Elektrakosh blogged
May 1, 18 5:19am

Yup, it's still being a P.I.T.A and things are steadily going South. Good news (if you call it that) is I shall endeavour to post a status a day and if I have more time, I'll post a joke in my Daily Face/desk thread. I will respond to Pm's if/when I have time. Anyway, keep at it, you're doin' a sterlin' job!

Take care, you guys.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
May 1, 18 1:44am


The year is 1952 and George F. Sternberg has just dug up a 13-foot long fish in the arid lands of Gove County, Kansas, US. This fish was a predatory Xiphactinus audax which means "sword ray." But then what is it that makes this specific specimen so special? Well, that's just it, this is two specimens in one!
If analyzed closely, a 6-foot long Gillicus arcuatus (FHSM VP-334) can be seen in the stomach region of the Xiphactinus (FHSM VP-333); which was only double the size of its prey. Even more remarkable was the fact that the Gillicus fossil was completely intact. Not even remotely digested. The only explanation for this? The predator must have died before it even had a chance to digest its meal. Since the Gillicus was so large it is very plausible that it was still alive after being consumed. Struggling and panicking the Gillicus would inflict internal damage to the Xiphactinus, rupturing organs, killing the predator almost instantly! This Xiphactinus bit off more than he could chew -- literally.
Dynamite blogged
Apr 30, 18 10:38pm

Browser extensions for both Chrome (and Chrome-based browsers like Opera, Vivaldi, etc.) and Firefox are available to allow you to quickly share a webpage that you're on directly to a Neoseeker forum of your choice.

Find something interesting on your travels around the web? Share it with the rest of the community!

Download NeoShares for Chrome

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Gamerdude97 blogged
Apr 26, 18 1:23pm

As a kid it was common knowledge that people who worked in store or fast food jobs were career failures, but I look up to those people. At least they have a job. I don't even have that.
RaThaLoS 123 MhFu blogged
Apr 26, 18 2:46am

Motivating quotes from the founder of neoseeker

quote Redemption
Some quotes:

I cannot control how the wind blows, but I can set my sails to take me anywhere.
- variation of a quote "I can't change the direction of the wind", Aug 11 2017

Time is the most important currency. It’s only ever a one-way spend. You can never get it back, do it over, get a refund, save it, invest it, gain it, or lose it. No specific amount of time is guaranteed to anyone. Choose wisely, and don’t frivolously spend it.

Internet comment, Jan 30 2017


"Act with a determination not to be turned aside by thoughts of the past and fears of the future" Robert E. Lee - added Apr 24 2015.

"I can't do everything, but I can do something. It's not an excuse to do nothing." found Feb 16 2015

"Rich is he, not one who has much, but wants little" - user comment on news about the economic challenges. Added Jan 16 2015.

"There is purpose. It's easy to see. If you feel there is no purpose... then choose purpose. Go out and save someone, help someone or save the Earth. People do it every day."
- Youtube user, in response to someone saying maybe there is no purpose to life. Added Mar 3 2013.

"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." - Mark Twain
Added Jan 9 2012

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
- Leonardo Da Vinci

"The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1754).

It's not about being the best, but being YOUR best. - Aug 24, 2009


'Never end a sentence with a preposition.'

Winston Churchill was once offered that correction to his grammar, to which he replied:

'This is a sort of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.'

Added Jan 6 2008

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Old Chinese Proverb:

"Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it!"

(added July 2 2008)

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How come it seems like the best tasting foods are always the ones that kill you the quickest.

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Once, a long time ago, a friend shared this with me:

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.
- (William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence")

If this connects with you, PM me and let me know why :).


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Inspiration can strike at any time. Be ready and catch it at a moment's notice, or risk losing it forever.

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He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Muhammad Ali

Take note of this one, and heed its advice whether its about love, friends, or life.

