CoolProps “Alien 3” Dog Alien Deluxe Maquette

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During the production of the 1992 movie “Alien 3”, filmmakers used costume suits and props of the Dog Alien character. CoolProps and Prime 1 Studio have developed the Dog Alien Maquette based on the mold of the 1:4 puppet and 3D data from the movie.

Like the high-end statues produced by Prime 1 Studio, this product was also defined as a precise Maquette. Artists faithfully reproduced the scene which was filmed with 1:4 puppet where the dog alien ran through the fire.

This is an excellent piece that captures the moment when the dog alien aggressively runs off, and you can enjoy this very moment with various angles. The deluxe version includes an additional growl head and stand.

CoolProps Dog Alien Deluxe Maquette features: Two (2) heads (open mouth and closed-mouth), Two (2) kinds of inner mouths (short and long version), *Inner mouth can be attached to open-mouth head, Two (2) Base stands, for statue and bust as seen in the movie

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Masters of the Universe Evil-Lyn 21.5-inch tall classic statue

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“Now is my chance to conquer all of Eternia for myself!”

Evil has come to Eternia, with a classic twist! Sideshow is proud to present the Evil-Lyn Classic Statue, joining the Masters of the Universe collection!

This 1:5 scale interpretation of the mistress of dark magic stands 21.5” tall on a dramatic Snake Mountain themed base. The color scheme on the Evil-Lyn statue is inspired by her more classic appearance stemming from the origins of Masters of the Universe.

Evil-Lyn clutches her wand-staff in one hand, topped with a mystical orb, as she prepares to cast a wicked spell as a powerful member of the Evil Warriors of Eternia. She has a stylish set of snake tattoos across her back, and her costume is intricately detailed with texturing and piping patterns highlighted in contrasting blues.

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POP TOYS 1/6th scale Warrior Women Series W001 Female Ronin Nobushi 12-inch figure

That’s it – almost every 1/6th scale company is jumping on the fantasy female figure bandwagon. You can see a lot of 12-inch female action figures these days compared to the past when boys (guys) played with action figures (mostly male) and gals played with dolls (usually female except for Ken and his friends who hang around Barbie and her gals). Dolls or action figures? It depends on who calls them. Usually the gals will say dolls and the guys would say action figure because for a guy to say that he’s playing with dolls would seem like he ain’t ‘man’ enough. See my other toy blog posts “I collect Action Figures! And here are some of them” HERE and “G.I. Joe named 20th Century’s Top Toy! Beating Transformers, Lego, Barbie and Monopoly” HERE

POPTOYS release the first product Nobushi of Warrior Women series sincerely. The featured products of this series are fighting style female figures. The first character – Nobushi, will show you an athletic, bright and brave female with Razor. “Warrior Women series” will continue to be added more female General with Japan armor. It has been exhibited at 2017 SHCC. The official pictures will be showed in the near future. In the future, “Warrior Women Series” will be more plentiful.

POP TOYS 1/6th scale Warrior Women Series W001 Female Ronin Nobushi 12-inch figure Parts List: Female head, Super flexible female body, Bamboo hat, Mask, Array feather weave, Tunics, Belt, Jade, Spring blasting, Pants, Forearm armor, Left arm armor, Cuisse, Straw sandals, Gloved hands x6, Razor (made of metal), Razor holder, Support

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Announcing OpenFermion: The Open Source Chemistry Package for Quantum Computers

Posted by Ryan Babbush and Jarrod McClean, Quantum Software Engineers, Quantum AI Team

“The underlying physical laws necessary for the mathematical theory of a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty is only that the exact application of these laws leads to equations much too complicated to be soluble.”
-Paul Dirac, Quantum Mechanics of Many-Electron Systems (1929)

In this passage, physicist Paul Dirac laments that while quantum mechanics accurately models all of chemistry, exactly simulating the associated equations appears intractably complicated. Not until 1982 would Richard Feynman suggest that instead of surrendering to the complexity of quantum mechanics, we might harness it as a computational resource. Hence, the original motivation for quantum computing: by operating a computer according to the laws of quantum mechanics, one could efficiently unravel exact simulations of nature. Such simulations could lead to breakthroughs in areas such as photovoltaics, batteries, new materials, pharmaceuticals and superconductivity. And while we do not yet have a quantum computer large enough to solve classically intractable problems in these areas, rapid progress is being made. Last year, Google published this paper detailing the first quantum computation of a molecule using a superconducting qubit quantum computer. Building on that work, the quantum computing group at IBM scaled the experiment to larger molecules, which made the cover of Nature last month.

