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They Look Like People

They Look Like People is a 2015 independent psychological horror film, shot, written and directed by Perry Blackshear and marks his feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on January 25, 2015 at the Slamdance Film Festival where it won a special jury award, it stars MacLeod Andrews as a man who believes that humanity is being secretly taken over by evil creatures. Close friends Wyatt and Christian reunite in New York City, where Christian invites Wyatt to stay at his apartment. Wyatt has withdrawn into himself, having broken up with his fiancee, while Christian, who lost his girlfriend, attempts to counter his insecurities with bodybuilding and aggressive machismo; as the two old friends bond, Christian invites Wyatt along on the date he has with his supervisor, calling ahead and asking Mara to invite her friend. Wyatt and Christian arrive to find that Mara's friend Sandy has injured herself. Wyatt recommends she go to the hospital. Wyatt and Mara spend the evening in the waiting room until Sandy's release, Mara gratefully thanks Christian for staying.

As Christian walks Mara to the subway, he fails to take the initiative to kiss her goodnight. Wyatt reassures Christian that Mara is still interested in him despite the ending. After Christian falls asleep, Wyatt receives an anonymous phone call, where a muddled voice tells him he only has time to save himself, he must leave the city and prepare for the demonic invasion. Wyatt confers with a psychiatrist about his fears of psychosis, but cuts the session short when he becomes convinced the psychiatrist himself is possessed by demons. Mara and Christian continue seeing each other. Wyatt receives subsequent phone calls, this time in Mara's voice, alerting him to ominous signs of the apocalypse and the nature of the demons how they infect humans. Wyatt stockpiles weapons in Christian's cellar and alternately contemplates both suicide and the murder of passersby he believes to be possessed. With his newfound assertiveness, Christian believes himself to be in line for a raise, only for Mara to reveal that he has been fired.

A note on his computer, signed by his coworkers, accuses him of being an asshole. Christian returns home to find Wyatt waiting for him. Before he can say anything, Mara visits. At first angry, Christian invites her in; the three chat amicably, Christian leaves to get a specific tea Mara wanted. Wyatt takes her downstairs to show his weapon stash. Wyatt asks her for further information on the demonic invasion; when Mara realizes Wyatt's seriousness, she flees the house. Christian returns, disappointed that she left, Wyatt becomes agitated and rants about the coming demonic invasion. Christian calms Wyatt down and sets him up with a psychiatrist, the same one Christian went to when he attempted suicide. Wyatt accosts Mara, trying to apologize, she lashes out in self-defense, injuring Wyatt. Out of remorse, Mara helps him clean up. Wyatt finds Christian preparing to join the army to conquer his insecurities. Wyatt instead convinces him to prepare for the coming apocalypse. Christian agrees, as long; as Wyatt sees omens of the apocalypse, he instead insists they barricade the basement.

To show his trust in Wyatt, Christian allows himself to be gagged in case he is possessed. On the hour of the apocalypse, Wyatt becomes convinced Christian is possessed and prepares to kill him as he watches Christian transform. At the last moment, Wyatt realizes he is hallucinating, recognizing Christian as human, frees him; the two embrace, Christian remarks that he has conquered his insecurities by facing death. MacLeod Andrews as Wyatt Evan Dumouchel as Christian Margaret Ying Drake as Mara Mick Casale as Psychiatrist Elena Greenlee as Sandy The film holds an approval rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7.46/10. Horror websites Fangoria and Dread Central both wrote positive reviews for the film. Film School Rejects praised the film for its treatment of mental illness, commenting, "It's rare to find a genre film that takes the time to explore the human behind the madness while still providing thrills". Screen Anarchy and SciFiNow gave the film positive reviews, both felt the actors and the director were highlights.

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PowerVR is a division of Imagination Technologies that develops hardware and software for 2D and 3D rendering, for video encoding, associated image processing and DirectX, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL acceleration. PowerVR develops AI accelerators called Neural Network Accelerator; the PowerVR product line was introduced to compete in the desktop PC market for 3D hardware accelerators with a product with a better price–performance ratio than existing products like those from 3dfx Interactive. Rapid changes in that market, notably with the introduction of OpenGL and Direct3D, led to rapid consolidation. PowerVR introduced new versions with low-power electronics that were aimed at the laptop computer market. Over time, this developed into a series of designs that could be incorporated into system-on-a-chip architectures suitable for handheld device use. PowerVR accelerators are not manufactured by PowerVR, but instead their integrated circuit designs and patents are licensed to other companies, such as Texas Instruments, Intel, NEC, BlackBerry, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Apple, NXP Semiconductors, many others.

