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How Interesting: A Tiny Man

"How Interesting: A Tiny Man" is a 2010 science fiction/magical realism short story by American writer Harlan Ellison. It was first published in Realms of Fantasy. A scientist creates a tiny man; the tiny man is very popular, but draws the hatred of the world, so the tiny man must flee, together with the scientist. "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" won the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, tied with Kij Johnson's "Ponies". It was Ellison's final Nebula nomination and win, of his record-setting eight nominations and three wins. Tor.com calls the story "deceptively simple", with "execution is flawless" and a "Geppetto-like" narrator, while Publishers Weekly describes it as "memorably depict humanity’s smallness of spirit". The SF Site, felt it was "contrived and less than profound". Nick Mamatas compared "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" negatively to Ellison's other Nebula-winning short stories, stated that the story's two mutually exclusive endings are evocative of the process of writing short stories.

Ben Peek considered it to be "more allegory than anything else", interpreted it as being about how the media "give everyone a voice", about how Ellison was treated by science fiction fandom. Audio version of How Interesting: A Tiny Man, at StarShipSofa How Interesting: A Tiny Man, at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

LGBT culture in Vancouver

Vancouver's LGBT community is centered around Davie Village. LGBT people have gathered in the Chinatown and Gastown neighborhoods. Former establishments include Dino's Turkish Baths, a gay bathhouse on Hastings, the city's first drag bar, BJ's, on Pender Street. Qmunity, founded in 1979 as the Vancouver Gay Community Centre and known as The Centre, is located on Bute Street in Davie Village. LGBT-oriented companies in Vancouver include Art Emporium. LGBT events in Vancouver include: Pride Week 1973 Queer Arts Festival Vancouver Pride Festival, annual LGBTQ+ pride event Vancouver Queer Film FestivalThe annual Gay Men's Health Summit is hosted by Vancouver's Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health. Xtra Vancouver was a gay bi-weekly newspaper, published by Pink Triangle Press between 1993 and 2015. LGBT nightclubs in Vancouver include Celebrities Nightclub, The Junction, Numbers and Pumpjack Pub. LGBT organizations based in Vancouver include: B. C. Gay and Lesbian Archives Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society Gay Alliance Toward Equality Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society Kiss and Tell collective Our City of Colours Pinoy Pride Vancouver Q Hall of Fame Canada Rainbow Refugee Salaam Vancouver Sher Vancouver Trikone Vancouver Vancouver Gay Liberation Front Vancouver Pride Society Yad b’Yad LGBTQ "LGBTQ community".

City of Vancouver. Peeples, Jase. "A Definitive Gay Guide to Vancouver, B. C." Out Traveler. Ferber, Lawrence. "An LGBT Guide to Vancouver, Canada's Most Gay-Friendly City". Condé Nast Traveler

San Felice del Benaco

San Felice del Benaco is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, northern Italy. The name derives most from the Latin sinus felix, meaning "pleasant harbour", it is located on the western shore of the Lake Garda. The Isola del Garda, the largest island in the lake, is part of the municipality of San Felice, it is bounded by the municipalities of Puegnago sul Garda and Manerba del Garda. Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine, dating from the 15th century, it is a late example of Lombard Gothic architecture. Parish church, it houses frescoes by Carlo Innocenzo Carloni. Remains of the castle. Church of San Fermo, at Portese. Remains of the castle of Portese. Abandoned spring factory "mollificio bresciano" by Vittoriano Viganò an important Italian architect

Kösem Sultan

Kösem Sultan – known as Mahpeyker Sultan – was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history. Kösem Sultan achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire when she became haseki sultan as favourite consort and second legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I and valide sultan as mother of Murad IV and Ibrahim, grandmother of Mehmed IV. Kösem lived in the Ottoman Empire as a courtier during the reign of six sultans: Ahmed I, Mustafa I, Osman II, Murad IV, Mehmed IV. After her death, she was known by the names "Valide-i Muazzama", "Vālide-i Maḳtūle", "Vālide-i Şehīde". Kösem is said to be of Greek origin, the daughter of a priest on the island of Tinos whose maiden name was Anastasia but these views do not seem reliable, she was bought as a slave by the Bosnian Beylerbey, sent, at the age of fifteen, to the harem of Sultan Ahmed I. Upon her conversion to Islam, her name was changed to Mahpeyker, by Sultan Ahmed I to Kösem, meaning "sheep leading the herd", indicating Kösem's leadership and political intelligence.

