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Gruyères is a town in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. The medieval town is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane/Sarine river, gives its name to Gruyère cheese; the medieval town is located at the top of 82 metre-high hill overlooking the Saane valley and the Lake of Gruyère. Gruyères has an area, as of 2009, of 28.4 square kilometers. Of this area, 11.5 km2 or 40.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 14.18 km2 or 50.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.55 km2 or 5.5% is settled, 0.24 km2 or 0.8% is either rivers or lakes and 0.92 km2 or 3.2% is unproductive land. Of the built up area and buildings made up 2.5% and transportation infrastructure made up 2.1%. Out of the forested land, 46.8% of the total land area is forested and 2.7% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 4.6% is used for growing crops and 12.9% is pastures and 22.9% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.

Gruyères is 810 m above sea level, 4.5 km south-south-east of the district capital Bulle. The historical town is placed on top of an isolated hill north of the alps, in the foothills of mount Moléson, it is the location where the Saane river leaves the Fribourg alps. The area of the municipality comprises a section of the Saane valley and of the Fribourg alps; the central part of the area is the plains of Alluvial next to the alps, between Gruyères and Broc, from which the hill of Gruyères rises to 828 m above sea level. From the west, the brook Trême meets the Saane. East of the Saane, the municipality area ends in a small corner, bordered by the ridges of Dent de Broc in the north and Dent du Chamois in the south, ending at the valley of Motélon; the two peaks with their saddle between them are a popular subject for photographs of Gruyères. Southwest of Gruyères, the municipality comprises most of the catchment area of the brook Albeuve, which originates on the flanks of mount Moléson; the top of mount Moléson is the highest point of the municipality, reaching 2,002 m above sea level.

West of the Moléson, the densely wooded right valley side of the Trême and the terrace of La Part Dieu belong to Gruyères. The municipality of Gruyères comprises the two villages of Épagny to the north and Pringy to the west of the town hill. Further, the small village Saussivue to the south and the holiday settlement Moléson-Village in the valley of the Albeuve in the foothills of mount Moléson as well as several isolated farms. Neighbour municipalities of Gruyères are Broc, Bas-Intyamon, Haut-Intyamon, Vaulruz, Bulle, La Tour-de-Trême and Le Pâquier; the blazon of the municipal coat of arms is a Crane rising Argent. Gruyères has a population of 2,200; as of 2008, 14.7% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of 21.2%. Migration accounted for 17.5%, while births and deaths accounted for 4.2%. Most of the population speaks French as their first language, German is the second most common and Portuguese is the third. There are 2 people who speak Romansh.

As of 2008, the population was 49.4 % female. The population was made up of 154 non-Swiss men. There were 130 non-Swiss women. Of the population in the municipality, 508 or about 32.9% were born in Gruyères and lived there in 2000. There were 598 or 38.7% who were born in the same canton, while 194 or 12.5% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, 182 or 11.8% were born outside of Switzerland. As of 2000, children and teenagers make up 29.7% of the population, while adults make up 55% and seniors make up 15.3%. As of 2000, there were 684 people who never married in the municipality. There were 58 individuals who are divorced; as of 2000, there were 581 private households in the municipality, an average of 2.5 persons per household. There were 176 households that consist of only one person and 53 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 562 apartments were permanently occupied, while 257 apartments were seasonally occupied and 53 apartments were empty; as of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 2.2 new units per 1000 residents.

The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0.74%. The historical population is given in the following chart: Gruyères has always been a rural town. Agricultural products from the surroundings were brought to the market here; the focus was on trading cheese and small and big animals. There were several sawmills and since the 18th century a gunpowder factory; until the beginning of the 20th century, straw-twisting was rather important. Agriculture is still specialized in milk cattle-breeding, it delivers raw materials for the cheese meat treating. Most important is Gruyère cheese. Forestry is a factor, but tillage is less applied. In secondary sector, there are cabinetmaking, precision craftworks. Services

Vater Percussion

Vater Percussion is a US manufacturing company based in Holbrook, Massachusetts. The company has always focused on percussion instruments, producing drum sticks and mallets, it was founded by Jack Adams, is now run by his two grandsons Ron and Alan Vater. Although the company began producing sticks in 1956, it did not become "Vater Percussion" until much later; the first sticks made by Vater were made by Jack Adams and Ron and Alan's godfather Fred Michaeli in Jacks Drum Shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Jacks was one of the first shops to offer custom models, began producing custom models for Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. In the early to mid-1980s what would become Vater began manufacturing drumsticks for Vic Firth percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. On 22 October 1988, Vater moved their factory to Massachusetts. Three years the first Vater drumsticks were introduced at a Percussive Arts Society show. Vater guarantees their sticks to be "straighter, more consistent and of higher quality than all other leading drumstick manufacturers".

