The Wikipedia article of the day for March 31, 2016 is Tank Girl (film).
Tank Girl is a 1995 American science-fiction action-comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay. Based on the British post-apocalyptic comic series of the same name by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett that was originally published in Deadline magazine, the film stars Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T and Malcolm McDowell. Set in a drought-ravaged Australia after a catastrophic impact event, the story follows the antihero Tank Girl (Petty) as she, Jet Girl (Watts), and genetically modified supersoldiers called the Rippers fight “Water & Power”, an oppressive corporation led by Kesslee (McDowell). Tank Girl was filmed primarily in White Sands, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona. The critically praised soundtrack was assembled by Courtney Love, and the Rippers’ makeup and prosthetics team was headed by Stan Winston. The film recouped only about $6 million of its $25 million budget at the box office. Talalay blamed some of the film’s negative reception on studio edits over which she had no control. Despite mixed to negative reviews, it has drawn a cult following, in part for its feminist themes.
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 30, 2016 is Jumping Flash!.
Jumping Flash! is a platform video game co-developed by Exact and Ultra and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The first instalment in the Jumping Flash! series, it was released in April 1995 for the PlayStation in Japan and later the same year in Europe and North America; it was re-released through PlayStation Network store on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in 2007. Presented in a first-person perspective, the game follows a robotic rabbit named Robbit as he searches for missing jet pods that have been scattered by the game’s antagonist character, the astrophysicist Baron Aloha. The game has been described as an early showcase for 3D graphics in console gaming. Generally well received by critics, who praised its graphics and unique gameplay, it was later overshadowed by 3D platformers of the fifth console generation. It was described as the third-most underrated video game of all time by Matt Casamassina of IGN in 2007, and holds the Guinness World Record as the “First platform video game in true 3D”.
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 29, 2016 is Benjamin Franklin Tilley.
Benjamin Franklin Tilley (March 29, 1848 – March 18, 1907) was an officer in the United States Navy and the first acting governor of what is now American Samoa. He entered the Naval Academy at age 15 during the Civil War and graduated in 1866. In the wake of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, he participated as a lieutenant in the military’s crackdown against workers. During the 1891 Chilean Civil War, Tilley and a small contingent of sailors and marines defended the American consulate in Santiago, Chile. Commanding the gunship USS Newport in the Spanish–American War, he captured two Spanish Navy ships. After the war Tilley was promoted to captain and became the acting governor of Tutuila and Manua, present-day American Samoa, where he set legal and administrative precedents for the new territory. Tilley’s successor, Captain Uriel Sebree, praised his “great ability, kindness, tact and sound common sense”. He was promoted to rear admiral after almost 41 years of naval service, but died within a month from pneumonia.
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 28, 2016 is The Boat Race 1993.
The 139th Boat Race took place on 27 March 1993. Held annually, the Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge along the River Thames. Cambridge, using “cleaver blades” for the first time in the history of the race, won by three-and-a-half lengths in a victory that was described in The Times as “crushingly conclusive”. The winning time of 17 minutes exactly was the fourth fastest time in the event. Cambridge’s victory prevented what would have been Oxford’s seventeenth win out of the last eighteen races, which would have levelled the overall score for the first time since the 1929 race. Oxford’s crew featured two Olympic gold medallists and saw changes in their rowers and cox in the lead-up to the event. The race was umpired by the former Oxford Blue Mark Evans, who controversially instigated changes to the start procedure of the race. In the reserve race, Cambridge’s Goldie defeated Oxford’s Isis, while Cambridge won the Women’s Boat Race.
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 27, 2016 is Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4.
Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, is an Easter chorale cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. Translated to “Christ lay in death’s bonds” (pictured in an 18th-century Luther Bible), it is one of his earliest church cantatas, a genre to which Bach later contributed complete cantata cycles for all occasions of the liturgical year. The composition was probably intended for a performance in 1707, supporting his application for a post at a church in Mühlhausen. Both text and music are based on Martin Luther’s Easter hymn of the same name. An opening sinfonia is followed by seven chorale variations per omnes versus: Bach used in each vocal movement the unchanged words and tune of a stanza of the chorale. The variations are arranged symmetrically: chorus–duet–solo–chorus–solo–duet–chorus, with the focus on the central fourth stanza about the battle between Life and Death. For his first Easter as Thomaskantor in Leipzig in 1724, Bach used the cantata again, and also for the following year as part of his cycle of chorale cantatas. In the extant score of the Leipzig performances, the four vocal parts are sometimes reinforced by a choir of trombones.
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 26, 2016 is Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Manitoba. The name comes from Western Cree words for muddy or brackish water, referring to Lake Winnipeg, which is just north of the city along the Red River. The region was a trading centre for aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of Europeans. French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738. A settlement was later founded by the Selkirk settlers of the Red River Colony in 1812, the nucleus of which was incorporated as the City of Winnipeg in 1873. The census of 2011 lists Winnipeg as the seventh most populous municipality in Canada. Known as the “Gateway to the West”, it is a transportation hub with a diversified economy. Its annual festivals include the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama. Winnipeg was the first Canadian host of the Pan American Games. It is home to several professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian football), Winnipeg Jets (ice hockey), Manitoba Moose (ice hockey) and Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball).
The Wikipedia article of the day for March 25, 2016 is Uncle David.
Uncle David is a 2010 British black comedy film directed by David Hoyle, Gary Reich, and Mike Nichols. It was produced by Reich and stars Hoyle, an English performance artist, in the titular role alongside Ashley Ryder, best known as a pornographic actor. Developed collectively under the banner of the Avant-Garde Alliance, it was filmed in October 2009. Created without a script, every scene was improvised and filmed in a single take. The film is set in a caravan park on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, South East England, and follows a young man with a childlike mind named Ashley (Ryder), who asks to stay with his delusional Uncle David (Hoyle). Escaping from his abusive mother, Ashley enters into a sexual relationship with his uncle, who offers his insights into the world and the nature of reality. Eventually Ashley tells David that he wants to die, and David agrees to carry out the killing. The film premiered on 25 March 2010 at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival held in the BFI Southbank in central London. It won the Grand Prize at the Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Awards 2010, but reviews were mixed. It was released on DVD by Peccadillo Pictures in 2011.