Singularity (Sleator novel)
Singularity, published in 1985 by E. P. Dutton, is a science fiction novel for young adults written by William Sleator, it was listed as a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a Junior Library Guild Selection, was a Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee. Sixteen-year-old identical twins Harry and Barry learn that their mysterious great-uncle has died, his house and possessions now belong to their mother; the brothers travel to Illinois, to examine the house and its contents. Inside the cobweb-filled home, the rival brothers find mysterious animal skeletons and other odd objects. Outside Uncle Ambrose's residence and Barry find a small metal-reinforced building, which according to the accompanying keys, is called the "playhouse." When the twins explore the playhouse, they discover that the properties of time are altered inside, the playhouse may explain the eccentricities of their great-uncle. When their quirky and cute neighbor Lucy enters their lives, competition between the twins escalates, Harry makes a decision that will change the nature of their relationship forever.
In his review of Singularity, Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of The Ender Saga, wrote "Singularity... is a masterpiece... I can't recommend this novel enough—it's on my list of best all-time works of science fiction."
So Weird is an American-Canadian television series that aired on the Disney Channel as a mid-season replacement from January 18, 1999, to September 28, 2001. The series was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, it is the first Disney Channel Original Series to be shot in 16:9. In the first two seasons, the series centered on teenage girl Fiona Phillips who toured with her rock-star mom, while encountering paranormal activity along the way; the series was compared to the Fox TV series The X-Files since it took a darker tone than any other Disney Channel show at the time. For the third and final season, Disney replaced DeLizia with actress Alexz Johnson playing Annie Thelen. Production ceased after 65 episodes; the season began with Fiona Phillips on tour with her famous rocker mother Molly, brother Jack, a skeptic, bus driver Ned, his wife Irene, their son Clu. Stringing together all of Fi's paranormal encounters was her search to communicate with her father, who died when she was three years old.
Fi first "encountered" her father in the second episode titled "Web Sight" where an unknown force sent her internet articles warning her of the future. From alien invasions, time warps, ghosts, Fi faced 13 episodes worth of paranormal activity. Encountered: one powerful tulpa, a Bigfoot and more the Will o' the Wisp; the season finale featured Jack becoming possessed by a hyperactive Scottish will o' the wisp known as a Spunkie. The Spunkie told Fi she could save her brother from his control by speaking his one true name, only seven letters. Fi found the spirit's one true name, therefore saving her brother. Bricriu had offered to protect Fi from evil spirits who had battled her father and had offered to give her contact with her late father in return for being allowed to possess her brother, she thought. He reappears in episodes to keep her away from other spirits and people who claims are a threat to her, depending on how one reads it, this may be seen as evidence he was telling the truth, but this is questionable at best since in one episode he tried to prevent her from talking to a person who knew her father and wanted to give her information.
The second season was darker than the first, playing out over twenty-six episodes. The premiere picked up with Molly taking time off the tour to record an album. Fi and friend Candy meet a medium, proven to be a fraud. However, the one who uncovers the fake is a medium himself who aids Fi in contacting her father through music on his old guitar; the character of Clu was reduced during the season, as he went off to college, his brother Carey was introduced to fill in the gap. Many legendary creatures surfaced within the season, including vampires, banshees, trolls and merfolk. In a pivotal episode, Fi learned that her father investigated the same kinds of supernatural events that Fi did. In fact, this was what led to his death. Upon learning this, Fi is angered by her mother's deceit in covering up the truth about her father. Molly was possessed by Bricriu, the same Will o' the Wisp as Jack was in season one. Fi discovered that Will o' the Wisps or other dark powers, though not Bricriu himself, may have killed her father, resulting in the accident that police had assumed took his life.
In this episode Bricriu tried to kill a former firefighter, present at Rick's car crash and was aware that Fi's dad had been dead, with no apparent cause, before the car crashed. Following this episode, Fi had further contact with her father, as the answer to a troll's question – Faith – was revealed on her computer and a plethora of cell phones. Fi time traveled to her third year, when her father was still alive, in episode 13, Fountain; the season ended with Fi discovering her father's twin sister received encoded messages from him in her sleep. The messages led Fi to a rooftop where she was attacked by a three-headed demon and saved by the ghost of her father, he left her with a message that the spirit world was angry with her and would try to stop her investigation about the paranormal. At last, Fi got the proper farewell to her father. Many DeLizia fans consider this a proper, if not fulfilling, finale. After skewing somewhat dark and intricate in its second season, the show was forced into a lighter tone for its final batch of episodes.
