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Neuromancer

Neuromancer is a 1984 science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer William Gibson. It is one of the best-known works in the cyberpunk genre and the first novel to win the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the Hugo Award, it was the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy. Set in the future, the novel follows Henry Case, a washed-up computer hacker, hired for one last job, which brings him up against a powerful artificial intelligence. Before Neuromancer, Gibson had written several short stories for US science fiction periodicals—mostly noir countercultural narratives concerning low-life protagonists in near-future encounters with cyberspace; the themes he developed in this early short fiction, the Sprawl setting of "Burning Chrome", the character of Molly Millions from "Johnny Mnemonic" laid the foundations for the novel. John Carpenter's Escape from New York influenced the novel, it turns out to be just a throwaway line, but for a moment it worked like the best SF, where a casual reference can imply a lot."

The novel's street and computer slang dialogue derives from the vocabulary of subcultures "1969 Toronto dope dealer's slang, or biker talk". Gibson heard the term "flatlining" in a bar around twenty years before writing Neuromancer and it stuck with him. Author Robert Stone, a "master of a certain kind of paranoid fiction", was a primary influence on the novel; the term "Screaming Fist" was taken from the song of the same name by Toronto punk rock band The Viletones. Neuromancer was commissioned by Terry Carr for the second series of Ace Science Fiction Specials, intended to feature debut novels exclusively. Given a year to complete the work, Gibson undertook the actual writing out of "blind animal panic" at the obligation to write an entire novel—a feat which he felt he was "four or five years away from". After viewing the first 20 minutes of landmark cyberpunk film Blade Runner, released when Gibson had written a third of the novel, he "figured was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copied my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film."

He re-wrote the first two-thirds of the book 12 times, feared losing the reader's attention and was convinced that he would be "permanently shamed" following its publication. He added the final sentence of the novel at the last minute in a deliberate attempt to prevent himself from writing a sequel, but ended up doing that with Count Zero, a character-focused work set in the Sprawl alluded to in its predecessor. Henry Dorsett Case is a low-level hustler in the dystopian underworld of Japan. Once a talented computer hacker, Case was caught stealing from his employer; as punishment for his theft, Case's central nervous system was damaged with a mycotoxin, leaving him unable to access the global computer network in cyberspace, a virtual reality dataspace called the "matrix". Case is unemployable, at the top of the hit list of a drug lord named Wage. Case is saved by Molly Millions, an augmented "street samurai" and mercenary for a shadowy US ex-military officer named Armitage, who offers to cure Case in exchange for his services as a hacker.

Case jumps at the chance to regain his life as a "console cowboy," but neither Case nor Molly knows what Armitage is planning. Case's nervous system is repaired using new technology that Armitage offers the clinic as payment, but he soon learns from Armitage that sacs of the poison that first crippled him have been placed in his blood vessels as well. Armitage promises Case, he has Case's pancreas replaced and new tissue grafted into his liver, leaving Case incapable of metabolizing cocaine or amphetamines and ending his drug addiction. Case develops a close personal relationship with Molly, who suggests that he begin looking into Armitage's background. Meanwhile, Armitage assigns them their first job: they must steal a ROM module that contains the saved consciousness of one of Case's mentors, legendary cyber-cowboy McCoy Pauley, nicknamed "Dixie Flatline." Armitage needs Pauley's hacking expertise, the ROM construct is stored in the corporate headquarters of media conglomerate Sense/Net. A street gang named the "Panther Moderns" is hired to create a simulated terrorist attack on Sense/Net.

The diversion allows Molly to penetrate the building and steal Dixie's ROM with Case unlocking the computer safeguards on the way in and out from within the matrix. Case and Molly continue to investigate Armitage, discovering his former identity of Colonel Willis Corto. Corto was a member of "Operation Screaming Fist," which planned on infiltrating and disrupting Soviet computer systems from ultralight aircraft dropped over Russia; the Russian military had learned of the idea and installed defenses to render the attack impossible, but the military went ahead with Screaming Fist, with a new secret purpose of testing these Russian defenses. As his team attacked a Soviet computer center, EMP weapons shut down their computers and flight systems, Corto and his men were targeted by Soviet laser defenses, he and a few survivors commandeered a Soviet military helicopter and escaped over the guarded Finnish border. The helicopter was shot down by Finnish defense forces mistaking it for a hostile aircraft, everyone aboard was killed except for Corto, wounded and disfigured.

After some months in the hospital, Corto was visited by a

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell is an American actress and former model. Lowell was born in the daughter of geologist James Lowell, she spent her childhood living in several countries, including Libya, the Netherlands, France. In the US she lived in Houston and Denver, where her family settled when she was 12. After a year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she considered majoring in literature, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling, modeled for such clients as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, at one point attended New York University, she studied at Manhattan's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Lowell broke into acting with the film Dangerously Close followed by a small role in the Robin Williams movie Club Paradise, she went on to roles including those of Bond girl Pam Bouvier in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill and, starting in 1996, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross on the television drama Law & Order, a character she reprised in 2005 for a guest role on its spinoff, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Before that role, she had become frustrated with her acting career and had applied to study documentary filmmaking at New York University. She took a hiatus from acting during the mid-2000s. In 2012, Lowell lent her likeness and voice while reprising her Licence to Kill role in the video game 007 Legends. In 2018 she returned to TV. Lowell has been married three times, her first husband was fashion photographer John Stember, to whom she was married from 1984 to 1988. She was married to actor Griffin Dunne from 1989 to 1995 and has a daughter, from that marriage. Lowell married actor Richard Gere in November 2002, following the birth of their child Homer James Jigme Gere, born in February 2000. In September 2013, the two separated after 11 years of marriage; the couple spent three years in contested divorce proceedings in Manhattan Supreme Court. The case was settled in October 2016. Carey Lowell on IMDb Carey Lowell at AllMovie Courrier, Kevin. Law & Order: The Unofficial Companion—Updated and Expanded.

