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A Quick Cheat Sheet of Common Terms

Sarah Sorensen O'Reilly Media ePub

Third-generation mobile network. The types of applications, capacity, and speed supported by the mobile network are based on the "generation" (G) of the network. 1G is an analog network and 2G is a digital personal communications service (PCS) network. Both are voice-centric, with the main difference in the voice quality, although 2.5G networks support some data services, such as mobile instant messages (IM) and push-to-talk (PTT) services. To date, most mobile broadband is offered via 3G networks, which offer improved voice quality, spectrum utilization, and additional data capacity. 3G networks typically support data stream rates of 314 Mbps. The next evolution is 4G mobile networks, which promise to deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps and are positioned to better support the applications and services of the near future than their hardwired brethren.

Software that combats the proliferation of unsolicited messages to reduce unwanted (junk) and dangerous email messages that contain malware.

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The Greatest Inventor

Dr. Joe Schwarcz ECW Press ePub

He holds 1,093 patents. His inventions ranged from an electric voting machine and the stock ticker to motion picture cameras and the phonograph. He produced the world’s first feature film and first storage battery, perfected kilns to make superior cement, and developed a process for extracting iron ore from the ground. Not bad for someone with only a few months of formal education. And that is all young Thomas Edison had! His mother, infuriated when her son was labeled as “addled” by his first teacher, had resolved to educate the boy at home. Mrs. Edison did a wonderful job, nurturing his love of learning, introducing him to the great works of literature, and encouraging him to study those things that interested him the most. As the man who grew to be perhaps the world’s greatest inventor later said, “My mother was the making of me. She understood me; she let me follow my bent.”

Most people don’t know that young Tom Edison’s first “bent” was chemistry! His passion was triggered by R. G. Parker’s book School of Natural Philosophy, which his mother gave him in 1857, when Edison was ten years old. The book described various experiments that could be done at home, and before long, Tom had built a chemistry lab in his basement. This is where he conducted his legendary experiment with friend Michael Oates. Edison thought that if his friend drank a mixture that would produce a gas in his stomach, he would be able to fly like a gasfilled balloon. Michael, gas and all, stayed put, and got sick. This put a crimp into Tom’s basement chemical investigations for a while, but soon he was back at it, albeit in a different location. On a train! At the age of twelve, young Edison got a job as a newsboy on the train that ran daily from Port Huron to Detroit, but didn’t know what to do during a five-hour layover before the train returned. He had managed to get permission to move the lab from his cellar aboard the baggage car so that he could continue his experiments. Everything was fine until a piece of white phosphorus burst into flame and set the baggage car on fire. The conductor had had enough of Tom’s foolery, and threw him and his chemicals off the train. In spite of this misadventure, Edison never lost his enthusiasm for chemistry, although he did become enchanted with the mechanical and electrical devices that would make his fame and fortune. But even here his chemical interest would come in handy!

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Villa Borghese & Northern Rome

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Villa Borghese & Northern Rome


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Getting to grips with genius at the lavish Museo e Galleria Borghese . Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures are the star of the show, but look out for Antonio Canova’s racy depiction of the voluptuous Paolina Bonaparte.

Strolling the leafy lanes of Rome’s most famous park, Villa Borghese .

Catching a world-class concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica .

Applauding the sophistication of Etruscan art at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia .

Going face to face with the greats of modern art at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna .

Although less packed with traditional sights than elsewhere, this large swath of northern Rome is well worth investigating. The obvious starting point is Villa Borghese, an attractive park counting the city’s zoo, its largest modern art gallery and a stunning Etruscan museum among its myriad attractions. But its pièce de résistance is the Museo e Galleria Borghese, one of Rome’s top art galleries. The park is easily explored on foot.

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1. Pietà, 1565-1570.

