Tuesday, 7 June 2022

[Book 67] The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook: The Insider's Guide to Fighting Techniques

Serial No.:- 67 

The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook

Category:- Informative Book (11. Sports and Games )

Book:- The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook: The Insider's Guide to Fighting Techniques

Author:- John Ritschel

Language:- English

Publisher:- Skyhorse; Illustrated edition

Published on:- January 27, 2010

No. of Pages:- 192

My after reading review (May 07, 2022):- As an Mixed Martial Arts learner I was finding a good complete book on MMA. I need to know the theory part also about the sport I am practicing. It good to have a clear understanding about the theory of any sport to practice it effectively. But unfortunately there is almost no good and complete book I have found in the market.
At last I find this one "The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook" by John Ritschel.

This is a good book and covers almost all topics (except a few - defence against striking, top mount and defence against top mount). I can't say it's in depth, but touches almost each topics. And the book comes with lots of clear colour pictures to demonstrate each and every moves.

The book covers standing fight, ground fight, transition between standing to ground - takedown and throw. The author also includes the overlapping areas such as stand-up grappling and striking on the ground.

There is not a single complete good book on this sport. Even this book is good but not complete. If the author would include the chapters on this three topics - defence against striking, top mount and defence against top mount, then it could be almost complete. That's the only complain I have against the author. He covers everything but why did he missed out to cover those important parts.

Whatever, overall this is great book for any MMA fighter who is practicing this sport.

Thank you.



Monday, 7 February 2022

[Book 66] Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications by Career Solutions Training Group

Serial No.:- 66

Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications

Category:- Informative Book (10. Education & Reference)

Book:- Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications

Author:- Career Solutions Training Group

Language:- English

Publisher:- South-Western; Pap/Cdr edition

Published on:- 26 January 2004

No. of Pages:- 432

My after reading review (February 07, 2022):- Everybody heard about data entry operator jobs. Most of then know that data entry means some typist and spreadsheet services. But, it's more than that. Data entry itself is a big umbrella. Under it, there are so many different services. Based on the working types we can divide data entry jobs into several classifications.
Such as -
1. Data Cleansing
Data Cleansing involves organizing information stored in databases so that it is accurate and up to date. Data cleansing helps with storing information in a correct way by removing inaccurate and duplicated information.  Another term for data cleansing is data scrubbing.
Tasks: CRM update, database follow up, researching information, removing duplicates, modifying information, correcting information, finding and removing errors, etc.
2. Data Processing
Data Processing means to collect and modify information in order to analyse it or use it later. Data Processing can be useful for storing information, analysing data, filtering data, reporting, etc. The main focus of data processing is to edit the data in a way that it serves a certain purpose.
Tasks: data extraction, data capturing, entering claims, accounting and figures data entry, database creating, photo or product editing, etc.  
3. Data Classification
Data classification is the process of organizing the data into categories based on the properties and characteristics of the items. Data classification helps to store the information by sorting it so that it can be easily accessed and filtered. Data classification is also useful for AI and Machine learning software.
Tasks: classifying data, sorting data into categories, data tagging, data annotation, data indexing, classifying business cards, product data entry, etc.
4. Data Conversion
Data conversion, as the name suggests, is the process of converting data from one format to another. The data can be converted from a hard copy to a digital format or from a digital format to another (from .jpg to .pdf, from .pdf to .xml, etc.) Data conversion can be manual or machine assisted.
Tasks: audio transcription, photo editing, data typing, copying information from hand-written notes, capturing data from photo formats, etc.

I got curious to learn more about each tasks. So I decided to read a good book on it. But there are not much good book on this topics. Most of them are only on some limited topics, say word processing and excel spreadsheets. I wanted to know more about Data Entry. And I heard about the book called "Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications". This is quiet old book, published in 2004. It's little bit outdated. but I heard that this book was the best data entry book back in the day. Now the book is out of print, and considered as a rare book. It's being sold on a few online books retail stores and with much higher price than it's original MRP.
So I bought from an online store with high price. But after reading this book, I am very much disappointed. The book is outdated, that's not it's problem. The main problem with this one is, it didn't cover anything about the entire data entry umbrella except data entry clark jobs with only form filling. Data entry is way more than just form filling. Also the author didn't use any office suite softwares to demonstrate the works. They design their own software, which is not popular, not industry standard and not good at all.
Such a waste of money.



Tuesday, 18 January 2022

[Book 65] How to Play Chess by Claire Summerscale

Serial No.:- 65 

How to Play Chess

Category:- Informative Book (11. Sports and Games)

Book:- How to Play Chess

Author:- Claire Summerscale

Language:- English

Publisher:- DK

Published on:- 11 October 2016

No. of Pages:- 72

My after reading review (January 19, 2022):- Aha ! What a Beautiful book. If you are also a book lover like me, you will surely understand what I mean by a beautiful book. Ah! The feeling of touching high quality glossy paper book with hard binding, the smell of new book, pages are fully colour printed, full of attractive beautiful rich colour illustrations alongside with well designed layout. If you also have a book collection hobby then it's a must have book in your bookshelf. It will definitely increase the value of your collection.

Also I am a big fan of DK publishers books. They maintain the quality of their books.

Now come to the Chess part. It's a must have rule book for any chess player. Our main problem is, we don't get time or partners to play chess regularly. When cousins come home to visit or family and relatives gather for a holiday, only then do we play chess for fun and time passes. 

Chess is full of complicated rules that after a long gap when we start playing we forgot some of the rules or get confused during a game. And we start quarreling about our different opinions on chess rules. 🤣 It happens so many times to us. 

So to get rid of this problem, I decided to buy a good chess rule book. But this book is probably the best rule book in the market. Anytime we have any doubts, we open up the book and clear our confusions. It gets very handy.

The book is divided into four sections - 

1. Section one is all about introducing the game of chess and starting position rules.

2. Section two contains all chess pieces and their moves rules.

3. Section three is the basics of winning your first games.

4. And in section four, some famous tricks to beat your opponent as well as how to defend yourself from your opponent's attacking moves.

Perfect, clear and easily understandable book for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty in the game of chess.