expression system

I’ve finally got round to continuing with my series of photos about the planets of the solar system! Next on my list is Venus. Venus is the second closest planet to our home star and notable for many strange oddities. For example, it has a rotational period of 243 days, whilst a year takes just 225 days. It has a diameter of ~12100km, making it very similar in size to Earth. It is often compared to Earth as its so-called twin planet, which may be true for aspects such as mass, size and proximity to the sun, but for almost everything else, they are vastly different.

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  • What people think gaining a lot of fictive headmates at once is like: Oh hooty hoo wowie look at all my favorite fictional characters gosh i love this UwU
Handedness arises from genes in the spinal cords of embryos

Our nervous systems have left-right differences that are important for correct functioning. Handedness is probably the best-known asymmetry arising from the development of the nervous system. This is observed very early on: embryos of eight weeks already tend to move their right arms more often than their left arms. At this ‘age’ signals are not sent from the brain to the arms yet, but only from the spinal cord. A few weeks later, left-right differences also become visible in the shape and size of the premature brain.

A team of scientists from the Netherlands, the UK and China searched for genes that contribute to left-right differences in the nervous system, in the period between four and eight weeks after fertilisation. The genetic analysis showed that the left and right sides of the spinal cord develop at different paces.

The left side of the spinal cord matures slightly faster than the right side. Sets of key genes that control growth and maturity were found to reach a more advanced profile of activity on the left side than the right. In the hindbrain, an area which is the predecessor for some adult parts of the brain, this was the other way around.

“This seems logical, since many nerve fibers cross over from one side to the other at the boundary between the hindbrain and spinal cord,” says Carolien de Kovel, lead author of the study and researcher at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). “How exactly this left-right genetic difference in the spinal cord leads to right-handedness is, however, not yet clear.”

Clyde Francks, head of the MPI research group ‘Brain and behavioral asymmetries’ and Research Fellow at the Donders Institute at the Radboud University, explains, “We think that these very early left-right differences in the spinal cord may act to trigger some of the later asymmetries of the brain, such as the eventual dominance of the left hemisphere for language functions in most adults’.

Asymmetry and schizophrenia
"Around 85% of humans are right-handed; it seems the standard in human development,” De Kovel adds, “but genetic and environmental factors may provide alternative paths of development, such as left-handedness or two-handedness. Interestingly, disturbances in such asymmetries seem to be more common in people with psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia.”

Hence, De Kovel and her colleagues also compared the results of their study with genetic factors that influence the risk of schizophrenia. It was found that genes which exhibit the largest left-right differences in the embryos also tended to be involved in the risk of schizophrenia. “The findings do not prove directly that these genes cause schizophrenia by their actions in the spinal cord, because the same genes are also active in the grown-up brain. However this does provide us with clues on which we can base further research,” De Kovel explains.

Queer Self-Presentation and Burlesque Auto-Sexuality in Yuri Plisetsky’s “Welcome to the Madness”

PHEW! It’s finally ready for ya! 

Thanks to everyone for patiently waiting. I was overwhelmed with the response to my teaser post about this meta. I’m sorry it took so long to finish… I had to write the academic version for class, then rewrite it to be tumblr-appropriate (I’m still not sure that it is, constructive criticism is welcome!)

I’m hoping that this will contribute to the ongoing conversation about underage characters in fandom, and am looking forward to your asks. I’m a little nervous to be tossing my hat into the Otayuri discourse, but I hope I won’t catch too much hate.

I took out footnotes but included the bibliography at the end. If you have any questions about specific references, send me an ask or DM :)


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Shawn Prompts Masterlist

Authors Note: Blurbs/ Prompts in order from most recent. 

Rated for mature audiences.  

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Enterprise Di Mendes. || CEO AU.


Pre-Wedding || An interview. 

That Night.


Time of the Month.


Fields of Heaven.

Icy Traditions.

Ready or Not.

All Black.

Glasgow, Glasgow, Glasgow!

Sun Kissed.

Baby, dance with me.

Did I say that out loud?

Broken Dancer.

Don’t deprive me.

Little Helper. 


I think I love you

I warned you

A penny for a puppy.

Tea & Honey

Go Down the List

Coffee in the mornings.

Excerpts from a book I will never write. 

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Take a Ride with Me, Baby

Take a Ride with Me, Baby by evansrogerskitten

Dean Winchester x Reader 

Dean has rebuilt a  cherry red 1954 pickup. He convinces his girl to take a ride with him one summer evening. 

Warnings: Smut, of course. Language. Fluff. Dean being way too adorable and sexy. WC: 1610 On AO3 Photo credit: Clif Kosterman ig

Happy Galentines Day! ♥

The loud, repetitive honking made me laugh, as I looked through the living room window. I was surprised to see a classic red truck parked out front, Dean hanging out of the door.

“C'mon, baby. Get in the truck.” Dean hollered at me through the open window. The light of a summer sunset was fading  behind the houses across the street.

I walked down the driveway to the 1954 pickup, it’s cherry red paint shiny from the recent wax Dean had applied.

“Sweetheart, I only have her tonight. Take a ride with me.” Dean pleaded, his hand beckoning me.

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  Egyptians associated ‘back’ and ‘spine’ with magical powers, and the Egyptian word “psd” for 'spine’ can also mean 'to give light’, 'to gleam’, or 'to shine’. A snake is mostly a living spinal column, something the Egyptians noticed. They understood the vivifying nature of the spine, endowed with :life-giving properties”. Texts from the Old Kingdom on, mention the back (spine) or the bones which comprise it, in contexts, suggest they were all believed to fulfill magic or physiological functions
  The Egyptian snake mythology goes beyond deities to encompass another understanding, also expressed in the Hindu concept of Kundalini and the Eastern concept of Chi. It is the life force as it expresses itself, and the cycles it makes. The spine is the central navigating path for the life force, which the Egyptians call Ka. This life force, understood in Hindu mythology as the chakra system, expresses itself through seven energy centers in the astral body which correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column. The word “Kindalini in Sanskrit.. kund, “to burn”; kunda, “to coil or to spiral”. The Hindu belief is that within each person resides a sleeping “serpent” coiled up tightly at the base of the spine. When aroused, the serpent force at the base of the spine darts upward, bringing a concentrated field of intelligent, cosmic invisible energy that rises up the center channel of the spine to the brain, where it allegedly awakens spiritual illumination and inner perception.

anonymous asked:

if someone were transgender, how would the game assign a class? like, could a trans boy be a prince or a bard, or only have the neutral or female-oriented classes? also, what about people who identify as nonbinary?

So the first thing to note is that any gender can be any class. Hussie confirmed that girls can be Princes on twitter at some point, I don’t really have a link or anythin but I thought I’d point that out.

And in my view the gender restrictions were always canonically shaky in the first place. They were delivered by Calliope early in Act 6, and Calliope understands a lot about the game (I think she’s right about her descriptions of Active/Passive classes and I use her definitions as my own), but I don’t think Calliope understands very much about gender or identity by that point.

I mean, that’s a plot point! Calliope thinks she’s incapable of feeling red romance because of her species…even as she expresses profound fascination and interest in it. Calliope, like all the characters, is influenced by a status quo of heteronormativity and gender essentialism. What she says about how often any class is any gender reflects 2 things:

1) Her own views on gender and identity, which at this point are still limiting and self-restrictive in a way she explicitly grows out of just like every other character in the comic, given that she starts dating Roxy.

2) The patterns of the four sessions she has access to and draws sources from. Calliope doesn’t analyze all of Sburb–she analyzes Sburb in the context of Homestuck, just like we the audience do, and where the conclusion she draws is incorrect, it’s informed by a bias towards preestablished gender norms.

