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20th Feb 2018, 12:42 AM #1
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It really IS cool!

That's the link to the one in Montreal just to see what it looks like: https://montreal.lufa.com/en/how-it-works
They have their own products, but since they got big enough they also act as a distributer for a bunch of other small producers.
And depending on what you want to buy there, it doesn't have to be more expensive than in regular stores. The greenhouses are on top of occupied buildings, so the floor is above a heated building, it's that much less heating to pay for, and of course there's no driving the produce accross the country issues if it's at minutes from where you live. Expect the fresh produce to be cheap and the transformed and third party products to be expensive. If one doesn't mind splitting their shopping between two stores, then one doesn't need to be rich to use it. (a common problem with a lot of healthy/green food stores)
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19th Feb 2018, 11:19 PM #2
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I don't have a heavy consuming lifestyle but habits happening to be comfortable that way isn't something to brag about. I recycle, and I guess I do go out of my way to sort plastics and cardboards when people threw them all mixed up at work.
Also I grow some vegetables on my balcony, and I buy some more from an urban greenhouse. Urban greenhouses are pretty awesome. Save on transportation and water and land use, and also inexpensive and arrives way more fresh than the average groceries store produce.


And of course, I'll take the occasion to plug in my Fairy Dust themed PSA: BE GREEN, by the Orc Kids
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"SCIENCE TIME! Virus anime girls", 18th Feb 2018, 7:36 PM #3
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We all know that genetic material is a way to store information. And it's pretty straightforward. Since there's four different nucleotids to work with, each base pair can be written in two bits of data, or one fourth of a byte. In other words, if you know a genome size, you can divide by four and obtain the equivalent in kilobytes.

So, lets put anime to the task of your intellectual edification: there are viruses, and the anime girls they share a file size with!

Parvovirus
Image: http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RNJQkVi2Zc4/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAADo/zIKyOgVNnxo/s35-c/photo.jpg


SARS
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Rotavirus
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Adenovirus
Image: http://kawaiipodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/15697542_244105616018271_5940605321029460577_n.png


HPV
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Influenza
Image: http://img.over-blog-kiwi.com/0/93/15/10/20141104/ob_3cad96_coucou-23-2.gif


Mimivirus, one of the largest viruses existing
Image: http://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/s/common/uploaded_files/1449624115-5cc6f8944cd199d0e099e2d0f2351626.png


And for a comparison with bacteria, E. coli
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Some of you may believe that they're not all anime girls. But they came up when I googled "anime girls" these definitely all came up. Will you call Google a liar?
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16th Feb 2018, 5:21 PM #4
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I'm just going to scroll my subscriptions tab and link the ones that seem relevant, in order of last update :P

The keep on the borderland (fantasy, comedy, action, RPG universe inspired)
Jupiter (sci-fi, robots)
The Awlers (fantasy, talking animals, metaphysics)
Imp (fantasy, magic, monsters, action, drama) Warning: It's emotionally difficult to read, only approach if you're in a mood to stomach heavy child abuse themes.
Saturno (fantasy, horror, sometimes humour)

The rest has either already been mentioned, or I have a lot of catching up to do and I wouldn't recommend them without knowing where they went since!
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16th Feb 2018, 7:33 AM #5
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I'm late to the party but:
The disability talk reminds me of the friend I watch Star Trek with. She had multiple eye surgeries and almost lost her sight, still often has pain and needs to take painstaking and expensive measures to protect her eyes.
And she was pretty excited when it turned out that in Discovery, the Captain, a member of the main cast, had eyes issues that forced him to alter his habits around his condition. You don't see so many characters with a condition that doesn't define their story but also can't be forgotten, and that's pretty much how she wants to be: with bad eyes since that can't be helped, but also having a life outside of the pain and limitations.
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13th Feb 2018, 3:12 PM #6
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There's Faye from Questionable Content. Few pages actually mention her weight directly, but for part of the story she gets bigger to the point where it starts embarrassing her. When she manages her mental health better and gets a physical job, she gets her weight under control, remains big but in a more in-shape way.
The artist is generally good at making character appearances evolve. Their hair grows between pages, at intervals they get trims, the ones with dye will show roots, they change style of clothes gradually - there it's not fully realistic, they seem to own way more clothes than normal people, but one growing out of an emo phase won't have a whole not-emo wardrobe overnight.
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12th Feb 2018, 6:27 PM #7
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That thread is a good excuse to test my shape keys!
It's not all smoothed out and some parts of the texture act up so please disregard the unfinished quality.

