It has been 239 years. We have been tested many times during these many years, but we have also prevailed. Americans have the best nation in the history of the world, and there is no other place I would rather be. I only hope and pray that our next 239 years is filled with a renewed sense of pride and unity as we are stronger as a united nation. Happy Birthday to the one nation that I cherish.

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An Honest Compliment

I think you’re beautiful, not that you need my confirmation.
It’s just an honest compliment, my own observation.
Just like a timeless painting, or a priceless piece of art,
You’re not pretty because I say it, you’re pretty because you are.

There’s a fine line between flattery and harassment.
The fact is, half of all the guys seem to look right past this.
When it comes to compliments, here’s what they need to learn.
You should give them never expecting something in return.

That’s manipulation, not appreciation
For someone, but rather just a ploy for your reciprocation.
If he thinks you owe him something, and it’s a rule that one’s defying.
He’s just a foolish tool who’s blatantly objectifying. 

He’s not as nice as he’s pretending to seem
If he’s treating women like they’re some kind of vending machines.
Just know that you will never need any dude’s approval,
And I compliment you for the simple fact I think you’re beautiful.



Wordy Wednesday: 4th of July

In honor of the Fourth of July being just around the corner, I decided to feature a collection of quotes about patriotism and America. Who would’ve thought that not one, but two Obama quotes would make it into a list of patriotic quotes? You know what they say; a broken clock is right twice a day. Also, a good quote is a good quote, no matter who said it, or whether or not they meant what they said. And yes, I know it’s Thursday, and I hope you’ll forgive me for my neglectful blogging and the 24 hour delay.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
– Abraham Lincoln 

“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
– Nathan Hale

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
– Harry S Truman

“When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.”  
– Adlai Stevenson

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
– Theodore Roosevelt 

Originally posted by markc32

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
― Mark Twain

“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.”
– Joe Barton

“When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country.”
– Andrew Johnson

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”
― Ronald Reagan

“For a lot of people, Superman is and has always been America’s hero. He stands for what we believe is the best within us: limitless strength tempered by compassion, that can bear adversity and emerge stronger on the other side. He stands for what we all feel we would like to be able to stand for, when standing is hardest.”
– J. Michael Straczynski

“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”  
– George William  

“Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.”
– Barack Obama 

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.”  
– Sinclair Lewis

“[P]atriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”  
– Adlai Stevenson

Originally posted by thepastelprince

“What people don’t understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There’s no other nation in the world where that happens. And it’s very much a part of our heritage.”
– Norman Schwarzkopf 

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
― Edward Abbey

“We can’t all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.”
– Charles F. Browne

“We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.”  
– Felix Frankfurter

“The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”
– Condoleezza Rice 

“Of all the supervised conditions for life offered man, those under USA’s constitution have proved the best.  Wherefore, be sure when you start modifying, corrupting or abrogating it.”  
– Martin H. Fischer

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”
– Margaret Thatcher 

“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”
– Barack Obama

“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.”  
– John Gunther

Originally posted by echo-delta-367

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it.”
– John Thune

“America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.”
– Adlai Stevenson

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.”  
– Paul Sweeney

“America’s strength is not our diversity; our strength is our ability to unite people of different backgrounds around common principles. A common language is necessary to reach that goal.”
– Ernest Istook 

“What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’”  
– Marilyn vos Savant

“There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.  They are right.  It is the American dream.”  
– Archibald MacLeish

Genso Shojokosen (Touhou Smash Bros.)

A group of Touhou fans (yours truly included) have begun to work on our own Touhou x Smash Bros. fan game called Genso Shojokosen: Battle Maiden (working title). While the game will run on the OpenSmash engine (http://www.gamedev.net/classifieds/item/4205-opensmash/).

While we plan on starting small with a demo of 3 characters and 3 stages, we plan to include a total of 8 characters and an additional number of stages by the time we reach v1.0. We plan to include game play modes such as a classic arcade mode and online multiplayer if possible, as well as a “conquest” mode. Additionally, should the game be developed to full, more stages and characters will be developed in the future.

Characters confirmed to appear in the demo (art courtesy of Profit Shame):

Finally, to alleviate some potential concerns, we have learned from the mistakes of that group who shall not be named.  We are an unpaid team making this for fun, not profit. We have decided to use donationware as a means of attaining funds, as allowed in ZUN’s guidelines.

Genso Shojokosen: Battle Maiden Character Poll . 

Here you will be able to vote for three characters (based on your preferences) that you’d like to appear as playable in the game.

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Thank you for your time and please wish us luck!

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Kill Your Attitude

Music video for Darwin Deez track by Caviar Content was put together using the Unity game engine and Leap Motion sensor for a video game look:

From the Leap Motion blog:

As director Dent de Cuir … explained: “We thought it was interesting to design an FPS video game and use it as a narrative canvas to speak about little wars which occur during the lifespan of a relationship. Our original idea was to use video game footage and mash it up with in-camera footage, but very early on in the research phase we had a conversation with the lovely team at Ruffian – our post house for the project, who suggested Unity, a cross-platform game engine.

… “We had all these first-person hand movements that we needed to achieve. So we were like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could use Leap Motion to do it?’” said Christopher Watson-Wood, Ruffian’s Head of CG and ECD. “We played around with it and it worked. Without Leap Motion, we probably would have had to hand-animate every first-person hand, and as a result there probably wouldn’t have been as many.”

More Here

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Triple Chembow!

Such a sight has to make you think beyond yourself.  Today has been an inspirational day of orgone energy overtaking and dismantling the current power structure’s dark control grid and weather warfare on California.  The chembow is a result of sunlight hitting heavy metal pollution in the sky, but the spiraling shape indicates the action of orgone energy to vacuum these toxins out of the sky.  More photos to come, of the dramatic transmutations of the incoming aerosols…

“I am the chembow in your aerosol pollution.”

- The Chembow