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Cannes 2017: Surveying the Possible Film Selections
With the festival kicking off May 17, festival director Thierry Fremaux is in the process of assembling a line-up from among a wealth of upcoming films.

With the festival kicking off May 17, festival director Thierry Fremaux is in the process of assembling a line-up from among a wealth of upcoming films.

The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival doesn’t kick off until May 17, and festival director Thierry Fremaux’s annual big reveal is still two months off. But already the buzz is beginning to build about films that could be in the running as Fremaux surveys the latest offerings on the world cinema scene. Of course, there’s always a question of which films will be finished in time and how a possible Cannes invite would fit into international release plans. But, with those caveats in mind, here are some of the most promising films from which the Cannes line-up could emerge:


Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan

With its U.S. release not due until July 21, Warners may want to keep its powder dry for Nolan’s hotly-anticipated all-star retelling of the famed 1940 WWII evacuation. But if it does come to the Croisette, expect absolute carnage. Two words: Harry Styles.

All That I Am ; An Elucien Fanfiction — Part 1

a/n: so i just randomly got the idea for this fic and decided to start it. it’ll probably be 3-4 parts in the end. i’ve never written elucien before, so i hope that this is okay! thanks so much to @sarahviehmann​ for helping me edit and giving me constant support, i love you!

Rating: T

Word Count: 3,813 

Part 2 / Part 3

No one is there for Elain. Not with Nesta standing by, in all her loud, violent glory. Nesta screams for days, until her voice is hoarse, even after that, and Elain doesn’t know how anyone can bear to be around her anymore. But then one day, she stops. Elain is there to watch her, sitting on a bench at the edge of one of the many terraces in the House of Wind. Angry tears drip down her sister’s chin, her face contorted. She’s holding onto the metal railing, the only thing keeping her from vaulting herself over the edge. And then it melts beneath her touch, just like that.

Nesta pulls back quickly, staring at her hands as if they were something foreign. Elain thinks that maybe they are. A flicker of a flame dances across Nesta’s fingertips and she yelps. One of the warriors comes running when Nesta stops screaming, worried she’d been hurt, but Elain doesn’t care enough to see which one it is. All she sees is him leading Nesta back inside, talking excitedly about her new power, and a glimpse of Nesta’s teeth as she smiles. Elain is left alone. Forgotten. Ignored.

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anonymous asked:

Any thoughts on the Comey hearing? I think it was about as explosive as it can get while there is an open ongoing investigation, but I have 0 training in the law.

Well, I actually spent all day at a health law conference, so aside from desperately refreshing CNN’s liveblog under the table I couldn’t pay much attention. Also, my area is health law! which is………the way distant cousin twice removed of criminal law or constitutional law. So I don’t have any Legal Insights™ to share.

I will say that from what I gleaned, it was pretty damn shocking. Definitive testimony that Russia was a player in the 2016 election! And for an FBI director to attest, under oath, that he didn’t trust the sitting president not to lie about the character of their meetings, is…..unprecedented. 

I mean, we all knew that the current president can’t be trusted not to lie, but this is the slow process of assembling a paper trail of evidence, so it’s gonna be a lot of things the public already knows. In a weird way, the public are getting a good look into how depositions and the legal process actually works—this is what lawyers do! This is what testimony sounds like. I’m excited to see next steps

I will say that Comey is an…unreliable ally, both because no one should trust the FBI and because he is clearly motivated by a very personal grudge against Trump. It’s a fair grudge—if my boss fired me by informing the media, I would be pissed too—but. Y’know. Let’s not read this as disinterested statesmanship.

Also I want “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” on a mug.

The NASA Village

Today in the NASA Village… The Space Toilet.

Jeff Stone is a flight controller and trainer. His advice to the NASA Village audience, “Always learn all you can so you can better handle whatever comes your way.”

Today’s learning was essential to living on the International Space Station. What could be more important than learning how to make sure the space toilet keeps working?!

The process of learning is critical to the training of an astronaut because we are constantly absorbing new information. You have to enjoy the processes of learning itself.

