Research and Reference Material

Here’s a list of places I get my research material, and reference material!  Some places do require purchasing things (like books) but knowledge is priceless.  Most of this is for horror, but some can be applied to anything.  I will add more when they pop into my head.


Thrift Books $  This place sells used books of any type, including text books!  There are new books, old books, obscure books, best sellers - and most are just 3 dollars, and they often have sales or deals.  I highly recommend this place.  I’ve purchased from them about 4 times now, so I can verify that they’re a reliable seller.  I don’t know if they do international shipping, but they might!

Netflix $  If you don’t have a subscription, get one.  It’s like 8-10 bucks a month and there are 230940239403202 documentaries on here of every subject.  There’s even a friggen “Brony” documentary, as laughable as that is, lol. Is a great website that has a lot of different mythologies in it.  Not all articles are super detailed, but very good for giving you an idea of things so you can look into things deeper.

My Armoury:  A great website that talks about various weapons and armors through history, and goes over their “Anatomy” and historical uses.

Google Books  Are you using Google Books? If you’re not, you should start.  Especially for obscure topics that are hard to find research on.  Why?  Google Books has a lot of books that contain anthropological essays and so on and so forth.  You can even search by “Research Topic.”  Very fun to explore.  Also, free books. You can even download and read for free some books on your phone through play, but I don’t think you can get everything you can read online.

Human Sacrifice in Legend and Myth:  Some articles discussing the aforementioned.  Did you know “London Bridge is Falling Down” could possibly be about human sacrifice?

Medieval Torture:  Self-explanatory.  Not for the weak-stomached.

Human Sacrifice:  Some articles on various culture’s acts of human sacrifice.

Urban Mythology Not so much true “Research” as it is more of a peek into different cultural legends.  Still interesting.  May invoke some ideas for people doing horror games, too.  A great site that talks about japanese monsters and mythology.  A lot are from the Toriyama Sekian book.

Wikipedia’s Sources.  Wikipedia is “Okay” for a start to your research, but I find that exploring the listed sources yields much greater outcomes.  They’re listed at the bottom of various articles.

I also suggest:  Visiting thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets for used books.  You can easily find treasures, sometimes for as little as 25 cents.

References and Resources:

Design Doll:  A (mostly) free program that helps you to create poses for drawing reference.  

Seventh Sanctum:  A pretty neat website that’s great for stirring up ideas when your brain is farting, or for doing little exercises.  Or being silly.

Donjon:  Another generator, specifically for DnD, but also good for many other things.  Can also generate maps!

Dave’s Mapper:  Another map generator!

Daily Writing Tips:  A great site for writing dialogue and other things!

Word Mixer:  Having trouble with a name?  This is kind of fun.

Field Guides!  These are amazing books to have, and give you in-depth information and visuals on many plants and animals.  

Visual Reference Books!  Again, visual references with historial information are the best.

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In Preschoolers, Generosity Linked to Empathy

Whether or not a three year-old will share with others strongly hinges on how well that child can predict and understand another’s sadness when left out, according to researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich.

In a new study, researchers asked preschool children of different ages to imagine how they feel, or another child would feel, depending on whether someone shares with them or not.

They found that understanding what it feels like to be left out when everyone else has received his or her share differs from one child to the next and has a strong impact on their willingness to share with others.

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Good evening〜☆

Today I had a weather forecasting study meeting and then a lesson(^^)

As for the study meeting, today I studied things like the ten types of cloud forms and constant pressure lines ଘ(੭ˊ꒳​ˋ)੭✧

As soon as a mathematical formula appears, drowsiness attacks…

勉強あるある( ¯•ω•¯ )
But somehow I resist it every time.
That’s studying for you ( ¯•ω•¯ )

For the lesson, I did something a little out of the ordinary(♡´艸`)


As to what I’m doing, well… just wait and see\(^o^)/

I’ll be practising properly(^ω^)

Summer sideのMVでペアなんだー!
The pic is with Akari-san(^^)
We were a pair in the Summer Side MV!

Have you already seen it(´ω`)??

My PI sent me an email a couple hours ago saying we’re going to have a research group meeting tomorrow at noon and that we need to be prepared to share a detailed plan for the entire summer and our goals, specifically that we need to list subtasks that lead up to our goals.

