Troubletwisters is an ongoing series of young adult fantasy novels by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. The first novel in the series, Troubletwisters was released on May 1, 2011 through Scholastic Press and Allen & Unwin. Williams and Nix have stated; the series follows siblings Jaide and Jack as they discover that they are both "troubletwisters" and as such, possess strange abilities. Unaware of this fact, this revelation becomes apparent after they are sent to Portland to live with a grandmother they've never met after their house is destroyed in an explosion neither of them can explain. Once there, their lives grow stranger as they continue to experience strange magical scenarios and beings, they discover what it means to be troubletwisters, that it is up to them to defeat The Evil. The Magic The Monster The Mystery The Missing Critical reception for the series has been positive, with Cory Doctorow calling the first entry "as marvellous as its pedigree suggests". A reviewer for NorthJersey.com commented that the first volume's story was frustrating, as some plot elements were overly dragged out with "worn excuses" relating to the age and inexperience of the two main characters.
Booklist gave a positive review for The Monster, writing that "hile the resolution is a little too easy, it will satisfy most readers." Garth Nix at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Official Site for Garth Nix Sean Williams at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Official website for Sean Williams Official TroubleTwisters website
Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, is an American recording artist. He is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds. In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die's hit single "Po Pimp", produced by The Legendary Traxster, Twista signed with Big Beat and Atlantic Records, where he released his third album Adrenaline Rush and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz, in 1998, his 2004 album Kamikaze reached the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart, after the success of the Billboard Hot 100 #1 single "Slow Jamz". Carl Mitchell grew up in the K-Town area of the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago and began rapping when he was 12. In 1992, Mitchell released his first album called Runnin' Off at da Mouth under the name Tung Twista, his second album, titled Resurrection, was set to be released in 1994, but due to problems with his record label at the time Atlantic Records and marketing issues involving fellow Chicago rapper Common's album of the same name, the album was only released in the city of Chicago and thus got little national attention.
In 1996 he teamed with Chicago producer The Legendary Traxster and Cwal's Do or Die on the track "Po Pimp" produced by The Legendary Traxster, which became a hit single. This led to a Cwal's label deal with Atlantic Records, which released Adrenaline Rush in 1997. Twista had by dropped the "Tung" from his stage name. Adrenaline Rush became Twista's first charting album, as it peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 200; the album spawned a Billboard Hot 100 hit in "Get It Wet" produced by The Legendary Traxster, which peaked at #96. In 1998 Twista teamed with other Chicago area rappers to form the Speedknot Mobstaz, they released their first album, Mobstability produced by The Legendary Traxster, in 1998. Twista formed his own Legit Ballin' label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001. The label released Respect The Game, Vol. 3 in 2002 and Volume 4: Tha Truth in 2006. In 2000, Twista collaborated with Ruff Ryders and Drag-On on the Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 2 album, on the track "Twisted Heat."
Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his album Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart, its first single "Slow Jamz", featured West and Jamie Foxx and became a number-one hit in the US. Other singles included "Overnight Celebrity" and "So Sexy"; the remix of the song "Jook Gal" by Elephant Man featured Twista and the YoungBloodZ. The Kamikaze album and its singles gave Twista a new level of success and rose his profile within the rap community. Twista's album The Day After was released in 2005, it featured the hit singles "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz, "Hit the Floor" featuring Pitbull, "So Lonely" featuring Mariah Carey. His next album, Adrenaline Rush 2007 came out in 2007, its singles were "Give it Up" featuring Pharrell and "Creep Fast" featuring T-Pain. This album sold poorly compared to Twista's earlier albums. Twista appeared on the single "Hell No" from Monica's album fall 2006 The Makings of Me.
