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Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop and roll, folk and country music, he started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, "Splish Splash," in 1958; that was followed by "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," and "Beyond the Sea," which brought him worldwide fame. In 1962 he won a Golden Globe Award for his first film, Come September, co-starring his first wife, actress Sandra Dee. During the 1960s, he became more politically active and worked on Robert F. Kennedy's Democratic presidential campaign, he was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination. During the same year, he discovered he had been raised by his grandmother, not his mother, that the woman he thought was his sister was his mother; those events affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion. Although he made a successful comeback in the early 1970s, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood.

The knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to use his musical talent while still young. He died at the age of 37 after a heart operation in Los Angeles. Walden Robert Cassotto was born May 1936 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, his maternal grandfather, Saverio Antonio "Big Sam Curly" Cassotto, was a would-be mobster of Italian descent who died in prison from pneumonia a year before Darin's birth. His maternal grandmother, Vivian Fern Walden, who called herself "Polly" and was born in 1882, was of English ancestry, she was a vaudeville singer. Darin's birth mother, Vanina Juliette "Nina" Cassotto, became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935, when she was 17. Nina and her mother hatched a plan to pass her baby off as Nina's younger brother. Darin believed his mother Nina was his elder sister and Polly his mother, who raised him from birth. In 1968, when he was 32 and considering entering politics, Nina told him the truth devastating Darin, she refused to reveal the identity of his biological father, kept that secret to her death in 1983.

By the time he was a teenager, Darin could play several instruments, including piano and guitar. He added harmonica and xylophone. Darin moved to the Bronx early in his life and graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science. In years he attributed his arrogance to his experiences there, where he was surrounded by brighter students who teased him, he enrolled at Hunter College and soon gravitated to the drama department. After only two semesters, he dropped out to pursue an acting career. Robert Cassotto became. Darin's career took off with a songwriting partnership, formed in 1955 with Don Kirshner, whom he met at a candy store in Washington Heights, they wrote jingles and songs, beginning with "Bubblegum Pop". In 1956 his agent negotiated a contract with Decca Records; the songs recorded at Decca had little success. A member of the Brill Building gang of struggling songwriters, Darin was introduced to singer Connie Francis, for whom he helped write several songs, they developed a romantic interest of which her father, not fond of Darin, did not approve, the couple split up.

At one point, Darin wanted to elope immediately. Darin left Decca to sign with Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary, where he wrote and arranged music for himself and others. Songs he recorded, such as Harry Warren's "I Found a Million Dollar Baby", were sung in an Elvis style, which did not suit his personality. Guided by Atlantic's star-maker Ahmet Ertegun, Darin's career took off in 1958 when he recorded "Splish Splash", he co-wrote the song with radio D. J. Murray Kaufman after a phone call from Jean, a frustrated songwriter, her latest song idea was: "Splish, Take a Bath". Both Kaufman and Darin felt the title was lackluster, but Darin, with few options, said "I could write a song with that title." Within one hour, Darin had written "Splish Splash". The single, Darin's first successful foray into the rock and roll genre, sold more than a million copies, his partnership with Kirshner, not involved in the writing of that song, ended at that time. He made another recording in 1958 for Brunswick Records with a band called "The Ding Dongs".

With the success of "Splish Splash" the single was re-released by Atco Records as "Early in the Morning" with the band renamed as "The Rinky Dinks". It charted, made it to number 24 in the United States. In 1959, Darin recorded a ballad that became a multi-million seller. With it came financial success and the ability to demand more creative control of his career. So he meant for his That's All album to show that he could sing more than roll, his next single, "Mack the Knife", the standard from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, was given a vamping jazz-pop interpretation. Although Darin was opposed to releasing it as a single, the song went to No. 1 on the charts for nine weeks, sold two million copies, won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960. Darin was voted the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that year, "Mack The Knife" has since been honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Darin followed "Ma

French Bread (game developer)

French Bread is a video game developer founded in 1995 as Watanabe Production. A dōjin circle, French Bread became well known for their work in 2D fighting games the Melty Blood series. In recent years, they have worked on other licensed-based fighting games such as Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax and their own original IP, Under Night In-Birth; the studio was named Watanabe Seisakujo by a friend of Narita Nobuya, with whom he played video games with after school. They developed desk accessories for Windows. Narita discovered dojin Windows action games and fighting games such as the Tokimeki Taisen and Moon Lights 2 that were ported from the X68000 home computer, he subsequently decided to develop his own project for Windows. It was conceived as an original work, but creating unique character designs and graphics proved difficult. Narita was introduced to the visual novel To Heart and decided to develop his game as a derivative work. Characters for his project were sourced from To Heart, while the system mechanics were based on Asuka 120%, a game that served as an influence for Narita and his team.

