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ASCII Corporation

ASCII Corporation was a publishing company based in Tokyo, Japan. It became a subsidiary of Kadokawa Group Holdings in 2004, merged with another Kadokawa subsidiary MediaWorks on April 1, 2008, became ASCII Media Works; the company published Monthly ASCII as the main publication. ASCII was founded in 1977 by Keiichiro Tsukamoto. A publisher of a magazine with the same name ASCII, talks between Bill Gates and Nishi led to a creation of Microsoft's first overseas sales office, ASCII Microsoft, in 1979. In 1980, ASCII made 1.2 billion yen of sales from licensing Microsoft BASIC. It was 40 percent of Microsoft's sales, Nishi became Microsoft's Vice President of Sales for Far East. In 1983, ASCII and Microsoft introduced MSX. Nishi was known for his role in marketing the MSX in 1983, an 8-bit standard computer well known in the former USSR and Japan. In 1984, ASCII engaged itself in semiconductor business, followed by a further expansion into commercial online service in 1985 under the brand of ASCII-NET.

As the popularity of home video game systems soared in the 1980s, ASCII became active in the development and publishing of software and peripherals for popular consoles such as the Family Computer and Mega Drive. After Microsoft's public stock offering in 1986, Microsoft founded its own Japanese subsidiary, Microsoft Kabushiki Kaisha, dissolved partnership with ASCII. At around the same time, the company was obliged to reform itself as a result of its aggressive diversification in the first half of the 1980s; the company went public in 1989. ASCII's revenue in its fiscal year ending March 1996 was 56 billion yen, broken down by sectors: Publication, Game entertainment, Systems & semiconductors and others. Despite its struggles to remain focused on its core businesses, the company continued to suffer from accumulated debts, until an arrangement was set up that CSK Corporation execute a major investment into ASCII in 1997. In the mid-90s, ASCII acquired the company Something Good, renamed it to ASCII Something Good, through which they developed 3 Sega Saturn Games: AI Shougi, AI Igo, AI Shougi 2.

ASCII had become popular in the software market that it branched out and created an American satellite in 1991 known as ASCII Entertainment. To focus on supporting the interactive entertainment channel in America, startup company Agetec was spun off as an independent corporation in 1998 and became a independent publisher one year later. Co-founder Tsukamoto had left ASCII to create a company of his own in 1992, named Impress. On November 26, 2001 CSK Corporation and Unison Capital Partners L. P. announced the approval of transferring the control of its subsidiary ASCII to Unison Capital Partners L. P. effective on 2002-03-30, as part of the strategy to focus the CSK's group operations on B2B businesses. The transfer was approved on December 21, 2001; as a part of deal, ASCII's outstanding debt owed to CSK was forgiven, under Unison's control, the ASCII's Enterbrain and IT publishing divisions would maintain autonomy, while ASCII was restructured to concentrate on PC and IT publishing businesses.

On May 28, 2002, Unison Media Partners announced ASCII would become its owned subsidiary of via share exchange, ASCII would be delisted, effective on October 1, 2002. On November 18, 2002, the Astroarts subsidiary was renamed to ASCII, while ASCII was renamed to MediaLeaves; the former Astroarts subsidiary would inherit the publishing business of the former ASCII. On January 29, 2004, Unison Capital Partners, L. P. announced the sale of ASCII's parent company MediaLeaves to Kadokawa Group Holdings, to be completed on 2004-03. On September 27, 2007, Kadokawa Group Holdings announced the merger between subsidiaries MediaWorks and ASCII under the name ASCII Media Works, effective on April 1, 2008; the merger was approved in 2008. On January 10, 2010, the named ASCII company MediaLeaves was merged into Enterbrain, dissolving the last of the ASCII entity. MSX is a standardized home computer architecture, announced by Microsoft and ASCII on June 16, 1983, it was conceived and marketed by Kazuhiko Nishi vice-president at Microsoft and director at ASCII Corporation.

