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Best Laid Plans

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“Seriously Izzy, there is nothing going on out here…” Alec grumbled as he trudged down the road, hands firmly in his pockets.

“Magnus is good for you, big brother. I mean who’d have thought Alexander Lightwood would be trying to get out of patrolling early to go see his boyfriend….” She laughed as she nudged him in the side.

“I’m not…that’s not..” strictly speaking Izzy was absolutely spot on. Six months ago Alec had moved into the loft with Magnus, and for possibly the first time in his life, he actually looked forward to going home.

The image of his boyfriend curled up on the sofa, glass of wine in hand, lips curving slightly in amusement as he read flashed in front of his eyes and the thought of joining him pulled at him like a magnet.

“Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me.” Izzy winked.

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Horoscopes by Gil Hizon - November 5 - 18, 2017

Raising the stakes. One chapter at a time.

SCORPIES (October 23 – November 21)

It’s not that easy trying to find those elusive coupon codes for a potential online purchase. Most of the time it’s a mislead, based on what you may be putting in that Google search field. Other times, that shit may have expired. I’d say keep trying, but at some point, you may have to admit to yourself that paying discount price may not be worth all that fucking hassle.

SAGITTICARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

Sometimes, an idea sounds great while you’re in the confines of your own thoughts, but when you actually start vocalizing that shit in front of your possé of queens, it sounds not well thought out. You may be in this situation right now and let me tell you, honey, the excitement you feel might be overcoming your common sense. Another option is that the timing may be off. Keep mum until you’ve done some more pontificating.

CAPRICORN-ON-THE-COB (December 22 – January 19)

I don’t know where this is all coming from, but for some reason, all this SAT vocabulary words are suddenly flying out of your mouth like you’re a goddam thesaurus. Are you trying to impress Derrick from Acquisitions or something? Because let me tell you, queen, he doesn’t play for your team. And even if he did, he’s kinda dumb.

AQUEERIUS (January 20 – February 18)

It doesn’t always feel great when you’re trying to organize an outing for your gaggle of gays and those bitches can’t get their calendars together. I think you may be expecting too much from them. They love you, and there was a time when they would just drop whatever they’re doing for yo ass. But times have changed and these queens have evolved into whatever domesticated world they’ve put themselves in. So, if you can’t get them all together, you should take what you can get.

PI-SHEESH (February 19 – March 20)

You may be seeing Amanda Woodward in the mirror right now, when in reality, you’re really just Alison Parker. And hey, that’s totally fine! I just don’t want you walking in that boardroom at D&D Advertising thinking that you’re the shit. Being a confident bitch in your industry may be commendable, but so is learning how to read the fucking room.

ARIES IS BURNING (March 21 – April 19)

Get ready for your mind to be bombarded with a lot of fabulous ideas. Quite possibly, more than yo ass can handle. In times like these, you must not attempt to take in all the sparks, or your pretty little head is gonna explode. Capture those pockets of inspiration that you can, and be confident in yourself. This is not the last time you’ll get inspired like this.

TAURY SPELLING (April 20 – May 20)

Delegating is a tricky li’l bitch, because it requires a different kind of T: Trust. There’s the act of trusting another human being to take care of a certain task. And there’s also the act of trusting yourself to choose the right person to assign things to. Rather than trying to make sure everyone of your queens are happy by making them feel useful, opt for assigning tasks only to those who can get that shit done. You know who they iz.

GEM IS EXCITEMENT (May 21 – June 21)

In a desperate attempt to save yo ass, you may be tempted to put the fear of god in someone’s heart. Doing so will prove to be efficient to your agenda, but after the deed is done, just be aware that bitches may see you differently from here on out. Hey, if you’re comfortable being seen as someone who will throw someone under the bus, then I guess that’s your prerogative.

KUH-KUH-KUH-CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Going about your business under the radar may be a great idea for you right now. The more you get involved in other people’s drama, the more you’ll be pushed into the spotlight, in addition to being unproductive. It’s tempting to hang out by the water cooler, but getting all your ducks in a row will make any future chill times with your office possé that much more enjoyable.

LEO MCQUEEN (July 23 – August 22)

It will not be enough to get every bitch and ho on board with your flashy and innovative concepts. You must also show them that you are capable of executing these fabulous ideas. And what does that entail, really? Well, there’s a leap of faith on their part, and there’s also your proven track record. The more you can supply the latter, the more they can do their part in trusting yo ass.

