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Next Generation (magazine)

Next Generation was a video game magazine, published by Imagine Media. It was shared editorial with the UK's Edge magazine. Next Generation ran from January 1995 until January 2002, it was edited by Neil West. Other editors included Chris Charla, Tom Russo, Blake Fischer. Next Generation covered the 32-bit consoles including 3DO, Atari Jaguar, the then-still unreleased Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn. Unlike competitors GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly, the magazine was directed towards a different readership by focusing on the industry itself rather than individual games; the magazine was first published by GP Publications up until May 1995 when the publisher was acquired by Imagine Media. In September 1999, Next Generation was redesigned, its cover name shortened to NextGen; this would start. A year in September 2000, the magazine's width was increased from its standard 8 inches to 9 inches, however this wider format lasted less than a year. Subscribers of Next-Gen Magazine received issues of PlayStation Magazine when the magazine's life-cycle was terminated.

The brand was resurrected in 2005 by Future Publishing USA as an industry-led website, It carries much the same articles and editorial as the print magazine, in fact reprints many articles from Edge, the UK-based sister magazine to Next-Gen. In July 2008, was rebranded as Next Generation's content didn't focus on screenshots and cheat codes. Instead the content was more focused on game development from an artistic perspective. Interviews with people in the video game industry featured questions about gaming in general rather than about the details of the latest game or game system they were working on. Next Generation was first published prior to the North American launch of the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, much of the early content was in anticipation of those consoles. Apart from the regular columns, the magazine did not use bylines; the editors explained that they felt the magazine's entire staff should share the credit or responsibility for each article and review those written by individuals.

The review ranking system was based on a number of stars that ranked games based on their merits overall compared to what games were out there. Next Generation had a few editorial sections like "The Way Games Ought To Be" that would attempt to provide constructive criticism on standard practices in the video game industry; the magazine's construction and design was decidedly simple and clean, its back cover having no advertising on it a departure from most other gaming magazines. The first several years of Next Generation had a heavy matte laminated finish cover stock, unlike the glossy paper covers of its competitors; the magazine moved away from this cover style in early 1999, only for it to return again in late 2000. Complete collection of 85 front-cover images Next Generation Wayback link for Next Generation Online Wayback link for Imagine Publishing

SlingShot (Cedar Fair)

SlingShot is a reverse bungee ride built by Funtime at four Cedar Fair amusement parks: Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. SlingShot charges an additional fee to ride; the ride opened at Kings Island in 2002. The ride was announced as a part of the additions for the 2014 season at Cedar Point, along with the addition of the Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles, it was built by Funtime. It opened at Cedar Point on July 2014 after being open to employees for a few days. SlingShot is located on the Gemini Midway, next to the Gemini. Riders in a two-person capsule are attached to cables and a patented spring propulsion device incorporating up to 720 specially designed springs; the capsule is launched 360 feet into the air at 62 miles per hour and bounced up and down until it comes to rest at the launch point. The ride is the second highest at Cedar Point, about 70 feet shorter than Top Thrill Dragster and 50 feet higher than Millennium Force. SlingShot is located in the Oktoberfest area and the capsule is launched 275 feet into the air going up to 100 miles per hour.

SlingShot is located in the Carousel Park area. The capsule is launched 300 feet into the air at speeds of 60 miles per hour. SlingShot is located in the Action Zone area; the capsule is launched 295 feet at speeds up to 100 km/h. As of 2014, the ride costs $19.99 per rider. Platinum season pass holders receive a 10% discount. Riders can purchase a video of themselves on their ride for $19.99. The video is displayed at Cedar Point is visible from Gemini Midway. Official SlingShot Cedar Point page Official Sling Shot Kings Island page

Princeton University Department of Chemistry

The Princeton University Department of Chemistry is an academic department at Princeton University. Founded in 1795, it is one of the oldest departments of chemistry in the country and is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In 2010, the department moved to the Frick Chemistry Laboratory; the department oversees the undergraduate and post-doctoral programs in chemistry, as well as a number of research centers and initiatives at the university. John Maclean, Sr. was Princeton's first professor of chemistry. Educated at the University of Glasgow beginning at the age of thirteen, Maclean was a licensed physician and surgeon by the age of 20, he began working at Princeton. President Samuel Stanhope Smith invited Maclean to Princeton to deliver chemistry lectures and was subsequently appointed Professor of Chemistry and Natural Science, he helped to establish the first undergraduate chemistry laboratory in the United States. In 1797, Maclean published Two Lectures on Combustion which altered the field going into the eighteenth century.

