adaptive running

Sometimes I have to laugh at the galra designs, from a purely affectionate frame of mind, because like. They’re so goshdanged lanky.

When they’re in action or in movement it’s all fluid and streamlined and intimidating looking, like- this species was probably developed at least partially to run down prey in a savanna or comparable setting like a pack of hyenas or a lion pride hunting- they’re built like sprinters, with those long, whippy limbs and big powerful hands.

But just hanging around, they look. Kind of hilarious, honestly, like. there’s just too much limb and shoulder for their head. If Kolivan, Antok and Ulaz didn’t have their fingers curled their fingertips would be on a level with their knees. They’re practically noodle people. Even more sturdy-built ones like Antok, Morvok, and Varkon have that whippy, elongated quality to them- stark with Morvok because he’s not even particularly tall, making his proportionate gangliness even odder-looking to a degree.

And I mean, on a general level, the looking a little silly thing is pretty much par the course for most creatures in nature. A cheetah could sure mess me up but their body and legs look too long for the rest of them. If anything that similarity between cheetahs and the galra might suggest galra are generally built less for endurance and more for sprinting, which would be reinforced because a common tactic in the Blade of Marmora’s fighting style is taking opponents on at a full run. (Keith does this too, even!) Big ribcage for big lung capacity, quite possibly a larger heart, long legs with (generally) well-defined calves and thighs- probably a build for running.

…Now I’m stuck on stuff I’ve said before about prey drives, and if the galra are more adapted to run things down rather than ambush them, they’re probably pretty good at tracking movement. Especially smaller things running in front of them. 

  • Mass Effect Andromeda: Introduces "Simulated Adaptive Matrix" aka SAM, linked to you (sees what you see), supports you from the ark with situational awareness/problem solving, "There's a very specific relationship there. It's more of a partner than EDI was. You're way closer emotionally to SAM."
  • Internet: Speculation is SAM is a reanimation of your mother, or designed by your mother, which would make it like a sibling, so it's unlikely to be a romance option. Even outside of that, I don't imagine much interest for an AI that is not yet confirmed to eventually gain a body or-
  • Me: [grabs them by the shoulders, wild-eyed] Listen. I have been playing Zombies, Run! for four years. Please just let me have this.

Quick fact. Ready?
Endurance training for a minimum of 5-6 hours every week can result in a physical enlargement of the heart itself known as Athlete’s Heart Syndrome.

The increase in size allows for the heart to pump out more blood with every beat, making it more efficient.
This is the body’s way of adapting to the increased oxygen demand being put on it during prolonged aerobic training.

Now, who wouldn’t want a bigger heart?

I just stumbled over a vid of Interstellar + Queen’s ’39 and my soul is now at peace

prompt: high school group project au where the SMH boys have to reinterpret whatever Western Classic they’re reading in english class and decide to go with Ice Dancing……so of course they have to convince that little figure skater transfer student to be in their group…..

anonymous asked:

A thought regarding the nature of Amethyst's weapon, and Bismuth's testimony that a whip is unusual for a quartz: perhaps the whip, along with Amethyst's shapeshifting virtuosity, expresses a flexibility and adaptability discouraged by Homeworld? (Whether the latter is a standard ability of amethysts remains to be seen--I've heard rumors that we're going to be meeting some more, but I'm waiting until the WInter '17 Bomb's legitimate airing.) Hope you're feeling better, by the way.

That’s a good point! In fact, Bismuth’s actual line is “Not every Quartz can make a whip like this,” which implies that other Quartzes can make whips, it’s just, they have fundamental differences from Amethyst’s that a skilled blacksmith can tell just by looking.

And flexibility is a pretty good way to put it. In this post I talked about how Amethyst’s other abilities, weapon aside, are all comparatively more flexible than those of other gems. The spin dash attacks that we see both her and Jasper do several times differ between the two of them.

Amethyst is able to manoeuvre more efficiently at the cost of overall power while Jasper has a lot of raw strength but it’s essentially a linear charge. And when we look at how Amethyst has always felt the need to change herself to adapt to the standards of the senior Crystal Gems and life on Earth, we get to see why flexibility is such an important trait for her. That’s why it’s not a huge surprise that Ame really likes to shape shift. 

