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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Direct2D is a 2D and vector graphics application programming interface (API) designed by Microsoft and implemented in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and also Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (with Platform Update installed). Direct2D offers high quality and fast performance while maintaining interoperability with GDI/GDI+ APIs and Direct3D/DirectDraw APIs. It can take advantage of hardware acceleration through compatible graphics cards. Direct2D is a native code API based on C++ which can be called by managed code and uses a "lightweight COM" approach just like Direct3D, with minimal amount of abstraction. However, unlike Direct3D and similarily to GDI/GDI+ and WPF, Direct2D is an "immediate mode" rendering API with simple BeginDraw/Draw/EndDraw calls; Direct2D has no concept of a "scene" and does not use retained tree structures, and the rendering state is preserved between drawing calls.
Zachary Breaux (June 26, 1960 - February 20, 1997) was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.Zachary Breaux was born on June 26, 1960 in Port Arthur, Texas. He began playing at the age of 9 and after graduating from Lincoln High School, he studied music composition at North Texas State University. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent 6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Railways have played an important part in the history and development of the English county of Norfolk. It currently has thirty open National Rail stations, through there were once well over a hundred. Between 1959 and 1970 much of the network was closed, including more than two thirds of Norfolk's railway stations, several main lines and most of the branch lines - leaving only a core network in place. Several of the former routes have been re-opened as heritage lines such as the North Norfolk Railway and the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Torrejon Air Base (IATA: TOJ, ICAO: LETO) is a military airport in Spain near of Madrid. It was used by the United States Air Force until 1996. Now it is used as a military airport used the spanish air forces and as the commercial Madrid-Torrejon Airport. During the Cold War the facility was headquarters of the United States Air Forces in Europe Sixteenth Air Force as well as the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing. Aircraft based at Torrejon were rotated to other USAFE airbases at Aviano AB, Italy, and at Incirlik AB, Turkey. Torrejon was, in addition, a staging, reinforcement, and logistical airlift base. The USAF withdrew its forces on 21 May 1992.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Theory of Cognitive Development, is a comprehensive theory about the nature and development of human intelligence first developed by Jean Piaget. It is primarily known as a developmental stage theory, but in fact, it deals with the nature of knowledge itself and how humans come gradually to acquire it, construct it, and use it. Moreover; Piaget claims the idea that cognitive development is at the centre of human organism and language is contingent on cognitive development. Below, there is first a short description of Piaget's views about the nature of intelligence and then a description of the stages through which it develops until maturity.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Walcott is a small village and civil parish on the North Norfolk coast in England between Mundesley and Happisburgh. The name derives from the Celtic word Walecote, which means village by the wood. The village is 19.1 miles (30.7 km) north east of Norwich, 11.9 miles (19.2 km) south east of Cromer and 137 miles (220 km) north east of London. The village lies 5.6 miles (9.0 km) east of the town of North Walsham.The village is the only point where the B1159 (the coast road) actually runs along the edge of the sea. This makes it a popular stopping off point for day-trippers and storm watchers.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Banshee 350, manufacturer designation YFZ350, is a two-stroke All-Terrain Vehicle produced by Yamaha. It was manufactured in Japan and sold in the United States from 1987 to 2006, and holds the distinction of having the longest production run of any ATV.The yamaha banshee however has continued its production into 2009 in Canada and austraila. The Banshee utilized a unique power plant, a non-powervalved version of Yamaha's RZ350, giving it a distinctive sound and power that earned it a devout following in the ATV community. Differences between model years are minor, including color combinations, upper "J-arms" on early models (1987 to 1990) followed by "A-arms" on subsequent models, the addition of a brake light in late production machines (1998 and on), and minor differences in electrical connector styles. 1990: Rear bearing carrier was revised to carry 3 bearings, instead of the previous 2. 1992: Chain slack adjustment was revised.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Al-Kit b al-mukhta ar f h s b al- abr wa'l-muq bala (Arabic for "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing," in Arabic script ' '), also known under a shorter name spelled as Hisab al-jabr w'al-muqabala, Kitab al-Jabr wa-l-Muqabala and other transliterations) is a mathematical book written in Arabic, in approximately AD 820 by the Persian mathematician, Muhammad ibn M s al-Khw rizm .The term "algebra" is derived from the al- abr in the title of this book, which is considered the foundational text of modern algebra. The al- abr provided an exhaustive account of solving for the positive roots of polynomial equations up to the second degree, and introduced the fundamental methods of "reduction" and "balancing," referring to the transposition of subtracted terms to the other side of an equation, that is, the cancellation of like terms on opposite sides of the equation.