Holy shit I just realized something.

Claude Faustus is literally Byakuya Togami. 

Consider this:

- They both wear glasses and suits. 

- They both delegate the lesser tasks to other servants

- They both bully women who wield sharp implements

- They are both trash. 

- They both think they are the main character when in fact they are nothing but foils to the main  character. 

- And they are both literal nerds who think they are above everyone else when in fact they are both really kind of lame.

Someone on the forums wanted me to compile everything I did because they thought the ideas were good and should be used officially. 

  1. coded spreadsheet for out-of-flight raffle so ticket acceptors wouldn’t have to add up the tickets themselves
  2. got xairathan editing powers so she could code a better one
  3. added daily bonuses/level payouts to volunteer list sheet
  4. organized a dom fund for snipers
  5. organized lair space for perm dragons to be held
  6. organized pooling of materials for swipp swaps
  7. created spreadsheet for swipp when it became clear I couldn’t keep track myself
  8. animated banner for raffle
  9. went through thread to find prizes offered for raffle
  10. accepted dragons for raffle
  11. sold tickets for raffle
  12. fixed spreadsheet multiple times
  13. PMed people whose prizes had been rejected/ignored to ask if they were still available
  14. made prize packs for raffle
  15. coded prize packs, sent code to chris to post
  16. light sprite sale (delegated to rubellite who was awesome!)
  17. organized sat night skype chat for snipers
  18. sniped AH
  19. kept sniping spreadsheet stocked with 5K dragons
  20. rollover sniping
  21. disbursed money 
  22. updated people as to where their money was going & for what
  23. graphics for art prizes (thread organized by Tag!)
  24. coded prize packs for art, sent code to chris to post
  25. banner for gilded crown challenge

…Looking at it, kinda amazed that I did all that + 3 doctor’s visits, IV infusions, three vet visits (including one where puppy was sedated but we could still hear him screaming) and exalting over a hundred dragons on the first day before I switched into organizing mode.

Stressing again I never signed up to organize or lead anything and was not part of the dom staff. I just stepped up when I saw things that needed to be done. I’m not a public ‘face’ of Lightning, I’m just a spark with a lot of flight fondness (like pride, but fuzzier). I’m sleepy and fuzzy and want to draw tundras suffering from static electricity and accidentally shocking other dragons whom they brush past.

Request: Help me attend the International Day of Peace at the United Nations!

(So I’m copying the following from Facebook, i.e. if you are friends with me on there you may have already seen it. But I really need to get the word out through all available channels!)

Good morning everyone! I’m taking a break from my physiology homework to put forth an appeal to family, friends, and strangers alike.

As part of their annual International Day of Peace observance, the United Nations has invited 500 youth delegates from around the world to participate in their ceremonies, representing the variety of cultures who share in this global event, as well as the humanitarian efforts being performed by young people around the world. On behalf of the Patrick McCollum Foundation, I have been asked to attend as one of these delegates. It is an incredible honor and privilege to receive this invitation, and I expect the experience to be unimaginably exciting and ultimately life-changing.

To this end, I am currently attempting to raise the funds I need to travel to New York on the 18th of September and stay there through the 21st. In addition to the events at the United Nations on the 19th, I have the opportunity to attend a number of associated events and possibly meet some very extraordinary people in the days following.

I have set up a donation page at http://www.gofundme.com/cnppak
My request is not that you necessarily contribute yourself, but that you share this link with whomever you can.

I am immensely grateful for the support, and I will continue to update my donation page with any information or publicity as my departure draws closer.

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an au of an au, and it’s based off an avril lavigne song… yeah i feel it

(souda dragged hinata there bc souda promised sonia he’d come and he didn’t wanna go by himself)

The Constitutional Convention did not get off to an auspicious start. For the first twelve days, they convened only to adjourn until the following day because not enough states were represented.

But by May 25, 1787, delegations from seven states had arrived in Philadelphia, and the Convention at last had the necessary quorum to conduct business. By the Convention’s close, there would be a total of 55 delegates, but only 30 of them were present on the first day of business.

