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Taliesin

Taliesin was an early Brythonic poet of Sub-Roman Britain whose work has survived in a Middle Welsh manuscript, the Book of Taliesin. Taliesin was a renowned bard, believed to have sung at the courts of at least three Brythonic kings. Ifor Williams identified eleven of the medieval poems ascribed to Taliesin as originating as early as the sixth century, so being composed by a historical Taliesin; the bulk of this work praises King Urien of Rheged and his son Owain mab Urien, although several of the poems indicate that he served as the court bard to King Brochfael Ysgithrog of Powys and his successor Cynan Garwyn, either before or during his time at Urien's court. Some of the events to which the poems refer, such as the Battle of Arfderydd, are referred to in other sources. In legend and medieval Welsh poetry, he is referred to as Taliesin Ben Beirdd, he is mentioned as one of the five British poets of renown, along with Talhaearn Tad Awen, Aneirin and Cian Gwenith Gwawd, in the Historia Brittonum, is mentioned in the collection of poems known as Y Gododdin.

Taliesin was regarded in the mid-12th century as the supposed author of a great number of romantic legends. According to legend Taliesin was adopted as a child by Elffin, the son of Gwyddno Garanhir, prophesied the death of Maelgwn Gwynedd from the Yellow Plague. In stories he became a mythic hero, companion of Bran the Blessed and King Arthur, his legendary biography is found in several late renderings, the earliest surviving narrative being found in a manuscript chronicle of world history written by Elis Gruffydd in the 16th century. Details of Taliesin's life are sparse; the first mention of him occurs in the Saxon genealogies appended to four manuscripts of the Historia Brittonum. The writer names five poets, among them Taliesin, who lived in the time of Ida of Bernicia and a British chieftain, utigirn; this information is considered credible, since he is mentioned by Aneirin, another of the five mentioned poets, famed as the author of Y Gododdin, a series of elegies to the men of the kingdom of Gododdin who died fighting the Angles at the Battle of Catraeth around 600.

Taliesin's authorship of several praise-poems to Urien Rheged is accepted, these poems mention The Eden Valley and an enemy leader, identified as Ida or his son Theodric. These poems refer to victories of Urien at the battles of Argoed Llwyfain, The Ford of Clyde and Gwen Ystrad. Taliesin sang in praise of Cynan Garwyn, king of Powys and Cynan's predecessor Brochwel Ysgithrog is mentioned in poems. According to legends that first appear in the Book of Taliesin Taliesin's early patron was Elffin, son of Gwyddno Garanhir, a lord of a lost land in Cardigan Bay, called Cantre'r Gwaelod, Taliesin defended Elffin and satirised his enemy, the powerful Maelgwn Gwynedd, shortly before the latter died. According to the Welsh Triads Taliesin had a son, accounted a great warrior who suffered a violent death in Lothian. Taliesin's own grave is held in folk-lore to be one near the village of Tre Taliesin near Llangynfelyn called Bedd Taliesin, but this is a Bronze Age burial chamber, the village of Tre-Taliesin, located at the foot of the hill, was named after the burial chamber in the 19th century though legend was traced by Edward Lhuyd to the 17th century.

More detailed traditions of Taliesin's biography arose from about the 11th century, in Historia Taliesin. In the mid-16th-century, Elis Gruffydd recorded a legendary account of Taliesin that resembles the story of the boyhood of the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhail and the salmon of wisdom in some respects; the tale was recorded in a different version by John Jones of Gellilyfdy. This story agrees in many respects with fragmentary accounts in the Book of Taliesin. According to the Hanes Taliesin, he was known as Gwion Bach ap Gwreang, he was a servant of Cerridwen and was made to stir the Cauldron of Inspiration for one year to allow for Cerridwen to complete her potion of inspiration. The potion was intended for her son, who although was considered frightfully ugly, she loved nonetheless, felt that if he would not grow in beauty he should have the gift of the Awen to compensate. Upon completion of this potion, three drops landed upon Gwion Bach's thumb. Gwion placed his thumb in his mouth to soothe his burns resulting in Gwion's enlightenment.

