Tripping the Rift
Tripping the Rift is an American/Canadian adult CGI science fiction comedy television series. It is based on two short animations published on the Internet by Chuck Austen; the series was produced by CineGroupe in association with the Syfy. Following its cancelation by that cable network, CineGroupe continued producing the series for the other North American and International broadcasters; the series aired on the Canadian speciality channel Space in 2004. Canada's cartoon network Teletoon has been airing the series since August 2006; the third season was produced with the participation of and aired on Teletoon in 2007, a feature-length movie version was released on DVD in 2008. In 1997, Chris Moeller, working on the animated TV series King of the Hill and, producing animation shorts with Dark Bunny Productions, met Chuck Austen and pitched their idea for a science fiction comedy to animation studio Film Roman. In early 1998, they launched Darph on the Internet; the Chode character first appeared in Wisconsin.
In 2001, Film Roman released the Oh Brother teaser for episode 2, Chris claimed the full version was made, but its release was left up to Film Roman. In 2002, CinéGroupe acquired the rights to the five-minute short Love and Darph and approached animator Bernie Denk to direct the series, produced in association with Sci Fi US. Bernie Denk's team worked in Montreal on preproduction while both Montreal and Malaysian teams worked on animation and compositing. Keyframe animation was chosen for its animating control capabilities; the universe is modeled after the Star Trek universe, with references to'warp drive' and'transporter' beam technology, occasional time travel, the Federation and the Vulcans. The series includes elements borrowed from other sources such as Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Battlestar Galactica; the general setting is that known space is politically divided between two superpowers: the Confederation and the Dark Clown Empire. The Dark Clown Empire is tyrannical police state, led by the evil Darph Bobo.
In contrast, the Confederation is technically a democratic and free society, but in practice, is dominated by mega-corporations and bloated bureaucracies. Both superpowers end up exploiting and restricting their inhabitants, albeit in different ways. For example, the value placed on life is so commercialized in the Confederation that sentient robots and androids are reduced to slave-status; the Dark Clown Empire practices actual slavery, while the Confederation does not, most of its inhabitants are described as living in wage slavery. The only place that anyone can be free is in the border region between the two superpowers, directly controlled by neither; this borderland is known as "the Rift", hence those outlaws on the fringes of society who cling to their freedom by moving back and forth around the Confederation/Dark Clown Empire border to evade detection are said to be "Tripping the Rift". The series follows one such group of outlaws led by Chode aboard the Spaceship Jupiter 42, taking odd-jobs and pursuing various get-rich-quick schemes.
Chode McBlob — Captain of the ship. Chode is a street-savvy, strong scoundrel and a sex hound who gets his crew to do what he wants through manipulation and threats, he desires a better life. He is romantically involved with Six, his twin brother, Philbrick, is the king of planet Moldavia 5. Six - called Six of One, or Six of Nine, a play on Star Trek Voyager character Seven of Nine and the phrase "six of one, half a dozen of the other") — Six is a cyborg, designed as a sex slave, she acts as the ship's science officer, thanks to a programming upgrade by Chode. She gets the crew out of trouble by using her erotic attributes and skills in bed; the final episode of the second season revealed that she was modeled after a stripper named "Haffa Dozen", who switched to a life of crime. T'Nuk Layor — T'nuk is the ship's ill-tempered, triple-breasted, amorous pilot and cook. While most of the other characters consider her as grotesquely unattractive as she is unpleasant, she is considered attractive on her home planet.