Kösem rose to prominence early in Ahmed's reign as part of a series of changes to the hierarchy of the imperial harem. Safiye Sultan, Ahmed's once-powerful grandmother and manager of the harem, was deprived of power and banished to the Old Palace in January 1604, Handan Sultan, Ahmed's mother and Valide Sultan, died in November of the following year; these two vacancies allowed Kösem to rise to the top of the imperial harem hierarchy from her previous position as the Sultan's second or third concubine. As a Haseki Sultan to Ahmed I Kösem was considered his favorite consort and gave birth to many of his children. During her time as haseki sultan she received 1,000 aspers a day; as the mother to a number of princesses she had the right to arrange their marriages which were of political use. Venetian ambassador Simon Contarini mentions Kösem in his report in 1612 and portrays her as: " of beauty and shrewdness, furthermore... of many talents, she sings excellently, whence she continues to be well loved by the king...

Not that she is respected by all, but she is listened to in some matters and is the favorite of the king, who wants her beside him continually." Contarini reported in 1612. She may have been mother of Ahmed's eldest son Osman. Kösem made efforts to keep her brother-in-law Mustafa safe from execution, may have regarded Mahfiruz as a rival intent on lobbying in favor of her own son. After Mahfiruz's apparent expulsion from the palace in the mid-1610s, Kösem and Osman grew fond of each other, she used to let him join her in carriage rides where he showed himself to the crowd, but once this came to Ahmed's attention he forbade any conversation between them. Kösem's influence over the Sultan increased in the following years and it is said that she acted as one of his advisers. However, she refrained from involving herself in serious issues as the Sultan refused to be overshadowed by his wife. Kösem is sometimes accused of trying to save her own position and influence throughout her long career "rather than that of the sultan or of the dynasty".

Kösem had a long career as a guardian of şehzades. It is possible that the significant modifications in the pattern of succession to the throne during Ahmed's time owed something to her efforts, she must have realized the personal gain that might stem from the transition to seniority coupled with the fact that she was no longer haseki but had a son "in waiting". According to the Venetian ambassador, Kösem "lobbied to spare Mustafa the fate of fratricide with the ulterior goal of saving her own son from the same fate." Like his parents, Ahmed died at a young age on 22 November 1617. This made Kösem lose her position in Topkapi Palace and she retired in the Old Palace during the reign of her brother-in-law Mustafa I and step-son Osman II. Due to the emergence of seniority as the principle of succession, which meant that a prince's mother might mark time in the Old Palace between the death of her master and the accession of her son, Kösem was able to maintain her Haseki status and daily stipend of 1,000 aspers during her retirement there.

In 1619, her step-son Osman II paid her a three-day visit at the Old Palace, thus manifesting his special fondness for her. If their relation was cultivated, though, it did not yield consequential results for the young Sultan, whose most exceptional weakness was the lack of a Valide Sultan, a queen mother, to lobby in his favour. Kösem came back in power when her son ascended to the throne on 10 September 1623 as Murad IV. Since her son was a minor, she was appointed not only as a Valide Sultan but as an official regent during his minority, from her son's ascension on 10 September 1623 until 18 May 1632. During most of Murad IV's reign, she ruled through him and ran the empire, attending meetings of the divan from behind a curtain after 1632, when she was no longer regent. During the early years, the Empire fell into anarchy.

Raúl Bernao

Raúl Bernao was an Argentine footballer. He played most of his career for Club Atlético Independiente winning a number of major titles, he played for the Argentina national football team 15 times. Bernao started his career with Independiente in 1961, he was part of the squad that won the 1963 championship. In 1964, he helped Independiente to become the first Argentine team to win the Copa Libertadores and the club retained the title in 1965. In 1967, Independiente were the first team to win the Nacional and in 1970 they won the Metropolitano. Bernao left Independiente to join Colombian team Deportivo Cali in 1971, he played for the club until the end of 1973, he returned to Argentina to join Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in 1974, but retired at the age of 33 after only playing in 10 Primera matches for Gimnasia. Bernao appeared for the Argentina national football team in two editions of the Copa América. Raúl Bernao – FIFA competition record Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine Short obituary

Buoyant density centrifugation

Buoyant density centrifugation uses the concept of buoyancy to separate molecules in solution by their differences in density. A caesium chloride solution was used, but more used density gradients are sucrose or Percoll; the sample is put on top of the solution, the tube is spun at a high speed for an extended time, at times lasting days. The CsCl molecules become densely packed toward the bottom, so layers of different densities form. Since the original solution was the same density, they go to a level where their density and the CsCl density are the same, to which they form a sharp, distinctive band; this method sharply separates molecules, is so sharp that it can separate different molecular isotopes from one another. Buoyant density of majority of DNA is 1.7g/cm3, equal to density of 6M CsCl solution. Buoyant density of DNA changes with its GC content. Isopycnic Schildkraut, Carl L.. "Determination of the base composition of deoxyribonucleic acid from its buoyant density in CsCl". Journal of Molecular Biology.

4: 430–443. Doi:10.1016/S0022-283680100-4. ISSN 0022-2836. James Greene. Recombinant DNA Principles and Methodologies. CRC Press. Pp. 278–. ISBN 978-0-8247-9989-2