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Alan Clayson

Alan Clayson is an English singer-songwriter and music journalist. He gained popularity in the late 1970s as leader of the band Clayson and the Argonauts. In addition to contributing to publications such as Record Collector and Folk Roots, he subsequently established himself as a prolific writer of music biographies. Among his many books are Backbeat, which details the Beatles' early career in Germany, Ringo Starr: Straight Man or Joker?, biographies of Jacques Brel, the Yardbirds, Serge Gainsbourg and Edgard Varèse. According to Clayson, his first band was Ace and the Crescents, which he formed in the mid 1960s with fellow students from "a desperate grammar school for boys near Aldershot ", he recalls visiting the Beatles' Apple Corps headquarters in 1968, in an unsuccessful attempt to have Apple publish his poetry. With beat music, chanson and modern classical among inspirations, he formed Clayson and the Argonauts in the late 1970s; the band received some favourable reviews in the UK music press, attaining what Melody Maker termed "a premier position on rock's Lunatic Fringe", yet only achieved minor commercial success in Northern Europe.

Following the disbandment of the Argonauts in 1986, Clayson continued as a recording artist and solo performer. The Village Voice described his act as "more than just a performance. Since 2011, he has fronted a stage presentation entitled Clayson Sings Chanson. Clayson's songs have been covered by Dave Berry and Jane Relf, he has worked with the Portsmouth Sinfonia, Wreckless Eric, Jim McCarty, Dick Taylor and Screaming Lord Sutch, among others. In 2005, Clayson and the Argonauts re-formed as'a tribute band to ourselves'. In 2017, the group released This Cannot Go On... the first non-compilation album in over three decades, to critical if not chart acclaim. Having contributed to Schoolkids OZ during his adolescence, Clayson went on to write for a wide range of publications, including Record Collector, The Guardian, The Independent, Folk Roots and Mediaeval World, his work has appeared in Hello!, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and Ugly Things. In his role as a pop music historian, Clayson has written over thirty books.

The English newspaper Western Morning News once labelled him "the AJP Taylor of pop", with reference to the esteemed historian of twentieth-century European politics. Clayson's bestsellers include Backbeat. In addition to Backbeat, he has written books on each of the four Beatles, beginning with the 1990 publication of The Quiet One: A Life of George Harrison; the four titles were re-released as a box set in 2003 by Sanctuary Publishing. Clayson's volume on Ringo Starr, subtitled Straight Man or Joker?, remains a rare work dedicated to the drummer's career. In his overview of the most popular Beatles books, for Rough Guides, Chris Ingham writes that the four volumes "have been described as Beatles-flavoured teabags in a cup full of Clayson", due to the author's tendency to refer to his own musical career and insert his "harmless prejudices" in the narrative. Ingham concedes, that "as a second-generation veteran of the British beat scene, point of view contains a certain authenticity and authority."Clayson has written English-language studies of the French singer and actor Serge Gainsbourg, French composer Edgard Varèse and Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel.

His other subjects include Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Roy Orbison, Yoko Ono and the Troggs. Aside from his writing on popular music, Clayson has presented radio programs and lectured on music in Britain and the United States, he has contributed liner notes and commentary to CD and DVD releases by artists such as Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Édith Piaf, Peter Frampton, Matt Monro, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Harley, the Animals and Mungo Jerry. Official website Alan Clayson discography at Discogs "Clayson, Alan". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 3 June 2010

Lotamore House

Lotamore House is an Irish historic house in County Cork, used as a residence by a number of Cork merchant families before being turned into a number of businesses including a guesthouse. In the beginning of the 21st century it fell into significant disrepair; however it is now home to a fertility clinic. The original land belonged to John and William Galway and was leased to Robert and George Rogers, detailed in leases dated 1694 and 1720; the central structure is a 2 storey Georgian house built by the Rogers family of Lota in 1798 and extended in the Victorian 1880s. It is on a hill with views overlooking the River Lee; the house was let to the Honourable C. L. Bernard in 1837 and Frederick Hamilton nearer the middle of the 19th century. Sir William Bartholomew Hackett was the tenant near the latter end of the century before the house was sold to the Perrier family, a merchant family of Huguenot origin, Martin Francis Mahony and his desendants; the list of names shown as private residents includes Harrison, Hackett and Cudmore.

