and it's a standalone

I fucking love these insane-level compilation mapsets because it’s gotten to the point where I can actually do them now.

Anyways, this song is wild.

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Secondhand loot from C89: 雨のまにまに 特號 / Ame no Manimani Tokugou - With the Rain; Special Issue
(Displayed here on the left, along with the main/first issue which debuted back in C88)

The crème de la crème. Even as an exclusive freebie, the circle itself has warned that copies of this booklet are limited and given out on a first come first serve basis; naturally, I had to dig deeper into my assets to get a hand on this rare treasure. 

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When Paul is attacked and split into several dimensions, Marguerite will have to work with Theo to find the pieces and sabotage the development of the Firebird. Marguerite has always believed that Paul is fated to be her love, no matter what dimension, but when her travels show her the alternative, she begins to question everything.

Will Marguerite get Paul back together before its too late?

I loved the first book in this series. This one was OK, its definitely not a standalone book. There is a cliffhanger ending :( which means I will be waiting for the third book! Can’t wait to see what happens next.

lexxxyhavoc asked:

I think there should be an AHS: Orphanage where pepper is a main character and its about all the kids she meets there. And in the last episode, Elsa rescues her? What do you think?

Doesn’t really sound all that great to me. Sounds like it would be a season entirely built on fulfilling a connection and not being its own standalone story.

All this talk about how to properly shade stuff really forgets something crucial. You can’t always shade something red with, say, purples, because you need to take into account the object’s setting and what kind of light is reflecting back onto the surface from the shadow.

(I suppose this post of whatever is mainly for thinking of the colour in the environment rather than standing on its own, like a standalone drawing of a character. Then by all means go nuts with what you’ve learned.)

For a common example, I’m sure you’ve put your hand over something neon green and noticed how brightly it illuminates your hand with that green glow; case and point right there. Blue object on yellow surface? Gonna be a little green in the shadow. Purple on orange object? Gonna have a muddy-looking shadow. By all means keep the same rules applied that you’ve seen present if they work, but you gotta remember that your object doesn’t stand in your environment without being acted upon it - even if it’s just the lighting and colour.

And I would say avoid shading with black unless you know what you’re doing. I’d say allow some black in there for the especially deep shadows (ie: from fire light and from a very strong light source such as an explosion), but if you’re doing regular shading, shade with darker colours rather than bring the colour down in value. Makes it look a lot more vibrant and less flat.

And going with the environment, make sure your object matches the setting when you’re colouring it in. If you’re in an especially vibrant environment, then I’d say use the natural colours of your object, but incorporate some colours from the environment. Like if your character’s in a thriving forest with light shimmering through the leaves, keep your object’s red, but throw some of that golden light on there and the earthy tones in the forest floor into that shadow. Object in a bleak, barren wasteland devoid of life with an overcast sky? Gonna want to desaturate those colours a little bit. Your colour can still be that vibrant red, but introduce the environment into the colour. Even if your object is foreign to the setting, you want to make it look like it belongs in the same universe.

Not saying that I’m the paragon of colouring/painting or anything, but here’s a tiny portion of something I’ve been working on; my person’s on some steel that’s tarnished with lotssome greens and pinks/reds, so that’s going to reflect in how I paint them:

I’m sorry that I don’t have any visuals (except for thing I’m working on) because [excuse], but I hope this helps a little in how to pick your colours. tl;dr: Colours of objects are affected by environment, and you should colour your object to indicate that it is indeed in the environment. There aren’t any clean cut easy paths to painting something believable; you have to be incredibly considerate of the material you’re working on and think hard about what you want to do with your work.

Please don’t take this as the correct way to do things; this is just what I do, and while I’m by no means a professional artist, this seems to work for me, so hopefully you can try it out for yourself and maybe find it works? I don’t know.

'The X-Files': Rhys Darby and Darin Morgan Preview the 'Were-Monster'

Two episodes into its Season 10 revival, The X-Files has already gifted fans with a Chris Carter-penned mythology episode and a standalone procedural from James Wong. For its third episode, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” airing on Feb. 1, the series offers up another one of its specialties: a comedy outing written and directed by Darin Morgan, who crafted such hilarious hours as “Humbug” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” during the show’s original run.

