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Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm is a Victorian mansion and estate located at 225 Harrison Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It was the childhood home of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the site of the reception for her 1953 wedding to U. S. Senator John F. Kennedy. During his presidency, it was referred to as the "Summer White House". Hammersmith Farm's 28-room main house was built in 1887 for John W. Auchincloss, the great-grandfather of Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jacqueline Kennedy's stepfather, it was erected on what had been known as "Hammersmith Island," named after the English hometown of William Brenton, the 17th-century governor of Rhode Island who established the first farm on the site in 1640. During a stay at Hammersmith in late September 1961, President Kennedy announced that John McCone would become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Additionally, Kennedy signed Public Law 87-293, the Peace Corps Act of 1961; the main house remained in the Auchincloss family until the 1976 death of Hugh Auchincloss.

Janet Lee Auchincloss, Jacqueline Kennedy's mother, sold the main house and moved into one of the guesthouses on the farm, called "The Castle". There was another guest house on the farm built to resemble a windmill. A group of investors bought main house in 1977, opened it for public tours and special events. Fruit of the Loom executive William F. Farley bought it in 1997 for $6.675 million. In 1999, Farley sold the main house for over $8 million, the new owner restored the failing building and converted the house back to private use, it had not been lived in since 1974, had fallen into serious disrepair. Much of the original plumbing was inoperable, wiring had frayed from time and rodent damage. Bricks were coming loose and wood rot was everywhere; each year the building was listing a little more northward, toward Fort Adams. A major restoration was required to save the damaged structure. Major structural flaws necessitated the removal of one end of the building and the installation of steel and wooden beams for support.

The house had suffered from decades of wood rot from leaking windows. Outside, the brick was bowing due to many successive winters of expansion. Popping and falling bricks during the winter was routine; the interiors were painstakingly disassembled and numbered and new plumbing, HVAC, wiring were installed. The numbered moldings and fixtures were replaced in their original positions so the historic rooms looked as they had when the building was constructed in 1887, save for the electricity and modern plumbing; the exterior was restored with equal sensitivity to the original structure. Working with Gubelman and the Historic District Commission, the team removed metal and plexiglass porches, reset brick to match the original, removed the light green paint used to hide the mismatched brick from decades of repairs. Windows were rebuilt to protect the house from the fierce sea winds of winter. New shingles and roof were installed following the original architectural plans, using the many sketches and photographs taken of the building over its 120-year history.

The building had been recorded from numerous angles and vantage points over the many decades, a clear visual history existed as a guide with the goal to restore the farm as as possible to the appearance one might have enjoyed in 1888. About half of the original furnishings were returned to the Auchincloss family under a prior agreement, the family sold them off in a Christie's auction in 2000, which fetched $233,620. Brenton Point Fort Adams Article on the sale of the property

Harold C. Schonberg

Harold Charles Schonberg was an American music critic and journalist, most notably for The New York Times. In 1971, he became the first music critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. In addition, Schonberg reviewed mysteries and thrillers for The New York Times under the name Newgate Callender for nearly a quarter of a century, he wrote a number of books on music, one on chess. Schonberg was born in New York City to David and Minnie Schonberg on November 29, 1915, he had a sister. His aunt, Alice Frisca, was a former concert pianist, would become his first music teacher. Schonberg graduated from Brooklyn College in 1937, undertook graduate studies at New York University. In 1939, he became a record critic for American Music Lover Magazine. During World War II, Schonberg was a first lieutenant in the United States Army Airborne Signal Corps, he had hoped to enlist as a pilot, but was declared pastel-blind and was sent to London, where he was a code breaker and a parachutist. He could not participate in the Normandy invasion.

He remained in the Army until 1946. Schonberg joined The New York Times in 1950, he rose to the post of senior music critic for the Times a decade later. In this capacity he published daily reviews and longer features on operas and classical music on Sundays, he worked behind the scenes to increase music coverage in the Times and develop its first-rate music staff. Upon his retirement as senior music critic in 1980 he became cultural correspondent for the Times. Schonberg wrote articles for Harper's and High Fidelity magazine, among others. Schonberg was an influential music writer. Aside from his contributions to music journalism, he published 13 books, most of them on music, including The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present —pianists were a specialty of Schonberg—and The Lives of the Great Composers which traced the lives of major composers from Monteverdi through to modern times. Schonberg was critical of Leonard Bernstein during the composer-conductor's eleven-year tenure as principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

