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This month marks the 33rd anniversary of my favorite stand alone Marvel comic issue: IRON MAN #150 aka DOOMQUEST. Everyone knows I’m a huge Thanos fan, so you’d think I’d name an Infinity Gauntlet issue or something as my favorite. But as I posted on my instagram for the Marvel Photo Challenge, you’d be wrong. IM 150 is what I consider the best of the great Marvel Match-ups. Iron Man vs. Thor, Thor vs. Silver Surfer even Hulk vs. Thing doesn’t compare to the Tony Stark vs. Victor von Doom battle that Doomquest delivers.

It’s the best Science vs. Magic tale I’ve ever read in comics and makes me even more sad that Marvel doesn’t own the film rights to Doom, so a film version isn’t possible. And I doubt we’ll see anything close to a great adaptation in any of Marvel’s current animated series. 

Anyways, Doomquest is at it’s core is a time travel film, specifically the Arthurian times, where the hero and the villain are classically divided between and take sides with King Arthur and the dark sorceress Morgan La Fey. Yet this isn’t just a typical good vs evil scenario. Yes Doom does align himself with Morgan to dethrone King Arthur, but not because of his love of dark magic. It’s because he believes Morgan is the only one who can rescue his mother’s soul from hell.

Of course hardly anything goes right for Doom and Iron Man leading King Arthur’s forces, defeats Morgan Le Fey. Doom vows revenge but realizes he needs to work together with Iron Man to get back to their own time. So they use their knowledge of science to combine their own armor’s circuitry to create a makeshift time machine that brings them back to the 80s. Doom calls a truce until the next time they meet in battle. 

Great issue, and it’s it’s never really been referenced in future comics as far as I know. Other than a couple of issues of the original Mighty Avengers books where Morgan Le Fey becomes Doom’s booty call. Regardless, if you can find the trade or even the original issue, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.  

anonymous said:

Do you have any advice on writing the loss of an eye? Like: short term and long term consequences?

Here are some resources to look through.

Short term:

Long term:

-Headless

Woodland Kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis

The Woodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis (Coraciiformes - Alcedinidae) is a beautiful blue bird common across sub-Saharan Africa, occupying a wide variety of woodland and savanna habitats. It is quite an adaptable hunter, feeding mainly insects but also small vertebrates, such as fish, snakes and even other birds.

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Photo credit: ©Arno Meintjes (CC 2.0) | Locality: Mpumalanga Rural, Mpumalanga, South Africa (2009)

We are proud to announce the release of the very first Smash Bros. Legacy-flavored build of Project M! 

Additions to this version of Project M will include:

  • Exclusive narrator voice customized for this version of Project M
  • Nostalgic background music and remixes for stages
  • Greater variety of skins for characters, including Hyrule Warriors Link, Helmetless Captain Falcon, Pirate Hat Yoshi, and Team Rocket’s Armored Mewtwo
  • Competitive, re-imagined stages appropriate for tournament play
  • Unique menus, character portraits, and selection screens

What this build will not include:

  • Any changes to character’s hitboxes, movesets, or identity. In other words, we want to keep fighters in the game unchanged from the PMBR’s official builds (with the exception of skins). 
  • Any changes to items from PMBR’s official build

As of now, this project is based off of the Project M 3.02 build. But we’re preparing in advance to adapt this work-in-progress to the 3.5 version as soon as the PMBR releases it. 

We’re not sure when this will be released exactly, but we’re working hard to get it out soon so that all of you can download and enjoy it. 

loveandallthat78 said:

Stoyd is so fun

Stiles likes to think of himself as quick on his feet, capable of adapting to any situation. It’s not like he hasn’t discussed the imminent zombie apocalypse with Scott before, extensively talking about escape plans and potential weapons, bragged about his capability to take down any zombie with a baseball bat. 

So when Stiles is walking home from work one late October evening, wind crisply blowing by him and he looks up from his phone to see one—no, two— unnaturally pale faces, groaning as they shuffle by on the other end of the street, Stiles is ashamed to say that his first instinct is to panic.

They’re staggering along, this curly-headed dude with blood congealed in his hair, a gash mark on his neck and face, and his blonde companion looks almost decapitated as well, but they’re still walking towards him. Determinedly. Zombies. Oh no, and there’s more of them coming up behind them a whole horde—

Stiles whirls around and walks straight into a broad-shouldered black guy right behind him. He looks human, and hot too, Stiles belatedly realizes, but there’s no time for flirting now.

"Dude, run!" Stiles shouts, grabbing his hand without thinking and pulling him along. 

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If the immediate and direct purpose of our life is not suffering then our existence is the most ill-adapted to its purpose in the world: for it is absurd to suppose that the endless affliction of which the world is everywhere full, and which arises out of the need and distress pertaining essentially to life, should be purposeless and purely accidental. Every individual misfortune, to be sure, seems an exceptional occurrence; but misfortune in general is the rule.
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Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

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Grace Building, Sydney, Australia
from the State Library of New South Wales

Deco-gothic skyscraper in Sydney. 

The Wikipedia entry for the building shows it’s had a distinguished history, originally a department store and these days a luxury hotel:

The Grace Building is a historic building located in Sydney, New South Wales Australia on York Street. Designed by Morrow & Gordon and built by Kell & Rigby during the late 1920s, it was opened in 1930 by Grace Brothers, the Australian department store magnates, as their headquarters. “The building was designed to use the first two storeys in the manner of a department store. The remaining storeys were intended to provide rental office accommodation for importers and other firms engaged in the softgoods trade”. Inspired by the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower in Chicago—headquarters of the Chicago Tribune[4]—the building was of the Art Deco architectural style and had state-of-the-art innovations and facilities for the time.

The Grace Building was sublet to the Australian Commonwealth government in the early 1940s and later became the Sydney headquarters of the U.S. armed forces under General Douglas MacArthur during the Pacific War. After World War II, it continued to be used for government administration purposes[1] and was compulsorily acquired by the Commonwealth in November 1945.

Extensive renovation and restoration during the 1990s resulted in the return of many of the building’s original features, including light fittings, lifts, stairwells, high pressed-metal ceilings, marble floors, wide hallways, and elegant decorative ironwork.

The Grace Building was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1980 and placed on the NSW State Heritage Register in 1999. The building was purchased for redevelopment in 1995 by the Low Yat Group of Malaysia. Since June 1997, it has operated as a luxury hotel known as “the Grace Sydney”.

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The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

Picking Up and Moving On

I’ve been asked a few times about my experience about moving across the country, how i’ve thrived and survived adapting to a new place, far from home, away from my family. Why did I do it? How did I do it?

I first wanted to say — I’ve been planning on moving to Colorado my entire life. Since I came here as a baby, skiing here as a child. Barely able to even stand and balance, my parents put me on skis. Growing up, my family would come out west - Utah, Colorado, Tahoe, etc. I fell in love with Colorado. I just remember being so little and sitting in the back of my parent’s suburban, driving down Vail Pass and looking up at the mountains surrounding us, towering above us. I remember the heart-ache when I saw those same mountains as we were driving back home. I knew in my gut, even from a young age, that I wanted to be in Colorado. I wanted to call this beautiful place home. Skiing made me feel alive, and the mountains just felt so welcoming.

High school came, and I studied my ass off. I was still skiing, now racing, and still going out west. My parents took me to the University of Colorado — Boulder when I was a Junior in college. I fell in love there, too. I knew that I wanted to set my academic goals to attend UC. My parents sat me down one day and told me that they couldn’t afford to send me out to Colorado. I would have to go somewhere in state if I wanted any assistance with college.

Sorrowfully and regretfully I attended an in-state school in Michigan (which  I HATED for two years, but then fell in love with). I strayed from the idea of moving to Colorado, feeling discouraged. I studied anthropology for two years. Then, I went out to Vail for vacation one winter. We stayed in the Marriott Mountain Lodge. Absolutely breath-taking hotel. The customer service was excellent. I started to think about hospitality, at that point. How awesome would it be to talk to cool, interesting people all day while also sharing your passion for the place you loved? At the time my sister worked in hotels so I talked to her about it and I decided that I wanted to pursue a degree in hospitality. 