Cara DeLizia left after the first episode. Fi had yet another encounter with Bricriu. In this episode her family turn into plants and animals and Fi has to go to Bricriu for help in saving them, he does and he convinces her to give up investigating the occult to save her family, whom the spirit world threatened because of its anger at Fi's intrusions. Fi, who still didn't trust Bricriu though he claimed he was trying to help, trapped him in a floppy disk; the attraction to the occult, manifested in the ring her father gave her, was passed on to Annie as Fi went to live with her aunt. Molly moved the family to a brightly colored house. Annie's story arc was the mystery behind a spirit guide, her character was musically talented, episodes featured more of her singing than that of the older Mackenzie Phillips. The season's stories were a far cry from previous episodes, playing such plots as being sucked into a painting, a stone from the Tower of Babel that causes xenoglossy, a recording studio owner who saps musical talent from the musicians who rent out her studio and gives the talent to her da
Singularity (DeSmedt novel)
Singularity is a novel by Bill DeSmedt published by Per Aspera Press on November 8, 2004. It is based on the theory. Author's website Review of Singularity Free podcast of Singularity
Doctor Steel was the stage persona of Rion Vernon, an American musician and internet personality from Los Angeles. He performed on rare occasions with a "backup band", claiming that a fictitious robot band had malfunctioned. Shows incorporated puppetry and performances by female members of his street team, The Army of Toy Soldiers. Steel has had numerous interviews, he was the subject of an article in Wired magazine regarding allegations that Dr. Horrible had copied his style. Steel has been cited as an example of steampunk music. Steel began publicly performing in 1999 busking on the streets of Los Angeles. A few years he began performing at venues like The Key Club and the California Institute of Abnormalarts, his live shows combined music with puppetry and video projection that reflect the stories and meanings of the songs. The albums Dr. Steel and Dr. Steel II: Eclectic Boogaloo were released digitally in 2001, followed by People of Earth in 2002; the Dr. Steel Collection was Steel's first CD release, featuring several released tracks, some altered.
The Dr. Steel Collection features the track "Land of the Lost," about the 1970s version of the show by the same name; some attempts were made to get the song into the soundtrack of 2009 movie version of Land of the Lost, but they were unsuccessful. Steel's second CD release was The Dr. Steel Read-A-Long Album, it was a limited distribution and sold out. The album art included a recreation of the sleeve of read-along records, the disc design resembled that of a vinyl record. In 2007, Steel re-released the first three albums, once again in digital format. Steel's music can be heard on a number of steampunk radio broadcasts that stream worldwide, such as The Clockwork Cabaret, his song "Boogieman Boogie" was included in a compilation of steampunk music released by Gilded Age Records. Steel's music is eclectic in genre combining the noise and distortion of industrial with aspects of European folk and jazz, as well as hip-hop and swing. Many songs feature samples from vintage public service announcements and educational films, such as Duck and Cover.
Rue Morgue Magazine described the sound as "Industrial Hip-Hop Opera". Steel cited, as some of his musical influences, Igor Stravinsky, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd, Mike Patton, Nine Inch Nails, Danny Elfman and John Zorn. On stage, in all public performances and interviews, Steel maintained the appearance of a mad scientist bent on conquering the world and becoming the future World Emperor, he claimed to be a former toymaker who, in a fit of rage over being fired for creating drastic designs such as babies with buzzsaws for hands, burned down the factory he worked at and was committed to a psychiatric institution. This back-story relates that Steel escaped the sanitarium and retreated to a deserted island laboratory, where he became bent on world conquest in order to create a "Utopian Playland" where his toy designs could be enjoyed; as a mad scientist, Steel is obsessed with conspiracy theories, giant robots, baking cupcakes and "mind control cookies", experimenting with hamsters. In appearance, Steel drew on the mad scientist archetype, dressing in a white PVC lab coat, black PVC gloves, black boots, shaved head, sinister goatee, antique welder's goggles.
