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Psychedelic Nature-Inspired Swirling Illustrations Are Animated by James R. Eads

Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator James R. Ead’s stunning illustrations are known for their unique style and technique. Following van Gogh’s signature brushstroke composed of colorful and fast moving brush strokes, Ead’s work reveals a meditative and soothing connection with nature and humanity. 

Both gentle and powerful, the swirling illustrations contain a surrealist and ethereal touch. Their latest animation has added a psychedelic quality, which seems to create a magical atmosphere, which are spellbinding.

eternalkazumi  asked:

Hey! (: Can you recommend me an apps for studying? I often spend my time outside because I have a lot of extracurricular activities. Meanwhile I am always got my phone on my hand everywhere than my notebook. Thank u!

Hello! Of course! Here are some apps that might interest you (I’ll try to separate them into categories):

Time Management & Productivity Apps:

  • Flattomato - a pomodoro timer app.
  • 30/30 - another type of productivity timer like the one above.
  • Maths Alarm Clock - makes you solve a maths question before turning your alarm off to ensure that you wake up. 
  • Timetable - again just one example because there are a lot of timetabling apps so definitely check out alternatives to find one that suits you / is available on your device.
  • Timeful -  acts as a calendar and to-do list, allowing you to keep your entire schedule in just one place.
  • Remember The Milk - a to-do list app.
  • Wunderlist - another to do list (this is the one that I tend to use).
  • EpicWin - each “task / to do” you complete earns XP which can be used to improve an in-app character.

Note Taking:

  • Evernote - gather your notes, ideas, and thoughts in one place, organised in notebooks.
  • Prezi - create presentations across devices.
  • Super Notes -  allows the saving of notes, recordings, images and more.
  • OneNote -  type, hand write, draw, and clip things from the web to get down your thoughts into your notebook.

Study Apps:

  • GoConqr -  create online Mind Maps, Flashcards, Online Notes and Quizzes 
  • My Study Life -  see homework due and overdue for classes, classes which conflict with your exams and even add revision tasks for a specific exam.
  • Khan Academy -  learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles.

Mental Health:

  • Viridi - nurture some succulents; I find it very relaxing.
  • Code Blue - “provide teenagers struggling from depression or bullying with support when they need it. Users can choose several contacts to be part of their support group. With just a few taps, the app will alert the support group that the user needs immediate help.” 
  • Lantern - “combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques with advice from real experts. Users start by taking an assessment test to determine their strengths and weaknesses in five areas: body, stress/anxiety, mood, sleep, and social life. Lantern provides daily exercises tailored to suit users’ needs based on the results of their assessment. Each user is also matched with a professional coach trained in CBT who can provide feedback and answer any questions.”
  • BellyBio - teaches a breathing technique that’s helpful for anxiety disorders.
  • Optimism - “track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.” 
  • Relax Melodies -  mix and match nature sounds with new age music.

Reference & Other:

  • The Oxford Dictionary /  Merriam-Webster - there are lots of other dictionary apps but I think these are the main two that people use.
  • Photomath - scans equations and solves mathematical problems.
  • Babylon - a translation app.
  • RealCalc Scientific Calculator - for if you leave your calculator at home but need a scientific one, not just the average built in one.
  • TED - educational talks and presentations.
  • Sworkit - exercise & fitness; can create five minute exercise plans.
  • Circle of 6 - safety app; good for walking at night / whenever you feel unsafe; there are lots of similar apps so worth checking the stores to find one that suits you and your needs.

If anyone has any other app recs please add them in the notes and replies!

**whispers** not to be that person but remember 84 years ago when gba was still around and she got super fired up when someone insinuated that 1D was nothing like The Beatles and then all of the sudden she was writing full dissertations to prove otherwise even though she wasn’t even a 1d fan per se–she was just extremely passionate and determined to convince her followers that they had staying power much like the beatles because they started off in a similar fashion….and now Harry is on the front cover of another man in an iconic paul mccartney outfit being interviewed by paul himself and no offense at all but i am fucking awake

NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes.

The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

“Europa’s ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life in the solar system,” said Geoff Yoder, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “These plumes, if they do indeed exist, may provide another way to sample Europa’s subsurface.”

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A Visit to Forget-Me-Not Farm

This story is lovingly dedicated to the absolutely delightful @mywoolmitten, who so generously provided many of the plot points and even let me move some bits of her Michigan farm to the Scottish Highlands, so that our Modern Glasgow Frasers could have some fun. Love you, Mitts!


