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Roland TR-909

The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a drum machine introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1983. It succeeded the TR-808, was the first Roland drum machine to use samples and MIDI. Though it was a commercial failure, the 909 became influential in the development of electronic dance music such as techno and acid; the 909 was designed by Tadao Kikumoto, who designed the Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Chief Roland engineer Makoto Muroi credited the design of the analog and pulse-code modulation voice circuits to "Mr Ou" and its software to "Mr Hoshiai". Whereas its predecessor, the TR-808, is known for its "boomy" bass, the 909 sounds aggressive and "punchy", it was the first Roland drum machine to use samples, for its ride and hi-hat sounds. As the clap and snare are generated via the same noise source, they produce a phasing effect when played together; the 909 was the first Roland drum machine to use MIDI, allowing it to synchronize with other devices, or for sounds to be triggered by an external MIDI controller for wider dynamic range.

Older Roland machines can be synchronized via its DIN sync port. The 909 features a sequencer that can chain up to 96 patterns into songs of up to 896 measures, controls including shuffle and flam, it sounds. Roland changed elements of the 909 during its lifetime, adjusting sounds; some users modify their machines to match sounds from earlier revisions. The 909 was released in 1983 and retailed for $1,195 USD. According to Muroi, it was a commercial failure as users preferred the more realistic sampled sounds of competing products such as the LinnDrum. Roland ceased production after one year, it was replaced in 1984 by the TR-707. Whereas the TR-808 was important in the development of hip hop, the 909, alongside the 303 synthesizer, influenced dance music such as techno and acid. According to Gordon Reid of Sound on Sound, "Like the TR-808 before it, nobody could have predicted the reverence in which the TR-909 would come to be held."The first known commercial use of a 909 is on the album Remission by Skinny Puppy, released months after the 909 launch.

It was popularized in the late 1980s by producers in Chicago and Detroit such as Derrick May, Frankie Knuckles and Jeff Mills, who bought second-hand units. As the first Roland drum machine to use MIDI, producers used the 909 as a hub to synchronize and sequence other machines, which Roland had not anticipated; the Icelandic singer Björk used it to create "militaristic" percussion on her 1997 song "Hunter". In 2017, Roland released a miniature version of the 909 with additional features. "Roland TR-909". Electronics & Music Maker. March 1984. P. 38. OCLC 317187644

Alex Tapp

Alexander Nicholas "Alex" Tapp is an English football player. He is a midfielder, who has played in the English Football League for Wimbledon and their successor Milton Keynes Dons. Born in Redhill, Tapp started his football career with Wimbledon in 1994 and represented England Schoolboys in 1998 at the age of 15, he made his professional debut for Wimbledon in the First Division on 31 August 2002 in a 3–2 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers and scored his first goal two weeks in a 4–1 League Cup win against Southend United. Less than two months after his debut, Tapp suffered a hamstring injury which kept him out of the Wimbledon side for three months, he played in Wimbledon's final two seasons in The Football League, playing 43 games and scoring four goals, although his second season was cut short in January following a serious knee injury. Wimbledon finished bottom of the First Division table; the club had moved to Milton Keynes in 2003 and at the start of the 2004–05 season, the club was relaunched under the name of Milton Keynes Dons, now playing in the renamed third tier League One.

Tapp suffered more injury problems and played only a further 15 games in his final season in The Football League. In August 2006, when Milton Keynes decided not to extend his contract, Tapp left after 12 years with the club. After leaving Milton Keynes, he had several unsuccessful trials with other league clubs, including Brentford and Oxford United, played in one Conference South game for Lewes, before he joined Isthmian League Premier Division side Tonbridge Angels in February 2007. Tapp made his debut for Tonbridge against Margate on 20 February but was substituted during the first half after he picked up an injury. During the 2007–08 season, he appeared for Chipstead, who played in the Isthmian League Division One South. In the late summer of 2008, Tapp moved to the United States and after seven months during which he acclimatised to the Texan weather and astroturf pitches, he joined the Austin Aztex ahead of their first season in the United Soccer Leagues First Division, he was the club's second English signing, following Gifton Noel-Williams, joined another expatriate Adrian Heath, the manager of the side.

Austin Aztex bio Alex Tapp at Soccerbase

Dave Kinskey

Dave Kinskey is an American politician and a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing the 22nd district since July 8, 2014. He served, from 2005 until his appointment to the State Senate, as the Mayor of Sheridan, Wyoming. Kinskey spent a great deal of time at the YMCA during his youth, he received an economics degree from Harvard University in 1972 and a law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1982. Following law school he was a practicing attorney, a realtor and business executive. In 1988 he acquired the company M&M Home Medical Inc. Kinskey was the business owner of TK, LLC, he was a board member of SEEDA. Kinskey served as mayor of Sheridan, Wyoming from 2005 until July 8, 2014, he was succeeded as mayor by City Council President John Heath. Prior to his election as mayor, Kinskey worked on the Senate campaigns of Wyoming Senators Malcolm Wallop and Alan Simpson, as well as Pete Simpson's unsuccessful gubernatorial run in 1986. During his time as mayor, Kinskey initiated projects including the north main interchange of the city.

