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anonymous asked:

Do you have any posts/tips for studying effectively for semester finals?

My best tip is to target your study for the exam you’re taking. 

So what does that mean? 

1. Practice Past Exams. 

There’s no point in memorising notecards or making study guides if you can’t tailor the content you’ve learnt to answer the question at hand. The short answer to the masses of students who say something to the effect of, ”I don’t understand why I only got X grade when I studied for 14701863 hours” is that “you failed to answer the question”. So get familiar with the type of questions in the exam, make sure you’re learning content that relates to said questions, and then understand how to command what you’ve learnt into an answer that addresses the question. 

An easy way to do this is to grab a marking guide/ your syllabus and physically tick the relevant points/words/concepts you’ve included in your practice answer. You’ll be surprised - sometimes you think you’ve answered the question, when in reality, you haven’t. 

2. Get a basic ‘birds eye view’ of the course before diving into the detail. 

Don’t get caught up on little details. Understand the broad concepts that are examinable. Once you’ve got a working understanding of all of that, go back and fill it in with the detail (e.g. examples, case studies, specific applications of a formula). Why? The art of diminishing returns. Moreover, the first 50% of the marks allocated to a question are the easiest to get. 

3. Do what you need to do, for you. 

Look, just because you didn’t study from day 1 - day 100 doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. It’s not all or nothing; there’s a huge gap between an A+ and an F. Arguably those with that ‘fatalistic, catastrophizing mindset’ are on a one way track to demotivation town. 

So if pulling an all nighter is how you study, then pull that godamn allnighter. If you’re the type to wake up early to study, then set your godamn alarm for 5am. If you need to rest and recouperate and spend a good 12 hours on tumblr procrastinating, then do it. 

You’re not going to fail just because you don’t have the fancy notes or stationery your friend does. You’re not going to fail just because your friend studied for 4 hours last night while you marathoned gilmore girls. 

Stand proud of your own study techniques that have ensured your success to this point. 

+ on a side note, If you’ve fallen behind, here’s a few tips here. 

Here’s a few tips from around the community: 

All the best for your finals anon! 

The Trucker

As promised, here’s post #1 of some behind the scenes stuff.  So here’s the first original character to pop up that wasn’t alluded to before the video.  Many guesses were had to what his name might be, but no one quite hit the mark.  His name?


(Original sketch on the Right, Refined version on the Left.)

The funniest part is that the little egg/chicken fella under the hat that you’ve all seen was a complete and total misunderstanding.

My concept art had that picture of the egg-chicken on the top left with the arrow pointing at the hat.  I meant for that to be the logo on Rooster’s trucker hat which I wasn’t entirely sure about keeping.  I handed the sketch over to Isaiah to start animating the scenes he was in.  When we got the shots back from him, we saw the shot where Rooster gets scared to the point of his hat flying off, upon which you can see the little egg fella under it, bugging out like Rooster is.  I was like, “..wait no, that wasn’t an actual chicken, that was just his hat logo.”

Everyone just sort of looked at each other and I was like “…screw it, I like it better like this, let’s roll with it.”

To be fair, it would have made more sense to just.. you know.. draw the logo on the hat.  But hey, new animal buddy!

I think we’re rolling with the name Lil’ Sunny for the guy.  He keeps Rooster from falling asleep during the long, boring drives.

(Animatic Sketches)

(Test colors before arriving at the final version you see in the video)

(Rooster’s Truck)

The idea was that Rooster drives a truck filled with breakfast goods (like eggs, sandwiches, pancakes, hash browns, the such).  Hence the egg/chicken logo and general color scheme of being like a nice warm morning.

There’s something…. strangely familiar with that color scheme though….

I can’t quite put my finger on it… it seems…. nah its probably nothing.

(Backgrounds involving Rooster)

In this bottom Background, you can make out what should be the town everyone lives in.

I think I’m going with the name,

Tempo, Texas

And that’s all there is about to say about this for now.

Next up, puppies.

anonymous asked:

How are you able to draw/ world-build that much in a day? The speed at which you produce things is really impressive! Got any tips?

I have twitchy hands that must fiddle with things, ADHD hyperfocus, and too much free time. Drawing keeps my hands and brain busy and I’m not in school right now, so I’ve been a perfect storm of constant art production for a while. Things should drop off dramatically when I go back to college in the fall.

As for actual advice… draw stuff fast and don’t look back? Let your art look bad and your concepts feel wrong. Just draw them again and again. Use photoshop hotkeys and the fill tool and any shortcut that lets you draw more in less time. Cut any corners your audience won’t notice– it’s not cheap, it’s efficient, and one post a week with messy linework will always get more notice than one post a year with perfect linework. Set up a to do list of art pieces and schedule time for each piece. Draw while you wait for things, while you watch things, when you have nothing better to do. Make drawing a habit.

Let’s delve into something that isn’t pistols…

This, boys and girls and whatever, is the most iconic sniper rifle/giant bullet launching device ever made. This is a Barrett M82. This is probably the most successful sniper rifle ever made, cause most of the world uses it in one way shape or form. The US Armed Forces, England, most of NATO, hell Mexico’s soldiers march with the damn thing.

But how does this gun come into existence? Was it a long series of prototypes made in the 1970′s to give America a firepower edge? Or maybe a modern weapon made for long range sniping?

None of those are correct, Ronald Barrett, the founder of Barrett firearms did it because no one else had made a semi-automatic rifle in .50 BMG. So he effectively made it on a bet.

So Ronald Barrett, native to Tennessee and looking more like someone’s dad rather than the dealer of anti-material rifles started as a professional photographer and while taking photos near the Stones River saw a river patrol boat with dual .50 Brownings on the bow. Besides winning him an award, he began thinking of the idea of a .50 BMG caliber rifle.

Now the idea of the heavy machinegun caliber rifle is an idea dating to WWI and the Imperial German T-Gewehr, chambered in 13.2 TUF and made to pierce WWI era tanks. This launched the idea of the anti-tank rifle, a giant rifle firing a large round going absurdly fast to sail through tank and vehicle armor.

Every country made or bought their own model, the Finns had the 20mm Lahti L-39, the Russians had the single shot PTRD-41 and semi-auto PTRS-41, the Germans had the PzB 38 and 39, the British had the Boys AT rifle. The problem came when tanks started increasing armor. Most AT rifles could only pierce 20-30mm of armor and with the increase of armor, a new idea was needed. The US made the M1 Bazooka and thus the trend went from big rifles to rocket propelled weapons.

Explanation over, back to the tale of the M82. Ronnie Barrett began drawing cross-section pictures of his design, allowing him to edit what needed to be edited as well as going to nearby machine shops to see if they would make it themselves. He ran into Bob Mitchell, a tool and die shop owner in Smyrna, Tennessee who agreed to help him make the first prototype rifles. Spending time there as well as a nearby sheet metal manufacturer, Ronnie Barrett had his first firing prototype in less than 4 months.

He used this to make a second gun, better than the last and sent a video of him firing it to a gun show in Houston, Texas. There three people placed deposits for him to make them guns. With limited money, Barrett managed to crank out around 30 guns from his garage. When he placed an ad in Shotgun News, he sold out his first batch of guns. After that, the CIA called to place an order of some M82′s for sale to the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan.

With these sales, this allowed Barrett to continue revising his rifle to the M82A1, which got rid of the very futuristic looking exterior to the design we all know and love. And in 1989, he made his first sale to the Swedish Military. Even better was in 1990, when the US Military began buying the rifles for work in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Shield, where it went by the name of the SASR, the Special Applications Scoped Rifle. The first order of 125 to the USMC soon was met with orders from the other branches and the M82A1 was being bought by most world militaries.

Ever since that, the M82 series has seen wide sales and use across the world. It’s primary use is for dealing with unexploded munitions, bombs, mines, IED’s etc. It could also be used against radar cabins, trucks, parked aircraft, helicopters and human targets alike. And with a maximum range of 1,830 meters to 4,000, it means the M82 will be still firing when other’s have stopped due to range. It’s also semi-automatic, giving a higher rate of fire in comparison with slower single shot or bolt action anti-material rifle designs.

The M82 has a number of other design versions. There’s the US adopted M107, the bullpup M82A2, the tan painted M107A1, the modern M82A1M and M82A3 and the bolt action M95 and single shot M95. There’s also a number of prototypes, including the XM500 and the XM109 in 25mm that is locked in DoD limbo. If HMG rounds aren’t your forte, there’s also the M98 Bravo in .338 Lapua.

The M82 also has some other users besides most world militaries not using the KSVK, there’s a number of police departments, who use them for car disabling and the US Coast Guard, who use them for disabling drug running boats. Other more impetuous uses were by the Kosovo Liberation Army, the Bosnian Army and rather infamously, the Irish Republican Army had shipments of both original and M90 models shipped over for use on British Army soldiers, specifically in South Armagh from 1990-97. In fact the final British soldier killed by the IRA in Northern Ireland during the troubles was killed by an M82.

Another place the M82 is spotted is media. But not just it’s slew of uses in Video Games, but in movies.

Oh yes, from the megaslums of Detroit to the sands of Iraq, the M82 has made a very noticeable impression on the silver screen. With it’s first use in 1987′s classic Robocop as the “Cobra Assault Cannon”, it’s filmography is a long one. The Mechanic, The Hurt Locker, The Keeper, Elephant White, when a film needs a gun that’s big and can punch through concrete, people and cars, the Barrett’s likely to show up.

And yes, video games have their fair share of M82 rifles. With the rise of the modern combat video game, the M82 is destined to show up. From Ghost Recon to Call of Duty, there’s probably been just as many digital representations of M82 rifles than those stamped in steel. From the Bozar of Fallout 2 to the Heavy Sniper of GTA V, whatever it’s name, if it’s a big caliber sniper rifle, it’s most likely a M82. If not, it’s another Barrett model like the Thanatos of PAYDAY 2 or the absurdly powerful M99 AMR of Killing Floor. No matter what the name, they all share a similar feel of heavy, powerful and accurate. From the streets of a city to the zombie-filled forest, nothing banishes fear like a Barrett.

And that is the story and legacy of the M82 rifle, from the concept art and early prototypes to the #1 selling Anti-Material rifle in the world. The M82 is a weapon with an imposing profile, so good Tennessee made it their state rifle and whether it be on the streets of Baghdad, Sao Paulo, or Pittsburgh, the name “Barrett” will signify power and whatever model it is, whether original M82 or a M107, a particular phrase will always ring true.

Big whoop I’m spooning a Barrett .50 cal, I could kill a building!”

“Tsk tsk tsk,” he said, drawing the knife up to Glover’s neck now, “I was hoping you’d know more. Ah well. Lokka’s time will come soon enough.”

The knife dug in where his jaw met his ear, and he cried out. “I told you everything I know! You gotta let me go…we….we made a deal!”

“I don’t make deals with slavers,” the elf said as he put pressure on the knife and broke the skin of Glover’s vulnerable neck, “Besides…my Maiden wants her first decree to be a success.”

Glover screamed and thrashed, but the elf was stronger and pinned him to the ground with his knees. He dragged the knife through his neck, sawing through his flesh with the dull blade. The blood was spilling down his throat, filling his lungs, choking him; his cries were nothing but strangled gurgles now. Everything was going dark.

“And whatever my Maiden wants, she gets.”

Revas of Clan Lavellan - Banal’ras, Shadow of the Maiden

REVIEW: Island #11 (comic)


Issue 11

Contributions by: Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Grim Wilkins, Robin Bougie, Joseph Bergin III, Remy Boydell, Michelle Perez, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bon Villain. Brought to you by Emma Rios and Brandon Graham.

Published by: Image Comics

All right, full disclosure. I cannot be objective in any capacity when it comes to Island. It’s the single coolest thing on the shelves right now. What Emma Rios and Brandon Graham are doing might not be a new concept (anthology comics) but it is revolutionary. Bringing so many talents and skills and views and things together, it’s beautiful and amazing. That they also happen to be some of the most exciting talents and storytellers in the comic game right now is also a big bonus. Island, quite simply, is the best money you’ll spend every month on comics. The single biggest bang for your buck. So, thank you Emma and Brandon. Please keep up the great work.

And damn is issue eleven a thing of beauty. Filled to bursting with page-turning wonder and strangeness (and how about that Christmas/Bonvillain cover?), with the nothing short of epic conclusion to Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean’s Ancestor story. So massive, so deep. And so pretty to look at. If you’ve been following along (and you have been, right?) then this is a wonderful end to what has been a great piece of work. And to make things even better, the trade is coming out later this month so hopefully you’ve done the right thing and got it pre-ordered already. Seriously, this is great comic storytelling with high concepts and beautiful art throughout.

And then we get Grim Wilkins now in the pages of Island. Grim is a nice dude, and does mind-blowing work (particularly with inks). Mirenda is a stunning work of surrealism that I’m beyond happy to see now included in these hallowed pages. Wilkins does such crazy, amazing things with his work and it sucks you in and by the time you get to the last page it’s…you need more. Truly. Exciting times to be getting this kind of content (though if you were smart enough to jump in on the Kickstarter for Mirenda you already know this).

A truly trippy slice of strange is brought to us by Robin Bougie and Joseph Bergin III with The Incident. It’s short and pretty out there and if sources are to be believed the kind of thing that blasts truth way stranger than fiction. And I want to believe. I really do.

It’s all wrapped up on a somber, thoughtful note. The Pervert, from Remy Boydell and Michelle Perez is brave. It’s unflinching. It’s really the kind of story I think we need a lot more of not because it’s provocative but because it reaches out. It makes you wonder in a way people just don’t wonder enough, I think. About other people, about how they portray themselves and put themselves into the world. 

Congratulations to all and everyone involved in creating another stellar issue of Island. Like I said, it’s the single most exciting thing being put out right now and should probably get on everyone’s pull list. 

I warned you, man. Objectivity doesn’t exist here. I really, truly like Island.

– M

kathern  asked:

I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. Hope you get better soon! - Prompt: Klaus is a chef and Caroline is his sous chef or a waitress (you pick!) who doesn't put up with his Gordan Ramsay behavior. He loves that, of course, because everyone else is too scared to stand up to him.

Food (and) Fights

She looks away from him as she lifts the fork to her mouth. It smells amazing, her mouth is watering, and she already knows that it’s going to be hard to act neutral, to resist the urge to slouch down and make obscene noises of enjoyment (that are probably inappropriate for the kitchen) once she’s tasted the bit of food. To restrain the urge to immediately dive back in for another.

Klaus Mikaelson might be an arrogant douche (most of the time), but his food is heavenly. And he knows it.

The beef practically melts on her tongue, the sauce rich and pleasantly spicy. Her eyes close, just for a second, as she savors it.

Ugh, so much for playing it cool.

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