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Voxel based morphometry (VBM) is a neuroimaging analysis technique that allows investigation of focal differences in brain anatomy, using the statistical approach of so-called statistical parametric mapping. In traditional morphometry, volume of the whole brain or its subparts is measured by drawing regions of interest (ROIs) on images from brain scanning and calculating the volume enclosed. However, this is time consuming and can only provide measures of rather large areas. Smaller differences in volume may be overlooked. VBM registers every brain to a template, which gets rid of most of the large differences in brain anatomy among people. Then the brain images are smoothed so that each voxel represents the average of itself and its neighbors. Finally, the image volume is compared across brains at every voxel.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rachel Allen: Bake! is an Irish cookery television show presented by Rachel Allen and broadcast on RTE One each Wednesday at 19:30. The first episode aired on 15 October 2008. Each episode was made available to watch online for 21 days after original transmission. In the United Kingdom, the show airs from time to time on the Good Food channel. Encouraged by her family, Allen went to the Ballymaloe Cookery School at the age of 18. After graduating from the school she cooked at the Ballymaloe House Hotel, eventually returning first to test recipes and then to teach at the school. She worked for a while as a caterer in Vancouver before returning again to teach at Ballymaloe
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, branded as Suntec Singapore, was officially opened on 30 August 1995 as part of the Suntec City development at Marina Centre in Singapore. Previously known as the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEe, its current name was adopted on 29 October 2001 as part of a rebranding exercise.With over 1 million square feet (93,000 m) of space, the centre is located in the central business district of Singapore. It has one of Asia's largest column-free space in the form of a multi-purpose convention hall with 12,000 square metres of space. The exhibition hall offers another 12,000 square metres of space, which can be subdivided into three smaller halls.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The fishing port and holiday resort of Cromer in the English county of Norfolk has had a rail service since 1877. It was served by three railway stations for many years, and is now served by two. Cromer Beach station, which opened in 1887, was renamed Cromer following the closure of the other early stations. Cromer High, on the outskirts of the town, was opened in 1877 as the terminus of the Great Eastern Railway main line from London. It was followed in 1887 by Cromer Beach station, on the rural Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR). Cromer Links Halt railway station, on the little-used and now closed Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway line to North Walsham via Overstrand and Mundesley, was opened in 1923.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! QBasic is an IDE and interpreter for a variant of the BASIC programming language which is based on QuickBasic. Code entered into the IDE is compiled to an intermediate form, and this intermediate form is immediately interpreted on demand within the IDE. It can run under nearly all versions of DOS and Windows, or through DOSBox/DOSEMU, on Linux and FreeBSD. For its time, QBasic provided a state-of-the-art IDE, including a debugger with features such as on-the-fly expression evaluation and code modification. Like QuickBASIC, but unlike earlier versions of Microsoft BASIC, QBasic is a structured programming language, supporting constructs such as subroutines and while loops. Line numbers, a concept often associated with BASIC, are supported for compatibility, but are not considered good form, having been replaced by descriptive line labels.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles The Salmon of Wisdom or Salmon of Knowledge (bradn feasa) is a creature figuring in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. The Salmon figures prominently in The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn, which recounts the early adventures of Fionn mac Cumhaill. According to the story, it was an ordinary salmon that ate the nine hazel nuts that fell into the Well of Wisdom (aka Tobar Segais) from nine hazel trees that surrounded the well. In doing so, the salmon gained all the knowledge in the world. Moreover, the first person to eat of its flesh would, in turn, gain this knowledge. The poet Finn Eces spent seven years fishing for the salmon. When he finally caught it, he instructed his apprentice, Fionn, to prepare it for him. Fionn burned his thumb when spattered with a drop of the hot fat from the cooking salmon and immediately sucked on it to ease the pain. Unbeknownst to Fionn, all the wisdom had been concentrated into that one drop, and Fionn had just imbibed it all.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! X-Men: Phoenix - Warsong is an American five-issue comic book limited series released in 2006, beginning in September. The series is a sequel to X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong. It is written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Tyler Kirkham. In an interview, Author Greg Pak said "This is not a Jean Grey resurrection story." A hardcover "Marvel Premiere Edition" was released on July 18, 2007, compiling all five issues. The story revolves around the Stepford Cuckoos and includes the team from Astonishing X-Men. In the first issue, a piece of the Phoenix Force attaches itself to the three remaining Stepford Cuckoos, amplifies their telepathic power, and gives them the power of telekinesis. With their newfound abilities, the girls overcome Emma Frost's psychic detention and resurrect their deceased sisters Esme and Sophie. Kid Omega also wakes, once again, from his stasis in Beast's lab.