awesome dude!

bbc.com
Vietnam vet with dementia reassured 'your duty is done' - BBC News
When a US war veteran with dementia was convinced he needed to return to Vietnam, a Lt Col stepped in.

“When a loved one starts to lose their memory and show signs of dementia it can mean they are often confused about time, dates and what has happened to them.

“So when 84-year-old Vietnam veteran Lawrence Silk insisted he return to the war in Vietnam, where he completed three tours, his family began to worry.

“It was [his son-in-law] Kenny’s idea to write on social media:

“"He is consistently haunted by his need to do his duty so we are asking for a current or retired military officer to volunteer to visit him - in uniform - and tell him that his responsibility to his country has been fulfilled.

“"Perhaps present a certificate of some kind and take a picture so we can show it to him in the event that he forgets.“

“Soon after the post went public a recently retired lieutenant colonel from the same squadron agreed to visit Lawrence and tell him that his duty had been done.

"”It was pure coincidence that he was a commander of the same unit. It was perfect” said Kenny.

“Lt Col LaFrazia presented Lawrence with a certificate of appreciation from the United States Air Force (USAF), a USAF civil engineering badge and coins from the Prime Beef and Red Horse units.

“Along with all of the advice from complete strangers, Lawrence now has a selection of army memorabilia to remind him of his past achievements and that he doesn’t need to return to Vietnam.

“"Col. LaFrazia is a saint in our eyes.”

“”No stranger I have ever met has been more gracious, caring and understanding.”

"”He did this to serve the Brotherhood and hopes people understand that veterans’ stories don’t end when the war ends.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY @jakei95!! (✿◡‿◡ฺ).:*☆

The first pic is kinda desspressing.. But we know you have been fighting all this time to make us smile and happy.. must be hard– YA NEED TO BE REMINDED HOW LOVED YA ARE HWHWHW

Seriously I HOPE YOU HAV A LOVIN DAY :’333

!!! VILLAINOUS PSA !!!

LEMONTEAFLOWER (known for the Miss Officer and Mr. Truffles Kickstarter scandal and drawing a lot of porn of underage characters) DID NOT CREATE VILLAINOUS NOR SHE THE ONLY PERSON WORKING ON THE SHOW

Animation is a massively collaborative process and there are probably literally HUNDREDS of other animators and artists involved with the production of Villainous, none of which stand for/support LemonTeaFlower or what they did

By saying “DON’T SUPPORT THE SHOW BECAUSE LEMONTEAFLOWER WORKED ON IT!!” YOU ARE DAMNING EVERY SINGLE OTHER INNOCENT MEMBER OF THE CREW, INCLUDING THE REAL CREATOR ALAN ITURIEL (who might I add seems like an extremely freaking awesome dude who’s been retweeting tons of fan art for his show over on Twitter)

Don’t let one person with a bad reputation ruin the efforts of so many others. Support Villainous.

UPDATE: Ami (LemonTeaFlower) also made a statement about their past actions here that I very much encourage everybody to read.

bbc.com
Martin Shkreli: Australian boys recreate life-saving drug - BBC News
Australian students cheaply recreate a life-saving drug that was famously hiked in price last year.

US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750.

Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug’s key ingredient for just $20.

Daraprim is an anti-parasitic drug used by malaria and Aids patients.

Martin Shkreli: ‘The most hated man in America’

The Sydney Grammar boys, all 17, synthesised the active ingredient, pyrimethamine, in their school science laboratory.

“It wasn’t terribly hard but that’s really the point, I think, because we’re high school students,” one boy, Charles Jameson, told the BBC.

The students produced 3.7 grams of pyrimethamine for $20. In the US, the same quantity would cost up to $110,000.

I drew the other two girls, might as well pay tribute to this lovely gal! Also, I wanted to draw something for @zacharandom because he sent me a bunch of sweet texts this morning and it just melted my heart, I have such great friends. So here’s to you, my dude. Galaxy haired Hazel!

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thank you 3 for having us in for the early Q and A, you were hilarious as ever and you mean the world to us all ^~^

also I can’t believe I was sat right in front of Brandon Turner, holy crap that dude is awesome omg

@therealjacksepticeye

Can we talk about how down to earth jack still is

Like he’s been offered so much. He’s Starring in games and voice acting and he’s gaining so many subscribers all the time but he’s still inclusive of the community and he always thanks us and still creates amazing content every day!
What did we do to deserve such an awesome dude

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Link Strikes

 Or: “How have they not accidently killed each other?” ft. Noctis and Ignis

Also let’s appreciate Ignis

I Think We Made a Big Mistake

Lemme just start off by saying 2010 was a great year in animated shows. Unreal great. Like, seriously.

What

the

shit

happened

in

20

10?

To put this in perspective, about 2007-2009 wasn’t a stellar time for animated shows. The best one by far was Phineas and Ferb, and maybe … El Tigre (which had so much personality and life, but I haven’t seen since it aired so I can’t tell you how it holds up), but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff that lived up to the top contender.

Also important to remember is that in 2009, Cartoon Network briefly went insane and wanted to transition to more live-action shows or live-action/animation mixed like Out of Jimmy’s Head. None of these really held my attention, and it took airtime from the cartoons that could’ve come out.

We also could point out that Nickolodeon was well on its way to airing basically only Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents forever amen (as much as I love those shows).

Disney Channel hosted P&F, but other than that, pickings were getting slim.

So, realizing that, you’ve gotta understand how remarkable it is that we were getting so many good shows all at once again! It was unreal!

But it didn’t stop there, not even for a year.

2011 gave us families.

2012 gave us blends of story and comedy.

2013 gave us stellar characters in interstellar adventures (also the Mickey Mouse shorts, but that might not count).

2014 gave us surprises.

2015 gave us heart.

And this year? A return to form. What with the Loud House finally breaking Nickelodeon’s streak of poor nicktoons, Voltron keeping the action cartoon alive from the Avatar team we love, and the upcoming Milo Murphy’s Law from the creators of Phineas and Ferb.

There’s also shows like Mighty Magiswords and Long Live the Royals on the way that could just as easily make this list.

So the question remains. What the hell happened in 2010?

Well, I don’t know what caused all this, but I’ll tell you what happened.

Sym-Bionic Titan happened on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. And nobody told me.

When I stumbled on it way after the fact, I thought I remembered seeing something like that advertised when I was a kid. You know, early 2000s action show. I figured it got lost in the Beyblades, Ben 10s, and Yu-gi-Oh ripoffs, and I could at least make peace with that.

But then I find out this aired just a few years ago and I’m shit-pissed. aND MY OWN BEST FRIEND APPARENTLY WATCHED IT AND NEVER?? TOLD?? ME??

how dare you I instantly forgive you.

What I’m getting at is this is a high quality show. Really high quality.

The basic premise is summed up best here:

The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.

When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.

If that sounds great, it absolutely is. The characters are well-devloped, the story is front and center, there’s continuity between episodes– everything we’ve come to love in some of our modern favourites. So, my point is … why the hell was this left out of the cartoon revolution?

Well … honestly, I can’t figure it out. Advertising? Not enough cross-promotion in the daytime? Weak word of mouth? It’s certainly nothing the show did wrong.

Why Watch It?

Reason 1: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS A STORY

I’m not gonna spoil much more than the summary, but despite the fact that it takes place on Earth for the most part and focuses on week to week stories, the overall story is very much in the forefront at all times– and you know how rare that is even for shows that do story well.

Reason 2: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS GREAT CHARACTERS

I’ll let you discover them for yourself, it’s too much of a treat, but I’ll just say, you might fall in love. Again.

Oh, and Voltron fans?

We found their son.

Reason 3: This Guy

So, even if you’re too young for some of these, you might’ve heard something called Samuri Jack is getting a fifth season after 10 years … and it’s going to be on Adult Swim.

Yeah, it’s gonna be badass.

The important part to all this is that this dude does awesome design, awesome shows, and if you have respect for any of these properties, you know you’re in for a good time.

Which leads me to

Reason 4: The Animationjfsfksnfksafafsj

Between the lighting and the angular designs, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Is bootiful.

Watch the first few minutes there. You see what I mean, right?

Reason 5: It Deserved Better

We’ve championed so many great shows in the past few years, but for whatever reason, we missed one. A great one at that. If you have any love for the shows I listed, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Who knows? You might just find another favourite.