humanity survives

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We’ve added another two episodes we’ll be working on for MIDNIGHT GRIND. Still to come: Hollywood Blood Orgy and Odussus of New York. Thought you might find the latest additions quite intriguing! 

MIDNIGHT GRIND is a progressive anthology-film TV series that simultaneously exemplifies and renovates the best of various film genres, while holding the feet of the hard right and the hard left to the fire with incendiary social commentary.

Imagine, if you will, a derelict movie theatre—the last standing structure in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Its face is sand-worn, and its lights weakly blink, each strobe one closer to darkness. On the marquee: “MIDNIGHT GRIND” in chipped black letters. 

Inside we find our host: a radiation-addled projectionist, Mr. Black. Five millennia worth of sculptures, paintings, and literature were destroyed in the War. All that has survived of humanity’s high art is Mr. Black collection of genre films. Our host projects these films not only to keep his sanity, but to keep the light of a humorous, thoughtful, and storied humanity alive.

If you want updates on our progress and when / where Midnight Grind will be shown, just follow us on Twitter at @ThePMPictures or on Tumblr at http://thepmpictures.tumblr.com/  or at our homepage pmpictures.ca . I’ll also post behind the scenes shots and news here on the Cypulchre blog. 

It’s going to be glorious.

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“books don’t cure illnesses; they don’t fill your stomach or quench your thirst. it’s true: culture isn’t necessary for the survival of mankind; for that, you only need bread and water. it’s also true that with bread to eat and water to drink, humans survive; but with only this, humanity dies. if human beings aren’t deeply moved by beauty, if they don’t close their eyes and activate their imaginations, if they aren’t capable of asking themselves questions and discerning the limits of their ignorance, then they are men or women, but they are not a complete person.” - the librarian of auschwitz by antonio iturbe #8daysofhanukkahinbooks

ig: teenytinyhermione

Some facts about capitalism:

  • Artificial scarcity drives profits up
  • It is not profitable for everyone to live comfortably
  • The system demands unceasing growth and resource extraction for its own survival, in turn putting the survival of humanity and ecosystems in peril
  • The growth that arises from capital accumulation makes a select few obscenely wealthy, while most of the world lives in poverty 
  • It can be transcended
Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass.
—  Daniell Koepke
Addition to the "humans are weird"/space orcs

The Human ability to survive even in horrible circumstances is uncanny. There are thousands of stories out there of humans after a disaster who are presumed dead only to have them stumble into town a few days later or people who survived on the open ocean for days or weeks.

This completely puzzles aliens. Their own kind has nearly a low chance of survival if they are in any physically stressful circumstances. It is not uncommon for certain species to voluntarily leave a group if they know they have a low chance of survival. Because of this most alien species have do not have a great will to live in the face of difficulty. Since this is common in space, people don’t really think about it much when they abandon someone who is slowing them down.
So when their human counterparts race out of safety to save one of their crew even as the ship around them is being blown to pieces, they all flip out. They can’t understand why someone in peak physical condition would risk harm to save someone who is probably already dead.
When the human comes back, carrying the lost crew member in their arms, and stumbles onto the escape pod just before the doors closed all of them are in shock.
Humans quickly become the heroic/stupid species. Stories pile up of their strange fascination of saving others just before death. Some of the more survival driven species begin to pick up on it and try saving their own too.

But unfortunately there is more than one story of aliens leaving a human behind, thinking them dead, only to be hunted down by the human who had to cut off their own arm before signaling another ship to pick them up and take them to a space hospital. The human’s old crew all get pummeled by the human as soon as he finds them. Each of them gets a good black eye from the human’s cybernetic arm

Let’s say that you’re right.

Let’s say, just for the sake of argument,
that ancient humans were utilitarian social darwinists;
that anyone sick, anyone injured, anyone disabled,
anyone who couldn’t support themself was left to die.

Who invented canes?

If anyone who fell behind was left behind,
then how did my cripple forebears
who held themselves up with broken branches
survive to teach future generations how?

