Things said during my ride today

- “it’s these breeches, that’s it. IN THE BIN.”
- “… it’s not the breeches…”
- “Wait is that what an extended trot is supposed to feel like?”
- “Ohhhhh got it.”
- “Charlotte Dujardin would have been proud of that corner. That was a nice corner.”
- “Overshot centerline. Again.”
- “Is it worth it all I mean seriously what is the point?”
- “Oh so you can ride the PSG canter tour but a single change is impossible. Right.”
- “WHY CAN’T I COUNT 4S?!!?”
- “Ahh nice walk. Happy walk.”
- “I actually can’t make you halt. How… I can’t remember…”
- “Wedgies in breeches are god’s way of saying your sit trot still sucks.”
- “You are totally fine with butterflies having sex on your shoulder but I move my whip from left to right and it’s the end of days??”
- “I cannot fucking win with you.”
- “stop spooking at deer!”


A while back someone asked if I could do a tutorial on how I draw faces. I haven’t had time to do a video (I still plan on doing one when I DO have time), but here’s a quick step-by-step!

1. I start with a circle with a cross through it that shows the center of the face and the eye lines. Then I add the lower face shape (jawline), and lines for the nose and mouth placement.

2. Next I add the nose so I can be sure it’s centered. Then I do outlines for the eyes, making sure they are even (really important for a front-facing face).

3. Once I have those even, I add the lips starting with the mouth line and then drawing the lips above and below it. Then I add eyebrows, and the circles for the irises in the eyes.

4. At this point, I erase the centerline, cross line, and bottom of the circle that I began with–I don’t need them anymore, and I want to eliminate extra lines so I can have a good sense of how the face is shaping up. Then I like to add a hairline. Sometimes I end up not using the hairline in the hairstyle, like if I draw bangs. But having a hairline there to start with helps me have an idea of the head shape, and where the face is vs where the hair starts.

5. Now I’ll add ears, a neck, and the top of the hair. The top of the hair will be above the circle I initially drew for the face shape because the hair poofs up above the scalp, adding height to the head. Again, I don’t always end up using this line in the final drawing depending on the hairstyle, but having it there helps me keep the overall head shape in check.

6. Details details! I finish up the hairstyle, add details to the eyeballs, darken outlines, and add shading to lips. Et voila! All done!

Reunion Island Eclipse : The New Moon’s dark shadow crossed planet Earth on September 1. In silhouette the Moon didn’t quite cover the Sun though, creating an an annular solar eclipse. The shadow’s narrow central path was about 100 kilometers wide at maximum eclipse. Beginning in the South Atlantic, it tracked toward the east across Africa, ending in the Indian Ocean. Waiting on the Indian Ocean’s Reunion Island, eclipse watchers enjoyed a view just north of the eclipse centerline, the annular phase lasting a few minutes or less. Clouds threaten the nearly eclipsed Sun but create a dramatic sky in this wide-angle and telephoto composite at a partial phase from the northern side of the 50 kilometer wide island. via NASA


anonymous asked:

Can you explain about The Four Gates theory in Wing Chun

Basically if you divide up the body area into 4 separate gates/areas. Upper Left, Upper Right, Lower Left and Lower Right then the centerline straight down the middle. By recognizing these gates or areas we can use the appropriate motion in that gate, for instance I don’t want to destroy my structure by say crossing my left hand over to block/attack the right side (unless I am adjusting my body so even though my triangle shield is unequal, I am still square to my target, and therefore not crossing my gates) In application, anything can happen and if it works it works, but for devleopment recognizing the gates and how to flow within them allows us to flow more smoothly and protect ourselves much easier. There are several gates to look at, both vertical and horizontal. The 4 gates I look at as alternating correctly without crossing myself. Most important is also not to go outside of your own structure (chasing outside and losing target or losing your triangle structures connection to the base), the structure can adjust, but if you go too far outside of your own base, then you no longer having a functioning triangle structure -  In essence this is a 4 gate punching exercise (tan da/gaan da), the tan takes care of it’s side, the punch goes to center, then rotates, the gaan takes care of it’s side, punch to center, then rotates. This video isn’t explained in the 4 gate theory, however the drill helps to develop it. Hope this helps, this is from my Si-Hing’s youtube channel: Tan Da Gaan Da. Also if we are looking at the upper, middle and lower gates (including the legs), this another good explanation: 3 Gate Theory. Hope this helps, if I didn’t explain it well enough let me know and I’ll find another way to explain it, as typed words can be difficult to explain concepts sometimes. 

Here is the basic exercise of tan da/gaan da on your own (you can see the 4 gates in the exercise - right upper, left upper, right lower, left lower), you can do it standing in your stance or turning (chor ma) 


Linnehan during Expedition 16/STS-123 EVA 1 by NASA  
Anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint, astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, participates in the mission’s first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the seven-hour and one-minute spacewalk, Linnehan and astronaut Garrett Reisman (out of frame), Expedition 16 flight engineer, prepared the Japanese logistics module-pressurized section (JLP) for removal from Space Shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay; opened the Centerline Berthing Camera System on top of the Harmony module; removed the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism and installed both the Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) tool change out mechanisms on the Canadian-built Dextre robotic system, the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System. Image #: iss016e032708 Date: March 14, 2008


Jaguar E-Type E2A Prototype, 1960. The Jaguar experimental department at Brown’s Lane, Coventry, completed the car in February 1960 powered by an aluminium fuel-injected 3.0 litre 6-cylinder engine. It was subsequently finished for the Cunningham team in their American racing colors, white overall with two parallel centerline stripes in dark blue. The car was sold at auction in 2008 for US$4,957,000

Anxiety versus Wanderlust

There are mountains out there. Winding roads that lead to

cheap diners of greased-up food and overtired truck drivers

for company.

I’ve got a vision of us driving cross-country and it

falls asleep curled in my chest most nights.

There’s a long pro-con list in the back seat of a beat up car

tucked in between fast food wrappers and discarded coffee cups,

a check engine light flashing on in the hours

when the centerline blurs and you’re not sure

when you’re swerving into oncoming traffic.

Did I forget to change the clock when we ran through timezones,

are we arriving on time or too late or too early?

But then there’s nights of stars on the hood of the car, lazily strummed


and a stack of postcards we wrote poetry on

and that’s anxiety versus wanderlust for you.


Looking ahead to August 21, 2017, a great total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States with a centerline of daytime darkness extending from the Oregon coast through Nebraska to Atlantic beaches of South Carolina. There are few events as marvelous as experiencing a total solar eclipse first hand.

On August 30, 2016, Joe Rao will give you all the details needed for observing this event and share a “sneak preview” of what it will look like using the Hayden Planetarium’s Zeiss IX Star Projector.

Get tickets for this event.


Anyone interested in my old Centerlines? they were originally 4x100, but they were redrilled to 4x114.3 by one of the previous owners. They also require shank style lug nuts which i will provide. The wheel closest in the picture has some pretty mean curb rash from its past life on drift cars. But it holds air just fine, and all the wheels are balanced. 

Tires are 195/50/15 Toyo Proxes4 with lots of life left. 2 of them have some wear on the sidewalls from rubbing the fender. 

Size is 15x9 offset is around -25.

Wheels are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. will not ship.

Price is $700obo 


Queen Mary’s Centerline Boutique. Went to the Queen Mary on September 4th, this year for the Art Deco Festival. Too broke to attend anything that cost money, so I didn’t get to do too much. The former ‘knick-knack’ shop has been evicted and now it is a boutique of English things like tea and salt & pepper shakers.They now charge $ 18 for parking; no wonder more & more folks get uber-ed & lyft-ed in.