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Cosplay cause we can and Halloween Costumes: Aug 2014

19 Aug

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Cosplay…or year round Halloween…or knowing how to have a good time with art and meeting new people and celebrating years of OVAs and siting in front of the TV dressing  up as a thought that was once deep inside someones mind at one point…yes it’s not that serious…it all fun…and with awesome toys…um action figure statues and people and pictures and internet love all under one roof for a whole weekend….

Anyway…here are some great cosplays / Halloween costume ideas

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Where is your Netscape now

27 Oct

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Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) is a US computer services company, best known for Netscape Navigator, its web browser. When it was an independent company, its headquarters were in Mountain View, California.

Netscape’s web browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war. The usage share of Netscape had fallen from over 90-percent in the mid 1990s to less than one-percent by the end of 2006.

Netscape stock traded from 1995 until 1999 when it was acquired by AOL in a pooling-of-interests transaction ultimately worth US$10 billion. Shortly before its acquisition by AOL, Netscape released the source code for its browser and created the Mozilla Organization to coordinate future development of its product.The Mozilla Organization rewrote the entire browser’s source code based on the Gecko rendering engine; all future Netscape releases were based on this rewritten code. The Gecko engine would later be used to power the Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser.

Under AOL, Netscape’s browser development continued until December 2007, when Tom Drapeau, director of AOL’s Netscape Brand, announced that the company would stop supporting Netscape software products as of March 1, 2008.The Netscape brand is still used, as of 2012, by AOL to market a discount Internet service provider.

Guest Site: Luxury Spot – Olympic Logos over the years

27 Oct

 The picture above is from the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Scroll down for more universally recognized Olympic logos from past to present.

 

 

 

Science: Clams and how they work

28 Jul

Guest Site: Animal Planet

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/marine-life/clam-info.htm

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Clam, the popular name for a number of two-shelled mollusks related to the scallops and oysters. Clams are found in the coastal waters of the sea and in shallow freshwater lakes and streams. Many clams are edible, and “clambake” picnics are popular along the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada. Clams are also used as fish bait, and their shells can be made into buttons. The shells were also sometimes used by American Indians to make wampum.

The two shells of the clam are fastened together at the back by an elastic hingelike ligament. Two heavy muscles open and close the shells. The clam has no head, no biting mouth parts, and no arms or legs. It does have a heart and blood vessels. Those clams that move do so by means of a “foot,” a fleshy, muscular organ that can be projected from between the shells.

Enclosed within the shells is the clam’s soft, narrow body. The space between the main body and the mantle, or lining, of the shells is called the mantle cavity. Within this cavity, on each side of the foot, are gills consisting of double pairs of sheetlike folds that contain microscopic pores. The gills are covered with cilia —tiny hairlike organs that wave rhythmically to and fro. The gills remove oxygen and food particles from the water.

The mantle is thickened at the back to form two tubes called siphons. In order to feed and breathe, the clam sticks the ends of its siphons out between the shells. Microscopic bits of food are drawn in one siphon by a moving current of water stirred up by the cilia. The food is strained out and passed along to the digestive system; the water is forced out through the other siphon.

The hard-shell, or little-neck, clam is often called the quahog—the name given it by the Narraganset Indians. It is most commonly found along the Atlantic coast from Cape Cod to the Gulf of Mexico. Its shell is about five inches (13 cm) long. Young clams of this species are called “cherry-stones.”

The soft-shell clam is also known as the long clam and as the long-necked clam. It is found in mud flats of the Atlantic coast northward from South Carolina to Greenland. It also is found on the British coast and in San Francisco Bay on the Pacific. The shell of this clam is about four inches (10 cm) long and rather smooth and thin. The soft-shell clam digs a permanent burrow in which it remains for life unless disturbed. As it grows the clam enlarges and deepens its burrow. When the tide is in, this clam’s long “neck” (actually its siphons) is thrust up to the opening of the burrow for feeding. When the tide goes out, the clam withdraws its “neck” and closes its shell until the tide comes in again.

Among the marine clams of the Pacific coast are the geoduck, the butter clam, and the razor clam. The giant clam is found on coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans. The two valves of its shell may weigh as much as 250 pounds (115 kg) each. The clam is edible.

Several types of edible freshwater clams are common in ponds and streams of the central United States.

How Does a Clam Eat?

Each clam has two siphons (SY fuhnz). These are round openings in the clam’s mantle cavity where water comes in and goes out. The water contains bits of food that the clam gathers and then eats.

Here is how the process works. The water enters the clam’s body through one siphon. From there it flows into the clam’s gills. The gills capture oxygen from the water, but they also trap food. In the clam’s gills are tiny hairs called cilia (SIHL ee uh). The cilia catch the particles of food drifting in the water and bring it to the clam’s mouth. The water then flows out of the clam through the other siphon.

A clam doesn’t have to work very hard for its meals. Its main food is plankton, which is a mass of very small water organisms. Water currents carry plankton right to the clam.

Clams belong to the class Pelecypoda (also called Bivalvia). The hard-shell clam is Mercenaria mercenaria. The soft-shell clam is Mya arenaria. The geoduck is Panope generosa. The butter clam is Saxidomus giganteus. The razor clam is Siliqua patula. The giant clam is Tridacna gigas. Freshwater clams of the United States belong to the families Unionidae and Sphaeriidae.

 

Quahog Clams

Yummy Delicious Pics with Words: July Close out

28 Jul

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Julia Chang IRL kinda….

28 Jul

We all know Julia Chang from Tekken…right ?!?

Some one made picture, probably Juan Internet Jones, which looks like Julia at the beach. Mostly likely this pic was meant to be mild smut, however it’s so classy and reminds me of the Tekken series fighter Julia Change…you know…younger sister of Michele Chang….? If you play Tekken then you already know this is an awesome pic AND if you are even reading this then somehow you searched for Julia Chang cosplay or something.

A fierce competitor in the game Julia is used my many to make quick work or opponenets. Her delay’s and mid attacks are still relevant. The Tekken King of Iron Fist Tournament carries on with Tekken Tag 2 in Sept 2012.

MORE ON JULIA AT THE TEKKEN WIKIA

“Spirits, give me strength.” -Julia Chang

Julia Chang
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Aliases None
Debut Tekken 3
Appears in Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Tekken 5
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 6
Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
Tekken Tag Tournament 2(Appears as her alter-ego)
Street Fighter X Tekken
Family Michelle Chang (Adoptive Mother)
Race Human
Fighting Style Xing Yi Liu He Quan based Kung Fu (various Kenpo / Wushu arts)Lucha Libre Wrestling (as an addition) (TTT2)

Julia Chang is the adopted daughter of Michelle Chang, who taught her how to fight, which is why their moves are the same. Julia first appeared in Tekken 3. Since then, Julia has appeared in all subsequent games up to Tekken Tag Tournament 2, in which she appears as her alter-ego. Julia has replaced Michelle’s style and Michelle herself in the Tekken series. Julia hopes to one day reforest Arizona, which is where both Michelle and Julia live.

Nationality: American

Occupation: College student (Archeology Research), G-Corporation Archeology Research

Age: 18 (T3) 20 (T4, T5) 21 (T6)

Allignment: Good

Tekken 3

Tekken 3 Julia studies archeology in Michelle Chang’s tribal lands. As a baby, Julia was deserted in the ruins of ancient Native American settlements, where Michelle found her. Michelle rescued Julia and brought her up with love. Julia loved Michelle and her adopted tribe and trained with Michelle to protect her beloved homeland.

When Julia was 18, stories of sudden disappearances of famous martial artists all over the world began to reach the tribe.

With apprehension spreading through the tribe, Michelle left for Japan to ask Heihachi Mishima why he had sought to take the pendant during the second tournament. Michelle hoped to learn about the origin of the Ogre’s power but she never returned. Julia suspected Heihachi and now seeks him out to discover the truth. Strangely, Julia’s ending in Tekken 3 is the only one to include voice acting.

