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    Director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) and KADOKAWA are bringing their latest original series, DECA-DENCE, to FUNimation as part of the Summer 2020 anime season! Set in a world where all of humanity lives on a giant moving fortress, this series follows the fight against a legion of treacherous kaiju! From Studio NUT (Saga of Tanya the Evil), DECA-DENCE crew includes series composer Hiroshi Seko (Banana Fish, Vinland Saga) and character designer Shinichi Kurita (Death Parade, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV). Studio NUT produced its first anime project Youjo Senki (The Saga of Tanya the Evil) in 2017—an adaptation of Carlo Zen's fantasy military light novel of the same title. The studio also collaborated with Production I.G and Revoroot on FLCL Alternative last year. Official Teaser
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    The CW announced what would normally be considered its fall schedule, except the lineup later this year has been largely scrubbed given the ongoing production shut down due to the coronavirus. Instead, the network's official kickoff is now being planned for January. The only other broadcast network to reveal their fall plans so far is Fox, which will have a semi-normal fall lineup. "Of course, for original scripted series we do not have an exact return of production yet," CW CEO and chairman Mark Pedowitz told reporters. "We are going with this strategy to give producers and studios ample time to get back up and running in the best and safest way possible. Strategy and protocols are still being developed. What other broadcasters do is up to them. For The CW, this is right for us." Only the final episodes of Supernatural are still planned to air in fall (with no date yet set). The network has five episodes of the long-running fan-favorite series shot with two more to go, and expects it will be able to finish those final episodes in time to air in the fall. The network also plans to air other unspecified originals and acquired series of some kind in the fall. "Jared and Jensen [Ackles] will go back to finish the last two and then Jared will go off to work on Walker," Pedowitz said. "We hope they will start shooting [Supernatural] late summer early fall. If not, we’ll be flexible in our schedule. We all want to end the 15 years the right way. It's important that these two episodes will be done the way they hope to do them. If not, we'll wait it out." The network's usual Arrowverse crossover will still happen, but not until first or second quarter 2021. The crossover will also be shorter than usual, only two hours are planned, but Pedowitz plans to put the network's new Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose) together. Two new shows will be held until deeper into mid-season: The reboot of Kung Fu and rebellion drama The Republic of Sarah. While Katy Keene is not on the lineup, yet not canceled. A verdict on the musical comedy is still to come. Here is The CW's schedule effective January 2021: MONDAY 8:00-9:00PM ALL AMERICAN 9:00-10:00PM BLACK LIGHTNING TUESDAY 8:00-9:00PM THE FLASH 9:00-10:00PM SUPERMAN & LOIS (New Series) WEDNESDAY 8:00-9:00PM RIVERDALE 9:00-10:00PM NANCY DREW THURSDAY 8:00-9:00PM WALKER (New Series) 9:00-10:00PM LEGACIES FRIDAY 8:00-9:00PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (New Night) 9:00-9:30PM WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night) 9:30-10:00PM WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night) SUNDAY 8:00-9:00PM BATWOMAN 9:00-10:00PM CHARMED (New Night)
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    A lot of fan mods just dropped for the "Remaster" in order to update the game further graphically. Here is some comparisons between the official remaster as-is and the fan mods created for it. some enemy battle models official (before) vs. fan mods (after): https://imgsli.com/MTYyODU https://imgsli.com/MTYyNjk https://imgsli.com/MTYyNjY click the link and use the slider to go back n forth... fan mod is extremely more detailed. and then some background comparisons official: fan mod: official: fan mod: official: fan mod: Full size them of course to fully see the difference.
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    What's the Word? - GOCHUJANG pronunciation: [KOH-choo-jang] Part of speech: noun Origin: Korean, year unknown meaning: 1. A spicy paste used in Korean cooking, made from red chili peppers, fermented soybeans, rice, and salt. Example: "I'm challenging myself to try one new food a week; this week it's gochujang." "The special today is a spicy shrimp rice bowl with gochujang, cucumber, radishes, and carrots." About Gochujang Gochujang might be a new addition to American pantries, but this spicy red condiment has long been a staple of Korean cuisine. "Gochu" means red pepper, and "jang" means sauce. In addition to the spicy peppers, this paste contains fermented soy beans, rice, and salt. Did you know? Interested in trying this sauce? You can easily find it at a Korean restaurant, but you can also pick it up at any well-stocked grocery store. Try it in a stew, a rice bowl, as a marinade for meat, a vegetable sauce, or to spice up your soup.