Like those episodes, “Were-Monster,” is laced with wonderful moments of meta-humor that give stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson plenty of opportunities to unleash their stellar deadpan comedy skills. They’re ably supported by a trio of guest stars who also specialize in bringing the funny: Reaper’s Tyler Labine as a brain-addled stoner (reprising a role he played in two Season 3 X-Files episodes also written by Morgan: “War of the Coprophages” and “Quagmire”); Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani as an excitable animal control officer; and Flight of the Conchords’s Rhys Darby as the mysterious Guy Mann, who is at the center of the FBI duo’s search for the titular creature, which is suspected of attacking residents in a small town.  

Funnily enough, Darby didn’t realize that “Were-Monster” was a comedy when he got a first look at the script prior to his audition. “The segment of the script I was allowed to look at wasn’t particularly comedic,” the New Zealand-born comic tells Yahoo TV. “So when I auditioned, I didn’t realize it would be a comedy! Right up until I was on set, I approached it on a dramatic level. I remember after we did the first take on my first scene, Darin had to calm me down. He said, ‘Be a little funnier — do what you always do.’ And then I started to relax.”

Related: ‘The X-Files’: Vince Gilligan Looks Back on ‘Bad Blood’

Of course, it wasn’t just Darby’s perception that he was appearing in a drama that caused him to tense up. As an X-Files fan and lover of the paranormal, the fact that he was sharing scenes with the actual Fox Mulder and Dana Scully blew his mind. “It was almost surreal,” says Darby, who finds time amidst his busy performing schedule to co-host the paranormal-themed podcast, The Cryptid Factor. “When I first got the part, I had to call my management to make sure it wasn’t some kind of cruel prank.” His casting was definitely not a joke to Morgan; as the writer tells us, Darby emerged as the obvious choice after his audition. “I had initially thought of Rhys because I’m a fan of Flight of the Conchords and his character on that series, Murray, had a certain quality of intelligence, yet was also completely unaware of what was actually going on around him. That was the kind of element I wanted for Guy as well: someone who can articulate what’s happening, even though it doesn’t make any sense to him. I couldn’t be more happy with his performance in the episode — he nailed it.”    

Darby says that he also took note of Guy’s similarities to Murray, the hapless cultural attaché at the New Zealand Consulate in New York, who doubles as the equally hapless manager of the titular Kiwi folk duo, played by Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. “Both characters of have a certain naiveté,” he explains. “But where Murray was optimistic, Guy definitely isn’t. He’s very conflicted and doesn’t want to be the person he is. It’s like how I felt when I first come to America: I felt very out of place and not sure whether I belonged or not. So there’s a little bit of me in the character as well.”

Although “Were-Monster” is an overtly comedic episode, Darby did wind up getting a chance to exercise his dramatic chops as well. The centerpiece of the hour is a lengthy monologue that Guy delivers to Mulder in a graveyard — a soliloquy with lots of humor, but also no small amount of sadness and rage. “That was the most daunting thing,” Darby says. “In addition to the pressure of being on the world’s greatest paranormal show, I had to read all of this dialogue word for word. I often improvise and go off-script, but in this case I couldn’t do that.” He credits Morgan with helping him through that challenge during the shoot, working the monologue piece by piece until he felt comfortable and occasionally changing a word here or there to make the dialogue more natural to his speech patterns. In the end, the experience actually gave Darby the appetite for tackling a full-fledged drama one day. “I auditioned for True Detective and Fargo, but walked away from those going, ‘There’s no way I’m going to get this part,’” he reveals. “Maybe after The X-Files, the phone will start ringing and you’ll start seeing me in more dramatic pieces.” How about Season 2 of Jessica Jones?

