nifty tools

The Augmented Reality Sandbox at Concord University

Today was the first time since its update (and first time at all for us) that we have gotten to play with the AR Sandbox.
An Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor captures the image of the sand in a live feed. It links to a projector that projects images (contour lines/colors/etc) onto the sand. It uses a software (I’m not sure the name off the top of my head, but it is free) that is responsible for the projections. Though the software itself is free, it requires very specific components to work properly (only runs on a certain version of Linux, requires a specific version of Kinect sensor, graphics card, etc). I can get more information if needed :)
This nifty tool provides students and others an opportunity to build mountains, valleys, and other structures and see contouring in real time as well as how structures affect the area in general. By holding your hand over the map, you can also generate rainfall!!
It was the big hitter of the geology department today.
(I’m trying to upload a video but it is not wanting to go up.)

clusterfunky  asked:

Do you have a lining tutorial ?? If not, can you make one? Your lines are 10/10 and I am st ruggli ng

The first thing I’ll address:

P R A C T I C E   U S I N G   F O R E S H O R T E N I N G !

Foreshortening isn’t a requirement, however! It can make lineart pop and feel less flat by opening up the opportunity to thicken the lines of closer objects and thin the lines of those farther away. This is a good chance to utilize it for this tutorial; I’ll be using my persona as the example!

First get your sketch down!

It’s easier to build a house when you have blueprints; starting the lineart without a sketch to build on can be tricky! 

Here’s the fun part: the lineart!

Making the lines thicker and thinner for me is a mix of both using smaller + bigger brush sizes as well as adjusting how firmly or gently I press on the brush. Take your time, undo and redo lines as much as you like!

Lastly, color in your piece and create a clipping mask layer over your lineart!

Clipping mask is a super nifty tool that lets you directly color whatever layer is underneath it without affecting any other layers!

Here are a few other pieces from my gallery that utilize foreshortening!

They differ to varying degrees, but still practice thickening and thinning lines to pop out the closer bits! Try implementing different sizes for objects and brushes to make a lineart that feels right to you!

And remember, this is just a quick series of suggestions! Techniques + skills + methods come organically over time with studying others, self-teaching, and practice! I’m still learning too! Feel free to follow or stray from this as loosely as pleases you!

Just have fun!

Thicket's Divination Get-Started Guide

Totally just jump right in there and start dabbling with shit, provided that you don’t summon any spirits. There are methods of divination that are performed by summoning, but don’t you summon. Just stick with some nifty tools for now.

Briefly, grab a pen and paper and ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does divination work?
  • Is it possible to divine without tools?
  • Where does this information come from?

I won’t give you my thoughts on this, because the point is to just question yourself and get the ball rolling. It is totally alright if you don’t have your own concrete answers. Divination worked for me when I didn’t have any answers, and it works for me now that I feel I have answers.

In general, when you divine you are going to ask either specific questions, or you will ask for a general reading and let the tools show you what they will.

For any tool (tarot, runes, scrying, etc) learning how to phrase your questions is vital.

  • It takes special skill to see very far in to the future, or very far in to the past. As a beginner, focus your questions within a range of a couple of months. Once you get a feel for things, try reading a decade in to the future and see the differences in your results.
  • Divination is about INTERPRETATION. Therefore, tools will rarely give you direct answers. If you ask questions that may only be answered directly, you are going to have a bad time. Examples are proper nouns, dates, and numbers. “What is the name of my soul mate” is not going to work with tarot cards.
  • Avoid yes and no questions. Again, it is your job to interpret. “Will I get the job” is not a question that leaves the answer open to interpretation.
  • Avoid “big” questions for now. “What is the purpose of my life” is a pretty epic question. Try, “what can I accomplish today” or “what will my week look like.”
  • Remember to write down your questions! Sometimes, the exact phrasing of a question can matter. It sucks to lay down 20 cards then realize you forgot the exact nature of your question.

Example questions to try out for any system of divination:

  • What is the personality of my soul mate?
  • What was my last past life like?
  • What message does (your higher power) want to send to me right now?
  • What is the biggest obstacle in my life right now? How can I overcome that obstacle?
  • What do I really need to know right now?
  • What is coming up in my life that I need to know about?
  • What is my biggest personality flaw?
  • What is my best personality trait?
  • What am I ready to let go of?
  • What do other people immediately notice about me?
  • What is my biggest fear?
  • What should I meditate on?

Getting started with your tools

When you acquire a deck of cards, a set of runes, throwing sticks, the I-Ching, or a nice book for bibliomancy, start small. If you are in to magic you may want to bless and cleanse your tools. I do not find this to be necessary but if you do, here is a very brief ritual for you:

Take your tool, whatever it may be. Place it on a clean surface. Hold your hand in a triangle shape (thumbs connected, pointer fingers touching). Look through the triangle at your tool. Say these words:

“By Fire, the burning spirit, be cleansed [name of tool].

