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The Deathbird

"The Deathbird" is a novelette by American writer Harlan Ellison. It won the 1974 Hugo Award for Locus Award for Best Short Story, it has been included in the author's short story collection Deathbird Stories. Millions of years ago, "The Mad One" known as Ialdabaoth or God, took over the earth in a sort of cosmic lawsuit; the original creators left behind one last member of their race, Dira, to tell humans the truth about their god, but the dominant traditions throughout the ages denounce Dira as evil. Now, the world is coming to an end and Nathan Stack, the latest incarnation of a long line of humans going back to Lilith’s husband, is revived by Snake to make the journey to the mountain where God lives, he is the only human capable of confronting him and putting the Earth out of its misery through the summoning of what is referred to as the Deathbird. The story contains a few side plots about Nathan Stack or previous reincarnations of him; these stories tell of people that have had to make difficult decisions.

In one such story, his mother wants him to kill her, ending her pain. This situation is repeated at the end of the story, where Nathan Stack must "use the needle" and end the pain of the planet

RC Vyškov

RC Vyškov is a Czech rugby club in Vyškov. They play in the KB Extraliga; the club was founded in 1952. They undertook their first overseas tour to France in 1967; the club won their first championship in 1974. This turned out to be the start of a phenomenally successful era for the club, which saw them winning the next seven championship titles; the success of the senior team pretty much filtered through to the youth teams as well in those years. In 1995 the club experienced tragedy. Jan Navrátil, former international prop and their coach at the time, rescued two men rendered unconscious from a resulting gas leak, while trying to repair some freezing equipment in the cellar of the clubhouse. Navrátil subsequently died from gas poisoning and was posthumously awarded a Fair Play Award by the Czech Olympic Committee; the club named their home ground in his memory. Czechoslovak Championships 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1991 KB Extraliga 1993, 1994, 2016 RC Vyškov 80 let Českého Ragby

Behavioral modeling

The behavioral approach to systems theory and control theory was initiated in the late-1970s by J. C. Willems as a result of resolving inconsistencies present in classical approaches based on state-space, transfer function, convolution representations; this approach is motivated by the aim of obtaining a general framework for system analysis and control that respects the underlying physics. The main object in the behavioral setting is the behavior – the set of all signals compatible with the system. An important feature of the behavioral approach is that it does not distinguish a priority between input and output variables. Apart from putting system theory and control on a rigorous basis, the behavioral approach unified the existing approaches and brought new results on controllability for nD systems, control via interconnection, system identification. In the behavioral setting, a dynamical system is a triple Σ = where T ⊆ R is the "time set" – the time instances over which the system evolves, W is the "signal space" – the set in which the variables whose time evolution is modeled take on their values, B ⊆ W T the "behavior" – the set of signals that are compatible with the laws of the system.

W ∈ B means that w is a trajectory of the system, while w ∉ B means that the laws of the system forbid the trajectory w to happen. Before the phenomenon is modeled, every signal in W T is deemed possible, while after modeling, only the outcomes in B remain as possibilities. Special cases: T = R – continuous-time systems T = Z – discrete-time systems W = R q – most physical systems W a finite set – discrete event systems System properties are defined in terms of the behavior; the system Σ = is said to be "linear" if W is a vector space and B is a linear subspace of W T, "time-invariant" if the time set consists of the real or natural numbers and σ t B ⊆ B for all t ∈ T,where σ t denotes the t -shift, defined by σ t:= f. In these definitions linearity articulates the superposition law, while time-invariance articulates that the time-shift of a legal trajectory is in its turn a legal trajectory. A "linear time-invariant differential system" is a dynamical system Σ = whose behavior B is the solution set of a system of constant coefficient linear ordinary differential equations R w = 0, where R is a matrix of polynomials with real coefficients.