As for the specifics, there’s tons of ways trans/nonbinary people could interact with Sburb. Dream Selves are idealized selves so I guess trans people who find that powerful and gratifying there could be an element of transition to the transformation. God tier powers are reality warping enough to enable that kind of thing in dozens of ways, too. 

Not that that’s necessary, obviously. Lots of trans people don’t want to transition and I suspect some people would consider it being presented that way kind of cheap. There’s also tons of ways to enable more honest gender expression through the Alchemy system. For instance, I read Jake as non-binary or genderfluid and I think he expresses that potential fairly well. So there’s that. There’s also people who read, say, Roxy and Dirk as trans–and since Calliope is at the mercy of her sources which are historical documents that track the mythologies of the players as they present them, there’s not really any way she’d know better.

I think Sburb is always best interpreted as expansively as possible while still holding to the existential philosophy that informs its game design. So the answer is anyone can be anything they feel called to, wherever they fall on the spectrum. Sburb is interested in having its players self-actualize, and that can happen in as many different ways as there are stories to tell–whether we’re talking about rises to heroism narratives, or coming of age and coming out narratives. (Coming out narratives are intrinsically heroic narratives anyway, in my view.)

“Endogenic systems WANT to be systems!”

Yes…. I suppose there are plenty of us who do. And? Your point? It’s bad to enjoy being a system why? 

I know there are lot’s of people who also enjoy being autistic. 
While I can see why it may be problematic for a neurotypical to say they want to be autistic, there’s certainly nothing wrong with an autistic person saying that. 
So why would it not be ok for a system to want to be a system? We’re allowed to enjoy being neurodivergent. It’s not something we can help and we’re proud not to be typical and generic and we’re proud to understand some things better than a neurotypical would.

Because here’s the thing: “I want to be/enjoy being a system.” Does NOT equal “Being a system is easy and fun all the time and I love every single thing about it.” That would be outrageous and foolish to say.

Personally, for us, if we had a choice to give everyone their own body, we absolutely would in a heartbeat. It’d be a thousand times easier, and most of us would probably be a lot happier with that arrangement too. 

However… if we had to choose between being a system and not knowing each other/being together at all, no. Not for all of the riches in the world, not if it guaranteed us never suffering again, not even if it promised us all getting our own bodies exactly the way we wanted them. Absolutely not. 

Of course being a system isn’t easy, of course it’s not just all fun and games, of course it’s not even always enjoyable. OF. COURSE. NOT. But we aren’t about to trade it for the world, because nothing worth having is ever a walk in the park. Having relationships of any kind is a struggle. But people still want friends, family, and mates. 

So likewise, “Being a system is hard/painful.” Does NOT equal “I hate everything about being a system and my headmates aren’t worth the effort.”

We’re a family and we love each other. It doesn’t need to be perfect. We don’t need it to be perfect to be happy. We’d be screwed if every relationship had to be nothing but fun to be happy with it.

Not so fun things that I do in every outside relationship as well as with my system:

- Fight. Sometimes over stupid things like different tastes in music/movies, and sometimes over big things like feeling like they’re not being treated fairly.

- Cry. Because sometimes someone has hurt my feelings or I’ve hurt theirs, or someone is having a bad day and I hurt because they hurt.

- Feel frustrated. Because there are things that I can’t do because someone else is uncomfortable or not interested, or because I can’t do a damn thing to help someone who needs more support than I could possibly give with my lot in life.

Things I do to make my relationships outside as well as with the system better even though it’s not as easy as it sounds:

- Take a minute to calm the fuck down and then express my feelings in a calm manner so me and the other person can figure out where we went wrong and fix it and go back to having fun together.

- Let the other person know that they’ve hurt me and why/encourage the other person to tell me when I’ve hurt them and how I can refrain from doing it again and hug it out and do our best to understand each other. Or do my damned best to help them however I CAN no matter how small, and be there for them through thick and thin so that at the very least they won’t have to struggle alone.