By Air, the wicked mind, be cleansed [name of tool].

by Water, the rushing blood, be cleansed [name of tool].

by Earth, the graceful body, be cleansed [name of tool].

Sealed by Spirit, you are cleansed.”

Make a gesture of sealing over the tool (I will leave it up to you to make a gesture of your own). It is now cleansed and prepared for use.

Hopefully your tool will have come with a guidebook. If not, simply search for one online. Also have your notebook handy.

Begin by formulating a simple, fairly direct question. “How is my day going to be?” is perfect. Remember to write your question down. Draw a single card, cast a single rune, look for a single image in your cup of coffee. Write down what your results were, and use your guidebook or the internet to look up interpretations to help you out. Right now it’s too early to be looking for specifics. Try for generalities!

If the card, rune, image, etc., is generally good or positive, take this as a good omen. If it is generally negative, take it as a bad omen. If it is mixed or neutral, look for phrases in your guidebook or research that pop out to you. Suppose you ask, “how is my day going to be?” and you draw an oracle card related to glamouring. This is neither good nor bad on it’s own, but perhaps you can interpret that it is necessary to “put on a face” that day.

Write down your interpretations. It is okay if you have multiple or even conflicting interpretations. At the end of the day, return to your notebook and see which interpretation fit your day most closely. Ask yourself, “how did I come to this most correct interpretation?” Perhaps for one interpretation you used intuition, for another you used phrases from the guidebook, and for the third you made a guess. Keep track of how you come to your most correct answers.

Practice often! Acquire as many divination tools as you like and try them all.

Try reading for others. Offer readings on Tumblr or provide them to your friends. When reading for others, you will find that some people want to tell you everything upfront. Try to read with as little information as possible. If you come up with multiple interpretations for others, share all of them and ask your querent to tell you which one fits best. Again, ask yourself, “how did I come to this most correct interpretation?”

If you need someone to practice on, shoot me a message and I will be very glad to sit for you :) I give LOTS of feedback.

Becoming more advanced; reaching that next step

My best advice for anyone who wants to go past dabbling and get a little more serious:

  • Take notes on your readings.
  • Research your system of divination. Read books about it.
  • Experiment with your system of divination. Challenge yourself to try something totally new with it.
  • Practice! Practice practice practice.
  • Try reading for others. It is definitely different than reading for yourself.

My recommended “get started right now” divination tools:

  • Any book for bibliomancy
  • A cup of tea or coffee, with milk, for scrying (drip the milk in to your beverage and observe what images appear)
  • A deck of playing cards
  • Three pennies for the I-Ching (google I-Ching to find out how to use this very cool system of divination)

anonymous asked:

Hey, Doll. I'm confused. I'm happy the boys are having fun out and about in Austin, but aren't they supposed to be at the UK convention right now?

Hello, dear anon!

Unfortunately the J’s haven’t signed up for this year’s Asylum. I find their upcoming and past con appearances are the easiest to track by using S*perWiki’s Convention Calendar. No matter what people say about S*perWiki and its personnel, this is one hell of a nifty tool and I actually have it bookmarked for easy access.

I hope you have a lovely day, sweet anon! Next up is Jib con, 19th-21st of May. Let’s hope for a bombastic J2 panel! ;) And, as always, let’s hope for a…

anonymous asked:

Hey! So you learn Korean! Do you have any good books or websites to study at home? I want to learn more. I studied a but so I can read in Hangul but I wanna learn more grammar and vocabulary stuff. Anything would be so great 😊

안녕하세요! 같이 한국어를 열심이 공부해요!! (hello! together let’s study korean hard!!) 

okay, first it’s great that you already learned how to read hangul because that’s an essential step to learning korean! 

for websites i suggest:

- talk to me in korean (ttmik) ✰  they have a well-setup curriculum and teach the basic to intermediate levels. their lessons are quite bite-sized too so you can always manage to do one or more a day! they also have their own workbooks and textbooks that you can buy on their online store which are amazing as well! 

- how to study korean  ✰ i’d say you should check this site for more complex grammar lessons since ttmik should cover most of its beginning lessons. although, i have heard that it may have some minor mistakes because the person who wrote it isn’t korean himself but gets his lessons checked by his korean wife!

for books:

disclaimer: i don’t use many books haha i usually use online resources 

- ttmik books ✰ if you want something physical to match up with the ttmik curriculum!

- ewha university books  ✰ i’ve heard that these were great textbooks/workbooks to learn korean from although i have never used them myself!

other resources:

- dongsa conjugator ✰ this is a nifty conjugating tool when you don’t know how to conjugate a verb!

- naver dictionary  ✰ it helps with finding definitions to words and you can always switch between english/korean by clicking the tiny flags on top right!

- hellotalk app ✰ @hangulcool showed me this cool app where you are able to chat with native speakers!! you can adjust your privacy settings and the age range of the people you want to talk with to make yourself more comfortable ^^ don’t be afraid to try talking to them because it’s fun utilizing your language skills!

- lang-8  ✰ this is a great website to practice your writing skills! natives can correct any mistakes so you can learn from them.

- quizlet/memrise   both of these sites are essentially for flashcards but i’d say that quizlet has a more simple user interface ^^ there are premade sets too for vocabulary or you can create your own!!

phew, that was a ton of sites i just listed but i hope this helped! good luck with korean and if you have any questions, feel free to ask (although i’m not near fluent or a master at the language haha)! i hope you have a lovely day (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ 화이팅!!


Finding lots of ways to use this nifty wire tool by @sherrillmudtools
#pottery #ceramics #potteryvideos #processvideo #wip (at Florentia Clayworks)

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any tutorials on coloring?

Hi! First off, let me direct you to a couple of tutorials made by people more proficient than I:

Now, in case you were looking for my personal input on the matter, I’ve never made a coloring tutorial and I’m unlikely to do so in the near future, seeing as I don’t have a set process (also, I’m not a very good colorist).

However! I’ve prepared (and illustrated) a list of guidelines I’ve learned over the years. It’s all super subjective, obviously, but it works for me and maybe you’ll find something to your liking?

Keep reading

atlas-the-atlas  asked:

What program(s) do you use for Treehouse? (I love it, by the way. One of the first ones I read on Tapastic)


For the comic itself, this is what I use. Being built specifically for making comics, MS has some incredibly nifty tools and features that make any comic artist’s life much easier.

For example, with the Panel Ruler Cutter tool you can quickly divide a page into the desired amount of panels, each with it’s own folder that automatically hides content outside of panel bounds.

In terms of drawing tools, the Pen engine in MS has a really great feel to it, and if you draw on a Vector layer, you get additional post correction features that can come in handy in many situations.

The program makes it easy to organize your comic as well – adding, deleting, or changing the order of pages can be done within the Story view, and you can export the entire thing as a sequence of images or a PDF.

I don’t know if MS4 is available anymore. However, Manga Studio 5 (detailed below) is a direct upgrade.


One thing that Manga Studio 4 lacks are more advanced painting/colouring tools, so when I draw illustrations, especially if they’re to be in colour, I do so in CLIP, which is the same program as MS5 (CLIP is the digital version, MS5 is the physical version, and besides the name, I think that the only differences are minor variations in the interface).

CLIP/MS5 keeps the great feel of the drawing tools that MS4 has, but adds a ton of more advanced tool options. If you’re used to SAI or MS4 and want something more, I think CLIP/MS5 is the perfect fusion.

In the brush settings, you’ll find settings for both post Correction (which MS4 users will recognize) and Stabilization (which SAI users will recognize) among heaps of other things. You can easily add your own tools (or import custom tool settings – I use frenden‘s brush set a lot, for instance).

One important point of note: CLIP/MS5 is indeed an upgrade to MS4, but if you want the comic organization tools (such as the Story organizer shown above), you’ll need the EX version (not PRO) of CLIP/MS5.


The final program on my list is Paint.NET, and it serves a single purpose for me: resizing images.

I don’t know why, but Paint.NET produces much better results when scaling images down than any other program I’ve ever used. So, when I finish a page/drawing in MS or CLIP, I export it in full size and scale it down to web size in Paint.NET.

5 Things Twilight Did for the YA World

We’ve crossed over into a decade since Twilight first hit shelves. Since then, sparkling vampires have popped up in movies, spin-offs, posters, trading cards, and boatloads of other merchandise. While some people make a sport out of bashing the billion-dollar franchise, there’s no ignoring the ripple it made in the world of YA. Like:

Paving the road for other YA film adaptations. Just take a peek at the box office. It’s a sea of Katniss Everdeens, Beatrice Priors, Clary Frays and Percy Jacksons. After Hollywood heavyweights realised teens – and adults too – would flock to cinemas to see their favourite bookish worlds translated onto the big screen, the floodgates flew open to allow a slew of awesome film adaptations.

Popularizing the vampire thing. Sure, bloodsuckers have been swooping around since Bela Lugosi splashed on some pale make-up in the old Dracula flicks, but for the most part, the trend didn’t catch on in the teenage market until Edward waltzed onto screens. Following its release in 2005, Twilight marked the start of something of a renaissance for fanged fiends. Since then, authors have been cashing in on the undead obsession.

Promoting YA fiction as a whole. Granted, not to the same extent of J. K. Rowling, who introduced the world to teenage wizards and witches at a boarding school, giving rise to the YA genre as we know it today. Still, Twilight was a gateway drug for countless teens, and an undeniably important to many schools’ reading lists.  

