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K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 historical submarine film directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow, produced by Edward S. Feldman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Christine Whitaker and Matthias Deyle with screenplay by Christopher Kyle. An international production of the US, UK, Germany and Canada, the film takes place in 1961 and focuses its story on the Soviet K-19 submarine; the film stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Donald Sumpter, Christian Camargo, Michael Gladis and John Shrapnel in supporting roles. K-19: The Widowmaker was released by Paramount Pictures on July 19, 2002 in the United States while on September 5, 2002 in Germany and October 25, 2002 in the United Kingdom. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics, which praised the performances and the dramatic atmosphere but criticized the screenwriting. In addition to criticial disappointment, the film became a box office failure grossing $65 million against a production budget of $90 million. In 1961, the Soviet Union launches its first ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the K-19, commanded by Captain Alexei Vostrikov, with executive officer Mikhail Polenin, the crew's original captain.

Vostrikov is alleged to have been appointed through his wife's political connections, as well as Polenin's tendency to put crew morale and safety before Soviet pride. Discovering the reactor officer drunk and asleep on duty, Vostrikov fires him, receiving a replacement, Vadim Radtchenko, fresh from the academy. Bad luck surrounds the launch; the K-19's first mission is to surface in the Arctic, test-fire an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile, patrol the Atlantic within striking range of New York City and Washington, D. C.. Vostrikov orders K-19 to submerge past its maximum operational depth surface at full-speed to break through the Arctic pack-ice. Protesting the dangerous maneuver, Polenin storms off the bridge; the test missile launches successfully. En route to the patrol zone, a reactor coolant pipe bursts. Control rods are inserted to stop the reactor, but reactor temperature rises and the crew learns back-up coolant systems were not installed. K-19 surfaces to contact fleet command but the long-range transmitter antenna cable is damaged by the Arctic maneuver.

Engineers rig a makeshift coolant system. The first team blistered. With radiation levels rising, the submarine surfaces and most of the crew are ordered topside. Radtchenko balks after seeing the first team's injuries, the crew chief takes his place on the third team. A Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw helicopter from a nearby United States Navy destroyer offers assistance, which Vostrikov rejects; the Soviet government grows concerned when the K-19 ceases contact but is spotted near the destroyer. Hoping diesel submarines will be sent to tow the K-19, Vostrikov orders a return to port, but the pace could kill the entire crew; the repaired pipework leaks and reactor temperature rises again, torpedo fuel ignites a fire. Ordering the fire suppression system activated – which would suffocate anyone in the area – Vostrikov is talked down by Polenin, who assists the fire crew. Two officers mutiny against Vostrikov, Radtchenko enters the reactor alone to attempt repairs. Polenin deceives the mutineers into handing over their weapons, arrests them, frees Vostrikov.

Unaware of Radtchenko, Vostrikov, at Polenin's behest, announces his plan to dive and attempt another repair, fearing an overheating reactor could set off their warheads and incite nuclear war. The crew responds positively, K-19 dives. Radtchenko's repairs are successful, but blind and weakened by heavy radiation, he is dragged out by Vostrikov. A meltdown is irradiated steam leaks throughout the submarine. A Soviet diesel submarine reaches K-19, with orders to confine the crew on-board until a freighter can pick them up, but as it is too dangerous to stay, Vostrikov orders an evacuation, knowing he may lose his command and be sent to a gulag. Returning to the Soviet Union, Vostrikov is tried for endangering the mission and disobeying a direct order, but Polenin comes to his defense. An epilogue reveals Vostrikov was acquitted, but the K-19 crew was sworn to secrecy and Vostrikov never given submarine command again. All seven men who went into the reactor chamber died of radiation poisoning, twenty others died from radiation sickness.

