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White Dwarf (magazine)

White Dwarf is a magazine published by British games manufacturer Games Workshop, which has long served as a promotions and advertising platform for Games Workshop and Citadel Miniatures products. During the first ten years of its publication, it covered a wide variety of fantasy and science-fiction role-playing games and board games the role playing games Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, RuneQuest and Traveller; these games were all distributed by Games Workshop stores. The magazine underwent a major change in content in the late 1980s, it is now dedicated to the miniature wargames produced by Games Workshop. Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone produced a newsletter called Owl and Weasel, which ran for twenty-five issues from February 1975 before it evolved into White Dwarf. Scheduled for May/June 1977, White Dwarf was first published one month later; the magazine had a bimonthly schedule, with an initial print run of 4,000. White Dwarf continued the fantasy and science fiction role-playing and board-gaming theme developed in Owl and Weasel.

Due to the increase in available space, there was an opportunity to produce reviews and scenarios to a greater depth than had been possible in Owl and Weasel. During the early 1980s the magazine focused in the'big three' role playing games of the time: AD&D, RuneQuest and Traveller. In addition to this a generation of writers passed through its offices and onto other RPG projects in the next decade, such as Phil Masters and Marcus L. Rowland. One huge attraction of the magazine was its incorporation of mini-game scenarios, capable of completion in a single night's play, rather than the mega-marathon games typical of the off the shelf campaigns; this would be in the form of an attractive and interesting single task for either existing or new characters to resolve. These could either be slipped into existing campaign plots, or be used stand-alone, just for a fun evening, were grasped by those familiar with RPG rules. During this period the magazine included lots of features such as the satirical comic strip Thrud the Barbarian and Dave Langford's "Critical Mass" book review column, as well as a comical advertising series "The Androx Diaries", always had cameos and full scenarios for a broad selection of the most popular games of the time, as well as a more rough and informal editorial style.

In the mid-late 1980s, there was a repositioning from being a general periodical covering all aspects and publishers within the hobby niche to a focus exclusively on Games Workshop's own products and publications. The last Dungeons and Dragons article appeared in issue 93, with the changeover being complete by issue #102. In this respect it took over some of the aspects of the Citadel Journal, an intermittent publication that supported the Warhammer Fantasy Battle game; the magazine has always been a conduit for new rules and ideas for GW games as well as a means to showcase developments. It includes scenarios, hobby news, photos of released miniatures and tips on building terrain and constructing or converting miniatures. Grombrindal the White Dwarf is a special character for the Dwarf army, whose rules are published only in certain issues of White Dwarf, it is never stated who the White Dwarf is, but it is implied that he is the spirit of Snorri Whitebeard, the last king of the Dwarfs to receive respect from an Elf.

The image of the White Dwarf has graced the covers of many issues of the magazine. The image was used on the character sheet for the Dwarf character in HeroQuest. In December 2004, White Dwarf published its 300th issue in the United North America; each issue contained many special "freebies" as well as articles on the history of the magazine and the founding of Games Workshop. The monthly battle reports are a regular feature. Battle reports detail a battle between two or more forces with their own specific victory conditions; the reports follow the gamers through their army selection and deployment, through the battle to their respective conclusions. The format varies - ranging from a simplified, generalized style to a more detailed and visual style; the page count of the US and UK publications was different with substantial differences in actual amount of content and each magazine had substantial overlap with the other as well as unique articles. In June 2010 Andrew Kenrick replaced Mark Latham as editor.

Andrew had been sub-editor, as well as sub-editing other Games Workshop material such as the most recent edition of Codex: Space Marines. As of the October 2012 issue, White Dwarf has been redesigned with a new 9 member production staff with Matthew Hutson, Kris Shield and Andrew Kenrick continuing from the previous version and 6 new members including Jes Bickham as the new editor. Jes has edited the Battle Games in Middle-earth magazine. White Dwarf continued to be published on a monthly basis until issue #409, January 2014. On 1 February 2014, the magazine moved to a 32 page format, published weekly and renumbered from issue 1. Warhammer Visions, a monthly sister title was launched at the same time, in a format favoring the imagery over text; the weekly version of White Dwarf lasted for 131 issues and in September 2016 the magazine returned to its monthly format subsuming Warhammer Visions. In the early 1980s, mail-order subscriber copies of White Dwarf received a small companion magazine Black Sun edited

