As of August 2014, there are five books in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," the book series on which the "Game of Thrones" television series is based. Martin has said that he plans to write seven books in total.
A:The superstructure of a building is the part that is entirely above its foundation or basement. It is the part of the building that is above ground level, and it usually serves the purpose of the building's intended use.
A:Architects use the Pythagorean theorem, which is expressed by the equation: a2 + b2 = c2, in designing and computing the measurements of building structures and bridges. One example involves roof design. A gable roof is made of two right triangles, where the base of one right triangle is called the run, the height is called the rise and the slope is called the rafter.
A:The number of seats available varies per show, but the max seating of 19,763 is available during basketball games, as of 2014. With the exception of basketball, ice hockey and concerts, all seating maximums depend on the size of the event.
A:According to the modern versions of the Superman origin story, Superman got his powers from the rays of the yellow sun when he came to Earth. Krypton, his home world, had a red sun, and normal Kryptonians did not have super powers.
A:The main purpose of political cartoons is to give an opinion or a point about a political event or view in a humorous way. Most cartoons make people get amused or laugh, but they are intended to persuade people or pass along certain information.
A:Snoopy's plane is a Sopwith Camel, which is a single-seated biplane fighter flown by the British during World War One. His enemy during these fantasies, known as the Red Baron, was an actual German pilot named Manfred von Richtofen, who was credited with 80 air combat victories during the war.
A:Batman mask templates are available at Mask Design Site and Imgarcade.com. The templates can be printed and traced to use as part of a Batman costume. The Batman mask template can also be added to t-shirts.
A:The name "The Avengers" was suggested by the Wasp (Janet van Dyne) in "Avengers Volume 1, #1" which was published in 1963. In her dialogue, the Wasp suggested a "colorful and dramatic" name for the newly formed crime fighting group of superheroes, which, at the time, included Ant-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and Thor.
A:The word "Pokemon" is a contraction of two Japanese words, "Poketto" and "Monsut?," or "Pocket Monsters" in English. The combination of two words to make a single name is a popular way for Japanese titles to transition into English, especially when they're long or similar to trademarked names.
A:Handblown glass is made using several types of specialty equipment, most importantly a blowpipe for shaping the glass and a torch or other heat source for melting the glass to make it malleable. Working with molten glass can be very dangerous, so How Stuff Works recommends that beginners take a few classes before attempting to create hand-blown glass on their own.
A:In art, the term "form" has two meanings. In its most basic application, form refers to a three-dimensional work of art, such as a sculpture or installation. In a broader sense, form is a concept that encapsulates all visible features of an artwork. Form in this context refers to the objective qualities of a work, including color, shape and contrast.
A:Overlapping in art is the placement of objects over one another in order to create the illusion of depth. Painting is a two-dimensional artistic expression. It has length and width but no depth. It is necessary, therefore, for artists to provide viewers with some sort of perspective in establishing size and distance in paintings. This is where overlapping come into play.
A:Three-dimensional art is observed in terms of its height, width and depth. It is not flat like two-dimensional art, which consists of paintings, drawings and photographs. Pottery and sculpture are examples of three-dimensional art.
A:The four steps to art criticism are: to describe what you see, analyze the elements the artist has used, interpret what the artist is trying to say, and evaluate its importance. This kind of analysis is done in an organised approach.
A:After the introduction of the daguerrotype, a precursor to the photograph, in 1939, French painter Paul Delaroche is said to have declared, "From today, painting is dead." In essence, however, what it produced was a widening of the scope of what painting could encompass in Western art.
A:The role of an owl as a bad omen stretches back to ancient mythology in a number of cultures. Many cultures believe that owls signal an underworld, represent death or human spirits after death. Owls are not, however, universal omens.
A:The moral of "The Ugly Duckling" is that people should never give up on following their passions and finding their place in society. "The Ugly Duckling," a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen that was published in 1943, focuses on the story of a young "duckling" who doesn't appear to fit in with or look like the rest of the group.
A:The moral of "The Fisherman and His Wife" is that a person must be thankful for what he has and not always want more, lest it become impossible for him ever to be satisfied. Those who do not appreciate the small things likely do not have the capacity to appreciate anything and are destined to live a life deprived of joy.
A:Around 1377, the poem "Piers Plowman," by William Langland, made a passing reference to a character thought to be Robin Hood. A tale known as "Robin Hood and the Monk" was written about 1450, but the author is unknown.
A:Wishing someone good luck on their future endeavors is a friendly and polite gesture that can be done in a variety of ways, preferably by sending a handwritten note. The note may be accompanied by wishing the recipient well either in person or on the phone, depending on the relationship to him or her.
A:The moral of "Rip Van Winkle" is that life passes by with or without a person and that change is inevitable. The story also shows that a person will pay dearly when they try to avoid change; in many ways, Irving is asking his readers to be active participants in their own lives and enjoy each moment.