The X-Files airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Matt LeBlanc Will Co-Host BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ Reboot With Chris Evans

Top Gear has a new friend. The BBC has set Matt LeBlanc to join the revamp of the flagship motoring show when it returns to BBC Two with Chris Evans in May. This is the first time the series has had a non-British host in its 39-year history. The BBC and LeBlanc already have been in business together on BBC Two/Showtime comedy Episodes, which shoots in London. The Golden Globe-winner previously appeared on Top Gear and holds a record as the fastest celebrity ever around the track in its reasonably-priced-car segments. LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races.

He joins the production immediately while additional cast members are to be confirmed shortly. LeBlanc said today, “As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter.”

Evans, LeBlanc and the new hosts are replacing the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who exited last year. That followed a headline-making physical altercation between Clarkson and a producer in March. He, Hammond and May later landed at Amazon with a new show to begin this year.

Longtime British radio and TV presenter Evans was revealed as Clarkson’s replacement in June. He appeared at TCA last month where he said Top Gear will not change that much. “We have a huge audience. I don’t want to see the next incarnation of Top Gear, I want the next show. Top Gear is not a single bespoke show” it’s many bespoke shows each year.

LeBlanc’s previous appearances were in Season 18’s episode 2, during which he set a still unbeaten 1 minute, 42.1 second record in the Kia C’eed, and in Season 19’s episode 4.

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GrubHub stock hits an all-time low after Uber announces food delivery app

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Uber is going to eat Grubhub's lunch.

At least that’s what investors seem to think in the wake of the company announcing its standalone food delivery service.

Grubhub dropped as much as 8.6% this morning on news that Uber is launching its own standalone competitor to Seamless and Grubhub, the food-delivery services belonging to parent company Grubhub. It’s now recovered a bit and is down only about 2%, as the broader tech market has rallied.

Uber is preparing to launch UberEats, its standalone food delivery app, in 10 US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, the Wall Street Journal confirmed with the company.

UberEats will be the first standalone app from the company since the launch of the main Uber ride-hailing app, and will be live in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store by the end of March. 

In a note Wednesday, analysts at Cowen & Co. said they were lowering their price target for Grubhub from $22 to $2o for a couple big reasons.

  • Uber has a leg up on Grubhub in terms of cost and speed because they already have 16 million US users and 400,000 drivers.
  • The UberEats launch “includes 5 of 7 top markets making up >90% of GrubHub sales.”
  • UberEats seems to be a “strategically important” service for highly valuable Uber.

Uber has been testing the food-delivery service inside of its main app for the better part of the past 18 months, but it then launched as a standalone app available in Toronto, Wired reported last month. 

In each of its participating cities, Uber partners with a couple restaurants each day to offer meals to its customers, which the company delivers via courier within just a few minutes. Just like when you’re waiting for your Uber to roll up, you can track your food’s progress on your smartphone as it travels to you. Drivers can choose whether they want to be an UberEats driver, and they receive the ~$5 delivery fee from each UberEats order they deliver.

Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, who invested in GrubHub back in 2011, resigned from Grubhub’s board, GrubHub said in a December 24 filing. Gurley is also an Uber investor, and sits on Uber’s board.

“We view [Mr.] Gurley’s resignation as a loss to GrubHub, but not surprising given his board seat at Uber, which is increasingly competitive with GrubHub,” Cowen & Co. analysts said in a note.

For his part, Gurley denies he stepped down because of a conflict of interest.

“This is what I would call normal VC life cycle,” Gurley told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s important for me to do new investments.”

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bookworm555 asked:

Fic meme: Gifts and 'good days', 1, 5

(for this fic with this meme)

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?

Hm formally, I’m not sure why i decided to go with second person! It just felt–more intimate, I guess? Since it’s mostly China’s internal thoughts and observations it felt fitting somehow, and since it’s not a super long fic i felt like it didn’t get too overbearing. 

As for subject matter, I wanted to do something that felt slightly pleasant and relaxing but also with the knowledge of upcoming conflict, so thats why there’s England being all gentlemanly and nice but also being kind of condescending…

5: What part was hardest to write?

tHE ENDING I’m still not sure if i’m actually happy with it–like I said I have ideas for a longer fic but i decided this would work well as its own sort standalone piece so.. yeah. Overall I think it’s a pretty short and simple fic and it came together pretty easily so it wasn’t a huge hassle.

