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Hey Pretty

"Hey Pretty" is a song by singer-songwriter Poe. The song in its original version, on her 2000 album Haunted, was a sultry pop rant of a woman seeking sexual satisfaction on any grounds possible, it was remade with most of her vocals eliminated and replaced with a reading by her brother, author Mark Z. Danielewski, from his hit book House of Leaves; this new version became. Getting "Hey Pretty" on the radio was a challenge in 2001 as alternative radio was playing few female-led acts in the post-Lilith Fair backlash. In an interview with MTV, Poe explained the way in which the Drive-By Remix came about: "Radio was not interested. I called a few program directors, they,'We love the record, but we're just not playing women.' This one in Portland, said,'My station is in the same boat. Do some crazy mix that you think will fit this format, I'll play it once.' I go home, I'm like,'They're not playing women? Fine, I've got a brother.' So I called my brother, I'm like,'You gotta come over and read a piece of your book in this song.'... played it and got inundated with phone calls.

By the end of the week he had played it 25 times, which wouldn't have meant all that much because it's a small station in Portland. But the next week, KROQ in Los Angeles had it...."There are at least two different versions. One ends with the line, "Dark Languages Rarely Survive," followed by a woman saying, "Das nicht zu Hause sein" twice; this is German for a recurring phrase in the book House of Leaves. The second ending has that line followed by Poe coming back in with the chorus; the video, directed by Matthew Rolston, features erotic imagery of a scantily-dressed Poe washing and lounging on a vintage car along with a look-alike model with a similar build and identical outfit. The car scenes are interlaced with shots of Mark Danielewski performing the spoken-word portions of the song, as well as footage of Poe and her look-alike mud wrestling; the song was featured on the soundtrack to the MTV original series Spyder Games. In January 2009 Ford began using the original version of the song in television commercials.

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Naugatuck Trail

The Naugatuck Trail is a 6.8-mile Blue-Blazed hiking trail "system" in the eastern central-lower Naugatuck River Valley in New Haven County, Connecticut, USA and is today entirely contained in the Naugatuck State Forest. The mainline trail is east to west with three short side or spur trails; the Naugatuck Trail today is composed of four trails including the East-to-West mainline trail plus three shorter side trails. At its western end the trail ends with a section alongside the Naugatuck River. Notable features include the summits of Spruce Knoll; the trail does not summit Beacon Hill. The Naugatuck Trail is maintained through the efforts of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association; the Naugatuck Trail was a much larger trail in the 1930s and 1940s but it has been one of the trail systems most drastically shrunk by post–World War II housing developments of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trails. The Naugatuck Trail extends from its western terminus at Andrasko Road in Naugatuck as an abandoned North-South road and fence-line along Connecticut Route 8 before heading east crossing successively the municipalities of Naugatuck, Beacon Falls and Bethany—all in New Haven County.

The southern terminus of the trail is located on Connecticut Route 42 just 1.2 miles west of the junction of Connecticut Route 42 and Route 63. The Naugatuck Trail is used for hiking, picnicking, in the winter, snowshoeing. Portions of the trail are suitable for, are used for, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Site-specific activities enjoyed along the route include hunting, horseback riding and rock climbing. There are signs at the Connecticut Route 42 trail head forbidding rock climbing; the official Naugatuck Trail mainline trail traverses a 600-foot plateau running east to west which extends from Route 8 to the eastern border of Naugatuck. From south-east to north-west, the trail system summits or travels near the ridges and peaks of Beacon Cap, Beacon Hill and Spruce Knoll. Several seasonal streams cut across the trail including Egypt Brook; the Naugatuck Trail crosses the Naugatuck State Forest, land/preservation trust, water company and private properties. The official Blue-Blazed Naugatuck Trail passes through land located within the following municipalities, from south to north: Bethany, Beacon Falls and Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Remnants of the original Naugatuck Trail still exist as local trails in the communities of Bethany, Orange and New Haven, Connecticut. The route of the original Naugatuck Trail blazed in the 1930s can be seen in the Connecticut Forest and Park Association's 1940 Connecticut Walk Book map of major trails. There are references to vestigial portions of the Naugatuck Trail in the April 1998 Town of Bethany Conservation Commission's'Open Space Plan'; the name Naugatuck is said to be an indigenous term for either “one tree” or “fork of the river.”"Naugatuck" was the name of a village of the Paugussett sachemdom on the Naugatuck River where Naugatuck Connecticut is today. Another Paugussett sachemdom village existed on the Naugatuck River a few miles south at what is now Beacon Falls, Connecticut. For more information on the Naugatuck sub-tribe of native-Americans see the Wikipedia entry on the Paugussett; the mainline Naugatuck trail is blazed with blue rectangles. It is maintained, is considered easy hiking, with few sections of rugged and moderately difficult hiking.

