high flier

alaeevolare  asked:

Hello! Is a respiratory system similar to the ones found in the creatures of Avatar (the one with the blue alien people) possible? It basically looks like their nostrils, for the lack of a better term, are at the base of the neck, closer to the lungs. What kind of issues, i.e. diseases and injuries, could a creature with it face? This is specifically for a flying creature if that helps. Thank you!

Okay, so, Avatar is like, MY FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION-VERSE EVER. Like, I can’t even put it into worlds, it’s just so beautiful, the ecology, the culture, the world, and the interconnectedness theme, and just UGHGHGHGH LOVE IT.

Okay, spazz moment over. I’m guessing that what this ask is referring to the many animals on Pandora that have these things.

In-verse, these things are called Operculum. It’s explained in the avatar Wiki as basically a nostril that feeds directly into the lungs. The animals in question (Direhorses, Banshees, Viperwolves, and the Toruk) all have a need for large amounts of oxygen(Or whatever the heck they respirate with on Pandora) when they are running/flying and hunting. Because they’re all much larger than Earth’s fauna and the air of Pandora was so different, the operculum allow a much larger intake of air for the animals cells to metabolize aerobically rather than anaerobically, which would cause them to build up lactic acid and likely not be able to maintain the movement they need in order to survive.

The only disadvantage I could see to this is that the nostrils would prevent the animals from swimming, as water would come in and flood the lungs causing it to drown, but considering how much larger the animals in Avatar were and how they either had six legs, or were high and fast fliers, this actually really isn’t a bad system to breath with. Some respiratory infections are likely a common cause of death for older animals and they would need to find shelter in the rain, or keep their operculum covered.

Thanks for asking and I hope this helped!

Good luck!

Operculum Source

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There’s a special place in my heart for Blaziken, the first pokémon I ever received when I started playing my first pokemon game (Look at me now, Professor Birch). Blaziken was the original fire-fighting type starter before it was cool, and with its strong legs, fierce kicks, and recent Mega-evolution it is quite the force to be reckoned with.

According to the pokédex, Blaziken can jump over a 30-story building in one leap. 30 stories is roughly 90 meters, or 300 feet. This is nearly 50 times Blaziken’s own height. The world record high-jump held by a human is a 2.45 meters (8 feet). There must be something going on here other than a simple jump. So what makes Blaziken such a high flier?

We’re going to start small, by looking at a creature with a maximum jump height of 18 cm (7 inches). At first this would seem pathetic, until you realize this creature is flea, who is barely 3mm tall themselves. Fleas can jump 100 times their own height.

Jumping this height takes a lot of energy, and a lot of push. Part of their magic lies in a special pad in their legs, made of a springy protein called resilin. This leg-pad stores energy during their jump. While the flea is bending it’s legs and starting a jump, the energy isn’t going directly into pushing the flea off of the ground. Instead, the energy is being stored in the leg-pads, “charging up” to be released all at once, kicking it high and fast upwards. Some studies report this sudden acceleration to be over 400 times the acceleration of gravity.

The rest of the question, then, is how they get that energy into the resilin. The answer is the flea’s knees, and if you thought bee’s knees were cool, fleas have “multi-jointed” hind legs. It can push with its toe, its shin, and its knees, which together act as a lever to store all of that energy into the resilin pads. It was shown that a flea’s lower leg, the toe and shin, are covered in tiny claws used for gripping the ground. In other words, while jumping, the flea actually holds onto the ground as tightly as it can, which allows it to store up enough energy to jump to great heights.

Blaziken is a bit larger than a flea, but the idea is still the same. In order to jump a 30-story building, Blaziken’s legs must be able to store up a large amount of energy before sudden release – 45,864 Joules (11 Calories) of energy to be exact, if Blaziken wants to jump 30 stories high (assuming perfect efficiency). This is basically the energy you spend from running or weight-training for a minute nonstop, only Blaziken does it in seconds. It can only get that much energy by gripping onto the ground tightly before its launch.

Blaziken’s legs must contain spring-like tendons made of resilin, which stores up energy before a jump. Blaziken grips tightly to the ground when pushing off of it, and while doing so “charges up” the resilin pads, releasing the energy all at once when Blaziken jumps.

OK! So, I finally got this done! Well, more like I kept going and here I am with another monster. sooooo enjoy?

This is for @thatonefromthatthing as my second place winner!! And it’s only the first part ^^; I overwrote once again and the second art will be out by the end of the month, if not early April. So the fluff isn’t over till this is done basically xD

Summary: Keith always wanted to join the circus - something that most kids wouldn’t dream of, but for him, it was all he thought about. Going to a circus when he was younger was his drive, but it hadn’t been any kind of circus. It had been the Legendary Voltron Circus. Now that he was out of the foster system, he set to finding it, tracking it down to a small town in the middle of nowhere. After one show, it was all it took to rekindle the flame inside of him and make him join. He accomplished his dream, but he hadn’t counted on falling for the acrobat in blue along the way.

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[Part 1]

Keith adjusted the strap on his bag and took the key from the hotel hostess. This was his third town in a month and after driving all day, he was exhausted. For the past few years now, he’s been skipping from one town to the next, looking for a place to belong. But when you have some crazy interests that no one really gets, it makes it hard. He was still going, though, so that counts.

He mumbled a quick thanks and headed off to his room.

To tell the truth, he was only in this town for one reason, and if it weren’t for that, he would have skipped his town entirely. There was something here that caught his interest.

The Legendary Voltron Circus.

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Darth Vader was messing with the Joker. The Joker had a CD binder and apparently the CDs were all razor sharp, but Vader used the Force to convince him that all the pages were actually fliers for high school band because he was a teen band geek. Harley Quinn showed up and Vader didn’t even bother using the Force on her, just told her everything was fine. But because he didn’t use the Force, she didn’t fall for it, so she got Kira and Odo from DS9 to help her. The dream trailed off into something else before it could get resolved.

tanisfahr  asked:

What role in a set do high fliers fill? Not a criticism, I'm just curious as there aren't analogous creatures for the other evergreen evasion mechanics (a trample creature that can only block creatures with trample, for example) Thanks for answering our questions.

It’s mostly a drawback to help us make some cheaper fliers.

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
‘cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

—  Oh, The Places You’ll Go - Dr. Seuss
oh the places you'll go

wherever you fly you’ll be the best of the best, wherever you go you will top all the rest leo virgo capricorn

you’ll be on your way up you’ll be seeing great sights, you’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights aries sagittarius pisces

you won’t lag behind because you’ll have speed, you’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead taurus libra aquarius

somehow you’ll escape all the waiting and staying, you’ll find the bright places where boom bands are playing cancer gemini scorpio

kid, you’ll move mountains aries taurus gemini cancer leo virgo libra scorpio sagittarius capricorn aquarius pisces

shensation  asked:

my husband wanted me to ask you about NJPW if thats okay lol. hes trying to get into it but its huge and we don't speak the language so hes started by searching for specific wrestlers to look up. Wanted to know if you have any fav wrasslers we should look into? He likes high fliers, and the guy who won Wrestle Kingdom 9 whose name I forgot but he did a lot of frog splashes.

That’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, aka “The 1 in 100 Ace”, aka “Air Guitar Master”, aka “A Literal Child”

here’s tana doing what he does best

here he is wrestling in Kamen Rider Wizard because he’s a big Kamen Rider fanboy nerdlord

He’s undeniably the most popular wrestler in Japan right now. Almost all of the big matches at the end of the card are him, he’s a very likable nerdy dad, and it doesn’t hurt that resembles a shiba inu w/the faces he makes.

Tanahashi’s big move is the High Fly Flo! It’s that frogsplash that can wreck almost everyone who gets hit by it—-

—almost everyone except this guy. Okada “Rainmaker” Kazuchika is probably the youngest guy NJPW has on their main roster, but he’s got a huge attitude and a massive dropkick and I love this little shit, I love him so much. Look at this piece of shit.

his entrance includes MONEY RAINING FROM THE DAMN SKY and he really, really wants to fight Tanahashi and beat his ass in a Tokyo Dome match. Real bad. His “Hype Man”, Gedo (who is a solid wrestler himself) carries around a briefcase filled with money and we’re all waiting for the day when Okada just up and hits Tana with it. He also likes cake and sweets a lot and his twitter is filled with almost nothing but pictures of cake. What a nerd.

Both Okada and Gedo are from the heel stable CHAOS, which happens to be my favorite because Shinsuke Nakamura is in it

YEAOHH!!  I’ll leave this picture of him just to explain why he’s great

he’s also trained in like three different kinds of martial arts and used to be an mma fighter

CHAOS also has “Stone Pitbull” Ishii, “I have a stick I guess” YOSHI-HASHI, and “Drunkass Uncle Who Wandered Onto The Ring, NO PUT DOWN THAT CHAIR” Yano. Gbless CHAOS.

As for High Fliers, there’s several!

Arguably the most popular right now is “Stardust Genius” (no I don’t know what that means either) Tetsuya Naito.

he always does this eyeball thing

Naito is tiny and compact and that allows him to fly all over the damn place. I actually haven’t watched many Naito matches, but he’s really really popular, especially with female fans!

I actually kinda had to look hard for a gif where he isn’t getting fucking owned by a BOMA-YE knee or Styles Clash because oh dear does he get bodied a lot

My favorite, because I’m damn shallow, is mr. GOLDEN STAR himself, Kota Ibushi


Ibushi is both in NJPW (the main league) and DDT (which is very special, god bless DDT).  He can and will flip off of anything and everything, and despite the fact that he looks like a teen boyband member, he’s a foulmouthed 30ish guy with a strong sense of humor. He also once made out with his former tag team partner, Kenny Omega during a match.

Ibushi once suffered a massive concussion that nearly lead to him leaving wrassle for good, but he’s back now and casually slugging it out with heavyweights like Nakamura.

Aside from NJPW’s main roster and CHAOS, there’s also two other factions:

Suzuki-Gun, a heel stable run by “I will kill you for real” Minoru Suzuki. He sounds like a damn videogame boss whenever he talks, is trained in MMA, and will not stand for prowrestle style shenanigans. 

and then there’s Bullet Club, the all-gaijin heel stable who came across the pond to bring WWE style shenanigans to NJPW. If you’re familiar with TNA, you’ll recognize a few faces. AJ Styles is cute but a huge fucking asshole, Kenny Omega is great (he used to wrestle in DDT and tag team with Ibushi as a face before he went ridiculous heel), and them there’s the Young Bucks, a tag team who are superkicky and flippy as heck and precious redneck garbage.

Aside from WK9, AXS TV is running a sort of greatest hits of NJPW show that introduces the storylines, main wrestlers, etc with new English Commentary! It’s p fun! If you don’t mind JPN announcers, there’s NJPW World, NJPW’s official stream site (and there’s other places I could point you to as well).

If you like Luchadores, NJPW did a crossover event with CMLL, Fantasticamania! It’s a lot of fun. The prelims for The New Beginning In Osaka, the next major tournament, have just started up as well. I think New Beginning might be in late Feb? I’ll have to double check.

I said I could name 20 Heroines who I'd pay to see in their own films...

And damnit, I’m gonna do it. These are in no particular order and while some of them may be strange, remember, not every hero movie has to be a big o'l Iron Man III type thing. You can have some Blade-esq small fish too:

1. Black Widow - A sci-fi thriller featuring the rise of a Neo-Hydra organization that shows us what kind of jobs Nick Fury sends Natasha into when the Avengers would ask too many questions. Possible Foes: Madame Hydra, the Von Strucker twins. 

2. She-Hulk - A tongue-in-cheek action-comedy featuring Bruce’s lawyer cousin who gets a transfusion or transplant from him and gains her powers. Gives a ‘slice of life’ look at superheroes. Possible Foes: Titana, Volcana, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android. 

3. Firestar - Teenage girl gets microwave/fire powers in an accident (keeping her a mutant means she might not get into the Avengers-verse) and does the Spider-Man thing, just genderswapped. People remember her from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and she’d be a great audience proxy in a later Avengers movie when Cap has figured more shit out. Possible Foes: Pick a Spidey baddie that isn’t going to be used in the Spider-Man series.

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anonymous asked:

For the Paladins, what constitutes a bad movie for each of them: examples- not being funny, being boring, being demeaning, or having an idiot plot?

Hi Nonny – I didn’t include specific movie examples here – everyone likes different stuff and I didn’t want to make anyone feel bad. However this was a lot of fun to think about and I went with generalities for each member of the team. 

 Shiro – Ah, my lovely Space-dad. The mature, generous, frosted-tipped paladin of strength and leadership. When he wants to crack open a space-beer and put his feet up, there’s nothing he hates more than realizing that he’s queued up a Woody Allen flick, or any other media created by an abuser. Shiro can’t separate out an “objectively good” movie from the pedophile who made it, and if he finds out later that he enjoyed something made by a man or woman who hurt people he will refuse to discuss or watch the thing ever again. 

 Hunk – He never really sits down to watch a movie. He’ll usually have something running in the background while he’s studying or tinkering with some mechanical gadget. Because of this he ignores 60% of the plot, and usually only thinks a movie is bad if there’s a lot of screaming and violence. The screaming breaks his concentration, and he feels bad for the characters. 

Lance – This high-flier is obsessed with anything that can lift his feet off the ground and get him closer to the stars. Airplanes, space ships, hang gliders, you name it, if the movie focuses on aeroflight or space flight technology, he will ignore or forgive just about anything. For him, a bad movie has a bunch of people talking at each other with nothing much else going on. If he wanted that he’d turn the TV off and go talk to people himself, rather than watch other people doing it. 

Keith – Yeah…. Keith’s sense of humor is unique. He’s the one always left looking around, wondering why everyone else is laughing, and then cracks up when everyone else is silent. A bad movie for Keith is when he has to pretend that he enjoys the movie the same way everyone else does. Because of this he prefers to rent his videos rather than see them in the theater. He is a LONE WOLF ™ and must enjoy his movies on his own terms. 

Pidge – She’s fought it, and will deny it if she’s ever asked, but Pidge is a sucker for rom-coms. That being said, if the woman is reduced to a sexy lampshade or some other 2-dimensional character, she loses interest and pretty fast.

Good morning folks, and welcome to today’s statistics blog. Today, I took data from every country in the 2016 Eurovision’s last five participations - specifically, the number of points they were awarded in finals during this time - to make this map that demonstrates the success (or lack thereof) each country has had in the past five years. The number of points accrued is shown on this map on a scale from dark red (no points in finals), to various shades of orange and yellow, to dark green (dominance.) I then used this data to separate the current participants into categories based on their current form:

1. A league of their own (150 + average): It is telling that there is only one country in dark green on this map, and that is Sweden. With 2 victories, two third place finishes and a “disastrous” (hah! More like respectable!) 14th place on home soil, they’ve put together 1205 pts in five contests. That’s an average of 241 points per contest, so even their average is more points than almost half the contestant countries (21) have achieved in five years. The only country that comes close to meeting them is Russia, who’ve notched up 902 points (180 per contest average) over 5 years. These two countries on their own have received 17.4% of all points awarded during that time. Two countries. One fifth of all the points. Staggering, really - but one wonders if they can keep up this current rate of success?  

2. Challenging the champs (100+ average): There are four other high-fliers who have picked up an average of at least 100 points in their last five outings, and they are the shining star of the Big 5, Italy (148 average), the perma-qualifiers Azerbaijan and Ukraine (137 and 132 average respectively) and Denmark (102), which keeps up its impressive average despite falling for the first time in five years at last year’s semi-finals. These six countries have been awarded almost 40% of all available points in the past 5 years, which is an incredible statistic (and a testament to the homogenization of points awarded since the jurors were allowed to downrank songs).

 I get the feeling, though, that next year, we will see some of these countries fall from the second highest rank. Azerbaijan was up with Sweden as the second most successful country two years ago; Denmark didn’t qualify last year and may fail to qualify again; and Ukraine is either going to go big or go home early this year. I get “end of an era” feelings about this year’s Eurovision, but maybe I am wrong.

3. Top 10 contenders (75+ average): This group contains two perma-qualifiers (Bosnia and Greece) and three countries with only one song that failed to reach the finals in five years (Serbia, Armenia and Norway.) Both of the perma-qualifiers have a similar track record in their last five outings - a few top ten entries and a few bottom half songs, whilst the 4/5 group are more heterogenous - Serbia achieved a great result, three respectable results and a failure to qualify (like Serbia’s X, 13, 14, 3, 10), Norway gets either all or nothing (three top ten finishes, one last place, one non-qualification) and Armenia sits somewhere in the middle, with two top 10s and two lower-mid table placings. Can Bosnia keep up their excellent record after a long break from the contest? Will the base-splitting Norwegian and Greek entries see them drop a level? We’ll find out soon!

4. Mid-table respectability (50+ average): This kind of average may seem small, but it’s nothing to be sneezed at, given that 50-74 pts can put you up near the top in tightly-contested years like 2011 or 2013, or years like 2015 where a few songs suck up most of the points. There are seven countries in this category, some names from which I wouldn’t have expected to see a couple of years back. They’re led by Austria and the Netherlands, coasting into a respectable average thanks to Conchita and The Common Linnets’ success despite a rocky record before and since. They’re followed by Romania (who have never fallen in a modern semi-final) and Hungary, who have become one of the dominant forces of central Europe with five consecutive qualifications with 5 very different songs - one reason why Magyarország has my eternal respect. Another fave of mine, Estonia (4/5 qualifications, two top 10s, two low rankings), follows, alongside Belgium (in the mid-table simply because of Loïc and Roberto’s successes) and Germany.

5. The bottom placed finalists (25+ average): This is a vast category containing twelve countries that have either seldom qualified but done an incendiary job when they did (Latvia and Aminata, we’re looking at you; Albania and Rona, you too!), countries that have appeared 3-4/5 times but not really made an impact on the scoreboard except in a single contest, and the underperforming Big 5ers, UK and Spain. At least most of this group can cling to the fact that, more often than not, they do qualify.

6. The struggling semi-finalists (1+ average:) Other than France, these are nations that are not doing brilliantly with the advent of semi-finals, but are at least occasionally qualifying. At the top of the group are Cyprus (with 3 final appearances, none of which got much traction amongst voters) and Israel (one success out of five, but enough to give them a 20 pt average over 5 years). Macedonia’s last qualification was with Kaliopi, and they’ll be hoping she can improve their poor average - though the lowest of the group is San Marino, with just one qualification, 14 points and a pitiable 2.8 average over 5 years. Can Serhat capitalise on the number of Laïka-lovers who miss the disco with his I didn’t know? The jury’s out on that one…

7. The never qualifiers (0 average): In 2014, there were six of these billy-no-mates who hadn’t qualified for quite some time; happily, that number has dropped to two, not counting Portugal. They are the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. I have a strong feeling that Bulgaria will qualify for the first time since Voda with their powerful track from Poli Genova. I’m less hopeful for the Czechs, however…

I wonder which of these countries will drop and which will rise after Stockholm? I can hardly wait!

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anonymous asked:

"I have a Tumbler who never gets back up, a High Flier who never comes back down, a Mime who never shuts up, and I'm a showman who can't run the show..." - Exasperated Bugbear rogue, talking about his party.