So to start right off, here is a picture of my desk at work. Why am I linking a picture of my desk here? Because for some reason, I decided at end of work today that I want to test out the camera in this Tracfone Android phone that I got last weekend.
That and well, if I mention work here, I guess you folks can now properly visual me working on this dusty old Windows XP computer to do CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting) and database work. =P
lol Obviously I am not going to talk about work though since I don't want bored you. I mean nothing really noteworthy is happening this week. I am just doing the usual stuff, which is getting manufacturing books ready for release in the shop.
So yeah, let's move on to something else. Hm...Have you folks heard about Miiverse being on the 3DS now? Its pretty neat add-on. Although it definitely a lot more simplified compared to one on the Wii U (Mostly it lacks the friends list and personal messenger that the Wii U one has.).
Still it is a cool feature to have on the 3DS. I am not sure I will use it much though, outside of admiring the art of other people there. That being said, you can follow me there, if you want. My ID should BZPJMJ64 on there.
In other gaming news, I am thinking of maybe doing a little reflection on the games of 2013 here. I probably do that during my winter break from work. So you can look forward to that, I guess. I'll be sure have my review of LEGO City: Undercover done before that though. So you got two things to look forward to from me. XD
Hm...I think that's about it for this update. I am probably forgetting something. But eh, it is probably not important and I doubt it is interesting enough to mention here. So thanks for taking the time to read this, folks. I hope you all have a great day. Talk to you later, BZPers.
- JMJ 2013
BUT GUESS WHAT
I'm a sophomore, so it doesn't count. Bleh. Well, at least I have practice.
I'm guaranteed to be seeing Wolf of Wall Street for Christmas, so that's another I'm guaranteed to see; if possible, I'll be getting The Desolation of Smaug via a similar manner.
Meaning I just need to figure out how the heck I'm gonna see American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, which are both worryingly absent from the showtime list this Friday at my nearby Cineplex theatre....
And from there, any additional films you all mentioned that are out/coming out. Second priorities, unfortunately, but if I can fit them in then I will.
Except instead of dissecting humans I'm drinking chocolate milk and fooling around on the Internet.
Man, Spotify is great.
I also intended to write another letter this month, but I will not have the time for it. Looking at what I have written so far on my current letter, however, and knowing that my letter to the other individual will be a bit more serious and thorough, and a bit more expansive, I predict that it will be 100k words long.
Case in point, you do not want to be my pen pal. I will keep some of you informed. Velox. Nuile. bonesiii. 55555. Zoxara Tomana. I'll tell you about it tomorrow. And everyone else here, I'll just update you on the word count of the current letter when I'm finished.
"How am I doing" I hear you not asking? I've been busy with University work at the moment, as well as snagging myself a comfortable job at Game (Essentially British Gamestop). With it, I've found how difficult it is to spend eight hours not being able to call the Xbox One a single derogatory name. Because apparently we have to make sure it sells. Not that there are any left in stock, of course.
I've always been having to fend off the urge to buy a Playstation Vita, but with my student finances finally coming through on Friday (Three months late, thanks government), it looks like I won't be able to put it off any longer. The Vita and Dragon's Crown should see me through the long, cold semesters ahead of me. Until I get Bravely Default and forget all about them.
So that's enough about me. How've you all been? It'll be great to read about it when I look back at BZPower in another four months or so.
My folks are coming home from a cruise tomorrow and I wanted to clean the house up a bit for them. So far I've cleaned up a very messy corner of the room and put up the Xmas tree. I've also wrapped a few presents for my brothers and put them under the tree. ^^
The only reason I'm online is because there was a netbook within reach.
It's feeling a lot like Xmas right now and I'm liking it. ^^ I can't wait until 2014 when the holiday season winds down.
Whassat, Billy? You have a problem with me calling it Xmas?
... GET OFF MY LAWN!
The Last of Us
Link Between Worlds
Saints Row IV
Edit: DERP no Pokemon either
And also excluding GTA V, but I didn't want to put it up there with all of those games that aren't overrated. =P
"For Those of You Who Kill" by Aftershock!
Aftershock was a pioneering underground metalcore band active during the late 90s/early 2000s and perhaps best known for featuring several future members of Killswitch Engage, including guitarist Joel Stroetzel, former drummer Tom Gomes, and most notably lead guitarist and primary songwriter Adam Dutkiewicz.
in addition to Adam, however, Aftershock also featured his brother Toby Dutkiewicz on vocals - who, as I detailed here, is now known for being an art director at Lego after whom the Bionicle character Tobduk was named. seems like a logical career progression to me!
still, my favorite contribution to the Lego world that Mr. Dutkiewicz has made is and always will be the "Lego, Let's Go!" promotional music video for Lego Club TV, the song for which he wrote. consider this a Song of the Moment two-for-one special.
Okay? Had your flashbacks to how awful that movie was yet?
Wonder Woman's going to be played by a cardboard actress in a movie directed by Zack Snyder.
Let me put it this way - given the choice between not eating, and eating a muffin made of broken glass, I'd go ahead and not eat.
Zack Snyder movies tend to be muffins made of broken glass - very shiny, no real substance, and it leaves kind of an unpleasant, metallic taste in your mouth.
or, in component form,
The word "virial" comes from the Latin vis, which means "force" or "energy," and looking at the equation, it makes sense why it's called that. Here the big Σ means sum, the "k" index denotes the kth particle of a system of N particles, V is the potential energy function affecting the kth particle, T is the potential energy of all the particles in the system, and rk is the position of the kth particle. This essentially relates the kinetic energy of all the particles to the positions and forces exerted on each particle (since -grad V is the force when energy is conserved, which is an assumption we are making). The brackets 〈 〉 denote that we're taking an average, so 〈T〉 is the average kinetic energy, etc.
Now, you may be thinking, "okay, that's a cute equation, I guess, but I don't see how it's particularly useful." Okay, here's where the usefulness comes in. Let's say I want to know the mass of some distant galaxy, but I don't have a good galaxy-weighing device on hand. We know that the gravitational potential energy of an object is given by
where m is the mass of the star, M is the mass of the center of the galaxy, and r is the distance from the center of the galaxy. Taking the distance r and multiplying by the gradient of the potential yields...the potential again, with a negative sign out front. So, for gravity,
Plugging this into the Virial theorem above and noting that 2T = mv^2 (where v is speed), we get that, for an object in the gravitational pull of an object of mass M,
Thus, we have at our disposal a way of measuring the mass of something like a galaxy by measuring only the speeds of stars and their distance away from the center. That's pretty incredible.
This actually is one of the ways scientists support the idea that there is dark matter in the universe; the Virial theorem gives an average of what speeds the stars in our galaxy should have based on their distance away from the center of the Milky Way, but what we actually observe is startlingly different. Thus, we can conclude that something is wrong with our knowledge of how gravity within a galaxy works. Based on this and other observations, the idea that there's extra stuff that can't be seen that adds to the gravitational force of a galaxy seems to be a reasonable idea.
In my research on diatomic hydrogen (H2), the Virial theorem is used in a different capacity. When figuring out the potential energy of an electron (or two) around the two positively charged protons, the virial has the Coulomb force term (which is just -V, just like gravity) and an additional term that pops up from assuming that the electrons are keeping the protons at equilibrium. I won't go too much into the physics, but the final product is
where E, T, and V are the total energy, kinetic energy, and potential energy of the electron(s), respectively, and R is the distance between the nuclei. This tells us something useful about the energy of the electrons; more specifically, it tells us about how the energy changes as you move the nuclei farther apart or closer together. In other words, since E = T + V,
which is very useful when constructing potential energy curves for hydrogen.
On a slightly related note, our lab's paper got published! Akano is now a for reals, published scientist! 8D
WASHINGTON (AP) Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold.
Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.
A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.
The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.
Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is "50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota."
"It's more like you'd see on Mars on a nice summer day in the poles," Scambos said, from the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday, where he announced the data. "I'm confident that these pockets are the coldest places on Earth."
However, it won't be in the Guinness Book of World Records because these were satellite measured, not from thermometers, Scambos said.
"Thank God, I don't know how exactly it feels," Scambos said. But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole, so people can survive that temperature for about three minutes.
Most of the time researchers need to breathe through a snorkel that brings air into the coat through a sleeve and warms it up "so you don't inhale by accident" the cold air, Scambos said.
On Monday, the coldest U.S. temperature was a relatively balmy 27 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in Yellowstone, Wyo., said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private firm Weather Underground.
"If you want soul-crushing cold, you really have to go overseas," Scambos said in a phone interview. "It's just a whole other level of cold because on that cold plateau, conditions are perfect."
