It appears that SakimiChan, who (in addition to being a talented and popular artist) gives monthly tutorials on how to draw, has run afoul of the Guild Of Professionally Offended Karens.
Specifically, GOPOK is appalled that an old tutorial in artistry is focussed on rendering the wrong sort of body type.
Sakimi-chan was soon bombarded with criticism and harassment by like-minded art authoritarians, or â€˜arthoritarians,â€™ with the harassment ranging from claims that she was a terrible artist because she did not â€˜understand anatomy,â€™ to accusations of fatphobia based on a tutorial on drawing plus-sized bodies that did not conform to the criticsâ€™ very specific standards of representation, to outright calls for the continued bullying and harassment of Sakimi-chan:
Well that' sucks.
If you agree that these puritanical scolds ought to get bent, then follow Sakimichan on Pixiv and on Twitter: Support her quest to add beauty to the world on Patreon and buy her stuff on Gumroad and/or Art Station.
Here's what for her is a low res-piece of 'GravityGal' from her Pixiv...
Yes ladies, she draws dudes too...
...and if you're into it, yaoi, yuri...and interpretational furry.
Entertainment News That is Either Very Good or Very Terrible
What could this mean? It appears to be about One Punch Man, but the katakana looks almost like it says "Hollywood" right before the word jisha movie. What's a jisha movie? and why are there so many loanwords mucking up a tweet about One Punch Man?
"Original: ONE Animation: Yupan Murata's manga" One Punch Man "will be made into a live-action movie in Hollywood. Distributor Sony Pictures has high expectations for this film adaptation, assigning Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the popular screenwriters of "Venom" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" to the script development.
Lemme guess: Netflix is calling it "Python King"
Posted by: fillyjonk at Mon Apr 27 20:25:20 2020 (+MBAo)
3Adaptational decay, With the images it is in our control where we can easily collect different type of images which mostly come in our mind. If you think this easy essays process is valid to see the detail first and then start to do something that time hope you understand what we are talking.
Posted by: Steve Perez at Fri Jul 2 06:04:36 2021 (pzSob)
Like last year when they opened an Egyptian tomb sealed for four thousand years and dug ancient worms out of the Siberian permafrost on the same day. The apples are probably somewhat less of a threat unless the Chinese find a way to make apple soup.
In Which I Post Against Type
I am deeply sympathetic to the concerns of the protestors who are demanding an end to the lock-downs. They are stuck in houses with stir crazy kids , are justifiably worried about not having work and have a healthy, admirable and frankly, well founded, skepticism of the officious overlords who do nothing to hide the great glee that said officials take in tormenting them via these mitigation efforts.
However, I think the protestors are wrong on the merits in most cases, and they don't help their cause, the country or themselves by having mass gatherings without masks.
"These numbers contradict the notion that many people who have died from the virus might soon have died anyway. In Paris, more than twice the usual number of people have died each day, far more than at the peak of a bad flu season. In New York City, the number is four times the normal amount. . . . But the total death numbers offer a more complete portrait of the pandemic, experts say, especially because most countries report only those Covid-19 deaths that occur in hospitals.â€
Of course that report is at the New York Times, Duranty's rag, which is reason enough for many to dismiss it out of hand. That doesn't make them stupid. It makes them observant, but one of the sinister things about outlets like the Old Grey Lady, is that amongst all the lies, husks of their competence still remain, so simply dismissing everything they say, while well founded, is not always right. If the NYT reports that the Earth goes around the Sun. That doesn't make geocentricism right.
I've been following this story for a while, and while I think it is not meeting the direst predictions, it IS , in fact, a real thing that is markedly worse than the regular flu. It is not clear to me how much of the lower than predicted deaths are from the current lockdown measures but I'm fairly confident that the percentage is non-zero.
I think that we probably ought to continue this for a few more weeks at l least in Urban areas, especially since there are a number of promising treatments in the pipeline that, if effective and approved in the next few weeks, will lower actual risks substantially, making the deaths from a premature abandonment of the effort rather senseless.
That being said, the draconian and stupid measures being taken in some areas are simply not helping. The idiotic harassment of people walking alone, gardening or trying to give their kids a bit of fresh air are nothing but the sadistic cruelty of people who hold those they nominally serve in contempt. The naked power grabs of people like Virginia's odious Governor Northam, who has set a hard limit of ending the lock down REGARDLESS OF DATA for after primaries and local municipal elections (for which ballots will have to be handled by the postal service union) shows that much of the lock-down is not in good faith.