USS Kate (1864)

USS Kate was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways. Kate was built as Kate B. Porter at Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, in 1864, was purchased at Cincinnati, Ohio, by the Navy from J. B. Porter & Son, 23 December 1864. Kate's first duty was patrolling the Mississippi River from Mound City to Memphis, during the closing days of the Civil War; the tinclad gunboat was ordered downstream 28 April 1865 to intercept Confederate President Jefferson Davis in his flight toward freedom in exile. After his capture, she returned up the river to assist in the demobilization of the squadron. After the war, she was sent to the Tennessee River to clear away the hulks of a number of sunken gunboats and barges. In August she was ordered to Jefferson Barracks Reserve to discharge her ordnance and to assist in disarming other vessels. One of the last vessels in the Mississippi River to remain on naval duty, she decommissioned at Mound City 25 March 1866 and was sold at public auction there 4 days later.

The gunboat was redocumented James J. Trover 12 April 1866 and stranded 300 miles below Fort Benton, Montana, 21 June 1867; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here

Beyond the Mat (Supernatural)

"Beyond the Mat" is the 15th episode of the paranormal drama television series Supernatural's season 11, the 233rd overall. The episode was directed by Jerry Wanek, it was first broadcast on February 24, 2016 on The CW. In the episode and Dean investigate the case of the death of one of their favorite wrestlers, which may involve another wrestler; the episode received positive reviews with critics praising the humor and the guest stars. After one of their favorite wrestlers commits suicide and Dean go to pay their respects only for a man at the wrestling show to get murdered with a strange symbol etched into his body; the two figure out that they are dealing with a demon, collecting souls, but find that none of the wrestlers are possessed. One of the wrestlers, Harley, is kidnapped by one of his fellow wrestlers, Gunner Lawless, working for a crossroads demon, collecting souls to create his own "nest egg" with the appearance of the Darkness and the return of Lucifer; the demon overpowers the orders Lawless to kill Dean.

Lawless explains that he had made a deal ten years before and the demon had promised to spare his life if he did its bidding. Dean is able to convince Lawless to help and Lawless frees Dean and kills the demon. Sam and Dean leave as Lawless faces the hellhounds now after him and Dean is now more determined than to stop Lucifer and Amara and save Castiel. At the same time, Lucifer searches for another Hand of God with no luck. Crowley escapes with the help of another demon and leads her to where he has stashed the Rod of Aaron; the demon turns out to be working for Lucifer, but Crowley expends the Rod's power trying to kill Lucifer and is forced to flee. The episode was watched by 1.85 million viewers with a 0.7/2 share among adults aged 18 to 49. This was a 7% decrease in viewership from the previous episode, watched by 1.98 million viewers from a 0.8/2 share in the 18-49 demographics. 0.7 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode, while 2 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it.

Supernatural ranked as the second most watched program on The CW behind Arrow. "Beyond the Mat" received positive reviews from critics. Matt Fowler of IGN gave the episode a "great" 8.0 out of 10 and wrote in her verdict, "'Beyond the Mat' was sort of awkwardly forced on us, but it still managed to make its own fun. The demon murder plot sort of fizzled, but the Winchester's shared love of wrestling was enough to save it, and The Miz was a good hand too."Hunter Bishop of TV Overmind gave the episode a 2.5-star rating out of 5 and wrote, "Jared and Jensen were the best parts, they made an unremarkable episode bearable. The look Sam gives as a tequila-sloshwed Dean struggles to his feet is priceless. Jensen killed it with his child-like desires at the wrestling match. Jared's line read about Dean describing their jobs was perfect; this is the most functional episode of TV made. It marches towards its conclusion with inevitability, gets there in a believable fashion, but that's about at all. It's a long season.

