high frontiers


Great space colonies.

From top to bottom:

  1. Angus McKie - The High Frontier from the book The Flights of Icarus (1977) by Donald Lehmkuhl with Martyn and Roger Dean.
  2. Painting by Don Davis from his Space Colony series, 1975
  3. The Three Island Space Colony by Roy Coombes from Harry Harrison’s book ‘Mechanismo’ (1978).
  4. Space station Illustration by Russian artist Andrei Sokolov, 1981.
  5. Space colony painting by Don Davis (1975)
  6. Stanford Torus colony - Gerard O'Neill 1974
  7. Space Station Interior for National Georgraphic magazine by Syd Mead from the book The Guide to Fantasy Art Techniques (1984)

Frontier Middle School shooting; February 2, 1996:
Loukaitis was widely believed to be frequently bullied in school, which impelled him to cause the murderous school rampage.Those who knew him claim that he complained of being beaten by other students, being sexually harassed, having his head repeatedly stuffed into toilets, and being held down while another student urinated on him.He was also taking ritalin at the time of the shooting.
On February 2, 1996, Loukaitis dressed as a wild west-style gunslinger and used a duster to conceal a hunting rifle and two handguns. He was carrying approximately 80 rounds of ammunition.
Loukaitis could be re-sentenced due to a US Supreme Court decision, in which people convicted of a murder they committed under 16 years of age can be paroled in 25 years. Loukaitis could be released as early as 2021.

On February 2, 1996, Barry Loukaitis entered Frontier Junier High School in Moses Lake, Washington and murdered three people, including one teacher.

For an English assignment, he submitted a poem title “Murder.” It reads as follows:

It’s my first murder
I’m at my point of no return
I can’t let him live now
He’d go to the cops for sure
So I finish.
I look at his body on the floor
Killing a bastard that deserves to die
Ain’t nothing like it in the world
But he sure did bleed a lot.

Barry Loukaitis

‘It’s like I pictured myself doing it or something I never really pictured myself doing anything else.’

Date: February 2, 1996

Age: 14

School: Frontier Junior High School. Moses Lake, WA

Killed: 3

Wounded: 1

Outcome: Held class hostage. Overpowered. In prison.

Mrs Loukaitis confided too much in her son. her marriage had fallen apart, and her husband became involved with another woman. Mrs Loukaitis planned to get revenge against her husband and his girlfriend; she wanted to tie them up, tell them how much they’d hurt her, show them that she had a gun, frighten them into thinking she was going to kill them, and then shoot herself. She said, ‘If he didn’t remember my life, I was going to make him remember my death.’ She shared this plan with her son, on the last weekend of January, told him that she was going to kill herself on February 14 because she knew she could catch her husband with his girlfriend. On February 2, just a few days after she told Loukaitis her plan, he committed his school shooting.

Through his elementary school years he was reportedly outgoing and popular. He served on student council in sixth grade, and numerous friends visited his house. In seventh grade he became more withdrawn. His mother said he had a bad temper and would hit walls in anger.

During middle school Loukaitis was arrogant and intimidating. When he crossed paths with his peers, he would ‘curse them, tell them to shut up or order them out of his way.’ He loved the random violence in the movie Natural Born Killers and liked to quote from it. He talked about his desire to kill someone before he died. He was drawn to the idea of murder, saying ‘It would be cool to kill people…to try and get away with it.’

He also felt superior to his peers and viewed murder as a way of eliminating inferior people. He told a female classmate, ‘Some people don’t deserve to live; some people should just die or be killed.’

On February 2, Loukaitis entered his algebra class and shot Manuel Vela, Mrs Caires and two other students. Having shot 4 people, Loukaitis held the class hostage. During this time Loukaitis was said to be at ease. When the police arrived and wanted to negotiate with him, he reportedly was not afraid but annoyed. Loukaitis was apprehended when a teacher ripped the gun from his hands. Once in custody, a detective commented on how unruffled Loukaitis was: ‘He was acting shockingly calm…I expected to see a look of remorse.’ An officer commented that when he read Loukaitis his rights, ‘He looked up at me and cracked a smile and said ‘I know my rights, man.’ After giving his confession, he curled up in his cell and had a nap. Later that day, Loukaitis’s father described him as ‘Vicious. No emotion. Not crying.’

Adapted from ‘School Shooters’ by Peter Langman


You’d be forgiven for thinking the pictured man might be an actor auditioning for the role of a Vulcan on “Star Trek”. The gentleman in question was Gerard O'Neill, an American physicist responsible for numerous contributions to science including the particle storage ring and the concept of the mass driver.

O'Neill’s relevance to Old School Sci Fi is the idea for which he is probably best known: the concept of constructing gigantic rotating space habitats that have become known as O'Neill Cylinders. O'Neill Cylinders are typically depicted as being larger than most science fiction space stations and frequently have entire ecosystems. O'Neill detailed his vision for space colonization in his book “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space”.

There are numerous examples in science fiction of O'Neill Cylinders. Perhaps the most famous is the eponymous space station in the sci fi TV series “Babylon 5”.

Top Music/Idol Animes

My current top 10 Music/Idol Anime. This is my own opinion based off of the type of music I like, story, characters and animation. Macross Delta is not being considered because it is still in progress. 