Nishi conceived the project as an attempt to create unified standards among various home computing system manufacturers of the period. MSX systems were popular in several other countries, it is difficult to determine how many MSX computers were sold worldwide, but 5 million MSX-based units were sold in Japan alone. Despite Microsoft's involvement, few MSX-based machines were released in the United States. Before the great success of Nintendo's Family Computer, MSX was the platform for which major Japanese game studios such as Konami and Hudson Soft produced video games; the Metal Gear series, for example, was first written for MSX hardware. ASCII Media Works List of magazines published by ASCII Media Works Archived ASCII Corporation page


The lugworm or sandworm is a large marine worm of the phylum Annelida. Its coiled castings are a familiar sight on a beach at low tide but the animal itself is seen except by those who, from curiosity or to use as fishing bait, dig the worm out of the sand. In the UK the lugworm species Arenicola marina is called blow lugworm, exceeds 130mm. There is a second species of UK lugworm Arenicola defodiens called black lugworm; as well as growing larger than blow lugworm they are much darker totally black. They can be distinguished by the different wormcasts they produce - Arenicola defodiens makes a spiral cast, while that of Arenicola marina is jumbled; when grown, the lugworm of the coasts of Europe is up to 9 in long and 0.375 in in diameter. Other species on the North American coast range from 3 to 12 in; the body is like that of any typical annelid: segmented. Its head end, blackish-red and bears no tentacles or bristles, passes into a fatter middle part, red; this in turn passes into a thinner yellowish-red tail end.

The middle part has bristles along its sides and pairs of feathery gills. There is a well-developed system of blood vessels with red blood rich in the oxygen-carrying pigment, haemoglobin. A lugworm lives in a U-shaped burrow in sand; the U is made of an L-shaped gallery lined with mucus, from the toe of which a vertical unlined shaft runs up to the surface. This is a head shaft. At the surface the head shaft is marked by a small saucer-shaped depression; the tail shaft, 2 to 3 in from it, is marked by a coiled cast of sand. The lugworm lies in this burrow with its head at the base of the head shaft, swallowing sand from time to time; this makes the columns of sand drop so there is a periodic sinking of the sand in the saucer-shaped depression. When it first digs its burrow the lugworm softens the sand in its head shaft by pushing its head up into it with a piston action. After that the sand is kept loose by a current of water driven through the burrow from the hind end by the waves of contraction passing along the worm's body.

It weighs 2 to 5 oz. Lugworms have hairs on the outside of their bodies that act as external gills; these can increase its uptake of oxygen. Lugworm blood has a large oxygen carrying capacity. Once it burrows into the sand a lugworm leaves it, it can stay there for weeks on end, sometimes changing its position in the sand. But it may leave the burrow and re-enter the sand, making a fresh burrow for breeding but for 2 days in early October there is a genital crisis; this is when all the lugworms liberate their ova and sperms into the water above, there the ova are fertilized. The ova are enclosed in tongue-shaped masses of jelly about 8 inches long, 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick; each mass is anchored at one end. The larvae hatching from the eggs feed on the jelly and break out when they have grown to a dozen segments and are beginning to look like their parents, they burrow into the sand higher up the beach than the adults, move down the beach as they get older. A singing lugworm figures in The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland by William Butler Yeats: But while he passed before a plashy place, A lug-worm with its grey and muddy mouth Sang that somewhere to north or west or south There dwelt a gay, gentle race Under the golden or the silver skies Cartoonist Piers Baker created a syndicated comic strip called Ollie and Quentin, with a buddy storyline about Ollie, a seagull and Quentin, a lugworm.

The strip originated in the UK in 2002, with King Features Syndicate introducing it to international syndication in early 2008. Baker considers the strip "an homage to all the poor lugworms that he used as bait while sea fishing in his youth." Lugworm at Britannica Online Video footage of Lugworm funnels and casts

Ring Master

Ring Master is a 2014 Malayalam comedy film written and directed by Rafi starring Dileep in the role of an animal trainer in circus. Keerthy Suresh, Honey Rose, Mohan Jose, Kalabhavan Shajon, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Guinness Pakru play the other characters; the film received a positive response from critics. This movie is 5th hit between Dileep; the movie starts with Prince,who is working as dog trainer in a dog clinic owned by his friend Dr Muthu, Peter is filming a documentary of the clinic. His life changes when her female dog Lisa enters his life. Elizabeth appoints Prince as a caretaker for her dogs on the condition that Lisa, one of her pet should never get pregnant. However, Prince fails at the dire moment, when the guide dog of visually challenged Karthika mates with Lisa. Things get worse, when Lisa delivers four puppies, but she dies in labor, along with three of her kids. Prince names the lone puppy'Diana'. Despite a rough start and Karthika gets along and become close friends. Diana becomes famous after she acts in a movie which marks Peter's directional debut, which becomes a superhit.