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    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/grand-theft-auto-v/home Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://store.ubi.com/ie/game?pid=5a7d728d0c8ee45b54018f23&dwvar_5a7d728d0c8ee45b54018f23_Platform=pcdl&edition=Ancient Egypt&source=detail Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed Ancient Egypt is currently free on Ubisoft Uplay. https://store.ubi.com/ie/game?pid=5d4040cd5cdf9a07d09464ac&dwvar_5d4040cd5cdf9a07d09464ac_Platform=pcdl&edition=Ancient Greece&source=detail Discovery Tour by Ubisoft Ancient Greece is currently free on Ubisoft Uplay. https://www.humblebundle.com/store/aegis-defenders-free-game Aegis Defenders is currently free on Humble Bundle via newsletter. https://store.steampowered.com/app/354330/Expansion__Crusader_Kings_II_Horse_Lords/ Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords Expansion DLC is currently free on Steam. The base game, Crusader Kings II, is free to play.
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    Fact of the Day - DRAISINE Did you know... that a draisine is a light auxiliary rail vehicle, driven by service personnel, equipped to transport crew and material necessary for the maintenance of railway infrastructure? (Wikipedia) The first two-wheeled vehicle for personal transportation was invented in 1816 by the German aristocrat Karl Christian Ludwig Drais von Sauerbrohn. The "draisine," as it was named after its inventor, was a very simple machine. One had to push feet against the ground; steering was possible by operating the front wheel. Drais believed that his "running machine" (Laufmaschine) would replace horses as a more efficient and economic vehicle - it would make it possible to save on the cost of oat. Drais, however, did not take into account the practical problems connected to riding draisines. Apart from the easy falls, shoes wore out quite quickly... The draisine became nothing more than a fashionable toy for young aristocrats, also called a "hobby horse." Makers let their imaginations run free, carving out of wood marvellous two-wheeled horses, snakes and elephants. Draisine (Second half of the 19th century) Hanging from the frame, there is a leather strap for attaching a cushion. The bronze bell warned pedestrians that a draisine was approaching. The Medici coat of arms on the bell shows that this model was made in Florence. The wheels are older than the handlebar. Draisine is evolution of the human-powered transportation device that was originally devised by the German Baron Karl Drais and his “Laufmaschine” bicycle that was made in 1817. What this inventor brought to the European market in early 19th century was two wooden wheels connected with the main beam that housed simple controlling rod and seating place. Users who drove this device did not have access to pedals and chain drive like on modern bicycles, but had to reach with their legs to the ground and propel themselves forward by either walking or running. Picture Of Draisine 1817 This simple design very quickly received many upgrades from the inventors from all around the world, but the French name “draisine” that described this Dandy Horse design continued to live on by describing another transport device – a rail vehicle with three or four wheels that was powered either by the service personnel or by diesel engines. These devices started being used all around the world as very easy and simple way of transporting personnel and maintenance tools across railway infrastructure. Because all these draisine rail vehicles were made to be as light as possible, one or two people could easily operate and propel them. Manual driving mechanisms varied from one draisine to another, ranging from hand lever, hand pedals, leg pedals for users who were sitting down on the floor, a four wheeled platform with two full bicycle sets placed on either side of it, or even a two-wheeled bicycle that had additional stabilization pieces that enabled it to remain stable while being locked to the structure of one rail. In 20th and 21st century, these railroad devices are rarely called as draisine. They are mostly referred as handcars, speeders or road-rail vehicles (vehicles that can drive both on rails and traditional roads). Source: Bicycle History Dandy Horse Demonstrations Drais followed his record-setting Mannheim to Schwetzinger trial run with a second 1817 journey from Gernsbach to Baden over a notoriously steep 800ft hill. Lessing writes that a local policeman clocked von Drais in at 4:00, having completed the trip in one hour at an average of 4 miles per hour, halving the usual travel time and impressing the amateur scientists in attendance. A more spectacular show of the machine was, however, needed if Drais was to attract a commercial market. In April 1818, Drais organised a draisienne demonstration in Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens hosted by his chasseur (footman), who served as his agent in France. Thousands of spectators paid admission for a glimpse of the machine. Illustrations of the event show women in fancy gowns, well-dressed men, and children lining the park’s paths as draisiennes scoot by. News of the demonstration reached far and wide. The Morning Chronicle for 10 April 1818 commented in its 'Paris Papers' section that: "An immense concourse of spectators assembled yesterday at noon at Luxemburg [sic], to witness the experiments with Draisiennes (a species of carriage moved by machinery without horses). The crowd was so great that the experiments were but imperfectly made. The machine, however went quicker than a man at full speed and the conductors did not appear fatigued." Remarkably, a tandem designed for a female passenger was displayed. The Morning Chronicle continues, “About three a Lady appeared in a Draisienne, conducted by the Chasseur of the Baron de Drais.” Public Reaction and Popularity The reception to Drais’ new machine was mixed. The Liverpool Mercury, 24 April 1818, optimistically noted