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Charlie Dog (Looney Tunes)

Charlie Dog, Charlie the Dog or Charles the Dog is an animated cartoon fictional character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes series of cartoons. Bob Clampett minted the scenario that Charlie Dog would inherit in his cartoon short Porky's Pooch, first released on 27 December 1941. A homeless hound pulls out all the stops to get adopted by bachelor Porky Pig. Mel Blanc would provide the dog's gruff, Brooklyn-Bugs Bunny-like voice and accent which became Charlie's standard voice; as he did for so many other Looney Tunes characters, Chuck Jones took Clampett's hound and transformed him into something new. Jones first used the dog in Little Orphan Airedale which saw Clampett's "Rover" renamed "Charlie." The film was a success, Jones would create two more Charlie Dog/Porky Pig cartoons in 1949: Awful Orphan and Often an Orphan. Jones starred Charlie without Porky in a couple of shorts: Dog Gone South which sees Yankee Charlie searching for a fine gentleman of the Southern United States, A Hound for Trouble which sends Charlie to Italy where he searches for a master who speaks English.

In these cartoons, Charlie Dog is defined by one desire: to find himself a master. To this end, Charlie is willing to pull out all the stops, from pulling "the big soulful eyes routine" to boasting of his pedigree. Dat's fair, isn't it?" — though in reality, he is just a slick-talking mutt who realizes that his own aggressive obnoxiousness is sabotaging his appeal to any potential guardian. In the Porky Pig shorts, the pig would try to mail him out of the country accompanied by Porky laughing evilly and maniacally, only to have Charlie return dressed in the costume of that place he was sent, which would make Porky more determined to get rid of him. Charlie makes a brief cameo appearance in the Bob McKimson-directed short Dog Tales. Jones shelved the Charlie Dog series of films in the 1950s, along with other characters he had introduced, such as The Three Bears and Hubie and Bertie, he was turning his efforts to new characters, such as Pepé Le Pew and Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner; the Frisky Puppy character that Jones paired with Claude Cat in several'50s shorts bears a close physical resemblance to Charlie.

Recent Warner Brothers merchandising and series and films such as episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, Space Jam in the crowd scenes, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries in the episode Yelp, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure in Italy have brought Charlie back out of retirement. Charlie Dog made a cameo in The Looney Tunes Show episode "Father Figures." He was seen in a pet store where he was attacked by Henery Hawk

Antoine de Thomassin de Peynier

Louis Antoine de Thomassin de Peynier, known as Antoine de Thomassin, comte de Peynier was an officer of the French Royal Navy and a colonial administrator of the Kingdom of France. Antoine de Thomassin came from the house of Thomassin, a noble family from Burgundy, known from the 15th century and based in Provence; this family formed several branches. It provided eight councilors and a president to the Parliament of Aix, two councilors and four advocates general to the court of accounts of Provence. Antoine de Thomassin was born on 27 September 1731 in Aix-en-Provence He was the son of Louis de Thomassin Peynier, Marquis de Peynier, twice intendant in the Lesser Antilles between 1763 and 1783, Anne Dupuy de la Moutte, his parents married on 19 March 1726 in Aix-en-Provence. Their children were: Jean-Luc de Thomassin de Peynier, councilor president of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence, baron of Trets Marie Anne Thérèse, born in 1729 in Peynier Alexandre Henry Antoine de Thomassin de Peynier Marie Gabrielle de Thomassin de Peynier, abbess of Hyères in 1769.

While his older brother Jean-Luc de Thomassin Peynier, Baron Trets, distinguished himself, as had his ancestors, in a parliamentary career in Aix, Antoine de Thomassin de Peynier entered the Royal Navy. He was only thirteen years old when he enlisted in 1744, during the War of the Austrian Succession, in which he participated, he became a naval officer in 1751 left on a diplomatic mission in the Mediterranean between May and September 1752. During this expedition, he was aboard the ship Triton, stopped in Tripoli, Smyrna and Algiers; when the Seven Years' War broke out in 1756, Antoine took part in a four-year campaign in the Indies. It was during this course that he became, in 1757, lieutenant de vaisseau, was wounded in 1759 by a shot in the head, he felt the consequences of this serious wound all his life. After the end of the Seven Years' War, he took command of the frigate La Malicieuse and made an exploratory and diplomatic mission to the Lesser Antilles. Antoine de Thomassin de Peynier arrived in Martinique in March 1765 and remained in the West Indies until the summer of 1766.