Today, we announce the release of OpenFermion, the first open source platform for translating problems in chemistry and materials science into quantum circuits that can be executed on existing platforms. OpenFermion is a library for simulating the systems of interacting electrons (fermions) which give rise to the properties of matter. Prior to OpenFermion, quantum algorithm developers would need to learn a significant amount of chemistry and write a large amount of code hacking apart other codes to put together even the most basic quantum simulations. While the project began at Google, collaborators at ETH Zurich, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Oxford University, Dartmouth College, Rigetti Computing and NASA all contributed to alpha releases. You can learn more details about this release in our paper, OpenFermion: The Electronic Structure Package for Quantum Computers.

One way to think of OpenFermion is as a tool for generating and compiling physics equations which describe chemical and material systems into representations which can be interpreted by a quantum computer1. The most effective quantum algorithms for these problems build upon and extend the power of classical quantum chemistry packages used and developed by research chemists across government, industry and academia. Accordingly, we are also releasing OpenFermion-Psi4 and OpenFermion-PySCF which are plugins for using OpenFermion in conjunction with the classical electronic structure packages Psi4 and PySCF.

The core OpenFermion library is designed in a quantum programming framework agnostic way to ensure compatibility with various platforms being developed by the community. This allows OpenFermion to support external packages which compile quantum assembly language specifications for diverse hardware platforms. We hope this decision will help establish OpenFermion as a community standard for putting quantum chemistry on quantum computers. To see how OpenFermion is used with diverse quantum programming frameworks, take a look at OpenFermion-ProjectQ and Forest-OpenFermion – plugins which link OpenFermion to the externally developed circuit simulation and compilation platforms known as ProjectQ and Forest.

The following workflow describes how a quantum chemist might use OpenFermion in order to simulate the energy surface of a molecule (for instance, by preparing the sort of quantum computation we described in our past blog post):

  1. The researcher initializes an OpenFermion calculation with specification of:
    • An input file specifying the coordinates of the nuclei in the molecule.
    • The basis set (e.g. cc-pVTZ) that should be used to discretize the molecule.
    • The charge and spin multiplicity (if known) of the system.
  1. The researcher uses the OpenFermion-Psi4 plugin or the OpenFermion-PySCF plugin to perform scalable classical computations which are used to optimally stage the quantum computation. For instance, one might perform a classical Hartree-Fock calculation to choose a good initial state for the quantum simulation.
  2. The researcher then specifies which electrons are most interesting to study on a quantum computer (known as an active space) and asks OpenFermion to map the equations for those electrons to a representation suitable for quantum bits, using one of the available procedures in OpenFermion, e.g. the Bravyi-Kitaev transformation.
  3. The researcher selects a quantum algorithm to solve for the properties of interest and uses a quantum compilation framework such as OpenFermion-ProjectQ to output the quantum circuit in assembly language which can be run on a quantum computer. If the researcher has access to a quantum computer, they then execute the experiment.

A few examples of what one might do with OpenFermion are demonstrated in ipython notebooks here, here and here. While quantum simulation is widely recognized as one of the most important applications of quantum computing in the near term, very few quantum computer scientists know quantum chemistry and even fewer chemists know quantum computing. Our hope is that OpenFermion will help to close the gap between these communities and bring the power of quantum computing to chemists and material scientists. If you’re interested, please checkout our GitHub repository – pull requests welcome!


1 If we may be allowed one sentence for the experts: the primary function of OpenFermion is to encode the electronic structure problem in second quantization defined by various basis sets and active spaces and then to transform those operators into spin Hamiltonians using various isomorphisms between qubit and fermion algebras.

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Danger Girl Abbey Chase 20.75" Premium Format™ Figure

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“I’m in pursuit of Kilbourne. Mark my current location.”

This is the Danger Girl field-commander, reporting in. Sideshow and J. Scott Campbell are thrilled to present the Abbey Chase Premium Format™ Figure, inspired by Campbell’s action-packed comic series Danger Girl.

