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  2. DarkRavie

    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - OMPHALOS Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, 19th century meaning: 1. A central point or hub --- 2. A rounded stone (especially that at Delphi) representing the navel of the earth in ancient Greek mythology "The omphalos of his speech was a story about his rough childhood growing up in Ukraine." "Can you get to the omphalos of all this before I lose patience?" About Omphalos The filibuster is a legally-protected form of avoiding the omphalos of a discussion in Congress. It's used to delay votes by allowing a Senator to refuse to yield their speaking time. Some filibusters have lasted longer than 24 hours. Did you know? Omphalos refers to the center of activity, and, in Greek, it derives from the center of the human body—the navel, or umbilicus. It shares the same roots with what we call the umbilical cord.
  3. DarkRavie

    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE Did you know... that Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system? Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform atmospheric test flights after being launched from a modified Boeing 747. Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter, was originally to be named Constitution, in honor of the Constitution of the United States. However, "Star Trek" fans started a write-in campaign urging the White House to instead select the name of the starship that James T. Kirk captained in the original TV series. Although President Gerald Ford did not mention the campaign, he directed NASA officials to change the name, saying he was "partial to the name" Enterprise. In recognition of their namesake, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and most of the principal cast of the original series were on hand when the shuttle Enterprise was rolled out of Rockwell's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, Palmdale, Calif., assembly facility on Sept. 17, 1976. Enterprise was built for NASA to perform test flights in the atmosphere; lacking engines or a functional heat shield, it was not capable of actual spaceflight. NASA planned to eventually outfit Enterprise for spaceflight and to make it the second space shuttle to fly, after Columbia, but final design plans for the fuselage and wings of the orbiters changed during the construction of Columbia, and refitting Enterprise in accordance with the new plans would have required significant effort: Entire sections would have to be dismantled and shipped across the country to subcontractors. Instead it was deemed less expensive to build the space shuttle Challenger from existing materials. Once NASA completed its critical tests of Enterprise, the shuttle was retired from flight and partially stripped of certain components for use on other orbiters. It then went on an international tour, and in 1985 it was transported to Washington, D.C., where it was brought into the Smithsonian Institution's hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport for restoration. It was then installed at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at the airport, where it was the museum's centerpiece until it was replaced by the space shuttle Discovery on April 19, 2012. Enterprise is now bound for its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
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  5. vj092

    Last Animated Movie You Watched?

    The Croods. Cute movie!
  6. CardGames

    CardGames/AnimeDamage/MegaChamp's Random PS4 Streams

    In case you haven't been keeping up with stuff I've been saying on Discord... (because this forum is dead-ish... ) I'm pretty much at the end of FFX HD. I'm not sure if any of the final scenes of the game are 'blocked' or not and since PS4 Broadcasting is my only method of doing this... I don't want to risk that happening. So I most likely won't be doing anymore streams of FFX HD. FFX-2 HD is another story altogether. But FFX HD streams are mostly likely done. Besides... I'm pretty much doing sidequesting now and that isn't exactly 'exciting.' I've also decided to go FULL FORCE with my 'Zanmato all ridiculous superbosses' strategy. Borderline cheating? Maybe. But it's just a much a mechanic as 'stat maxing' is... so... That's not exactly 'exciting' either plus there will likely be A LOT of hard resetting the game so streaming me doing that isn't exactly viable/a good idea either plus I run the high risk of FFX 'true players' harassing me for 'cheating' so... yeah... I'll make up for it by streaming the beginning of FFX-2 HD. I'll check though to make sure that no scenes there are blocked though to be safe. Besides... I'm apparently the only person who likes this game. FFX-2 I mean. So you know... that'll be fun and I won't be harassed there either I'm sure... Anyway I'll keep you posted on my 'Zanmato strategy' update I guess. See you in FFX-2 HD!!
  7. DarkRavie

    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - PROPITIOUS Part of speech: adjective Origin: Late middle English, 15th century meaning: 1. Auspicious or advantageous --- 2. Indicative of good fortune --- 3. Kind, gracious "My new car is a propitious sign that I'm on the right track." "The Queen's propitious behavior made her much beloved by the people." About Propitious Talk about a propitious occurrence: On October 14, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt was leaving a Milwaukee hotel for a campaign stop when he was shot in the chest. The bullet was propitiously slowed by the 50-page speech Roosevelt had in his pocket. He was able to deliver the speech that same day, saying "It takes more than that to kill a bull moose." Did you know? Though propitious and auspicious are very similar in meaning, there are some subtle differences between them. The former is generally used to describe things that help us achieve success, while the latter is more commonly used when foreshadowing success to come.
  8. DarkRavie