Spawning some of the most popular tropes in YA. Two words: love triangle. Yeah, it’s been done to death, but love it or hate it, it’s a nifty plot tool, and effective when done right. Again, it’s been around for a while (Pride and Prejudice springs to mind) but it was Twilight that spotlighted it, for better or worse. And while we’re at it, instalove snags an honourable mention.

Yielding fan fiction. There are hundreds of thousands of stories floating around out there, and a sizeable chunk of them are Twilight-related. For instance, on the main fan fiction site, there are over 200,000 items under the Twilight subheading alone. Some are erotic, some are crossovers, some are genre-busters, and some… some are just plain weird. Nonetheless, it’s awesome to see legions of writers cutting their teeth and building fan bases through their own re-imaginings.

Truth time. I’m not a fan of the Twilight craze. I could never shake the feeling that it glorified fatalistic relationships, something which makes me a little queasy. Not to mention purple prose gives me a headache. That said, I’m more about celebrating readers than tearing them down. But that’s just me.

On our way


Sipping her coffee slowly, her eyes glued to screen of her laptop. Pratcial lil thing she carried with her on the road, to keep in touch with few people, as well as to work on  her projects on it from time to time. Truly a nifty tool for wandering soul like her, who was currently stationed, at certain blond’s home. Much to his insistance mind you. 

Yet ever since last night she went to bed late…and  got up far to early for her liking, or well to most normal people approval . Still  there she was sitting in living room taking another sip of dark liquid while her eyes scanned the text on screen over and over. “Great just damn great …” she muttered silently shaking her head.

Glancing over too staircase that led to second floor…where his room was, she wondered if he was up ? And how would Diego take the sudden news ? Groaning silently she gently rubbed the bridge of her nose, trying to think of good way to tell him, for this is what she was worried about….to leave suddenly. 

anonymous asked:






  1. Get a picture of the character you want. Try and make it so that it’s pretty obvious where the character ends and the background begins. Also try to find one that’s gonna look super cool if it looks like it’s popping out of your dash. I’m gonna use this one:

    I’m gonna use Ten in this one because he’s not covered (and also bc Tennant yay)
  2. Stick that picture into Photoshop! I have “Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0” because it came with my tablet. It’s pretty alright. :)
  3. Highlight everything that is NOT your character! If that’s proving a bit hard, then highlight your character and then invert the selection - there should be a little tab at the top that says “Select” or something and one of the options is invert. :) (Highlighted in the pic below.)
  4. Delete the background! Delete everything that is not your character! You can use one of these nifty little tools that I’ve highlighted here.

  5. Steal the colour of your dashboard. You can do that just by taking a quick screencap or snip of your dash, and copying that pic into Photoshop. Then use the eydropper to steal it.
  6. Fill in the white background of your soon-to-be icon. Try to do that on a different layer for convenience.

  7. Now use the paintbrush to put a big white circle behind your character. Make sure that the part that you want to stick out is doing so. (Again, different layer!)

  8. Trim your original image so that your character is mostly inside the white circle - except for the part that you want to stick out. Do this by going into your circle layer and selecting the circle, and then going into your image layer, inverting the selection and deleting the rest of your image.
  9. Trim your whole image into a square so that you can use it for an icon. The size doesn’t really matter, because tumblr will resize it.

It looks blurry because it’s large, but it should look better when resized. And there, you have an icon! :) It’s not like amazing and fancy, but I think it serves its purpose, hm?


The Veggetti – “As seen on TV!”

If you looked in my kitchen drawers and cabinets you would not think that I would be lacking in any kind of device to shred, stir, zest, mix, whip, core, peel, whisk, or chop food. I own more cutting boards, knives, pans, rolling pins, sheet pans, cake, bread, pie and tart pans than the average cook needs. Everything is perfectly organized, compartmentalized and neat. I can lay my hands on whatever I want in a flash.

Even though I didn’t think there was one more thing I needed, I stumbled across the “Veggetti”, a gadget that we’ve used almost every night for the past month – or at least ever since we started harvesting this season’s zucchini.

Imagine the zucchini or carrot is a pencil, and the Veggetti is a manual, hand-held plastic pencil sharpener. You twist the vegetable into one end of this nifty tool, and out come long, wavy strands of veggie on the side, like the pencil shavings. I would almost go so far as to say vegetables even taste better this way, but I know there is no merit to this notion.

Usually I sauté the strands in a little olive oil and add a light handful of grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a sprinkling of salt. The other day I actually cooked some linguini and combined it with the zucchini strands and it was delicous. (Bottom picture)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, which will show one of my all time favorite recipes, modified to include these long, wavy ribbons of fresh zucchini.