It’s null and void now because while it was appealing as a design and as a concept, I’m not particularly attracted to or excited by beat-up-your-enemies story formats and so at best it was going to actually be more of a sport story with a challenger of the day thing. I knew nothing about martial arts or boxing so I eventually felt like there was nothing really enriching I could get or provide out of the story so I stopped caring about it. It was fun to dream up dynamics though. I had a love story between Billie and her best friend, Julia (I DIDN’T NAME HER AFTER ME… IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A GOOD NAME…). Julia was supposed to be a more bookish and passive good Asian student whereas one of the mahou shoujo fighters was Amber who is also Asian but feels very trapped by the expectations of high-achieving student life so she took to the fight club as an outlet for her aggression. Billie had a really unstructured and dysfunctional home life so she took to the fight club out of boredom.
Here’s Billie and Julia (old drawing)
I couldn’t find this one polished drawing of Amber for some reason so just really quickly
The fight club itself was kind of basic. There were basically seasonal competitions within a hierarchy of circuits. There are local city circuits, that go up to regional, that go up to national, international, intergalactic and then interdimensional. It was kind of silly. At some point people were asking me permission to draw their own fighters and so I started up a blog to curate them but there was a lot of really violent and violence-glorifying stuff submitted so eventually I felt less comfortable curating it and I just got turned off of the idea.
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Someone sent me an ask just a bit ago asking about how I felt about my Huion tablet after I mentioned getting it and I thought I would share. I’ve had it since the beginning of 2014.
I have not had any issues with my Huion tablet. Supposedly this model is discontinued but it’s comparable to the H610 except without buttons or styling which I don’t care about. I have seen people complaining about them having issues. I wouldn’t use that to rule it out though, since I’ve seen equal numbers, if not more due to their universality, of Wacoms shit out on my friends. I like it. Mine cost 40 bucks bc it was a Christmas sale and it’s basically as usable as the 150 dollar Wacom I had before my dog ate my pen. The pressure curve is less steep compared to Wacom. You can get from 0 to max pressure with less force on Wacom. Some people don’t like that and I’m kind of indifferent to it.
Some things I don’t like.
1. Getting used to the new pen. With the battery inside it’s a lot heavier, and kind of closer to the top too so it can make drawing really annoyingly tiresome until you get used to it.
2. Drivers are a headache. Uninstall Wacom drivers if you formerly had a Wacom. DO NOT PLUG IN THE TABLET BEFORE INSTALLING THE DRIVERS FOR YOUR HUION TABLET. Windows has really terrible and extremely difficult to remove Wintablet drivers that will fuck up being able to draw with your Huion. Once you’ve located the drivers and installed it just plug it in and play with the settings. I can’t stress enough installing drivers before plugging the tablet for the first time. If you do that then this problem will be totally unnoticeable for you.
3. This isn’t really a con so much as a preference but Huion tablets are connected via a removable mini-USB to USB cable. That might be a plus for people and it was for me when I traveled every once in a while and I could detach the cord to pack it more neatly but I don’t like ported connections because I have a tendency to break them. On the other hand if the wire breaks a mini-USB to USB is like 50c and you can choose your length so maybe this is actually a pro.
4. Having to remember to turn off the pen after you use it and remembering to turn it on before you use it. I’ve had lots of times I’ve sat around complaining about my tablet being spontaneously dead and 2 hours later realize I had never turned the pen on. The on/off mechanism is exactly like a retractable pen so it’s at least a somewhat easy habit most of the time.
Things I liked
1. Really cheap and equally functional. You could be a pro artist and for sure do your normal work with them. Large sizes are also mad cheap. At least for me I got 6 x 9 inches for 40 bucks.
2. PENS ARE CHEAP TO REPLACE. Lest you have a poorly-trained dog or are prone to lose things. I’ve replaced the pen already and it was 15 bucks. I mean it isn’t chump change but better than fucking 85 dollars at Wacom at the time that I needed a pen.
3. Huion is really desperately trying to chip into Wacom so they are really really really nice and are really fast to respond to your questions/emails.
4. This was the best tablet pen I have ever used, until my dog also destroyed this one and I have been lazy to pony up for a replacement since I have like 2 pens for this Huion already.
5. Any Monoprice/Huion pen will work on any Monoprice/Huion tablet. Which is handy bc it saves the need for getting replacement pens. I had a really weird foam Monoprice that was 12 dollars so I still use the pen for that from time to time.
All in all, I like cheap functionality. I like things that work and are cheap to replace. I probably won’t be buying Wacom anymore since even if Huion is supposedly more sketchy in terms of quality, it’s still cheaper to get 2 Huion tablets than one Wacom (and in some cases you can get 3 Monoprice tablets). Wacom’s product line is getting kind of pleb these days so their prices might be more affordable last time I checked but still, you can get a larger, more function-packed Huion tablet for less than a Bamboo-thing from Wacom. So considering my tablet hasn’t died I’ve saved a good deal of money.
Oregon’s Monster Mushroom is World’s Biggest Living Thing
The largest living organism ever found has been discovered in an ancient American forest.
The Armillaria ostoyae, popularly known as the honey mushroom, started from a single spore too small to see without a microscope. It has been spreading its black shoestring filaments, called rhizomorphs, through the forest for an estimated 2,400 years, killing trees as it grows. It now covers 2,200 acres (880 hectares) of the Malheur National Forest, in eastern Oregon.
The outline of the giant fungus stretches 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometres) across, and it extends an average of three feet (one metre) into the ground. It covers an area as big as 1,665 football fields.
why would you attach a fake photo of a 30 foot mushroom to a story about a 2200 acre underground mushroom