VIRGO/BEYONCÉ (August 23 – September 22)

Now that you’re Beyoncé, the stakes have been raised the house down and the pressure is on. There are advantages to having a public persona: More fans, more perks, more love. There are pitfalls as well. One misconstrued move may be your ultimate downfall, and you’ll be a lot worse than where yo ass started. You can’t have everything so make sure you play them cards right, ya hear?

LIBBY JUJU (September 23 – October 22)

If you’re gonna put the pressure on your loved ones to spend some time with yo ass, just remember that this shit goes two ways, yo! For instance, if you’re gonna make yourself unavailable when your other half has finally made room for some nookie, you can’t blame her when it don’t happen. So before you make those diva demands, make sure you leave room for hos to fulfill them.

(DISCLAIMER for all entries: This is all a shitshow!)

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And look! Mama made the news!


Hi everyone, it is a lesser known fact but I actually do wire-wrapped jewelry sometimes (pictured: bracelet, large earcuff). And the thing is.

My 5-yo laptop is on its absolute last legs.

And I’m looking to raise some funds to replace it this year.

Is this style something any of you’d potentially be interested in purchasing? (more accurate description and a full list of things I can make to order pending) The prices would probably range between 8-20 USD + shipping from central Europe.

manymanytimesb4 replied to your post “Any thoughts about the new Amazon series for LotR? I had vague…”

Chris is involved? I didn’t know. Kind of relieved, if that’s the case. I’m much more likely to watch it. Like yavieriel, I’m waiting to have feelings - while casual friends are excited.

In seriousness, I’m not sure how directly he’s involved, but the Estate is. It started with them shopping around, rather than Amazon going knocking at their door. Apparently Amazon was looking for a fantasy epic comparable to GOT, and the Tolkien Estate was like… pssst, have you considered the real deal?? But, speaking of GOT, a cooperative endeavour???

This still ended with Amazon paying many millions more than pretty much anyone, ever. Something in excess of two hundred million USD, I think? And that’s just for the rights, not counting the cost of actual production. 

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Just talking to @stillgoingstrongforeternity about the potential Disney purchase of Fox’s movies. And I have to wonder, if it happens:

1. Would this have any adverse affect on the TLOS movies getting made?

2. If they do go forward, will they have the right to change any of the terms agreed upon? Most importantly Chris’ creative control in writing and directing?

3. Could this have any impact on any potential deal Fox made with C&D?  I just hope, if there is a deal, it is iron clad. Especially if this could include cable channels including FX.

I admit when I wrote this I thought it was only the movie division.  It is greatly concerning that FX could be a potential part of this. 

I have to say, I hope no such deal happens right now. 

Artificial Intelligence And Big Data: Good For Innovation?
AI can provide many benefits to our economy and society. Difficulty accessing data needed to train AI systems can create a barrier to entry for startups and other firms, potentially reducing competition and innovation. Data portability is one likely solution.
By Robert Seamans

Artificial intelligence is firmly embedded throughout the economy. Financial services firms use it to provide investment advice to customers, automakers are using it in vehicle autopilot systems, technology companies are using it to create virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, and retailers are using artificial intelligence (AI) together with customers’ prior sales histories, to predict potential purchases in the future, to name but a few examples. The potential of AI to boost economic growth has been discussed in numerous forums, including by Accenture, the Council on Foreign Relations, the McKinsey Global Institute, the World Economic Forum, and President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, among others.

The most dramatic advances in AI are coming from a data-intensive technique known as machine learning. Machine learning requires lots of data to create, test and “train” the AI. Thus, as AI is becoming more important to the economy, so too is data. The Economist highlighted the important role of data in a recent cover story in which it stated “the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” In this sense, both the ability to obtain data about customers, together with the ability to program AI to analyze the data, have become important tools businesses use to compete against each other, and against potential entrants.

A potential entrant that lacks access to good data faces substantial hurdles, and this has led some regulators to question the extent to which control over data creates barriers to entry. For example, in December 2015 FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeney asked: “Can one company controlling vast amounts of data possess a kind of market power that creates a barrier to entry?” This is a worry, because if barriers to entry are too high, entrants will not enter, established firms will not feel competitive pressures, and innovation may suffer. Thus, in March 2017 CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted: “We recognize that data access makes it possible to realize the many benefits of competition and innovation.”

