No weathering planned at this stage. Yet to determine if I take this the route of clean inner city streets, or incorporate it into a warehouse facility / docks. The latter would include weathering and potentially some environmental features.
Thats a really neat table.
I like the range of heights for the buildings
I want to get a Man’s Ruin tattoo. An especially geeky version. Like, with Mountain Dew instead of a martini, d20s instead of d6s, some kinda lady that relevant to my interests, etc.
I’m trying to decide on what kind of cards to use. I don’t really play Magic, so that seems silly. Maybe the Deck of Many things?
How big would it be? Where would I put it?
Description: At 15, Henry Cole, later to find fame as organiser of the Great Exhibition began working with the records of the British government. Shocked at their poor condition he pioneered reform of what became known as the Public Record Office - now The National Archives. This rat, with a stomach full of chewed document, was used as evidence for the poor condition of the records.
Our Document Reference: E 163/24/31 This image is from the collections of The National Archives. Feel free to share it within the spirit of the Commons.
"Filbert Weevil" (Curculio occidentis)
…a species of ‘acorn weevil’ (Curculio spp.) which is recorded occurring in California and surrounding areas. Filbert weevil larvae are noted for feeding on a variety of oak tree species. This has caused them to be regarded as a major pest due to the damage they cause to acorns.
Image: Ryan Kaldari
i feel awkward about weevils because they’re destructive pests but they’re also SO ADORABLE.
As someone from cotton country, I share your feelings. They’re like awkward flightless kiwi-bugs.
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
The Clementine Story
But really, an orphaned infant in one hand and a gun in the other pretty much sums up this poor child’s bitterly unfair existence.
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I just finished Bioshock: Infinite.
I had somehow managed to remain unspoiled on the game despite living on the Internet. I am apparently some sort of wizard.
Anyway, holy shit.
Artist Loren Stump specializes in a form of glasswork called murrine, where rods of glass are melted together and then sliced to reveal elaborate patterns and forms. While the murrina process appeared in the Mideast some 4,000 years ago, Stump has perfected his own technique over the past 35 years to the point where he can now layer entire portraits and paintings in glass before slicing them to see the final results.
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