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letsrevince  asked:

hey man have u read the article from reuters on trump's call with putin about nukes and how trump thinks the new START was a bad deal for the U.S.? X_X

I’ve been slow to get to this ask and yep, so the US needs more nukes to be the ‘top of the pack’? My dude, the United States ain’t called a superpower for no fucking reason. ‘Most powerful country in the world’ is not an exaggeration. I’m constantly flabbergasted at how much American politicians behave like their country couldn’t easily completely annihilate others. American military spending alone just dwarfs many of the other world powers combined.

This man doesn’t seem to understand how American nuclear proliferation is going to incentivise other countries to get in on the game again. The P5 members stopping their nuclear testing has been a massive step forward in making the world safer. But yeah-just what we need right? Maybe we can scale it up so there are enough Titan missiles for everyone to destroy human civilisation 20x over instead of 4x over instead. Let’s just make it a splendid Götterdämmerung.

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to the person who was asking about vector art.

i’m kinda bad at explaining this, but here it goes.

for the small frank head that i vectored, i took a drawing i had already done with lots of different levels of shading and basically traced it with the pen tool in illustrator. it just gives it this neat, cleaned up, angular look. that’s just a series of shapes built onto each other, basically.

(you can do this in photoshop as well, it’s just a few more steps and more pixelated. vector art is basically very clean art that can be scaled up or down without losing quality.)

above is also a doodle (drawn in illustrator with the blob brush and a mouse) of what ended up kinda looking like idubbbz to show you that…really you just go in with the pen tool and outline shape. the style i was going for was just more simplified and sharp.

for that frank head, i also just added a couple black lines (with the pen tool and blob brush) to add emphasis.

it’s fun. i used to do it a lot more during college.

i hope this helped….

i want a silkie but im scared its too muddy where i live for there not to be issues with the feathered feet.. because the moisture gets trapped and can peel up the scales…….. itd be so cool though

anonymous asked:

I've lost almost 30 pounds since my biggest weight.... but I don't feel like I look any different but people are noticing it. How can I feel better about the weight I've lost?

Go on your scale and weigh yourself. Now get something really heavy and put it in your backpack and step on your scale. Do this until your scale goes up 30 lbs. Now walk around, do some light exercises, then take off the backpack and see how much easier it is. Don’t you feel so much daintier?

-paige / @thethinspodiary

If you dropped a water balloon on a bed of nails, you’d expect it to burst spectacularly. And you’d be right – some of the time. Under the right conditions, though, you’d see what a high-speed camera caught in the animation above: a pancake-shaped bounce with nary a leak. Physically, this is a scaled-up version of what happens to a water droplet when it hits a superhydrophobic surface. 

Water repellent superhydrophobic surfaces are covered in microscale roughness, much like a bed of tiny nails. When the balloon (or droplet) hits, it deforms into the gaps between posts. In the case of the water balloon, its rubbery exterior pulls back against that deformation. (For the droplet, the same effect is provided by surface tension.) That tension pulls the deformed parts of the balloon back up, causing the whole balloon to rebound off the nails in a pancake-like shape. For more, check out this video on the student balloon project or the original water droplet research. (Image credits: T. Hecksher et al., Y. Liu et al.; via The New York Times; submitted by Justin B.)

Okay, but imagine a Magic/Mermaid au where Merman!Lance has a sort of bioluminescent sort of thing going on. 

The glow just sort of mystifies Warlock!Keith whenever Lance does the thing, and compliments Lance for it. Telling him that it’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen and Lance just sort of light’s up and Keith compliments him even more. To the point where Lance dives back under the water to try not only to stop glowing, but to also slow down his rapidly beating heart. 

Because oh no he really, really likes the cute warlock that saved his life. 

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In the small town of Sunderland, Mass., is a 300-year-old, family-run plot of land that fuses fine art and farming.

Mike Wissemann’s 8-acre cornfield maze is a feat of ingenuity, with carefully planned and executed stalk-formed replicas of notables such as the Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein and Salvador Dalí.

But how do those pictures come to life? Maybe you remember Skill-o-Gram puzzles, in which the clues are squares that have labels like A-4 or F-5, each one holding part of the design. When those parts are copied into a blank grid, they create a whole picture.

Corn is also planted on a grid. By breaking the field into squares on paper or computer, each one holding a piece of the picture, and scaling up, you’ve got a blueprint. But in a cornfield, the picture is pixelated, so it’s kind of like creating a giant halftone photo, using the density of the corn to make the image darker or lighter.

At Treinen farm in Lodi, Wis., the maze’s theme and method are much different. Designer Angie Treinen was inspired this year by all of the cute things she found on the Internet: ninja kittens, cupcakes with faces, unicorns, narwhals and rainbows. Her style is based on the Japanese art style known as “Kawaii,” which means “cute.”

Treinen’s is a century-old, family-run farm. About 15 of the farm’s 200 acres are devoted to the corn maze. Here, maze cutting is still designed and executed the old-fashioned way, by using a lot of graph paper and elbow grease.

With GPS And Graph Paper, Farmers Find A-maze-ing Ways To Bring In Cash

Photos: Courtesy of Warner Farm and Courtesy of Treinen Farm

d sharp is not the same as e flat

we’ve been having a sharps vs flats war on this blog, and I have good news for both sides: this war is not about nothing, because sharps and flats are not the same. 

I’m going to paraphrase an article from a 1930s music magazine by sid hedges:

a pianist can never play perfectly in tune. if a piano were perfectly tuned it would be possible to play upon it only in one key. this peculiarity is due to the fact the octave does does not split up in 12 equal parts–and consequently, the semitones are of varying sizes. a piano tuner has to “split the difference” between varying notes so that all of the scales sound fairly accurate. a pianist has to make one note serve for d sharp and e flat, when actually they are not the same. a violinist, making their own notes, is able to observe the proper distinction.

if you sing up the the scale of e major, you will find yourself making the d sharp (the leading tone) very sharp. if you sing up the scale of e minor, you will instinctively make your e flat very flat–considerably more so than the note on the piano. 

a violinist can test the matter with the same two scales. first, they play up an e major scale, ensuring their intonation is flawless, and put a pencil mark on the fingerboard where d sharp is. next, they play a c minor scale and find that the e flat lands about a quarter of an inch below d sharp. 

so, there you have it.

I wish I could enter and manipulate other people’s dreams at will. I’d craft up some terrific nightmares for a few special people… though one in particular claims to sleep only 2-4 hours per night. Catching him in a REM cycle would be extremely difficult. But boy, he’d be so busy trying to learn to lucid dream, he wouldn’t get anything else done.

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a series of unlikely crossovers:

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On the second day of Christmas, PatronusxCharms gave to me… 30 pretty posters from talented visual development artist Dylan Bonner!  ❤

Dylan is an up-and-coming concept artist whose Disney-inspired work will be a delightful addition to any young Sim’s playroom or school. Also included in this set are a handful of mermaid and Audrey Hepburn prints because once you start going through Dylan’s portfolio, it’s hard to choose a favorite piece! As with yesterday’s gift, this BGC poster is just 50 simoleons and can be scaled up once should you wish to see all of the pretty details in each painting. Enjoy!

❤  DOWNLOAD [simfileshare]

PS: To find my CC in-game more easily, just search for “patronusxcharms”!