For me, the most essential form of learning in the NASA Village is learning by doing.

But sometimes looking behind the panel at the spaghetti of components can be confusing, and it is not possible to understand the big picture, without diagrams and procedures, as well. This combination of teaching methods is one the most effective for me and Jeff did a phenomenal job of combining it all together.

One of the critical components of the system involves a substance that is added to each “flush”, called conservant. This minimizes the bacterial growth in the stored urine before it is plumbed to the water processing assembly, and cleaned up for later drinking (yes, I said drinking). Here Jeff is reminding me of the critical steps in this somewhat tricky valve.

Being “elbow deep” in repairs is not uncommon on station. This training turned out to be incredibly useful to me on the SECOND day after we arrived on station! There had been a failure of the separator (unit that separates air and urine) which meant some major repairs were needed. I was sure glad I had Jeff’s training that day!

Learning new things is always exciting for me…even if it is not always easy. It is great to work in an environment where questions are welcome and instructors and flight controllers are excited about sharing their knowledge and experience.

Jeff was always interested in aviation and space, but until he enlisted in the Air Force, he didn’t really think he had much chance to participate. As a nonmilitary astronaut, and before that a NASA biochemist, I can claim this is not true; because there are many military workers at NASA. For Jeff, “The Air Force provided the opportunity to gain confidence enough to really pursue challenging goals and then build on successes.” For me, that confidence was built in college and graduate school, where hands on testing (and failing) led to the ability to form better questions/experiments to lead to an end result. Repeating the process and finding alternative solutions became easier with practice.        

Fixing a spaceship takes a lot of people and a lot of innovative thinking. The reason Mission Control is so effective is because they know a lot about the mechanics of the hardware itself. If something goes wrong they need to have an idea of what is taking place. Jeff said, “You never know what is going to happen, and being able to deal with it using on hand resources, including your brain, is one of the keys to exploration.” He has been working on the space toilet for over fifteen years. He is proud of his work and his addition to the NASA Village because, who can’t relate?

Enjoying the process of learning builds better pathways to future learning. How do you learn best?

Do you want more stories? Find our NASA Villagers here!


Some things can’t be mass-produced.

Mercedes-AMG One man, one engine.

From the beginning, the “One Man, One Engine” philosophy has guided Mercedes-AMG’s approach to manufacturing. Even now, every Mercedes-AMG and Pagani engine is hand built from start to finish by one Mercedes-AMG master engine builder in a special facility.

As the final step in the assembly process, the engine builder affixes a plaque engraved with his signature to the engine cover. It’s an enduring reminder that even the heart of an Mercedes-AMG and Pagani has a heart and soul.

Thank you very much to all the customers, AMG, Pagani and Mercedes-Benz fans worldwide that share the passion and love for my work here on Instagram. It is a mental feeling for me to see your support! You are the best!
Mercedes-AMG One man, one engine Handcrafted by Michael Kübler @f1mike28 in Germany Affalterbach.
Driving Performance is our Passion! Mercedes-AMG the Performance and Sports Car Brand from Mercedes-Benz and Exclusive Partner for Pagani Automobili.
Mercedes-AMG Handcrafted by Racers.

Sgt. Pepper sessions

“ I felt we were just in the studio to make the next record, and Paul was going on about this idea of some fictitious band. That side of it didn’t really interest me, other that the title song and the album cover. It was becoming difficult for me, because I wasn’t really that into it. Up to that time, we had recorded more like a band; we would learn the songs and then play them (although we were starting to do overdubs, and had done a lot on Revolver). Sgt Pepper was the one album where things were done slightly differently. A lot of the time it ended up with just Paul playing the piano and Ringo keeping the tempo, and we weren’t allowed to play as a band so much. It became an assembly process - just little parts and then overdubbing - and for me it became a bit tiring and a bit boring. I had a few moments in there that I enjoyed, but generally I didn’t really like making the album much.