The coefficients of R are the parameters of the model. In order to define the corresponding behavior, we need to specify when we consider a signal w: R → R q to be a solution of R w = 0. For ease of exposition infinite differentiable solutions are considered. There are other possibilities, as taking distributional solutions, or solutions in L l o c a l, with the ordinary differential equations interpreted in the sense of distributions; the behavior defined is B = { w

Follow Thru

Follow Thru is a 1930 American pre-Code musical romantic comedy film photographed in Technicolor. It was the second all-color all-talking feature; the film was based on the popular 1929 Broadway play of the same name by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson and Laurence Schwab; the play ran from January 9, 1929 to December 21, 1929. Jack Haley and Zelma O'Neal, who starred in the original musical play, reprised their roles for the film version; the film is one of dozens of musicals made in 1929 and 1930 following the advent of sound, one of several to feature color cinematography. However, many of these films have been destroyed by the original studios; the "original camera negative" of Follow Thru survives in excellent condition. It has been preserved by the UCLA Television Archive. Charles "Buddy" Rogers as Jerry Downes Nancy Carroll as Lora Moore Zelma O'Neal as Angie Howard Jack Haley as Jack Martin Eugene Pallette as J. C. Effingham Thelma Todd as Mrs Van Horn Claude King as Mac Moore Kathryn Givney as Mrs Bascomb Margaret Lee as Babs Bascomb Don Tomkins as Dinty Moore Albert Gran as Martin Bascomb "A Peach of a Pair" by George Marion Jr. Richard A. Whiting "It Must Be You" by Elwood Eliscu and Manning Sherwin "Then I'll Have Time for You," "I Want to be Bad" and "Button Up Your Overcoat" by Lew Brown and B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson The film was shot in Los Angeles.

The extras who appear in golf course scenes had to be coached with regards to golf etiquette. About two hundred extras were used for the climactic golf championship sequence. For a long time, the film was believed to be lost, but a print was found in the 1990s and it was restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. List of early color feature films Follow Thru at the American Film Institute Catalog Follow Thru on IMDb Follow Thru at the TCM Movie Database Follow Thru at AllMovie Follow Thru film clip on YouTube

The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind

The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind is a 1988 documentary outlining the successes and challenges of the casting and legacy of the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, from concept to finished product. The documentary focuses on David O. Selznick from the time of the book's publication to the Academy Awards ceremony of 1940. Included are interviews with many of the office personnel involved in making the film. Producer David O. Selznick struggled to control his project, working with three directors along the way--George Cukor, Victor Fleming and Sam Wood; each had their own vision and the strong-willed men clashed. The Making of a Legend brings up many of the "what ifs?" that arose as different scenarios were discussed. Among these were the possibilities of Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper as Rhett Butler. Christopher Plummer... Narrator L. Jeffrey Selznick... David O. Selznick Arthur E. Arling... Himself - Camera Operator Katherine Brown... Herself - Eastern Story Editor for David O. Selznick Arthur Fellows...

Himself - Assistant to George Cukor Raymond A. Klune... Himself - Production Manager in'Gone with the Wind' Silvia Shulman Lardner... Herself - Secretary to David O. Selznick James E. Newcom... Himself - Associate Film Editor in'Gone with the Wind' Marcella Rabwin... Herself - Executive Assistant to David O. Selznick Harry L. Wolf... Himself - Assistant Cameraman in'Gone with the Wind' Evelyn Keyes... Herself - Actress in'Gone with the Wind' Butterfly McQueen... Herself - Actress in'Gone with the Wind' Ann Rutherford... Herself - Actress in'Gone with the Wind' Sunny Lash... Herself - Secretary and Friend to Vivien Leigh William Erickson... Himself - Preview Audience Member Johnny Albright... Himself - Extra in'Gone with the Wind' Philip Roth... Himself Julie Landau... Herself The Making of a Legend: Gone With The Wind on IMDb Official DVD Website

Tavistock Royals

The Tavistock Royals are a senior hockey team based out of Tavistock, Canada. They play in the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League; the Tavistock Royals have won two WOAA "AA Championships, as they were champions in 1994-95, in 2007-08. Tavistock had another strong season, finishing with an 18-6-0 record, which placed them in third place in the South Division, a playoff matchup with the Shelburne Muskies in the "AA" quarter-finals; the Royals would start off quick and win the first two games, however Shelburne came back and won three in a row to put Tavistock on the brink of elimination. The Royals would come back and win the final two games of the series to win it 4-3. Tavistock would face the South Division winning Clinton Radars in the "AA" semi-finals, would drop the first game 6-4 to go down 1-0 in the series; the Royals would rebound, win the next two in overtime. Game four would be another close one, as the Royals held off the Radars 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. Tavistock would eliminate Clinton in game five with a 5-4 victory, advance to the "AA" finals.

