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Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released as a launch title for Microsoft's Xbox video game console on November 15, 2001. Microsoft released versions of the game for Windows and Mac OS X in 2003; the game was released as a downloadable Xbox Original for the Xbox 360. Halo is set in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier; the Chief is accompanied by an artificial intelligence. Players battle various aliens as they attempt to uncover the secrets of the eponymous Halo, a ring-shaped artificial world. Bungie began the development of what would become Halo in 1997; the game was a real-time strategy game that morphed into a third-person shooter before becoming a first-person shooter. During development, Microsoft acquired Bungie and turned the game into a launch title for its new video game console, the Xbox. Halo was a critical and commercial success, has been praised as one of the greatest video games of all time.

The game's popularity led to labels such as "Halo clone" and "Halo killer", applied to games either similar to or anticipated to be better than it. Its sequel, Halo 2, was released for the original Xbox on November 9, 2004. Halo spawned a multimedia franchise that has grossed more than $4.6 billion worldwide, incorporating games, books and films. In addition, the game inspired and was used in the fan-created Red vs. Blue video series, credited as one of the first major successes of machinima. More than five million copies had been sold worldwide by November 2005. A high-definition remake, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, was released for Xbox 360 on the 10th anniversary of the original game's launch. Anniversary was re-released for Xbox One as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in 2014, will release on Windows PCs in 2020. Halo: Combat Evolved is a shooter game in which players experience gameplay in a 3D environment entirely from a first-person view; the player can move around and look up, left, or right.

The game features vehicles, ranging from armored jeeps and tanks to alien hovercraft and aircraft, many of which can be controlled by the player. The game switches to a third-person perspective during vehicle use for pilots and mounted gun operators; the game's heads-up display includes a "motion tracker" that registers moving allies, moving or firing enemies, vehicles, in a certain radius of the player. The player character is equipped with an energy shield that nullifies damage from weapons fire and forceful impacts; the shield's charge appears as a blue bar in the corner of the game's heads-up display, it automatically recharges if no damage is sustained for a brief period. When the shield is depleted, the player becomes vulnerable, further damage reduces the hit points of a secondary health meter; when this health meter reaches zero, the character dies and the game reloads from a saved checkpoint. Health can be replenished through the collection of health packs scattered around the game's levels.

Halo's arsenal consists of weapons from science fiction. The game has been praised for giving each weapon a unique purpose, thus making each useful in different scenarios. For example, plasma weapons need time to cool if fired too but cannot be reloaded and must be discarded upon depletion of their batteries, whereas conventional firearms cannot overheat, but require reloading and ammunition. In contrast to the large weapon inventories of contemporary FPS games, Halo players may carry only two weapons at once, calling for strategy when managing firearms. Halo departs from traditional FPS conventions by not forcing the player character to holster its firearm before deploying grenades or melee-range blunt instruments. Like the game's other weapons, the two types of grenades differ; the game's main enemy force is the Covenant, a group of alien species allied by belief in a common religion. Their forces include Elites, fierce warriors protected by recharging energy shields similar to the player's own.

A secondary enemy is a parasitic alien life form that appears in several variants. Other enemies include Sentinels, aerial robots designed by an extinct race called the Forerunners to protect their structures and prevent Flood outbreaks. Sentinels are able to hover around in enclosed spaces and produce an energy shield when under attack, they lack durability, but are immune to infection by the Flood. The artificial intelligence in Halo has been favorably received; the player is aided by United Nations Space Command Marines, who offer ground support, such as manning gun turrets or riding shotgun while the player is driving a vehicle. A split screen mode allows two players to cooperatively play through Halo's campaign; the game includes five competitive multiplayer modes, which all can b

Mayerling (1957 film)

Mayerling is an episode of the American television series Producers' Showcase made for NBC Television, aired on 4 February 1957 and released theatrically as a film in Europe. The film was produced and directed by Anatole Litvak, who had directed the French film version of Mayerling, an international hit and brought Litvak to Hollywood; the 1957 version stars Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, Raymond Massey, Diana Wynyard, Basil Sydney, Judith Evelyn, Isobel Elsom, Lorne Greene, Nancy Marchand, David Opatoshu, Suzy Parker, Nehemiah Persoff, Pippa Scott, Monique van Vooren, Lilia Skala. The story of Mayerling is based on the historical Mayerling incident, the tragic love affair between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, the mystery surrounding their apparent murder/suicide on January 30, 1889, at the imperial hunting lodge in Mayerling, Lower Austria. Ferrer and Hepburn were in negotiation for two and a half years to make the special, it was done live, except for some background footage shot in Vienna.

