L. A. Rush is the final installment in the Rush series of video games, it was released in North America for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles on October 10, 2005 and on October 21 in Europe. The Windows version was released on November 4 in Europe. PlayStation Portable version was released on October 2006 named Rush. Many details were revealed at E3 in May 2005; the game is free-roaming with races similar to those in Need for Speed: Underground 2. The GPS map can have a point assigned to a certain location and the point shows up on the radar during gameplay; the game features voice talent from Bill Bellamy, Andre 3000 and Twista. In addition to the console versions and Windows version it was to be available on Gizmondo; the player character is a street racer in the L. A. underground scene named Trikz, who has a mansion and car collection to back up his sizable reputation. Trikz's lavish lifestyle is put to the test, when a local race promoter named Lidell is set to put on a major series of races.
Lidell is not fond of Trikz and tries to tip the scales against him by using his connections to rob Trikz of all his rides whilst he was on vacation. It is up to Trikz to get payback on Lidell. PlayStation Portable port was released on October 2006 named Rush; the game has two all-new modes. Other new features include 50 new vehicles, 30 new cruise missions, upgrades for cars and a new hip-hop and rock soundtrack. Twista and Lil' Kim are featured in the soundtrack; the "battle" race mode lets players go head-to-head with each other in a power-up-propelled race to the finish. This mode was featured in the home version of Rush 2049; the "stunt arena" mode lets the player launch their car off ramps and fly through the air and performing different tricks. In order to keep up with points, the player must land their car safely on all four wheels; this feature was missing in L. A. was in all other home Rush games. You can unlock new cars and customize them in West Coast Customs. Reacquire Missions: Race to earn respect, street credits, clues to the whereabouts of your cars.
Retribution Missions: Steal your enemies' prized rides and then-chop them for revenge and extra cash. Retribution Damage Missions: Trash an enemy's property. Many reviewers have been critical of the game. One common criticism is. GamesRadar says: "Roll your vehicle into the garage and they'll kit it out with what they feel like". L. A. Rush has been criticised for not including every area of Los Angeles. A criticism among fans is that the game is too realistic in comparison to the earlier Rush games which featured exaggerated fantasy locations and game physics. Not all reaction was negative; the realistic handling in the game was welcomed by some as being comparable to the handling in Juiced and Need for Speed: Underground 2. The game features many licensed cars such as the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, the Nissan Skyline GTR R34, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, Nissan 350z, Muscle cars, which include the Chevrolet Camaro, SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade and the Dodge Ram.
Up to 30 licensed cars are unlockable in the game. It contained 20 Midway concept cars. In total, 50 vehicles. L. A. Rush official website
One Tree Hill (TV series)
One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003, on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The CW, from September 27, 2006, the series was broadcast by The CW in the United States until the end of its run in 2012; the show is set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina and follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott, who compete for positions on their school's basketball team, the drama that ensues from the brothers' romances. Most of the filming took place around Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the scenes were shot near the battleship USS North Carolina and on the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus; the first four seasons of the show focus on the main characters' lives through their high school years. With the beginning of the fifth season, Schwahn advanced the timeline by four years to show their lives after college, he made it jump a further fourteen months from the end of the sixth to the start of the seventh season.
The opening credits were accompanied by the song "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw. The theme was removed from the opening in the fifth season; the credits consisted only of the title written on a black background. The theme was restored for season 8, in response to audience demand, was sung by different artists each week; the series premiered to 2.5 million viewers and rose to 3.3 million in its second week, becoming one of only three shows to rise in their second episode during the 2003–2004 television season. Season one went on to average 3.5 million viewers, the second season was the highest rated in the series, averaging 4.3 million viewers weekly and a 1.9 Adults 18–49 rating. The series received numerous award nominations. On May 12, 2009, it was confirmed that Murray and Hilarie Burton had declined to return for the seventh season, although accounts of what transpired vary, their characters had been two of the five main protagonists, had provided one of its central love stories, throughout the show.
On May 17, 2011, The CW renewed One Tree Hill for a ninth and final season, placing an order for 13 episodes. Bethany Joy Lenz and Sophia Bush were signed as full-time regulars for one final season, Lafferty appeared as a part-time regular. Murray returned for a special appearance during the final season, which premiered on January 11, 2012; the show is the fourth-longest-running series on The CW network, or the networks that came together to make it up, after Smallville, 7th Heaven, Supernatural. The series concluded on April 4, 2012; the main storyline in the early seasons is the relationship between two half-brothers and Nathan Scott, who start out as enemies but bond as the show progresses. In the pilot episode, Lucas becomes a member of the Tree Hill Ravens with the help of his uncle Keith. Nathan the head of the team, is threatened by this and it becomes the basis of their rivalry fueled by Lucas's romantic interest in Nathan's girlfriend Peyton Sawyer. On, Peyton's best friend Brooke Davis tries to date Lucas, while Nathan attempts to date Lucas's best friend Haley James.
