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Gorky Museum

The Gorky Museum is an architectural landmark of the "Moderne" style, the Russian term for Art Nouveau. It was built in Moscow in 1900–02 by the architect Fyodor Schechtel, it is known as the Ryabouchinsky House, for the young Russian industrialist and art collector who built it. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Ryabouchinsky family emigrated to France. In 1931 the Soviet government offered the house to his family, it was his home until his death in 1934. The widow of Gorky's son continued to live in the house until her death in 1965, it became the Gorky Museum, dedicated to his life and work. It is located in the historic center of Moscow, at 6 Malaya Nikitskaya. Admission is free; the house was designed and built 1900-1903 by the architect Fyodor Schechtel for the wealthy Russian banker and newspaper publisher Stepan Ryabouchinsky, who at the time of construction was only twenty-six years old. His father, or peasant origin, had built an industrial empire, based on textile mills and many other businesses, shared by his nine sons.

Stepan himself was an art patron who assembled a noted collection of Russian icons. In addition to being patrons of the arts, the family members were Old Believers, an Orthodox doctrine condemned by the official Russian Orthodox Church; the design of the building included a small Old Believer Chapel hidden discreetly under a corner of the roof. Contemporary Russian critics praised Schektel's design for its "boldness" and "courage," although they noted that the massive entrance porch and large windows on the first floor were inconvenient and illogical; the building led to other more important commissions for Schechtel, including the Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station, his largest Moscow work. The Ryabouchinsky family continued to expand its enterprises. In 1916, they constructed the first automobile factory in Russia, but in 1917, following the Russian Revolution, all the property of the family was seized by the Bolsheviks. The Ryabouchinskys departed Moscow for Italy. Stepan died in Milan in 1942.

After the Revolution the house was occupied by a series Soviet state institutions. In 1931, Stalin and the Soviet government offered the house and a dacha in the suburbs to Maxim Gorky, the most famous living Russian writer, living in Sorrento, but visited Moscow. Gorky accepted and occupied the house with his family until his death in 1936, though after 1934 he was not permitted to travel abroad. Stalin and other Bolshevik leaders visited Gorky in the house several times before his death. Gorky and his son lived on the ground floor, while the rest of his family lived on the upper two floors. Following Gorky's death, Nadejda Pechkova, the widow of Gorky's son, was allowed to occupy several rooms until her death in 1965; the house became the Gorky Museum, displaying objects related to his life and work. The design of the house and interior is a blend of the'Style Moderne', the Russian term for Art Nouveau, elements of the symbolist movement of the end of the 19th century; the asymmetric forms of the roof contrast with the curving forms of the mosaic frescoes, the portals, the frames of the windows, the balustrades of cast iron.

The iron decoration over the entrance suggests a tree, while the wrought iron balustrade around the base of the house has spiral forms, suggesting waves. The facade of the house combined elements of Moderne with traditional Russian forms; the massive concrete front porch, for example, looked like the entrance of a cave or grotto, but resembled the "kryltso", the ceremonial porch Russian churches of the 17th century. And the small narrow windows on the right upper floor resembled those of a "terem", a medieval style of Russian residence; the elaborate wrought ironwork and colorful ceramic decoration was both Art Nouveau and a recollection of medieval Moscow palaces. The wrought iron decoration on the facade had a marine theme, resembling fish scales, while the design on the mahogany front door had lotus ornaments made of brass. In addition, the facade was decorated with glazed hollow bricks, a backdrop for iron railings and large windows with wooden mullions; the most colorful element of the facade was the mosaic frieze of plant|Iris flowers against clouds and blue sky.

The plan of the interior was organized around a central element. The major rooms of the house all open onto the stairway, its main feature is the sculptural stairway whose the railing is made of an aggregate of cast concrete mixed with marble and granite fragments polished. The fIts smooth, curling forms suggest waves of the sea; the glass and brass lamp at the base of the staircase is pure Art Nouveau. It takes is the form of a medusa or jellyfish, on the stairway is pure Art Nouveau, seems to float above the staircase. A red marble column emphasises the verticality of the staircase, it rises to the top of the house to the central skylight. Its capital is decorated with other reptiles; the stairway is lit by both natural light from above, through three vertical panels of stained glass that rise the height of the building. The lighting effect on the ground floor is that of being at the bottom of the sea, an effect emphasized by the Medusa lamp, the filtered light coming from above; the setting is theatrical.

Orthetrum caledonicum

Orthetrum caledonicum, the blue skimmer, is a common Australian dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. Males have a powder blue abdomen pruinescent blue when mature; the females are brownish grey in colour. They are medium in size, with a wingspan of 7 cm; the species is widespread throughout mainland Australia and extending to Tasmania. It is found in New Guinea, New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands and Lesser Sunda Islands, it inhabits flowing water habitats including temporary waters. Media related to Orthetrum caledonicum at Wikimedia Commons Brisbane Insects and Spiders CSIRO fact file

Onigiri (video game)

Onigiri is an action massively multiplayer online role-playing game by CyberStep. It is set in a fantasy land reminiscent of ancient Japan in which humans and non-humans such as Oni and other Yōkai coexist; the game was released in Japan on February 6, 2014 and in North America on July 1, 2014. The English console versions were released on October 2, 2015 for the Xbox One, on October 6, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and January 31, 2019 for Nintendo Switch; the game's title means "oni cutter", reflective of the player characters' background as an Oni. The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient Japan, filled with creatures of myth. Ages ago, the terrible Kamikui made a trail of death and destruction across the land before being stopped by the goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu Oomikami; the goddess placed three great Seals. Now, one of the Seals has shattered; the player character is an Oni whose peaceful life in the Western island of Onigashima is disturbed by the revival of the Kamikui. The game has different servers for the PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 versions but the gameplay is the same for all versions.

