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Lloyd Ruby

Lloyd Ruby was an American racecar driver who raced in the USAC Championship Car series for 20 years, achieving 7 victories and 88 top-ten finishes. He had success in endurance racing, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1966 World Sportscar Championship. Ruby raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1958–1977 seasons, with 177 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 from 1960–1977, he achieved 88 top-ten finishes, seven victories. His best finish at Indy was third, in 1964. In 1966, he led the Indy 500 for 68 laps. Ruby had two endurance racing victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, both times partnering with Ken Miles. Ruby and Miles teamed up to win the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1966 World Sportscar Championship. Ruby was scheduled to drive in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, however he was forced to withdraw due to spinal injuries suffered in a plane crash. A year he teamed with Denny Hulme in a Ford GT 40 Mk IV for the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ruby played a key role in Ford Motor Company's GT40 program in the mid-1960s. He raced in the 1961 United States Grand Prix. Despite a Championship Car career replete with success, Ruby is best remembered for his many misfortunes at the Indianapolis 500, his biography, written by Ted Buss in 2000, was titled, Lloyd Ruby: The Greatest Driver Never to Win the Indy 500. Ruby led the race in five different years, for a total of 126 laps, his best finish at Indianapolis was third, in 1964, his only other top-five finish at Indy came in 1968. In 1991, he was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Ruby's most notorious hard-luck bout at Indy came in 1969. With race leader Mario Andretti experiencing overheating problems, Ruby was in a strong position to score a victory. During a pit stop around the halfway point, a crew member motioned Ruby to pull away too soon; the refueling nozzle was still engaged in the car's left saddle tank, as Ruby dropped the clutch, the car lurched forward. The nozzle ruptured a hole in the gas tank.

He died in 2009 at the age of 81 in his hometown of Texas. Ruby’s racing career was honored with the Bruton Smith Legends Award at the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2005, he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. Ruby was named co-recipient of the Louis Meyer Award along with Hélio Castroneves at the induction ceremony and special recognition dinner in Indianapolis. In 2015, he was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of AmericaIndianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson joined racing greats Johnny Rutherford, Parnelli Jones and Al and Bobby Unser in Wichita Falls when the Lloyd Ruby Overpass was named in honor of their racing friend. Ruby owns three of the top-ten 5-race finishing streaks in the 1960s The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Ruby participated in two World Championship races: the 1960 Indianapolis 500 and the 1961 United States Grand Prix.

He scored no championship points

Matt Lawrence (footballer)

Matthew James Lawrence is an English former footballer who played as a centre back. Lawrence began his career as a midfielder, starting out late at Grays Athletic in August 1995, age 21, having taken an American Literature degree, whilst playing college football in the United States for Hartwick College. In February 2009, Hartwick inducted Lawrence into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Five months he became a Football League player, when he joined Wycombe Wanderers, for £20,000, he made 21 appearances for Wycombe before moving on for an undisclosed fee. He spent 20 months at the west-London side, making over 60 appearances, before going back to Wycombe, on a free transfer, following Fulham's failure to gain promotion to Division One, he had a more successful spell at The Chairboys this time, before going to Millwall in March 2000, for £200,000. At Millwall, he began a new role, as a right-back, starred, only missing one game and being voted the fans' "Player of The Year", as Millwall were promoted to Division One as champions in 2000–01 season.

He started the 2001–02 season well, but sustained concussion, the results of which kept him out of the side for some time. On his return, he found his best form to date for the club, as they reached the Division One play-offs. At the start of the 2003–04 campaign, Lawrence fell out with Lions boss Mark McGhee, looked to be on his way out The New Den. However, McGhee was replaced by Dennis Wise, Lawrence got his place back, it was that he switched to central defence, playing alongside Darren Ward, the duo stood out, with the Lions reaching the 2004 FA Cup Final, for which Lawrence was captain, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Boss Wise left the club at the end of the 2004–05 season, defensive partner Ward left for Crystal Palace, Lawrence found himself playing in a number of positions, under a variety of different managers, during the disastrous 2005–06 campaign, as the Lions were relegated back to League One. Nigel Spackman was appointed manager at the New Den, but Lawrence did not play competitively under him, as he moved to rivals Crystal Palace, to rekindle his partnership with Darren Ward.

