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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:50:03 PM »
I really need to stop looking as Ultrasabers and other Custom Lightsaber websites.
Making me want to spend too much money on a custom saber.

Or even a basic non custom one that'd cost a bunch with shipping...
ARGH!!

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Off Topic / Re: PolitiCentral
« on: June 29, 2016, 12:39:01 AM »
First of all don't get me wrong, I'm happy that the UK decided to "Reclaim their borders" and "Retake their independence" because you did democratically vote on that. But all I am saying is that things aren't going to be as easy as you think it will be... and am bringing up the very real implications of the UK's actions to leave the EU.


Leave politicians came out one after the other saying "We won't put the 350m into the NHS", "There will be more immigrants than we advertised", "We won't activate Article 50 immediately". Those were the main selling points of leave to the populace, as can be seen by the world clouds conducted off of the exit polls at the booths.

On the old screwing the young front, all this means is that in 20 years when 40-60 is 60-80 and 60-80 is dead that the people left alive will be the ones who voted overwhelmingly to stay, and you will likely see another vote to rejoin whatever the EU has become.



I would agree with you if the referendum was a Binding Referendum, but the EU Referendum was a Non-binding referendum. That means that unless Parliament decides to go along with it, it legally has to be treated as an opinion poll. That means that until Article 50 is launched, the UK is still a part of the EU and has to abide by EU laws, and the EU at the time is currently working to enforce that because once Article 50 is launched it only benefits the EU. Trade Deals usually take years to come to an agreement on. Timelines for these start at half a decade and only go up from there unless you are negotiating from a position of a major power.

Take for example that the USA and Canada have been trying to get an agreement with the EU for upwards of half a decade now and even then there is no sign of it coming to a close anytime soon unless somebody budges on some essentials (Mainly around Visa's and protectionist quotas). In the USA's case, they are the #1 world economy and in Canada's the #10. Meanwhile the EU is the #2 Economy. Given that the UK is #6, how can the UK expect to get anywhere within 2 years when the US couldn't in over double that time span while being in a higher position of power than the EU

Don't forget that the EU is also a political organization, this is the first time a nation will be leaving through Article 50 so they are going to make an example out of the UK to deter anybody else from leaving. If they play hardball until your hard 2 year limit hits the clock, the EU wins because the UK will be forced to trade under the World Trade Organization... which doesn't allow trade of several of the industries which makes up the UK's top sectors.

When it comes to the USA, Obama came out himself and stated that the UK as an independent won't be at the top of their priority list because they will now have to renegotiate their EU-US trade agreement to make up for the fact that it doesn't include the UK. Same with Canada... which in our case us waiting until the UK is desperate at the end of the 2 year mark allows us to punch way above our economic weight.

Now you are right that the EU needs the UK, just as the UK needs the EU economically, but the EU can afford to take a temporary hit in order to get a better deal than the UK can when they suddenly are found in a position of needing to remake all of their deals



On the Scotland front, the news coming from the EU is that they are divided on that font. One day they are saying that Scotland would be fast tracked into the EU, the next they are saying that Scotland will have to go through the process. Realistically, the end result will be somewhere in the middle since its a unique event, and either way nothing stops Scotland from implementing the EU laws and the Euro before they are officially allowed back into the EU.

On the Ireland front, they are already within the EU so a reunified Ireland if it were to happen doesn't have that much in its way.

Anyhow, the biggest thing to come from that would be that suddenly the UK will now have to put billions into border patrolling the new UK/Scotland border and upgrading borders along the Northern Ireland/Ireland Border because the UK now will need to patrol and setup border stations to ensure that EU Citizens aren't getting into the UK without going through customs.



Now lastly, and the most telling is that now that David Cameron resigned and tossed the ball to his successors, suddenly even the most staunch leave politicians have begun to backtrack on their support for leaving the EU. Instead of talking about activating Article 50 as they should be following that vote, they are talking about trying to negotiate a better deal with the EU so they can presumably hold a second referendum on leaving or taking the new deal, if they can even get one.

On most of this I pretty much agree, I was referring to the best of all possible scenario's in my previous post. Basically a "well if the EU decides not to be an annoying cunt..." :D
On the Ireland front. N.Ireland and Rep. Ireland are pretty much 2 separate countries by this point. Since the split Rep.Ireland wants nothing to do with N.Ireland.
Scotland would also have to put in a massive chunk of money maintaining the border as well. But Scotland is a little undecided still.

It's probably going to be at least 3 months until the real rumblings start with the new PM.
If it's Boris we're gently-carressed.

