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Stephin Merritt

Stephin Raymond Merritt is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the songwriter and principal singer of the bands The Magnetic Fields, The Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes. He is known for his untrained bass voice. Merritt created and plays principal roles in the bands The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, he used the name The Baudelaire Memorial Orchestra as an attribution for a song written for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, entitled "Scream and Run Away". Further music was recorded for the audiobook versions of the series and is attributed to The Gothic Archies; the Tragic Treasury was released by Nonesuch Records in October 2006 along with the 13th and final book of the series. Under his own name, he recorded and released the soundtracks to the films Eban and Charley and Pieces of April; the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete featured many of his songs. He and director Chen Shi-Zheng have collaborated on three pieces of musical theatre.

Selected tracks from these works have been released on Nonesuch Records under the title Showtunes. Additionally, he is one-third of the infrequent, live-only ensemble the Three Terrors, whose other principal members include 69 Love Songs's Dudley Klute and LD Beghtol. Past themes of these performances have included French pop music, movie themes and New York City. Kenny Mellman, James Jacobs, Daniel Handler, Jon DeRosa and others have performed with The Three Terrors at these sporadic gala events. Merritt wrote and sang "I'm in a Lonely Way" in a television commercial for Volvo that aired in the summer and fall of 2007, he performed "The Wheels on the Car". Merritt penned the music and lyrics for a 2009 Off-Broadway stage musical adaptation of Coraline, a novel by Neil Gaiman. In the MCC Theater production, his music will be performed by a piano "orchestra" – complete with a traditional piano, a toy piano and a prepared piano, he produced a score for the silent film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, performed at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco on May 4, 2010 as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Growing up, Merritt used different spellings of his name for different purposes. "Stephin" was one such pseudonym that he used to sort his junk mail, that became the spelling he used as a musician. Prior to 2013, Merritt had never met his biological father, folk singer Scott Fagan, who had a brief affair with Merritt's mother, Alix Merritt; the three met at a screening of the film AKA Doc Pomus in 2013. Merritt's relationship with his father is described in the song "'99: Fathers in the Clouds", on the Magnetic Fields album 50 Song Memoir. Merritt attended Massachusetts high school The Cambridge School of Weston and attended NYU before moving back to Boston, he has worked as an editor for Time Out New York. Merritt is known for having a dry personality, embracing a persona and life, different from the traditional rock star image. In September 2005, an interviewer quoted an anonymous reviewer to Bob Mould that Mould was "the most depressed man in rock." Mould's response was "He's never met Stephin Merritt, obviously."Merritt suffers from a hearing condition known as hyperacusis, which he refers to in the songs "'79: Rock n' Roll Will Ruin Your Life" and "'92: Weird Diseases" on the Magnetic Fields album 50 Song Memoir.

Any sound heard louder than normal begins to "feedback" in his left ear at louder volumes. This has influenced the reserved live setup of The Magnetic Fields, which consists of acoustic instruments and little to no percussion. Merritt wears earplugs during performances, covers his left ear when the audience applauds. Merritt is the subject of a documentary, Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, which premiered in March 2010. Merritt is an atheist, wears only brown clothing, is gay and a vegan, saying, "I ain't et an animal since 1983." Eban and Charley Pieces of April Showtunes Obscurities The House of Tomorrow – The official site of Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies Stephin Merritt biography Aging Spinsters: A Stephin Merritt Fan-Blog The Distant Plastic Treehouse - "a hangout for Stephin Merritt fans" Stephin Songs – The music and lyrics of Stephin Merritt

Function of a real variable

In mathematical analysis, applications in geometry, applied mathematics and natural sciences, a function of a real variable is a function whose domain is the real numbers ℝ, or a subset of ℝ that contains an interval of positive length. Most real functions that are considered and studied are differentiable in some interval; the most considered such functions are the real functions, which are the real-valued functions of a real variable, that is, the functions of a real variable whose codomain is the set of real numbers. The codomain of a function of a real variable may be any set. However, it is assumed to have a structure of ℝ-vector space over the reals; that is, the codomain may be a Euclidean space, a coordinate vector, the set of matrices of real numbers of a given size, or an ℝ-algebra, such as the complex numbers or the quaternions. The structure ℝ-vector space of the codomain induces a structure of ℝ-vector space on the functions. If the codomain has a structure of ℝ-algebra, the same is true for the functions.

The image of a function of a real variable is a curve in the codomain. In this context, a function that defines curve is called a parametric equation of the curve; when the codomain of a function of a real variable is a finite-dimensional vector space, the function may be viewed as a sequence of real functions. This is used in applications. A real function is a function from a subset of R to R, where R denotes as usual the set of real numbers; that is, the domain of a real function is a subset R, its codomain is R. It is assumed that the domain contains an interval of positive length. For many used real functions, the domain is the whole set of real numbers, the function is continuous and differentiable at every point of the domain. One says that these functions are defined and differentiable everywhere; this is the case of: All polynomial functions, including constant functions and linear functions Sine and cosine functions Exponential functionSome functions are defined everywhere, but not continuous at some points.