She was chosen as the pilot. Her name is based on the word nuclear. Whip — Whip is a bipedal alien reptile, Chode's dim-witted nephew, he serves as the ship's foreman, though he is seen working, is an impulsive, libidinous teenager. As a chameleon, he is able to conceal his appearance and cling to walls, as well as regenerate lost body parts. Gus — Gus is Chode's robot servant, he is implied by the others to be homosexual. Though smarter than those around him, he is forced to serve them, as silicon organisms like him don't have the same rights as carbon-based life, he has a cynical and
The Prisoner is a 1967 British science fiction-allegorical television series about an unidentified British intelligence agent, abducted and imprisoned in a mysterious coastal village, where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. It was created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein with McGoohan playing the main role of Number Six. Episodes covered various plots from spy fiction with elements of science fiction and psychological drama, it was produced by Everyman Films for distribution by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment company. A single season of 17 episodes was filmed between September 1966 and January 1968 with Portmeirion in north Wales standing in for the Village and interior shots filmed at MGM-British Studios in Borehamwood; the series was first broadcast in Canada beginning on 6 September 1967 in the UK on 29 September 1967, in the US on 1 June 1968.. Although the show was sold as a thriller in the mould of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man, its combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surrealistic setting had a far-reaching influence on science fiction and fantasy TV programming, on narrative popular culture in general.
Since its release the series has developed a cult following. A six-part TV miniseries remake aired on the US cable channel AMC in November 2009. In 2016 Big Finish Productions reinterpreted the series as an audio drama; the series follows an unnamed British man who, after abruptly and angrily resigning from his job prepares to make a hurried departure from the country. While packing his luggage, he is rendered unconscious by knockout gas piped into his London flat; when he wakes, he finds himself in a re-creation of his apartment, located in a mysterious seaside "village" within which he is held captive, isolated from the mainland by mountains and sea. The Village is further secured by numerous monitoring systems and security forces including a militarised, balloon-based device called Rover that recaptures or destroys those who attempt escape; the man encounters the Village's population: hundreds of people from all walks of life and cultures, all seeming to be peacefully living out their lives.
They do not use names, but have been assigned numbers, which give no clue as to any person's status within the Village, whether as inmate or guard. Potential escapees therefore have no idea whom they can not trust; the protagonist is assigned Number Six, but he refuses the pretence of his new identity. Number Six is monitored by Number Two, the Village administrator, who acts as an agent for the unseen "Number One". A variety of techniques are used by Number Two to try to extract information from Number Six, including hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, various forms of social indoctrination and physical coercion. All of these are employed not only to find out why Number Six resigned as an agent, but to elicit other purportedly dangerous information he gained as a spy; the position of Number Two is filled in by various other characters on a rotating basis. Sometimes this is part of a larger plan to confuse Number Six. Number Six, distrustful of everyone in the Village, refuses to co-operate or provide the answers they seek.
He struggles alone, with various goals, such as determining for which side of the Iron Curtain the Village works, if indeed it works for any at all. His schemes lead to the dismissals of the incumbent Number Two on two occasions, although he never escapes. By the end of the series, the administration, becoming desperate for Number Six's knowledge as well as fearful of his growing influence in the Village, takes drastic measures that threaten the lives of Number Six, Number Two, the rest of the Village. A major theme of the series is individualism, as represented by Number Six, versus collectivism, as represented by Number Two and the others in the Village. McGoohan stated; the Prisoner consists of seventeen episodes, which were first broadcast from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968 in the United Kingdom. While the show was presented as a serialised work, with a clear beginning and end, the ordering of the intermediate episodes is unclear, as the production and original broadcast order were different.
Several attempts have been made to create an episode ordering based on script and production notes, interpretations of the larger narrative of Number Six's time in the Village. The opening and closing sequences of The Prisoner have become iconic and cited as "one of the great set-ups of genre drama", by establishing the Orwellian and postmodern themes of the series; the high production values of the opening sequence have been described as more like a feature film than a television programme. Number Six awakes in the mysterious coastal location known to'residents' as the Village. Most of the'residents' are prisoners with others acting as guards. Escape from the Village is difficult with mountains to three sides and the sea on the other. Escapees are tracked by CCTV and intercepted by'Rover', a white balloon guardian that will attack and asphyxiate people if required. Everyone uses. Most of the villagers wear a standard outfit make up of coloured blazers with piping, multicoloured capes, striped sweaters, plimsolls and a variety of head wear with str
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City; the series was produced in association with Warner Bros.. Television; the original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright and Crane. Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe between November and December 1993, they presented the idea to Bright, together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the show to NBC. After several script rewrites and changes, including a title change to Six of One, Friends Like Us, the series was named Friends. Filming of the show took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. All ten seasons of Friends ranked within the top ten of the final television season ratings.