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Off Topic / Re: PolitiCentral
« on: June 28, 2016, 05:05:51 PM »
I did hear though that the Scots are now pushing for a second independence referendum, since one of the main points for the 'stay' side was Scotland's advantageous place in the EU. That does worry me a bit, as an independent Scotland would effectively spell the end of the UK.
true but that'd put them at an even shakier state.
They'd first have to negotiate with the EU on leaving the EU, then negotiate with the UK about leaving the UK, then renegotiate rejoining the EU as an independent country.
The first break is going to take 2 years, then they'll need to decide on if there is going to be a referendum, that can take a month to a year, then they'll have to detach from us, which would take at least a year at least, then rejoin the EU which could take anywhere between 2-4 years depending on how things go, maybe up to 10 if things go bad and they don't adopt the Euro.

I'd hope they decide to stay with us once the leaving 2 years are up to see how it goes before deciding to have another vote.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:10:39 PM »
There are always Tabletop Simulator or Roll20 in conjunction with Skype or Teamspeak or whatever VOIP format is used.

And online rulebooks for DnD which I am sure I could get my hands on forma  mate of mine. :D

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Off Topic / Re: PolitiCentral
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:08:29 PM »
Sure the EU might be terrible, but the British people literally voted themselves into a pending recession. The UK's top 3 economic industries are service industries which rely heavily on the EU and even when all is said and done, they will still be strong-armed by the EU because they will need to re-sign a whole bunch of trade agreements from a position of severe weakness. In fact, the EU may force the UK to accept a Norway type deal where it's basically the same thing as them being in the EU, without all the benefits of being able to decide laws or receive transfer payments.

That said, this doesn't even get into the fact that the older generation (Age 40+) which voted overwhelmingly to leave essentially screwed over the British Youth (Age 18-39) who voted overwhelmingly to stay.

Anyhow, vote day was utterly fascinating to watch unfold since as soon as the election was called the Pound dropped 20 something cents against the USD, the Stock Markets collapsed (before rebounding slightly) and the entire world's GDP lost over 2 Trillion Dollars. Then within hours of the vote being called the pro-leave politicians all came out and admitted that they straight up lied to the people while Scotland and Northern Ireland are now saying they want to succeed to stay in the EU.
"Straight up lied"
-meaning they made a few claims that encompassed both all and only part being included in their usage of resources.

"old screwed the young"
-Some can regard as giving them the opportunity to have a country with 100% control rather than partial control in a council that decides things for their needs based on other country's performance/needs.

Already there are trade deals being made with countries in the EU (ones which can now be made without the EU limitations put in place by both parties as we now can be classed as an outside member and have access to things we couldn't before), the stock market is already rebounding and resettling and even the massive panic attack people have is dying down.

Honestly this is a good thing to happen as at worse this is an experiment to get the EU to get it's act together and actually do something about it's decline, which has been happening for years, even before the Greece thing happened. At best the UK becomes stronger as even as we're the 6th economy in the world (previously fifth) we have the freedom to do things we could not do in the EU, and those trade deals "lost" will be regained as the trade deals previously held were just as necessary for the countries they were with as they were with us. And in reality we're only competing with France and Germany in the EU and those are the two keeping it afloat at the moment. And now we don't have to pay in to keep hem afloat as well. We'll take that money and put it into our own account.

And this is even if the potential EU split rumblings form other countries isn't a thing.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: January 08, 2016, 04:18:28 PM »
Happy Birthdays. Another thing to note is that it is being sold as a bundle with a few dodads(Like a over priced XBone controller) tossed in to superficially increase the price. Also, the First Wave sold out, pre orders are now only open for second and third wave of production.

If you strip away the extra excrement, it could be roughly equal to 400 usd, and that is a low estimation. However you can only buy it in a bundle currently.

Another thing excrementty about it, besides being owned by facebook, is that is has rather high requirements to work with a PC. Since it isn't console compatible, its essentially a niche market it is open to, another reason to inflate the price. If competition makes itself compatible with consoles and PC, it might be up excrement creek, paddle not included.
Thank you.

All true.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:45:54 PM »
Aaaaand Oculus just shot itself in the foot. $599 for the Rift? Wat.
>Implying the first iteration of the technology to make mass market will be the one everyone immediately buys and we'll only have that one.

There are plenty of dumb sheep who will fork out that cash. Don't you worry.
True, and they'll pay for it becoming cheaper, and once competition sets in to be able to be more affordable then the price will come down further still.

In the next 5 years I expect it might drop to $200 at the extreme least.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: December 31, 2015, 11:53:38 PM »
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE UK!!!