The character of Lucas and Nathan's father Dan Scott is explored throughout, including his relationships with Karen Roe, Lucas's mother, Deb Scott, Nathan's mother, how he ended up with one woman rather than the other, thus abandoning Lucas as his son. The first season deals with the first half of the main teenage characters' junior year; the focus is on the rivalry between Nathan during the state basketball championship. Other major storylines are Nathan and Haley's developing relationship, the Peyton-Lucas-Brooke love triangle, the love quadrangle involving Lucas and Nathan's parents; the second season focuses on the second half of the characters' junior year. It explores new romances and characters. Lucas dates Anna Taggaro, Jake Jagielski dates Peyton, there is a love triangle between Felix Taggaro and Mouth McFadden; this season shows the disintegration of Nathan and Haley's relationship because of Chris Keller, the repercussions – for Lucas – of Dan's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited disease.
Peyton deals with drug problems and the return of her biological mother, Karen opens a nightclub and begins a relationship with professor. A troubled Deb struggles with a drug addiction; the third season focuses on the characters' first half of their senior year, has the return of basketball. It features the arrival of Rachel Gatina, who brings conflict between Lucas. Peyton deals with the return of her mom and tries to get to know her when she finds out she is dying from cancer. Jake and Peyton's relationship draws to a close and Peyton's romantic feelings for Lucas resurface in the season; the episodes of the season sees Nathan and Haley plan their wedding. A major subplot consists of Dan's efforts to solve the murder attempt, made against him during the previous season's cliffhanger. A major episode involves most of the main cast in a hostage situation at Tree Hill High and culminates in Peyton getting shot in the leg, Jimmy Edwards committing suicide and Dan murdering Keith. At the end of the season finale after Nathan and Haley renew their vows, he, Cooper are l
MusicBrainz is a project that aims to create an open data music database, similar to the freedb project. MusicBrainz was founded in response to the restrictions placed on the Compact Disc Database, a database for software applications to look up audio CD information on the Internet. MusicBrainz has expanded its goals to reach beyond a compact disc metadata storehouse to become a structured open online database for music. MusicBrainz captures information about artists, their recorded works, the relationships between them. Recorded works entries capture at a minimum the album title, track titles, the length of each track; these entries are maintained by volunteer editors. Recorded works can store information about the release date and country, the CD ID, cover art, acoustic fingerprint, free-form annotation text and other metadata; as of 21 September 2018, MusicBrainz contained information about 1.4 million artists, 2 million releases, 19 million recordings. End-users can use software that communicates with MusicBrainz to add metadata tags to their digital media files, such as FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis or AAC.
MusicBrainz allows contributors to upload cover art images of releases to the database. Internet Archive provides the bandwidth and legal protection for hosting the images, while MusicBrainz stores metadata and provides public access through the web and via an API for third parties to use; as with other contributions, the MusicBrainz community is in charge of maintaining and reviewing the data. Cover art is provided for items on sale at Amazon.com and some other online resources, but CAA is now preferred because it gives the community more control and flexibility for managing the images. Besides collecting metadata about music, MusicBrainz allows looking up recordings by their acoustic fingerprint. A separate application, such as MusicBrainz Picard, must be used for this. In 2000, MusicBrainz started using Relatable's patented TRM for acoustic fingerprint matching; this feature allowed the database to grow quickly. However, by 2005 TRM was showing scalability issues as the number of tracks in the database had reached into the millions.
This issue was resolved in May 2006 when MusicBrainz partnered with MusicIP, replacing TRM with MusicDNS. TRMs were phased out and replaced by MusicDNS in November 2008. In October 2009 MusicIP was acquired by AmpliFIND; some time after the acquisition, the MusicDNS service began having intermittent problems. Since the future of the free identification service was uncertain, a replacement for it was sought; the Chromaprint acoustic fingerprinting algorithm, the basis for AcoustID identification service, was started in February 2010 by a long-time MusicBrainz contributor Lukáš Lalinský. While AcoustID and Chromaprint are not MusicBrainz projects, they are tied with each other and both are open source. Chromaprint works by analyzing the first two minutes of a track, detecting the strength in each of 12 pitch classes, storing these 8 times per second. Additional post-processing is applied to compress this fingerprint while retaining patterns; the AcoustID search server searches from the database of fingerprints by similarity and returns the AcoustID identifier along with MusicBrainz recording identifiers if known.
