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Global Frequency

Global Frequency is an American comic book limited series created and written by Warren Ellis and published by Wildstorm Productions, an imprint of DC Comics. It is a science-fiction series set in the present day, consisting of single-issue, standalone stories; the series of 12 issues was published between October 2002 and June 2004. Each issue was drawn by a different artist, with uniform covers by Brian Wood, interior artwork colored by David Baron; the Global Frequency is an independent, covert intelligence organization headed by a former intelligence agent who uses the alias of Miranda Zero. 1,001 people are on the Global Frequency, forming an active smart mob communicating by specially modified video mobile phones through a central dispatch system coordinated by a young woman code-named Aleph. The purpose of the organization is to protect and rescue the world from the consequences of the various secret projects that the governments or individuals of the world have established, which are unknown to the public at large.

The people on the Global Frequency are chosen and called on for their specialized skills in a variety of areas, include military personnel, intelligence agents, police detectives, scientific researchers, athletes, former criminals and assassins. The threats addressed by the organization are varied and world-threatening, including rogue military operations, paranormal phenomena, terrorist attacks and religious cults; the existence of the organization is an open secret, but its membership list is anonymous, the identities of its field agents unknown to each other before they meet on a mission. The only way to tell a member of the Global Frequency is by the phones that they carry or the Global Frequency symbol—a circle with four points on its perimeter 90°s apart that they sport somewhere on their person. Who funds the Global Frequency is not known. Zero has said that at least some of the money comes from the G8 governments that pay the Frequency for not revealing the various secret horrors that they combat.

Although the presence of an independent, unaccountable agency with strike capability makes some authorities nervous, they recognize the fact that the Frequency has the skills, the reach, more the will to act where governments cannot. As a result, the organization gets tacit approval for its activities, is sometimes called on by governments to deal with extraordinary crises; the organization acts proactively as it discovers such threats. Ellis designed the comic series like a television series with standalone "episodes", allowing the reader to begin with any issue and be able to understand what was going on; as a result, the only regular characters in the series are Miranda Zero and Aleph, with only a few other characters making a reappearance in the 12th issue of the series. This heightened the suspense for the reader, as the survival of these characters was not guaranteed; the series has been collected into two trade paperbacks. After the WildStorm imprint was discontinued, the entire series was collected under the Vertigo label in 2013.

Global Frequency Volume 1: Planet Ablaze Global Frequency Volume 2: Detonation Radio Global Frequency 2004: Nominated for "Best Limited Series" Eisner Award Mark Burnett prepared a Global Frequency television series for 2005 with Michelle Forbes as Miranda Zero, Josh Hopkins as Sean Flynn, Jenni Baird as Dr. Katrina Finch and Aimee Garcia as Aleph; the characters of Sean Flynn, an ex-policeman who accidentally stumbled on a Global Frequency mission, Katrina Finch, a brilliant scientist with expertise in multiple fields, were created for the series. Unlike the comic book, which had an ever-changing cast of field agents and Finch were to be regulars along with Zero and Aleph, with other Frequency members coming in as and when necessary in supporting roles; this would allow for the character continuity expected of a television series and yet allow other characters to be killed off as in the comic book. A pilot episode, based on the first issue of the comic book, was produced, but The WB did not commission the series.

John Rogers was the principal creative force behind the television incarnation, writing the pilot episode, with Ellis credited as producer and creator. Other writers waiting to come on board included Ben Edlund and Diego Gutierrez; the pilot was directed by Nelson McCormick. The unaired pilot was leaked onto the Internet in June 2005 and continues to be downloaded and shared via BitTorrent and other P2P networks. Although it was popular and critically acclaimed, according to Ellis himself the leaking of the pilot annoyed Warner Brothers to the extent that they killed the project. In November 2009, Production Weekly's Twitter feed revealed that a new television adaptation of Global Frequency was being worked on by The CW Television Network and writer Scott Nimerfro, while a new pilot by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Rockne S. O'Bannon was being produced by Fox in November 2014, but by February 2015, it was revealed that Fox did not order the pilot due to problems with the script. Mania.com's main page for Global Frequency badmouth.net page on comic and pilot frequencysite.com page on original pilot, including images and plot details Global Frequency on IMDb Global Frequency at TV.com

