Finally watched Frozen. That was a lot more singing than I was expecting, but it sure was a visual treat.
Handmade Swords - Earil
- By Peter Lyon of Weta Workshop
- Edition Size: 1
- Measurements: Blade length: 915mm (36”). Overall length: 1217mm (48”). Weight: 1.94Kg (4 pounds 4 ounces). Balance point: 71mm (2.8”) along blade, measured from the shoulder of the blade
The sword has been made especially for the Weta Cave and Weta’s Online Shop to sell to the public. It is similar to late medieval European longswords, but with design flourishes transform it into a piece of art as well. A longsword is light enough and balanced to be used with one hand, but it can also be used two handed for powerful cutting blows. The blade is broad for much of its length, making for strong cuts, but comes to an acute point for effective thrusts, making this a true cut-and-thrust sword.
The individual parts have shapes and detail lines that blend into each other and continue into the next component, so that shapes continue even as the materials change, and the shapes of all the hilt parts draw the eye towards the diamond shaped bosses in the centre of the grip, filled with polished Paua (New Zealand abalone) shell each side. At the same time there is a strong central line through the hilt and along the blade, emphasising the straight and symmetrical shapes of the sword.
This sword has many nautical features which led me to the name, “Aearil”, which in Elvish means “Gleaming Ocean”.
The straight blade is ground from spring steel bar, and has been heat treated to give the best possible combination of toughness and edge hardness. Historically blades were forged into shape and to remove flaws in the steel, but the consistency and high specifications of modern steels mean this is no longer necessary.
The bevelled edge is blunted for safety and display, but could just as easily be sharpened for cutting tests. The tang of the blade is strong and wide, and passes through the cross guard, grip and pommel, and is peened over the end of the pommel for maximum strength.
The cross guard is cut from a block of mild steel. From the centre block it projects along the blade and towards the ends, which are split into a fork. This is an unusual feature which I don’t recall being used on a sword before. The cross is set onto the shoulders of the blade for extra strength and stability, as was done on medieval European swords to prevent the cross becoming loose and rattling through use.
The grip is made of beech wood, covered with leather. Thin cords under the leather create the designs, and the leather has been carefully tooled to fit into all the shapes created by the cords. The grip was mostly drilled out then fitted by heating the tang and burning out the remaining wood for a tight fit, and finally glued in place. It is a two handed grip; the foregrip is straight to give a strong gripping surface, while the waisted shape of the upper grip encourages the second hand to nestle into the inside curves of the pommel.
The mild steel pommel is also a counterweight for the blade. It is shaped somewhat like a fish tail, with curved and recessed faces to add interesting shapes, and also to remove weight and get the best possible balance for the sword overall. The pommel was set tight onto the tapering tang before the end was peened over.
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This is from Fit To Fat To Fit. I don’t think that the official site tells the story very well, but anyway, the guy had always been very fit. As a trainer he decided to eat worse and put on a lot of weight and then proceeded to work it back off.
1,200 won convenience store bulgogi kimbap XD
I need this. @_@
I need friends that enjoy the barbell more than the bar.
ooooh shit! she didn’t even have time to flinch…!
idk what that is but i want to learn it
faked a roundhouse to the body, finished to the head…good joint mobility! Her thigh doesn’t even move …that was all knee movement.
I may be wrong, but isn’t that just a regular Brazilian kick?
The way that they’re dressed in addition to the fact that the woman in white is literally standing with her arms at her sides doing absolutely nothing… I want to say fake. This looks like some fetish thing.
The one in white is literally waiting for the kick.
I’m not one to normally post randomness such as this, but this is an accurate visual representation of how I feel attempting to survive and even thrive through these last three weeks before the onset of finals.
Anytime you wanna stop reminding me that we only have three weeks left would be great.
I didn’t even walk commencement because final grades weren’t in yet by then and I didn’t know if I would officially graduate. That was a stressful month.
18 month transformation
Sir, I want to have dinner with you.
SOMEONE DO A DATE LIKE THIS WITH ME. I’LL EVEN LET YOU TOUCH THE BOOTY.
Now that’s how you get laid boys.
Holy shit that’s awesome.
I want to
This seems like a good idea in theory, but not so much in practice. The lack of a tent means that bugs can easily crawl up the side of the pool and into it. The layer of pillows and blankets make a great hiding place for them. Being open (no tent) also means that flying bugs can easily get to you, so you’re likely going to get eaten up by mosquitoes. To say nothing of how small kiddie pools tend to be; I’m a bit over six feet tall, I can’t lay down in these things.
It’s a romantic idea on paper, but there may be a rude awakening after this “night under the stars”. A better idea would be to get a tent that has a removable flap on the top of the tent. The top is screened so that bugs can’t get in, but you can see through it and enjoy your view of the stars. The flap is put on before going to bed in case it rains at night (and it also keeps out the morning dew).
Today’s workout is HIIT: Plyo from Les Mills Combat. I’m actually looking forward to this, though hoping that the headache passes before this evening.
This is the full 30 minute workout, although I wouldn’t expect it to remain online for long: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTc3MzMwNDE2.html
This program was definitely worth the $60. I wish that I had the money for the rest of the videos TBH.
Oh wow i have an awesome gi lol I always thought it was more red than orange!
Yeah it is quite good. :) I have one myself, although it no longer fits. Check out their black label if you ever get the itch for an upgrade. It is so very soft and comfortable, if I were rich I would buy some to wear around the house!