Numbers 10-6 I like, but have nothing of note to say on each other then I enjoy them

10) The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

Originally posted by naganohara

9) STARMYU (aka High School Star Musical)

Originally posted by dazaaiosamu

8) Wake Up, Girls!

Originally posted by thekingquenchedme

7) Macorss Frontier

Originally posted by dominiquehr

6) HaNaYaMaTa

Originally posted by reeku-kun

5) K-On!

Originally posted by mrtofuman

Lite Music Club, Afternoon Tea Time. Overall a very good feeling silly anime with good music and amusing antics. 

4) Love Live School Idol Project

Originally posted by raikouji

While I love the music and the series, this is lower on my list because of how mainstream it became…

3) Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Symphogear G & Symphogear GX

Originally posted by kurokite

First Season was rough, but getting though GX was great, with the songs Radiant Force and Senkin: Daurudabura, it just made it seem beyond epic at times. 

2) Show By Rock!!

Originally posted by cupcakexmonster

Cute, catchy, please bring the mobile game over to the states… and season 2 please!!!

1) AKB0048 & AKB0048 Next Stage

Originally posted by princess-peachie

One of the first series that got me looking at music and idol animes. Made me expand beyond just anime music and look at J-pop other international music. The micsabers helped too. 


Frontier High School Shooting 
Barry Loukaitis 

“This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”, was what 14 year old Barry Loukaitis said when he kept a class hostage at gunpoint. On February the 2nd 1996, Loukaitis entered Frontier Middle School. in Washington, armed with multiple guns and opened fire, two students and a teacher were killed.

In September 1997, Barry Loukaitis was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Barry Loukaitis claimed that he only intended to kill one student and the rest were accidental, but prosecutors believed it was a well planned attack. It’s believed that Barry was influenced by Pearl Jam’s song Jeremy, a music video which displays a troubled teenager shoots up a school. Barry was also inspired by Natural Born Killers, Basketball Diaries and Stephan King’s book Rage, also depicts a school shooter who killed teachers and holds an algebra class hostage

Years before the shooting, Barry Loukaitis’s family became dysfunction. After his parents got divorced his mother would frequently talk about suicide, even saying that Barry would also need to kill himself, but the young man talked his mum out of it. Loukaitis was also suffering from hyperactivity and clinical depression, taking ritalin. 

Artist’s depiction of the interior of an O'Neill cylinder, illuminated by reflected sunlight.

The O'Neill cylinder (also called an O'Neill colony) is a space settlement design proposed by American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill in his 1976 book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space. O'Neill proposed the colonization of space for the 21st century, using materials extracted from the Moon and later from asteroids. An O'Neill cylinder would consist of two counter-rotating cylinders. The cylinders would rotate in opposite directions in order to cancel out any gyroscopic effects that would otherwise make it difficult to keep them aimed toward the Sun. Each would be 5 miles (8.0 km) in diameter and 20 miles (32 km) long, connected at each end by a rod via a bearing system. They would rotate so as to provide artificial gravity via centrifugal force on their inner surfaces.

(via Wikipedia)

Happy 42nd birthday Suzu~!!!!!!!!! (09.12.74)

You’re one of the first seiyuus I knew and I don’t regret that. You always make me smile and laugh out loud as I watch the events you’re participating in to the point that it feels weird when you’re quiet. My only wish for you is to continue living a healthy and fruitful life~ I wish you all the best. Also, I hope that you have fun with your co-workers today and most especially together with Maaya-san ^_^

PS. Thank you for the OTP feels when you talk about Maaya-san. Hahahahaha!!

reddeadrobin  asked:

Hey you guys! I love your blog and I was wondering if you could help me out? I'm want to do a horror movies marathon with a friend and we already did one with the classics so we decided this time with moderns. What are your suggestions of modern movies ? (2000s to now) I'm more into something with a slow pace and she wants a bit more gore showing, perhaps a marathon of both?

Thank you! there’s no guys though, just me haha.

I’d love to help you out. A buttload of horror movies came out between 2000 and now though so I’ll try to keep this brief.

In whatever order I think of them:

Slower: Let the Right One In, The Canal, It Follows, Housebound, Spring, House of the Devil, The Orphanage, The Skin I Live In, The Woman, Sleep Tight, The Devils Backbone, The Innkeepers, Shrew’s Nest, Kill List, The Babadook, May, Identity, The Others, Frailty, Dead End, Teeth, 1408, Dread, The Conjuring, The Awakening, Sinister, Lovely Molly, Oculus, We Are What We Are, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Session 9.

Gorier: Cabin in the Woods, Maniac, American Mary, Excision, The Loved Ones, Evil Dead, The Devils Rejects, Martyrs, The Descent, You’re Next, VHS 2, Wyrmwood, Severance, The Hills Have Eyes, REC, Drag Me To Hell, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Planet Terror, Hatchet, Cabin Fever, Behind the Mask, Slither, Creep, Ginger Snaps, Jeepers Creepers, The Collector, Hostel, Dog Soldiers, House of 1000 Corpses, Wrong Turn, High Tension, Inside, Frontiers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, The Ruins, 30 Days of Night, Dead Snow, Last House on the Left.