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Planescape is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game designed by Zeb Cook. The Planescape setting was published in 1994; as its name suggests, the setting crosses and comprises the numerous planes of existence, encompassing an entire cosmology called the Great Wheel, as developed in the original 1987 Manual of the Planes by Jeff Grubb. This includes many of the other Dungeons & Dragons worlds, linking them via inter-dimensional magical portals. Planescape is an expansion of ideas presented in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide and the original Manual of the Planes; when Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition was published, a decision was made not to include angelic or demonic creatures, so the cosmology was ignored. However, fan demand for a 2nd Edition Manual of the Planes was strong enough to justify its expansion into a full-fledged campaign setting, so in 1994 Planescape was released. David "Zeb" Cook developed Planescape when he was assigned to create "a complete campaign world, survivable by low-level characters, as compatible with the old Manual of the Planes as possible, filled with a feeling of vastness without overwhelming the referee, distinct from all other TSR campaigns, free of the words "demon" and "devil" and explainable to Marketing in 25 words or less".

For inspiration, Cook listened to Pere Ubu, Philip Glass and Alexander Nevsky, read The Dictionary of the Khazars, Einstein's Dreams, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, for fun at "Bad Movie Nights", watched such films as Naked Lunch and Wolf Devil Woman. Cook came up with the idea that everything would revolve around factions, that those factions would be ideas taken to the extreme, he felt that Sigil came about because it was natural, because the planes needed a crossroads, that the campaign needs a center which could be both a place for adventure and a place to hide, where characters could get to and from it quickly. Cook decided to adapt the Manual of the Planes because the older material made survival on the planes too difficult or complex. Cook conceived of the look for the setting from images such as "the gloomy prisons of Piranesi's Le Carceri etchings, Brian Froud's illustrations and surrealist art", Dana Knutson was assigned to draw whatever Cook wanted. "Before any of us knew it, drew the Lady of Pain.

I'm fond of the Lady of Pain. We all liked her so much. Planescape won the 1994 Origins Award and has received critical acclaim for its unique visual aspects the work of artists Tony DiTerlizzi, Robh Ruppel, Dana Knutson. Pyramid magazine reviewer Scott Haring said Planescape is "the finest game world produced for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Period." Haring described the writing as "wonderful," saying that it "has got one of the most distinctive graphic looks I've seen in any game product" and that the "unusual drawings remind a little of Dr. Seuss." Trenton Webb of British RPG magazine Arcane called Planescape "the premier AD&D world", noting its hallmark as "a bizarre juxtaposition of legend and nightmare". Game designer Rick Swan said that the original Manual of the Planes had in a sense been "reincarnated as the Planescape setting... TSR's most ambitious campaign world to date. Abandoning the straightforward but dry approach of the Manual, the Planescape set reads less like a textbook and more like a story.

Characters take precedence over game systems, high adventure supplants the physics lessons." The Dungeons & Dragons cosmology as reflected in Planescape consists of a number of planes, which can be divided into the following regions: The Inner Planes The Ethereal Plane The Prime Material Plane The Astral Plane The Outer Planes The Outer Planes consist of: the Abyss, Arborea, Baator, Bytopia, Elysium, Gray Waste of Hades, Mechanus, Mount Celestia, the Outlands and Ysgard. Sigil, the "City of Doors", is located atop the Spire in the Outlands, it has the shape of a torus, the city itself is located on the inner surface of the ring. There is no sky an all-pervasive light that waxes and wanes to create day and night. Sigil can not be exited save via portals. Although this makes it quite safe from any would-be invader, it makes it a prison of sorts for those not possessing a portal key. Thus, many call Sigil "The Bird Cage" or "The Cage." Though Sigil is held to be located "at the center of the planes", some argue that this is impossible since the planes are infinite in all dimensions, therefore there can never be a center to any or all of them.

Curiously, from the Outlands, one can see Sigil atop the infinite Spire. Within Sigil there are philosophy-derived factions. Before the event known as the Faction War, the groups controlled the political climate of Sigil; each of these factions is based on one particular belief system. There are fifteen factions in total. In 1998, TSR published Faction War, an adventure that closed the book on Planescape, as it was ending the product line; the culmination of several adventures leading up to that point, the Faction War brought an end to the factions' control of the city. Inst

Glory Lane

Glory Lane is a science fiction novel by American writer Alan Dean Foster. The book takes place outside of either of Foster’s two usual universes and the Humanx Commonwealth. Teenage punk rock fan and high-school dropout Seeth and his older brother, geeky graduate student Kerwin, rescue a stranger from arrest at a bowling alley in their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only to discover that the cops are killer aliens and that the bowling ball the stranger carries is intelligent. Seeth and the stranger joined by a valley girl-type named Miranda, soon find themselves on the run, not just on the streets of Earth, but among the stars as well, in the middle of an intergalactic battle for Izmir, the "bowling ball". Glory Lane title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

William Blacklock House

The William Blacklock House is a historic house at 18 Bull Street in Charleston, South Carolina. A National Historic Landmark, this brick house, built in 1800 for a wealthy merchant, is one of the nation's finest examples of Adamesque architecture, it is now owned by the College of housing its Office of Alumni Relations. The Blacklock House is set on the southern edge of the College of Charleston campus in central Charleston, on the north side of Bull Street; the house is a two-story brick house, set on a high brick basement. Its roof is hipped, with a gable above the center entrance; the entrance is reached by a double flight of stairs with iron railings, is flanked by sidelight windows, with a fanlight window above. The windows in the bays on either side of the entrance have round-arch tops, while the remaining windows have flat lintels with keystones; the window above the door is a larger window with sidelights, the gable above has a large fanlight lunette in it. The property includes two outbuildings.