I’d just got back from India, and my heart was still out there. After what had happened in 1966, everything else seemed like hard work. It was a job, like doing something I didn’t really want to do, and I was losing interest in being ‘fab’ at that point.Before then everything I’d known had been in the West, and so the trips to India had really opened me up. I was into the whole thing; the music, the culture, the smells. There were good and bad smells, lots of colors, many different things - and that’s what I’d become used to.

I’d been let out of the confines of the group, and it was difficult for me to come back into the sessions. In a way, it felt like going backwards. Everybody else thought that Sgt Pepper was a revolutionary record - but for me it was not as enjoyable as Rubber Soul or Revolver, purely because I had gone through so many trips of my own and I was growing out of that kind of thing.” - George, Anthology

What’s in Store for 2017 at NASA?

With 2016 behind us, we take the time to not only reflect on what we’ve accomplished, but also take a look to what’s ahead for the next year.

Here are a few things to look forward to in 2017… 

New Telescope in Town

This year marked big progress on our James Webb Space Telescope and there are still a number of large milestones before the telescope is launched in 2018. Once launched, JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own solar system.

In 2017, the telescope will be shipped to our Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where end-to-end optical testing in a simulated cryo-temperature and vacuum space environment will occur.

Epic Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, our Cassini spacecraft is in its final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017, but not before the spacecraft completes a daring two-part endgame.

Cassini’s final phase – called the Grand Finale – begins in earnest in April 2017. During this time, Cassini will make the closest-ever observations of Saturn, mapping the planet’s magnetic and gravity fields with exquisite precision and returning ultra-close views of the atmosphere.

Delivering Supplies to Space

Our ambitious commercial space program has enabled a successful partnership with two American companies to resupply the International Space Station. 

The companies are successfully resupplying the space station, and more missions to deliver scientific investigations and cargo are planned for 2017.  

Launching Two Earth Missions

New Earth science missions got underway in 2016 to enable studies that will unravel the complexities of our planet from the highest reaches of Earth’s atmosphere to its core. In 2017, we will launch two Earth-observing instruments to the International Space Station as part of our ongoing use of the orbiting space laboratory to study our changing planet.

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) will give us a new way to monitor Earth’s protective ozone layer and document its ongoing recovery. The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) will measure both in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning over much of the planet, data that will help improve our understanding of lightning’s connections to weather and related phenomena.

Commercial Crew

Our Commercial Crew Program is working with American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

In 2017, astronauts will train for commercial flights and launch pad 39A will be completed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Work is wrapping up on a new structure built specifically for the needs of astronauts climbing into Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner as it stands atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. In 2017, the 200-foot-tall Crew Access Tower and Crew Access Arm will see installation and testing of emergency evacuation systems. 

SpaceX has also overhauled the historic Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy and built new support structures for the company’s line of Falcon rockets. The Crew Access Arm, currently under construction, will be connected in mid-2017 to provide a bridge from the fixed service structure to the Crew Dragon spacecraft so astronauts can board before launch

Orion Progress

Our Orion spacecraft is being built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

In 2017, computers in the Orion crew module for the spacecraft’s first mission with our Space Launch System rocket will be turned on for the first time to verify the spacecraft can route power and send commands. While the Orion outfitting and assembly process for the first mission of the spacecraft atop the SLS rocket continues in 2017, construction will also begin on the vehicle for the first Orion flight with astronauts that will fly as early as 2021.

Cutting Edge Technology

Our Space Technology office is dedicated to pushing the technological envelope, taking on challenges not only to further space agency missions near Earth, but also to sustain future deep space exploration activities. 

In 2016, the office focused on and made significant progress in advancing technologies and capabilities that will continue into 2017. 

Advances in Aeronautics

Our rich aeronautical research heritage added to its history of technical innovation in 2016 with advancements that will help make airplanes use less fuel, release fewer emissions and fly more quietly…and that includes working to return supersonic flight to the commercial marketplace.

We took steps in 2016 to resume designing, building and flying several experimental aircraft, or X-planes, as a means to demonstrate key green technologies and help accelerate their use by industry. In 2017, this research will continue to grow and develop.