In 2008, Twista launched a new record label called "Get Money Gang Entertainment" and the album Category F5 with the hit, "Wetter". In 2009, Twista appeared on the single "Legendary" with fellow Chicago rappers AK47 of Do or Die and Saurus and Bones. Twista released his eighth solo album entitled, The Perfect Storm on Nov 9, 2010; the first single from the album, "Make a Movie" produced by The Legendary Traxster, featuring Chris Brown, was released on August 24, 2010. Two buzz singles were released, "I Do" produced by Traxster and "Heat" produced by fellow Chicago producers NO I. D. and The Legendary Traxster. The album features artists such as Waka Flocka Flame, Tia London, Ray J, others. Production on the album is by The Legendary Traxster along with Streetrunner, Tight Mike and NO I. D.. Twista discussed his new documentary, directed by Vlad Yudin and the making of The Perfect Storm, including his belief that artists need to do more than just record songs and that they need to become more involved with the community around them.
A documentary film, Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista, was released in November 2010. In January 2013, Twista was featured in a remix of Lil Reese's song "Traffic"; as of 2013, Twista was working on his ninth studio album entitled Dark Horse. He was rumored to be in the works of signing a record deal with Kanye West's music label GOOD Music, although in an interview with HipHopDX Twista denied the rumor; the first single was "Throwin My Money", featuring R. Kelly and produced by Chris Millionaire. Twista appeared on the song "Jewels N Drugs" by Lady Gaga on the album ARTPOP. "It's Yours" featuring Tia London was released on May 6, 2014 as the second single of the aforementioned album. It was serviced to urban contemporary radio in the United States on May 2014 by Capitol Records. Dark Horse released on August 12, 2014. Twista is featured on the song "Gossip" from When Music Worlds Collide released in May 2015. Twista appeared on ABC's To Tell the Truth in 2017. Twista had a daughter with his ex-wife.
During the holiday season in 2010, Twista and his GMG team worked together with Chicago Food Bank's Produce mobile program to feed hungry people in the community. On March 24, 2016 Twista was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marij
Twister (roller coaster)
The Twister is a wooden roller coaster located at the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. It is a recreation of the famous "Mister Twister," a 1964 John C. Allen design. In 1998, Knoebels began a new wooden roller coaster project. Seeking to preserve another classic ride, the park looked into acquiring the defunct "Mister Twister", abandoned when the entire Elitch Gardens amusement park was relocated in Denver, Colorado; this time, when space constraints made physically relocating the ride impossible, Knoebels purchased the blueprints and set out to rebuild the roller coaster from scratch, modifying the design to fit the space available. For the new "Twister," ride designer John Fetterman created a modified mirror image of the original "Mister Twister" layout, compacting the ride but preserving the highlights of the old design and Allen's original mathematical model; these highlights included the large double helix, which now wraps around the ride's curved station, a large swoop curve at the top of the lift hill.
To keep the swoop curve in the new design, Fetterman created a split lift hill. To achieve this, the train climbs halfway up the structure on one lift hill, makes a 180-degree turn and finishes the climb on the second lift, stacked directly above the first one. While several roller coasters use more than one lift hill in their layout, Twister's zig-zag lift is unique. "Twister" opened on July 24, 1999. The first rides were auctioned off to raise just over $8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Taller and more intense than the "Phoenix" the coaster enjoys steady ridership and good rankings in roller coaster polls both formal and informal. Trains - 2 PTC, 24 passengers each Design - 1964 original and 1965 modifications - John C. Allen.
Twister is free software for experimental peer-to-peer microblogging. Being decentralized means that no one is able to shut it down, as there is no single point to attack; the system uses end-to-end encryption to safeguard communications. It is considered a Twitter clone. Twister is a Twitter-like microblogging platform that utilizes the same blockchain technology as Bitcoin, the file exchange method from BitTorrent, both based on P2P technologies. Twister is experimental software in alpha phase, implemented as a distributed file sharing system. User registration and authentication is provided by a Bitcoin-like network, so it is distributed and does not depend on any central authority. Distribution of posts uses Kademlia distributed hash table network and BitTorrent-like swarms, both provided by libtorrent. Included versions of both Bitcoin and libtorrent are patched, intentionally not interoperable with the existing networks. Miguel Freitas, aiming to build a censor-resistant public posting platform, began development on Twister in July 2013 to address the concerns of free speech and privacy.