Asian Messaging App Firm Line Is Developing A Digital Butler Service

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Grasim Q3 standalone profit rises 177.93 percent

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Grasim Industries Ltd on Saturday said its standalone net profit for 2015-16’s third quarter grew by 177.93 percent at Rs.260.37 crore against Rs.93.68 crore posted in the same period of 2014-15.


Net profit grew by Rs.166.69 crore on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

According to the unaudited standalone financial results posted on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Grasim earned a total income of Rs.2,343.38 crore in the quarter under review against Rs.1,560.11 crore, while total expenses grew to Rs.2,006.11 crore from Rs.1,441.90 crore in Q3 2014-15.

On a consolidated basis, Grasim posted a net profit of Rs.649.59 crore compared to Rs.333.61 crore realised in the similar quarter of 2014-15.

Consolidated total income of the company rose to Rs.9,043.67 crore from Rs.8,034.61 crore in the year ago quarter while total expenses increased to Rs.7,811 crore from Rs.7,215.21 crore.

GrubHub stock hits an all-time low after Uber announces food delivery app

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Uber is going to eat Grubhub's lunch.

At least that’s what investors seem to think in the wake of the company announcing its standalone food delivery service.

Grubhub dropped as much as 8.6% this morning on news that Uber is launching its own standalone competitor to Seamless and Grubhub, the food-delivery services belonging to parent company Grubhub. It’s now recovered a bit and is down only about 2%, as the broader tech market has rallied.

Uber is preparing to launch UberEats, its standalone food delivery app, in 10 US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, the Wall Street Journal confirmed with the company.

UberEats will be the first standalone app from the company since the launch of the main Uber ride-hailing app, and will be live in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store by the end of March. 

In a note Wednesday, analysts at Cowen & Co. said they were lowering their price target for Grubhub from $22 to $2o for a couple big reasons.

  • Uber has a leg up on Grubhub in terms of cost and speed because they already have 16 million US users and 400,000 drivers.
  • The UberEats launch “includes 5 of 7 top markets making up >90% of GrubHub sales.”
  • UberEats seems to be a “strategically important” service for highly valuable Uber.

Uber has been testing the food-delivery service inside of its main app for the better part of the past 18 months, but it then launched as a standalone app available in Toronto, Wired reported last month. 

In each of its participating cities, Uber partners with a couple restaurants each day to offer meals to its customers, which the company delivers via courier within just a few minutes. Just like when you’re waiting for your Uber to roll up, you can track your food’s progress on your smartphone as it travels to you. Drivers can choose whether they want to be an UberEats driver, and they receive the ~$5 delivery fee from each UberEats order they deliver.

Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, who invested in GrubHub back in 2011, resigned from Grubhub’s board, GrubHub said in a December 24 filing. Gurley is also an Uber investor, and sits on Uber’s board.

“We view [Mr.] Gurley’s resignation as a loss to GrubHub, but not surprising given his board seat at Uber, which is increasingly competitive with GrubHub,” Cowen & Co. analysts said in a note.

For his part, Gurley denies he stepped down because of a conflict of interest.

“This is what I would call normal VC life cycle,” Gurley told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s important for me to do new investments.”

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Canceled Saints Row PSP spinoff released for free by creators

Developer Volition has unearthed a canceled PSP entry in its popular Saints Row series, and is now giving away an unfinished prototype version free of charge.

Though Volition notes that it can’t supply technical support or assistance in getting the game up and running, enthusiast site Unseen64 confirmed that the canceled project is playable using software emulators like PPSSPP.

Related: Volition shows off canceled Saints Row: Undercover on PSP

Saints Row: Undercover was designed as a PSP-exclusive spinoff in Volition’s open-world action series, and features a unique storyline, original characters, and a redesigned control scheme suited for Sony’s legacy portable platform. Development started in 2009 before the decision was made to abandon the project prior to its release.

