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You’ve had little dorky dates in Undertale, but let’s be real. It’s time we got a chance to ACTUALLY date these characters, as OURSELVES, right? (And befriend them.) (And not get rejected by Papyrus.)

That time has finally come.

UNDERLOVE is an unofficial Undertale Dating Sim currently in production. (spoilers, fyi)

That’s right. You heard me. We’re making an UNDERTALE DATING SIM. (FOR FREE)

I’m Isla, and I have tons of experience with Ren’Py and making visual novels. I don’t have public proof of that (it’s mostly been birthday presents for friends, who are satisfied customers by the way, and scrapped projects or projects on hiatus), but I’m sure that in-game screenshot will convince you of…something. I saw that people really, really wanted a dating sim, so I took it upon myself to make one. Why? Because I have nothing better to do.

The story takes place a year after Undertale’s True Pacifist ending. You play as an online college student who, despite having been surrounded by humans their whole lives, likes monsters a lot better than humans, which makes you a bit of an outcast. You move to a little rural town that just so happens to be inhabited by the main cast of Undertale. You can read more over on our story and character cast pages.

Right now, the routes I’ve planned to include are:

  • Frisk (friendship)
  • Sans (romantic)
  • Papyrus (romantic)
  • Toriel (friendship)
  • Asgore (romantic)
  • Mettaton (romantic)
  • Undyne (friendship)
  • Alphys (friendship)

But I don’t want to go through with this and a few other decisions without the input of other fans. So I’ve decided to write up a quick survey. If you’re interested, feel free to take it here. Your responses are only viewable by me, and it’s only a few questions plus an additional box for any other suggestions you might have. It closes November 17th, so get your responses in soon!

This Tumblr will be used for updates and answering questions. Feel free to follow!

Regarding art and music: Eventually I’ll need artists and musicians. If you’re interested, stay tuned. Once I get to a point where I need them, I’ll be opening the submit box for applications. If you don’t know how to make a visual novel sprite (with the multiple expressions/poses/outfits), don’t worry, I’ll teach you.

Who will you LVE?

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Wave Equation

The wave equation is a partial differential equation that describes the propagation of various types of waves.

The equation appears throughout many fields in physics, including acoustics, fluid dynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics. With some modifications, it can even describe the spread of traffic jams on busy highways!

The one-dimensional equation was first discovered by d’Alembert in 1746 as he studied how vibrations propagated through a string, and the two- and three-dimensional equations were solved soon after by Euler during his study of acoustics.

The simulations above show the propagation of a disturbance on a two-dimensional surface for two different sets of boundary conditions [1] [2].

Mathematica code posted here.

Mihongo - a Visual Dictionary of Japanese

(Message from the creator)

“Hi everyone,

I’d like to invite you to visit a new Japanese resource I’ve opened: a visual dictionary called Mihongo (見本語).

This dictionary is meant to offer an effective way of understanding cultural-specific words - for things that exist only in Japan and therefore cannot be accurately translated or explained using text alone. Or, to put it another way: things you have to see to be able to understand.

Have you ever come across a word for something uniquely Japanese, and felt that your dictionary didn’t actually give you a sense of what it meant? Have you ever wished to have one place to look up such items and see them in clear, verified pictures, instead of trying your luck finding them around the web? Then Mihongo is for you.

Please click this link to visit the website:

http://mihongo.wordpress.com

Mihongo currently contains several hundred entries, and more are being added. Right now most entries are related to traditional things, so the dictionary would be particularly useful for more advanced learners. But I’m looking for more pictures that can be used to define modern entries, such as types of food, wacky appliances, etc. If you happen have pictures that you’d like to incorporate in the dictionary and can be used for new entries, I’d be glad to upload them with your credit.

For more information, please see the "about” and “instructions” pages on the website itself.

See you at Mihongo!“

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I love the idea of this website. Some uniquely Japanese words can’t be explained merely through English, and need images. This is a great site for finding images for words of this kind. I personally add images into Anki, and this is a great place to not only source them but also discover some other uniquely Japanese things (the best kinds of things!)

Very often, when I see a post headcanoning a character from an American cartoon as autistic, it includes a list of physical mannerisms displayed by that character that the post’s author regards as characteristic of autistic folks.

I’m frequently struck by the fact that the identified mannerisms probably aren’t meant to be characteristic; they’re just standard visual tropes for how American cartoon characters express themselves, developed to compensate for the fact that subtleties of body language don’t come across well in the bouncy, big-faced, rubber-limbed style of American cartooning. You’d be harder-pressed to find a character who doesn’t exhibit some or all of them!

Rather than suggest that people are reading too much into it, however, I’m inclined to look at it from the other direction: why is it that many autistic folks find the visual language of self-expression in American cartooning so familiar? What is it about the medium’s roots that caused those particular mannerisms of self-expression to be so deeply embedded in its idiom?

Famous people who had/have forms of dyslexia

 I made this list of some of the people in history I’ve read were dyslexic when I was caught up in berating myself for having difficulties.

And to try and remind myself and others who struggle with their dyslexia/other learning disabilities you are not stupid and you are not alone. 

Feel free to add people or what ever.