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There have been a lot of weird, quirky one-off characters with stupid, ridiculous weapons in RWBY, but my favorite is still Flynt and his gun trumpet.

Look at this idiot

This is how he dresses to an organized fighting tournament between what are basically national military academies for people with superpowers. “Hmm, I’m going to be fighting highly-trained fighters who can summon explosions, move faster than sound, and control objects with their mind, what kind of armor should I wear to that…got it. Fedora, shades, and a vest. Oh, and an untied tie for good measure.”

That fucking trumpet is his weapon too. People in this show wield scythes bigger than themselves, gloves and boots that double as magical fireball shotguns, floating swords they can control with their minds, and this moron decided to take a trumpet, stick a trigger and grip on it, and call it a day.

And the dumbest part is it works

YOUR MAGICAL ABILITIES ARE NO MATCH FOR THE POWER OF JAZZ

MY SOLOS ARE LITERALLY ON FIRE

Like everyone else in the show, he has a special ability on top of his ridiculous weapon. What is his ability? Is it something musical? Something that has to do with waveforms? Something that makes sense? Nope, it’s him playing with himself.

HE TURNS INTO HIS OWN FUCKING BAND

IT’S BASICALLY A DELUXE VERSION OF BLAKE’S SEMBLANCE SINCE HIS CLONES CAN ACTUALLY FIGHT

JAZZ BAND MOTHERFUCKER

In a world of superpowered crazy people with giant illogically powerful weapons, Flynt Cole is a man with a trumpet, a hat, three clones of himself, and all the jazz his soul can muster.

I fucking love it.

Bring back Flynt!

Signs as Harry Potter Spells
  • Aries: Crucio - second unforgivable curse, tortures your opponent mercilessly
  • Taurus: Confringo - blasting curse, causes the targeted item to explode
  • Gemini: Bombarda - causes a small, contained explosion
  • Cancer: Accio - brings an object to you
  • Leo: Confundus - makes your target temporarily confused
  • Virgo: Episkey - heals relatively minor wounds
  • Libra: Levicorpus - turns your opponent upside down and dangles them in the air
  • Scorpio: Avada Kedavra - the unforgivable curse, kills your opponents
  • Sagittarius: Lumos - creates light
  • Capricorn: Wingardium Leviosa - allows user to make an object levitate
  • Aquarius: Silencio - makes target unable to make any sound
  • Pisces: Stupefy - stupefies an opponent
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You were up late on one of your writing kicks and decided to take a break to make a cup of coffee to keep you up just a bit longer to finish editing the chapter you wrote. The lights flickered a bit just before you heard a loud crash coming from your backyard. You fell to the floor in your panic and covered your head. After the house stopped shaking you snapped your head up looking to see if everything were still intact.

You ran out back trying to find the source of the sound and saw a small fire from the distance. You grabbed a flashlight real quick and your dog, Buster, who was practically out the door before you were. You ran through the fields of corn before coming to were the soft glow had come from. Buster was barking his head off at the large object that was protruding from the ground where there had once been corn.

You halted in your tracks when you saw having a quick thought of radiation or another explosion and that perhaps you should call authorities but when the object started to move all you could do shuffle backwards and trip on a stalk of corn that was laying on its side.

A door of some sorts opened and a man with brown robes and a gentle face staggered to his feet.

“Hello,” his kind voice spoke out to you in the dead quiet of the night.

New technology that will change the world(s):

1. Ion Propulsion

(Image credit: NASA/JPL)

Technically not upcoming, ion propulsion is already a reality. Since it propels a spacecraft one particle at a time (as opposed to chemical propulsion, which explodes, generally, out the back), this propellant is hugely efficient.

The trick is what’s known to physicists as “specific impulse”. When a chemically propelled vehicle propels, it causes an explosion out the back, pushing the object forward. After exiting the vehicle however, the explosion immediately spreads in all directions, meaning that much of the energy of the explosion is lost on direction other than the one the spacecraft wishes to move.

Ion propulsion takes a long time to build speed but is so efficient that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, being an ion propelled machine, is the first to be able to orbit multiple things in the solar system.

With ion propellant, a spacecraft may be able to even generate enough speed to allow for interstellar space exploration (meaning it could enable us to leave the Solar System). Though speculative, the possibility is undeniable.

2. Solar Sailing

(Image credit: NASA)

This technology is still controversial. The science is this:

Light has momentum. When light hits a highly reflective surface, the surface, is pushed. With gradual building of velocity, a spacecraft could easily attain vast speeds, again leading to aspirations toward interstellar exploration.

The advantage over ion propulsion though, is that this is exploration without propellant.

