40 years to go

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

With only four months left in the mission, Cassini is busy at Saturn. The upcoming cargo launch, anniversaries and more!

As our Cassini spacecraft made its first-ever dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017, one of its imaging cameras took a series of rapid-fire images that were used to make this movie sequence. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University

1-3. The Grand Finale

Our Cassini spacecraft has begun its final mission at Saturn. Some dates to note:

  • May 28, 2017: Cassini makes its riskiest ring crossing as it ventures deeper into Saturn’s innermost ring (D ring).
  • June 29, 2017: On this day in 2004, the Cassini orbiter and its travel companion the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at Saturn.
  • September 15, 2017: In a final, spectacular dive, Cassini will plunge into Saturn - beaming science data about Saturn’s atmosphere back to Earth to the last second. It’s all over at 5:08 a.m. PDT.

4. Cargo Launch to the International Space Station

June 1, 2017: Target date of the cargo launch. The uncrewed Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The payload includes NICER, an instrument to measure neutron stars, and ROSA, a Roll-Out Solar Array that will test a new solar panel that rolls open in space like a party favor.

5. Sojourner

July 4, 2017: Twenty years ago, a wagon-sized rover named Sojourner blazed the trail for future Mars explorers - both robots and, one day, humans. Take a trip back in time to the vintage Mars Pathfinder websites:

6. Voyager

August 20, 2017: Forty years and still going strong, our twin Voyagers mark 40 years since they left Earth.

7. Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017: All of North America will be treated to a rare celestial event: a total solar eclipse. The path of totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina.

8. From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Light a candle for the man who took rocketry from science fiction to science fact. On this day in 1882, Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

9. Looking at the Moon

October 28, 2017: Howl (or look) at the moon with the rest of the world. It’s time for the annual International Observe the Moon Night.

10. Last Human on the Moon

December 13, 2017: Forty-five years ago, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left the last human footprint on the moon.

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ok but… one of my fav kind of ship tropes is just where the other half of the ship is (for whatever reason) waaaayy bashful and awkward, even just plain bad (at first!) at initiating pda BUT wants to & eventually learns to do it because!! they love their s/o and want to! show it!! 

my late bday gift for @gaylawyerhell !! ❤️️ ilysm, i am so happy to be friends with someone as passionate and caring and loyal as you!! and so grateful you indulged me in lawyer hell and the dads… i know it’s only been a little over a year since we properly started screaming at each other talking but it feels like a lot longer, in a good way!!

(important to note that i got the insp to finally finish this after revisiting turnabout goodbyes again and… gosh.. they’ve come so far since then and i’m so happy….)

anonymous asked:

So we got Amber Heard saying there's a ton of closeted gay men in Hollywood, and now Barry Manilow came out after being with his partner for 40 years. Antis still wanna go with the "closeting doesn't exist larries make everything up" narrative? 🤔

I already knew barry manilow was married to a man like at least a year ago (ETA: april 2015)  so it’s interesting that he’s just commenting on it now (and yes, using it as a pr boost for his new album but more power to him).

we’re not making anything up. this is how the industry works. i’d suggest the antis either open their eyes or find a new fandom (though good luck finding any kind of media related fandom that doesn’t also rely heavily on pr stunts).


But you’re a good friend. That’s enough. Someone who likes me despite knowing everything about me.

You know what I wanna see? Bisexual characters. Most importantly bi characters who are past their 20s. Bi characters who are 30, 40, 50, etc. years old and still bi. They didn’t go through an “experimental phase in college” and now their significant other teases them about it occasionally as a running gag. They’re still bi. They’re bi and married maybe with kids maybe not. But they’re happy and bi and their identity isn’t treated as a “sexy phase” reserved for their late teens and 20s.

Give me an Agent Washington who is 40+ years old, with hair that’s starting to go grey and he feels like he should be bothered by that but really isn’t.

Give me a Wash with with bleeding knuckles because he controlled his anger and didn’t punch someone impulsively - it was a conscious decision, he just decided really, really fast.

Give me a Wash who looks like he’s been through a chipper shredder but is still on his feet because he is fighting to protect someone.

