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Droid (Star Wars)

A droid is a fictional robot possessing some degree of artificial intelligence in the Star Wars science-fiction franchise. Coined by special effects artist John Stears, the term is a clipped form of "android", a word reserved for robots designed to look and act like a human; the word "droid" has been a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd since 1977. The franchise, which began with the 1977 film Star Wars, features a variety of droids designed to perform specific functions. A protocol droid specializes in translation and cultural customs, is humanoid in appearance; the most notable example is C-3PO, featured in all sequels and prequels. 4-LOM is a protocol droid turned bounty hunter who responds to Darth Vader's call to capture the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back. TC-14 is a droid with feminine programming that appears in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, ME-8D9 is an "ancient protocol droid of unknown manufacture" that resides and works as a translator at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana in the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

An astromech droid is one of a series of "versatile utility robots used for the maintenance and repair of starships and related technology". These small droids possess "a variety of tool-tipped appendages that are stowed in recessed compartments". R2-D2 is an astromech droid featured in all subsequent films; the malfunctioning droid R5-D4 makes a brief appearance in Star Wars. U9-C4 is a timid droid sent on a mission with D-Squad, an all-droid special unit in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, C1-10P is an oft-repaired, "outmoded" astromech, one of the Star Wars Rebels regular characters, BB-8 is the astromech droid of X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens. A battle droid is a class of military robot used as an controlled alternative to human soldiers, most notably seen in the Star Wars prequel trilogy of films and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, in which'B1' and'B2' models are frequent antagonists. Due to their ubiquity, the terms'B1' and'battle droid' are used interchangeably.

The tall, thin B1 model resembles the Geonosian species, who designed the droids, are known to "suffer programming glitches that manifest as personality quirks." The droideka is a three-legged heavy infantry unit with twin blasters and the ability to generate a force shield and transform into a disk shape. Multiple other types of specialized battle droids have been featured in the Star Wars fictional universe. Within the Star Wars Legends continuity, HK-47 is a humanoid soldier robot, designed as a violent killer, which first appeared in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. During the production of The Empire Strikes Back, Joe Johnston drew storyboard panels influenced by Dan O'Bannon and Moebius's short comic "The Long Tomorrow", one of which repurposes a pose Johnston admitted he borrowed from said work; the same panel of the comic features a robot design by Moebius, which may have been the basis of the probe droid design that concept designers Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie created for the film.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has featured WAC-47, a "pit droid" programmed as a pilot and sent on a mission with the all-droid special unit D-Squad, AZI-3, a medical droid serving the cloners of Kamino who helps uncover the secret of Order 66. The 2015 young adult novel Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry introduces the droid PZ-4CO, to whom Leia Organa dictates her memoirs. PZ-4CO appears in The Force Awakens. In the 2016 film Rogue One, K-2SO is an Imperial enforcer droid reprogrammed by the Rebel Alliance. Droids are performed using a variety of methods, including robotics, actors inside costumes, computer animation. Lucasfilm registered "droid" as a trademark in 1977; the term "Droid" has been used by Verizon Wireless under licence from Lucasfilm, for their line of smartphones based on the Android operating system. Motorola's late-2009 Google Android-based cell phone is called the Droid; this line of phone has been expanded to include other Android-based phones released under Verizon, including the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid Pro.

The term was used for the Lucasfilm projects EditDroid, a non-linear editing system, SoundDroid, an early digital audio workstation. The name "Omnidroid" was used with permission of Lucasfilm for the 2004 Pixar movie, The Incredibles. Astromech droid in the Databank Protocol droid in the Databank Astromech droid on Wookieepedia, a Star Wars wiki


Yawarkucha or Yawar Kucha, hispanicized spellings Yaguarcocha, Yahuarcocha) is a lake in Ecuador located in the eastern outskirts of the city of Ibarra in Imbabura Province, Ibarra Canton. The lake has an elevation of 2,190 metres above sea level; the lake was formed from glacial meltwater about 10,000 BCE. The scenic lake is a popular tourist attraction. Yawarkucha acquired its name as a result of a battle and massacre which took place here during the conquest of the area by the Inca Empire in the late 15th or early 16th century; the local chiefdom called. The Inca Emperor, Huayna Capac achieved victory near the present-day city of Ibarra. According to Spanish chronicler Miguel Cabello de Balboa, Huayna Capac ordered the massacre of the male population of Caranqui in retribution for its resistance; the massacre of thousands of men took place on the shores of a lake, known thereafter as Yawarkucha or "Blood Lake." Autodromo Internacional de Yahuarcocha Inca-Caranqui, archaeological site

Crystal Mountain (British Columbia)