Los Angeles: Renaissance Books. Pp. 135–136. ISBN 978-1580631082

Route 26 (MTA Maryland)

Route 26 is a bus route operated by the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and its suburbs. The line runs from Downtown Fayette & Charles Street east through downtown Baltimore to Dundalk Marine Terminal; the main roads on which the line operates are Baltimore Street, Fayette Street, Broening Highway. The line serves the communities of Highlantown, Baltimore Travel Plaza, The bus route is the successor to the 20 Dundalk Marine Terminal/CCBC Dundalk. On 22 February 2015, the #20 Line service was cut to run between Security Square Mall and City Hall, with short turns at Edmonsdon Village as part of the first phase implementation of the Bus Network Improvement Project. Service on the eastern portion of the route was picked up by the new Route 31 for trips to Dundalk and by new Route 26 with expanded service to Dundalk Marine Terminal and the Amazon Warehouse Route 30 Route 20

Carnal Madness

Carnal Madness is a 1975 exploitation film directed by Gregory Corarito and starring Stephen Stucker, Bob Minor, Michael Pataki as three escaped mental patients wreaking havoc in a female detention center. Stucker and Pataki are cast as a gay fashion designer, a horny soul brother and an incompetent impressionist, respectively; the three sexually assault their way into a girls' school. Their broad, knockabout performances attempt to keep the film's content amusing rather than disturbing; the entire female cast consists of softcore porn models who don skimpy karate costumes and violently turn the tables on their tormentors. Michael Pataki as Carl C. Clooney Bob Minor as Dick Peters Stephen Stucker as Bruce Wilson Colleen Brennan as Greta Anderson Brenda Miller as Penny Archer George "Buck" Flower as Earl Jane Steele as Betsy Benton Ralph Campbell as Mr. Miller Zoe Grant as Miss Crowley Corarito's film was shot on 35mm during 1974 and was released to American cinemas in its 89-minute cut in March 1975.

A truncated 58-minute print titled Delinquent School Girls appeared on home video in the early 1980s, the shorter version of the film deletes most of the opening half hour including all of George ‘Buck’ Flowers scenes. Another pseudonym the film had at this time was Scrubbers 2 designed to cash in on the success of the serious reform school drama Scrubbers which had shocked cinema audiences. However, when Corarito's grindhouse flick was submitted to the BBFC in 1986 in its pre-cut 58-minute form, its title now changed to Delinquents, the board's then-director James Ferman ordered over nine minutes of cuts before granting it an 18 certificate; the film had a British cinema release in 1976 under the title Sizzlers, on the bottom half of a double bill with the British-made Intimate Games. Carnal Madness was released on DVD in America in Feb 2008, under its Delinquent Schoolgirls title on a double bill with Dream No Evil; the full title of the DVD is Psychotronia Vol. 1: Delinquent Schoolgirls/Dream No Evil.

Extras include a “Commentary by actor Bob Minor with Elijah Drenner". List of American films of 1975 Carnal Madness on IMDb

Tisha Waller

Tisha Felice Waller, is an American athlete competing in the high jump, who participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. She is a five time American Champion, internationally won the 1998 Goodwill Games, plus bronze medals in the 1991 World University Games and the 1999 World Indoor Championships. Born in South Boston, Tisha Waller graduated from Halifax County High School and the University of North Carolina. After graduating she became a kindergarten teacher, becoming 1996 Teacher of the year honors at Livsey Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia; that same year she competed in the home town Olympics. She concentrated on High Jump, coached by Nat Page for a few years but taking the 2001 season off to finish her master's degree at Clark University and return to teaching first grade at a brand new school, Wynbrooke Traditional Theme School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, she was named USATFs Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2003. Waller established an American women's indoor record of 2.01 meters at the 1998 USA Indoor Championships on February 28, 1998.

Her mark stood for 14 years until it was broken by Chaunte Lowe by a single centimeter, 2.02m, at the 2012 USA Indoor Championships. Tisha Waller at World Athletics USATF bio

Carey Island

The Carey Island is an island in Selangor, Malaysia. Carey Island is located to north of Banting town, it is a huge island separated from the Selangor coast by the Langat River, connected by two bridges from Chodoi and Teluk Panglima Garang near Banting and a bridge from Pulau Indah and Pulau Carey. It was named after Edward Valentine John Carey, an Englishman planter in Malaya has acquired an island from the Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah of Selangor to start rubber plantations and since until now the island is known as Carey Island or Pulau Carey. Carey began a plantation industry under Jugra Land and Carey Ltd. Rubber was introduced to the Carey Island in 1905 and a permanent work force was established in 1907. Despite its name, many locals from Klang do not consider it a real island compared to Crab Island due to its proximity to the mainland and the river that separates it from the mainland is a stream, it is famous for its seafood such as crabs and various fishes. The island has palm oil plantations owned by Sime Darby Plantations.

It is an initial settlement area for the Mah-Meri, one of the aborigine Orang Asli tribes of Malaysia. They have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in the nearby plantations and farms, but they retain their unique culture and way of life. Apart from exhibitions of their traditional dances and music, the Mah Meri are known for their votive sculptures, fashioned from a kind of swamp hardwood known as "Nyireh Batu". List of islands of Malaysia