Give me a Wash that laughs for the first time with the Blues, and tries to pass off his tears afterwards as tears of laughter, but really he’s overwhelmed by how long it has been, and how good it feels.

Give me a Wash who isn’t merely covered in scars from mainly superficial cuts, but one with as broken nose that didn’t heal entirely straight and surgery scars across his abdomen.

Give me a Wash that bargains before battles with a God he isn’t sure he believes in, begging that if someone is going to die today, let it be him and not his friends.

Give me any Wash across the fandom, because they are all wonderful and I love them all. But this one is mine, and I would lay down my life for him.

Whatever else you might want to say about STAR WARS fandom, I have SO MUCH AFFECTION for it, there are so many people writing really good stories and drawing really beautiful art and coming up with really great scenarios and especially in PT fandom there’s a group of people that I never have to apologize for being a fan of the prequels. I don’t have to feel like I’m expected to preface everything with qualifiers, instead I can just whole-heartedly embrace what I love and that it’s good for me, that I honestly enjoy it genuinely, that this part of fandom absolutely embraces the good and loves these characters and this world/galaxy with me.

Every time I sink into a really good fic, when I come out of it, I remember, yes, I am so glad to be here, I’m so glad there are others who are filled with just as much genuine love for these characters as I am. So here’s another list of fics that give me that happy, fizzy feeling of being in a fandom I love. (Fic recs every Wednesday.)

Soldier, Poet, King by Glare, obi-wan/anakin & qui-gon & mace & dooku & palpatine & cast, sith!obi-wan, 91.9k wip
   Second chances are very rarely given, but the Force smiles upon two of its favorite children and returns them to a time before their actions have met their consequences. Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader, seeks redemption while Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, disillusioned with the Jedi Order and its Code, falls to the Darkness.
Capture and Release by Rocket_Sith, obi-wan/anakin, some bondage, 13.9k wip
   Anakin’s past comes back to haunt him unexpectedly during a mission. What starts as Obi-Wan’s attempt to help him face his fears takes on a life of its own and evolves into so much more.
wicked thing by imaginarykat, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & cast, nsfw, sith!obi-wan, 97.3k wip
   In which Anakin recognises the Council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid ass decision, he elects to ignore it.
untitled by writegowrite, obi-wan/anakin, modern au, ~1k
   prompt: 40. exes meeting again after not speaking for years au
Time To Go by light_mantled_albatross, obi-wan & anakin & ahsoka, 19.7k
   A version of the “Anakin doesn’t find Ventress at the end of season 5, with the result that Ahsoka gets Dramatically Sentenced To Death” plotline.
untitled Supreme Chancellor Obi-Wan fic by stonefreeak, obi-wan & anakin, 4.4k
   ask: do Anakin and Obi-Wan FINALLY talk after Anakin’s panic attack? Even a little??
Echoes of Mortis by wreckageofstars, obi-wan & anakin/padme & ahsoka, 67.3k
   Post-Mortis Arc AU. In a universe where the Father failed to take away Anakin’s vision of the future, the Hero With No Fear struggles with the knowledge of what he will become and the knowledge of who, exactly, is responsible. Drastic steps are taken and in the process things go a little bit…sideways.
Conspiracy Theorist Obi-Wan Kenobi by tcf-dendral, obi-wan & cast, 1.1k
   His hindsight, Obi-Wan thinks, was not twenty-twenty in this instance, and he wishes he had thought ahead to the possible consequences of what seemed like an inconsequential action at the time. Mostly, he would do better in the future to remember how information, true or not, tends to spread like wildfire across the HoloNet.
untitled by phosphorescent-naidheachd, padme & cast, ~1k
   Picture Padmé – not a Sith, not particularly Force sensitive, but Palpatine’s protégé and confidant nonetheless.
Do Not Compel Me So by Mithrigil, anakin & cast, 1k
   Anakin has always had an easy time getting what he wants. (He never means to do it.)
untitled by cadesama, anakin & aphra, 1k
   windona asked: Prompt: Pre-ESB, Vader has a chance to send a message to Luke without Luke knowing it’s Vader.
untitled by stonefreeak, obi-wan & palpatine, 1.4k
   prompt: Obi-Wan gets a bit grumpy with a droid. He shouldn’t. He knows he shouldn’t - Jedi ways and all that. But it’s private and he has too much to deal with without an analysis droid rating his performance as Chancellor
Let your heart be light by imaginedestiel, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 5.1k
   Obi-Wan does his best to keep Anakin warm while they celebrate a little time off together.
hold the harmony (breathe) by engmaresh, obi-wan/anakin/padme, 1.7k
   Of course their ship crashed. Of course there’s a blizzard, with no hope for immediate help. But they’ve got blankets, food, and well, each other. In which Anakin and Padme invite Obi-Wan into their bed blanket fort.
Death’s Shade by Susan Zell, obi-wan & anakin & cast, 30.9k
   A devious plot by the enemy is initiated that could wipe out the Jedi without firing a weapon, leaving Obi-wan Kenobi fighting for his last breath as Anakin races to save him.

