I’ll admit it—I’ve been a bit of a heartbreaker this semester.
Could not be more true.
FUN FACT: Santa uses parkour to be able to visit every house in the world in just one night
i love learning useless information
Lol. Must share this elsewhere.
considering starting a series called “Community out of context”
i will reblog everything you post if you do that
George R.R. Martin is ruthless - every death in the Game of Thrones series is tabbedWow. That is incredibly cool… and frightening. I wonder what my books would look like given that treatment. I often wonder if I’m gentler than George… in fact, to be honest I think of myself as such, but I also think that’s only because I know exactly how far I’ll go, and what I intend to do. George’s brain is terra incognita to all but George.
best swear ever
OH GOD OH GOD THEY MEAN REAL THINGS.
Dude, you didn’t know that? Pretty much all of the Chinese in Firefly was a classic example of Getting Shit Past the Censors.
Just in case you needed to know useful Chinese phrases like “Holy mother of god and all her wacky nephews.”
Holy hell my new changeling character is gonna use all of these
Except they all say them HORRIBLY, so don’t invest too much in it.
Admittedly, I sort of enjoyed how badly they pronounced these. Sort of proof that even in a fictitious future universe, people will still be butchering languages as badly as they do today.
Yeah, I always took it as progression of language spread to different cultures. =p
what the fuck
if i ever neglect to reblog this assume i’m dead
Crows are scary
- use tools
- Can be taught to speak (like parrots)
- Have huge brains for birds
- like seriously their brain-to-body size ratio is equal to that of a chimpanzee
- They vocalize anger, sadness, or happiness in response to things
- they are scary smart at solving puzzles
- some ravens stay with their mates until one of them dies
- they can remember faces
- SIDENOTE HERE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT. They did an experiment where these guys wore masks and some of them fucked with crows. Pretty soon the crows recognized the masks = douchebag. But the nice guys with masks they left alone. THEN, OH WE’RE NOT DONE, NO SIR crows that WEREN’T EVEN IN THE EXPERIMENT AND NEVER SAW THE MASK BEFORE knew about mask-dudes and attacked them on sight. THEY PASSED ON THE FUCKING INFORMATION TO THEIR CROW BUDDIES.
- They remember places where crows were killed by farmers and change their migration patterns.
Guys I’m really scared of crows now.
Also, if you harass, attack, or scare a crow or crows. They will remember you FOR LIFE. Yes, for life. They don’t give a shit you if threw a rock at them when you were 8. They will remember you forever. I’m glad crows aren’t around where I live. *phew*
I love crows so much
I need a pet crow
He’s back! Welcome back, calming cat. You are always welcome here.
Everyone should know of calming cat.
I was just in the middle of sobbing and having an anxiety attack and honestly this sort of really helped
The Abbott Government is restricting the speech of the following:
- Academics: Academics can now have funding cut if Abbott Govt deems their work “ridiculous.” Normally, there is independence between politicians deeming which academic work is worthy of funding and which is not. What if an academic’s work is criticizing the Govt?
- Asylum Seekers: Asylum seekers shipped to offshore detention centres have little free speech – little access to talk to journalists or others who might allow them to be heard, no protections offered to those who speak up in the ‘Who killed Reza Barati?’ inquiry meaning many will self-censor etc. Further, funding for asylum seekers’ legal services has been cut, which has many impacts on asylum seekers ability to be heard - especially those who are behind detention walls who rely on their lawyer to ‘speak’ for them.
- Indigenous people: Abbott Govt will abolish “scores of statutory indigenous governance bodies”, which weakens Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s free speech on matters in their own communities. Further, funding to ATSI legal services has been cut which has various impacts on ATSI people’s ability to be heard.
- Journalists: Abbott considers it unacceptable for journalists to run stories that criticize the Navy, stating journalists should side with the ‘home team’ .
- Public Servants: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are disallowed from discussing their political views on social media, and must dob in colleagues if they disobey.
- Refugees: A new 'Code of Behaviour' limits refugees’ ability to protest/enjoy free speech in public settings.
- Social Media users: Department of Immigration threatened a refugee activist to take down a Facebook post on her wall criticising the Govt/ a specific public servant.
- West Papua protesters: Abbott promised Indonesia that he would “do everything that we possibly can to discourage” West Papuan independence protesters.
NOTE: To be able to speak freely, we must have info on what our Govt is doing. Restricting access to info, however, has been a trend with the Abbott Govt. For example, media access to asylum seekers boats info has been cut severely. Abbott dismissed Australians’ right to know what our government is doing with regards to asylum seekers mere 'idle curiosity.’ Further, media access to ministers has become more difficult (PM’s office’s permission needed before any Minister speaks to media).
The Abbott Government is freeing the speech of the following:
- People who wish to offend others based on race: Abbott will scrap section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, so it is now easier for people to offend others based on their race (even if doing so unreasonably or in bad faith).
Internet security researchers say people should not rush to change their passwords after the discovery of a widespread “catastrophic” software flaw that could expose website user details to hackers.
Suggestions by Yahoo and the BBC that people should change their passwords at once – the typical reaction to a security breach – could make the problem worse if the web server hasn’t been updated to fix the flaw, says Mark Schloesser, a security researcher with Rapid7, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Full story
See on Scoop.it - The future of medicine and healthResults on regenerated thymus in very old mice potentially open way for helping humans live longer
Scientists have regenerated a living organ for the first time, potentially opening the way for life-lengthening human therapies.
A team at Edinburgh University’s medical research centre for regenerative medicine managed to rebuild the thymus of very old mice, re-establishing the health of the organ seen in younger creatures.
Scientists reactivated a natural mechanism that shuts down with age to rejuvenate the thymus, an organ near the heart that produces important infection-fighting white blood cells, called T cells.
By targeting a protein called FOXN1, which helps control how genes are switched on, the function of the thymus was restored. Treated mice began to make more T cells.
The research, published in the journal Development, found the thymus grew to twice its previous size, and the recovery appeared sustainable. Scientists now will look into any unintended consequences of increasing FOXN1.
The thymus is the first organ in the human body to deteriorate as we age, contributing to the declining capacity of older people to fight off new infections, such as flu.
The breakthrough may lead to treatments that could significantly elongate human life. But this would be many years away, given that the process has been tested only on mice.
See on theguardian.com