Been tinkering with the idea of a Monster Hunter monster version of Charizard. Maybe I’ll flesh this idea out more someday. You should pretend this this is like leaked concept art for Pokemonster Hunter if you show it to someone.
What a total shithead
have you ever been sexually attracted to a voice
I…I think I have a problem.
stupid boys I hate them so much I AGH because this little shota shit just suddenly fells asleep on Rei’s lap HOW CAN YOU ACCIDENTALLY fell asleep on someone’s lap tell me Nagisa you sneaky penguin butt I know that you aren’t truly sleeping duh
but no, actually I think Nagisa is someone who can sleep in all the impossible positions
especially if it’s on Rei
all because of this
Wait a minute…
I have been laughing at this for hours now…
In November of last year, the above photo was taken of a 5-month pregnant woman welcoming her husband home after being deployed in Iraq for 12 months.
The picture quickly went viral, and has recently resurfaced on Facebook, with questions and accusations running rampant – how could this woman be 5-months pregnant while her husband had been gone for a year? It’s easy to assume the worst and point fingers and call names, but instead of doing that, why don’t we find out the real story.
The woman in the picture is Kendra Kaplan. In the photo, she is indeed 5-months pregnant. And yes, her husband was deployed over seas for 12 months. But the caption on the photo, which is not original and has been changed to paint Kendra in a bad light, implies that the baby is not the husband’s. Kendra told WISTV that this is simply not true and that the baby, named Tomas, was conceived on her husband’s two-week leave.
Kendra says, ”A lot of babies are conceived on mid-tour. A lot. The husbands come home, they’re home for 2 weeks, and what else are you going to do? You’re gonna make a baby!”
All the bad publicity and nasty comments was enough to make Kendra get a paternity test to prove her point to the world – and to her son (not that she had to prove anything to anybody).
Kendra said that she can tell Tomas that “this is your daddy, there are no ifs ands or buts about it.”
It’s a shame that things can get so twisted simply for the amusement of trolls on the internet.
Kendra, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank your husband and your family for the sacrifices you have made to serve our country. You do not deserve the malicious verbal attacks that you have received.
Moral of this story, don’t be so quick to judge.
Guide to Self-Studying Japanese
A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.
When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.
The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.
[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….
The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.
While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.
[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….
The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.
If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.
[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.
The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media
So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!
Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.
The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!
For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List
Any more tips? Comment below!
Reblargin here since I get questions every now and then on how to learn Japanese on your own.
Spoiler Alert: It’s difficult. But Japanese is difficult.
So Hasbro’s been dissapointing at Toyfair, NECA not quite so. These look awesome! I’ll be preordering the Cherno / Coyote Tango set on Wednesday, can’t afford the Kaiju unfortunately but for now I’m fine with the Russian buckethead of pure awesomeness!!
look at these fucking hats. mod c thinks they’re ugly but we are legally obligated to let you know about new homestuck merch so
we’ve done it
a hat on a fucking hat
this is truly the pinnacle of homestuck merchandise
This is exactly what would happen
i have sinned.
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too
we need to make this a thing
Pic of the Day for March 7th! A new stage appears!
And Sakurai reveals his love for Animal Crossing. Huh.