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King's Quest

King's Quest is a graphic adventure game series created by the American software company Sierra Entertainment. It is considered a classic series from the golden era of adventure games. Following the success of its first installments, the series was responsible for building the reputation of Sierra. Roberta Williams, co-founder and former co-owner of Sierra, designed all of the King's Quest games until the series' reboot in 2015; the King's Quest series chronicles the saga of the royal family of the Kingdom of Daventry through their various trials and adventures. The story takes place over two generations and across many lands as the heroes and heroines fight villains such as evil witches and wizards. Wizard and the Princess / Adventure in Serenia King's Quest / King's Quest: Quest for the Crown / King's Quest: Quest for the Crown / King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! / King's Quest V King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride King's Quest: Mask of Eternity King's Quest, an episodical "re-imagining" by The Odd Gentlemen The world of King's Quest encompasses many different kingdoms and supernatural realms.

The main characters in the series are King Graham a knight of Daventry who won the throne of the kingdom through questing, members of his family: his wife Queen Valanice and his twin son and daughter, Prince Alexander and Princess Rosella. The exception is King's Quest: Mask of Eternity, where the protagonist is Connor of Daventry, a tanner, unrelated to the royal family; the sequels have more elaborate story lines, more complicated puzzles, more original and well-developed characters. Technologically, the series pioneered the use of animation and pseudo-3D environments in graphic adventure games, so that the main character could, for example, walk behind objects on-screen; the primary way in which characters solve puzzles and advance through the game is by using items found earlier in the game and stored in their inventory. Other puzzles include the mapping of deserts, or other inhospitable places, it is important to use all one's character's senses to gather all the information available: look, smell, taste, or touch whenever possible.

The "King's Quest" involves becoming a king or the adventures of members of the royal family of Daventry in other lands to save their kingdom. The quest is given to the protagonist through the realm's magic mirror. In King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown, the young knight Sir Graham is sent by the dying King Edward on a quest to destroy the wicked witch Dahlia and find three treasures in order to become the new king. In King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne, the quest is for King Graham to find his queen. Through the magic mirror, retrieved in the first game, he learns of the beautiful Valanice captured by the witch Hagatha in the land of Kolyma; the follow-ups King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human and King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella do not star Graham, but involve the protagonists who end up saving the king and/or the kingdom from threats such as a dragon and untimely death. Gwydion begins as a slave of the wizard Manannan. After Alexander restores the magic mirror and saves Rosella and the kingdom from the ravages of the dragon, Rosella travels to the fairy land of Tamir on a quest to save her deathly ill father, for which she must vanquish the witch Queen Lolotte.

King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! Returns to the King in his attempt to rescue both his kingdom and family from Mordack, Hagatha's and Manannan's brother and an evil magician, in the land of Serenia; this is the first game. King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow follows Prince Alexander's attempt to save his true love, marry her, becoming the king of the Land of the Green Isles; the magic mirror pointed him in the right direction to finding the kingdom. King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride is the only game in the series that does not involve King Graham, Castle Daventry, or saving the kingdom of Daventry, nor the magic mirror. Rather, the plot involves the dual protagonists Queen Valanice and Princess Rosella attempting to save the realm of Eldritch from the evil enchantress Malicia. Rosella finds a romantic interest in Prince Edgar, whom she rescues with the implication that they may marry in the future. King's Quest: Mask of Eternity is similar to King's Quest I, in that it involves a young knight attempting to save King Graham, Queen Valanice, the kingdom of Daventry from harm.