Nicky Spinks

Nicola "Nicky" Spinks is a British long-distance runner, specialising in fell running, who set women's records for the major fell-running challenges the Ramsay Round, the Paddy Buckley Round and the Bob Graham Round. She held the women's records for all three Rounds until 2016, is the holder of the overall record for the double Bob Graham Round and the only person to complete doubles of the other two Rounds. Born in London, she moved to the Peak District while still a child, she is now a farmer in Yorkshire. Nicky Spinks was born in London, she moved to Glossop in the Peak District. Spinks began running competitively in 2001 in a 4-mile fell race. Spinks first completed the Bob Graham Round in 2005, she subsequently set a woman's record of 18:12 in 2012 lowered her own record to 18:06 in 2015. She set the women's record for the Paddy Buckley Round in 2013 at 19:02 and the Ramsay Round in 2014 at 19:39, she thus held the women's fastest times for each of the three most famous 24-hour British mountain courses from 2014 until 2016, when Jasmin Paris broke Spinks's records for the individual rounds and set an overall best combined time of 50:10.

She was for some time the only person to have completed each challenge in under 20 hours. In 2015, aged 47, Spinks attempted to beat Chris Near's overall record for the combined times in the three challenges, when she attempted the Bob Graham in 2015, she needed to complete the circuit in 17:21 or faster, which she was unable to attain but still managed to set a new women's record of 18:06, despite sickness and injury. On 15 May 2016, Spinks completed a double Bob Graham Round in 45 hours 30 minutes, one of only four people to do so and only two to do so within 48 hours, beating the previous record set by Roger Baumeister in 1979 by more than an hour. In 2018 she completed a double Ramsey Round in 55:56 and in 2019 a double Paddy Buckley Round in 57:27. Whilst neither of these broke the 48-hour target, she is the only person to complete doubles of these Rounds. Thus, having simultaneously held the women's record for these three Rounds, she now holds the absolute records for doubles of the three Rounds.

Ten years after starting running, in 2011, she set a new women's record of 64 for the number of Lakeland peaks climbed in 24 hours. The old record of 62 peaks was achieved by Anne Johnson in 1994. In April 2017, she ran the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge in a new women's record. Spinks has won the Fellsman four times and in 2013 she won the Borrowdale Fell Race. Spinks was an entrant in the 2019 edition of the Barkley Marathons, she is sponsored by RaceKit and Inov-8. In 2005, Spinks was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 2012, she is a farmer in Yorkshire. Runbg.co.uk power of 10 profile

Sacrificial Etchings

Sacrificial Etchings is a compilation album by South African gothic rock band The Awakening released 1 January 2002. A review by the German Sonic Seducer wrote that the band was similar to original British gothic bands like Rosetta Stone, but the reviewer was critical about singer Nyte's timbre and the frequent use of words like "dark" and "darkness" in the lyrics. All songs written by Ashton Nyte. "The Dark Romantics" – 4:44 "The Sounds of Silence" – 4:43 "Vampyre Girl" – 4:07 "Eve" – 4:31 "Before I Leap" – 4:39 "The March" – 4:59 "Rain" – 4:15 "Martyr" – 5:05 "Maree" – 4:40 "To Give" – 4:03 "The Fountain" – 4:06 "Standing" – 4:11 "Dreams in Fire" – 4:47 "Sacrificial" - 4:47 "Amethyst" - 3:21

John R. Milton

John Ronald Milton was an American writer and editor of the South Dakota Review. Born on May 24, 1924, in Anoka, John Milton's early years were around Saint Paul. In the Second World War from 1943-1946, John served in the Army Signal Corps. On August 3, 1946, Milton married Lynn Hinderlie. Together they had one daughter, he returned to the Twin Cities and in 1948 earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Milton returned to the University of Minnesota for a master of arts degree, graduating in 1951. From 1949 to 1956, Milton taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis; until 1962, he taught English at Jamestown College in North Dakota. During this time, he was a Ph. D. student at the University of Denver for American literature and creative writing. Milton completed his doctoral studies in 1961. In 1963, the University of South Dakota hired Milton as a professor of English, he taught at USD until his death. John R. Milton died on January 1995, of a heart attack. At the University of South Dakota, John Milton founded and edited the South Dakota Review, a literary magazine that earned national recognition.

Milton wrote more than 200 reviews. After South Dakota Governor Mickelson's 1993 death in a plane crash, John Milton earned accolades for his reading of “The Legacy” at the memorial's dedication ceremony; the "John R. Milton Writers' Conference", a biennial conference, is named for him. Milton's papers are held at the University of South Dakota. 1969 “Best American Short Story” for “The Inheritance of Emmy One Horse” "The Ethics of Gratitude This Lonely House, Minneapolis, MN: J. D. Thueson, 1968 The tree of bones, other poems, Dakota Press, 1973 The Literature of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1976 ISBN 978-0-88249-023-6 The Novel of the American West, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980. ISBN 978-0-8032-0980-0 South Dakota: A Bicentennial History. Norton. 1977. ISBN 978-0-393-05627-3. John R. Milton, ed.. The American Indian speaks. Dakota Press. John R. Milton, ed.. Four Indian poets. Dakota Press. ISBN 978-0-88249-015-1. 2013 John R. Milton Writers' Conference Blog

Tom Peck

Thomas Peck is an American stock car racing driver. He is a former competitor in the NASCAR Busch Series. Born in McConnellsburg, Peck drove the #89 Pontiac in two races in 1984 in the Busch Grand National Series, but failed to finish either race. In 1988 he ran the #96 Thomas Chevy sponsored Olds in 6 races with a best finish of 9th at Dover; the next year he posted 7 top tens and was 10th in points. In 1990 he finished a career best 5th in the points; the next year he fell in the points to 9th. In 1992 he switched to the #19 Levin Racing Olds with 7 top tens. After the third race of the 1993 season Peck was third in the point standings with S-K Hand Tools and Delco Remy sponsoring the #19 car. A series of accidents mid-season ended. Tom would end the 1993 season with his 2nd consecutive 13th-place points finish. In 1994, he got hired to drive #31 Channellock Chevy which Steve Grissom won the championship with the previous year; this was the dream ride Peck had been waiting for and set his sights on winning the 1994 Busch Series Championship.

This opportunity only lasted a couple months as before the race at Rougemont Peck was released from his ride. The next year he made his final 3 career starts in # 67 Chevy. Peck's final appearance in the Busch Series was at Nazareth Speedway in 1996, where he qualified the No. 64 Chevrolet for Shoemaker Racing's regular driver, Dick Trickle, Trickle being at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 1996 Winston Select. He qualified the car 29th, was replaced by Trickle for the race. Tom Peck driver statistics at Racing-Reference

Romer's gap

Romer's gap is an example of an apparent gap in the tetrapod fossil record used in the study of evolutionary biology. Such gaps represent periods from. Romer's gap is named after paleontologist Alfred Romer. Recent discoveries in Scotland are beginning to close this gap in palaeontological knowledge. Romer's gap ran from 360 to 345 million years ago, corresponding to the first 15 million years of the Carboniferous, the early Mississippian; the gap forms a discontinuity between the primitive forests and high diversity of fishes in the end Devonian and more modern aquatic and terrestrial assemblages of the early Carboniferous. There has been long debate as to; some have suggested the problem was of fossilization itself, suggesting that there may have been differences in the geochemistry of the time that did not favour fossil formation. Excavators may not have dug in the right places; the existence of a true low point in vertebrate diversity has been supported by independent lines of evidence, however recent finds in five new locations in Scotland have yielded multiple fossils of early tetrapods and amphibians.