For example The Heaviside step function is defined everywhere, but not continuous at zero. Some functions are defined and continuous everywhere, but not everywhere differentiable. For example The absolute value is defined and continuous everywhere, is differentiable everywhere, except for zero; the cubic root is defined and continuous everywhere, is differentiable everywhere, except for zero. Many common functions are not defined everywhere, but are continuous and differentiable everywhere where they are defined. For example: A rational function is a quotient of two polynomial functions, is not defined at the zeros of the denominator; the tangent function is not defined for π 2 + k π. The logarithm function is defined only for positive values of the variable; some functions are continuous in their whole domain, not differentiable at some points. This is the case of: The square root is defined only for nonnegative values of the variable, not differentiable at 0. A real-valued function of a real variable is a function that takes as input a real number represented by the variable x, for producing another real number, the value of the function denoted f.

For simplicity, in this article a real-valued function of a real variable will be called a function. To avoid any ambiguity, the other types of functions that may occur will be explicitly specified; some functions are defined for all real values of the variables, but some other functions are defined only if the value of the variable is taken in a subset X of ℝ, the domain of the function, always supposed to contain an interval of positive length. In other words, a real-valued function of a real variable is a function f: X → R such that its domain X is a subset of ℝ that contains an interval of positive length. A simple example of a function in one variable could be: V: X → R X = f = x, the square root of x; the image of a function f is the set of all values of f when the variable x runs in the whole domain of f. For a continuous real-valued function with a connected domain, the image is either an interval or a single value. In the latter case, the function is a constant function; the preimage of a given real number y is the set of the solutions of the equation y = f.

The domain of a function of several real variables is a subset of ℝ, sometimes explicitly defined. In fact, if one restricts the domain X of a function f to a subset Y ⊂ X, one gets formally a different function, the restriction of f to Y, denoted f|Y. In practice, it is not harmful to identify f and f|Y, to omit the subscript |Y. Conversely, it is sometimes possible to enlarge the domain of a given function, for example by continuity or by analytic

Krumperk Castle

Krumperk Castle is a castle or manor located in Gorjuša near the town of Domžale in central Slovenia. According to Valvasor, the castle was built in the late 13th century by the noble Rabensbergs from Koprivnik; the predecessor of the current castle is first mentioned in 1338 as a possession of Herkules of Krumperk, of the noble house of Kreutberg. By the 15th century, it belonged to the house of Rusbach, which sold it to Engelhand Zellenperger in 1410 under the name Turn Chraw-perg. Valvasor notes that it had once been called either Thurn unter Kreutberg or Thurn zu Kreutberg, although there is confusion as to which of these names referred to Krumperk Castle and which to the ruin of Koprivnik Castle near Moravče. At the end of the 16th century, the male Zellenperger line became extinct, the castle passed by inheritance accord to the older branch of the house of Rauber, one of the most prominent noble families in 15th and 16th century Carniola, who were elevated to barons; the best-known member of the family was Adam von Rauber.

At its height, the Krumperk lordship contained the settlements of Dob, Krtina and Studenec. The Raubers replaced the old castle with the current building in 1580, their line became extinct. The next owners, in 1631, were the Rasp family, followed by the counts Thurn-Valsassina in 1840 the barons Rechbach, who in 1928 moved to Austria after selling the estate to its final private owner, Stanka Pogačnik, a landowner from Ruše near Maribor. After World War II, the castle was stripped of its furnishings; the communist authorities converted the structure into a sanatorium for wounded military officers. In 1985, the Krumperk holdings were partitioned. Today, the castle is the subject of a denationalization proceeding and is in a poor state of repair; the Spelunkers' Club is located nearby, as are two karst caves: Hag's Cave. The castle meadow hosts the Krumperk Equestrian Club, sponsored by the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. Tales of the castle's past are collected in the book Jutro ob kresu by Ivan Sivec.


