Dr. Gary Greenberg uses his HD 3-D microscope to photograph ordinary grains of sand from beaches throughout the world. Each grain can take hours to photograph, as he shoots them from numerous angles and later composites them into one image.
The cause of men’s very real unhappiness isn’t a biased family court system, or feminist college professors, or the perceived injustices of Title IX athletic funding. The source of men’s anguish and uncertainty is the straitjacket of traditional American manhood. Men are suffering because their emotional, psychological, intellectual, and sexual potential is stunted by their own efforts to live up to an impossible masculine ideal….
…. Being a man, in other words, is defined by divesting oneself of anything remotely associated with femininity (like kindness, sensitivity, intuition, empathy). When heterosexual masculinity is defined by violent obtuseness, these “guy rules” rob boys of their chance to develop emotional skills to thrive in relationships with others. This frantic effort to shut down a whole aspect of one’s potential isn’t caused by testosterone or Y chromosomes. It’s caused by the longing to live by the “man code.”
I just got a fan letter (WOAH) and I’ve had more than a few people telling me that they’re really interested in starting, or restarting, their own comic. Rather than address people individually I’m just going to throw out a few nuggets of advice relating to working on a comic, or any professional art really.
Also I have to mention that I did something that professional comic authors do all the time: Create comic books and meet deadlines. I am not special, I think it’s just that the full throttle approach I took is something that people don’t see very often.
I don’t like that Femshep’s appearance is being put to a vote. She should have had a decent looking default in the first place but that horse is, obviously, long dead. I’m sure a lot of people are voting by which option matches their Sheps the best, which is fine. That aside, it boils down to a…
OH GOD YES. THANK YOU. I first thought that this was just some fan-made vote, but after realising that this actually is the official approach to determine FemSheps look, I was just shocked. SERIOUSLY, BIOWARE? Why the heck do you do this? WHY do you feel the need to put the look of your female lead character to the vote?
AND ON FACEBOOK, OF ALL THE PLACES.
This is just… FRUSTRATING. It’s almost as if they feel uncomfortable with promoting one vital aspect of their whole gameconcept, ONE vital aspect why they are so popular as game developers, why they have such a large dedicated female audience. Because seriously, Bioware: You don’t have the most stunning gamedesigns, you don’t have the freshest and most innovative ideas in gamedevelopment. - BUT you gave us the chance to play STRONG INDEPENDENT female characters, in a market flooded with female leads that just scream “tits and ass!”. You gave us the chance to play HOMOSEXUAL STRONG INDEPENDENT characters.
Sure, that’s not the only thing you stand for, but it IS one of the reasons why your fanbase is as dedicated as it is. Goddamnit, STOP pulling off such bullshit and just STAND to your choices. YOUR main audience are NOT prepubescent boys who like to shoot at stuff in multiplayer, we are ADULT gamers who enjoy great storylines, interesting, intelligent characters and dialogues and a good universe.
SO JUST STAND TO YOUR CHOICE. In your games you can play BOTH a great FEMALE AND MALE LEAD, so treat them as EQUAL in your promotions/advertising, and DESIGNwise. Let FemShep BE this strong, independent soldier, just as MaleShep is, and let her not become a hot spacebabe just because some horny idiots on Facebook demand it.
George Washington did not chop down a cherry tree. The story was invented by Parson Mason Weems who wrote a biography of Washington shortly after his death. Since so little is known about Washington’s childhood, Weems invented several anecdotes about his early life to…
Okay, so I got an idea. - I (still) don’t believe that fanart will really help me grow as an artist, but I find it really fun and relaxing so I don’t exactly want to give it up. So here’s a compromise for my inner critic who constantly smacks my head so I get my ass up and draw:
You can send me requests/ideas over the week for any kind of fanart or just silly stuff you have in mind, and I’ll draw it over the weekend. If no requests come in I either draw something by myself, or nothing related to fanart. Depends.
For the past 20 years, scientists have used a variety of colored fluorescent proteins, derived from jellyfish and corals, to visualize cells and their organelles and molecules. But using fluorescent probes to peer inside live mammals has posed a major challenge. The reason: hemoglobin in an animal”s blood effectively absorbs the blue, green, red and other wavelengths used to stimulate standard fluorescent proteins along with any wavelengths emitted by the proteins when they do light up. To overcome that roadblock, the laboratory of Vladislav Verkhusha, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and structural biology at Einstein and the study”s senior author, engineered a fluorescent protein from a bacterial phytochrome (the pigment that a species of bacteria uses to detect light). This new phytochrome-based fluorescent protein, dubbed iRFP, both absorbs and emits light in the near-infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum – the spectral region in which mammalian The researchers targeted their fluorescent protein to the liver – an organ particularly difficult to visualize because of its high blood content. Adenovirus particles containing the gene for iRFP were injected into mice. Once the viruses and their gene cargoes infected liver cells, the infected cells expressed the gene and produced iRFP protein. The mice were then exposed to near-infrared light and it was possible to visualize the resulting emitted fluorescent light using a whole-body imaging device. Fluorescence of the liver in the infected mice was first detected the second day after infection and reached a peak at day five. (See accompanying image.) Additional experiments showed that the iRFP fluorescent protein was nontoxic.
The most amazing part of this to me is the viral delivery method. The protein is encoded into the virus so that when the virus “infects” its target (like a normal virus would), the protein in the virus and the protein in the cells merge. It’s a DNA bomb, but we can fill it with whatever we want.