He started to worry about the accessibility of that amount of information under the control of a single company under American jurisdiction. According to Freitas, Twitter has been the social network that has helped the most to promote democracy and to organize protests, as the magazine'Wired' claims, he believes that massive surveillance by the likes of the NSA makes it dangerous to provide personal information to the social networks that exist. For this reason he decided to build a new system based on privacy-preserving technology. Freitas used to believe that in the future, social networks would be based on decentralized protocols and with no central point of control, but on learning that existing social networks were massively compromised by the state he began to take action with the development an alternative service based on Twitter. After a while and his developer, Lucas Leal, considered the alpha version of the application for Android, Linux and OS X; the versions for Windows and iPhone aren’t planned, since it is open source, any of them is free to migrate the application for other operating systems.
Though the project is in this moment in alpha phase, Brian Armstrong, co-founder of Coinbase, believes that it is a great example of how the open protocol of Bitcoin can be used with diverse purposes. Twister is a decentralized system, but instead of other networks of this kind, it doesn't require you to use your own server or doesn’t require you to trust on a third one in order to use it, it works as a peer-to-peer program. This is achieved through the bitcoin protocol; the protocol handles the register of users and the accesses. In the same way the miners verify the transactions on the bitcoin network to secure that no one makes a double spent, Twister network verifies the users names and that the messages belonging to a specific user are from that user; the messages are driven through the BitTorrent protocol. This allows keeping a distribution system of a great number of messages along the network in a fast and efficient way. Since Twister uses end-to-end encryption, if intercepted the private direct messages cannot be read by any other person apart from the addressee.
The code used is the elliptic curve cryptography, used in Bitcoin. It is thought to give a security level similar to a RSA code of 3072 bits; the data isn’t stored anywhere, so it can’t be used by any other cut. As a consequence, if you lose your entry password, it is impossible for you to access your private messages; because it is a peer-to-peer system, there isn’t a central server from which your publications may be compiled. As Freitas explains, the system is designed in a way that the users can’t know if the other is online, their IP address, or what messages have been read; this information isn’t registered anywhere. Despite this, Freitas warns to the users that anonymity may not be total depending on the circumstances. Twister was developed under the Linux environment. Freitas has migrated the system to Android and OS X. Another long-term interesting objective would be moving the whole cryptographic code of the implementation to the interface of the user of the browser; this way, the users would be capable of accessing Twister through any client platform t
The Twister is a masthead rigged sloop, length 28 feet, beam 8 feet 1 inch, draft 5 feet. It has a full length keel and a full-depth transom-hung rudder, tiller steered. Total displacement is about 10,000 lb; this sailing yacht was designed in 1963 by the English yacht architect C. R. Holman. Kim Holman was born in Cornwall and established himself as a yacht designer on the English East Coast after World War II. On request of one of his clients he designed a small sailing yacht, optimised for the rating rule at that time, with lines inspired by the Folkboat; the new design was baptised "Stella", was so successful in races that several were built in wood. After a few years demand came for a yacht with the same looks, but with more length and seaworthiness, while still keeping the same rating as the Stella. Holman met this challenge and called his design "Twister", because he felt he had advantageously'twisted' the rules for measurement of racing yachts, which are used to define their handicap when racing.
