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Bill Hicks

William Melvin Hicks was an American stand-up comedian, social critic and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion and philosophy—was controversial and steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, Hicks began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the U. S. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances, but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour. He achieved some recognition as a guitarist and songwriter. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer on February 26, 1994, at the age of 32. In subsequent years, his work gained significant acclaim in creative circles—particularly after a series of posthumous album releases—and he developed a substantial cult following. In 2007, he was No. 6 on Channel 4's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics", rose to No. 4 on the 2010 list. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 13 on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.

Hicks was born in Valdosta, the son of James Melvin "Jim" Hicks and Mary Reese Hicks. He had an older sister, an older brother, Steve; the family lived in Alabama and New Jersey before settling in Houston, Texas when Hicks was seven years old. He was drawn to comedy at an early age, emulating Woody Allen and Richard Pryor, would write routines with his friend Dwight Slade. At school, he began performing comedy for his classmates. At home, he would write his own one-liners and slide them under the bedroom door of Steve, the only family member he respected, for critical analysis. Steve told him. You're good at this."Early on, Hicks began to mock his family's Southern Baptist religious beliefs. He joked to the Houston Post in 1987, "We were Yuppie Baptists. We worried about things like,'If you scratch your neighbor's Subaru, should you leave a note?'" Biographer Cynthia True described a typical argument with his father: Hicks did not, reject spiritual ideology itself, throughout his life he sought various alternative methods of experiencing it.

Kevin Slade, elder brother of Dwight, introduced him to Transcendental Meditation and other forms of spirituality. Over one Thanksgiving weekend, he took Hicks and Dwight to a Transcendental Meditation residence course in Galveston. Worried about his rebellious behavior, his parents took him to a psychoanalyst at age 17. According to Hicks, the analyst took him aside after the first group session and told him, "You can continue coming if you want to, but it's them, not you." Hicks was associated with the Texas Outlaw Comics group developed at the Comedy Workshop in Houston in the 1980s. By January 1986, Hicks was using recreational drugs and his financial resources had dwindled; however his career received another upturn in 1987, when he appeared on Rodney Dangerfield's Young Comedians Special. The same year, he moved to New York City, for the next five years performed about 300 times a year. On the album Relentless, he jokes that he quit using drugs because "once you've been taken aboard a UFO, it's kind of hard to top that", although in his performances, he continued to enthusiastically praise the virtues of LSD, psychedelic mushrooms.

He fell back to chain smoking, a theme that would figure in his performances from on. His nicotine addiction, love of smoking, occasional attempts to quit became a recurring theme in his act throughout his years. In 1988, Hicks signed on with Jack Mondrus. On the track "Modern Bummer" of his 1990 album Dangerous, Hicks says he quit drinking alcohol in 1988. In 1989, he released his first Sane Man. In 1990, Hicks released his first album, performed on the HBO special One Night Stand, performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, he was part of a group of American stand-up comedians performing in London's West End in November. Hicks was a huge hit in the UK and Ireland and continued touring there throughout 1991; that year, he returned to filmed his second video, Relentless. Hicks made a brief detour into musical recording with the Marble Head Johnson album in 1992 collaborating with Houston high school friend Kevin Booth and Austin Texas drummer Pat Brown. During the same year he toured the UK, where he recorded the Revelations video for Channel 4.

He closed the show with his soon-to become-famous philosophy regarding life, "It's Just a Ride." In that tour he recorded the stand-up performance released in its entirety on a double CD titled Salvation. Hicks was voted "Hot Standup Comic" by Rolling Stone magazine in 1993, he moved to Los Angeles in 1992. Progressive metal band Tool invited Hicks to open a number of concerts in its 1993 Lollapalooza appearances, where Hicks once asked the audience to look for a contact lens he had lost. Thousands of people complied. Members of Tool felt that they and Hicks "were resonating similar concepts". Intending to raise awareness about Hicks's material and ideas, Tool dedicated their triple-platinum album Ænima to Hicks. Both the lenticular casing of the Ænima album packaging as well as the chorus of the title track "Ænema" make reference to a sketch from Hicks's Arizona Bay album, in which he contemplates the idea of Los Angeles falling into the Pacific Ocean. Ænima's final track, "Third Eye" contains samples from Hicks's Relentless albums.

An alternate version of the Ænima artwork shows a painting of Bill Hicks, calling him "Another Dead Hero", mentions of Hicks are found both in the line

Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute, abbreviated HPI, is a German information technology institute and faculty of the University of Potsdam located in Potsdam near Berlin. Teaching and Research of HPI is focused on "IT-Systems Engineering". HPI was founded in 1998 and is the first, as of 2018 the only privately funded faculty in Germany, it is financed through private funds donated by its founder, Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner, who co-founded the largest European software company SAP SE, is the chairman of SAP's supervisory board. Director and CEO of HPI is Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel; the HPI was founded in October 1998 as a public-private partnership. The private partner is the "Hasso Plattner Foundation for Software Systems Engineering", the administrative body responsible for the HPI and its only corporate member; the foundation’s legal status is that of a GmbH, a limited-liability company according to German law. As the public part of the partnership, the Bundesland Brandenburg provided the estate where several multi-storey buildings were built to form a nice campus.