On she does a movie with the actress Diana who had betrayed Prince earlier. A heartbroken Prince once remembers all about his sweet past with the student Diana, whose real name was Sarasamma, it was upon her father's request that Prince came up with the new name for his prospective sweetheart. As Diana grew to be talented and a beautiful woman, Prince strived to the fullest to bring her to the silver screen; as fame, followed by a sense of ungratefulness begins to rack in, Diana publicly disowned Prince, which made him an object of heavy ridicule in front of his people. It was that humiliation. Prince, with a huge support of his friends, including Karthika, survives every plot the actress Diana sets against the canine Diana and her master. In the meantime, Elizabeth learns that her dog Lisa was canine Diana's mother, sues Prince for title of his dog's ownership. At last, Prince wins the case for keeping the canine Diana, on the grounds of his boundless love towards his dog, while the actress Diana learns the lesson that fame is not everything, a dog can outfame a human, when the time is right.

In the aftermath that follows, Peter gets married, Dr. Muthu opens a hospital in his own name, most Karthika undergoes a successful eye surgery and starts a new life with her guardian angel Prince.. In September 2013 it was reported that Dileep's next comedy film would be Ring Master and that it would be the inaugural venture of Rafi as an independent director after separating from Rafi-Mecartin duo. Dileep was chosen to play the lead role of an animal trainer in the film, he underwent a special training for the same and was trained by animal experts from across the country. Miya was cast for the lead female role, but she dropped out of the project due to date clashes with her debut Tamil film and was replaced by Keerthi Suresh. Keerthi essayed the role of a visually challenged girl in the film. Honey Rose was signed for another lead female role and she stated "My character Diana has negative shades but she is an interesting character"; the film collected US$15,159 from UK box office. Ring Master on IMDb

Jay McKee

Jay McKee is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, was with the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues. Throughout his career he has been noted among the NHL's best shot-blockers, he served as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans. McKee was born in Kingston, but grew up in Loyalist, Ontario, he served as the head coach of the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. On Monday, November 25, 2019, McKee was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Kitchener Rangers. McKee was drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in the first round, tenth overall, at the 1993 OHL Priority Selection. In his rookie season with the Wolves during the 1993-94 season, McKee earned an assist in 51 games, while accumulating 51 penalty minutes. In three post-season games, McKee was held to no points, he began the 1994-95 in Sudbury. In 39 games with the Wolves, McKee scored 12 points, while earning 91 penalty minutes.

Midway through the season, McKee was traded to the Niagara Falls Thunder in a deal that sent Ethan Moreau and Jason Bonsignore to Sudbury. McKee concluded the 1994-95 season with the Niagara Falls Thunder, following a mid-season trade from the Sudbury Wolves. In 26 games with the Thunder, McKee scored 16 points. Combined with his Sudbury stats, McKee appeared in 65 games, scoring nine goals and 28 points, a significant improvement from his rookie season. In the post-season, McKee scored five points in six games. McKee played the 1995-96 season with the Thunder, as in 64 games, he scored five goals and 46 points, the second highest point total by a defenseman on the team, while getting 129 penalty minutes. In the post-season, McKee had six points in ten games. Following the season, McKee was named as an OHL Second Team All-Star. McKee was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 14th overall, at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft held at the Edmonton Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta; the Sabres assigned McKee to his junior club, the Niagara Falls Thunder, for the 1995-96.

After the Thunder were eliminated from the post-season, McKee appeared in four games with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres American Hockey League affiliate, during the 1995-96 season. McKee earned an assist with Rochester. McKee made his National Hockey League debut on April 10, 1996, as he earned an assist on a goal scored by Dane Jackson, as the Sabres defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2; this would be McKee's only NHL game during the 1995-96 season. McKee saw some time with the Americans during the 1996-97 season, as in seven games in Rochester, McKee scored two goals and seven points, he spent a majority of the 1996-97 season with Buffalo, on November 11, 1996, McKee recorded his first career multi-point game, as he earned two assists in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. In the season, on March 22, McKee earned his first career NHL goal, as he scored against John Vanbiesbrouck of the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 loss. Overall, in 43 games with the Sabres, McKee scored 10 points. On April 19, 1997, McKee made his NHL playoff debut, as he was held off the score sheet in a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

McKee would play in three post-season games, as he earned no points. In 1997-98, McKee saw some more action with the Americans in the AHL. In 13 games with Rochester, McKee scored eight points. McKee did spend most of the season with the Sabres, as in 56 games, he scored 14 points. McKee appeared in one playoff game with Buffalo. For the first time in his career, McKee spent the entire season in the NHL during the 1998-99 season. In 72 games with the Sabres, McKee earned six assists, while registering 75 penalty minutes, helping Buffalo reach the post-season. On May 9, 1999, McKee earned his first playoff point, an assist on a goal scored by Dixon Ward, as the Sabres defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1. In 21 playoff games, McKee recorded three assists, while leading the NHL with a +13 rating, as the Sabres reached the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated by the Dallas Stars in six games. In the 1999-00 season, McKee played in 78 games with the Sabres, scoring a career-high five goals and 17 points.

