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Blade II (video game)

Blade II is a 2002 action beat'em up video game developed by Mucky Foot Productions and published by Activision for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Scheduled for North American release on the same day as the theatrical release of the film Blade II, it was released on September 3, the same day the film was released on DVD; the game is not a direct adaptation of the film, but is a sequel, taking place between the events of Blade II and Blade: Trinity. Set six months after the events of the film, it follows Blade and Whistler as they attempt to prevent the vampires from creating a race of super-vampires more powerful than the Reapers; the developers championed the game as introducing a new type of never-before-seen melee combat into video gaming. However, most reviewers disliked the system, the game as a whole was met with negative reviews on both the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox; the game was a commercial failure, selling less than half a million units across both platforms. Blade II is an action/beat'em up game played from a third-person perspective, with the player controlling Blade's movement via the left analog stick.

The game focuses on melee combat, although it does allow the use of firearms. Combat is controlled via the right analog stick, allowing for what the developers call a "360° combat system" – the player moves the stick in the direction in which they want to attack and Blade punches or kicks in that direction; the player has no control over what kind of attack Blade executes, only the direction in which he attacks. Blade can block, chain attacks together into combos and perform "finishing moves," such as grabbing an enemy in a headlock and driving a stake into their head. A major feature of the game is Rage mode. Fighting and methodically charges up Blade's Rage meter through three levels: "Sword", "Shield" and "Strength". If the player activates Rage mode on the first level, Blade will take out his sword and use it for a limited amount of time. If activated on the second level, Blade becomes invincible. If activated on the third level, Blade becomes invincible and increases in strength. At the start of the game Blade is equipped with only a "mach pistol," but as the player advances they can unlock other weapons and accessories.

Blade II takes place six months after the events of the film, with Blade having vanquished Nomak and the Reapers. The game opens with Blade and Whistler receiving information that a blood exchange is taking place between a mafia outfit and a vampire clan in the parking lot of Karkov Towers, a multi-company tower block and possible vampire safe house. Blade arrives just in time to see the exchange, with a suited vampire disappearing into the tower carrying a briefcase. According to Whistler, the briefcase must be recovered. Blade fights his way into the tower through the underground car park, passes through the "Exploitika" nightclub before destroying the computer mainframe of a vampire-run company called Nth Phase, he finds the vampire with the briefcase, who reveals that the DNA is that of Damaskinos, former overlord of the Vampire Nation, a DNA sequencer is unraveling the DNA. Blade is able to destroy the machine and meets Whistler on the roof. Whistler gives him a canister of poison, which Blade puts into the ventilation system, killing every vampire in the building.

Upon returning to their base, however and Whistler discover that their ally, Dr. Grant has been kidnapped by the Byron vampire clan. Following her GPS signal leads to a subway station where Blade fights his way through the vampires into the sewers, where he is joined by Whistler, who plants a series of bombs. Blade detonates the explosives, follows the sewers to Gaunt Moor Asylum, where the Byrons have taken Grant. Blade rescues her and she explains the vampires are torturing humans so as to capture "dark energy", an experiment they have called "Project: Vorpal". Blade returns to investigate Vorpal, he discovers the vampires are using the dark energy to attempt to create a super vampire warrior much stronger than a reaper. However, Blade is able to destroy the incubation chamber and Grant reveals the Arcan clan is behind the project, not the Byrons. Blade heads to the Arcan's mountain base, he destroys the dark energy storage chambers. He meets up with Grant, who he escorts to the dark energy receiver.

However, before she is able to take it offline she is caught in an explosion. As she dies, she tells Blade, he heads meeting Whistler, who plants a series of bombs. The duo flee the base and set off the explosions, destroying the core and putting an end to Project: Vorpal. Blade II was first announced on January 22, 2001 when Activision revealed they had partnered with UK based developers Mucky Foot Productions to produce the game for several as-yet unnamed next generation consoles. On February 2, in an interview with IGN, the game's director, Mike Diskett, revealed the gameplay would be melee-based, but players would have access to Blade's sword and firearms. Diskett explained that Mucky Foot had pitched a game to Activision called Sky Ships. Activision passed on publishing the game but were impressed with Mucky Foot's work and offered them the Blade franchise. Diskett explained the combat system in Blade II had been created for Sky Ships, revealed the game would be released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