The Queen of Heart'98 was released on December 30, 1998 to positive critical reception from dojin gamers. The Queen of Heart series sold about 100,000 copies, Watanabe Seisakujo became one of the most popular dōjin game developer; this surfaced significant copyright concern. Some hobbyists uploaded M. U. G. E. N characters whose data extracted from the game. Watanabe Seisakujo and Leaf received many inquiries about permission, although they had no relation to uploaders. Narita didn't hope a derivative work disturbed its original developer, he decided to stop creating unlicensed games, start fresh with French-Bread. The circle name came from the dōjin circle. Official website

List of Dad episodes

For the main page click: Dad Dad is a BBC1 sitcom that ran for 13 episodes over two series and a Christmas special. It centered on the tribulations of Alan Hook and his father Brian, it was written by Andrew Marshall. Andrew Marshall's influences were Hitchcock. In the first episode music from Vertigo"" was used, when Brian comes to pick Alan up from a party. Music is series two episode "Securidad" was quite dark, similar to Hitchcock style music. In "Dadaholic", when Alan follows Brian home in the car, the scene uses the music from Psycho, in which the latter's protagonist is driving in the rain; the show mixed Soviet comedy with dark and offensive humour. "Securidad" featured a plot involving a model village Brian and Alan had to protect, because the plastic residents kept getting decapitated. In many episodes Alan would fall victim to various mishaps; some episodes saw scenes not played as straight drama instead. For example Alan, at the end of series one, is left crying at an old photo reel of him being shown from when he was a little boy.

In the last episode of series two he breaks down crying in the kitchen, when Brian has to go into hospital. McNally, who plays Alan, asked Marshall if they can get away with such a scene in a sitcom, to which he replied "you've got to touch peoples hearts every now and again". In terms of shooting, many exterior shots were taken at Ruislip, where Marshall grew up. There was a lot of location work, the scenes filmed away from the studio audience. McNally reported that he preferred location filming as it was more relaxed and less stressful than being in front of an audience, you could take your time with shooting; the theme tune for the first series was the 1965 hit "Tijuana Taxi" performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. The first episode was shot as part of a handful of pilots for various shows, was one of the few chosen to be made into a full series. Alan's house in series one differs to that in series two. Series One comprised six episodes and was first aired from 25 September to 30 October 1997 on Thursdays at 8.30pm.

The episodes were entitled: For the second series the theme song was'Go Daddy-O' by Californian swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Series Two comprised six episodes and was first aired from 11 January to 15 February 1999, but this time on Mondays at 8.30pm. The episodes were entitled: The final episode was a Christmas special that aired on 21 December 1999, this time a Tuesday, at 8.30pm. It broke with the tradition of punning on'Dad' for the title, was named'Nemesis', although Andrew Marshall revealed that the original title "Feliz Navidad" was nixed by the BBC, feeling it too obscure

MacKenzie Theory

MacKenzie Theory was an Australian jazz rock group formed in September 1971 in Melbourne. Rob MacKenzie and Cleis Pearce were the mainstays, they recorded two albums, Out of the Blue and Bon Voyage for Mushroom Records before disbanding in May 1974. Out of the Blue peaked at No. 19 on Go-Set's Australian Albums chart. In the 1990s, MacKenzie was roll revival act, Sha Na Na. MacKenzie Theory was formed in Melbourne by lead guitarist, Rob MacKenzie, with bass guitarist Mike Leadabrand and drummer Andrew Majewski in September 1971. At this time MacKenzie met electric viola player Cleis Pearce at a concert in Sydney, while he was filling in with another group, he was so impressed with her playing that he invited her to join though she had no previous experience of playing rock or improvised music. MacKenzie had been a member of Leo and Friends, King Harvest. MacKenzie Theory played instrumental jazz rock with elements of John Coltrane, King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Santana. At early gigs they supported other artists including, Band of Light, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Madder Lake or Spectrum.

They performed at the inaugural Sunbury Pop Festival in January 1972 and at the second festival in January 1973. Their track, "New Song And", was included on the triple live album, The Great Australian Rock Festival Sunbury 1973 which appeared on Mushroom Records in April, their debut album, Out of the Blue, recorded live in the studio, was issued in July, it peaked at No. 19 on Go-Set's Australian Albums chart in August. During September and Majewski left and were replaced by Paul Wheeler on bass guitar and Greg Sheehan on drums. MacKenzie Theory appeared at Sunbury again in 1974 and "Supreme Love" appeared on Highlights of Sunbury'74 Part 2, they disbanded by mid-year before MacKenzie and Pearce travelled to the United Kingdom, their final appearance on 15 May was recorded and released as a live album, Bon Voyage by Mushroom Records, although this was released against the wishes of Mackenzie, who felt that the performance captured on the album was below-par for the group. In the 1990s, MacKenzie was roll revival act, Sha Na Na.