He stated that he did not believe that Sheridan could preempt a potential state ban on public smoking by Wyoming, advocated for the re-fluoridation of the city's water. Kinskey pursued policy in support of the coal industry, trying to open the ports of West Wyoming to overseas coal exporting. Under him, the city balanced the budget and began to build their financial reserves, as well as streamlining approval processes, he resigned from his unexpired term in 2014 after being appointed to the Wyoming State Senate. In 2014 Kinskey received 67.7% of the vote of Johnson and Sheridan County Commissioners to fill the seat after incumbent Republican Senator John Schiffer died. This saw Kinskey serving a half of Schiffer's term. Following his election, Kinskey said. In May 2016 Kinskey filed for reelection, ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections for his first full term. Just as Kinskey was being sworn into office, the state’s mineral industry collapsed, leading to the loss of one quarter of the state’s revenues.

Following this, Kinskey began advocating for immediate budget cuts to the approved renovation of the state’s Capitol building. As a member of the Senate Revenue Committee, he advocated for spending cuts over tax increases in dealing with the budget crisis. In 2015, Kinskey advocated for increased skilled nursing services and care centers for military veterans, co-sponsoring a bill to help fund new facilities in the Sheridan area. In 2016 he was a supporter of a bill re-criminalizing edible marijuana, which passed in the Senate, he cosponsored a wolf depredation compensation bill, which passed. Kinskey opposes new tax bills, believing government should "live within its means"; that year he opposed Medicaid expansion in the state, co-sponsored legislation to reform asset seizure laws. In 2017 he co-sponsored legislation to reduce late term abortions and tighten the restrictions on fetal tissue sales. Kinsky has supported House Bill 194, which allows school districts to decide whether or not to allow teachers and other school staff to carry a concealed firearm when working, claiming that it would lead to greater school safety.

He argued that not every school can afford a police officer, something he stated was troublesome when it came to rural schools located fair distance from any local law enforcement, that bans on guns in schools left the impression to potential criminals that they were not defensible. He stated that they had written safeguards into the bill, including background checks and fingerprinting. Though he announced he supported cuts to the state budget, without regard to agency in order to tackle the $400 million budge deficit, he afterwards co-sponsored an amendment to the 2017 omnibus education funding bill to reduce the state's education spending cuts, he has stated. He co-sponsored a Constitutional amendment to override the Wyoming Supreme Court decision to remove oversight of education funding from the hands of legislators. Official page at the Wyoming Legislature Profile at Project Vote Smart Profile at Ballotpedia

John McGregor (Upper Canada politician)

John McGregor was a businessman and political figure in Upper Canada. McGregor was born in Scotland around 1751 and came to Detroit in 1784; when the British withdrew from that area, he moved to Old Sandwich Town, now part of Windsor, Ontario, in 1796. He received a city lot in Sandwich at #4 Russell Street where he lived for the remainder of his life, he became a merchant there in partnership with his cousin, James McGregor and had a boat built to transport grain. He took over a gristmill from Thomas Clark in 1810 when Clark defaulted on a loan. In 1800, he was appointed justice of the peace in the Western District, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada for Kent in 1804 and re-elected twice more, in 1808 and 1812. His large paper certificate dated June 20, 1808 and signed by seven prominent Kent County men survives and is located in the Canada Archives in Box MG 19A4 #45 of the Askin Papers. During this time, he served as road commissioner for the Western District. In the war of 1812-14 some of his supplies were stolen by American troops and he agreed to sell them grain while they occupied Sandwich as, in all likelihood, they would have taken it anyway.

He received nothing more than a promissory note. The British Army used wood from his houses for firewood. Two of his mills were burned to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Americans. In 1815, he was accused of collaborating with the enemy due to his sale of supplies to them. After he was cleared, he received compensation for some of his losses and was able to reestablish his business, including a distillery. Around 1809, he owned a farm on the Thames River Lot # 20 in Kent County, Ontario, he rented this farm to another man named John McGregor, a military man with a large family that grew to 13 children and a wife named Mary McMillian. Due to this rental relationship, many historians combine the events of these two men into a single person. On April, 16 1816, Captain John McGregor sold the 200 acre farm he owned to Merchant John McGregor for 175 pounds; this farm is located in Walsingham Township, in Norfolk County, Ontario. Confirmation of this sale can be found in the Ontario Archives, reel #GS2587, land record #1062 on page 504.

