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You're given the chance to send one singular piece of media to aliens. what do you pick to make the best impression?
  • Smarter people have already figured this out. I'd send them a copy of the golden record we put on Voyager. It contains the kinds of things that could convey "this is where we are, this is what we look like, we've figured out about this much of this universe so far, and we make stuff that isn't utilitarian (art)"

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  • What about being happy for this money? Can you have a fulfilling life for 740 bucks a month? What if you subtract bills from it first? What if you subtract transportation costs, seasonal clothing, repairs, medical bills? Can you feel happy if you worked your ass off to get a good job in your field only to have to eat beans and rice and have fun for free or at home?

  • Are electronics in Slovenia super-expensive?
  • Have you checked out any other thinkpad? I'm not in Slovenia but my local price comparison website only shows upgrades for this one in stock, and the laptop itself only from a refurbishing place. Maybe this thing is just out of stock.

  • How long until society's collapse?
  • Given enough time, everything changes. Society as it is now will go away eventually, but it's hard to say that society will 'collapse'. Things can get better or worse, and in either case there will be people who think it they've gotten better, and people who think they've gotten worse.

    It's hard to stay optimistic with how perception is shaped nowadays. Let me try to slightly change that perspective. I don't have a link to the study, but a majority of interviewed Americans thought that crime was on the rise, and worse than ever, when in fact it has been decreasing steadily since the early 90s. Public perception was shaped by the broad popularity of televised police, detective, true crime documentaries, and fictional media. A good thing was happening, but that's not what people thought.

    Climate change and pollution are bad, but renewables are on the rise on average, and being pushed hard by the public in general.

    Increasingly divided and radical governments are bad, but people are getting sick of it, and governments will have to adapt or be replaced.

    Economic woes are definitely a problem, but we're slowly making baby steps, doing things like banning airbnb here and there, etc. Economic woes have come and gone.

    Misinformation and disinformation is everywhere, but we're more aware of it than ever. We're suspicious of intent, of sources, etc. Not all of us trust the right sources, but we're starting to implement fact checking, we're making platforms that show news on the political spectrum, we have ways to find blind spots, etc.

    Dangerous health crises aren't the end of the world. The black plague and the 'spanish' flu killed a lot of people, and neither lead to the breakdown of society. We'll figure it out, we're tough SOBs.

    Look, I'm not saying these things aren't happening, I'm just saying that for every bad thing that floods the airways and the internet, there is some degree of reaction. We're not laying down and taking it. And while it's certainly depressing and disheartening to see so many bad things happening, they can help to galvanize people against it, and not fall into complacency.

    It's easy to be overwhelmed too, which is why it's not a bad idea to take the time to limit and filter exposure to this stuff. You know about it, you've looked into it, you've made a (hopefully educated) decision, you know what you're going to do. It's not healthy for you to come back and keep looking at the problem over and over again.

    There's also the issue of being exposed to serious problems that you can't affect in a meaningful way. I'm not American, what the hell am I supposed to do about their presidential election? No reason for me to look at it all the time. When the time comes, I'll vote for someone on my end who says they're going to handle the situation in the way that I think is best.

    Take a step back, consider your situation. Which things affect you? Which things affect the people in your life? Which things can you affect? What can you do, that matters? Focus your energy on that. You don't have to make a big change, you can start by clearing your head.

  • Still life with a Japanese vase - by V. Hristova (2024)(Oil on canvas)
  • As someone who is currently trying to learn to paint metals in this style, I love stuff like this. It's not painted particularly realistically, and it's not reflecting the vase right next to it very well, but that cup is undoubtedly a high polish metal. The effect is sold really well.

  • The most consumed type of alcoholic drink in Europe
  • I'm genuinely shocked that people drink more wine than beer in Denmark. Considering Tuborg and Carlsberg both come from there, and the amount of beer I see people drink publicly, it seems genuinely doubtful to me.

  • [Full Movie] eXistenZ (1999)
  • It's a decent ui, some weirdness here and there, with new comment highlighting for example. It didn't play in its entirety but it did start and I closed the app anyway to save data.

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    Grimy and dirty Legions Imperialis baneblade

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12107902

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    Grimdark ancestor's wrath from GW

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12107893

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    Wake up Frankie – RATATATA
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    Finished this guy a couple weeks ago and I finally got around to taking some pictures.

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/8285654

    > It's the free Saurus warrior from Age of Sigmar that GW gave out as a mini of the month earlier this year. > > Album: https://imgur.com/a/7hznCpc

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    Annihilator from Games Workshop

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/8285660

    > Album: https://imgur.com/a/u2aSE3J

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    [TUTORIAL] - Night sky / Space

    I was asked by one of the mods for this community to create a tutorial for the night sky/space/nebula wing technique I used on my blue dragon, so here it is. It’s not a particularly difficult thing to paint, and it can probably be done in a few different ways, but this is how I do it. For this tutorial I decided to go with a darker scheme than my blue dragon, with the only difference being that I used a bit more red in my purple and more of the surface was done in purple for my blue dragon.