He accused Bernstein of showing off by using exaggerated gestures on the podium and of conducting a piece in a way that made its structure overly obvious to audiences. One of Schonberg's most famous criticisms of Bernstein was written after the famous April 6, 1962, performance before which Bernstein announced that he disagreed with pianist Glenn Gould's interpretation of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 but was going to conduct it anyway because he found it fascinating. Schonberg chided Bernstein in print, suggesting that he should have either refrained from publicizing his disagreement, backed out of the concert, or imposed his own will on Gould. In the chapter on Bernstein in his 1967 book The Great Conductors, Schonberg quotes the remark but neglects to mention that he was the critic who had made it. After Bernstein's regular tenure at the New York Philharmonic ended, Schonberg seemed to mellow in his attitude toward him and began to praise his conducting, stating in his book The Glorious Ones that "with age, came less of a need to prove something", that "there were moments of glory in his conceptions."

A devoted and skilled chess player, Schonberg covered the 1972 championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer held in Reykjavík, Iceland. One of Schonberg's books not on music was Grandmasters of Chess, he reviewed mysteries and thrillers for The New York Times under the pseudonym Newgate Callender from 1972-1995. Schonberg was an avid golfer, though a poor one by his own estimation, he co-authored the book How To Play Double Bogey Golf along with Hollis Alpert, founder of the National Society of Film Critics, fellow author Ira Mothner. Schonberg and Alpert played golf together, according to the book. In 1984, Schonberg taught music criticism at McMaster University in Canada. In 1987, it was announced that Schonberg was assisting Vladimir Horowitz in the preparation of the pianist's memoirs. Although the project was never completed, Schonberg's biography of Horowitz was published in 1992. Schonberg died in New York City on July 26, 2003, at the age of 87. In his obituary notice in The New York Times the next day, Allan Kozinn wrote that "as a music critic Harold Schonberg set the standard for critical evaluation and journalistic thoroughness."

Schonberg, Harold C.. Chamber and Solo Instrument Music. Guide to Long-Playing Records. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ——. The Collector's Schumann. Keystone Books in Music. J. B. Lippincott. ——. The Great Pianists. London: Victor Gollancz.——. The Great Pianists. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671638375. OCLC 15196909. ——. Grandmasters of Chess. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott. ISBN 9784871875677. OCLC 951569212. ——. The Great Conductors. New York: Summit Books. ISBN 9780671254063. OCLC 614438015. ——. Facing the Music. New York: Summit Books. ISBN 9780671254063. OCLC 7204970. OL 4255142M. ——. The Lives of the Great Composers. New York. ISBN 9780393038576. OCLC 34356892. OL 3259514W. ——. The Glorious Ones: Classical Music's Legendary Performers. New York. ISBN 9780812911893. OCLC 11598959. OL 3259509W. ——. Horowitz: his life and music. New York

Duncan Honeybourne

Duncan Honeybourne (born 27 October 1977 at Weymouth, Dorset, is an English pianist and lecturer. Honeybourne began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, where he won the senior piano prize, he gave his first London recital at the age of fifteen and toured extensively throughout Britain as solo recitalist and concerto soloist. Awarded a place to continue at the RAM, he chose instead to move to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he graduated in 2000 with a B. Mus First Class Honours degree and won many prizes, received the honorary award of HonRBC for professional distinction, his teachers included Rosemarie Wright and Philip Martin, his further piano studies were in London with John York, Leeds with Fanny Waterman, subsequently for three years on a Goldenweiser Scholarship in London with the Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. He made his debut as soloist at Symphony Hall and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998. Honeybourne has played given recitals throughout the UK and Europe.

He has been a frequent soloist on radio networks worldwide including BBC Radio 3, France Musique, ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert. Duncan Honeybourne is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton and gives regular masterclasses and lecture recitals. Duncan Honeybourne's discography on the EM Records, Divine Art and Prima Facie labels includes the complete solo piano music of E. J. Moeran, Andrew Downes and John Joubert, premiere recordings of works by Walford Davies and Gurney alongside music by Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Bax, Howells and Fleischmann, his CD "A Forgotten English Romantic", exploring the piano music of composer and priest Greville Cooke, was a MusicWeb International Recording of the Year in 2014. University of Southampton music staff biographies Bryanston School music staff biographies University of Chichester music staff biographies Staff writer "Leading pianist's recital". Newsquest Media Group Newspapers. Classical Music magazine Premieres, p. 15 Johnston, Leah "Musical Treat in Store", The Orcadian, Kirkwall Morley, Christopher "Two on a blind date with Mozart", The Birmingham Post https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/celebrating-birmingham-composers-90th-birthday-12780088 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/birmingham-conservatoire-guide/ https://www.naxos.com/person/Duncan_Honeybourne/241406.htm Duncan Honeybourne Official website