Only after the dissolution of the Soviet Union decades could the crew discuss what happened. In 1989, an aged Vostrikov meets Polenin and other survivors at a cemetery on the anniversary of their rescue. Vostrikov informs the men that he nominated the 28 deceased crewmen for the Hero of the Soviet Union award, but was told the honor was reserved for combat veterans. Remarking "what good are honors from such people," Vostrikov toasts the survivors and those who sacrificed their lives. "The Widowmaker" nickname was used only in the film. In real life, the submarine had no nickname until the nuclear accident on July 3, 1961, when it received the nickname "Hiroshima". K-19: The Widowmaker cost $100 million to produce, but gross returns were only $35 million in the United States and $30.5 million internationally. The film was not financed by a major studio, making it one of the most expensive independent films to-date. K-19: The Widowmak

Lil' Chopper Toy

Lil' Chopper Toy is the second album by Atlanta 18-year-old rapper Baby D. It was released in 2002 under Big Oomp Records. "Intro" "Get Crunk" "Live In Concert" "ATL Hoe!" "Stomp That Shit" "Gangsta Walk" "We Got The Club Jumpin" "Big Korey" "Eastside Vs Westside Remix" "We Came To Get That Cheese" "Ridin In A Chevy, Pt. 2" "Make Yo Shoulders Jump" "Slammin Cadillac Doors" "We Too Deep" "Gregg Street Party" "Let's Start A Fight" "Suckas And Bustas" "Drop A Little Lower" "Bouncin" "Do You Wanna" Untitled hidden track

Zhu Lan Qing

Zhu Lan Qing, is a contemporary Chinese photographer and now living in Taipei. She graduated with a master's degree from the Department of Photojournalism at Renmin University of China in 2012 and moved to Taiwan to study at the Institute of Applied Arts in Fujen Catholic University. Zhu's works, most related to home, travel and strangeness, have been published in magazines and shown at photography festival internationally, including the FORMAT International Festival and Lianzhou International Photo Festival, her photobook was selected as for the PHOTOEYE's Best Books of 2012. She won the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2014 and the Barcelona International Photography Awards in 2015; when Zhu was in secondary school, she was more interested in the village she lived in the old houses going to disappear. Thus, she started photographing them and, the first time she picked up her grandfather's camera and created something. At the time that digital camera being popular, her parent bought her one, a Taiwan brand called PREMIER.

Zhu considered photography not only as a way of expression, but as a story to tell. She desired to express through photography and this is the reason that photography came into her life; when Zhu left Dongshan Island, the place she spent her childhood, she started to have the concept of home. Suffering from homesickness allowed Zhu to record her feelings to home with camera. Zhu's mother worked in a local tourism, so Zhu knew her home town through the tourist brochures in her childhood. Decided to take photos of the home town, she firstly brought a map and explored to some places she never been to. At the beginning of her tour, she took the bus, bought a motorcycle to travel around and took photos. Zhu believed. At first, she did not have a clear plan but by walking everywhere in Dongshan, discovered the places with her lens, she focused on construction sites and festive holiday scenes with the lens. However, her trips in hometown were not supported by everyone. Once she met a shepherd in woods and tried to take photos of the sheep, she found herself and the shepherd were in the same age.

Zhu was curious because their different backgrounds caused them doing something different, so she wanted to take a photo of the shepherd. He was not willing to be photographed, but after Zhu explained her motivation, he agreed. After she got back to her home in Dongshan's village, Zhu used the camera to record the scene at home, including the fish in sink, grandma's hair and old boxes, she found a magenta embroidered wedding dress from her grandma's box, wearing it and taking photos. This photo became her handmade book cover. In the next three years, Zhu clarified the context of the creation, she made a photo album with four sections which were "Bachimen", "Home", "Food, God" and "Sea". In her eyes, Bachimen was the connection between the Dongshan Island. Once she smelled the sea from Bachimen, she knew. All about my grandma, Dongshan Island,Fujian, China Meet Strangers, Beijing / Wuhan / Dalian, China A Journey In Reverse Direction, Dongshan Island, China Meet Strangers 1, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China Zhu Lanqing's project is developed from existing photographs, references Deleuze's concept of the “arborescent” in the title.

Here, the “lateral roots” are elements other than the main subject of the photograph captured inadvertently by the photographer, sometimes with greater significance. The images here are selected from the project's first series “Photographs within Photographs." Works in the “landscape / quotidian” section deal with the familiar themes of urbanization and development, intriguing handmade photobook, which traces her return to her coastal hometown in Fujian province best connects the themes of landscape and memory in this section. 朱岚清Home Page A Journey In Reverse Direction, Zhu Lanqing 朱岚清 Zhu Lanqing awarded the Jimei X Arles Discovery Award Ms. Ju Lanqing Won the Three Shadows Photography Award Zhu Lanqing wins inaugural Jimei X Arles Discovery Award 漳州女攝影師朱嵐清捧走“集美·阿爾勒發現獎”20萬獎金 90后女摄影师朱岚清:负向的旅行,与过去的对话 Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival Pop Eyes December 2015