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    Items you need:

    • Airbrush and compressor
    • A toothbrush
    • Black primer (Vallejo 74602)
    • Airbrush thinner (Vallejo 71161)
    • Airbrush flow improver (Vallejo 71362)
    • White paint (Pro Acryl Bold Titanium White)
    • Two or more transparent paints (Vallejo Transparent Red 70934 and Vallejo Transparent blue 70938)

    The brands don’t really matter, you’re just looking for some colors with low coverage, and a white that can thin down into a proper, smooth liquid. I find, for example, Games Workshop’s whites to have pigments that are too large, and they often result in a very chalky white and a clogged airbrush, which I don’t like. All the colors go down very thinly so you won’t need much paint.

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    Let’s give you an idea of what this is going to look like. Here’s the finished paint job on a flat surface as well as a bit of tyranid carapace. My color scheme is for purple and blue, but you can come up with your own. If you’re not sure what you want to do, have a look at some of NASA’s pictures, and pick a color scheme you like.

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    When it comes to thinning paint, I don’t calculate ratios so the best advice I can give you is to thin your paint down to a milky consistency. I used roughly equal parts thinner and flow improver, but when in doubt, err on the side of using more thinner. I’m thinning every color coming up like this, so keep that in mind. Don’t thin down too much paint in one go as very little will go a long way. Here’s an example of some thinned paint:

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    Step 1: Simple stuff, prime your surface black and let it dry, possibly overnight.

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    Step 2: Using your airbrush, spray down your white. This step will help build some variety in your surface and will help decide which parts will look darker or lighter when you put down your colors. The key is randomness. Some portions can be almost white, while some can be almost black. Spray thin squiggles in tight and broad curves, creating gaps and clouds, and stuff.

    A surface with some texture, and some details might give a nicer result than a fully flat one. I find that I’m more tempted to paint an ‘even’ layer on an even surface, and that is absolutely not what we want.

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    Step 3: Spray down your purple. I don’t have any transparent purple, so I just mixed my blue and red, leaning slightly more towards red. This will give us some good variety, ranging from a medium purple, to some deep wine colors in the darker spots.

    The key, once more, is randomness. Try not to spray your color in large patches, instead spreading it around, leaving some white for your blue to cover later. If in doubt, allow more of the surface to be pink/purple than white.

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    Step 4: Spray down your blue. Same process as above, and this time we’ll create some lighter and some darker blues by spraying over the black and white. You might also spray some blue over the existing purple areas as well to achieve even more saturation and variety in color.

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    Step 5: Sprinkle stars across the skies! And your hands, the desk, any unlucky pets in the way, as well as your phone screen and your grandma’s expensive carpet.

    You’re going to need an old toothbrush for this, and if you don’t have one, your dad’s will do. Thin down a little bit of white on a palette (the ratios matter even less now), dip the bristles in it, and gingerly spray stars unevenly across the mini. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes more is more too. Spray on as many as you like, and if you don’t like how it looks, the next step will fix it!

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    Step 6: Hide your mistakes. Thin down some more of your colors, and with the same technique as before, cover some of the stars. Keep in mind that space isn’t homogenous, and some spots are more dense, while some are more sparse. It’s better if it’s not even.

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    Step 7: Manually place down some stars. There are parts of your colors so far that appear brighter. The reason they’re brighter is probably because there’s a star in there somewhere. With a nice, pointed brush, add some crisp white dots in some of these areas. Again, don’t try to apply a homogenous spread, but keep your stars circular.

    I've expertly forgotten to take a picture after this step, but all you need to do is imagine a few extra white dots in the brighter parts of the previous picture 🫠

    Step 8: Final step, and this one is optional. When I think of pictures of space, the stars twinkle, and have diffraction spikes. Realistically, this is just an artifact in the James Webb (6 spikes) and Hubble’s (4 spikes) images. The spikes aren’t really there so you don’t really have to draw them. Personally, I like some of my bigger stars to have 4 spikes. With your best, most pointed brush, make simple crosses centered on some of your stars. Bigger stars have bigger spikes! They don’t have to be perfect, but if you're lucky enough for your hands to be less shaky than mine were here, it doesn't hurt either.

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    And that's it. If you were curious on how I did it, I hope this guide helps, and I look forward to seeing your attempts at this, if you try it!

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    Little gutrippa guy

    Album: https://imgur.com/a/WhhAUi7

    Got this guy with a magazine I think. I don't play but I love the mini

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    InitialsDiceBearhttps://github.com/dicebear/dicebearhttps://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/„Initials” (https://github.com/dicebear/dicebear) by „DiceBear”, licensed under „CC0 1.0” (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)MO
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