This is one I did, or actually did very little. The original image is by an artist who goes by T-Kay, you can find his art on FurAffinity. (You have to be a member and logged in to view his page)
I just took a colored character image he did in 2015, edited out the background, which was easy because the background had been added in after the image was done, and recolored it to something I though was complimentary.
Pursuent to my personal pet-theory regarding the origins of Godzilla and at least some of the method to his madness, I recently became aware, while stuck in New Orleans thanks to a Southwest Airlines computer crash, that some Battleship Nagato artifacts were being displayed at the National World War 2 Museum on Magazine Street. Namely, some battleship binoculars with mounting, an officer's sword (likely but not definitely taken from Nagato), and the Admiral's flag placed there while the ship sailed as a flagship.
Now I need art of Godzilla attacking the Big Easy, preferable with Nagato riding on his shoulders or head.
Villetta Nu from Code Geass. Never seen the show. I've watched the Abridged Series of the first series. I don't even care for the actual "art" of the show, per se. But the character designs are great; just not the way they're drawn in the actual series. Also, Japanese Teenager Disease at work, again. Nu is supposed to be, like, 19 years old.
It seems like there's Micro-everything these days. Micro-transactions, micro-payments, micro-aggressions (took me a while to wrap my head around that). So this is my new Micro-hobby. When I go on a grinding run in World of Warships, by which I mean "when I play ten to twenty co-op battles in a row, one after another", I wind up sitting around for about a minute between battles, and then after I get my ship in gear it usually takes a couple of minutes before the actual engagement starts.
So during those times I find an image to work with in Photoshop and start editing and cleaning it into a 1920x1080 wallpaper. After I had done a dozen or so, I started uploading them to my 10-year-old DeviantArt account that has never been used.
Considering how neglected my blog has been for the last few months, I decided to link them here, as well. Also, I'll probably start linking the videos I've been working on, with which I am trying to earn an income at the moment. I talk a bit about the wallpaper on my deviantart page.
Apparently the rest of the presenters will be staying, even the American and the German. Ratings continued to fall throughout the six-episode run of the new series, and most of the finger-pointing was directly at Evans for allegedly being a whiny, entitled diva. So in some respects, he apparently filled Clarkson's shoes quite well.
LeBlanc and Schmitz staying with the show is interesting, but not necessarily surprising. Even Brits, notoriously disdainful of American television, seemed to be indicating a preference for the laid-back LeBlanc to the jittery Evans; and Schmitz has long been a fan favorite (although rumor has it she found herself outside of Evans' graces early on, resulting in several of her segments being cut from the final product. Rumor only, of course.) Efforts by the Top Gear producers to extend their popular program to America and Germany have never quite succeeded, so I suppose it was natural to try to just bring America and Germany into the main program rather than continue efforts to clone the show again.
Personally, I would like to see a format change to include Reid, Harris, Jordan and Schmitz all join LeBlanc and present together, in perhaps a standardized format where two or three of the five take it turns to start the show off before cutting to other segments. Anyway, it's going to be interesting to see if the BBC makes a move to replace Evans, or just rolls with the existing cast in a new format.
I came across this story tangentially, but it resonated on several levels:
At that time, a local boy walking by the lake Kurtna Matasjarv noticed tank tracks leading into the lake, but not coming out anywhere. For two months he saw air bubbles emerging from the lake. This gave him reason to believe that there must be an armored vehicle at the lake's bottom. A few years ago, he told the story to the leader of the local war history club 'Otsing'. Together with other club members, Mr. Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3-metre layer of peat.
Firstly, I'm a big fan of Estonia. I first noticed about a decade ago, during the early stages of the global economic collapse, many media stories about the former Soviet member-states. Most followed the same narrative: these countries had, naturally, all struggled following the failure of the U.S.S.R., but were finding their feet during the economic crisis, as their socialist economies were printing money to keep everyone afloat and prosperous. Of course, there was a bit of inflation...
Those stories stopped being written not too long after. Many of the former Soviet provinces are still embroiled in war and poverty. And then there's Estonia (along with a few others), that embraced capitalism to varying degrees, grabbed onto freedom, and roared ahead. From The Guardian:
Estonia is the smallest, least corrupt and most prosperous of all the former Soviet republics. The Baltic state rushed to embrace a market system after the 1991 Soviet collapse, and its economy is now powered by vibrant telecoms and electronics industries.
The 2008 global financial crisis hit the country hard, sending unemployment spiralling. But stringent austerity measures quickly got the economy back on track. Estonia joined the EU and Nato in 2004, and, thanks to the quick recovery, entered the eurozone in 2011.
So I've got a soft spot for Estonia. In fact, it's one of the few foreign countries I would ever consider moving to. Not that I have plans.
Furthering the warm fuzzies is a big nostalgia hit I get from the Rense article. It probably doesn't make sense to my kids, but to anyone my age or older, one of the defining characteristics of "The Russians" was that they had an unhealthy love for their tractors. I've never understood if I got that perception from propaganda (ours or theirs) or what, but I remember it was an actual thing. And so the fact that the article contained bits like this is hilarious:
Enthusiasts from the club, under Mr Shedunov's leadership, decided to pull the tank out. In September 2000 they turned to Mr Aleksander Borovkovthe, manager of the Narva open pit of the stock company AS Eesti Polevkivi, to rent the company's Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer. Currently used at the pit, the Komatsu dozer was manufactured in 1995, and has 19,000 operating hours without major repairs.
The D375A-2 handled the operation with power and style. The weight of the fully armed tank was around 30 tons, so the active force required to retrieve it was similar. A main requirement for the 68-tonne dozer was to have enough weight to prevent shoe-slip while moving up the hill.
Those Estonians sure know their tractors. I'd feel right at home.
Oh, and the whole "tank in a lake" thing is pretty cool too:
PS: I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but you probably don't won't to visit the Rense.com main page. As the article was clearly copied and pasted from somewhere else, I tried for a short while to find it posted anywhere else, but failed. I can find the first part of the story, but not usually the updates. So, fair warning.
PPS: NO, it's not illegal or anything. Your're not gonna get on a watch list. It's political and conspiracy-theory stuff. But if I've freaked you out by making a big deal about it, just search google (or whatever) for "t-34 tank pulled out of a lake in Estonia".