Out of fear of what Cerridwen would do to him, Gwion fled and transformed into a piece of grain before being consumed by Cerridwen. However, this resulted in Cerridwen becoming impregnated with the seed and upon giving birth, she could not bring herself to kill the baby Gwion, she instead set him onto the ocean. He was found by the wizard Merlin who named him Taliesin. According to these texts Taliesin was the foster-son of Elffin ap Gwyddno, who gave him the name Taliesin, meaning "radiant brow", who became a king in Ceredigion, Wales; the legend states that he was raised at his court in Aberdyfi and that at the age of 13, he visited King Maelgwn Gwynedd, Elffin's uncle, prophesied the manner and imminence of Maelgwn's death. A number of medieval poems attributed to Taliesin allude to the legend but these postdate the historical poet's floruit considerably; the idea that he was a bard at the

Marisa Gonzalez

Marisa González is a Spanish multimedia artist. She is considered a pioneer in Spain for the use of the new technologies in contemporary art, she works in distinct disciplines like photography, video-art or net-art. She has been Vice President of tha association Mujeres en las Artes Visuales MAV, from 2010 until 2016. Marisa González studied in her home town, the Superior Piano career. In 1967 she moved to Madrid to study in the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Meanwhile, while studying in 1970, she organized the First Permanent Exhibition in the School of Fine Arts of Madrid where she participated with students and recognized professional artists of that period, she finished her studies in 1971. That same year she moved to United States to study a Master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she specialized in the use of new technologies applied to the artistic practices in the department of Generative Systems where she studied with the founder, Sonia Landy Sheridan.

In 1974, she joined the program for professional artists at the education center of contemporary art in the Corcoran Gallery of Art of Washington DC, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. It is here where she developed her feminist project Violence Woman, together with her professor Mary Beth Edelson. During her studies in US, she participated in the demonstrations against the War of Vietnam. In 1977, she graduated with a BFA from the Corcoran School of the Design; the following year, she returned to Madrid to continue her artistic work and began her first individual exhibitions. She was part of the first edition of the Contemporary Art Fair of ARCO in 1982 with the Gallery Aele. In 1983 she became part of the Board of Directors of the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid until 1990, she participated in the inaugural exhibition of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía called Procesos: Culture and New Technologies together with her professor Sonia Landy Sheridan and other artists like Marina Abramović, John Cage, José María Yturralde, Salvador Dalí, among others.

Marisa Gonzalez.jpg In 1992, she directed in the Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid a workshop of Contemporary Art called The poetic of technology, along with the American artist Sonia Sheridan, John Dunn and Jamy Sheridan. The following year, together with her students, she made the Station Fax/Fax Station, an interactive installation that works through Fax machines; this same year she began the series, Clónicos, in which she uses dolls in reference to the human body. This full series were made with the photo-video-computer Lumena, invented by John Dunn and donated to Gonzalez by Sonia Sheridan. With the arrival of the new millennium, she initiated a project on the decadence of the industrial buildings of the 20th century called La Fábrica, that documents the disassembly of an old flour factory in Bilbao, she would document the disassembly of the Nuclear power plant Lemóniz, never active, she collected artefacts and industrial objets that she uses to build some installations. In 2014 she is one of the artist participating in the international exhibition Genealogías Feministas, a big history review at the MUSAC Museum in Leon, Spain.

Her last feminist projects show images of women from different cultures, following the same concept of her other projects, as a process of documentation. Between these projects are Ellas filipinas, El mensaje del Kanga and Burma. In 2012, she was the only artist invited to participate at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, in the exhibition Common Ground, curated by David Chipperfield, where she showed Ellas filipinas, she participated in 2013 at the group exhibition Genealogías Feministas in the MUSAC of León together with other artists like Pilar Aymerich, Eugenia Balcells, Carmen Calvo or Eva Lootz between others. In 2015, she made a retrospective exhibition, Registros Domesticados, at the space of Tabacalera Promoción del Arte of Madrid. and at the Contemporary Museum CGAC Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Gallego 2016. In 2018 exhibit part of her project Ellas filipinas in the exhibition Hidden Workers at the Coreana Museum of Contemporary art y Seoul. Registros Domesticados. Museum CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2016.

Registros Domesticados in La Principal Tabacalera Promoción del Arte, Madrid, 2015. Nuclear Lemoniz CAB de Burgos, Spain 2004 La Fábrica. Sala Rekalde. Bilbao. 2001. La Fábrica. Fundación Telefónica. Madrid. 2000. Procesos. Cultura y Nuevas Tecnologías. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid. 1986. ARCO 1982. Galería Evelyn Botella Madrid. 1982. Electrografías. Galería Evelyn Botella Madrid. 1981. First individual exhibition in Madrid. Web page http://www.marisagonzalez.com/home.htm http://www.eumed.net/libros-gratis/ciencia/2013/17/marisa-gonzalez.htm List of exhibitions http://www.artfacts.net/fr/artiste/marisa-gonzlez-54507/profil.html Interview with Nekane Aramburu about Marisa's González works https://vimeo.com/24965421

The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 2: Battle of the Minds

The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 2: Battle of the Minds is the seventeenth Blake and Mortimer book in the series. Blake and Nasir land at Cape Town, South Africa, where they miss the departure of the ship La Madeleine. Lord Auchentosham, billionaire protector of nature, offers them to join the boat with his seaplane. Once aboard the ship, the three friends explain the reason for their presence to Labrousse. In order to intercept the package of uranium to Singh, they believe Ravi Kuta that their ship was immobilized by the storm of the day before and that they have a serious injury requiring care. Nasir boards the Indian cargo and sabotages its engines, allowing Blake and Mortimer to arrive first at the British Halley base. A radio exchange between the captain of La Madeleine shows the arrival of the British two to Acoka, who orders his men to assault the Halley base; the next day and Mortimer land at the base where they are captured by the Indians. Blake manages to escape by dog sled and wanders in a blizzard to the Soviet base.

While Major Varitch is about to kill him for pure vengeance, Blake flees on a freighter and joins the French base. Thanks to the invention of the Pr. Labrousse, the Subglacior, the French free their British colleagues. All together, they go to storm the Indian base. Meanwhile, Mortimer takes the Indian base where Acoka explains the functioning of his weapon and tells him that he will be the second guinea pig after Olrik; as he is preparing to enter the sarcophagus, until hidden under the guise of Singh, intervenes. At the same time, the Subglacior emerges in the base, causing a shootout, won by the French and British, but Acoka and Radjak take refuge in an electromagnetic cage with Mortimer and Nasir, while earthquakes due to the Central Indian Ridge multiply. The power supply to the base provided by the Soviets, Blake returns to their base to try and reason with them. In the tunnel he burrows, he convinces Major Varitch's lieutenant, killed by a collapse, to cut the current. In Indian base, a new earthquake plunges Acoka into a fault and injures Radjak.

While Labrousse repairs the damaged Subglacior, Radjak explained to Mortimer. In India, his love of the Princess Gita made his childhood friend, jealous; the night where the two lovers were to meet, he killed the Princess in anger and pretended to Acoka that Mortimer was the murderer. But Radjak confessed the truth to his master who executed Sushil. Farmers found the Princess who had survived and Acoka decided to hide the truth, believing it was Mortimer who wanted to kill her. One day, Acoka returned alone, changed from a trip with his daughter. Mortimer understands that Acoka is the Princess Gita; the Princess threatens to kill Nasir if the British turn on the current. Once done, she sends the spirit of Olrik to sabotage the Expo but allows Mortimer to use the second sarcophagus if he wants to stop him. Mortimer finds himself in the form of electromagnetic waves in Brussels, but he has a plan: while Labrousse distracts Gita at the base, the two enemies, who made a truce, joined their bodies. The Princess, runs to Nasir to kill him but the Professor shoots her several times.

A new earthquake causes the collapse of the entire base. Mortimer and Nasir Labrousse have just enough time to escape on board the Subglacior, leaving Olrik, but they find themselves crushed by a rock needle over a pile of lava. A big explosion projects them outside. Thanks to the transmitter in the possession of Mortimer, Lord Auchentosham's seaplane manages to locate them; the protagonists gather on La Madeleine to debrief their adventure. On 17 April 1958, Blake and Labrousse are present at the inauguration of the Exposition by the King of the Belgians, Baudouin. In the old Indian Antarctic base, Olrik wakes up in his sarcophagus; the first publication in English was by Cinebook Ltd, in April 2011

Tunghsiao Power Plant

The Tunghsiao Power Plant or Tongxiao Power Plant is a gas-fired power plant in Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, Taiwan. With the installed capacity of 1,815 MW, the plant is Taiwan's second largest gas-fired power plant after Tatan Power Plant. On 30 May 2018, power outage occurred at the power plant at 3:12 p.m. due to the tripping of high voltage transmission line. A total of 70,391 households were left without power; the power was restored at 4:38 p.m. The existing low-efficiency units of the power plant will be replaced by four 720 MW combined cycle units scheduled for operation in July 2016, January 2017, July 2017 and January 2018 respectively; the New Combined Cycle units start to commercial operation on 27 Feb 2018 and 30 May 2019. Tunghsiao Power Plant is accessible within walking distance West from TRA Tongsiao Station. List of power stations in Taiwan List of natural gas power stations Electricity sector in Taiwan

Grove Press

Grove Press is an American publishing imprint, founded in 1947. Imprints include: Black Cat, Venus Library, Zebra. Barney Rosset purchased the company in 1951 and turned it into an alternative book press in the United States, he partnered with Richard Seaver to bring French literature to the United States. The Atlantic Monthly Press, under the aegis of its publisher, Morgan Entrekin, merged with Grove Press in 1991. Grove became an imprint of the publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc. Grove Press was founded in 1947 in Greenwich Village on Grove Street; the original owners only published three books in three years and so sold it to Barney Rosset in 1951 for three thousand dollars. Under Rosset's leadership, Grove introduced American readers to European avant-garde literature and theatre, including French authors Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean Genet, Eugène Ionesco. In 1954 Grove published Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot after it had been refused by more mainstream publishers. Since Grove has been Beckett's U.

S. publisher. Grove is the U. S. publisher of the works of Harold Pinter. In 2006 Grove published an anniversary bilingual edition of Waiting for Godot and a special four-volume edition of Beckett's works, with commissioned introductions by Edward Albee, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, to commemorate his centenary. Grove was the first American house to publish the unabridged complete works of the Marquis de Sade, translated by Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse. Grove had an interest in Japanese literature, publishing several anthologies as well as works by Kenzaburō Ōe and others. Grove published most of the American Beats of the 1950s as well as poets like Frank O'Hara of the New York School and poets associated with Black Mountain and the San Francisco Renaissance such as Robert Duncan. In 1963, Grove published My Life and Loves: Five Volumes in One/Complete and Unexpurgated, with annotations, collecting Frank Harris' work in one volume for the first time. From 1957 to 1973 Grove published Evergreen Review, a literary magazine whose contributors included Edward Albee, Bertolt Brecht, William S. Burroughs, Albert Camus, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nat Hentoff, LeRoi Jones, John Lahr, Timothy Leary.

Grove has from time to time published mainstream works. For example, in 1978 it published the script from the George Lucas film American Graffiti under its Black Cat paperback imprint; the defining movements of the 1960s in America—the antiwar, civil rights, black power and student movements in the United States—along with revolutions across the globe, were debated and discussed in Grove’s publications as was the sexual revolution. Grove’s books challenged prevailing attitudes about sex through dozens of erotic books, many by "anonymous" authors, they published works by Frantz Fanon and Régis Debray, numerous books opposing the Vietnam war and the draft, including information on G. I. rights. Rejecting conventional notions of obscenity and morality, Grove gained a reputation as a controversial publisher committed to fighting censorship as it published some of the most well-known banned books. In 1959, Grove Press published an unexpurgated version of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley's Lover; the U.

S. Post Office Department confiscated. Rosset sued the New York city postmaster and his Lawyer Charles Rembar won in New York, on federal appeal. Grove’s success in publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover paved the way for Rosset to publish another contested work, cleared by the courts, Henry Miller's 1934 novel, Tropic of Cancer; the book contained explicit sexual passages and therefore could not be published in the United States. In 1961, Grove Press issued a copy of the work and lawsuits were brought against dozens of individual booksellers in many states for selling it; the issue was settled by the U. S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Miller v. California; the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch was banned in some parts of the world for ten years; the first American publisher was Grove Press. The book was banned by Boston courts in 1962 due to obscenity, but that decision was reversed in a landmark 1966 opinion by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; this was the last major literary censorship battle in the US.

Upon publication, Grove Press added to the book supplementary material regarding the censorship battle as well as an article written by Burroughs on the topic of drug addiction. Grove would publish several editions of the novel over the next four decades, including a "Restored Text" version in 2002. Grove published the first American paperback editions of other Burroughs works including The Soft Machine, Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded. Grove would publish the final collection of the author's writings, the posthumously published Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs, in 2008 published the American first edition of And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, the first release of a novel that Burroughs and Jack Kerouac had collaborated on in the mid-1940s. Grove had to defend its Evergreen Review on several occasions due to what was deemed objectionable content. Issues were seized by the authorities. After winning several battles over the printed page, Grove built on these victories and defended

