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Old 03-18-2011, 01:07 PM   #41
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I'm excited for tomorrow. It'll be the first monthiverssary of DERP! Anyways, here's today's:

Ragatz, also known as "Old Baths Pfäfers" or "Old Baths of Pfäfersin" in the 19th century and earlier, was a famous watering-place in the Swiss canton of St. Gall, situated on the left bank of the Rhine, and by rail 22 km north of Coire or 98 km S.E. of Zurich. It stood at a height of 509 m, at the entrance to the magnificent gorge of the Tamina, about 5 km up which by carriage road were the extraordinarily placed Baths of Pfafers (674 m). Since 1840 the hot mineral waters of Pfäfers were conducted in pipes to Ragatz, which is in a more pleasant position. Consequently Ragatz much increased in importance since that date. In the churchyard is the grave of the philosopher Friedrich Schelling (d. here in 1854).
About 3 km by road above Ragatz are the 17th-century buildings of the great Benedictine monastery, Pfäfers Abbey, to which all this region belonged until 1798; midway between them and Ragatz are the ruins of the 14th-century castle of Wartenstein.
The monastery and baths were, after 1969, converted into museums and are open to the public.

Sounds very relaxing. Though, its too bad the baths seem to not be used anymore, but then again, it'd be weird to take a bath in the middle of a museum .

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And, we've now had a month of DERPs! Yay me, and yay to all my mostly silent readers! Today's:

Antônio de Queirós Teles (February 1, 1789 in Campinas - October 11, 1870) was a Brazilian politician.
A Baron of Jundiaí of a noble family, he was a delegate of the Provincial Assembly of Brazil.

Okay...so did he actually DO anything? At all? Here's a picture of the city he lived in, anyways:



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Time for another DERP:

Sometimes I wish I could re-randomize without feeling bad about it later. This is one of those times:

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has specified the low-complexity, subband codec (SBC) in the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).[1] SBC is an audio encoder and decoder to connect Bluetooth high quality audio devices like headphones or loudspeakers. It can be also used on the Internet.[2] It uses 4 or 8 subbands, an adaptive bit allocation algorithm in combination with an adaptive block PCM quantizers. Frans de Bont has based the SBC audio codec on his earlier work,[3] and – in parts – on the MPEG-1 Audio Layer II standard. In addition, the SBC is based on the algorithms described in the EP-0400755B1.[4]. The patent owners wrote that they allow the free usage of SBC in Bluetooth application, with the view to boost the use of this technology. All applications outside Bluetooth are however not free. The patent expired June 2, 2010.
The A2DP test specification (V1.0) contains a reference implementation of the encoder and decoder for the SBC codec. A Linux implementation is available at BlueZ - The linux Bluetooth Stack.

Uh...what? See, sometimes I really wish Wikipedia had less techy articles. How about something like, I dunno, some famous battle in some war? Or some band everybody knows about?

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I already knew what bluetooth was, I just didn't know about all the techy stuff
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"This Is Me Missing You" is a single by American country music artist James House. Released in 1995, it was the third single from his album, Days Gone By. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in August 1995.[1]

Hmm, never heard of the song or the guy. I don't listen to much 90s music, since even though I was alive, I obviously wasn't listening when I was 0-3 years old, and I don't think 90s music is the best, anyways. Lets get a picture of the guy, shall we?



He looks like...I dunno, some rugged father?

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Cholonge is a commune in the Isère department in south-eastern France.

Communes are basically villages in France, the article that linked to that word said. This village's name looks like someone tried to spell the German city Cologne and failed badly. Here's some statistics for the place:

Elevation 905–2,140 m (2,969–7,020 ft) Land area1 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi) Population2 229 (1999) - Density 25 /km2 (65 /sq mi) INSEE/Postal code 38106/ 38220

That's a pretty big difference in elevation. And 9 km of village with only 229 people sounds a lot like just farmland to me. And surprisingly, here's a picture of Cholonge:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ges_Eglise.jpg

I guess that's their church, looks...average. Cya tomorrow for another DERP!
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Cicely Kate Bertam (née Ricardo) (8 July 1912 – 6 July 1999) was a British academic specialising in fish. Part of the 1930s "Cambridge school" of biologists, she contributed to two seminal reports on freshwater fish in eastern Africa.
In 1970 Bertram became the second ever President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, a position she held until 1979. Bertram served as a Justice of the Peace in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, for twenty years.