Since 2003, MusicBrainz's core data are in the public domain, additional content, including moderation data, is placed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0 license. The relational database management system is PostgreSQL; the server software is covered by the GNU General Public License. The MusicBrainz client software library, libmusicbrainz, is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which allows use of the code by proprietary software products. In December 2004, the MusicBrainz project was turned over to the MetaBrainz Foundation, a non-profit group, by its creator Robert Kaye. On 20 January 2006, the first commercial venture to use MusicBrainz data was the Barcelona, Spain-based Linkara in their Linkara Música service. On 28 June 2007, BBC announced that it has licensed MusicBrainz's live data feed to augment their music Web pages; the BBC online music editors will join the MusicBrainz community to contribute their knowledge to the database. On 28 July 2008, the beta of the new BBC Music site was launched, which publishes a page for each MusicBrainz artist.
Amarok – KDE audio player Banshee – multi-platform audio player Beets – automatic CLI music tagger/organiser for Unix-like systems Clementine – multi-platform audio player CDex – Microsoft Windows CD ripper Demlo – a dynamic and extensible music manager using a CLI iEatBrainz – Mac OS X deprecated foo_musicbrainz component for foobar2000 – Music Library/Audio Player Jaikoz – Java mass tag editor Max – Mac OS X CD ripper and audio transcoder Mp3tag – Windows metadata editor and music organizer MusicBrainz Picard – cross-platform album-oriented tag editor MusicBrainz Tagger – deprecated Microsoft Windows tag editor puddletag – a tag editor for PyQt under the GPLv3 Rhythmbox music player – an audio player for Unix-like systems Sound Juicer – GNOME CD ripper Zortam Mp3 Media Studio – Windows music organizer and ID3 Tag Editor. Freedb clients can access MusicBrainz data through the freedb protocol by using the MusicBrainz to FreeDB gateway service, mb2freedb. List of online music databases Making Metadata: The Case of Mus
True Life is an American documentary television series that aired on MTV from March 31, 1998 to June 21, 2017. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode – "Fatal Dose"; the show is created by following a series of subjects by a camera crew through a certain part of their lives. A four-episode revival series titled True Life/Now aired in 2019. True Life has covered over 140 topics from drug use, money issues, sexual topics to simple social behavior like visiting the Jersey Shore; the show has aired 328 episodes so far. There is an occasional intersection between other shows. For example, the episode "I'm a Reality TV Star" featured people from The Real World and Survivor, while the episodes "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter" and "I'm a Mixed Martial Artist" both featured Kit Cope, who has signed a deal with the WFA and Frankie Edgar, the UFC Lightweight Champion. In the episode "I'm Bisexual," Sydney goes on a date with A. D. from From G's to Gents. In 2011, Sydney was featured in season 6 of Oxygen's Bad Girls Club.
Lazar, in the episode "I'm in A Love Triangle," was in a 2007 episode of Parental Control. Won 2009 Emmy Award for Best Special Class Series. Won 2000 Image Award for Outstanding News, Talk, or Information Special Won 2005 GLAAD ashleeMedia Award for Outstanding Documentary True Life: I'm on Crystal Meth Won 2007 Prism Award for TV Teen Series Episode or Special Nominated 2000 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism Nominated 2003 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary Nominated 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine Official website True Life on IMDb
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series broadcast by The WB, premiered on October 16, 2001. After Smallville's fifth season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW, the series' United States broadcaster. Smallville, which ended its tenth and final season on May 13, 2011, follows Clark Kent in the fictional town of Smallville, before he becomes known as Superman; the first four seasons focus on his friends in high school. After season five Smallville ventures into adult settings focusing on his career at the Daily Planet and introducing other DC comic-book superheroes and villains. Before the series' production, Bruce Wayne, chronicling the young protagonist's journey toward Batman, was proposed first. Although that series failed to generate interest, it inspired Smallville. Series developers Gough and Millar pitched their "no tights, no flights" rule to the president of Warner Bros.