The series finale aired on May 6, 2004, was watched by around 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fifth most-watched series finale in television history, the most-watched television episode of the 2000s decade. Friends received acclaim throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular television shows of all time; the series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season. The show ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, no. 7 on Empire magazine's The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 1997, the episode "The One with the Prom Video" was ranked no. 100 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. In 2013, Friends ranked no. 24 on the Writers Guild of America's 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time, no. 28 on TV Guide's 60 Best TV Series of All Time. Rachel Green finds childhood friend Monica Geller, a New York City chef, they become roommates, Rachel joins Monica's group of single people in their mid-20s: Struggling actor Joey Tribbiani, business professional Chandler Bing and musician Phoebe Buffay, newly divorced palaeontologist Ross Geller, Monica's older brother.
Rachel becomes a waitress at Manhattan coffee house Central Perk. Episodes depict the friends' comedic and romantic adventures and career issues, such as Joey auditioning for roles or Rachel seeking jobs in the fashion industry; the six characters each have many dates and serious relationships, such as Monica with Richard Burke, Ross with Emily Waltham. Ross and Rachel's intermittent relationship is the most often-recurring storyline. Ross marries Emily. Ross and Rachel have a child together after a one-night stand and Monica date and marry each other, Phoebe marries Mike Hannigan. Other recurring characters include Ross and Monica's parents, Jack Geller from Long Island. Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green: A fashion enthusiast and Monica Geller's best friend from childhood. Rachel first moves in with Monica in season one after nearly marrying Barry Farber. Rachel and Ross Geller are involved in an on-again-off-again relationship throughout the series. Rachel dates other men during the series, such as Paolo, in season one.
Rachel's first job is as a waitress at the coffee house Central Perk, but she becomes an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale's in season three, a buyer at Ralph Lauren in season five. Rachel and Ross have a daughter named Emma in "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Part Two" at the end of season eight. In the final episode of the series and Rachel confess their love for each other, Rachel gives up a job in Paris to be with him. Courteney Cox as Monica Geller: The mother hen of the group and a chef, known for her perfectionist, bossy and obsessive-compulsive nature. Monica was overweight as a child, she works as a chef in various restaurants throughout the show. Monica's first serious relationship is with long-time family friend Richard Burke, twenty-one years her senior; the couple maintains a strong relationship for some time until Richard expresses that he does not want to have children. Monica and Chandler Bing start a relationship after spending a night with each other in London in the season four finale, leading to their marriage in season seven and adoption of twins at the end of the series.
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay: A masseuse and self-taught musician. As a child, Phoebe lived in upstate New York with her mother, until she committed suicide and Phoebe took to the streets, she sings her own quirky songs, accompanying herself on the guitar. She has an identical twin named Ursula. Phoebe has three serious relationships over the show's run: David, a scientist, in season one, whom she breaks up with when he moves to Minsk on a research grant. In season nine and Mike break up due to his desire not to marry. David returns from Minsk, leading to the two getting back together, but she rejects him for Mike when both of them propose
Evan Shaw Parker is a British saxophone player who plays free jazz. Recording and performing prolifically with many collaborators, Parker was a pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation, he has pioneered or expanded an array of extended techniques. Critic Ron Wynn describes Parker as "among Europe's most innovative and intriguing saxophonists...his solo sax work isn't for the squeamish." His original inspiration was Paul Desmond, in recent years the influence of cool jazz saxophone players has again become apparent in his music — there are tributes to Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz on Time Will Tell and Chicago Solo. Parker is better known, for his work, which assimilated the American avant-garde — John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others — and forged his own identifiable style, his music of the 1960s and 1970s involves fluttering, swirling lines that have shape rather than tangible melodic content. He began to develop methods of layering harmonics and false notes to create dense contrapuntal weaves.
He became a member of the big band, the Brotherhood of Breath. Parker has increasingly become interested in electronics through inviting collaborators such as Phil Wachsmann, Walter Prati, Joel Ryan, Lawrence Casserley or Matthew Wright to process his playing electronically, creating a feedback loop and shifting soundscape. Parker has recorded a large number of albums both solo or as a group leader, has recorded or performed with Peter Brötzmann, Michael Nyman, John Stevens, Derek Bailey, Keith Rowe, Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ikue Mori, Thurston Moore, Cyro Baptista, Milford Graves, George Lewis, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Dave Holland, Sylvie Courvoisier, many others. Two key associations have been pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's trio with Parker and drummer Paul Lovens and a trio with bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton. On Parker's 50th birthday, these two bands played a set apiece at a London concert. Parker and drummer Tony Oxley founded Incus Records in 1970.
The label continued under Bailey's sole control after a falling-out between the two men in the early 1980s. Parker curates Psi Records, issued through Martin Davidson's Emanem Records. Although Parker's central focus is free improvisation, he has appeared in conventional jazz contexts, such as Charlie Watts's big band and Kenny Wheeler's ensembles, participated in Gavin Bryars's recording After the Requiem, performing the composition "Alaric I or II" as part of a saxophone quartet. Parker has contributed to David Sylvian's releases Manafon and Died in the Wool, he has appeared in pop-music contexts: on Scott Walker's Climate of Hunter, on dubesque albums with Jah Wobble, the adventurous drum n bass duo Spring Heel Jack and rock group Spiritualized. He appeared on the b-side to Vic Reeves and The Wonderstuff's UK 1991 number one hit "Dizzy", performing saxophone on "Oh, Mr Songwriter". At one point during a sax solo, Vic can be heard shouting "Pack it in, Parker!". Parker has made notable appearances on record with Robert Wyatt.
Evan Parker playing in Aarhus, Denmark 2010 The Topography of the Lungs with Derek Bailey and Han Bennink The Music Improvisation Company 1968-1971 with Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies and Jamie Muir The Music Improvisation Company with Derek Bailey, Hugh Davies, Jamie Muir and Christine Jeffrey Collective Calls with Paul Lytton At the Unity Theatre with Paul Lytton Saxophone Solos Monoceros Six of One Incision with Barry Guy Tracks Hook, Drift & Shuffle The Snake Decides Atlanta Process and Reality Three Blokes with Lol Cohill and Steve Lacy Conic Sections Synergenics - Phonomanie III Birmingham Concert Imaginary Values with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton 50th Birthday Concert Obliquities with Barry Guy The Redwood Session with Joe McPhee Breaths and Heartbeats with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton McPhee/Parker/Lazro with Joe McPhee and Daunik Lazro Tempranillo with Agustí Fernández Chicago Solo London Air Lift At the Vortex with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton Toward the Margins Monkey Puzzle with Ned Rothenberg Unity Variations with Georg Gräwe Drawn Inward After Appleby Lines Burnt in Light Chicago Tenor Duets with Joe McPhee Memory/Vision Set The Eleventh Hour Boustrophedon Crossing the River Time Lapse Zafiro The Moment's Energy A Glancing Blow with John Edwards, Chris Corsano Whitstable Solo House Full of Floors Psalms with Sten Sandell Scenes in the House of M
A Singles Collection
A Singles Collection is a compilation album of Marillion singles from both the Fish era and the Steve Hogarth era, celebrating the band's ten year jubilee. It includes the band's six most successful singles of the Fish era, plus all six Steve Hogarth singles up to that year; the tracks on it are not ordered chronologically, unlike on the compilations The Best of Both Worlds and The Best of Marillion that cover both vocalists' eras. Additionally, it contains two new recordings with Hogarth on vocals, "I Will Walk On Water" and a cover version of the Rare Bird song "Sympathy"; this was released as a single, which peaked at no. 16 in the UK Singles Chart, making it the band's highest charting single between 1987 and 2004. In August 1992, "No One Can", a re-packaged version of the August 1991 single from Holidays in Eden, was released as the second single, peaking at no. 26. "Cover My Eyes" "Kayleigh" "Easter" "Warm Wet Circles" "Uninvited Guest" "Assassing" "Hooks In You" "Garden Party" "No One Can" "Incommunicado" "Dry Land" "Lavender" "I Will Walk On Water" "Sympathy" Fish – vocals on tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Steve Hogarth – vocals on tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14 Steve Rothery – guitars Mark Kelly – keyboards Pete Trewavas – bass Mick Pointer – drums on track 8 Ian Mosley – drums on tracks 1-7, 9-14