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I believe in Destiny, and Fate. But fate can only lead you so far, the final step is yours to take - Me
Nice to read when you feel like shit.
Warhawk blogged
Apr 24, 18 1:34am

Current game I'm attempting to write a guide for as I hope that I can eventually write one for all the X games (main series) that appeared on console.
Sharkdragon blogged
Apr 19, 18 2:17am

So at this point in time I've been a Neo member for just over 2 years and I have to say I've enjoyed every bit of the journey so far. I've made amazing new friends, became a part of some pretty amazing communities and have even became a Moderator for the site which is an honor I am everyday grateful for. I hope to continue on with my journey and continue to make new friends and help out the Neocommunity any way I can.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Apr 19, 18 12:26am

You may know these beasts by their alternative name, the 'Terminator Pigs.' Whatever you wish to call them these are the entelodonts and despite what you think you know these aren't really pigs at all! In the past, entelodonts were classified as members of Suina, however, Spaulding et al. have came to the conclusion that these omnivores were more closely related to hippos and whales rather than pigs.

Entelodonts packed powerful, box-like bodies with heavy heads; making them a formidable threat to any animal. The skull harnessed the enlarged jugals (cheekbones) which is believed to have been a mounting point for surplus of jaw muscles; giving the entelodonts an insane bite force. Additionally they had a mouthful of teeth ranging from incisors, canines, pre-molars, and molars. The legs were short and surprisingly thin for such a large animal, but would allow them to reach high running speeds over a short distance.

Then we come to the debate as to what these animals ate. Entelodonts have been described as herbivores due to their pig-like characteristics, using their large canines to devour roots and tubers. Although with so much new information on these animals we can guarantee to you that they were not strictly herbivores. For one, the incisors were angled forward to grab flesh or bone instead of downwards like in other primary herbivores used for cropping plants. And two, a herbivore wouldn't benefit much from having such a strong bite. When it comes to prey, almost anything was on the menu. Primitive horses, camels, rhinoceros, and even chalicotheres all bear evidence of being victims. In one instance an entelodont by the name of Archaeotherium has displayed hoarding behaviors, storing away the remains of an ancient camel to devour later. The dentition in the entelodonts allowed them to consume both meat and plants making them omnivores. But how much foliage did they eat? It is plausible that entelodonts were hyper carnivores and not feeding on plants at all. The exact ratio between meat and plants in an entelodont's diet varies among genus with some leaning towards meat.

Scavenging was also an option. With bone crushing jaws at their disposal an entelodont could crack bones of carcasses to access the nutrious bone marrow within. Not just that, but with their size an entelodont could simply steal the hard earned kill from another, smaller predator.
We also know that entelodonts have keen senses of smell that help with a scavenging lifestyle. We can gain a better understanding by looking at trackways; specifically trackways in Toadstool Geologic Park,‭ ‬Nebraska,‭ ‬USA. This site contains a good deal of trackways left by many different mammals such as early rhinos, but it also features entelodont trackways. These entelodont trackways are shown to be following another animal, but they do so in a zigzag pattern and not in a straight line. By travelling in this zigzag fashion we know that the entelodont wasn't chasing its prey. It was tracking it and using its strong nose to narrow in on its location. Whatever the case, scavenging was a very real likelihood.

Entelodonts were rather successful animals spanning from the later parts of the Eocene period to the early Miocene (roughly a 20 million year range). And over these years the entelodonts evolved to be more powerful and the largest genera being Paraentelodon and Daeodon. Yet despite their fierce reputation the entelodonts eventually succumbed to extinction.
When it comes to the topic of extinction there are often many factors at play. Here, we will go over three of the leading factors that contributed to their demise:
1. Climate Change
Climate change was an on-going epidemic throughout the Oligocene and Miocene epochs. Global cooling has been shifting the Earth's ecosystems from tropical forests to open grasslands which would trigger a shift in some suitable vegitation.
For example, at around this time primitive horses were making the switch from browsing foliage to grazing on grass.
2. New Prey
With this change in environment, the herbivores which the entelodonts preyed on also changed. Some herbivores, now with more open grasslands evolved longer legs to run faster and at a longer distance allowing them to outpace the sprinting entelodonts. And to top it off, these grasslands provided less cover for the entelodonts to hunt in which is essential for an ambush predator.
3. New Competition
This last scenario is often viewed as the most likely. Entelodonts like Daeodon could have used their large size and intimidation to drive away other predators from their kills, but the early Miocene saw the rise of new predators that were bigger, more aggressive, and above all more intelligent then the simple-minded entelodonts. By the middle of the Miocene the entelodonts were overall outclassed. Not being able to steal prey, hunt faster prey, or forage on the new vegetation the entelodonts failed to adapt and in turn...died off.