Victoria Charles Parkstone International ePub

Le Grco naquit dans lle de Crte, aux alentours de 1541, probablement dans le village de Fodele, prs de la ville de Candie. Il fut lun de ces nombreux jeunes gens qui venaient des les rejoindre Venise, leurs ans, dj riches et considrs. Autour de lglise de San Giorgio, ces Grecs formaient une colonie de plus de quatre mille mes. Verriers, miniaturistes, enlumineurs, ils taient les gardiens des traditions byzantines. On a justement rapproch la palette du Grco, o le blanc et le noir dominent, de celle des vieux artistes byzantins, telle que la dcrit un clbre manuscrit du mont Athos. Un des premiers documents attests que nous possdons sur cet artiste mystrieux est une lettre o le vieil enlumineur Giulio Clovio, un tranger lui aussi (dorigine dalmate), demandait au cardinal Alexandre Farnse daccorder un logement dans son palais de Rome  un jeune Candiote, lve du Titien et qui est un bon peintre . Au palais Farnse, le Grco peignit de trs bons exercices dcole. On peut les voir dans les muses de Naples et de Parme, dans la collection Beruete, lEscurial et Londres ; les influences du Titien, du Tintoret, de Palma et du tout Venise sont saisissantes. Le Tintoret effectivement engendra le Grco ; certaines de leurs toiles peuvent indiffremment tre attribues lun ou lautre. Mais regardons mieux : chacun deux a son me, ou plutt chacun deux travaille pour une civilisation dtermine. Prenons conscience des transformations que la dvotion espagnole a fait subir au tableau de saintet italien. Chez le Grco, il y a un sentiment dvot, une puissance chrtienne que le Tintoret ne possde en aucune manire. A la Scuola San Rocco, tout est dramatique, mouvant au possible, nullement religieux. Un des plus nobles tableaux qui existent, une des beauts du monde, Les Femmes jouant de la musique (du Tintoret) est une merveille paenne, le type de ces Concerts que nous connaissons Paris par le sublime Giorgione, la plus complte reprsentation du nu. Quest-ce que lEspagne quasi musulmane pouvait bien en faire ? Dun paganisme blouissant, elle tira avec aisance un christianisme asctique. Aussi avons-nous tenu donner parmi les illustrations de ce volume une sainte Madeleine, pour quon la compare aux Madeleine italiennes, et surtout ce tableau bizarre o lon croyait jadis reconnatre une vision de lApocalypse : LOuverture du cinquime sceau. Il faut y voir en ralit une forme espagnole du jugement de Pris. Cest lme fidle qui voit les tentations lui apparatre. Il est incroyable que les formes paennes panouies de Venise aient pu si aisment fournir une expression la terrible et resserre Tolde. Le Grco, toute sa vie, employa les techniques dart que le Tintoret lui avait mis en main.

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Chapter 5: Proceed to El Paso: The Rangers and Prizefighting

Harold J. Weiss Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 5



There was trouble in Dallas.

A prize fight had been scheduled, and since there was a state law making ring encounters illegal, the town was divided against itself over whether the affair should come off as planned. Fearing serious disturbances on fight night, some of those among the citizenry had asked the governor to send

Texas Rangers.

And so, on the day of the event Captain Bill McDonald, lanky, whitemustached state trooper, who spoke with a slow drawl in his voice, dropped off the train in Dallas. He was met by the mayor. His Honor was glad to see the

Captain, but he appeared worried as he looked up and down the platform.

“Where,” he asked, “are your Rangers?”

“Hell!” exclaimed Captain McDonald, “you’ve only got one prize

fight, haven’t you?”1

Unlike the legendary “one-Ranger-one-riot” story, Captain

McDonald did not come alone to El Paso to stop a prizefight in

February 1896. The Rangers came en masse. The chief executive of the state of Texas gave the order. In the midst of the dispute about holding the prizefight, Governor Culberson summed up his feelings of opposition to such an event in a succinct message to Adjutant General Mabry: “I will see it through.”2

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