Again the magic mirror shares a prominent role telling of the doom. Much of King's Quest was inspired by fairy tales, which designer Roberta Williams loved reading, in particular the Andrew Lang's Fairy Boo

Bouncing ball (music)

The bouncing ball is a device used in motion picture films and video recordings to visually indicate the rhythm of a song, helping audiences to sing along with live or prerecorded music. As the song's lyrics are displayed on the screen, an animated ball bounces across the top of the words, landing on each syllable when it is to be sung; the bouncing ball is used for English language songs in video recordings. The bouncing ball technique was invented by Max Fleischer for the "Ko-Ko" Song Car-Tunes and revised in 1929 as Screen Songs for Paramount, it was introduced in March 1924 with the film Come Take a Trip in my Airship. In early Song Car-Tunes such as "Margie" and Irving Berlin's "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" the ball is animated, looking like a beach ball clumsily hitting the words without precise timing; this awkwardness was eliminated by filming the ball live over printed lyrics, the ball attached to a black baton that "bounced" a white disc over the tops of the lyrics.

The movement was captured on high-contrast film. The ball would appear as white-on-black, though sometimes the ball and lyrics would be superimposed over still drawings or photographs or live-action footage. While the Screen Song series started out employing standard songs such as "Yankee Doodle Boy", "My Pony Boy", "Yes! We Have No Bananas", the series soon integrated live action appearances of celebrities of Broadway and recordings. Many of these Screen Songs were planned as promotions for live theatrical appearances; this was part of a new marketing plan launched by Paramount for the 1930–1931 season. Rudy Vallee was the first on-screen celebrity, appearing in "Betty Co-Ed", returned in "Kitty From Kansas City", he appeared in a cameo in "Rudy Vallee Melodies". Other celebrities included The Boswell Sisters singing "When it's Sleepy Time Down South", Arthur Tracy in "Russian Lullaby" and "Romantic Melodies", Ethel Merman in "Let Me Call you Sweetheart", "You Try Somebody Else", "Time on my Hands", "Song Shopping".

The Mills Brothers appeared in three Screen Songs: "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Dinah", "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba". Lillian Roth appeared in "Down Among the Sugar Cane" and "Ain't She Sweet". Rose Marie was an established child singer in the late 1920s and made a number of early Vitaphone shorts for Warner Brothers billed as "Baby Rose Marie", she appeared in "Sing Babies, Sing". Radio comedians Stoopnagle and Budd appeared in the zany Stoopnocracy that featured 12-year-old Harold Nicholas of the famous Nicholas Brothers Dance Team as a baby Cab Calloway. By 1935, the Screen Songs series capitalized on the new Swing Era and featured appearances by a number of the Big Band Orchestras; this series of films was more commercially oriented with the films being booked a week in advance of live appearances of each orchestra. From 1935 to 1938, the "Screen Songs" featured the orchestras of Abe Lyman, Richard Huber, Hal Kemp, Vincent Lopez, Joe Reichman, Dick Stable, Nat Brandwynne, Hal King, Shep Fields, Gus Arnheim, Jay Freeman, Jerry Baline, Bert Block, Frank Dailey, Jimmy Dorsey.

Although a popular attraction, the Screen Songs series was retired after nine years. The Screen Songs were revived in 1945 starting with "When G. I. Johnny Comes Home" and continued into the early 1950s using an animated ball with a bounce cycle rendered on Pan cells cel animation; some modern video editing programs offer a "bouncing ball" feature. Others as in the Karaoke achieve the same effect by highlighting each displayed syllable as it is sung. An attempt was made to revive the series in 1963 with "Hobo's Holiday", using a more modern Folk music style. Meanwhile, in the United States, younger generations of children continued to be familiar with the cartoons from television rebroadcasts into the 1970s, home video collections, are now present on the Internet at sites such as YouTube and Daily Motion. Notes ReferencesPointer, Ray; the Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer: American Animation Pioneer. McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-1-4766-6367-8. Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons.

Plume Books. ISBN 978-0-4522-5993-5

Mikuni-Minato Station

Mikuni-Minato Station is an Echizen Railway Mikuni Awara Line railway station located in the city of Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Mikuni Station is a terminal station on the Mikuni Awara Line, is located 25.2 kilometers from the opposing terminus of the line at Fukuiguchi. The station consists of one side platform serving a single bi-directional track; the station is unattended. Mikuni-Minato Station was opened on July 1, 1914 as a freight terminal on the Japanese Government Railways Mikuni Line. Regular passenger operations began from December 15, 1927. JGR passenger operations ceased on October 11, 1944. Freight operations were discontinued by JNR on March 1, 1972 and the station was closed on June 25, 2001; the station reopened on August 2003 under its present name as an Echizen Railway station. In fiscal 2015, the station was used by an average of 156 passengers daily. To the south lies the mouth of the Kuzuryū River, which empties into the Sea of Japan; the port of Mikuni and some beaches are nearby.

