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Does it have a hot tub or something? (at Student Union)

Does it have a hot tub or something? (at Student Union)

http://gandalftheglitter.tumblr.com/post/98862819099/littlehobbit13-aph-satan

littlehobbit13:

aph-satan:

randomfandomteacher:

heretical-hypothetical:

artigosaurus:

queen-of-dork:

i-am-a-cat-eins-zwei-drei:

debisanacronym1:

WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?

NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN

IT HAS MOONS!!!!!…

Oh, for…okay, look. NASA doesn’t decide these things. The International Astronomers Union decides these things. And how they decided it was that they had to actually determine a definition for the word ‘planet’, which sparked much debate and revision for a number of years before a set definition was decided. The only way to make Pluto be a planet again would be to change that definition, which would require convincing the body that just spent YEARS debating this that they were wrong, and also that we should have at least 13 planets in our solar system (the definition that was rejected but would have made Pluto a planet also makes a number of asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects planets). The fact is, if literally everyone outside the IAU signed a petition requesting that Pluto be a planet, it wouldn’t carry any more weight than having just one guy on a corner ranting about it.

I’m told that, yesterday, Lexie got upset with Carol over something. So she walked off in a huff, sat down in the dog’s crate, and closed the door behind herself. Also, she spoke her first full sentence (Mommy, more water).

liveasloved That’s a bit of a complicated question, but it went something like this. Carol was commenting that I have a ‘big’ personality. I’m still not sure what all makes a personality big, but it was brought up in the wake of a story about a time at a church lunch that my friend Dan wanted to get everyone’s attention, so he started to imitate some of the things I say and do, and it didn’t work, and another friend told him that he just doesn’t carry it like I do. So Carol was noting how those same traits mean that when people interact with us they tend to be interacting with me, and how this impacts my perceived authority at places like work.  We combined all that with my tendencies toward debate and the assorted forms of strife throughout my life, and my intelligence, and came up with this image of this giant fighting guy, probably in a kilt, who talks the way I talk. I suggested Plato’s representation in “Action Philosophers,” which is just an awesome comic in general and you should totally read it.This brought us to discuss what Carol’s personality would be like as its own character. She’s a much more subdued person, between her introversion and generalized anxiety, to the point where even online she is much less active and outgoing than I, or even many who post about having social anxiety, are. We talked about some of her past and how it has impacted these things (much of which is not really something I’m willing to post until she does), and I mentioned Wasp, from Marvel comics. While Wasp has really come into her own in the last, I wanna say 15? years, she was originally portrayed with a personality much more in line with her power - she was quiet, withdrawn, easily overshadowed, a bit fearful, and small. However, when we went to make that post yesterday, she wasn’t sure she was sold on Wasp’s look, so she dug around and found another image to use that appeared to have many of the same traits.

liveasloved That’s a bit of a complicated question, but it went something like this. Carol was commenting that I have a ‘big’ personality. I’m still not sure what all makes a personality big, but it was brought up in the wake of a story about a time at a church lunch that my friend Dan wanted to get everyone’s attention, so he started to imitate some of the things I say and do, and it didn’t work, and another friend told him that he just doesn’t carry it like I do. So Carol was noting how those same traits mean that when people interact with us they tend to be interacting with me, and how this impacts my perceived authority at places like work. We combined all that with my tendencies toward debate and the assorted forms of strife throughout my life, and my intelligence, and came up with this image of this giant fighting guy, probably in a kilt, who talks the way I talk. I suggested Plato’s representation in “Action Philosophers,” which is just an awesome comic in general and you should totally read it.

This brought us to discuss what Carol’s personality would be like as its own character. She’s a much more subdued person, between her introversion and generalized anxiety, to the point where even online she is much less active and outgoing than I, or even many who post about having social anxiety, are. We talked about some of her past and how it has impacted these things (much of which is not really something I’m willing to post until she does), and I mentioned Wasp, from Marvel comics. While Wasp has really come into her own in the last, I wanna say 15? years, she was originally portrayed with a personality much more in line with her power - she was quiet, withdrawn, easily overshadowed, a bit fearful, and small. However, when we went to make that post yesterday, she wasn’t sure she was sold on Wasp’s look, so she dug around and found another image to use that appeared to have many of the same traits.

foundworthy asked
I lied. I wanna come to the Purgs

thou-mine-inheritance:

if you get yourself to boston we will get you to the purgs. fo’ real.

Dude, if you get yourself to southern New England, I’m sure we’ll figure something out. This goes for you, too, martellopinions. Creepin up there in Vermont.

n1ghtcrwler:

So Carol and I had been joking one day about what we would look like if our appearance was determined by our personality, and talked about making a webcomic based on that idea.  We never did that, at least not yet, but we did come up with roughly what our characters would be like.  If you would like the experience of what that comic would’ve been like, imagine these characters whenever anachronistic-vibrancy or I post interactions we have with each other:image

You can start here and here, like we just did and thoroughly enjoyed.