During this stay, the Count of Nolivos, governor of Guadeloupe, charged him with various diplomatic missions. In May 1765, acting as ambassador, he went to Grenada, where he was charged with meeting the English governor, Mr. de Melvill, but spying on the island to report information on the English military and naval forces. Thus, his instructions stipulated: "He will take without compromising the flag of his majesty all possible knowledge of the English islands that he will approach ". After Grenada, Antoine de Thomassin went to the Spanish domains of the "Coast of Spain" in South America, visited the ports of Cumaná and Caracas until June 1765, his goal is to explore unknown maritime routes in order to open them to trade to supply the colonies with mules. On his return, he stopped at Dominica to inquire about the situation of the French on this island, he was stationed for a while in Guadeloupe. It is there that his brother Sextius, ship's lieutenant on the Malicieuse and was buried on August 26 at the cemetery of the Moule.

In January and February 1766, Antoine made a reconnaissance mission to Saint Martin, to make soundings of the seabed to prepare projects to improve the defensive system of the island. On this occasion, he made plans for the coast of this island. In April 1766, he mapped the coasts of Guadeloupe. In 1772 he was promoted to ship's caption. In 1778 France entered the American Revolutionary War, which pitted England against its Thirteen Colonies in North America; this was an opportunity for the Kingdom to take revenge on its rival power after the humiliating defeat of 1763, the Treaty of Paris which had consecrated the loss of much of the first French colonial empire, including New France. In 1780, at the request of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, France sent 7,000 men under the command of Lieutenant-General Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau, with a squadron of thirty-eight ships at the head of, the Count de Grasse. On 19 October 1781, the French Royal Army and American troops, all under the command of George Washington, won a brilliant victory in Yorktown, Virginia.

In parallel, two large-scale naval operations were conducted in India. Antoine de Thomassin took direct part in the second as a squadron leader under the orders of Bailli de Suffren, while his father Louis participated in the logistical organization of the first in the West Indies. In 1781, the fleet commanded by Admiral Amiral d'Estaing took the island of Tobago. Louis de Thomassin intendant of Martinique, sent an ordonnateur to organize the new administration of the island and its supply, in order to maintain the French presence in this strategic place that allowed direct contact between the

The Damnation of Faust (film)

Faust aux enfers, released in the United States as The Damnation of Faust and in Britain as The Condemnation of Faust, is a 1903 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Méliès had filmed two other adaptations of the Faust legend: Faust and Marguerite and Damnation of Faust; the 1903 Damnation of Faust was his third version. In 1904, he would make a fourth and last straightforward adaptation and Marguerite, but his films The Merry Frolics of Satan and The Knight of the Snows are inspired by the legend. According to Méliès's American catalogue, the direct inspiration for the 1903 version was Hector Berlioz's musical work La damnation de Faust. Méliès plays Mephistopheles in the film; the dancing masked demons have the same costumes as those in The Infernal Cake Walk, a Méliès film made earlier in 1903. The elaborate painted scenery for the film takes advantage of stage machinery techniques, including scenery rolling both horizontally and vertically. Other special effects used in the film include pyrotechnics, substitution splices, superimpositions on black backgrounds, dissolves.

The film is numbered 527 -- 533 in its catalogues. On 11 December 1903, the film was registered for American copyright at the Library of Congress. Méliès's 1905 American catalogue advertised the film as "a grand fantastical fantasy in 15 motion tableaux, inspired by Berlioz's celebrated song poem", pointed out that exhibitors could precede it with the 1904 Faust and Marguerite: "Our film No. 562,'Faust and Marguerite,' which has met with unprecedented success, forms a natural beginning to the above subject." In addition to the black-and-white print, a hand-colored version of the film was available at a higher price. A 1981 publication on Méliès's films by the Centre national du cinéma commented that, although the ballet sequence is inadvertently comic, the rest of the film is "dramatic and expressionistic", with the dancing demons creating a "very modern" effect; the film scholar Elizabeth Ezra highlighted the descent into hell and ballet sequence as early cinematic examples of the tilt shot and the non-diegetic insert, respectively.