Prefectural Route 7 runs in front of the station. National Route 305 lies across the river. Other points of interest include: Mikuni Sunset Beach Mikuni Hot Spring Yuaport Mikuni Morning Market Mikuni Yacht Harbor Mikuni Sports Park Takidanji Temple List of railway stations in Japan Media related to Mikuni-Minato Station at Wikimedia Commons Official website


DWAL, operating as ALFM 95.9 Radyo Totoo, is a news/talk FM station owned and operated by the Radyo Bayanihan System as an affiliate of the Catholic Media Network for the Archdiocese of Lipa. The station's studio is located at Studio 2, 2nd floor, St. Francis de Sales Broadcast Center, Barangay 7, C. Tirona Street, Batangas City, with its transmitter site located at Barangay Santo Domingo, Batangas City, sharing with its sister station, it operates Mondays to Saturdays from 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM, on Sundays and special coverage days from 4:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Exception to the regular broadcast time is every Maundy Thursday to Good Friday when the station operates on simulcast with 99.1 Spirit FM from 4:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Black Saturday when it airs on simulcast from 4:30 AM to 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM to 12:00 MN, annually during Misa de Gallo days from 4:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The station is the first news and talk FM station in the Philippines owned and operated by the Catholic church and it is similar to the country's first news and talk station on FM band Radyo5 92.3 News FM Manila owned and operated by TV5 which debuted November 2010.

DWAL is a station that brings news and evangelization. Pioneer personalities of the FM station were Fr. Nonie Dolor, Lita Aguila-Bicol and Renzo Luna. More personalities added up through the years up to the present. DWAL-FM carries the slogan Evangelization Radio that evolved into News and Evangelization Radio. Father Ildefonso Dimaano served as its pioneer station manager, starting from its launch in 2009. Fr. Nonie Dolor replaced him from 2011 until April 2016, his position was succeeded by Fr. Jayson Alcaraz until July 2017 when Dimaano returned for a second term as station manager. DWAL-FM traces its roots from the old, but now-defunct DWAM-AM 1080 kHz in 1969, with Calero Road, Batangas City as its first studios, it is one of the frequencies directly owned by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. However, with the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 under Ferdinand Marcos, the station was closed under strict censorship imposed under Proclamation No. 1081. After complying with the papers needed for resumption of broadcasts, DWAM-AM returned on air by October that same year.

By the middle of the 70's, the station moved successively to Hilltop, Kumintang Ibaba and settled at the now-demolished Basilica Site until it ceased operations. DWAM 1080, through the years, provided listeners with religious broadcasting, news and oftentimes, religious drama, its notable roster of personalities during the 70's included Bert Cabual, Fr. Nonie Dolor, Oscar Adelfo de Villa, Rene Beraña and Avis Magtaas, it was in this period that 1080 kHz enjoyed the distinction of being the sole AM station in the market until Batangas Capitol operated Radyo Balisong opened shop in 1981. In the'90s, influx of population and development of the city started off, but the potent of provincial AM stations started to dwindle as FM stations like GV 99.9 and Bay Radio started to air in the city in 1996 and 1998, respectively. On May 8, 1999, 99.1 Spirit FM was established to cater the younger generation with music. Due to the antiquity of the facilities of the AM station, DWAM-AM ceased operations in mid-2002.

