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Michael Andrews (musician)

Michael Andrews known as Elgin Park, is an American multi-instrumental musician and film score composer. He is best known for a cover version of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World", which he recorded with Gary Jules for the Donnie Darko soundtrack, which became the 2003 UK Christmas number one, he is a founding member of the San Diego genre-defying band The Greyboy Allstars, where he goes by the moniker Elgin Park. After joining The Greyboy Allstars following the dissolution of his band The Origin, Andrews fell into film score composition by chance in 1998 when The Greyboy Allstars were asked to score Jake Kasdan's first feature Zero Effect and worked on the music for the regarded TV series and Geeks. In 2000, Richard Kelly commissioned him to do the soundtrack for the film Donnie Darko, its original score album went on to sell over 100,000 copies, Andrews became a composer to watch. He has since gone on to compose scores for the movies Out Cold, Cypher, Orange County, My Suicidal Sweetheart, Me and You and Everyone We Know, The TV Set, a segment of Paris, je t'aime, Unaccompanied Minors, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Daddy's Home among others.

In early 2000, Nancy Juvonen's brother Jim Juvonen gave Andrews a copy of the script for the as-yet-unmade feature film Donnie Darko. As had happened across Hollywood, Andrews was blown away by Richard Kelly's idea, he recalled "veryone knew. Everyone knew it was interesting." Kelly, for his part, was aware of Andrews's work with The Greyboy Allstars, he knew that Andrews made music under the name Elgin Park. Kelly was confident that Michael Andrews could do the job: "I met with Michael and I just knew right away that he was really talented and that he could come up with a original score, he would allow me to be in there and be kind of editorial with how I wanted the score to be." Debutant director and debutant solo soundtrack composer decided to collaborate. Andrews considers himself a guitar player, but Kelly told him he did not want any guitar in the movie. So, Andrews taught himself to play piano, it is part of the reason. "The film was pretty low budget so my portion of the money was pretty thin.

I couldn't hire anyone, it was just me. I played everything. I brought in two female vocalists Sam Shelton and Tori Haberman." "In a way," he says, "your faults become your trademark." Like many of his role models for soundtrack composing such as John Barry and Ennio Morricone, Andrews wanted to put a song on his otherwise instrumental score. He chose the song "Mad World" by Tears for Fears and his childhood friend Gary Jules sings as Andrews plays piano; the music was not available on a soundtrack album until Andy Factor, a friend of Andrews, released it on his Everloving Records independent label in 2002. As Donnie Darko was not a hit at first, there was little interest in the soundtrack in the US. However, the film enjoyed more popularity in Europe in the UK, where its total box office was greater than for the whole of the US; this sparked interest in the soundtrack and the song "Mad World", taken from the original soundtrack, a 2003 Christmas #1 in the UK Singles Chart. The song has since had continued chart success worldwide, reaching the top 30 of the American Billboard Modern Rock chart in 2004 and hitting #1 on the Canadian Digital Singles chart in January 2007.

It has made the charts in a number of other countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia in 2003 and 2004. "Mad World" appeared in the television commercial for the Xbox 360 video game Gears of War. According to an article in a Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the song "Middlesex Times" had been remixed by Dutch composer Björn de Water into a hip hop version, it is said that De Water rejected a lucrative offer from a broadcast company wanting to use the track, since he had received personal approval by Andrews creating the remix in 2004. "It did not feel right," De Water stated in a reaction. "Mike is the original artist and I respect him much. He is one of the nicest people I have met and consider him as a friend. Friends don't steal or make money behind your back." In 2005, Andrews scored Me and You and Everyone We Know, a film by Miranda July praised at both Sundance and Cannes film festivals. The score to the film was released on Everloving Records on July 12, 2005. Taking cues from the characters' dialogue, Andrews began writing the score.

He came to understand the film's world as a kind of alternate reality where people believe in fate and chance—and this was the world he needed to paint with his music. He saw the feelings July was trying to get across in her film as primary. "She tries to break things down to basic, simple shapes—the simplest shapes possible, that influenced me in my music". Working out of his custom-built backyard studio in Glendale, Andrews spent three months creating the score using an orchestra of obscure vintage synthesizers and drum machines, his concept was to play what he termed amateurish, emotional, naïve, magical and simple music on unemotional, inorganic instruments—for example, a calculator with built-in twelve-note keyboard that lends a haunting portamento melody to one of the film's motifs. Other instruments used in the score include Andrews's modified piano (rather than hitting t

Yellow Bird (cocktail)

Yellow Bird is a Caribbean cocktail beverage. The origins of the yellow bird name is unclear; some sources mention that the cocktail was named after the Haitian tune "Yellow Bird,", first rewritten in English in 1957 that became a sort of national anthem of the Caribbean due to the popularity of Harry Belafonte's recording. Hawaiian singer Arthur Lyman, one of the influencers of the tiki culture's exotica music, released a version of the song which rose to #4 in July 1961 on the Billboard charts and was played weekly at Shell Bar in The Hawaii Village, a possible birthplace of the cocktail. Others argue that it was not named after the song and obtains the name from its sunny color resulting from Galliano, a golden, sweet vanilla-anise Italian liqueur or from its color combination of yellow and orange fruits that are accompanied by a golden rum, it is worth mentioning. Youtube video with image of cocktail and steel drum music

Franklin Johnson House

The Franklin Johnson House is a historic house at 153 South Main Street in Wallingford, Connecticut. Built in 1866, it is a distinctive local example of Italianate architecture, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It is now home to the American Silver Museum, open by appointment or on special occasions; the Franklin Johnson House is located in a residential area south of Wallingford's central business district on the west side of South Main Street south of Prince Street. It is a 2-1/2 story masonry structure, built out of brick, finished with stucco-like concrete scored to resemble stone, it is covered at whose center is a square cupola. The roof eaves are decorated with large carved brackets, the cupola, a reproduction of the building's original one exhibits Italianate features; the main facade is three bays wide, its first floor is sheltered by a porch with tapered and fluted round columns separated by iron balustrades. Windows are set in rectangular openings that sills.

To the rear of the property there is a multi-seat outhouse, built with stylistically similar materials. The house was built in 1866 for a local man active in real estate, it remained in residential use until about 1980, at which time it was converted to professional office use. It has since been adapted to house the American Silver Museum; the house is a distinctive example of Italianate architecture, in the style promoted by New Haven architect Henry Austin. National Register of Historic Places listings in New Haven County, Connecticut

Coaldale, Nevada

Coaldale is a former mining town and true ghost town in Esmeralda County, located at the junction of U. S. Route 6 and U. S. Route 95 about 40 miles west of Tonopah. Coal near Coaldale was discovered in 1894 by William Groszenger who sold 150 tons to the Columbus Marsh Borax works. In 1911, the Darms Mine and the Nevada Coal and Fuel Co. mines were in operation. Coal was found 4 miles SSE of Coaldale in the north end of the Silver Peak Range. In the early 1900s, there was renewed interest in the coal, when Dr. Frances Williams of Goldfield, Nevada restaked claims. At the time, Groezenger retained the majority of the claims. In November, 1917, the Darms Mining Company asked the Nevada Railroads Commission to secure a rate of $3/ton to deliver coal from Coaldale to Reno; the Tonopah and Goldfield replied that while they had grave doubts about the value of the coal, they offered two plans: 1) where one or two cars would be transported to Tonopah and Reno and if the coal was usable a rate would be established for future shipments, or 2) a temporary rate of $6.35/ton would be used, the Reno to Coaldale rate.

In February, 1918, Darms replied. In the 1940s, Eldon and Jewel Parson operated a gas station near the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad grade, they moved their operation about 1 mile to the junction with Highway 95. The restaurant and bar buildings trucked to Coaldale. Coaldale had a store, cafe and service station as late as 1993, but they are now abandoned, though still standing. Residences and other buildings have disappeared; the service station was closed down due to EPA testing in 1993 that found that its underground fuel tanks were leaking. Soon, the restaurant and motel closed, since the service station was the primary attraction for travelers. At some point before 2006, a fire destroyed the restaurant. In 1994, the movie The Stranger was filmed at Coaldale; the Stranger features female kickboxing champion, who battles bikers and saves the town. Coaldale