After an average first season, Lawrence began to excel under the leadership of Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park. He scored his first goal for Palace against Sheffield Wednesday on 22 March 2008, his contract at Selhurst Park expired at the end of the 2009–10 season, in August 2010 he joined Gillingham of League Two on a one-year deal, made his debut for them in goalless draw away to Hereford United on 14 August. In July 2012 he joined non-League side Whitehawk. In preparation for the 2007–08 season, Lawrence wrote a weekly "pre-season diary" for The London Paper; this appeared every Monday for five weeks, a popular piece which led to him being given a regular column in the matchday programme over the season. He was signed up to write a weekly column for The Mirror. Lawrence joined the Sporting Kansas City broadcast team as a color commentator ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Matt Lawrence player profile at Matt Lawrence at Soccerbase

Pod (sculpture)

Pod is the name of a 2002 modern sculpture by American artist Pete Beeman installed at Southwest 10th Avenue and West Burnside Street in downtown Portland, Oregon. The 30-foot sculpture, intended to represent the "infrastructure and vibrancy of Portland," is supported by its static tripod base with a 15-foot diameter, it is constructed from stainless steel, galvanized steel, titanium and other materials. Pod was fabricated by Beeman and David Bermudez, engineered by Beeman and Peterson Structural Engineers, it is considered interactive and kinetic, with a central, vertical pendulum that swings back and forth when pushed. The sculpture was funded by the Portland Streetcar Project. Pod is part of the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Pod was designed by native Portland resident Pete Beeman as a public art project for the Portland Streetcar. According to Beeman and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the modern sculpture is designed to represent the "infrastructure and vibrancy of Portland".

Of the work's design, Beeman said: I was thinking about how Portland is designed and planned and built, how the planning and infrastructure of Portland is important in what makes Portland great. I was thinking of the static tripod as the infrastructure; the moving part was the vibrancy and life.... The most interesting part of the sculpture will be watching people try to move it. Pod is constructed from stainless steel, galvanized steel, titanium, lead and rubber; the 30-foot sculpture is supported by its static tripod base with a 14- to 15-foot diameter. Each of the three "legs," cut to size by BBC Steel, stand 14 feet tall and are grounded by two cubic yards of concrete; the central pendulum structure consists of 73 titanium rods. Pod was fabricated by Beeman and David Bermudez, engineered by Beeman and Peterson Structural Engineers; the work is considered kinetic. The upper and lower parts of the pendulum "swing and flex in different rhythms, affecting each other" until returning to a resting position.

Pod was funded by the Portland Streetcar Project. The sculpture was installed at a triangular traffic island at a busy street intersection in downtown Portland in November 2002. In 2003, Pod was included in a walking tour by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Conference, it was cleaned and underwent maintenance for two weeks in August 2010. Dual Pendulum, Beeman's kinetic prototype of Pod, was installed at Oregon State University for Da Vinci Days in 2007. In 2002, D. K. Row of The Oregonian called Pod a "complex, funny piece," comparing it to a "mechanical spider with an unlikely spine sticking in the air". Row said the sculpture evoked the curves of sculptor Richard Serra and design style of architect Frank Gehry. Michael Powell, owner of Powell's City of Books, called the sculpture "wonderful". Pod has been compared to a scrotum and has been referred to as the "Ass tickler of God", "Satan's Testicle" and "The Nutsack". 2002 in art Pod., Smithsonian Institution "A Guide to Portland Public Art", Travel Portland "Celebrating the Spirit...

An eye on alumni: Sculpting life with many talents", Nor'wester "Public Art", City of Portland, Oregon "Sculpture and Statues -- A History of Portland, Oregon Through its Art", Museum of the City

File sequence

In computing, as well as in non-computing contexts, a file sequence is a well-ordered, collection of files related to each other in some way. In computing, file sequences should ideally obey some kind of locality of reference principle, so that not only all the files belonging to the same sequence ought to be locally referenced to each other, but they obey that as much as is their proximity with respect to the ordering relation. Explicit file sequences are, in fact, sequences whose filenames all end with a numeric or alphanumeric tag in the end; the aforementioned locality of reference pertains either to the data, the metadata, or the physical proximity within the storage media they reside in. In the latter acception it is better to speak about file contiguity; every GUI program shows contents of folders by ordering its files according to some criteria related to the files' metadata, like the filename. The criterion is, by default, the alphanumeric ordering of filenames, although some operating systems do that in "smarter" ways than others: for example file1.ext should ideally be placed before file10.ext, like GNOME Files and Thunar do, alphanumerically, it comes after.

Other criteria exist, like ordering files by their file type and, if the same type, by either filename or last-access date, so on. For this reason, when a file sequence has a more strong locality of reference when it is related to their actual contents, it is better to highlight this fact by letting their well-ordering induce an alphanumeric ordering of the filenames too; that is the case of explicit file sequences. Explicit file sequences have the same filename except for the final part, a sequence of either numeric, alphanumeric or purely alphabetical characters to force a specific ordering. In this sense any files sharing the same filename, only differing by the sequence number at the end of the filename, automatically belong to the same file sequence, at least when they are located in the same folder, it is part of many naming conventions that number-indexed file sequences containing as many files as to span at most a fixed number of digits, make use of "trailing zeroes" in their filenames so that: all the files in the sequence share the same number of characters in their complete filenames.