The hurdles faced by entrants may have implications beyond competition and innovation. A common technique that entrants currently use to overcome the lack of customer data is to train their AI on publicly available datasets. But, if these datasets are biased in some way, then the resulting AI will reflect the bias. The worry is that if many entrants use similarly biased datasets, then bias quickly propagates, as argued by Amanda Levendowski.

Access To Data Helps Firms Move Down A Learning Curve

An established firm’s access to data may allow it to take advantage of a learning curve, which may exacerbate barriers to entry for other firms (Michael Spence’s 1981 article in Journal of Political Economy is a classic on this topic). An established firm’s access to data allows it to refine its AI over time, allowing it to get better at offering its AI-enabled product over time. Due to this learning-curve effect, there are increasing returns to scale in data control. As Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson put it, “the real power—for good and ill—is in software and increasing returns to data. If one self-driving car company does well initially, it will be able to collect more data—and then further improve its algorithm. Other companies will not be able to catch up.”

The learning-curve effect is not just about learning how to use your data better, it is about how to better organize your business around the new technology. Take the case of Netflix and Blockbuster in the early 2000s. At the time, Blockbuster was the dominant firm in the video rental business and Netflix was the technology-oriented niche player. The two firms had very different business models: Blockbuster targeted impulse renters; Netflix targeted technologically sophisticated movie buffs via DVDs by mail. Netflix relied on sophisticated logistics software to track its rentals and manage its DVD inventory. Blockbuster eventually realized the threat posed by Netflix and attempted to replicate Netflix’s DVD by mail business, but was unable to do so successfully. By that time, Netflix had benefited from shipping and tracking millions of DVDs and had moved so far down the learning curve, and refined its logistics so well, that Blockbuster was unable to replicate it effectively.

Difficulty accessing data can create a barrier to entry, which has two implications. First, consumers don’t benefit from the innovative new products that a potential entrant might offer. Second, established firms, knowing that there is little chance of entry from a potential rival, may not see the need to innovate and improve on their existing products. Without the threat of entry, then, there may be fewer incentives to innovate.

Is Innovation Suffering? The Evidence Is Mixed

Despite the potential creation of entry barriers, there seems to have been lots of entry by innovative firms, at least in the recent past. Venture capital investment in AI startups grew by 40% between 2013-2016, according to McKinsey Global Institute. Anecdotally, companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have bought up hundreds of innovative startups over the past decade. A recent article in the New York Times suggested these acquisitions were evidence of anticompetitive conduct. But it is not that simple; we do not have the counterfactual of how many of these startups would have been created but for the opportunity of being bought out by a larger incumbent. Put differently, the very fact that firms like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple buy up startups may itself cause more firms to startup in the first place.

Likewise, there seems to be lots of investment by established firms. A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute estimates that established firms spent $2 to $3 billion on AI-related acquisitions in 2016, and between $18 and $27 billion on internal corporate investment in AI-related projects in 2016. Thus, it does not seem like entry and innovation have suffered in the recent past, but there are still a couple reasons to worry about the future.

We have been enjoying a long economic expansion (the third longest in U.S. history). Perhaps there has been entry by so many startups because, thanks to the expansion, there is lots of access to venture capital. When and if venture capital starts to dry up—for example if there is a recession—barriers to entry could become more important. And there are some signs that venture capital is tailing off; seed-stage financing is apparently down 40% from a peak in mid-2015, and some of the decline may be due to fear of established firms, particularly large, platform-oriented technology firms.

Academic research has highlighted, theoretically and empirically, that economic incentives push large platform firms to extract more and more value from the firms that rely on them. Theoretical work in this area includes papers by Joseph Farrell and Michael Katz, and more recently by Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne. Recent empirical work by Wen Wen and Feng Zhu document that when a platform starts to appropriate features of its developers’ applications, the application developers cut back on innovations to those applications. If at some point there is evidence that AI and big data has created an unfair advantage, and innovation is suffering, then what are the remedies?

Data Portability As A Potential Policy Solution

If customer data is deemed to be a critical resource, some form of customer data portability may be a solution. Under such a model, a customer would maintain possession of some core data that he or she could then take from one company to a rival, much in the way that a phone customer can take his or her phone number from one provider to another (which was not always the case). In principle, this should help reduce barriers to entry, because any potential customer of a new entrant could easily shift her data from the established firm to the entrant. Moreover, the ability of the customer to do this creates an incentive for the established firm to innovate and improve upon its existing services for the customer.

In practice, the effectiveness of customer data portability will likely vary across sectors of the economy. The value a consumer gets from a social media platform derives from a network effect—the connection to all the others on the platform. Even if a customer could “port” her own data to a rival social media platform, she would not be able to port her friends’ data, and so customer data portability would have little effect on competition and innovation in this sector. In contrast, customer data portability would have a larger effect on competition and innovation in other sectors such as online shopping or financial services, where a customer could port her prior purchase or transaction history.

But how would this remedy affect the established firm, which initially attracted the customer? One argument is that the originator would have less incentive to invest in the relationship between it and the customer, because ultimately rivals may benefit from that investment, not the originator. But a different argument is that the company may have more incentive to invest in the relationship between it and the customer, so as to create as much value from the relationship so as to not lose the customer to a rival.

Critics of the idea also highlight the important issues of privacy and security. For example, if data can be easily moved from one company to another, might some of the data “leak” to bad actors? Yet, these are issues that companies increasingly need to address anyway. Starting in May 2018, U.S. companies doing business in the EU will need to comply with a comprehensive suite of privacy rules spelled out under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Moreover, consumers do not seem to value privacy very highly. A recent NBER study by Susan Athey, Christian Catalini and Catherine Tucker found that most MIT undergraduate students would be willing to trade personal information in exchange for a free pizza. Ultimately, there may be technological solutions that help maintain customer privacy while allowing for easy customer data portability, as outlined by Ryan Calo in a recent AI policy paper.

In the meantime, policy makers will need to weigh potential risks to consumers from privacy breaches against the potential benefits to consumers from increased competition, and ultimately increased innovation, that may result from customer data portability. Indeed, a year ago the Obama Administration conducted a Request for Information on data portability, and earlier this year the European Commission conducted hearings on customer data portability.

In summary, AI has the potential to provide many benefits to our economy and society. However, startups and established firms that are just beginning to use AI need access to data in order to train their AI systems. Difficulty in accessing the necessary data can create a barrier to entry, potentially reducing competition and innovation. Data portability is not a panacea, but provides many benefits and will likely be part of a suite of solutions ultimately embraced by regulators.

snuck420  asked:

Love the page man, I was wondering if you have heard of the Subaru Sti type-S and the WRX S4? And any further info you might have would be appreciated. Thanks

Hey aaadriaaan,

Thanks for the awesome message. Once again, I apologize for the late reply. I’ve heard about the release of the STI Type-S and WRX S4 in the past (I remember distinctly given their name choice and its similarity to Acura’s TL Type-S and Audi’s S4…) but couldn’t relay accurate information until now.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s a quick breakdown of the two:

STI Type-S:

The WRX STI Type-S ready for the Japanese market only is delivering 305 horsepower but the differentiating factor is the 311 lb-ft. of torque in comparison to 290 lb-ft. found standard in the US-spec equivalent. 

For the most part, aesthetically, there aren’t too many changes aside from LED headlights and stronger and lighter 18" wheel choices. 

As a motorsport connection from the standard consumer and Subaru’s Nurburgring 24-Hour Race team, the engine found within the Type-S can be found within the 2015 Subaru WRX STI NBR race car (though the numbers are slightly different at 335 horsepower x 340 lb-ft.)  

Lucky for potential purchasers, it’s only released in a manual transmission, translating to Subaru’s driver-focused mindset for the latest variant of the new-generation WRX STI. 


Dubbed the “more interesting of the pair” by Car and Driver blog, Subaru has taken it’s (then) new FA engine and cranked up its power numbers to rival those of the old EJ engine(s), wringing out 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. (in comparison to the U.S.-spec WRX producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft.).

Complementing its new power increase are a couple subtle exterior modification including a small duck-tail-esque trunk spoiler, tweaked front fascia ducts and side sills. 

However, some potential purchasers may be driven away by its availability of only Subaru’s Sport Lineartonic transmission (aka a CVT transmission).   

So, I hope this helps a bit more on the WRX S4 and the STI Type-S. 

As always, happy cruising!

anonymous asked:

I have to ask: how do you do all of this vulture stuff? Like, how do you get started? What stuff do you need? I have always wanted to do stuff like this for forever but I had no idea there was a whole group of people dedicated to it until I started following your blog!

oh my goodness! welcome to the flock haha :D im not sure i’m the very best person to ask because i’m just a little fledgling vulture myself, but i will do my best! actually, tumblr user shadyufo​ was kind enough to compile a beginners’ guide that you might find useful! i personally think getting started is a matter of just being interested! 

as far as i’ve seen most vultures have had an interest for most of their lives, y’know, poking around in the wilds and bringing home what they find. a few finds become many, and a collection is born! also, you can often buy skulls, bones, pelts, fur, and all other manner of recycled deads (and creations derived from them) on sites like ebay and etsy. i’ve found that there are several experienced vultures who are kind and patient enough to offer advice if you’re wondering about a potential purchase! BE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT THE LAWS REGARDING ANIMAL PARTS/PRODUCTS IN YOUR AREA BEFORE BUYING OR BRINGING ANYTHING HOME. tumblr user thegreenwolf has written up a list of state laws if you’re in the USA, otherwise you’d probably be best off contacting your local Natural Resource authorities.  

as far as myself - and i believe most of the community - are concerned, all you need is an inquisitive mind and respect for nature :) actual physical stuff that you’ll need depends on what specifically you’re interested in/have the facilities for. the link from shadyufo i mentioned above has a list specifically for bone cleaning, but you’ll need very different things if you’re interested in, say, wet specimens, tanning, or taxidermy.  personally i only do bone cleaning, but if you need specifics for something else i will do my best to connect you with the info you need!

if you’re looking for some more vulture blogs to follow, here’s a few of my personal favorites (in no particular order): mydeadthingsdiary​ - prettydeadstuff​ - naturepunk​ - roadkillandcrows​ - roadbones​ - thegreenwolf​ - shadyufo​ - littlestwarrior​ -  bone-lust​ - bonemonger

i hope this helps, anon! if you have any other questions feel free to ask and i’ll do my best to answer!

(if any other vultures see this and feel i’ve left anything out, please feel free to add on!)

"Cute Couples" - One Direction Preference


Sitting in the passenger’s seat of Louis’ car, you enjoyed the cool breeze as it spilled through the open windows. The sun was warm, kissing your porcelain skin as you hummed along to the radio. Louis kept one hand on the steering wheel, while the other was wrapped tenderly with yours. Squinting over at him, your eyes fought the harsh glare of the sun. Glancing back at you, he smirked, his bright blue eyes hidden behind his signature, aviator sunglasses. “Oh, I almost forgot,” he murmured, raising his eyebrows animatedly in your direction, “I got you a little something.” Lips tugging into a smile, you watched as he carefully reached his arm around to the back seat. “For you,” he hummed, placing the surprise in your lap. “What is it?” you quipped, taking the loosely wrapped package in your hands. Tearing quickly into the tissue paper, you pulled out a pair of sleek bronze sunglasses. With a huge grin on your face, you slipped them over your eyes. “Now, we match,” Louis, sang happily, entwining his fingers once more through yours.     


Plopping down beside Liam on the worn leather sofa, you nudged him playfully as you made yourself comfortable. It was Saturday night, all of your friends were hanging out at Liam’s place, having a few drinks and catching up as usual. Casually, you patted Liam’s chest, fingers drawing aimless circles into the worn fabric of his shirt. Smirking at one another, you both simultaneously hoisted your feet onto the coffee table in front of you. Side-by-side, you knocked your feet together playfully with each other, playing a subtle game of footsie. Louis let out a chuckle, watching the two of you goof around. “You two would make such a cute couple,” he teased, “you even have matching shoes.” Stopping abruptly, you glanced at each other, and back down at your feet. You both wore a pair of red converse, laced with clean white shoelaces. Smiling, he wrapped a muscular arm around your narrow shoulders, pulling you closer into him. “What do ya say, (Y/N)? Wanna be my girl?” he joked, until he saw the look in your eye. Gazing up at him, you felt a spark between the two of you, and Liam carefully pressed his lips to yours.          