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: December 31, 2015, 07:45:37 PM »
Dammit, Star Wars got my hyped enough to want a decent lightsaber....
Trouble is any one with decent durability is gonna cost an arm and a leg!
AAARRRRGGGHH...

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: December 25, 2015, 12:06:54 AM »
Merry Christmas to all.

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Off Topic / Re: Anime Thread
« on: December 15, 2015, 03:12:23 PM »
watchcartoononline.com is what I use its free, and great if you use adblock.
Can confirm that this one is pretty damn good for all animation based stuff TBH.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 24, 2015, 10:02:06 AM »
Unity is what is needed. Against ISIS.
But that game engine suuuucks. :P

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 20, 2015, 09:49:15 AM »
Exactly What I mean though. An agreeable synopsis. Anyways, this is gonna end up solved with violence no matter what. But it doesn't have to be resolved with Hate.
Indeed, sadly Rune is still hoping this can be solved diplomatically and sadly this is about 7-8 years past that date as that's when the true beginning began.
Or whenever we "won" in Iraq. The political climate in the entire region was shaken and we didn't fix it. Now we're dealing with the after effects.

ISIS is a boogeyman. They're not all far away so the few that are among us, however numerous they be must be removed not by force but by love. We must show they don't affect us as much as they think.
Yeah, they can kill us, they can blow us up, shoot us, etc. But they can't take our spirit. You can not take our basic humanity away and our kindness towards the common man no matter their religion.
Sadly when you have a boil you have to lance it sometimes.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 19, 2015, 10:17:18 AM »
In terms of funding. ISIS has about as much funds as a small and very poor country, which is actually a lot of money for a terrorist group, and they make most of it through local means and black market. Which is why its hard to attack them economically because they don't depend on anything we can affect without dropping bombs.

As for what you say Rune. Politics do not come from guns, they come from those who give consent to the government to govern. The people allow the guns to be used. Trying to not use guns on them is like  trying to talk down an angry animal that is going to bite you regardless.
I think he was less literal about the guns though.
I think he was more in favour of using the gun as a weapon, a weapon wielded in hate. It makes you no better than those that were to fire the first shot.


I have heard this term brought forth from many times gun legislation has been brought up in America and it's basically as follows;
"Who can stop a bad guy with a gun?"
"A good guy, with a gun."

Now I get the intent here, the moral high ground prevails when we're equal in terms of power. When we're both wielding weapons in hatred we have lost the only advantage we have as good and decent people.
"Who can stop a bad guy with a gun?"
"A good guy with a gun, he doesn't want to, but has to, once all other avenues has been explored, if there is no other way."

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:35:42 PM »
You sure take a lot out of few words. They don't care if we get mad, scared or anything. They kill because they can, pretending nothing is wrong won't stop them from killing hundreds to thousands of people without warning. The whole point is for them to strike and die, and be happy they took innocent lives, how we react doesn't really matter to them. Its the fact they can do things we can't that empowers them, they don't have to care about human lives while we do.

I also never said to persecute Muslims for the acts of terrorists. So I don't know where you are pulling this from but I hope wherever it came from is clean.
That is because the same people who use the same words you used intend for a lot of evil in this world.
If all they cared for was killing they would not even bother with us and would kill away in their own corner of the world. They have an agenda, it is one that puts their purview of their religion on top and to dominate everyone else, by force. There are rumours of one of the people involved to have come off the masses involved with Syria. If the case of they just want to kill people were true then why bother coming all the way over to France? Why not cause more chaos in their own region?
Because they knew there were like minded peopel in France and knew they could get to the French through them.

No, you didn't, but those in power who follow the idea you put forth, a very big show of force with more restrictions put in place to find these people, more eyes in public and private places, welcome or not, these people are not the kind of people we want dealing with the sensitive side.
Once we've found a big group of confirmed enemy we can let them loose all we like, but let's not have them in charge of doing things "for our benefit". Because that is a pretty rocky road to start going down. One I hope we're in agreement on. :D

The taking of one life does not and cannot justify the destruction of another. There is always another way.
Sometimes there is. And sadly we are the ones who hold the moral high ground as Necross said. We must however ensure that we do not slip to their ranks in order to get revenge.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 15, 2015, 07:25:35 AM »
Let me know how that works out while the military takes care of the problem.
Yes because Jackbooted thugs hauling out civilians and shooting them in the back of the head isn't an Orwellian nightmare.
Oh, wait, that was already tried...where was that...oh yeah, every dictatorship in history.

