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The Chronicles of Amber

The Chronicles of Amber is a series of fantasy novels by American writer Roger Zelazny. The main series consists of each five novels in length. Additionally, there are a number of other works. Four additional prequel books, authorized by the Zelazny estate following his death, were authored by John Gregory Betancourt; the Amber stories take place in two contrasting "true" worlds and Chaos, in shadow worlds that lie between the two. These shadows, including our Earth, are parallel worlds that exist in, were created from, the tension between opposing magical forces of Amber and Chaos; the Courts of Chaos are situated at the edge of an Abyss. Members of the royal family of Amber, after walking a Pattern, central to Amber, can travel through the Shadows. While traveling between Shadows, one can alter reality or create a new reality by choosing which elements of which Shadows to keep or add, which to subtract. Nobles of the Courts of Chaos who have traversed the Logrus are able to travel through Shadow.

Ten Amber novels were written by Roger Zelazny. The series of books was published over the years from 1970 to 1991. Portions of the first novel, Nine Princes in Amber, had been published in Kallikanzaros; the novels Sign of the Unicorn, The Hand of Oberon, The Courts of Chaos first appeared in abridged, serialized versions in Galaxy Science Fiction. The Guns of Avalon and five "Merlin Cycle" Amber novels were not serialized or excerpted. Several Chronicles of Amber omnibus volumes have been published, collecting the five novels of the original "Corwin Cycle" in one volume, the five novels of the "Merlin Cycle" in another volume, all ten novels in a single volume; the first five novels are narrated in the first person by Corwin, a prince of Amber, as he describes his adventures and life upon re-encountering his family after a loss of memory and an absence of centuries. Corwin wakes up from a coma in a hospital in New York with amnesia, he soon discovers that he's part of a superhuman royal family that can wander among infinite parallel worlds, who rule over the one true world, Amber.

He meets members of this newly rediscovered family, later is shown and walks the Pattern, a labyrinth inscribed in the dungeons of Castle Amber which gives the multiverse its order. Walking the Pattern of Rebma restores his abilities to travel through shadow. In alliance with his brother Bleys, he attempts to conquer Amber, ruled by his elder brother Eric, who took power after the disappearance of their father, Oberon, their attempt fails. Bleys falls from the side of the Kolvir mountain and Corwin is captured and imprisoned. Thanks to his genetic regenerative ability, his eyes regrow and he regains his vision. Dworkin Barimen, the mad sorcerer who created the Pattern, enters Corwin's prison through the walls of Corwin's prison cell, draws on the wall the door through which Corwin escapes. Corwin has escaped the dungeons of Amber, where he was imprisoned by his hated brother Eric, who had seized the throne of Amber. All of Corwin's siblings believe, but Corwin has secret knowledge: in the shadow world of Avalon, where he once ruled, there exists a jeweler's rouge that will function in Amber as gunpowder should.

Corwin plans to raise a legion of shadow soldiers, arm them with automatic rifles from the shadow world Earth. While gathering these forces Corwin discovers a more sinister problem growing among the shadows, he meets Dara, a woman claiming to be his great-grandniece, discovers a threat to Amber: a black road which runs across universes from the Courts of Chaos to Amber. With his newly trained army, Corwin marches on Castle Amber only to find it under siege. Eric passes the Jewel of Judgment to Corwin, making Corwin Regent; the immediate danger passes, but Dara threatens greater peril after walking the Pattern and revealing herself to be a creature of the Courts of Chaos, intent on destroying both Amber and the Shadows. Eric is dead, Corwin now rules Amber as Regent, but someone has framed Corwin. This leads to questions about other missing members of the royal family. Corwin's brother, tells of his attempts to rescue their brother and Corwin decides to find out what happened to the latter. After many intrafamily exchanges, Brand is rescued but is stabbed by one of the family in the attempt.

In the midst of the ensuing intrigue, an assassination attempt is made on Corwin and he finds himself incapacitated on Earth. Before returning to Amber he hides the Jewel of Judgment on Earth. After Brand recovers, he tells Corwin of several incidents leading up to his capture. Corwin travels to Tir-na Nóg'th, the mysterious, moonlit Amber-in-the-sky where he hopes to gain insight into the situation, upon his return finds himself at the Primal Pattern rather than Amber. Corwin finds the Primal Pattern damaged, with a dark stain obscuring parts of it. On further investigation it is found that the blood of one of the members of his family has created the stain. Corwin descends back to the dungeons and meets with Dworkin, who explains how the Pattern might be repaired. After being chased from the Pattern, Corwin discovers that Brand is responsible for the damage and that he now has the Jewel of Judgment. Corwin must now prevent Brand from attuning himself to the jewel, or Brand's plot to destroy the Pattern will succeed.