When not in his "mad scientist" costume, Steel dressed in a aristocratic neo-Victorian steampunk style, while still retaining his goggles. He was never seen without the goggles. In 2010, Dr. Steel announced plans to begin work on a new album, entitled "Toymonger." However, in July 2011, after a long period of silence from him, it was announced that Doctor Steel had retired from the music industry, a personal letter from Steel to the current head of the Army of Toy Soldiers in January 2012 confirmed this. The Army of Toy Soldiers have decided to continue on as an organization, switching their focus from promoting the entertainer to promoting the philosophy he presented, such as the importance of creativity and building one's own Utopian Playland. Doctor Steel appeared in numerous short videos released on his YouTube channel. One such is a six-minute "propaganda" film called Building a Utopian Playland, which ostensibly outlined his plans for world domination. Another is a series called The Dr. Steel Show, set in his fictitious lab on his fictitious private island.
Episode 3, the official music video for his song, "Back and Forth", featured video clips sent in by Toy Soldiers, was showcased on MTV's website as a part of their online video series, Steampunk Infiltrates The Mainstream. Steel appeared in a video with fellow internet personality Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum. Steel released what he called "public service announcements" covering philosophical subjects such as transhumanism, freedom of thought, subjective reality; the Toy Soldiers Unite website features a series of videos called Ask Dr. Steel, in which Steel himself answered questions asked by Toy Soldiers. In May 2010, Doctor Steel's videos were featured in one of Veronique Chevalier's Red Velvet Variety Shows. In May 2010, Dr. Steel released a music video to his song, "Childhood Don't a-Go-Go", directed by Tony Leonardi III. In 2008, Joss Whedon released a short musical film online entitled Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Fans of Steel, Steel himself, noted the similarities be
Stargate SG-1 (season 1)
The first season of the military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 commenced airing on the Showtime channel in the United States on July 27, 1997, concluded on the Sci Fi channel on March 6, 1998, contained 22 episodes. The show itself is a spin-off from the 1994 hit movie Stargate written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Stargate SG-1 re-introduced supporting characters from the film universe, such as Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill and Daniel Jackson and included new characters such as Teal'c, George Hammond and Samantha "Sam" Carter; the first season was about a military-science expedition team discovering how to use the ancient device, named the Stargate, to explore the galaxy. However, they encountered a powerful enemy in the film named the Goa'uld, who are bent on destroying Earth and all who oppose them; the 100-minute premiere "Children of the Gods", which aired on July 27, 1997 at 8 p.m, received Showtime's highest-ever ratings for a series premiere and ranked as the highest-rated original movie to premiere on Showtime at the time.
The show got a 10.5 rating in Showtime's 12 million U. S. households, which equaled 1.5 million homes in total. Season one regular cast members included Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis; the series was a ratings success for Showtime. Although it received little critical response from major media publishers, Stargate SG-1 was honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its first-season run. What was planned to be a two season long series lasted for ten seasons and became the second longest-running science fiction series of all time after the original series of Doctor Who. Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner had worked together on the Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer television series The Outer Limits since 1995. Wright saw a wide range of possible science fiction storylines in the original Stargate film that could take place in the present day. Meanwhile, Glassner was interested in the feature film's theme that Ancient Egypt had been or built by aliens.
Upon hearing of MGM's plan to create a television spin-off series of the film and Glassner independently and unbeknownst to each other approached MGM and proposed their concept for the television series. MGM president John Symes greenlit the project on the condition that Wright and Glassner worked together as executive producers of the new show; the show was given the name Stargate SG-1 after Wright flightily agreed to Symes's pitch question if the team should be called "SG-1". MGM released posters titled Stargate SG-1 within the next week without the knowledge of Wright and Glassner. John Symes approached Richard Dean Anderson of MacGyver fame. Although Anderson was never a real fan of the science fiction genre, he believed the original concept of a "Stargate" was a good vehicle for a series. Anderson agreed to become involved with the project if his character Jack O'Neill was allowed more comedic leeway than Kurt Russell's character in the feature film, he requested Stargate SG-1 to be more of an ensemble show, so that he would not be carrying the plot alone as on MacGyver.