To better explain the latter point, consider that speaking, file1.ext comes alphanumerically after file100.ext, the hundredth. By renaming the first file to file001.ext with two trailing zeroes, the problem is universally solved. Examples of explicit file sequences include: file00000.ext, file00001.ext, file00002.ext... file02979.ext, another with a hexadecimal ordering of 256 files tag_00.ext, tag_01.ext... tag_09.ext, tag_0A.ext... tag_0F.ext, tag_10.ext... tag_0F.ext... tag_FF.ext. Software and programming conventions represent a file sequence as a single virtual file object, whose name is comprehensively written in C-like formatted-string notation to represent where the sequence number is located in the filename and what is its formatting. For the two examples above, that would be filename%05d.ext and tag_%02H.ext whereas for the former one, the same convention without trailing zeroes would be filename%5d.ext. Note, that such notation is not valid at operating system and command-line interface levels, because the'%' character is neither a valid regular expression nor a universally legal filename character: that notation just stands as a placeholder for the virtual file-like representing the whole explicit file sequence.

Notable software packages acknowledging explicit file sequences as single filesystem objects, rather typical in the Audio/Video post-production industry, are found among products by Autodesk, Quantel, daVinci, DVS, as well as Adobe After Effects. A file sequence located within a mass storage device is said to be contiguous if: every file in the sequence is unfragmented, i.e. each file is stored in one contiguous and ordered piece of storage space. File contiguity is a more practical requirement for file sequences than just their locality of reference, because it is related to the storage medium hosting the whole sequence than to the sequence itself. At the same time, it is a "high-level" feature, because it is not related to the physical and technical details of mass storage itself: file contiguity is realized in different ways according to the storage device's architecture and actual filesystem structure. At "low level", each file in a contiguous sequence must be placed in contiguous blocks, in spite of reserved areas or special metadata required by the filesystem interleaving them.

File contiguity is, in most practical applications, "invisible" at operating-system or user levels, since all the files in a sequence are always available to applications in the same way, regardless of their physical


Jibeinia is a genus of enantiornithean bird. Only one species has been named, Jibeinia luanhera, it is known from one holotype fossil found in the Hebei province, People's Republic of China. This fossil is now lost; the holotype was, however and figured in detail by Hou. In the summer of 1993, the holotype was presented to engineer Li Pai of the Hebei Provincial Office of Geology by a local farmer. Li, along with Hou Linhai and Zhou Zhonghe, investigated the quarry from which it came, at the locality of the Dongtuyao brick factory, Northern Hebei Province, Linjituxiang Village, they determined. However research into the geology of the area showed that it came from similarly-aged beds of the Huajiying Formation. J. Luanhera was described from a nearly complete fossil; the fossil seems not to have received a catalogue number, nor to have been accessioned by a museum. Zhang et al. described a new enantiornithean named Vescornis in 2004. They noted that it was nearly the same size as Jibeinia, collected from the same locality.

They noted several morphological similarities to Jibeinia, but that it differed in some characters from the written description. They sought to compare the two specimens but learned from Dr. Hou in 2001 that the holotype Jibeinia had been lost, existing casts were of too poor a quality to be decisive, thus they conclude that it will be impossible to rule out the possibility that the two are the same species, that Vescornis is a junior synonym, unless the holotype of Jibeinia is rediscovered. The genus name comes from a Latinized form of the Jíbei region and the character Jí, which refers to one of the nine geographical divisions of ancient China; the specific name is after the Luanhe River

Patrick Otte

Patrick Otte is a Dutch footballer. Otte moved with his family to California at a young age and attended IMG Academy for 2 years before joining the academy of storied English side Middlesbrough for 3 years. Otte signed his first professional contract in 2011 when he signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League, he made his professional debut on April 9, in a game against FC Edmonton, scored his first professional goal on May 11 in a 4-2 loss to the Carolina RailHawks. After a promising start to the season, Otte injured his ACL in June and was ruled out for the duration of the season. In December 2011, the Strikers announced that Otte's option had been picked up and he would be returning for a second season with the club. On April 14, 2012 in a match against the Minnesota Stars, Otte made his first competitive appearance for the Strikers in nearly a year, coming off of the bench for Leopoldo Morales in the 73rd minute. On February 5, 2013, Otte played for the Leeds United development squad v Wigan Athletic as part of a trial period with the Yorkshire club.

Otte signed with the Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League on February 12, 2016 and made his first start for the club in a preseason match against MLS side New York Red Bulls on February 27, 2016. Fort Lauderdale bio