Merchandise Monday #23

My brother was in New York recently and he attended a football game. His favorite sport is rugby; so he thought there may be similarities between the two:

NFL Mini Helmet Collection

NFL Mini Helmet Collection

He couldn’t be more wrong. He told me that they are two completely different sports, but he loved the experience non the less. I believe the Super Bowl is starting soon? Which team do you support?

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Superimpose Saturday #12

Japan has designed an underwater city! Over-population will be a problem in the near future; and if we can no longer build up; then we must build under:

Infra Spiral and Blue Garden

Infra Spiral and Blue Garden

Would you be concerned living in a city under the sea? I would love to visit an under-water city, but with Japan being in the earthquake/tsunami zone; i’m not sure that my stay would be permanent:

Inner Atrium and Promenade

Inner Atrium and Promenade

I’m sure the above design was inspired by some of our favorite fantasy/sci-fi water cities. Here are my top 3:

1. Rapture:

Thank you Andrew Ryan for this architectural masterpiece:

Rapture

Rapture

2. Otoh Gunga:

On the planet of Naboo the Gungans have some sophisticated bubble buildings:

Otoh Gunga

Otoh Gunga

3. Atlantica:

This magical kingdom can be found beneath the Atlantic Ocean. You’d need gills to live there, but hey 🙂

Atlantica

Atlantica

Which is your favorite underwater city (it can be from outside of my list). I bet Numenor has some cool underwater buildings since it sank 😎

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Fan Art Friday #17

I’m writing a new book! It’s a science fiction story (and i don’t want to give away too much of the plot here) so via my artwork; i shall introduce you to two of my side characters instead:

Commander Silco Holofax and Lochurn

Commander Silco Holofax and Lochurn

Commander Silco Holofax owns Nextron Space Station (a restaurant-inn for interstellar space travelers, and a refueling platform for cargo ships). A few years ago Holofax became aware of certain illegal activities taking place near the loading bay of his station:

‘What are you always doing out here on the balcony staring down at the loading platform? Not the best view…’  Sarah poked fun at Commander Holofax after joining him out on the restaurant’s viewing platform.

‘Mmm…’ Holofax replied in a contemplative tone, ‘…a lot of these space traders are moonlighting as bounty hunters. I heard the one was a slaver. I saw the cages on his ship…’ Holofax continued to peer down at the loading bay with distaste, ‘… I don’t approve of those hooligans and their shenaniganizing. They’ll give Nextron a bad name. Worse still; if this gets out; people will think i had a hand in it. For the sake of my reputation, and that of the station’s; i’m getting myself a watch dog…’

Several days thereafter Holofax headed out to the Aquatex Cluster (this open star cluster houses the largest concentration of water-worlds  in the universe). Planet PhyQuid was the Commander’s targeted destination. It had a dense atmosphere of water vapor; and was entirely covered by an ocean and sparse distributions of large ice-sheets. PhyQuid boasted a diverse assembly of amphibious lifeforms. It was the Commander’s intention to adopt and domesticate one of these such lifeforms; and to have it take on the role of ‘sentry’ at the Nextron Space Station.

Unfortunately; PhyQuid and other similar planets in the cluster were victims of water-farming. Theft of this precious resource had been taking place for centuries within the cluster. Many of the species housed by these prized water-worlds used avoidance as their primary defense against the poachers.

Lochurn was an infant extraphalopod living within the deepest depths of PhyQuid when Holofax came to him. Being a multi-cellular extremophile; Lochurn is able to withstand extraordinary conditions (such as high pressures and freezing temperatures). The drastic environment of PhyQuid’s depths causes many of the species to live in a state of almost constant hibernation, or more correctly; they are in ‘auto-pilot’ mode (to slow their metabolism and conserve energy).

However, the vibrations of the water-poachers working on the surface of these planets causes the domestic aquatic lifeforms to stir in the deep. Many species are receptive to even the faintest shudder; regardless of the movement’s originating distance. They awaken in ‘hunt’ mode. Lochurn’s mother was killed by poachers after charging toward sinister vibrations on PhyQuid’s surface.

The abandonment of Lochurn was evident. Floating astray in the depths; forlorn and underfed; Holofax lured the extraphalopod into his titanic bathysphere with the promise of food. Lochurn received more than a simple meal from the Commander. It was the Commander’s empathy that restored Lochurn to full health and high spirits. On that day; a strange new friendship had formed.