As the fearless leader of the team, Abbey Chase brings her adventuring expertise to every covert mission. She stands over 20” tall, sculpted to capture the essence of Campbell’s well-loved character design. Her stylized portrait captures a confident smirk as she holds her pistol in preparation for her next assignment.

From her head to her toes, the Abbey Chase Premium Format Figure is dressed to kill. The pants of Abbey’s stylish uniform are expertly tailored fabric elements with sheer side panels. Her shirt, glove, pistol, and boots are all sculpted and painted to bring Campbell’s signature art style to life as a three-dimensional figure.

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Abbey Chase walks effortlessly through a path of flames in pursuit of her target on a platform base designed with a reticle pattern at the top. The base bears the Danger Girl emblem at the front, and the flames are clear cast to add an extra depth to the fiery effect.

The Exclusive edition of Abbey Chase comes with Campbell’s concept art on a mini metal print, perfect for display alongside the statue.

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"Now, it’s just war." Prime 1 Studio ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ The Joker 33-inch Tall Statue

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“Take a hint o’boy. We may have had our differences, but you and me, we’re made for each other!”

Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present The Joker from Batman: Arkham Knight. The Joker was an insane, homicidal supervillain, and the arch nemesis of Batman. His white skin, green hair and blood red lips belied the chaotic nature that underlay his cartoonish appearance.

The extremely intelligent self-styled “Clown Prince of Crime” had no superpowers beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem, and frequently concocted elaborate schemes to entrap his nemesis. He serves as the main antagonist of Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum, is one of the main antagonists of Arkham City, is one of the prominent antagonists of Arkham Knight, and can be considered the central antagonist of the Arkham series overall.

The Joker Statue features: Size approximately 33 inches tall, Three (3) interchangeable left arms, Two (2) alternate regular portraits, One (1) alternate exclusive portrait

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Crowd Sourcing the Silica Rule

Do you know about the Silica rule?  Do you know that the Silica Rule is now about to be enforced after a 30-day delay?  If you are a glazier, you need to get familiar with it, but the issue as I see it is the information and direction on how this rule affects our world and what we all need to do is murky.  There’s not a great approach that I could find that we all could read from and follow.  I’m thinking “checklist” There’s various information from OSHA out there but specific insights to the glass industry is missing.  Glass Magazine has some info to follow as a very good start but I’d like to ask for insight from all of you.  What is your game plan for handling this rule?  What are best practices you can share?  This is a major change to how a glazier works… so insight we can share would be good for the industry as a whole.  I am digging more into this and I know others are well, so I’ll share whatever I find. 

Elsewhere….

–  Last week I noted about GlassBuild’s awesome microsite that has tons of video and content.  One item not on there is this excellent presentation by Building Industry Advisors.  This was a deep economic look at the market place with tons of stats and insights. Mike Collins was one of the key speakers on here and he is always very interesting. 
–  Well the Architectural Billings Index (ABI) finally had a down result ending a strong 7-month run.  The total was 49.1, which fell beneath the break even of the 50 mark.  New project inquiries stayed strong and positive though at 59.  The analysts’ feel like this is just a quick blip and the index will be positive again next month… so we will keep watching the overall process…

–  Props to Stephanie Staub at the Architectural Glass Institute for the support they showed at an incredible program in Philadelphia called “Merge.”  This was a very cool event that brought design students and new to the industry installers together to build a structure together.  Things like this are crucial to get more young people into our industry and excited about the future.   Several industry companies donated time and materials to this effort to make it a success.  Thank you to all involved. 

–  You may have heard Amazon is looking for a 2ndheadquarters and cities all over the US want a shot at this.  Right now the biggest benefactor is ad agencies in each town who are being retained to do flashy campaigns pushing the merits of their city.   Watch the one for Detroit if you want (in my video of the week)- it’s stunningly good.  Overall it’s fascinating the awesome power Amazon has… I seriously think they could make most of these municipalities do absolutely anything for them…

–  Last this week… if you are Jerry Seinfeld fan check out his latest special on Netflix.  It’s called Jerry Before Seinfeld and its funny and fantastic.

LINKS of the WEEK

I love this article on UPS drivers and dogs- my UPS driver loves ours…
A meth vs donut mix up leads to settlement…
Stealing millions in… fajitas? 
VIDEO of the WEEK

Kudos to whomever put this Detroit pitch video together for trying to attract Amazon.  It really is incredible…

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