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Starting at 16 years old I was in boardrooms of older executives pitching talk shows. I wanted to be the youngest talk show host for a really long time. I would go into these boardrooms and just stand there and pitch like [Celia] did, mostly men, like 40 and 50 years old, and I would just go on and on and on and I was so passionate. I felt like I had great ideas and some of them I think were great, but it was just timing and it wasn’t the time yet for young people to really have a voice in media. It was before YouTube and Instagram. So, I was never afraid of going after what I wanted, and making that known, and being vocal about it. 

Aladdin and the 40 thieves

Tl;dr robbery problem that’s been going on for years escalates. Management does nothing 👌Guy gets over $600 of stuff stolen from his truck, but it’s honestly HIS fault.

I work at a very nice golf course. We kinda have this problem that’s been going on for 20 goddam years with thevies breaking into cars. I don’t know why we can’t catch these guys I’m seriously suspecting it’s an inside job. These guys are no Al Capone but they’re good at what they do, and they know it so we’re constantly targeted. They bust windows yet no alarms sound, and somehow just slip out??? They’ve stolen guns out of our customers cars, so we’re not about to approach them if we ever do see them. Management won’t hire actual security, it’s cartstaff’s side job to do security whenever they can get to it. What a joke.
Anyway! Recently a customer who just finished his round, discovered his truck’s window was busted and all of his shit gone. He was beyond pissed, not to mention drunk. Him and his friends yelled at any employee they could find and there was almost an altercation. So the police come to file the report, the guy says he had about $600 worth of shit gone. We ask ’ where was your stuff hidden?’. THIS FUCK NUGGET SAYS “ I had my iPad and an iPhone in the passenger’s seat…” …what? WHAT? THAT’S YOUR OWN FAULT????? We have that stupid sign that says “HIDE IT, TAKE IT, LOCK IT” fucking moron. Why would you have $600 worth of shit in your car??? You know the risk you dumbass. That could happen ANYWHERE.


this is literally what I’ve wanted from SW since playing KOTOR II three years ago??? I mean, this is obviously just a teaser trailer, so I need to be careful not to extrapolate a radical shift in narrative from less than three minutes of footage, but! but!!

I’ve been saying for years now that cosmic horror is actually the villain of the SW universe—the concept that, no matter what happens, the Sith are always going to bounce back, the Jedi are always going to fall, there’s always going to be this battle between the light and the dark, the Republic and the Empire, etc. the Galaxy is always going to be entrenched in this awful, centuries-long, bloody war, and why? Atton Rand, the love of my life, says it perfectly:

The Jedi, the Sith. You don’t get it, do you? To the galaxy, they’re the same thing; just men and women with too much power, squabbling over religion while the rest of us burn!

so when Luke says the Jedi need to end, it’s kind of like………… ya, duh. the Jedi are toxic af, and you see that so clearly in KOTOR and KOTOR II, especially when the Council condemns so many innocent people to their deaths. I’m not saying the Jedi are awful—the philosophy behind the Order is, I think, incredibly important, and there are certain things in the Code that I love. but the key here is balance: you can’t just cut yourself off from emotions, but on the flip side, you can’t just let your passions rule you. in order to truly maximize the Force, the Light Side and the Dark Side need to be in harmony, because otherwise there’s just always going to be this power struggle between the different extremes. so when Rey said “balance,” I’m pretty sure I let out a pterodactyl screech, because this is exactly what the franchise (aside from the EU, of course) has been scared to explore since its inception.

