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  Tournament Of Skills
Posted by: Z-Fighter - Yesterday, 10:55 AM - Forum: Planning/Preview - No Replies

Summary:

Inspired by the World Martial Arts Tournament, Brachi has decided to host a tournament of her own, inviting her friends to join in. This attracts the attention of Gervene, the Goddess of Destruction of Universe 912, who is intrigued to know what Brachi and her friends are capable of. She offers to host the tournament herself instead, while adding some twists to the game, to test the group's overall skills both individually and when having an ally to test their co-operation skills. Her interest is piqued even higher when outside competitors arrive to join in on the fun...

Now, as for the tournament participants:

Host:
Gervene

Judge:
Jize

Universe 912 participants:
- Brachi
- Tempest
- Xeno
- Celicia
- Majin Bara
- Majin Mashati
- Judy
- Gina
- Anne
- Lea
- Dielec
- Sheila
- Shonfu
- Tamar
- Abaddon
- Malia
- Deramas
- Rabi
- Seina
- Nasu
- Kudisha
- Tatsu
- Yango
- Busa

Outsider Participants:
This is where your characters can join in on the fun in this tournament. The tournament will have quite a variety of challenges, which will be explained as the story progresses.

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  Dangers of a Single Story
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-18-2018, 11:59 PM - Forum: Academy of Boogaloo - No Replies



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What do you guys think about the dangers of a single story? Do you think this is what manifest stereotypes? Have you ever engaged in the dangers of a single story within your lifetime? What means who we have to take, as writers, as educators, as future bringers of the generations, to avoid such a thing?

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  Nintendo Labo
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-18-2018, 05:02 PM - Forum: Arcade - No Replies




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  Al's Youtube channel
Posted by: Alzoru - 01-17-2018, 08:54 AM - Forum: Media Room - No Replies

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I do covers and game reviews Tongue




And occasionally other stuff

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  Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-14-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: Academy of Boogaloo - Replies (5)

Quote:Poached, grilled, or baked with brie.

Served on a roll, or in mac ‘n cheese.

Lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. But when it comes to killing them, there’s a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary.

The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water — joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland’s new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked out — either by electric shock or “mechanical destruction” of the brain — before boiling them, according to Swiss public broadcaster RTS.

The announcement reignited a long-running debate: Can lobsters even feel pain?

“They can sense their environment,” said Bob Bayer, executive director of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, “but they probably don’t have the ability to process pain.”

[Whale-watchers horrified to witness fishermen harpoon two orcas]

Boiling lobsters alive is already illegal in some places, including New Zealand and Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy, according to the animal rights group Viva.

A Swiss government spokeswoman said the law there was driven by the animal rights argument.

“There are more animal friendly methods than boiling alive, that can be applied when killing a lobster,” Eva van Beek of the Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs said in an email.

Van Beek told The Washington Post that there had been a motion to ban all lobster imports to the country, but the federal government “thought this measure was not applicable due to international trading laws.” Officials, she said, “also thought we could improve the animal protection aspect.”

So the legislation was amended.

And anyway, van Beek added: “Switzerland’s consumption of lobster [is] negligible. We are a landlocked country, lobster is thus regarded as a rather exotic delicacy, which is served only in special restaurants.”

Jeff Bennett of the Maine International Trade Center said the United States’ live lobster exports to the European Union in 2016 totaled $147 million. But the United States exported only $368,000 worth of live lobsters to Switzerland that year, he said.

Switzerland’s new order also states that lobsters, and other decapod crustaceans, can no longer be transported on ice or in ice water, but must be kept in the habitat they’re used to — saltwater, according to RTS.


The issue of lobsters in kitchens is controversial.

Do live lobsters really scream when they’re plopped into boiling water, or is that merely the sound of air escaping from their bodies?

Do they squirm because they’re in pain, or simply because they can sense heat?

Bayer, a scientist at the Lobster Institute, said these questions have been debated for decades — and the answers lie somewhere in science.

Although the most common opinion held by researchers is that lobsters (and their hard-shell relatives) cannot process pain, there is in fact a subgroup of scientists who vehemently disagree.

