Captain blogged
Feb 22, 18 11:43am

I want to think out loud here for a moment. What I write here may or may not be true, but it is just how I feel.

With that out of the way, I want to analyze my failure as a moderator here.

My vision as a moderator is as this: one who leads a community in discussion by either creating events, threads, or games. The discipline and thread clean-up comes second.

What did I fail to do? I failed to lead a community. I am much better at finding duplicate threads or threads with no real quality and fixing them, but when it came to leading my forums, I failed.

When I first took the spot as Retro's co-mod, I feel like I was just helping Chimaira succeed in his already successful and popular run as mod there. It was really him who did the work. I just provided chat and support. While I could see my co-moding as a good idea, I sort of failed to live up to the expectations. I stepped down for two reasons, and one of them was that I felt like a lousy mod who couldn't really lead a community.

I was then re-promoted back to co-mod in Retro. I had time to think about my first failure and tried to take a new approach to things. I let allingo come up with the bulk of the ideas and I would try to be a sort of rally-man and get people to jump into his new ideas. It worked for a little, but I still felt like I was lacking. I tried to copy ideas from Jabba Overkill and Kaharius and Grayson, but I lost steam in that and didn't inspire others to really go for it either. Once again, I failed to lead a community so I demoted.

Lastly, and my biggest failure, was in Food & Cooking. I had a lot of good ideas and I thought with a temporary spot, I could see if they worked. I got a good amount of participants for cooking. I was actually starting to feel....happy with my leadership. Then, by the end of things, people started to get busy because of the holidays. Was it bad timing? Probably, but it was hard to drum up the initial success after the holidays too. Cooking is time consuming. I understand that. After a long day of work, the last thing you wanna do is write about what you had for dinner, especially if all you did was throw a Hungry Man in the oven. I was offered a permanent spot after my temp time was up, but I declined as I saw the cloud of inactivity looming and I didn't want to up and leave within a month. I figured the temp spot got me a good feel of what things would be in the future.

So, I failed. Three times. I think that's enough for me to understand that I'm not cut out for the mod business. It isn't like people think this way about me. Plenty of you guys have been supportive and said I did a fine job, but it isn't enough to convince myself. I feel like I'm a much better part of a mod's leadership than I am as the actual leader.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Feb 14, 18 6:56am

You may have already heard of it and its famous tooth-whorl, but how much do you really know?
Helicoprion has an extended history of different and confusing reconstructions. And because of this, most of the public has an outdated view of Helicoprion. So let's fix that, shall we?

The story starts off when a fragmentary fossil, that resembled a circular saw, was discovered in 1899 by a Russian geologist of the name Alexander Petrovich Karpinsky. Karpinsky gave the animal which it belonged to the name Helicoprion meaning "spiral saw."
Though there seemed to be one little issue...this saw was detached from the rest of the body and Karpinsky had no way of knowing where it belonged! So the hypotheses began rolling in... At first, Karpinsky suggested that this saw started in the animal's mouth and curled upwards along with the snout in a tight curl.
Charles Rochester Eastman, an American paleontologist, proposed another hypothesis in 1900. That hypothesis was that these "teeth" were actually spines located on the front of the dorsal fin on the shark's back and would have been used a possible defense mechanism. A couple of years go by and Karpinsky made another suggestion...that Helicoprion's saw could have been a part of its tail, dorsal fin, or even lower down on the fish's back.

Whatever the case, in the early days of Helicoprion reconstructions, most scientists agreed that this saw-like structure was used for some kind of defense.

Jump ahead a couple of years and in 1950 another Helicoprion whorl was uncovered in the Waterloo Mine near Montpelier, Idaho. In 1966, sixteen years later, the fossil was finally described by Bendix-Almgreen. The bad news? The fossil had been greatly damaged, but the clearly visible 117 serrated teeth placed on a spiral with a diameter of 23 centimeters also contained some cartilage from the head and jaw of the animal. With that, the quest to find the whorl's proper placement was narrowed down to somewhere in the jaw region.
However, the next handful of decades would still wield a wide variety of incorrect reconstructions. A few possibilites that researchers suggested in this time include:
• The whorl was placed on the lower lip and curled underneath the chin.
• The whorl was located within the center of the mouth where the tongue would be.
• The whorl was located further back and closer to the throat.

But in 2013, with the help of modern technology this long lasting debate has finally been settled. The cartilage from the fossil found in Idaho in 1950 underwent a CT scan and when coupled with computer modelling a new reconstruction of Helicoprion was born. This one showed that Helicoprion's tooth whorl was placed inside a relatively short lower jaw.

Similar to sharks, who have multiple rows of teeth that are continuously replaced, Helicoprion had a partially covered tooth system. The researchers go on to say: "Continual growth of the whorl pushes the tooth–root complex in a curved direction towards the front of the jaw, where it eventually spirals to form the base of the newest root material, and this process continues to form successive revolutions. At some time, prior to a complete 360 degree evolution of spiral growth, tooth crowns are concealed within tessellated cartilage on the upper jaw.”

Helicoprion also lacked teeth in its upper jaw. So when it came to feeding the researchers suggested that Helicoprion would close its mouth, causing the tooth-whorl to rotate backwards; slicing up its soft prey (such as small fish or cephalopods) and pushing them further back towards the throat.

At long last, the mystery of Helicoprion and the tooth-whorl has finally been solved. However, the story won't end here as one question may be answered, more questions are still in need of answers.

And here is another piece of information that maybe hard to swallow: Contrary to popular belief, Helicoprion wasn't really a shark! The skull cartilage of Helicoprion contained a specific double connection that is a trait of another group of cartilaginous fish called Euchondrocephali. Although the public may know them as ratfish or chimeras.
Moggie blogged
Feb 8, 18 8:19pm

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Finally got it! 5iv and 400ish eggs later, and it has its special attack and speed!! So happy- full odds

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EpicRaptorMan blogged
Feb 8, 18 1:07am

Image credit goes to
The genus name Odobenocetops is a combination of both Greek and Latin. Greek odon meaning "tooth", and baino meaning "walk." While Latin cetus is "whale" and ops meaning "like", to form the complete meaning of the name: "A whale that seems to walk on its teeth."
Plus, the name refers to the modern day walrus (Odobenus).

Odobenocetops was a relatively small whale, only reaching lengths of 3-4 meters. But the size is definitely not what makes Odobenocetops, they can thank their tusks for that.
In one male specimen of O. leptodon the skull beared a 3.9 foot long tusk on the right side, but only a short 9.8 inch long tusk on the left. However, it is important to note that this is the only male O. leptodon skull it is possible that this wasn't present in all males of this species. Some possible functions for these tusks could be that they were used by the males to fight for females, searching for food in the ocean bed, or even as a sensory organ like narwhals today.
Now, if you paid close attention to what you just read, you'll remember that I mentioned that the name Odobenocetops is a reference to modern walruses; let's explore that a bit.
Walruses and Odobenocetops have a couple things in common, this is an example of covergent evolution. Much like a walrus, Odobenocetops had a pair of downward pointing tusks. Furthermore, Odobenocetops had a high vaulted palate (a.k.a. the roof of the mouth) -- another shared trait with the walrus. But why is this important? Because in today's world walruses primarily feed by sucking out the meat from the shells of mollusks by utilizing their tongues and arched mouths to form a vacuum. The presence of this vaulted mouth in Odobenocetops is evidence that they too were molluscivorous.
Elektrakosh blogged
Feb 5, 18 12:54pm

Just trying to get some more eyes in mah artwork that currently languishing in its barreness. here

Hello there, I've been drawing on and off for most of my life but since my laptop is curently out of action, I had to do