Hasso Plattner declared to provide at least 200 million Euros for the HPI within the first 20 years. He is actively involved as a lecturer and head of the chair on Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts, where the in-memory technology was developed. In 2004 he received his honorary professorship from the University of Potsdam; the Bachelor and Master programs of the joint Digital Engineering Faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam are characterized by their practically-oriented education and enables students to learn in small groups with the special supervision by professors. The bachelor's program IT; the Master programs Cybersecurity, Data Engineering, Digital Health and IT Systems Engineering train students for management and leadership positions. The HPI offers a six-semester Bachelor's program in IT Systems Engineering, it is concerned with the conception and deployment of complex IT systems based on findings and developments in the field of computer and information science as well as on experience with their practical application in the business world and society at large.

Engineering-based methods are used to teach students about the models, processes and performance of such systems and enable them to gain initial practical experience in this area. It is most comparable to other Software engineering programs. Graduates from the Master's program IT Systems Engineering are given the academic and practical tools needed to take up leading industry positions such as system architects and project managers; the focus lyes on the analysis, construction and further development of complex IT systems, IT infrastructures and IT solutions. The interdisciplinary, English-language, Master’s program Digital Health is aimed at students of computer science and medical students, who want to work as qualified experts in the health sector at the interface between IT, computer science and medicine; the master’s program in digital health is composed of fundamental concepts and methods in IT systems engineering, data engineering, medical foundations as well as the knowledge of different systems of healthcare.

The Master’s program Data Engineering is aimed at the next generation of talented IT engineers who wish to complete a practical and research-oriented computer science study program and to focus on big data systems. The main focus of the Cybersecurity master's program centers on researching and developing a new generation of security policies and techniques for monitoring and securing complex IT infrastructures. Whether the issue concerns the characteristics of different types of attackers, cryptographic algorithms, data protection aspects or open source intelligence - the degree program is foremost oriented towards practical problems and features engineering-inspired IT security solutions; the HPI School of Design Thinking – established in 2007 – provides each year 160 students from many different fields of study the opportunity of working in multidisciplinary teams where they learn to become invatores and to develop userfriendly, IT-related products and services. HPI cooperates with Stanford University, in Palo Alto, home of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

In 2008, the Hasso Plattner Foundation launched a joint innovation research program, the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. Via its HPI Academy, the Hasso Plattner Institute offers professionals an education in Design Thinking and various fields related to information technology. Since October 2005, the HPI’s Research School for "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering" has been offering a PhD program modeled to support a more interdisciplinary PhD education. All professors of the HPI with their research groups are supporting pillars for this PhD school whose interdisciplinary structure interconnects the HPI research groups and fosters close and fruitful collaborations; every year, up to ten new PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are admitted and awarded a scholarship. In 2009, the Research School opened a first international branch in South Africa, the "HPI research school at Cape Town University", with up to 15 PhD students. 2010 another branch was opened in Haifa, where up to 15 PhD students joined the research team of the “HPI Research School at Technion.”

In 2011, the “HPI Research School at Nanjing University” was opened as a third branch w

Marie Huber

Marie Huber was a Genevan writer on theology and related subjects, as well as a translator and editor, at a time when it was rare for a female writer to write about theology. Huber was a proponent of universalism, was considered by some a deist, her Letters Concerning the Religion Essential to Man are known to have been read, in translation, by Robert Burns. She was one of 15 children, was the great-aunt of François Huber, the naturalist. Écrit sur le Jeu et les plaisirs, 1722 Le Monde fou préféré au monde sage, en vingt-quatre promenades de trois amis, Criton philosophe, Philon avocat, Eraste négociant Sentimens differens de quelques théologiens sur l'état des âmes séparées des corps en quatorze lettres Le Monde fou préféré au monde sage, en vingt-quatre promenades de trois amis, Criton philosophe, Philon avocat, Eraste négociant, nouvelle édition, augmentée de deux lettres Le Sisteme des anciens et des modernes, concilié par l'exposition des sentimens differens de quelques théologiens sur l'état des âmes séparées des corps.