Hmm, a scientist. She must have been pretty strong-minded to work in what I presume would be a mostly male group in the 1930s, and she still made some good discoveries, and she became president of a college! Here's a picture of some of the fish she studied, along with the caption under it.

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Bertram's 1942 report included the cichlids of Lake Nyasa (now Lake Malawi). This collection is in Toronto Zoo.

I've gazed upon those fish at the Toronto Zoo myself, though the title of the pic is pretty misleading since they aren't in that lake at all.

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The Fenway Football Challenge was an association football exhibition between Celtic and Sporting CP at Fenway Park in Boston on 21 July 2010. It was the first soccer game at the historic park since 1968 when Pelé participated in an exhibition against the Boston Beacons.

Celtic is a Scottish football team (European, not American), and Sporting CP is a Portuguese one. I don't watch football much (and I usually call it soccer so my friends don't think I'm talking about American football, since I live in Toronto), only for the World Cup. This is partly because of one time when I was in Grade 4, 5, or 6 when I was flipping through channels at around 4 PM when I happened to come across a football match between Manchester United and Chelsea. I knew how good those teams were, and it was the very beginning, so I decided to watch. In the end, the score was 0-0, and I told myself in the end "I just wasted more than 90 minutes of my life". Its funny that the only football match my school watched in the World Cup also ended 0-0. Lets get the rundown of the match.

First Half

There was no scoring in the first half.

Second Half

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras was awarded a penalty kick and capitalized in the 71st minute. Sporting returned the favor a few minutes later with a header coming from a rebound off the crossbar.

Not too exciting a match. And it seems funny to me that the guy who scored for Celtic sounds Portuguese. Why don't they tell us who scored the Sporting goal? Lets see the result of the penalty kicks:

The match was tied, but Celtic won 6-5 on penalty kicks. The only miss came from Sporting's Liédson in the sudden death round.

Yay, the Celtics won! Why am I cheering for them? No reason, really, its just that I like Scotland more than Portugal...

Here's a logo for the match:



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AAAAHHH! I almost missed today's DERP (I have like an hour to spare)! Sorry, I was out till like 10:20. Today's:

Naushahro Feroze District (Sindhi: نوشهرو فیروز), (Urdu: ضلع نوشهرو فیروز) is a district in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is administratively subdivided into 5 Talukas and 51 Union Councils. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan it had a population of 1,087,571 out of which 17.32% were urban.

Ooh, something related to geography, my favourite subject. If you are wondering what a taluka is, Wikipedia just says its an adminstrative division in South Asia. Look at some more things about the the district:

The main tribes in Naushahro Feroze District are :Korejo ,Jamali, Tunio , lakhiar Seehar, Rajper, Sargani, Chandio, [[Mangi)), Marri, Panhwer, Awan, Tagar, Jatoi, Khero, Soomro,Rehmani, Memon, Bhanbhro, Abro, Palh, Channar, Hesbani, Channa, Lanjar, Jiskani, Mahesar, Junejo, Brahui, Rajput, Arain, Qazi, Pirzada, Kunbhar, Mirbahar, Rind, Goraho, Larik, Makhdoom, Khaskheli, Abbasi Kalhora, Kamboh , Talpur, sahito and phullCHUGHTAI [SAHITO],[SAAND].

SO...MANY...TRIBES! As you can see by this paragraph, someone should rewrite this article, cause there's bad punctuation and broken links galore there.

Most of the population of district, 96.72, are Muslim, Hindus form 2.89% (forming 7.96% of the urban population of the district) and others are 1.17%.lakhiar

Languages

  • Sindhi: 50%
  • Saraiki: 25%
  • Punjabi: 10%
  • Balochi: 9%
  • Urdu: 5%
  • Pashto: 1%
That's a lot of languages. But in the religion paragraph, what the heck is a lakhiar? And, here's a map of the region this district is in (the district is in the upper middle of the image):



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I'm gonna do this one bright and early! Well, at least for me, since I only got up an hour ago. I sleep in VERY late on weekends.

