this is a formal apology to all my followers: i go through periods of not posting for hours at a time, and then barge in and reblog/post at the speed of light. i’m sorry for my inconsistency in posting content, alas i am afraid this isn’t something i can or will be fixing
Tbh, I completely forgot I started this. Probably because my folder for
OPM shit I draw is a complete mess and I lost track of it. There’s a
bunch of incomplete stuff in there lemme tell ya. So I decided to
finally finish this of Sonic. It’s a much better version than the other
(honestly crappy) digital one if you ask me. Shockingly I didn’t use any
reference, I think that’s a sign for something considering how trash I am for him, although he’s a pretty
simplistic character so meh.
Hey, so as you all know, I’ve been posting a pretty consistent stream of stories for the last three days or so. Mainly because I had a bunch of request to complete, and not that many stories to update. But sadly, I’ve run my ‘request well dry,’ so to speak. That being said, feel free to drop some request and what-not off in my ask box! Rare pairs, OTPs, 3TPs, the choices are limitless! I can’t wait to hear from you guys!
“Japan’s high-speed "bullet” train is often held up as an exemplar by rail boosters and governments keen to acquire their own shiny new train-sets. How did Japan come to be the world leader in high-speed trains?
Trains are symbolic of modernity in Japan. During the Meiji restoration in the late 19th century, when Japan modernised at break-neck speed, the high technology of the day was the locomotive. By the 1930s the first railway trunk route, linking Tokyo with cities such as Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, had become heavily congested, according to Christian Wolmar, a railway expert. The first high-speed railway, known as the Shinkansen (“new mainline”), cut journeys between Tokyo and Osaka by two hours (from six to four) when it opened in 1964. This made it competitive with air travel, an industry which Japan had eschewed after the second world war, to avoid inadvertently stoking fears of rearmament. Geography influenced the rail network’s development: most of Japan’s 128m inhabitants live in a few densely-populated parts of the country. By linking those dense populations together—nearly 40m people in greater Tokyo with 20m residents of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto—the railway helped to shift business patterns, making day-trips between Tokyo and Osaka possible. Many of its customers were rich and willing to pay for more expensive high-speed tickets. The service had carried 100m passengers within three years and 1 billion by 1976. Now around 143m use the railway annually.
In 1987 Japan’s national railways were divided and privatised into seven for-profit companies. JR East, the largest by passenger numbers, does not require any public subsidy from the Japanese government, unlike the heavily-subsidised French network. One reason for its efficiency is that JR East owns all the infrastructure on the route—the stations, the rolling stock and the tracks—meaning there are fewer management teams duplicating each other’s work. (By contrast in Britain, for instance, ownership of the tracks and trains is split up.) But the railway also thrives because of a planning system that encourages the building of commercial developments and housing alongside the railway route. JR East owns the land around the railways and lets it out; nearly a third of its revenue comes from shopping malls, blocks of offices, flats and the like. This money is reinvested in the network. In Britain, where planning and transport are rarely aligned, it is hard to create similarly successful commercial developments. Indeed, most of the plans for the areas around the stations of HS2 are vague, and some of the stops along an earlier line, HS1, are still underdeveloped, years after the line was built.
The ability to build large developments alongside the high-speed railways is a boon to the Japanese bullet line, as is the ability to charge high ticket prices. (When Koichi Tanaka, a scientist, won the Nobel Prize in 2002 he was reported as saying he would use the money to buy a ticket on the Shinkansen, to loud cheers.) But even so, 71% of the revenue from passenger tickets at JR East comes from the conventional, slower railway. Countries looking to lay down speedy new tracks might want to consider investing in their existing railway lines as well.“
I <3 my rollerskates too! By far the best mode of transportation. I’m just bummed that you can have the vapor trail from the Speed Hax 2 or the Rainbow Sprint effect going at the same time. :(
Yeah, I’d love to see the skates with the rainbow trail! *9.9* The skating animation is so good though, from the forward crossovers while strafe-skating to the backwards skating (I forgot what that move was called though–Swizzles, I think?). They did it right.
I love the idea of some authority telling Arlen that because he’s going to be investigating a very large area, he may want to consider “getting some wheels” to make immediate travel easier.