artificial islands

Would be cool if this was the twist. Aether Foundation has a surplus of wealth and power that created an artificial island; serving as a safe haven for Pokémon.

I think I saw a movie about this once where people wear white and were on an island.

Oh…

Oh…

OH…

OHH BOY…

Nah~ This game is for kids, right? RIGHT?!

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[Pokemon Sun and Moon News: Aether Foundation]

The Aether Foundation works in the Alola region. The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokémon that have been hurt.

The Aether Foundation has constructed an artificial island called Aether Paradise. There, they not only provide shelter for Pokémon, but also conduct various research projects. It seems that the main character will also be able to visit Aether Paradise during the adventure.

Lusamine | The lovely Lusamine functions as the Aether Foundation’s president.                                                           
Faba | The Aether Foundation branch chief sports green sunglasses. They’re his signature accessory! He seems very proud of his position as branch chief.
Wicke | The assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise has a caring personality, so she’s loved by all the Aether Foundation employees.
Employees of the Aether Foundation | The employees of the Aether Foundation shelter and care for Pokémon. Their uniforms appear to depend on which division they belong to.                                                            

I am NOT getting good vibes from these people.

“The Aether Foundation works in the Alola region. The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokémon that have been hurt.“

… They do not look like dedicated Pokémon Rangers to me. No. That’s got to be a facade, you know, wanna look good to the people. Nothing suspicious at all.

“The Aether Foundation has constructed an artificial island called Aether Paradise.“

- Paradise?? They’re definitely a cult at the very least. Paradise is a strong word… bad vibes, bad vibes. And they wear all white! That’s pretentious as all hell, depicting themselves as some sort of saviors I bet.

That’s what some of the most grandiose past teams have been thinking, too…

“There, they not only provide shelter for Pokémon, but also conduct various research projects.”

I KNEW IT I AM CALLING IT

These people gotta be bad news. They appear to us all holy in contrast to the Skull Punks, but I bet they’re way worse.

I get the feeling that Skulls could be kinda harmless in the grand scheme of things, while these Aether people will act like monsters behind the scenes.

… I bet Lillie is like N to Aether.

The Aftermath .1

I’m sorry this isn’t the update you’ve all been waiting for BUT never fear! Chapter 2 is nearly done! But before I post that, I had to make some critical updates to chapter 1. It’s about 1000 words longer now, and is going to fit a lot better with the rest of the story.

Thank you all so much for your patience and support! It seriously means the world to me!

This chapter has also been updated on Fanfiction.net

Chapter 1.

As the boat sped towards the artificial island, Plumeria felt a chill run up her spine. The nighttime air seemed colder than usual, but that wasn’t the only thing… A peculiar feeling had been nagging her, eating away at the back of her mind ever since they’d set off towards the Aether Paradise. No. On second thought it had been going on much longer than that. She couldn’t quite grasp it, but something felt off; a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. Maybe she was hungry. Or maybe she was beginning to realize what a mistake this was.

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If you ever visit the Netherlands…you’re welcome to do Amsterdam, but don’t stay there and say you’ve seen NL. You haven’t.

Go away, see the landscape. If you’re in spring, see the tulip fields near Lisse. If you’re in winter, see the wide fields shining with snow. Visit Breda, with all its cafes and restaurants. Visit Eindhoven, where Philips (that electronic brand yes!) started and left its legacy. Visit Delft, where you feel like you’ve entered the 17th century. Visit Flevoland, a large artificial island with one of the largest wildlife reserves in the country. Visit the Veluwe, another wildlife reserve. Visit Maastricht, a beautiful city along the Maas with hills, architecture and culture. Visit Utrecht, the heart of the country.

Don’t just smoke weed and use hookers. Eat local food like raw herring, stroopwafels, real gouda cheese, pannekoeken (pancakes dutch style), rent a bicycle, use public transport, visit Madurodam in the Hague, visit het Keukenhof (a large garden), try different local beers, visit a dance festival (if it’s your thing),

There’s so much to do and I’m always so disappointed when people only go to Amsterdam to drink and smoke weed. Not to mention the hookers. Experience the country! Your holiday will be much more memorable that way.