Once I switched over, I gained confidence in moving to Colorado again. I knew my degree would be something I would enjoy, also something that could take me out to Colorado. I worked at a beautiful hotel in Grand Rapids, learned the ins-and-outs of hotels, and was molded into a customer service expert. 

As graduation approached, I realized I had no money to move. I resigned my lease in Grand Rapids, and planned to stay there for a year. I also realized that I didn’t want to be far from all of my new friends and all of my family. Then, I realized my job at that time could not offer me a raise, nor could they offer me full time. I had to find something. But the lodging market wasn’t so impressive in the area.

I decided to apply online to some ski resorts. Without fail, I received a phone call the following day. That started my interviewing process. Within two and a half weeks, I was hired into the company and ready to go. I had to pack up my things and leave in 2.5 weeks. 

I started packing my things and was becoming more excited and even more nervous as time got closer. Saying goodbye to my dad, sister, dog and closest friends felt like my heart was being ripped to shreds — i wanted to take everyone with me out here, but it was time for me to move. This would be the first time I lived more than 2 hours from my parents. I got a wrench in my gut — what if something happened to one of them while I was so far? What if something happened to me? I knew that these thoughts were nothing but holding me back. I pushed them aside. I had to do this for me. I had to discover who I was. I had to pursue my dreams. I had to be in the mountains. I couldn’t disappoint myself, and sit back and watch my dream from afar. 

Off I went. My mom and I drove across the country with my entire life in the back of my jeep liberty. She helped me settle in for a few days, and she left before my first day at work. When i dropped her off at the airport, she told me how proud she was of me. And then I saw her cry for the first time, ever. We sobbed and held each other in tears. She knew what this meant to me and supported me the entire way. I couldn’t be here without my mom. 

So…here I am now.  The hardest, boldest decision that this shy introvert could make. And I couldn’t be happier for the decision I made. For any of you wondering “should I move far from everything I know” —- YES. Do it. It will shape you into the person you want to be. You will find so much about yourself that you never thought you would. You will meet awesome people. Do awesome things. Worst comes to worst? You move home. But you tried. and you pursued something you’ve wanted. And honestly, that’s important. I’m living my dreams, and I think you should too.

Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and that doing things that aren’t fun or exciting is a waste of time. Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive, and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one. They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life. Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish, when they wish. They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow. In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed, for tomorrow never comes.

Pizza Blowies

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Lazy Sunday pizza in bed with a side of awkward beejs for two insufferable men.

For shingekinokitty: This is based off a Professor Ackerman/College student Erwin AU we have going on, where Levi’s some German fartbag who has a cocky piece of puggle poop student Erwin, and they shtupp like anteaters, and it’s all very wrong, but I tried to adapt it to be a little more universal for everyone else to read, but it doesn’t explain why Erwin’s a mouthy bottom trash shit, so I wrote this note, which shingekinokitty told me to, and everything is his fault.

This is just as bad as what you’d expect from the title. NSFW.

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Without his phone alarm waking him with obnoxious chirping promptly at 7AM, Erwin was prone to sleeping well into the afternoon, which was threatening to be the case as the minutes gained on midday. He was startled to waking when Levi unceremoniously plopped a stack of pizza boxes on the nightstand by his head and proclaimed, “You’re not leaving bed today.”

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The savage heat waves that struck Australia in 2013 were almost certainly a direct consequence of the human release of greenhouse gases, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made that ties a specific weather event to global warming.

Five groups of researchers, using distinct methods, analyzed the heat that baked Australia for much of last year and continued into 2014, shutting down the Australian Open tennis tournament at one point in January. All five came to the conclusion that last year’s heat waves could not have been as severe without the long-term climatic warming caused by human activity.

“When we look at the heat across the whole of Australia and the whole 12 months of 2013, we can say that this was virtually impossible without climate change,” said David Karoly, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne who led one research team.

