Hey everyone. I’m in a bit of a situation and I need your help, as little as you can give, it would be enormously appreciated. I’m currently living with my boyfriend of 7 years in his parents’ house. They have decided over night to sell it, they already have some buyers lined up and we will be out of a home, possibly very soon. Renting a place is very expensive here, so much that it’s a lot easier to afford a bank loan and buy our own house, than to afford a rent+utilities. I can afford the paying the actual loan and the monthly installments, what I can’t afford are the expenses prior to receiving it. These expenses mean 5% advance payment of the total value of the house I want to buy, and a lot of notary expenses that add up + bank fees, which amounts to about 3800$ (USD). My parents have refused to help me. They simply won’t, claiming that they can’t afford it (which is not true).
I have thought long and hard about asking you guys for help, because I’m embarrassed and I hate doing this, when you guys come here for the books, not the family drama. But I have started an indiegogo life fundraiser. If you can help, even with 1 or 2$, it would help tons. If you cannot, it’s okay, I appreciate the messages of support just as much <3 I’m really scared right now and I am just…out of options.
Thank you for reading this and thank you for all your kind messages and words. You guys are awesome.


This controversial 400 pound bronze sculpture of TV star Lucille Ball is displayed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the village of Celoron, New York. Since it was unveiled in 2009, the statue has been blasted by critics. Village officials asked the sculptor David Poulin to fix it for free. Finally, in April 2015, Poulin said: “From the day of its installation. I have shared my disappointment in the final outcome and have always believed it to be by far my most unsettling sculpture, not befitting of Lucy’s beauty or my ability as a sculptor. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.” Poulin said he will be going back to the Village of Celoron to “offer to remove the current statue with the promise of creating a new beautiful and charming ‘Lucy’ in its place”.

i’m very excited to announce that i will be attending PICTOPLASMA BERLIN as a guest speaker next week!    I will be giving a talk on pushing character design based on the methods of design i use when developing my characters.

for those who don’t know, PICTOPLASMA is: “the world’s leading and largest Conference and Festival of contemporary character culture is back in Berlin, with a dense program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation screenings, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and of course, loads of character!”

I am super honored and excited to take part in this conference!  not only will i be speaking, but i will have several original pieces of art in a show and an exclusive print available for purchase only through Pictoplasma.

more on that soon!

auf wiedersehen



Jurassic World (2015) Official Global Trailer [Universal Pictures]

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on the novel “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The Park is Open in 3D on June 12, 2015

A simple install guide for GEMFX

Introduction: After getting asked a lot about GEMFX I thought I may as well make a guide! It’s easier that way and a go-to if someone’s asking about it. Now, GEMFX is as easy as it gets, but getting it just right can be a bit tedious. And as I experienced a bit tricky to get just right when using both SweetFX and GEMFX in one go. I have included my preset in this guide, for both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. I can’t guarantee the game with look identical to mine, remember that we have different monitors and PC speccs, but with a little tweaking it should look amazing just for you!

GEM - Graphics Enhancement Mod is a new shader collection (GEM) and a new injector (GEMFX) I implemented which also utilizes the SweetFX shader stack and is inspired by SweetFX/Enbseries to improve the look of TW(and other)-Games.” - LuciferHawk

Before you install: Make sure all your drivers are up to date! Your C++ , Net.Framework drivers as well as your graphic card drivers. GEMFX is just like SweetFX and will work on the same games. I use GEMFX currently on Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. Some games install differently but most games can be installed right into their bin folder.

Double click the downloaded file to start the installer.

Guild Wars: Install all the files into any folder you have your gw.dat file and the rest of your files. Make sure that you run the game as administrator if you need that. Always run GEMFX_Configurator as administrator if you need that. You can use this tool while playing the game so that you can see its effects as you tweak it. It should now look like the picture below.

Guild Wars 2: Install the game into your bin folder. For some people, they have to install it into the bin but also where their dat file is. But before you try that, you should now install it into your bin folder. It should look something like this inside of it: (Don’t worry if you don’t have all the files! Start the game to see if it works).

Before you start up: Now that you’ve installed GEMFX you can open it and tweak it. When you start up the game the preset is pretty ugly, and it might look very dirty/weird. This is easily fixed in the configuration! Take some time to look at the settings and get familiar with them. If you chose to, I have a preset that you can use to get started.

Guild Wars 2: Download the preset here!
Guild Wars: Download the preset here! (After download, remove the (1) in the file name if it’s still here once its downloaded)

Install it to: -> GEMFX\Presets\current - You’ll find the GEMFX folder where you installed it to. So for example in your bin folder in your Guild Wars 2 folder.

All that’s left is to start up your game and have fun with your newly polished game! :)

If something’s not here or you wish I covered something else, let me know.

Good luck and have fun! 

Tonight, Don Gummer and Meryl Streep attend FAPE’s 2015 Dinner during their Annual Events at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. In 2014, FAPE commissioned Don Gummer to create a sculpture for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, as part of its Site-Specific Collection. The design has been unveiled to Secretary Kerry during the dinner, and the installation is planned for 2016. ( April 20, 2015 ) #MerylStreep #DonGummer

ohlolmelody asked:

If you don't believe Aria isn't involved, then please prove this to me. Because in 5x04, when she was on the computer, she got an email about a fencing project. The subject was "Fence Install" and I would like to go over the materials options available for the fence project that we have been d…"

I had not noticed that before and it is a really good pick up, well done.

However this is the same as all the clues for Aria - Circumstancial. Who know’s what fence this relates to. Let’s just say that it is for the fence around Varjak’s or the underground doll house….Then where did Aria get all the finances to do that stuff.  Why would she let herself go to jail. Why would she get self defense leason’s cause she was scared. Why would she show remorse about blinding Jenna and knocking Shana. The only explanation for her being -A and being oblivious to everything that she is doing is if she has multiple personalities and I think the show can find a better motive. There are more possibilties with other characters going for revenge or being someone’s twin.

I have never said that she isn’t involved in something suss and I am sure that she will have some other big secret come out about her. I just refuse to believe that she living this huge double life and all because she is crazy.

Your clue is really good however and I don’t want to knock it down. it is just because I personally don’t want Aria to be -A. I also strongly believe that the writers have used Aria as a red herring cause they know how many fans think she is -A. I reckon they must put this stuff in there to drive everyone nuts when really when it all boils down to it they can say it was an incorrect email or it was for a school project.

I would really like to install the Alien Experiments mod from Boiling Oil in my game, but I am concerned about the Tabula Rasa like effect. As far as I know, the Tabula Rasa spell can cause corruption similar to deleting a sim (at least, that;s what I heard). So I would like to set the chance of that happening to zero - which is possible, because in the description it says:

Chances can be entered in the ‘Experiment Probability’ BCON, and can be different for males and females. Just set the probability for a certain effect to 0 (zero) and it will never occur.

Only I have no idea how to do that. Does anyone know of a good tutorial somewhere that tells dummies like me how to do this?

How You Can Go Solar Without Installing a Single Panel

We know that solar power in the U.S. is growing at leaps and bounds and is only getting cheaper. Still, there are limitations. Not everyone has the ability to harness the sun’s power, especially if you’re not a property owner, don’t have the proper rooftop or can’t afford the costly solar panel installation process.

Enter Yeloha, a new Boston-based peer-to-peer solar startup that allows anyone to go solar. Yes, even if you live in a rented apartment, have a roof blocked by a particularly shady tree or don’t have the funds for panels.

Customers can sign up for the service as a “sun host” or a “sun partner.” Sun hosts are for homeowners who have a suitable roof for solar but can’t afford panels. Yeloha will install the panels for free in exchange for access to the solar power the panels create. Sun hosts will also get about a third of the electricity created by the panels, all for free. This translates to lower monthly power bills for the homeowner.

The remaining power goes to the sun partners, who are customers that want to go solar but don’t have a proper roof or don’t own their home. Sun partners can buy as many solar credits as they’d like from Yehola at a price that’s less than what they’d normally pay to their utility.

Sun hosts can also assign their electricity to specific partners, and sun partners can choose who hosts their power. The savings work out to about 10 percent less than the utility’s prices for a year’s worth of energy which admittedly isn’t a lot. But as Amit Rosner, Yeloha co-founder and CEO, told Inc., switching to solar is also about fighting climate change. “While [customers] save money,” he said, “they also save the world.”

The service is currently offered invite-only for residents in Massachusetts (a state that’s particularly friendly towards solar), and has plans for expansion across the country. The company recently raised $3.5 million in funding, which means Yeloha might come to a residential area near you soon.

In this growing sharing economy, people are already renting out their homes, cars and even their clothes. Yehola is simply asking, why not share the sun’s power for all?

“Our mission is to create and accelerate the confluence of the sharing economy and solar energy,” Rosner said. “We’ve seen the extraordinary impact of collaborative connections in many industries—from transportation to travel. Now, the power of sharing comes to solar power.”

Girls Mode guest blog

Guest blog by @YvoCaro, find more of my gaming ramblings on (for guys too).

On April 16th Girls Mode 3, or Wagama Fashion: Girls Mode (わがままファッション ガールズモード) has been released in Japan. The title threw me for a little while, until I found out it’s the third installment in a game that we know as Style Savvy (USA) of Style Boutique (Europe). That got my interest! Despite the fact that I’m not into fashion at all and I don’t particularly like squealing girls that jump up and down in excitement for every new garment, this is a game that I enjoy a lot. Because underneath all the cuteness and teenage enthusiasm, it’s a management game that makes excellent use of everything the 3DS, StreetPass and online wifi has to offer.

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