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see jinnijinni
, feminine jinniyah
, plural jinn
, in Arabic and Islamic folklore, spirit or demon endowed with supernatural power. In ancient belief the jinn were associated with the destructive forces of nature.
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1. (in fairy tales and stories) a servant who appears by magic and fulfils a person's wishes
2. another word for jinni
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An online information and bulletin board service that closed its doors at the end of 1999, much to the dismay of its many users, some of whom were still chatting when the plug was pulled. Genie (General Electric Network for Information Exchange) was set up as a joint venture between GE and Ameritech in 1985, and in time was acquired by Yovelle Renaissance Corporation and then by IDT in the mid-1990s. Its roundtable discussions, chat lines, games and Internet access attracted a niche of science fiction aficionados as well as horror and fantasy writers. The growth of other online services affected Genie's traffic, which in those early days, peaked at some 400,000 users. See online service. See also Jini.
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With Genies Verification, individuals that are accepted receive:
It was one of those malicious, wicked genies who are mortal enemies of men.
In a world where humans and genies uneasily coexist, fourteen-year-old Ziad is chosen to be part of a mission uniting both races to defeat the evil King Baghoul.
"In the last three months alone we have arrested 24 of these so-called 'kings of genies', some of whom have even become rich in just a year," he told AFP.
Poof, went the genies, and the nasty ogres went away or got their just desserts.
* The Academy of Canadian Cinema is incorporated and takes over the Canadian Film Awards, which are now called the Genies. No awards are presented this year.
Compounding this seemly unsolvable problem is the annual turkey shoot called the Genies. This is not criticism of the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, which organizes the event and does its level best under difficult circumstances, made even more so this year by its own jury members.
Initially, the Genies were voted on by Academy members, much like the US system for the Oscars, but this only led to further embarrassment when, in the first year, such "Americanized" features as The Changeling, Meatballs and Murder By Degree walked away with all the major awards.
Another round of Genies have come and gone and the beat goes on.
It should do well at this year's Genies. Don McKellar's Last Night, like The Red Violin a holdover from 1998, continued well into 1999, and like the Wheeler film, its box-office performance was a pleasant surprise.
The old Canadian Film Awards were retooled by the newly formed Academy and renamed the Genies (a name chosen mostly because of its bilingual nature).