Wednesday, July 30, 2014

draggedqueens:

THIS IS SO INSPIRATIONAL I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES

(Source: maliatastes)

starling-girl:

littlewiggy:

starling-girl:

littlewiggy:

l0kasenna:

gryffindorgeek7777:

mad-piper-with-a-box:

thetomska:

giddytf2:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.

Yeah in the UK spastic isn’t even a ‘oh people on the internet hate that word’ sort of thing, you got fucking bollocked in high school for using it.
You can kinda get away with calling someone a ‘spaz’ that usually means someone being hyperactive/bouncy/overstimulated, but it does come from spastic so still not recommended that you use it in public.
I didn’t know it was primarily a UK thing tho!

Okay, UK friends, accuracy of this assessment?

Spastic is never something I was allowed to get away with saying, though much to my regret I went through a phase of using it anyway when I was younger until I learned better.
I believe it was originally used to describe something with cerebral palsy, and then started to be used in an offensive way, associated with general stupidity and ineptness.
This study (BBC, somewhat informal) showed it to be the second most offensive word associated with disability in the UK, though the majority of the voters were not disabled (only 18.3% disabled voters).
I still hear people using the word ‘spaz’, but they’re generally hushed up pretty quickly.

This is super interesting. I know that there are obviously certain vocabulary differences between American English and UK English, but I would NOT have known about this one. I think, oddly, we use it in the same way, just there isn’t an association with a particular disability. The connotation just isn’t there in the US. 
I think it’s sort of similar to the way that some curse words are seen as more or less offensive depending on if you are in the US vs UK. Like, I know that most people in the US consider “cunt” to be extremely offensive. 
(also thanks gunslingerannie for replying earlier)

Oh god, same over here though. Once I told my mother that a girl at school had called me a cunt, and she literally hit me and told me never to say that word out loud, ever. I think that one’s pretty universal.

starling-girl:

littlewiggy:

starling-girl:

littlewiggy:

l0kasenna:

gryffindorgeek7777:

mad-piper-with-a-box:

thetomska:

giddytf2:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.

If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.

Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.

And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.

Yeah in the UK spastic isn’t even a ‘oh people on the internet hate that word’ sort of thing, you got fucking bollocked in high school for using it.

You can kinda get away with calling someone a ‘spaz’ that usually means someone being hyperactive/bouncy/overstimulated, but it does come from spastic so still not recommended that you use it in public.

I didn’t know it was primarily a UK thing tho!

Okay, UK friends, accuracy of this assessment?

Spastic is never something I was allowed to get away with saying, though much to my regret I went through a phase of using it anyway when I was younger until I learned better.

I believe it was originally used to describe something with cerebral palsy, and then started to be used in an offensive way, associated with general stupidity and ineptness.

This study (BBC, somewhat informal) showed it to be the second most offensive word associated with disability in the UK, though the majority of the voters were not disabled (only 18.3% disabled voters).

I still hear people using the word ‘spaz’, but they’re generally hushed up pretty quickly.

This is super interesting. I know that there are obviously certain vocabulary differences between American English and UK English, but I would NOT have known about this one. I think, oddly, we use it in the same way, just there isn’t an association with a particular disability. The connotation just isn’t there in the US. 

I think it’s sort of similar to the way that some curse words are seen as more or less offensive depending on if you are in the US vs UK. Like, I know that most people in the US consider “cunt” to be extremely offensive. 

(also thanks gunslingerannie for replying earlier)

Oh god, same over here though. Once I told my mother that a girl at school had called me a cunt, and she literally hit me and told me never to say that word out loud, ever. I think that one’s pretty universal.

karlosmadera:

I’m still torn on whether this is the greatest thing I’ve ever done or the stupidest. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

theladymonsters:

magesmagesmages:

sounds-simple-right:

badscienceshenanigans:

kbdownie:

thegingermullet:

Did they ever reveal how Captain America was thawed? Because I’m picturing a bunch of Shield agents with hair dryers and I don’t think that’s quite right.

I don’t think they’d want to microwave him so hair dryer is really the only remaining option. That’s how I’d do it.
badscienceshenanigans
Do you have a sciency way to accomplish this task?


Well, let’s see. 

