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An Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel
Now in trade, the New York Times bestseller that "may well be the best 'historical mystery' ever written." (The Sunday Boston Globe)88% (10)
"It is 1663, and England is wracked with intrigue and civil strife. When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state....Yet, little is as it seems in this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways in which witnesses can see the same events yet remember them falsely. Each of four narrators-a Venetian medical student, a young man intent on proving his late father innocent of treason, a cryptographer, and an archivist-fingers a different culprit...an erudite and entertaining tour de force." -People
"Enthralling."-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Ingenious."-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Successful literary thrillers in the mold of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose are the stuff of a publisher's dreams, and in Pears' novel they may have found a near-perfect example of the genre...Pears, with a painstaking, almost forensic attention to detail, constructs his world like a master painter..."-New York Times
"Fascinating...quite extraordinary...elevates the murder mystery to the category of high art."-Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Brings not merely a huge cast of characters but a whole century vividly to life."-Newsweek
An Instance of the Fingerpost is that rarest of all possible literary beasts--a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and, for once, the comparison is apt.
The year is 1663, and the setting is Oxford, England, during the height of Restoration political intrigue. When Dr. Robert Grove is found dead in his Oxford room, hands clenched and face frozen in a rictus of pain, all the signs point to poison. Rashomon-like, the narrative circles around Grove's murder as four different characters give their version of events: Marco da Cola, a visiting Italian physician--or so he would like the reader to believe; Jack Prestcott, the son of a traitor who fled the country to avoid execution; Dr. John Wallis, a mathematician and cryptographer with a predilection for conspiracy theories; and Anthony Wood, a mild-mannered Oxford antiquarian whose tale proves to be the book's "instance of the fingerpost." (The quote comes from the philosopher Bacon, who, while asserting that all evidence is ultimately fallible, allows for "one instance of a fingerpost that points in one direction only, and allows of no other possibility.")
Like The Name of the Rose, this is one whodunit in which the principal mystery is the nature of truth itself. Along the way, Pears displays a keen eye for period details as diverse as the early days of medicine, the convoluted politics of the English Civil War, and the newfangled fashion for wigs. Yet Pears never loses sight of his characters, who manage to be both utterly authentic denizens of the 17th century and utterly authentic human beings. As a mystery, An Instance of the Fingerpost is entertainment of the most intelligent sort; as a novel of ideas, it proves equally satisfying.
German card, mailed in 1955. Photo: Studio K. Lindner, Berlin-Neukolln. Hans Sohnker (1903-1981) was a German film actor. He appeared in 105 films between 1933 and 1980. The understatement and elegance of his acting was reminiscent of American movie stars and made him an extraordinary presence in German cinema. Hans Albert Edmund Sohnker was born in Kiel in 1903. His father was a carpenter and a book-seller, and an active member of the Social Democratic Party. After finishing school, Hans took up an apprenticeship in a warehouse and at the same time started taking acting lessons from Clemens Schubert and Gustaf Grundgens. In 1922, he made his stage debut at the Stadttheater Kiel, and subsequently played in theatres in Frankfurt/Oder, Danzig, Chemnitz and Bremen. While visiting Germany, Ernst Lubitsch recommended Sohnker to Paramount in Berlin, and Sohnker applied at the company in 1933. He made screen tests for Ufa, and was finally cast by Victor Janson as Martha Eggerth's partner in Der Zarewitsch/The Czarevitch (1933, Victor Janson). After reprising the role of the young and careless lover for Schwarzwaldmadel/The Black Forest Girl (1933, Georg Zoch) and Die Csardasfurstin/The Czardas Princess (1934, Georg Jacoby), he avoided being typecast again and instead proved his ability to play more serious characters with Arzt aus Leidenschaft/Medicine Man (1936, Hans H. Zerlett). Other films include Jede Frau hat ein Geheimnis/ Every Woman Has A Secret (1934, Max Obal), Eva (1935, Johannes Riemann), Diener lassen bitten/Dinner Is Served (1936, Hans H. Zerlett) and Truxa (1936, Hans H. Zerlett) starring La Jana. The understatement and elegance of his acting was reminiscent of American movie stars and made him an extraordinary presence in German cinema. Hans Sohnker excelled as the romantic rival of both Heinz Ruhmann in Der Mustergatte/Model Husband (1937, Wolfgang Liebeneiner) and Hans Albers in Gro?e Freiheit Nr. 7/Great Freedom No. 7 (1944). The latter was directed by Helmut Kautner, who frequently cast Sohnker and put his natural charm to its best use, for instance in Frau nach Ma?/Customized Woman (1940, Helmut Kautner) based on a play by Erich Kastner. These films made him a Ufa-star in Nazi Germany. During the Third Reich he was also on the Gestapo's black list because he often helped and hid Jews. After the war, Sohnker, who had always continued to work as a stage actor, returned to the theatre. He re-emerged as a film actor with Film ohne Titel/Film Without Title (1947), which was produced by Kautner and directed by Rudolf Jugert. Jugert also cast Sohnker in the comedies Hallo Fraulein/Hello Fraulein (1949, Rudolf Jugert) and Einmaleins der Ehe/Marriage – The Basics (1949, Rudolf Jugert). His dramatic performances in Nur eine Nacht/Just One Night (1950, Fritz Kirchhoff) with Marianne Hoppe, and Wei?e Schatten/White Shadows (1951, Helmut Kautner) again proved his ability to shift effortlessly between genres, and the well aged Sohnker remained an elegant presence in the German Post-War cinema of the 1950’s. Films include Die Starkere/The Stronger Ones (1953, Wolfgang Liebeneiner), Hoheit lassen bitten/Majesty Allow To Plea (1954, Paul Verhoeven), and Woruber man spricht/ False Shame (1958, Wolfgang Gluck). From the 1960’s on, he starred in several successful tv series like Der Forellenhof/The Trout Farm (1965), Salto Mortale (1968)and Meine Schwiegersohne und ich/My Sons-in-law and I (1969), which sustained Sohnker's popularity up to his old age. He also made films like Unser Haus in Kamerun/Our House in Cameroun (1961, Alfred Vohrer), Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes/Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962, Terence Fisher, Frank Winterstein) starring Christopher Lee, Sechs Stunden Angst/Six Hours of Terror (1964, Eugen York), and the Edgar Wallace thriller Der Hund von Blackwood Castle/The Monster of Blackwood Castle (1967, Alfred Vohrer). In 1973 he was awarded Germany's Bundesverdienstktreuz, and in 1977 the Filmband in Gold for his lifetime achievements. He published his memoires ...und kein Tag zuviel/And Not A Day Too Many in 1974. Hans Sohnker passed away in Berlin in 1981. He was twice married. Actress Anneke Kim Sarnau is his great-granddaughter. Sources: Filmportal.de, Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Wikipedia, and IMDb.instancing
Yea so I've become kind of a huge graphics programming nerd as of late. In Torrent Raiders, one of these little 3D models is drawn for every kilobyte of data passing to and from your system at any given moment. Of course, each one is on the screen for a few seconds so if your total data rate is 100 kbs, there is a good chance there is more than 600 of the little things moving around. Making more than 600 draw calls (on top of all the other drawing that is already going on) every frame is enough to bring even the beefiest of graphics cards to their knees. So, you might imagine that I was running into some slight drops in frame rate when running Torrent Raiders on particularly active torrents. Anyway, there is this fancy graphics technique called instancing. Its useful when you are rendering a ton of the same thing. In simple terms, instead telling your graphics card to draw one of the things a ton of times, you tell it that you are going to draw a fuckload of the same thing and also pass it a big buffer of information that specifies the unique positional (or other) properties of each individual one. Using instancing, you can draw them all with just one call to the graphics card. So I've succeeded in putting this together in a small prototype. What you see here is 4096 of the packet models for torrent raiders, each with their own transformation matrix, being rendered in one draw call. It might sound like gobble-dee-gook to you, but its pretty exciting to me! I'm a nerd!
EverQuest II is the next generation of massively multiplayer gaming, a huge online world where friends have come together for adventure and community - and the EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious All-in-One Compilation Pack is the most complete way to experience this world. The compilation contains every EverQuest II release to date, including: the base game, three adventure packs and all seven expansion packs. Additional features include a 30-day subscription for online play.*See also:
Your Complete Standalone EverQuest II Experience
The latest addition to the monumental MMORPG franchise, EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious presents an unmatched all-in-one compilation pack loaded with the groundbreaking EverQuest II base game, seven thrilling expansions and three exciting adventure packs.
Conquer the Harsh Tundra of Velious
New and veteran players are transported to the legendary Great Wastes of Velious, where towering dungeons, dangerous beasts and epic storylines provide the ultimate MMO experience. EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious launches its adventures into the sky delivering impressive new features and gameplay, including flying mounts.
Includes base game and all expansion and adventure packs released to date.
Beautiful yet dangerous game environments.
OSWindows 2000/XPWindows 2000/XP/Vista
ProcessorPentium III 1 Ghz or greaterPentium 4 2 Ghz or greater
RAM512 MB RAM1 GB RAM
Hard Drive10 GB10 GB
VideoDirectX 9 Compatible video card pixel shader and vertex shader compatible hardware with 64MB of texture memoryDirectX 9 Compatible video card pixel shader and vertex shader compatible hardware with 128MB of texture memory
AudioDirectSound compatible audio hardwareDirectSound compatible audio hardware
Disc Drive16x DVD-ROM (unless PC download is utilized)16x DVD-ROM (unless PC download is utilized)
Network56k Internet connectionBroadband Internet connection
Key Game Features
Compilation includes all EverQuest II content released to date, including: the critically acclaimed base game, all three adventure packs and all seven expansion packs, including the new Destiny of Velious release
Destiny of Velious specific features
Soar high above Norrath with flying mounts
30-day online subscription included*
Crawl your way through 10 dangerous dungeons
Complete four new Heritage Quests
Battle through more than 300 new quests
Conquer one new massive contested dungeon
Discover two new overland zones
Defeat four new raid instances
Collect more than 1,000 new weapons and items
Journey through a new Signature Quest line
Slay more than 30 new creatures
Equip more than 100 new armor sets
New weapons and items.
100 new armor sets.
More than 300 new quests.
* Reoccurring subscription fee required following initial 30-day period for continued online play.
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