The game was unveiled on November 20, when Activision announ

Theophilos Corydalleus

Theophilos Corydalleus, was a Greek Neo-Aristotelian philosopher. Corydalleus was born in Korydallos, renamed from Pachy in 1923 to honour him, he taught Italian and Latin in Athens and Constantinople, translated numerous texts from Latin, such as those by Cesare Cremonini, one of his teachers. He was appointed Director of the Academy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1624 by Patriarch Cyril I; the philosophy courses of Corydalleus are accurate accounts and commentaries of the treatises of Aristotle, written in Ancient Greek in the tradition of Alexandrine and neo-Aristotle commentators. Religious scholar Vasilios N. Makrides suggests that Corydalleus's Neo-Aristoteleian legacy was not an positive one, stating that By the end of the eighteenth century, it had become a hindrance to introducing new scientific ideas from Europe; this is why the Greek bearers of Enlightenment ideas criticized it, why scores of scholars entered into debates about the validity of Neo-Aristotelianism and its place alongside Christian doctrine.

In contrast, Anastasios Tamis believes that Corydalleus's appointment as director of the Academy... was of paramount importance for the transmission of humanist and secular thought and culture into the Greek lands under the Turkish yoke. Corydalleus reorganised the Academy of the Patriarchate along the lines of Padua University, imposing a secular philosophy as the basis for higher education, thus breaking away from its connection with theology

KettleHouse Brewing Company

KettleHouse Brewing Company is a craft brewing company located in Missoula, Montana. Founded in 1995 by Tim O'Leary and Suzy Rizza, the company has grown from a single taproom to two taprooms in Missoula and a major production facility in Bonner, Montana on the Blackfoot River. In 2017, the company, in collaboration with Top Hat Entertainment, opened the KettleHouse Amphitheater near the new facility in Bonner. Founders Tim O'Leary and Suzy Rizza discovered a growing community of craft brewers while living in Colorado in the 1990s and began brewing beer. After experimenting with homebrewing in their kitchen, they moved their production to a brew-on-premises in Boulder; the couple moved to Montana and opened the first brew on premise in Missoula, with the state only requiring them to obtain a brewer's license. They established KettleHouse with the idea of beer and recyclable packaging as a guiding point for success. In 2006, KettleHouse became the first brewer in Montana to can its beer, fulfilling O'Leary's original goal of an environmentally friendly brewhouse.

After occupying its original Myrtle Street location since opening, the canning required a move to a bigger facility to accommodate higher production numbers and larger equipment. Moving into a Northside location in 2009, the company did not think they would reach the production limit as laid out by the state of Montana. Despite two facilities working at full production, the company could not meet demand for their product and still remain under the 10,000 barrel cap. Starting in 2012, the company began to move out of markets in response to the demand in the Missoula area. O'Leary stated he was unwilling to "close down our taprooms and risk alienating ourselves from our core market", but that he hoped he could help "remove this 10K hurdle", increase the barrel limit. In 2017, the increase in barrel production limits O'Leary sought was passed in the Montana State Legislature. Production limits were raised to 60,000 barrels with a 2,000 barrel limit on taproom sales for breweries in Montana. In 2017, KettleHouse expanded outside its related products for the first time.

In January 2017, the company opened a brand new canning and brewing facility in Bonner to prepare for the increase in barrels allowed as passed in the legislature. The new facility has the ability to brew 30,000 barrels per year, surpassing the production of both other taprooms. In the summer of 2017, KettleHouse opened the new KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, Montana with inaugural act Lyle Lovett. KettleHouse has four mainstay beers available at its tap houses: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Double Haul IPA, Eddy Out Pale Ale and Fresh Bongwater Hemp Ale. Cold Smoke is KettleHouse's best seller and most awarded beer with four Golds at the North American Beer Awards as well as a popular ice cream version served in Missoula. Bongwater Hemp Ale attracted some controversy with its initial offering that culminated with an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives. In addition to its mainstays, the brewery offers a rotating selection of seasonals that differ based on the tap house and the time of year.

Some of the more popular offerings are the Garden City Pale Ale and the various cask aged beers released throughout the year. Included at the tap houses are nitro-served beers, with Cold Smoke on nitro being a popular choice by consumers as it creates a smoother drink. Te Bonner Lager, a beer designed to be consumed at the KettleHouse Amphitheater was brewed to celebrate the venue's opening in 2017. List of breweries in Montana Cederberg, Jenna."Local demand forces Kettlehouse to remove products from Kalispell…" The Missoulian, Mar 4, 2012. Http://missoulian.com/news/local/local-demand-forces-kettlehouse-to-remove-products-from-kalispell-helena/article_d565bb08-64f0-11e1-88c3-001871e3ce6c.html Eaton, Joe. "Missoula Taps the Power of Beer."City Lab, Aug 3, 2017. Https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/missoula-taps-the-power-of-beer/535800/ Moore, Michael. Olde Bongwater has State Crime Lab all abuzz." The Missoulian, Dec 12, 1999. Http://missoulian.com/uncategorized/olde-bongwater-beer-has-state-crime-lab-all-abuzz/article_988667de-1fa0-568d-9b85-8cefb561946f.html Newhouse, Ryan.

Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country. Charleston, SC: American Palate, 2013. Nickell, Joe. "Kettlehouse, Big Dipper Team Up to Make Coldsmoke Beer Ice Cream." The Missoulian, Sept,17 2009. Http://missoulian.com.weblib.lib.umt.edu:8080/news/local/kettlehouse-big-dipper-team-up-to-create-cold-smoke-beer/article_2112e0e4-a40f-11de-9713-001cc4c002e0.html Tabish, Dillion."Legislature Approves Bill Raising Brewery Production Limits," Flathead Beacon, Apr 13, 2017. Http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/04/13/legislature-approves-bill-raising-brewery-production-limits/

Blue Steel (1990 film)

Blue Steel is a 1990 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver and Clancy Brown. The film was set to be released by Vestron Pictures and its offshoot label Lightning Pictures, but it was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which acquired the film due to Vestron's financial problems and eventual bankruptcy. Lawrence Kasanoff, Vestron's head of production at the time, green produced the movie. Megan Turner is a rookie NYPD patrol officer who shoots and kills a suspect with her service revolver while he is holding up a neighborhood market; the suspect's.44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29 handgun lands on the floor of the market as the suspect is blown backward through the front window. As she continues to the checkout area, Turner nearly steps on the suspect's handgun directly in front of Eugene Hunt, a psychopathic commodities trader. Unnoticed, Hunt takes the gun and slips away, using it to commit several bloody and brutal murders over the next few days.

Because the robber's weapon was not found at the scene, Turner is accused of killing an unarmed man. While she attempts to clear her name with Assistant Chief Stanley Hoyt and her superiors, the suspended Turner begins dating Hunt, who has become obsessed with her. One night, he reveals that he was in the supermarket at the time of the hold-up, that he left with the perpetrator's gun, he implies that he is the person behind the recent killings. Turner arrests him but he is freed by his attorney, Mel Dawson, due to a lack of evidence. Turner fights to solve the murders with the help of Detective Nick Mann. Hunt turns up at her apartment and kills her best friend, before rendering Turner unconscious; this causes Turner to have an emotional breakdown. She goes to Hunt's apartment with Mann to arrest him, but Hunt's attorney prevents her from doing so and threatens to have her fired. Seeking comfort from her mother, Turner visits her family home, an uncomfortable place because her father physically abused her mother throughout her childhood.

When she arrives, she finds. Enraged, Turner handcuffs her father and drives off with him to talk, in an attempt to put an end to his abuse; when they return to the house, Hunt is sitting with her mother. A tense exchange takes place between the two; when he leaves, she follows him to his apartment. The next morning, Turner follows Hunt to the park. Mann interrupts another standoff between Hunt and Turner, Hunt runs off. Believing that he will return for the murder weapon, they stake out the park. Turner assumes it is Hunt searching for the gun, she leaves the car to apprehend him, but not before handcuffing Mann to the steering wheel to prevent him from following her. The flashlight turns out to be a ruse: Hunt paid a homeless person to hold it. Back at the car, Hunt is about to kill him. Turner fires her gun, shooting him in the arm. Mann and Turner return to her apartment, where unbeknownst to them, Hunt is patching up his wound in her bathroom. Turner and Mann sleep together. Mann is ambushed by Hunt.

Turner does not hear the shot. Hunt attacks and rapes her, she shoots him, but he flees. Mann is unconscious and taken to the hospital. Determined to find Hunt and finish him off, Turner shoots and kills him after a long and violent confrontation in the middle of Wall Street and a bullet wound to her shoulder, she is taken away in an ambulance. Jamie Lee Curtis as Megan Turner Ron Silver as Eugene Hunt Clancy Brown as Nick Mann Elizabeth Peña as Tracy Louise Fletcher as Shirley Turner Philip Bosco as Frank Turner Richard Jenkins as Dawson Kevin Dunn as Asst. Chief Stanley Hoyt Tom Sizemore as Robber Mary Mara as Wife Skipp Lynch as Instructor Mike Hodge as Police Commissioner Mike Starr as Superintendant Blue Steel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 1990; the film was not a box office success. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 71% based on reviews from 21 critics. On Metacritic the film has a score of 54% based on reviews from 20 critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale.

Film critic Roger Ebert compared it to John Carpenter's Halloween, noting: "Blue Steel is a sophisticated update of Halloween, the movie that first made Jamie Lee Curtis a star. What makes it more interesting than yet another sequel to Halloween is the way the filmmakers have fleshed out the formula with intriguing characters and a few angry ideas." Blue Steel on IMDb Blue Steel at Box Office Mojo Blue Steel at Rotten Tomatoes

GerĂ³nimo Lluberas

Gerónimo "Gerry" Lluberas was a Puerto Rican physician, humanitarian and composer. His medical mission work in Haiti led to the foundation of the nonprofit HERO and his music is extant through recordings and live performances. José Gerónimo Lluberas Acosta was the first of four boys born to attorney Gerónimo Lluberas-Kells and artisan Clara Acosta-Recurt, he spent his early childhood in his parents' birthplace of Puerto Rico. The family settled in Carolina, near San Juan, Puerto Rico, he attended Roman Catholic parochial schools, took private accordion lessons and taught himself guitar. He showed an aptitude for the natural sciences, he was to earn a doctorate in medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe in Cayey and to pursue a career as a rheumatologist, he married Magali Huertas Amil in 1978 and the couple adopted two children in Bogotá, Colombia: Gerónimo Orlando in 1984 and Cristina Marcela in 1987. Lluberas, through his church, organized medical missions to Haiti, his first trip attracted local and international media attention when Lluberas and his team were stranded for several days in Belle Anse after roads and bridges were washed out by Hurricane Georges.

They were airlifted out by helicopter. Lluberas published research papers in an array of medical journals and wrote fiction, he studied painting and drawing. At age 46, Lluberas began chemotherapy, he died the following year. He was interred at Borinquen Memorial Cemetery in Puerto Rico. In 1976, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, Lluberas enrolled in the School of Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe, he was a member of the school's first graduating class, earning his MD in 1980. He did his internship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he headed the internship program at Frankford Hospital. In 1985, he co-authored his first professional journal article, on clinical research related to gout. In 1988, he accepted a position at the Lupus Center in Georgia, he established a private practice in Marietta and treated patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Paget's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren's syndrome. He was one of the first physicians to use the Prosorba column to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

He reflected his clinical experience and research interests in his professional journal writings which focused on Paget's disease, gonococcal arthritis and meningitis, pseudolupus, chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Lluberas taught in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Kennesaw State University and was associated with Kennestone Hospital WellStar Kennestone, in Marietta. Beginning in September 1998, Lluberas led medical relief trips to Belle Anse, Haiti. During their first trip and his team examined about 400 patients with malnutrition, high-blood pressure, diseases caused by poor sanitation and water pollution, collected clinical data from 315 of these patients on hypertension prevalence. By April 2000, Lluberas and his teams had delivered basic health care to about 2,300 people in Belle Anse, saved the life of a four-month-old girl with meningitis, rehabilitated patients with major injuries. Lluberas wrote that, "Missionary work... the only way to act when one refuses to sit by and do nothing to alleviate--however slightly--the plight of our brethren."In late 1997, Lluberas outlined a plan for medical mission work in Belle Anse, that included building an improvised clinic to provide pre-natal care, vaccines for childhood diseases and Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, rehydration and eye care, making "house calls" to local chapels.

He identified the lack of safe water. While stranded in the wake of Hurricane Georges during his first mission to Belle Anse, Lluberas documented the impact of the storm on local roads, water systems, health and agriculture. Lluberas and his team returned to Belle Anse a year despite safety concerns stemming from political instability in Haiti. Following his third trip, in 2000, Lluberas outlined other initiatives to aid Belle Anse including delivering clothing and equipment, fixing the town's electric generator, upgrading the water supply, building a school and developing a wharf. In June 2000, Lluberas suggested starting a nonprofit organization to fund future medical missions and sponsor a full-time doctor in Belle Anse; this proposal and Lluberas' comprehensive view of Belle Anse's needs laid the groundwork for the creation in 2003 of the nonprofit HERO to build clinics and basic infrastructure throughout the country. His humanitarian legacy is evident in the establishment in December 2006 of the Gerónimo Lluberas Collection, a medical library at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti.

As noted in the text of a plaque on display at the entrance to the Green Tower Satellite Medical Staff Library of WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, the delivery of Lluberas' medical books to the hospital in Milot was made possible by Kennestone Hospital and the Pray It Forward Foundation, "in loving memory" of Lluberas, "faithful servant of God, father, physician and medical missionary to the people of Haiti." As a child in Puerto Rico, Lluberas studied the accordion with George