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Ernest Vincent Wright

Ernest Vincent Wright was an American author known for his book Gadsby, a 50,000-word novel which, except for the introduction and a note at the end, did not use the letter "e". The biographical details of his life are unclear. A 2002 article in the Village Voice by Ed Park said he might have been English by birth but was more American; the article said he might have served in the navy and that he has been incorrectly called a graduate of MIT. The article says that he attended a vocational high school attached to MIT in 1888 but there is no record that he graduated. Park said. In October 1930 Wright approached the Evening Independent newspaper and proposed it sponsor a blue lipogram writing competition, with $250 for the winner. In the letter, he boasted of the quality of Gadsby; the newspaper declined his offer. A 2007 post on the Bookride blog about rare books says Wright spent five and a half months writing Gadsby on a typewriter with the "e" key tied down. According to the unsigned entry at Bookride, a warehouse holding copies of Gadsby burned shortly after the book was printed, destroying "most copies of the ill-fated novel."

The blog post says the book was never reviewed "and only kept alive by the efforts of a few avant-garde French intellos and assorted connoisseurs of the odd and zany." The book's scarcity and oddness has seen copies priced at $4,000 by book dealers. Wright completed a draft of Gadsby in 1936, during a nearly six-month stint at the National Military Home in California, he used a self-publishing press to bring out the book. Wright authored three other books: The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun, The Fairies That Run the World and How They Do It, Thoughts and Reveries of an American Bluejacket, his humorous poem, "When Father Carves the Duck", can be found in some anthologies. Burton, Walt, "Fifty Thousand Words Minus", Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, p. 20, Publication of a composition without a common fifth symbol and acclaim of it as most odd got him to thinking. And so Wright got to it writing.... It was difficult at first. Most nouns would not do.'Just try it,' Wright said and pulling at gray hairs of his trim, triangular growth on his chin.

Four months and 30 days it took to do it all.... Writing this way is a good thing for an insomnia victim to try.. Sturrock, The Word from Paris: Essays on Modern French Thinkers and Writers, Verso, ISBN 978-1-85984-163-1. Media related to Ernest Vincent Wright at Wikimedia Commons Works by Ernest Vincent Wright at LibriVox

Peter Griggs

Sir William Peter Griggs was an English Member of Parliament for Ilford in north-east London. Born at 123 Brick Lane in Bethnal Green, Griggs was 7 when he lost his father, he saved enough money to buy a barge. Griggs was involved in building development in Ilford and Upminster Griggs entered local politics in 1899 when he was elected to Ilford District Council, becoming the chairman in 1910. Since 1901, he had been an Alderman of Essex County Council. Griggs failed to win the seat. Griggs was successful at his next attempt during the 1918 General Election for the newly formed Ilford constituency with a majority of 11,249, he was knighted in 1916. In 1920, he died at his home in Ilford after a long illness; this created a by-election, won by fellow Coalition Conservative Fredric Wise. There is a memorial window dedicated by his widow Lady Georgina Spriggs at Trinity United Reformed Church, Upminster. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

Sex technology

Sex technology called sextech, is technology and technology-driven ventures that are designed to enhance and disrupt human sexuality and/or the human sexual experience. The term was coined by Cindy Gallop from MLNP and is associated with an advancement of the Digital Revolution from 2010 and its impact on society and culture. While still nascent, sextech has seen a recent boom in mainstream acceptance due to a big push from female-led firms in the space. Notable individuals include Cindy Gallop, Polly Rodriguez, Alex Fine and Janet Lieberman, Andrea Barrica, Liz Klinger from, Kate Moyle, Stephanie Alys, Dr. Kate Devlin from Goldsmiths University, Maxine Lynn, journalists including Alix Fox, Nichi Hodgson, Rebecca Newman, Bryony Cole, Suzannah Weiss, Joseph Seon Kim, Hallie Lieberman, GirlOnTheNet. Sextech entrepreneur Andrea Barrica estimated the market at $30 billion in 2018, with $800 million coming from Amazon sales. Sextech has a long history, social norms towards it are changing, contributing to the explosive growth.