One of the most direct and definitive statements from climate scientists to date. More here.

maverickanoidite said:

Was Native American reaction to evolution any different to Christianity when it was all new and stuff? Example: That Oceti Sakowin were told that the bones of what they thought belong to the legendary Thunder Horse actually belong to an extinct relative of rhinos called Brontotherium? I honestly have a feeling that most religions must have a "Creationist" principle?

Each Tribe has its own creation story. The Lakota originally lived underground and emerged through Wind Cave in Khe Sapa, The Black Hills, to live on the surface. This is what the elders say, that we have always been here. Even greater however is the belief in a universal energy that we’re all a part of, that connectedness that binds all things together, from a rock, to a tree, to a buffalo, to a human, to a supernova many light years away. Indigenous peoples not polluted with colonial thought have a better understanding of time and space independent of men. What is evolution? It is simply a change in inherited characteristics over time. Those best adapted are successful and survive.

ISFP, the Composer

As a variant of Plato’s Artisans and Aristotle’s Hedonics, the ISFPs are little different from other SPs in most respects. Like all the Artisans they are concrete in their communication and utilitarian in their use of tools. They are interested in learning about arts and crafts, are preoccupied with technique, and work well with equipment. In orientation they tend to be hedonistic, optimistic, cynical, and focused on the here and now. They want to be seen as artistic, audacious, and adaptable. Often excited, they trust their impulses, yearn for impact, seek sensation, prize generosity, and aspire to virtuosity. Intellectually, they are prone to practice tactics far more than logistics, strategy, and especially diplomacy. Further, with their friendly nature they tend to play the informative role of Entertainer more comfortably than the tough-minded, directive role of Operator. And with their quiet reserve they prefer playing the part of a Composer than a Performer.

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

The Centurion Arms C4 Rail system is still tops for the quad picatinny rail system world. Strong, light, and cost effective, the “cut out” models for Carbine and Midlength FSB barrel is still my favorite quad rail.

http://www.weaponoutfitters.com/centurion-arms-c4-rail-system.html

Gear Sector Mini Scout Light mount, we’ve got versions that a few generations older and priced to reflect that. These are still the toughest and most ergonomic mounts available. The one in the picture? I dropped a fully equipped rifle onto concrete five times… bent the bezel some but the light still works fine. The polymer light i was comparing it to exploded apart on the first drop.

http://www.weaponoutfitters.com/gear-sector-offset-flashlight-mount-for-surefire-scout-light.html

Surefire M300B Mini Scout Light

Eotech XPS 2-0

Law Tactical LLC Folding Stock Adapter, 3rd Generation. Fixed all issues found with earlier versions, and is stronger and more ergonomic

Sig Sauer Pistol Brace, FDE


Sig Sauer Pistol Brace

BLIND CAVEFISH ELIMINATE CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS TO SAVE ENERGY

Blind cavefish aka Eyeless Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) have lost their circadian rhythms and have developed more efficient metabolisms than the fish that live in the light according to a study published September 24, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Damian Moran from Lund University, Sweden, and colleagues.

The Mexican tetra fish has two variants, a fully-eyed fish living close to the surface and a blind, deep water, cave-dwelling fish. Scientists in this study used these two fish to study evolutionary adaptation in fish residing in near or total darkness. 

The two fish types experience differences in daily light exposure, food availability, and predation, which all may influence adaptation. The authors explored these evolutionary differences in laboratory-based experiments by measuring metabolic rate (oxygen consumption) of both Pachón cave and surface fish at a fixed swimming speed under light and dark and constant dark photoperiods.

So eyeless cavefish use ~30% less energy than surface fish, depending on lighting conditions. Surface fish displayed a circadian rhythm in oxygen consumption on a light-dark cycle, and they found that this metabolic rhythm persists even in constant darkness. Cavefish, however, show no circadian rhythm in metabolism, in either light-dark or constant dark conditions. The authors propose that this loss of a circadian rhythm enables cavefish to save energy. The authors suggest that elimination of the circadian rhythm in metabolism could be a general feature of animals that live in perpetually dark, food-limited environments, such as caves or the deep sea.

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