that, “Draisiennes appear to be convenient for the country and for short journeys on most roads.” Journal de Paris, however, was unimpressed, reporting that one rider fell and put his draisienne out of action by breaking a bolt, and that the machine was slower than a band of children. Comparisons to children’s hobby horses were impossible to shake, making people flippant about the draisienne as an adult technology. The draisienne was a target for satire. Historian David Herlihy writes that a contemporary damningly claimed, “Mr Drais deserves the gratitude of cobblers, for he has found an optimal way to wear out shoes.” Fellow cycle historian Andrew Ritchie has uncovered jokes about “Velocipedraniavaporiana” and a patent for a machine going “14 miles in 15 days". The Draisienne Curiosity prevailed and draisiennes proved popular for park riding in the summer of 1818. Drais’ chasseur ran a rental business out of Monceau Park in Paris, and overall sales were good. Riding rinks opened as far away as Austria. The draisienne craze was, however, short lived. Rutted, uneven roads made riding unpleasant and taxing. When riders retreated to footpaths, they were deemed a nuisance to pedestrians. Some cities banned draisiennes, including Milan in 1818, London and New York in 1819, and Calcutta in 1920. Appropriation and Proliferation Drais had hit upon an invention with tremendous potential. His civil servant status as a forester and the regional limits of patents, however, made it difficult for Drais to protect his design. On 12 January 1818, Drais received a patent in Baden, but it was not valid beyond the region. Later that year Drais secured a five-year patent in France, but it did little to discourage knock-offs. Pirated draisiennes appeared throughout Europe. The Dandy Horse In England, Denis Johnson, coachmaker of No. 75 Longacre in London, made the most of Drais’ design by appropriating it. There is no doubt that Johnson’s velocipede was based on the draisienne. The Yorkshire Gazette, 15 May 1819, for example wrote that, “Baron von Drais…is the inventor of this ingenious machine…now introduced to this county by Mr Johnson.” Johnson likely saw models and designs brought over from Europe, and swiftly patented it in England before anyone else got the same idea. Above: Johnson's Pedestrian Hobby Horse Riding School, 1819 Johnson’s 'pedestrian curricle', patent #4321 dated 22 December 1818, was an improved draisienne. It was lighter, substituted metal for wood where possible, had larger more stable wooden wheels lined with iron, featured a crossbar dipped in the middle where the saddle sat, was more upright, and had a metal steering column. It could travel 9-10 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest vehicles on the road. Johnson introduced a ladies drop frame and a deluxe model hand painted to order. A riding school opened near his Long Acre shop, and races were organised. The 'dandy horse' or 'hobby' as it became known was popular with young urban gentlemen, and even more popular with satirists. 'The Hobby-Horse Dealer', an 1819 print held in the British Museum (below), which compares buying a velocipede to assessing a horse, illustrates this vein of humour. Drais’ original draisienne may have been a passing fad, but his design inspired further innovation, copycats included, with lasting influence. Drais’ Political Persecution and Final Days Drais did not lead an easy life. His mother died when he was 14, his forestry career relied on his father’s influence, and his meagre income rendered him unmarriageable. Drais had difficulty patenting his draisienne and failed to find commercial success. The von Drais family, who had already once fled the advancing French revolutionary army, had their reputation ruined in 1819 when Drais Senior, a high ranking judge, refused to pardon a student accused of murdering an anti-revolutionary playwright. Karl von Drais moved to Brazil to escape persecution, returning in 1827 when his father, an epileptic, became ill. His father died in 1830, at which point Lessing writes, “the bachelor became an alcoholic". During the German Revolutions, 1848-9, Drais forfeited his title as Baron, becoming “Citizen Karl Drais.” Later, when Prussians forces reclaimed the region, revolutionary sympathisers were executed or committed to asylums, a fate Drais escaped only through the lobbying of his sister and cousin. Drais lived out his remaining years quietly and impoverished, having had his assets seized and reputation ruined in the aftermath of the failed revolution. He died penniless aged 66 on 10 December 1851. Drais’ inventions, his biographers reveal on www.karldrais.de, were forgotten or belittled by Baderian authorities keen on discrediting their political enemies. Drais’ reputation was not restored until the Victorian cycling age. A commemorative plaque was installed on his house in Karlsruhe and German cyclists saw that his grave was protected. The Graphic, 4 May 1891 reported that “British Cyclists, who owe so much health and enjoyment to their machines, may like to hear of the honours just paid to the inventor of the bicycle, Baron Carl von Drais. [sic]…the Baron’s remains have been moved with much pomp from their neglected grave to a resting place in the new cemetery, where the bicyclists of the fatherland will erect a handsome monument.” Conclusion A fitting memorial to Drais has since been erected in Karlsruhe cemetery. Postage stamps, a Google Doodle and a 2017 German €20 coin have also been released in his honour. The draisienne may not have been a pedal bike like we think of today, but it represented an integral stage in cycling design. Two centuries after the draisienne first came to prominence, it is fair to look back at the legacy of Karl Von Drais and declare him the father of the bicycle. Source: Dr. Sheila Hanlon is Cycling UK's historian. She will be exploring our rich cycling past and present in an ongoing series on the history section of Cycling UK's website.
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