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James Doohan

James Montgomery Doohan was a Canadian actor, voice actor and soldier, best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan's characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise, inspired many fans to pursue careers in engineering and other technical fields, he made contributions behind the scenes, such as the initial development of the Klingon and Vulcan languages. Prior to his acting career, Doohan served in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, he served as a pilot. He saw combat in Europe during World War II, including the D-Day invasion of Normandy, in which he was wounded by friendly fire. After the war, he had extensive experience performing in radio and television, which led to his role as Scotty. Following the cancellation of the original Star Trek series, Doohan had limited success in finding other roles. Doohan was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the youngest of four children of Sarah Frances and William Patrick Doohan, who both emigrated from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

His mother was a homemaker. His father, born in Belfast, was a pharmacist and dentist, a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. William Doohan owned a chemist shop beside Trinity Presbyterian Church. Doohan's father invented an early form of high-octane gasoline in 1923. Doohan's 1996 autobiography recounted his father's serious alcoholism. Doohan's paternal grandfather, Thomas Doohan, was Head Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary; the family moved from Vancouver to Ontario. Doohan attended high school at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, where he excelled in mathematics and science, he enrolled in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938. At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 14th Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. He was sent to England in 1940 for training, he first saw combat landing at Juno Beach on D-Day.

Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren Gun by a nervous Canadian sentry: four in his leg, one in the chest, one through his right middle finger; the bullet to his chest was stopped by a silver cigarette case given to him by his brother. His right middle finger had to be amputated, something he would conceal on-screen during most of his career as an actor. Doohan graduated from Air Observation Pilot Course 40 with eleven other Canadian artillery officers and flew Taylorcraft Auster Mark V aircraft for 666 Squadron, RCAF as a Royal Canadian Artillery officer in support of 1st Army Group Royal Artillery. All three Canadian RCAF squadrons were manned by artillery officer-pilots and accompanied by non-commissioned RCA and RCAF personnel serving as observers. Although he was never a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Doohan was once labelled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force".

In the late spring of 1945, on Salisbury Plain north of RAF Andover, he slalomed a plane between telegraph poles "to prove it could be done"—earning himself a serious reprimand. After the war, Doohan moved to London, for further technical education. After hearing a radio drama that he knew he could do better, he recorded his voice at the local radio station, learned about a drama school in Toronto. There he won a two-year scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where his classmates included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone. In 1946, he had several roles for CBC radio, starting January 12. For several years, he shuttled between New York as work demanded, he estimated he performed in over 4,000 radio programs and 450 television programs during this period, earned a reputation for versatility. In the mid-1950s, he appeared as forest ranger Timber Tom in the Canadian version of Howdy Doody. Coincidentally, fellow Star Trek cast member William Shatner appeared as Ranger Bill in the American version.

Doohan and Shatner both appeared on the 1950s Canadian science fiction series Space Command. Doohan appeared in several episodes of Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans in 1957-58. For GM Presents, he played the lead role in the CBC TV drama Flight into Danger in The Night they Killed Joe Howe. Doohan's credits included The Twilight Zone, Season 4, Episode 3 "Valley of the Shadow", GE True, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, Fantasy Island, Magnum, P. I; the Man from U. N. C. L. E. and Bonanza. In the Bonanza episode "Gift of Water", he co-starred with actress Majel Barrett who would play Star Trek's Nurse Christine Chapel, he played an assistant to the United States president in two episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He

Zhao Yangsheng

Zhao Yangsheng is a Chinese scientist serving as a professor and doctoral supervisor at Taiyuan University of Technology. He is a member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Zhao was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi in December 1955. After the resumption of college entrance examination, he attended Shanxi Mining Institute where he received his bachelor's degree in 1982. After completing his master's degree at Fuxin Mining Institute, he attended Tongji University where he obtained his doctor's degree in 1992. In 2018 he founded the National Research and Development Center for Oil Shale Exploitation with Sinopec. 1996 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars 1999 "Chang Jiang Scholar" 2005 State Technological Invention Award 2006 National Labor Medal November 22, 2019 Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Robinson Technologies

Robinson Technologies is an independent video game developer, located in Japan. It was founded by Seth Robinson; the company produced the BBS door games Legend of the Red Dragon, Planets: The Exploration of Space and Growtopia, an experimental multiplayer creative sandbox created as a collaboration with Hamumu Software, released in 2013 for iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS. The game was acquired by Ubisoft in 2017. In 1989, Seth Robinson created a game that he called Legend of the Red Dragon, or LORD, in an effort to attract new users to his Amiga-based BBS that he ran at the time, he was only 14 years old at the time. He allowed others to port the game to other operating systems and BBS platforms; the game exemplified. It is a text-based menu-driven fighting game, allowing players to take on the role of a potential dragon-slayer, it featured multiplayer options. The gameplay style that it featured was in many ways a predecessor to the MMORPG genre; the game would feature a form of graphical menus and displayed by RIPTerm.