Who invented surgery?

What sadistic ancient motherfucker
looked at another person in perfect health,
and decided to cut them open
and take something out of them?

How did humanity survive?

Babies can’t even stand for their first 11 months.
Who gathered food for the breastfeeding parent,
and by extension the child who could do nothing
except consume resources they couldn’t repay?

Now let’s say that you’re wrong.

Once again, for the sake of argument,
let’s say humans have always helped each other.
Suddenly, everything makes perfect sense
and you are just an asshole.

// c.f.l. - 20170417 //

Humans Are Weird (Pregnancy and Babies)

“Humans are weird” post! What if all aliens actually hatch from eggs and our planet is the only one in the universe that has mammals on it. For an alien, the shell of their egg is a bit like their birth certificate because it’s the proof that they were born, so it’s extremely important for them. To study the development of certain species, they sometimes have to ask some specimen of that species to show them their shell. But then, they visit Earth and meet humans…

Alien: Good morning Human-Nate. I am Xers, an eggshell specialist. In order to study your species development, I need you to show me the shell of the egg that you hatched from. Don’t worry, I am a professional. I can guarantee that you will have it back in the same state as it was when you entrusted it to me.
Human: hummmm, I’m sorry but I don’t have any eggshell to show you…..
Alien: Could it be that you lost it? If so, please excuse me for my previous request. I am sorry if you thought that it was a rude of me.
Human: Don’t apologize, it’s fine! *nervous hand gesture* I didn’t lose it or anything. It’s just that I never had one in the first place. Humans do not hatch from eggs.
Alien: W-what? They don’t?! Then how?
Human: Well, to put it short, the baby grows inside of the mother’s uterus for 9 months and then, when they are ready, they just…come out…by another part of the the mother’s reproductive system.
Alien: Directly from the uterus? With no shell or protection?! Baby humans actually SURVIVE this?!
Human: Yup, and I am the living proof! *laughs*
Alien: …..what the hell is wrong with your species.

To learn more about what humans call “pregnancy”, Xers went to see a pregnant woman and asked her questions about the singular gestation process of “mammals”. After a few minutes, the woman chuckled softly and put a hand on her round belly.

Alien: *worried* Human-Kate, are you alright?
Human: It’s nothing. I just felt a small kick from her. *chuckles*
Alien:….Did your growing organism just ATTACK YOU?!

Go for the Head

so, I was thinking about how human bodies can survive a great deal of damage, right? 

probably all the guides on humans say things like “if you really need to kill one, go for the head. that’s the surest way to kill a human.” 

but do you realize that even that might just not be enough?

please, allow me to introduce Mr. Phineas Gage. 

Mr. Gage was a foreman working in the construction of railroads. He is most famous because he survived an hideous accident where a 3.2 cm thick, 1 meter long iron rod was driven into his brain by an explosion. 

Let me repeat: an iron pole rocketing through the organ that controls the whole body was not enough to kill him

Just in case you need another picture to get the idea of just how serious was the injury. 

of course such a severe injury could not leave him unscarred: his personality changed completely, and he had moments of delirium. 

but he survived. not only that, but he went on having a relatively normal life. his speech, movement and intelligence WERE NOT IMPAIRED BY THE INJURY. 

aliens have all the more reason to be scared shitless of us. 

You’re one of the very last humans surviving amid the apocalyptic wreckage of earth; your salvation comes in the form of aliens interested in conserving endangered species.

11 Bits of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

1. Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.

2. Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

3. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

4. Silence is sometimes the best answer.

5. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

6. Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.

7. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.

8. This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.

9. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

10. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

11. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

After the Invasion

So you know how there’s all these posts about how aliens invade Earth only to realize that Earth is a death planet and/or Space Australia as the flora, fauna, weather, and natural disasters kill them off and traumatize them? Well, imagine that the alien invaders finally give up and leave Earth. What chases them off? I imagine that the resistance starts putting out information on cryptids. It’s the last straw for the invaders, especially since even the human inhabitants native to Earth seem to be confused about exactly how dangerous said cryptids are, and so the aliens have no way to be prepared to face them. Morale plummets (even further) and alien command has to call off the invasion due to the public outcry, making history as the first time this group of aliens has retreated from an invasion.