Crystal Mountain Resort was a day-use ski area near West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. It operated two chairlifts and one surface lift: a GMD Mueller doublechair, a Leitner-Poma triplechair, a Doppelmayr T-bar; the ski area had 30 designated groomed runs and the resort featured many different tree trails and some glades. Despite the smaller size of the resort, smaller than neighbouring resorts such as Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort, the mountain was a good size and a popular destination for both experienced and first-time skiers and snowshoers. Despite the lower elevation, the area receives heavy snowfall each year with many powder days throughout the winter season, it was long known as Last Mountain Ski Resort but changed its name to Crystal Mountain Resort in 1992. Crystal Mountain Resort offered lessons for skiing and snowboarding and offered rentals for snowshoeing, it has not been in operation since 2014 due to a lift malfunction of the red doublechair. The ski resort was opened on December 9, 1967 by Pat and Allan McLeod under the name of Last Mountain Ski Resort.

Mount Last rises to the highest elevation above the resort area and was named in 1967 after Herbert and Charlotte Last, an English couple who had owned the land now occupied by the resort since 1909 and ran the general store and post office in Westbank, British Columbia. In the first year of operation, the resort sold. In the early days, there was a teahouse at the top of the main lift, it was open during the summer for the first three years. A ski school club was created for young skiers; the resort was passed to John Barley and in 1992 it was sold to the Tschanz family from Lenzerheide and the company name was changed to Crystal Mountain Resorts Ltd. The name was changed to Crystal Mountain Resort to remind people of the snow, something bright and fun; the operation consisted of 70 seasonal jobs. The resort offered night skiing from the beginning until the early 2000s, when the resort switched to day operations only. At the 30th anniversary of the resort, in 1997, there was a discussion started regarding the development of the resort with a year-round expansion, based on its location as the closest hill to Kelowna and as the closest Okanagan ski resort to Vancouver.

Crystal Mountain Resort is located in the Okanagan region of British Columbia with the nearest large city being Kelowna. The ski resort itself is located north of Glenrosa, on the mountains above Westbank, West of Kelowna; the ski area base is located at the upper terminus of the Glenrosa Road, which runs from Highway 97 up the mountain to the ski resort area. The Glenrosa interchange was rebuilt in the late 1990s and provides easy access from the nearby Coquihalla Connector, or Highway 97c, connecting Vancouver and the Lower Mainland through West Kelowna to Kelowna; the site of Crystal Mountain Resort is 9 kilometres west of the City of West Kelowna. The top elevation is 1,440 m with a vertical drop of 212 m coming to a base elevation of 1,228 m; the runs are composed of the following levels of difficulty: 30% Novice, 50% Intermediate and 20% Advanced. Official site

Aikido concepts

Aikido concepts are ideas that form the philosophical or technical basis of the Japanese martial art aikido. Aiki means the defender blends without clashing with the attacker goes on to dominate the assailant through the application of internal strength or Ki energy to effect techniques. Blending with an attacker's movements allows the Aiki practitioner to control the actions of the attacker with minimal effort. Hanmi describes the idea. Though not descriptive of the movement in Aikido. Related to the development of Chushin-ryoku. Used to refer to the triangular stance of Aikido. Similar stances and the same word are used in other martial arts and traditional theater, including sumo and kyōgen. Chūshin-ryoku. Chūshin-sen; the term is associated with kendo. Ichi-go ichi-e describes a cultural concept linked with tea master Sen no Rikyū; the term is translated as "for this time only", "never again", or "one chance in a lifetime". Ichi-go ichi-e is linked with concepts of transience; the term is associated with the Japanese tea ceremony, is brushed onto scrolls which are hung in the tea room.

In the context of tea ceremony, ichi-go ichi-e reminds participants. Irimi describes entering straight into a technique, as opposed to the more indirect entrance into technique called tenkan. Irimi looks like a step forward, straight or at an angle but ending with the body facing the attacker, rather than in the direction of the step. To enter with irimi, the defender needs to move in the moment of the attack or himself initiate it. Katsu hayabi is a developed state in which an aikido practitioner has reached spiritual and moral perfection, becomes immune to violence. "Victory" occurs at the speed of light -- meaning instantaneous—because an opponent cannot begin an attack. Kokyū-Ryoku Is the concept of relaxed power generated from the tanden. There is an implication in the word kokyū. Kuzushi is the Japanese term for unbalancing an opponent in the martial arts; the noun comes from the intransitive verb, meaning to level, pull down, or demolish. As such, it refers to not just an unbalancing, but the process of getting an opponent into a position where his stability, hence ability to regain compromised balance, is destroyed.

