Home Alone (franchise)
Home Alone is a 2006 game released for the PlayStation 2 and based on the film of the same name. The game was released in Europe only, the aim of the game is to go through five areas and dispose of the burglars while locking all the doors and windows to stop more getting in. The player is able to collect and use tools to close the entrances, unless the player locks all the entrances on the level, defeating a burglar simply means another takes his place. The game only saves the high scores and does not save game data, home Alone was released to extremely negative reviews from critics, and much like every other video game produced by Blast Entertainment, it sold poorly. Its existence is unknown to the gaming world
An integrated circuit or monolithic integrated circuit is a set of electronic circuits on one small flat piece of semiconductor material, normally silicon. The ICs mass production capability and building-block approach to circuit design ensured the rapid adoption of standardized ICs in place of using discrete transistors. ICs are now used in all electronic equipment and have revolutionized the world of electronics. Computers, mobile phones, and other home appliances are now inextricable parts of the structure of modern societies, made possible by the small size. These advances, roughly following Moores law, allow a computer chip of 2016 to have millions of times the capacity, ICs have two main advantages over discrete circuits and performance. Cost is low because the chips, with all their components, are printed as a unit by photolithography rather than being constructed one transistor at a time, packaged ICs use much less material than discrete circuits. Performance is high because the ICs components switch quickly and consume little power because of their small size, the main disadvantage of ICs is the high cost to design them and fabricate the required photomasks.
This high initial cost means ICs are only practical when high production volumes are anticipated, Circuits meeting this definition can be constructed using many different technologies, including thin-film transistor, thick film technology, or hybrid integrated circuit. However, in general usage integrated circuit has come to refer to the single-piece circuit construction originally known as a integrated circuit. Jacobi disclosed small and cheap hearing aids as typical industrial applications of his patent, an immediate commercial use of his patent has not been reported. The idea of the circuit was conceived by Geoffrey Dummer. Dummer presented the idea to the public at the Symposium on Progress in Quality Electronic Components in Washington and he gave many symposia publicly to propagate his ideas, and unsuccessfully attempted to build such a circuit in 1956. A precursor idea to the IC was to create small ceramic squares, Components could be integrated and wired into a bidimensional or tridimensional compact grid.
This idea, which seemed very promising in 1957, was proposed to the US Army by Jack Kilby, however, as the project was gaining momentum, Kilby came up with a new, revolutionary design, the IC. In his patent application of 6 February 1959, Kilby described his new device as a body of semiconductor material … wherein all the components of the circuit are completely integrated. The first customer for the new invention was the US Air Force, Kilby won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in the invention of the integrated circuit. His work was named an IEEE Milestone in 2009, half a year after Kilby, Robert Noyce at Fairchild Semiconductor developed his own idea of an integrated circuit that solved many practical problems Kilbys had not. Noyces design was made of silicon, whereas Kilbys chip was made of germanium, Noyce credited Kurt Lehovec of Sprague Electric for the principle of p–n junction isolation, a key concept behind the IC
Radio controlled cars are battery/gas-powered model cars or trucks that can be controlled from a distance using a specialized transmitter or remote. This article focuses on radio-controlled vehicles only, Cars are powered by various sources. Electric models are powered by small but powerful electric motors and rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, there are brushed or brushless electric motors. Most fuel-powered models use glow plug engines, small internal combustion engines fueled by a mixture of nitromethane, methanol. These are referred to as nitro cars, exceptionally large models have been introduced that are powered by small gasoline engines, similar to string trimmer motors, which use a mix of oil and gasoline. Electric cars are considered easier for the novice to work with compared to fuel-driven models. In both of these categories, both on-road and off-road vehicles are available, off-road models, which are built with fully functional off-road suspensions, and a wide tire selection, can be used on various types of terrain.
On-road cars, with a less robust suspension, are strictly limited to smooth. In the past decade, advances in on-road vehicles have made their suspension as adjustable as many full scale race cars, toy-grade R/C cars are typically manufactured with a focus on design coupled with reducing production costs. Performance tends to depend on price, but with addition of type of batteries toy R/C cars can get up to 1/2 the speed of comparable hobby-grade car for 1/5 of the price. Stock toy-grade cars are equipped with motors and are powered by alkaline or NiCad batteries which means their top speed is usually only 5–15 mph. Cheaper ones lack any form of a suspension and the ones that do feature a suspension have very primitive or rudimentary designs, steering is typically not proportional and there is typically no proportional throttle either, with stopped and full power usually being the only options. With all the disadvantages, toy-grade R/C cars are a great intro to the hobby, especially for ages 5–10, vehicles of this type need little or no final assembly and in most cases, the bodies are shipped painted and trimmed.