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Voiceless bilabial fricative

The voiceless bilabial fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɸ⟩. Features of the voiceless bilabial fricative: Its manner of articulation is fricative, which means it is produced by constricting air flow through a narrow channel at the place of articulation, causing turbulence, its place of articulation is bilabial. Its phonation is voiceless. In some languages the vocal cords are separated, so it is always voiceless, it is an oral consonant. Because the sound is not produced with airflow over the tongue, the central–lateral dichotomy does not apply; the airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds. Index of phonetics articles List of languages with on PHOIBLE

Radio (Naked City album)

Radio is the fourth studio album by the band Naked City, their first to be composed by bandleader John Zorn. The album was released as part of Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings on Tzadik Records in 2005. Radio marked a return to the eclectic, "jump cut" style of the band's 1989 debut album; the liner notes cite a wide range of musical influences including Charles Mingus, Little Feat, Booker T. & the M. G.'s, Colin Wilson, Albert King, Chuck Brown, Orchestra Baobab, the Accüsed, the Meters, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Anton Webern, Sammy Cahn, Frank Sinatra, Morton Feldman, Igor Stravinsky, the Melvins, Septic Death, Abe Schwartz, Ivo Papasov, Naftule Brandwein, Led Zeppelin, Bernard Herrmann, Extreme Noise Terror, Conway Twitty, Ornette Coleman, Corrosion of Conformity, Quincy Jones, Sam Fuller, Carcass, Jan Hammer, Eddie Blackwell, Charlie Haden, Mick Harris, Carole King, Red Garland, Jerry Reed, SPK and Roger Williams in addition to Zorn's identified touchstones. In his 4 star review for the Allmusic website, Maurice Rickard states "Several genres and bands are skillfully evoked... and helpfully listed in the liner notes in order of occurrence.

Jazz, surf, R&B, death metal, acid rock, serialism are grafted together in this collection into the same song, the band shifts genres and arrangements on a dime. Radio was conceived as a set for a college radio program, making it a kind of "Young Person's Guide to Naked City," beginning with accessible tunes building up listener tolerance to dissonance, sandbagging the listener with evil blasts of dissonant metallic noise and convincing perpetrator-and-victim screaming." All music arranged by John Zorn. John Zorn – alto sax Bill Frisellguitar Wayne Horvitzkeyboards Fred Frithbass Joey Barondrums Yamatsuka Eyevocals Inspiration/Refer Charles Mingus on Candid / Eric Dolphy / Paul Bley Bob Demmon + The Astronauts Little Feat Ruins / Booker T. and the M. G.'s / Colin Wilson Ennio Morricone / Albert King / Chuck Brown Orchestra Baobab / Terauchi Takeshi / E. M. Elanka the Accüsed / the Meters / Yakuza Zankoku Hiroku Tony Williams' Lifetime / OLD Anthony Braxton / Anton Webern's "Six Bagatelles" / Sammy Cahn's "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" / Frank Sinatra / Morton Feldman Carl Stalling / Igor Stravinsky the Melvins / Beatmasters / Septic Death / Hellfire / Leather Folk Abe Schwartz / Ivo Papasov / Naftule Brandwein Repulsion Led Zeppelin / Akemi and Jagatara / Bernard Herrmann Santana / Extreme Noise Terror / Conway Twitty Agnostic Front / Siege Ornette Coleman / Corrosion of Conformity / Massacre / Quincy Jones Sam Fuller / Funkadelic / Carcass Liberace / Jan Hammer / Napalm Death / Eddie Blackwell / Charlie Haden / Mick Harris / Carole King / Red Garland / Boredoms / Jerry Reed / SPK / Roger Williams Published by Theatre of Musical Optics, BMI Executive Producer: Disk Union Associate Producer: Kazunori Sugiyama Recorded April 1992 by Alec Head Mixed September 1992 by Roger Moutenot Assistant Engineer: Hoover Le Mastered by Bob Ludwig Digital Editing by Scott Hull Cover photos: Man Ray Design: Tomoyo T.