Efforts of establishing another one took years. The first permit of operations expired in 2004, it was in this time that two choices were decided, whether to revive the station in the same frequency band or to migrate to an FM frequency as an "AM on FM format", a concept, eight to ten years ahead of being a prospective national medium. All efforts of reestablishment fell off. In mid-2009, a new station on the frequency of 95.9 MHz started to air to be unveiled as ALFM 95.9 Radyo Totoo with its first slogan Makipanalig, Makiugnay at Makidasal. Test broadcasts began as early as February 2009 under the tentative callsign DZAL with its frequency acquired by Radyo Bayanihan System from the distinct Bayanihan Broadcasting Corporation that served as licensees for Catholic Media Network radio stations in Quezon Province and Baler, Aurora. However, the calls were taken by a now-dormant AM station in Bicol, hence the callsign DWAL was given instead to get the greenlight at launch. Furthermore, on its first months of broadcast, the station was handicapped on its northern broadcast fringe by Radyo Natin Calamba, broadcasting on the same frequency.

The issue was settled with the Calamba station moving to 106.3 FM in 2010. It was on that same year that DWAL-FM first revamped its imaging campaign by carrying the Evangelization Radio tagline. Since 2010, ALFM has been a training ground for students taking up Mass Communication, AB Communication and Journalism in their pursuit for work in the media industry after graduation; these OJTs work as news gatherers and field reporters during their tenure. One of their notable call-ups from the on-the-job intern to the regular reporters pool was Minerva Padua, who worked with the station from 2012-15. On May 21, 2015, ALFM and Spirit FM went off-air to give way to its transfer from the Basilica Site to its new broadcast complex at the Balmes Building at C. Tirona Street, it returned broadcasting four days later. The old studio has since been converted to a parish mortuary. With the retirements of Fr. Nonie Dolor and Lita Aguila-Bicol in April 2016, the station shifted to a more news-intensive format, c

John Lloyd (Rector of Caerwys)

John Lloyd was a Welsh cleric and antiquarian. Lloyd was christened in Denbighshire; as a boy, he was nicknamed "the flower of Llanarmon". He was educated at Jesus College, matriculating in July 1753, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1757, having been ordained in 1756. In 1761, he became curate at Caerwys, remaining there after being appointed to the parish of Nannerch in 1774. In 1778, Lloyd became rector of Caerwys and he remained in Caerwys until his death on 22 May 1793, he married Martha in 1769. In addition to his church duties, Lloyd had an interest in scholarship, he helped to prepare the Myvyrian Archaiology and was acknowledged by Thomas Pennant in the preface to his Tours of Wales as "my worthy and constant attendant in all my excursions."

Carolina Pascual

Carolina Pascual Gracia was a Spanish Individual Rhythmic Gymnast. She is the 1993 European all-around bronze medalist. Pascual was doing ballet when at age seven her ballet teacher told her mother that her daughter had excellent qualities for Rhythmic Gymnastics. There was not a club in her town so, her mother drove for around an hour to get Pascual to and from training sessions at the Escuela de Competición in Murcia. Pascual went to the Atlético Montemar in Alicante. Pascual got her breakthrough in 1990 when Spain's head coach, Emilia Boneva, selected Pascual for the National Team; the newcomer was sent to the 1990 European Championships, where she helped the Spanish team win the bronze medal. She placed 12th in the all-around and qualified for two event finals. All the sacrifices that were made paid off when in 1990 Emilia Boneva selected her for the National Team. Pascual was one of Spain's most successful Rhythmic Gymnasts, the first to get an Olympic medal. At the awards ceremony, bronze medalist Oksana Skaldina refused to acknowledge the podium results.

Pascual is one of the few non eastern european rhythmic gymnasts to have successful career and medal at the Olympics. An injured Pascual sat out at the 1992 World Championships, but came back for a bronze All-around medal at 1993 European Cup, but she finished 7th in All-around. Still, she would take silver with clubs behind teammate Carmen Acedo, she retired from the sport after the Alicante World Championships in 1993. As a gymnast she stands out because of her difficult and expressive routines with great back flexibility, inventive skills, she is now a coach, at Club IMD in Orihuela. Carolina Pascual at the International Gymnastics Federation