The New York Times wrote that "a more pallid or elementary version of Mayerling would be difficult to imagine." "Hardly worth the trouble" said The Washington Post. Mayerling has been remastered and released to DVD in Region 1 for the first time ever; the primitive archival film copy has been digitally mastered from the original kinescope negative and released on "Mr. FAT-W Video" silver and blue label by Films Around the World; this hugely-expensive live television production was broadcast just once, on NBC, on February 24, 1957. The program was archivally preserved on kinescope, a B&W 16mm film taken from a studio monitor of the broadcast. Although the program cost more than $500,000 — at a time when the per capita income of Americans was about $2,000 — the kinescope budget was a paltry $1,500, it was not thought that the production had a future beyond the single live network broadcast. Kinescopes have such poor quality that for many years they were thought to be unusable for modern video and television.

However, advances in digital technology have made it possible to master Mayerling from the original kinescope negative and print materials in high definition, which mysteriously brings out more details than could be seen with the naked eye watching the television broadcast. The master was upgraded using the latest digital programming — the grainy appearance was softened, blurred edges are put back in focus, brightness/darkness was adjusted, hand-editing replaced numerous frames with a flash of light with a duplicate frame preceding the bad frame, sound was upgraded to remove most static/pops/hisses, so on; the finished HD master was edited to make versions with and without commercials available, “stepped down" to standard definition for video. Permission for the video release was obtained from Sean Ferrer, Luca Dotti, Mel Ferrer's widow; the film is now available on Region 2 DVD. Mayerling Incident Mayerling Mayerling on IMDb Films Around the World entry

E217 series

The E217 series is a suburban electric multiple unit train type operated by East Japan Railway Company in the Kantō region of Japan since 1994. Introduced in 1994 to replace the 113 series EMUs running on the Sōbu Line and Yokosuka Line, it was the first outer-suburban train type in Japan to feature four pairs of doors per side on car; the basic design was developed from the 209 series commuter EMUs. It replaced all the Yokosuka Line 113 series trains by 1999; the trains were built jointly by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Tokyu Car, JR East. They use Mitsubishi IGBT VVVF inverters with Mitsubishi MT68 traction motors. Gear ratio is 97:16. Kashima Line Narita Line Sōbu Main Line Sōbu Main Line Sotobō Line Uchibō Line Yokosuka Line Tokaido Main Line 11-car sets and 4-car sets based at Kamakura Depot Cars numbered in the -1000 and -2000 subseries have longitudinal bench seating. Cars 3, 9, +3 are each fitted with one scissors pantograph. 10-car sets and 5-car sets based at Kōzu Depot for Tokaido Main Line services Cars numbered in the -1000 and -2000 subseries have longitudinal bench seating.

Cars 3, 9, 13 are each fitted with one scissors pantograph. The E217 series trains entered revenue service from 3 December 1994. In March 2006, three 15-car trains were reformed as 10+5-car sets and transferred to Kōzu depot for use from 14 March 2006 on Tokaido Main Line duties out of Tokyo alongside E231 series trains; the sets were repainted into the same Shonan color scheme of orange and green bodyside stripes as applied to the E231s. As of April 2011, only one pair remained at Kōzu depot. A programme of refurbishment on the fleet commenced from 2008. Externally, sets received cream stripes; the sets are to be replaced by the newer E235 series in the near future. On December 25, 2014, an 11+4 car train consisting of sets Y12 and Y129 broke down on the Yokosuka Line due to electrical problems. While this was happening, the entire train did not stop at any stations to pick up any passengers. 首都圏新系列車両PROFILE. Japan: Ikaros Publishing. 15 April 2011. ISBN 978-4-86320-436-2. JR E217 series

1951–52 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

Huddersfield Town's 1951-52 campaign was Town's 32nd consecutive season in the 1st Division, but relegation would send Town to the 2nd Division since the 1919-20 season. Under the leadership of George Stephenson, Town recorded some of their worst results in their history, including 7-1 defeats by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sunderland, as well as a 6-2 defeat by Newcastle United. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Since the end of World War II, Town's league form was in dire need of a boost, but George Stephenson's team would soon find out the hard way that staying in Division 1 would be harder than he imagined. Things weren't made easier with dreadful results against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Newcastle United and Sunderland. Stephenson would leave Leeds Road in March and would be replaced by Stockport County manager Andy Beattie before the end of the season. Town finished in 21st place 3 points behind 20th placed Stoke City.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality

Knollwood Village, Houston

Knollwood Village is a subdivision in Houston, Texas. It is managed by the Knollwood Village Civic Club, which governs Knollwood Village sections 1-10 and Braes Terrace II; the site, Knollwood Village housed Main Street Airport. Flori Meeks of the Houston Chronicle stated that it was "dated at least to the early 1930s." According to David Fitts, who once served as the president of the KVCC, the first houses were built between 1951 and 1953. The airport closed in 1952. Fitts stated that the KVCC formed in 1953 and the constitution of the civic club was signed on June 18 of that year. Heather Saucier of the Houston Chronicle wrote that in the community, the rumor was that it was named after a knoll "because the area flooded." Knollwood Village predates the Houston Astrodome. According to Meeks at the time Knollwood Village, "was in what was considered the outer boundaries of Houston."In 2004 Katherine Feser wrote that "The neighborhood has gained in popularity among families because it is still affordable."In April 2010 the City of Houston "automated" curbside recycling program was extended to Knollwood Village.

By 2013 many older houses were being torn down and replaced with newer ones larger than the original ones. That year, Fitts stated that the buyers have become more varied, with some with children and some without children, "It's becoming a bit more multiethnic, good." On Saturday June 15, 2013, a birthday party for the subdivision 60 years old, was celebrated at the Linkwood Park Community Center. The party was planned including Fitts and Suzanne Jett. Knollwood Village is inside the 610 Loop, in proximity to Reliant Park, south of South Braeswood and west of South Main; the community is about 2 miles away from the Texas Medical Center and 5 miles away from Downtown Houston. Meeks stated that the subdivision is "shaped like a reversed L"; the community has 11 sections. Ten are numbered 1-10, one is called "Braes Terrace II"; the original houses are 1950s ranch-style houses. In 2004 most of them were one story houses with brick exteriors and cedar shakes. Many of them used hardwood as the material for the floors.

As of 2004 the typical square footage was 1,600 square feet to over 2,400 square feet. In 1998 the most expensive house in Knollwood Village was under $200,000. In 2004 Feser stated "Today, the norm is well above that." Feser added that Knollwood Village was "still affordable". In 2004 Flo Dean of Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. Home stated that "They're still a lot less than going over into Braes Heights or Ayrshire or parts of Bellaire that are higher." In April 2017, the lowest and highest priced houses for sale were $370,000 and $725,000, with a median list price of $446,000. According to an early flier for Knollwood Village, there were few trees in the community. By 2013 there were many trees. In 2002 the City of Houston began installing an updated storm sewer system for the neighborhood because by that year, there was a tendency for the Brays Bayou to overflow and for rain to pool on lawns and streets; the $2.8 million project began in August 2002. By November of that year, was about 25-35% done according to Pat Henney, project manager for the company that manages the construction and Burgess Inc.

It was scheduled to be completed in August 2003. In 2004 Feser wrote. Residents are assigned to schools in the Houston Independent School District, they are zoned to Longfellow Elementary School, located in Braes Manor Section 1 in Braeswood Place, as well as Pershing Middle School in Braeswood Place, Bellaire High School in the City of Bellaire. Any student zoned to Pershing may apply to Pin Oak Middle School's regular program. In 2004 Feser wrote that International Baccalaureate and academic programs at schools like Pershing and Bellaire attracted homebuyers with children. Linkwood Park is in the area. Linkwood Park and Community Center is in Braes Manor Section 1 in Braeswood Place. Foster, Robin. "Longtime friends trade two for one to upgrade living space." Houston Chronicle. May 26, 2009. Knollwood Village

Silpancho

Silpancho is a typical, popular Bolivian food from the city of Cochabamba. When prepared properly, this tends to be a large and filling meal fat, it consists of a base layer of rice white, followed by a layer of boiled and sliced potatoes. Next, a thin layer of schnitzel-style meat is laid followed by a layer of chopped tomato. In addition, onion and parsley are mixed together and topped with either one or two fried eggs. Variants including dicing and cooking the meat over the rice cooked instead of remaining in steak form. Another variant is to place pico de gallo on top of the eggs instead of parsley and beets. Another variant marinates the meat using ingredients including soy sauce. Silpancho can be found in a type of sandwich called containing all the ingredients. "What is Silpancho?". Retrieved 3 March 2013. "How to Make Bolivian Silpancho". Retrieved 3 March 2013