So Carol and I had been joking one day about what we would look like if our appearance was determined by our personality, and talked about making a webcomic based on that idea.  We never did that, at least not yet, but we did come up with roughly what our characters would be like.  If you would like the experience of what that comic would’ve been like, imagine these characters whenever anachronistic-vibrancy or I post interactions we have with each other:

That awesome moment when you take the family to dennys and find out that it’s Kids Eat Free day.

So I got my new phone in, for anyone who was waiting for that to be resolved.

The Firebase White Problem

lhs3020b:

I’m currently puzzling over krogan metabolism.

How do they react to cold conditions?

My naive assumption is, “badly”. However, as far as I know, Wrex never shows any actual signs of distress on Noveria - whereas if you take Garrus out of the Mako, yes, he visibly suffers!

This outburst of headscratching was inspired by a throwaway line about Krondesh’s rough sleeping in the Lower Warrens.

I don’t imagine cold conditions being a significant problem for them. Let’s consider the nature of Tuchanka. It is true that everything we see of Tuchanka is hot, dry wasteland. But we know from discussion in-game that this isn’t the planet’s natural state, but the result of relatively recent nuclear war. Also, while Krogan are very hardy, enough so that they can adapt to such conditions, it appears that they did so partly be spending much of their time hiding underground.

So what was the natural state of Tuchanka? Well, according to the Mass Effect Wiki, Tuchanka sits about 5.3 AU from its host star (roughly equivalent to the inner edge of Jupiter’s orbit), which is itself about 1.7 solar masses. Assuming normal conditions, the habitable zone for that star is closer to 1.5-2.5 AU - more similar to the orbit of Mars. This means that Tuchanka, in its natural state, should be too cold to host Earth-like life, especially that as complex as the Krogan. Therefore, it is heat that should naturally disturb Krogan bodies, not cold.

joshuadparker:

n1ghtcrwler:

blakebaggott:

A white person trying to add their “experience of racism” in a conversation about racism is like a male jumping into a conversation about menstrual cycles and saying “Yeah my nose bled once”.

Yeah, but on the other hand, the idea that you can judge whether or not someone has valid input based solely on whether or not they look like the most common victim is garbage.

This is true if you’re defining racism only as systemic.

Even then, you have to define the size of the system. Because, yes, the national-scale system in this country has particular traits in this regard - but that doesn’t mean that all local systems are identical to it (just that most are), and history will show that it is distinctly possible to be the wrong KIND of white, especially such smaller systems. In these cases, even an individual’s experience with systemic racism will not look the way it does elsewhere. And to disregard or diminish that experience because it isn’t standard isn’t acceptable. The moment we start picking and choosing who deserves to be heard is the moment we have stopped fighting for equality of persons. Don’t get me wrong - many, many such circumstances are exactly as the original post suggested they are (this is why I don’t use my own experiences in this way - while I have been on the losing end of racial situations a few times, I understand that they are isolated incidents and that there is a whole other thing I don’t have to deal with), but that doesn’t mean that there are no valid ways for this to happen.

blakebaggott:

A white person trying to add their “experience of racism” in a conversation about racism is like a male jumping into a conversation about menstrual cycles and saying “Yeah my nose bled once”.

Yeah, but on the other hand, the idea that you can judge whether or not someone has valid input based solely on whether or not they look like the most common victim is garbage.

thou-mine-inheritance Yup, “The Festival that Stinks!” Check it out.I had a garlic turkey burger with garlic aioli, Carol had a brick oven-baked garlic bread baguette and a garlic bulb roasted in oil til it could be used as a spread with a bit of salad, and the kids each had a slice of garlic cheese pizza. All while checking out sustainable farming information tents, watching some live shows, and meeting trolls walking around, and then we wrapped up our stay in a horse-drawn wagon ride. We passed on garlic ice cream and garlic-and-goat-cheese cupcakes due to monetary limitations. It was a big day.
thou-mine-inheritance Yup, “The Festival that Stinks!” Check it out.

I had a garlic turkey burger with garlic aioli, Carol had a brick oven-baked garlic bread baguette and a garlic bulb roasted in oil til it could be used as a spread with a bit of salad, and the kids each had a slice of garlic cheese pizza. All while checking out sustainable farming information tents, watching some live shows, and meeting trolls walking around, and then we wrapped up our stay in a horse-drawn wagon ride. We passed on garlic ice cream and garlic-and-goat-cheese cupcakes due to monetary limitations. It was a big day.

Chillin with the trolls. (at North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival)

Chillin with the trolls. (at North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival)