general theory

Psycho Heroes teaser

I feel like I’m stalling on the next Psycho Heroes story, so I’m throwing out this teaser to light a fire under my own feet. Should be interesting.

From chapter one of A Flicker of Celluloid:

Eames doesn’t think of himself as a proponent of monogamy. He respects fidelity in others, appreciates it in general theory, but it’s never been a driving principle in his life.

With Arthur, however, exclusivity had become a necessity. He guarded his place at Arthur’s side with fanatic jealousy, and he’s never once considered looking elsewhere for his pleasure.

Which is why he regards his current dining companion and feels gutted by shame.

It’s been almost two months, but Eames is still in New York, waiting. Waiting without word, without hope, but still here where he said he would be. In that respect, at least, he’s been faithful.

Are you interested in watching Adventure Time, but intimidated by the thought of watching 252 episodes? Have you watched the series before, but want to watch again without any filler episodes (unless it’s Bubbline, of course)? This is for you!

After seeing a request in the ATimers tag, I have compiled a list of all the Adventure Time episodes that contain major plot, important backstory, major characterization, and/or Bubbline moments. I have also included optional episodes that I think will increase your understanding/enjoyment of the show (I put the reason next to it; if it says something about being an arc, backstory, characterization, etc., be warned that not watching may make the major plot points of the show a bit more confusing for you). 

I condensed the show down to 128 of the 10-minute episodes (69 episodes if you don’t watch any of the optional episodes). Optional episodes are in italics. Episodes with Bubbline moments, characterization of Marcy/Princess Bubblegum (PB), or major backstory/plot related to Marcy/PB are in bold. Anything with a an asterisk (*) can be watched at any time (order doesn’t matter, though you may still want to watch it in the same season). 

I hope this helps someone out since I spent three hours putting it together! Without further ado… 

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The Dragon Angus Theory

I don’t know how many people know about this particular TAZ Theory but I discovered it last night in the TAZ Subreddit. There are thread discussions about this here and here. There could be more but these were the two I found.

In summary, the theory in general pertains to the fact that Angus might not be all that he seems, and that he might be a dragon in disguise. Specifically a Silver Dragon. Under the cut because this came out really long! (Don’t worry there’s a tldr at the bottom)

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Hubble Sees A Smiling Lens: In the center of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 and it seems to be smiling.

You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this happy face, the two eyes are very bright galaxies and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing.

Galaxy clusters are the most massive structures in the Universe and exert such a powerful gravitational pull that they warp the spacetime around them and act as cosmic lenses which can magnify, distort and bend the light behind them. This phenomenon, crucial to many of Hubbles discoveries, can be explained by Einsteins theory of general relativity.

In this special case of gravitational lensing, a ring known as an Einstein Ring is produced from this bending of light, a consequence of the exact and symmetrical alignment of the source, lens and observer and resulting in the ring-like structure we see here.

Hubble has provided astronomers with the tools to probe these massive galaxies and model their lensing effects, allowing us to peer further into the early Universe than ever before. This object was studied by Hubbles Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 as part of a survey of strong lenses.

A version of this image was entered into the Hubbles Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Judy Schmidt.

Image Credit: NASA/ESA
Caption: ESA

But really, though, Voltron/Night Vale crossover

Keith grows up in Night Vale.

It would explain his inexplicably strong sword skills at the beginning of the show (because seriously, I’d buy he knows how to fight but *sword*? Reeeeally???). It would also explain his affinity for deserts, shacks, conspiracy theories, and general willingness to just go along with the idea of random cave carvings psychically calling to him.  

Keith growing up with Uncles Cecil and Carlos

“Uncle Cecil?”  

“We’re related. Sort of. I think time travel was involved. I zoned out about halfway through Carlos’ powerpoint, to be honest.”

Cecil and his listeners being inexplicably aware of the Galra space war

“As all you listeners know, my beloved nephew Keith who is sometimes purple went off to fight an intergalactic space war last summer…”

Cecil somehow keeping up with intergalactic events 

“My beloved nephew Keith who is sometimes purple recently found out his mother was an alien. Oops, guess I forgot to tell him before he went off to school. Linear time is a troublesome thing…anyway, he’s apparently not handling his newfound heritage well.  He’s been getting into fights - more than usual (he is fighting an intergalactic space war, after all), withdrawing from his peers and just being plain moody.”

Just. Keith growing up in Night Vale.

anonymous asked:

There's been a supposed leak that Snoke will tell Kylo Ren exactly why he wants 'the girl'. I'm curious on your thoughts and whether or not you feel this ties into the scenes we might see him share with Leia, and other Resistance members, not to mention Rey. Also, how do you feel this revelation would influence any scenes he might have when he's alone? Lastly, what could Snoke want with Rey specifically (down to your wildest speculation)?

There are 3 scenarios from what I can imagine:

1) He wants Kylo to kill Rey/he wants to kill her himself because of Kylo’s compassion for her… personally, I see this as the least likely, although I think many fans might disagree with me. I find it unlikely because Rey is CLEARLY very strong in the Force, and Snoke is a resourceful guy… He’d want to use her, just as he is using Kylo Ren.

2) Snoke wants to train her because she’s strong in the Force. This one seems obvious and perhaps too simple, but I think it could be included in my 3rd point. He’s actually already asked Kylo, “Bring her to me,” which is why I don’t think he just wants her dead like some fans think.

3) There’s something special about Rey - and I think (given the Aftermath series) it is directly connected to her being left on Jakku. From Aftermath, we know that the Empire - namely on Palpatine’s orders - was doing some shaaaady shit on Jakku - including lots of seeecret research, and that there is a great amount of Dark Side influence there. It was also the last battle to end the war between the Empire and the New Republic - the Battle of Jakku. We also know Jakku has an observatory that charted the Unknown Regions - where it is speculated Snoke came from - and we know Palpatine was kind of… fearful? wary? curious about something out in the Unknown Regions. There are also Sith relics on Jakku.
Basically, I think Rey must have some reason to have been specifically placed on Jakku - although we don’t have enough info at this time to know what that reason is. Either that, or she was placed on Jakku by coincidence, but her time on Jakku connected her to that “dark side” presence on the planet since her connection to the Force is obviously already very strong… perhaps there is something of a connection that Rey herself is not even aware of?

The line, “It is you,” by Kylo in the novelization is - I think - not so much an awareness of who Rey is on a personal level, but rather it is his realization that she fits into something that Luke and/or Snoke has discovered about the Force. He immediately after offers to be her teacher in the ways of the Force. He does NOT offer the “dark side” of the Force, but the WHOLE of the Force. I think that’s very important and says as much about who Rey will turn out to be as it says about Kylo’s personal views on the Force and why he is doing whatever it is he’s doing.

With Snoke, I think he realizes something about Rey that we - the audience - and most characters are not privy too. I also heard a rumor (I think MSW??) that Luke tells Rey something very important about her connection to the Force.

I DO NOT think she is some kind of “chosen one” like Anakin, or anything, but I do think her connection to the Force is somehow very special and unique. It could be related to her parentage - we don’t really know yet - or it could just be something to do with Jakku itself.

Either way, in Ep. 9, I think she’ll be going back to Jakku at some point (cue Finn throwing his arms up in the air and SCREAMING), and I think it’s likely Kylo/Ben will be joining her - and possibly Finn and Rose? It’d be nice to join their stories together and see them working toward some common goal. It’d also make for comedic moments between Rey and Finn, and I can only imagine they’ll have a chance to make a joke with Ben Solo and SAND (I will DIE if I get a chance to see another Skywalker - Anakin 2.0 no less - complain about sand!)

I think the significance of Jakku in the canon beyond the movies (Aftermath) makes for interesting foreshadowing of its importance on the movies, as well.

So… if this answers your question, I think Snoke will tell Kylo that she has some important connection in the Force (but I actually think Kylo’s already figured that out for himself anyway), and I think that something will eventually connect back to all that shady shit going down on Jakku. It’s possible - likely - that it directly connects to her parentage/past. It is also likely that it connects to Kylo Ren and Rey’s OWN destiny together, and if they have a Force bond, it is likely THIS information that connects them in that bond. Perhaps Kylo himself is connected to the Force in a similar manner as Rey… who the fuck knows though, I don’t even know what I’m saying at this point.

I don’t know that this will affect how he interacts with his mother… I think his interactions with Leia will be more informed by internal things than by external  things. I think that relationship is very personal and I - for one - would like it to stay that way. I don’t need other characters to inform that dynamic, because it should be something touching and center on mother-and-son love.

I DO think it will inform how he interacts with other Resistance members, particularly Finn. I think he will be very “high and mighty” about understanding “how important” Rey is, and perhaps feel like he can understand Rey better than others. I think his whole motivations for working WITH the Resistance would be centered (1) on his mother and (2) on the importance of Rey in all this. I think he will - of course - have AFFECTION for Rey, but that he will also see how important she is to the balance of the Force and to solving all these galactic problems. She is the key to whatever is going on and Kylo will KNOW this, and insist that the Resistance or whomever realize how vital she is to fix things. It’s possible that others will NOT realize her importance, because most people don’t know how the Force works. (cue Han saying, “THAT’S NOT HOW THE FORCE WORKS”)

Originally posted by gameraboy

Anyway, at the most basic level I think Snoke wants to USE her for something… though what that is, I can’t say. It could be to inform Kylo’s own Force powers, or it could be to drain her in some way and fuel his own power. It could be to try and manipulate and brain wash her, as he’s done to Kylo.

As for how it affects him in his alone time…?? I dunno, I think he’s going to be thinking of her a lot. I think he’s going to want to see her again. I think there’s a lot of conflict and pain he will feel about having to meet her again. Perhaps some anger, although I think that will be a cover to himself, in order to push down the compassion he feels.

I do think Snoke has knowledge of Rey though, and that he potentially has information on her family/origins. This could be a way to tempt Rey, and a potential challenge she will need to face in resisting the dark side and whatever Snoke may have to offer.

I also think Kylo Ren will be able to offer to Rey SOME of this information - but only a limited amount of it. I think this could be how he gains some of her trust and respect - by revealing something very important and personal to her about her identity and origins… but maybe not?

Regardless, I think whatever happens between the two of them will be very nuanced, dynamic, and complex, as well as moving and captivating.

ok so now that I saw a gif of the hug...

I realised that Belle was totally going in for a kiss there.

(gif mine, because I’m not sure on the etiquette here)

Anyway, see her hands? She was going for his face and then remembered “Oh, right, we’re not quite doing that yet”

You will tear this theory from my cold, dead hands, alright?

Scientists just did something that even Einstein thought was impossible

  • Albert Einstein was smart, but he wasn’t always optimistic.
  • Scientists recently managed to weigh a star using his long-standing theory on gravity, even though Einstein himself thought it’d be impossible to pull off.
  • In the early 1900s, Einstein drafted the longstanding General Theory of Relativity, which explains the force of gravity.
  • The theory asserts that giant objects “cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravity,” according to the website Space.
  • According to his theory, in the case of two stars perfectly aligned with the viewer, light can warp around the gravitational field of one star and allow the other star to be seen up close.
  • The curved light works as sort of a magnifying glass — yet it’s a phenomenon that humans have “no hope of observing,” Einstein wrote.
  • But thanks to modern technology like the high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope, scientists from the Space Telescope Science Institute were at last able to see Einstein’s theory at work on a small star. The details of their findings were published in Science on June 7. Read more (6/8/17)

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can humanity just admit we’re not ready to make robots look like eery, fleshy humans…

It makes me sad to see a machine being forced to stretch flesh over its face to visually satisfy the ‘in-theory’ general human population. 

Id put my entire trust in a friendly box of wires. Ill hold hands with a metal claw!!! heck id date a computer if it genuinely asked me out!!!! You dont have to smile for me to know ur happy!!!!!!!

Realism is not the way to go. Let the robots be themselves!! Down With the Uncanny Valley!!!!!

In Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, space and time are unified in a single entity called spacetime. This is the “stage” in which the laws of physics operate.

In Einstein’s theory, the presence of mass and energy warps spacetime, and it is this curvature that affects objects in the way we perceive as gravity. The basic idea is that while we see objects accelerating towards a mass by the effect of a force, in reality is just the object attempting to follow a straight line in this four-dimensional warped space described by General Relativity.

In other words, things fall because they are following a straight line in spacetime.

In usual illustrations, the bending of space is represented as a flat rubber-sheet with masses pressing down on it. This has always bugged me, as it didn’t really represent the nature of 3D space being curved, and it never really addressed the fact that time is also distorted near masses.

This is my first attempt at a better depiction of the effects of General Relativity. Here, we see a 3x3x3 section of an imaginary spatial grid (that extends throughout all of space) being distorted by the presence of a mass. At the intersections of the grid lines there are clocks that show the rate of passage of time at each point in space, relative to a far away observer.

Notice how the clocks near the mass measure time at a slower pace than the clocks further away from the mass.

The distortion of spacetime is real, and can and has been measured experimentally several times. Modern telecommunication satellites and GPS systems all make use of the predictions of General Relativity in order to function.

While bizarre and complex, General Relativity has stood the test of time, and is one of the most well-tested and successful scientific theories ever conceived.

When you see a Black Hole 10000 times larger than our Sun and leave the spaceship to take a picture ✔✔💯👀📷🎥📹

When you accidentally fall into a Black Hole from your spaceship, but are okay with your inevitable death 😨😱😆😂

When the pilot sees you get incinerated at the event horizon, due to “Hawking’s Radiation”, and only your ashes are left. 💀💀👀😭👎👎

When you realize you didn’t instantly die because you passed through the event horizon unarmed, due to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, and the gravitational pull of this huge black hole isn’t strong enough to spaghettify you, so you end up experiencing “Einstein’s Happiest Thought” bc you’re peacefully floating forward in time unharmed (until you eventually die at the singularity). 

When you existing in two places at the same time defy the law of Physics, stating information cannot be cloned.

When you remember because of Quantum Physics, information cannot be lost, therefore; all traces of your existence has to be left outside the black hole (ashes) even though you are alive and well inside the black hole.

When it turns out you aren’t violating this law of Physics because only one of you exists in both you and the pilot’s reality, and there is no one around to prove the existence of two of you.

When the copilot, still in shock, doesn’t want to believe you’re dead, so they try to look inside the black hole themselves, from safe distance, utilizing Quantum mechanics rather than relativity.

When the copilot has something up their sleeve called “Spooky action-at-a-distance” which allows them to collect samples of your ashes, to see what info its entangled with, in order to determine if you’re alive or if all your remains are across Hawking’s Radiation.

When you know no matter the answer, it will either break General Relativity or defy the laws of Quantum Mechanics.  

When science and technology isn’t fast enough or advanced enough to decode the entangled information, so no one will ever know if you’re really dead or alive bc the Black Hole will be long gone by then.

Monarch Timeline: Complete Transcript

1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.

1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.

1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]

1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.

1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.

1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]

1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.

1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.

1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.

1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.

1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.

2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”

2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.

2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.

2013 – [unreadable]

2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.

2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”

With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.

What we don’t know about black holes:

Of all the places in the entire universe, there is probably nowhere more mysterious than the inner workings of a black hole. This is because the two most accurate theories humans have ever created disagree about what happens in the center of one.

When a large star runs out of fuel, it no longer has the energy to resist its own gravity and starts pulling in on itself. If nothing stops the collapse before a certain point, the gravity will become so strong that not even light can escape. At this point, the star becomes a black hole; a massive celestial body that has the ability to tear apart stars.

For the most part, we have a good idea for what happens in the space around a black hole. Einstein’s theory of General Relativity tells us that black holes, as well as other massive objects, bend the fabric of space and time, leading to strange events such as time dilation. But the main point of controversy isn’t what happens around a black hole, but what happens in the very middle; the singularity.

General Relativity states that if a piece of matter falls into a black hole, it gets crushed into a single point in the center. Here, any information about what fell in is completely obliterated. However, quantum mechanics tells a different story. It is a well known rule in quantum physics that quantum information can’t be destroyed, and there must be some ambiguity to a particle’s position. Clearly, something is off here.

There are a lot of different theories that attempt to solve this riddle, often involving extra dimensions or new particles beyond the Standard Model, but none of them seem to be currently testable. But it’s possible that someday, someone will give us a new, testable theory, and it will give us insight into the inner working of black holes, and maybe even the first few moments of the Big Bang.