The surviving humans soon realize that the honor of chasing off that group of aliens has attracted a lot of attention from other groups of aliens. Some of these aliens are looking at possibly invading.  Others want to work with humans to turn Earth into a space vacation-destination. In order to discourage invaders while simultaneously attracting curious tourists, much information about the animals most infamous among the invaders is made readily available to the alien community in general, along with a lot of information on cryptids. Information on non-cryptids and cryptids is presented to aliens in much the same way, and the humans never clarify which are which, so many invaders are too scared to try and invade, while many tourists are intrigued by the potential mystery.

Of course, the tourists are horrified to learn that the hippopotamus is not, as they had thought, a cryptid.  

Humans are Weird

I love the whole ‘Earth is space Australia’ thing, so here’s my contribution.

What if aliens don’t have fiction? What if everything they document is pure fact. And they assume that humans do the same.

These aliens already fear and respect humans. After all, humans will do anything to survive, protect their friends, they can bond with literally anything, live in anything from sub-zero to halfway to boiling temperatures, take risks 'for fun’ or 'to see what would happen’, they can and will keep going under pressure and if injured. They are extremely creative and can find a solution to get out of any situation. Nothing can stop them once they have their mind made up.

Humans. Are. Terrifying.

And then aliens come across human fiction. Except they don’t realize that it’s not real.

Imagine their surprise when they learn about mythological creatures and supernatural beings. Imagine their astonishment when they discover that humans have survived many, many apocalypses. Imagine their fear when they realize that a rather large portion of the species has powers whether through a mutation or straight out magic. Imagine their horror when they realize that humans could easily take over the universe if they ever felt like it.

Aliens passing the word around, telling of the great feats of 'Superman’, 'Matilda’, 'Neo’, 'Korra’, 'Potter’.

And then comes the question: why haven’t the humans taken over? What could possibly be stopping them?

Maybe, the aliens surmise, the humans don’t realize how simple it would be to take the universe for themselves. Many aliens beleive that this theory is correct and swear that they’ll never bring it up to a human. Others think that humans just want to be friends with other species and, seeing as aliens are already terrified of them, decided to keep their abilities a secret.

Of course a few aliens outright ask the humans why aren’t they using their 'secret abilities’. And they receive two very different answers. Some humans laugh and say that they don’t have any powers. That their 'documents’ are fake. And then there are the humans who that like to mess with the aliens and say that they are 'sworn to secrecy’ or that they are 'biding their time’.

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lmao so i forgot to mention i got punched this night (don’t freak guys; not in the face, i’m fine, mama can handle herself) and initially i was like “Day in the life of a queer, cool cool what else is new” but now looking back the dude looked was so gone so like lol honestly? with how fast i whipped around the corner in the dark club, looking like 666 the Stripper, fake blood dripping out of my mouth what likely happened was this poor guy was trying to drink libation as the lord hath permitted, saw me, tripped out, the BE GONE SATAN instinct kicked in and i got caught in the middle of “a man looking into the eyes of the devil” and “basic human survival reflex”. Could’ve maybe kept his fists to himself but lol situation is making me laugh too hard to get mad. Jokes aside, being in drag ain’t consent y'all.

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In a worldwide effort, Earth was evacuated due to a melting pot of events: nuclear war, climate change and global conflict. Many people were left behind in the chaos. 500 years on, an astronaut crash-lands on Earth to find humanity has not only survived, but is thriving.

