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Star Wars: The Emperor's New Clones

Star Wars: The Emperor's New Clones is a 2006 feature-length Star Wars fan film that spoofs the story of Revenge of the Sith. It was created by Backyard Productions UK, a British amateur film production company founded by Darren Scales, Mark Scales and Edwin Hollingsbee; the film was premiered at Whittle Hall, RAF Cranwell on 9 September 2006. According to BBC News, filming was carried out in a garage studio. However, Camera Diaries claimed filming took place at RAF Waddington, only the post-production was done in the garage studio; the full film is available to download on TheForce.net. The complete DVD is available as a BitTorrent download; the group have released several films: Geriatric Park, Batman Returns Forever, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backyard, Doom Raiders. The name is a pun on the Hans Christian Andersen story, "The Emperor's New Clothes". Backyard Productions Official Site Star Wars: The Emperor’s New Clones at TheForce. Net

Moses Brown

Moses Brown was an American abolitionist and industrialist from New England, who funded the design and construction of some of the first factory houses for spinning machines during the American industrial revolution, including Slater Mill. He co-founded Brown University. Brown grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the grandson of Baptist minister James Brown, his father was a prosperous merchant. The family firm was active in distilling rum, owned an iron furnace, took part in a wide variety of merchant activities including sponsoring the ill-fated and notorious voyage of the slave ship Sally in 1764. Moses Brown's father died in 1739, Moses was raised in the family of his uncle Obadiah Brown, responsible for running the firm's spermaceti works. Following Obadiah's death in 1762, Moses served as executor of his estate. Shares in the farming and shipping business were divided between Moses and his three brothers, Nicholas and John, the business was renamed as Nicholas Brown & Co; the brothers were co-founders of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations renamed Brown University after Nicholas's son.

The family was active in the Baptist community of Providence and were descendants of Chad Brown, a Baptist minister who co-founded Providence with Roger Williams. Moses had Mary. Brown's brother-in-law and business partner, Jabez Bowen was a notable Rhode Island political figure. Moses Brown differentiated himself from his family by converting to Quakerism. A chest of drawers belonging to Brown resides in a Private Collection, it was made in Providence, Rhode Island. Moses Brown married his cousin Anna Brown in 1764, they had two surviving children: Obadiah, as well as a daughter who died young. Moses served as a deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1764 to 1771, he served on a committee to oppose the Stamp Act in 1765. In 1769, he participated in efforts to move the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations to Providence from Warren, Rhode Island; the four Brown brothers donated family land passed down from Chad Brown for the new campus. Brown's wife Anna died in 1773.

He retired from the family business and began his involvement with Quaker meetings. The following year, under the influence of his children's tutor, Job Scott, he formally became a member of the Society of Friends. Following their brother John Brown's arrest in with the Gaspee affair that helped trigger the American Revolutionary War and Joseph Brown delivered to the English in Boston a proposal that Rhode Island's preparations to resist royal authority be stopped if John Brown was released. In 1779, Brown married Mary Olney, a fellow Quaker, they were married for 18 years, had no children. In 1788, Brown returned to the business world, embarking on a textile venture in partnership with his cousin Smith Brown and his future son-in-law William Almy. Moses Brown became interested in recent British attempts to use water power in their textile mills, hired English emigrant Samuel Slater to help build a similar mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In 1790, the factory became the first water-powered spinning mill in America, a seminal event considered the birth of the American Industrial Revolution.

Moses' son Obadiah Brown soon replaced Smith Brown as a partner, Samuel Slater was taken in as well, to create the new firm of Almy, Brown & Slater. Moses Brown soon remained a partner. After getting Almy, Brown & Slater off the ground, Moses Brown moved on to a variety of new activities, he played a role in Rhode Island's ratification of the U. S. Constitution in 1790, he became interested in agricultural experiments on his Providence farm, helped found the Rhode Island Agricultural Society in 1800. He served on the first board of directors of the Providence Bank, was treasurer of the Central Bridge Company. Along with his son Obadiah, he was a founder of the Rhode Island Bible Society. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1797, he was a strong advocate of sanitation practices, he introduced smallpox vaccination to Rhode Island. Brown's second wife Mary died in 1798, he married his third and final wife, the widow Phebe Lockwood, in 1799, she had several grown children of her own: Sarah, Avis and Phebe.

After the death of his third wife in 1809, Moses remained unmarried for the last 27 years of his life. Brown was inspired by the War of 1812 to work on behalf of peace, was instrumental in the founding of the Rhode Island Peace Society in 1818, he promoted the orthodox Quaker position that Quakers should resist war taxes. Another one of his interests was local history. Brown played an important role in collecting documents relating to colonial Rhode Island, many of them inherited through his own family, he collected biographical information about his contemporary and fellow abolitionist, the evangelist known as the Public Universal Friend. He was a founding member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, served as its chairman, had most of his papers left there after his death. Brown was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815. Moses Brown left few family members, having outlived three wives, all three of his children, three of his four step-children. At his death, his only descendants were her children.

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