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  • Killing Floor is a cooperative first-person shooter video game developed and published by Tripwire Interactive. It was first released on May 14, 2009, for Microsoft Windows, and subsequently ported to the Apple Mac OS X platform, with a release on May 5, 2010.

  • "Killing Floor" was the first and only single released to promote Bruce Dickinson's fifth solo studio album, The Chemical Wedding. It was released on 1998. The single failed to chart as it was only released in Japan.

  • "Killing Floor" is a song by American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Howlin' Wolf, featured on his 1966 album The Real Folk Blues.

  • Test (something, esp. a new product) to assess its suitability or performance

  • test: the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

  • (of a horse, dog, or other animal) Compete in trials

  • test: the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

  • trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"

Trial and error...I think.

Trial and error...I think.

Originally written September 17th. 2006

Last night as I was finishing up on the latest polishing project I’d lined up, I struck on a thought, or rather I’d recounted a particular event, that had taken place sometime ago. The event had actually happened last summer, and I hadn’t thought much on it since. They say the body has a way of forgetting pain, and perhaps that’s why I don’t dwell on the particular memory much. I think I can laugh about it now, but at the time, dry giggles, and hick up like chuckles were far from the state my mind was lingering on.

Now, I do quite frequently make mistakes, life is full of trial and error. The way I see it, if you aren’t making mistakes from time to time, you are not taking the necessary risks that you need to further evolve, and as such, by making though’s mistakes, one is equally capable of learning from though’s mistakes and applying the new found knowledge in future life adventures. Admittedly however, there are more then a few mistakes I make on a regular near frequent basis that I would seem unable to learn from. But we’re not going to talk about them today. No, today is all about exploration, mistake making, and "learning".

The story in mention, takes place one fine sunny work, of course, and the boys in blue (no, the other blue guys, the shop hands) had dropped off a headache rack for polishing... Headache rack, bang board, bulk head, whatever it is they call them in your neck of the woods. Ah ha, there in point made. When I’d started all though’s years ago, one of the first questions I’d asked was "why do they call them headache racks?" After standing up underneath one a few times, I "discovered" by my own part as to why such a piece of equipment might have garnered such a title. Whether that was the original reasoning behind the title makes little difference to me, I just knew I didn’t want to hit my head on one anymore. But now I’m getting off subject.

Some of these headache racks have cases for one to hang his or her’s tire chains off of, and most of these cases have hinged doors, so that one might pad lock the chains down in order to detour would be chain thieves. The particular headache rack they’d dropped off, had such hinged doors. The particular grinder I was using that day for my polishing was a Porter Cable that turned about 5,500 rpm, for some reason that little tid bit it slightly important to the story, as these days I prefer to cut at much lower rpm’s unless such circumstances arise that I have to break out the red wheel, and get dirty. The Porter Cable was a fine piece of equipment as far as I was concerned at the time, but I never really liked the way it felt in my hands. It was a little hard to hang on to, and felt bulky. At times I think it had actually conspired against me with particular polishing projects in an attempt to oust me as head of operations. Take for example...This headache rack.

Thinking back to the hinged doors, as I was getting round about where I’d opened them to get around the edges, and for some reason that would equally be important to the story, because as I was working my way around the edge, I’d already begun to eye ball the opened doors, and think to myself, "I should really try to find something to bolt those down with, before the buffing wheel grabs hold of one, and swings it into my – – BANG!!!

Everything went black, and I recall an out right obnoxious ringing had appeared in my ears. The ringing crescendoed in pitch, and the strange and rather sudden black veil that had for one reason or another over taken me began to fade, and I was no longer in the detail bay. I’d somehow teleported myself into...a...Cracker commercial. Yes I’m quite certain of it, I was suddenly hovering over an endless buffet of crackers. Snake wells, Wheat Thin’s and Ritz as far as the eye could see, garnished with spreads of all countless tasty sorts, while Frank Sinatra serenaded me in the far off distance with something that resembled "New York, New York." Clearly this could not be right, but at the time, it seemed to make perfect sense. That is until, the Sinatra distorted back into an ear splitting ring, and the crackers formed themselves into the rather depressing shape of unpolished aluminum diamond plate. Clearly something had gone terribly wrong, but for the life of me I could not recount what it was. Well to be completely honest at that moment I wasn't even entirely sure why I was staring at unpolished aluminum diamond plate, that had only moments ago been tasty snake crackers adorned with countless mouth watering spreads. One of the first thoughts I recall having though, was that for reasons very unknown to me, my head was throbbing, which in most cases meant that someone or something was trying to hurt me, and by the level of pain emanating from inside my skull, they were doing a pretty damn good job of it.