Tekken 4 Edit

Julia was a college student studying archeology. One day, she discovered that her native homeland was in danger of being covered by an encroaching desert; this was brought on by today’s rapidly changing global ecosystem. Julia wanted to save her home, and she began her research on ecosystem restoration.

Julia joined an advanced genetic research group led by Professor T that studied the biological mechanism of reforestation. Professor T’s research grant came almost exclusively from G Corporation. In fact, G Corporation’s supercomputers located at their high security research center were being used for the research. All their research data was stored on their file servers as well.

Julia was absorbed in her daily research, waiting for the day when her research on ecosystem restoration would be complete. When the research was completed, she would save her home.

Julia learned from Professor T that their research was on hold indefinitely. The Mishima Zaibatsu attacked G Corporation’s high security research center and stole all research data from her project. Julia didn’t know a thing about G Corporation’s secret research projects nor did she care about them. Yet she knew that she had to retrieve her research data from the Mishima Zaibatsu in order to save her home from becoming a desert in a few years time.

Julia searched the net to gather information regarding the Mishima Zaibatsu. Her eyes lit up when she saw a web page announcing The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.

Tekken 5 Edit

Julia Chang continues her research on forest rejuvenation. Disappointed that she was unable to recover the reforestation data during the King Of Iron Fist Tournament 4, Julia returns home and resumes her research. Each time her work hits a dead end, she is reminded of the data that she was unable to retrieve.

At that point she received a letter addressed to her in a foreign language. Attached is an announcement of The King Of Iron Fist Tournament 5.

In order to fulfill her hopes for forest rejuvenation, Julia decides to enter the tournament.

Tekken 6 Edit

After recovering her stolen data, Julia completed her reforestation research. She was headed back to Arizona to meet with a party who had agreed to assist in the realization of her reforestation plans.

Waiting for her there was a prominent Arizona land owner, an old woman who claimed to have the ability to hear the voice of spirits. With the help of the old woman, the reforestation plans were on track to be realized. However, when Julia got up to leave, the old woman made an ominous prediction. “Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima must not be allowed to clash. If they confront each other, a source of great evil will be resurrected and unleashed on the Earth”.

Julia was skeptical of the old lady’s prediction. However, after hearing news that the Mishima Zaibatsu has sponsored The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 on the flight home, the danger seemed much more imminent. Julia decided that she would join the tournament.

Character RelationshipsEdit

  • Michelle Chang – Her foster mother.
  • Ganryu – He has been in love with Julia since Tekken 5
  • Ogre – Her tribe heard legends about him.
  • Doctor Abel – He almost succeeded in using Julia’s re-forestation project, GENOCELL, to merge devil cells with human cells.
  • King II – Her friend and her rival in Tekken 5.
  • Azazel – She tried to stop him in Tekken 6.
  • Zafina – She shared the same goal as her in Tekken 6.
  • Lee Chaolan – Her friend and his employee in G Corporation in Tekken 6.
  • Jaycee – Her alter-ego in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
  • Heihachi Mishima – Her enemy since Tekken 3, ever since Heihachi kidnapped Michelle.
  • Jinpachi Mishima – He stole Julia’s Forest Rejuvenation formula in Tekken 5.
  • Kazuya Mishima – She attempts to stop him in Tekken 6.
  • Armor King – Her official tag partner in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (as Jaycee).
  • Bob – Her close friend and her tag partner in Street Fighters X Tekken.

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THE LEGEND OF KORRA

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UPDATE

THE VERY TOP PIC IS SUPPOSE TO BE SOMEONE ELSE. IT IS KORRA FROM THE LEGEND OF KORRA…NOT JULIA CHANG. SO KUDOS FOR THE COSPLAY, THOUGH NOT JULIA.

