vendetta by Alan moore and david LLoyd

Searching the website of my city library I found V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. I have heard of this graphic novel as a cult work and I really wanted to read it.

Obviously there is much more information than in the film and everything makes sense. Here we find out where V comes from with his Guy Fawkes mask, his cape and his hat. We better understand the context and why revenge occurs.

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Clepsydras and Muslim clocks by Antonio Fernández-Puertas

It is a monograph on hourglasses, Muslim clocks and other horologies written by Antonio Fernández-Puertas who is Professor of History of Muslim Art at the University of Granada. He belongs to the Higher Facultative Body of Museums and has been director of the National Museum of Hispanic-Muslim Art in the Alhambra.

It is not a reading for everyone, but if you want to enter this world of water clocks, automatons, horologies, etc. you will love it. In addition to describing a large number of gadgets and telling us where and when they were referenced, we entered the Byzantine empire to see a little of its splendor and the wonders that they must have.

Especially since there is not much information available on the Internet about Clepsydras and what there is I cannot see in full.

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A geologist in distress by Nahúm Méndez

A geologist in distress by Nahúm Méndez

Small popularization test to introduce us to the wonderful world of geology Ideal for all those who want to start and discover what this science does.

A geologist in distress. A journey through time and into the deepest part of the Earth

The author is Nahúm Méndez, geologist and author of the blog of A geologist in distress. I have been following him for a long time on his twitter @geologoinapuros

I really liked it, but I would have liked him to get into field geology more. I hope that there will be a second volume already entering into the subject of types of formations, rocks, minerals, etc. A document that helps a naturalist to go out into the field and understand what types of formations he is seeing and why they have formed.

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A Certain Idea of ​​the World by Alessandro Baricco

Review and notes of A Certain Idea of ​​the World by Alessandro Baricco

I read Silk y Crystal lands by Alessandro Baricco many years ago. The first I have reread many times, the second has been lost in my memory, but I hold this author in high regard. So when I saw this review book in the library I didn't think about it. I like to see what people I read read :)

A certain idea of ​​the world it's a book of book reviews. Not from the books that you like the most, but from books that you have liked in a period of approximately 1 year. between 2011 and 2012.

There are 50 books, each with a review of about 3 pages, where he tells us his impressions, the plot or a story related to the book. It is a book of books, a genre in which we can include 84, Charing Cross Road.

All written and told in a really delicate way.

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Pandemocracy by Daniel Innerarity

Pandemocracy, and a Philosophy of the Crisi of Coronavius ​​by Daniel Innenarity

I have been following for a long time Daniel Innerarity on Twitter and it is always a pleasure to read your reflections. So despite not wanting to read more essays on the pandemic after the fiasco of Covid-19 by Zizek. I have dared Pandemocracy. a philosophy of the coronavirus crisis y I liked it a lot.

The first. It is appreciated that the essay is well structured, that it has a clear context and argues the ideas, that there is a common thread throughout the essay and that they are not loose pilgrim ideas. Everything Zizek didn't do.

It is an affordable and easy-to-read essay. Don't be afraid to read it if you're not used to this genre, and don't be scared by Meritxell Batet's prologue which is more complex to follow than Innerarity's text.

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