plus—Luke is the perfect herald for this radical shift in narrative. just like the Exile was in the Old Republic era! Luke has been portrayed time and time again as having feelings. this wasn’t too important back when SW first came out, but now that we’ve seen the Jedi as they were pre-TCW—heartless, stoic, etc; for those of us who are familiar with TOR, the Order’s corruption isn’t at all surprising—, we know just how revolutionary this is. Luke isn’t a perfect Jedi. he gets angry, he gets attached, he’s human, yet he’s still believed to be the Chosen One. (side note: I know a lot of people consider Anakin to be the Chosen One and, like, that’s cool, you do you, but I still think that, while Anakin certainly instigated the change, Luke is the vessel for it. Luke fulfills the prophecy. Luke is going to bring balance to the Force, not by eliminating the Sith/the Dark Side but by eliminating the need for a binary all together.)

this is super messy but I needed to get it out of my body!!! cosmic horror fascinates me and I’m dying to see the last Jedi (including Finn!!!!!!!!) remake the Galaxy for the better. the only way to end the War is to eliminate the binary—one could even say the Force, if you subscribe to Kreia’s line of thinking. the Jedi are corrupt, as is the Republic. the Sith are corrupt, as is the Empire (I mean, c’mon, space!Nazis). the only way forward is complete and total destruction. it’s time to make the Galaxy anew.

(I also find it super interesting that they’re introducing the “balance” concept so soon after bringing the Republic and the Empire together via an alliance in SWTOR. granted, BioWare did not handle it well, which is probably why they’re returning to the Republic vs. Empire nonsense in 5.2, but I still think it represents a new way of thinking about SW, which is why I’m proud of the devs for going the route they did. going back on 40 years of tradition is not an easy thing to do. but if it’s done skillfully—and I think that, in terms of the movies, it will be—, the payoff will be huge. talk about the kind of binary refusal we’ve been looking for in media for years.)


Sorry if you don’t like the following, but I woke up today hating the world and Sam and Cait as well. Still do.

Since the “picture” of everyone together and cozy and after the shock wave of Cait posting it, we get the trolls, Antis and just hateful people dumping on Shippers again. Same old shit, different day. Does Sam now date MM publicly and does Cait get to do the same with her SO? Do we get the privilege of watching Sam and MM bore us to death. Yes, I am negative about this relationship. If Sam finds MM that exciting and worth dating, I just can’t imagine what he is like in real life. I find her boring and ordinary. Especially her IG. Watch one of her interviews for reference on my opinion. If this is the real her, it’s sad. Guess I got used to Cait and her sense of humor with posts .

When a reveal happens, it usually changes things. When it’s a couple most people are hoping are together, after the likes on IG in the thousands of the pictures of SC together, it’s usually celebration. But, when you get a sketchy relationship instead, it might be an uphill battle. An actress nobody really knows, except for this fandom and a C list actor. This is not a power couple. Do they breakup and stir the pot more? I don’t think Sam or PR have that answer.

So what’s next? More innuendo, more pictures, more MM? Then what happens when Season 3 has promo? MM isn’t part of the Outlander show. Do they throw her into the mix when she is not needed or wanted? This may be a turnoff to some people. Me especially. I think they are hoping all the dust from this mess will die down and go back to normal, whatever that is. They are already on Twitter trying to act like everything is coming up roses. I see some, like me, not so forgiving. When you get used for anyone’s advancement or personal gain, you find it disgusting for them to keep doing it. Yes, I feel used. They said they weren’t together, but kept playing the game of looking together and again we get blamed for believing their BS. Dangling the relationship carrot in front of the Shippers all the time. Yep, I went down that rabbit hole for the last time. Just hoping in love and what we saw means we are delusional. So now we should invest in the most fake looking relationship outside of Taylor Swift and Tom H. I don’t think so. Whoever is behind this shit needs a bitch slap.

Never have I seen such use of fans and total abuse by a has been old actor without someone stepping in to save their fandom from this mess. Total abuse to women and joy in their harassment of them. Right or wrong about a relationship has nothing to do with this. For Cait to be a feminist she needs to only look at her fandom, the bubble headed blonde fucking with the fans and IW, her big friends buddy. A damn picture was suppose to clear up this mess? How idiotic can everyone be? All of this could of been avoided and kept simple, but they keep feeding the dragon and expect not to get burned? I’m even pissed at myself for investing myself into this relationship of SC and the show. I’m not stupid, they are for not embracing the Shippers and letting the truth be known for a healthier environment for fans way back and no more are we/aren’t we playing with fans. The old saying in sales was “KISS IT, meaning keep it simple stupid.

Get your popcorn ready for September. We will need it. PR has enough problems just getting their shit together on a daily basis. This is going to be a real laugh fest. If I sound bitter, it isn’t because of SC not being together. Together or not has no effect on my life. I am pissed about the constant battering of Shippers when Shipping is a normal for fandoms. I think the actors who only see fans as a commodity are in trouble with themselves. I do see the forgiveness and the don’t blame Sam or Cait for any of this, remarks in the fandom. Who do we blame? It’s Sam’s so called gf making sure we get half truth pics on IG and him looking the other way. This whole are we/aren’t we thing wasn’t made up in our minds. It’s right out there on SM. Signs of publicist and PR are all over the place. Looking back at Amy and Cody even fighting on SM over Sam, but yet Amy says she was not his GF. Both she and Cody worked for the same studio Sam was filming a summer movie, When the Starlight Ends, but it was just a coincidence all three of them were plastered all over SM. Yeah right.

Whose fans are being the target of IW and trolls? Sam and Cait, not just the show. We don’t get words of encouragement, just please vote and oh yeah my Gf isn’t doing anything wrong by posting innuendo, it’s all of you interpreting it wrong. Really, when it looks like shit it usually is shit. Trolls and IW should be addressed. If they get ignored then the trolls get bigger and fatter from their harassment. Block, report, erase. Even the 16 year old Blondie can’t handle that on her IG. Enough reporting and maybe IG will get the message to up their game and stop the harassment. If Sam or Cait don’t know how to handle their SM then their PR team should be consulted immediately. But maybe they were and this is what we got. A picture and a tweeting fest.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get appeased that easily after being hit upside the head. If they can’t come up with something good for the “what’s next” scenario, it’s going to get real quiet around here. It’s a long time till September and watching a 40 year old guy and a blonde bubble head is not going to cut it with a fandom full of smart savvy women. Maybe someone with some intelligence who knows women between the ages of 20 and 75 can help these dingbats out. So far they keep fucking up.

Oh yeah one more thing. if someone tells me I am picking on MM, I don’t care. Anyone who puts themselves out in a fandom of women and shows no intelligence in what she posts and how she handles it, well you asked for it. If you think I’m bad, you haven’t met the bitches of the world. Grow up.

Do I still think they are together? Doesn’t matter right now when they let so much shit happen to their fandom. Yep I’ll say it again, their fandom.

I think I have said enough. I’m in need of a pain killer.

anonymous asked:

Could you do one of the writing one-shot thingys where Prince gets upset about him not being able to find a princess or his true love, and Anxiety comes to the rescue to comfort Prince. If you could do this, it would really make my day!!!<3

Okay okay okay. I know what you are asking for, but I’m going to teak it a bit. You gave me a great idea and I’m going to run with it. So if you see where I’m going with this idea, send in more ideas for thing Anxiety can do for Prince.


“I have no purpose!” exclaimed Prince, throwing himself on the couch.
“Who told him?” Logic joked, and Anxiety had to bite back a snicker. Prince threw Logic a dirty look.
“There is no one to save. I have no princess. I have no love. I have no purpose.” Prince sighed dramatically.

“Now that’s not true. You just haven’t found her yet. That’s not a problem.” Morality urged, with a wink.
“Statically, you still have about 30-40 years before you would be too old to go on a quest.” Logic provided, setting a hand on Prince’s shoulder. Anxiety quietly walked out of the room, nothing he could say would help Prince any. And he desperately wanted to help Prince.