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Also my character looks a lot like Travis's character.
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11th Feb 2018, 3:43 PM #8
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Sorry, we mean well, but our culture fosters apathy, cynism and feelings of helplessness, so we pretty much let things happen because we feel like nothing we can do can change them. We even convince ourselves changing would make things worse. The system is pretty much moving on on its own, it has been for centuries, it got too big for our brains. We push it forward by merely living, we don't know how to stop even when we see where it's heading. If the people at the top wanted to steer it they'd probably just fall off and be replaced too.
If you're reading this, you probably figured a way out. If you hadn't, you'd probably be too busy hunting rats for food in the radioactive wastes to wonder what those ancient computers you sometimes find digging through the ruins are supposed to be for. Good on you I guess.


But so you don't think our generation did nothing good, I invite you to look at the best image this time has produced.
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10th Feb 2018, 7:05 PM #9
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ChristianRepass:I understand the whole thing about "show, not tell," but I usually come across someone that asks about the world in my comics.


Too many artists take this advice as dogma and don't accept that there are some things that are better told. If a certain information is necessary to the story, but isn't interesting or doesn't fit into the plot, don't spend ten pages trying to show it when it'll only be boring and distracting.

Example:

If Cindy is a main character and is terribly afraid of bees, then you're better show her scream when a bee lands on her shirt, pick a different path not to walk near the hive, and refuse to drink sweet drinks outdoors. The plot is centered on her, there's plenty of room to make her interact with bees.

If Cindy is a minor character and is terribly afraid of bees, readers won't care about her character development and how she manages her phobia. Later in the plot she'll cause an accident while running from a bee, so it has to be established that she's afraid of them, only not with more focus than a minor character should receive. In this case, it makes more sense to work a mention into a conversation: "Can we not meet in the park? I'm nervous around bees."
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7th Feb 2018, 7:10 PM #10
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Fake news in general have existed since newspapers did, and before that, rumors did the job. But the term itself as it spread around 2016 refered more to false information that was designed to look legitimate.
It wouldn't be published in a tabloid where people expect to find more shock entertainment than actual news, or in a blog where the resources to fact check are naturally limited, but mimick the appearance of legitimate newspapers, like copying the layout of the New York Times and naming itself the Castle Rock Times to sound like it's a local edition of the Times, stealing some of its legitimacy to the unsuspecting reader. Social media, especially Facebook, then helped deliver those articles to the people most receptive to them.
After 2016, Trump's very high profile use of the expression to mean any unfavourable coverage added a new meaning to it. It could be interpreted as refering to biaised coverage as well, if we're feeling generous.

So depending on who is using the expression, it could mean:
- Tabloid/low standard journalism
- Fiction posing as news, deceiving propaganda
- Unfavourable coverage
- Not untruthful but possibly biaised coverage

I would recommend that if one wants to seriously discuss the topic, they start by making sure everyone involved is talking about the same thing.

Edit: Maybe parody news need a mention. Before the expression "fake news" became associated with propaganda, I used those words to tell relatives not to get all worked up about The Onion.
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7th Feb 2018, 5:54 PM #11
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Graybee:But then there's the story of the fig tree and Jesus murdering a tree because the tree did not bear fruit in its offseason which is ??????


I don't expect this to be the official interpretation, but I found that story important, because it shows Jesus as being capable of sin. Satan trying to tempt him later also hints that he was faillible and not limited to executing a divine will. If he wasn't bound to his humanity in some way, craving and suffering along with the flesh, then surrendering to be nailed to a cross would only be a show, not a sacrifice.
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6th Feb 2018, 7:19 PM #12
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I'm going to exclude the stuff that classes are expected to teach one. Writing and counting and all the basic stuff have been immensely useful in my life, but it's ordinarily the case so I'll ignore it.