Vater sticks have a higher moisture content than other drumsticks, intended to create more durable drumsticks, though this does result in a heavier stick. Besides drum sticks, Vater manufactures a variety of timpani mallets, marimba mallets, vibraphone mallets, specialty sticks, silence mutes, stick bags, drink holders and other accessories. Official website

Le Béage

Le Béage is a commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Béageaises. Le Béage is located 30 km north-west of Aubenas; the northern border of the commune is the departmental border with Haute-Loire. Access to the commune is by the D16 road from Le Lac-d'Issarlès in the south-west which goes to the village; the D122 comes from Sainte-Eulalie in the south-east which passes through the village and continues north-west, changing to the D535 at the departmental border, continuing to Freycenet-la-Cuche. The D302 goes south to Cros-de-Géorand while the D377 goes north-east changing to the D378A in the commune to the D36 at the departmental border and continues to Les Estables in the north; the D378 goes to Borée in the north-east. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Mazaboulet, Beauregard and Touzieres; the commune has large forests with farmland. The Veyradeyre rises in the north-east of the commune and flows west south-west through the commune gathering many tributaries in the commune as it continues south to join the Loire west of Le Lac-d'Issarles.

The Gage river rises in the east of the commune and flows south forming most of the eastern border continues to join the Tauron south of the commune. The Orcival forms part of the northern border as it flows west, forming the departmental border, to join the Loire west of Issarlès. Le Béage appears as the same on the 1790 version; the origins and name of the commune appear to be linked to the old road. Montpezat-sous-Bauzon in Monastier has a old road coming from the Rhone valley called Chemin du Pal. Julius Caesar would have passed near the village on his way to face the Arverni with his legions, he would have been forced to make a great effort to shift the snow, blocking him. Located at a halfway point, Le Béage experienced a renowned trade because this village was a relay point for mules and other carters who were halfway to Puy-en-Velay. There were many inns. After the French Revolution royalists were still numerous in the area and troops from Puy-en-Velay came to reinforce the local forces to maintain order.

Many fairs and markets drew large crowds to Le Béage where most inhabitants were at the same time farmers, freight carriers, owners of public houses. There were still more than 30 in the 1940s. In the 1830s the population was about 2400 inhabitants which dropped to 1550 by the 1900s and the number of inhabitants is now 285; this trade suggests that the origins of Le Béage date far back in time as for some names: "Chazales", de Casa, Casals. The houses: "Crouste", underground houses, "Chabanis" for huts bear witness to ancient settlements, it was the grouping of inhabitants at a crossroads that gave birth to the village of Le Béage. The etymology and origins of Béage come from French Le Lou Biadge in the local dialect; the current name "Le Béage" dates back to the French Revolution, in the 1790s, a time when Le Béage was created as a commune. There are several hypotheses on the origin of the name: it may have come from Le Péage but the most probable hypothesis refers to the ancient road that divides the interior of the village and Le Béage "Bizadge" or "Lou biadgé" would mean a village with two paths which agrees quite well with the ancient trade Béage.

The village is known as the Bisatico and Bidagiis. The 2000s have seen the construction of housing estates, a community hall, a fire station; the old village was repaved. According to Regis Sahuc the village is called "Arvermaténia" which would have meant "door of the Auvergne" or "Arverni", the Gallic tribes inhabiting the Auvergne. List of Successive Mayors Mayors from 1959 In 2012 the commune had 285 inhabitants; the evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year; the commune has a public primary school. The Chartreuse de Bonnefoy ruins reveal the "high house" and "low house"; the Chastelas Chateau ruins The Presbytery contains a number of items that are registered as historical objects: A Reliquary of Saint John Francis Regis A Monstrance A Statue: The Virgin A Processional Cross A Statue: Saint John Francis Regis The Church of Saint Peter contains a number of items that are registered as historical objects: A Processional Cross A Bronze Bell A Window representing Saint John Francis Regis An Altar: The Virgin An Altar: Saint John Francis Regis A Confessional A Statue with base: Saint Peter A Statue: Saint Joseph and child A Baptismal font A Canopied Altar Festival Committee Association Sportive du Béage Youth Committee of Béage Autumn Sun Association of Grands Plateaux The Grasse Fair takes place every year, three weeks before Easter.

The Maôche Evening held every year on the weekend of 11 November. Garage sales are held each year on the last Saturday in July; the Village Festival of Béage are held annually on the last Sunday of July. The Salon 4x4 Béage is held every year on the last weekend in May. Maôche ("Maucha" i

Thomas R. Jackson

Thomas R. Jackson was an English-born American architect who rose to the position of head draftsman in the office of Richard Upjohn, one of New York's most prominent designers; the nature of his other work with Jackson is not known. The comparatively unknown Jackson was a prolific architect in his own right. Jackson emigrated as a child to the United States with his parents, his five-story building constructed for the New York Times at 41 Park Row, 1851, was the first purpose-designed structure for a New York newspaper. His Italianate Grammar School 47, East 12th Street, was one of the first American public schools designed expressly for girls. Jackson's Brooklyn Theater, was considered one of the safest, most fireproof buildings, until it burned in December 1876, his Academy of Music in Albany had burned in 1868, whereupon he was commissioned to design its replacement, the Trimble Opera House. In 1888 plans and specifications for the buildings and the track for the Morris Park Racetrack were prepared by Jackson approved in detail by John Morris, the entrepreneur of what became the most lavishly appointed racecourse in America.