When pushed very hard though, that versatility makes it difficult for her to pinpoint exactly who she is, which was the conflict central to On The Run, and never fully resolved.

As to whether Homeworld is against adaptability, I would say they’re not openly against it and annihilating gems who happen to be more versatile than are others. But Homeworld implicitly finds comfort in predictability and patterns. They are averse to change, perhaps because they don’t have a lot of extra padding if that change causes them to mess up. Recall that they are in a resource crisis. It’s likely that they’d rather tough it out with systems that might not be as efficient as they could be than change because of the risk of failure.

And it’s interesting that you mention it: There’s also a possibility that gems grown on Earth may, in line with the symbolical implications of Earth, be more adaptable. That everything on Earth supposedly grows and changes and has the opportunity to do so, may mean there’s something in the water, or in this case, soil, that makes it more conducive for gems to want to change things up.

I am going to submit a random headcanon to you:  

Stiles dragging the pack to play Laser Tag.

Stiles that played once, when he was twelve. He asked it as his birthday present, and John and Melissa drove them to the nearest place from Beacon Hills. Stiles was absolutely delighted, until they learned that they would be put with strangers to form a team. It all went downhill from there. 

They were left alone to be shot at fifteen seconds in, and had to hide under a ramp. Scott had an asthma attack when the fog machines started and Stiles, terrified, had to drag both of them out. He then fell into a full blown panic attack in the changing rooms.

So, not their best memory.

But fast forward seven years later. They are nineteen now, Scott is a werewolf and Stiles has been tortured and shot at. Laser tag is gonna be easy. Stiles is so ready to avenge their younger selves.

He only need a team.

Stiles prudently presents the idea during pack night. He’s not worried for most of them, he knows that most of his friends have an unhealthy love for violence and winning. He’s also ready to make Scott cry in order to convince Isaac.


The only unknown variable is their taciturn alpha. Somehow, convincing him to play with lasers in a room reeking of teenager’s hormones and sweat seems like a difficult task. But Stiles has prepared his speech, he has perfectly reasonable arguments, and he will bullshit about pack unity and trust exercises if need be.

Of course, because this is Derek and he likes to fuck up with Stiles’ expectations, he’s only finished the first sentence of his passionate plea when Derek raises one hand in the air to stop him.

Yes,” he breathes, and smiles. They all blink at him a little. Derek keeps smiling, bunny teeth showing and looking almost… excited.

So.

Derek’s family apparently used to throw their kids into the woods to pitch them against each other for fun.

Stiles is not surprised.

Stiles is awfully not surprised.

This was the family whose genes created Peter Hale.

Not noticing their stunned silence, Derek describes his childhood memories. During their monthly run under the full moon, adults used to hide colored pieces of tissue everywhere. The next day, Derek, his sisters and cousins were all let loose, in several teams, into the wood. At dusk, the team that was able to bring back the more targets to their home base while protecting said home base from enemy raids won. The prize was some old trophy, bragging rights and first crack at every dish during the huge dinner.

Derek is trying so hard to communicate his enthusiasm for his claws-and-fangs-allowed, hunger-game version of catch the flag that his hands are moving a little bit in the air. It’s adorable.

When Scott tries to get back on the subject of laser tag (Stiles glares at him, because Derek was sharing things), Derek immediately nods and explains helpfully that there is a place supernatural-friendly just 45 minutes away from Beacon Hills. There is no protest in the pack. Stiles bats the air with his fist in victory.

Their first game together teaches Stiles a lot of things.

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anonymous asked:

I'm sure u get this question a lot, but which pride and prejudice movie version do u prefer? The miniseries or the film? Personally I really love the film as it made the story a lot more relatable for younger audiences and was also just very well done in terms of plot (without comparing it the original source material), acting, cinematography, music, etc. but I've heard of some ppl who really hated the film version do u know why?

Well, when people ask ‘which P&P do you prefer?’ these days it’s often the contentious choice between the 1995 BBC miniseries and the 2005 feature film. (Though, as I must always acknowledge, there are SO MANY P&P adaptations.)