Those 30 delegates made three fateful decisions on the first day of the Convention. In a move that signaled the importance of the work before them, they first unanimously selected George Washington to preside over the Convention’s proceedings. The delegates’ collective knowledge of the theory and practice of government also led them to appoint a committee to draft standing rules of order for the Convention. Finally, they designated Major William Jackson to be the Convention’s secretary.

Jackson would prove to be rather lax in his recordkeeping duties. Much of what we know about the creation of the Constitution comes from journals kept by other participants, most notably James Madison.

On the first page of Madison’s journal [above] of the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, he recorded the delegates who made up that initial quorum and the states they represented.

Massachusetts: Rufus King

New York: Robert Yates, Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey: David Brearly, William Churchill Houston, William Paterson

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris

Delaware: George Read, Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom

Virginia: George Washington, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, George Mason, George Wythe, James McClurg

North Carolina: Alexander Martin, William Richardson Davie, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Hugh Williamson

South Carolina: John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler

Georgia: William Few

Fact# 9868: The delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention spent much of their time getting drunk. One surviving document is a bill for a party on September 15th, 1787, two days before the signing of the Constitution. Items on the bill were: 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 8 bottles of cider, 12 bottles of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch. All of this for only 55 people.

There hasn’t been a brokered convention for more than 60 years! And the good news is that Ron Paul doesn’t have to win a single state to get the GOP nomination; He just needs to win the delegates! So your delegate vote will count that much more; In other words, Ron Paul can secure the GOP nomination with your vote!

Find out if your state has a primary or caucus for the Republican party candidate selection process. Use this handy page which lists each state, and make sure your state’s system hasn’t changed (generally, it will be the same rules from last time). Register to vote as Republican and attend your primary elections to vote for Ron Paul in those states. If you live in a caucus state, this is where the delegate process all starts!

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Ron Paul Delegates.

Reckon this could be quite important.

Did standing up change our brains?

Although lots of animals are smart, humans are even smarter. How and why do we think and act so differently from other species?

A young boy’s efforts while learning to walk have suggested a new explanation, in a new journal paper jointly authored by his father and grandfather, both academics at the University of Sydney.

In the latest issue of the scientific journal, Frontiers in Neuroscience, the son-and-father team Mac and Rick Shine suggest that the big difference between humans and other species may lie in how we use our brains for routine tasks.

They advance the idea that the key to exploiting the awesome processing power of our brain’s most distinctive feature - the cortex - may have been to liberate it from the drudgery of controlling routine activities.

And that’s where young Tyler Shine, now two years old, comes into the story. When Tyler was first learning to walk, his doting father and grandfather noticed that every step took Tyler’s full attention.

But before too long, walking became routine, and Tyler was able to start noticing other things around him. He was better at maintaining his balance, which freed up his attention to focus on more interesting tasks, like trying to get into mischief.

How did Tyler improve? His father and grandfather suggest that he did so by transferring the control of his balance to ‘lower’ parts of the brain, freeing up the powerful cortex to focus on unpredictable challenges, such as a bumpy floor covered in stray toys.

"Any complicated task - like driving a car or playing a musical instrument - starts out consuming all our attention, but eventually becomes routine," Mac Shine says.

"Studies of brain function suggest that we shift the control of these routine tasks down to ‘lower’ areas of the brain, such as the basal ganglia and the cerebellum.

"So, humans are smart because we have automated the routine tasks; and thus, can devote our most potent mental faculties to deal with new, unpredictable challenges.

"What event in the early history of humans made us change the way we use our brains?

Watching Tyler learn to walk suggested that it was the evolutionary shift from walking on all fours, to walking on two legs.

"Suddenly our brains were overwhelmed with the complicated challenge of keeping our balance - and the best kind of brain to have, was one that didn’t waste its most powerful functions on controlling routine tasks."

So, the Shines believe, those first pre-humans who began to stand upright faced a new evolutionary pressure not just on their bodies, but on their brains as well.

"New technologies are allowing us to look inside the brain while it works, and we are learning an enormous amount," Mac Shine says.

"But in order to interpret those results, we need new ideas as well. I’m delighted that my son has played a role in suggesting one of those ideas."

"Hopefully, by the time he is watching his own son learn to walk, we will be much closer to truly understanding the greatest mystery of human existence: how our brains work."

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