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Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, influenced early in his life by the works of Frédéric Chopin, composed works that are characterised by a tonal idiom. In his career, independently of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a atonal and much more dissonant musical system, which accorded with his personal brand of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, associated colours with the various harmonic tones of his atonal scale, while his colour-coded circle of fifths was influenced by theosophy, he is considered by some to be the main Russian Symbolist composer. Scriabin was one of the most controversial of early modern composers; the Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that "no composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, influenced composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Karol Szymanowski.

However, Scriabin's importance in the Russian and Soviet musical scene, internationally, drastically declined after his death. According to his biographer Bowers, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, few were more ignored after death." His musical aesthetics have been reevaluated since the 1970s, his ten published sonatas for piano have been championed in recent years. Scriabin was born in Moscow into a Russian noble family on Christmas Day 1871 according to the Julian Calendar, his father Nikolai Aleksandrovich Scriabin a student at the Moscow State University, belonged to a modest noble family founded by Scriabin's great-grandfather Ivan Alekseevich Scriabin, a simple soldier from Tula who made a brilliant military career and was granted hereditary nobility in 1819. Alexander's paternal grandmother Elizaveta Ivanovna Podchertkova, daughter of a captain lieutenant Ivan Vasilievich Podchertkov, came from a wealthy noble house of the Novgorod Governorate, his mother Lyubov Petrovna Scriabina was a concert pianist and a former student of Theodor Leschetizky.

She belonged to the ancient dynasty. She died of tuberculosis. After her death Nikolai Scriabin completed tuition in the Turkish language in St. Petersburg's Institute of Oriental Languages and left for Turkey. Like all of his relatives, he followed a military path and served as a military attaché in the status of Active State Councillor. Alexander's father left the infant Sasha with his grandmother, great aunt, aunt. Scriabin's father would remarry, giving Scriabin a number of half-brothers and sisters, his aunt Lyubov was an amateur pianist who documented Sasha's early life until the time he met his first wife. As a child, Scriabin was exposed to piano playing, anecdotal references describe him demanding that his aunt play for him. Precocious, Scriabin began building pianos after being fascinated with piano mechanisms, he sometimes gave away pianos. Lyubov portrays Scriabin as shy and unsociable with his peers, but appreciative of adult attention. Another anecdote tells of Scriabin trying to conduct an orchestra composed of local children, an attempt that ended in frustration and tears.

He would perform his own amateur operas with puppets to willing audiences. He studied the piano from an early age, taking lessons with Nikolai Zverev, a strict disciplinarian, the teacher of Sergei Rachmaninoff and other piano prodigies concurrently, though Scriabin was not a pensioner like Rachmaninoff. In 1882 he enlisted in the Second Moscow Cadet Corps; as a student, he became friends with the actor Leonid Limontov, although in his memoirs Limontov recalls his reluctance to become friends with Scriabin, the smallest and weakest among all the boys and was sometimes teased due to his stature. However, Scriabin won his peers' approval at a concert, he ranked first in his class academically, but was exempt from drilling due to his physique and was given time each day to practice at the piano. Scriabin studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Anton Arensky, Sergei Taneyev, Vasily Safonov, he became a noted pianist despite his small hands, which could stretch to a ninth. Feeling challenged by Josef Lhévinne, he damaged his right hand while practicing Franz Liszt's Réminiscences de Don Juan and Mily Balakirev's Islamey.

His doctor said he would never recover, he wrote his first large-scale masterpiece, his Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, as a "cry against God, against fate." It was the first to which he gave an opus number. He regained the use of his hand. In 1892 he graduated with the Little Gold Medal in piano performance, but did not complete a composition degree because of strong differences in personality and musical opinion with Arensky and an unwillingness to compose pieces in forms that did not interest him. In 1894 S

Alfred Nakak

Alfred Charles Kourak "Al" Nakak was an American politician and a Democratic member of the Alaska House of Representatives during the Tenth State Legislature representing District 22. Alfred Nakak was born in Nome and raised in St. Michael, Alaska, he served in the Army National Guard. In 1972, Nakak was a write-in candidate for State Representative for Alaska's 20th district, but was defeated by Democrat Chuck Degnan. In 1976, Nakak defeated Republican Bob Evans and Independent incumbent Larry T. Davis for State Representative for the 22nd district, he served on the Health and Social Services Committee, the Rules Committee, was Vice Chairman for the State Affairs Committee. In 1978, Nakak lost the Democratic Primary to John G. Fuller. Nakak served as mayor of St. Michael, Alaska. List of Native American politicians Alfred Nakak at 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature

Hammerjack's

Hammerjacks Concert Hall and Nightclub was a large concert hall in downtown Baltimore through the 1980s and into the 1990s owned by Louis J. Principio III The club attracted many big-name national acts, but showcased many rising stars in the music world; the bands ranged from punk and heavy metal acts most associated with the venue to pop and alternative rock groups. The club was frequented by hard core patrons and musicians donning big hair, lace and heavy makeup, was considered a "hard rock shrine." Hamerjacks, attracted audiences with other attire as well. It was torn down on June 1997 to make way for M&T Bank Stadium parking lot. Hammerjacks was billed as "The largest nightclub on the east coast." A third version of Hammerjacks opened in a different location, used as a car wash, in Baltimore. It was put under new management in 2004, but has now been closed; the club was featured in the John Waters' 1994 film Serial Mom, with grunge band L7 playing the band Camel Lips. It was the location. Interior and exterior views of the club have been featured including the band Kix.

An image of a sign for the club appeared on the Iron Maiden album "Somewhere In Time". As of July 2, 2011, the Trademark Electronic Search System listed five different records pertaining to the trademark "Hammerjacks." The only active application for the trademark was by Hammerhouse Designs LLC. The attorney of record was Jr.. The resident agent was listed as Kevin Butler; the application for this trademark was filed January 27, 2011 and published for opposition April 19, 2011. The other records pertain to abandoned registrations. Official merchandise can still be purchased on the Hammerjacks' website, operated by Hammerhouse Designs. In 2010 Kevin Butler acquired the lapsed trademark. Kevin Butler has made extensive plans and investment to open a new 57,000 sq. foot nightclub nearby the old location. On Saturday 11/7/15 at the “Hammerjacks Rocks the Red Carpet” party held at Game, Hammerjacks Entertainment Group Owner and Anne Arundel County resident Kevin Butler, along with partner Andy Hotchkiss, announced that the music venue and club will open at 1300 Russell St. across from M&T Bank Stadium.

The 48,000 sq. ft. club will take the place of Paradox as well as a vacant warehouse facing Ostend St., most the home to a ceramic tile company. Paradox announced it will be closing. Hammerjacks announced a $20 million new-construction project for the club at Lot N by M&T Bank Stadium. However, as the city was studying the impacts to the adjacent Carroll-Camden Industrial Area to change the zoning at the property, a better opportunity across the street at 1300 Russell St. came about. The site had the zoning needed for a liquor license and live entertainment; the new project is expected to cost $8 million to complete. The new Hammerjacks will feature a 2,500-person concert area that can be modified down for smaller shows, a club/sports bar area that will feature smaller 300-person live music shows, an outdoor courtyard area. Butler told SouthBMore.com he has been contacted by several national entertainment companies interested in booking shows at Hammerjacks. The club can be modified to various sizes for corporate events, business meetings, high school reunions and private events.

HEG will be leasing 4,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the property that will face Ostend St. Butler said “plenty” of parking will be available. There will be what Butler is calling “a large outdoor courtyard for seasonal events, sports events, tailgating” at the venue. “The process that led up to this announcement has been long and, at times, tedious,” said Butler in a press release, “but, all part of the effort, by myself and our partners, to make the new Hammerjacks an entertainment facility and a destination, worthy of the name. I know that our fans and the area business community will be impressed and excited by our plans as we write the next chapter of our long, successful story.” Butler added. Lots H and J at M&T Bank Stadium are a tribute to the former Hammerjacks music venue that once stood at its second and most popular location at 1101 S. Howard St. Hammerjacks’ original location was at 1024 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill, the current home of Nobles Bar and Grill, a version opened at 316 Guilford Ave. downtown.

Butler was unaffiliated with either of the previous three locations, but obtained the rights to the Hammerjacks trademark in 2009 for $1,000. Hammerjacks’ heyday was from 1987 to 1990 according to Butler when it garnered the title of one of VH1’s Top 5 rock venues. Butler was there for many shows in that era, seeing Guns N’ Roses, The Ramones, L. A. Guns, Joan Jett, KIX, more. “Hammerjacks was so popular that bands like Journey and Def Leppard would hang out there when they were in town for bigger shows,” said Butler. Iron Maiden had a picture of Hammerjacks in their record sleeve at one point, Butler noted. To honor Hammerjacks’ former glory, Butler told SouthBMore.com that a large dedication piece with pictures and items from the old venue will be well represented and that they are planning some 1980s events. While honoring its roots, the new Hammerjacks will be a venue for all genres of music. Butler is excited about the future of the area. “In one area you are going to have a world-class baseball stadium, a world-class football stadium, a world-class casino and, now

Small-C

Small-C is both a subset of the C programming language, suitable for resource-limited microcomputers and embedded systems, an implementation of that subset. Valuable as an early compiler for microcomputer systems available during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the implementation has been useful as an example simple enough for teaching purposes; the original compiler, written in Small-C for the Intel 8080 by Ron Cain, appeared in the May 1980 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia. James E. Hendrix improved and extended the original compiler, wrote The Small-C Handbook. Ron bootstrapped Small-C on the SRI International PDP 11/45 Unix system with an account provided by John Bass for Small C development; the provided source code was released with management permission into the public domain. Small-C was important for tiny computers in a manner somewhat analogous to the importance of GCC for larger computers. Just like its Unix counterparts, the compiler generates assembler code, which must be translated to machine code by an available assembler.

Small-C is a retargetable compiler. Porting Small-C requires only that the back-end code generator and the library to operating system interface calls be rewritten for the target processor. BDS C – C compiler for Z80 and 8080 systems MIOSYS C - C compiler for TRS-80 Tiny C – C compiler for slow x86 and ARM computers having little disk space Z88DK – Cross Small-C implementation for Z80 based microcomputers cc65 – Cross Small-C implementation for 6502 computers Deep Blue C – Native Small-C for the Atari 8-bit family A. J. Travis – Native Small-C for the BBC Micro Ron Cain, "A Small C Compiler for the 8080's", Dr. Dobb's Journal, April–May 1980, pp. 5–19 James E. Hendrix, The Small-C Handbook, Reston 1984, ISBN 0-8359-7012-4 James E. Hendrix, A Small C Compiler: Language, Usage and Design, M & T Books 1988, ISBN 0-934375-88-7 James E. Hendrix, Small C Compiler, M & T Books 1990, ISBN 1-55851-124-5 Comments by Ron Cain on creation of Small-C Several implementations of Small-C Native compiler for the BBC Computer

Roderick Buchanan

Roderick Buchanan is a Scottish artist working in the fields of installation and photography. After attending Thomas Muir High School, Buchanan studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1980s, where he was part of a group described as "The Irascibles", which included fellow students Douglas Gordon, Ross Sinclair, Jacqueline Donachie, Christine Borland and Martin Boyce. Work in Progress is a set of photographs of amateur Scottish footballers wearing the team shirts of Inter Milan and AC Milan, his 2004 film about Indian and Scottish soldiers, History Painting, was commissioned by the British Council for the 11th Indian Triennale. In 2000 he won the inaugural Beck's Futures prize for his work Gobstopper, a video of children trying to hold their breath while being driven through Glasgow's Clyde Tunnel. In 2004 he was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award, he has had solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Camden Arts Centre, his work is held in the collections of the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

In 2011 Buchanan exhibited Legacy at the Imperial War Museum in London. The work, a video and photographic installation commissioned by the museum, depicted Scottish bands from the Irish republican and British Unionist communities performing in Northern Ireland. Roderick Buchanan's website

Lake Ellen Kimberlite

The Lake Ellen Kimberlite is a poorly exposed volcanic breccia located about 10 miles northeast of Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The first publication in 1981 describing the feature led to speculation that this or similar kimberlites in the area might have been the source of the diamonds discovered a century before in Wisconsin as well as a period of exploration by several minerals firms; the kimberlite was discovered in 1971 when a logging road was bulldozed through the area exposing the unusual looking rock. The exposure consists of several small areas otherwise overlain by glacial till. Magnetic survey work done in 1956 depicts an elliptical positive anomaly 590 feet long in an east–west direction and 390 feet wide, which defines the limits of the pipe; the kimberlite is intruded into volcanic rocks of the Proterozoic Hemlock Formation. The exposed material is grayish green to reddish, iron stained weathered and consists of disaggregated rubbly fragments up to 10 inches.

It is accepted that the pipe was emplaced about 180 million years ago. The lake Ellen Kimberlite is popular with rock hounds as the classic indicator minerals for kimberlite are found in the material, though few are of gem quality and size. While there was considerable interest in diamond exploration in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin for several years, no diamonds of commercial interest have been found. Kimberlite Lamproite Elliott County Kimberlite