I noted that I think that most of the protests are understandable but wrong headed. Most is not all. For example, the in-car, rolling protest, in Michigan to stand against that loathsome governors disgusting overreach and senseless power-trips was absolutely brilliant in execution and completely justified.
On the other hand, other mass rallies without masks of any sort are, in my opinion, counter-productive in every way.
They WILL result in a spike in cases, which will kill people, and they will therefore give aid and comfort to out tormentors not only in the arena of public opinion, but also in the demographics of the voters that are taken off the electoral chessboard.
What is my expertise? Well, I was a hazmat responder for 12 years and I'm sporting a bachelor of arts in history. We history majors are absolute mad-lads in the area of 20-20 hindsight. Predicting future trends, not so much, but observing past events like the 1918 flu, which this most resembles and comparing the responses in that catastrophe of St. Louis and Philadelphia convinces me that a premature release of the lockdowns in urban areas is unwise. We've been following the St. Louis model in most places which I think is likely why the death and woe in this country have not matched those in less fortunate areas or come close to the most dire predictions. Our worst hot-zones are special cases, in NYC, he phenomenal density and high use of public transit has likely goosed the numbers and in NoLa poverty is added to those factors.
There are other factors to be taken into account to be sure:
A full on depression will be worse in many ways than the plague itself, and poverty in the long term will kill far more than this disease, as well as exacerbate the effects of this pestillence and others, one only need to look the hell befalling Ecuador to see this. So this obviously cannot go on forever. However, we are reportedly but a few weeks away from the ability to test most everybody and the aforementioned treatments being looked at have enough potential to justify hanging on for a little bit.
One final note about the economy, the 1918-19 flu coincided with a largely unrelated depression, sharper even than the 1929 crash and saw tremendous levels of post WW1 debt. However, it bounced back into the Roaring 20s, largely because the government got mostly out of the way.
Ensuring that the government stays out of the way requires winning the election in November, which requires showing up at the polls and not being in body bags. Remember what these officious bullies and sneering jackasses said about us and their "mitigation" efforts that show a total lack of good faith, common sense or both. But in the meantime don't play into their hands, or the protein spikes of Corona-Chan.
-I generally agree with you that beer-virus-chan is significantly worse than the flu. It's a combination of first world healthcare and lock downs that have kept the deaths down in the US. That said, I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that lock downs should start to be narrowed to any areas within 100 miles of an urban center and counties above a certain population density. We need to start intelligently backing down the lock downs.
-I have severe doubts about the effectiveness of the homemade masks to accomplish anything other than make people feel good. This advice is coming from the same people who told us originally that N95s and other masks wouldn't be effective and we shouldn't use them. They may have done it to ensure medical capabilities were preserved by protecting the front-line, but it does leave them with precious little credibility on this matter.
-NoLa is likely bad due to Mardi Gras happening shortly before the lock downs rather than straight poverty. Otherwise LA would be an abattoir.
-Ecuador is a good example of what would happen without modern medicine. Unfortunately almost nobody in the US is hearing about it via the lame street media.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Wed Apr 22 21:04:28 2020 (3TbQP)
You know how Insty (and his cobloggers) like to say: the difference is between those who have jobs and those who do not. You still have the job, so you have the luxury to blog about "a number of promising treatments in the pipeline that, if effective and approved in the next few weeks". What about people who do not have the next few weeks?! Their choice is between 100% starving and taking a 0.02% chance. What is so difficult to understand here?
Pete, I agree with about everything you said. I'm not saying that the people protesting are bad or stupid or anything. In fact I tried to make clear that I think their lack of trust of their leaders motives is justified. The point of this post is not to rag on them, but I that think that a couple of more weeks (and I mean a couple, perhaps three at the most) has the potential to save a lot of lives, and ending this before then (given my understanding of what happened in 1918-19) will likely throw away many of the gains made.
Let's be clear though, while reasonable people can disagree in good faith on the exact time to end this mess, this mess is unsustainable for much longer.
Stargazer Î±V: I agree that the walkback should to be phased intelligently, but we've got the leaders who were the sorts of people who stand for election so....
Everything I've heard about masks (other than K-95, N-95, and N-99) is that they don't protect the wearer but cut down on the ability of the wearer to infect others. In my limited experience, this is how they are used in Japan. Given that people with this bug are asymptomatic for an extended period, requiring or at least strongly encouraging them on transit and in stores seems useful...however, as I alluded to in the post and my reply to Pete, I heartily agree with you that the publics skepticism is rational.