To thaw a 1.5 metric ton colossal squid frozen in a block of ice (the only way the fishermen who trawled the thing in could bring it home before it went bad), scientists put it in a big vat of brine just above 0 Celsius/32F. That allowed the fresh water to melt while still keeping the squid as cold as possible. Essential, since for a giant corpse with tentacles, certain parts are bound to thaw days before others and could become quite rotten before the rest comes out of the ice block if you’re not careful. 

HOWEVER Captain America was still alive, which complicates things. On the other hand, even supersoldiers are significantly smaller than this record-setting colossal squid. This helps thaw logistics somewhat.

Much like the squid, Captain America would have to be kept at a consistent temperature throughout his body in order to be thawed successfully. If his extremities were to thaw more than a minute or two before his heart and lungs were thawed and reactivated, the tissue wouldn’t have any oxygen and would quickly die. What a shame to bring back Steve Rogers only to have him be the poster boy for gangrene. Brain tissue becoming metabolically active before the cardiovascular system began functioning would be even more disastrous— possible permanent brain damage. 

And the GH-325 project was born

To keep his temperature as equal as possible across his entire body, something like the squid brine or (more likely) an antifreeze solution would be used. Immerse the Capsicle in brine until the entire unit is within a degree or two of thawing* to begin Phase II.

*Note that due to presence of salts, fats, protein, etc, the freezing point of meat is actually 28-29F. Apologies to non-US readers, sadly I only work with American meat and don’t know the freezing point of corpses/beef in Sane Country Units. That being said, Steve Rogers is 100% American meat. Fahrenheit shall be considered the appropriate unit for this project. 

At the thawing point, it’s important to consider life support functions. I don’t know how fast human tissue uses up oxygen at refrigerator-range temperatures, but I’m going to assume that the sooner you have oxygen circulating the better. A heart-lung machine would be needed to oxygenate and move the blood around for a while before the heart gets started back up. 

Meanwhile, because Captain America’s last un-frozen moments were spent deep underwater, there may be decompression issues at play. Whatever gas bubbles may have been present in his tissue are currently frozen in place, but when he thaws they can move about and create embolisms —> the bends. Better put him in a hyperbaric chamber just in case. 

Since Captain America regained consciousness in a recovery room rather than during the thaw process, it may be safe to assume that he was sedated and/or placed in a drug-induced coma during thaw. 

So at this point we’ve got a giant bathtub of brine, a heart-lung machine, oxygen canisters, lots of drugs, plus all the necessary monitoring equipment all inside a hyperbaric chamber. After thawing the antifreeze bath could be replaced with gradually warming water or saline solution in order to bring Captain America back up to normal body temperature. So many machines! This is US medicine at its finest.

Forced warm air blowers (hairdryers) are needed after Captain America is fully thawed, organ systems are reactivated, and he is brought back to normal body temperature. At this point it becomes necessary to dry and style Captain America and put him in period-appropriate jammies to sleep it off in a vintage hospital room. If you think hearing the wrong baseball game tipped him off fast, you should see him wake up with bad hair. 

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THIS IS THE BEST POST IN THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING.

That being said, Steve Rogers is 100% American meat. Fahrenheit shall be considered the appropriate unit for this project. 

erraticartist:

cupsnake:

You know what the Green Heron is basically the best heron because it is like 90% neck so when it is all folded down it looks like a giant head with wings and legs

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but then suddenly ZOOP

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fucking green herons

What the fuck

celluloidtoharddrives:

The Matrix (1999) Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski

This movie has a reocurring motif of having objects and people viewed through the reflection on a character’s sunglasses

From a framing standpoint this allows an actor to be on screen and for the audience to view their facial expression while avoiding cutting away to what is in front of them.

In a more abstract sense it also adds to a sense of dissociation, for instead of looking directly at something, we are looking at merely a reflection of it.

scifigrl47:

grumpycakes:

This is what I think would have happened after the end of Clint Barton Should Not Be a Child Right Now 

Aw, Phil, you’re usually quicker on the uptake than this. 8)

scifigrl47:

grumpycakes:

This is what I think would have happened after the end of Clint Barton Should Not Be a Child Right Now

Aw, Phil, you’re usually quicker on the uptake than this. 8)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Clint’s Face Though

lolicupcakes:

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… SORRY NOT SORRY