After 1961 when the house was no longer a family residence it served as the offices of the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes before becoming a twenty room guesthouse which closed in 2006. Further development was halted with the downturn in the economy. Though the house was sold, the new owners went into receivership through Deloitte. There was a period when the house was occupied by the protest group, the Rodolphus Allen Family Private Trust. After the court case ended and the squatters were removed the house was sold again. Between 2013 and 2017 it was renovated, with the assistance of architects, construction teams and craftsmen, until the building has been increased in size and is no longer at risk of being destroyed through decay. List of historic houses in the Republic of Ireland

Spin City

Spin City is an American sitcom television series that aired from September 17, 1996 until April 30, 2002 on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was set in a fictionalized version of the New York City mayor's office, starred Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York. Fox departed in 2000 at the conclusion of Season 4 due to symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Charlie Sheen assumed the lead role of Charlie Crawford for the final two seasons; the series was cancelled in May 2002 after a decline in ratings. The series presents a fictionalized version of the local government of New York City, follows its Mayor Randall Winston and his staff as they run the city, although the main person in charge is Deputy mayor Mike Flaherty. Mike is talented at his job, dealing with spin work and general chaos, but not so good managing his personal life, which he neglects. Other members of staff at City Hall include press secretary Paul Lassiter, the office snitch and a manipulative coward, who has a habit of being a troublemaker and is kept in the dark about things.

Carter Heywood was seen as a revolution in modern television. As the writer Orville Lloyd Douglas noted on his blog GayBlackCanadianman, "Far too whenever a character is gay on television it's always a white person. In North America gayness equals whiteness and gay black men are displaced due to race and sexual orientation; the writers and producers of Spin City got it right. Carter was a well adjusted young black man he wasn't on the down low, he wasn’t confused or conflicted about his homosexuality." Despite their overwhelming personal differences and Carter become roommates and best friends. On the staff are speech writer James Hobert, weak-willed and gullible. Janelle becomes the mayor's secretary and Stacey Paterno joins the show as Mike's secretary and Paul's nemesis. Together, this group helps run City Hall, improves the Mayor's image, covers for his frequent mistakes—while sorting out their own personal issues. At one point in development, the show was called Spin. At the start of the series, Mike is dating reporter Ashley Schaeffer.

In early promos for the series, the relationship is shown to be the main premise of the show. After just a few episodes, however and Mike separated and the character was written out; the nature of Carter and Stuart's relationship became a running gag during the series. The two ended up becoming so close, their friendship was mocked by others, their arguments sounded so much like husband and wife, a whole episode was dedicated to the notion that the two argued like a married couple; the two ended up meeting an older duo of best friends who were virtual twins of Carter and Stuart in terms of personality. For his part, Stuart tends to be protective of his time with Carter, going so far as to be genuinely jealous when Carter spends more time with new campaign manager Caitlin. In spite of all the jokes and flirtations, they prove to be best friends willing to do anything for each other. This, was considered an important moment in television history, with Douglas noting, "I love the fact that the writers of Spin City explored the fact that gay men and heterosexual men can be friends.

The straight man doesn’t have to worry that the gay man might hit on him." In 1998, Michael J. Fox announced; as a result, a new character, Caitlin Moore was introduced at the start of the 1999–2000 season to help lessen Fox's workload. Caitlin was Mayor Winston's campaign manager as he decided to run for Senator, much conflict occurred between Mike and Caitlin about, in charge of the mayor, their relationship was more complex than a simple feud, hints were dropped that it would become romantic. In 2000, as his symptoms got more severe, Fox announced he was leaving the show at the end of the season to spend more time with his family and to raise awareness of Parkinson's, his character left City Hall at the end of the show's fourth season, taking the blame for an alleged Mafia link the mayor unknowingly had. A brief coda to the fourth-season finale revealed that the character moved to Washington, D. C. becoming an environmental lobbyist and there meeting a young senator named Alex P. Keaton, the name of the character Fox played on Family Ties.

