Among the many, many reasons I like the idea of Lyra Erso as a rejected Jedi-hopeful relegated to the Jedi Engineering Corps is because it gives her a reason to know Saw Gerrera before the rise of the Empire.

Also, I just like imagining graduate student Lyra being assigned to answer all the inquiry transmissions received by the Corps. Most of them are boring—scientists across the galaxy double-checking their facts, senators or contractors requesting results of geological surveys, the occasional oddball request for treasure maps, or a list of which mineraloids are poisonous if ingested.

But one day, she gets an inquiry from a man on Onderon. And though he’s circumspect about it, it’s very clear to her that he’s talking about making chemical weapons. (The war against the Separatists has been raging for some time now. She’s only surprised it’s taken someone this long to ask.)

She opens a new transmission, and keys out:

Dear Master Gerrera,

Thank you for your inquiry to the Jedi Agricultural Corps, Engineering Division. The official uses of the cyanogen silicate compound known as “Sith’s breath” are limited to the construction of Celegian life support chambers, due to the compound’s extreme toxicity to most carbon-based sentient life. Additionally, the components are difficult to procure, and their synthesization without proper licensure under Galactic Republican Statute 1184.2-4 Aleph constitutes fraudulent business practices and illegal production of a controlled chemical compound.

The Jedi Order must warn you that should you pursue this course of action, it will have no choice but to enforce the law to the fullest extent of its authority.

On an unrelated note, baradium bisulfate is an accessible liquid compound, used frequently in mining. Unlike cyanogen silicate, it does not sublimate at 20°C, but it is highly unstable and a very small amount can do a surprising amount of damage. Several years ago, a careless engineering trainee did not calibrate a suspension field carefully, and leveled a small mountain.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have further questions.

May the Force be with you,
Lyra Inair, Geological Engineer, Jedi AgriCorps 

She expects that to be the last of it, and so she’s extremely surprised when he replies directly. Less surprised when she realizes he’s asking how one goes about constructing a suspension field. Possibly one that would destabilize with some sort of trigger or timer or maybe on impact…?

And they keep—writing one another. Even after she’s moved off the transmissions desk, to actual geological work. Rocks and weapon mechanics turn to small talk, turn to little details of their lives, turn to the Force and the Republic. He talks about his sister, about the warfront; she complains about the internal politics of the Corps and Galen (though he’s not Galen, yet, he’s just the handsome Republican engineer with cheekbones like sheered silicate). They argue theology, and justice, and violence. She cries for him, when his sister dies. They—are friends. 

Saw is the only one she tells, when she decides to turn her back on the Order. She is in love and Galen has friends in Coruscant, a prestigious job with an engineering guild—

Please do not stop writing me, she begs.

I will be here, Saw writes, if you ever need me.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if there are any poisonous plants out in the wild that a person might get mixed up with a non-poisonous plant that looks similar?

Hi there Nonny!

First of a general warning and word of advice: don’t go out and eat random plants that aren’t advertised as edible by a credible source you can trust. Don’t eat them when you aren’t a 100% certain either. Don’t dare other people to eat plants. Just don’t. They could be allergic, you could be allergic, it could be poisonous. It could be all kinds of awful.

This is Daucus carota, also known as wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace or Queen Anne’s lace. It’s edible!

This is its lookalike Conium maculatum, also known as (poison) hemlock, spotted parsley or bad man’s oatmeal. In ancient Greece it was used to execute prisoners. It’s also poisonous to animals. The plants contain an alkaloid called coniine which causes stomach pains, vomiting and progressive paralysis, and it can be fatal.

Vitis labrusca or fox grape, would be perfectly harmless.

However this is Menispermum canadense, also known as canadian moonseed, common moonseed or yellow parilla. It can be easily mistaken for common grapes to the untrained eye. The fruits and seeds of this plant are poisonous, causing nausea and vomiting, they’re often fatal.

Morchella, or the true morel. Is an edible, very harmless mushroom.