Such methods of discovery haven’t been relevant since our ancestors explored the Earth on boats driven by the wind.

Though the science is known, the engineering applications are still somewhat mysterious.

The momentum gained from a single photon is very small. The area of material needed for a solar sail that could carry something like a generation starship is many orders of magnitude larger than any tested solar sail concept. It’s arguable whether or not this technology would ultimately turn out to be the most efficient way to go.

That space exploration is expensive means that when someone bothers to pay for a launch, the first thing they would hate to do is lose their spacecraft because it turns out to not be able to propel itself. Most bankrollers of space travel tend to favor tried and true methods.

That said, the testing of solar sails is underway.

Agencies like NASA, JAXA and even the Planetary Society (holla) are currently undergoing mission preparation, or already have a mission underway, testing solar sails.

3. Renewable Rocketry

(Image credit: SpaceX)

This one’s a biggie.

Imagine, you buy a car. You go buy groceries, come home and then your car explodes.

Every. Single. Time.

Tell me, could you afford to buy a new car every week to buy groceries, or would you figure something else out?

Personally, I wouldn’t be able to travel by car. I just don’t have the money to buy a new one every week.

Space exploration faces the same problem. Rocket technology was mostly driven and invented by military ventures that didn’t care about getting the rocket back. In fact, for a military rocket - if you see it coming back at you then you’ve probably done something wrong.

New efforts are underway to change this.

Companies like SpaceX, Reaction Engines and Blue Origin are devising groundbreaking new technologies that are fundamentally different from the rocketry of yesteryear.

Soon SpaceX will be carrying people into low Earth orbit, dropping them off and returning to a landing pad in Florida.

Reaction Engines Ltd has invented a hybrid rocket engine which breathes oxygen from the atmosphere like a jet engine, then becomes a spacecraft engine once the air becomes too thin (meaning it needs a fraction of the fuel to get to space as most others).

Blue Origin plans on carrying tourists to the edge of space, with the rocket then returning to the landing pad softly on a plume of fire.

Each of these ventures has already proven their technology. They’re each on the road to implementing it now, with both SpaceX and Blue Origin currently launching with the technology.

Let me give you an idea of how much this is going to change humanity:

The cost of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch is around $61 million.

Of that, the cost of fuel is about $200,000 (according to SpaceX).

In two years, SpaceX will be regularly launching seven astronauts at a time to the space station.

If all you need to pay for (approximately) is the cost of fuel (similar to fueling up your car), the cost of fuel between seven to get to space drops to a potential $28,500 or so.

Though still expensive, it’s easily within the bounds of startup companies to launch to space on commercial endeavors, meaning there will be private sector astronaut positions opening up in the very near future (they already exist actually).

Some vacations cost more than this. It’s within the bounds of reason to expect such entertainment prospects to carry into orbit.

Imagine: zero-gravity theme parks and floating hotels where you can watch, romantically as the Sun sets on the Earth below 16 times a day and you can see the Northern lights, lightning storms and the artificial spark of city lights spread out below you like some wondrous surreal painting.

With companies already developing espresso machines and cups for microgravity, and astronauts already testing greenhouses that grow vegetables in orbit, it seems inevitable that humanity is on the cusp of realizing the experience of the final frontier.


(More technologies to come in a later post)

The Yule Ball

Pairing: Fred Weasley x reader

Word Count: 1,266

Summary: Can I have a Fred Weasley one where we always fight (not dating) but we only fight because we secretly like each other and when it’s the Yule Ball there is this guy who is new and he is a player and he asks me and at the Ball he is really touchy and I don’t want it and Fred sees it and fights him and in the end with a lot of fluff and confessing our love.

Warnings: N/A

A/N: Request for @anyfandomimaginex I hope it’s what you wanted! ^_^


Originally posted by thelonegryffindor


“You two! Could you please stop? You’re making too much noise and I’m trying to study over here. Some of us actually want to pass our exams with good grades,” you said in a whisper-shout, folding your arms on your chest and glaring at the offending red-headed boys who were standing in the library, looking up explosive spells and trying them out on small objects. Colourful smoke was drifting up from what had once been flowerpots and old quills and the table was dotted with ash of all colours. No other student was glaring at them because they were all very fond of the twin brothers but you, as a Prefect, felt the need to tell them off as the library was for studying and not experimenting around with strange spells.

One of the two brothers -Fred, you knew, because he was the only one of the two who ever fought with you- stepped forward and fixed you with a harsh glare. “Oh, it’s little miss Prefect again,” he said, rolling his eyes. He was about to say something else when George grabbed his forearm and gathered all their stuff. “Don’t bother, Fred. Let’s go continue at the Common Room,” he told his brother and hurried off. Fred cast one last look at you before following his brother outside. A part of you was disappointed at that, but you had never actually allowed yourself to admit that perhaps you didn’t really dislike him.