Among the architects who trained in Jackson's practice was Isaac G. Perry. St Paul's Church, Morrisania, 1850. Wallack's Theatre, 728 Broadway at 13th Street, 1861. A. J. Dittenhofer Warehouse, 427-429 Broadway, 1870-1871. Warehouse and Vestry Streets, 1882. Interior rebuilt as part of Conference Center. New York Mercantile Exchange, 6 Harrison Street, 1886. Converted to condominiums. Castree Building, Hudson Street, New York, 1891. James Pyle Sons Warehouse and Charlton Streets, New York, 1895

Slowpoke Rodriguez

Slowpoke Rodríguez is a fictional animated cartoon mouse, part of the Looney Tunes' cast. His voice was provided by an uncredited Tom Holland, he is described as "the slowest mouse in all Mexico" from the country side of Mexico, is a cousin to Speedy Gonzales, known as the fastest. However, he mentions to his cousin that while he may be best known for his slow feet, he's not slow in "la cabeza", he seems to never be surprised by anything. While he is the slowest mouse in all of Mexico, he has been shown to have certain other methods of protecting himself. Slowpoke only appeared in two cartoons alongside his cousin; the first, "Mexicali Shmoes", ends with two lazy cats and Manuel, the former learning the hard way that Slowpoke carries a gun. The second, "Mexican Boarders", revolves around Speedy trying to protect Slowpoke from Sylvester the Cat, but in the end, Slowpoke demonstrates his ability to hypnotize Sylvester into becoming his slave; the other mice comment at this point that "Slowpoke Rodriguez may be the slowest mouse in all Mexico, but he has the Evil Eye!".

Slowpoke appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Werewolf vs. Unicorn" voiced by Seth Green. In a segment satirizing California's immigration issue, Arnold Schwarzenegger, mistaking Slowpoke for Speedy Gonzales, criticizes him for taking an hour to fetch a glass of water. Schwarzenegger orders Rodriguez's deportation, which Rodriguez fears will cause his execution. Slowpoke makes an appearance as a plot catalyst in the Super Nintendo video game Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos. Slowpoke appears alongside Speedy in a commercial for Virgin Media's broadband service in the UK. Slowpoke appears in The Looney Tunes Show episode "The Black Widow" voiced by Hugh Davidson. While his relation to Speedy Gonzales remains intact, he is depicted as the Sheriff of Tacapulco. After Daffy Duck and Porky Pig are arrested for streaking, Sheriff Slowpoke Rodriguez allows them to make a call; as Daffy Duck was unable to get through to Bugs Bunny, he asks Sheriff Slowpoke if he would mind that he tries to call someone else.

Daffy gets through to Speedy Gonzales who speeds all the way to Tacapulco to negotiate their release. Once, done, Sheriff Slowpoke invites Daffy and Speedy to join in Tacapulco's fiesta


CyberWorld is a 2000 American 3-D animated anthology film shown in IMAX and IMAX 3D, presented by Intel. Several segments filmed in 2-D were converted to 3-D format. Phig shows the audience the "CyberWorld", a futuristic museum of infinite possibilities. Meanwhile, three computer bugs try to eat the CyberWorld through its number coding; when Phig knows about them and hunts for the destructive computer bugs, she presents various short stock clips of computer animated productions, such as scenes from Antz and episodes of The Simpsons post-converted to 3D. In the end, Buzzed and Frazzled create a black hole, which inexplicitly leads to their deaths for all the trouble they have caused. Phig is nearly swallowed up as well, but not before her "knight in cyber armor" technician Hank reboots the entire system just as she is sucked into the vortex; the movie concludes with Phig explaining to the audience that none of the events caused by the bugs occurred. To prove her point, she attempts to summon her battle gear, only to receive a pink bunny outfit in return.

The dance sequence from the animated feature Antz The CGI parts of the "Homer³" segment from The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror VI" The music video of the Pet Shop Boys song "Liberation" "Monkey Brain Sushi", a short film created by Sony Pictures Imageworks KraKKen: Adventure of Future Ocean, a short film created by ExMachina "Joe Fly", a short film created By Spans & Partner "Flipbook And Waterfall city", a short film created by Satoshi Kitahara "Tonight's Performance", a short film created by REZN8 CyberWorld premiered at the Universal Citywalk IMAX Theater on October 1, 2000. It is the first IMAX film to have a PG rating CyberWorld was a box office success, grossing $11,253,900 in the domestic box office and $5,400,000 overseas for a worldwide total of $16,653,900; the film received mixed reviews from critics. The film holds a 55% score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 reviews with an average rating of 6.18/10. On Metacritic, the film holds a 53/100 rating based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, praised the film for presenting what 3D technology is capable of. He singled out the size of the IMAX screens the film was projected on, he went on to write, " takes advantage of the squarish six-story screen to envelop us in the images. Official website CyberWorld on IMDb CyberWorld at Box Office Mojo CyberWorld at Rotten Tomatoes CyberWorld at Metacritic CYBERWORLD