The PowerVR chipset uses a method of 3D rendering known as tile-based deferred rendering, tile-based rendering combined with PowerVR's proprietary method of Hidden Surface Removal and Hierarchical Scheduling Technology. As the polygon generating program feeds triangles to the PowerVR, it stores them in memory in a triangle strip or an indexed format. Unlike other architectures, polygon rendering is not performed until all polygon information has been collated for the current frame. Furthermore, the expensive operations of texturing and shading of pixels is delayed, whenever possible, until the visible surface at a pixel is determined — hence rendering is deferred. In order to render, the display is split into rectangular sections in a grid pattern; each section is known as a tile. Associated with each tile is a list of the triangles; each tile is rendered in turn to produce the final image. Tiles are rendered using a process similar to ray-casting. Rays are numerically simulated as if cast onto the triangles associated with the tile and a pixel is rendered from the triangle closest to the camera.

The PowerVR hardware calculates the depths associated with each polygon for one tile row in 1 cycle. This method has the advantage that, unlike a more traditional early Z rejection based hierarchical systems, no calculations need to be made to determine what a polygon looks like in an area where it is obscured by other geometry, it allows for correct rendering of transparent polygons, independent of the order in which they are processed by the polygon producing application. More as the rendering is limited to one tile at a time, the whole tile can be in fast on-chip memory, flushed to video memory before processing the next tile. Under normal circumstances, each tile is visited just once per frame. PowerVR is a pioneer of tile based deferred rendering. Microsoft conceptualized the idea with their abandoned Talisman project. Gigapixel, a company that developed IP for tile-based 3D graphics, was purchased by 3dfx, which in turn was subsequently purchased by Nvidia. Nvidia has now been shown to use tile rendering in the Maxwell and Pascal microarchitectures for a limited amount of geometry.

ARM began developing another major tile based architecture known as Mali after their acquisition of Falanx. Intel uses a similar concept in their integrated graphics products. However, its method, called zone rendering, does not perform full hidden surface removal and deferred texturing, therefore wasting fillrate and texture bandwidth on pixels that are not visible in the final image. Recent advances in hierarchical Z-buffering have incorporated ideas only used in deferred rendering, including the idea of being able to split a scene into tiles and of being able to accept or reject tile sized pieces of polygon. Today, the PowerVR software and hardware suite has ASICs for video encoding and associated image processing, it has virtualisation, DirectX, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL acceleration. Newest PowerVR Wizard GPUs have fixed-function Ray Tracing Unit hardware and support hybrid rendering; the first series of PowerVR cards was designed as 3D-only accelerator boards that would use the main 2D video card's memory as framebuffer over PCI.

Videologic's first PowerVR PC product to market was the 3-chip Midas3, which saw limited availability in some OEM Compaq PCs. This card had poor compatibility with all but the first Direct3D games, most SGL games did not run. However, its internal 24-bit color precision rendering was notable for the time; the single-chip PCX1 was released in retail as the VideoLogic Apocalypse 3D and featured an improved architecture with more texture memory, ensuring better game compatibility. This was followed by the further refined PCX2, which clocked 6 MHz higher, offloaded some driver work by including more chip functionality and added bilinear filtering, was released in retail on the Matrox M3D and Videologic Apocalypse 3Dx cards. There was the Videologic Apocalypse 5D Sonic, which combined the PCX2 accelerator with a Tseng ET6100 2D core and ESS Agogo sound on a single PCI board; the PowerVR PCX cards were placed in the market as budget products and performed well in the games of their time, but weren't quite as featured as the 3DFX Voodoo

