Currently have the guides for X7 and X8 on hold until further notice. Although I had done a few guides since then for Ben 10, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, and Detroit: Become Human (Demo). While all three of them can be found on GameFAQs.
I just come here every once in a while to see the past. I used to spend alot of time on neoseeker when i was a kid. Didn't even realize what it truly was until recently. The nostalgia is killing me honestly.
Since GA has invaded my tablet and can't be disabled or erased, I have gotten into many a profane argument with it. Now Google has voice recordings of me telling it to "sling it's hook" and go to a place called "foo cary" amongst other things. Just one absent minded swipe of a finger upon the screen and assistant pops up asking if it can help. I just wish you could tell her to take a vacation as I can't change the voice as my tablet runs on EMUI and not Android. I shall now go back to my break from Neo. I needed to vent.
The theory that dinosaurs were the direct ancestors to birds has become more widely accepted in the recent years due to the abundance of dinosaurs with evidence of hosting feathers. And Microraptor, specifically, has aided in pushing science further into the golden age of paleontology.
Like its name suggests Microraptor was a small dinosaur and in fact it was amongst the smallest non avian dinosaurs. In addition to this Microraptor was one of the first dinosaurs uncovered with feather impressions. And indeed it was. This animal was coated in thick feathers throughout with long, pennaceous feathers on the arms and hands while the legs also sprouted long feathers forming hindwings. The tail, too, had a diamond-shaped fan of feathers. Interestingly enough, in March of 2012, Quangua Li et al. determined the coloration of specimen BMNHC PH881. By performing deep analyzation of fossilized melanosomes in the specimen by using a scanning election microscope (SEM) the researchers compared their results to modern birds. Concluding that Microraptor's feathers demonstrated a blue-black iridescent coloration -- much like a present day crow.
Flight: When it comes around to the subject of flight for Microraptor, well, the story gets much more complicated. Microraptor was thought to have been an arboral dwelling creature that used its unique quadruple wings for some sort of locomotion and perhaps...an early precursor to powered flight to be seen in birds. At a time some paleontologists have brought attention to the possibility of Microraptor using its long feathers to parachute from the tree canopies to capture prey on the forest floor. In 2007, this hypothesis was put to the test and revealed that the combined surface area of the four wings and tail would have simply been too narrow for Microraptor to parachute from the trees without inflicting injury.
Others have argued to support the plausibility that Microraptor was a powered flier. The fused sternum, asymmetrical feathers, and shoulder girdle features indicate the potential for powered flight. Although some studies suggest that the shoulder joint was too primitive to allow a full flapping stroke. And when it comes to the evolutionary history of theropods as a whole the shoulder socket faced downwards and back -- thus making it impossible to completely raise the arms. As for the maniraptoran anatomy it too shows that the shoulder socket did not shift upwards until more advanced avians appeared. Yet, paleontologists argue that Microraptor was a special acception to this. Afterall, if Microraptor could raise its arms sufficiently enough then the combined presence of a propatagium and an alula then it could be plausible that this dinosaur was a candidate for powered flight. Even without a full vertical flight stroke a 2016 study demonstrated that Microraptor's wings were large enough to produce flight via wing-assisted inclined running (WAIR). WAIR is a method seen in some modern birds who run up steep or vertical inclines while constantly flapping their wings. And there are still some benefits for using WAIR over normal powered flight and that is because WAIR requires less energy to perform.
For a long time Microraptor was imagined to have been a glider. Specifically, a phugoid styled glider, where Microraptor would launch itself from its perch, swooping downwards in a U-shaped curve before rising back up again to land on another branch and repeating the process. The feathers on the tail would be in control of drag and trajectory. With the assistance of the hindwings Microraptor would be capable of angling them to bring out the most performance when gliding. So even though Microraptor could theoretically fly on its own power, scientists still are not completely sure whether or not Microraptor flew or not. Perhaps one day this question will be answered.
Whatever the case was for Microraptor, we know that it and it's descendants were an evolutionary dead end. Why? Well, look around...do you see any four-winged birds flying around your backyard?
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!
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.
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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.
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"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
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)
How come it seems like the best tasting foods are always the ones that kill you the quickest.
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 :).
Inspiration can strike at any time. Be ready and catch it at a moment's notice, or risk losing it forever.
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.
I believe in Destiny, and Fate. But fate can only lead you so far, the final step is yours to take - Me
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.