All 3 Ward children were taken to Afterlife very young, but only Thomas made the cut to transform. Jiaying did explain the destructive nature of Christian’s (mental manipulation) and Grant’s (fire) potential powers to their mother, leading Mrs. Ward to try and “wake” them through extreme duress and creating a certain fascination with the corresponding power in each kid through adult age.

Glaucus atlanticus, commonly called a sea swallow, blue angel, or various other names, may well be the most exquisite creature known to mankind. It is a ocean drifter, clinging to the surface film of the sea like a snail in a pond; being a species of sea slug, there is not a great biological difference between the two.

The sea swallow feeds on siphonophores, jellyfish-like entities formed from masses of stinging polyps that drift in the plankton. The slug is immune to these venomous colonies, however, allowing it nearly exclusive access to siphonophores as a food source; it secretes their stinging cells (nematocysts) in its finger-like extensions as a defence. The stolen venom becomes extremely concentrated as the animal grows larger, giving them a stinging power agonising to humans.


No photo can really do this animal justice, but I found this particularly good one on Sylke Rohrlach’s Flickr page. Her photographs of marine life are stunning, and well worth an extended look:


You know what’s awesome?  Research.  You know what’s not awesome?  Not being able to get access to research because it’s stuck behind a paywall and you don’t belong to an institution/your institution doesn’t subscribe to that particular journal.


Here is a list of free, open access materials on a variety of subjects.  Feel free to add if you like!


Directory of Open Access Journals- A compendium of over 9000 journals from 133 countries, multilingual and multidisciplinary.

Directory of Open Access Books- Like the above, but for ebooks.  Also multidisciplinary.

Ubiquity Press- Journals covering archaeology, comics scholarship, museum studies, psychology, history, international development, and more.  Also publishes open access ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.

Europeana-  Digital library about the history and culture of Europe.

Digital Public Library of America- American history, culture, economics, SO MUCH AMERICA.

Internet Archive- In addition to books, they have music and videos, too.  Free!  And legal!  They also have the Wayback Machine, which lets you see webpages as they looked at a particular time.

College and Research Libraries- Library science and information studies.  Because that’s what I do.

Library of Congress Digital Collections- American history and culture, historic newspapers, sound recordings, photographs, and a ton of other neat stuff.

LSE Digital Library- London history, women’s history.

Wiley Open Access- Science things!  Neurology, medicine, chemistry, ecology, engineering, food science, biology, psychology, veterinary medicine.

SpringerOpen-  Mainly STEM journals, looooong list.

Elsevier Open Access-  Elsevier’s kind of the devil but you might as well take advantage of this.  Mainly STEM, also a linguistics journal and a medical journal in Spanish.


It was funnier in my head at 3 in the morning…



“The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki Sea, and was reborn in blood and fire.”


“It’s cool having a couple who are madly in love around you. It shows you that it does exist.”

I was ecstatic when Rae and Finn became a couple and equally as devastated when they broke up. But there was always that love in the air that gave you hope that a love like that could exist — for you, for your friends, or for your family. It’s a TV fantasy that is so relatable that they remind you of your best friends down the street. [x]

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles and it is all unraveling to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day, will come, and will go. And then there will be night. But, how beautiful these moments within the dissolve. What a temporary perfection we can find in this passing world. Everything good, ever done, everything good that was done today; and all the good people doing it. And back, and back, and forward, and forward. All that beauty within a universe unraveling. Be proud of your place in the cosmos. And yet it is. How unlikely. How fantastic. And stupid. And excellent.
—  cecil making everyone cry