But what was the likelihood of Prince finding some girl to save? Or even some girl who would love him? Even someone to love him? Not that he was impossible to love, but what was the likeliness of love in general? Did love even exist or was it just a made up emotion?
Anxiety knew love like he knew heartbreak. Because who could ever love him? No one. It had to be make believe. A trick his mind played on him.

How else could he be in love with Prince? How else could he feel the need to cheer him up? How else could he feel the need to make Prince be happy again like he felt the need to breathe?

It had to be make believe.

But that didn’t stop Anxiety from finding Valerie. It didn’t stop him from setting up this elaborate hoax to prove to Prince he was worth something.
Because regardless of if it was real or not, he still felt it. Like a twisting knife in his chest. Anything was preferable than Prince being unhappy. So he plotted.

At dinner the next night, Prince was still moping.
“I heard about a girl who needs rescuing.” Anxiety casually remarked.
Prince perked up, “A maiden in need of a prince to save her?”
“Yeah, too bad you would mess it up.” Anxiety sneered.

“I would never mess it up!” Prince exclaimed, his heart racing. A chance to prove himself. Finally. “I will find her and save her!”
“Prince! At least wait until it’s morning!” Logic said, but the other was too determined to notice such insignificant details as the darkness of the night.
“Run along and save your princess so you’ll stop moaning about it.” Anxiety said.

Prince was gone in a flash. Logic turned on Anxiety.
“Why did you egg him on? He’ll get lost!”
“The gloom is supposed to be my job. Not his. If he kept it up, he would be taking my spot.” Anxiety smirked, before leaving the table.

Anxiety and Valerie had left an obvious trail for Prince to follow. There was a monster to defeat and a princess to save. They made up a fantastical story to complete the tragic tale.
All that was left was for Prince to complete the “quest”. And that would be easy enough for even him to do.

Anxiety could feel the knife in his chest twist a little more when he thought of the princess Prince was always wanting to save. A girl. Not him. Because he didn’t matter. He could never be Prince’s dream. He would never be good enough.

The next afternoon Prince got back with a glowing tale of monsters and villains and the beautiful princess waiting at the end. Alas, he was regretful to find out the princess had another betrothed, but she would forever be grateful to him and promised to give him any help he would ever need.

“There, Anxiety, told you I wouldn’t mess it up!” Prince gloated, “All the princesses will be begging for me to save them.” Anxiety felt his smile fall. All the princesses. Yes. Princesses. He would do well not to forget that.
“You might have won this time, but your luck won’t hold out.” Anxiety replied, and he quickly left the room, lest he give something away. Valerie had done her part. Now it was time for him to do his.

Dont ever forget how easly it is to loose control of meth or any other drug. One day you will be having the time of your life and the next minute your life is a disaster and drugs suddenly become the worst thing to ever happen to you. Dont let it get that far. Dont be like me. I use to have so many friends that i would use drugs with and we would have some of the greatest times. But then one day i looked around and it was like “hey where do everyone go?’” They grew up. Moved on. And now Im just here chasing the high while everyone else is making something of themselves. Its embarrassing, Being the druggie who could never walk away. Who would keep coming back here to this same, dark, depressing world. I wonder to myself when am i going to say enough is enough and its time to live life as a responsible adult. I sit and think am i going to be 30 or 40 years old still on drugs? Still making nothing of my life. Still just a fuck up. Whats it gonna take for me to stop? What do i gotta do???? I WANT A NORMAL LIFE. I think about all these things, but as im thinking im \ getting high and suddlenly all those thoughts are gone from my mind, And idc anymore, 

anonymous asked:

I had some asshole try to tell me that return policies can't be legally enforced. As in, if someone tries to make a return outside of a store's return period or return something for money instead of store credit, the store has to let them. Bitch, please. You want to spend the money to take a business to court because they won't let you return a pair of $40 slacks a year later go right ahead. Bet he screams at cashiers that it's illegal for them to refuse a $100 bill for a $0.99 purchase, too.