Safety inspection of the product to ensure correct operation is essential, a number of cars and trucks are presently available only in ready-to-run form. The growing popularity of the RTR vehicle has prompted many manufacturers to discontinue production of kit vehicles, hobby grade vehicles can cost much more, ranging from $90 to over $2000. Electrically powered models utilize mechanical or electronic speed control units to adjust the amount of power delivered to the electric motor, the power delivered is proportional to the amount of throttle called for by the transmitter - the more you pull the trigger, the faster it goes. The voltage is pulsed using transistors to produce varying output with smooth transitions, electronic speed controllers use solid state components to regulate duty cycle, adjusting the power delivered to the electrical motor. In addition, most electronic speed controllers can use the motor as a magnetic brake
Chris Columbus (filmmaker)
Chris Joseph Columbus is an American filmmaker. Home Alone received a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film, Columbus received an Academy Award nomination for producing The Help. Columbus was born in Spangler and raised in Champion, the son of Mary Irene, a worker, and Alex Michael Columbus. Columbus is of Italian and Czech descent, Columbus worked as a screenwriter with Steven Spielbergs Amblin Entertainment, working on Gremlins, The Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes. He wrote the first episodes of the animated series Galaxy High and made his debut with the teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting. His directorial work includes Home Alone, Only the Lonely, Home Alone 2, Lost in New York, the character types preferred by Columbus are the everyday American men and children who struggle to uphold family traditions against a changing, sometimes intimidating society. In 1993, he said, I can understand the validity of showing people the ugliness of the world, if your film isnt going to do that, I just dont think its worth making.
Columbus created the House of Secrets book series with Ned Vizzini and co-founded a new studio called ZAG Animation Studios with Saban Capital Group. In 1982, Columbus married Monica Devereux, with whom he has four children, Violet, Columbus lives in San Franciscos Pacific Heights. Columbus and his wife listed their Pacific Heights home for sale in September 2013 for $12. 995M and his children attend or previously attended Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. He donated money to the school for a new building, many of Columbus family members —including his children, his wife, his mother, his father-in-law, and his cousin Robert Ayres— have appeared in cameo roles in his films. Particularly, his own daughter, portrayed the Hogwarts student Susan Bones in the first two Harry Potter films
O'Hare International Airport
It is the primary airport serving the Chicago metropolitan area, with Midway International Airport, about 10 miles closer to the Loop, serving as a secondary airport. It is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation, OHare was the busiest airport in the world by number of takeoffs and landings in 2014, topping Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, however, it lost the title to Atlanta a year later. Until 1998, OHare was the worlds busiest airport in number of passengers and it was surpassed mainly due to limits the federal government imposed on the airport to reduce flight delays. As of 2016, OHare is the sixth-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the third-busiest airport in the United States, OHare has eight runways, more than any major international airport. OHare is a hub for American Airlines and United Airlines, as well as a hub for regional carrier Air Choice One. OHare was voted the Best Airport in North America for 10 years by two sources, Readers of the U. S.
Edition of Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine, in contrast and Leisure magazines 2009 Americas Favorite Cities ranked Chicagos Airport System the second-worst for delays, behind the New York City airport system. OHare accounts for nearly 20% of the flight cancellations and delays. OHare was constructed in 1942–43 as part of a plant for Douglas C-54s during World War II. The site was chosen for its proximity to the city and transportation, the two-million-square-foot factory needed easy access to the workforce of the nations then-second-largest city, as well as its extensive railroad infrastructure. Orchard Place was a small farming community. Douglas Companys contract ended in 1945 and though plans were proposed to build commercial aircraft, with the departure of Douglas, the airfield took the name of Orchard Field Airport, the source of its three-letter IATA code ORD. In 1945, the city of Chicago chose Orchard Field as the site for a facility to meet future aviation demands, Matthew Laflin Rockwell was the director of planning for the U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers and responsible for the site selection and design. He was the great-grandson of Matthew Laflin, a founder and pioneer of Chicago, in 1949, the airport was renamed OHare International Airport to honor Edward OHare, the U. S. Navys first flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. (This is similar to, sourced from McCoy Air Force Base, being used for todays Orlando International Airport, by the early 1950s Midway Airport, Chicagos main airport since 1931, was the worlds busiest airport and was too crowded despite multiple expansions. Midways runways were known to be too short for the planned first generation of jets, so the city of Chicago, traveling with him, LT Whitey Feightner was redirected to land at OHare. The runway had just been completed and was covered with peach baskets to prevent aircraft from landing until it was opened, LT Feightner was told to ignore the baskets and land on the new runway, and his F7U became the first aircraft to land there.