Indeed, though Ecuador is also a good example of what will happen if this goes on too long and we let the economy go full 1933...'cause there won't be any modern medicine available.
Not disagreeing with your post, exactly, but I would like to ask people who want to continue the quarantine as it is, what they're waiting for and when they expect it.
By itself, quarantining doesn't change the number of people who get sick, it only changes the timing. It is certainly valuable to "flatten the curve" so as to avoid overwhelming hospitals. But it seems we've done that outside of New York. Drugs and vaccines are unlikely to come soon (see Derek Lowe's blog In the Pipeline).
Better treatment of some sort may arrive in weeks, but you can say that forever. California's "framework" for re-opening is vague enough to delight a politician. It seems to me that a measured re-opening is about due.
Posted by: Matthew Cowles at Thu Apr 23 22:35:55 2020 (irynM)
6@Mathew Cowels: There are several studies involving promising treatments (not vaccines) that were reported a few weeks ago as being ready in early to mid May. We need to re-open the economy by then, regardless, but if any of those pan out then the wait will save many lives, during the inevitable rebound/second wave of this virus. As for the rebound itself, we are seeing "the curve flattening" now, letting up to soon will probably, cause a massive surge in cases, which could wipe out all the gains bought by this lockdown.
The systematic opening of rural areas as is happening now seems prudent.
Regardless of the epidemiological data, we HAVE to reopen in the next few weeks. The looming economic nightmare aside, the power grabs that are going on and the precedents being set will have evil ramifications if this is not put to bed quick. However, given the very recent levelling off in rate of new cases, and the very real potential for new, approved treatments in the next few weeks, the potential cost in lives, looks (to me) to be too great to stop just as we're turning the curve.
Reasonable people ought to be able to disagree respectfully on this as reasonable people are concerned about all three aspects of this mess.
Finally, I think that everybody on any side of this argument is acting with vastly incomplete data, except those who want to keep this lockdown going for another six to 18 months, for whom data is inconsequential in comparison to their thirst for power.
It's Just Like Christmas
No really. We are fully into Christmas levels of volume at my work. I personally lifted between 8,000 and 10,000 parcels today. Also, I have developed an intense hatred for Nordic Tracks and "Gaming Chairs".
Of course, I'm not dealing with anything like the hell that the ICU staff in hospitals are confronting on a daily basis, and I am not working in customer service and all the abuse that entails right now. More importantly, unlike many right now, I'm still employed. And, realistically, if work were a pleasant place to go to, they would charge admission. However, I do have two kidney stones, a sprained ankle, every muscle hurts and I'm exhausted.
I've got to get Spliff-Girl of the front page, so, here is a video that, while only tangentially related to the subject at hand, does have the benefit of being refreshingly devoid of any pretensions of respectability.
"Also, I have developed an intense hatred for Nordic Tracs and "Gaming Chairs".
I feel your pain (in 1/500th amount or so.) I bought a couple of Maingear chairs last year, but I got them at the local Micro Center & took 'em home & assembled them myself. Woof.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Apr 22 15:38:13 2020 (Iwkd4)
My current chair is a gaming one. The instructions recommend having two people to assemble it. I managed it solo, but it took me a few days... yes, days. The instructions also say to put the seat on the cylinder before you put the back on, and that was terribly terribly mistaken.
Top tip: if you DO follow the instructions, put the back on with the seat in a doorway.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Apr 22 17:53:06 2020 (cTMj+)
My Maingear was pretty easily assembleable by a single person with average strength, but I've bought cheaper ones from places like Office Depot that were a lot more like Wonderduck describes.
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Apr 23 08:23:31 2020 (Iwkd4)
When I was doing furniture assembly, I could do an office chair in 5-10 minutes. A lot of it involved getting all the screws started before fully tightening any of them.
As for NordicTrac, they made a lot of different fitness products and sold them through Sears. About half of them were DOA when I got there to assemble them. The electronics are not very robust, and the build quality was awful (Weld spatter all over, sharp edges, alignment issues, etc.)