The name reflected a popular dance of those days. In her first year, the original Twister "Twister of Mersea" won all her races on the East Coast racing circuit; as a result of this many Twisters were built in the following years. The early Twisters were built in wood with a GRP hull and a large series in GRP. More than 200 Twisters were built until production stopped in the early eighties. Most Twisters nowadays are used for cruising, although they have bunks for four crew, they provide ample, cosy accommodation for two people; the Twister is a "modern classic". Most of them have their homeport in the U. K. or Ireland but they are found around the world. There is an active Twister Class Association with a used website. Twister Class Association
A spinal lock is a multiple joint lock applied to the spinal column, performed by forcing the spine beyond its normal ranges of motion. This is done by bending or twisting the head or upper body into abnormal positions. Spinal locks might strain the spinal musculature or result in a mild spinal sprain, while a forcefully and/or applied spinal lock may cause severe ligament damage or damage to the vertebrae, result in serious spinal cord injury, strokes, or death. Spinal locks and cervical locks are forbidden in IBJJF Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions, amateur MMA, multiple forms of no Gi Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts. However, professional MMA and some Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions do permit spinal locks and neck cranks, such moves are trained in various MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools. Spinal locks can be separated into two categories based on their primary area of effect on the spinal column: spinal locks on the neck are called neck cranks, locks on the lower parts of the spine are called spine cranks.
A neck crank is a spinal lock applied to the cervical spine causing hyperextension, lateral hyperflexion, hyperrotation or extension-distraction. This happens either through twisting or elongating. A neck crank is applied by pulling or twisting the head beyond its normal ranges of rotation. Neck cranks are banned from sports competitions, with notable exceptions in combat sports such as submission wrestling and mixed martial arts, where they are used as submission holds or as a guard passing technique; the can opener is a hyperflexing neck crank that can be applied from the opponent's guard or from a mounted position, by grabbing the opponent's head using the hands, forcing it towards the chest of the opponent. If applied in a competition it may force the opponent to submit; this may refer to a type of neck compression employed from a rear mount position in which the back of the thumbs are used to drive into the neck starting from the high trapezius muscle toward the sternocleidomastoid muscles, causing severe discomfort, submission.
As of 2006, this is permitted in shiai as long as the judoka's thumbs remain straight, not bent. Its most common uses are to open up an opponent's chin for shime-waza or as a diversionary tactic; the cattle catch is a hyperflexing neck crank involving trapping the opponent's hands and forcing the head towards his or her chest. The technique is performed with the opponent lying on his or her back, the combatant performing the neck crank perpendicularly face-down in a side mount position above the head of the opponent, with the opponent's head resting towards his armpit; the combatant traps one arm using the legs, the other using the arms. By using the pinned arms and legs as a point of leverage, the combatant can forcefully crank the head towards the opponent's chest; the crucifix neck crank is similar to the cattle catch, but involves the combatant performing the neck crank being mounted on the opponent. Both of the opponent's arms are controlled, the opponent's head is held in the armpit. By cranking the body upwards while keeping a tight hold on the opponents arms, the opponents head is forced towards his or her chest.
Both the cattle catch and the crucifix neck crank are colloquially referred to as the crucifix, which leads to confusion with the traditional crucifix position. The twister is a sideways body bend and neck crank, which involves forcing the head towards the shoulder while controlling the body, hence causing lateral hyperflexion of the cervical spine; the technique involves tension in several body parts, depending on the flexibility of the recipient, can involve pain in the knees and torso. The twister is confused as being a spine crank since it involves a degree of lateral non-cervical spinal flexion; the main pressure is however on the cervical spine. It is performed from a back mount single vine ride position, where the top man has one "hook" threaded through the bottom man's legs and secured behind the ankle; the top man pulls the bottom man's opposite arm behind his own head and grabs hold of his opponent's head, pulling it down to his shoulder. Popularized by Eddie Bravo and the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu system.
On March 26, 2011 Chan Sung Jung finished Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night: Seattle in round 2 of their fight using a twister, the first, as of 2019, the only twister finish in UFC history. Prior to this, Shuichiro Katsumura defeated Hiroyuki Yamashiro with a twister in ZST 20 on May 24, 2009. On December 31, 2014, Shinya Aoki scored a first-round twister win over Yuki Yamamoto at Inoki Genome Federation's Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014. At the 2015 ADCC tournament in São Paulo, Vinny Magalhaes submitted Rodrigo Artilheiro in the quarterfinals using a twister. Angela Lee defeated Natalie Hills by a Twister at One FC: Pride of Lions. Facing opponent as though leveraging a guillotine, however cross facing the individual and rotating their head laterally, creating an dangerous hyperflexion of the neck sideways when hips are leveraged and the cross face is pulled up, attempting to apply extreme pressure and damage to the cervical vertebrae. A spine crank is a spinal lock. A spine crank is applied by twisting or bending the upper body beyond its normal ranges of motion, causing hyperextension, hyperflex
Twister...Ride it Out
Twister... Ride It Out was a special effects attraction located at Universal Studios Florida, based on the 1996 film Twister, it opened on May 4, 1998, replacing the Ghostbusters Spooktacular attraction in the New York area of the park. The attraction was hosted by actors Bill Helen Hunt, who starred in the original film; the attraction closed on November 2, 2015 and replaced with Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which opened on April 6, 2017. The attraction took guests to a small mock-up of the Oklahoma town of Wakita. Video monitors show home movies of signs carry information about the Fujita Scale; as guests walked into Soundstage 50, the opening scene from the film was shown on a video screen. When the scene ended, Twister stars Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt appeared on television to talk about their experiences filming the movie. Guests next walked into a new room, a model of Aunt Meg's damaged house after the twister; as guests walked into the kitchen, televisions are seen impaled into the wall, as if by tremendous force.
Paxton and Hunt appear on the televisions and talk about. The moment they finish, the televisions started to static, after the static, the channel changes to Channel 5, with a weather anchor issuing a tornado warning in the area the guests are in. Staff members with red emergency lights will move the lights to now opening doors while a message is playing telling you to get out of the house, at the same time sirens can be heard, they are led onto a set resembling the drive-in theater scene in the movie. The guests line up on a tiered observation platform under a corrugated metal roof, overlooking a real sound stage outdoor scene featuring a view of a rural drive-in theater and the rocket hamburgers diner at dusk as dark clouds roll overhead. A tree gets struck by lightning, scenes from The People Under the Stairs appear on the movie screen, sirens sound and winds in the room get stronger! As well as rain falling from the sky. A small flash light can be seen inside the rocket hamburgers a couple of feet away, as well as voices of family within the restaurant screaming to get in.
A projected tornado drops from the sky in the background. As it forms getting closer, the tornado turns and destroys the drive-in theater. Another tornado would appear on stage five stories tall and twelve feet wide, the glass on the rocket Hamburgers window shatters as the guests would be squirted with water from behind. Dorothy flies by as lightning crashes inside Eric's garage. After that happens a cow flies by the guests, as this couldn't get any worse the roof of the observation platform threatens to tear off being pulled upwards; as the Dodge Ram slides towards the gas tanks with the force of the tornado pulling it hits one of the gas tanks as gasoline liquid drains out as well as sparks, fire forms up reaching the tornado which causes a fireball three stories high to erupt. As the twister dies out, the roof falls down above the guests and the floor gives a sudden drop, giving guests a final scare. Bill Paxton thanks everyone for surviving twister directing them to exit to their left through the "Aftermath" gift shop.
To simulate a tornado, Universal Parks & Resorts entered talks with tornado meteorologists to discover the actual sights and feel of the experience. Universal planned to open the attraction in March 1998. Due to this, the opening was delayed until May 4, 1998. During summer of 2008, the queue was pushed outside due to construction of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, where the roller coaster blasts through the firehouse façade; the ride involved the closure of the Boneyard in September 2008, the moving of the Blue Man Group pathway in November 2008. This was to make room for the Universal Music Plaza Stage and the entrance of Hollywood Rip, Rockit. On February 16, 2009, the attraction began operating only during peak seasons. However, it was re-opened by Universal on March 2009 due to guest demand. On October 27, 2015, it was announced that Twister... Ride it Out would be closing on November 1, 2015 to make room for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. List of amusement rides based on film franchises Retired attractions at Universal Orlando Twister...
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