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Letitia Elizabeth Landon was an English poet and novelist, better known by her initials L. E. L. Letitia Elizabeth Landon was born on 14 August 1802 in Chelsea, London to John Landon and Catherine Jane, née Bishop. A precocious child, Landon learned to read as a toddler. Rowden was an engaging teacher, with a particular enthusiasm for the theatre. Rowden was not only a poet, according to Mary Russell Mitford, "she had a knack of making poetesses of her pupils" This links Landon to other of Rowden's pupils such as Caroline Ponsonby Lady Caroline Lamb; the Landons moved to the country in 1809, so that John Landon could carry out a model farm project, Landon was educated at home by her cousin Elizabeth from that point on. Elizabeth, though older, soon found her knowledge and abilities outstripped by those of her pupil: "When I asked Letitia any question relating either to history, grammar – Plutarch's Lives, or to any book we had been reading, I was pretty certain her answers would be correct. I never knew her to be wrong."When young, Letitia was close to her younger brother, Whittington Henry, born 1804.
Paying for Whittington through university was one of the needs that drove Letitia to publish. She supported his preferment and dedicated her poem "Captain Cook" to their childhood days together. Whittington went on to become a minister and published a book of sermons in 1835. Sadly, he did not show any appreciation for all his sister's financial assistance but spread false rumours about her marriage and death. Letitia had a younger sister, Elizabeth Jane, a frail child and died in 1819, aged just 13. Little is known of Elizabeth but her death may well have left a profound impression on Letitia and it could be Elizabeth, referred to in the poem "The Forgotten One". An agricultural depression soon followed, the family moved back to London in 1815, where John Landon made the acquaintance of William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette. According to 19th-century commentator Mrs A. T. Thomson, Jerdan took notice of the young Landon when he saw her coming down the street, "trundling a hoop with one hand, holding in the other a book of poems, of which she was catching a glimpse between the agitating course of her evolutions".
Jerdan, after examining her work, of which he described her ideas as "original and extraordinary", encouraged Landon's poetic endeavours, her first poem was published under the single initial "L" in the Gazette in 1820, when Landon was 18. The following year, with financial support from her grandmother, Landon published a book of poetry, The Fate of Adelaide, under her full name; the book sold well. The same month that The Fate of Adelaide appeared, Landon published two poems under the initials "L. E. L." in the Gazette. As contemporary critic Laman Blanchard put it, the initials L. E. L. "speedily became a signature of magical interest and curiosity". Bulwer Lytton wrote that, as a young college student, he and his classmates would rush every Saturday afternoon for the Literary Gazette, an impatient anxiety to hasten at once to that corner of the sheet which contained the three magical letters L. E. L, and all of us praised the verse, all of us guessed at the author. We soon learned it was a female, our admiration was doubled, our conjectures tripled.
Landon served as the Gazette's chief reviewer. Landon's father died that year, Landon was forced to use her writing to support both herself and her family. Mary Mitford claimed that the novels of Catherine Stepney were polished by Landon. By 1826, Landon's high reputation began to suffer as rumours circulated that she had had affairs or secretly borne children. Landon continued, however, to publish poetry, in 1831 she published her first novel and Reality, she became engaged to John Forster. Forster became aware of the rumours regarding Landon's sexual activity, asked her to refute them. Landon responded. To him, she wrote: The more I think, the more I feel I ought not – I can not – allow you to unite yourself with one accused of – I can not write it; the mere suspicion is dreadful as death. Were it stated as a fact, that might