Scambos said the air is dry, the ground chilly, the skies cloudless and cold air swoops down off a dome and gets trapped in a chilly lower spot "hugging the surface and sliding around."
Just because one spot on Earth has set records for cold that has little to do with global warming because it is one spot in one place, said Waleed Abdalati, an ice scientist at the University of Colorado and NASA's former chief scientist. Both Abdalati, who wasn't part of the measurement team, and Scambos said this is likely an unusual random reading in a place that hasn't been measured much before and could have been colder or hotter in the past and we wouldn't know.
"It does speak to the range of conditions on this Earth, some of which we haven't been able to observe," Abdalati said.
If you want to follow me my handle on Miiverse is Kohakuchan.
You can also find it here on the website:
Miiverse is pretty awesome and I recommend that everyone checks it out.
UPDATE: There is also an update for streetpass.
You can also post screenshots to Miiverse with the 3DS. To do this suspend the game with the home button. Then open Miiverse and hit post. Choose a screenshot (top or bottom screen) then add some text or a drawing and hit post!
For those of you who don't know, the Shikaverse is my Bionicle fanfiction universe. Nearly every epic and short story I have written and posted on BZP is set in the Shikaverse, starting from my earliest works all the way to my newest. I've been writing in the Shikaverse for a little over five years, I believe, which is a pretty long time when you think about it. Only my comedies do not take place within the Shikaverse, although I did write a comedy parodying one of my Shikaverse works once.
The name "Shikaverse" comes from the name of the very first story set in that universe, my first epic called The Tales of Shika Nui (which you can't read on BZP anymore due to the deletion of the Archives). The island of Shika Nui is a defining feature of the Shikaverse, even though it does not appear in every story. As a result, I can think of no other name more appropriate for that universe than the Shikaverse.
When I started writing The Tales of Shika Nui, I had no idea that it would grow into this sprawling, complicated, and (I'll be honest) sometimes contradictory universe. I have had no other collaborators to help me keep the facts straight or write my stories. Aside from showing a few of my works to friends and family for feedback before posting, the entire Shikaverse has been written, edited, and posted by me. So I take full responsibility for every word I have written: the good, the bad, and the just plain strange. And I honestly would not have it any other way.
As much as I love the Shikaverse, I've known for some time now that I can't write in it forever. In order to pursue my dream of being a professional writer, I have to stop writing fanfiction. While I am currently juggling fanfiction and original fiction, I know that only one will get me published, only one will make me money, only one will help me build my platform, and only one will help me grow in ways that the other cannot. And that one is original fiction.
Because I knew this, I am determined to end the Shikaverse on my own terms. I will not simply abandon it to rot in the darkest corners of BZP. I love it too much to simply abandon it. I have to give it a good ending. More than anything else, I need a sense of closure, which I cannot get if I do not write and finish the Dawn Duology.
I planned Dawn specifically with this in mind. I had hoped for Dawn itself to be the Shikaverse's ending, but the story ended up being too big for a single epic, so I have made it into a duology. I was aware that could happen, as I tend to write organically, but it does make ending the thing a bit more complicated than I had thought it would be. I am convinced it won't become a trilogy, however, so don't worry about that .
I have no idea if anyone else really cares about the Shikaverse. My works have never been very popular. I have certainly built a reputation here (I think?), but I don't consider myself one of the big time BZP writers like, say, GaliGee, for example. As I said above, I am writing this to give myself a sense of closure more than anything. If there are any readers who have been following my works from the beginning, then they, too, shall receive closure.
Over the next few months, leading up to In the End's release, I will be talking more about the Shikaverse. I will be talking about favorite characters, favorite stories, favorite moments, and lessons I have learned from the Shikaverse. It won't be all sunshine and rainbows, though. I will probably also talk about my least favorite moments, stories I wish I could have rewritten, characters I felt I should have developed more, and even stories I regret writing at all (all writers have works they regret writing and I am no different). Consider this post an introduction to a series of posts about the Shikaverse.
There will be no regular schedule. I will try to get it all posted before the release of In the End, but there is no guarantee for that. I have no planned number of posts to put up, although if I had to guess I'd say it will consist of seven or eight. But again, no guarantees.
I doubt this will appeal to many people and I don't expect a lot of people to follow this little series of blog posts. Certainly I would be happy if people read and commented on this series, but ultimately I am writing this for my own benefit and enjoyment. If anyone else enjoys it, well, that's a bonus.
That's all for now, so see ya,
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