Steven Melendez

Steven Melendez is an American classical dancer. He is a principal artist with the New York Theatre Ballet, he was a principal artist with the Estonian National Ballet and a soloist with Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in the Bronx, New York City, Melendez began his ballet training at Ballet School New York at the age of 7, when he was rescued from a New York City homeless shelter and enrolled in New York Theatre Ballet's Project LIFT, he is a graduate of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre Melendez has performed internationally in works by Antony Tudor, José Limón, Agnes deMille, George Balanchine, Sallie Wilson, Frederick Ashton and Richard Alston. In 2011 Melendez performed in the premiere of Alston's work A Rugged Flourish. In 2008 Melendez premiered Uinuv Kaunitar by Swedish choreographer Pär Isberg at the Vanemuine Theater. Melendez was a 2012 Clive Barnes Award nominee and was a finalist at the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2013 Melendez spoke on the "Dancing Through Life, Living Through Dance" symposium as an alumnus of the Professional Children's School Melendez performed with The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth at the 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in honor of Ted Shawn

Heap (data structure)

In computer science, a heap is a specialized tree-based data structure, an complete tree that satisfies the heap property: in a max heap, for any given node C, if P is a parent node of C the key of P is greater than or equal to the key of C. In a min heap, the key of P is less than or equal to the key of C; the node at the "top" of the heap is called the root node. The heap is one maximally efficient implementation of an abstract data type called a priority queue, in fact, priority queues are referred to as "heaps", regardless of how they may be implemented. In a heap, the highest priority element is always stored at the root. However, a heap is not a sorted structure. A heap is a useful data structure when it is necessary to remove the object with the highest priority. A common implementation of a heap is the binary heap; the heap data structure the binary heap, was introduced by J. W. J. Williams in 1964, as a data structure for the heapsort sorting algorithm. Heaps are crucial in several efficient graph algorithms such as Dijkstra's algorithm.

When a heap is a complete binary tree, it has a smallest possible height—a heap with N nodes and for each node a branches always has loga N height. Note that, as shown in the graphic, there is no implied ordering between siblings or cousins and no implied sequence for an in-order traversal; the heap relation mentioned above applies only between nodes and their parents, etc. The maximum number of children each node can have depends on the type of heap; the common operations involving heaps are: Basicfind-max: find a maximum item of a max-heap, or a minimum item of a min-heap insert: adding a new key to the heap extract-max: returns the node of maximum value from a max heap after removing it from the heap delete-max: removing the root node of a max heap replace: pop root and push a new key. More efficient than pop followed by push, since only need to balance once, not twice, appropriate for fixed-size heaps. Creationcreate-heap: create an empty heap heapify: create a heap out of given array of elements merge: joining two heaps to form a valid new heap containing all the elements of both, preserving the original heaps.

Meld: joining two heaps to form a valid new heap containing all the elements of both, destroying the original heaps. Inspectionsize: return the number of items in the heap. Is-empty: return true if the heap is empty, false otherwise. Internalincrease-key or decrease-key: updating a key within a max- or min-heap delete: delete an arbitrary node sift-up: move a node up in the tree, as long as needed. Called "sift" because node moves up the tree until it reaches the correct level, as in a sieve. Sift-down: move a node down in the tree, similar to sift-up. Heaps are implemented with an implicit heap data structure, an implicit data structure consisting of an array where each element represents a tree node whose parent/children relationship is defined implicitly by their index. After an element is inserted into or deleted from a heap, the heap property may be violated and the heap must be balanced by swapping elements within the array. In an implicit heap data structure, the first element will contain the root.

The next two elements of the array contain its children. The next four contain the four children of etc.. Thus the children of the node at position n would be at positions 2n and 2n + 1 in a one-based array, or 2n + 1 and 2n + 2 in a zero-based array. Computing the index of the parent node of n-th element is straightforward. For one-based arrays is the parent on n/2 position for zero-based arrays is parent on /2 position; this allows moving down the tree by doing simple index computations. Balancing a heap is done by sift-up or sift-down operations; as we can build a heap from an array without requiring extra memory, heapsort can be used to sort an array in-place. Different types of heaps implement the operations in different ways, but notably, insertion is done by adding the new element at the end of the heap in the first available free space; this will violate the heap property, so the elements are shifted up until the heap property has been reestablished. Deleting the root is done by removing the root and putting the last element in the root and sifting down to rebalance.