Executive producer and co-creator Bill Lawrence left the show, along with a few cast members and writers/producers. The remaining producers decided to carry on the series with a new lead. For the show's fifth season, Charlie Sheen, as new Deputy Mayor Charlie Crawford, joined Caitlin, Stuart and the mayor; the characters of Nikki and Janelle were written out, to be replaced by assistant Angie Ordonez. Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty. Deputy Mayor of New York and a playboy, Flaherty lives in a New York City bachelor pad and is balancing his personal life and his job, trying to maintain a healthy distance between the two. Flaherty leaves the mayor's office at the end of season four, after taking the blame for an unknown mob connection the Mayor had, but returns during the first three episodes of the sixth season, culminating i

Sefaattin Tongay

Sefaattin Tongay is an American materials scientist and engineer Professor of Materials Science at Arizona State University and associate editor at American Institute of Physics Applied Physics Reviews journal. He is internationally recognized for the discovery of graphene/semiconductor junctions, graphene solar cells, 2D anisotropic semiconductors, epitaxial synthesis of quantum materials and Moire excitons in 2D quantum materials. Google scholar statistics has identified him as one of the top 10 researchers in the world in the area of quantum materials and top 50 in two-dimensional materials, his work received a number of prestigious awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the president Trump, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award. More his work has seen him identified as one of the most influential researchers over the past decade by Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science, he studied materials physics at the University of Florida working with Prof. Dr. Arthur F. Hebard and postdoctoral fellowship at the materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

His notable and most cited work includes the discovery of exciton complexes in 2D crystals, defects engineering in 2D materials, 2D superlattices, graphene based high-power devices, graphene solar cells. He is known for establishing the current transport at these two-dimensional interfaces and the discovery of new class of 2D anisotropic semiconductor, Rhenium disulfide. Other seminal discoveries and contributions to the field include the defects engineering in 2D quantum materials, 2D alloying, van der Waals epitaxy growth of quantum materials, 2D anisotropic materials, the discovery of Moire excitons in 2Ds, band alignment models in 2D heterojunctions, the discovery of quintons, 2D phase change alloys, the discovery of bright/dark excitons, the engineering of 2D anisotropic materials. 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awards 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World – Academic Leadership and Accomplishment – Turkey 2019 Highly Cited Researchers of 2019 by Web of Science and Clarivate Analytics 2019 Associate Editor at Applied Physics Reviews 2016 National Science Foundation CAREER Awards 2016 Top Engineering Faculty Teaching Award by Arizona State University 2016 The Scientist of the Year Award by Turkish Science Heroes Association

Dielectric wireless receiver

Dielectric wireless receiver is a type of radiofrequency receiver front-end featuring a complete absence of electronic circuitry and metal interconnects. It offers immunity against damage from intense electromagnetic radiation, produced by EMP and HPM sources; this receiver is known as ADNERF. ADNERF is a type of Electro-Magnetic Pulse Tolerant Microwave Receiver; the continuing trend towards reduced feature size and voltage in integrated circuits renders modern electronics susceptible to damages caused by High Power Microwave and other microwave based directed energy sources. These induce high voltage transient surges of thousands of volts which can punch through the gate insulator in the transistor and can destroy the circuit’s metal interconnects. To immunize electronic systems against such threats, the “soft spots” in a conventional receiver front-end, must be eliminated; the basic concept of this photonic-assisted all-dielectric RF front-end technology is shown in Fig. 1. The Dielectric Resonator Antenna in the front-end, functions as a concentrator of incoming electromagnetic field.

When the electromagnetic field excites the resonance of DRA, a mode field pattern is built up inside the structure. The EO resonator is placed at the location of the peak field magnitude; the EO resonator converts the received EM signal to an intensity modulated optical signal, carried away from the antenna front-end via an optical fiber. At the remote location, the signal is converted back to an RF signal, amplified and processed using conventional techniques; this front-end design increases the threshold for damage associated with high power microwave signals. The lack of metal interconnects eliminates the one source of failure. In addition, the charge isolation provided by the optical link protects the electronic circuitry. Good sensitivity can be achieved due to signal enhancement provided by the microwave resonance in the DRA and optical resonance in the EO resonator; the modulating E-field applied to the resonator should not be uniform across the disk otherwise no modulation occurs. To prevent this from happening, the EO resonator is placed off center from the symmetrical axis of DRA as shown in Fig. 2.

The location of the EO resonator is chosen to coincide with the peak EM field inside the DRA, identified using 3-D EM simulations. Abrams, M. Dawn of the e-bomb. IEEE Spectrum 40, 24-30. R. C. J. Hsu, A. Ayazi, B. Houshmand and B. Jalali, “All-Dielectric Photonic-Assisted Radio Front-End Technology,” Nature Photonics 1, 535–538. A. Ayazi, C. J. Hsu, B. Houshmand, W. H. Steier, B. Jalali, “All-dielectric photonics assisted wireless receiver,” Optics Express. DARPA's EMPiRe program