Notably, his son, John Maclean, Jr. became the tenth president of Princeton University. American botanist and chemist John Torrey was one of Maclean's successors, lecturing students in chemistry and natural history from 1830 to 1854. In 1916, Pittsburgh steelmaker Henry Clay Frick expressed interests in working with Dean Andrew Fleming West of the Graduate School and President John Grier Hibben to create a chemical laboratory. Architectural blueprints were subsequently made with an estimated cost of $1 million; the Laboratory was built in 1929. Designed by architect Charles Z. Klauder, the original design consisted of laboratories, lecture rooms, faculty offices. An extension to the building was completed in 1964. Additional funding for expansion was supplemented by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A new building for the Department of Chemistry opened in 2010; the 265,000-square-foot laboratory has a skylit atrium, pedestrian bridges lit interior spaces, an in-building café.

A 250-seat auditorium was named was former Professor of Chemistry Edward C. Taylor; the area is one of the most environmentally sustainable places on campus, featuring rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic solar panels, HVAC systems and controls, cascading airflow from office areas to laboratories. The Frick Chemistry Laboratory oversees six main areas of research are: Catalysis / Synthesis Chemical Biology Inorganic Chemistry Materials Spectroscopy / Physical Chemistry Theoretical Chemistry The department collaborates with a number of centers and institutes on campus where students and faculty can work on interdisciplinary projects; these institutes include the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. The department houses an array of facilities and resources for research, including a nuclear magnetic resonance facility, mass spectrometry lab, crystallography lab, glassblowing shop, Merck Catalysis Center, small molecule screening center, an ultrafast laser spectroscopy facility.

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment opened in 2015 with a $100 million gift from Princeton alumnus and benefactor Gerhard “Gerry” R. Andlinger, he envisioned a research center that sought to identify multi-faceted solutions to "the world's most daunting energy and environmental problems." The core research areas of the center include environment and infrastructure. There are a number of partnerships with faculty and researchers at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute. In addition to overseeing undergraduate and graduate courses, the center is responsible for Princeton's Program in Sustainable Energy, a certificate program that introduces students to fundamental concepts within the field and provides laboratory experience; the center's founding director was Emily A. Carter, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science; the current director of the Center is Yueh-Lin Loo. The Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary institute that runs Princeton's initiatives in the field of computational science.

Founded in 2002, it includes a number of faculty and researchers at the university and oversees the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. The center oversees the Graduate Certificate in Computational and Information Science; the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials is an interdisciplinary research center focused on materials science. It emphasizes collaboration between industry in order solve real-world problems. PRISM oversees the Imaging Analysis center; the center offers an undergraduate Certificate in Materials, allowing students to take courses in a number of related departments, as well as a graduate joint-PhD program. Its current director is Craig B. Arnold, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, PhD, Harvard, 2000; the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science is one of the world's leading research institutes in theoretical natural sciences. It is home to a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship program; the current director is Paul Steinhardt, Princeton's Albert Einst


Rachau is a former municipality in the district of Murtal in Styria, Austria with 626 inhabitants. Since the 2015 Styria municipal structural reform, it is part of the municipality Sankt Margarethen bei Knittelfeld, it is divided into three districts: Glein Rachau and the village of Rachau itself. Neighbouring settlements include Apfelberg, St. Margarethen, St. Lorenzen, Kleinlobming, St. Stefan ob Leoben, Salla, Übelbach, Kainach bei Voitsberg und Gallmannsegg; the Mayor of Rachau was Karl Hirtler of the ÖVP. There is two volunteer firefighters in the village. From 1995 to 2004 Rachau hosted a hillclimbing event. Riders of motorbikes and quadbikes and the occasional car or converted jetski/snowmobile would attempt to ride as far up the hillside as possible without falling off. Whoever attained the greatest distance won the event; this was televised across Europe on Eurosport and attracted a trackside audience of 10,000 to 30,000 people. It had sponsorship from the drink Red Bull. Pictures of the 2003 and 2004 Rachau Hillclimb

Sports Authority

Sports Authority, Inc. was a sports retailer in the United States, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. At its peak, Sports Authority operated more than 460 stores in Puerto Rico; the company's website was on the GSI Commerce platform and supported the retail stores as well as other multi-channel programs. A joint venture with ÆON Co. Ltd. operates "Sports Authority" stores in Japan over a licensing agreement. On March 2, 2016, Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the case was converted to Chapter 7 a few months later. On May 18, 2016, the company's stores were sold to a group of liquidators and on May 25, CEO Michael Foss announced that all of the stores would close by the end of August 2016. On June 30, 2016, Dick's Sporting Goods won the auction for Sports Authority's brand name and intellectual property. On July 15, 2016, the online store closed operations, redirecting users to the Dick's Sporting Goods website. On July 21, 2016, the purchase of Sports Authority's intellectual property by rival Dick's Sporting Goods was approved.