2014 Extreme Sailing Series

The 2014 Extreme Sailing Series was the eighth edition of the sailing series, the fourth year as a global event. The series started in Singapore on 20 February 2014 and ended in Sydney, Australia on 14 December 2014 and took place in 8 cities across 3 continents. For the first time, the first act of the 2014 series was held in Singapore between 20–23 February 2014; the second act of the series was held in Muscat, Oman the first act, on the weekend of 19–22 March 2014. Qingdao, China was the host of the third act of the 2014 series, on the weekend of 1–4 May 2014; the fourth act was held in Russia, a new venue in the Extreme Sailing Series. It was held on the weekend of 26–29 June 2014; the fifth act of 2014 was in Cardiff, Wales for the third time, was held on the bank holiday weekend of 22–25 August 2014. The fourth act took place in Istanbul, Turkey on the weekend of 11–14 September 2014; the seventh act took place in Nice, France between 2–5 October 2014. Act 8 was held in a new continent, at a new venue for the series.

On the weekend of 11 -- 14 December 2014, the act saw itself in Australia. A regular in the series, Alinghi returned again after taking second place in the 2013 series; the crew list remains unchanged from 2013, with it consisting of: Ernesto Bertarelli, Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard/Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei and Yves Detry. Emirates Team New Zealand is a new team to the series; the crew list was Dean Barker/Peter Burling, Blair Tuke/Glenn Ashby/Ray Davies, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat as a floater. GAC Pindar, in its fourth year sailing Extreme 40's, is a long-time sailing team competing in the World Match Racing Tour and supporting numerous sailors across all levels of the sport; the 2014 crew list was Seve Jarvin, Nathan Wilmot, David Gilmour, Jack Macartney/Ed Smyth, Alexandra South, Troy Tindill, Hugh Styles and Sam Newton/James Wierzbowski/Tyson Lamond. The team included Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming and Aleksey Kulakov; the team included Tanguy Cariou, François Morvan, Romain Motteau, Thierry Fouchier and Devan Le Bihan.

J. P. Morgan BAR was a one time entry into the Extreme Sailing Series with Ben Ainslie at the helm; the full crew list was: Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton/Bleddyn Mon, Paul Goodison/Paul Campbell-James, Pippa Wilson/Phil Sparks and Matt Cornwell. Oman Air, sponsored by the national airline Oman Air, returned in 2014 after a year out, their team consisted of Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson/Kyle Langford, Ted Hackney and Hashim Al Rashdi/Musab Al Hadi. The team included Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Cédric Schmidt and Thierry Wassem; the team included Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason and Stewart Dodson. The team included Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Christian Kamp and Brad Farrand; the team included Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler and Nasser Al Mashari. The team included Edhem Dirvana, Selim Kakış, Ateş Çınar and Anıl Berk Baki. DNS = Did not start Invitational teams Official website Official gallery

Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina

Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina was an Italian man of letters and jurist. He was born at a small town near Cosenza, in Calabria, he was descended from a distinguished family, under the direction of his maternal uncle, Gregorio Caloprese, who possessed some reputation as a poet and philosopher, received a learned education, after which he studied at Naples civil and Canon law. In 1689, he came to Rome, where in 1690, he united with several others of literary tastes in forming the Academy of Arcadians. In 1699, he was appointed to the chair of civil law in the Roman college of La Sapienza, in 1703, he was transferred to the chair of canon law. A schism occurred in the academy in 1711, Gravina and his followers founded in opposition to it the Academy of Quirina. From Innocent XII Gravina received the offer of various ecclesiastical honors, but declined them from a disinclination to enter the clerical profession, he died at Rome in January 1718. He was the adoptive father of Metastasio. Gravina is the author of a number of works of great erudition, the principal being his Origines juris civilis, completed in 3 vols and his De Romano imperio.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Gravina, Giovanni Vincenzo". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 383–384

Kotte Museum

Kotte Museum is an archaeological Museum in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka. It is located on the Borella-Pitakotte main road; the museum serves as the regional museum for Western Province of the country and is maintained by Archaeological department of Sri Lanka. The museum was first established in 1992 as E. W. Perera Memorial Museum in Ihala Walawwa, the residence of late politician E. W. Perera and was declared open for the public in 1995; the museum building consists of five exhibition rooms and used to display variety of archaeological antiquities recovered from Kotte and its surrounding area. They include various regional flags, statues, swords, guns, pottery, maps and a collection of items used by E. W. Perera and items donated by Douglas Ranasinghe. List of museums in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Telecom Pura Varuna - Kotte E W Perera Museum