Modern Glasgow AU


“Are we there yet?”

Claire turned back from the passenger seat in the Range Rover. In the middle seat, Rollo’s head on her lap, pouted eleven-year-old Julia. Eighteen-year-old William squirmed in his seat beside her, not best pleased to have been dragged out of bed early on a Saturday morning.

“It’s verra close, *a nighean.*Just a few more minutes, aye?”

Jamie glanced over his shoulder to check for oncoming traffic before turning off the highway onto the side road, following the signs to Forget-Me-Not Farm. He slowed to make sure that the wee caravan – Fergus and Marsali in their battered Mini, and Faith, Brianna, and Roger in Faith’s Volkswagen – had also made the turn.

“I dinna understand why we’re going to a sheep farm, of all places,” William huffed. “I dinna like Auntie Jenny’s merinos, they always want to bite my fingers off.”

“Well this is an actual sheep farm – thousands of sheep – and they sell all kinds of yarn and woolen products.” Claire sipped from her to-go cup of coffee, holding it carefully as Jamie guided the car around a particularly large pothole. “They also produce some of the wool that is used to make your kilt – remember, the one you were so excited to get for your last birthday?”

William sighed theatrically.

“It’s part of yer culture, laddie!” Jamie exclaimed. “And ye have to humor yer sisters every once in a while, aye?”

“Sometimes I feel that’s *all* I do,” he muttered.

Claire whirled to face her son, eyes narrow.

He sighed, shook his head, and turned to watch the moors roll by the window.

One final bend in the road – and then a field dotted with gray and black and white fuzzy bodies for as far as the eye could see.

As soon as Jamie had parked the car, Julia almost flew out the door, running to the fence to get eye-to-eye with her favorite animals.

“They’re Shetlands, mama!” she exclaimed, vibrating with excitement. “Look how beautiful they are!”

Faith and Brianna quickly came to their wee sister’s side, Roger standing back with Fergus, Marsali, and William. Fergus gently rubbed the small of Marsali’s back as she caressed the swell of her belly.

“I’ve never met someone who can be so excited about *everything,*” Roger mused, watching Julia reach through the fence to lovingly pat a Scottish Blackface on the nose.

“She has always been like that,” Fergus murmured, kissing his wife’s temple. “She has brought so much joy to our family – she is a literal ray of light. For all of us.”

The men startled as Jamie soundlessly crept up behind them and clapped a solid hand on their shoulders. “Well then – let’s let the wee ones have their fun. Yer Mam tells me there’s a good shop to explore – and they even make their own whisky!”

It took William a while to get the hang of it, but soon he had spun more yarn than his sisters.

“Are ye sure ye’ve never done this before, lad?” The kind shopkeeper, clad in homespun woolen mittens, squinted at the pile of soft blue yarn beneath William’s spindle.

“I haven’t, I swear! It’s just – weel, I had thought that only *girls* would like doing this.” His voice was shy, but strong. “I like it. I think.”

“It’s no’ fair – my fingers are smaller than yours!” Julia frowned at her much smaller pile of yellow yarn.

“Now, now – it’s no’ a race. Quality is *always* more important than quantity.”

Julia huffed softly, but bent to her work.

From her vantage point across the room, Claire smiled – so happy to see her son actually enjoying himself.

“What do ye think, Mother Claire?” Marsali, beaming in her sixth month of pregnancy, appeared at Claire’s elbow, holding a wee woolen sweater.

Claire smiled – still getting used to the idea that she would soon be somebody’s grandmother.

“I think it’s beautiful,” she replied, giving her daughter-in-law a quick, impulsive hug. “And I’m sure Faith would love to make you something, too – ”

“Oh, aye – we’ve already talked about it. She said that Brianna is making her her own spinning wheel, and it should be ready in time for when the bairn comes.”

“That sounds just like the two of them.” Nineteen-year-old Brianna and twenty-year-old Faith studied at the same uni – and lived in dorms right next door to each other. She and Jamie had thought it would perhaps be good for the girls to get a bit of separation, but the girls had refused – and instead had become even closer since moving away from home.

“And it looks like she may be able to use some of William and Julia’s yarn – or William’s anyway.”

“Are ye the mother of those two young spinners?”

Claire turned to face the shopkeeper, whose arms now overflowed with knitting patterns.

“Yes – thank you for being so patient with them!”

“Oh, it’s nae bother! So nice to see boys so interested in learning the craft, so to speak.”