Maai refers to the space between two opponents in combat. It is a complex concept, incorporating not just the distance between opponents, but the time it will take to cross the distance and rhythm of attack, it is the exact position from which one opponent can strike the other, after factoring in the above elements. For example, a faster opponent's maai is farther away than a slower opponent, it is ideal for one opponent to maintain maai while preventing the other from doing so. Masakatsu agatsu is a 4 character compound expressing a concept in Japanese martial arts aikido, referring to the true victory of self-mastery, it was a common saying of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba which emphasizes that aikido is not a competitive martial art like judo or taekwondo. Shinmu fusatsu states, it is related to the kenjutsu concepts of katsujinken. Taisabaki repositioning, it can be translated as body-management. It is a term used in kendo, aikido, judo and ninjutsu. Tai sabaki is used to avoid an attack, such that the receiver of the attack ends up in an advantageous position and it is wrongly referred to as "evasion."

Takemusu was the concept developed by Morihei Ueshiba of how the ultimate martial art should be, how his aikido should be, an art which may harmonize all living beings and free techniques could be spontaneously executed. In his latest years, Ueshiba developed the more spiritual aspects of his art and adopted the name Takemusu Tsunemori, under which he left many paintings and poems. Tenkan is a 180-degree pivot to one's rear, on the lead foot. Zanshin refers to a state of awareness – of relaxed alertness; the literal translation of zanshin is "remaining mind". Zanshin sometimes refers more narrowly to the body's posture. Yamabiko The concept of calling out the attack rather than waiting for the attacker; the term comes from a poem by the founder. It is loosely related to the concept of Sasoi or of inviting the attack

Your Life Guards

Your Life Guards or Your Life Regiment is a 1955 West German romantic comedy film directed by Hans Deppe and starring Ingrid Andree, Gerhard Riedmann and Wolf Albach-Retty. The film's sets were designed by the art director Willi Heinrich Weidemann, it was made using eastmancolor. The film was shot on location at Charlottenburg Palace. Ingrid Andree as Prinzessin Ingrid Gerhard Riedmann as Alexander Wolf Albach-Retty as Onkel Nikolaus Jester Naefe as Rita Lamberti Erika von Thellmann as Frau von Zeisig Harald Juhnke as Hansen Wolfgang Lukschy as Manager Günter Pfitzmann as Charly Annie Rosar as Tante Mafalda Edith Hancke as Zofe Herbert Hübner as Hofmarschall Franz Schafheitlin as Flügeladjutant Kurt Vespermann as Professor Paul Esser as Oberst Hans Deppe as Buchhändler Erich Fiedler as Staatsrat Joe Furtner as Bibliothekar Ralf Wolter as Bursche Jonny Henry Lorenzen as Mann mit Schlapphut Anneliese Würtz as Alte Katrein Franz Riess as Alter Major Renée Franke as Singer Bliersbach, Gerhard.

So grün war die Heide: der deutsche Nachkriegsfilm in neuer Sicht. Beltz. ISBN 978-3-407-85055-3. Your Life Guards on IMDb

Hippeastrum psittacinum

Hippeastrum psittacinum is a flowering perennial herbaceous bulbous plant, in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to Brazil. Leaves, up to 8, strap like, length 45 cm. height 60 cm. Flowers, four trumpet shaped. Tubes short, green-white with spreading lobes, crimson stripes, wavy crimson margins. Described by John Bellenden Ker Gawler in 1817 as Amaryllis, but transferred to Hippeastrum by William Herbert in 1821. ‘The present is the fifth unrecorded Amaryllis from the Brazils, published in this work out of the collection of Mr. Griffin. To have been the first to bring within the sphere of science and into culture an equal number of plants, belonging to a same remote region, of a same genus, all interesting, either on the score of curiosity or beauty, within little more than two years, has never before been the chance of any single collector in Europe; the bulb was sent about 3 years ago from Rio Janeiro. Fl. Flumin. 3: 131. Leopoldia illustris M. Roem. Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 4: 130. Hippeastrum decoratum Lem.

Jard. Fleur. 4: t. 338. Amaryllis psittacina var. decorata Traub & Uphof, Herbertia 6: 154. Hippeastrum illustre Dutilh, Taxon 46: 17. Psittacinum: Latin like a parrot The Plant List. "Hippeastrum petiolatum". Retrieved 20 March 2014. GBIF: Hippeastrum petiolatum Pacific Bulb Society: Hippeastrum petiolatum "Hippeastrum petiolatum". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 25 March 2014. Zuloaga, F. O. O. Morrone, M. J. Belgrano, C. Marticorena & E. Marchesi. 2008. Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 107. 2008 ISSN 2250-6365 International Bulb Society: Hippeastrum petiolatum Forzza, R. C. & et al. 2010. 2010 Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil