Look at this precious little thing I can totally imagine him being a mess the first time but hey let’s give him a chance hehe (;
There was an unspoken tension in the room as Hanbin made himself comfortable on your bed after taking a shower, a small smile playing on his lips as he just sat there admiring the way you sat in front of the dresser going about your post shower routine. Perhaps it was the way his oversized shirt rode up your petite frame to reveal more of your thighs whenever you lifted your arms to your face or simply the fact that yes, he was spending the night at your place for the first time ever, but there was definitely just something about finally being alone with you in your dimly lit bedroom that made him a little nervier than usual as if you both were expecting something to happen.
“A penny for your thoughts,” You said, snapping him out of his daze as you climbed onto his lap and applied some lotion on his face.
“Oh…it’s nothing,” He shrugged, his hands hesitating for a bit before finding its way to your waist.
Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has unveiled the world’s most powerful quantum computer processor, double the size of previous generations used in the ultra-powerful machines.
At 1,000 qubits, the new processor is capable of considering 21000 possibilities simultaneously. To give an idea of the size of such processing capabilities, this new search space considers more possibilities simultaneously than there are particles in the observable universe.
“For the high-performance computing [HPC] industry, the promise of quantum computing is very exciting,” said Earl Joseph, programme vice president for HPC at D-Wave.
“It offers the potential to solve important problems that either can’t be solved today or would take an unreasonable amount of time to solve.”
The development puts D-Wave at the forefront of the nascent quantum computing industry, which has been widely touted as holding revolutionary potential in a variety of fields due to the immense processing power of the machines.
The CIA, Google and NASA are among the organisations currently researching the technology through the use of quantum computers made by D-Wave.
Earlier this year, the UK government joined the list of interested parties by announcing a new £270m ($424m) strategy into quantum technology growth through the UK National Quantum Technology Programme.
The 1,000 qubit milestone surpassed by D-Wave represents a “triumph” over design and performance challenges, according to the company, and will be on display at the upcoming GEOINT conference in Tampa, Florida.
“Breaking the 1,000 qubit barrier marks the culmination of years of research and development by our scientists, engineers and manufacturing team,” said D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell.
“It is a critical step toward bringing the promise of quantum computing to bear on some of the most challenging technical, commercial, scientific and national defence problems that organisations face.”
What is quantum computing?
Quantum computers replace traditional bits that are used in digital communications with quantum bits, or qubits. Potential applications can be found in a variety of fields, from medicine to space travel.
Qubits exist in a state of superposition, meaning they can be in both states at once, rather than restricted to either binary state as traditional bits function.
Picture recovered from Our Town, a small community in Girthyana that was founded by Equalistria. Equalistria was a religious/political movement started by Starlight Glimmer, a former junior reverend of Meghanism that became much publicized for trying to abolish Marks and later, Mark-Dream itself. Starlight had claimed Marks as “a barrier to true happiness” “a fuel to disharmony” and thus visioned a world where every humane to have equal capabilities and talent with each other. The group’s various method to archieve their goal had been challenged and criticized many times by both the Church of Meghanism and scientific community. It was the warning and an supposed investigation from S.M.I.L.E. that eventually leads the group into banding together and go secludes themselves in Our Town.
Our Town was of course, become notorious for the mass suicide that the group held as their “last effort” to truly free themselves from Marks and its consequences.
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When you rewatch episodes, you realize that Sophie is actually pretty terrifying.
King George Job:
Nate: “I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not the same thing.
Sohpie: “Oh, no, of course it’s not. I stole from one rich man to sell to another rich man.”
Nate: “No one got hurt.”
Sophie: “That I know of.”
Sophie: “I stole painting for a living. I never hurt anybody.”
Sohpie: Tries to induce anaphylactic shock in someone just to create a diversion.
Ho Ho Ho Job:
Sophie: Unhooks mark’s seatbelt, deliberately crashes into a barrier, sends mark to hospital with life-threatening head injuries.
She’s got that soft, sophisticated accent going, her schtick is “I just swindle rich douchebags who kinda deserve it”, but if it fits her plans, she will not hesitate to fuck you up and doesn’t really seem to give a shit if you survive. Based off of what she’s willing to do and how long she’s been operating, there’s bound to be a few bodies left in her wake that we haven’t been shown. Maybe some that even she doesn’t know about.
An evening photographing the people at “Breaking Down Barriers Forum” at Central Baptist Church in Columbia SC.
In attendance, Hillary Clinton with Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Geneva Reed Veal (mother of Sandra Bland), Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Maria Hamilton (mother of Dontre Hamilton) and Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis). Last to speak at the even were astronaut Mark Kelly and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Syn ran a hand through her dirty hair. She desperately needed a shower and unfortunately the water in the local YMCA was dirtier than the sewers due to a pipe problem. The girl sighed and looked at the road that marked where the invisible barrier keeping her bound to New York City was. A quiet breath of sadness escaped her lips. Home was a thousand miles away and her she was, homeless and trapped in an urban maze.
Ever since the curse had been put on her, Syn had been looking for a way to get rid of it. People called her crazy when she tried to e,plain the situation. Many passed her off as a common street druggie that was tripping on LSD. The months had been…hard to say the least. The Avengers incident with the aliens a while ago had brought visitors all over the world to see the scene of the crime and hear recounts of a team fighting against a trickster man clothed in green. Out of all these visitors, one man had pointed Syn in the direction of someone who might be able to help her lift whatever burden kept her tied to the city sprawl.
Now, she had followed the directions and was here. “Hello?” She called out, looking around in hopes of seeing someone come to her aid. The man that had directed her to this part of town had said to look for the “emerald man”.
“Hello? Is anyone here? I’m looking for a man who can help me with an…issue. I’m looking for the emerald man…”
Today Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of Germany being reunited after having been divided by the Wall after the end of the 2nd World War. It’s a quarter century since the Wall fell, since East and West Germany have become one. I was too young to have any memories of how it was before or the event itself, but my parents told me when they watched the footage of people standing on top of the Wall tearing it down with their bare hands crying and hugging one another, I was crying too, because I was so touched and happy for the people. This moment has been a milestone in German history. 25 years is little compared to how long it lasted. I’ve spoken to people who fled, risking their lives trying to escape East Germany, people, who camped out in Prague to be allowed to leave to West Germany. For a lot of people 25 years isn’t a long time. Some say there is still a “divide” of some sort. Not one that’s marked by walls or barriers, but within people’s minds. I can only speak for myself here, but to me - since I was too small to remember any of this - that Wall never existed. To me there is no divide. No East and West Germany, there’s just Germany. And I kind of come to think that this is kind of the best case scenario, isn’t it? For my generation, people born around the time the Wall fell, there never was a Wall. And isn’t that the best way to grow up? As one.
Casually bringing this back since a few Reddit users were discussing about the origins of Nico Rosberg’s nickname, Britney. There was sort of a mix up when someone pointed to the time when someone stuck Britney Spears’ picture in his passport. Since most people from the fandom are aware how the name Britney came by, for those who a still slightly confused, the origins has a much deeper root, and was spawned by the Aussie grit himself, Mark Webber.
How it all started:
In 2006, both Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber were driving for Williams and during their final race together at the 2006 Brazilian GP, Nico rammed his car into Webber’s on the opening lap breaking the front nose of his car and Webber’s rear wing. Since both cars were damaged, both drivers were called to pit and priority was given to Rosberg since it was easier to replace a front nose rather than the rear wing. This meant that Mark Webber had to retire from the race.
On their way back to the pit, both drivers started to race with each other despite the radio message which clearly stated that the priority was for Rosberg. Mark, despite of a broken rear wing, pushed his car and started to close in on Nico, prompting Nico to extend his lead despite of him struggling with lack of front grip from the broken nose. Both drivers arrived at the pit straight with Nico sightly ahead of Webber when he lost control of the car and crash heavily into the barrier. Mark saw the whole thing and just as he was passing Nico’s crash scene, the team came back on the radio with another priority Rosberg message.
Mark paused for a dramatic effect before coming on the radio and said; Don’t think so mate, BRITNEY’S IN THE WALL.
It was then official that Nico will be known as Britney for years to come. :)
Godzilla on PS4 came out this week, and was not critically well received. Having gotten my hands on it and played it, I can totally see why. Every description I could give you of its gameplay is probably going to sound like a bad game. Except… I absolutely love it. This isn’t a review so much as an exploration of what I’ve found to be quite an interesting case of videogame adaptation, why I’m having a great time where the majority are clearly not.
Based off of this ? because Honestly i am so done & tired of this drama so i’m just going to make it into a joke.
“Why are we at the zoo, Liam?” Niall asks, somewhat timidly. Liam had a tendency to take Niall to do these kind of childish things whenever bad things happened. Like last time, when Zayn… left (it still hurt for Niall to even think the words) Liam took him on a safari.
Not that Niall didn’t love doing it, because Niall really really loves animals, but he was just a little freaked out at the moment. Niall had his fingers crossed in his lap during the entire car ride, silently praying that something terrible didn’t happen again.
Liam spares Niall a side glance from where he’s sitting in the drivers seat, putting the car into park. “Don’t you love the zoo, Niall?” Liam asks, sounding a little bit wounded and Niall is quick to reassure him.
“No! I Mean, Yes! I love the zoo, Li, but why are we going?” Niall asks, face scrunched up in confusion.
Liam’s face goes blank for a second, and Niall recognizes it this time. The exact same face that he pulled whenever Niall questioned him during the Safari. Niall’s face drops immediately.
Niall’s lower lip pouted out immediately and Liam’s eyes widened, jumping to put Niall at ease before the blonde began crying. “I just want to do something fun with you Ni!” He says excitedly, and Niall nearly believes him.
Niall’s face doesn’t change and tears begin to form in his eyes. “Harry isn’t leaving, is he?” He says, his voice quivering and his face crumpled.
Liam jumps forward, gathering Niall into a hug, “Niall, no, Niall!” Liam exclaims, hugging the Irish lad tightly to his chest from the drivers seat. “In fact, if you get out, I think you’ll be a lot more excited about today…” Liam suggests and Niall is already out the door, still sniffling and shaking a bit.
Liam gets out as well, taking Niall’s hand in his own as he drags the boy over to the other side of the parking lot. Niall seems confused, eyebrows furrowed until he sees the familiar black range rover.
Niall’s eyes light up and he squeals excitedly dragging Liam over to where Harry is leaning against his car, Louis next to him. Both of them have somewhat solumn looks on his face. Liam gives them a knowing look whilst Niall just assumes their grumpy faces were because they hadn’t seen him yet.
“Harry!” He calls, positively beaming at the long-haired boy as he leaps into his arms. Harry’s sad face breaks at the sound of Niall’s voice, instantly grabbing the blonde into his arms and lifting him off the ground.
“Niall!” He calls right back, even though the Irish boy is already in his arms.
Louis lets out an annoyed sigh, “What about Louis, where’s my hug, Nialler?”
Niall lets out an excited laugh, jumping from Harry’s arms to Louis’, exclaiming, “Sorry, Lou, but I haven’t seen Harry in ages. I missed you too though, even though its only been a day.”
Louis concedes, loosing his angry demeanor at Niall’s genuine words. “So, we going to do this thing or what?” He asks, gesturing to the zoo’s entrance.
Niall laughs excitedly, practically buzzing as Harry grips his hand tightly and runs towards the entrance with the blonde in tow.
“You were right. This was a good idea.” Louis nods as he and Liam walk after the two younger boys.
Liam grins. “Better than taking away his phone without any explanation.” He agrees. Louis laughs half-heartedly and Liam pauses, “You’re alright though, right?”
“Yeah.” Louis says truthfully. “It’s fine, we’ll get over it eventually.” He says hopefully. Liam nods in agreement. “We’re best friends. All of us, we’ll get over it.”
They both smile as Niall begins calling their names exasperatedly from the toll booth, were he and Harry are waiting impatiently.
“You did take away his phone right?” Louis asserts as they make their way to the two waiting boys.
Liam scoffs, “Of course I did.”
* * * *
“And– Holy shit! Giraffes are amazing I love them all they’re my favorite.” Niall shouts, pure happiness laced in his tone.
Liam laughs along with the others, “Niall you said that about the Lions, and the Elephants too.”
Niall playfully glares at him, settling his back against Louis’ snugly. The zoo was pretty dead because it was the middle of the week, so they weren’t particularly worried about any unwanted photography being taken. “I can have more than one favorite.” He grumbles.
“Yeah, Liam, let the boy live a little, geez.” Louis goads, grinning behind Niall. Liam shakes his head, raising his hands in defense. Harry bounces over pulling Niall away from Louis, who sticks his tongue out at him, and presses both of their backs against the barrier that marks the giraffe habitat.
“Smile, Ni.” Harry encourages, pulling out his phone and readying himself for a selfie.
Niall’s face scrunches once more, his accusing gaze turning to Liam. “Wait, why is Harry allowed to have his phone?”
Liam sputters, as Louis groans, knowing that the jig is up. Niall immediately recognizes the guilty faces and he pouts once more.
“No! Tell me what happened this time. God!” Niall exclaims, his face screwed up in fury, “Why don’t you guys ever tell me anything, I never get to know anything until it doesn’t even matter anymore and it’s just not f-”
Louis sighs heavily, “Niall, calm down.” He orders, and Harry grabs Niall from around the waist in an attempt to calm the boy. Niall frowns but allows Harry to hold him, and stops rambling. “Look, it was just a twitter fight that I had with he-who-shall-not-be-named, and Zayn might’ve cut in and said something back to me.” Louis says quickly.
Niall’s face is marred with confusion. “What did he say?” he asked, not understanding what Zayn could’ve said that was so bad. The last Niall heard, Zayn was only saying kind things about their band. After all, it was Zayn’s choice to leave. Why would he be meaningfully cruel to any of them?
Louis shakes his head, “Just told me to back off and stop bitching about his life, really.” He says, not wanting to look at the hurt look in Niall’s eyes. “Niall, I was bitching about his life, plus he probably didn’t really mean it and it was directed at me not anyone else, so-”
“He took he-who-shall-not-be-named’s side?” Niall asks in a small voice, leaning against Harry’s chest with all of his weight.
Liam stood at this. “It’s not about sides, Niall.” He makes his way to the teary blonde, taking his hands in his own as the blonde sat in Harry’s lap. “We have to respect what Zayn’s doing in his life, even if we aren’t a part of it. Honestly, none of us have done a good job of it. I’m not saying we have to be nice to that asshol- he-who-shall-not-be-named, but we have to support Zayn.” He says firmly. “He’s still our fifth member, alright? No turning back on him, not now, not ever.” Liam says, and then they’re all in tears. Four grown men at a zoo, one sitting in another’s lap, all tearing up and getting emotional over a fight they’re having with a friend.
Niall laughs shakily. “I love you guys.” He says, pressing his face into Liam’s shoulder, wet cheeks dampening Liam’s shirt.
Louis laughs along with him, voice suddenly thick and gravely as well. “Seconded, lads.”
Harry doesn’t say anything, just clings onto Niall’s waist, cheek resting on the blonde’s back as he grinned at Louis and Liam. Niall then struggled for a moment, all of them breaking apart from each other as Niall continued down the path, “We’re loosing daylight, boys, we still have to see the tigers!” He giggled childishly as he skipped down the pavement.
The others rush to keep up with him and then skid to a stop as he turns on his heel. “But seriously, next time can we just talk it out and then go on fun bonding trips? I really hate being the oblivious one of the group.” Niall says, and the other boys agree, each nodding even though they’re positive that any time anyone says anything remotely unkind about their band or Niall himself, that he will “loose” his internet connection until they get the damn person in line.
Harry slings an arm around Niall’s waist and Liam places a comforting hand on Louis’ back as the two blue eyed boys link hands. Their hearts heart a little bit, trying to heal the Zayn-shaped piece that was a bit cracked and a little burnt, but they had faith in their Bradford boy. Hopefully, they’ll fix up all of the tension within the next few days, this time over the phone rather than publicly on Twitter.
Niall sighed happily against his boys that night as they all cuddled up to watch a few Disney movies, knowing that they would be just fine.
I hope none of you guys hate Zayn.
That’s all I will say about the matter. I want to keep including Zayn in my writings, and I really hope you guys will still read and enjoy them because I honestly am just staying out of the boys’ personal business for now. They’re best friends and best friends fight. Remember that you guys.
I won’t be writing about this fight or anything like it after this fic, so yeah I will just be going back to pretending everything is just fine and dandy as always :)
I know this wasn’t very good, I’m having a lot of trouble writing this week and I am SWAMPED with work. Good news: I’ll be done by May 29th Bad news: I won’t be updating much until after then. And maybe a bit more because I’ll be traveling after that. I’m really sorry and I hope y’all will stick with me through these tough weeks ;_;
This Envisat image captures Asia’s diverse topography, altitude and climate
with the snow-sprinkled Himalayan Mountains marking the barrier between
the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau [top] in Central Asia and the plains of
Nepal, Buthan and India in the Indian subcontinent. In this
false-colour image, lush or green vegetation appears bright red.