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Apr 26 05:27:56 2020 (Ix1l6)
"getting all the screws started before fully tightening any of them"
Everyone should be taught this before being allowed to graduate from kindergarten. The world would be a better place. -j
Posted by: J Greely at Sun Apr 26 10:34:51 2020 (ZlYZd)
Furniture is starting to come with those instructions lately. I bought a Eureka gaming desk in September and it said that on every step where it was relevant. Same for a TV stand I got around the same time.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Apr 27 08:21:52 2020 (Iwkd4)
A Wise Person Learns From the Mistakes of Others (UPDATED)
I'm not particularly wise, but even I can take steps to avoid the tragic fate of our ancestors, the Golgafrinchans.
UPDATE: OK, So I've got this thing, and I must say, I'm suspicious. I have no way of knowing if this is working. There are allegedly two UV bulbs inside, but of course all frequencies of UV light are invisible to about 99.9+% of humans, and then there is the refrigerator door light problem.
Its controls consist of a flashing light that is green, red, or blue depending on how long a sterilization cycle one chooses. (5,10, or15 minutes).
It does not even have a manufacturer noted on its packaging, only the words UV Sterilizer and Made in China.
Upon opening it, I sneezed.
It does not have a plug, per se, but rather a USB cord that plugs into a micro-usb jack on the product itself. (Though in fairness, that obviates the necessity for voltage adapters, since USB is an international standard).
Shamefully lacking any electron microscopes with which to inspect the health of the microbiome on my phone and facemask, I have no way to see if this is working or not and I obviously don't want to stare at what might or might not be a UV bulb.
There is no instruction for or indications of any ability for changing the allegedly extant UV bulbs.
Meanwhile: In China (Far Beneath the surface of the Earth)
It appear that everybody's favorite contributor of exotic cuisines and discoverer of new and consequential organisms has made yet another contribution to the overall sense of well being that we all enjoy right now.
It seems that China has been conducting very, very small nuclear tests.
China might be secretly conducting nuclear tests with very low explosive power despite Beijingâ€™s assertions that it is strictly adhering to an international accord banning all nuclear tests, according to a new arms-control report to be made public by the State Department.
There is little indication of direct evidence, but there has been a tremendous activity at the main Chinese nuclear test site, (a place called Lop-Nur) there have also been reports of subterranean explosions and these apparently coincide with the shutdown of monitoring stations that the U.S. and China maintain in each other's countries as per treaty to confirm neither is conducting nuclear tests.
This assertion is made in a soon-to be released report by the U.S. State Department on Adherence and compliance with non-proliferation matters.
A quick perusal of publicly available documents reveals that in last years report on the same subject, similar concerns were raised.
The information raised by DIA Director LTG Robert Ashley in his remarks at the Hudson
Institute on May 29, 2019, including Chinaâ€™s possible preparation to operate its test site year
round and its use of explosive containment chambers, coupled with Chinaâ€™s lack of transparency
on their nuclear testing activities, raise questions regarding its adherence to the "zero-yieldâ€
nuclear weapons testing moratorium adhered to by the United States, United Kingdom, and
CONDUCT GIVING RISE TO COMPLIANCE CONCERNS
China probably carried out multiple nuclear weapon-related tests or experiments in 2018.
Additional information is provided in the higher classification version of this report.
ANALYSIS OF COMPLIANCE CONCERNS
The nature of these tests raises concerns regarding Chinaâ€™s adherence to its moratorium, which
China declared in 1996, judged against the U.S. "zero-yieldâ€ standard.
That is the extent of what's in it. Again, this is from last years report, which, being a public document was found with about 2 minutes of web searching after reading the linked articles. It will be interesting to see if the forthcoming report has further details or evidence, in particular the timing of the sensor stations going off line.
The reason they were such bad shots on the Death Star is because they were supposed to LET them escape so that the tracking device they loaded onto the Millennium Falcon would lead them to the rebel base.
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Apr 16 05:31:25 2020 (Ix1l6)
The Clone Wars cartoon established that clone troopers were good shots. IIRC, by the time of the original movie, the storm troopers weren't clones (it was mentioned in an episode of Rebels, again, IIRC).
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Apr 16 09:49:12 2020 (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Rick C at Sat Apr 11 00:00:38 2020 (Iwkd4)
Yay, glad to hear you're improving. That kind of thing is scary, especially when you can't run screaming to the hospital to get properly treated.