Elektrakosh blogged
Feb 2, 18 10:11am

Been doing some sketches of new OC's due to my online one person rpg story actually gaining some momentum. I have two choices of paper. One is terrible grade sketchbook paper andnthe other is slightly better writing pad paper.Writing pads do have lines (she said, stating the obvious) and that can put off the observer of said art. Just wish more folk were not interested in franchises and were nto looking at orginalmcharacters/creatures and would give some feedback on how one could improve.
Once Pokemon moves to the switch, the 3DS forums may become a sweeping desert, barren of life. Looks like my stay here may be rather short lived, despite having one heck of a hiatus since 2007. I hope there will be a niche in which I can still interact (albeit seldom due to current affairs being less interesting and i'm awkward interacting in threads i have no clue on) if not...I'm on my own.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jan 30, 18 1:55am

This synaspid is an extinct genus of South African dicynodont; not a Pokémon! Bulbasaurus was not named after the famous pokémon Bulbasaur, but instead after its unusually bulbous nasal bosses. Other features that distinguish Bulbasaurus was its hook-like beak, extremely long tusks, and the absence of bossing on the prefrontal bones.

Bulbasaurus was described by Christian Kammerer and Smith in 2017. However, Kammerer noted that "if one wished to read between the lines concerning certain similarities, I wouldn't stop them" and later adding "similarities between this species and certain other squat, tusked quadrupeds may not be entirely coincidental."
The full binomal name of this animal is Bulbasaurus phylloxyron which actually translates to "bulbous reptile" for the genus name and "leaf razor" for the species reference to its herbivorous tusks of course! But is it just me or does that second name seem oddly similar to a specific Grass-type move??
Captain blogged
Jan 24, 18 2:34pm


This is sword_of_omens again (and not Cap). As I was passed up on the GL position, I demand you consider me for this opening immediately.

Loungin' needs to be ruled with an iron fist. Sadly, I do not have one as I am actually a sword. I do, however, have an indestructible alloy base which is arguably better than a fist. You ever see that movie about the guy with the iron fists? Yeah, it was terrible.

I don't know if you know this, but there's a secret base under Loungin'. In that base, Dracula sleeps. We all know about the Dracuseeker Crisis. If promoted to mod of Loungin', I will send out our strongest members (probably Kaharius ) to slay the monster. He doesn't belong in this world.

Lastly, do I need to bring this up again? Snarf_of_Omens is now in jail because I was passed up on GL. Next, it is gonna be that S Goroh guy or C Falcon.

With a warm winter regard,

EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jan 22, 18 11:55pm

Brontosaurus, the dinosaur that so many of us know and love, but ever since it was discovered there has been confusion...did it ever truly exist?
The first Brontosaurus genus was named in 1879 by the well known paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. However, in 1903, another paleontologist by the name of Elmer Riggs pointed out that Brontosaurus was actually the same exact animal as Apatosaurus; another sauropod which Marsh also named just two years prior in 1877. According to the ICZN (International Code of Zoological Nomenclature) the oldest name has priority -- thus "Brontosaurus" was declared invalid.

The story doesn't stop there because one hundred and twelve years later, in 2015, an extensive study underwent in hopes of resurrecting the famous Brontosaurus. And they were successful. The 300-page document covered 477 different physical features from 81 sauropod specimens. This study was also conducted over a span of 5 years of research and multiple visits to fossil collections within Europe and the U.S.
The main goal of this research was to better distinguish various species of diplodocid sauropods such as Diplodocus, Apatosaurus, and now Brontosaurus once again. The outcome of the study was that there are three currenly known species of Brontosaurus: B. excelsus (the original specimen), B. parvus, and B. yahnahpin.

Emanuel Tschopp and colleagues Octávio Mateus and Roger Benson published their findings on April 7th, 2015 here.

Diplodocidae are among the best known sauropod dinosaurs. Several species were described in the late 1800s or early 1900s from the Morrison Formation of North America. Since then, numerous additional specimens were recovered in the USA, Tanzania, Por...

Captain blogged
Jan 22, 18 2:03pm

Good afternoon, I am sword_of_omens and totally not Captain. No. This is Sword writing this.

I will be the greatest mod GL has ever seen. I have a three step plan on how I will bring glory to GL, all of which coincide with my awesome personality and creative mindset.