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The Aether Foundation

The Aether Foundation works in the Alola region. The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokemon that have been hurt. The Aether Foundation has constructed an artificial island called Aether Paradise. There, they not only provide shelter for Pokemon, but also conduct various research projects. It seems that the main character will also be able to visit Aether Paradise during the adventure. The lovely Lusamine functions as the Aether Foundation’s president. The Aether Foundation branch chief Faba sports green sunglasses. They’re his signature accessory! He seems very proud of his position as branch chief. The assistant branch chief of Aether Paradise, Wicke, has a caring personality, so she’s loved by all the Aether Foundation employees. The employees of the Aether Foundation shelter and care for Pokemon. Their uniforms appear to depend on which division they belong to.

Gladion of Team Skull

This young man lends his strength to Team Skull as an enforcer. He places a high value on being strong in Pokemon battles. His partner Pokemon is the mysterious Type: Null.

An international tribunal in the Hague has invalidated China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, in a first-ever ruling. The decision has been rejected by Beijing.

The disputed waters are claimed by China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries. But China has been the most aggressive in staking out its claim — marking a “nine-dash line” around the bulk of the islands and territorial waters, and building up artificial islands within the disputed region.

The Philippines brought a case against China to international courts. The tribunal announced Tuesday that it found “no legal basis” for China’s nine-dash line claims, and that China’s actions had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights.

The tribunal further found that in building up artificial islands, China did not establish any valid territorial claims, but did cause severe harm to fragile ecosystems.

“The ruling is legally binding,” NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports, “but it will be all but impossible to enforce.”

Beijing’s Claims To South China Sea Are Invalid, International Tribunal Says

Caption: An aerial image shows Taiping island, in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea, on March 23.
Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

NYE Greetings on RuSongTV
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Like every year, the channel RuSongTV gave artists a chance to share their New Year wishes on the tv screen. The shooting took place on November 29th at Fantasy Island, a residential complex in Moscow’s Krylatskoye, located on an artificial island in a bend of the Moskva River. Julia Volkova was one of the stars who took part in the project, sharing her wishes and giving an exclusive interview. The video of her greetings has been published today and you can watch it here. We also invite you to check these four gifs made by Ira V. Simon. We will share the interview as soon as it gets published.

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The Crannog by john mcsporran
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The small island (bottom of photo) in Loch Lomond, Scotland is thought to be a crannog. Crannogs were artificial islands built in lochs from the late Bronze Age onwards to protect people against marauders, wild animals, etc. In the background, wreathed in the late evening mists, is Ben Lomond.

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Castle Cluggy, Scotland

Castle Cluggy, the original home of the lairds of Ochtertyre, lies on the north side of the Loch Monzievaird. It is situated on a little peninsula (which once was an island) called the “Dry Isle.” The castle may have been built as early as the 12th century sometime after the Battle of Monzievaird in 1005. This battle was fought between Malcolm II and the usurper to the throne Kenneth IV (the Grim), who was slain there.

The fortress was referred to as ‘ancient’ in a charter of 1467. It belonged to Red Comyn, who was killed in 1306 by Robert the Bruce in the convent of the Minorites (Greyfriars Kirk) at Dumfries. The castle eventually came into the posession of Sir William Murray, 1st Baronet of Ochtertyre, who last inhabited the castle in the 17th century.

About 80 yards to the west of the ruin is a small artificial island that served as a prison. At the west end of the loch is a large mound where plague victims were buried in the reign of Charles I.

Space Alphabet !

(The info is under the  pics, but you can ignore them for the sake of beauty, for a moment.) 

A - Utah’s Green River doubling back on itsels a feature known as Bowknot Bend, taken from the International Space Station

B - the Arkansas River and the Holla Bend Wildlife Refuge. In the winter, it is common for the refuge to host 100,000 ducks and geese at once

C - an artificial island at the southern end of Bahrain Island. The beach sand on tropical islands is mostly made up of calcium carbonate from the shells and skeletons of marine organisms

D - the Enhanced Thematic Mapper on Landsat 7 acquired this image of Akimiski Island in James Bay

E - a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of New Zealand, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite

F - the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this false-colour image of valleys and snow-covered mountain ranges in southeastern Tibet. Firn is a granular type of snow often found on the surface of a glacier before it has been compressed into ice

G - Pinaki Island, a small atoll of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia

H - rivers running through colourful ridges in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, taken by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8

I - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the Andaman Islands, which form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India, to the west. The thin, bright rings surrounding several of the islands are coral reefs that were lifted up by a massive earthquake near Sumatra in 2004

J - Trunk Reef near Townsville, Australia, taken by the Operational Land Imager

K - glaciers at the Sirmilik National Park Pond Inlet in Mittimatalik, Canada

L - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite, captured this image of snow across the northeastern United States

M - the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains in northeastern Kyrgyzstan. The trail of brown sediment in the middle of the uppermost glacier is a medial moraine, a term glaciologists use to describe sediment that accumulates in the middle of merging glaciers

N - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite, captured this image of ship tracks over the Pacific. Ship emissions contain small particles that cause the clouds to form

O - the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite, captured this image of Tenoumer meteorite crater in Mauritania. The meteorite struck Earth between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago

P - the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sensor on the Terra satellite, captured this false-color image of the Mackenzie River Delta in Canada

Q - the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, acquired this image of Lonar Crater in India. Shocked quartz minerals with an unusual structure that can only form under intense pressure, offering a clue that the lake was formed by a large meteorite

R - the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, captured this image of Lago Menendez in Argentina

S - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite, acquired this image of clouds swirling over the Atlantic Ocean

T - the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, captured this image of development along two roads in the United Arab Emirates

U - the Ikonos satellite captured this image of Gooseneck State Park in Utah

V - the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, acquired this image of ash on the snow around Shiveluch- one of the largest and most active volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

W - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, captured this image of dust blowing over the Red Sea

X - the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, captured this false-colour image of the northwest corner of Leidy Glacier in Greenland

Y - the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s. Terra satellite captured this false-colour image of the Ugab River in Namibia

Z - the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, captured this image of wildfire smoke over Canada 

Earth Observatory has tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography. Science writer for the Nasa Earth Observatory, Adam Voiland, said: “A few years ago, while working on a story about wildfires, a V appeared to me in a satellite image of a smoke plume over Canada. That image made me wonder: could I track down all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography?” "With the help of readers and colleagues, I started to collect images of ephemeral features like clouds, phytoplankton blooms, and dust clouds that formed shapes reminiscent of letters. Some letters, like O and C, were easy to find. Others-A, B, and R-were maddeningly difficult. Note that the A above is cursive. And if you can find a better example of any letter (in NASA imagery), send us an email with the date, latitude, and longitude.“ 

Adam Voiland explains that when he finally tracked down all the letters and it was time write captions, he had just become a new dad & deep into a Dr. Seuss reading phase with my son. 

"The Seuss-inspired ABC gallery above is the result. To add some education to the fun.”

Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer 2

Here we have the Alola region complete with an artificial island there in the center. Also in the right corner we can see a small island covered by clouds likely some secret special place with one legendary or something. Now there is a ton of stuff to break down in this map so i’ll do a big break down in the future if I feel like the millions of people who do it don’t do it better than I could. The artificial island seems like the base for the elite four. The Alola region does indeed have 8 Islands like Hawaii if you count the one in cover but several are a bit too small to be a beefy part of the adventure. It seems like 4 islands will be the biggest part. In fact Pokemon’s twitter says “ 4 natural islands and an artificial one. Many undiscovered Pokémon live there.” so the little islands apparently don’t really count.  Also it seems most these islands have a harbor meaning you will likely be able to boat island to island as opposed to surfing so IGN can calm down.

Let’s talk legendary Pokemon really quick.  Psychic/Ghost Lunala and  Psychic/Steel Solgaleo. Cool typings for both of them and cool designs. Their abilities are just renames of Multiscale and Clear body respectively. It’s possible that Solaleos full metal body gets around the abilities that normally get around clear body but I doubt it. Both their signature attacks disregard the other Pokemon’s abilities meaning they can negate study, multiscale, etc so when eventually something else gets it (or you know Smeargle) they could be some powerful moves.

So Kukui is confirmed to be the professor of the region and apparently full on let’s Pokemon hit him if he thinks it will be good research. Also with that rainbow on his hat confirmed gay, 10/10 first canon gay Pokemon character, sorry folks. Lillie on the other hand is totally new to us. She doesn’t like Pokemon fighting and apparently is important to the story (also breaking new this game claims it will have a plot). I wonder if she will play an N like role in this game at some point with the Pokemon company trying to sort of ride on that success. Hau your rival also exists but there is nothing cool about him at all in this update.

Rotom Pokedex was announced to be your Pokedex. This Rotom has a personality that will make your Pokedex a bit more alive. It will actually talk to you and everything. I wonder if Yokai Watch’s Whisper had anything to do with this since in Japan these series are actually competing. The biggest new feature that has been solid it it’s ability to give you markers to go to. So perhaps that means finally there will be more to explore in this region. The markers there to stop casual players from getting lost while also allowing for a point of reference if you go off for too long. The Japanese site shows how it looks like in game you are a smiling face on the screen and a flag is where Rotom wants you to go. Your map will also be able to Mark where some Pokemon are located with an icon. Apparently Rotom also picks up suggestions on where to go based on conversations you had with people meaning potential side quest markers?

Notice on our heroes there is a bracelet on each of them. You would think, oh it’s their mega bracelets returning once again. However, it looks nothing like the mega stone from previous generations. In fact both characters here are wearing a different color stone as well. What are these stones you asked, they are the very same stones that are on the Japanese logos for Pokemon sun and moon. Yellow on the moon logo and blue on the sun logo. These stones are very likely something different then Mega evolution, but what? That or perhaps these stones are just different looking mega stones or stones that perform mega evolution and another feature.

Not included in the trailer at all was QR codes are now going to be a thing that works in Pokemon. IT seems like it’s a mostly not too cool feature that tells you where Pokemon are located and gives you Pokedex information instead of actually allowing you to catch them. However, this tech could totally be used to allow you to transfer Pokemon from region to region. It fixes the problem of needing two 3DS if I could somehow process QR codes with my team in OR/AS. Other wise all it does it tell if and where you can catch Pokemon. I could also see these QR codes giving event Pokemon instead of them needing to write a million event codes.

Getting down into the footage we can see evening is a thing now in the game and that is really cool. Also seeing the slowpoke here is a good place to talk about what else the QR code confirms, Pokemon from other regions are catchable in the Alola region. The QR code section shows that you can catch a Pikachu after scanning a QR it shows where it lives so expect a mixed region again.

I think I will go ahead and wrap it up here because 7 paragraphs a pretty long post. However, expect more speculation in particular the map stuff like I said before. I got a theory on where you will encounter the legionaries, how late in the game that will be and more. Hope you enjoyed my post and if you saw anything I missed I would love to hear about it.

SpaceX CRS-8 shortly before being grappled by the space station’s robotic arm, April 10, 2016. One of the solar panels for Orbital ATK’s OA-6 Cygnus spacecraft can be seen to the left. This is the first time both U.S. commercial cargo suppliers are at the space station at the same time.

On the Earth below, the coast of the United Arab Emirates - distinctive for its series of massive artificial islands - can be seen.