Thus replacing is done by deleting the root and putting the new element in the root and sifting down, avoiding a sifting up step compared to pop followed by push. Construction of a binary heap out of a given array of elements may be performed in linear time using the classic Floyd algorithm, with the worst-case number of comparisons equal to 2N − 2s2 − e2, where s2 is the sum of all digits of the binary representation of N and e2 is the exponent of 2 in the prime factorization of N; this is faster than a sequence of consecutive insertions into an empty heap, log-linear. Here are time complexities of various heap data structures. Function names assume a min-heap. For the meaning of "O"

Cask J. Thomson

Cask J. Thomson, referred to as Cask, is a Scottish musician, audio engineer, graphic designer and author best known as the founder of the progressive rock project Cursed Legacy; the band started in 2008, releasing Death of a Hero, written and produced by him. The band remained a solo project for several years featuring various guests, it has since developed into a project for which he performs guitarist and synthesizers, for which he is the principal songwriter. Cask has released 3 albums, his latest album "Surviving on Borrowed Time" was released as Direct Stream Digital before its major January 2020 release worldwide The album is set to be a trilogy of concept albums detailing "dystopia and sacrifice". Thomson is a professional graphic designer and runs a publishing company. Born in Falkirk and living in Queensland, Australia, he started performing as a teenager and taught himself guitar, keyboards and how to produce music. Focusing on analog recording, Thomson wrote and recorded the debut Cursed Legacy after performing for Hillsong United and having, as he describes, "second thoughts about the two years of Christianity and what believed in."

The album was recorded using a mixer connected to a Sony DTC-700 DAT recorder and a reel-to-reel system. As a result, the album features audible tape glitches that were left in during mastering, it was produced by Jeff Cripps in Sydney. The album was released independently. In 2010 Thomson performed as a session guitarist for Sydney band Operator Please and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker during his From the Inside Out promotional tour. Thomson is an extraterrestrial abduction enthusiast, behind the publication of books Taken and Into the Fringe by Dr. Karla Turner, he has been announced as a speaker at alien abduction conferences in 2019. The Cursed Legacy album The Encounter I: Bound for Nonexistence, a concept album about alien abduction, features lyrical content, examined by panel guests at MUFON Conference of whom the concept was inspired by. In 2016 Cursed Legacy announced their next album would be a rock musical titled Lunar Isolation and would feature a full band lineup with special guests Lord Tim and Alex Smith of Moving Pictures.

The album has been in production for several years and is expected to be released'episodically' without the Cursed Legacy moniker. In 2017 he released his first solo album Play Start Again under Cask; the album features predominantly piano-driven contemporary music but does not stray from the gloomy lyrical and musical content Cursed Legacy features. The first single, "Bedridden", premiered on Reverbnation where he reached 4th in the Independent Charts followed by a music video for "The Murder". In July 2018, Cask released "See What Tomorrow Brings". On 1 August 2018 he released his second album, Life is a Terminal Illness; the album received critical acclaim and was released in high resolution Direct Stream Digital Cask released the song "Waited for You" in January 2019 claiming that it was to be used for a future album but "didn't fit". That week, his debut album was removed from digital stores and streaming services and the album was released to subscribers of his Bandcamp subscription service "Cult of Cask" Cask posted a digital painting on his Instagram in May 2019 with the description "I have news from the conflict zone.

2019. Concept album. End transmission" In August, Cask announced the concept album Surviving on Borrowed Time would be released in 2020 The official video and single "Presentiment" premiered after the announcement The album was released in Direct Stream Digital format in December 2019 before being released worldwide digitally and physically January 2, 2020; the album is planned to be the first part in a trilogy. Cask released a new mix of the Surviving on Borrowed Time single Safe as a charity single for the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season for which he had been affected as his studio is located in the Queensland Hinterland. Thomson is renowned for his slow blues arpeggio phrasing, compared to that of fellow Scot Mark Knopfler and U2 guitarist The Edge, he has endorsed Steve Clayton accessories as well as Dimarzio hardware. Thomson both masters and produces music and has been the mastering engineer on various classical music compilations, his musical style has been compared to Katatonia and Porcupine Tree.

Thomson was born in Falkirk and immigrated to Australia with his family. He has written two programming books. Thomson's logo "hourglass"; the symbol has been used on all of his releases and major contributions since at least 2010. Cask described the symbol as "an important reminder to me that we are always on the clock". Outside of music, Cask has a collection of Saab cars including the "Wasaabi", purchased from Australian series Mighty Car Mods Cask is an outspoken privacy advocate and has written a series of articles on his website encouraging people to DeGoogle amidst privacy concerns and personal experience of automated copyright infringement notices triggering his own music accounts. Play it Over and Start Again Life is a Terminal Illness Surviving on Borrowed Time See Cursed Legacy Discography Lunar Isolation Official website