LogiSense is a owned software development company headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario Canada. LogiSense's EngageIP software provides Telecommunications billing, Operational Support Systems, Captive Portal and Bandwidth management solutions. Traditionally LogiSense services growth IP markets with customers including Digiweb, Infosat Communications, SimpleSignal, Atria Networks, Telesphere, KMTS among others. In October 2009, LogiSense announced the implementation of EngageIP at KeyOn - one of the largest providers of wireless broadband and voice over Internet protocol services in the United States. In October 2009, LogiSense partners with BillSoft to provide billing, taxation solution for U. S. nationwide hosted VoIP services at Telesphere. In June 2010, LogiSense wins multi-year Billing and OSS deployment with Calgary-based Infosat Communications LP In Jan 2016, Numerex leveraged the LogiSense EngageIP M2M Usage Rating and Billing platform to address the explosive growth in the IoT/M2M ecosystem and to improve its back-office effectiveness In Nov 2016, BroadSoft, Inc - a global Unified Communications as a Service provider - chose LogiSense to consolidate their multiple billing systems onto a single platform


Fenno–Skan is the designation of the high voltage direct current transmission between Dannebo in Sweden and Rauma in Finland. Fenno–Skan was inaugurated in 1989. Taken into commercial operation in November 1989, Fenno–Skan was the longest submarine power cable in the world, it was the first HVDC cable with 400 kV voltage and a rated power of 500 MW. The Fenno–Skan is a monopolar system with a maximum transmission rate of 550 megawatts at a voltage of 400 kV, it would be converted to become a bipole. The cable was manufactured part by part by Nexans; the total length of Fenno–Skan is 233 kilometres, of which 200 kilometres is a submarine cable on the bottom of the Gulf of Bothnia. At the Swedish end the cable directly enters the Dannebo static inverter plant near the Forsmark nuclear power station about 1 kilometre from the coast at 60°24'16"N 18°8'4"E. However, the electrode line from the static inverter plant to the ground electrode situated at 60°35'51"N 17°57'46"E is built as overhead line.

It is a line with two conductors on wooden poles, which runs on its course past another powerline. There is a 33 kilometres long overhead line section from the coast in Finland at 61°4'37" N, 21°18'18" E to the static inverter station in Rauma, situated at 61°9′7″N 21°37′32″E; the ground electrode in Finland is situated near Rantala. From there an overhead electrode line on wooden poles runs first in Northeast, than in Northern direction until Ruokalho, where it meets the overhead line with two high voltage conductors. From Ruokalho to Rauma static inverter plant the electrode line is fixed on a small crossbar above the high voltage conductors of Fenno–Skan and serves as ground conductor. In opposite to a normal ground conductor it is mounted on insulators equipped with surge arrestors. Fenno–Skan is operated by the Finnish and Swedish transmission system operators Fingrid and Svenska Kraftnät. Fenno–Skan 2 is the second cable of the Finland–Sweden submarine power connection. 800 MW, 500 kV subsea transmission connection was laid in 2011 by the cable laying ship SC Skagerrak, it cost €150 million.

The cable was manufactured by Nexans Norwegian plant in Halden. Two converter stations were supplied by ABB. Compare with Fenno–Skan 1, the Swedish converter station is located in Finnböle; the Fenno–Skan 2 cable is connected to the converter station by a 70 kilometres long DC overhead line. The pylons of this line are "classic HVDC pylons" with a single crossbar carrying two conductors, which consist of a bundle of three or four ropes, on 5.5 metres long insulators, on the Finnish side. On the Swedish side, the towers carry the pole conductor and the neutral conductor from Finnböle to the Dannebo converter station. Fenno–Skan 2 crosses the traction current power line Tierp-Gävle and the parallel-running three phase 220 kV AC powerline Mehedeby-Gävle west of Mehedeby at 60°28′45.2″N 17°14′11″E. This is the only crossing of an HVDC powerline and a single-phase AC powerline in the world and the only place where all kinds of electric transmission systems, three phase AC powerline, single phase AC powerline and HVDC come close together.

Fenno–Skan 2 became operational on 16 December 2011. In February 2012 a German ship laid damaging it; the cost to Finnish consumer and industry in the following two months in higher electricity prices was estimated to be 80 million Euros. Energy in Finland Energy in Sweden Baltic Cable, cable between Germany and Sweden Konti-Skan, cable between Denmark and Sweden Estlink, cable between Estonia and Finland LitPol Link, cable between Lithuania and Poland SwePol, cable between Poland and Sweden NordBalt, a cable between Sweden and Lithuania Overhead line of Fenno-Skan 2