OHare opened a $1 million Skymotive terminal for corporate aircraft in 1955, the April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 10 weekday departures on United,9 on American,6 on Capital,3 Eastern,3 TWA,2 Delta,2 North Central, and 1 Braniff
John Towner Williams is an American composer and pianist. T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Schindlers List, Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but two of his feature films. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, with 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams score to 1977s Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowls Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, Williams composed the score for eight movies in the Top 20 highest-grossing films at the U. S. box office.
John Towner Williams was born on February 8,1932 in Floral Park, New York, the son of Esther and Johnny Williams, Williams has said of his lineage, My father was a Maine man—we were very close. My fathers parents ran a department store in Bangor, people with those roots are not inclined to be lazy. In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John attended North Hollywood High School graduating in 1950 and he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied privately with the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Williams had originally briefly attended Los Angeles City College for one semester as the school had a Studio Jazz Band. In 1952, Williams was drafted into the U. S. Air Force, in 1955, following his Air Force service, Williams moved to New York City and entered The Juilliard School where he studied piano with Rosina Lhévinne. During this time Williams worked as a jazz pianist in the many jazz clubs. After moving to Los Angeles he began working as a session musician, Williams has two brothers and Jerry, both of whom work as percussionists in Los Angeles.
After his studies at Juilliard, and the Eastman School of Music, Williams returned to Los Angeles, among other composers, Williams worked with Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, and Alfred Newman, and with his fellow orchestrators Conrad Salinger and Bob Franklyn. Williams was a studio pianist, performing on film scores by composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Williams recorded with Henry Mancini the film scores of 1959s Peter Gunn, 1962s Days of Wine and Roses, and 1963s Charade. Williamss first film composition was for the 1958 B movie Daddy-O and he soon gained notice in Hollywood for his versatility in composing jazz and symphonic music. Williams received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for 1967s Valley of the Dolls. Williams broke through to win his first Academy Award for his score in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof
Almost Grown (song)
Almost Grown is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry. It was released as a double A-side with Little Queenie, the song is featured in the 1973 film American Graffiti. The background vocals on Berrys recording are by Etta James and Harvey & the New Moonglows,7 Vinyl Almost Grown Little Queenie The song reached number thirty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the Billboard R&B chart
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress and singer. She made her debut in the fantasy comedy North. Johansson subsequently starred in Manny & Lo, and garnered acclaim and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer. She shifted to roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation. Since 2010, Johansson has portrayed the Marvel Comics character Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge. As a singer, Johansson has released two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up, Johansson is considered one of Hollywoods modern sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world. As of February 2017, she is the actress of all time in North America. In 2016, she added another $1.2 billion to that box office record and her father, Karsten Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian and director.
Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx, Sloans ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Minsk in the Russian Empire. Scarlett Johansson has a sister, Vanessa, an actress, an older brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter. She holds both United States and Danish passports and citizenship, Johansson grew up in a household with little money, and with a mother who was a film buff. She and her brother attended PS41 elementary school in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Johansson began her training by attending and graduating from Professional Childrens School in Manhattan in 2002. Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother started taking her to auditions and she would audition for commercials but took rejection so hard her mother began limiting her to film tryouts. She made her debut at the age of 9, as John Ritters daughter in the fantasy comedy North. Following minor roles in the mystery thriller Just Cause, as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw, and If Lucy Fell, she played the role of Amanda in Manny & Lo.