2014–15 FC Amkar Perm season

The 2014–15 Amkar Perm season is their 11th season in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia, following promotion during the 2003 season. They will participate in the Russian Premier Russian Cup. Slavoljub Muslin was appointed as the club's manager on 17 June 2014, take over from Konstantin Paramonov, the club's caretaker manager following Stanislav Cherchesov leaving the club in April of the previous season. Muslin was fired as manager on 9 December 2014, with Gadzhi Gadzhiyev being appointed as his replacement on 30 December. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality; as of Match played 30 May 2015 YEKT time changed from UTC+6 to UTC+5 permanently on 26 October 2014

21st Special Operations Squadron

The 21st Special Operations Squadron is a unit within the 353rd Special Operations Group, United States Air Force based at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The unit has been inactivated a number of times in its history. Prior to October 2007 it was with the 352d Special Operations Group, United States Air Force, United States European Command, based at Royal Air Force base RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, it can trace its roots back to the 21st Pursuit Squadron, activated on 1 February 1940 at Moffett Field, California. It took part in the combat in the Philippine Islands, from 8 December 1941. Being inactivated on 2 April 1946 being activated as the 21st Helicopter Squadron, inactivated again. Activated for the Vietnam war on 30 June 1967, assigned to Tactical Air Command being redesignated the 21st Special Operations Squadron on 1 August 1968; the squadron took part in both Operation Frequent Wind, the Mayaguez incident. In addition to its combat duties, the unit has taken part in a number of humanitarian aid operations.

The 21st Special Operations Squadron, which fell under the 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, UK, was inactivated on 31 October 2007 with the inactivation ceremony taking place at RAF Mildenhall, UK on 9 October temporarily ending the Air Force Special Operations vertical lift mission in Europe. The inactivation of the Dust Devils was the first step in preparation for the arrival of the CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft; the 21st Special Operations Squadron's mission consisted of day or night, all-weather, low-level penetration of denied territory to provide infiltration, resupply, or fire support for elite air and naval forces. The unique capabilities of the MH-53J permitted the squadron to operate from unprepared landing zones; the 21st Special Operations Squadron traces its lineage to the 21st Pursuit Squadron, constituted on 22 December 1939. Activated on 1 February 1940 at Moffett Field, California, it was assigned to the 35th Pursuit Group until 15 January 1942; the squadron saw combat in the Philippine Islands, from 8 December 1941–c.

1 May 1942 and a ground echelon fought as infantry in Bataan, from 18 January–c. 8 April 1942. It was not operational from the fall of the Philippines until its inactivation on 2 April 1946. Aircraft flown by the squadron during that period were the P-36, the P-40, it was consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 21st Helicopter Squadron, activated on 9 July 1956 at Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, flying the Piasecki H-21 and assigned to the Eighteenth Air Force. It was reassigned to Ninth Air Force, on 1 September until 15 October 1957, it inactivated on 5 October 1957. It reactivated on 30 June 1967, assigned to Tactical Air Command, was organized on 15 July 1967 at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina under the 507th Tactical Control Group. Operating the CH-3, it was reassigned to the 56th Air Commando Wing, on 27 November 1967, it was redesignated as the 21st Special Operations Squadron on 1 August 1968. In 1970, the squadron began operating the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion. In September 1970, the 21st Special Operations Squadron flew eleven CH-3E helicopters and one new CH-53 helicopter, which arrived at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base on 8 August.

The squadron referred to the large CH-53 as "BUFF," for "big, fat fellow," and this designation should not be confused with a similar nickname given to B-52 bombers. The squadron saw combat in Southeast Asia, from November 1967 – August 1973, aircraft losses were as follows: 23 May 1968, Dusty 51, CH-3 BuNo 66-13295 was lost to unknown causes while flying a sensor delivery mission north of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, the crash site could not be reached due to heavy enemy activity. All five crewmen and a combat photographer were KIA, their remains were recovered on 2 November 1968 by Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines; this was the first combat loss for the 21st SOS 13 August 1970, Skycap 36 CH-3E BuNo 63-09681 was flying between Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base when it was hit by a 12.7mm round which blew up the hydraulic accumulators and knocked out both engines causing the aircraft to crash. Four of the crewmen were killed. 24 October 1970, Knife 33 CH-3E BuNo 66-13287 was in a flight of two extracting indigenous personnel from a hill top LZ in Laos.

Knife 33 picked up 11 personnel and as it lifted off, it turned and fell into trees 200 meters from the LZ. A short time the other helicopter picked up 8 indigenous personnel and the surviving crewmembers; the pilot and flight engineer were both killed. 1 March 1971, Knife 34 CH-53 BuNo 68-10931 crashed on landing at Lima Site 20 in Laos, hit ground, spun right, rolled down hill and burst into flames. The pilot and copilot were both killed. 24 January 1975, CH-53 BuNo 70-1628 crashed near Ban Nakhon, Thailand. The four-man crew were all killed. On 29 and 30 April 1975, eight of the Squadron's CH-53s participated in Operation Frequent Wind, operating from USS Midway. 13 May 1975, Knife 13 CH-53 BuNo 68-10933 departed from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base with a crew of five and eighteen USAF Security Police on board to assist in the recovery operation of the SS Mayaguez. The helicopter disappeared from the airfield's departure radar 40 miles west of the airfield. All on board were killed. 15 May 1975, 7 of the squadron's CH-53s supported the rescue of the SS Mayaguez, with 3 des