It may be irrational but pi plays an important role in the everyday work of scientists at NASA.
What Is Pi ?
Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is also an irrational number, meaning its decimal representation never ends and it never repeats. Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits,
Why March 14?
March 14 marks the yearly celebration of the mathematical constant pi.
More than just a number for mathematicians, pi has all sorts of
applications in the real world, including on our missions. And as a holiday that encourages more
than a little creativity – whether it’s making pi-themed pies or
reciting from memory as many of the never-ending decimals of pi as
possible (the record is 70,030 digits).
While 3.14 is often a precise enough approximation,
hence the celebration occurring on March 14, or 3/14 (when written in standard U.S. month/day format), the first known celebration occurred in 1988, and in
2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating
March 14 as Pi Day and encouraging teachers and students to celebrate
the day with activities that teach students about pi.
5 Ways We Use Pi at NASA
Below are some ways scientists and engineers used pi.
Keeping Spacecraft Chugging Along
Propulsion engineers use pi to determine the volume and surface area of propellant tanks. It’s how they size tanks and determine liquid propellant volume to keep spacecraft going and making new discoveries.
Getting New Perspectives on Saturn
A technique called pi transfer uses the gravity of Titan’s moon, Titan, to alter the orbit of the Cassini spacecraft so it can obtain different perspectives of the ringed planet.
Learning the Composition of Asteroids
Using pi and the asteroid’s mass, scientists can calculate the density of an asteroid and learn what it’s made of–ice, iron, rock, etc.
knowing the circumference, diameter and surface area of a crater can tell scientists a lot about the asteroid or meteor that may have carved it out.
Determining the Size of Exoplanets
Exoplanets are planets that orbit suns other than our own and scientists use pi to search for them. The first step is determining how much the light curve of a planet’s sun dims when a suspected planets passes in front of it.
Aries:the cool blue of the morning becoming sky blue as the sun rises Taurus: the opulent purity of a white pearl fresh from the ocean Gemini:the inviting pink of a nursery for a baby fresh out of the maternity ward Cancer:the soft taupe of faux fur around a set of silk-gloved arms Leo:the bright yellow spots in your eyelids the blinding sun leaves when you step outside and rub your eyes Virgo:the rich brown of the drying earth around crops ready for harvesting Libra: the pastel orange glow around the sun as it sets in the west Scorpio:the angry blood red on the cheeks of someone who is painfully embarrassed Sagittarius:the deep purple of a royal cloak rustling in the breeze Capricorn:the shining bit of lead gray at the tip of a freshly sharpened pencil Aquarius:the electric green in circuits that light up a neon sign Pisces:the near-black of a choppy, glistening sea you had never seen before
Your apartment was like a ghost town. The emptiness echoed every time you stepped foot in the sad space. His shoes were missing by the front door. Your keys were never on the side table. There was evidence that people lived there. Ramen packets in the trash. Used coffee cups on the sink. But no one had really been around for two weeks.
Two weeks. This was the longest you had gone without speaking to Hoseok, yet alone seeing him. The fight at Yoongi’s was the worst you ever had. His sharp tongue dug wounds that even stitches couldn’t heal. He had been keeping himself occupied at Yoongi’s or the dance studio. Your heart sank into your chest anytime you came home and heard the washing machine running, only to find that the person who was wearing them was nowhere to be found.
A small part of you enjoyed the quiet. You were able to spread all your materials out on the coffee table. Bags of chips and half empty iced lattes were littered in between stacks of highlighted notes. He wasn’t there to yell at you when you fell asleep face first on your microbiology homework, the lines of the pages leaving imprints on your cheeks.
You did miss him. The two of you had been friends for years. But this time it was not your turn to say sorry. If Hoseok wanted things to go back to normal, he would have to swallow his large amount of pride and apologize.
But you had never heard Hoseok apologize in his life.
Being in love feels like the warmth that touches your skin the second you step from the shade into the sun. It’s equivalent to the feeling of safety you get when you walk into your house after being out in a storm. But it’s also the feeling you get right before the drop of a roller coaster, the feeling of excitement and the rush. Being in love is a rush but it’s also calm. It’s the feeling of home but it’s also the feeling of adventure. Being in love feels like the uncertainty of a brand new day but also like the calm at the end of that day. Being in love can feel confusing and scary, but it also feels right.