They can’t all be home runs."Samantha Highfill of EW stated: "Well, if you were hoping for more of Casifer, you got it. And if you were hoping to watch Sam and Dean fanboy out... you got that, too. Casifer said'phallic,' and Sam and Dean got to remember a time in their childhood when they did something fun with their father. So I'm going to call this week a win."Sean McKenna from TV Fanatic, gave a 3-star rating out of 5, stating: "This was a fair episode, but there wasn't anything that had me overly excited. If anything, I'm pleased to see the Hand of God story continue and glad that Sam and Dean got to have a little fun."MaryAnn Sleasman of TV.com wrote, "Nope, nope.'Beyond the Mat' may have given us fanboy Winchesters, it may have busted Crowley out of his kennel, but with an awkward ending and a plot that went nowhere, I can't say that this was the note Supernatural needed to go out on for its mini-hiatus. It's true that we can't get enough nuggets of Winchester childhood trauma, the realization that their's was a nauseating cross between Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Doomsday Preppers, Ghost Adventures is both heartbreaking and hilarious, but Sam and Dean's strolls down memory lane have been done before—and done better—with enough frequency that not our favorite form of filler could save this... this this."Becky Lea of Den of Geek wrote, "An episode of two halves, Beyond The Mat manages to succeed more than it fails, but the feeling that the season has been stalling somewhat continues.

Still, it's worth it for the sight of Dean trying out his wrestling moves."

Choose Your Weapon

Choose Your Weapon is the second studio album by Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, first released in 1 May 2015 through Flying Buddha and Sony Masterworks. Following the release of the band's debut album Tawk Tomahawk and their first Grammy nomination, Hiatus Kaiyote went on to tour throughout 2014. Over the span of two years, recording sessions took place in the United States. Choose Your Weapon is a neo soul album that takes influence from a variety of genres including jazz, soul, R&B, progressive rock, West African funk, samba and Latin grooves. Thematically, the album's songs touch upon topics such as the supernatural and death. All members of the band contributed lyrics and production, while Salaam Remi, the founder of Flying Buddha, served as the album's executive producer. Upon release, the album was met with universal acclaim from music critics, who praised the album's production and musical structure, was named as one of the year’s best albums; the album debuted at # 22 on the Australian albums chart.

The song "Breathing Underwater" was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards. The band began receiving attention in 2013, when they were nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for their song "Nakamarra", performed with Q-Tip, but lost out to Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway's recording "Something". In 2014, the band joined forces with hip hop artist Remi, the multi-faceted Kirkis, producer Silent Jay and vocalist Jace XL to embark on an Australia-wide tour titled'The Sonic Architects National Conference'. Three additional backing vocalists: Jace and Jay Jay were added for this tour. During the tour Hiatus Kayiote met Taylor McFerrin, whom they credit for bringing them international attention after catching the last part of Hiatus' set in January 2014. Not long after, Hiatus Kayiote was playing on air in Los Angeles and soon came to the attention of Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors, Erykah Badu. Recording sessions for the album took place in Australia and the United States at various studios including Ghost Oak Studios in Mornington Peninsula, Headshell Hideout, Oakland Studios, Sound Park Studios, Willow Grove Studios all in Melbourne and Instrument Zoo in Miami.

Nai Palm served as the album's writer, vocalist and keyboard provider, Paul Bender provided guitar and programming, Simon Mavin provided keyboards and percussion alongside Perrin Moss who provided keyboards and percussion. Lead vocalist Nai Palm described the album as an "extension" of their debut, stated she and the band had no intention to make a one genre body of work. During the recording the band wanted to pay tribute to the format of a mixtape, so they incorporated a range of interludes; when recording the album the band wanted to create a body of work, not "temporary" stating that. The band recorded the songs individually and put them in order with the interludes. All the album's tracks were written by Nai Palm; the interludes were written and produced when the band would gather and just be "vibing as musicians." Some of the songs on the album– like “Fingerprints”– were written when she was 16 and “Jekyll” was one of the first songs she wrote. "Breathing Underwater" is a song that Palm wrote when the band were on tour.

Choose Your Weapon is a neo soul album consisting of eighteen tracks, lasting seventy minutes. The album's production is characterised as being filled with "brain-liquifying synth-grooves, arousingly-unsettling time signature shifts," and "agile polyrhythms." The album's music was described as not being one genre but instead taking a variety of influences from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, soul, R&B, West African funk and Latin. Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! Described the album's sound as containing "elements of late'90s, early'00s neo-soul: kick snares, electronic organ and bass guitar."Andy Kellman of Allmusic described the album as being more refined than that of the band's debut, Kellman described the album as being built on "vocal melodies and guitar wriggles sneak up and tickle the ears, burbling electronics mingle with spiny acoustic guitars, time signatures abruptly switch and stun." The album's lyrical content touches upon various themes including natural and supernatural topics as well as speaking about technological subjects.