A 2013 study in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that crabs avoided electric shocks, suggesting they can, in fact, feel pain. Bob Elwood, one of the study’s authors and a professor at Queen’s University Belfast, told BBC News at the time: “I don’t know what goes on in a crab’s mind. . . . But what I can say is the whole behavior goes beyond a straightforward reflex response and it fits all the criteria of pain.”

[A spear fisherman jumped into a cove — and was ambushed by a shark]

However, marine biologist Jeff Shields, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said it’s unclear whether the reaction to negative stimuli is a pain response or simply an avoidance response. “That’s the problem,” he said, “there’s no way to tell.”

But because lobsters do not have the neural pathways that mammals have and use in pain response, Shields said he does not believe lobsters feel pain.

According to an explainer from the Lobster Institute, a research and educational organization, lobsters have a primitive nervous system, akin to an insect, such as a grasshopper. “Neither insects nor lobsters have brains,” according to the institute. “For an organism to perceive pain it must have a complex nervous system. Neurophysiologists tell us that lobsters, like insects, do not process pain.”

Bayer, the institute’s director, said boiling them is likely to be more traumatic for the cook than the crustacean; for the squeamish, he recommends simply placing lobsters in the freezer first to numb them, or putting them in a sink filled with tap water, which also kills them.

But biological anthropologist Barbara King, a retired professor at the College of William & Mary, said there is a long history of underestimating animal pain.

“I’m not a biologist, but I think the preponderance of evidence suggests they can feel pain; I am convinced they can feel pain,” said King, author of “Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat.”

She added: “Whether we know or don’t know, it’s our ethical responsibility to give them the benefit of the doubt and not put them into boiling water.”

King said there are debates about whether people should eat lobsters at all, “so in my view, it’s a pretty low bar to make sure that if we do eat them, we don’t torture them first.”

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To frame this thread into a question, do Lobsters actually feel pain? Should Lobsters be killed then boiled? What are your thoughts.

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  Logan Paul slammed for filming suicide victim in vlog
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-02-2018, 06:31 PM - Forum: The Boogaloo Donut - Replies (9)

Quote:A popular YouTuber has been heavily criticised for publishing a video showing the body of a suicide victim.

Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers, posted a vlog on December 31 called 'We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest'.

The video opens with a disclaimer about the importance of seeking help when grappling with depression, before Paul addresses the camera directly.

"This is the most real vlog I've ever posted on this channel," the 22-year-old said. "I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history."

In the video, Paul - who is American - visits Japan with several of his friends. They made a trip to Aokigahara, a forest at the base of Mt Fuji known for being a common suicide destination.

Before entering the forest, Paul and his friends joke in the car park, with Paul taking care to don his Gucci jacket before they go in. He also repeatedly mispronounces Mt Fuji as 'Fiji', and insists that popular bottled water brand Fiji Water is produced at the mountain.

After walking a short distance into the forest, the group discover a body hanging from a tree.

"I really hate to say this, I think there's someone hanging right there," Paul says to the camera. "I'm not even f***ing kidding."

Paul and his friends film themselves approaching the body, which was fully blurred out when seen from a distance. However there are several close-up shots of the body where only the person's face was blurred.

"Yo are you alive? Are you f***ing with us?" Paul can be heard asking. The person filming stood very close to the body, with Paul noting the man's "purple hands" and that his pockets were still full.

At several points in the video, Paul turns the camera on himself to discuss his feelings of shock. He reiterates that this was the "most real" moment he has ever captured on film and claims the group initially intended to "focus on the haunted aspect" of Aokigahara before finding the body.

Commenters have criticised Paul for behaving inappropriately in the video, such as circling the body with the camera and zooming in on it while screaming "What the f*** is going on?" and "It doesn't make sense bro".

When the person filming him remarks that he "doesn't feel good", Paul mockingly asks him, "What, you never stand next to a dead guy?" before laughing.

After they return to the car park, an official tells Paul he could not enter the restricted area, to which he replies, "You told us a little too late bro, we've seen a little too much already," while laughing.

Commenters on the YouTube video called the vlog "despicable" and "disrespectful and disgusting".