First, I am, by far, the most creative member on this site. Just look at my game Harambe's Keep in IRP. That game was so good that it even got that grump Captain to join. We all know that Captain hates fun and therefore would be a terrible mod for GL. Me, on the other hand, am all for fun and I create awesome stories. For GL, I have a vision to create such a game, only with video game worlds. On one instance, players could enter the great world of Mass Effect. On another, they could be shooting at zombies with Leon S. Kennedy.

Second, I am the smartest member on the site. My smarts will totally make me a great coder for any ambitious (yet stupid) project Captain has for GL. I am so smart, that I'm in the running for a Nobel Prize. You think uraniumoreo is just a guy here? No, I created an actual uranium Oreo, and let me tell you, it was not that tasty. All radioactive foods aside, I also have street smartz. See, I used a "z" there. It is a common mistake to spell "smartz" with a "s."

Third, and finally, I am related to the President. Which president? All of them. If you don't put me in charge of GL, I'm gonna tell the President to take you to jail. I'm already sending Snarf_of_Omens to jail.

In conclusion, I'm already ready to help haalyle with GL. Put me in, coach!

Dictated, but not read,

InsanityS blogged
Jan 20, 18 12:02pm

Shakugan no Shana: The Girl with Fire In Her Eyes is the first in a series of light novels written by Yashichiro Takahashi. Light novels, as the name suggests, are designed not to be as text heavy as regular novels. Rather than being empty in content this aspect allows the book to be digested much more easily as the focus settles more on the actions and emotions and less on describing the wrinkles of random guy number three's shirt.

At first glance the setting seems to be all too similar to that of a generic magical girl story. Shana is the cute but powerful lead character who has a sort of semi-transformation who fights against evil monsters, much to the ignorance of most of the world. Yuji is the hapless male lead dragged into the wars without a clue as to what is happening at first. Add in a few character archetypes like the elder guiding figure and the caring motherly figure and leave to sit for thirty minutes before serving.

However, that's only looking at the surface. Once you delve into the inner workings of the plot there are some rather drastic changes that elevate this above your typical magical girl adventure. For a start, the whole concept is a lot more morbid than you might expect. It's not simply of matter of 'bad guys come, good guys beat bad guys'. The consequences of the actions of these monsters from the Crimson Realm are quite severe and the repercussions is an element played upon by the author.

This is achieved in no small part due to the role of Yuji. What could have resulted in nothing more than a clueless and boring individual is shifted due to the unique storyline trait that he is also a victim of those monsters, and the possibility of his own existence vanishing becomes the driving force behind him. As the story progresses, Yuji is forced to confront not just the idea that monsters come to his city and attack those he might know, but that his own life took a completely shift without his knowledge. With the events in the book quickly unfolding, Yuji is forced to adapt to his new found knowledge, but his struggles to accept the truth of reality makes Yuji's story interesting.

In stark contrast is Shana's role in the book. Unlike Yuji, she is not only well versed in the reality of the world but has long since accepted its truths. Her views and actions are often a lot more blunt and it is her matter-of-fact attitude that gives her such presence during her sequences. Going past that though is a whole extra layer of depth to her character. Early on in the book we see brief glimpses of Shana's other side. usually masked under her tough exterior, there are times where her expressions and actions reveal a more child-like personality more befitting of her age. It's a sign of a young girl forced to mature quickly to adapt to the current situation but still retaining traits of her more immature self.

Shana makes her dramatic entrance.

Alastor acts as the father figure of the book. His is the voice of reason that sifts through the storm clouds. Unlike others, he has no physical body and resides within Shana. This setup results in some insightful conversations whenever Shana is away from other people as they discuss the current events or even when Shana is speaking aloud her frustrations and Alastor is attempting to make some worthwhile comments regarding them. Between Yuji's self doubting fears and Shana's frustration masked by her maturity, Alastor acts as the balance that keeps everything together.