L. Typesetting: Lisa Wells Special thanks to: Wadia F. Moses, Roger Moutenot, Ikue Mori, KimSu

Air Control (video game)

Air Control is a flight simulator video game developed by Russian indie studio Killjoy Games and released May 23, 2014. It is based on the Unity 5 game engine, it was removed from Steam within several months of its release. In casual mode and realistic mode, the player acts as a flight attendant in an aircraft initially. After enough service as a flight attendant to humans, the player becomes an attendant for zombies, which transitions to a first person shooter, it becomes a flight simulator, allowing the player to control an aircraft. Killjoy mode allows the player to use a set of keys to control an aircraft from the exterior. Reviewers panned Air Control. Adam Smith, writing for Rock, Shotgun pre-release, compared the game to a "trashy B movie experience", remarking "so it's good that it's bad!", wasn't sure whether "there any flight simulation at all". Alexander Pushkar, writing for Russian website Igromania pre-release, was hyperbolic about the effects the game had on his mental state and stated that the game has no right to exist.

Kevin VanOrd, writing for GameSpot, called the game a "travesty, homely and inept." Tyler Wilde, writing for PC Gamer, called the game "one giant bug" and advised players not to purchase the game. Wilde found that the game contains audio from the Delta Air Lines safety video. List of video games notable for negative reception

Attack of the Smart Pies

Attack of the Smart Pies is a novel written by Larry Gonick. It is the first novel written about the characters in the comic strip Kokopelli & Company, which has appeared since 1997 in Muse magazine. Emma is an orphaned child, treated badly by her stepfather, Darien Drinkwater, she runs away. She ends up in Kokonino County. Feather, the Muse of Plants, uses intelligent air to watch Darrin Drinkwater, Emma watches him take the two pieces of paper her parents had left for her. After much work, Emma is able to write down; the text, seems to be some sort of secret code, so Emma searches for someone who can help her crack the code. She arrived in the middle of the great Pie War between Kokopelli and Urania, two Muses who get along badly, she ends up helping Urania. In the end, it is Bo, the Muse of Factoids, who saves the day by recognizing the "code" as the number to a safe deposit box in a bank. Emma finds a grown-up cousin to live with while Darien Drinkwater is arrested for various crimes performed throughout the book.

A piece appearing in April 2005 in Kirkus Reviews praised the book's "zany premise and off-the-wall plot", but doubted its chances at mass appeal, noting that "the New Muses may keep their current fans amused, but they’re unlikely to draw many new ones with this offbeat episode."

Keith Toston

Keith Toston is a professional Canadian football running back, a free agent. After playing college football at Oklahoma State, Toston was undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed by the St. Louis Rams on April 25, 2010. At Angleton High School, Toston carried the ball 156 times for 1,564 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior and averaged just over 10 yards per carry and as a junior, carried the ball 225 times for 1,529 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, he was a finalist for the Old Spice National High School Player of the Year award, was District 24-4A offensive MVP as well as named all-Greater Houston and included on the Dallas Morning News' top 100 list. Toston played college football at Oklahoma State. In 2006, as a freshman, Tosten finished with 631 rushing yards with an average of 6.0 yards per rush and six touchdowns in 12 games. In his sophomore year he fumbled the ball twice in the Troy game, causing him to fall to third string the rest of the year. In his junior year he was second string, but rose to the challenge in his senior campaign when Kendall Hunter went down with a knee injury.

In 2009 as a senior he was a first team All-Big 12 running back. Toston was selected to play in the 85th annual East-West Shrine Game, played January 23, 2010, in Orlando, Florida. Toston accumulated 473 attempts, 2725 yards, 27 rushing touchdowns in his career at Oklahoma State. Toston was signed by the St. Louis Rams on April 25, 2010, made the Rams' opening-day roster in 2010. Toston spent the year as the Rams' secondary back, he accumulated 54 yards on 19 carries in spot duty. On September 3, 2011, the Rams cut Toston. Toston was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 2, 2012 On April 4th 2014 Toston was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 2-year deal. Saskatchewan Roughriders bio Jacksonville Jaguars bio Oklahoma State Cowboys bio