   

KORRA – Avatar immediately succeeding Aang and the main protagonist of the series. She is a talented bender, eager to learn. Hotheaded and rebellious, Korra relishes her role as “The Chosen One”.[14] She also has a polar bear dog named Naga as her animal guide

THE LEGEND OF KORRA – an American television series set in the Avatar universe as a spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Question?: Whole 9 yards origins

15 Jul

Guest Site

http://www.nineyards.com/faq

Origin of the phrase “the whole nine yards”

There are a number of hypotheses which attempt to explain where the phrase “the whole nine yards” came from. Unfortunately, none of them can be proven to be correct, and most of them don’t pan out when subjected to scrutiny. The only facts known are that the phrase means “everything, the whole of something, the works” and it appears to have originated in the United States in the 1960s.

Here are some ideas as to the origin of the phrase:

  • Many people assume it has something to do with the game of American football. The problem is, the length between the yard lines in football is ten yards, not nine. Of course, it’s possible that the original meaning of the phrase was intended to be ironic (as in, falling just short of the goal), but there’s no evidence of this.
  • Other real-estate related ideas: it refers to the amount of dirt in a large burial plot (a “rich man’s grave”) or the number of properties — i.e. “yards” — in a “standard city block” in various cities around the U.S.A. (which city depends on who’s telling the story). The problems: the number of properties in a city block varies from one place to the next. And while burial plots are commonly referred to as being “six feet deep,” people seldom, if ever, refer to the volume of a plot, which makes that proposed origin seem unlikely.
  • Many others attribute it to the length of cloth required to make a garment. Garments suggested include: a man’s three-piece suit, a sarong, a sari, a kilt, a kimono, a bridal veil, a nun’s habit, a maharajah’s ceremonial sash, even a burial shroud. The problem is, none of the garments suggested actually require nine yards of fabric to make. And nine yards is not the length of a standard bolt of cloth, either.
  • Perhaps the most popular explanation of the moment is that nine yards equated to the length of a belt of ammo for a machine gun on a WWII fighter plane. So, giving somebody the “whole nine yards” would mean you’d fired all your ammunition at them. One problem: ammunition is counted in rounds or by weight, not by the length of the belt, so it would have been unlikely for anyone to refer to the it by length. Another problem is that the people telling the story can’t seem to agree on exactly which WWII fighter it was we’re talking about — sometimes it’s RAF Spitfires in the Battle of Britian, sometimes it’s US pilots in the South Pacific. And the third problem is that the phrase itself seems to have originated sometime in the 1960s, well after the end of WWII.
  • Shifting from the air to the sea, some say that the phrase refers to the long spars (or “yardarms”, the crosspieces on the masts, from which the sails were hung) on a square-rigged sailing ship. The problems with this are that square-rigged sailing ships were not in common use in the 1960s when the phrase originated, and that big square-rigged ships commonly had more than nine yards. An alternate explanation is that it refers to the surface area of the canvas sails, but the sails for even a small ship would be much larger than nine square yards.
  • Back on dry land again, another military-related explanation is that it refers to the size of a soldier’s pack. Some quick measurements with a yardstick should be sufficient to convince all but the most obstinate that this idea is untenable. Soldiers carrying packs that large would be hard-pressed to move at all, much less march or fight the enemy.
  • Moving from the military to law enforcement, it has been postulated that the phrase refers to either the length of a hangman’s noose or the distance one would have to run to get from a cell block to the outer wall of a prison. As it turns out, there is no standard length for either of these things.
  • Another possible explanation is that nine yards is the average capacity of a ready-mix concrete truck. While it is true that the average such truck in the late 1980s might have been about nine cubic yards, in the early 1960s when the phrase first appeared the average truck had a capacity of six and a half cubic yards or slightly less, according to a widely-quoted article in Ready Mixed Concrete Magazine (August 1964 issue). Alternative explanations suggest it might actually be the capacity of a coal truck, the volume of trash in a “standard” garbage truck, or the capacity of a West Virginia ore wagon instead — but there’s no more evidence to support this idea than of the concrete truck hypothesis.
  • Some have suggested that the phrase might be related to some mystical significance of the number nine, and is related to the British phrase dressed to the nines, as well as other uses of the word nine such as the nine tailors and the nine muses. While this is a possible explanation, there’s no evidence to either support or disprove it.

So, for the moment at least, it appears that the true origins of the whole nine yards will remain shrouded in mystery.