Much of the Naugatuck Trail is close to public roads. There are no camping facilities along the trail and camping is prohibited in Naugatuck State Forest. Trail descriptions are available from a number of commercial and non-commercial sources, a complete guidebook is published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Weather along the route is typical of Connecticut. Conditions on exposed ridge tops and summits may be harsher during stormy weather. Lightning is a hazard on exposed ledges during thunderstorms. Snow may necessitate the use of snowshoes. Ice can form on exposed summits, making hiking dangerous without special equipment. Extensive flooding in ponds and streams may occur in the late winter or early spring, overflowing into the trail and causing muddy conditions. In this case high waterproof boots are recommended; some parts of the trail follow forest roads which contain ruts from ATVs and four-wheel drive vehicles. Biting insects can be bothersome during warm weather. Parasitic deer ticks are a potential hazard.

The mainline trail heads are close to civilization. Much of the trail is adjacent to, or is on lands where hunting and the use of firearms are permitted. Wearing bright orange clothing during the hunting season is recommended. There are local trails named the "Naugatuck Trail" in Bethany and Woodbridge Connecticut which are vestiges of the original trail which extended south to New Haven Connecticut; some of these can be found on the following individual maps: South Central Regional Council of Governments Bethany Farms Town of Orange Racebrook Tract Woodbridge Land Trust Fitzgerald Tract Woodbridge Land Trust Meadows Woodbridge Land Trust History Indian Trails Woodbridge Land Trust Race Brook Estates Blue Trail System Blue-Blazed Trails Books

Don Johnson (gambler)

Don Johnson is a professional gambler, blackjack player, former corporate executive, who beat Atlantic City casinos for over $15 million during a six-month period in 2011. At age 30, Johnson was hired to manage Philadelphia Park, a racetrack that evolved into the Parx Casino. After managing that and other racetracks, he served as a state regulator in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. In the early 2000s, he founded Heritage Development, a Wyoming-based company that uses computer-assisted wagering programs for horse racing. During the financial crisis of 2008, casinos became desperate to entice high rollers. In 2010, Johnson was made offers to play at the highest stakes, he negotiated several changes to standard casino blackjack. These changes included dealers being forced to stay on soft 17, a 20% rebate where casino would refund 20% of his losses for losses exceeding $500,000, six decks, re-split aces, others. During a 12-hour marathon at the Tropicana, Johnson recalls three consecutive hands where he won $1.2 million, including one hand where he profited $800,000.

Johnson was dealt two eights, which he split. Another two eights came, he split again, wagering a total of $400,000, he was dealt a three, a two, another three, another two on the four hands, allowing him to double down on each hand. He was now wagering a total of $800,000; the dealer busted and Johnson ended up winning $800,000 in profit. Under these conditions Johnson was able to beat Tropicana out of nearly $6 million, Borgata out of $5 million, Caesars out of $4 million, his total profits neared $15.1 million and hurt casino profits. Though not banned from Tropicana and Borgata, the two casinos stopped Johnson from playing under those conditions and limits, while Caesars banned him from playing. Johnson says his winnings have not changed his lifestyle much, though he parties more lavishly and has paid over $200,000 for Armand de Brignac, he has since been seen partying with Jon Bon Jovi and Pamela Anderson

Monoamine releasing agent

A monoamine releasing agent, or monoamine releaser, is a drug that induces the release of a monoamine neurotransmitter from the presynaptic neuron into the synapse, leading to an increase in the extracellular concentrations of the neurotransmitter. Many drugs induce their effects in the body and/or brain via the release of monoamine neurotransmitters, e.g. trace amines, many substituted amphetamines, related compounds. MRAS can be classified by the monoamines they release, although these drugs like on a spectrum. Selective for one neurotransmitter Serotonin releasing agent Norepinephrine releasing agent Dopamine releasing agent Non-selective, releasing two or more neurotransmitters Norepinephrine–dopamine releasing agent Serotonin–norepinephrine releasing agent Serotonin–dopamine releasing agent Serotonin–norepinephrine–dopamine releasing agent MRAs cause the release of monoamine neurotransmitters by various complex mechanism of actions, they may enter the presynaptic neuron via plasma membrane transporters, such as the dopamine transporter, norepinephrine transporter, serotonin transporter.

