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nasa · 3 months ago
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New Sun Science Stamps from the U.S. Postal Service
To start off the summer, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of stamps showcasing views of the Sun from our Solar Dynamics Observatory!
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Since its launch in 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (or SDO) has kept up a near-constant watch on the Sun from its vantage point in orbit around Earth. SDO watches the Sun in more than 10 different types of light, including some that are absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere so can only be seen from space. These different types of light allow scientists to study different parts of the Sun – from its surface to its atmosphere – and better understand the solar activity that can affect our technology on Earth and in space.
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The new set of stamps features 10 images from SDO. Most of these images are in extreme ultraviolet light, which is invisible to human eyes.
Let’s explore the science behind some of the stamps!
Coronal hole (May 2016)
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The dark area capping the northern polar region of the Sun is a coronal hole, a magnetically open area on the Sun from which high-speed solar wind escapes into space. Such high-speed solar wind streams can spark magnificent auroral displays on Earth when they collide with our planet’s magnetic field.
Solar flare (August 2011)
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The bright flash on the Sun’s upper right is a powerful solar flare. Solar flares are bursts of light and energy that can disturb the part of Earth’s atmosphere where GPS and radio signals travel.
Active Sun (October 2014)
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This view highlights the many active regions dotting the Sun’s surface. Active regions are areas of intense and complex magnetic fields on the Sun – linked to sunspots – that are prone to erupting with solar flares or explosions of material called coronal mass ejections.
Plasma blast (August 2012)
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These images show a burst of material from the Sun, called a coronal mass ejection. These eruptions of magnetized solar material can create space weather effects on Earth when they collide with our planet’s magnetosphere, or magnetic environment – including aurora, satellite disruptions, and, when extreme, even power outages.
Coronal loops (July 2012)
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These images show evolving coronal loops across the limb and disk of the Sun. Just days after these images were taken, the Sun unleashed a powerful solar flare.
Coronal loops are often found over sunspots and active regions, which are areas of intense and complex magnetic fields on the Sun.
Sunspots (October 2014)
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This view in visible light – the type of light we can see – shows a cluster of sunspots near the center of the Sun. Sunspots appear dark because they are relatively cool compared to surrounding material, a consequence of the way their extremely dense magnetic field prevents heated material from rising to the solar surface.
For more Sun science, follow NASA Sun on Twitter, on Facebook, or on the web.
Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space!
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simminmybestlife · 7 months ago
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NEW CC RELEASE: THE NAIL SALON PACK 
TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY  SOOOOO  I wanted to show out a lil' bit and celebrate with you ALL!
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  This nail salon includes over 30 custom made items including nail tech tables (with poses), FUNCTIONAL pedicure chairs & SO MUCH MORE!! This set has over 30 pieces to it, sooo- I really went in on this one! I hope ya'll enjoy!!
[DOWNLOAD]
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THIS SET INCLUDES:
Professional Remover 100% Acetone
Cutex Nail Polish Remover
Essie Nail Polish (22 Swatches)
Sally Henson Nail Polish (16 Swatches)
CND Scentsatoin Hand & Body Lotion (5 Swatches)
Curvature Lounge Chair (10 Swatches)
Curvature Nail Salon Sink**
Curvature Nail Table (5 Swatches)
Curvature Pedicure Chair (5 Swatches)
Curvature Heart Shaped Nail Tech Chair (4 Swatches)
Nail Salon Front Desk** (3 Swatches)
Gena Pedi Buckets (3 Swatches)
& SO MUCH MORE !! 
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CC DETIALS:
FUNCTIONAL PEDICURE CHAIRS: The Pedicure chair in this set is functional. Sims can receive a foot or a hand massage in chairs.
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CUSTOM THUMBNAILS: Each Item has a custom thumbnail for easy finding in build mode.
​All meshes created 100% by Me (Simmin' My Best Life) ​
These items have been tested extensively, however if you have any issues w/ this CC, please let me know! Thanks in advanc
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powderdoom · 4 months ago
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NEW the Malibu Barbie x Colourpop collection! Launching 5/13 at 10am PST on Colourpop’s website, the collection in honor of Malibu Barbie’s 50th anniversary includes:
Malibu Barbie Palette Beach Party Super Shock Highlighter Golden Beach Lip Duo Dreamhouse Lip Duo Malibu Sunset Lip Duo Doll Lashes Faux Lashes Malibu Barbie x ColourPop Hand Mirror
Will you be picking anything up from the collection?