Then another thought hit me. Yes. The diamond plate. I was

"Irrepressible Conflict or Blundering Generation? The Coming of the Civil War" Exhibit

"Irrepressible Conflict or Blundering Generation? The Coming of the Civil War" Exhibit

Shown here are images from the exhibit "Irrepressible Conflict or Blundering Generation? The Coming of the Civil War," on display in the Marshall Gallery (first floor rotunda) and the Special Collections Research Center Lobby in Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. The exhibit will be on display from April -September 2011.

The following is taken from the label text presented in this case:

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and Bleeding Kansas:

Democrat Stephen Douglas of Illinois, who had been Henry Clay’s top lietenant during the crisis of 1850, did not intend to stir up sectional conflict when, as chair of the Committee on Territories, he proposed that Kansas and Nebraska be organized as territories on the basis of popular sovereignty. He just wanted to build a railroad west from Chicago, and he needed territorial governments to be established to do that. But he blundered. By the Missouri Compromise, which the act repealed, this territory was supposed to be free. After intense debates, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854.

The consequences were far-reaching. The national political parties began breaking up, leading to more regionally-based parties. Northern Whigs and some Northern Democrats formed the new Republican Party, opposed to the expansion of slavery into the territories. The Democratic Party, having lost many Northern members, became decidedly more Southern.

Both North and South tried to claim Kansas under popular sovereignty. Northern abolitionists rushed antislavery settlers to Kansas, while proslavery “Border Ruffians” poured across the border from Missouri to seize control of the elections. Both groups organized governments and applied for territorial status. President James Buchanan supported the pro-slavery Lecompton government, but Congress refused to accept it. As the displayed scrapbook shows, Kansas disintegrated into civil war.

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1856-1857:

The Supreme Court blundered in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. Scott was an enslaved man, once the property of the Blow family of Southampton County, Virginia. A later owner had taken him into a free territory and a free state, where he lived for some years, then returned him to a slave state. Scott sued for his freedom. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who had freed his own slaves, nonetheless sympathized with the South and wanted to settle the issue once and for all. Instead of simply refusing Scott’s appeal on the basis that he was not a citizen and had no right to sue in courts (which is what Taney believed), Taney’s majority opinion ruled that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional, because Congress could not ban slavery in any territory, and therefore Scott remained a slave. Far from settling the issue, Taney made it worse. The decision enraged many people throughout the North and not just abolitionists. For Dred Scott personally, the result was better; the Blow family, now living in Missouri and antislavery, regained ownership of Scott and freed him.

John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, 1859:

In October 1859, John Brown, an extremist who had participated in Bleeding Kansas, organized a raid by a small, racially-mixed group of abolitionists on the U.S. arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia [now West Virginia], hoping to ignite a slave rebellion. U.S. Marines, led by Robert E. Lee, soon captured him. Northerners, including abolitionists, initially repudiated his actions. But during his trial for treason against Virginia and his subsequent execution in December 1859, he became a martyr and a hero to many. Southern whites reacted with horror, convinced that many Northerners wanted to kill them.

Included in this section are the top part of a pike used by Brown’s raiders and various documents. Two letters to Virginia Governor Henry Wise (W&M Board of Visitors 1848)—one from a Virginia sympathizer living in New York and another from a Northerner—warn of possible raids to free Brown from the Charles Town jail. William Taliaferro (W&M 1839/1842, later rector) commanded the Virginia militia that protected the area during this tense time; the bound volume records orders for the day of Brown’s execution.

John Floyd and Corruption:

The corruption of the Buchanan administration further weakened the Democratic Party and handed Republicans another issue heading into the election of 1860. The most corrupt reputedly was Secretary of War John Floyd of Virginia. He kept track of his Washington social life in this ledger, with a street-by-street listing of the people he visited in 1858. It is open to New Jersey Avenue, where Vice President John Breckinridge and Senator Stephen Douglas lived in adjoining houses; they would both be candidates in the presidential election of 1860.

The Election of 1860 and Secession of the Deep South:

The election of 1860 demonstrated just how divided the nation had become. In the North, Republican Abraham Lincoln ran aga

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