Though you’re feeling down show kindness to all keep peace in your heart and faith in your prayers smile, take one small step, then take one more remember someone loves you and somebody cares even while this day may be filled with darkness these moments are never as bleak as they seem and when tomorrow’s sun invites you to awaken you’ll see yesterday was only an empty bad dream
The obnoxious vibrations of your phone distract you from the splatter of paint that had you preoccupied for the past couple of hours.
You picked up your phone from your table, the light from it seemingly unpleasant as you typed in a quick response.
You [12:30] : Do you really want to go out that bad?
MusclePig™ [12:30]: I haven’t seen you in a week, my heart and dick are throbbing for you.
You threw your phone down on to your bed beside the hardwood table that you were seated on, silently laughing to yourself as you read his last message.
That’s definitely something Jungkook would say. Over the past couple of months you had gotten to know him better, the both of you often bonding over anime or stupid memes; sometimes just listening to each other as he babbled on about a new plot he had thought of.
You’d been avoiding going out with him over the past week, trying to focus on classes and the projects at hand. But Jungkook wouldn’t let you stay in this hermit hole that you had created for yourself.
-The guitar riff during sincerely me when Ben goes “I also miss our talks”
-The chorus picking up in waving through a window at the end when he goes from “will I ever make a sound” to the chorus again
-“HEY HEY HEY” in sincerely me
-Ben’s giggle in For Forever
-The tone of voice when he says “he’s come to get me”
-His awkwardness in if I could tell her when she starts to leave “I’m just trying to remember the best ones”
-“you looked really pretty- uh I mean it looked pretty cool”
-Basically all the emotions in words fail like Jesus christ belt your heart out but be careful of your vocal chords
-The fact they actually had Heidi be a mom in so big/so small cuz she’s singing to him on the couch and holding him, they’re weren’t destroying that link because he’s supposed to be a senior in high school, it just solidifies the fact that he’s vulnerable and he will always be his mom’s son, her little boy who wondered if there was a truck that was gonna take his mom away too
-In words fail when it backs back up into waving through a window Jesus christ that kills me everytime
-Just the “No, I’d rather pretend I’m something better than
These broken parts
Pretend I’m something other than
This mess that I am
‘Cause then I don’t have to look at it
And no one gets to look at it
No, no one can really see” kills me everytime
-When Ben belts out the word face in for forever
-When he sings step into the sun at the end of words fail
-Also when he sings “I know” in a words fail just mmm good
-Ben singing the “Stop it, stop it! Just let me off!” bit in Good For You
-“right there, right there, riiIIIGHT theerree” in words fail, just fills me with emotions
The Veil is what separates our physical realm from the spirit world. By opening it, we’re able to communicate more freely with spirits. Essentially, you’ll be making a door and opening it in order to reach the spirit realm.
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert at this, please don’t take my word as the final say. I just started practicing this technique and was taught by a close friend. Always be safe when you practice because if you’re not careful, you can get into some shit. I’m writing this post by popular demand.
STEP 1:BE SAFE. The picture above is a little preview of the layout I used in my own dorm room. It’s hard to see, but I first drew a chalk circle and sprinkled black salt all along the edges of said circle. I also put four crystals at each end to mark it. Why do I have so much shit everywhere?? Because I don’t want anything to come through the door I created and cause problems. This circle keeps unwanted spirits out. (Granted, you don’t have to use as many things as I did. I find that a physical circle is just easier to visualize.) You can also use candles or anything else that works for you!
STEP 2: MARK THE DOOR. I used sun and moon candle holders with electric candles in them (since I live in a dorm and can’t use real candles). I set them apart from each other, like I was making, well, a door. Then I used some Super-Moon water to draw a line between the two candle holders to amplify my energy. Finally, I also sprinkled a line of black salt to stop unwanted and harmful spirits from coming through the door.
STEP 3: RELAX. Get into the state of mind you need to be in to do witchy stuff. Meditation, grounding, singing–whatever you need to do to access your energy.
STEP 4: STRETCH YOUR ENERGY. Whenever you feel ready, slowly pool energy into you palms. Then push it through the marked entrance where your door is going to be, imagining it as a thread, string, or cord connecting to the spirit realm. This might be difficult, especially if the veil isn’t exactly thin where you’re at. You may feel your energy bounce back, or that you’re hitting a wall. If you do, don’t worry! You can always pull back, gather your energy, and try again.
STEP 5: CREATE A BRIDGE. You’ll know the moment when your energy connects to the spirit realm. It feels different for every person–for me, it’s almost like this tug in my gut and the feeling of a thread connecting my hands and body to something else. Once you feel that, it’s really up to you on how you want to create the bridge! For me, what works best is when I imagine myself walking across the thread of my energy towards the spirit realm. As I walk, my energy begins to create the bridge. There might be another door on the other side once you cross the bridge (it’s really up to how you visualize). If there is, open it.