They have allowed the most accurate logging of the geology of this period. This new evidence suggests that - at least locally - there was no gap in diversity or changes in oxygen geochemistry. While initial arthropod terrestriality was well under way before the gap, some digited tetrapods might have come on land, there are remarkably few terrestrial or aquatic fossils that date from the gap itself. Recent work on Paleozoic geochemistry has provided evidence for the biological reality of Romer's gap in both terrestrial vertebrates and arthropods, has correlated it with a period of unusually low atmospheric oxygen concentration, determined from the idiosyncratic geochemistry of rocks formed during Romer's gap; the new sedimentary logging in the Ballagan Formation in Scotland challenges this, suggesting oxygen was stable throughout Romer's Gap. Aquatic vertebrates, which include most tetrapods during the Carboniferous, were recovering from the Late Devonian extinction, a major extinction event that preceded Romer's gap, one on par with that which killed the dinosaurs.

In this Hangenberg event, most marine and freshwater groups became extinct or were reduced to a few lineages, although the precise mechanism of the extinction is unclear. Before the event and lakes were dominated by lobe-finned fishes and armored fishes called placoderms. After the gap, modern ray finned fish, as well as sharks and their relatives were the dominant forms; the period saw the demise of the Ichthyostegalia, the early fish-like amphibians with more than five digits. The low diversity of marine fishes shell-crushing predators, at the beginning of Romer's gap is supported by the sudden abundance of hard-shelled crinoid echinoderms during the same period; the Tournaisian has been called the "Age of Crinoids". Once the number of shell-crushing ray-finned fishes and sharks increased in the Carboniferous, coincident with the end of Romer's gap, the diversity of crinoids with Devonian-type armor plummeted, following the pattern of a classic predator-prey cycle. There is increasing evidence that lungfish and stem tetrapods and amphibians recovered and diversified in the changing environment of the end-Devonian and Romer's Gap.

The gap in the tetrapod record has been progressively closed with the discoveries of such early Carboniferous tetrapods as Pederpes and Crassigyrinus. There are a few sites where vertebrate fossils have been found to help fill in the gap, such as the East Kirkton Quarry, in Bathgate, Scotland, a long-known fossil site, revisited by Stanley P. Wood in 1984 and has since been revealing a number of early tetrapods in the mid Carboniferous. In 2016, five new species were found across the Ballagan Formation: Perittodus apsconditus, Koilops herma, Ossirarus kierani, Diploradus austiumensis, Aytonerpeton microps; these stem tetrapods and amphibians provide evidence for an early split between the two groups, rapid diversification in the Early Carboniferous. However, tetrapod material in the earliest stage of the Carboniferous, the Tournaisian, remains scarce relative to fishes in the same habitats, which can appear in large death assemblages, is unknown until late in the stage. Fish faunas from Tournaisian sites around the world are alike in composition, containing common and ecologically similar species of ray-finned fishes, rhizodont lobe-finned fishes, acanthodians and holocephalans.

Recent analysis of the Blue Beach deposits in Nova Scotia suggest that "the early tetrapod fauna is not divisible into Devonian and Carboniferous faunas, suggesting that some tetrapods passed through the end Devonian extinction event unaffected." For many years after Romer's gap was first recognised, only two sites yielding Tournaisian-age tetrapod fossils were known. Blue Beach maintains a fossil museum that displays hundreds of Tournaisian fossils, which continue to be found as the cliff erodes to reveal new fossils. In 2012, 350-million-year-old tetrapod remains from four new Tournaisian sites in Scotland were announced, including those from a primitiv