McGregor married Martha Scott, had seven children, died in Amherstburg, Ontario on February 12, 1828. His death notice was published in the UC Gazette four days later, his will, #57, is located in the Ontario Archives on reel #MS638. His eldest son Alexander died on February 7, 1831 and John McGregor's will was probated by his second son Duncan and George Jacobs, both of Chatham, Ontario. On October 10, 1821, he was sworn in as a J. P. at the Court House in Sandwich and served in session during that year through to December 31, 1821. He continued to serve the court every year until January of 1827, when he sat on just two occasions, as detailed in the Ontario Archives, Court Record Book RG-22 S102 Volume #1. Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Taganskaya (Tagansko–Krasnopresnenskaya line)

Taganskaya is a Moscow Metro station in the Tagansky District, Central Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is between Kitay-gorod and Proletarskaya stations. Taganskaya opened in 1966 as part of the start of the Zdanovsky radius; the station's decoration is stylish for the 1960s functional designs. Because the deep pylon trivault offers more potential for decorations, architects Nina Alyoshina and Yury Vdovin exploited this. Decorating the white marbled pylons with brown marble stripes; the white and black ceramic tiles and are decorated with metallic artworks with a space theme. The floor is covered with grey granite; the underground vestibule of the station is interlinked with the subway under the Bolshaya Kammenka street. The surface staircases of which are protected from the weather with glazed concrete pavilions; when the station was opened it was the terminus of the Zhdanovskaya line until 1970. Behind the station is a junction link allowing the train to reverse it leads onto a service link branch to the Koltsevaya line.

From the start the station was designed as a transfer point with the western escalators leading on to the Taganskaya station of the Koltsevaya line. In 1979, with the construction of the Marksistskaya station of the Kalininskaya line, three staircases were built into the northern wall. Mymetro KartaMetro.info – Station location and exits on Moscow map

Irving Finkel

Irving Leonard Finkel is a British philologist and Assyriologist. He is the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, where he specialises in cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia. Finkel was born in 1951, he earned a PhD in Assyriology from the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Wilfred G. Lambert with a dissertation on Babylonian exorcistic spells against demons. Finkel spent three years as a Research Fellow at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute. In 1976 he returned to the UK, he was appointed as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities at the British Museum, where he was responsible for curating and translating the museum's collection of around 130,000 cuneiform tablets. In 2014, Finkel's study of a cuneiform tablet that contained a Flood narrative similar to that of the story of Noah's Ark, described in his book The Ark Before Noah, was reported in the news media.

The ark described in the tablet was circular a large coracle or kuphar and made of rope on a wooden frame. The tablet included sufficient details of its dimensions and construction to enable a copy of the ark to be made at about 1/3 scale and floated, as documented in a 2014 TV documentary Secrets of Noah's Ark that aired as an episode of PBS's NOVA series. Finkel is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity of the University of Birmingham and a Council Member of the Anglo-Israel Archaeology Society. Finkel studies the history of board games, is on the Editorial Board of Board Game Studies. Among his breakthrough works is the determination of the rules of the Royal Game of Ur. Finkel founded a project to preserve the diaries of ordinary people. In association with the Bishopsgate Institute, Finkel has helped to archive over 2,000 personal diaries. In 2014, the V&A Museum of Childhood held an exhibition of the diaries of children written between 1813 and 1996. Finkel has written a number of works of fiction for children.

Finkel became an atheist as a teenager. He lives in southeast London with his wife Joanna, he has five children. Finkel, Irving L.. The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1444757057. ———, ed.. Ancient Board Games in Perspective: Papers from the 1990 British Museum colloquium with additional contributions. London: British Museum. ———. J. eds.. The Wellcome Conference on Babylonian Medicine. Styx. ———. "Report on the Sidon Cuneiform tablet". Archaeology & History in Lebanon. 24: 114–20. ———. "Documents of the Physician and Magician". In Spar, I.. G.. Cuneiform Inscriptions in the Metropolitan Museum. New York. Pp. 155–76. ———. "Explanatory Commentary on a List of Materia Medica". In Spar, I.. G.. Cuneiform Inscriptions in the Metropolitan Museum. New York. Pp. 279–83. ———. "Pachisi in Arab Garb". Board Games Studies. 5: 65–78. ———. E.. "On some inscribed Babylonian alabastra". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. 12: 31–46. ———. Miss Barbellion's Garden. Kennedy & Boyd. ISBN 978-1-84921-071-3.

———. Swizzle de Brax and the Blungaphone. Kennedy & Boyd. ISBN 978-1-84921-082-9. ———. The Princess Who Wouldn't Come Home. Kennedy & Boyd. ISBN 978-1-904999-80-5. ———. The Last Resort Library. Kennedy & Boyd. ISBN 978-1-904999-41-6; the Babylonian mind by Irving Finkel on YouTube. On the deciphering of cuneiform by Irving Finkel on YouTube; the Great Diary Project Meeting Irving Finkel. The Jager File, 24 September 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2013. Archived here