- Compromise, maybe we do something the other person doesn’t care for this time and next time we do something I don’t care for, or if it’s about being plain uncomfortable we find middle ground that won’t trigger them but I can still have a part of what I want. Sometimes I must admit it doesn’t work out though and we both just have to accept that we can’t have or do certain things, which is extremely upsetting and unfair but worth it when you care about someone and recognize they’re a person and have needs that should be respected just as much as yours. Or in the case of not being able to give someone the help they need, I become their strength and support so they can do it themselves, and if not, then I at least do what little is possible to make it easier to get through it.

We don’t live this way because it’s a piece of cake, we live this way because we enjoy the pieces of cake we get along the way. 

- Sake

astrological chart of the USA

looking at the chart of a country/nation can provide basic insights about its government’s/society’s attitudes as a whole. looking at the charts of nations or real-world events is usually called mundane astrology, which is what we’re looking at today. just as a general disclaimer, this is not meant to provoke or offend any with strong nationalistic attitudes, just to examine the chart of the united states with a critical eye. 

this is the chart of the adoption of the declaration of independence. this is what we will be considering as the “birth” of the country.

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This Was a Bad Idea

This Was a Bad Idea by evansrogerskitten

Inspired by this tweet. Shit, I’m sorry Jeff. This just happened and I blame my art and even I’m ashamed LOL Also @jml509 because you’re also to blame! 

Warnings: omg its JDM masturbation and again, oops. But it was needed after this tweet and I needed this meta shit. WC: 700-somethin’

Oh, and in no way is this beta-ed. I just wrote it and also, I’ve had the margaritas. 

Jeff snapped the screen shot as he stared down at his phone.

 “Huh.” he muttered, the small screen with Tumblr on the main page. He’d accidentally come across it, and following the link wasn’t a good idea. The house was quiet, yet he listened for a moment to make sure everything was still. He reclined back on his couch, peering at the website through his black-framed glasses.

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170710 | Sina Variety Weibo: “#j极限挑战#张艺兴劝退自己未公开花絮曝光!变身小狐狸的艺兴,鞋里藏请柬,又是旋转跳跃我闭着眼,又是疯跳迪斯科,表情管理系统失控,难道是因为这样了才要被离开吗”

Translation [Dailyixing]: “#GoFighting# Unreleased behind-the-scenes of Zhang Yixing quitting himself exposed! The Yixing who has transformed into a little fox, hides the invitation in his shoe, spins and turns with his eyes closed, disco-dances crazily, his facial expression management system out of control, is it because of these things that he has to leave”

Always Keep Fighting

A/N: I wrote this after work today and it deals with some stuff going on in my life right now, and it’s nothing to serious. This fic is really intended for me, but it could others out to in someway. I was wary about it because I thought it might sound really stupid, but then I thought what the hell?

“We don’t need a damn new library!” a man shouted at me from across the room. I could only hear the negative comments coming out of people’s mouth and nothing even slightly good. Dear god, why? It’s a library! Nobody wants to build a new library in the our little town, even though the one what we are at now is full to the max. I closed my eyes, and took a deep breathe. I prayed to God that I would get through this by the end of the in one piece. My eyes scanned over the crowd and fell on my brothers standing in the back corner with Cas. I felt a little more at peace.

   “People! Please, listen! A Library is an important part in a community! We don’t just check in and check out books anymore! We provide free computer use, Wi-Fi, DVDs, audiobooks, programs for children, Summer Reading Program, meeting rooms, tutoring, proctoring, a safe environment for everyone, we provide an info express system to deliver and receive different books, movies, tv series, and audiobooks from different Libraries for free, and we can offer so much more if you just hear us out about this!” I said, trying to beg them to understand. It’s just only going to raise everyone’s taxes for a little while. I just didn’t understand, wasn’t a Library worth it?

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Do you understand how much Sherlock wants to impress John? That man didn’t give any fuck about knowing the solar system. But then John expressed his amusement over the fact.

And then Sherlock is learning The obliquity of the ecliptic in his Mind palace.