STEP 6: OPEN THE DOOR. Once you’ve made the bridge, feel and hold on to that connection. Then, imagine a door leading to the bridge through the physical boundaries you created earlier. This door can look however you like–whatever’s easiest for you to imagine! Then, use your energy to pry open the door. After that…
Congrats! You’ve successfully opened a door to the spirit realm! You should be able to feel the difference in energies. It’s kind of hard to explain how it feels–almost like this vast, empty expanse and the chattering of lots of different spirits floating around.
When you’re done…
CLOSE THE DOOR. If you invited any spirits in to chat, say goodbye to the spirit(s) that you communicated with and ask them to leave. Make sure they leave before you close the door. If they refuse to, you might have to force them via your own energy (obviously, this is in the worst of situations. Try not to be rude if possible!). We’ve had to do this before and it’s not the most pleasant thing (haha).
To close the door, pull your energy out from the spirit realm. Imagine that bridge you created crumbling, until you can no longer feel that connection. Once you’re out, close the door, seal it up, and do anything else that feels necessary in order to break the opening. For me, I usually make a breaking motion with my hands to signify the cut-off connection. You can chant or say an incantation if you like as well. This is important, because you definitely don’t want to leave a door open for spirit to come through willy nilly!
PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! If you’re not cautious, some bad spirits might be able to get through and that’s never fun. If possible, try this first with someone else (preferably someone who knows more of what they’re doing). If you can’t, make sure you have multiple backups, wards, and other witchy things to keep bad spirits at bay.
If you want to invite a spirit to chat, it’s probably a good idea to have an offering around, just to be polite. Tarot cards, pendulums, etc. are pretty awesome tools to use if you’re not great at telepathic communication!
Take everything spirits say with a grain of salt. They can lie just like people.
I hope this was helpful to those that asked! If anyone wants to add anything, feel free to. I’m by no means an expert, so if someone wants to add their expertise advise please do! If something doesn’t feel right, go with your gut–never do something you’re not comfortable with.
Ruler of Leo Exalted in Aries Detriment in Aquarius Fall in Libra
Time Spent in a Sign: A month (about 30 days)
Mythology behind the Sun There are countless of versions of how the Sun came to be in astrology, but most commonly known and told is that of the Greeks. Helios, seen as the Sun God, would ride on a golden chariot across the sunset making his way home everyday. He is often associated with Apollo. Apollo is not only God of Music, but also God of Sun and Light (and many more).
The Sun in Astrology The only way we identify ourselves, normally, is through our Star sign aka our Sun sign. It’s who we are when we are first getting to know someone since it’s our most basic personality. It’s purely our sense of self. On a deeper level, some argue that the Sun sign is your life purpose. This makes sense since our Sun sign is who we are at our very best. But in order to become our “very best”, we must accept ourselves for who we are and work with that. Trying to be someone you are not only confuses your life’s purpose and you are not staying true to yourself. You are not showing your Sun sign at its best, but only a reflection of what you want it to be.
Sun in Aries The Sun is exalted in Aries. At their best, Arians are self-aware and they strongly project their own personalities. At their worst, they can be selfish and aggressive.
Sun in Taurus At their best, Taurus’ are reliable, patient and firmly hold their ground no matter what. At their worst, they can be materialistic, lazy and quick to anger.
Sun in Gemini At their best, Gemini’s are intelligent, social and capable of handling multiple tasks at once. At their worst, they can be liars and massive manipulators.
Sun in Cancer At their best, Cancer’s are protective, nurturing and self-aware (especially of their emotions). At their worst, they can be prone to terrible mood swings and being somewhat of a guilt-tripper.
Sun in Leo The Sun is domicile in Leo. At their best, Leo’s are confident, proud and they teach others how to be as self-aware as they are. At their worst, they can be bullies, dominating and overly dramatic.
Sun in Virgo At their best, Virgo’s are intelligent, resourceful and willing to lend a helping hand. At their worst, they can be overly critical, highly judgmental and insecure yet believing they are the “perfect human”.
Sun in Libra The Sun is in fall in Libra. At their best, Libra’s are considerate, fair and have a strong sense of justice. At their worst, they can be critical and may not have a voice or be stepped on constantly by others.