Posted by: David at Sat Apr 11 03:48:37 2020 (UmjNG)
Yeah. I confess I was a bit concerned. There are other things it could have been, most of them bad, and normally this would involve a battery of x-rays, tests, and a urinalysis rather more comprehensive than "Yep! Blood. Lots'o blood. That ain't right." What's even better is that having the worst of the bleeding taper off a day and a half after I started the antibiotics is entirely consistent with an infection. The arm is a scrape, the stones are just pain, the knee and ankle can be dealt with via ace bandages, but all that blood, with everything else going on, that's just not fair. Knowing what it is is a relief. Having the arm finally stop bleeding is just icing on the cake.
That healed remarkably fast. It's current lack of severity does not bear any relation to the amount of blood I had to clean up in the kitchen sink.
As an added bonus, I just now found my Moleskin, which I REALLY wanted Wednesday morning. Even so, in the future I need to figure out a technique to apply a dressing one-handed and not make a birds nest of bandages and waste a bunch of gauze, pads, and tape. If that cut on the elbow had been deeper, I'd have needed to do a stitch and I couldn't even apply adhesive tape one handed without looking like a fool.
Heh. I'm perfectly capable of calling an ambulance. I've got good health insurance, a decent paying job and its not like I have 10-16,000 dollars of college tuition to pay any more, so I'm not really poor. In fact I only have a fairly small loan to finish paying off and then I'm free.
It was available at some point, because there are people who have physical copies that are playable...if not connected to the internet.
There are unconfirmed reports that the game is a terrible power hog and reports that an early version could damage the Switch. (How?)
There were reports (read anonymous posts) on Discord that the crypto-mining software was also forwarding user info to nefarious people for nefarious purposes. (A source quoted in the IGN article invokes the Kochs).
Nintendo assures everybody that there never was no-way no-how any crypto mining software on their game.
Analysts who have examined one of the few extant examples of the game claim there is evidence that crypto-mining software was removed...clumsily, which accounts for the games reported poor optimization.
Other sources say that there's nothing in the code that is indicative of crypto-mining now.
It's unclear, however, who actually developed this particular game. There are three companies denying any responsibility for it and another sketchy address in Connecticut. It's also unclear at what level of development blockchain technology was considered. Nintendo says it wasn't but it clearly was considered seriously somewhere at some point was it was mentioned in the promotional materials. (along with the vegetarian option...which may or may not be significant)
So what really is going on here?
No one who's asking knows and no one who knows is talking.
However the game existed at some point as there are "let's plays" on You Tube:
Nintendo says all is well. Buy their game. Which you can't get.
UPDATE19:39April 8: It now appears to be available via the game's website. They are only selling physical copies though (which is not in and of itself a bad thing)
Huh. Best Buy's got a hilariously wrong result for "cooking mama cookstar", Walmart has all 800+ Cooking Mama games except this one, and there's a dozen sellers on Amazon who'll send you a copy for $80 or so.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Apr 8 22:42:53 2020 (Iwkd4)
Do any recipes for cooking mama include fava beans and a nice Chianti?
Posted by: David at Thu Apr 9 00:42:29 2020 (UmjNG)
It's in the news again:
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Apr 15 10:40:32 2020 (Iwkd4)
While the moon has for quite a while been confirmed to have water in the permanently shadowed regions at its poles, this is assumed to mostly consist of permafrost and a few lakes as there has, thus far, been no indication of the sorts of huge exposed glaciers that have been found on Mercury. Given Mercury's proximity to the sun, one would think that Mercury would have rather less than the moon.
Read the article in full, but the short version of the hypothesis is that the intense solar bombardment across most of the temperate and tropical regions releases hydroxyl ions from the surface. These. being large in number and energetic on account of their heat collide and form water molecules which bare then scooped up by magnetic tornadoes and deposited on the poles. If deposited in a permanently shadowed area they freeze and build up over millennia.
All pretty straightforward...except for the part about magnetic tornadoes.
Protons from solar winds are more plentiful on Mercury than on Earth, where a mighty magnetic field whips solar wind particles, including protons, back out into space. Mercury's field is only about 1 percent as strong, and it swirls protons down onto the surface.
"These are like big magnetic tornados, and they cause huge proton migrations across most of the surface of Mercury over time," Orlando said.
Oh. Well that explains it then .
There's more on Mercurian Glaciers here and here, and another Reader's Digest Condensed version below..
Someone is Not Understanding the Issue Here
I just deleted a spam comment which boasted that it was not providing a single link to another site but several links to sites with a wide variety of services.
This may come as a surprise to the spammers, but that is not actually an improvement.