Thanks for joining us in 2016, we look forward to sharing our progress with you in the coming year. 

Happy New Year!

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We are pumped to announce our latest build with @gunsdaily. Over the next few weeks we will be taking you through the process of assembling the rifle, mounting and sighting in the optic and showing how easily it is to go from the workbench to putting sub MOA groups on paper.

We are building out a 6.5 Creedmoor on a Howa Barreled Action with an X-Ray Chassis by Kinetic Research Group. Our goal with this build was to be able to put together a precision bolt gun with tools that you can find on that are relatively inexpensive and do all the installation in your garage or kitchen table.

For full details, up close photos, and extra content head over to or press the link in our bio.

This is one of the largest and most prolific star-forming regions near our Milky Way. Located about 160,000 light years away in the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, the Tarantula nebula is sculpted by searing radiation and strong winds that comes from the massive stars at its center. If fact, it is estimated that at least 40 of these huge stars have gone supernova within the last 10,000 years including the most recent one, SN 1987a.

(Composite Image from Multiple Data Sources. Hubble Space Telescope, ESO, Amateur Data. Image Assembly and Processing : Robert Gendler and Roberto Colombari)

     When people hear the phrase “most magical place on earth”, their thoughts instantly drift to The Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I may be a sucker for “Disney magic”, but when I hear that phrase, I think of a location about an hour east of Orlando; a place where my dreams come true called NASA Kennedy Space Center. This photoset displays key infrastructure used to support iconic Apollo and Space Shuttle programs that operated from this location.      Photos One, Two & Three: The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the largest single story building in the world. The building consists of four “high bays”, each with its own hangar door, which are the largest doors in the world. In the first photo, High Bay Three is open. The area inside is so large that it often creates fog near the top of the high bays. If the air conditioning quits, it actually rains inside the building. The VAB was constructed in 1966 for the purpose of assembling Saturn V rockets and was later used to assemble Space Shuttle components until 2011. Now, this building will be used to assemble the new Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft, along with multiple launch vehicles for different private and commercial space companies. The first photo shows Launch Control in the foreground, attached to the VAB. You can see inside of Firing Room 4 at Launch Control in my previous article (click here to view).      Photo Four: Space shuttle orbiters are essentially a pickup truck. If you have a big pickup, it’s nice to have a big garage. This is where the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) comes in. After flight, the shuttle orbiters were transported to one of three OPF buildings. There, they would be inspected and refurbished with no nut or bolt untouched. After every mission, the Main Engines and Orbiter Maneuvering System Pods were replaced. Any hardware needed for the next mission was installed and the orbiter would be rolled to the VAB, where it would be mated to the entire shuttle stack. OPF buildings 1 and 2 now house the Air Force operated Boeing X-37B space planes. OPF 3 contains Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft, which will be used as a taxi to the International Space Station.      Photo Five: The Crawler-Transporters, a pair of 6,000,000 lb tractors, were constructed to move the Saturn V rocket from the VAB to their launch pads. These vehicles have also transported every space shuttle. To move a rocket, the crawler positions itself under a mobile launch platform on which the launch vehicle rests. The platform is lifted atop the crawler, then transported to the pad where the crawler sets it down. The crawler then moves out from under the mobile launch platform, retreating to a safe distance away from the launch. After launch, the crawler must retrieve the mobile launch platform, bringing it back to the VAB for the next launch cycle. Since 1977, these crawlers have covered over 2,500 miles back and forth on this 3.5 mile stretch of roadway.      Photos Six & Seven: Prior to the construction of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), the space shuttle orbiter landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This required a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to transport the orbiter back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which was expensive. On March 18, 1974, the SLF idea was announced. After a groundbreaking ceremony, construction began on one of the largest runways in the world. Shuttles could then land at Kennedy Space Center, the port from which they would launch, making the operation of a reusable spacecraft drastically more efficient. Major efforts are conducted to control local birds and reptiles. Alligators tend to bask in the sun on this landing strip. A few hours prior to a shuttle landing, a brave individual would drive the length of the runway and remove alligators by hand.

alphonseshruikhanftw  asked:

Evening, Mr. Greenblatt. I was curious about what happens after a successful pitch to a studio. How quickly do you begin working? What do you do when you first enter the studio? Do people animate for you, or do you have to do it yourself? How long can it take to produce a single episode? I'm relatively uneducated in terms of animation, but i am very eager to learn. Any advice/answers would be greatly appreciated.

Oh boy, rapid fire questions! Ok here goes…

If a studio decides to move ahead after a successful pitch, you get lawyers involved and deal with months of paperwork. Once contracts are settled, the real work begins. Depending on your level of experience, the studio may bring in someone to work with you. With development, you’re rarely “in-house” and work as freelance. Each step must be approved before moving on the next phase.

Once a series is greenlit, you build a crew. It takes a few months to get the production up and running. It’s an assembly-line process starting with writing, then boarding, then design, then animation, then post production. For us it takes about 9 months to make 1 episode. We start a new 11 minute segment each week so it’s all overlapping. Most shows do the actual animation overseas due to budget. Movies have a larger budget and are usually animated here.

I hope this helps!

New assembly process makes the Norseman Crafts axe frogs more durable than any others i’ve seen to date at Renaissance faires

These and more new items now available in the shop:


So stoked to see the construction of the 3d printed pieces are slowly coming together. Its taking longer than I thought for the assembly and fixing. The process is a bit more involed that seems, (1st fixing/ clamping/ fill fixing/cleaning up and the finish of it.) That, along with not getting much studio time of late and the fact that im a bloody perfectionist and am never happy unless it looks right ;) …but hey, it’s getting there.

Let me break down the beginning of “The Final Showdown”

So, last episode of season 1, we have this fight scene. Ep before, they’re at some collapsing structure thing the Red Skull created and was going to do something with I can’t remember off the top of my head. Tony somehow convinces MODOK to teleport the Avengers along with the Cabal minus Skull? Idk that’s not really important. Basically, they teleport to the Avengers gym, Tony makes a lame comment about not having time to clean up (there is nothing in that gym, Tony), Tony’s like “dude we need to work together to take down Cosmis Skull and Hyperion’s like “nah” *blasts eye lasers at heroes*

Tony collapses (to his knees), Falcon takes off to fly around dramatically for a few scenes?

They all start fighting

Hulk smashes Hyperion, Thor smashes Attuma, Clint faces off Dracula, Falcon flies around dramatically (then assist to Clint, and then Natasha slams Drac, but then springs off to pounce on MODOK), whatever. 

^this is where Steve’s priorities lie. 

Here is a shittily made gif made from screencaps of Steve ignoring everyone to save Tony/not-grope his ass. Also, MODOK careening around like a noob in the background.

They’re running to Tony’s lab and Oh, no, Tony collapses (oh, btw, Skull ripped out Tony’s arc reactor, I think? That or it got damaged. No, I think it got damaged)

Steve decides that the best place to place his hand is over Tony’s hand, which is over his heart. 

They get to the lab, Steve lays Tony out on the slab, they kiss

And then ofc we get this really cheesy set of lines.

Tony bemoans his lack of suits, Steve responds:

Aw, Steve believes in Tony. What was that lame “iron or no” pun, though?

Apple’s new Mac Laptops! The names tho

Today at their yearly Worldwide Developer Conference, the organization declared a large number of equipment updates for their whole scope of portable workstations. Each and every tablet, from the powerful MacBook Pro to the humble MacBook Air is getting some kind of CPU or stage refresh. Subsequently, Apple has a full group of revived portable PCs for the mid year, all of which enhance their ancestor in at least one ways.

We’ll begin with the MacBook Pro and MacBook, Apple’s two present day portable workstation families. Both of these portable workstations have gotten their hotly anticipated refresh to Intel’s seventh era Kaby Lake stage. Kaby Lake, for a speedy refresher, utilizes the same Skylake CPU center as Intel’s sixth gen Skylake stage, however appreciates an unassuming recurrence support because of Intel’s 14nm+ assembling process. In the interim on the illustrations side of matters, these CPUs accompanied a fresher media obstruct that offers full equipment encode and unravel of 10-bit HEVC. This is a vital qualification since Apple will be supporting HEVC on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. There are no other real changes to the hidden Kaby Lake stage, so other than the clockspeed help and enhanced media decoder, Kaby Lake is a thoughtfully basic refresh from Skylake.

As needs be, Apple has just rolled out negligible other inside improvements to these tablets. The MacBook gets a more up to date SSD – probably the most recent Apple configuration to supplant its current Apple SSD – which Apple states is up to half speedier than the past SSD. Shockingly, the organization is currently additionally offering a 16GB memory choice on the tablet, a fascinating improvement since they were at that point utilizing a full suite of chips to get to 8GB; so a teardown will be important to perceive how they’re getting to 16GB.

In the interim the 15" MacBook Pro is accepting a dGPU refresh. Apple has supplanted the AMD Radeon Pro 400 arrangement choices with the Radeon Pro 500 arrangement, which is involved the Radeon Pro 555 and Radeon Pro 560, Like the past 400 arrangement, both 500 arrangement parts depend on AMD’s Polaris 11 GPU.

Something else, Apple hasn’t rolled out any inner or outer improvements to these portable PCs. They all have similar screens, same ports, same completions, and so on, as the 2016. What’s more, the Touch Bar is as yet present on the majority of the 15" SKUs and the higher-end 13" SKUs. So on the off chance that you need a Touch Bar, you have to purchase a more costly SKU (or on the other hand, a lower-end 13" on the off chance that you don’t need the Touch Bar). At long last, Apple has included a moment low-end MBP 13" SKU with a littler 128GB SSD, which has driven the cost of the least expensive model down from $1499 to $1299 as of the invigorated portable workstations.

These refreshed tablets ought to be accessible from Apple on June seventh.

MacBook Air

In the mean time in an astounding unforeseen development, Apple has given the 13" MacBook Air a minor speed help. The tablet has moped without a genuine refresh for two or three years now, as yet utilizing Intel’s fifth era Broadwell CPUs and a now dated low-DPI TN screen. In any case, it’s as yet one of Apple’s more prevalent portable workstations because of its sub-$1000 beginning value, which is by all accounts upsetting any arrangements to really suspend the tablet. Accordingly, Apple has given it a minor, late-lifetime speed support.

The refreshed tablet holds the utilization of Intel’s Broadwell processor, however the base designs now utilizes a quicker chip, Intel’s Core i5-5350U, rather than the slower i5-5250U. As indicated at by the minor model number change, this is not a huge distinction – both the base and the lift clock are 200MHz speedier, for 1.8GHz base and 2.9GHz lift – yet it is none the less a substantial execution change for Apple’s entrance level tablet.

Something else, Apple has not rolled out whatever other improvements. It’s as yet a similar size with a similar board and a similar I/O, including the now dated Thunderbolt 2 port. Still, it purchases the portable PC more time, at any rate until Apple can make sense of what the eventual fate of their entrance level tablet model ought to be.

Headed by associate professor, James Cutler, in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, the team is in the process of assembling the Tandem Beacon Experiment (TBEx), consisting of a tandem pair of CubeSats, seen here being inspected by Research Assistant, Emanuela Della Bosca.

Photo: Akhil Kantipuly Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing


@magikarpdoodles and I are trying something new! We went ahead and made some super cute pokemon charms through @acornpress, who have been absolutely wonderful to work with.

Mimikyu, Reuniclus, Whimsicott, and Cubone are mine, and Mew, Growlithe, Rotomdex, and Magikarp are theirs! A lot of them are double sided, as you can see, and we added some cute bells and stars to most of them tonight. It was a long assembly process, but super worth it. We’ll be taking these with us to CaperCon this weekend coming, and to Hal-con in November! See you there!