Some Entelodont Genera:
Archaeotherium
Brachyhyops
Cyretherium
Daeodon
Entelodon
Eoentelodon
Paraentelodon
Ranger 1 blogged
Apr 18, 18 5:41pm

Fourteen years ago today I finally bugged my parents to let me create an e-mail account and register for Neoseeker, after several months of screwing around posting as a guest. And here I sit now, typing this while sitting in the same office chair I sat in back then, though the upholstery is threadbare and torn and the cushion is flaking and coming out.

Even the things that stay the same change.

I was just a shade older than 14 at the time, so naturally a lot of this is pure cringe for me to look back on now. There's a vague temptation to scrub as much as I can clean, to sweep my teenage nonsense under the rug, but I can't quite bring myself to do anything like it. Even as much as some of the derpier stuff gives me conniptions (I really can't tell what I was going for sometimes. What kind person is both edgy and says things like "okies?" Okies? Seriously?) I can see my writing get less dumb over time, my reactions to people and things less childish. It's kind of crazy watching myself grow up over my time on this site.

And all of it started because I was bored in an 8th grade technology class that had nothing at all to do with technology, lol. The girl who sat next to me convinced me for a little while to play Neopets, but teenage me was not about that life and I quickly abandoned that and moved on to simply being tremendously bored. A Google search for an old game I kind of liked back in the day called Quest 64 brought me to Neoseeker, and things developed from there.

I hestitate to do shoutouts because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'll miss so many people, but I'll try anyway. God knows most of the people I'll miss are long gone anyway, lol.

My first real "home" on Neoseeker was the Super Smash Bros Melee forum, which in early 2004 was complete and utter chaos. We were spammy as all Hell and super active, and it was an absolute blast. I met some pretty great people there, like Gotenks Sosai X Dark Link Skaterstar57 Distortion Harvest Moon girl Milennin Short Circuit Neo Apocolypse Kokoro RAGE THE DRAGOON and plenty of others that I interacted with a bit less, like Cascade7 Crash Into Me Brooklyn rodimus kirbylover tynyjets and so many others that I'm forgetting.

That forum blew up at some point for... reasons, and I floated for a bit before I found myself rooted into the Fire Emblem community here on Neo. I... probably can't do justice to it. The fun that I had there, the people that I met that I'm still in touch with today, people who really became some of my closest friends. You had the first generation of members like guilmon93950 and Mana to slap us n00bs around a bit, and then the successive waves of people who came after, like Mastix and Scarecrow3000 and tomato13187 The Deathwind Kilik 64 Ste Guitar The Hero Hartmut LightWarrior Elliot Gale Enhance ssbm freak Hawk SventheCrusader Light Druid Dragon Chaos Seraph Fluidity Botan Simon the Nekonin The Lost Soul Kanon Soda Erk The Mage GhostMember shadowJay InsanityS Tom is the greatest Agua Flame Phoenix and many more. Even people that I wasn't always on the best of terms with, like Carnivorous Sheep and The Blazing Shadow and @ Eliwood the Slayer@ helped to make the place special. Then you had people like Mario Is Fat and Haruka Hikawa who were among my closest confidants as a teenager, who I still keep in touch with whenever possible.

Neoseeker isn't what it once was of course, and most of the people I was friends with are long gone, but I still check in from time to time and will probably continue to do so. Maybe there's a little bit of activity left in me, and who knows, maybe I'll make a friend or two along the way yet. I suppose I ought to close this post by expressing my gratitude to Redemption and all the Neoseeker staff who created and maintained this site, and everyone I've interacted with over this half-lifetime who made it such a special place that will hopefully live on in my memory for a very long time to come.
Elektrakosh blogged
Apr 7, 18 4:49am

Yup, I has real life problems plus I don't get much in the way of communication here so I'm buggering off for a while, hence the title.

That is all.
Elektrakosh blogged
Mar 31, 18 1:03am

As I don't have broadband yet I won't be able to. I miss my Raptor "Talon". I hope I don't have to restart although I suspect I will have to. And I possibly have to buy Scorched Earth too. I had a squadron of wyvern. Nevermind, eh?
Elektrakosh blogged
Mar 29, 18 4:48am

Trying Mastic gum.

