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The one voted most likely to die a spinster in a tumbledown house of cats and laptops.


Here is where I talk about trans stuff, mainly from a chipper disposition. Also, occasionally, I'll embarrass myself by pontificating on subjects I know nothing about or hitting "Publish" on a regrettable angry post, only because I'm no good at being angry through text.


I also collect lolz 'n' pixelz 'n' shit.

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peregrinbells:

I’m thankful for all the different ways I can eat potatoes

Of all the ways there are to eat potatoes, I’ll still always prefer absorbing the nutrients through the pores in my thighs.

The many and varied ways to prepare and serve potatoes is what gets the biggest slice of my Rather Pedantic Thanks Pie though.

(via thegeekmaster)

caffeinated-biologist:

Spark, Spark! The Chemistry of Fireworks 
Ever wondered what causes those fancy fiery works of art shine so bright? The science of how fireworks operate is actually simple. And we’ll find out.Pyrotechnics, especially fireworks, operate on a simple theory called combustion. Combustion involves the use of oxygen, that why you can’t light a fire in an airtight setup. It also involves the release of energy, in form of heat and/or light energy.
For a firework to burst into an array of spectacular colors, it must contain the following:
Fuel. Must contain either charcoal or thermite alongside the common blackpowder.
Oxidizing Agents. These produces the oxygen needed to burn the mixture. These are either nitrates, chlorates, or perchlorates.
Reducing Agents. These react with the O2 released by the oxidizing agent/s to produce hot gases, and can also be used to control the speed of the reaction. Sulfur and charcoal are the most common reducing agents used.
Metals. These also control the speed of reaction. Larger surface area = faster reaction rate.
Coloring Agents. They give color to the firework. Strontium (Sr) produces red, Copper (Cu) produces blue, Barium (Ba) produces green, Sodium (Na) for yellow, Calcium (Ca) for orange, and Gold (Au) or Titanium (Ti) for an iron-ish color. These elements when heated, produces excess energy in form of light, and the higher the temperature, the shorter the wavelength.
Binders. These hold the mixture in a paste-like texture. The most commonly used binder is dextrin, though parson is also used.
So, fireworks are actually maelstroms of excess heat energy released by different reactions occurring inside the canister. So as we welcome 2014, let us appreciate these brilliant works of both art and science. Cheers to a new year!
-x
[Source: http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/local/projects/gondhia/composition.html]

Yeah, but… It’s not exactly brain surgery, is it?

caffeinated-biologist:

Spark, Spark! The Chemistry of Fireworks 

Ever wondered what causes those fancy fiery works of art shine so bright? The science of how fireworks operate is actually simple. And we’ll find out.

Pyrotechnics, especially fireworks, operate on a simple theory called combustion. Combustion involves the use of oxygen, that why you can’t light a fire in an airtight setup. It also involves the release of energy, in form of heat and/or light energy.

For a firework to burst into an array of spectacular colors, it must contain the following:

  1. Fuel. Must contain either charcoal or thermite alongside the common blackpowder.
  2. Oxidizing Agents. These produces the oxygen needed to burn the mixture. These are either nitrates, chlorates, or perchlorates.
  3. Reducing Agents. These react with the O2 released by the oxidizing agent/s to produce hot gases, and can also be used to control the speed of the reaction. Sulfur and charcoal are the most common reducing agents used.
  4. Metals. These also control the speed of reaction. Larger surface area = faster reaction rate.
  5. Coloring Agents. They give color to the firework. Strontium (Sr) produces red, Copper (Cu) produces blue, Barium (Ba) produces green, Sodium (Na) for yellow, Calcium (Ca) for orange, and Gold (Au) or Titanium (Ti) for an iron-ish color. These elements when heated, produces excess energy in form of light, and the higher the temperature, the shorter the wavelength.
  6. Binders. These hold the mixture in a paste-like texture. The most commonly used binder is dextrin, though parson is also used.

So, fireworks are actually maelstroms of excess heat energy released by different reactions occurring inside the canister. So as we welcome 2014, let us appreciate these brilliant works of both art and science. Cheers to a new year!

-x

[Source: http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/local/projects/gondhia/composition.html]

Yeah, but… It’s not exactly brain surgery, is it?

loveavpm:

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

2014 (via genies)

They are called “Diaries”.

Ooooooh! You squeeze mah lemon, baybeh!

theroguefeminist:

carolinesavictim:

  • finicky
  • painstaking
  • fastidious
  • particular
  • precise
  • scrupulous
  • conscientious
  • persnickety (it’s real word i promise)
  • accurate
  • meticulous
  • punctilious
  • exact

basically there are loads of really cool words out there, (persnickety!!) so you don’t need to appropriate OCD for your own use if you don’t actually have it!

use these, people

please and thank

A painstakingly meticulous and conscientiously scrupulous list. Definite signs of OCD here.

(via rosescarletfairy)

Let’s Play Starbound Beta! Day Four.

With a Floran character (Anjii), discovered a penal colony not far from where I first beam down. Initial tests showed no chance passing through or over it without quickly (very quickly) being shot or stabbed to tiny bits, so that only left tunnelling under (i), managing to steal some floodlights and a snazzy motivational poster in the process (ii). These were later destroyed by a UFO summoned with a combination of a distress beacon and failure to heed warnings of preparedness.

Also the landslide-into-the-maw-of-danger properties of gravel were fully road-tested (cue much sword swinging in pitch blackness and cries of panicked anguish followed by death), leading to a curious underground brick area with pixel riches aplenty and a tiny, tiny house (iii). 

I don’t exactly have a top-of-the-range computer but it can still do stuff, up to, including and - I know because I’ve seen - far surpassing 2D sprites, but at this early beta stage the framerate goes astonishingly low in parts, digging under the penal colony rendered it borderline unplayable.

Beta is beta, what can you say? Bug fixes and balance seem to be the priority right now and that’s cool. I can dig it. Ha! Do you see what I did there? You guys.

Let’s Play Starbound Beta! Day Three.

With minimal wiki use and even less knowing what to do, Helen Highwater here has escaped a ruined Earth and managed to build a rudimentary house on a mushroom planet.

I have already died in the most confusing way possible because a bar with a sunshine icon ran to zero and the screen went white while I was shouting “What’s going on? What’s going ON?!”.

My only suggestions were lack of sunlight, which for a game dedicated largely to digging underground, I certainly hoped not; or tiredness, but when I built a bed and slept in it, the bar was unaffected.

The first patch has changed the icon of this bar to a thermometer which is much more explanatory. It was cold. I died of cold. More fires!

This leaves one further problem, or at least one principle problem: Staying alive in a world when everything is overpowered except me. 

Ahead of the XCOM expansion release on Friday, Psi Col. Angela Green is led to the Gollop Chamber to finish was was started just under two (in-game) years ago.

I’m a bit scared to start it, to be honest. My kick-arse team of women which have been granted divine protection by the Goddess of Savegames are not all going to return from this alive.

They’re ready, but I’m not sure I am. 

Just woken up, this morning, 3.30am.

Oh well hey look at what’s going on with your top lip there! Well done you! My bra strap is digging into me a bit, but what are you gonna do, huh? It’s Bovember.
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