Some, such as exogenous phenethylamine and methamphetamine, can diffuse directly across the cell membrane to varying degrees. Once inside the presynaptic neuron, they may inhibit the reuptake of monoamine neurotransmitters through vesicular monoamine transporter 2 and release the neurotransmitters stores of synaptic vesicles into the cytoplasm by inducing reverse transport at VMAT2. MRAs can bind to the intracellular receptor TAAR1 as agonists, which triggers a phosphorylation cascade via protein kinases that results in the phosphorylation of monoamine transporters located at the plasma membrane; the combined effects of MRAs at VMAT2 and TAAR1 result in the release of neurotransmitters out of synaptic vesicles and the cell cytoplasm into the synaptic cleft where they bind to their associated presynaptic autoreceptors and postsynaptic receptors. Certain MRAs interact with other presynaptic intracellular receptors which promote monoamine neurotransmission as well. Monoamine releasing agents can have a wide variety of effects depending upon their selectivity for monoamines.

Selective serotonin releasing agents such as fenfluramine and related compounds are described as dysphoric and lethargic in lower doses, in higher doses some hallucinogenic effects have been reported. Less selective serotonergic agents that stimulate an efflux in dopamine, such as MDMA are described as more pleasant, increasing energy and elevating mood. Dopamine releasing agents selective for both norepinephrine and dopamine have psychostimulant effect, causing an increase in energy, elevated mood. Other variables can affect the subjective effects, such as infusion rate, expectancy. Selectively noradrenergic drugs are minimally psychoactive, but as demonstrated by ephedrine may be distinguished from placebo, trends towards liking, they may be ergogenic, in contrast to reboxetine, a reuptake inhibitor. MRAs act to varying extents on serotonin and dopamine; some induce the release of all three neurotransmitters to a similar degree, like MDMA, while others are more selective. As examples and methamphetamine are NDRAs but only weak releasers of serotonin and MBDB is a balanced SNRA but a weak releaser of dopamine.

More selective include agents like fenfluramine, a selective SRA, ephedrine, a selective NRA. The differences in selectivity of these agents is the result of different affinities as substrates for the monoamine transporters, thus differing ability to gain access into monoaminergic neurons and induce monoamine neurotransmitter release via the TAAR1 and VMAT2 proteins; as of present, no selective DRAs are known. This is because it has proven difficult to separate DAT affinity from NET affinity and retain releasing efficacy at the same time. Several selective SDRAs are known however, though these compounds act as non-selective serotonin receptor agonists. Monoamine reuptake inhibitor Release modulator Baumann MH, Mario AA, Partilla JS, Sink JR, Shulgin AT, Daley PF, Brandt SD, Rothman RB, Ruoho AE, Cozzi NV. "The Designer Methcathinone Analogs and Methylone, are Substrates for Monoamine Transporters in Brain Tissue". 37. Iversen L, Gibbons S, Treble R, Setola V, Huang XP, Roth BL. "Neurochemical profiles of some novel psychoactive substances".

European Journal of Pharmacology. 700: 147–51. Doi:10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.12.006. PMC 3582025. PMID 23261499. Media related to Monoamine releasing agents at Wikimedia Commons

Rick Redman

Richard Clark Redman is a retired American football player, a linebacker with the San Diego Chargers for nine seasons, five in the American Football League and four in National Football League. Born in Portland, Redman attended high school in Seattle, Washington, at Bishop Blanchet, he played right center linebacker under football coach, Mickey Naish. During his junior year, however, he played fullback on offense, he participated in basketball and wrestling under famed coach, Bill Herber. Redman's outstanding play on the football field earned him high school All-American honors in his senior season in 1960. Redman played college football nearby at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was a guard and linebacker under head coach Jim Owens. In his junior season in 1963, he led the Huskies to a Rose Bowl appearance. Redman was a two time All-American, Academic All-American once, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Redman was selected in the tenth round of the 1965 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and in the fifth round of the AFL draft by the San Diego Chargers.