In December 2009, Aztec Music issued a remastered version of Out of the Blue on CD. In the 1980s Cleis Pearce performed and recorded with the Sydney-based jazz ensemble Women & Children First, led by saxophonist Sandy Evans. Pearce now lives, composes and makes art in the Byron Bay area of NSW and has been an artist in residence with Southern Cross University. Rob MacKenzie – guitar Cleis Pearce – electric viola Peter Jonespiano Mike Leadabrand – bass guitar Paul "Sheepdog" Wheeler – bass guitar Andrew Majewski – drums Greg Sheehan – drums Out of the Blue Bon Voyage MacKenzie Theory biography and album reviews, credits & releases at AllMusic MacKenzie Theory discography, album releases & credits at Discogs MacKenzie Theory biography, album credits & user reviews at MacKenzie Theory albums to be listened on Spotify MacKenzie Theory albums to be listened on YouTube

2013–14 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team

The 2013–14 San Diego State men's basketball team represented San Diego State University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were members in the Mountain West Conference; this was head coach Steve Fisher's fifteenth season at San Diego State. The Aztecs played their home games at Viejas Arena, they finished the season 31–5, 16–2 in Mountain West play to win the Mountain West regular season championship. They advanced to the finals of the Mountain West Tournament, they received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated New Mexico State and North Dakota State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Arizona. San Diego State's 2012-13 team finished with a record of 23–11 overall, 9–7 in Mountain West play for 3rd place tie with Boise State, they lost in the semifinals in the 2013 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to New Mexico. They received an at-large bid as a 7-seed in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, in which they beat Oklahoma in the second round, lost in the third round to Florida Gulf Coast.

*AP does not release post-tournament rankings

Bruno (webcomic)

Bruno was a webcomic written and drawn by Christopher Baldwin from 1 January 1996 to 14 February 2007, after appearing in print in The Massachusetts Daily Collegian starting January 27, 1994. Its plot concerns the life of an introspective young woman, set in the real world, her unusual name comes from the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno. In 1998 Peter Zale and Baldwin created the "first Internet comics crossover" between their respective webcomics Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet and Bruno. Bruno deals with various issues through the daily life of her friends. During the run of the comic, topics included homosexuality, religion and politics; the comic is characterized by lengthy and sometimes angst-ridden dialogue between the characters punctuated by a single panel with a contemplative scene without words. The storylines follow the life of Bruno as she quits college, visits friends in various American towns, travels to Europe, falls into and out of relationships, publishes her novel; as the timeline of the comic follows real time, we see Bruno evolving from a free-spirited college student into a more contemplative woman.

Her quest to find her place in life continues to be a main theme of the comic. The style of the drawings is naturalistic and detailed, with some aspects of a few character designs caricatured; the backgrounds are of real-life places converted to black and white outlines penciled over and shaded with cross-hatching. Bruno's face is based on a sketch of an angel's head by Leonardo da Vinci. On 26 December 2006, Baldwin announced the conclusion of Bruno scheduled for 12 February 2007; the webcomic concluded on 14 February 2007, coinciding with the announcement of the tenth and final Bruno book. Baldwin has produced ten Bruno books; the first three were hand bound. The current soft-cover versions still bear the photographic representation of this binding. Uh... Hey.. Mom and Dad, I'm Dropping Out of College, ISBN 0-9667574-0-8 Bread and Circuses, ISBN 0-9667574-1-6 These Troubled Soles, ISBN 0-9667574-2-4 The Seventh Cause, ISBN 0-9667574-4-0 Omnibus combining books 3 and 4, ISBN 0-9765483-1-3 Something Lost, ISBN 0-9667574-5-9 PDX: Love, God and Cinema, ISBN 0-9667574-6-7 Lebensraum, ISBN 0-9667574-7-5 Eleven Months Early, ISBN 0-9667574-8-3 Once Removed, ISBN 0-9765483-0-5 Gina, ISBN 0-9765483-3-X Note: A 16-page stapled supplement to Gina was produced.

Bruno webcomic Bruno translated to French 1996 January to August Reviews of Bruno in Webcomics Book Club A review of Bruno by Alan P. Scott