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There's actually a rule against memes. A written down rule in the forum rules that you can read for free!
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Any hammer can be a banhammer if it was consecrated by being stored in a barn over the winter, becoming a barnhammer, and then just being used until the "r" is shaken off... I think. I'm not an admin so I can't be sure but after observing from a distance I think that's how it works. So don't fall for a false sense of security.
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Result in thread: taste
12 days ago, 5:12 PM #3
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Other thing that kill your sense of taste: quaternary ammonium antiseptics have a "rare" local neurotoxic effect. Most of the time it just disables the sense of taste for a couple of days, since they're mostly used in mouthwashes and toothpastes, but they're known to occasionally cause seizures and cognition changes in small children and the elderly, possibly because they swallow more of it. It appears that this effect is entirely nonexistent in most people, and only a minority is vulnerable. Companies downplay it by saying it may "alter the taste of food" or "cause an aftertaste" but that's not at all what people are experiencing. As to how rare it is... well that would be a phase IV* study's job to figure it out but Canada and the USA are slackers when it comes to that, so for now companies aren't forced to put it on the label. About any google search about the Pro-Health product line, if you exclude the links from Crest of course, is people freaking out about what it's doing to their body:
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*: Drug testing doesn't stop when a drug is approved. Side effects that are rare, happen under special conditions, or after long term use, may show up years later, so it takes monitoring to eventually alter some drugs' use or add extra warnings. Think about what happened with thalidomide: you want things like that to be compiled so the government can trace it back to its cause so it can stop happening.

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TanteiSakana:Actually, from my experience, I don't know if that's necessarily true. I think my inability to taste sour is balanced out by overly strong taste receptors for sweet and salty flavors, with the result that... sweet and salty foods tend to taste unpleasantly strong to me. Like, I seem to cringe at foods tasting "too sweet" or "too salty" more than other people I know. So I gravitate more towards plainer tasting foods, and find what fruits and vegetables I can eat to taste quite pleasant as a result.


A good point to raise. I suppose it's more noticeable when people taste bitterness too strongly and can't tolerate vegetables, since that's actually a problem. And no doubt personal tastes matter too.
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12 days ago, 4:15 PM #4
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It appears that having a weak sense of taste in general helps promote good health. Of course we know why too much sourness or bitterness is unpleasant, it's our instinct trying to keep us away from poisonous, rotten or unripe food. We need that. But it also tends to make people select sweet and salty foods, and when someone's tongue is too sensitive, that can make them unable to get used to the taste of fruit and vegetables.
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26th Oct 2019, 7:43 PM #5
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SpectreFirst:You don't have to, just stop being lazy and start learning and doing things the way they should be done.


You know if you prefer entirely handmade aesthetics and are put off by anything else, that's entirely ok and I hope you find reading material that satisfies you.
But that here just pointlessly antagonistic, producing art that's not to your preference isn't something harmful that warrants so much agressivity.




Edit: altered phrasing because one sentence was ambiguous
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26th Oct 2019, 7:06 PM #6
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Oh I have opinions on that!

And my opinion is that there's not a single good answer, it really depends on the project you have in mind. I can liken it to interior decoration: if you want a really nice room, you'll probably want a couple unique items in there, but you'll almost certainly include mass produced furniture because they do the job. How much of each is best really depends on how closely you want the result to look like your inspiration. So back to 3-D art, well it's a good idea to have the most prominent objects custom made so your individual style shines through, but it takes someone really nitpicky to even notice you took shortcuts with the background art. I don't care if I already saw that chair before, it's not a comic about a chair!*


*: Unless it IS a comic about a chair. Then try to give it a little more personality.
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10th Oct 2019, 3:29 PM #7
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That sounds like poor planning and editing than something actually malicious. Personally I wouldn't throw the whole community away over it because it's likely that cutting the picture instead of contacting you was a single person's bad decision, not everyone's, but if that ruins your interactions with them you don't have to force yourself either.

Did they do any follow up after you told them about the problem? Did they show intent on improving their interactions with artists in the future? Did they dismiss you? Were they smug about it? To me, what attitude they have about their own mistake weights a lot in whether they're worth further engagement.
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2nd Oct 2019, 4:06 PM #8
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Kelsey has good points, but this forum has an unfortunate habit of piling on, and frankly anyone would get defensive when admitting one wasn't right the whole way means the half dozen people yelling at one are right to do so.