Pemphigoid

Pemphigoid is a group of rare autoimmune blistering skin diseases. As its name indicates, pemphigoid is similar in general appearance to pemphigus, unlike pemphigus, pemphigoid does not feature acantholysis, a loss of connections between skin cells. Pemphigoid is more common than pemphigus, is more common in women than in men, it is more common in people over 60 years of age than it is in younger people. The forms of pemphigoid are considered to be connective tissue autoimmune skin diseases. There are several types: Gestational pemphigoid Bullous pemphigoid Rarely affect the mouth Cicatricial pemphigoid or, Bullous and cicatricial pemphigoids affect persons who are over age 60. Gestational pemphigoid occurs during pregnancy in the second or third trimester, or following pregnancy. Pemphigoid is considered to be mediated by IgG, but IgA-mediated forms have been described. IgA-mediated immunobullous diseases can be difficult to treat with effective medications such as rituximab. Bullous pemphigoid is a rare and chronic autoimmune disorder characterised by sub-epidermal blisters that predominantly involves the skin and less the mucous membrane.

It is the most common type of the pemphigoid group, representing 80% of sub-epidermal immunobullous cases. Patients have skin lesions, some have mucous membrane lesions. In some patients, pemphigoid starts off with cutaneous manifestations of BP without bullae, as the only sign of the disease. Pruritic eczematous, papular, or urticaria-like skin lesions may persist for weeks to months; the bullous stage of BP shows vesicles and bulla, appearing on normal or erythematous skin, predominantly at the flexural aspects of the extremities and the lower trunk. Mucosal lesions, which are erosions of the oral mucosa, are present in 10 to 30 percent of patients; the blister fluid becomes blood-tinged. The blisters are tense, about 1–4 cm in diameter, leaving eroded and crusted areas, together with urticarial and infiltrated papules and plaques in an annular or figurate pattern. Homology between bullous pemphigoid antigens in the skin and neuronal antigens in the central nervous system has been proposed as a cause for the observed link between bullous pemphigoid and neurologic disease, along with a genetic predisposition.

Patients with bullous pemphigoid present with two or more other chronic diseases such as neurological disorders. However, further studies are necessary to explore the relationship between these disorders; the pathogenetic mechanism of blister formation is known, the trigger to the formation of the antibodies to the hemidesmosome antigens is still unknown. Most of the bullous pemphigoid cases are due to autoantibodies directed at antigens arranged at the dermal-epidermal junction. However, most drug can be one of the cause of bullous pemphigoid, such as thiazide diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers; the implicated drugs include penicillin derivatives, ibuprofen, enalapril, lisinopril, novoscabin, levobunolol ophthalmic solution, influenza and other vaccinations, a homeopathy regimen, nifedipine, 5-aminosalicylic acid, serratiopeptidase, cephalexin, fluoxetine, antipsychotic drugs, ciprofloxacin, neuroleptics, gliptin plus metformin, intravenous iodine, etanercept and topical fluorouracil.

Influenza vaccination does not appear to be an important trigger for bullous pemphigoid. Trauma, lymphedema and radiation have been implicated in a small number of cases; the pathophysiology of bullous pemphigoid consists of two major components, which are immunologic and inflammatory. In the immunologic component, autoantibodies act against the hemidesmosomal bullous pemphigoid antigens BP230 and BP 180 which are located at the lamina lucida of the basement membrane zone; these antigens play an important role in the adhesion complexes that promote epithelial-stromal adhesion. The predominant subclass of antibodies that acts against the antigens is IgG4. IgG1 and IgG2 antibodies are less detected compared to IgG4 antibodies, while IgG3 antibodies are absent; when the autoantibodies bind to the target antigens, the complement system and mast cells are activated, thereby representing the inflammatory component. Inflammatory cells such as neutrophils and eosinophils are attracted to the affected area.

They are postulated to release proteolytic enzymes which degrade the hemidesmosomal proteins, resulting in blister formation. Other potential contributory factors including genetic factors, environmental exposures to infections and drugs as well as the phenomenon of epitope spreading are known to cause bullous pemphigoid. Diagnosis of bullous pemphigoid includes clinical assessment, skin biopsy for histopathology and direct immunofluorescence, indirect immunofluorescence and ELISA test. Among all, direct immunofluorescence is the gold standard for diagnosis of bullous pemphigoid. For patients greater than 70 years old Blistering skin disease characterized by the presence of tense blisters and erosions that occur without another identifiable cause and on mucosa. Unexplained pruritus, pruritic eczematous eruptions, or urticarial plaques Lesional t