The house was built by William Blacklock who, on September 24, 1794, purchased two lots in the newly laid out Harleston Village. Although built in 1800, Blacklock was first listed as living in the house in 1802 according to a city directory; the house's design has similarities to the work of Gabriel Manigault, but no attribution has been confirmed. Blacklock was a member of the committee responsible for the construction of a bank, designed by Manigault in the same year. Other design elements of 18 Bull St. are similar to those uses in other Manigault designs. The house underwent a major restoration in 1937, was acquired by the College of Charleston in 1974, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973. List of National Historic Landmarks in South Carolina National Register of Historic Places listings in Charleston, South Carolina Robert P. Stockton, Information for Guides of Historic Charleston, South Carolina 154. William Blacklock House, Charleston County, at South Carolina Department of Archives and History College of Charleston Places of Interest


Rhinoderma known as Darwin's frogs, is a genus of small frogs found in Chile and adjacent parts of Argentina. It has just two species, of which the Chile Darwin's frog is endangered or may be extinct; the better-known Darwin's frog is endangered. Both species are notable for their unusual breeding, with the tadpoles being raised inside the mouths of the males; the eggs are laid on the ground. The male frog transports the tadpoles into his enlarged vocal sac. In the Chile Darwin's frog, the tadpoles are transported to a water source and released for the duration of their development. In Darwin's frog, they reside in the vocal sac until metamorphosis, they may carry between 15 offspring. Darwin's frogs are separated into a separate family based purely upon this behavioural adaptation, unique among frogs. Darwin's frogs are small, they are predominantly brown or green frogs, have long, narrow noses. They are terrestrial. Cogger, H. G.. G. Zweifel. Encyclopedia of Reptiles & Amphibians Second Edition. Fog City Press.

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2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series

The 2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series was the eleventh season of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the fourteenth season organized by NASCAR Mexico. It began with the Gran Premio Difrenosa at Autódromo Monterrey on 25 March and concluded with the Gran Premio FedEx at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on 2 December. Abraham Calderón entered the season as the defending Drivers' champion. Rubén García Jr. won nineteen points in front of Irwin Vences. And Fabián Welter was declared the Rookie of the Year. On 25 January 2018, NASCAR announced the 2018 schedule. León and Pachuca were dropped from the schedule in favor of El Dorado and a road course race at Aguascalientes; the race in El Marqués was held on the road course instead of the oval. Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or Owners' points. * – Most laps led. Notes ^ They receive championship points in supporter series.2 – Víctor Barrales qualified in the No. 30 for Víctor Barrales Jr. 3 – Pepe González received championship points, despite the fact that he did not start the race.

4 – Enrique Baca qualified in the No. 8 for Rafael Martínez. 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2018 NASCAR Pinty's Series 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Official website

Sally Hacker

Sara "Sally" Lynn Hacker was a feminist sociologist who investigated cultures surrounding technology. She was interested in. Hacker was raised in Litchfield, Illinois. In her junior year of high school, she was expelled for becoming pregnant with her son. After expulsion, she attended A. A. Wright Junior College and won a scholarship to the University of Chicago, she graduated from U of C with a bachelors in 1962, a masters in 1965 and a doctorate in 1969. Her dissertation, "Patterns of World and Leisure: An Investigation of the Relationships between Childhood and Current Styles of Leisure and Current Work Behavior among Young Women Graduates in the Field of Public Education" was supervised by Alice Rossi. Hacker worked for Rossi, Phil Stone and Fred Stodtbeck as a research assistant at the U of C and at Harvard University. In the late 1960s she worked as a clinical instructor in psychiatry for the Baylor University College of Medicine and as a staff sociologist at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences in Houston.

In the 1970s, she studied women and technology at AT&T Her research found that while AT&T claimed to promote hiring initiatives for minorities and women, the reality was that women and minorities were hired for jobs "next to be automated."From 1971 to 1976, she was an assistant professor of sociology at Drake University. While in Iowa and her husband, Barton Hacker, founded the Des Moines chapter of the National Organization for Women. Hacker went on to attend engineering classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and architecture classes at the Linn-Benton Community College in order to better understand technology and its relationship to gender stratification. While at MIT, Hacker explored students' reasons for going into engineering, she was a professor of sociology at Oregon State University from 1977 until 1988. Hacker died of lung cancer in Corvallis, Oregon July 24, 1988. In 1989, her last book, published posthumously, Pleasure and Technology: Some Tales of Gender and the Cooperative Workplace was praised.

The American Sociological Association awards a graduate student paper award each year in her memory. In 1999, an annual award called the Sally Hacker Prize was established by the Society for the History of Technology; this award recognizes "exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy toward a broad audience." Pleasure and Technology: Some Tales of Gender and the Cooperative Workplace, Boston: Unwin Hyman. 1989. ISBN 0-04-445204-7. Several of Hacker's articles were collected and posthumously compiled in Doing it the Hard Way: Investigations of Gender and Technology, Boston: Unwin Hyman. 1990. ISBN 0-04-445434-1, commended. "The eye of the beholder: An essay on technology and eroticism" in Sally Hacker, Dorothy Smith & Susan Turner, Investigations of gender and technology, Boston: Unwin Hyman. 1990. Hacker, Sally L.. "The culture of engineering: Woman and machine". Women's Studies International Quarterly. 4: 341–353. Doi:10.1016/s0148-068596559-3. Hacker, Sally L.. "Sex Stratification and Organizational Change: A Longitudinal Case Study of AT&T".

Social Problems. 26: 539–557. Doi:10.2307/800040. JSTOR 800040. Feldberg, R. et al. Obituary for Sally Hacker, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 14, No. 2. Pp. 221–223. Papers of Sally Hacker, 1951-1991. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University