People have also taken to social media to condemn Paul's actions.

logan paul really made a video in a suicide forest made jokes only cared about a haunted aspect, found a dead body and continue filming and zoomed into the dead body then talked about depression while filming the body didn’t think that the person they found has a family. idiot.

— per la (@begsforyou) 

logan paul exploited a persons suicide and FILMED the body after knowing the person was actually dead. if you stan that, youre disgusting. logan paul is disgusting.

— nelly (@GUCCIFlNN) 

i decided to watch the video just to give it a dislike and It’s way worse than just the snippet on twitter. he literally says this makes youtube history, as if this is an achievement or ground-breaking event. logan paul is disgusting 

— david (@thelovelykordei) 

Paul has since deleted the video from his channel, which had been viewed at least 6.3 million times.

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  Polar Space
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-01-2018, 06:22 PM - Forum: The Modern INKers - Replies (5)

Polar Space

Summary: Humans have dwindled massively ever since monsters invaded the earth. After 5000 years, a teddy bear with strange powers seeks to bring down the monster society through peaceful means.

Starting with a New Years resolution, I'm going to be posting a page every single day to practice my art, panels and dynamic poses.

Polar Space: Chapter 1

Update: Second Page is release.

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Information Art 101 Resources
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 12-30-2017, 09:28 PM - Forum: Art 101 - No Replies

Here I am, back again with a resource thread that may prove to be a helpful directory for visual artists, writers, and graphic makers! This will be updated over time with more stuff I find on the internet, so stay tuned! If you've any resources of your own you'd like to share, you're welcome to post it.

For applications, check to see if they support your device/OS! Some are Windows or Mac exclusives.

I-A. FOR DIGITAL ARTISTS
ON THE MARKET (Usually allows you to try it for free first)
Adobe Photoshop: People apparently do art with Photoshop, but after Creative Cloud was launched, basically everything hides behind a monthly paywall. I personally don't use it even with the copy I own that I use to make edits for art. It's not something I've ever gotten the hang of, and its interface just doesn't agree with the way my mind lays out things. Also, it's expensive. :p
HOWEVER, it is a very useful editor for scanned images and post-editing for color adjustments than things like SAI which does not allow you to adjust RGB values with nearly as much fine tuning.
Clip Studio Paint (formerly known as Manga Studio): Usually you can catch the Pro package on sale at an affordable price every couple months or so (usually gets a big sale around the holiday seasons), and it's worth the investment for all the stuff it comes with. EX is more expensive. A perfect program to upgrade to when you have the money and feel that you've developed enough technical skill to go to the next program. Recently, they released an iPad app (6 months free it seems), so if you're always on the go with an iPad rather than a laptop, perhaps you'd like this app even more than the desktop one. Comes with lots of screentones and patterned brushes, lets you make paneled pages for comics with appropriate typography features and the like. Good stuff. (Basically, CSP master race)

Painttool SAI: Lots of ways you can tweak the brushes (though downloading brushes from others and the like is a bit of a tricky process), but it has an outdated interface. If you're a cheapskate like me, you can find free versions pretty much anywhere on the internet. Just be careful where you get it. They're working on Version 2 that comes with a text box and things like that, but if you buy it, updates are free, including the upgrade to version 2 when it releases apparently. 

Corel Painter: EXPENSIVE (arguably more affordable than Photoshop tho). NOT the same as Corel Painter Essentials, as there is a significant difference in pricing. (It's on sale for 40% off right now!). Perfect for digital artists who want to try digitally painting and are really just looking for a versatile program to color illustrations; it just doesn't seem to offer as much in the typography department like Photoshop, however. Essentials comes free with the Wacom Intuos Draw bundle tho!

WACOM: A common brand for tablet shopping, but they sell a wide variety of products. Some of their tablets come with an art bundle, which is usually a digital art program like Corel Painter Essentials accessible via a download key for no additional charge. WACOM is not the only tablet making company out there though!