Pornography Pleasure New kinds of sex New Ways To Meet Partners New Kinds Of Partners New Ways To Coordinate Hook Ups Possibility of sexual enlightenment Stronger relationships Female-friendly Cure for loneliness Better sex Risk of addiction Cyber-risk Unnecessary or unlawful collection and use of sensitive personal data Potential for harm and inequality caused by sex robots cybersex teledildonics haptic technology virtual reality augmented reality artificial intelligence This publication aims to highlight what the field of neuroscience can tell us about the implications of using interactive technologies on young people’s brains and attitudes. Closer Together, Further Apart offers both current and unique insight into the cultural shifts brought about by digital technology and the Internet Future of Sex - The world's leading publication on the intersection of technology and sexuality. Future of Sex Technophilia - "Sex hasn’t changed much, but our various points of access to it have changed along with new technologies" The future of sex How SexTech impacts our lives Technology for better sex How SexTech could threaten the world's oldest profession How technology makes sex life better Sex in the digital age How the internet has changed sex

Roman Romulo

Roman Tecson Romulo is a Filipino politician and lawyer. He served as a member of House of Representatives representing the Lone District of Pasig City for three consecutive terms from 2007 to 2016, he is the son of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and grand-nephew of President of the United Nations General Assembly Carlos Romulo. Romulo is known for authoring "Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014", which grants students, belonging to the top 10 bracket of the graduating class of all public high schools in the Philippines, full scholarships on their admission to any state university or college within the region where they graduated. Romulo was born on February 1967 in Quezon City, he is the third of the five children of diplomat and politician Alberto Romulo and Rosie Lovely Tecson. His father, was a former Senator, Budget Secretary, Finance Secretary, Executive Secretary, Foreign Affairs Secretary. Romulo attended Ateneo de Manila Grade School for his primary education, where he graduated in 1981.

He attended PAREF Southridge School for his secondary education, where he graduated in 1985. He took a Bachelor's Degree in economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City and graduated in 1990. While studying there, he was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1994. Romulo was admitted to the bar on June 1995 with Roll No. 40361. Romulo underwent training course on Legal Aspects of Electronic Commerce at the International Development Law Institute in Rome, Italy on September 2000. In 2015, Romulo was conferred the degrees of Doctor of Public Administration honoris causa by the Lyceum-Northwestern University and Doctor of Humanities honoris causa by the University of Baguio in 2015. Romulo worked as an associate lawyer at Quisumbing Torres & Evangelista Law Offices from 1994 to 1996, he worked as an associate lawyer at Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices from 1996 to 1999 and as a senior associate lawyer at the same law firm from 1999 to 2007.

He was one of the founding partners of Tolosa, Agabin, Flores & Enriquez Law Offices in 2005. Romulo ran in Pasig City's lone district during the 2004 election, he was endorsed by former Senate President Jovito Salonga and supported by former Pasig mayor Vicente Eusebio but lost to Robert Jaworski Jr. who won by a slim margin. Romulo won. During his term in the House, Romulo was the chairman of committee on Higher and Technical Education and member of the majority of committees on Basic Education and Culture, Constitutional Amendments, Economic Affairs, Human Rights, Information & Communications Technology, Metro Manila Development, Revisions of Laws and Technology, Veterans Affairs and Welfare; as a member of 14th, 15th, 16th Congress, Romulo authored 59 bills and co-authored 34 bills. Romulo is the principal author of the House version of the following laws: Romulo ran for a seat in the Senate during 2016 election under the Partido Galing at Puso, a coalition of senators, Grace Poe and Francis Escudero, for presidential and vice-presidential election, their line-up for Senate election.

He filed his Certificate of Candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Palacio del Gobernador, Manila on October 14, 2015. He said he aims to create a “strong middle class” by promoting higher education and lowering income tax rates, he was endorsed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who won the presidential election. Romulo, didn't win the race and was ranked 22nd on the tally, his sister, who ran in Pasig City's lone district and lost to Richard Eusebio, said in her Instagram post that their family will remain a helping hand in Pasig and the country despite losing the elections. Romulo married politician and television host Shalani Soledad at 17:00 PST on January 22, 2012, at St. Benedict Church in Ayala Westgrove Heights, Cavite. Romulo was a member judge on Metrobank Foundation's Search for Outstanding Teachers in 2014. In 2015, PeopleAsia's Magazine named him as one of the Men Who Matter awardees