    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - MAGNETS Did you know... that magnets always have two poles -- even if you cut them in half? Magnetic monopoles do not exist --as far as we know. Magnets will always have two poles, a magnetic north and a magnetic south. If you don’t believe us, take a bar magnet and cut it in half. The two remaining pieces will still have a north and a south. You can cut it dozens of times and the results will be the same. The most powerful magnet in the universe is actually a star called a magnetar. These are stars that have died off and had a supernova explosion. The magnetars are what is left over, and they are strong enough to destroy small planets if they get close enough. Luckily, there are only a dozen of these according to scientists, and they are far far far away from Earth. Strong rare earth magnets can turn some metals into magnets. Ferromagnetic materials like iron can be magnetized with a strong permanent magnet. You can try it for yourself by rubbing a magnet on a screwdriver. The screwdriver will be able to pick up magnetic objects. The Earth is like one big bar magnet. It has a magnetic north and a magnetic south, which is what the needle on a compass points to. However, this is geographically different than the actual north and south poles. Invisible magnetic field lines run from the north to south poles. Magnetic resonance imaging machines use magnets, and they generate stronger fields than the Earth. In fact, it is about 60,000 times stronger than the Earth’s. Some animals are affected by magnets. Magnets have been used to study bee communication patterns, migratory cycles and several other animal behaviors. This is because many animals can sense magnetic fields. For instance, some sharks are repelled by them and birds and turtles navigate by them. Magnets are ancient. Well, today’s man-made magnets may not be so ancient, but the Chinese are said to have used lodestone, a natural magnet as far back as date. In fact, ancient mariners are said to have used lodestones to help them navigate. There are magnetic hills, said to pull cars and other large magnetic objects towards certain locations. However, researchers have found out that these are not really a magnetic anomaly as much as a topographical illusion.
  9. Koby

    [VOTING] ANIME OF Spring 2019

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the winner of Spring 2019 Anime of the Season!
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  11. Antigonius

    Anti rambles about...

    This week, Anti rambles about We Never Learn
  12. CardGames

    Pokemon Sun and Moon

    Well it finally happened everyone. I just read it myself on a Pokemon fan site. It only took 20+ years but Ash Ketchum of the Pokemon anime has finally won a league. Specifically the Alolan League. I feel like this doesn't count though because S/M is the worst series of the anime thus far. But what the hell do I know? With them doing this though, it points more towards the 'full reboot with new MC' scenario for the next series/Galar series that's supposed to be revealed this month. Maybe everyone will start watching again now? Yeah right
  13. DarkRavie

    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - HUBRIS Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, 19th century meaning: 1. Excessive pride and arrogance --- 2. Overconfidence leading to an eventual downfall "His hubris would not allow him to read the instructions. Consequently, his new TV fell off the wall an hour after he installed it." "Some professional athletes suffer from hubris and assume that their money will last forever." About Hubris One of the most famous examples of hubris, or excessive pride and self-confidence, is told in John Milton's "Paradise Lost," in which Lucifer's pride in seeing himself as wiser than God results in him being cast out into Hell and becoming the devil. Did you know? In Ancient Greece, seeing oneself as above the Gods was the greatest crime—one that inevitably led to downfall. Eventually, this concept of such extreme and fatal arrogance was given a name: hubris.
  14. DarkRavie

    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - SNOW GLOBES Did you know... that it is thought that snow globes originated in France in Europe, with the first known record being a globe of water and white powder, with a man holding an umbrella, which was on display at the Paris Universal Expo in 1878? It was an Austrian man named Erwin Perzy who is widely considered to be its proper “inventor,” albeit accidentally. In 1900, while living outside Vienna, where he ran a medical instrument–supply business, Perzy was asked by a local surgeon to improve upon Thomas Edison’s then-new lightbulb, which the surgeon wanted made brighter for his operating room. Drawing upon a method used by shoemakers to make quasi-“spotlights,” Perzy placed a water-filled glass globe in front of a candle, which increased the light’s magnification, and sprinkled tiny bits of reflective glitter into the globe to help brighten it. But the glitter sank too quickly, so Perzy tried semolina flakes (commonly found in baby food) instead. They didn’t quite work, either, but the appearance of the small, white particles drifting around the globe reminded Perzy of snowfall—and he quickly filed the first official patent for a snow globe, or Schneekugel. By 1905, he was churning out dozens of handmade snow globes—often featuring small church figurines made from pewter—through his company, Firm Perzy. They became so popular among well-to-do Austrians that in 1908, Perzy was officially honored for his treasured item by Emperor Franz Joseph I. Indeed, the snow globe appeared at a time when upper-middle-class families, newly wealthy following the Industrial Revolution, began collecting intricate, artistic objects and displaying them in their homes. Though it’s unclear exactly how much these early globes cost, they were expensive due to the amount of time necessary to paint, mold, and assemble them. After World War I concluded in 1918, a boost in tourism led to greater demand for eye-catching souvenirs—especially snow globes. Gradually, news of the whimsical trinket reached America. In 1927, a man from Pittsburgh named Joseph Garaja applied for the first snow globe patent there, and with it, he introduced a radical new method: underwater assembly. This ensured that each globe would be fully filled with liquid and saved a significant amount of time and money—transforming the snow globe from an expensive indulgence into the affordable commodity we know today. To read more, go to: A Brief History on the Snow Globe
  15. Koby