Much of the book revolves around the central plot of Friagne, a powerful King of Guze, making the city of Misaki his own hunting ground. Oddly we're not actually introduced to him until a little under halfway through. Instead his presence is felt in the background as the scene is set by his servants during the initial encounter. Friagne himself doesn't exude the kind of feeling one might expect from the central bad guy of a story. Instead his demeanor and manner of speech is more self-absorbed and even gentle, which makes the actions he carries out all the more disturbing.

When it comes to the action sequences, Yashichiro does a wonderful job of creating descriptions that paint a rather vivid image in the mind of the reader of what is happening. Without going into unnecessary drawn-out rambling the text depicts the fierce battles set within the crimson setting of The Seal wonderfully. Although the driving force of the story may be the coming to terms with reality, these set pieces also help tremendously to highlight the harshness of what is happening unknown to most of the world.

The battles and confrontations with the harshness of reality are intermingled with a few more light-hearted sequences that reflect the 'normal' life Yuji once took for granted. For all the gloom cast by the overall plot, these scenes allow us to appreciate the youthful side of the characters, and even provide a little humour along the way. Shana's attitude during the classes clashing with the teachers is quite an entertaining diversion and helps to solidify her presence as a Flame Haze.

The overall pacing of the book is mostly well done. Yashichiro is wise enough not to linger on any single event for too long and presents a nice fluid story that gets in a lot of event details in its text. There is the odd moment where things move on a little too quickly but this is only a minor matter that rarely comes up.

As an added bonus to the story there are also several illustrations in the book. Noizi Ito is a wonderful artist whose sketchy style has a lot of appeal. The characters and scenes she creates are always full of presence. The beginning of the book features a number of full colour drawings that focus on the various main characters of the book, while there are greyscale illustrations scattered throughout the story pages that depict various scenes of the nearby text. The author does a fantastic job of setting the scene, but having these pictures solidify those images is a welcome addition.

Shakugan no Shana: The Girl with Fire In Her Eyes is a magnificent book that entertains with its darker than expected story without overwhelming the reader. For people looking for a light read this may well be an ideal book to go for. I have already read it several times and I have not gotten bored of it yet.

Score: 9.5/10
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jan 16, 18 9:18am

It is time to step back into Earth's history book...
The geological time scale (GTS) is a system of chronological dating that compares geological stratigraphy to time. The chart here is in tune with the nomenclature, dates, and standard color codes set by the International Commission of Stratigraphy (ICS).
The primary divisions of time are the four eons which are the Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic, and Phanerozoic. The first three of these eons are often referred to as the Precambrian supereon. Eons are then separated into eras and those eras are broken down to periods, epochs, and ages.

When referring to the layers of rock, the terms "eonothem", "erathem", "system", "series", and "stage" are used in correspondence to eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages.
Scientists classify these units as "early", "mid", and "late" when talking about time, and "lower", "middle", and "upper" when talked about rock layers. (Example: lower Cretaceous Series in stratigraphy would be equivalent to the early Cretaceous Epoch in geochronology). Lastly, the adjectives are capitalized when the subdivision is formally recognized, but lower case when not... "early Eocene" and "Late Cretaceous."
Spirit Walker blogged
Jan 12, 18 3:31pm

I joined this site nearly 10 years to the day. That's wild. I have so many good memories of this place, and I met some really interesting people. I hope, where ever you guys are now in life, that you're happy!
mrronya blogged
Jan 11, 18 6:15pm

Есть 18 первачей 5* персонажей. Гомункул воды фуловый. Вся гексаграмма сделана + 1 Сигмарус.
Монстры со всеми скилами: Веромос, Посейдон, Чандра, Теомарс, Бастет, Гомункул воды, Дафнис, Тесарион, Сюн Фей (панда огня), Мэй Хоу Ванг (макак огня), Лайк, Тешар, Тритон.
Арена 1 золото.
ТОАН 200 этажей 100%
Все остальные данные есть в скринах.
Сколько будет стоить аккаунт?
Elektrakosh blogged
Jan 10, 18 5:52am

Which is okay as I'm crushing it with at least four pages of terrible jokes in Comedy and making a collection of my WIPs in Art. I really need some feedback though, I'd like to improve my artwork somehow.
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