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Greg Ginn

Gregory Regis "Greg" Ginn is an American guitarist and singer, best known for being the leader of and primary songwriter for the hardcore punk band Black Flag, which he founded and led from 1976–86, again in 2003. The band announced another reunion on January 25, 2013, he was born in Arizona. Since breaking up Black Flag, Ginn has recorded a few solo albums, has performed with such bands as October Faction, Confront James and others, he owns the Texas-based independent record label, SST begun as an electronics company called Solid State Tuners when he was 12 years old and an amateur radio operator. Ginn was 99th on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Ginn is the older brother of artist Raymond Ginn. Ginn became a vegetarian at 17 years old in 1971 and has been a vegan since 1998. Many artists have cited Ginn as an influence or have expressed their admiration for him, including Buzz Osborne of Melvins, Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta, William DuVall of Alice in Chains, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Kurt Ballou of Converge, Justin Sane of Anti-Flag, RM Hubbert, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Zach Blair of Rise Against, Weasel Walter, Andrew Williams of Every Time I Die, Laurent Barnard of Gallows, Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos.

Black Flag is an American hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in California. The band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band, they are considered to be one of the first hardcore punk bands. After breaking up in 1986, Black Flag reunited in 2003 and again in 2013. Black Flag's sound mixed the raw simplicity of the Ramones with atonal guitar solos and frequent tempo shifts; the lyrics were written by Ginn, like other punk rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Black Flag voiced an anti-authoritarian and non-conformist message, in songs punctuated with descriptions of social isolation, neurosis and paranoia. These themes were explored further when Henry Rollins joined the band as lead singer in 1981. Most of the band's material was released on SST Records. Ginn's earliest guitar was a Dan Armstrong electric guitar eventually started using an Ibanez Roadstar and Fender Stratocaster guitars in albums.

He would play both guitars through an Ampeg SVT-410HLF bass cabinet. Ginn never uses any effects or distortion pedals, as depicted in the Nervous Breakdown EP. Getting Even LP Dick LP Payday EP Don't Tell Me EP Let It Burn LP Bent Edge LP – with The Taylor Texas Corrugators Goof Off Experts LP – with The Taylor Texas Corrugators Freddie 7" – with The Taylor Texas Corrugators Legends of Williamson County LP – with The Taylor Texas Corrugators We Are Amused LP – with The Royal We We Are One 12" – with The Royal We Fearless Leaders LP – with The Royal We Nervous Breakdown EP Jealous Again EP Six Pack single Louie, Louie single Damaged LP TV Party single Everything Went Black double LP The First Four Years compilation LP My War LP Family Man LP Slip It In LP Live'84 live cassette Loose Nut LP The Process of Weeding Out EP In My Head LP Who's Got the 10½? Live LP Annihilate This Week live EP I Can See You EP What The... LP Paranoid Time EP Your Future LP October Faction live LP Second Factionalization LP Tom Troccoli's Dog LP Let's Get Real, Real Gone for a Change LP Gone II – But Never Too Gone!

LP Criminal Mind LP Smoking Gun remix EP All The Dirt That's Fit To Print LP Damage Control remix EP Best Left Unsaid LP Country Dumb LP The Epic Trilogy double CD Minuteflag EP Sasquatch Rock LP Belly to the Ground LP Merchandizing Murder CD Home Brew CD Rub-A-Dub CD Under The Willow Tree CD The Metal Years CD Hijinks CD Car CD House CD Slo N' Sleazy CD A Faster, More Aggressive Hor CD Bash CD Culture Wars CD Test One Reality CD Just Do It CD Ill Gotten Hatred CD Chemical Exposure CD Black Mountain Bomb CD We Are Humored CD Bad Motherfucker CD Trick Or Treat CD Uncommon Ground CD Model Citizen CD Taming The Underground CD Tweaker Blues CD Feral CD Life of Li

Meda, Lombardy

Meda is a city and comune in the province of Monza and Brianza, located in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, close to Milan and Como. It is a center of furniture production. Meda is served by Meda railway station. Meda's history is linked of its foundation. From the latter's location on a mound stems the town's name. According to legend, the Saints Aimo and Vermund, counts of Turbigo, were attacked by two wild boars while hunting. To save their lives, they swore to God; the convent was built around 780 near an old little church dedicated to St. Vittore. In order to be free from the control of the new priorate, the people of Meda built another church dedicated to St. Mary and St. Sebastian; the quarrels between the inhabitants and the convent ended on 10 December 1252, when the Prioress Maria da Besozzo gave up all her political and economic power on the village. The municipal territory was held by the Visconti and Sforza families until, in the 16th century, it fell under the control of Spain and of Napoleon.

