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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope is regarded as one of the greatest English poets, the foremost poet of the early eighteenth century. He is best known for his satirical and discursive poetry, including The Rape of the Lock, The Dunciad, An Essay on Criticism, as well as for his translation of Homer. After Shakespeare, Pope is the second-most quoted writer in the English language, as per The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, some of his verses having become popular idioms in common parlance, he is considered a master of the heroic couplet. Pope's poetic career testifies to his indomitable spirit in the face of disadvantages, of health and of circumstance; the poet and his family were Catholics and thus fell subject to the Test Acts, prohibitive measures which hampered the prosperity of their co-religionists after the abdication of James II. For this reason, except for a few spurious Catholic schools, Pope was self-educated, he became a lover of books. He learned French, Italian and Greek by himself, discovered Homer at the age of six.

As a child Pope survived being once trampled by a cow, but when he was 12 began struggling with tuberculosis of the spine, along with fits of crippling headaches which troubled him throughout his life. In the year 1709, Pope showcased his precocious metrical skill with the publication of Pastorals, his first major poems, they earned him instant fame. By the time he was 23 he had written An Essay on Criticism, released in 1711. A kind of poetic manifesto in the vein of Horace's Ars Poetica, the essay was met with enthusiastic attention and won Pope a wider circle of prominent friends, most notably Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, who had started collaborating on the influential The Spectator; the critic John Dennis, having located an ironic and veiled portrait of himself, was outraged by what he considered the impudence of the younger author. Dennis hated Pope for the rest of his life, save for a temporary reconciliation, dedicated his efforts to insulting him in print, to which Pope retaliated in kind, making Dennis the butt of much satire.

The Rape of the Lock the poet's most famous poem, appeared first in 1712, followed by a revised and enlarged version in 1714. When Lord Petre forcibly snipped off a lock from Miss Arabella Fermor's head, the incident gave rise to a high-society quarrel between the families. With the idea of allaying this, Pope treated the subject in witty mock-heroic epic; the narrative poem brings into focus the onset of acquisitive individualism and conspicuous consumption, where purchased goods assume dominance over moral agency. A folio comprising a collection of his poems appeared in 1717, together with two new ones written about the passion of love; these were Verses to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady and the famous proto-romantic poem Eloisa to Abelard. Though Pope never married, about this time he became attached to Lady M. Montagu, whom he indirectly referenced in the popular poem Eloisa to Abelard, to Martha Blount, with whom his friendship continued throughout his life. In his career as a satirist, Pope made his share of enemies as the critics and certain other prominent figures felt the sting of his sharpwitted satires.

Some were so virulent, that Pope carried pistols at one point while walking his dog. After 1738, Pope composed little, he toyed with the idea of writing a patriotic epic called Brutus. He revised and expanded his masterpiece The Dunciad. Book Four appeared in 1742, a complete revision of the whole poem in the following year. In this version, he replaced Lewis Theobald with the Poet Laureate, Colley Cibber, as "king of dunces". However, his real target in the poem is the Whig politician Robert Walpole. By now Pope's health was failing, when told by his physician, on the morning of his death, that he was better, Pope replied: "Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms". Alexander Pope was born in London on 21 May 1688, the year of the Glorious Revolution, his father was a successful linen merchant in the Strand. The poet's mother, was the daughter of William Turner, Esquire, of York. Both parents were Catholics. Edith's sister, was the wife of famous miniature painter Samuel Cooper. Pope's education was affected by the enacted Test Acts, which upheld the status of the established Church of England and banned Catholics from teaching, attending a university and holding public office on penalty of perpetual imprisonment.

Pope was taught to read by his aunt and went to Twyford School in about 1698/99. He went on to two Roman Catholic schools in London; such schools, while illegal, were tolerated in some areas. In 1700, his family moved to a small estate at Popeswood in Binfield, close to the royal Windsor Forest; this was due to strong anti-Catholic sentiment and a statute preventing Papists from living within 10 miles of London or Westminster. Pope would describe the countryside around the house in his poem Windsor Forest. Pope's formal education ended at this time, from on, he educated himself by reading the works of classical writers such as the satirists Horace and Juvenal, the epic poets Homer and Virgil, as well as English authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and John Dryden, he studied many languages and read works by English, Italian and Greek poets. After five years of study, Pope came into contact with figures from London literary society such as William Congreve, Samuel Ga

Robert W. Schroeder III

Robert William "Trey" Schroeder III is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Schroeder was born on June 1966, in Texarkana, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the American University Washington College of Law. From 1995 to 1996, he served as Assistant Counsel to the President of the United States and in 1997 he served as Associate Counsel to the President, he served as a law clerk to Judge Richard S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2014, he worked at the law firm of Patton, Schroeder & Culbertson, LLP and its predecessor firm, becoming partner in 2003, he handled complex civil litigation in Federal and State courts. On June 26, 2014, President Obama nominated Schroeder to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, to the seat vacated by Judge David Folsom, who retired on March 17, 2012.