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The Last Episode of Immersion, Ever
  • Burnie: In the popular video game, Overwatch, it's possible to avoid a mech explosion by hiding behind a small object. Today, we are going to test this with Gavin and Michael.
  • Gavin: Wait, wat?
  • Burnie: We're going to have Gavin huddled behind this parking meter while Michael hides behind this block of ice simulating Mei's self protection.
  • Michael: Hey, Burnie, if this is about me disrupting that meeting with a sponsor while I was filming Rage Quit...
  • Burnie: Now let's see if this quarter ton of explosives are ready as Gus and Geoff tie up our test subjects.
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Fallschirmjäger.

At the beginning of 1944, the western half of the Winter Line was being anchored by Germans holding the Rapido, Liri, and Garigliano valleys and some of the surrounding peaks and ridges. Together, these features formed the Gustav Line. Monte Cassino, a historic hilltop abbey founded in AD 529 by Benedict of Nursia, dominated the nearby town of Cassino and the entrances to the Liri and Rapido valleys Lying in a protected historic zone, it had been left unoccupied by the Germans. They had, however, manned some positions set into the steep slopes below the abbey’s walls.

Repeated pinpoint artillery attacks on Allied assault troops caused their leaders to conclude the abbey was being used by the Germans as an observation post, at the least. Fears escalated along with casualties, and in spite of a lack of clear evidence, it was marked for destruction. On 15 February American bombers dropped 1,400 tons of high explosives, creating widespread damage The raid failed to achieve its objective, as German paratroopers occupied the rubble and established excellent defensive positions amid the ruins. Between 17 January and 18 May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops, the last involving twenty divisions attacking along a twenty-mile front.

The German defenders were finally driven from their positions, but at a high cost. The capture of Monte Cassino tolled some 55,000 Allied casualties, with German losses being estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded.


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The Gravity Gun is introduced in Half-Life 2 right before the game begins to expand its environments. After the Gravity Gun is presented, the areas the player finds themselves in can often contain more enemies than the player has the ammunition to handle. While the Crowbar had been an effective melee weapon up to this point, the Gravity Gun allows ranged combat, with an effectively infinite supply of ammunition. Naturally, outside of a handful of found objects (the saws in Ravenholm, explosive barrels, etc.), most found objects will have a limited use against enemies, and still push the player to use their other weapons as much as possible. At the same time, the player always has the Gravity Gun to rely on, and thus the breadth of threats they can encounter increases significantly.

CLUELESS

Puzzling attacks leave police vexed

Police responded early yesterday to reports of a potential bomb in the atrium of the Gotham Museum of Art. According to eyewitnesses, a hulking ceramic grenade – a prominently displayed piece from the current exhibit – began to tick and emit thick clouds of smoke, sending patrons scattering toward the exits.

Explosives technicians quickly arrived on the scene and assessed that the object posed no threat. However, museum officials reported that someone had torn multiple paintings from their frames during the commotion.

Interviews with the museum’s curator revealed that the suspect had drawn small green question marks over the artist’s signatures, providing seemingly intentional clues for police. These cryptic hints led officers to believe that Gotham’s bustling Union Station had been targeted for bombing.

Numerous emergency units were immediately dispatched to the train station, and first responders came on the scene in the nick of time, discovering an active bomb in a row of storage lockers. With seconds to spare, a quick-thinking officer hurled the device into an unoccupied corner of the concourse, where it detonated without a single casualty.

Police describe the perpetrator as both intelligent and calculated. So far no suspects have been named, leaving the department scrambling for leads as they aim to calm a fearful public.

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1. Fallschirmjäger-Division in Montecassino, 1944.


On 15 February American bombers dropped 1,400 tons of high explosives, creating widespread damage. The raid failed to achieve its objective, as German paratroopers occupied the rubble and established excellent defensive positions amid the ruins.

Between 17 January and 18 May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops, the last involving twenty divisions attacking along a twenty-mile front.

The German defenders were finally driven from their positions, but at a high cost. The capture of Monte Cassino tolled some 55,000 Allied casualties, with German losses being estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded.

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The record for the fastest thing ever created by humans is a tie between the Helios 2 probe… and a manhole cover.

Recipe for Eruption

Early in their course work, some of the Earth science students in the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program get an explosive object lesson in the petrology lab of geologist James Webster. They recreate a volcano.

“They are very excited to be able to do that,” says Dr. Webster, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, who notes that visitors can try their hands at erupting a virtual volcano in the special exhibition Nature’s Fury.