He went with the AFL team and played nine seasons with the Chargers, from 1965 to 1973, was an AFL All-Star in 1967. In his first three seasons, he was the punter. In the World Football League's inaugural 1974 season, he played with the Portland Storm. Other American Football League players Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro-Football-Reference · World Football League players – Rick Redman

Dipogon lignosus

Dipogon lignosus, the okie bean, Cape sweet-pea, dolichos pea or mile-a-minute vine, is a species of flowering plant in the legume family, Fabaceae. It is the only species classified in the monotypic genus Dipogon which belongs to the subfamily Faboideae. Dipogon lignosus is climbing woody, herbaceous perennial which becomes woody towards the base; the soft green stems climb over nearby structures, shrubs or trees, can grow up to 2m tall, extending a long way horizontally if possible. Its leaves are dark to medium green above, paler below and are composed of three diamond shaped leaflets which have a wide set base before tapering to a fine point; each leaflet has its own stalk. The flowers are typical for the pea family and are pink, mauve and purple in colour, growing on the tips of new growth stems in short, dense racemes with long peduncles. Flowering occurs throughout spring and summer, i.e. August to January in its native South Africa; the pods are flat and sickle-shaped, each containing four to six seeds, are formed soon after flowering.

In warmer climates this is an evergreen, but it may develop a deciduous habit in areas where are subject to frosts. Dipogon lignosus has a native range that covers the Western Cape and Eastern Cape in South Africa where it prefers milder areas where it is not subjected to frost, it is an invasive weed in Australia and New Zealand and in some areas control of D. lignosus can be mandated. In South Africa Dipogon lignosus has a natural habitat of forest margins and stream banks, where it climbs over other shrubs and trees; this habitat preference is replicated in Australia but it is found close to human habitation. It prefers to grow in moderately shady sites where there is dense vegetation to provide support for its twining stems; the seeds are explosively thrown out of the ripe pods landing some distance from the parent plant and they are able to remain dormant in the soil for some years when conditions are unfavourable for germination. Germination is stimulated by disturbance such as rain or seasonal changes.

As a legume D. lignosus has symbiotic nitrogen fixing bacteria which live on nodules on the roots and these enhance soil fertility The bacteria are afforded nutrients and shelter by the planta and the bacteria provide their host with usable nitrogen collected from minerals in the soil. It is tolerant of salt laden winds. Dipogon lignosus has been cultivated outside of South Africa from as far back as the early nineteenth century. Areas where it has been used in horticulture include Europe, Azores, Sri Lanka, Australia and temperate regions of South America. Dipogon lignosus is regarded as invasive in Australia in riverside and coastal vegetation, dry sclerophyll forest, warm temperate rainforest and grassland, it is an effective invader as the seed is explosively ejected from pods over distances of several metres or the seeds may be spread further in dumped garden refuse or contaminated soil and it is dispersed by birds or water for distances that may exceed 1 km. Rhizomes can be transported to spread the plant.

Control of D. lignosus in native Australian vegetation can be labour-intensive and the best control strategy is to minimise disturbance by removing the smaller, scattered plants and targeting the larger infestations starting at their outer margins. The small seedlings may be sprayed with a suitable herbicide where appropriate. For larger plants, the climbing stems should be cut down to the roots with the remnant stumps being excavated or treated with herbicide; the specific name lignosus means woody in Latin, referring to the woody stems base at the base of the plant. Dipogon is derived from the Greek di, meaning two, pogon meaning beard, referring to the style which has a thick beard on its upper side near its tip, it was placed in the genus Dolichos, hence the Australian vernacular name of dolichos pea, Carl Linnaeus named the spcesies as Dolichos lignosus. Bernard Verdcourt moved it into the monotypic genus Dipogon in 1968 when he was revising the genus Dolichos, using the name Dipogon, used by Liebmann in 1854 and as it was an established synonym for Dolichos lignosus