Meda came under the power of the House of Habsburg and after the Second War of Italian Independence, became part of the Kingdom of Italy. The Meda territory, on the border with the town of Seveso, was the location of the ICMESA factory, which became known in 1976 for the release of a dioxin cloud, which affected many towns of the Brianza; this event is known as the “Seveso disaster”. Meda received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on 4 September 1998. Church of San Vittore, housing a series of frescoes by Bernardino Luini and his school. Villa Antona Traversi, a transformation of a medieval monastery by architect Leopoldo Pollack. Giuseppe Terragni – architect Igor Cassina – gymnast – Gold medal at Athens 2004 Johnny Dorelli – Actor St. Giovanni Oldrati from Meda

The Winter of Our Discontent (album)

The Winter of Our Discontent is an album by The Echoing Green released on April 14, 2003, on A Different Drum. The album was released to Europe with a different track listing in 2004 through Infacted Recordings, through BEC Recordings on December 14, 2004, with another different track listing. "Daybreak" – 1:26 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:30 "Fall Awake" – 5:56 "Apology" – 4:37 "Bittersweet" – 5:36 "Starling" – 5:07 "Blind" – 4:13 "Someday" – 5:06 "Heidi's Song" – 3:54 "New Gold Dream" – 4:37 "Winter" – 5:07 "Daybreak" – 1:26 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:30 "Fall Awake" – 5:56 "Apology" – 4:37 "Bittersweet" – 5:36 "Starling" – 5:07 "Blind" – 4:13 "Someday" – 5:06 "Heidi's Song" – 3:54 "Seaside" – 3:05 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:08 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:10 "Daybreak" – 1:26 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:30 "Fall Awake" – 5:56 "Apology" – 4:37 "Bittersweet" – 5:36 "Seaside" – 3:05 "Starling" – 5:07 "Blind" – 4:13 "Someday" – 5:06 "Epiphany" – 4:12 "The Sparrows and the Nightingales" – 3:55 "Winter" – 5:07 "The Story of Our Lives" – 5:10 Joey Belville – programming, vocals Chrissy Jeter – vocals Dave Adamsdrums on "Seaside" Fox Fletcher – guitar on "Seaside" Jenna Londonsoprano vocals on "The Story of Our Lives" Jason Smith – additional piano on "Someday" Rusty Wiseman – guitar on "New Gold Dream"

Ernest Schwiebert

Ernest George Schwiebert, Ph. D. was born in Chicago on June 5, 1931. An architect by profession, Ernest "Ernie" Schwiebert was angling author. Schwiebert spent his childhood in the Midwest, attended high school at New Trier, north of Chicago, earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Ohio State University, earned two doctorates at Princeton in architecture and the history and philosophy of architecture, he had one son and two grandchildren. Having served in the Air Force, he specialized in military bases. Traveling on business, he visited some of the world's best fishing streams, feeding a passion that had begun during boyhood vacations on the Pere Marquette River in Michigan. In 1977 he left the engineering firm of New York, he made scholarly contributions throughout his life as a writer and student of the art and science of fly fishing for trout and salmon. He wrote more than 15 books about fly architecture. Ernie Schwiebert was a pioneer in the fishery conservation movement and was involved in the founding of Trout Unlimited, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers and the Federation of Fly Fishers.

He has served as a Director of both Theodore Gordon Flyfishers and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, on the scientific advisory boards of TU, FFF and The Nature Conservancy. In recognition of his contributions, a Trout Unlimited Chapter in New Jersey is named for him, he was best known for his extensive writings about fly-fishing. His books include Matching the Hatch, Salmon of the World, the two-volume Trout, he wrote numerous magazine articles and short stories which were published in such collections as Remembrances of Rivers Past, Death of a Riverkeeper, A River for Christmas. An referenced and quoted writer, Schwiebert has over twelve references in Arnold Gingrich’s book The Fishing in Print and fourteen references in Paul Schullery’s American Fly Fishing, A History. Gingrich considered Schwiebert’s position impregnable as the leading angling author of our time and that he had an impressive ability to absorb entomological detail and convert it into pleasing prose for his readers, his numerous awards and honors included the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, The Arnold Gingrich Literary Prize, the Aldo Starker Leopold Memorial Award, life memberships with the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Federation of Flyfishers, the Anglers Club of New York.

He was a member of the Henryville Flyfishers, the Spring Ridge Club, many other anglers clubs. The following excerpt from the closing speech at 2005 opening ceremonies at the American Museum of Fly Fishing typifies the eloquence of Ernie Schwiebert and his writings. I will conclude with a story. My obsession with fishing began in childhood, watching bluegills and pumpkinseeds and perch under a rickety dock, below a simple cedar-shingled cottage in southern Michigan. My obsession with trout began there too, when my mother drove north into town for groceries, took me along with the promise of chocolate ice cream. We crossed a stream, utterly unlike those near Chicago and foul-smelling, or choked with the silts of farm-country tillage, it flowed swift and crystalline over the bottom of ochre cobblestones and pebbles and like Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River,” it mysteriously disappeared into thickets of cedar sweepers downstream. And a man was fishing there; the current was smooth. It was a different kind of fishing, utterly unlike watching a red-and-white bobber on a tepid childhood pond, with its lilypad and cattail margins, its callings of redwinged blackbirds.

His amber line worked back and forth in the sunlight, he dropped his fly on the water only to tease it free of the current, strip the moisture from its barbules with more casting. It seemed more like the grace of ballet than fishing, and the man hooked a fish. My mother called to the angler, gave me permission to run and see his prize. I remember getting my feet muddy and wet, with a Biblical plague of cockleburrs at my ankles, but it did not matter; the fish was still in the man’s landing met, he raised it dripping and shining in his hand. It was a brook trout of six inches, its dorsal surfaces drak with blue and olive vermiculations, its flanks clouded with dusky parr markings, its belly and lower fins were a bright tangerine, with edgings of alabaster and ebony, it glowed like a jeweler’s tray of opals and moonstones and rubies. I had witnessed something beautiful, I wanted to be part of it. People ask why I fish, after seventy-odd years, I am beginning to understand. I fish because of Beauty.

Everything about our sport is beautiful. Its more than five centuries of manuscript and books and folios are beautiful, its artifacts of rods and beautifully machined reels are beautiful. Its old wading staffs and split-willow creels, the delicate artifice of its flies, are beautiful. Dressing such confections of fur and steel is beautiful, our worktables are littered with gorgeous scraps of tragopan and golden pheasant and blue chattered and Coq de Leon; the best of sporting art is beautiful. The riverscapes that sustain the fish are beautiful. Our methods of seeking them are beautiful, we find ourselves enthralled with the quicksilver poetry of the fish, and in our contentious time of partisan hubris and outright mendacity, Beauty itself may prove the most endangered thing of all. Ernest Schwiebert - 2005 Ernest George Schwiebert, Ph. D. 74, died December 10, 2005 a

Tong Xiaolin

Tong Xiaolin is a traditional Chinese physician, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor at Peking University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Tong was born in Jilin City, Jilin on January 5, 1956. After the resumption of college entrance examination, he graduated from Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in 1982, he received his master's degree from Wannan Medical College in 1985 and doctor's degree from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in 1988, respectively. 2009 State Science and Technology Progress Award 2011 State Science and Technology Progress Award November 22, 2019 Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Mathematics of artificial neural networks

An artificial neural network combines biological principles with advanced statistics to solve problems in domains such as pattern recognition and game-play. ANNs adopt the basic model of neuron analogues connected to each other in a variety of ways. A neuron with label j receiving an input p j from predecessor neurons consists of the following components: an activation a j, the neuron's state, depending on a discrete time parameter, an optional threshold θ j, which stays fixed unless changed by learning, an activation function f that computes the new activation at a given time t + 1 from a j, θ j and the net input p j giving rise to the relation a j = f, an output function f out computing the output from the activation o j = f out; the output function is the identity function. An input neuron serves as input interface for the whole network. An output neuron has no successor and thus serves as output interface of the whole network; the propagation function computes the input p j to the neuron j from the outputs o i and has the form p j = ∑ i o i w i j.

A bias term can be added, changing the form to the following: p j = ∑ i o i w i j + w 0 j, where w 0 j is a bias. Neural network models can be viewed as defining a function that takes an input and produces an output. F: X → Y or a distribution over X or both X and Y. Sometimes models are intimately associated with a particular learning rule. A common use of the phrase "ANN model" is the definition of a class of such functions. Mathematically, a neuron's network function f is defined as a composition of other functions g i, that can further be decomposed into other functions; this can be conveniently represented as a network structure, with arrows depicting the dependencies between functions. A used type of composition is the nonlinear weighted sum, where f = K, where K is some predefined function, such as the hyperbolic tangent, sigmoid function, softmax function, or rectifier function; the important characteristic of the activation function is that it provides a smooth transition as input values change, i.e. a small change in input produces a small change in output.

The following refers to a collection of functions g i as a vector g =. This figure depicts such a decomposition of f, with dependencies between variables indicated by arrows; these can be interpreted in two ways. The first view is the functional view: the input x is transformed into a 3-dimension