He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for September 9, 2014. On November 20, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On December 16, 2014, Reid withdrew his cloture motion on Schroeder's nomination, the Senate proceeded to vote to confirm Schroeder in a voice vote, he received his federal judicial commission on December 19, 2014. By virtue of being one of two active Article III U. S. District Court Judges handling the voluminous patent cases filed in Marshall and Tyler, the fact that former Judge Leonard Davis left a district court judgeship vacancy in Tyler, Judge Schroeder is the second most active patent judge in the nation, deals with the second highest amount of patent cases under Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap in Marshall. Among Judge Schroeder's notable patent cases include the VirnetX v. Apple lawsuit, where in 2017 Virnetx won a $302 million verdict against Apple, with $137 in enhanced fees and damages, totaling to a damages award near $439 million.

A previous version of the case in 2016 resulted in a verdict of $625 million that Apple had to pay VirnetX. However, that verdict was voided by Judge Schroeder. Robert W. Schroeder III at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center. Robert William Schroeder III at Ballotpedia

Hating Alison Ashley (film)

Hating Alison Ashley is a 2005 Australian comedy film based upon the 1984 novel of the same name produced by Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman and directed by Geoff Bennett. It was filmed in Kinglake West,Victoria and Docklands Studios Melbourne; the film stars Saskia Burmeister, as Erica "Yuk" Yurken, an adolescent brunette who fantasises about a better life and stardom. At school, Erica is not popular, she sits alone in class. Erica at first is desperate to be Alison's friend but soon changes her mind, they become rivals. However, when a school camp comes up, Erica realises Alison doesn't have the perfect life as she imagined. Saskia Burmeister as "Erk" Erica "Yuk" Yurken or Gurken called these names by Barry Hollis and her fellow peers in her class Delta Goodrem as Alison Ashley Jean Kittson as Ms. Nigella Belmont Tracy Mann as Erica's mother Richard Carter as Lennie Grubb Craig McLachlan as Jeff Kennard Rachael Carpani as Valjoy Yurken Holly Myers as Ms. Lattimore Anthony Cleave as Harley Yurken Abigail Gudgeon as Jedda Yurken Alexander Cappelli as Barry Hollis Hating Alison Ashley grossed $2,085,751 at the box office in Australia.

Burmeister received positive reviews for her performance as well as an AFI nomination for best actress. In contrast, Goodrem's performance received mixed to negative reviews. A soundtrack to the film was released on 8 March 2005 by Festival Records. "Stockholm Syndrome" - Blink-182 "Mr Es Beautiful Blues" - The Eels "Don't Tell Me" - Gabriella Cilmi "Maybe" - Daniel Merriweather "Green Eyed World" - The Blips "Cyclone" - Dub Pistols "Trashed" - Jacket "Lifting The Veil From The Braille" - The Dissociatives "Come Clean" - Hilary Duff "Sorry" - Gabriella Cilmi "I See You Baby" - Groove Armada "Lighthouse" - The Waifs "Mini Morris Parts 1 And 2" - Cezary Skubiszewski and Paul Mac "Shining Bright" - Karishma Cinema of Australia Hating Alison Ashley on IMDb Urban Cinefile review Hating Alison Ashley at the National Film and Sound Archive

Thomas Rutherford Brett

Thomas Rutherford Brett is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Born in Oklahoma City, Brett received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1957, a Juris Doctor from the same institution in 1971, he was a lieutenant in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955, was thereafter a reserve colonel in the United States Army JAG Corps until 1981. He was an assistant county attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1957 to 1958, was in private practice in Tulsa until 1979. On September 28, 1979, Brett was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, received his commission on November 2, 1979, he served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 1996, assuming senior status on October 3, 1996.