Publisher THQ originally envisioned Undercover as a port of mainline series sequel Saints Row 2, but when the PSP’s hardware proved inadequate for the project’s scope, its developers began creating a unique standalone game with the working title Saints Row: The Fall. The project was later renamed Saints Row: Undercover before its cancelation.

“THQ, our previous publisher, decided that Saints Row 2 was doing well, and maybe we could get a port to mobile,” Volition video producer Alexander Mejia recalls.

Volition community manager Mike Watson sheds light on what led to the project’s cancelation: “Volition isn’t a handheld developer, so when projects like this come up, we get an outside studio to work on it. […] Volition looked at the project and after multiple reviews felt that it really wasn’t living up to what a Saints Row game could and should be.”

The playable prototype version of Saints Row: Undercover includes a tutorial mission, limited character customization options, and an explorable open world, but story missions had not yet been fully fleshed out. Volition notes that it may show off more prerelease material in the future if fans respond positively to the release of Saints Row: Undercover.

Omate Comes Back To Life With The Rise

Hello from the other side. Omate, which made news a few years ago with a standalone smartwatch that aimed to give Android a run for its money, is back with the Rise, a “standalone smartwatch” that runs Android 5.1 and needs no phone. The Rise is running in a 48 hour crowdfunding campaign and you can get a watch for $199 during the early bird period. The watch has a 1.3-inch… Read More

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Standalone Streaming Services Far More Popular On Roku Than TV Everywhere Apps

HBO’s decision to offer its programming via a standalone streaming service seems to be paying off: The network’s HBO Now app is now the fourth-most-popular third-party app on Roku streaming devices, according to new data released by Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices.

HBO Now’s app is trailing Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, and is closely followed by Showtime’s standalone video service. However, another category of content services is notably amiss from the top 10 of most-installed third-party apps: TV Everywhere services. HBO’s own HBO Go service ranks 15th, FoxNow comes in at number 19, and WatchESPN even ranks 22nd.

Roku itself doesn’t release any app popularity ratings, and a spokesperson didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment Thursday. The Roku website lists what it calls popular apps for movies and TV shows, but the the listings seem to be heavily influenced by the company’s commercial arrangements with content providers.

One example: Roku lists NBC’s TV Everywhere app as one of its “most popular streaming channels.” Shodan’s data shows that NBC’s app is in fact ranking 74th among third-party apps, which makes it less popular that apps from TED, AcornTV and the Wall Street Journal.

Shodan acquired its insights by querying Roku devices directly connected to the internet. Shodan founder John Matherly stated on Reddit that the company’s sample size was about 1600 devices. That may sound small, but actually is a statistically relevant sample, considering that Roku has about 7.5 million monthly active accounts.

There are however two big caveats: For one, the install base is only a rough indicator for actual use. Some Roku owners may decide to install an app, but then never actually use it. Secondly, Roku devices come with a number of apps pre-installed, which is again often based on commercial agreements between the company and app publishers. However, users are free to uninstall any app, and replace it with any other app from Roku’s 3000+ app collection.

In the end, consumers can only use apps that they have installed on their devices. And by that measure, TV Everywhere apps don’t seem to be doing nearly as well as standalone streaming services.

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Marico Q3 profit rises by 79.63 percent

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Leading consumer products group Marico Ltd on Saturday said its standalone profit in third quarter of 2015-16 grew by 79.63 percent, to Rs.236.87 crore as against Rs.131.86 crore posted in the same quarter of 2014-15.


According to the unaudited financial results posted on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Marico earned a total income of Rs.1,257.29 crore in the quarter under review against Rs.1,192.88 crore in the same period last fiscal.

The company’s total expenses rose to Rs.1,042.64 crore from Rs.1,022.58 crore incurred in the third quarter of last fiscal.

On a consolidated basis, Marico posted a net profit of Rs.200.54 crore against Rs.162.16 crore while total income grew to Rs.1,556.41 crore from Rs.1,452.43 crore in the year ago quarter.

Total expenses rose to Rs.1,287.29 crore from Rs.1,238.98 crore in Q3 2014-15.