Another feature of the game was In Game IGMs. These were little add-ons to the game, allowing for expansion. IGMs could be allowed for a lot of gameplay to be added on; some IGMs allowed "mischievous" game play allowing players to cheat. Robinson only released a single IGM of his own, called Barak's House. Shortly afterwards, Robinson released. Referred to as Planets: TEOS, it was a space trading game that had players flying to various kinds of planets, buying and trading items in order to make money; the game allowed fights that were similar in style to LORD, allowing players to attack others when they were offline. Players could attack planets in order to take control of them. Robinson describes the game as "kind of like LORD mixed with Tradewars"; the game featured the Alliance and the Maraken. Players could fight for either side. Players could own planets. However, they could play independently and start their own "guilds" called cartels; the game had a notable Star Trek influence, including references to the Borg and characters from different Star Trek shows.

Planets: TEOS featured IGMs, the major difference being that players had to travel to a particular planet to enter into that IGM. Robinson only released one TEOS IGM of his own, called "Landfill", a Tetris clone. In various releases of Planets: TEOS, Robinson advertised a new game; this game, New World, would never see release due to reasons. Instead, another of Robinson's games inherited Legend of the Red Dragon II: New World. Fans wanted a new game from Robinson and wanted New World as well, so he released the official sequel to his original hit, Legend of the Red Dragon; this game is different than the original Red Dragon. Instead of a text-based menu concept, the game had an ANSI-based graphical map concept. Players controlled a smiley face-like character that could roam much like modern MMORPGs; the game was never as successful as the original Red Dragon. Robinson sold the rights to the three BBS games to Metropolis Gameport in 1998. Legend of the Red Dragon Barak's House Planets: The Exploration of Space Landfill Legend of the Red Dragon II: New World RTReader BradyBunch Adventure Tournament LORD In 1997, Robinson Technologies released an adventure/RPG title by the name of Dink Smallwood.

This was an effort made by Seth Robinson to move away from BBS door games and into something more profitable. The title had a comedic focus. In an attempt to keep the game's player-base active longer, Robinson took the idea of IGMs from Legend of the Red Dragon and created "D-Mods", an add-on feature where players could create their own adventure for others to explore. Anyone could distribute them as they wished. On 17 October 1999, Robinson Technologies released the game to the public for free, now it can be downloaded without charge from their website. On 16 December 2011, a new version of Dink Smallwood called Dink Smallwood HD was released for iPhone, iPad, Windows XP/Vista/7, webOS, Mac OS X. After Dink Smallwood, Robinson worked on many programs, releasing most of them on the company website. Notable releases include Dungeon Scroll and Funeral Quest, he worked on games for other companies like the Opening Weekend series for The Learning Company and developed several Flash games for various websites.

Dink Smallwood Mystery Island Opening Weekend: Varmit Season Opening Weekend: Deer Season Opening Weekend: Grizzly Season Opening Weekend: Bear Season Teenage Lawnmower Dungeon Scroll Funeral Quest Robinson Technologies started developing games for the mobile device market in the early 2000s. They developed games for the Pocket PC platform, such as a game designed by his wife, Akiko Robinson, called Reckless Thief; the company made the leap to the smartphone market after 2007. Trophy Whitetail PDA Grizzly PDA ProCar Racing Akiko Robinson's Reckless

USS Corypheus (1862)

USS Corypheus was a schooner captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. Corypheus was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy in order to prevent the South from trading with other countries, she carried a 30-pounder rifled gun, powerful enough to stop a blockade runner, a howitzer for riverside bombardment. The Confederate yacht Corypheus was captured by USS Calhoun 13 May 1862 in Louisiana. Taken by the Navy she was assigned to tender duty for the bark USS Arthur off Aransas Pass, Texas, 12 June 1862, commanded by Acting Master A. T. Spear. Operating off Corpus Christi, Texas, on 12 August 1862 Corypheus participated in the capture of the armed schooner Breaker and destruction of Hannah and Elma by their own men, she took part in the engagements at Corpus Christi on 16 and 18 August, while returning to Aransas Bay, captured the blockade runner Water Witch. Arriving at Galveston, Texas, 28 December 1862, Corypheus fired in the Battle of Sabine Pass on 1 January 1863.

Corypheus fought valiantly and cleared amid a rain of fire from the enemy when the Union force withdrew. Admiral David G. Farragut wrote of her officers and crew that they acted with uncommon coolness and great courage, keeping up their fire for the protection of the soldiers on shore, when ordered to abandon their vessel and safely extricated their ship although left by themselves except for USS Sachem, her next duty was on Lake Pontchartrain where she was stationed to break up the small-craft traffic crossing between New Orleans and coastal waters. She remained on this duty until November 1864 when ordered to Florida. Following repairs, she was stationed around Alabama. After the war’s end, Corypheus was sold 15 September, 1865; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found Union service here. United States Navy American Civil War

Ashford House

Ashford House, located in the Adelaide suburb of Ashford, South Australia, was built in 1838 by Dr Charles Everard, is amongst the oldest historic buildings in South Australia. The house has Local Heritage listing status with the City of West Torrens. On 19 November 2019, the City of West Torrens voted and resolved to seek State Heritage listing by the SA Heritage Council; the current building was completed in 1882. At the rear of the house are the remains of an old gum tree, of historical significance as it was in place when Dr Everard arrived in 1836. In 1952 The Crippled Children’s Association of South Australia purchased Ashford House. Since 1976 the house has been operated by the Department of Education and Children Development and forms part of the Errington Special Education Centre, it was placed on the Classified List by the National Trust of South Australia in 1980. In October 2012, the South Australian State Government announced construction had commenced at the William Light School in Plympton to allow relocation from the current site at the beginning of 2014.