If you are allergic to cashews and/or Pistachios do not try this as it may set off your allergic reaction.

Why I'm trying it.
So having no way of getting unsweetened gum in the UK plus having the added benefit of possibly calming GORD and kicking any possible H. Pylori (ulcer causing bacteria), I decided to try this.

The taste and texture.
It is crunchy and fragments when you chew it and begins to bind into a tough gum turning white. It tastes like pine or how you would imagine pine disinfectant may taste like without the bitterness. You get used to the taste as it seems to fade a little, If you hate the taste of pine, this may not be for you.

Longevity.
If you chew for chewing's sake this will last ages. The pine taste will be delicate throughout, possibly fading entirely (chewed this for an hour and taste was delicate).

That's it. I will put this on my wishlist!
Elektrakosh blogged
Mar 27, 18 9:32am

Why do some folk friend me then want things? Seriously, I just got that today. I may do a friend clearance as I'm sure these folk are just out to get freebies (pokemon especially).

Don't be afraid just to chat. I may have mental health problems and I won't bite or drop a giant laser beam on your head. You know, because you're too far away and sitting at a computer possibly half the world away (plus I don't have access to life erasing weapons).
I'm not great at starting conversations via PM system as I'm awkward. I understand if you unclick me from your friend roster.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Mar 27, 18 12:22am

Fossils belonging to prehistoric creatures have been discovered for thousands upon thousands of years! In China, various fossils were believed to have been fire breathing dragons. While in Europe they were thought to have been giants or other biblical beasts. In this article we will learn about the first dinosaurs to ever be identified by science!

The First
The first dinosaur to be discovered was uncovered in the limestone quarry at Cornwell near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. This single bone was then delivered to the professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford; Robert Plot. A year later, in 1677, Plot successfully classified the bone as the femur of a large animal. But what large animal exactly? This femur was too large to belong to any known species. So, Robert Plot concluded that it was a portion of a giant's leg; a giant similar to Goliath from the Bible.
Now jumping ahead by a few years to a time between 1815 and 1824 a geology professor at Oxford by the name William Buckland gathered more fossils ad described this animal as a new species in a scientific journal -- Megalosaurus.

The Second
Meanwhile, in 1822, some large fossilized teeth were discovered by Mary Ann Mantell; the wife of the English geologist Gideon Mantell.
At first, the Royal Society of London dismissed these findings as the teeth from a fish or perhaps a rhinoceros. Convinced, Gideon Mantell was sure that he had something different so he seeked the help of Samuel Stutchbury, an English naturalist and geologist, in September 1824. Stutchbury pointed out that these fossilized teeth resembled those of an iguana; a ginormous iguana to be exact. With this new information Gideon Mantell eventually settled on a name for the beast -- Iguanodon or "iguana-tooth." Mantell formerly published his findings on Feburary 10, 1825 when presenting a paper to the Royal Society of London.

The Third
A letter written by Gideon Mantell was sent to the Professor Benjamin Silliman on July 20, 1832. Inside this letter Mantell described that when a gunpowder explosion had destroyed a quarry rock face in Tilgate Forest it revealed the bones of a saurian. A local fossil dealer assembled together approximately fifty pieces before Mantell purchased them. Luckily for Mantell these pieces were able to form together a partially articulated skeleton. And it was a matter of time before others pointed out the presence of plates and spikes. This one had body armor!
In November of that same year Mantell decided to create a new generic name: Hylaeosaurus. When compared to Megalosaurus and Iguanodon, Hylaeosaurus was the most bizarre but it never received the same popularity as the other two.

Introducing: Dinosauria
And at long last, in 1842, the English paleontologist Richard Owen published a general account for the group of Mesozoic terrestrial reptiles and coined the name Dinosauria from Greek δεινός (deinos) "terrible, powerful, wondrous" + σαῦρος (sauros) "lizard". Richard Owen used three genera of reptiles as a baseline for this new taxon: the carnivorous Megalosaurus, the herbivorous Iguanodon, and the armored Hylaeosaurus.
Elektrakosh blogged
Mar 26, 18 6:54am

Good lord, where did he get those peepers? Makes me wonder if the Ultra Recon Squad are a family unit.Those faint amber eyes may be the effect of living in a dark world.

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