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Fluorellestadite is a rare nesosilicate of calcium, with sulfate and fluorine, with the chemical formula Ca1033F2. It is a member of the apatite group, forms a series with hydroxylellestadite; the mineral was named wilkeite by Eakle and Rogers in 1914, in honor of R. M. Wilke, a mineral collector and dealer. In 1922, a sample of “wilkeite” was analysed and found to be sufficiently different from the material reported by Eakle and Rogers to consider it a new species; the name “ellestadite” was proposed, in honor of Reuben B Ellestad, an American analytic chemist from the Laboratory for Rock Analysis, University of Minnesota, US. In 1982 Rouse and Dunn showed that the Si:S ratio was close to 1:1, giving the formula Ca1033X2, where X represents fluorine, hydroxyl or chlorine, they named minerals in this group the ellestadite group; the end members of the group were named hydroxylellestadite and chlorellestadite. Wilkeite was discredited as a unique species, as it is not an end member of any solid solution series, but an intermediate member.

The name fluorellestadite was changed to ellestadite- in 2008 and changed back to fluorellestadite in 2010. The ellestadites are nesosilicates, they are members of the apatite group, but whereas phosphorus is one of the chief constituents of apatite, in ellestadite it is completely replaced by sulfur and silicon, without appreciably altering the structure. The crystal class is space group P63/m; the tetrahedral groups are arranged to create the 63 screw axis, the fluorine atoms are located in channels parallel to this direction. Some sources give unit cell parameters for one formula unit per unit cell, but some scientists consider the formula to be half the value accepted by the International Mineralogical Association, i.e. Ca5)3F, with two formula units per unit cell. Cell parameters for natural, as opposed to synthetic, material are a = 9.41 to 9.53 Å, c = 6.90 to 6.94 Å. Rouse and Dunn postulated a hypothetical pure end-member with a = 9.543 Å and c = 6.917 Å. Synthetic material has a = 9.53 to 9.561 Å, c = 6.91 to 6.920 Å.

Fluorellestadite occurs as acicular or hexagonal prismatic, poorly terminated crystals, as fine-grained aggregates. Crystals are transparent and aggregates are translucent. Material from Crestmore, California, is light rose-red or yellow in color, occurs in a matrix of blue calcite. Material from Russia is colorless; the streak is white with a weak bluish tint, the luster is sub-resinous on broken surfaces, but brilliant on prism faces. Fluorellestadite shows imperfect cleavage perpendicular to the long crystal axis; the mineral is brittle, breaks with a conchoidal fracture. Its hardness is ​4 1⁄2, between that of fluorite and apatite, its specific gravity is 3.03 to 3.07, similar to that of fluorite. It is soluble in dilute hydrochloric and nitric acids and is not radioactive; when intensely heated, ellestadite becomes colorless and assumes a pale bluish green color on cooling. The mineral is uniaxial, with refractive indices nω = 1.638 to 1.655 and nε = 1.632 to 1.650. It is sometimes fluorescent, white to blue-white or yellow-white in short-wave ultraviolet light, medium white-yellow-brown or weak white in long-wave light.

The type locality is Coal Mine No. 44, Chelyabinsk coal basin, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Southern Urals and type material is held at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Academy of Sciences, Russia. Ellestadite is a skarn mineral, it occurs associated with diopside, idocrase, okenite, vesuvianite and others at Crestmore, Riverside County, California, US. At Crestmore a contact zone exists between crystalline granodiorite; the area was quarried for limestone in the early 1900s, revealing varied associations of metamorphic minerals, including ellestadite with garnet and diopside, in blue calcite. At the type locality it was formed in burned fragments of petrified wood in coal dumps, associated with lime, magnesioferrite, hematite and anhydrite. Ellestadite is altered to okenite. JMol