1728 in music

The year 1728 in music involved some significant events. 26 March – Johann Sebastian Bach revives his St John Passion with some textual and instrumentational changes. Giuseppe Tartini opens a school for violinists in Padua. Johann Georg Pisendel begins studying composition under Johann David Heinichen. Domenico Scarlatti returns to Rome. Johann Joachim Quantz visits Berlin and performs in the presence of the Crown Prince of Prussia, who insists on taking lessons from him. Deafness forces Johann Mattheson to retire from his post as musical director of Hamburg Cathedral. In music theory, the circle of fifths is described by Johann David Heinichen, in his 1728 treatise Der Generalbass in der Composition. Das Frauenzimmer verstimmt sich immer, song for voice and basso continuo, TWV 25:37, lection 5 Ich kann lachen, scherzen, for soprano and basso continuo, TWV 20:15, lections 19–20. Intrada, nebst burlesquer Suite for two violins unaccompanied, TWV 40:108 Säume nicht geliebte Schöne, song for voice and basso continuo), TWV 25:38, lection 21 Bartolomeo Cordans – Ormisda Geminiano Giacomelli – Gianguir George Frideric Handel Siroe, re di Persia, HWV 24 Tolomeo, re di Egitto Leonardo Leo Catone in Utica La pastorella commattuta Johann Christoph PepuschThe Beggar's Opera Leonardo Vinci Catone in Utica Didone Abandonnata Medo The Beggar's Opera opened at Lincoln's Inn Fields on January 29 and ran for 62 performances January 16 – Niccolò Piccinni, composer of over 100 operas January 17 – Johann Gottfried Müthel, keyboard virtuoso and composer September 21 – Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer December 9 – Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, composer December 21 – Hermann Raupach, composer December 25 – Johann Adam Hiller, composer February 12 – Agostino Steffani and diplomat August 15 – Marin Marais and bass-viol player October 8 – Anne Danican Philidor and founder of the Concert Spirituel November 19 – Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, employer of Johann Sebastian Bach probable – Gaetano Greco, composer

Geoff Somers

Geoffrey Usher Somers is a British explorer of the polar regions. He was the first Briton to cross Antarctica on foot, has an Antarctic peak named in his honour, Somers Nunatak. In 1992 he was awarded the MBE for services to outdoor education and polar exploration, in 1996 the Polar Medal for his contributions to polar exploration, he was born in 1950 in Khartoum. They returned to England to the small Suffolk town of Eye. After leaving school with few qualifications, Somers spent several years working as an Outward Bound instructor in the English Lake District and in schools in Africa and North America, he was selected to work as a mountaineer and field guide for the British Antarctic Survey. He travelled some 4,000 miles by dog sled or snowmobile during the winter months, sledging amongst mountains and the frozen sea in the fjords and around the accessible islands, he was invited to join the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, representing the United Kingdom, in charge of logistics and dogs.

As part of the training for that, in April to June 1988, Somers with his Antarctic crossing companions and three dog teams, claimed a first by travelling 1,400 miles over the Greenland Ice Cap from the most southern part to the Humboldt glacier in the North. The expedition successfully travelled from Seal Nunataks near the north end of the Antarctic Peninsula to reach the Russian station of Mirny on March 3, 1990, despite resupply problems as they passed the South Pole; this was the first and only crossing of Antarctica on foot, by its greatest axis, with dogs. The'impossible journey', as some commentators had called it, was hailed as a great success, both for its completion and its contribution to international cooperation and its message for protection of the environment. In 1993 with a companion Craig Hetherington and little knowledge of desert travel, Somers set off to trek 1,400 miles across Western Australia from Perth to Uluru, in the continent’s centre. To carry their baggage they trained three camels captured from the wild.

Their 97-day journey took them through the Central Aboriginal Reserves. Somers set up an Outward Bound school in Borneo, with three companions traversed Sabah, through much uncharted and unseen rainforest via the Maliau Basin, now a notable tourist area. Somers has continued his polar journeys, with several notable pioneering firsts. On 12 December 1995, with world record hot air balloonist Bill Arras, he co-piloted the first hot air balloon flight at Patriot Hills, Antarctica. In 1996 he was a guide for the first commercial ski expedition pulling supplies on individual sledges 350 miles to the North Magnetic Pole, in four weeks; the expedition pin-pointed the magnetic Pole using modern electronic instruments. In 1996/7 with Crispin Day Somers kited from the South Geographic Pole 1,000 miles via the Ronne Ice Shelf to the Orville Coast, the first such traverse relying on kites and the wind. In 1997 Somers ran all the polar training in Resolute Bay, Canada for the McVities Penguin Polar Relay, the first Women’s expedition to the North Pole.

In 1999 he co-guided the second commercially organised expedition to the South Pole with clients Fiona and Mike Thornewill, Catherine Hartley, Grahame Murphy, Veijo Merilainen, Steve Peyton, & Justin Speake. In 2001 he co-guided a polar training course in Spitsbergen for Pen Hadow’s The Polar Travel Company. In 2003 he guided Martin Burton on a kite skiing expedition from the South Pole to Hercules Inlet, with Ronny Finsas. In 2005 he guided the Numis Polar Challenge Expedition, a four-man team which skied 170 miles to the South Pole in replica clothing and equipment from Captain Scott’s 1911-12 Expedition. In 2012-13 he guided Henry Evans over the Last Degree to the South Pole as The International Scott Centenary Expedition