Do not let these monsters turn you into monsters by over reacting to their scare politics. The whole problem isn't some big bad guy in a far away country. The guys that influenced ISIS and their cohorts are right among us, leading our countries and our military forces. If you truly believe we do not have a hand in creating this monster then you clearly haven't been paying attention to history for the past 400-500 years.
The main problem we have right now is these arseheads making us fear our normal neighbours for the religion they follow. Making us paranoid so we don't have clear heads to follow the actual threats. Yeah there may be a few who have some unreasonable demands, but what we don't do is start locking them up or being violent towards them before they actually present some actual violence themselves, otherwise we are no better than the terrorists that enact such fears upon us in our lives.

Am I saying we should ignore all danger? Hell, the gently-carress, no. I am merely stating that we do not let the fear and paranoia turn us into worse monsters than those that are far away. We know where ISIS is, we just don't know where their fingers are in our countries. The best way to make them not have influence is to make it a place inhospitable for their fingers to be. As in make their scare tactics worthless. Not with a show of force, because that's what they want, you show them their fear mongering can not touch you, that they have no effect on you.
Then they make the mistakes and they come at you reckless, and then they're easier to get rid of.

Honestly, now that we have an actual deathcount from a terror incident on Western Civilization I wouldn't be surprised if we see NATO article 5 being invoked any day now. They were largely left alone in the middle east because their wars didn't directly effect us, but as we've seen in the aftermath of 9/11, something will break, and something will happen relatively soon
It's going to be veeeeery messy before it's over.
There are going to be riots and possibly civilians being mistreated if it's not handled right.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: November 14, 2015, 05:36:54 PM »
Hello everyone/anyone still frequenting this site. Since I - as I'm sure a lot of you already know -  was in the deep swamp of depression when I left this site, I feel I should give you all an uppdate on my life.

I hit rock bottom not very long ago and got forced to start taking anti-depressants. That medicine world wonders and allowed me ro build up some confidence and motivation. I now feel better than I remember ever feeling. I still don't really know what to do in my life, but for the first time in years, I see brightness in my future ^u^

Just in case anyone was wondering what I was doing  nowadays :P
I missed this when you first posted it but I am very, very glad to hear this Tobbs!
Now you can see clearly I hope you see your own potential as others do! :D

So about Paris. Seems the world really needs to crack down and exterminate these extremists like the animals they are, they can't be allowed to continue doing this excrement with all of our weak policies on dealing with them.
Best way to do that is to stop fearing them and fearing the darkness they live in. Stop letting them get to us and to reach out to those who are kind, generous and normal people and stop associating them with these monsters.

Indeed, looking at the various statements made by Hollande and other world leaders I expect NATO article 5 to be invoked in the next couple days, with lessons learned from after 9/11 I hope that this war will be less bloody on our side, and be done faster.
Indeed.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: October 23, 2015, 09:29:05 PM »

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: October 21, 2015, 11:46:13 PM »
Congratulations! Hope you enjoyed it
T'was a fun night.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: October 21, 2015, 09:46:49 PM »
Well, I had my graduation ceremony today.

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Off Topic / Re: PolitiCentral
« on: October 20, 2015, 10:30:38 AM »
The only thing he has argued for is a mode to silence things he doesn't like. Its not how the world works. Things being silenced is not a good thing, even if it is distasteful.

It's not a thing to silence one thing one person doesn't like. It's an ability for everyone to have an ability to get rid of those ridiculous individuals who understand nothing but a dead obvious "stop doing this or there are repercussions that will affect you and no-one else". These are the types of people that cause a scene, picket funerals and generally poke at everyone and everything just because they can.
Skirting around them every day instead of getting something actually done to prevent the problem of these fringe but loud movements sounds like a lot more work for little pay-off.


Anti-Blah blah blah laws actually promote that sort of excrement not decrease it. Gun violence has only risen in places with stricter policy's (In the US). Gun violence even happens in places where guns are banned.
Well yes, you can not iron out gun crime completely, you can't restrict a technology increasing.
And the US is not the best leader in lack of gun violence, this is what happens when you have a country that is almost the size of a continent. You have too much to deal with and not enough of a consensus to actually come to a reasonable decision on gun control laws.
One bit is rampant with paranoia, another is straight up terrified, another has no gently-carresss to give and others are actually almost reasonable.

What most don't actually consider is that gun control is not about controlling people with guns, it's about making sure that those with guns are in control of their firearms and not going off the deep end.
People don't need assault rifles. They don't, they simply do not have a need for them in the current climate with a stable government (when there is one), and if some are that worried about their government doing a 180 and turning on them then maybe they should consider moving to another place of residence.
Now they can want and have them all they want, so long as they'd be willing to make sure they're trained and assessed with them, made sure they're storing them safely and correctly and not being just some stereotypical "gun nut with a horde of guns waiting for the apocalypse to happen".