Personally I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two, as the difference in running-time alone makes such a huge impact on the presentation of the narrative, and so ultimately very different choices have to be made. Where the 2005 may lack some of the subtlety of the 1995, equally one may argue that the 1995, by comparison, meanders at times and has less energy on the whole, with a blander result.

I really can’t force myself to come down on one side or the other, as I think BOTH adaptations have their strengths and weaknesses in several respects. However the major difference in reactions I’ve noted seems to be that those who cling to the 1995 adaptation do so ferociously and with great disdain for the 2005 adaptation in particular (though it is by no means the only other adaptation out there.) There seems to be this pervasive belief that the BBC miniseries Got It Perfectly Right and therefore there’s no need to adapt the story ever again, and any attempt must only viciously disappoint.

I know people who I generally like and respect who hold this view, but to my mind it’s over-simplifying bullshit and also ignoring issues which the 1995 miniseries has on its own, and the fact that it’s now been well over two decades since it was made and it is really beginning to show its age as a product of the mid-nineties. Which is not to say the 2005 film won’t also feel more and more dated in the years to come–all adaptations are subject to their production contexts. There were also more noticeably ‘Hollywood’ touches to the feature film, most notably in the traipsing-through-fields-in-nightwear reconciliation and the alternative American ending with the smooch, which put some people off who were used to the more buttoned-up Austen adaptations of the nineties, though the feature film is not alone in the wider trend of ‘sexing-up’ Austen adaptations with a bit more skin on show (though this isn’t always for the heroes and heroines, but more often the naughty side-characters like Willoughby’s conquest of young Eliza in the opening of the 2008 Sense and Sensibility, or Isabella Thorpe’s seduction by Captain Tilney in the 2007 Northanger Abbey.)

We can’t ignore the cultural context in which films are made and released, either, particularly in responses to high-profile feature films and their stars. The 2000s was a time when Keira Knightley was an absolute box-office powerhouse, and the reaction to her casting as Elizabeth Bennet caused outright fury among those who believed her to be merely an It Girl and not a competent actress who might ‘suit’ the allegedly suitable Look of a Georgian/Regency heroine. Again, this is a misguided and simplistic argument which often disintegrates into pointing at Jennifer Ehle’s curvy and curly look as being more in-keeping with ‘the character’, which is just pure shite, okay. We know Elizabeth has dark eyes and is not nearly as pretty as Jane, though she’s not plain. Basically there was a lot of hating on Keira Knightley for daring to appear in period movies with a ‘modern’ sort of angular beauty–without really considering that Elizabeth Bennet isn’t meant to come across as a classical beauty of her age. She is beautiful to Darcy, and that is kind of the point. (Also while people will insist that Ehle is Period Correct with her buxom appearance, they tend to ignore that Colin Firth was acknowledged by the miniseries creative team to have an atypical Look for an Austen hero, for the times…so apparently casting for alternative Hotness standards is only a bad thing when it’s the heroine. I don’t even know, but people ragging on Keira Knightley’s looks are already reeeeeaching for a very weak argument and is ragging on a woman’s looks really the hill you want to die on? Because that kind of makes you an asshole.)

I think the nasty pushback against the 2005 film adaptation in particular is a combination of three things: 1) the inevitable flaws and choppy narrative/characterization choices that come about in adapting for a running-time of under two hours; 2) those who prefer the 1995 miniseries for whatever reason and by extension have chosen to think that they cannot bear to consider any other adaptation to have any merits whatsoever; and 3) seriously, as much as a lot of people loved Keira Knightley in her starlet heyday after she burst onto the Hollywood scene in Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl there was this counter-culture sort of backlash that was STRONG around the time that Joe Wright’s P&P came out. It’s mostly settled down by now, but for a few years there Knightley was unfortunately the focus of a widespread and wicked case of tall poppy syndrome and some people thought she couldn’t do anything right, and she definitely had no business in corset roles when they thought she hadn’t the bosoms for it.

ok so: an autistic young man (coded but not confirmed in canon) who has tremendous skill in an area he doesn’t value in the way others do, but he still uses. protective of genius younger brother to the point of extreme violence if necessary, despite disliking/not being suited to fighting. shigeo kageyama or tick jefferson?

