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“Striking” - Digital Oil Painting

I had to do a painting of Felicity because her eyes are just so amazingly green. Love the messy braid, she’s just lovely.

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Yoko Taro announces planned NieR: Automata DLC


Director Yoko Taro originally spoke back on March 13th about how “NieR Automata Didn’t Have Enough Of A Budget To Get Meaningful DLC” however Square Enix are reportedly factoring in the international sales, already over 3 million, and has greenlit production for DLC.

As you may already be aware, NieR got DLC in the form of “The World of Recycled Vessel”. Yoko Taro has announced this DLC will be known as “2B_ig. Mode” which he describes as “2B’s Ultimate Secret”.

Yoko Taro outlined the following points about said DLC:

*To access this secret mode one must of completed the game with all game ends, fist-pump your support units Pod 042 and 153 at least 10 times during said playthroughs, found the toothbrush during a sidequest, set Voice Modulation to LOW (but not lowest), and then acquire a Shaman Fish. This fish will be the key to unlocking this content. Now play as normal with 2B.

*When you meet the Apologetic Machine in the Desert it’ll give you access to the elevator in which, once opened, a wave of desserts will flood 2B and cause her to absorb its contents immediately.

*Your plug-in chips will slowly ‘grease’ as you play - the lowest one on the stack will slip out and you’ll have to re-equip it or the next one, finally reaching your OS chip and thus killing you. Enjoy the micro-management!
*If you stay still for too long moss will start to grow on you.
*Animal Bait & Fish will be instantly eaten whilst staying near Moose and Boar will cause 2B to drool profusely.
*Riding animals will cause them to stagger and then collapse.
*Trying to slide down the sand causes you to roll and then self-destruct. Occasionally it may instead cause 2B’s heels to strike oil and cause explosions.

*If you use the Pod Program Wire you’ll receive a Wario-like bash.
*You can no longer fit in transporters.

*Equipping the Cypress Stick as 2B in this mode will transform machines into metal slimes.

*Father Servo will transcend the heavens and return with a Platinum belt and a work-out routine enabling you to become modestly healthy once again however this will be time-based and failure to succeed will require micro-transactions to try again.
*Engels will also return as a tutor explaining how to get a big combo in this mode which will be another requirement to return to normal size once you surpass his combo.
*The elevator will have many desserts and they need to all be consumed to finally descend and discover plot points about Drakenguard 4. Yoko Taro has sworn if people don’t complete the DLC he just won’t make the game because, and I quote, “Fuck it all I’m drunk”.

More details can be found at or by following his twitter handle.

“Jarvis and the Tabby” - Digital Oil Painting

“She’s a bit high maintenance, but as I work for Mr Stark, I’m… used to that sort of thing.”

I couldn’t leave out Marvel’s favorite butler. ^_^ The above was said with a delicately restrained long-suffering sigh.

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appletiniandscotch  asked:

Drabble meme #111: Delete it. Now.

Follows chapters 21, 31, and 39 of Ficlet Cemetery.


“Molly!  Molly!  Look, it’s got a smiley face on the side!” his voice came from Molly’s phone, tinny and distant as she held it outside his reach.  He was in a pond, holding a fish aloft.

He didn’t remember it.  Or much of anything after pulling Molly away from the desserts table.

He made a swipe for the phone anyway and regretted it immediately, his stomach roiling.  "Delete it. Now,“ he gritted out.  It sounded entirely too much like a whine.

“Nope, and I already made back-up copies and hid them where you can’t find them.”

He narrowed his eyes at her.  She did know who he was, didn’t she?

Oh, right, she did.  Too well; she knew all his blind spots.

“You’re not as nice as people think you are,” he said, letting his pounding head fall back on the sofa cushions.

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Phone calls, dismissal threats: Venezuela pressures state workers to vote

By Alexandra Ulmer

CARACAS (Reuters) - State workers in Venezuela are receiving frequent phone calls, pressure from bosses and threats of dismissal to ensure they vote in favor of President Nicolas Maduro’s controversial new congress on Sunday.
The unpopular leftist Maduro is pushing ahead with the election to create a powerful new legislature despite four months of deadly anti-government protests in the oil-rich South American nation, which is reeling from food shortages, runaway inflation and violent crime.
Maduro says the 545-seat Constituent Assembly, which will have the power to dissolve all other state institutions, will overcome the “armed insurrection” to bring peace to Venezuela. His opponents say it is a puppet institution designed to cement a dictatorship.
With surveys showing that almost 70 percent of Venezuelans oppose the assembly, the government wants to avoid embarrassingly low turnout in a ballot being boycotted by the opposition.
Pressure on state employees is higher than ever, according to interviews with two dozen workers at institutions ranging from state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) to the Caracas subway, as well as text messages, internal statements, and videos seen by Reuters.
“Any manager, superintendent, and supervisor who tries to block the Constituent Assembly, who does not vote, or whose staff does not vote, must leave his job on Monday,” a PDVSA vice-president, Nelson Ferrer, said during a meeting with workers this week, according to a summary circulated within the company and seen by Reuters.
In a video of a political rally at PDVSA, an unidentified company representative wearing the red shirt often worn by members of Maduro’s Socialist Party shouted into a microphone that employees who do not vote will be fired.
“We’re not joking around here,” he says.
Workers recount a laundry list of pressures: text messages every 30 minutes, phone calls, mandatory political rallies during work, requests that each worker enlist 10 others to vote, or orders to report back to a “situation room” after voting.
While it remains difficult to estimate how many of Venezuela’s 2.8 million state workers will vote, most interviewees said a significant majority probably will, either out of allegiance or out of fear.
Some Venezuelans also said Socialist Party operatives had threatened to stop distributing subsidized food bags to those who did not vote.
“I’ve seen a stream of people crying because they don’t know what to do. There’s so much fear,” said one PDVSA employee, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid reprisals.
Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. PDVSA did not respond to a request for comment about Ferrer’s alleged remarks or wider pressures.

After a brief coup against him and an oil strike over a decade ago, Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez increasingly staffed state institutions with his supporters.
Cheering government employees became fixtures at marches to defend the leftist firebrand’s “21st century Socialism”. PDVSA’s headquarters are still decorated with portraits of Chavez, who died of cancer in 2013.
Critics say unqualified political appointees have sunk the OPEC nation’s oil industry and spurred a brain drain.
Under Chavez’s less charismatic successor Maduro, the bolivar currency has plummeted and dragged down salaries to a few dozen U.S. dollars a month, fomenting discontent among the rank-and-file.
But, with the country of 30 million people submerged in a fourth straight year of recession, many employees stick to their posts because of health insurance, subsidized food or lack of other jobs.
Some employees said they would vote on Sunday to avoid the fate of those fired after a government lawmaker published a list of Venezuelans who signed a petition demanding a recall referendum against Chavez.
“My mother is ill, my wife is pregnant, and if I lose my job I’ll be even worse off than I am now. I need to go vote,” said a worker at Venezuelan steelmaker Sidor.
Other workers have decided to ignore phone calls and lay low on Sunday. Some are gambling that their bosses will be lenient, while others say they have compromising information about corruption or misdeeds that could protect them from dismissals.
A handful say they are willing to risk their jobs to oppose Maduro.
“We’re tired of working and working and still not being able to save. We can’t change cars or fix up our little house, let alone take a vacation,” said the director of a public school, once comfortably in the middle class.
“We’re ready to assume the consequences of not voting.”

(Additional reporting by Mircely Guanipa in Punto Fijo, Maria Ramirez in Puerto Ordaz, Anggy Polanco in San Crsitobal, and Deisy Buitrago and Andrew Cawthorne in Caracas; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by James Dalgleish)

mods asleep post zeppwagon
  • in an AU where zeppeli doesnt die, he is entirely paralyzed from the waist down because of the pressure Tarkus had wrung him with. His arm also broke entirely and a few nerve endings were injured beyond repair. He’s still able to use it, but not to the dexterity and extent he once was.
  • after Jonathan leaves England with Erina for their honeymoon, Speedwagon finds himself spending a lot of time at the hospital where Zeppeli is recuperating, albeit very slowly. They chat for hours, because hey, who knew the other was so interesting? They’ve both got lots of stories, and both are really, really good listeners.
    -(They don’t remember when they began using each other’s first names)
  • Once Will is well enough to actually get into a wheelchair and leave his room, Robert is usually the one to take him out for walks in old English gardens, because let’s face it, Jonathan and Will both made sure that he’d be staying at a fancier hotel.
  • The romance blooms naturally, without a lot of thought being put into it. There’s mutual pinning, but Will flirts and Robert reacts in an agreeable way. 
  • When he’s finally discharged from the hospital, Will invites Robert to Italy and shows him all around.
    (”What do you mean, Giovanni’s closed?” “Will, don’t be makin’ scenes now–” “Who runs this establishment?” “Will, luv, no-” eccentric Italian haggling noises that leave Robert feeling dizzy) 
  • Will is the only one who’s able to understand Robert’s thick south London accent about 95% of the time
    (Robert mumbles sometimes and it makes Will angry)
  • They eventually go to America together and strike oil, becoming tycoons and creating the Speedwagon Foundation together. 
  • Even with their new business, one of their favorite activities is just sitting under a tree in spring and taking in the fresh air. Will’s chair gets pushed up to the tree’s base and Robert leans against his legs and despite everything they’ve gone through, the world is finally peaceful and quiet.

Nicolaas van der Waay (1855-1936, The Netherlands)

Van der Waay was a Dutch decorative artist, watercolorist and lithographer. He worked in many genres, including stamp, coin and banknote designs. He is perhaps best known for the allegorical illustrations he created for the Golden Coach and a series of paintings depicting the lives of girls from the Amsterdam Orphanage.

I have this fuzzy, static feeling in my head, a feeling like the sound of stepping on a fallen leaf. That crunchy, crackly, empty sound. And this soft, glazed-over sort of feeling in my hands and my knees and my stomach; a feeling like being underwater, or like being coated in molasses. You know how you get the chills when you realize something about yourself for the first time? Well it’s like I forgot everything about myself and I have the opposite of the chills; instead of that prickly, hyper-alert feeling, I feel smoothed out. All around my edges, just smoothed like butter into soft, manageable curves. Like there’s just a big wide open field where there used to be mountains, or an inflatable swimming pool where there used to be a whole ocean. I know that no one can dig deep enough under their own skin to strike oil; no one pans for gold in their own blood. But this is not how it always was.

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Another challenge. This one is personal. A friend and I are building each other budget decks, and I'm having kind of a hard time keeping budget in line with synergy. I'd like to see a Varolz deck with a $50 price ceiling. (As usual, basic lands don't count.)

Since Varolz is cheap and can protect and buff himself, our deck is going to be first and foremost a Voltron list. Let’s start with a few dudes with insane power-to-cost ratios for Varolz to scavenge.

+Death’s Shadow: One of the more expensive cards in this budget list, but he’s pretty much mandatory because he reads “BB: Put 13 +1/+1 counters on target creature.”

+Phyrexian Soulgorger

+Force of Savagery

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Trinket Safety (Afterbirth updates #3)

there will be around 20 new trinkets in afterbirth, in the past i used trinkets as a way for the player to “pad” their character with some minor stats and allow for a some slight choice of customization over the course of the game. i designed trinkets to be about 1/3rd of an item in terms of power level and for the most part all the original trinkets references existing items in some way.

in afterbirth i tried my best to design trinkets that acted more like combo pieces than just stat padding or minor luck changes. i feel like a lot of the new trinkets in rebirth added to gameplay, combo pieces like the petrified poop, callus, lucky rock and store credit all changed the way you played when you picked them up. you cant always strike oil with new items, but i personally think the best items in Isaac are the ones that change how you play when you get them, make you retrace your steps and reward peoples memories.

the new trinket this week are the Safety Scissors.

experienced players will instantly think about going infinite against war.. but this trinket combos with loads of stuff.

Aside from just being a great way to break the game, it will also protect against those unwanted troll bombs and also combo with more than a few items in afterbirth.