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life-happens-wherever · 11 months ago
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So they finally released the limited ATLA blu ray box here in Germany
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GUYS, I’ve been waiting for this for a few months now since they always somehow pushed back the release date for this box, but yesterday (13.10.20) they finally released it! 
And it’s gorgeous. 
I have no idea if this is a German-only release or if the artwork was already featured somewhere but I’ve been so pumped since this arrived in the mail today! 
So here’s some of the new? artwork included for anyone interested! Enjoy!
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(There’s also artwork of Pakku, Bumi and Ozai. Sadly no Iroh tho...)
So yeah, I’m really excited to start yet another rewatch with this box! I must admit that it is a little bit pricey (100 Euro = 117 USD), so I’d love to share the rest of the art so that everyone is able to appreciate it! <3 
EDIT: Here is the remaining artwork! 
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shiloh-sylvanian · 20 days ago
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Japan Sylvanians are also doing some kind of collab with Moringa and their pancake mix. 300 lucky winners in the lotto
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rel8able-lyrics · 2 months ago
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"I didn't peak in high school. I'm still out here gettin' cuter."
- "Industry Baby" sung by Lil Nas X (feat. Jack Harlow)
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crosstheoceans · 6 months ago
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New Release
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Amattare wa Inu mo Kuwanai ch. 1
Author: Nitako Genre: Comedy, Romance, Yaoi Chapters: 6 + extras
Summary:
The exclusive top, Azuma, fell in love at first sight with Nishio, who joined their company mid-career. Although they were superior and subordinate, the two started dating. As it was Nishio's first time dating a man, Azuma decided "I'll bottom for you first" and bravely offered up his (anal) virginity?! Compiled in the same volume, a marriage of two fathers?! A love comedy featuring a middle-school boy and girl in the midst of puberty getting caught up in their father's newlywed life.
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Hey, everyone. Finally we released this manga. If you have read their story in Shouta, Kimi wo Aishiteru, then you can dig on this now, if you haven't, go read Shouta first xD.
Special thanks to Kuromitsu for the raw and Aby for the translation and the staff for the hard works. Enjoy
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- Still recruiting staff-
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monster-bait · 7 months ago
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AVAILABLE NOW in PAPERBACK & eBOOK
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dontneedani · 2 months ago
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Huge congratulations to Madison Reyes, her video for Te amo has passed 100K view (current at 107K). But she honestly deserves more, so give it a stream and tell your friends!
(Also, if you haven't, like, subscribe, and engage in the comment section for algorithm and stuff).
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diifacto · a year ago
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In honour of the recent release of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, let me just drop some thoughts about Hunger Games.
I’ve been reading a lot of reviews lately, and one thing they all seem to have in common is that most people loved The Hunger Games itself, but lost interest after the actual “games” portion of the novels disappeared. That the complicated politics got boring and the propos were so fake and the love triangle was unsatifisying and out of place amid all this war; that Katniss acted like a puppet in Mockingjay—I’ve seen people complain about how present her PTSD is and how it’s confusing to read; about how everything she did was for show; I’ve even seen her compared to Bella Swan. And I’m here to tell you that all that is the point.
So many authors have tried to replicate what Suzanne Collins did with Hunger Games—she created an entire YA subgenre. But nothing’s gotten it right. Why? Why do so many people love The Hunger Games, but drop the sequels as “boring” and “fake”? Why do so many authors trying to replicate Hunger Games’ sensationalism go off the rails in their third installment? (Looking at you for that one, Divergent.)
To put it simply: politics.
Gonna get a bit English student/history major-ish here, but Suzanne Collins’ writing of the political climate and power struggle in Hunger Games is absolutely fantastic. In Mockingjay particularly, Collins presents a fascinating commentary on authoritarianism through contrasting President Coin with President Snow, showing the former to be—true to her name—just another side of the same coin as Panem’s dictator. If you’d like, connections can certainly be drawn to specific political parties, with Snow, of course, being your far-right fascist, and Coin your far-left communist, but Collins’ message in this commentary isn’t centered on labels like that. In a way, her handling of the issue reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984, with the Party never being specified as leftist or rightist, just totalitarian. The message is the same: whether communist, fascist, far-left, far-right, whatever you want to call yourself—totalitarianism is bad, kids. Authoritarianism is bad. Remember, the political spectrum isn’t a line, it’s a circle—and it all comes down to dictatorships and tyrannical rulers.