Sun in Scorpio At their best, Scorpio’s are observant, intuitive and capable of exploring human depth. At their worst, they can be manipulative, obsessive and might have a stalker tendency.
Sun in Sagittarius At their best, Sagittarius’ are optimistic, philosophical and able to overcome many obstacles. At their worst, they can be arrogant, insensitive and exaggerating their personality traits as superior to others.
Sun in Capricorn At their best, Capricorn’s are driven, prideful and always striving for better. At their worst, they can be inconsiderate of others, bossy and demanding.
Sun in Aquarius The Sun is in detriment in Aquarius. At their best, Aquarians are humanitarians, innovative and genius. At their worst, they can be aloof and careless towards others including their loved ones.
Sun in Pisces At their best, Pisces’ are selfless, creative and adaptable. At their worst, they can be psychologically manipulative and may not be self-aware at all, taking on the personality and opinions of others.
- Bucky gets first aid after a mission - Based off this
Bucky sighs a heavy sigh of relief when he sees his house approaching from the car window. He turns to Steve who is writing notes in his notebook as a post-mission ritual. He had ridden home with Bucky as a promise to you, to bring your husband back in one piece. The car stops in front of the house and they both thank the driver. With heavy tired steps they open the creaking gate to your house, the early morning sun beating down on their exhausted bodies as they walk to the door. Before they can reach the door you’re barrelling down the path straight into Bucky’s arms without a word. He catches you in his strong arms a soft groan involuntarily escaping his lips. “My ribs” he wheezes out. You instantly pull away as if you’d been burnt.
“Sorry, sorry” you pull away, in the eagerness to see your husband you had forgotten the potential for injuries. Bucky smiles through the pain as you survey him. “How bad?” it was almost ritualistic for you to ask after every mission.
“Three cracked ribs, stitches on my neck and thigh and a slight concussion, not to mention cuts and bruises just about everywhere” Bucky lists off his injuries and the worry clouds your face. “I’ll be right as rain tomorrow” Bucky says as he pulls you back to him with a cocky smile wanting to hold you in his arms. You often forgot your husband and his best friend had advanced healing and your worry was frivolous in most cases.
Imagine if you will: it’s six months later in game-time. Keyleth finished her Aramente, Hotis is dead, Taryon has paid the party and wandered on his way, so on and so forth. There’s still a few Lingering Questions™ perhaps about that book and other things, but Vox Machina are prepared to take a well-deserved rest for a while. Their keep is finally empty of refugees, there’s time to take a break from things like governing Whitestone, and everyone heads back to Greyskull for a little while to just enjoy their home and one another’s company for the first time in an age.
They send a message to Scanlan, an olive branch: we’re going back to Emon, back to Greyskull Keep. We’d love to pick out a room for Kaylie, if you feel like coming by.
No reply. Keyleth considers scrying on him in case something’s the matter, but finally decides not to intrude any further on his privacy.
The day arrives. Bags are packed, they step through the Sun Tree and into their garden; the only familiar faces waiting are a few of their servants and Jarrett, but it’s still their good old long-lost home. Emon is finally starting to really bustle again in the Conclave’s aftermath. They consider a quiet dinner at home, but it almost seems like a waste; Vox Machina, as they’re wont to do, leave their things behind and head out to a tavern for a good time.
The one they pick is a big bustling place, and being the local heroes and all, they opt for one of the less conspicuous tables off in a corner. They can’t really see the minstrels performing way over on the stage for all the heads in between. (Well, Grog can, but he’s busy with his ale.) The fiddler is uncommonly good, though, accompanied by an abrasively lively shawm and then an equally nimble lute. It’s good music to get drunk by, so they toast and laugh and nobody thinks anything more of it until there’s a smooth tenor voice that they’d recognize anywhere:
“Let me tell you the tale,” it sings, “of Vox Machina.”
One of the group drops their ale mug, and the crowd whoops and cheers for Scanlan Shorthalt’s latest masterpiece, which of course he’s been performing here for days already to be sure the regulars know the words. There’s a verse describing all the heroes, naturally, and Scanlan meets their eyes one after another with a small smile on his face. Olive branch returned.
He looks different. Less jewelry. Somewhere along the line apparently he cut his hair, and now it’s half grown out again. The only earring he wears is Tiberius’s, and the front of his shirt is closed. He’s dressed like a man who’s decided maybe female attention isn’t that important to him after all.
The song is several verses long, glowingly detailing Vox Machina’s exploits. It must have taken ages to write. There are even some lines about Taryon Darrington, the end of the Aramente, the harrowing journey to the Nine Hells. Things Scanlan wasn’t anywhere near, things which are definitely partially bullshit, but some of which ring startlingly true. Perhaps Keyleth wasn’t the only person doing a little scrying.