Unlike most other MMORPGs, which have different races or classes, in Onigiri, players can only play as Oni and choosing a class requires the player to pick a favored weapon to specialize in. When creating a character, players choose one of five traits that will determine which weapons they can use; the traits are Power, Kind and Cautious. Characters level up five basic stats: Power, Wisdom and Dexterity. In Onigiri, players have eight NPC partners, who have distinct abilities. Affection levels can be raised by giving the companions gifts. Shizuka Gozen A princess of the shogunate, she runs away from home because of the strict discipline that she has had to undergo as a princess since she was little. She uses a bow and arrows as her weapon, she is voiced by Cynthia Martinez in English. Yoshitsune A girl, strict to others, but stricter to herself. A person with common sense, she becomes irrational on matters involving Shizuka Gozen, a relative of hers and the one exception to her otherwise all-encompassing disciplinary traits.

Yoshitsune was tasked by Bakufu with the responsibility of suppressing evil spirits. She acts cute when drunk, which Kijimuna points out is cuter than Veronica, she uses a katana as her weapon. She is voiced by Stephanie Wittels in English. Ibaraki Doji The daughter of the Oni, she drinks sake three times as much. She has a cheerful personality, loves to do foolish things with her friends. Though she runs a bar, she is always drunk, her weapon of choice is a sword in the shape of a cat's paw. She is voiced by Brittney Karbowski in English. Kaguya An enigmatic girl whose deeds, words and origins are unknown to those around her, her hobbies include surfing the internet and reading "large-electron tile block print". In her free time, she can be found trolling, she wears an eyepatch, suffers from chunibyo. She uses a rifle as weapon, she is voiced by Kira Vincent-Davis in English. Amaterasu Formerly the sun goddess who sealed Kamikui in the past, Amaterasu Oomikami herself, Amaterasu was turned into a little girl when a large barrier got destroyed a few years ago.

She likes. She is voiced by Hilary Haag in English. Veronica Vasilyevna Vonitsky A boy who used the power of Kamikui to take on the appearance of a girl in order to take part in "Her Party", becoming the so-called "male daughter", his physical prowess is limited. He always tries to stop Shizuka Gozen's partying with his dubious inventions, his name is always read in full. He hates anyone, cuter than he is, his affection towards Susanoo implies. He is voiced by Margaret McDonald in English. Uzume "Her Party"'s symbolic goddess, who is, in a real goddess, Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto. Although she is a good-hearted goddess with twisted personality, she hates the unnatural existence of Veronica Vasilyevna Vonitsky as a "male daughter". Seeming to hate Shizuka Gozen, she falls in love with Shizuka after an incident where both of them get drunk. Uzume is voiced by Joanne Bonasso in English. Kijimuna Seemingly a Yōkai, a tree brimming with curiosity. For Kijimuna, it is lethal to not say Veronica Vasilyevna Vonitsky's name properly.

Alongside Uzume and Veronica, Kijimuna is secretly on a journey to get the shogun's hidden treasure. He has a habit of saying "muna" at the end of its sentence. A running gag revolves around Kijimuna giving experience and coins upon dying, taken advantage of by the other characters. Kijimuna is voiced by Tiffany Grant in English. Sakura The descendant of an Oni who once lived in Onigashima, but is now separated from this world. Since Onigashima is now crowded due to being a popular tourist destination, Sakura lives her daily life just by training herself. Along with fellow Oni descendants

Gravity (Jesse Cook album)

Gravity is the second studio album by the New Flamenco artist Jesse Cook. "Mario Takes a Walk" – 3:47 "Azul" – 4:16 "Gravity" – 3:57 "Closer to Madness" – 5:49 "Into the Dark" – 4:15 "Brio" – 3:15 "Falling From Grace" – 3:33 "Olodum" – 3:32 "Rapture" – 4:20 "Gipsy" – 2:29 "Luna Llena" – 5:21 Jesse Cook – Guitars, percussions Tony LevinBass guitar Blake ManningDrums Mario Melo – Percussion Andrés Morales – Bass guitar

Edmund Adams

Edmund Joe Adams was an English cricketer who played one first-class match for Somerset in July 1935. Adams died in Kingston upon Thames. A book published in 2017 gives his date of death as 24 March 2005. Adams batted in just one innings of the match against Essex at Clacton, he scored five coming in fifth in the batting order in the first innings, but when Somerset captain Reggie Ingle rejigged the order to make swift runs for a declaration in the second innings, Adams did not bat. Ingle's tactics were justified with a 150-run victory. Adams was the son of a stonemason and a schoolmistress, the family relocated from Somerset to Wandsworth in London, where he played club cricket with Roehampton Cricket Club and the Club Cricket Conference, though he remained a supporter of Somerset. By career, he was a travelling salesman, though he acted temporarily as a groundsman at Cheltenham after war service. Edmund Adams at Cricket Archive