And that’s where everyone goes wrong, readers and authors alike. Because Suzanne Collins does what the media does: hides it under all these layers of drama, intrigue, bloodbaths, horror, love triangles, until the politics get all blurry. That’s art imitating life, right there.
Gonna drag poor Divergent along for sec, because it reminded me of The Hunger Games, in a lot of ways. Dystopian YA with some really nice commentary on society. Loved the first book; I still go back and reread it, and while lacking in certain qualities, what novel isn’t? But Roth lost that thread in the conclusion, because I feel, like so many others, she fell into Collins’ trap about what makes Hunger Games so good. The drama. The love triangle. The horror. The bloody, shocking plot twist. Not politics.
Let’s unpack the rest of it, here, too:
The love triangle is supposed to feel fake and out of place, because it is. (I mean, I’d argue there isn’t even a real love triangle, but that’s a whole other debate I’ll bring up again sometime.) It’s a fabrication used by those in power throughout the novel to distract from the Capitol’s crimes, and the fact real people fixate on it in Hunger Games to this is extent means Collins’ commentary on the issue is entirely correct. And similarly, this sort of media war District 13 and the Capital have in Mockingjay, with Katniss doing propos and Peeta being tortured into interviews—yes, it is fake. It’s propaganda; that’s the whole point.
As for Katniss acting like a puppet, I’d argue that as illustrated by a notable plot twist near the end of the novel (and numerous events throughout, on that note), Katniss was acting and thinking independently. I’d also take care to point out that Katniss is seventeen years old and deeply traumatized. One of the things I love about YA are the young, teenaged protagonists doing incredible things, and living through impossible horrors—but I’ll be the first to admit sometimes it gets unrealistic. Collins takes a more realistic approach. Katniss has PTSD; Collins writes this. Katniss has been used as a puppet by the rebellion so long, can she even consider not acting as their figurehead; Collins discusses this. Katniss is a seventeen-year-old whose main concern is protecting the people she loves, one of whom is Peeta; Collins writes her actions to reflect this. Just because Katniss doesn’t go full-badass-archer, front-lines-in-the-war-effort like we saw in the actual Games of the first two installments—and have seen many protagonists do in other series—doesn’t mean she’s not fighting back and staying true to herself the whole time.
Again, it’s a different kind of fight, politics.
So my point is, Hunger Games is driven by politics. Suzanne Collins presents some very intelligent points on politics, to a YA audience. And, ten years after she published Mockingjay, she’s back with a novel on the early life and rise of a dictator. So what, pray tell, might she be trying to say?
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posereference · a month ago
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Page 50 from my new book... pre-sale drop will begin tomorrow Sunday 8/22/21 at 11:11 AM EDT (20% off retail)! www.PoseMuse.com
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glitterberrysims · a month ago
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Some TSR Releases! 
I’m sorry I never keep up with my TSR releases! But I do try and release a few times a week over there, so please do check out my minisite!
These are a the latest releases! :D 
My MiniSite
Pearl Bridal Earrings
Elise Ring
Flower Ring
Pearl Ladder Earrings 
Splash Earrings, Child Version
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treasurem · 2 months ago
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Original Extreme Self - “ To become the most maximum version of yourself, you have to create avatars and then inhabit them.”
~Shumon Basar
monday.
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shiloh-sylvanian · 9 months ago
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crosstheoceans · 4 months ago
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New Release
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86 Man En no Hatsukoi ch. 1
Author: Rocky Genre: Romance, Yaoi Chapters: 6
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“A weird guy nests in my house. He’s flashy, has long hair, and is good at making coffee. That’s all I know about this beautiful guy.” A story between a freewheeling kind of guy and a conservatively dressed and quiet virgin with glasses. “I’ve never felt this sweet sensation before.” “I have a feeling that one day soon I’ll have to tell him I’m a virgin. And I don’t like the idea.”, thinks Kiyatake, who works as a librarian in a local library. He was obliged to allow Sato, who crashed into his place just like an accident faker, to live in his house. Sato looks pushy and spontaneous at the same time...
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Hi everyone. Finally we released this manga after a year since we picked it up. Thanks to everyone for the hard works. Enjoy and happy weekend.
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kyotakumrau · 5 months ago
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DIR EN GREY – NEW SINGLE 『朧・Oboro』 15sec Teaser (2021.4.28 RELEASE)
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