Just a disclaimer, but expensive programs does not necessarily mean your art will improve drastically just because you threw a lot of money at the program for it. Your techniques should improve with practice, not with how expensive your material is. (This isn't exactly  as applicable to traditional art, as things like the quality of ink or flexibility of a pen nib can impact your final product)

Are you a cheapskate like me!? No fear! They have free programs for people like us.  Gar

OPEN SOURCE (FREE) PROGRAMS [Check back for more!]
FireAlpaca: Basically a free version of SAI with a similar interface, but you don't have to stick your neck out to get it. Lmao FireAlpaca is the free paint tool that is compatible with both Mac and Windows. Simple tools and controls let you draw easily. It’s Free FOREVER! Interface looks like a hybrid between SAI and Photoshop. Apparently its compatible with even Windows Vista, so if you live in a pre-Y2K cavern somewhere that strangely has WiFi, you can use it!
MediBang Paint: Looks like a free version of Clip Studio Paint, but also is supported on mobile devices! Neat.
Krita: Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.
MyPaint: A simple drawing and painting program that works well with Wacom-style graphics tablets. Hosted on GitHub. Responsive to tablet pen pressure, but might not be very good for people who prefer to draw with a mouse. It also has a brush library right next to it! Neat-o.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS
CamScanner: a FREE mobile app for Android and iOS (you may purchase for full capabilities iirc, but I don't think you need to for what we'd use it for). No scanner? Scanner takes too long? Too lazy to scan it? You want to show your friends something you drew but it's 2 AM!? NO PROBLEM! This app essentially imitates a scanner. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's much easier to use than the laborious task of using your printer's scanner and waiting for it to scan before doing how many other things.

How to use it:
  1. You typically will open it, and click the camera icon.
  2. click to "Docs" mode, focus the image by tapping where you think it needs to be focused the most (preferably try to get the entire paper/sketchbook page into frame) and snap a photo! It will then let you crop it or adjust the frame if you took a picture of a tilted paper. 
  3. After that is done, it presents a number of "filters" which are presets, and tapping each one shows you a different preview of how the image looks. You can also mess with the settings yourself by tapping the icon that has lines with notches on them; this allows custom editing, but requires more 'fine' tuning since it only has 3 scales [Contrast, Brightness, and Detail]. 
  4. When you're satisfied, click the checkmark. 
  5. To save it to your phone, you can go to where the image is located, tap and hold, then select "Save to Gallery". To send it to your email or someone else, use the "Share as [image file type] function".

Here's an example, using my drawing that was inked by hand and shot with my phone:
Original picture:
Auto (this one seems to do a fairly good job for black and white drawings).
BW 2: similar to Auto, but seems to show less gray around the bottom.
After a few tries of using it, I find this much easier to do for a lot of my traditional drawings without worrying about lighting and angle. It also takes care of the hassle of inking if I want to color this digitally. For colored pictures, you need more fine adjustments though, so it takes a bit more of a trained eye to edit them. 

Overall, I really like CamScanner and it's quite useful for traditional and digital artists alike. Even though the app was originally intended for office use.
Download Link from Official Site (click the device you want to download it for).

I-B. TRADITIONAL ARTISTS
{Coming Soon}

I-C. GENERAL ARTIST STUFF
Don't know what to draw? Try this!
Color Palette Generators: for when you're looking for a good set of colors to use or want to do a drawing using only the chosen colors! Coolors, Colormind
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II. GRAPHIC ARTISTS
dafont.com ; a font source website with all the different kinds that would fit your need. Perfect resource for sig makers and artists who like to incorporate text into their art every once in a while. Be warned that not all of these fonts may be free, as most font makers only allow usage of the font for personal, non-commercial uses. Every font that is downloaded comes with a readme document outlining what you can and cannot do with the font. Some free fonts are royalty-free in all cases, while others require a royalty if being used in images intended for profit.