However it has a potentially deadly (if eaten raw) twin called Gyromitra esculenta which falls into the category of the false morels. (There’s several species which belong to the false morels.)

A few common foods that also contain poisons:

  • The seeds of cherries, peaches, plums, almonds and apricots are poisonous. They contain amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside. It’s highly toxic.
  • Four or five kidney beans eaten raw can cause nausea vomiting and diarrhea, and if cooked too low (80°C or 176°F) they’re even five times as toxic as raw.
  • Mango leaves, stems, peel and sap contain urushiol, which is the same allergen as in poison ivy. It causes a condition called urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. A previous allergic reaction is more likely to cause another.
  • Raw nutmeg, is like really freaky. It contains a naturally occuring insecticide (against insects) and acaricide (against 8-legged crawlies/spiders) called myristicin and it’s possibly neurotoxic. High doses have psychoactive and hallucigenic effects. You’re somewhere in a state between waking and dreaming all while euphoric and feelling nauseaus. Also include bloodshot eyes and impared memory. “Nutmeg intoxication has an extremely long delay before peak is reached, sometimes taking up to seven hours, and effects can be felt for 24 hours, with lingering effects lasting up to 72 hours.”
  • Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family (Solanaceae) which makes their stems and leaves toxic due to solanine (who would eat those though? don’t cook them!) It upsets your digestive system and your nerves. Tomatine which can be found in leaves, stems and unripe green tomatoes is also toxic, though it’s never present in sufficient amount,

I’m sure you noticed, but none of them are definitely fatal, which is because as a whole the term poisonous applies to plants that cause us humans great discomfort. And in fact a lot of plants are poisonous, even a great range of them that looks particularly harmless. Though nature is rather diligent in coding red berries as bad™. I’ve also listed a mushroom, even though there’s a technical difference between them and plants, but for the sake of your ask – if you want to accidentally eat something deadly you always have good chances with a mushroom.

There’s a lot of poisonous plants, however the key is that you have to eat them in many cases. Touch alone in many cases isn’t enough.

On another note: Allergies combined with plants that are highly severe can be deadly. For example Hedera helix (common ivy) is harmless to the general public, unless you’re severely allergic.

I hope you found something to help you with your writing.

- Mod Jana

Sources: Wikipedia, (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x)

vampster6  asked:


Cyanogen: If you could choose to stay a certain age forever which age would it be?
That depends, do you stay in the same situation as you were in when you were that age? If that were the case, I would stay seven or eight years old, those were fun times for me. My parents weren’t as hateful towards each other and I had all kinds of things to do. If the situations aren’t the same, I’d say I’d be twenty. It’s the age where you can legally do most things, and I’ll be fit enough to raise my goats and everything.
Thanks for asking, yo!


Mostly Mute Monday: Terrific Tails, For A Time

“As the comet nears the Sun in its orbit, the increased solar radiation vaporizes the ices on its surface, causing ionization, surface disintegration and the development of cometary tails. As it approaches perihelion, its speed increases from just a few km/s all the way up to many hundreds, with the longest tails extending for distances of 500 million kilometers. The various colors come from atomic transitions of various atoms and molecules, such as the green coma coming from the excited diatomic carbon molecule and blue coming from cyanogen.”

What makes cometary tails so brilliant? Find out in pictures, videos and no more than 200 words on this week’s Mostly Mute Monday!

anonymous asked:

How would you describe the odor of cyanide? Is it really that dangerous? Have you ever worked with it?


Well, I have worked with potassium and sodium cyanide, silver cyanide, potassium argentocyanide and even with cyanogen chloride a few times, but I have never-ever felt the “bitter almond” smell of hydrogen cyanide. How? My nose can simply not detect cyanide, it is not sensitive to HCN. 

Before working with any alkali cyanide or anything that could produce HCN it is good to know, that can you detect the odor of it, or not ( WARNING: do not sniff in the box what contains 1000g of NaCN as a “test”). If your nose is sensitive to HCN you will recognize the odor when a box of NaCN or KCN is opened next to you.