I. Don’t. Know. Because I’m meeting with the organic chemist tomorrow at 12:30 to talk about what I’ll be doing. Sigh. Thankfully I have a paper where my PI wrote down pretty much what he wants me to do, so I’ll go off that.

He also wanted a detailed task list for the following week. That one’s easy. Drown myself in literature so I am prepared to order my chemicals on Monday, when our spending freeze is… defrosted. Then for probably two weeks after that drown myself in more literature because I have to wait for my chemicals to come in… Meaning I pretty much have nothing to do until mid-June. Maybe I can help Spencer, the guy working on the old lithium chloride emulsions, with something in the mean time so I’m not just sitting on my ass for three weeks. I want to show that I care and am eager to do the things.

As a side note, my PI calls our research group the “FaNS” (Fast Neutron Spectrometry). I thought that was whimsical somehow.

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The breast feathers of many birds are arranged in rather organized lines. I get my thumbs wet and spread them apart to expose the sternum before making the first incision - an early step in preparing a skin for the collection. This brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) was a window kill, and now is a valuable research specimen at The Field Museum!

I’m feeling so much pressure.

This is my first research experience. My part of the project was done a different way by another student and didn’t work well. That’s why I’m in the research group, to mend that. The team and all its subprojects are technically ready to move on since all the equipment has been tested and constructed. So essentially they’re going on without me to test the scintillator with the crappy lithium, and I’m expected to have a perfected new cocktail by the end of the summer.

It seems far away, but it will get here fast.

I feel like more is being expected from me than my research noob status can actually allow. I know I can eventually figure it out, once I learn all the necessary things, it’s just getting there that’s the struggle. I just don’t want to be a disappointment. It reminds me of when my mom tried to compliment me by basically telling me I know what I’m doing in research because I get good grades… No, that’s not how it works. Not at all.

Once I learn something I can do it fine. I can figure things out pretty well, also, but if I don’t have the appropriate background knowledge to understand, especially if I don’t know what I don’t know, I’m gonna need help. My PI keeps asking me questions as though I know exactly what I’m doing. Granted, he’s physics, so his chemistry knowledge is limited and thus he asks a chemist. I think it’s more out of desperation than anything, though. He doesn’t know so he’s hoping I might know, not necessarily expecting me to know.

But but. Ahh.

If meat can be just a “cluster of cells and not an alive animal,” is it ethical? Fascinating piece on growing meat in a test tube. The ethical question is just as fascinating to me as the article itself. No harm to animals. Safe. Tasty. Tested. Cheap. Conserves land and water resources. No waste nor pollution. Eliminates CAFOs (imagine no CAFOs!).

Is this the solution to the anti-meat campaign?

Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia says that the most common and problematic bias in science is “motivated reasoning”: We interpret observations to fit a particular idea. Psychologists have shown that “most of our reasoning is in fact rationalization,” he says. In other words, we have already made the decision about what to do or to think, and our “explanation” of our reasoning is really a justification for doing what we wanted to do—or to believe—anyway. Science is of course meant to be more objective and skeptical than everyday thought—but how much is it, really?

Whereas the falsification model of the scientific method championed by philosopher Karl Popper posits that the scientist looks for ways to test and falsify her theories—to ask “How am I wrong?”—Nosek says that scientists usually ask instead “How am I right?” (or equally, to ask “How are you wrong?”). When facts come up that suggest we might, in fact, not be right after all, we are inclined to dismiss them as irrelevant, if not indeed mistaken.

Monkey day care: Growing up as a child research subject

Michelle Dean knows that she was sent to a daycare alongside monkeys as part of a social science experiment in the early 1980s, but she can’t find anyone willing to fill in the details. 

The latest longform from The Verge takes a look at the ethics of using child subjects for research — drawing from Michelle’s experiences and some of history’s most (in)famous cases. One such study was designed with the specific purpose of training an infant to be pathologically afraid of small animals. 

Informed consent requires their parents to be briefed, but what if they don’t understand the information that’s given to them? And after the lights go down, how much of the study’s results and purpose are the participants filled in on? 

In Michelle’s case, the answer is “none at all.”