Events in the year 1749 in Norway.

Yay, history! Lets see if this year's interesting...

Oh, no events took place this year...

Nor did anything to do with arts and literature take place...

But, wait! There are births!

Births
  • 29 January - Christian Colbjørnsen, chief justice (d.1814)
  • 21 August - Edvard Storm, poet (d.1794)
  • 8 December - Peder Anker, businessman and politician (d.1824)
Full date unknown
  • Johan Randulf Bull, judge (d.1829)
I've never heard of any of these people! There aren't any deaths in the deaths category either, so lets just see if there's a picture of any one of these guys on their article.

Actually, there are pictures on every article, so I'll just give you a pic of Christian Colbjørnsen:



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Hey guys...I'm not doing so well, I might have the flu, or something. Point is, I don't really have enough energy to do a real DERP - ow, stomach pains! I'll just give you guys the page, since I don't want to think too hard right now...

Server Supported Gaming, or SSG, is a solution employed by video lotteries and casinos to operate Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs), the latter commonly referred to as slot machines. An SSG system includes a central system and gaming terminals which connect to the central system. SSG systems may be operated locally over a LAN or span large geographical areas, even entire nations, over a WAN, such as the Internet.
SSG is often mistakenly referred to as Server Based Gaming (SBG), both examples of server centric gaming. A key difference is that in SSG systems, each game terminal has to contain a Random Number Generator (RNG) and complete local copies of the games, whereas SBG systems centralize both the RNG and game logic. In SSG systems, the server support is limited to analysis, content distribution and management, while SBG systems utilize the server for the actual gameplay and multiple other features as well.
Certification and legality

GLI (Gaming Laboratories International) has created a standard (GLI #21)[1] which includes requirements and definitions for Server Centric Gaming systems, referred to as Client-Server Systems (CSS)[2]. GLI differentiates between Server Based Gaming Systems (SBGS) and Server Supported Gaming Systems (SSGS). GLI defines SBGS as “The combination of a server and client terminals in which the entire or integral portion of game content resides on the server.”[2] SSGS is defined as “The combination of a server and client terminal(s) which together allow the transfer of the entire control program and game content to the client terminal(s)…”[2] GLI certifies SBG and SSG systems according to the GLI #21 standard, something which is a requirement by many operators and jurisdictions for them to consider and allow such systems.

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Well, I'm feeling a little bit better today than yesterday, so here's a real DERP:

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. is the oldest historically American Indian sorority. It is also the largest Native American Greek letter organization, with 13 chapters in five states, one provisional chapter and interest groups in three additional states.

A sorority for Native Americans? Now that's one thing I'd never expect to get. Lets see the history of the sorority:

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority was founded on Sept. 1, 1994 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill by four Native women. The founders, now known to the membership as the Four Winds, are Shannon Brayboy, Jamie Goins, Amy Locklear and Christie Strickland.
With more than 70 tribes represented, the sorority initiated its 400th member in spring 2010.
Founding principles
The sorority's founding principles are traditionalism, spirituality, education and contemporary issues.
Membership
Interested women may join at the undergraduate or post-undergraduate level. Collegiate women must have completed at least 12 credit hours, have a 2.3 GPA or higher and no previous affiliation to any social sorority. Women interested joining a graduate chapter must have completed a bachelor's degree or higher and have no previous affiliation to any social sorority.
Officers
Nationally, the sorority is governed by a 12-member board known as the Grand Keepers of the Circle. Grand Keepers are elected to two-year terms and meet bi-monthly.

It's hard for me to make comments about this article without thinking that I'm being racist, so I'll just leave you with your own opinion.

