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floralplasm:

crude comic by me thanks

i got the idea while watching spongebob tbh the relationship between josephine and cullen is gonna be the most precious thing to me i can already feel it her interview made me feel like she has no time for his dumb shit

shes gonna be here 2 use tact and big words to win people over and hes just there to punch something then go home

This is pretty accurate.

ewilloughby:

Changyuraptor yangi is a newly-described microraptorine dromaeosaur dinosaur from the early Cretaceous (Yixian formation) of Liaoning, China.

The animal would have been around 4 feet long in life, and its fossil shows that it was covered in feathers — including, as in its smaller cousin Microraptor, a pair of “leg wings” represented by long paired pennaceous feathers on the metatarsals and tibiotarsus. One of Changyuraptor's most unique features is its voluminous tail feathers, and these feathers constitute the longest of any known non-avian dinosaur, with the most distal retrices reaching around 30 cm in length.

Changyuraptor is also by far the largest “four-winged” dinosaur known, and while this might not be as big of a deal as it sounds (given that there aren’t very many “four-winged” dinosaurs), it does show that small size wasn’t necessarily the gatekeeper to certain volant adaptations. I personally doubt that this animal was doing anything approaching powered flight, but the long tail feathers and multiple sets of long, well-developed lifting surfaces may have been a boon to gliding and controlled descent. The exceptionally long tail feathers therefore might have been used as a sort of “pitch control” device, wherein a large, relatively heavy animal would have needed especially fine-tuned control over rapid falls onto prey or in safe landings from higher ground. As Buzz Lightyear would say, “This isn’t flying, it’s falling with style!”

Gouache paint on A3-size hot-pressed illustration board, approx. 5-6 hours.

Gang Han et al. 2014. “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”. Nature Communications. 5: 4382.

"I Have Ideas for a Game" 

dgaider:

"Say I’ve got an idea for a game, or a plot for a game, what do I do? Do I keep it to myself, and not share it, or do I give it to a gaming company, such as BioWare, or what? Advice would be helpful, as I do actually have an idea." — fan question

You have two options:

1) Get a job with a…

spicyshimmy:

warden: no one else could have been the hero of ferelden

hawke: no one else wanted to be the champion of kirkwall

inquisitior: you guys fucked up thedas and now my hand is all glowy what the fuck guys

On Cutting and Shipping 

hanlsp:

Nashimura, on 14 Jul 2014 - 04:44 AM, said:

It always feels like the cut content seems better than what we ended up getting, in every game ever….

Ain’t that the truth. The one that got away is always bigger than the one you take home for dinner.

Dreams travel a hard road to…

afro-rabbit:

Gettin sick of that false equality mindset that’s flying around.

trying-to-resonate-concrete:

"I would have preferred this writer explore these ideas" is an opinion.

"This writer has trouble with certain aspects of story-telling" is a criticism.

"This writer sucks and is talentless" is a mean-spirited insult.

"This writer should die" is a vile, shitty thing for which there is no excuse for saying.

Please learn the difference and please don’t pretend you’re doing one of the two former when you’re doing one of the two latter.

Anonymous said: What do you think when some developpers claim to go for 30 fps to give the game a "cinematic feeling" ? Isn't it just a cop out to say that with the new consoles we still can't hit a solid 60 fps and they'd rather focus on making the game look nicer ? Are they being pressured to say that kind of thing ?

askagamedev:

First off, you have to remember - game developers aren’t necessarily monolithic in their nature. In every team, there will inevitably be dissenting opinions during development. Somebody might want more cinematic fidelity, and somebody else might want a higher frame rate. When you look at decisions like that, it’s ultimately the decision of the executive producer of the project what gets prioritized.

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Second, like most things like this, the answer is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, in that it could definitely be because of a specific cinematic feeling the developers are going for. No in that it does indeed allow for the developers to cheat by not optimizing the game as much as they needed, and that could definitely be an ulterior motive. Still, it really does happen.

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The reason they use cinematic as something to aspire to is because films have been shot and played back at 24 frames per second for decades. A number of films have tried to break out of this mold - most recently the Hobbit, which was shot at 48 frames per second. Audiences complained that it didn’t feel right to them, and it showed in the reviews. In order to get the real “cinematic feeling”, it means that the game has to run at a frame rate associated with the cinema, which means close to 24 frames per second.

Take a look at this trailer for Guilty Gear Xrd. Arc System Works wanted to evoke the classic style and aesthetic of hand-drawn anime, but also harness the power of 3D models and animation. In order to marry these two concepts, their engineers purposely forced the animation engine to skip over intervening frames so that the characters would look like they are animating at 30 frames per second, even if the other things going on (visual effects, camera movement, input timing, etc.) run at 60. The result is a game that looks and feels like you are playing an anime, but with the benefits of dynamic 3D camera movements that are not usually possible without large amounts of semi-redundant art with a traditionally 2D game.