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "Second Coming" is a crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics that will run through the most of the X-Men comic books beginning in March 2010. Second Coming will be the final part of a trilogy of stories that began with Messiah Complex and continued in Messiah War. Intended as a conclusion to Cable's efforts to save Hope from Bishop, who has hunted the so called Mutant Messiah since her birth; the series also builds on the Utopia, Nation X and Necrosha X storylines of 2009 in the X-Men books. The story centers on the return of Cable and Hope Summers to the present day and Bastion's final campaign to destroy the X-Men.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Paper prototyping is a widely used method in the user-centered design process, a process that helps developers to create software that meets the user's expectations and needs - in this case, especially for designing and testing user interfaces. It is throwaway prototyping and involves creating rough, even-hand sketched, drawings of an interface to use as prototypes, or models, of a design. While paper prototyping seems simple, this method of usability testing can provide a great deal of useful feedback which will result in the design of better products. This is supported by many usability professionals. Paper prototyping saves time and money since it enables developers to test product interfaces (from software and websites to cell phones and microwave ovens) before they write code or begin development. This also allows for easy and inexpensive modification to existing designs which makes this method useful in the early phases of design.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The pipa is a four-stringed Chinese instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments. Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12-26. Although, like its smaller sibling, the Chinese liuqin, it may look like a lute, in fact neither pipa nor liuqin has an actual neck, as the soundboard body spans the entire strings to the head of the instrument, making them handheld zithers.The pipa appeared in the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BCE) and was developed during the Han Dynasty. It is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for nearly two thousand years in China.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wilhelm Maybach was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, then the world centre for car production, as the "King of constructors." From the late 19th century Willhelm Maybach, together with Gottlieb Daimler, developed light, high-speed internal combustion engines suitable for land, water and air use. These were fitted to the world's first motorcycle, motorboat, and after Daimler's death, to a new automobile introduced in late 1902, the Mercedes model, built to the specifications of Emil Jellinek.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Anthony John "Tony" Hancock (12 May 1924 - 24 June 1968) was a British actor and comedian. Hancock was born in Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, England, but from the age of three was brought up in Bournemouth, where his father, John Hancock, who ran the Railway Hotel in Holdenhurst Road, worked as a comedian and entertainer. After his father's death in 1934, Tony and his brothers lived with their mother and stepfather at a small hotel then called The Durlston Court (now renamed The Quality Hotel). He attended Durlston Court Preparatory School, a boarding school at Durlston in Swanage (moved during World War II and now located in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire ) and Bradfield College in Reading, but left school at the age of fifteen.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! After the Fall of France and the Armistice of 1940, France was divided in two zones, one occupied by the Germans, and the "Free Zone," administered by the Vichy regime. The armistice stipulated that the French fleet would be largely disarmed and confined to its harbours, under French control. The Allies were concerned that the fleet, which included some of the most advanced warships of the time, might fall into enemy hands, which led to the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir by the British on 3 July 1940 and the Battle of Dakar on 23 September 1940.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the early 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, the Californian government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Rachel Kneebone is an English artist, who lives and works in London. Rachel Kneebone was born in Oxfordshire. She graduated in 1997 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree from U.W.E, Bristol. In 2004, Kneebone graduated with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. In 2005, she was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women alongside Anne Hardy, Anj Smith, Margaret Salmon and Donna Huddleston. In the same year, Kneebone contributed work to a show The Way We Work at the Camden Arts Centre, London. In 2005, Kneebone was commissioned to do a wall sculpture by Mario Testino for the Diana, Princess of Wales exhibition at Kensington Palace.
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