The way Webster’s experiment works is this: The students take a small chip of igneous rock, like pumice or basalt, and tuck the sample, along with water, inside a tiny gold cylinder, which in turn is put into 200-pound steel reaction vessel. (Why gold? Because it won’t interfere with chemical reactions inside the vessel, but will allow pressure to affect the sample.) The cylinder then is subjected to extreme pressure and high heat—nearly 2,000° Fahrenheit—which causes the water and its constituent gases to “dissolve” into the molten rock sample. Finally, when the pressure is dropped, the gases come back out of the melt, they expand, and voila! A tiny volcano is born.

The experiment is a vivid example of painstaking efforts being employed by Earth scientists to unlock the variables that make some volcanoes the destructive powerhouses they are.

By changing the kinds and amounts of added materials—water, sulfur, chlorine, carbon dioxide—and varying the heat and pressure, Webster and his colleagues calculate the effects of different combinations of gas, rock, heat, and pressure and their potential to create a major eruption. The type of rock is a factor too. Basalt’s low-gas, low-silica, and low-viscosity makeup results in eruptions of slow-moving lava, while pumice, with its high levels of gas and silica and higher viscosity, creates a more explosive outcome.

“Ultimately we are trying to generate enough data to create models,” says Webster. “There are so many combinations, there’s no way to replicate all of nature. But models can tell us how certain materials under certain conditions will likely behave.”

Visitors can design and erupt their own volcano in an interactive feature of Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters.

Forgive the badly pasted together picture but I just rolled this scout rifle, when it’s fully upgraded I think it’ll act like a Focused Fire SUROS regime but with higher damage and will really mess people up who are bunched up together near objectives thanks to those explosive rounds.

A new arrival...(First Rp starter.)

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The day had been like any other day. Aside from the rather unexpected thunderstorm,but this storm was much more aggressive than before. It had raged on for hours if not the whole day until at least the the approach of dusk.                                                                                                                                The storm was beginning to pass over until a large roar of an explosion filled the sky. Numerous objects began to come spiraling down followed by a few curios shaped objects that turned out to be fighter planes and a section of a large zeppelin like vessel. The burning section of this zeppelin bared red banner emblem with white circle and a swastika. The section came crashing down into the ocean while the burning fighter planes fell across the forest; all exploding upon impact.

Yet among the falling planes; one continued on…barely while leaving trail of smoke. The plane was a worn dark green P-51 mustang. It was shaking uncontrollably as if it was going to crash. finally the plane pulled up a bit,but still continued to drop. It made a loud cluttering,sputtering rumble that was audible across the nearly whole surrounding region.

Finally,the cockpit of the plane burst open as a figure was ejected outwards from the falling plane. The figure safely parachuted downwards while staring at the plane’s direction. The plane itself made a rough landing further in the thick forest; leaving a plume of smoke to mark it’s location.

The figure itself began to parachute into some of the taller trees while shouting “Oh crap,branches, steer away, steer aw-OOWW!”. It was obvious it was a male based on the voice and one whom just had his chute caught in a tree.

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Today and always we honor our veterans.

Among our veterans are those who survived the Great Depression and two world wars. We call them the greatest generation, and with the passing time we lose more and more of these great men and women. If we forget them we lose a part of ourselves. Their lives and the hardships they overcame must not be forgotten.

Among the many heros of World War I are the miners that were enlisted to help with the trench warfare. Mining played a big part in the tactics on both sides. On the Western Front, the military employed miners to dig tunnels under No Man’s Land. The main objective was to place explosives beneath enemy trenches. When detonated, the explosion would destroy that section of the
trench. The infantry would then advance towards the enemy front-line hoping to take advantage of the confusion that followed the explosion.

One of the most notable episodes was at the Battle of Messines in 1917 where 455 tons of explosive placed in 21 tunnels that had taken more than a year to prepare created a huge explosion that killed an estimated 10,000 Germans.

Photo of Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran.

The signs as Harry Potter spells

Aries: Alarte Ascendare, shoots the target into the air
Taurus: Engorgio, makes the target larger
Gemini: Geminio, used to create an identical copy of the target
Cancer: Wingardium Leviosa, levitates the target object
Leo: Episkey, used to repair small injuries
Virgo: Alohomora, unlocking charm
Libra: Lumos, creates a small ball of light at the end of the castor’s wand
Scorpio: Bombarda, creates a small explosion
Sagittarius: Expecto Patronum, conjures a patronus
Capricorn: Reducto, breaks or disintegrates objects
Aquarius: Obliviate, used to wipe memories
Pisces: Confundo, causes the victim to become confused