Television, reducing Superman to the bare essentials and examining what led Clark Kent to become the Man of Steel. After seven seasons with the show and Millar departed with little explanation. Smallville was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, with local businesses and buildings substituting for Smallville locations. Most of the music for the first six seasons was composed by Mark Snow, who incorporated elements of John Williams' musical score from the Superman film series. In season seven, Louis Febre became the series' primary composer. Smallville was positively received when it began. Former Superman star Christopher Reeve expressed approval for the series, making two guest appearances before his death; the pilot episode set a ratings record with 8.4 million viewers. Over ten seasons the series averaged about 4.34 million viewers per episode, with season two the highest-rated at 6.3 million. By the end of its run, Smallville passed Stargate SG-1 as the longest-running North American science-fiction series by episode count.
Since its first season, the series received accolades ranging from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards. Smallville spawned a series of young-adult novels, a DC Comics bimonthly comic book, soundtrack recordings and series-related merchandise. All ten seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2 and 4. In April 2012, it continued in comic-book form with a storyline resuming shortly after the series finale, which ended in 2015; the regular cast is introduced in season one, with storylines involving a villain deriving power from kryptonite exposure. The one-episode villains were a plot device developed by Millar. Smallville's first season dealt with Clark Kent's coming to terms with his alien origin and the revelation that his arrival on Earth was connected to the death of Lana Lang's parents. After the first season the series had fewer villain-of-the-week episodes, focusing instead on individual-character story arcs and exploring Clark's origins. Major storylines include Clark's discovery of his Kryptonian heritage and Lex Luthor's escalating conflict with his father, Lionel.
The disembodied voice of Clark's biological father, Jor-El, is introduced. In a fourth-season arc Clark, instructed by Jor-El, searches for three Kryptonian stones which contain the knowledge of the universe and form his Fortress of Solitude. Clark battles Brainiac in his attempts to release the Kryptonian criminal General Zod, must capture other escaped Phantom Zone criminals, his cousin Kara arrives, Lex Luthor discovers Clark's secret. The eighth season introduces Davis Bloome, Tess Mercer replaces the departing Lex Luthor. Justin Hartley becomes a series regular as Oliver Queen after being a recurring guest in season six. In the ninth season Major Zod and other members of Zod's military group are revived by Tess Mercer, their efforts to regain their powers are the season's central conflict; the final season revolves around Clark's attempts to lose his doubts and fears and become the hero he is meant to be, while confronting his biggest challenges: the coming of Darkseid and the return of Lex Luthor.
Tom Welling as Clark Kent, a young man with superhuman abilities who tries to find his place in life after discovering that he is an alien and uses his powers to help those in danger. Clark's season-one problems include his inability to share his secret and his desire for a normal life. After months of scouting, Welling was cast as Clark. David Nutter had to convince Welling's manager that the role would not hurt the actor's film career in order to get Welling to read the pilot script. After reading the script, Welling agreed to audition for the role of Clark Kent. Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, the girl next door. Grieving the loss of her parents, she feels connected to Clark. Kreuk was the first to be cast. Although she left the series after the seventh season, she returned for five episodes in season eight as a guest star. Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, a billionaire's son sent to Smallville to run the local fertilizer plant. After Clark saves his life, they become fast friends; as the series progresses, Lex's friendship with Clark crumbles until they consider themselves enemies.
The role was difficult to cast.
South Eugene High School
South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, United States. The school was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that served as Eugene's city hall; the Eugene school district in 1915 built a new high school on a one-block site on West 17th Avenue between Lincoln and Charnelton Streets. By 1943, the Eugene School District had outgrown the cramped old high school, voters approved a bond measure to build a new facility. World War II and other factors delayed construction for a decade, but the current building at 400 E. 19th Avenue was completed and occupied in September 1953. The old high school served as Woodrow Wilson Junior High School until 1967. In the fall of 1957, Eugene High was renamed South Eugene High School, when North Eugene High School opened in the River Road area north of the city. In 1983, South Eugene High School was honored in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor a school can receive in the United States.
In 2008, 89% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 410 students, 363 graduated, 40 dropped out, seven were still in high school the following year; the school has received a silver ranking in U. S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools" survey. In 2010, a student at the school was honored as one of three from Oregon. A student at the school won the Intel Science Talent Search in 2009 after another South Eugene student placed third in 2007. South Eugene High School hosts a branch of the Eugene International High School, which offers International Baccalaureate courses as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma; the main campus of South Eugene High School offers numerous Advanced Placement courses as well as honors courses. The school has many athletic teams and other student activities, such as band, theater and visual arts, as well as various student clubs. South Eugene High School offers a wide variety of clubs and programs; these include Speech and Debate and Nordic Ski teams, National Honor Society, Rowing Club, Black Student Union, Feminist Union, Figure of Speech, Jewish Student Union, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, Latino Student Union, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Robotics Club, the Yiddish Club.
Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, Oregon Cecil Andrus, Governor of Idaho and U. S. Secretary of the Interior Garner Ted Armstrong, televangelist for the Worldwide Church of God Phil Barnhart, Oregon state representative John Beckett, member of the College Football Hall of Fame Tracy Bonham, musician Richard Brautigan, counterculture author and poet Chris Carter, record producer Sean Flannery, saxophonist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies E. Max Frye and director Neil Goldschmidt, mayor of Portland, Governor of Oregon, United States Secretary of Transportation Tim Hardin, anti-war folk singer Rick Hawn, mixed martial arts fighter Nate Jaqua, MLS soccer player Ben Kaplan, author Mat Kearney and songwriter John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon Mike Lafferty, World Cup alpine ski racer, 1972 Olympian Dustin Lanker, keyboardist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Mad Caddies Bill McChesney, 1980 Olympian in track and field Jason Moss, guitarist for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies Julie Payne, actress Paul Pierson, political scientist, author Rock n Roll Soldiers, rock band Brian Rowe, MLS goalkeeper Heidi Schellman, head of Department of Physics at Oregon State University Dan Siegel, pianist and record producer Paul Simon, United States senator Blake Stepp, Gonzaga University basketball player Corin Tucker, lead singer of Sleater-Kinney Theresa Wayman, Calvin Klein model, movie actress and singer for Warpaint Michelle Zauner, musician 1955 History of Eugene and University High Schools
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew on the genres of blues and blues, from country music. Rock music drew on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, incorporated influences from jazz and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar as part of a rock group with electric bass and one or more singers. Rock is song-based music with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become diverse. Like pop music, lyrics stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are social or political. By the late 1960s "classic rock" period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rock, folk rock, country rock, southern rock, raga rock, jazz-rock, many of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rock, influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene.
New genres that emerged included progressive rock. In the second half of the 1970s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the 1980s on new wave, post-punk and alternative rock. From the 1990s alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grunge and indie rock. Further fusion subgenres have since emerged, including pop punk, electronic rock, rap rock, rap metal, as well as conscious attempts to revisit rock's history, including the garage rock/post-punk and techno-pop revivals at the beginning of the 2000s. Rock music has embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the UK and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the 1960s. 1970s punk culture spawned the goth and emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest song, rock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race and drug use, is seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity.
The sound of rock is traditionally centered on the amplified electric guitar, which emerged in its modern form in the 1950s with the popularity of rock and roll. It was influenced by the sounds of electric blues guitarists; the sound of an electric guitar in rock music is supported by an electric bass guitar, which pioneered in jazz music in the same era, percussion produced from a drum kit that combines drums and cymbals. This trio of instruments has been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments keyboards such as the piano, the Hammond organ, the synthesizer; the basic rock instrumentation was derived from the basic blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed as a rock group. Furthermore, it consists of between three and five members. Classically, a rock band takes the form of a quartet whose members cover one or more roles, including vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboard player or other instrumentalist. Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four.
Melodies originate from older musical modes such as the Dorian and Mixolydian, as well as major and minor modes. Harmonies range from the common triad to parallel perfect fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Since the late 1950s and from the mid 1960s onwards, rock music used the verse-chorus structure derived from blues and folk music, but there has been considerable variation from this model. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock; because of its complex history and its tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that "it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition." Unlike many earlier styles of popular music, rock lyrics have dealt with a wide range of themes, including romantic love, rebellion against "The Establishment", social concerns, life styles. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources such as the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music, rhythm and blues.
Music journalist Robert Christgau characterizes rock lyrics as a "cool medium" with simple diction and repeated refrains, asserts that rock's primary "function" "pertains to music, or, more noise." The predominance of white and middle class musicians in rock music has been noted, rock has been seen as an appropriation of black musical forms for a young and male audience. As a result, it has been seen to articulate the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions, "rock and roll implies an identification of male sexuality and aggression". Since the term "rock" started being used in preference to "rock and roll" from the late-1960s, it has been contrasted with pop music, with which it has shared many characteristics, but from wh