avatar extras, you are killing me
I GET IT
avatar extras, you are killing me
I GET IT
It takes a certain kind of artist to pull off a style that looks rough but at the same time finished, where you can see the brush marks but know it is complete. Doing this with anime (which usually is hyper-clean) is rare, but some artists make it really work — such as the artist 流刑地アンドロメダ (I know, it’s a mouthful, and maybe you don’t even know Japanese, so I will refer to them as Andromeda). Similar to artists such as Oguchi (featured earlier), Andromeda likes a smokey grey atmosphere, as seen in their epic Pixiv Fantasia V art.
Often, with anime art, you lose a sense of human scale, because all the characters are around the same age and body type. Andromeda returns that sense of human scale by pairing petite female characters with monstrous companions — simultaneously emphasizing the minuteness and massiveness of the characters.
For Andromeda’s Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2523359
Oh Chemistree, oh chemistree,
How lovely are your beakers.
You wish your chem lab was as cool as mine.
Der Tannenbeaker ist sehr schön.
Does anyone else remember these little shorts about the man and woman that symbolized hands on Nick Jr? The watercolor one was always my favorite and then the planting one.
Also, I found a full video of them on Youtube (x)
YES I love always being randomly reminded of this
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON WHO REMEMBERED THIS I ALMOST STARTED THINKING I IMAGINED THEM!
IT’S CIRCLING MY CAR
THIS IS BY FAR MY NEW FAVORITE VIDEO.
That made me remember this which is one of my NEW FAVORITE VIDEOs once.
This is the most effective reminder EVER that birds are dinosaurs. You ate one for Thanksgiving. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
(comic via xkcd)
For anyone who needs boat references for art or fic.
or is interested
Destiny concept art.
And this is what happens when a masterfully crafted katana collides with a masterfully crafted longsword.
Suck it, katana
And that is what happens when a masterfully crafted scalpel collides with a masterfully crafted guillotine.
Does nobody understand that longswords and katanas are two different kinds of tool?Longswords are essentially sharpened fucksticks designed to destroy the shit out of anything resembling armor that comes their way. They shatter bone, jelly flesh, and essentially fuck people up by sheer inexorable force of being a goddamn sharp steel bar.
Katanas don’t do that.They’re not meant to withstand collision with armor or a brick wall or a charging fully outfitted warhorsebecause the circumstances of its development didn’t call for that. It’s a precision instrument. It’s designed to be lightweight, outmaneuver, and find weak spots, not go barreling into people hack-n-slashing your way to victory. It’s a specialized tool.
In a sense this reflects a core difference between cultures; katanas are a shitton of work and preparation to make the execution as efficient and streamlined as possible, while longswords are more durably and simply made in response to a climate that would require a soldier to be a one-man battering ram in battle.
This is still an important demonstration, given the internet’s bizarre belief that a katana, or similar blades called such inaccurately, are some kind of god-blade, capable of slicing anything in half because weeb logic.
Also, re: katanas are work to make things treamlined and efficient, I’m gonna have to ask you to stop ignoring the basics of why katanas are the way they are in the first place: Japan has absolutely fuck-awful iron, especially given feudal japan. A katana is made using many many layers of folded steel, which curves drastically when quenched, causing its unique shape. The japanese swordsmiths had to make them out of folded steel because it’s the only way they would be able to survive any amount of time on the battlefield, clashing with other swordsmen because, surprise, they did have to handle armor. Granted, it wasn’t the European full suit of plate, but they still had to contest with the samurai’s scales of leather or iron on cloth backing, and possibly even chain if you were unlucky.
Also, don’t undersell the difficulty of making a longsword, either. Speaking as someone who actually has blacksmithing experience, it’s an intensive process to heat and shape the metal, even with electric forges. One has to take care not to cause the metal to burn, and must make sure you are not making the edges too brittle in the process of honing them.
This is the most true thing on the internet.
The New York Times has created an interactive feature tallying all of the exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Telescope. You should really check out the link, because theirs is animated, and much bigger, and completely awesome, so go check it out.
Although the Kepler telescope is currently dead in the water thanks to some broken gears (although there may be some hope for a resurrection), scientists continue to sift through its data in order to move exoplanets from the “possible” to the “confirmed” category. As of today, we have a total of 1,049 confirmed exoplanets (and counting), which is a drop in a drop in a drop in the bucket for how many are estimated to be out there. Those confirmed 1,049 represent a mere 0.00000001% of the likely 100 billion planets (or more) in just the Milky Way (which doesn’t even count free-floating rogue planets!)
Assuming we continue to fund future missions, the estimates of total planets will certainly change. And as scientists continue to dig through Kepler’s data the number of confirmed planets will definitely continue to rise. Our next steps will be to directly image them (we still don’t know what these exoplanets look like, despite what artists want you to think) in order to analyze the makeup of their atmospheres and whether they have the right chemistry for life (at least as we know it). That will take new tools, and decades of work.
Thanks to planet-hunting missions like Kepler, we are on the cusp of understanding our place in the universe more clearly than ever before in the history of our species. We may be the only living needle in the haystack of planets, or we may not. That distinction isn’t what makes us special. No … what makes us special is that we can know.
Double Bonus: Find out more about how astrobiologists calculate the odds of extraterrestrial civilizations in this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart: The Odds of Finding Life and Love.
(this is an updated version of a post from earlier this year)
BUT HE WAS STILL HUNGRY