The American subscription channel Showtime made a two-season commitment for 44 episodes in 1996. Principal photography began in Vancouver in February 1997."The First Commandment" was the first Stargate SG-1 episode written by Robert C. Cooper, who would become an executive producer and co-creator of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis. Paul McGillion, who played young Ernest Littlefield in "Torment of Tantalus", would go on to play the recurring and main character Dr. Carson Beckett in Stargate Atlantis; the outside scenes of "Solitudes" were filmed at Pemberton Icefield. The rest of the episode was filmed in the studio, filled with fake snow and ice and kept at a low temperature. Lead production designer Richard Hudolin flew to Los Angeles, 1996 to gather material from Stargate for reference and found the original film prop stored outside in the Californian desert. Although the prop had disintegrated, he could take a detailed mould for Stargate SG-1 production to build its own prop; the new Stargate was engineered to turn, lock the chevrons, be computer-controlled to dial specific gate addresses.
A portable Stargate prop was built for on-location shoots and required six workers and one full day to set up. Since visual effects are sometimes faster and cheaper, a computer-generated Stargate was used in on-location shoots in seasons; the design of the Stargate Command base was supposed to match the real Cheyenne Mountain complex as much as possible. The set had to be twice as high for shooting as the 22 feet tall Stargate prop, but one of Hudolin's original plans of a three-level SGC set was rejected in favor of a two-level set; the gateroom could be redesigned for other scenes. Two multi-purpose rooms were redecorated into the infirmary, Daniel's lab, the cafeteria or the gym; the SGC set and all other sets from the pilot episode were constructed within six weeks in January and February 1997, incorporating some original set pieces from the feature film. The initial season had five main characters getting star billing. Richard Dean Anderson portrayed suicidal United States Air Force Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill.
Michael Shanks played the American Egyptologist Daniel Jackson. Both O'Neill and Jackson appeared in the 1994 film Stargate. Amanda Tapping played United States Air Force officer Samantha "Sam" Carter. Christopher Judge portrayed a Jaffa from Chulak and former First Prime of Apophis. Don S. Davis played George Hammond, the new leader of the Stargate program, taking over after Gener
Love Yourself: Tear
Love Yourself 轉'Tear' is the third Korean studio album by South Korean boy band BTS. The album was released on May 2018 by Big Hit Entertainment, it contains eleven tracks, with "Fake Love" as its lead single. The concept album explores themes relating to the sorrows of separation. On May 27, 2018, the album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning 135,000 album-equivalent units becoming BTS' highest-charting album in a Western market, as well as the first Korean album to top the US albums chart and the highest-charting album by an Asian act. Love Yourself: Tear was first announced on April 16, 2018, following the release of a nine-minute short film entitled "Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself 起 Wonder" on April 5; the video included a new single named "Euphoria", recorded as a solo by member Jungkook. The song was produced by DJ Swivel, Candace Nicole Sosa, Melanie Fontana, Bang Si-hyuk, Supreme Boi, BTS' leader RM, was complimented for its synth-pop style and tropical house elements.
Tear was designed as a follow-up to BTS' 2017 EP Love Yourself: Her, with "Euphoria" serving to connect the two releases. On May 6, the trailer for the album, featuring a new song entitled "Singularity", was released; the neo-soul solo was performed by member V, serves as the intro track for the album. "Singularity" was produced by British composer Charlie J. Perry, with lyrics provided by RM; the trailer was described as having a sensual, dream-like atmosphere, was praised for its use of symbolism and contrast. Blanca Méndez of Spin called V's performance in the video "rich" and "expressive", describing it as having a "quiet confidence"; the song itself was described as having a haunting tune, containing jazz elements and themes of desperation. Promotional concept photos presenting four different themes were released on May 8, for the "O" and "R" versions, May 10 for the "Y" and "U" versions; the official track list of eleven songs was released on May 13, revealing a second collaboration with Steve Aoki, as well as a track titled "Airplane pt.2", said to be an extension of J-Hope's song "Airplane" from his mixtape Hope World.
