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Three Gorges

The Three Gorges are three adjacent gorges along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, in the hinterland of the People's Republic of China. With a subtropical monsoon climate, they are known for their scenery; the "Three Gorges Scenic Area" is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. The Three Gorges—comprising the Qutang, Wu, Xiling gorges—span 193 miles, beginning at Baidi City of Chongqing Municipality, in the west and ending at Nanjing Pass, at Yichang City, Hubei Province, in the east, between which are the Fengjie and Wu Mountains of Chongqing, as well as Badong and Yichang of Hubei Province. After arriving at Yibin, in Sichuan Province, the Yangtze River flows from Jiangjin, of Chongqing Municipality, to Yichang, of Hubei Province. In the past, it was the only waterway that connected Sichuan and Guizhou to China's eastern area.. Downstream, the Chuanjiang passes the Wu Mountains—the second ladder of the Chinese mainland—which form the Qutang Gorge, the Wu Gorge, the Xiling Gorge along the Yangtze River, where this area gets its name.

The Three Gorges span from the western, cities of Fengjie and Yichang, in Chongqing Municipality, to the east, downstream, to Hubei province. The Three Gorges Reservoir Region is 200 kilometres in length, while the Three Gorges themselves occupy 120 kilometres within this region; the Three Gorges region has attracted global attention due to the Three Gorges Dam, changing the culture and environment of the region. Although it is famous for its scenery, the Three Gorges region is historically and culturally important in China. Many settlements and archaeological sites are in danger of being submerged by the rising reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam. Due to the lithological conditions of its different regions, the valleys of the Three Gorges are narrow in some areas and broad in others. Most narrow valleys occur in regions where there is limestone, hard and resists erosion. However, water can flow along deep vertical fractures; as the limestone bed is undercut, parts of it fall into the river along vertical fractures, forming precipitous cliffs.

When the river flows through areas of softer sandstone and shale, which have less resistance to erosion, the erosive effect is increased, carving wide valleys. There are different theories on how the Three Gorges were formed, but geographers and geologists have reached a consensus, believing mountain folding in the east of Sichuan Province and the west of Hubei Province, including the Wu Mountains, were the outcome of the Yanshanian movement around 70 million years ago; the gorges run from southwest to northeast turn, from west to east, with terrain lowering from south to north. The western and eastern parts of the area, between the southern mountains and Bashan Mountain, in the north, are comparatively lower; as the crust of the locality continued to rise, the river's erosion intensified, the Three Gorges were carved. The natural beauty of the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River has been appreciated for hundreds of years. In the Northern Wei dynasty, Li Daoyuan described them in his work Shui Jing Zhu, or the Commentary on the Water Classic: There are seamless mountains on both sides of the Three Gorges stretching more than 200 miles.

The overlapping rocks make up layers of barriers that shield against sky and sunshine so that the sun can only be seen at noon and the moon will show at midnight. In summers, water rises to lofty mountains, making all boats floating along or against the river get blocked. Suppose an empire has an urgent decree to issue from Baidi, it will reach Jiangling at sunset of the day; the distance between them is about 373 miles, neither a galloping horse nor a flight can run faster than a boat. Yuan Shansong of the Eastern Jin dynasty wrote a Record of Yichuan's Landscape, which depicts the Three Gorges' grandeur, he wrote, People were always warned or orally of the Gorges' swift currents, saying they are horrific, no one praised the local landscape beautiful. It's till I came to the site that I felt quite gleeful and started to understand seeing is believing; the overlapping cliffs, the elegant peaks and the grotesque structures, they all constitute the scenery far from expression. The lush, solemn woods stood erected in the cloudy air.

I can raise up my head to appreciate what's above, look down to see reflections, the more acquainted I get with this place, the better I feel. I spent two nights there. I had never seen such a scene, nor had I any similar experience. So I am cheerful to see such a wonder, I feel mountains and waters all had spirits, I am thrilled to encounter this bosom friend after seeking so long. In his poem Setting out from Baidicheng, Li Bai depicts this place, While monkeys keep howling at both sides of the river, the boat has swiftly passed thousands of mountains. Between winter and spring, the shadows of rocks and woods are reflected in the green pool accompanied by white, swift currents. Cascades plunge and flow across cypresses increasing at high peaks. Clean water, flourishing trees, lofty mountains and luxuriant grasses compose the landscape; when the sun starts to rise or frost falls in the morning and streams are chilly and so

Swanage Pier

Swanage Pier is a Victorian pier which extends into the southern end of Swanage Bay near the town of Swanage, in the south-east of Dorset. It was built in 1895 for passenger ship services, it is situated on the eastern coast of the Isle of Purbeck 6 1⁄4 miles south of Poole and 25 miles east of Dorchester in the United Kingdom. An older pier, opened 1860, was used by local quarries to ship stone, but it fell into decline with only its timber piles remaining today; the first Swanage Pier, 750 feet long, was built between 1859 and 1860 for use by the local stone quarrying industry and included a tramway which ran the length of the pier and some way along the seafront. The old tracks can be seen to inset into the seafront walkways; when local businessman George Burt introduced regular steamer services between Swanage and nearby towns Poole and Bournemouth in 1874, a need became apparent for a second pier to be built for use by passenger steamers. Construction on the new pier began in 1895, by 1896 was first used by a steamer.

The pier was opened for traffic on 29 March 1897. While regular steamer services ran on the new pier up until 1966, the older original pier declined along with the stone industry it served some years earlier. Today all are some of the timber piles. After steamer services discontinued in 1966 the remaining pleasure pier began to fall into disrepair. In 1976 Grade II listed. After a failed attempt to restore the pier by a development firm in 1986, Swanage Pier Trust took over ownership of the pier in 1994; the Trust took on the task of raising over £1,000,000 needed to carry out major restoration work on the pier's piles and ironwork fittings. It was reopened in 1998. Today the pier is open to the public once again. Small scale ferry services run daily throughout the summer season to Poole Quay; the pier hosts a successful diving school, the oldest in the UK, is visited annually by historic steamers including the Waverley paddle steamer. The pier is a popular training site for scuba diving because it is one of the few sheltered marine diving sites on the south coast, it has depths of only 4 metres.

The Marine Conservation Society South East use the pier as a location for its training dives during their Marine identification and underwater photography courses, due to the wide range of marine life found under the pier. The site has easy access from adjacent car parks, it has a nearby dive shop; the Trust maintains a gift shop an exhibition providing information for visitors. The exhibition houses a small aquarium, which showcases the species of marine life that can be found under the pier; these can be found in Marine Villas at the shore-end of the pier. There is the 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro for refreshments; the pier receives over 100,000 visitors a year. The restored pier was awarded the Pier of The Year award in the spring of 2012 by the National Piers Society, it is a Grade II listed building. The BBC's adaptation of EM Forster's novel Howards End used Swanage Pier as a location. History of Swanage Pier Supporters of Swanage Pier Pictures of Swanage Pier - Flickr Archive images of Swanage Pier

The Other Guy (song)

"The Other Guy" is a song by Australian soft rock band Little River Band. It was an advance single from their 1982 Greatest Hits album; the song introduced the band's new lead vocalist, John Farnham, who replaced Glenn Shorrock. Released in November 1982, "The Other Guy" reached the Top 20 in Australia and the Netherlands, it peaked at number 11 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and number eight on the Cash Box Top 100 during February 1983; the song reached number 6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It reached both the Pop and AC charts, it did best in New Zealand, where it spent two weeks at number 2. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Listen to "The Other Guy" on YouTube

New Orleans Owls

The New Orleans Owls were an early jazz band from New Orleans that descended from The Invincibles String band and recorded 23 sides for Columbia from 1925 to 1927 on 78 rpm Gramophone record. They are the first group to record by the electric system operating from a mobile recording van, they played principally for the dancers in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The replaced Abbie Brunies' Halfway House Orchestra at the Halfway House dancehall in the late 1920s. Members included Bill Padron, Benjie White, Lester Smith, Mose Farrar, Rene Gelpi, Dan LeBlanc, Earl Crumb, Frank Netto, Pinky Vidacovitch and Sigfre Christensen, their records are not as collectible as those of similar bands like the New Orleans Rhythm Kings or the Friar's Society Orchestra, but will still fetch a hundred dollars or more at auction if they are in excellent condition

Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

The Department of Computer Science and Technology the Computer Laboratory, is the computer science department of the University of Cambridge. As of 2007 it employed 35 academic staff, 25 support staff, 35 affiliated research staff, about 155 research students; the current head of department is Professor Ann Copestake. The Department was founded as the Mathematical Laboratory under the leadership of John Lennard-Jones on 14 May 1937, though it did not get properly established until after World War II; the new laboratory was housed in the North Wing of the former Anatomy School, on the New Museums Site. Upon its foundation, it was intended to provide a computing service for general use, to be a centre for the development of computational techniques in the University; the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science was the world's first postgraduate taught course in computing, starting in 1953. In October 1946, work began under Maurice Wilkes on EDSAC, which subsequently became the world's first operational and practical stored program computer when it ran its first program on 6 May 1949.

It inspired the world's first business computer, LEO. It was replaced by EDSAC 2, the first microcoded and bitsliced computer, in 1958. In 1961, David Hartley developed Autocode, one of the first high-level programming languages, for EDSAC 2. In that year, proposals for Titan, based on the Ferranti Atlas machine, were developed. Titan became operational in 1964 and EDSAC 2 was retired the following year. In 1967, a full multi-user time-shared service for up to 64 users was inaugurated on Titan. In 1953, the Mathematical Laboratory offered the world's first postgraduate taught course in computer science. In 1970, the Mathematical Laboratory was renamed the Computer Laboratory, with separate departments for Teaching and Research and the Computing Service, providing computing services to the university and its colleges; the two did not separate until 2001, when the Computer Laboratory moved out to the new William Gates building in West Cambridge, off Madingley Road, leaving behind an independent Computing Service.

In 2002, the Computer Laboratory launched the Cambridge Computer Lab Ring, a graduate society named after the Cambridge Ring network. On 30 June 2017, the Cambridge University Reporter announced that the Computer Laboratory would change its name to the Department of Computer Science and Technology from 1 October 2017, to reflect the broadened scope of its purpose and activities; the Department offers a 3-year undergraduate course and a 1-year masters course. Recent research has focused on virtualisation, usability, formal verification, formal semantics of programming languages, computer architecture, natural language processing, wireless networking, biometric identification, positioning systems and sustainability. Members have been involved in the creation of many successful UK IT companies such as Acorn, ARM, nCipher and XenSource; as of 2016 the lab employed 19 Professors: Notable ones are Other staff include Robert Watson and Markus Kuhn Former staff include: The lab has been led by: 1949 Maurice Wilkes 1980 Roger Needham 1996 Robin Milner 1999 Ian Leslie 2004 Andy Hopper Members have made impact in computers, Turing machines, subroutines, computer networks, mobile protocols, programming languages, kernels, OS, virtualisation, location badge systems, etc.

Below is a list. A number of companies have been founded by staff and graduates, their names were featured in the new entrance in 2012. Some cited examples of successful companies are ARM, Aveva, CSR and Domino. One common factor they share is that key staff or founder members are "drenched in university training and research"; the Cambridge Computer Lab Ring was praised for its "tireless work" by Andy Hopper in 2012, at its tenth anniversary dinner

Combat Service Identification Badge

The Combat Service Identification Badge is a metallic heraldic device worn on the right side of the United States Army's Army Service Uniform that uniquely identifies a soldier's combat service with major U. S. Army formations. CSIB are silver or gold-colored metal and enamel devices that are 2 inches in height consisting of a design similar to the unit Shoulder Sleeve Insignia; the Combat Service Identification Badge is worn on the lower right pocket for male soldiers and on the right side parallel to the waistline for female soldiers. Soldiers can wear the CSIB on the new blue Army Service Uniform, Class A and Class B; the CSIB can not be worn on the discontinued Army Green Uniform. U. S. soldiers will continue to wear the subdued Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service on their right sleeve of the ACU blouse to denote combat service. The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service was worn on the Army Green "Class A" Uniform, until that uniform was discontinued in 2015; the CSIB is ranked fifth in the order of precedence for identification badges.

U. S. Army webpage on the Army Service Uniform CSIBs on Institute of Heraldry website Army Times article.