Animalgamation #5 - red panda / owl.

These tree-dwelling creatures can sometimes be heard twittering at each other after dark. Their feet are adapted for running along tree limbs, so rather than perching to rest, they drape their whole bodies across branches.

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How to find a topic for your linguistics paper

I get occasional questions asking me for good topics to write an end-of-semester linguistics paper on. The bad news is, I don’t have a list of ideas that I can just pass out to people, because that’s not really how finding a topic works. The good news is, here’s a series of questions that will help you find something to write about for any linguistics course. 

1. What parts of the course did you find most interesting? 

Even if your prof gives you free rein as to your topic, it’s generally supposed to have something to do with the course. So go back to the syllabus, flip through your notes and readings, and think about what parts of the course you enjoyed more than others. Or if your course didn’t get to cover all the chapters in your textbook, have a leaf through the remaining ones and see if any of them look interesting. Another option is to go interdisciplinary: is there another area that you’re interested in (e.g. psychology, music, gender, bilingualism, children especially if you have them already in your life) that you could combine with some aspect of the course? 

Make a shortlist for yourself of a couple options and have a quick google to see if any of them look like they have lots more information available or turn into dead ends. Some courses may be fine with you replicating something that’s already out there, just for the experience of figuring it out yourself, while some may be more keen on you working on something brand new. 

2. Where are you going to get data? 

Linguistics papers generally analyze some sort of data, so where is that data going to come from? Certain types of courses tend to involve certain types of data sources, so you could follow the trend of whatever types of data sources you’ve been discussing in class, or be more unconventional and figure out how to cross-apply a different one. Common sources of linguistic data include: 

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My Toshiba Libretto 70CT finally got a few key upgrades.  It’s still got a few things that need tweaking, but it’s getting there.  Here’s what I did:

  • Updated the BIOS to version V6.40 from 1999!
  • Imaged the old hard drive onto a CF card, and swapped in a CF -> IDE adapter.  It runs silent and incredibly fast now.
  • Bought an old 16-bit PCMCIA CF card socket so I don’t have to use the external floppy drive to copy files back and forth. 
  • Bought a port expansion, providing me with serial, parallel, and VGA sockets (sadly no PS/2 mouse port).  A serial test with Hyperterminal to Vega (running 95C) was successful.
  • Installed 95Plus!
  • Tested Doom.

If I can find hardware specific drivers for the 70CT, I want try installing 95B from scratch.  It would let me take full advantage of all 8GB of CF card, in glorious FAT32.  Right now I’m limited to 1.5GB in FAT16, and all attempts at resizing to just under the 4GB limit render the drive unable to boot. 

Oh, and Critical Mass, one of my favorite old games, is apparently too taxing for this hardware to handle.  Bogus, man.

Could the fandom please stop bitching about a Young Avengers TV show. It’s first of all probably not going to be a TV show because Cassie is already in MCU and everything Young Avengers relates to MCU movie verse (with the Kree as the exception since they’ve been in AoS, but that’ll change with Captain Marvel). And while Jessica is on Netflix, her role for the Young Avengers can easily be given to Darcy, or someone else. 

Putting down Runaways, Cloak and Dagger, and the New Warriors is just wrong and stupid and makes you look like an asshole. 

(I’d insert the whole Veronica Mars “Let me try looking like I think you’re an asshole gif, but I can’t find one anywhere from the scene with Veronica and Lucifer’s still a bitch part, please send it to me if you have it)

If those shows do well then maybe Marvel will do some Young Avengers content when Cassie’s older. And no Marvel is not obligated to adapt Gillen’s run just because you like it more. 

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This is just a statement for the record saying that, if anyone out there needs a Punisher fix, 2004′s “The Punisher” is a decent way to get it. While adapted for run time and budget, particularly with regard to backstory, it generally honors its source material … and it’s based on damn fine source material. Overall it’s really in keeping with the flavor of both Year One and Welcome Back, Frank, which is all I for one can ask of life. (Unless you’re looking for a blend of Year One and Punisher MAX, in which case, we have Netflix for that.)

-Stellar