The song "Anpanman" is based on the Japanese manga superhero of the same name. On May 14, the first video teaser for what was revealed to be the first single, "Fake Love", was released via Big Hit's official YouTube channel; the song has been described as "an emo, hip hop genre track with a grunge rock guitar sound & groovy trap beat that creates an odd gloominess", lyrics that "clearly represent the theme of the album by realizing that a love, thought to be fated was a lie". The Billboard Music Awards released a short, sneak peek clip from the music video on May 15, which showed part of the new choreography and teased a line from the song's chorus, "I'm so sick of this fake love". Big Hit released the second and final video teaser on May 16. On May 18, the album was released, along with the music video for "Fake Love". On May 18, 2018, two hours prior to the album's release, a "Comeback Preview Show" was broadcast live from Los Angeles on Naver's V LIVE broadcasting site featuring BTS discussing the new music.
"Fake Love" made its worldwide television debut on May 20, when BTS performed it live at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. This marked the first time; as was done for Love Yourself: Her, a special "BTS Comeback Show", hosted by Mnet, was broadcast live worldwide on May 24, featuring performances of "Fake Love" and several B-side songs from the album. The group revealed behind the scenes images of comeback preparations and presented a special video for their fans; the show was broadcast online via Mnet Japan, YouTube and Joox. BTS performed "Fake Love" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 25, marking their second appearance on the program; the group held a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul, on May 24, 2018 to promote the album. During the following two weeks, BTS performed the songs "Fake Love", "Airplane pt. 2", "Anpanman" on various South Korean music shows, including Music Bank, Show! Music Core, Show Champion, M Countdown. In an interview with Billboard some of the producers that helped with the album recalled their thought processes and aims for the album.
For the intro "Singularity", Charlie J. Perry recalled that the song started out as a poem and it was built up from there, they wanted it to have a Daniel Caesar/D'Angelo type of vibe in the realm of neo-soul. For "The Truth Untold", Jake Torrey said they wanted to play with some cooler chords and at one point had the feel of a Sam Smith ballad; the person who helped write "Airplane pt. 2", Ali Tamposi who co-wrote the hit "Havana" by Camila Cabello, stated she wanted the song to have a similar feel to "Havana". In an interview with TV Report in Korea writer MNEK discussed the track "Paradise", it was supposed to be called "Mouth" and was about a breakup and having a broken heart. The lyrics changed a bit after sending it to BTS."Anpanman" is based off the Japanese hero Anpanman, the world's weakest hero and made out of red bean bread. The character gives parts of his face to hungry people and in the lyrics BTS compare themselves to him stating they desire to give people hope through their music and performances.
"Outro: Tear" begins with a fast rap, the lyrics describing the regret of a breakup, “134340” is named after the minor planet designation of the former planet Pluto. It talks about being turned away by a former lover and being seen as something insignificant."Magic Shop" was created by Jungkook and is a song dedicated to their fans. It showcases catchy beats and electronic drops
In complex analysis, an essential singularity of a function is a "severe" singularity near which the function exhibits odd behavior. The category essential singularity is a "left-over" or default group of isolated singularities that are unmanageable: by definition they fit into neither of the other two categories of singularity that may be dealt with in some manner – removable singularities and poles. Consider an open subset U of the complex plane C. Let a be an element of U, f: U ∖ → C a holomorphic function; the point a is called an essential singularity of the function f if the singularity is neither a pole nor a removable singularity. For example, the function f = e 1 / z has an essential singularity at z = 0. Let a be a complex number, assume that f is not defined at a but is analytic in some region U of the complex plane, that every open neighbourhood of a has non-empty intersection with U. If both lim z → a f and lim z → a 1 f exist a is a removable singularity of both f and 1/f. If lim z → a f exists but lim z → a 1 f does not exist a is a zero of f and a pole of 1/f.
If lim z → a f does not exist but lim z → a 1 f exists a is a pole of f and a zero of 1/f. If neither lim z → a f nor lim z → a 1 f exists a is an essential singularity of both f and 1/f. Another way to characterize an essential singularity is that the Laurent series of f at the point a has infinitely many negative degree terms. A related definition is that if there is a point a for which no derivative of f n converges to a limit as z tends to a a is an essential singularity of f; the behavior of holomorphic functions near their essential singularities is described by the Casorati–Weierstrass theorem and by the stronger Picard's great theorem. The latter says that in every neighborhood of an essential singularity a, the function f takes on every complex value, except one, infinitely many times. An Essential Singularity by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Essential Singularity on Planet Math