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MobyGames

MobyGames is a commercial website that catalogs video games both past and present via crowdsourcing. This includes over 230,000 games; the site is supported by users paying to become patrons. The MobyGames database contains the people and companies behind them; some individual developer profiles have biographical information. Content is added on a volunteer crowdsourced basis, with all items tracked to a non-anonymous user account. Prior to being merged into the database—whether it be an new entry or a small piece of information appending any existing item—all submissions must first go through a process of verification by volunteer "approvers". There is a published standard for game copyediting; the most used sources are game packaging and a manual or the game itself, but publishers' announcements, interviews with developers, etc. Registered users can rate and review any game entry, the scores are aggregated into a single value. Users can create game "have lists" and "want lists,"; this can generate a list of games available for trade with other users.

The site has an integrated forum. Each listed game can have its own subforum. MobyGames was founded on March 1, 1999, by Jim Leonard, Brian Hirt, David Berk, three friends since high school. Leonard had the idea of sharing information about electronic games with a larger audience; the database began with entries for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows games, since those were the only systems the founders were familiar with. On its second birthday, MobyGames started including contemporary consoles such as the PlayStation, with older systems added later. According to David Berk, new platforms are added once there is enough information researched to design the necessary framework for them in the database, as well as people willing to be approvers for the new platform. In mid-2010, MobyGames was sold by its founders to GameFly for an undisclosed amount; as this was only announced to the community post factum, a few major contributors left in protest, refusing to do volunteer work for the now-commercially owned website.

On December 18, 2013, MobyGames was acquired by Jeremiah Freyholtz, owner of Blue Flame Labs and VGBoxArt. Blue Flame Labs reverted MobyGames' interface to its pre-overhaul feel. Support for arcade coin-operated games was added in January 2014 and mainframe computer games in June 2017

Solana Beach station

Solana Beach known as the Solana Beach Transit Center, is a train station on Amtrak California's Pacific Surfliner passenger train and on North County Transit District's COASTER commuter rail route located in Solana Beach, California. The tracks were lowered to their current position in the late 90s, to alleviate congestion on Lomas Santa Fe Road and Downtown Solana Beach. There is enough room between the two tracks to create a third track, which could be used as a bypass track; the station was designed by architect Rob Wellington Quigley, was built in 1994 to replace the aging depot in Del Mar, California two miles south, in use since the early 1900s. Funding for the station included $2.8 million from Proposition 116. Quigley drew inspiration for the design from a group of Quonset huts that used to line North Cedros Avenue in the 1940s. To the basic semi-circular form of the hut, the architect added a tower reminiscent of those found on many train depots dating to the second half of the 19th century.

In the late 1990s, an $18 million project lowered the tracks and station platforms. This allowed for another track and platform and improved safety by eliminating the railroad crossing located south of the station. Solana Beach and the North County Transit District would like to convert the station and some of the adjacent surface parking into offices, a restaurant and an underground parking structure; this could involve the station being repurposed or demolished with ticket sales and other train services moved to the train track level. The parking garage could complement the Cedros Design District and adjacent Coast highway 101. Of the 73 California stations served by Amtrak, Solana Beach was the tenth-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of 1100 passengers daily; the former Del Mar station served passengers from the early 1900s until its closure in 1995, for much of that time was the only passenger stop between Oceanside and San Diego. Solana Beach Station was planned from the beginning not only as a stop for both Amtrak and commuter trains, but as a major local bus hub.

As a result, the future of Del Mar Station, just two miles south, fell into doubt as early as 1989. At that time a committee of the San Diego Association Of Governments voted in favor of its closure, citing the limited availability of parking, the lack of handicapped access, the logistical difficulty accommodating bus and shuttle service. Any one of these problems, by itself, would have been a serious deficiency if Del Mar was to serve both commuters and Amtrak passengers; the Del Mar City Council rejected any significant expansion of the facility, while still hoping to keep it in operation as an Amtrak-only station. Today, the former station and its platform are still kept intact next to the active railroad although it is not used, it leased out for weddings or other special events that would take place there. Media related to Solana Beach at Wikimedia Commons Solana Beach, CA – Amtrak COASTER Stations Solana Beach Amtrak-Coaster Station Solana Beach --Great American Stations

Jean Venturini

Jean Venturini was a French poet and sailor. He died at the age of 20 during the Second World War when his submarine was lost in the Mediterranean Sea. Jean Venturini was born in Nabeul and spent most of his childhood in Morocco. In his teens, he studied at a high school near Meknes, he began writing poetry at the age of 16, poems which were collected and published in November 1939 as Outlines. This was to be his only published work, he was killed in June 1940, along with the entire crew of the submarine Morse, which had struck a mine. He had trained as a signaller before joining the French Navy in 1939. Outlines is a collection of poems influenced by the theories of poet Arthur Rimbaud. With its themes and writing, this work is close to the surrealist aesthetic. Outlines, collection of poems, Casablanca, Éditions du Moghreb, November 1939, 80 p. Outlines: reissue with a biographical afterword on the sinking of the submarine « Morse », Vaillant, June 2009, 112 p. Scattered poems, not collected: Ballade d'un qui part, published in December 1939 by the review Fontaine Une Pierre dans l'eau, published in May 1940 by the review Poésie 40 Victime d'affiches, unpublished manuscript poem, June 1940 Pierre Seghers, Le Livre d'or de la Poésie française, first volume: « Des origines à 1940 », Marabout, 1998, 488 p. Collective work, Dictionnaire des lettres françaises, sixth volume: « Le xxe siècle », Paris, LGF-Le Livre de Poche, 1998, 1174 p.

« La mémoire engloutie », a study by Jean-Luc Falco, foreword to the reissue of Outlines Collective work, Anthologie des écrivains morts à la guerre, 1939-1945, Albin Michel, 1998, 808 p. List of French-language poets Article « Jean Venturini, marin mort pour la France et poète » by Madeleine Kérisit Monographie de Jean Venturini, inspired by Madeleine Kérisit, on website Mémorial national aux marins morts pour la France Homepage of the website Aux Marins Historical Service of the French Navy, bureau of Toulon