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Allegro Common Lisp

Allegro Common Lisp is a programming language with an integrated development environment, developed by Franz Inc. It is a dialect of the language Lisp, a commercial software implementation of the language Common Lisp. Allegro CL provides the full American National Standards Institute Common Lisp standard with many extensions, including threads, CLOS streams, CLOS MOP, Unicode, SSL streams, implementations of various Internet protocols, OpenGL interface; the first version of Allegro Common Lisp was finished at the end of 1986 called Extended Common Lisp. Allegro CL is available for many operating systems including Microsoft Windows, many Unix and Unix-like, 32-bit or 64-bit, including macOS, FreeBSD, Solaris, UNICOS, UTS. Internationalization and localization support is based on Unicode, it supports various external text encodings and provides string and character types based on Universal Coded Character Set 2. Allegro CL can be used with and without its integrated development environment, available for Windows, on macOS in version 8.2.

The IDE includes development tools including an interface designer. Allegro CL can be used to deliver applications. Allegro CL is available as freeware, a Free Express Edition for non-commercial use. Customers can get access to much of the source code of Allegro CL. Allegro CL includes an implementation of Prolog and an object caching database called AllegroCache; the most recent release, Allegro CL 10.1, supports Symmetric Multiprocessing. Allegro CL has been used to implement various applications: Naughty Dog used it for the development of various video games, implementing the development environments for Game Oriented Object Lisp and Game Oriented Assembly Lisp Allegro CL has been used to implement scheduling systems for various telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope LispWorks Official website


A biarc is a smooth curve formed from two circular arcs. In order to make the biarc smooth, the two arcs should have the same tangent at the connecting point where they meet. Biarcs are used in geometric modeling and computer graphics, they can be used to approximate splines and other plane curves by placing the two outer endpoints of the biarc along the curve to be approximated, with a tangent that matches the curve, choosing a middle point that best fits the curve. This choice of three points and two tangents determines a unique pair of circular arcs, the locus of middle points for which these two arcs form a biarc is itself a circular arc. In particular, to approximate a Bézier curve in this way, the middle point of the biarc should be chosen as the incenter of the triangle formed by the two endpoints of the Bézier curve and the point where their two tangents meet. More one can approximate a curve by a smooth sequence of biarcs. In the below examples biarcs A B are subtended by the chord A B, J is the join point.

Tangent vector at the start point A is n, n is the tangent at the end point B: n = | | cos ⁡ α, sin ⁡ α | | T, n = | | cos ⁡ β, sin ⁡ β | | T. Fig. 2 shows six examples of biarcs A J B. Biarc 1 is drawn with α = 100 ∘, β = 30 ∘. Biarcs 2-6 have α = 100 ∘, β = − 30 ∘. In examples 1, 2, 6 curvature changes sign, the join point J is the inflection point. Biarc 3 includes the straight line segment J B. Biarcs 1 -- 4 are short in the sense. Alternatively, biarcs 5,6 are long: turning near one of endpoints means that they intersect the left or the right complement of the chord to the infinite straight line. Biarcs 2–6 share end tangents, they can be found among the family of biarcs with common tangents. Fig. 3 shows two examples of biarc families. Fig. 4 shows two examples of biarc families, sharing end points and end tangents, end tangents being parallel: α = β. Fig. 5 shows specific families with either | α | = π or | β | = π. Different colours in figures 3, 4, 5 are explained below as subfamilies B +, B 1 −, B 2 −.

In particular, for biarcs, shown in brown on shaded background, the following holds: the total rotation of the curve is β − α. A family of biarcs with common end points A =, B =, common end tangents is denoted as B, or as B, p being the family parameter. Biarcs properties are described below in terms of article. Constructing of a biarc is possible if − π ⩽

Nucleoporin 50

Nucleoporin 50 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the NUP50 gene. The nuclear pore complex is a massive structure that extends across the nuclear envelope, forming a gateway that regulates the flow of macromolecules between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. Nucleoporins are the main components of the nuclear pore complex in eukaryotic cells; the protein encoded by this gene is a member of the FG-repeat containing nucleoporins that functions as a soluble cofactor in importin-alpha:beta-mediated nuclear protein import. Pseudogenes of this gene are found on chromosomes 5, 6, 14. Two transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. NUP50 has been shown to interact with KPNB1 and CDKN1B

Franz Joseph, 5th Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst

Franz Joseph Karl Conrad, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst was the 5th Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst and the founder of the branch of the Dukes of Ratibor and Princes of Corvey. Prince Franz Joseph was the tenth child and the fourth son of Charles Albert II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst by his second wife, the Hungarian Baroness Judith Reviczky de Revisnye. Since his brother-in-law Victor Amadeus, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg died without issue, he bequeathed his possessions of Ratibor and Corvey to his son, Prince Viktor of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, along with his titles of Duke of Ratibor and Prince of Corvey; the property belonged next to the former monastery of Corvey in Westphalia, the rule Ratibor in Upper Silesia. This area was 34,000 ha in size and consisted of forests. On 29 March 1815 in Schillingsfürst, he married Princess Caroline Friederike Constanze of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, daughter of Karl Ludwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Countess Amalie Henriette of Solms-Baruth.