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Cornelis van Vollenhoven (8 May 1874, Dordrecht - 29 April 1933, Leiden) was a Dutch law professor and legal scholar, best known for his work on the legal systems of the East Indies.
Cornelis van Vollenhoven began his university studies at Leiden at the age of 17, where he would earn many degrees, including: a masters in law (1895), a bachelors degree in Semitic languages (1896), a masters in political science (1897), and finally his Ph.D. in law and political science (189. He received a cum laude for his thesis, “Scope and content of international law” (Omtrek en inhoud van het internationale recht), which foreshadows his later focus on the laws of Southeast Asia.
After finishing his studies, van Vollenhoven became the private secretary of J.Th. Cremer, a colonial captain of industry and minister of Colonial Affairs. In 1901 van Vollenhoven became professor of the Adat Law of the Dutch East Indies at Leiden University. As legal scholar he had enormous influence on his students and colleagues. The University of Amsterdam granted him an honorary doctorate in 1932.
Most of his life, van Vollenhoven focused on the traditional legal system of Indonesia, the Adat. He campaigned for its preservation and dispelled myths of its being quackery and inefficient. He wrote numerous pamphlets on the subject, including "The Adat-law of the Netherlands-Indies” (Het adatrecht van Nederlandsch-Indië), which documented the adat traditions of 19 different regions, plus the adat traditions of the Foreign Orientals (vreemde oosterlingen, i.e. Arabs, Chinese, Indians, and the like). Most remarkably, all of his work was done in Leiden, as van Vollenhoven vistied the East Indies only twice--once in 1907 and again in 1923. During his life, he was adat's greatest champion, and is still revered by many of the older generations in Indonesia. “The Man for Adat Law”, as he was called, died in Leiden in 1933.

Seems like a pretty bright man. He also is different from lots of other people you hear about in history, who abused natives and didn't care for there feelings at all, though by this time slavery was abolished almost everywhere, if not everywhere, I think, though I might be wrong on that.

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The archaeological site of Shum Laka is the most prominent site in the Laka Valley of northwest Cameroon. Located approximately 15 kilometers from the town of Bamenda, it resides on the inner wall of the Bafochu Mbu caldera.

A caldera is something to do with a volcano, I think. Well, lets look at the history of this site.

To quote the abstract of Cornelissen (2003):
The rock shelter of Shum Laka, situated in the Grassfields of northwestern Cameroon, was occupied during the later Pleistocene and Holocene. Plant remains reveal that there were no drastic changes in the immediate environment of the shelter between 30,000 and 10,000 bp. The industry is microlithic during this entire period. Quartz was deliberately chosen as the preferred raw material and there were no changes in technology or raw material usage over time. A comparison with similar sites in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo reveals that the microlithic quartz tradition was apparently appropriate for the exploitation of a wide variety of environmental settings. This flexibility may represent an adequate technological response to the environmental changes in Central Africa at the end of the Pleistocene.
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Abstract of Lavachery (2001)
Until recently the Grassfields (western Cameroon), cradle of the Bantu languages, were an unknown zone from the archaeological point of view. The excavations of Shum Laka rock shelter by de Maret and his team brought the most complete sequence in West Africa, spanning the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene. After 20 millennia of microlithic tradition (Late Stone Age), a new culture, with macrolithic tools, polishing and pottery (Stone to Metal Age), slowly developed ca. 7000 B.P. onwards. From this early period on, forest hunting was associated with the exploitation of Canarium schweinfurthii. Around 4000 B.P., an industry with waisted axes, blades, and pottery had emerged. With a striking technological continuity, this culture survived throughout the Iron Age. Increasing importance and diversity of trees exploited through the Stone to Metal Age and the Iron Age suggests arboriculture. Regional comparisons show that, between 5000 and 2500 B.P., an original culture developed in the Grassfields and the Cross River basin.

Hmm, very interesting. A culture that wasn't known about for a long time. When the Royal Ontario Museum had an exhibit on a people called the Trypillians who were around in the Ukraine at around this same time, it got me very interested. Too bad there's no pictures...

Look at this, though!

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on April 18th, 2006 in the Cultural category.

Hopefully, this site will be preserved for generations to come. Cya tomorrow!
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Today's DERP is:

HMS Colossus of the British Royal Navy was the nameship of her class of dreadnought battleships.
She was launched on 9 April 1910 and commissioned in 1911. Although very similar to Neptune she was not part of Neptune's class as Colossus and her sister-ship, Hercules, had greater armour. She joined the 2nd Battle Squadron of the Home Fleet.
When the First World War began in August 1914 Colossus became the flagship of the 1st Battle Squadron. While commanded by Captain Dudley Pound she fought with distinction at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 while acting as the flagship of Rear-Admiral Ernest Gaunt. During the battle, Colossus took two hits which caused minor damage and six casualties. When the war came to a close, Colossus became a training ship until 1920 when, under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, she was stricken and eventually broken up in 1928. Her sister-ship was scrapped in 1921.

Wow, this thing is something that actually rings a bell. Also, the article is so long, I can't really put all of it! I think that's a first...maybe...Let's look at the ship's career:

Colossus began trials on 28 February 1911, and these continued until July of the same year. She took on board a full crew on 31 July and was commissioned at Devonport on 8 August in the second division of the home fleet. This division was renamed the Second Battle Squadron (2BS) on 1 May 1912. She took part in the Parliamentary review of the Fleet in July 1912, and exercised with the Home Fleet in October and November. She visited Cherbourg with part of the fleet in March 1913. In December she was transferred to form part of the First Battle Squadron (1BS). On 29 July 1914 she sailed for Scapa Flow as the possibility of war loomed.
During the First World War she remained based at Scapa flow until 1918, except for a brief period from 22 October to 3 November 1914 when she was stationed at Lough Swilly.
In November 1915 she was made flagship of 1BS, relieving HMS St Vincent. On 31 May 1916 she was present at the only major battleship engagement of World War I, the Battle of Jutland. In this engagement she led a battle squadron comprising HMS Neptune, HMS Collingwood and HMS St Vincent. After the Grand Fleet had deployed, Colossus was seventeenth in line, and her look-out sighted the head of the German High Seas Fleet at 17.51. She opened fire at 18.30, when the range had closed, but without discernible effect. At 19.00 she fired at an armoured cruiser, believed to be SMS Wiesbaden, at a range of under 10,000 yards. This cruiser later sank, having been fired on by several ships. From 19.00 to 19.20 she was, together with HMS Collingwood, in action with the First Scouting Group, which comprised the German battle cruiser force. Several hits were reported on SMS Derfflinger. At 19.16 Colossus was damaged by heavy shellfire on the forward superstructure. There was no serious damage and the fighting efficiency of the ship was not affected. Six men were injured.[10] Other than the ships of the Fifth Battle Squadron - HMS Warspite, HMS Malaya, HMS Barham and HMS Valiant - Colossus was the only British battleship hit by gunfire at Jutland.
From June to September 1917 she was under refit, and moved with the Grand fleet when the main base was transferred to Rosyth in April 1918. She was present at the surrender of the German fleet on 21 November 1918.
On the dispersal of the Grand Fleet after the war she became flagship of Vice-Admiral, reserve fleet, at Devonport. On 30 June 1921 she was put on the disposal list as being surplus to requirement, but was rescued to become a boys' training ship, in a militarily non-effective state. On 23 July 1923 she was reduced to a training hulk; she was sold to Charlestown Shipbreaking Industries in August 1928 and broken up from 5 September that year.[11]

Hmm, that was actually a pretty interesting read. We're lucky we didn't get some ship that did nothing, or something worse than a ship, like so many other days. If you're wondering about the outcome of the battle, it's called "tactically inconclusive", though the British retained control of the North Sea. And here's a picture of the Colossus:



She's a thing of beauty...I guess.

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I was out late again, doing a Magic booster draft. I'm also listening to Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. Great song, but pretty Hamumu-inappropriate. Anyways, today's DERP:

Leon Jessen (born 11 June 1986 in Brande) is a Danish professional football defender who currently plays for 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

This is soccer, btw, not American football. What the heck does the "1." stand for? Here's stuff about his career:

Jessen began his career 2001 with Brande IF and joined Ikast FS in 2003.[3] On 23 June 2010 Jessen left the Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland after five years and signed with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Germany (Bundesliga).[4]

I had to fix some bad grammar in the first sentence. Let's look at the logo for the team he's now on:



Um...pretty sure it's fine in Denmark, but here, that logo could seem very...wrong.

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I went to a friend's birthday party today...yeah, I'm living the nightlife! Well, not really, since his party started at 2 PM, but whatevs. Today's DERP is:

"Flamingo" (1941) is a popular song and jazz standard written by Ted Grouya and Edmund Anderson and first performed by Herb Jeffries and Duke Ellington. Famous versions were recorded by Earl Bostic in 1951, where it hit number one on the R&B chart [1], and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on the album S.R.O. (1966).
Arild Andresen, piano with guitar and bass recorded it in Oslo on March 11, 1955 as the third melody of the medley "Klaver-Cocktail Nr. 3" along with "Sophisticated Lady" and "With a Song in My Heart". The medley was released on the 78 rpm record His Master's Voice A.L. 3514.

Ugh, a jazz song from the 40s. My least favourite kind of jazz, usually. Y'know, I'm fine with jazz where people sing, but ones that are just instrumental just are a bit boring to me. Now I have to put on Come On Eileen again to cheer myself up.

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Simon Andrew Burnett[1] (born 14 April 1983) is an English swimmer.
He holds the British Records in the 100 and 200 metre freestyles, he trains at the USA's University of Arizona--where he attended—and in 2007 signed a sponsorship deal with Nike.

A British swimmer. I don't usually watch swimming as a sport, I only think of it as a leisurely activity, mostly. Though, I did enjoy watching the swimming in the 2008 Olympics. Now for the wall of text about his career:

Simon was born at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, the second of the three sons of Ray Burnett and Melanie Verhoeven. He lived in the Oxfordshire village of Chinnor as a child, and then moved a few miles to Tetsworth, attending Lord Williams's School in Thame, Oxfordshire. After completing his GCSEs, he went to John Hampden Grammar School, in High Wycombe, to study chemistry, biology, and physics at A-level. He first swam at Wycombe District Swimming Pool from very a young age, and soon joined the Wycombe District Swimming Club, where he remained until 2003. He was coached by Bob Pay and his move to John Hampden, which was local to the Wycombe Sports Centre at which he trained, helped him focus further on swimming. In 2003, with the help of his coach Bob Pay, Simon won a sports scholarship at the University of Arizona to study business. He now swims for the Arizona Wildcats under coach Frank Busch and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Burnett began competing at an international level in 2000 at the 3 Nations Junior International. At the ASA National Championships, he won gold in the 50 m backstroke in 2001 and 2002. On the advice of his coach Bob Pay, Burnett switched to swim freestyle in 2003 and began to excel. His television debut was in 2002 at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, where he competed in the 4×200 m freestyle relay and won a bronze medal. The following Olympic Games saw Simon finish 7th in the 200 m freestyle, and he competed in the 4×200 m freestyle relay team, which finished 4th, nearly grabbing bronze medals. The British trials for the Games had been a great success for Simon, in which he won silver in 100 m freestyle and gold in the 200 m freestyle, despite having broken his wrist in a cycling accident in Arizona two months previously. He was now emerging as an elite British swimmer. Swimming for the University of Arizona, Burnett competes in the American NCAAs and has had great success winning gold in his first year in the 200 yd freestyle and in 2005. 2005 was probably his best year yet, returning to England as well for the ASA National Championships. He won 3 gold medals in the 50 m, 100 m, and 200 m freestyle, all of which were new British records. In the United States, he also broke the 17-year old record for the 200y freestyle set by Matt Biondi at 1:33.03; Burnett swam a 1:32.22.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Burnett competed in the 200 m freestyle and won silver with a time of 1:47.38, beaten by team mate Ross Davenport, who swam a personal best of 1:47.29. Simon was also part of the relay team in the 4×100 m freestyle, managing to come fourth, with the South African favourites taking gold. However, the most sensational race was the 4×200 m freestyle, when the English team, won the gold medal, nudging Scotland into second place and Australia into third. The next day, he stormed to individual gold in the 100 m freestyle, leaving the South African entrants Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman into second and third respectively. With a time of 48.57s, he set a Commonwealth Games record and broke his own British record by eleven-hundredths of a second.
Before the Commonwealth Games had ended, Burnett was off to Atlanta for the 2006 NCAA Championships. Swimming for Arizona, Simon won bronze in the 50 yd freestyle, silver in the 4×50 yd freestyle relay, and gold in the 4×50 yd medley relay. In the 200 yd freestyle he won gold and broke the US open record with a time of 1:31.20.
Burnett represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 4×100 m freestyle relay swimming event.
In March 2009 he became the patron of the newly formed Thame Swimming Club. Thame Swimming Club is located at Lord Williams's Upper School, in Thame (where Burnett went to school). He comes and meets the swimmers and help with training whenever he's in the UK.