    Hey

    Welcome compo. Hope you enjoy your stay here at Kametsu.
  16. compo

    Hey

    Hey. Looking to check out a couple of threads.
  17. DarkRavie

    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - SYZYGY Part of speech: NOUN Origin: Greek, 17th century meaning: 1. The arrangement of three celestial bodies in a straight line --- 2. The metaphorical alignment of two people, ideas, or events "During an eclipse, Earth, the moon, and the sun are in perfect syzygy." "For the first time, I found myself and my coworkers in perfect syzygy regarding how we should proceed next." About Syzygy Syzygy, or a celestial alignment, between the sun and moon is responsible for tidal variations in the oceans. When the sun and moon are in a state of syzygy, their tidal forces compound on each other. This causes the ocean to both rise higher and fall lower than average. This occurrence happens twice each month. Did you Know? The word syzygy is used in a range of academic settings, from mathematics and medicine to psychology and zoology. In all of these disciplines, the word generally relates to the concept of two (or more) things relating or fusing together.
  18. DarkRavie

    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - PLASMA BALLS Did you know.... that a plasma ball (also sometimes called a plasma globe, lamp, dome, or sphere) is a clear glass ball filled with a mixture of noble gases with a high-voltage electrode at its center? Plasma filaments extend from the electrode to the glass when electricity is supplied, creating fascinating beams of colored light. The plasma ball was invented by Nikola Tesla when he was experimenting with high-frequency electric currents in a glass vacuum tube. That’s why the electrode at the center of a plasma ball is also often known as a Tesla coil. The modern plasma balls popular as novelty and educational items today were first designed by Bill Parker. William P. (Bill) Parker is an artist, scientist, and entrepreneur, best known for inventing the modern design of the plasma lamp. The invention occurred in 1971, when Parker was working as a student in a physics laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and accidentally filled a test chamber to a greaterthan-usual pressure with ionized neon and argon. Modern plasma balls are manufactured with a mix of various noble gases such as xenon, neon, and krypton. With various shapes in the glass globes, computerized circuits, and the gas combinations, the plasma balls can create electric tentacles that create various shapes and patterns in different colors. You can also find USB plasma balls which are powered from the USB port of for computer. They are a safer version, due to the low current from the PC. However, the voltage is still very high, and can cause harmful EMF radiation. Plasma balls are high voltage devices. Therefore one has to take precautions while using them. The plasma sphere can emit certain frequencies, which interfere with Wi-Fi signals and cell phones. So they must be kept away from such areas. These spheres also radiate electromagnetic waves. This can affect electric devices, hence they should be kept away from people with pacemakers. While using metal objects to create electric and fire tricks with the plasma globe, precautions such as protective clothing and insulation should be used. Never bring any flammable item near the globe. Magnets are usually good conductors of electricity. Hence, bringing plasma balls and magnets together create a potential for shocks and burns. Operating plasma balls for long periods of time can cause the formation of ozone gas, which is harmful to the body when you breathe it in.
  19. Koby

    Final Fantasy VII Remake - Thoughts?

    Oh boy. FF7Remake has a "Classic" option that basically turns the game into a turn-based RPG rather than the normal action game. You'll also be able to equip one summon per character which'll act like a 4th party member controlled by AI, however you can actually use your characters ATB gauge to issue them commands if you desire. I'm actually really excited about the Classic mode being implemented. I wasn't thrilled about it being a generic action game.
  20. That's... really dumb to try to compete with WWE RAW. But I guess that's what DVR is for. Still looking forward to this though.
  21. PhantomKnight

    What is the rarest Xbox/Playstation game you have?

    Xenosaga series, Shin Megami devil summoner Raidou Kuzunoha Vs Souless Army & King vs Abaddon
  22. Bardon

    Free Games Megathread

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/887400/THE_GREAT_GEOMETRIC_MULTIVERSE_TOUR/ ^ The Great Geometric Multiverse Tour is currently free on Steam. Also, seems like they just extended the freebie period for DiRT Rally: https://store.steampowered.com/app/310560/DiRT_Rally/ ^ Can grab it directly from the store page now.
  23. Yozakura Quaret: Hana no Uta (not the earlier adaption known simply as Yozakura Quartet) Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta 1-8 Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi 1-3 Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta 9-13 Yozakura Quaret: Tsuki ni Naku 1-3 Not a particularly popular show, but currently one of my favorites so I thought I'd share.
  24. Hi all. I've found Kametsu anime releases elsewhere, and so I thought I'd check out the forums too.
  25. DarkRavie

    New Game: What's the Word?