Serguei Adoniev

Sergey Adonyev, is a Russian businessman and philanthropist. Adonyev graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, where he taught Structural Resistance in 1985-1989. In 1994, together with Oleg Boyko and Vladimir Kekhman, Adonyev founded Olbi-Jazz, a fruit importing company. In 1996, Adonyev founded a new company, Joint Food Company, which became the leading fruit importing company in Russia.. In 2001, Adonyev sold his shares in the company. Adonyev is challenging an old US conviction, is represented by Anthony Julius and Alan Dershowitz; the basis of the challenge is that the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, because no crime was committed. In 2006, Adonyev founded Telconet Capital fund, which became the main shareholder of the telecommunication operator Skartel – trademark Yota. Yota reached operational profit within the first five months and became the first provider launching mobile wimax in Russia. In 2008, 25% of the company was acquired by Rostec. In 2012, Yota was the first company in Russia to launch LTE.

In 2011, Yota's division that developed high-technology mobile internet devices became Yota Devices, which developed the YotaPhone. Yota Devices subsequently separated from Yota. In 2013, Telconet Capital fund sold its shares in Skartel to Garsdale Services – a telecommunication holding, controlled by Alisher Usmanov; the estimated value of the transaction is US$1.33 billion. In 2013, together with businessman Sergey Rukin, Adonyev established Technologies of Greenhouse Growth – a St Petersburg company; the company united two existing greenhouse plants in Moscow and Tumen regions, as well as a trading house, TTR Trade. It sold its products under the brand ‘ROST’ in the main retailers throughout Russia. More than US$100 million was invested into this project. At the beginning of 2017, Rukin bought out Adonyev's share in this business. In 2017, Adonyev was ranked 124th in the Forbes list with a net worth of US$800 million, but according to him in an interview sold his food company for $6.2 billion taking 50% worth 3.1 billion also adding on the telecommunications world with a now f1 company yota Adonyev supports many cultural and social projects, the most significant of which include the following: Stanislavsky Electrotheatre opened in 2015 after a full reconstruction and artistic restructuring under the supervision of the theatre director and educator – Boris Yukhananov.

Romeo Castellucci, Heiner Goebels, Konstantin Bogomolov, Philipp Grigoryan, Katy Mitchell, Teodor Currentzis, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Dmitri Kurlyandksiy – are among the artists who have collaborated with the theatre. The choir is under the supervision of Teodor Currentzis. MusicAeterna was the first Russian orchestra opening the Salzburg Festival. DAU is a large scale international film project by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, it is a significant collaboration between Russia and Europe, supported by international film funds and production companies. Teodor Currentzis, Marina Abramovich, Carsten Hoeller, Romeo Castellucci, Vladimir Martynov, Leonid Fedorov, Boris Mikhailov, Robert Del Naja, Brian Eno, Anatoliy Vassiliev, Nobel Prize winner David Gross, Fields Medal winner Shing-Tung Yau – are among the artists and scientists who participated in the DAU project; the premiere is planned for the fall of 2018. Strelka Institute is a non-profit international educational project, founded in 2009 and located in Moscow.

Adonyev co-founded the Strelka Institute with Alexandrer Mamut, co-financed it between 2009-2014. The Foundation is aimed at studying and publishing the heritage of the outstanding Soviet philosopher and phenomenologist, Merab Mamardashvili; the Foundation is aimed at studying and publishing the life and works of Salomon Maimon, a German self-taught philosopher of Jewish descent from the 17th century. The charity offers help to people suffering from cystic fibrosis in Russia. In 2016, Adonyev received Philanthropist of the Year award; the award was established by the Ministry of Culture of Russia and is awarded to significant philanthropists for their support and financial aid to projects aimed at preservation of Russian cultural heritage

1998 California 500

The 1998 California 500 Presented by NAPA was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 3, 1998 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Contested over 250 laps on the 2-mile speedway, it was the 10th race of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Mark Martin of Roush Racing won the race; the track, California Speedway, is a four-turn superspeedway, 2 miles long. The track's turns are banked from fourteen degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at eleven degrees. Unlike the front stretch, the backstraightaway is banked at three degrees. Time of race: 3:33:57 Average Speed: 140.22 miles per hour Pole Speed: 181.772 miles per hour Cautions: 6 for 35 laps Margin of Victory: 1.287 sec Lead changes: 18 Percent of race run under caution: 14% Average green flag run: 30.7 laps