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Tribal Wars – World 78

I’m currently playing on world 78 on the international Tribal Wars. My in-game name is Ace HardlightI have been on the world for about one month now. I still only have one village, but i just built my academy; so i should be conquering more villages soon:

My Profile and Combat Achievements

My Profile and Combat Achievements

As you can tell from the above image; i am building offensive troops (axemen and light cavalry) in my first village (based on my opponents defeated as an attacker score; and by the amount of farming i have been doing via the combat achievements). Here are some of the players i have wiped out thus far:

My Attacks

My Attacks

This is a new world and its still early days. Here is my world and continent rankings against other players:

My World Ranking vs Continent Ranking

My World Ranking vs Continent Ranking

This is my village (below). Yes i know my wall is at a very low level; i plan on upgrading it very soon. I’m busy saving resources at the moment to queue a level 24 farm so i can build a bigger army:

My Village

My Village – DreadZone

You can see my location on the map below. Wherever you see an image of an axe on a village; it means i’m attacking that village to steal it’s resources (farming their iron, clay and wood).

My Village on the Map

My Village on the Map

If you would like to start playing Tribal Wars then head over to tribalwars.net to establish a village. Send me an in-game message if you join; so we can play together 😎

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A New View of the Sun

I am one of those silly people who sometimes looks at the Sun. I know it’s bad; i don’t stare for long. It just has to do with my fixation of space. Here are some new beautiful images of our Sun taken from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

SDO Sun Images

SDO Sun Images

The ultraviolet and x-ray images received by the SDO craft are helping scientists to understand the internal motion of the giant ball of burning gas:

X Ray of Sun

X Ray of Sun

If you would like to see more stunning images of our star; including timelapse videos; then please follow this link.

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Killing Behemoths

It isn’t easy going up against an opponent many times your size, but you must be brave in the face of such adverse odds. This is how to kill behemoths properly:

1. Legolas vs. Mumakil:

Mûmakil resemble elephants, except that they are larger and have six tusks instead of two. Two are on the bottom jaw, two larger tusks are where an elephant’s would be, and there were two smaller tusks above those. They were often used in battle by the Haradrim. Legolas killed one at the battle of the Pelennor Fields (with 2 arrows); in like 30 seconds:

Legolas vs Mumakil

Legolas vs Mumakil

2. Luke Skywalker vs. AT AT:

AT ATs traverse the landscape on mechanical legs. They are used by the Old Republic and the Galactic Empire for ground assault or transport. Luke Skywalker blew one up with a grenade at the Battle of Hoth:

Luke Skywalker vs AT AT

Luke Skywalker vs AT AT

3. Rico vs. Plasma Bug:

The Plasma Bugs serve as the Bug artillery. They have the ability to fire huge, volatile globs of plasma from the rear of their abdomens at airborne or distant targets. Rico kills one with a grenade on Planet P:

Rico vs Plasma Bug

Rico vs Plasma Bug

Who killed their Behemoth opponent best? Yes; Legolas i say 😎

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Merchandise Monday #22

Its the Elder Predator! He’s from Predator 2:

Elder Predator

Elder Predator

Elders are Yautja warriors who have distinguished themselves in battle or by their leadership:

Predator 2

Predator 2

Elders in the Predator series show respect by giving a gift to someone who can best help a Predator in battle. This Elder Predator comes with a Flintlock pistol:

Back of Box

Back of Box

Who is your favorite type of Predator?

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Happy Birthday Elvis

Today is the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley! When people ask me who my favorite singer is; it’s always Elvis and Freddie Mercury. To celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest icons of the 20th century; i dug up my dad’s old Elvis vinyl records:

Elvis Vinyl Records

Elvis Vinyl Records

I guess i could have put them under ‘merchandise Monday’, but i think they’re too cool for that 😎 . Whenever i tie my hair up/back in a bun; i always try to emulate Elvis’ hairstyle. Being a chick; my hair is a lot longer though, so i can’t perfect that ‘feathered’ fringe look:

Elvis Hair

Elvis Hair

My favorite Elvis song is Devil in Disguise. What’s yours?

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Limbo

Do you guys remember the video game Limbo? It is a 2D side-scroller puzzle game released in 2010. You play as an un-named boy who has to interact with his environment in order to find and save his lost sister. I loved this game! I only found out recently that a sequel is in the mix:

Limbo

Limbo

Ok ok; so it’s not really the sequel, but rather a follow-up game by the same developers (Playdead), with a similar style and concept. The new video game is called Inside:

Inside

Inside

Watch the full game-play trailer for Inside here. Limbo is currently $9.99 USD on Steam.

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