- It's true that portraying something fictional with parallels to real issues is touchy and if one isn't ready to think it through and accept it can alienate part of the audience then one might as well skip it.
- People criticising it are not thin-skinned, looking to get offended, unable to tell fiction from reality or otherwise defective. Not all criticism will help you take your art in the direction you have in mind so you can absolutely decide to dismiss some of it - and yes, sometimes trolls will use criticism as a pretense to get their troll on, and sometimes people will just miss the point, but frankly I think you can tell when that's the case - but criticism on an angle you don't feel is relevant is not some damning moral or intellectual failure. People who fall for that attitude are lesser artists for it.
- One of the stupid, stupid aspects of the internet is how legitimate call-outs can go viral and have disproportionate effects. Remember that story about a Tumblr artist who drew some cartoon characters skinnier and lighter-skinned than their original design? Someone telling them it comes off wrong is totally justified. Ten thousand people yelling at them over it is just pointlessly destructive. This forum is too small to generate this kind of noise, but it does have its little moments. MK made a character building decision that might have unintended implications, they didn't join the KKK. Keep things in proportion!
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Result in thread: Health advice?
2nd Oct 2019, 3:13 PM #9
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Symptoms like what you describe can be anything from very mild to severe. The good news would be that the mild ones are the most likely - I'm thinking viral infections like mono or cytomegalovirus; they can last a while and they're very common - but it's impossible to be certain without actual tests.

As for the anemia, better check it again a while after you get better, a lasting infection will cause anemia (bacteria are greedy for iron so the immune system tells the liver to hoard it, just in case it's something it can starve) and that should resolve on its own, but better be sure it's not hiding an iron deficiency or something of the sort.



Lt. Locust:
Hemoglobin test strips also exist, although it's not something you see much for home use because hemoglobin is not something one needs to test for repeatedly. I'm not sure Canada would even allow to sell it to the public, Canada is pretty conservative about what self-diagnosis tools it authorises.
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22nd Sep 2019, 1:44 PM #10
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Thinking about it from a narrative angle, I see the most potential with Gon's focus, and he can have an interesting character arc with that belief. He can be successful in his quest for power and have built a lifestyle where he's comfortable with all the work it implies, but it seems like he's also likely to neglect aspect of his life he finds secondary. So relationships, finances, health, reputation, etc. can all go to shit while he's not paying attention.
I hate it when writers make a character run into a crisis and it's the sudden epiphany they needed to turn their whole life around. If you know any number of smokers, at some point or another some of them get a nasty pneumonia and fear they'll die and resolve to quit smoking, but they start again a week later because the human brain isn't really changed by singular events. So there he'd have to learn that he needs to care about the softer sides of his life too through the work it takes to put it back together.
But then, that approach might make it better to save this character arc for later, because it would be more meaningful if he could be shown to let his personal life rot through a longer time than packed within his own arc.

Anyway, this is the one I find most interesting, that's the opinion I can provide.
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10th Sep 2019, 5:39 AM #11
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Try absorbing false information about airplanes until it cancels previous plane knowledge. There should be plenty of it if you look up "chemtrails" and "9-11 hologram hoax".
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9th Sep 2019, 3:01 PM #12
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mightguy15:I suppose more study and practice is in order before I get the hang of doing comics in 3D.


It'll take experience like any other art form, yeah, but when it comes to choosing how to pose characters, it's not that different from drawing, and it's allowed to sketch your scene on paper to get an idea of how you want it to look.
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9th Sep 2019, 2:09 PM #13
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I can at least read most of the expressions in the picture, even if as the other said they could use tweaking to look more natural, except the boss's. I see it as annoyed, not freaked out. I think it's the body language that looks way too relaxed to convey "freaked out".
How exactly it should be expressed depends on how anxious the boss is and how physically expressive he usually is, but as a general rule, if you're scared of something, your instinct will try to get you to move away from it, keep an eye on it, and protect your chest/head. So try different combinations of leaning away (it's not great as a defensive pose since it puts one off-balance, but instinct can be dumb sometimes), turning the torso towards the perceived threat, hunching the shoulders so less of the neck is exposed, and raising the hands so they're somewhere at chest level - it can take the form of crossed arms or touching one's face, because as long as not utterly terrified, people tend to be self-conscious about overly straightforward emotional displays and disguising them as more neutral gesture is pretty much natural. I suspect you want something closer to discomfort than terror, so lean on the subtler side I guess.
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7th Sep 2019, 2:11 PM #14
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swamp:SketchUp does have a free version!