In November 2013, the SA Government announced a school for children with autism spectrum disorders will commence in 2015. The school, called the Treetop Autism Specific School, opened in 2016 and is the state's first school for autistic students. Photograph of Ashford House - 1910 William Light School R-12

Brown snake eagle

The brown snake eagle is a large species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is found in West and southern Africa; this species is an obligate predator of a variety of snakes. A solitary bird, the brown snake eagle has a prolonged breeding cycle and raises a single eaglet. Although naturally scarce, it is classified as a Least concern species as it continues to occur over a broad range; this species is distributed in Africa. In west Africa, ranges from southeastern Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and western Guinea, Sierra Leone, the northern, inland parts of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria as well as inland in Mali and Niger. From there they range across to southern Chad, southern Sudan, South Sudan, inland in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia and central Ethiopia and in southern Somalia through much of Kenya and the southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo down through southern Africa to about half of Namibia, all of Botswana and Zimbabwe and northeastern and eastern South Africa.

Although it is not migratory, brown snake eagles may be somewhat nomadic, with cases of birds on territories stretching up to 200 km apart. Furthermore, ringed birds have been known to travel 2,100 km away; this species dwell in open woods and wooded savanna, most preferring areas where gulley or wooded hillocks break up flat areas preferring somewhat more densely wooded areas than related snake eagles. This species may dwell at any elevation from sea level to 2,000 m high, their plumage about the body is a dark brown, with some claims of a purplish sheen in certain light conditions. The body colour extends to the wings but for their contrasting unmarked flight feathers which are whitish-grey; the shortish tail, most seen in flight, is at all ages barred brown and grayish cream. The juvenile is similar in appearance and colour but tends to have sparse white feather bases, with birds from south of the range showing heavier white speckling on the abdomen and head; this species has a large head and bare legs, which serve to distinguish it from other brownish medium-sized eagles in Africa, although a juvenile bateleur could be confused with one in poor light, but its colour is more varying, its eyes brown and the species has a shorter tail and shorter legs.

The brown snake eagle is of medium size relative to species referred to as eagles, however it is the largest member of the Circaetus genus. Of the living species in the Circaetinae subfamily, it is similar in size to the bateleur but much smaller than the Philippine eagle. Total length is from 66 to 78 cm and wingspan is from 160 to 185 cm, though wingspans of up to 200 cm may be attained. Known weights are between 2.5 kg, with an average of around 2.05 kg. Despite its large size, this species has a relative small wing spread, being smaller winged than the bateleur and the much lighter black-breasted snake eagle; the brown snake eagle's call is a hoarse, guttural hok-hok-hok-hok uttered in territorial displays at conspecifics and sometimes culminating in a crowing kaaww. Pairs call a soft kwee-oo as a contact call at the nest; the brown snake eagle is somewhat larger and more powerful than other snake eagles and tends to take larger prey. It seems any reasonably sized snake, regardless of whether harmless or venomous is taken more or less indiscriminately.

Like others in their subfamily, they have natural protection against bites, with thick-skinned legs. 3 out of 4 identified snake species recorded at a nest in Zimbabwe were venomous species, including boomslang, puff adder and black-necked spitting cobra. Most snakes taken here were decapitated before being brought to the nest. Large adult snakes were taken here, including a large puff adder weighing about 750 g. More impressive accounts are known of this species hunting adult black mambas, including specimens measuring up to at least 2.8 m. Hunting is from a tree perch or hillock, but rarely sometimes from flight, taken exclusively on the ground. Like most snake eagles, they quite swallow their prey whole, but do so in flight as do other snake eagles. Alternate prey is known to have included monitor lizards, francolins and chickens as well as rats and other mammals; this species is solitary and the breeding pair is seen in the same place at any point of the year. Males do all known territorial display flights, which sometimes escalate from typical soaring into butterfly-like erratic flight movements and, if escalated, into interlocking of talons and cartwheeling.

Breeding takes places in November to July in northern part of range and, although in nearly any month December-July in Zimbabwe and February-October in Kenya. The nests are small about 60 to 70 cm across and 15 to 30 cm deep being on flat-topped trees such as Acacia or Euphorbia at 3.5 to 11 m above the ground. Sometimes the nests are infrequently on top of epiphytes, buffalo-weaver nests or on electric pylons. Old nests are other raptors are not infrequently used, from tawny eagle to gymnogene nests, are perceptibly bulkier than those built by snake eagles themselves. A single egg clutch is laid and is incubated by the female for 50 days. Like most birds of prey, t