Other songs on the album speak of a more personal subject matter, "By Fire," is a burial song inspired in part by Palm's father's house-fire death. Upon release Choose Your Weapon was met with critical acclaim. Review aggregator Metacritic has given the album a normalized rating of 87 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating'universal acclaim'. AllMusic praised the album's genre mixture. HipHopDX praised the album's ability to create "fresh" soul from different "angles", the reviewer continued to call Choose Your Weapon as one of the year’s best albums; the A. V. Club commended the album's complexity and structure, stating the album's music bolts "in unexpected directions just as they seem to settle into a groove." Clash Music praised the album's "vibrant and uninhibited" nature, but felt the interludes were unnecessary and "only act as murky limbos between its better parts." When reviewing the album The Guardian stated "Listening to Choose Your Weapon can hover between delirium and frustration and outright annoyance in the same beat."

Exclaim called the album "a so

Ulf Dageby

Ulf Thorbjörn Dageby is a Swedish rock musician and songwriter. Dageby is known for his role in the leftist "rock orchestra" and theater ensemble Nationalteatern. At the 18th Guldbagge Awards he won the Special Achievement award, he was born and grew up in Gothenburg, attended secondary school at Hvitfeldtska and early on his interest in music grew from jazz music, through Bob Dylan to a more rock’n’roll oriented sound. He joined Nationalteatern in 1971 as guitar player and soon became the leading member when it came to writing the group's songs, such as "Barn av vår tid" and "Bara om min älskade väntar", a Swedish translation of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a long time". In 1975 Dageby appeared under the pseudonym "Sillstryparn" at the "Alternativfestival – an alternative to the Eurovision song contest – performing "Doin the omoralisk schlagerfestival", he was one of the main songwriters in the Tältprojektet, a musical theater performance on the history of the Swedish working class, which toured the country the summer of 1977.

Dageby made his debut as a solo artist in 1983 with the album En dag på sjön, in addition to his solo work and the many reunions with Nationalteatern Dageby has written much music for Swedish film and television. For a more comprohensive list see:Nationalteatern discography1972 – Ta det som ett löfte.....ta det inte som ett hot 1974 – Livet är en fest 1976 – Kåldolmar och Kalsipper 1977 – Vi kommer leva igen 1978 – Barn av vår tid 1979 – Rockormen 1980 – Rövarkungens ö 1991 – Nationalteatern rockorkester LIVE 2006 – Nationalteatern rockorkester LIVE 1983 – En dag på sjön 1984 – Lata rika 1986 – Minnen från jorden 1989 – Känsliga soldater 1981 – Togges Gossar. Målbrott 1997 – Beck 1997 – Beck – Mannen med ikonerna 1997 – Beck – Pensionat Pärlan 1997 – Slussen 1997 – Beck – Spår i mörker 1998 – Beck – The Money Man 1998 – Beck – Monstret 1998 – Beck – Vita nätter 1998 – Beck – Öga för öga 2001 – Kommissarie Winter – Sol och skugga 2003 – Om jag vänder mig om Official MySpace Nationalteatern's website Nationalteaterns MySpace

Billy S.

"Billy S." is a song recorded by Canadian musician Skye Sweetnam. It was released as her debut major label single in 2003, was the first single from her album, Noise From the Basement; the song was featured on the soundtrack to the movie How to Deal. The song's title, "Billy S." stands for Billy Shakespeare, a reference to William Shakespeare, whom Skye refers to throughout the song. Sweetnam thought that the title "Billy Shakespeare" was too long, decided to shorten it; the music video for Billy S. filmed in Southern California, features Skye Sweetnam recording herself singing into a hand held camera. The video goes on to show Sweetnam editing the video on a computer; the video features scenes from the movie How to Deal. Skye is shown, while making her video, gathering a group of people for the purpose of throwing a party and skipping school, walking triumphantly past the bus; the video for Billy S. received regular airplay on MuchMusic and YTV. "Billy S." – 2:14 "Wild World" – 2:37 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics