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1. Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 1835--1910, US novelist and humorist, famous for his classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
2. Shania , real name Eilleen Regina Edwards. born 1965, Canadian country-rock singer; her bestselling recordings include The Woman In Me (1995) Come On Over (1997), and UP! (2002)


(graphics, standard)
An image capture API for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems that enables the user to control a scanner or digital camera from image processing software.

TWAIN was first released on 1992-02-29 and is currently ratified at version 2.0 as of 2005-11-28. It is maintained by the TWAIN Working Group.

Kevin Bier, chairman-emeritus of the TWAIN Working Group and the one of the original co-author/editors of TWAIN 1.0, chose the name TWAIN after reading letters by Mark Twain. It was unofficially considered to mean "toolkit without an important name."

The word "twain" is an archaic form meaning "two". It appears in Kipling's "The Ballad of East and West" - "...and never the twain shall meet...", reflecting the difficulty, at the time, of connecting scanners and personal computers. It was up-cased to TWAIN to make it more distinctive. This led people to believe it was an acronym, and then to a contest to come up with an expansion. None were selected, but the entry "Technology Without An Interesting Name" continues to haunt the standard.

The TWAIN Working Group.


(Technology Without An Interesting Name) A programming interface that lets a graphics application, such as an image editing program or desktop publishing program, activate a scanner, frame grabber or other image-capturing device.
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Public Law 112-201, the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act of 2012, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue not more than 100,000 $5 gold coins and 350,000 $1 silver coins in uncirculated and proof qualities.
My Google search led me to several other Twain quotation sites.
I drove out to Hannibal to catch the ceremony at his boyhood home, where a time capsule would be buried in the presence of a Mark Twain impersonator, a beauty queen, and a dozen Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher "ambassadors" dressed in hokumwear.
He even railed against the event chairman's decision to sit on the stage behind him, "a thing I detest," wrote Twain.
In 1861, Twain headed west to earn his fortune in the Nevada silver rush.
NET TWAIN supports managing images with the BMP, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats.
Bush's last three chapters attempt to disarm arguments contrary to his position--that is, the arguments posed by the majority consensus of Twain scholars about the writer's descent into bitter cynicism and disillusionment.
That gloss helps explain why Twain remains a central figure in American culture: His oeuvre is shot through with moral and intellectual conundrums.
The chapters progress as chronologically as is feasible, beginning almost inevitably with a focus on the relationship between Twain and Bret Harte.
Twain historian Carl Freiling from Ashland, Missouri, may have the answer.
Such events include the August 7 to 10 Shania Twain Worldwide Fan Convention.
At the beginning of the play, Twain warns the audience not to make too much out this adventure tale, but we know that the author - not known for his sentimentality - used his so-called light entertainment to examine a racially divided nation.