En quatorze lettres, nouvelle édition, augmentée par des notes & quelques pièces nouvelles Le Sisteme des anciens et des modernes, concilié par l'exposition des sentimens differens de quelques théologiens sur l'état des âmes séparées des corps. En quatorze lettres et Suite de ce livre servant de réponse à l'examen de l'origénisme Lettres sur la religion essentielle à l'homme, distinguée de ce qui n'en est que l'accessoire Le sisteme des théologiens anciens et modernes, concilié par l'exposition des differens sentimens sur l'état des âmes séparées des corps. En quatorze lettres. Lettres sur la religion essentielle à l'homme, distinguée de ce qui n'en est que l'accessoire Le Monde fou préféré au monde sage, en vingt-six promenades de trois amis, Criton philosophe. Philon avocat. Eraste négociant, Recueil de diverses pièces servant de supplément aux lettres sur la religion essentielle à l'homme Lettres sur la religion essentielle à l'homme, distinguée de ce qui n'en est que l'accessoire Le Sisteme des anciens et des modernes

2013 Phoenix Mercury season

The 2013 WNBA season is the 17th season for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association. There were high hopes for the Mercury after they drafted Brittney Griner first overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft. However, the Mercury got off to a slow start, fired coach Corey Gaines on August 8, 2013, replacing him with Russ Pennell. Amber Cox, the Mercury President and CEO, took over Gaines' GM duties. Pennell helped turn things around; the Mercury earned a spot in the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Lynx. The following are the Mercury's selections in the 2013 WNBA Draft. February 8: re-signed Krystal Thomas and Lynetta Kizer. March 7: signed Ify Ibekwe and Jalana Childs. April 11: re-signed DeWanna Bonner


Khalaas is a 2008 Maldivian erotic horror thriller film directed by Ahmed Nimal. Produced by Ali Seezan under C-Xanal Movies, the film stars Ali Seezan, Mariyam Afeefa and Nadhiya Hassan in pivotal roles. Faya and Sara, a newly married couple relocate themselves to Sri Lanka and they experience strange horrific incidences within the house they live in. Faya bumps into a girl Reena who intentionally drops her wallet, inviting him to her house where they share intimacy, he stays all night with her. She wakes up the next morning while being admitted in the hospital and Faya promises her never to leave her side again. Faya hesitantly continues meeting Reena. Sara discovers a small photograph of Reena in the pocket of one of his shirts and conclude that they are having an affair. After a series of events, it was revealed that Reena has committed suicide in a locked room of the same house Faya resides, years back when her family dejects her relationship with her impoverished boyfriend, a lookalike of Faya.

Ali Seezan as Faya Mariyam Afeefa as Sara Nadhiya Hassan as Reena Ahmed Nimal as Ismail

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is a satellite communication station, part of the Deep Space Network of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located at Tidbinbilla in the Australian Capital Territory. Opened in 1965, the complex was used for tracking the Apollo Lunar Module, along with its two sister stations at Goldstone and Madrid, Spain is now used for tracking and communicating with NASA's spacecraft interplanetary missions, it is managed in Australia by the Commonwealth Industrial Research Organisation. The complex is located in the Paddys River valley, about 20 km from Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory; the complex is part of the Deep Space Network run by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is referred to as the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station and was opened on 19 March 1965 by Prime Minister of Australia Sir Robert Menzies; the station is separated from Canberra by the Murrumbidgee River and, more the Coolamon Ridge, Urambi Hills, Bullen Range, which help shield the dishes from the city's radio frequency noise.

Located nearby is the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The CSIRO manages most of NASA's activities in Australia. In February 2010 CSIRO took over direct management of the site with the establishment of CASS. Previous to this CDSCC had been managed by external sub-contractor organisations, such as Raytheon Australia from 2003-2010. During the mid 1960s NASA built three tracking stations in the Australian Capital Territory; the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station was opened in 1965 and is the only NASA tracking station in Australia still in operation. During the Apollo program, Tidbinbilla was used for tracking the Apollo Lunar Module; the Orroral Valley Tracking Station was opened in May 1965 in what is now part of Namadgi National Park. Its role was orbiting satellite support, although it supported the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, it was closed in 1985. Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station opened in 1967 and was built to support the Apollo Moon missions communications with the Apollo Command Module. After the cancellation of the Apollo Project the station supported Skylab until its re-entry in 1979 when the station joined the Deep Space Network in support of the Viking and Voyager projects.

1981 saw the closure of the station and its 26 m antenna was moved to CDSCC to become known as Deep Space Station 46. After the antenna was removed the rest of the facility was dismantled and knocked down, its foundation, access road and parking area are all. As of late 2016 the Station has five large antennas in use: DSS-34, DSS-35, DSS-36, DSS-43, DSS-45; the CDSCC uses the Parkes radio telescope in central New South Wales at busy times to receive data from spacecraft. There has been ongoing construction since 2010 building additional 34 m beam waveguide antenna. Construction of DSS-35 began in July 2010; the station's collimation tower is located 3 km to the north-west, on Black Hill. CDSCC costs about A$20 million per year to run, is funded by NASA. Carnarvon Tracking Station OTC Satellite Earth Station Carnarvon Parkes Observatory Partners in space: CSIRO and NASA - video Official CDSCC Webpage Official CSIRO pages Tidbinbilla Tracking Station tribute site Honeysuckle Creek tribute site NASA's GRO Remote Terminal System Installed at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex