for a VERY long time

Gravitational Waves

Somewhere very far away, a long time ago, two black holes smashed into each other.

One was around 36 times more massive than the Sun, and the other 29 times more massive.

So devastatingly powerful was this event that it did something that might not even be obvious to most of us: it sent a sort of ‘quake’ through the fabric of spacetime.

The power radiated by the combining of the black holes is estimated to be more than the combined light power of all the stars and galaxies in the observable universe.

This ripple event is something known as a ‘gravitational wave’ and we’ve known about them for a very long time ~ sort of.

Einstein predicted their existence long ago as a consequence of the theory of general relativity, but up until now we’ve never had a direct observation of them.

A team of researchers from an international collaboration known as LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory) seems to have been the first to observe.

Using lasers, LIGO found a subtle stretching and squeezing of spacetime itself was going on. How this happened is actually a remarkably simple concept:

First they shot a laser beam into a tunnel, that got split into two directions:

Here’s an ‘L’ shape to help you imagine the two tunnels it split into.

Next, once both lasers reached the end of their respective tunnels, they bounced back towards the spot where they split so that they could recombine.

A way to think about this is both lasers racing towards the lower-left corner of the ‘L’ again.

Here’s the rub:

Light can be thought of as a wave, with ripples and peaks etc. The waveform of these two laser beams, when combined add into each other.

If the two laser beams have the same wavelength (as they should if there’s no gravitational waves disturbing spacetime) the two split beams will recombine again into the original beam. It looks like this:

If the two laser beams get somehow disturbed and the waves peak on one as the other crests, the resulting combined beam will be that they simply cancel out:

So in the end, if the LIGO researchers detect alterations to their laser when the two beams recombine, they can tell if spacetime’s subtle ripples have morphed the lasers.

The consequences of this discovery are profound.

It, in a sense, opens up the universe to an entire new branch of physics: the universe of gravity.

Ever hear of dark matter? How about dark energy?

These two things are bound to get close scrutiny now as they’re both a part of what’s known as the ‘dark universe’ - basically neither phenomena interact with light (meaning one can’t see them), making it tough to learn much about them.

Yet much of the universe seems to be comprised of these ‘unseeable’ things.

If this discovery holds up, there’s almost certainly a Nobel Prize in the works.

Why? They may have - and I do mean maybe, not did - well…

The folks at LIGO may have just illuminated the 96% of the universe that’s been invisible to our senses for so long. We’ll have to wait and see.

(Image credit: NASA, NSF/LIGO and Brews Ohare respectively)

Can i say something very impopular? I don’t want Bumbleby to be Canon. Not now.
Let me explain. I love bumbleby, I love the idea of Yang and Blake being together and have a special relationship, suppor each other and be so close after everything.
I love how Yang was looking for her, and how she saved her. I loved Blake expression when hears Yang’s voice calling her, and Adam see it too.
BUT i don’t want them to be canon now. Volume 3 is almost finished, and we don’t know how many Volumes will be release in the future. I have the fear they’re not ready yet, i want them to be closer, to share some cute moment; If they become canon now, they could possibly split up and so, and i don’t want this at all.
Maybe I’m not ready yet. But I like the special relationship they have now. (C'mon they’re in love. Yang confessed her past to her, and Blake believed her after all the mess on the tournament)

About the trailer- well.. Why am I not so hype like every BB shipper?;_; I fear that it will be the only scene about blake and yang in the entire episode, and that isn’t enough (for me).
I’d really like to see Yang’s reaction, Blake crying, angst (?). I don’t want to see Yang fainted all the whole episode.

About Volume 3.. This was the best volume so far. It was so intense, the animation team made it so real, the story was well written… the cliffhang!
RT messed up with us all. They made me crazy for all the feels! I love Yang and they actually destroyed her mentally and PHISICALLY making me soffer like for 2 months. Every character had a development!
Thank you Rooster Teeth, and thank you too, Monty!

And sometimes the pain of not being with him - the reality of not being desired and affirmed and appreciated and pursued by him - sometimes that pain is just so great and the deep ache just sits there and it threatens to make its home in my chest for a very long time. I can literally feel it weighing on me. It is partly a genuine missing feeling - but the other part a deep wound, to add to all the rest.

Sometimes this pain is healthy and good and the healing sort of pain. It really is. But other times it chants and mocks and says it’s going to hang around until next Valentine’s - it says no one will ever understand me, or hold me, or care for me, or fight for me. It says that none of it was real, that none of it was worth it. It even sneers that aiming at love may never be worth it - that the outcome will always be the same.

But I refuse to answer these futile calls. I’ll cry out to the Healer of my heart instead. The real Pursuer who delights in me. The One who holds not only me, but all of my tomorrows, in His wounded palms.

Maybe He won’t answer when I think He will, but I know He hears me.

Interview: Javier Grillo-Marxuach

“this is what it looks like when i suspect there’s kids on my lawn.” – Javier Grillo-Marxuach, in a post to his Tumblr blog.

As a first post for the newly-expanded scope of my blog, I don’t think I could do better. Javier Grillo-Marxuach – television writer, comicbook writer, television producer, and (recently!) a new father – was kind enough to answer some questions for me. Read on to find out what it’s like to have your show cancelled, what he’s learned about television writing from podcasting, and what’s different about being a television writer today than when he started.

This conversation has been lightly edited for typos and flow.

Tell me how you got started in the entertainment industry and how you landed your first writing job. SeaQuest, right?

I knew I wanted to be a writer or director for a very long time - like since I was seven years-old and saw Star Wars. Over time, I figured out that George Lucas had gone to the University of Southern California’s film school, and I set my sights there. In the meantime, I wrote and produced and directed as many short plays and super-8 videos as I could… I got a degree in creative writing, and then, finally landed at USC. After graduating from the masters degree screenwriting program - and I was working at Kinko’s and trying to write the Great American Screenplay at the time - I received a letter from USC telling me that NBC was recruiting on campus for an executive training program. At the time I didn’t really have a love of television, but I wanted to get out of Kinko’s, so I pursued it very aggressively, and over the course of two years, that became my passion – and really, my second education. 

At the time, SeaQuest was the biggest budgeted and most lavish sci-fi show on TV, so I leaped at the opportunity to become involved with it. Later on, the producers, having grown weary of all my little notes and suggestions, decided to offer me a staff writing position on the show, and that was the end of my career as a network executive!

Did your work on SeaQuest — as well as Charmed and other writing jobs in-between — prepare you for your work on Lost?

I am not sure that, at the time, I perceived Lost as some sort of pinnacle toward which all my other work was preparing me… although it certainly felt very special - but you never know which one is going to take off like that. Anyway, I always gravitated to genre work - i was, as a kid, and continue to be a huge sci-fi geek, so it was always what I wanted to do, and it’s the majority of the stuff I watched and read through most of my life: in a way, it was all the reading and viewing I did that prepared me for Lost, and for all the other work I have done.

Do you think Lost is what you’re most famous for?

I don’t know what I am most famous for…I guess you could argue it’s Lost, although you could also say that Charmed is as well known, if maybe not as splashy…mostly because it was on TNT about eight times a day for most of the early aughts! 

What made you leave Lost?

I wrote about this at great length in an essay that I published on my blog a while back - the answer is long and complicated…maybe it’s better if people find out that answer here: http://okbjgm.weebly.com/lost

Holy moly what an amazing writeup! So, about three years after Lost, you helmed your own show, Middleman, based on a comicbook series you had been writing in collaboration with, if I’m not mistaken, artist Les McClaine. The show lasted twelve episodes and was (unjustly!) cancelled. You put a lot of yourself in that show — as I’m sure many show-runners do for their series. What does it feel like to have your television show cancelled? Is there an emotional journey you go through? Not many people are in the position to deal with something like that.

I think you have it right - having your television show cancelled pretty much sucks. In the case of The Middleman, I had experienced so much rejection over that project for such a long time - I wrote in in ’98 and was pretty much told by every one that it was too quirky and weird - that I kind of knew that we were living on borrowed time every step of the way. By the time the axe finally came down, the network was actually kind enough to leave the fate of the show (whether to very quickly write and produce a series finale on a very short time and budget, or stop the series at twelve episodes) to me, and I ultimately decided to not compromise the quality of the show… so having some element of control over that decision was a big help. It’s sadder when you leave a project you love for any number of reasons and it keeps going without you: the experience of leaving Lost, for example, was far more bittersweet.

It’s been two years since you started a podcast called the Children of Tendu with your friend and fellow TV writer, Jose Molina, to provide general insight of the industry in which you work, as well as advice, tips, and anecdotes for aspiring writers. Since then, you have made a number of episodes, most being an hour long, discussing a range of topics with a number of guests; it seems you and Jose have given so much through this podcast. Is there anything you’ve learned from making Children of Tendu that you’ve been able to use in your career as a television writer? Has anything changed in how you’ve approached your job from the experience you’ve gained making Children of Tendu?

Well, doing a podcast where you pontificate about how people SHOULD behave in a profession certainly makes it necessary for you to “walk the talk” a lot more rigorously: the last thing you want is for someone who listens to your podcast to catch you doing something opposite to the spirit or methodology you espouse! As for what I have learned, well, first of all, while Jose and I have been good friends a long time, we had never really sat down and discussed out experiences at such a fine level of detail, the act of unpacking all that stuff and putting it out there with a friend has been amazing. Also, the podcast has reached a lot of people who have then reached back to us with their own anecdotes and experiences. In that way, I now get a lot more feedback and information in what is usually a very closed off and parochial business, and that’s been a huge learning experience.

And as far as change goes, what’s different — if there is anything different — about being a television writer today than when you started writing for SeaQuest?

There are a LOT more shows nowadays than back where there were only three to five networks! Also, genre TV used to be something of a ghetto: my agents through most of the nineties steered me away from genre work (though I always wound up there anyway). Honestly, back then, you wanted to get a job on a ten o’clock cop, doctor, or lawyer show: that’s how fortunes were made. Once generation X came of age and began to write material closer to its own Star Wars-influenced sensibility, and cable got into the drama business in earnest, and shows like The X-Files and Buffy sort of blazed a path of genre in primetime, leading to shows like Lost – and once streaming and all the other new media got in the game – there has been this explosion in the volume of programming that has allowed a lot of different types of shows to exist. 

Are there any challenges from the SeaQuest days that are no longer around? Have new ones sprouted up?

Well, the orders are shorter. Back then, even a fair-to-middling show would get 22 episodes a season, now most shows get less. The staffs are smaller, and the showrunners are less experienced, but honestly, what I do, go into a writers room, create with other writers, then write scripts…that’s all pretty much the same!

It was announced a little while ago that you would be executive-producing and writing for the remake/reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess (congrats, by the way!). How did this opportunity come about?

I heard they wanted to reboot it, I asked my agents to pursue it aggressively, and then I aggressively convinced Xena creator Rob Tapert and the brass and NBC that my take on the material was the way to go. There were several things that were foregone conclusions: they wanted to reboot the material, not continue from the old series, and they were looking for an approach. I’m just glad they liked what I brought to the table – Xena is a classic show that means the world to a lot of people, and I want to get it right.

According to IMDB, this will be your fourth executive producer credit for a TV series after Medium, Middleman, and Helix. As you get closer to the time when the production of Xena will be ramping up, what experiences from Middleman and Helix do you think you’ll be dwelling on, if any?

Funny you should mention that – I just wrote another essay about everything I have learned about showrunning over my twenty plus years in television: it’s a long answer to your question, but one I hope people will read. It all boils down to this, though: you have to surrender your ego to be a good leader. That seems like a contradictory position, but it’s not. As a shworunner, your job is to communicate a vision - and more often than not, the ego is a barrier to that communication. Here’s a link to the essay: http://okbjgm.weebly.com/the-eleven-laws-of-showrunning.html

Nice! Thank you! And finally: there are very few female protagonists in television and movies. In this cultural context, how do you think you’ll approach Xena’s character? What about gender equity in terms of the amount of female characters you have and their prominence?

We live in a racist and sexist society in which exclusion is a way of life. It’s kind of that simple. We all have a responsibility to do whatever is possible within our sphere of influence to change that. For me that begins on the page, casting, and - if I’m lucky enough to be in that position - hiring decisions as far as other writers and directors go.  I am doing, and will continue to do, the best I can, and I hope others will do the same.

You are so amazing, sir. One more thing! In a post on Tumblr, you announced that your wife had recently given birth to your daughter, Indra. How’s little Indra doing?

Little Indra was named after the Hindu god of thunder and storms…which is not unlike the effect of a newborn in your life! She truly is a magical creature of wonders.

Especially for relationships that were together for a long time, it can be very beneficial to both if you can stay on friendly terms. And why shouldn’t you? You have so many memories together, did so much crazy stuff together and know each other much better than any shallow friends do. I think it’s worth a try, even if you go different roads now.
—  from “Lonely Traveller” part 2, by Sereno Sky, in progress

farrenlock asked:

Gaster, why do you stay hidden from them? It must get lonely on the sidelines. (side question: how the hell are you able to put wingdings font in these asks? it's driving me nuts!)

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I RAN A PR TODAY!! 11:09 in the 3k. May not be super fast but it’s 27 seconds faster than my previous time. I went into the race excited, something I haven’t done in a very long time. I went into the race and told myself “I am going to run a PR.” I used to say “I hope I run a PR.” Or “I’m not really prepared so I hope it’s not awful.” Little things happened before the race where I normally would have panicked and thought well I guess I won’t run fast today. But I told myself that today was the day and it was going to be the break through I need to reach my potential. So 11:09 may not be a big jump, but it’s the first step and now it’s time to start building upon that. And I can’t wait!
-Courtney

url change

ive been pondering over doing this for a very long time and i’ve finally found a name that sticks!

since i’m about to go into university and i’m going to a lot of interviews, i wanted to be able to give them an online name that i wasnt ashamed of, hence the change to ayacinth! i got it from the flower hyacinth because i think theyre gorgeous (tbh i just love flowers in general) 

so this doesnt really change much; it just means that i dont want to be known as chilli anymore

i mean come on… i dont even like chillis very much :”) 

anonymous asked:

it's kinda creepy how you're still a minor, and you sexualise a lot of kpop idols.

Ok so first of all the age of consent is 16 and I’m 17 so hi yeah not a minor. Second you don’t have to concern yourself with me which is the beauty of choice. And third (my favourite) you know it’s sex don’t you? Like we’ve been doing this for a VERY LONG TIME so why is it so weird to talk about it? I’m not like this all the time I don’t just go around talking about this with everyone just when I’m here and other people talk to me about it but I’m open about it because idk a lot of people aren’t any they act like its dirty and wrong to think of people in sexual ways - kinda like you right now. ITS REALLY FUCKIN NORMAL TO THINK ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE THIS like when boys are about 13+ we make it a whole laugh and joke about finding “dirty magazines” in their room or when they start thinking about women sexually but here I am and it’s a problem? Just stop making people feel bad for doing something really fuckin normal or acting like its not normal, maybe you should start because you seem kinda up tight and you need to chill

Sam’s a good person. I was very wrong about her and if how I felt made you hate her, that’s not right either. Sam is your dads wife and they’ve been together a very long time. and they would be together right now if it hadn’t been for my very bad decision. so I want you to talk to Sam. ok? You might even like her
—  Liz to Jake

This ol’ cat has had quite the night and needs to sleep. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me with asks and messages on the IM thingy here. Y'all are just so sweet it melts my little heart! I hope y'all have amazing days and rest well when you do. I need a bit of a cat nap, nyahahaha!

@lcbrat

     stiles woke sometime in the night – he wasn’t even aware of what time it was. too tired, too exhausted, to roll over and look at the clock on the table behind him. the events of the day were catching up with him and he wanted nothing more than to just bury himself in the blankets around duran and him and disappear for a while. but, when those doctors on their trail, that wasn’t going to be very possible. not for a long time.

    as his eyes adjusted to the dim lighting, blinking a few times, duran’s sleeping features swam into his vision and a small, private smile pulled at the side of his lips. duran saved him. he didn’t know how - not yet. but he knew duran did SOMETHING. neither of them were supernatural in any way, and they didn’t just come back from the dead because of faith, or strength. it just wasn’t possible for people like them.

     
stiles reached out a shaky hand in the dark and let it feather down duran’s sleeping features. 

This took forever, but it’s finished! He’s about the size of my hand and stands on his own. (his slippers can actually be taken off and placed back on; that was basically the hardest part besides the head). You do not know how many times I stabbed myself ahaha…

I solemnly swear I’m not using this as an opportunity to use Comic Sans font.

EXTRA:


He kept falling down while I was trying to take photos of him. It was very fitting for his personality.

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Materials: a ton of blue, white, black (and a little bit of pink) wool; two needles (also broke two needles in the process XD); and a very long time

Sans © Toby Fox and Undertale

anonymous asked:

who is binkie

BINKIE BEAUMONT was a British theatre manager and producer around the time of WW2. He was dashingly handsome, had prominent cheekbones, and was very picky with high expectations. He preferred to work behind tbe scenes and stayed out of the public. He inherited the company HM Tennent. If you slighted Binkie, you were unlikely to work again in the industry. He produced QUALITY and spurred on the careers of many actors. He would lounge in pastel pjs and judge the world with an iron fist. He was also about as straight as a bend in the road on a hill. His partner (whom he ‘stole’ from an actor he often worked with) was John Perry and they were together for a very long time, unil Binkie’s untimely death at the age of 64.

-a brief history

What did I miss, @binkiebeaumont ?

My Take on Stydias Relationship Development

Stiles had a crush on Lydia for a very long time without her even noticing him. As she started to be drawn into all the supernatural dangers they face she starts to spend more time with him and they become genuine friends; this is important because up until then his feelings wouldn’t have been much more than a sort of puppy love, then as their friendship develops so can his feelings can mature into something deeper and more adult to the point where he can have a relationship with Malia even though he doesn’t stops caring about Lydia. With Lydia it would have been the development of their friendship that caused her to start noticing Stiles and develop feelings for him (even if she didn’t realise them); Stiles is very different from any guy she’d ever go out with i.e. Jackson and Aiden, but I think after he refused to leave her, was when she realised -on some level- her feelings for him; Her love for this brave heroic man who despite appearing to be absolutely normal, can and will fight alongside the rest of them no matter what and even after all the terrible things that has happens keeps on smiling