Squeezed comfortably beside Niall on the sofa, the two of you battled it out in an intense game of FIFA. Nudging one another, you each tried to get the other to mess up. Fighting a losing battle you quickly snatched the clover green hat off his head of messy blond hair. “Hey,” he grumbled, training his bright, topaz blue eyes on you. With a satisfied smirk, you positioned the snapback crookedly atop your own head, pursing your lips flirtatiously at him. Batting your long, mascara cover lashes in his direction, he looped his arms securely around your waist and pulled you into his lap. Calloused fingers tickling your sides, he peppered your face in playful kisses. “Stop. Niall, no, stop. Too ticklish,” you pleaded, reaching to give him back his hat, “Here, you win. You win.” With a hearty chuckle, he abruptly stopped your hand, shimmying the hat back into place over your hair. “Actually, it looks better on you,” he beamed, sweetly kissing the tip of your nose. Pulling his iPhone from the pocket of his jeans, he squished your faces cheek-to-cheek, capturing the moment in an adorable, couple’s selfie.        


Walking hand-in-hand with Harry, each of you toting several shopping bags as you strolled casually through the mall. Stopping in front of an unfamiliar storefront, you gazed adoringly in through the tall glass windows. “Ooh Harry, let’s go in here,” you cooed, tugging excitedly on his arm. Laughing, he allowed you to pull him into yet another store. Ambling happily through the store, you trailed your fingers fondly along the racks of clothes. You halted abruptly, spying a table lined with colorful scarves and shiny jewelry. Eyes scanning the potential purchases, you picked up a set of bracelets. “Harry, look,” you chimed, holding out the matching black and silver, woven bracelets, “these are so cute.” Smirking lovingly in your direction, he placed a quick kiss to your temple. “You like them so much, then let’s get em,” he hummed, taking them over to the register. Leaving the store with a satisfied smile, Harry pulled the new jewelry from the bag. “One for you, and one for me,” he murmured, hooking the bracelet securely around each of your wrists, “now everyone will know what a cute couple we are.”             


“Wait, I forgot my jacket,” you called back at Zayn, rushing up stairs to his bedroom. Glancing quickly around the tidy space, you searched for your forgotten article of clothing. Spotting it draped near the end of his bed, you hurriedly scooped it up, accidently knocking a stack of magazines to the floor. Falling to your knees, you swiftly gathered up all the slippery copies, stacking them into a neat pile. Peaking under the bed for any stray magazines, your eyes fell to one of Zayn’s familiar black, spiral bound sketchbooks. Pulling it out, you sat with your back against the bedframe, flipping prudently through the heavy white pages. Each new page you turned held a similar image. You. Page after page was another sketch of you, laughing, smiling, even reading a book. You name it, Zayn had drawn it. Just then, he came walking into the room, spotting the open book of sketches in your lap. “I– I can explain that,” he stuttered, squatting down beside you. Looking up into his chocolate eyes you suddenly saw the love he held for you, and without another thought you brought your lips to his, kissing your best friend. 

Miyamoto to start working on Pikmin 4 soon!

“If I am allowed to do a little bit of PR here, we released a series of short films called “Pikmin Short Movies” on October 25 at the Tokyo International Film Festival. If you have not seen it yet, I hope you will check out the information on the Internet. The short film is only about 20 minutes, but this is our very first animated movie that uses “Pikmin” as its theme. We’re planning to make this 3D movie available on Nintendo 3DS and make the HD version of the movie available on Wii U in the near future. At the same time, we have also prepared a demo version of “Pikmin 3” so anyone who hasn’t played Pikmin can experience its unique joy. Continually launching campaigns after the release of software will lay the groundwork for the next iteration of “Pikmin” in the future. And needless to say, we want it to be one of the motivations for potential consumers to purchase Wii U. We are making a variety of different efforts.” said Shigeru Miyamoto

How to Design A Box

“A great box starts with a great structure. So before you jump right into thinking about awesome show-stopping graphics, consider first the performance of the box and all of its functions.

The box should:

  • Protect the product; transport the product through the entire distribution system
  • Communicate at retail what the brand stands for and its promise to consumers.
  • Embody the environmental message of the brand
  • Educate the consumer; in-store and maybe at home, too
  • Keep the product secure or be "tamper evident" 
  • Potentially be repurposed after purchase
  • Possibly dispense the product

The carton’s retail shelf presence might mean the difference between getting sold or not. Some brands say that the package should stop a shopper in 2 seconds at 10 feet. Yikes.

Oh, and don’t forget the ever-present budget. 

Ready for the challenge?”

anonymous asked:

☠ (Marth-Marth-Marth)

Send one of the following or send ☠ and I’ll use a random number generator to pick one of the following Mafia themed prompts.


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38. High Roller: Your muse buys mine at a underground black market and is at your muse’s mercy or bidding

Lucina grimaced slightly, yanking on the chains and cuffs that held her and kept her from running off. She looked around worriedly as she saw people walking past her, many of them eyeing her considering. She didn’t even really know how she had gotten caught up in all this… But one moment, she had been travelling back to her home, and the next, she was waking up in the black market.

The young woman shrank back slightly as she heard her captor talking with a potential purchaser, clearly discussing what price would be paid for her. Her attention turned down to the ground for a short while and she closed her eyes, unable to look around any longer.

She really just wanted to go home…

Game of Snobbery 05x07: A Book Reader’s Recap

For Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 7: “The Gift

Things were off to a rip-roaring start at The Wall, where our hero was clearly distressed by Jon Snow’s choice to go help the Wildlings and couldn’t even give a Head Nods of Approval™. I have a theory that Olly is secretly Rhaegar Targaryen’s son. It’d explain his grim and melancholy demeanor this week. Plus all the focus on him.

Sorry, apparently there’s side-characters at the Wall or something too. Like Aemon, who died with uncontextualized book dialogue on his lips. Thank you for showing us what could have been, you precious cinnamon roll. But like always, we were quickly reminded that this is Weisseroff, the land where the only way to advance the plot is through attempted or successful rape. And yes, Gilly was almost raped to remind us that…The Wall is a dangerous place for a woman? That Sam is unpopular? That Ghost wasn’t some fever-dream of ours? All very necessary, and quite the aphrodisiac to boot.

In Winterhell, things were a lot less sexy. But it’s okay, I figured it out: D&D throw darts onto a board covered in different types of characterizations. For Sansa this week, they landed on “passive victim,” “boldface snarker,” and “weaponsmith.” She employed the first with Theon, but it wasn’t super effective. Instead it got that old lady who Theon had no way of knowing about flayed and killed. Well darn, that was a promising plot point. “Weaponsmith” had potential, but Sansa only managed to grab what looks like a keg tap. She might be able to fashion something to give us an empowering Gone Girl ending that would be so in keeping with her plot up until now. We’ll have to wait and see.

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My mum has been a dress maker/ costume designer for 25 years now. She can do all aspects of clothes making, from designing to pattern cutting to the actual sewing and creation of items of clothing. She’s as close to a professional as you can get without actually being in the clothes business.

The point I would like to bring up from this information, is that I’ve suggested something to her that I feel would interest a lot of long time fans greatly. I asked her if she thought it would be possible to make (almost) exact replicas of panic!’s original outfits from the fever era, and she said definitely yes. My next thought was, instead of just having her make an outfit for me and me not really using it or making the most of it’s beauty, would she maybe consider making an outfit for one of you guys and selling it as a totally one off item of clothing (and extremely rare, one of a kind item of memorabilia) - she said yes. 

So, my question to you is, would anybody be interested in purchasing something like that? This is only the first stage, so currently all I need is enough confirmation that somebody would be interested in buying. Once I feel like enough people are interested, I can explain in more detail the process of you potentially purchasing this outfit and the steps towards that. 

I hope this has been of some help and some interest to you guys, and not to big my mum up or anything, but she really is an incredible designer and costume maker and she is always looking for new things to do with her talent. This really is a great opportunity for any fan of panic! who have especially loved their outfits through the years, as well as the music. 

If you have any questions don’t be shy, and thanks for reading, have a great rest of your day/night. 

like i’m sorry but if you’re going to argue that artists need to get “real jobs” you’re clearly arguing from a capitalist standpoint

so then consider this:

creating art = a rendered service

posting commission info = offering services/goods to potential buyers

people who purchase commissions = paying for a service they want

this is the essence of capitalism, so like what are you even arguing here besides the fact that you don’t respect artists and their work as a whole