and then there's fringe


Fringe rewatch:  Walter & Astrid in every episode - Pilot

warforged are so .. weird to me

anonymous asked:

hey, just so you know, that post about thigmonasty and thigmotropism in plants isn't factually sound. plant consciousness is fringe science and widely disputed because it's like a plant biologist's wishful dreaming with essentially no evidence. aquaporins and calcium channels get damaged with overuse; auxins, gradients, and calcium levels increase or decrease as an automatic plant response to stimuli, it goes on and on. there's far more concrete evidence against "thinking" plants than for it!

people are still very interested in tropisms and nastic movements, & there’s a lot more new stuff to learn. the effects and levels of plant hormones, newly discovered molecules, & ions are rapidly being made known to the plant bio community. all of the things i mentioned play a role in these responses to stimuli, how rapidly&frequently they can happen, or whether they can even happen at all in some circumstances! plus without a cns plants cannot experience cognition in any way animals do, period

This is all very good stuff! Thanks for writing it out.

I gotta be honest, I don’t even think that the article mentioned plants experiencing cognition like animals. I agree that would be ludicrous. I just thought the experiment itself was really cool in terms of how the responses to stimuli changed!

I understand that fringe science isn’t something to be pounced on and taken lightly and believed at first sight. But to be honest there’s nothing wrong with taking a healthy, skeptical interest in various theories without getting tangled up in tinfoil hat stuff.  

Personally for me, in the linguistics side which takes my interest the most (development of language in humans) this is probably something akin to the claim that “whales have a language!”. The parameters we use to measure specific concepts like “language” and “consciousness” are guarded by constraints that scientists put on them to make them easier to identify. However, that doesn’t mean that either one is a binary THERE or NOT type of deal. 

Correct me if I’m wrong but… Cognition is a flowing scale. Language and communication is a flowing scale. Human language and human cognition are specifically defined terms that cannot be over-applied. Animal communication and animal cognition, while not the same as human language and human cognition, nonetheless exist on the spectrum of our understanding of the parameters outside of our own experience. Why can’t we also consider this, theoretically, to be at some point connecting to non-animal organisms? Despite their existence being incredibly far-off from that of the consciousness that we know, it’s still cool to theorize about how they experience their world. 

Sorry, I know that this type of stuff is actually going CLOSER to fringe science, and I know that it’s also ridiculous. :D It’s just cool in theory. Doesn’t mean I think plants can experience their world the same way as animals.  

jane-sama  asked:

Hey! Your art is just amazing and it inspires me so much, but what stands out to me the most is the hair. Do you have any tips for painting it?

edit: link to dA vers!


ah thanks! i always liked the way i did hair too tbh heh;; i was asked to make a tutorial eariler this year but i never found the time to do it but i guess ill do it here OTL

1) sketch! 

as you may know early in the morning, hair is very flimsy and uncooperative! even straight hair isnt going to be perfectly straight. there will be loose ends and parts that stick out. hair is not one block!

2) painting! for the way i paint you might want to see my colouring walkthrough coz i wont explain in detail about it.

fringes and hair that is against the face would tend to be more transparent/lighter than the thickness of the hair in over places of the scalp.

3) shade!

colours are all on the same layer to allow for colours to blend over smoothly. for certain parts of the hair such as a the fringe/block areas i liked to use this brush

it gives a nice streaky texture. dont use too much/only this brush though! then it looks tacky :T. you want different widths in colour/lines.

4) overlay colour to brighten and darken! refer to the other tutorial!

5) merge and paint!

i added the glow coz it would have related to the colour of her eyes

the ends of the hair are more streaky and loose while the roots can bee more blocky and less detailed

theres a bit of blue glow that appears on my fringe  from her eyes which i sometimes like to add. this is obviously a stylistic choice coz aint no eyes that glowy enough for that to happen LOL

streaky, flimsy, loose hair makes things look more realistic. you dont want things that are ugly like this

…which happens to be my first attempt at painting LOL

you dont always have to do a lot of hair details though. esp if say… the face isnt the main subject in the painting. short hair can tend to bypass all that flimsiness i suppose??? @@

flimsy long hairrrr. when theres more hair its less easy to sidestep it looking weird if its one big chuck e__e

in the end everything still depends on your own personal style though!! if your style gives things a lot of detail, everything tends to have to follow through or itll look awkward.

6) finISH HIM IT

woot! i hope that was vaguely helpful!!!


i’ve been trained for a lot– hostage crises, terror campaigns, suicide bombers, chemicals attacks, but, you know the things i have seen since i started working for you… if i’m gonna do this job, i need to know what it is i’m dealing with.

Perks of Being a Wallflower (Book): Sentence Starters
  • “She wasn't bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time. ”
  • “Maybe it’s sad that these are now memories. And maybe it’s not sad.”
  • “I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.”
  • “You can't just sit there and put everyone's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things.”
  • “We all deserve the love we think we deserve.”
  • "And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite.”
  • “It's nice to have things to look forward to.”
  • “I was very grateful to have heard it again. Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think everyone is special in their own way. I really do.”
  • “I was suddenly very aware of the fact it was me standing up in that tunnel with the wind over my face."
  • “Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique experience, but there's a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.”
  • “I don't know the significance of this, but I find it very interesting.”
  • "I went downstairs and watched a half-hour long commercial that advertised an exercise machine."
  • "They kept flashing a 1-800 number, so I called it."
  • "The woman who picked up the other end of the phone was named Michelle. And I told Michelle that I was a kid and did not need an exercise machine, but I hoped she was having a good night. That's when Michelle hung up on me. And I didn't mind a bit.”
  • “We Are All Infinite”
  • “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks, when the teacher rings the bell, drop your books and run like hell.”
  • “Put my head under my pillow, and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”
  • “We can't choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there.”
  • “I love my mom so much. I don't care if that's corny to say."
  • “Things change, friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody.”
  • “There's nothing like the deep breathes after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for all the right reasons.”
  • “He said it was the kind of book you made your own.”
  • “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
  • “I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”
  • “So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
  • “I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”
  • “I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.”
  • “It's strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
  • “It's just that I don't want to be somebody's crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don't want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.”
  • “Enjoy it. Because it's happening.”
  • “He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”
  • “This moment will just be another story someday.”
  • “We didn't talk about anything heavy or light. We were just there together. And that was enough.”
  • “And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn't matter.”
  • “Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you.”
  • “Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense.”
  • “It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life.”
  • “I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with someone even if they could have. I need to know these people exist.”
  • “Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
  • “Maybe this are my glory days, and I'm not even realizing it...”
  • “When to stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did.”
  • “I wonder what it will be like when I leave this place.”
  • “When the police came, they found my brother asleep on the roof. Nobody knows how he got there.”
  • “I just think it's bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is.”
  • “I would give someone a record so they could love the record, not so they would always know that I gave it to them.”
  • “Why would I care whether or not he loved me when he didn't even really know me?”
  • “So, I heard you're this ninja or something.”