I find it funny that he did all this science and physics stuff, and then became a pro swimmer. I guess being a physicist was his fallback plan, or something? I also wondered why they didn't say anything more about what he did in 2008, but then I learned that he didn't even qualify for the events shown on TV. Even if he did qualify though, I doubt he could've stood up to the awesomeness of Michael Phelps at those games.

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Darn, I almost forgot! Well, I didn't and that's what counts.

HERTzTON is a German rock, pop, and electronica band that was formed in 2001 by author, composer, musician, singer and songwriter, Markus Winter, the band is based in Leverkusen.

What's with that small Z? Electronica isn't really my thing, but lets read the rest of the article...

Originally, Winter performed English pop music with CRY, a band formed in 1993. The CRY album "Invisible Tears", released in 1995, included the Belgian radio hit "Longing for Fire". It was not until 2001, when a friend discovered some old recordings in a box and after listening to them, suggested Markus record them1, that he formed HERTzTON in the same year.
Das Album (The Album) was released the following year with Eiszeit im Paradies becoming somewhat of a local club favourite. Due to a conflict of interests the original lineup disbanded before the official release of Das Album. Winter quickly recruited two new members to complete the line up, Jürgen Zass (bass, backing vocals) and Olaf Ginko (drums). The band completed several tours in 2003 and 2004 to promote Das Album. At the end of 2004, Zass and Ginko would depart the band for personal reasons1.
It was not until 2006 that Winter, along with session players Jonas Bentin (Keyboards, Programming) and Milly Snow (Drums) did HERTzTON record its second, and most successful album to date, Schattentänzer (Shadowdancer).
In November, 2006, HERTzTON'S third and final album to date, Metamorphose (Metamorphosis) was released as a worldwide Download. The album is composed of remixed tracks from the first two albums, arranged in a way to show the bands musical 'metamorphosis' during its four year existence. A photo montage depicting front man, Winter from 2001 - 2007 adorns the cover and shows his physical metamorphosis during the same time.
The EP Die siebte Sünde (The seventh Sin) was released in August 2007 containing an exclusive remix of Schattentänzer that was done for an audio play series called DiE DR3i that Markus was writing for at the time. The series was stopped after only 8 episodes.

Seems funny that he can't keep a band together, despite there not being any complaints or anything. He probably hasn't done anything new cause he can't find any new band members .

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Carlisle Park is a small recreational area in Hampton, London, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It consists of seven tennis courts, two separate playgrounds (one for very young children, one for other children), a cricket pavilion and a large field where local Cricket teams Hampton Hill CC and Woodlawn CC play. It is near Hampton Court Palace (5 to 10 minutes drive), and a few minutes walk from Hampton railway station. The park covers an area of 90,000 square metres (20 acres). Opening times vary, in the winter the park closes at around 16:00, whereas in the summer it can be as late as 21:00, notices are posted on the park gates.

Not sure what to say about this one...parks are nice. Though this park seems to be on the same level as Christie Pits Park in Toronto, and not as exciting, since Christie Pits has a waterslide, and TWO baseball diamonds instead of one cricket field.

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