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tempest (tčm“pīst) noun
1.A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail.
2.Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: "The tempest in my mind/Doth from my senses take all feeling" (Shakespeare).
tempested, tempesting, tempests
To cause a tempest around or in.
tempest in a teacup or tempest in a teapot
A great disturbance or uproar over a matter of little or no importance.
[Middle English, from Old French tempeste, from Vulgar Latin *tempesta, variant of Latin tempestās, from tempus, time.]
It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Truth" (1597-1625).
the first popular color vector graphics arcade game - released by Atari
19-inch Wells-Gardner 19K6100
Conversion Class: unique
Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 2
Control Panel Layout: Single Player
Buttons: 2 - Fire, Superzap
Sound: Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
You control a yellow crab-shaped shooter that travels along the outside rim of a 3-dimensional tunnel, shooting enemies down the alleys of the tunnel while avoiding any coming down the alleys. The tunnel takes on many different forms, and the shooter has a special "superzapper" that enables it to kill all enemies present in the tunnel.
The game is well known for its unusual triangular-shaped cabinet that is very pleasing to the eye. A less attractive cabaret and cocktail model were also produced.
Originally called Vortex in the prototype stages, this was Atari's first color vector game. Supposedly, the original creators were trying to develop a 3-D monster game. They were not very happy with the finished product since they wanted even better graphics but were unable to achieve their goal with the technology at the time.
1 The Book of Water.
This is a waterproof-covered book which has lost its colour by much contact with water. It is full of investigative drawings and exploratory text written on many different thicknesses of paper.
There are drawings of every conceivable watery association - seas, tempests, rain, snow, clouds, lakes, waterfalls, streams, canals, water-mills, shipwrecks, floods and tears. As the pages are turned, the watery elements are often animated. There are rippling waves and slanting storms. Rivers and cataracts flow and bubble. Plans of hydraulic machinery and maps of weather-forecasting flicker with arrows, symbols and agitated diagrams. The drawings are all made by one hand. Perhaps this is a lost collection of drawings by da Vinci bound into a book by the King of France at Ambois and bought by the Milanese Dukes to give to Prospero as a wedding present.
2 A Book of Mirrors
Bound in a gold cloth and very heavy, this book has
some eighty shining mirrored pages; some
opaque, some translucent, some manufactured with silvered papers, some
coated in paint, some covered in a film of mercury
that will roll off the page unless treated cautiously. Some mirrors
simply reflect the reader, some reflect the reader as he was three minutes previously, some reflect the reader as he will be in a year's time, as he would be if he were a child, a woman, a monster, an idea, a text or an angel. One mirror constantly lies, one mirror sees the world backwards, another upside down. One mirror holds on to its reflections as frozen momentsinfinitely recalled. One mirror simply reflects another mirror across a page. There are ten mirrors whose purpose Prospero has yet to define.
(passages from the film _Prospero's Books_ (vhs/ntsc) directed by Peter Greenaway)
the cherub from _Prospero's Books_ appears in the video (vhs/ntsc) for _378_ by Emergency Broadcast Network off of _Telecommunications Breakdown_ (a reference to Led Zeppelin's _Communication Breakdown_ MP3) CDPlus on TVT (1995) alongside the Dalai Lama