Remember, use renders responsibly: not every render you find out there was made with permission from the original artist! If you're a highly ethical graphics maker, a safe bet is to use renders of official art (i.e. manga scans or poster illustrations, official character art, etc). If you do use a render of someone's work, it's worth looking into seeing if you can find the original artist and link the work. Maybe you'll find a new artist to follow! (I'd avoid using Deviantart for Renders in general unless the artist who drew it gave permission OR created a vector for that kind of personal use for others)

RENDER SOURCES (Coming Soon):

EDITOR PROGRAMS (WIP)

GIMP: Not Photoshop. It's Free at least.
PicMonkey Photo Editor: Not Free, but you can use a free trial and it's a monthly or yearly plan, with varying degrees of Premium to Supremium membership (Monthly's 5.99$ if you pick the cheapest plan, but none of them exceed 10 bucks a month). We all know anything's better than GIMP. C'mon... you know it... I know it... y'now.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (?): Apparently it was free as of a few years ago, but Adobe's website is confusing AF ever since they launched Creative Cloud to replace all the CS programs. If you're someone with CS6, help a panda out and show me how to get this thing without being forced to click through a bunch of CC links first (God help you if you need to buy a subscription to use the Creative Cloud). If you know a good way to get this without being forced through the Cloud loophole, tell a friend. Eyeballs
Adobe Photoshop 7.0: Kind of an old version, not like CS6, but hey it gets the job done. Not sure if it's free these days, you can buy the full thing for a one-time fee, or you have to buy it on their new subscription model. (I'm biased against the use of monthly fees rather than a one-time fee especially for hobbyists like ourselves and not industry creators, so I ain't linkin to that kind of noise.)


III. WRITING RESOURCES
Here to make your writing experience a little less painful!

i. GENERATORS
Make your brainstorming a little less painful!

[url=seventhsanctum.com]SeventhSanctum: Basically a website full of different generator types for all your needs. Fantasy name generators: Not just any name generator! This generator site has name generators for just about everything you'd need. It has many more generators than Seventh Sanctum. They even generate names for your story (genre-specified!), and have generators for franchises you may be familiar with. A helpful original & fanfiction writing resource. They have additional generator types, just take a browse along the generator hover-menus at the top.
Don't know what to write? Try some Writing Prompts!
Genre, Plot, & Story Generators
Looking for feedback on your writing? Feel free to make use of our Commentary & Critique subforum.

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  Al's TOP 10 games (2017 version)
Posted by: Alzoru - 12-23-2017, 10:06 AM - Forum: Game Shelf - No Replies

Last time I did this was in 2015, and frankly a lot has changed since then. Lots of new games and old gems came to my attention, and well let's just say A lot has changed.

10. Phoenix Wright: Justice for all (NDS) A worthy successor to everyone's favorite court drama. Out does it in story, graphics, and most other areas really!

9. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS) *TRUMPETS BLARING*

8. Undertale (PC) Eff what the haters say and screw the cancer fandom, this game's great

7. Minecraft (PC) What? I'm a creative type, I like making/building stuff! SPORE would probably be here too... if not for all its problems.

6. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) I miss underwater combat, man... [Image: frown.gif]

5. Mata-nui Online Game 1 (PC) THE Bionicle LORE game that made this franchise awesome. Oh so very awesome.

4. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (NGC) Best RPG on the Gamecube, I will FITE U

3. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) The best Monster Hunter Game, everyone else go home.

2. Pokemon Ultra Sun (3DS) Did you really think I could leave out what might be one of the coolest Pokemon games ever?

1. Still Xexyz. (NES) This game is, don't get me wrong, balls to the wall hard and can be frustrating as hell but it's just so much fun! It's a lot like Cuphead really: Run and gun levels, larger than life bullet hell bosses, and even plane stages! Cuphead is obviously a more advanced and prettier game, of course, but XEXYZ is an NES game for pete sake!

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  The Dark Hospital
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 12-17-2017, 10:10 PM - Forum: Omni-Tales - Replies (10)

Deep in the darker side of Boogaloo Plaza lies a sinister hospital run by a doctor of the Dark Arts....
Be careful upon entering and don't wander too far in... you might never come out...
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"I can cure any serious injury or illness, including the hexes of the supernatural. But be warned... if you're interesting enough to me, you might become one of my new test subjects..."
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Deep beneath the main floors lies the Morgue and creepy Lab where the Dark Doctor spends most of her time in... concocting sinister elixirs.

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An eerie echo of the air vents reverberates through the hospital... you feel drawn to this place, but the air is heavy and foreboding.

"Come on in... what ails you?~"

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