A late season injury limited McKee's playing time in the post-season, as he appeared in only one game, getting no points. McKee continued his solid defensive play during the 2000-01. In 74 games, he scored 11 points, while setting a career-high with 76 penalty minutes. On April 14, 2001, McKee scored his first career playoff goal, as he scored the overtime winner against Roman Cechmanek of the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-3 victory. Overall, in eight post-season games, McKee finished with the one goal. Injuries limited McKee's playing time, as he missed the final five playoff games after a collision with Mario Lemeiux of the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the 2001-02 season, McKee played in a career high 81 games. McKee scored two goals and 13 points, while finishing with a team best +18 rating, the Sabres failed to qualify for the post-season. McKee battled injuries during the 2002-03, as he was limited to 59 games, in which he recorded five assists; the Sabres once again finished out of the playoffs.

Injuries continued to plague McKee during the 2003-04 season, as in 43 games, he scored two goals and five points. Buffalo missed the post-season for the third consecutive season. McKee did not playing during the 2004-05 due to the 2004-05 NHL lock-out, which cancelled the entire season. In 2005-06, when NHL play resumed, McKee was named an alternate captain on the Sabres. McKee played in 75 games, tying his career high with five goals, while earning 16 points, as the Sabres

Sheep River Provincial Park

Sheep River Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Alberta, Canada, 23 kilometres west of Turner Valley on highway 546. It is part of the Kananaskis Country park system and encompasses a portion of the Sheep River valley. Located on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the park includes the Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides permanent habitat for bighorn sheep, while the eastern part of the reserve extends to the Foothills Natural Region, offering summer range for elk and deer; the following activities are available in the park: Camping at Sandy McNabb and Bluerock campgrounds. Cross-country skiing on the Sandy McNabb trails. Fishing for brown, bull and rainbow trout, longnose dace, northern pearl dace, longnose sucker, mountain sucker, mountain whitefish and spoonhead sculpin on the Sheep River. Hiking on a wide variety of trails: 9999, Bluerock, Bluerock Creek, Curley Sands, Death Valley, Foran Grade, Gorge Creek, Green Mountain, Hog's Back, Indian Oils, Junction Creek, Junction Mountain, Link Creek, Mist Creek, Mount McNabb, North Fork, Phone Line, Price Camp, Sandy McNabb, South Gorge Creek, Threepoint Creek, Threepoint Mountain, Volcano Creek, Volcano Ridge, Ware Creek, Windy Point, Wolf Creek.

Horseback riding on most trails. Ice skating at Sandy McNabb campground. Mountain biking on most trails. List of provincial parks in Alberta List of Canadian provincial parks List of National Parks of Canada Park page at Alberta Community Development

Ricardo Rocha (footballer, born 1962)

Ricardo Roberto Barreto da Rocha is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central defender. Rocha was born in Recife. During his career he represented Manchete Futebol Clube do Recife, Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, Guarani Futebol Clube, Sporting Clube de Portugal, São Paulo FC, Real Madrid – where he helped to the 1993 conquest of the Copa del ReySantos FC, CR Vasco da Gama, Olaria Atlético Clube, Fluminense FC, Newell's Old Boys and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, retiring at nearly 37. Rocha was coach of Santa Cruz in 2001 and 2007, however, the same success as a player. Rocha played 38 matches with the Brazilian national team in eight years, his debut coming on 19 May 1987 in an exhibition game with England, he went on to take part in two FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994. In the latter edition Rocha was the starting center back. However, he could only appear 69 minutes for the eventual champions, a 2–0 group stage win against Russia, remaining injured for the remainder of the tournament.

His last international match was a friendly, a 5–0 win over Slovakia on 22 February 1995. Campeonato Pernambucano: 1983 Campeonato Paulista: 1989, 1991 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1991 Campeonato Carioca: 1994 Copa del Rey: 1992–93 BrazilFIFA World Cup: 1994 Pan American Games: 1987 Pre-Olympic Tournament: 1987 Rous Cup: 1987 Bola de Ouro: 1989 Bola de Prata: 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993 Futpédia profile Ricardo Rocha at BDFutbol Ricardo Rocha at ForaDeJogo Ricardo Rocha at Ricardo Rocha – FIFA competition record