The main use of Blendr is sketchup is built for architecture, and isn't good for modeling things like people or doing rigging


MakeHuman is designed to be compatible with Blender (though it needs a few separate downloads to make them able to import/export models, it's annoying, but once it's set up it works) and it creates decent rigs. I use Makehuman to make a character as close to what I want as possible, then I edit the last details in Blender. I'm an amateur so my standards may be lower than a pro's, but I find it satisfying.



I'm using Blender 2.79 though. Because I build an extensive set of objects and buildings before 2.8 came around, and it happened that my old computer crashed if I tried to use cycles (something something graphic acceleration hardware) so I've got a few hundreds complicated models textured in a way that's not compatible with 2.8, yay!


Edit: I may have misread your post? But I'll leave mine in because Makehuman totally is convenient software to know about.
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27th Aug 2019, 8:53 PM #15
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Kyo:apparently there was a heavy load [...]


We've all been there Kyo. Too much laundry to do at once, we think we checked all the pockets, and next thing you know, there's bits of soggy papers all over the washing machine and that important phone number you wrote down has washed away in the foam of time. Often it's money, too, but paper money tends to resist the wash a lot better.
I'm impressed that you left a whole website in your pocket though, that never happened to me!
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23rd Aug 2019, 1:23 PM #16
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Damatris:If you haven't discovered it yet I heard a rumor that there's one loose in a hospital.


Did you look in the weird staircase? Every hospital I've seen has a weird staircase, one that's the size of a bedroom with exposed plumbing and flights of stairs that go half a level then you have to turn around and the door's not where it should be. A horse would easily fit in it, especially the HORSE, this one's not afraid of stairs.

I should go around hospitals and take pictures of the weird staircase, could make a whole blog out of that material.





On the original topic, I had trouble counting the HORSE. Even now I can summon a mental image of him that feels pretty clear, but I realise something is amiss when I absolutely can't tell how many he is!
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12th Aug 2019, 3:01 PM #17
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I can feel sympathy for characters, in that normal human way that even simulated suffering makes one feel sympathetic. But I don't feel guilty about writing scenes of suffering, because it feels more like I'm recounting characters' story rather than making it happen.
If I changed "And so Jerry fell into the giant wood chipper" to "And so Jerry barely managed to swing himself off the giant wood chipper", I wouldn't be sparing Jerry, I'd be lying about his demise. Of course I can change a story beyond its original concept, but if the reason was only to avoid hurting characters, I feel like it'd be hard to keep it consistent to its internal logic, Jerry ran into that wood chipper for a reason, so unless he has a stronger reason to escape it in the end, the altered part would feel untrue to me.
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Wrathborne:um...what?


Vore is short for vorarephilia, a fetish for being eaten, or less often, for eating other people, usually by swallowing whole. It is, obviously, an imaginary fantasy that is expressed through drawing and roleplaying.
Vore day has been set on August 8th, because the number 8 sounds like "ate" in English.

Now you know, and you can share the joy with all your friend ;)
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"It's still time to get 10% off on all your Vore Day shopping!", 1st Aug 2019, 1:26 PM #19
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August 8th is coming, there's only a week left from the big day! Did you get everything you need? Don't let your loved ones feel left out, this is the perfect occasion to show them just how very, very, very close you feel to them!
Don't let the stress of last minute shopping ruin your mood for another Vore Day, get ready now and save 10% on all your purchases!

A few present suggestions:

- Chocolate&Pear flavoured skin lotion
- Edible clothes, because some of your friends may not be comfortable with getting naked and you should respect their boundaries
- Whimsical "I want you inside me ;)" party favours
- And more!
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1st Aug 2019, 1:00 PM #20
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I've heard if you want to be able to return after following the glow, all you need to do is put a golden fringe around your licence plate (or your flag if you have no car), then you will be subject to admirality law, and you're considered like a ship in international waters which can't be boarded by territorial authorities.

Now I'm assuming that the glow is somewhat fairy-related. If the glow is from water nymphs instead, they do have power over international waters and can arrest, detain or eat you as they see fit, as granted by the United Nations.
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