The Royals would play the Elora Rocks in the finals to determine the "AA" championship, after the first four games, the series was tied two games each as both teams would win their games on the road. The Royals won game five on home ice, with the chance to win the title in Elora in game six. Tavistock would fall short in the sixth game, losing 5-3 in a well played game, setting up the seventh and deciding game in Tavistock; the Royals got off to a fast start, scoring 97 seconds into the game, but the Rocks would prove to be too much to handle, as the Royals lost 7-3, ending their season one victory shy of the championship. After a successful 2006-07 season, in which the Royals were within one victory of the WOAA "AA" championship, Tavistock would have its best regular season in team history, finishing on top of the South Division with a 23-2-1 record, earning 47 points and a spot in the "AA" playoffs. Tavistock's "AA" quarter-final opponent was the Shelburne Muskies, the same opponent from the "AA" quarter-finals from the previous season, in which the Royals were victorious.

The Muskies surprised the favoured Royals in the series opener in Tavistock, defeating the Royals 6-5. Tavistock evened the series up in the second game held in Shelburne with a convincing 6-1 victory; the Royals continued their winning ways in the third game, doubling Shelburne 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead won a wild 4th game 7-6 in OT to lead the series 3-1. The Royals closed out the series in the fifth game, defeating Shelburne 6-4. Tavistock would face the Clinton Radars in the "AA" semi-finals, would take a 1-0 series lead with a solid 8-5 victory in the series opener. Tavistock would win the second game by an 8-1 score, before winning the third game by a close 5-3 score to take a 3-0 lead in the series; the Royals and Radars would play into overtime in the fourth game, with Tavistock scoring in the extra period to win the game, sweep the series, advance to the "AA" finals. The Royals would face the Elora Rocks in a rematch of the 2007 "AA" finals, which saw the Rocks win the championship in seven games.

Elora opened the series with a 5-2 victory, the Royals rebounded and held on for a 5-4 win in the second game to tie the series up. Tavistock would win by a 5-4 again in the third game to take a 2-1 series lead win another one-goal game in the fourth game, defeating Elora 4-3, to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Tavistock would have no problems wrapping the series up in the fifth game, dominating the Rocks, as they won the game 6-1, winning the "AA" championship for the second time in club history, it would be another successful regular season for the defending "AA" champions, as Tavistock would battle for first place all season with the Petrolia Squires and Lucan-Ilderton Jets. The Royals finished the year with a 13-4-3 record, earning 29 points, third place in the WOAA South Division. Tavistock opened the post-season against the Exeter Mohawks, with the winner advancing to the "AA" playoffs; the Royals took the series opener by a 3-1 score, Exeter evened the series with a 3-2 overtime win in the second game.

Tavistock rebounded in the third game winning by a 5-2 score, before shutting out the Mohawks 7-0 to go up 3-1 in the series. In the fifth game and Tavistock fought to a score of 5-5 after three periods, before the Royals scored in the extra period to win the game 6-5, win the series; the Royals opponent in the "AA" quarter-finals were the Clinton Radars. Tavistock took the second game with a 6-5 overtime win. Clinton responded with a 4-3 overtime win. Tavistock won game five by a score of 5-2. Clinton kept the series alive by winning game six 5-4 in overtime. Game seven was decided in overtime with a 5-4 win for Tavistock. In the "AA" semi-finals, Tavistock met the Petrolia Squires in a high scoring 7 game series. Petrolia opened the series with a 7-5 win. Tavistock evened the series with a 5-2 win at home. Petrolia responded with their own 5-2 win in game three. Game four was won by Tavistock 8-4 tying the series at two games apiece. Petrolia took a series lead by winning game five 5-2. Tavistock forced a seventh game with a 7-3 win in game six.

Tavistock went on to take the series with convincing 9-1 game seven win. Tavistock's opponent for the "AA" finals were the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks. Saugeen Shores won the first three games with scores of 4-3, 6-2 and 5-4. Down three games to none Tavistock kept the series alive with a game four 6-5 overtime win; the Winterhawks completed. Tavistock struggled throughout the regular season, finishing the year in sixt