Gart Brothers, or Gart Bros. began in 1928, when Denver Post newspaper carrier Nathan Gart started the company with $50 in fishing rod samples. In 1971, Gart Bros. Company opened the "Sportscastle" superstore in Denver, Colorado, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Broadway; the 1980s marked a period of substantial growth for the company through a series of acquisitions. These mergers included Hagan's Sports Stevens Brown of Salt Lake City. In the fall of 1992, Leonard Green & Partners acquired Thrifty and became the company's largest shareholder. At the same time that Gart Bros. opened the Sportscastle, the Hochberg family and the Cantor family opened their first Sportmart in Niles, Illinois. The company grew to 60 stores in nine states. Gart Sports and Sportmart merged in 1998. Sportmart operated in Canada in the 1990s before closing down their operations after two years. Oshman's Sporting Goods was founded in Texas, in 1919 by Jake Oshman. By 1965, Oshman's had become the largest sporting goods chain in Texas, operating 43 Oshman's SuperSports USA stores and 15 traditional stores.

The Sports Authority, Inc. was founded in Lakes Mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, by a syndicate of venture capital groups and several key founding executives. Jack A. Smith COO of Herman's World of Sports, CEO; the venture capital syndicate was led by William Blair Venture Partners and included First Chicago Venture Partners, Bain Capital, Phillips-Smith Venture Partners, Marquette Venture Partners, Bessemer Securities. The Sports Authority, Inc. opened its first store in November 1987 in Florida. In 1990, Kmart acquired the company. Five years The Sports Authority had expanded to 136 stores in 26 states, was spun off from parent Kmart, its headquarters were near Fort Lauderdale. Gart Sports, which operated Oshman's and Sportmart, completed a "merger of equals" with Sports Authority on August 4, 2003. At the time of its merger with Gart Sports Company, The Sports Authority was the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the United States, had 205 stores in 33 states; the combined company took the Sports Authority name.

With the merger, each share of Sports Authority was exchanged with 0.37 shares of Gart Sports which gave investors in each about 50% of the new merchant. The new company was based in Englewood, the home of Gart Sports; as of May 2006, the remaining stores that were not operating under the Sports Authority name were re-branded to the Sports Authority name. In January 2006, Sports Authority agreed to be purchased in a leveraged buyout by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion. Shareholders approved the deal in May 2006. Upon completion of the merger, Sports Authority ceased to be a publicly listed stock. There were no public bonds outstanding, Sports Authority no longer filed financial statements with the SEC. In August 2006, Copeland's Sports, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and on November 17, 2006, Sports Authority, through a wholly owned subsidiary, assumed the leasehold interests in seven former Copeland's Sports retail store locations.

Sports Authority launched new store brand "S. A. Elite" in mid-2010, based on consumer testing; these stores are smaller than typical Sports Authority outlets and carry high-end sports apparel and accessories. On February 4, 2016, it was reported that Sports Authority was set to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, due to debt problems; that month, The Dallas Morning News reported that the company planned to close all 25 of its stores in Texas. The report did not specify a date for the closures. On March 2, 2016, Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After considering restructuring, Sports Authority announced that on April 26, they would sell all of their assets, including all of the remaining store locations. Earlier in April, Reuters reported that Academy Sports + Outdoors and Dick's Sporting Goods had expressed interest in purchasing Sports Authority's assets. On May 3, 2016, the company notified the US Bankruptcy Court that it would not reorganize its debt but would auction its assets.

Contrary to media reports, the company announced it would not be liquidating its assets, but would be auctioning off its stores and operations, with the intended goal of keeping all of its stores open

L. M. Boyd

Louis Malcolm Boyd, popularly known as L. M. Boyd was a newspaper columnist whose nationally syndicated column was a collection of miscellaneous trivial and amusing facts. Boyd was raised in Bremerton, Washington, he worked for the Stars and Stripes. After having worked at the Spokesman-Review, the New York Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Chronicle, in 1963 he moved to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he began his trivia column; the column ran locally under the name Mike Mailway, the name Mailway having been derived from the digits in Boyd's telephone number at the Post-Intelligencer. In 1968 it was picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle, where it was renamed The Grab Bag, the name by which it is most known, though it ran under other titles in other markets, it appeared in nearly 400 newspapers. Grab Bag featured the occasional asides of "Our Love and War Man," a character that presented items developed by him with his wife, Patricia. Boyd was "Love" and his wife "War"—although his wife Patricia maintained it was the other way around—he told Chronicle writer Sam Whiting in 2000.

To another reporter Boyd said that "sometimes he's the Love part, sometimes is."The column led to the formation of Crown Syndicate by Boyd and his wife, which went on to offer several other columns and puzzles. The couple met in 1960, when Mr. Boyd was writing a column for the Houston Chronicle called Dial Watchem, which fielded reader complaints about broken signs and potholes, he had hired Patricia as an assistant. They raised her six children. Boyd had three children from a previous marriage. Boyd announced his retirement at the end of 2000, but popular demand brought the column back for a few more years; the final column ran on August 7, 2004, when Boyd was 77