If your nose can not detect HCN, than get someone next to you who is “sensitive” to HCN, because if hydrogen-cyanide is escaping anywhere from a reaction it could easily cause serious problems to your health (for more: HERE). 

For additional info always read the MSDS of the compounds what you are working with.


Fork in the road: Cyanogen raises $7 million to build a better version of Android

Cyanogen, makers of popular software based on Android that extends the abilities of smartphones, is making a bid for the mainstream. The four-year-old company, which began as a one-person side project, said today that it has raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The goal is to vault past Blackberry and Windows Phone to become the third-most popular mobile operating system, after traditional Android and iOS. And the company is already closer than you might think. 

baby you’re toxic → jessica chastain and caleb landry jones as (CN)2 and C9H10NO3PS “cyanogen” and “cyanophos”

the siblings cyanogen and cyanophos, irritable and quite insane, burn bight like flames, quick to ignite. they’re never apart and they’re always up to something.


Is CyanogenMod ready for the mainstream? Hands on with the Oppo N1

From The Verge:

Until now, the only way to experience CyanogenMod was to modify your own device that shipped with different software. That typically involves a lot of research in modding forums, and a good amount of hacking and trusting software tools of dubious origins. It’s always been a tedious process that requires a fair amount of technical knowledge and the fortitude to chance your smartphone becoming inoperable if something goes awry (not to mention voiding your warranty).

Cyanogen Inc., the company recently formed by the original creators of CyanogenMod, has been trying to change that. After announcing just this past September that it would incorporate and legitimately distribute its altered vision for Android, the company has raised tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and has made promises of grand things to come. Now, thanks to a partnership with Chinese manufacturer Oppo, CyanogenMod is shipping preinstalled on the N1, a $599 Android phone that aims to compete with mainstream behemoths such as the HTC One max.

Read more by clicking on the source link.

Gingerbread tastes better and a Lion ate my Snow Leopard

Well, lots has been going on lately, but at the same time not much has been happening.  I know it doesn’t make sense.  I have been doing stuff for work, but I have also been doing different things at home.

One is rooting my android phone.  I have a Samsung Captivate (AT&T) and it has pretty much sucked since day one (last fall).  Multiple wipes and starting over, upgrade to Froyo made some things better but it still performed about as well as a seahorse at the Kentucky Derby.  So, I decided to say screw it all and I put the new Cyanogen 7 ROM on it and holy crap is this phone suddenly amazing!  No samsung apps.  No samsung interface.  No AT&T apps.  No bullcrap!  The phone and honestly, the AT&T network, seem to be MUCH faster than before.  Programs work the way they should.  They open when the should.  The are responsive.  It also upgraded me from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread (2.3.4)  It is such a novel idea to actually make something work the way it was advertised.  Needless to say, I should have done this a long time ago and it should be a strong warning to the manufacturers and the carriers that they are ruining Android for the masses.  Hopefully Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will help some.

As for the other topic of recents posts… OS X Lion.  I upgraded from Snow Leopard (10.6) to Lion (10.7) a few weeks ago.  Way to make my iMac at home completely useless.  It’s a crazy day when my Android phone and my Windows computers are more useful than my Apple machine.  4 out of 5 times I cannot login the machine because it simply locks up as soon as I enter my password.  Once I am in it might work for an hour or two before it decides to freeze.  BUT here is the interesting part.  When I can login and use it for a bit and then it freezes the iMac is apparently still working, its just what is displayed that freezes.  I can still connect to the iMac and transfer files and what not.  It just wont update what is on the screen.  Here is to hoping that Apple can release OS X 10.7.1 soon in order to make my iMac useful again.  I wont be installing this on my Macbook Pro at work until this comes out and I can use my iMac again.

UPDATE: Apple just released 10.7.1 (linky).  We will see if this fixes my issues…