The two classes I appreciated the most in introducing new understanding of the world were 9th grade economics and religions.
The economics class wasn't very advanced and didn't deal with statistics and equations, but it explained the different forces at play, including a guilty dip into the ties between economics, politics and society (it wasn't in the program, probably too marxist, but if you leave it out, any student who paid attention will notice the loose ends).
The religions class combined philosophy and history and politics and showed how philosophical systems form, what purposes they serve for individuals and communities, how they interact, etc. The teacher was a theologian who studied the five largest religions and knew the holy books by heart, he was able to point out how the same function was fulfilled in different ways by each of them, or when he felt the class's attention waning (it happens) could amuse with bits of apocrypha before tying it back to the day's subject.
They weren't classes where you memorised a lot. You just discovered big great machines made out of people and ideas and gained new ways to understand the things you saw in real life.

I also enjoyed college French and English literature for a similar reason, because it didn't teach about separate concepts, but placed them in their context and showed how they lead to one another.
I guess I generally handle information that all ties together better.
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6th Feb 2018, 5:29 PM #13
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Personally, I'll be going the "outsider exploring their new environment" route, that way a lot of things can be shown, interacted with, or explained. It doubles as character development at the same time, since the character's reaction to what they see helps define their personality, and it opens up a lot of opportunities to introduce secondary characters.
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5th Feb 2018, 7:30 AM #14
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Try the limb growing parasite.
Frogs have been getting extra legs rather than arms, but if you get enough of the parasites, some of them are bound to form an arm!
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5th Feb 2018, 6:34 AM #15
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Can I submit a domesticated mound or is this only for wild ones?

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This one was built when the city wanted permanent bleachers around an outdoors stage that would be low maintenance, safe to leave up in any season and not too easy to burn down. The town's kids really love fire, replacing everything with metal is the only way that park can have penches, tables and a jungle gym. Anyway, for a place to sit a crowd the solution was to pile dirt up.
Last time I was there the stone levels weren't there, nor the circle at the bottom. It's evolving.
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3rd Feb 2018, 2:58 AM #16
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JammyTheBirb:I am indifferent as I don't really like sugar.


The only reason one may not be continually craving sugar is... if their body is entirely made of sugar already!

So to cope, I will capture and consume Jammy over several months. It's the only way.
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26th Jan 2018, 6:30 AM #17
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Oh boy, my comic isn't launched yet and I already had to learn a bunch of new words just planning it. It's hard-ish sci-fi - not hard all the way because it has faster than light travel despite it not being feasible according to the current science and I may also leave a lot of fuzz around how advanced AIs work - so I had to research a lot.

This is just a background detail, (readers won't have to actually read those to keep track of things) but I did not know all these chemicals before.
Image: http://heartofstone.webcomic.ws/files/leuco2-e1.png


And that's organic chemistry, something I'm already familiar with. To figure out a terraformation process's conditions, I had to study rocks and gases and all those weird things minerals do.

It'll be a task keeping the dialogue easy to grasp while reflecting the important parts of that worldbuilding! In any case, it's certain there will be words one doesn't use much in everyday life!
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24th Jan 2018, 3:07 PM #18
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Roasted soybeans

[spoiler]People with nut allergies were missing out, now they can join too[/spoiler]
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23rd Jan 2018, 3:43 PM #19
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Fairy Dust had language specific speech. Black for the continental language, green for archipellago's language, red for elvish and purple for that one tourist from far away.



In my Heart of Stone project, I'm wondering if I should make speech bubbles beige or grey or another pale colour, rather than white. In-comic, there's a symbolic meaning to the colours blue and white, and the planet's people avoid using them on clothes and decoration. It's not illegal, but it's seen as poor taste. I'm not sure if using white on speech bubbles would make them stand out more on a background where this colour is rare, or if it'd undermine this rarity effect I want to leave.

That's also a problem in some models: I just made a background model's bathroom, and made the toilet and sink as I'm used to seeing them, meaning white, thinking I'd change them after modeling. But now I have artist block about how to change them.
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You have to admit they're all pretty ugly!
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23rd Jan 2018, 5:49 AM #20
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You probably need to take it out of the fridge quicker than usual, or it won't be hot anymore.
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