The last verse ends with a flourish, proclaiming how Vox Machina triumphed through the power of their bonds, the strength of a family working as one. Then amidst the raucous applause, he squeezes Kaylie’s hand and hops off the stage, leaving her considerable talents to finish the set alone. He makes his way over to the corner with a smile, an awkward and old and honest smile, to buy everyone a drink.
(”So, little elf girl,” he starts, and Vex immediately punts him down the table.)
I’ve had lots of people come to me for Finn fic recs of all sorts, and after someone asked if I could collect all of my recs into one post, I decided it was high time I did just that!
Almost every fic I’ve listed below has been read at least once, and each one has a special place in my heart, so I hope you enjoy!
(Note: I don’t read fics with major character death, non/dub-con, or anything significantly dark or triggering, so I don’t feel like individual tags/warnings are necessary for this list. If anyone feels otherwise about any of the fics below, let me know and I’ll tag accordingly!)
Stars and Skiesby asingerofsongs & MayGlenn(this is the only Jedistormpilot content I read, and I love it with all my heart. the writing starts out a bit awkward at first, but if you can get through that initial bump, the series develops into something amazing!)
The first house or sign on the ascendant radiates potently across the zodiac spectrum. The star rising in the eastern horizon rises in the individual’s eyes, it’s the cosmic starburst we give others to taste. There is a spiritual emphasis with the first house. It symbolises the the soul’s dance as an ego, it’s ultimate expression. Self emanation, awareness, and identification becomes activated in the first house. It’s the light in the eye, and a deeply personal experience, diffused spontaneously and without hesitation. The twelfth house is where we hide, but we step into the sun of the first house and come to life.
The first house qualities are like the hospital band you were given at birth. Astrologers consider the first house of significant importance, noting it’s angular house condition in our outlook and approach to life. Through the planetary interplays of the first house, we paint an “I”, and every dimension of life passes through this spectrum. Everybody has a sign on the first house cusp known as the ascending sign. Some people have a planet, or multiple planets in the first house, and these provide the colours that create the expression.
Sun in the 1st house / Leo ascending royal and important, and the birth was deemed to be of significant importance because the individual knows he has a divine purpose on earth. there can be dominance, enthusiasm, joy, and creativity released here.
Moon in the 1st house / Cancer ascending like the moon that shows her face and hides away, the individual is illuminated and yet withdrawn. there is a deep mystery here, and a tremendous maternal instinct. there may be difficulties with fluid retention
Mercury in the 1st house / Gemini ascending / Virgo ascending the bright light in the eye reveals a kindled and alert mind. a youthful expression emanates the curiosity, spirit, and flaws of the young. there is a nervous quality about the individual, and an unmissable intelligence
Venus in the 1st house / Taurus ascending / Libra ascending beauty seems to diffuse from the individual naturally, like sequins across the sky. often there is a preoccupation with appearance and a feminine expression. strong likes and dislikes are indicated here, and there is a genial amiability that simply breathes warmth and harmony
Mars in the 1st house / Aries ascending like a firecracker, the individual is impossible to miss. there is a vital, upfront, and spontaneous sunshine, and often a propensity to reveal things for how they see them. the individual is absolutely energizing
Jupiter in the 1st house / Sagittarius ascending a bohemian, free spirited vibe evokes from the individual like incense. there is a well traveled mind that enjoys novelty and delving into the meaningful and symbolic dimensions of life. laughter seems to follow
Saturn in the 1st house / Capricorn ascending the temperament can be melancholic on autopilot, however there is an incredible depth about the individual that is often too intense for the world. despite longing to connect, he may feel solitary and followed by shadows
Uranus in the 1st house / Aquarius rising the mind is a live wire here and the brightly lit eyes glisten like crystals, covering an intellect that follows inquisitive and intuitive leaps into imagination paradise. there is an offbeat individualism
Neptune in the 1st house / Pisces rising every face of the cosmos is revealed in the individual, there are watery eyes that hold centuries of wisdom, eyes that seem like they still asleep and dreaming. the chameleon aspect here is prominent, and the individual can disappear into faces and energies
Pluto in the 1st house / Scorpio rising powerful reverence and rays of unconscious secrets hover from the individual and leave thick, resonant energies long after his body vanishes. there is something intimidating and yet soothing about the individual, it seems however, impossible to decode