Autumn in Amsterdam
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This course is a brand new IAP 2007 class offering open to all MIT students (undergraduates and graduates). Students will spend several weeks learning about new multicore architectures and parallel programming patterns, and will design and implement projects to run directly on the new PLAYSTATION®3 consoles. The course will culminate in an exciting competition at the end of IAP, and prizes will be awarded to the best projects. The course will give students hands on experience in parallel programming in an exciting and relevant context.
Since such a vast number of British soldiers appeared to be killed during the encounter represented in the film, one then must wonder why there was so little to celebrate. Perhaps Endfield and Prebble were mindful of Rorke's Drift's true history, which was not accurately reflected in their screenplay. While there was a battle at Rorke's Drift on January 23, 1879, it was a one-sided affair entirely. Zulu scholar Magema Fuze points out, "The Zulus died in heaps there, killed by those white men in the building. They went on killing them until dawn, and in the early morning the Zulus withdrew defeated, leaving behind heaps of dead on the ground."
James O. Gump sums up the reality behind Rorke's Drift in his
excellent "The Dust Rose Like Smoke: the Subjugation of the Zulu andthe Sioux":
"Chard's forces, bolstered by Martini-Henry breech-loading rifles andample supplies of ammunition, sustained fifteen deaths. In
recognition of their valiant defense [Gump is being ironic here] at Rorke's Drift, Chard and ten of his men each received a Victoria Cross, the highest honor to be bestowed on a British soldier in the nineteenth century [described solemnly by narrator Richard Burton at the film's conclusion.]"
In other words, Rorke's Drift was actually a "turkey-shoot" of the kind that occurred on the road to Basra at the end of the Gulf War or which has just occurred in Afghanistan. Some things never change.
In examining the motives--conscious or subconscious--of Endfield and Prebble, it would be useful to take a look at their rather singular careers.
Nine people in Illinois are being sought by public health departments after sitting near a woman who had tuberculosis on a flight from India to Chicago in early December, health officials said.
The woman, who has not been identified, was on American Airlines Flight 293 from New Delhi to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Dec. 13. She continued on another flight to San Francisco, where six days later she was diagnosed with the multiple drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, said Shelley Diaz, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.