    What's the Word? - KERFUFFLE Part of speech: noun Origin: Scottish, 19th century meaning: 1. A commotion or noise --- 2. A chaotic scene caused by an altercation "Once the fight broke out, I lost my watch in the ensuing kerfuffle." "An argument over a boyfriend caused quite a kerfuffle in the high school cafeteria." About Kerfuffle More than a mere kerfuffle, but not quite an epic saga, the Anglo–Zanzibar War of 1896 is the shortest recorded war in history. While its duration has been the subject of debate, historians generally say it lasted only 38 minutes. Did you know? Kerfuffle is just one of many funny-sounding words to describe a noisy commotion. Others include brouhaha, hubbub, skirmish, and hullabaloo.
  26. DarkRavie

    Fact of the Day

    Fact of the Day - LAURA SECORD Did you know... that Laura Secord (née Ingersoll; 13 September 1775 – 17 October 1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812? She is known for having walked 20 miles (32 km) out of American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack. Her contribution to the war was little known during her lifetime, but since her death she has been frequently honoured in Canada. Though Laura Secord had no relation to it, most Canadians associate her with the Laura Secord Chocolates company, named after her on the centennial of her walk. Laura Secord's father, Thomas Ingersoll, lived in Massachusetts and fought on the side of the Patriots during the Revolutionary War (1775–1783). In 1795 he moved his family to the Niagara region of Upper Canada after he had applied for and received a land grant. Shortly after, Laura married Loyalist James Secord, who was later seriously wounded at the Battle of Queenston Heights early in the War of 1812. While he was still recovering in 1813, the Americans invaded the Niagara Peninsula, including Queenston. During the occupation, Secord acquired information about a planned American attack, and stole away on the morning of 22 June to inform Lieutenant James FitzGibbon in the territory still controlled by the British. The information helped the British and their Mohawk warrior allies repel the invading Americans at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Her effort was forgotten until 1860, when Edward, Prince of Wales awarded the impoverished widow £100 for her service on his visit to Canada. The story of Laura Secord has taken on mythic overtones in Canada. Her tale has been the subject of books, plays, and poetry, often with many embellishments. Since her death, Canada has bestowed honours on her, including schools named after her, monuments, a museum, a memorial stamp and coin, and a statue at the Valiants Memorial in the Canadian capital.
  27. HBO and the BBC have set premiere dates for the big-budget adaptation of His Dark Materials. The British public broadcaster will air it first on Sunday, November 3, and HBO — which co-produced the fantasy epic — will air it in a Monday night slot on November 4. The WarnerMedia-owned premium cabler also will air it internationally where it has networks and streaming services. The first season of His Dark Materials, which is written by Jack Thorne, follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), whose search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy named Will (Amir Wilson). Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands. James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel, who has a demon in the form of a snow leopard. Ruth Wilson’s villainess Mrs. Coulter has a monkey. Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a Texan who flies air balloons. He revealed that when we first see his character, he’s singing with his demon. The cast of the drama, which is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, also includes Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lucian Msamati, James Cosmo, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, Simon Manyonda as well as young actors Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson and Tyler Howitt. Voice stars include Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory, Poirot’s David Suchet and comedian Cristela Alonzo. Executive producing the series are Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathhurst; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One. Thorne admitted that the series was “challenging” to adapt and that he wrote several dozen drafts for the first episode. “We wrote papers to ourselves about all the different ideas in the show. We wanted to do a Ph.D. in Phillip Pullman and we tried to do a Ph.D. in His Dark Materials. I wrote 46 drafts of episode one in order to find a way to tell this story as elegantly as possible. [Pullman’s] denseness is a blessing and a curse; it’s so exciting. Sometimes when you’re doing an adaptation of something there’s a moment when you know everything there is to know. With Phillip you never can. It’s a very challenging show to write but also glorious to write,” he said at TCA. HBO and the BBC have committed to an initial 16-part run across two seasons with the show filmed in Wales. Bad Wolf chief Tranter called it a “quintessential” co-production between the British public broadcaster and the WarnerMedia premium cable network. “We started with the BBC because Philip Pullman is a [British] national treasure and the books are on the national curriculum and it felt right that it would have a place in the UK with one of its broadcasters. It [also] felt to us that we have premium cable performances and production values and that sense of glorious eccentricity to His Dark Materials is like no other, it felt very HBO to us and HBO and the BBC are very good partners,” she added.
  28. Xykan

    Free Games Megathread

    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/conarium/home Conarium is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://www.humblebundle.com/store/endless-space-collection-free-game Get a free copy of Endless Space Collection when you subscribe to the free Humble Bundle newsletter.
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