They had the following children: Princess Therese Amalie Judith of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, married his cousin Friedrich Karl, Prince of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and had issue Prince Viktor Moritz Carl of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Duke of Ratibor, Prince of Corvey, married Princess Amalie of Fürstenberg, daughter of Karl Egon II zu Fürstenberg and had issue Chlodwig Carl Viktor, 7th Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, German statesman, who served as Chancellor of Germany and Prime Minister of Prussia from 1894 to 1900. Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst

Toshiyuki Maesaka

Toshiyuki Maesaka is a Japanese freelance journalist, a former senior researcher of Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper, a professor emeritus at Shizuoka Kenritsu University. Born and raised in Okayama prefecture, during his childhood he spent many hours at a secondhand bookstore near his home; the experience of reading the many books there whet his appetite for learning and influenced his decision to become a journalist educator and writer. He attended Keio University and majored in economics and, upon graduating, worked for Kure Mainichi Shinbun in 1973. In July 1981, he was promoted to senior researcher at Mainichi Shimbun headquarters. In April 1993, he became a professor at University of Shizuoka and taught journalism and international communications, he retired in 2009 and is a freelance journalist and enjoys sea canoeing and fishing. Nippon Shikei Hakusyo: 1982 Ennzai To Gohan: 1982 Ayamatta Shikei: 1984 Shinbun Kisya: 1984 Nihon Hanzai Zukan: 1985 Kijin Henjin Futujin: 1986 Hei Ha Kyouki nari, Sensou to Shinbun『兵は凶器なり・戦争と新聞』: 1986 Syouwa Cyoujin Kijin Katarogu: 1990 Sakusesu Meigen Meikunsyu: 1990 Shikei: 1991 Genron Shi Shite Kuni Tuini Horobu, Sensou to Shinbun: 1993 Bijinesu Meigen Kai: 1994 Media No Sensou Sekinin(メディアの戦争責任: 1995 Nippon Kijin Den: 1996 Media Kontororu, Nihon No Sensou Houdo: 2005 Nippon Ijin Kikou Roku: 2006 "Syasetu" Senryou To Tandokukouwa:2006 Taiheiyou Sensou To Shinbun: 2007 Hyakujusya Hyakugo: 2008 "Media connivance in walking the dogs of war" by The Japan Times Online Official website Official blog

2006–07 New York Islanders season

The 2006–07 New York Islanders season was the 35th season in the franchise's history. They qualified for the playoffs in the last game of the regular season, they lost to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 4–1. After the Islanders' upper management cleaned out the team's front office during the 2005–06 season, owner Charles Wang needed to find a new coach and general manager, he hired Ted Nolan as coach and Neil Smith as GM, but Smith was removed after a few weeks on the job. Wang envisioned team management making decisions by committee, Smith was uncomfortable working without the large amount of control that NHL managers have. Wang hired Garth Snow, the team's backup goalie the prior year, to take over. Pat LaFontaine, who had intended to return to the team as senior advisor to the owner, resigned the post the same day that Smith was fired. Reports indicated that LaFontaine decided the fit was not right for him after Wang ignored his advice to wait a few days before making a final decision about Smith.

Prior to Smith's firing, the Islanders made several free agent acquisitions, including defensemen Brendan Witt and Tom Poti and forwards Mike Sillinger and Chris Simon. Andy Hilbert, Sean Hill, Viktor Kozlov and Richard Park signed on. Additionally, in a controversial move, the Islanders signed goaltender Rick DiPietro to a 15-year, $67.5 million contract, among the longest in professional sports history. The Islanders opened the season on a losing streak, but began to play well enough to temporarily move into first place in the Atlantic Division by December. On December 16, 2006, the Islanders traded Alexei Zhitnik to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Freddy Meyer and a conditional third round draft pick. On December 20, they traded forward Mike York to the Flyers for forward Randy Robitaille and a fifth-round pick in 2008. Starting at the end of December, the Islanders went on a seven-game losing streak, which ended with a victory over the Rangers. Since the Islanders hovered around the last playoff spot.

In advance of the February NHL trade deadline, the Isles made a pair of deals with the Edmonton Oilers. On February 18, 2007, the Islanders traded defense prospect Denis Grebeshkov for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and a third-round pick in 2008. Sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference at the trade deadline, the team sent a first-round draft pick and prospects Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra to the Oilers for NHL All-Star Ryan Smyth and acquired Richard Zednik for a second-round pick. However, the team suffered a series of losses down the stretch. Journalists cited two reasons for the team's apparent demise: Chris Simon's suspension for striking Ryan Hollweg with his stick, Rick DiPietro's multiple concussions, which forced him to miss several crucial games. Backup goaltender Mike Dunham had several poor showings with DiPietro out, which prompted the team to call on third-stringer Wade Dubielewicz, who fared better. Entering into the last four games of the season, the Islanders play had improved, but a playoff spot still appeared out of reach.

However, the team won each game and received some help from the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, who failed to win enough games to edge the Isles out. The Isles clinched with a shootout win over the New Jersey Devils, in which Dubielewicz poke-checked Sergei Brylin to secure the victory; the team expressed pride that they qualified because many NHL preview predictions had the Isles slated to finish at or near the bottom of the standings. They lost their first round matchup with the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL's best team during the regular season, in five games. Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold. P – Clinched Presidents Trophy. Red background indicates regulation loss. White background indicates overtime/shootout loss; the New York Islanders earned the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo wins series 4–1 ScoringGoaltending ScoringGoaltending The Islanders' picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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