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Generally, most game developers don’t really get a lot of external pressure or interference from publishers unless the project is in deep trouble (like with LA Noire, for example). If you see a development team announce something about a specific feature like this, most of the time the pressure is entirely internal. Somebody relatively high up on the team’s org chart decided to do things this way, and that’s what’s being communicated to the public. It’s possible whoever is saying this is doing so because of pressure from whoever has that authority on the team, but I wouldn’t think it’s necessarily a malicious thing. The authority figures on development teams tend to be there for the long haul and generally make decisions that are all consistent with their visions.

TV Execs:
Here are 300 TV shows, each with a 90% white male cast.
White Men:
If women and PoC want more representation, write and produce your own shows! It's your responsibility to make sure you're represented in media.
TV Execs:
Here is ONE TV show that takes place in a women's prison, featuring women of color and MOGII characters
White Men:
Why doesn't this women's prison-themed show have more male prisoners?? It's not fair! They should be more inclusive of men!

somethingvain:

stuffhappening:

all autocompletes were screenshots of actual searches on 12/3/2013

photo credit: Mike Allen

This Photoshoot

The idea was inspired by the UN Women campaign by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai. 

Racism from Absence

In my 19 years in America, I’ve never been stopped and frisked. Cops are always nice to me. People have no problems sitting next to me on the bus. No one’s scared of me no matter what direction I pointed my cap. 

The kind of Asian racism that makes headlines is cultural misappropriation -when some “insensitive” entertainer wears silk kimonos and painted faces to look exotic.

This never bothered me.

It’s the subtle, slippery racism that’s far more sinister. The absence of Asian leads in a non-martial arts movie or TV shows means I grew up knowing only non-Asian celebrities and role models. And if you’re an Asian guy, you are not the stuff of fantasies girls grew up dreaming about.

The absence of Asians from politics and upper management means that Asians can be hard workers and geniuses but never leaders.

Above all, there seems to be some perma-foreignness about Asians. It’s not unusual to be told to “go back to China” and to be mocked for an accent we don’t have. The manifestations of this viewpoint range from the seemingly harmless to the outright hostile. But the underlying message is the same. Asians are not real Americans.

Inspirational Racism

I vividly remember seeing this racism first-hand in a conversation with one of my former business partners. I wanted to create a mentoring program in a predominantly Asian school organization.

He flat out told me he had no interest in helping Asians succeed in America. I asked him, “Are you serious?” He said, “Yeah.” He laughed a little.

He was serious.

It was a wtf moment for many reasons and was a major factor behind my decision to leave my position as a co-founder. I eventually heard from a mutual friend that he said I was a follower not a leader.

In retrospect, I’m fortunate to have heard him verbalize something that others keep to themselves. It allowed me to move on to bigger and better things instead of wasting time working with someone who never saw me as a partner. 

This is the most important post I’ve seen in a while. Racism from absence is something that is predominant here on tumblr, which is shocking because this is the most politically correct and representative platform I have in my life. It’s not okay to joke about transgendered individuals, it’s not okay to joke about racism against black people, but apparently it is always okay to joke about Asians. Perhaps it’s because the internet is so US-centric, but the only POCs I’ve ever seen recognized or represented seem to be african-american/black, and calls for the end of institutionalized racism tend to ignore the equally long history of oppresion many Asian countries have suffered, and Asian immigrants in western countries continue to suffer. Ask yourself this: in a world where Asians make up the majority of the global population, have you ever seen Asian individuals valorized for anything other than being aberrations of the Asian culture? Wait- can you even name more than 10 Asian individuals valorized to the extent of mainstream popularity? 

As an Asian in an international school, I’ve seen this type of subtle racism enacted every single day. When I work hard to achieve something and the results reflect my hard work, the response I most typically hear is “it’s because you’re Asian.” To hear that the hours I put into trying to be the best individual I could possibly be, coming home at 9PM after gymnastics to do homework late into the night and sleeping at insanely late hours or trying to balance Junior Achievement with community service, were not enough to gain recognition as Jasmine Chia and not simply another faceless slant-eyed member of the Asian ethnicity makes me truly wonder what it takes for an Asian to be represented in this world. My experience is something familiar to any other Asian who has had contact with the Western world:

Here is what I sometimes suspect my face signifies to other Americans: an invisible person, barely distinguishable from a mass of faces that resemble it. A conspicuous person standing apart from the crowd and yet devoid of any individuality. An icon of so much that the culture pretends to honor but that it in fact patronizes and exploits. Not just people “who are good at math” and play the violin, but a mass of stifled, repressed, abused, conformist quasi-robots who simply do not matter, socially or culturally. (source)

Next time we ask for POC representation in media, don’t forget Asians. Next time we see a piece of Asian amazingness, whether it’s He Kexin on the beam or Doona Bae in Cloud Atlas, take the time to humanize them instead of thinking of them simply as representatives of the Chinese gymnastics industry or the rising Korean wave of actors. When an Asian person is genuinely good at music, recognize that they worked hard for it. When an Asian chess prodigy wins the world championship, learn their name and not just the country they come from. Don’t pretend to get angry on behalf of geishas at cultural appropriation if you don’t stand up for the fact that cultural appropriation is the only form of recognition we get in mainstream media. 

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