Things We Don’t Tell You When You First Join The Fandom Until It’s Too Late :))

applicable to any fandom

  • you won’t get sleep, you won’t get free time, and you won’t go outside ever again
  • you unknowingly joined a cult
  • you can’t ship that without offending someone
  • you increase your vocabulary with nonsensical terms (for ex: quiznak)
  • “have you met our lord and savior [insert fandom favorite]?”
  • tbh, the lord and savior of the fandom can’t save you from SMUT
  • you’ll learn inside jokes and memes that won’t make sense out of context
  • you will cry. you will get angry. you will feel happy. you will be gettin all the feels
  • get ready to be gay bc omg they are perfect human beings
  • you may not survive the fanwars
  • we can’t explain certain things. we can’t explain or defend that one problematic but legendary fanfic (milk fic flashbacks)
  • we also can’t explain the problematic fave but he/she is here to stay
  • do you remember what life was like before the fandom? 
  • [indistinct screaming]
  • fan theories will keep you up late
  • your ass belongs to the fandom now.
  • you can’t escape haha
  • you don’t want to escape…ha ha
  • the fandom can be squishy and soft and feel like a family instead of a war zone
  • be ready to be offended
  • this fandom will have a huge impact on you, most of the time it’s positive. it may seem scary at first but you learn to love and accept it. so enjoy it before it dies (MCR where u at)
Tough as a Tardigrade

Without water, a human can only survive for about 100 hours. But there’s a creature so resilient that it can go without it for decades. This one millimeter animal can survive both the hottest and coldest environments on Earth, and can even withstand high levels of radiation. This is the tardigrade, and it’s one of the toughest creatures on Earth, even if it does look more like a chubby, eight-legged gummy bear. 

Most organisms need water to survive. Water allows metabolism to occur, which is the process that drives all the biochemical reactions that take place in cells. But creatures like the tardigrade, also known as the water bear, get around this restriction with a process called anhydrobiosis, from the Greek meaning life without water. And however extraordinary, tardigrades aren’t alone. Bacteria, single-celled organisms called archaea, plants, and even other animals can all survive drying up.

For many tardigrades, this requires that they go through something called a tun state. They curl up into a ball, pulling their head and eight legs inside their body and wait until water returns. It’s thought that as water becomes scarce and tardigrades enter their tun state, they start synthesize special molecules, which fill the tardigrade’s cells to replace lost water by forming a matrix. 

Components of the cells that are sensitive to dryness, like DNA, proteins, and membranes, get trapped in this matrix. It’s thought that this keeps these molecules locked in position to stop them from unfolding, breaking apart, or fusing together. Once the organism is rehydrated, the matrix dissolves, leaving behind undamaged, functional cells.

Beyond dryness, tardigrades can also tolerate other extreme stresses: being frozen, heated up past the boiling point of water, high levels of radiation, and even the vacuum of outer space. This has led to some erroneous speculation that tardigrades are extraterrestrial beings.

While that’s fun to think about, scientific evidence places their origin firmly on Earth where they’ve evolved over time. In fact, this earthly evolution has given rise to over 1100 known species of tardigrades and there are probably many others yet to be discovered. And because tardigrades are so hardy, they exist just about everywhere. They live on every continent, including Antarctica. And they’re in diverse biomes including deserts, ice sheets, the sea fresh water, rainforests, and the highest mountain peaks. But you can find tardigrades in the most ordinary places, too, like moss or lichen found in yards, parks, and forests. All you need to find them is a little patience and a microscope.

Scientists are now to trying to find out whether tardigrades use the tun state, their anti-drying technique, to survive other stresses. If we can understand how they, and other creatures, stabilize their sensitive biological molecules, perhaps we could apply this knowledge to help us stabilize vaccines, or to develop stress-tolerant crops that can cope with Earth’s changing climate. 

And by studying how tardigrades survive prolonged exposure to the vacuum of outer space, scientists can generate clues about the environmental limits of life and how to safeguard astronauts. In the process, tardigrades could even help us answer a critical question: could life survive on planets much less hospitable than our own?

From the TED-Ed Lesson Meet the tardigrade, the toughest animal on Earth - Thomas Boothby

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