Ajoblanco is a popular Spanish cold soup typical from Granada and Málaga. This dish is made of bread, crushed almonds, water, olive oil and sometimes vinegar, it is served with grapes or slices of melon. When almonds were not available, for instance during the post-war period, flour from dried beans was used. Ajoblanco is sometimes referred to as "white gazpacho."Extremaduran ajoblanco is a related though somewhat different dish, since it contains egg yolk in the emulsion apart from water, olive oil and bread and while vegetables such as tomatoes or cucumbers may be added, it doesn't contain almonds. The dish has its origins in the Roman cuisine, introduced the Roman Province of Hispania, it would become a traditional dish of Andalucía. The bread is soaked overnight; the almonds and the garlic are mixed together with a mortar and pestle until a white paste is formed. Water and olive oil are added and the mixture is beaten until it has an emulsion-like texture. In some areas of Granada it is customary to have ajoblanco as an accompaniment to a "papa asá".

When served this way, the soup is thinned. In Málaga, ajoblanco is served with moscatel grapes or -less other fresh fruit, such as apple or melon. There is a current trend to experiment with other such combinations; every year in the town of Almáchar, Málaga, a festival is held on 2 September to celebrate ajoblanco. List of almond dishes Authentic Spanish Ajoblanco recipe A recipe for Ajoblanco

Branscombe Richmond

Branscombe Richmond, sometimes credited in films as Richmond Branscombe, Ranscombe Richmon, Ranhome Quickman or Branscom Richmond, is an American character actor and stuntman of English, Native American, Native Hawaiian, French Polynesian and Portuguese descent. Richmond was born in Los Angeles, the son of Leo C. Richmond, an actor and stuntman, he appeared as a policeman named Harker in the pilot and all 10 episodes of Hawaiian Heat in the fall of 1984 on ABC. The show failed pitted against the ratings juggernaut Dallas. In the fall of 1986, he appeared as another cop, Sergeant Luke Halui, in all 13 episodes of Heart of the City, it was the second lowest rated show that season, due to having to do battle with NBC's Top 20 hits The Golden Girls and Amen, as well as losing out to CBS's show The New Mike Hammer. It lasted only 13 episodes, his most well known and prominent television role was in 1990s hit syndicated television series Renegade as Bobby Sixkiller. He appeared in a minor role as Moki in the pilot episode of Magnum, P.

I. before the role was taken over by another actor for the series. His many other television appearances include series such as Walker, Texas Ranger, The A-Team and The Highwayman, he has appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Action Jackson, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, in The Scorpion King, as Mathayus's half-brother. He was inducted to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. Grindcore band Anal Cunt paid tribute to him in a track called "Branscombe Richmond" on their album I Like It When You Die, he now has taken part in being a voice actor for the hit game "Apex Legends", voicing the character Gibraltar. Branscombe Richmond on IMDb

Villa Paletti

Villa Paletti is a board game of physical skill designed by Bill Payne and published in 2001 by Zoch Verlag. Players compete to build the villa highest using columns from lower floors without collapsing the structure. A double-size version of the game, Palazzo Paletti, is available; each player chooses a colour. They take their wooden column pieces - three thin, one medium, one wide - and arrange them on the base mat; the players must agree on a fair placement of the first "floor", which must lie above the base mat and which cannot cover any column. Each player in turn must take one of their columns from any level except the highest, place it on the highest floor. If they cannot remove one of their columns, they may ask to place the next floor; each opponent may challenge this decision. If no opponent challenges the player, they may place the next floor on top of the pillars of the current highest floor - again, it must lie above the base mat and cannot cover any column. Once a column is placed on the second floor, the player with the most column points on the highest level is the leader.

If the tower is collapsed by any other player, the leader has won. If the tower collapses before a column is placed on the second floor, or if the first leader collapses the tower, no-one has won. Villa Paletti won the Spiel des Jahres 2002, the Games 100 Top dexterity award, the Tric Trac gold medal 2001, Belgian game of the year 2003, finalist in Switzerland, Japan and more; the San Francisco Chronicle picked it as their top game for 2004. Zoch Verlag's Villa Paletti homepage Villa Paletti and Palazzo Paletti at BoardGameGeek