Brett served in that capacity until his retirement on February 1, 2003. Thomas Rutherford Brett at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center

Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V

A double-barreled wheellock pistol was crafted by German gunsmith Peter Peck for Charles V in 1540. It is one of the oldest surviving European pistols, it is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The pistol was made by gunsmith Peter Peck of Munich for Emperor Charles V, a noted firearms enthusiast. The.46 caliber double-barreled pistol fires via the use of two wheellock mechanisms, one for each barrel. The pistol's wheellocks are noted as being precise, as Peck worked as a watchmaker in addition to being a gunsmith. While it was mused that Charles commissioned a pistol with two barrels and two wheellocks as befitting his status as the sovereign of two empires, similarly-dated firearms from Bavaria employ a double wheellock firing action. In terms of aesthetics, the 5 lb. 10 oz pistol is elaborately decorated. The bodywork of the gun is stamped with a double headed eagle and an image of the Pillars of Hercules, a symbol of the Crown of Spain; the weapon is inscribed with the Latin motto Plus ultra, the national motto of the Kingdom of Spain.

On the reverse side from the two wheellocks, the ivory inlay of the gun has been carved away to form a relief image of hunters and hunting dogs chasing game. The gun's decoration was executed by German gunsmith Ambrosius Gemlich. Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V

Robert Murphy (mathematician)

Robert Murphy FRS was an Irish mathematician and physicist who made contributions to algebra. Robert Murphy was born in 1806 in Mallow, County Cork and was baptized in the Church of Ireland on 8 March 1807, the third son of John Murphy, a shoemaker, Margaret Murphy; when he was 11, Murphy was run over by a cart in an accident. This incident left him bedridden for one year. During this time, Murphy studied algebra. Anonymous solutions to mathematical problems posed in a local newspaper brought Murphy attention from a mathematical tutor in Cork, named Mulcahy. Money was found for him to attend Mr Hopley's school in Mallow. Murphy had sponsorship to take him to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1823. With support from Robert Woodhouse, he was brought to Cambridge on the strength of a pamphlet on the duplication of the cube, he was admitted as a pensioner to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 7 July 1825. Murphy won the 1st Mathematics Prize in 1826 and went on to graduate with a first class degree, B.

A. in 1829, as 3rd wrangler. It led to Murphy being awarded a Perse Fellowship. At the same time, to help his financial position, he was appointed as Librarian. Murphy gave six Hebrew lectures in 1830, was appointed as a junior dean in charge of discipline and chapel services in October 1831, a position he held until 1833, he was ordained a deacon on 4 June 1831 and gave Greek lectures in 1832. But he never obtained a senior fellowship at Caius. While living in London in difficult circumstances, Murphy wrote a paper on what are now called non-commutative rings, he was elected to a Stokes Fellowship by Caius College, Cambridge in 1838. He was appointed as an examiner of mathematics and natural philosophy at the University of London in October 1838. Murphy's years of alcohol abuse took a toll on his health. In 1843, he contracted tuberculosis of the lungs, he died soon after, on March 12, 1843. Murphy was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, where "he grave has no headstone nor landing stone nor surround.

It is unmarked". In 1830 Murphy was commissioned to write a book on the mathematical theory of electricity, for the use of students at Cambridge. Elementary Principles of Electricity and Molecular Actions, part i. On Electricity was published in 1833, his other book was Theory of Algebraical Equations, in "Library of Useful Knowledge", London, 1839, reprinted 1847. Refutation of a Pamphlet Written by the Rev. John Mackey Entitled "A Method of Making a Cube a Double of a Cube, Founded on the Principles of Elementary Geometry", wherein His Principles Are Proved Erroneous and the Required Solution Not Yet Obtained was the work that launched Murphy's career. Another notable paper was "On the inverse method of definite integrals". Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 4: 353–408. 1833. It included the first citation of the work of George Green. Murphy recognized its value, in particular Green's "1828 essay". Murphy contributed other mathematical papers to the Cambridge Philosophical Transactions, Philosophical Magazine, the Philosophical Transactions.

Encouraged by Augustus De Morgan, Murphy wrote articles for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and for the Penny Cyclopaedia. His final works were Remark on Primitive Radices, Calculations of Logarithms by Means of Algebraic Fractions, On Atmospheric Refraction. De Morgan claimed "He had a true genius for mathematical invention"; the Mechanics' Magazine, Register and Gazette. M. Salmon. 1848. "Robert Murphy: Mathematician and Physicist - Bibliography". Mathematical Association of America. September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2016. Robert Murphy: Mathematician and Physicist MAA Robert Murphy, The Mathematician The Mechanics' Magazine, Register and Gazette, Volume 49, pp 354–355 The Mechanics Magazine, Robert Murphy The Mechanics Magazine, Register and Gazette, Volume 49 Leo Creedon, The Life and Works of Robert Murphy Department of Mathematics, UCC Anthony J. Del Latto and Salvatore J. Petrilli Jr, Robert Murphy: Mathematician and Physicist - The Early Years Mathematical Association of America