Her performance in Manny & Lo garnered a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female, after appearing in minor roles in Fall and Home Alone 3, Johansson garnered widely spread attention for her performance in the film The Horse Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford. She received a nomination for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress for the film, in 1999, she appeared in My Brother the Pig and in the neo-noir Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasnt There
John Hughes (filmmaker)
John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director and screenwriter. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, to a mother who volunteered in charity work and John Hughes and he spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Hughes described himself as kind of quiet as a kid, I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly girls and old people. There werent any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, and every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, and we moved to Chicago, I ended up in a really big high school, and I didnt know anybody. But The Beatles came along changed my whole life, and Bob Dylans Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. Thursday I was one person, and Friday I was another and my heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on. In 1963, Hughess family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and this is where Hughess father found work selling roofing materials.
There Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School, which gave him inspiration for the films made his reputation in years. After dropping out of the University of Arizona, Hughes began selling jokes to well-established performers such as Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. Hughes used his jokes to get a job at Needham, Harper & Steers as an advertising copywriter in Chicago in 1970. During this time, he created became the famous Edge Credit Card Shaving Test ad campaign. Hughes work on the Virginia Slims account frequently took him to the Philip Morris headquarters in New York City and this gave him the opportunity to hang around the offices of the National Lampoon magazine. Hughes subsequently penned a story, inspired by his trips as a child. That piece, Vacation 58, became the basis for the film National Lampoons Vacation and his first credited screenplay, Class Reunion, was written while still on staff at the magazine. The resulting film became the second attempt by the flagship to duplicate the runaway success of Animal House.
It was Hughess next screenplay for the imprint, National Lampoons Vacation and that films success, along with the success of another of Hughes scripts, Mr. Mom, earned Hughes a three-movie deal with Universal Studios. It was the first in a string of efforts set in or around high school, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Buellers Day Off and Some Kind of Wonderful
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown is a song written by American folk rock singer Jim Croce. Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, Billboard ranked it as the No.2 song for 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and it was his last number-one single before his death on September 20. The songs title character is a man from the South Side of Chicago who, due to his size and attitude, has a reputation as the baddest man in the whole damn town. One day, in a bar, he makes a pass at a pretty, married woman named Doris, in the end, Leroy Brown learns a lesson from this painful experience. During the lyrics about the fight, some background voices are heard quietly speaking, in the song, Jim Croce refers to a custom Continental and an El Dorado. People often wonder what this means, both these names referred to very luxury American cars back in the day. A custom Continental is a Lincoln, and an El Dorado is a Cadillac, only very wealthy people could afford these cars, and Leroy Brown was one of them.
The story of a feared man being bested in a fight is similar to Croces earlier song You Dont Mess Around With Jim. Croces inspiration for the song was a friend he met in his time in the US Army, I met him at Fort Jackson. We were in school together. He stayed there about a week, and one evening he turned around and said he was fed up. He went AWOL, and back at the end of the month to get his paycheck. They put handcuffs on him and took him away, just to listen to him talk and see how bad he was, I knew someday I was gonna write a song about him. He told a variation of this story on The Helen Reddy Show in July 1973 and it was at Fort Dix, in New Jersey, that I met this guy. So he went AWOL—which means to take your own vacation—and he did, but he made the mistake of coming back at the end of the month to get his paycheck. I dont know if ever seen handcuffs put on anybody, but it was SNAP and that was the end of it for a good friend of mine. I got to know many junkyards well, and they all have those dogs in them
Rya Kihlstedt is an American actress. Kihlstedt was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts, in 1994, Kihlstedt married actor Gil Bellows They have two children, Ava Emanuelle, and Giovanni. She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist, Carla Kihlstedt, in 1995, Kihlstedt played Lizzie Elmsworth in the BBC adaptation of Edith Whartons last novel, The Buccaneers. However, she is best known for her role as Alice Ribbons, in 1998, she starred with Peter Gallagher in the TV movie Brave New World loosely based on Aldous Huxleys 1932 novel of the same name. She had recurring roles in the Showtime crime drama Dexter as Dr. Michelle Ross, and in the ABC musical drama Nashville as Marilyn Rhodes, from 2015 to 2016, she starred as Erica Kravid in the NBC science fiction drama miniseries Heroes Reborn. In 2016, she was cast as Tig Notaros mother Caroline in the Amazon Video original series One Mississippi, Rya Kihlstedt on Twitter Rya Kihlstedt at the Internet Movie Database