SO telling people not to say something is gonna make every racist come out of the wood work to challenge that authority. You want to get rid of racism, biggotry, and oither stupid excrement. Improve education. Seriously, revamp what is being taught in school. Restricting people usually has the opposite effect in a free society. If you want to go big brother, you will have to do it for a couple generations to pacifiy the populace until all people who remember what freedom was like are dead. Then you can have your bland, grey, "utopia".

NO need to shut people up, you literally don't have to listen to these assholes, and if they are in your face shout back. But if its in gently-carressing social media, don't be a bitch and whine, just gently-carressing mute them, its function you can literally use in most social media sites. Don't respond to hate, and you don't feed it. Attack hate, is like throwing kindling on the fire. Anybody learn anything from the civil rights movement?
Except it hasn't.
The UK has laws like that in place currently and look, barely anyone is coming out of the woodwork to challenge it. Hell, we had someone running for power just last election who was skirting that edge with a lot of people calling him a racist bigot. And he was one of the most popular candidates judging by number of votes. Oh, but because of those pesky anti racism laws in our country he couldn't actually put what he wants in place without changing the laws, making everyone perk up and look at what he was doing. It's almost as if we don't want to be seen as bad people or a bad country or something.

Yes, there is a need to shut some people up. Some people literally understand nothing but an authoritative hand on their shoulder stopping them. They see you shouting back as a need for them to shout louder to be heard more.

Also the whole social media muting thing, yeah that's not a perfect analogy for exactly the thing we've been talking about, just applied to the real world.
Anti race, anti bigotry, anti hate laws and policies in general are the "mute button" of society. You are muting that voice from being heard. The only difference is if you were in a chat server and someone mutes this person for being distracting/disruptive.
You want to not hear something any more, fine, they'll be taken and told to be quiet, if it happens again, then it gets more serious as more people/more incidents will arise from it.

On the whole civil rights movement.....yeah...given the recent history of the US and the racial prejudices and hate being brought up, yeah the civil rights movement looks to be something the United States still needs to learn from in places.

On the topic of guns, the vast majority of places with stricter gun control face more violent crime rate world-wide. A lot of gun control centric organizations will base their findings on the fact that reducing guns reduces gun crime. Yes, it does, but that's a strawman argument. You want to focus on the actual rate of violent crimes. If you take away guns, criminals are just gonna use something else (or still use guns). Look at Great Britain for example, they have very strict control, yet their violent crime rate is one of the highest in Europe. Australia is another example too. Also, the rate of shootings hasn't really risen, it's the rate of coverage that has.
True, but violent crime is listed as including "assault", this being a drunken punch up outside a pub one night or even just a bloody slap to the face (yeah, a slap to the face can be classed as an assault in the UK and is listed as such) which would naturally inflate the figures a little.
The US laws exclude these types of attacks from their violent crime lists, or the lists reported by the police as crime tracking. So you can see how in comparison to the US Europe can have a higher general violent crime number due to simply how crimes are classified.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:22:21 AM »
Rune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vcVmGb_ff4&feature=youtu.be
I am miffed it takes an anime show for them to make a King Arthur's Excalibur.
What's worse is they use historic methods and don't make a piece that could have represented the actual sword an actual King Arthur could have had.

It's a cool piece, I just wish they hadn't chosen a bloody anime over my actual history in order to do it.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:07:17 PM »
Spoiler for color:

Nice.
Just needs shading and highlights now. :)

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: August 28, 2015, 08:19:28 PM »
Oh look, a depressive episode for me! ;u;
I'mma tell you the same thing I tell Rune.
It's all practice. All you have to do to get better at drawing is keep drawing.

All you have to do is see an error and fix it next time. Recognise a mistake but don't dwell on it.
If you get a perspective wrong, that's fine, you learn from it and go again.

The only bad artist is an artist that never draws and never participates in art.


saber would not want you to be sad.dont worry, i ruined it with color.
Do I have to come over there and slap you?!?

What did I say?
You try again.

So long as you save excrement to separate layers you can have as many attempts at colouring as you want!

Now I don't believe you ruined it with colour.
I believe you made a learning experience to get better with.

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Off Topic / Re: Talk about your day
« on: August 28, 2015, 12:00:14 PM »

Spoiler for update1:
Spoiler for update2:


I am proud of this one, even if the pose was not created by me.

As I said to you looks good, keep going. :)

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