Marsali quietly stepped away as the two older women began discussing the different plants and herbs that were used to create the natural dyes which were used to color the yarn produced by Forget-Me-Not Farm. Mother Claire always had an interest in such things – and she smiled at the thought that Fergus could probably write an interesting article or two about it.

Speaking of Fergus – her eyes scanned the shop, but didn’t find her husband. Not even in the section with the homemade snacks and drinks.

Hmm.

“Do you like sheep, Roger?”

Roger slung an arm around Brianna’s shoulder as Fergus stretched his legs on the other end of the bench.

“Never really been around sheep, to be honest – I grew up in Glasgow, wi’ my uncle. The closest I ever got to a sheep was Mrs. Graham’s mutton pie.”

Brianna snorted.

Faith and Jamie rounded the corner, heads bent in deep conversation.

“…see that round house behind the shop?”

“Aye – the sign said that they use it now to bake pastries and such.”

Jamie looked up and frowned at his daughter, son, and putative son-in-law lounging in the sun.

“Up off yer arses! Breathe in the fresh country air!”

Roger rolled his eyes at the Great Scot’s insistence on physical activity so early in the morning – but he *was* Brianna’s father, after all.

So together they walked down the winding path, past the barn and beside yet another paddock full of blissful sheep to the octagonal-shaped red building.

“Oh Lord – is that cinnamon bread?” Roger groaned.

Fergus glanced over at his wee brother. “Race you to it?”

And then Roger took off like a shot, Fergus close behind, Faith and Brianna and Jamie watching, laughing, and just happy to be alive.

“Thank you so much again, Mrs. – ”

“Everyone calls me Mitts – you may also.” The shopkeeper pushed her spectacles back up her nose, smiling at Claire, Marsali, William, and Julia – who was still pouting, but very proud of the small skein she had spun.

“And now let’s go find your Da – I hope he hasn’t wandered off somewhere…”

“He’s probably up at the roundhouse – there’s a great big cistern at the bottom that was used in the old days to pipe water directly into the main farmhouse. And that’s where our ovens are, for the farm kitchen.”

“That sounds like something Bree would love,” William remarked, still fingering his skein. “And Da always loves to eat, so – ”

“It’s just past the shop – turn left and follow the path.”

Claire took the bags and nodded in thanks to the kindly woman.

“Thank you, Mitts!” Marsali exclaimed. “I will be back in the springtime with the bairn – so many lovely things for you to choose from!”

The woman beamed with praise, and then the Frasers were stepping along the path to the roundhouse.

William was right – Brianna was deeply engaged in a conversation with someone who looked like a farm employee, gesturing toward the corner where the cistern had to be. Fergus was perusing the tray of freshly-baked scones cooling on the butcher-block counter. And Jamie, William, and Roger –

“James Fraser. Is that whisky?”

From his perch on an old barrel, Jamie raised a glass to his wife.

“It is, my love. Matches the color of your eyes. Have a wee nip wi’ me?”

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gold and silver, silver and gold

fun fact; while it’s (relatively) common knowledge that shirogane means silver, i haven’t seen any mention of kogane being gold. 

Character Feature #1: Jun Hogo

Hello everyone! Welcome to a much more infrequent series than Stand Feature, Character Feature. This series will cover some of the more important original characters we’ll have in the game. We obviously won’t give any spoilers or anything away, but we’ll try to present these characters in a way that you can get behind.

To start, we’re going with one of the first original characters we developed for the story, Jun Hogo (保護 順).

(Original sketchwork - @purupurple / Final linework and coloring - @mrfirebird467) [High Quality Image Here]

(Done by @purupurple) [High Quality Image Here]

B/W/H =  84-52-86

DOB = 9/21/1976

Height = 180 cm

Weight = 71 kg

Blood Type = O

Favorite Musician = Eric Clapton

Favorite Food = Milkshakes and fried chicken

Favorite Hobby = Jogging and reading

Favorite Movie = Die Hard

Jun Hogo is a young inspector and one of the few female officers in Japan active in criminal investigations and general police work. She is also the protege of Ryohei Higashikata, and though she outranks him, she often turns to him for advice and support when doing field work. She is overcome by grief, however, when Ryohei dies under mysterious circumstances, and throws herself into solving what happened and bringing those responsible to justice.

Her stand is called ‘Canned Heat’, and it has the power to reflect ‘almost anything’… but that’s for another day, in another post.

Unfortunately, that’s all we can really share without spoiling anything, but I hope you enjoyed this first look at one of our new characters. We hope to show more with you in the future.

Until next time, remember to Shine On Like A Crazy Diamond!