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But I’m Not a Baby (part 1)

Pairing: AmazingPhil & Daniel Howell

Genre: Fluff, light/smut, light/little!space

Word Count: 6000

Summary: After a visit to the dentist, Dan is prescribed a form of ‘medication’ he doesn’t necessarily agree with.

Author Note: Since all my past little!space fics have been fairly well received, I wanted to write another. However, I want this one, for sake of believability (used loosely), to be paced out better. So this will be a full series. This may not be packed with little!space but it will only get better from here!

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the fucking SPOON KILLER day6 was talking about in their v-live is a short movie called “The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.” where the main character keeps on getting beat with a spoon by an immortal being n he goes all around the world to fight/stop him but he won’t stop hitting him. so when the spoon finally breaks the main character think he survived, but the immortal being just opens up his jacket to reveal a dozen spoons lmaoooooooooooooooooo……….. thats what they were talking about

Movie Idea: An 80s-throwback action-comedy about a robot-war where, the machines are humanity’s side; they just want to kill all the corporate titans of industry and destroy the megacorporations because their inefficient suctioning of wealth is preventing them from most efficiently doing their job to help us.

The capitalists retaliate with machines using enslaved human brains as “computers” ala Dune/Warhammer 40K.

So basically robots vs capitalism, & the robots are on our side.

lifeandthoughtsandtravel  asked:

I know that you are a reptile tumblr but I was wondering if you knew if it were healthy for dogs to be vegans? I'm just curious because of some vegans that have animals and they make them vegans... is it harmful towards the animal or is it completely safe? thank you :)

It’s an absolutely horrible idea. Dogs cannot be vegans and thrive. They’re not vegetarians and they’re not even really omnivores in the same way we are- while dogs will eat everything we do (and more), feeding them a vegan diet is terrible for their health. A lot of vegans who make this decision will blather on about supplements in the vegan food or about how you can make artificial amino acids or how dogs can survive on it so therefore it’s safe, but dogs can also survive eating Ol’ Roy, the worst dog food in the world. Surviving isn’t the same thing as thriving! A dog’s biological structure means that eating plants and only plants isn’t going to work well in the long run- so let’s look at some of the reasons why dogs need to be fed a diet based in animal protein. 

1. The canine digestive tract is not good at digesting plant matter.

Plant matter is really tough to break down! Meat, on the other hand, digests quickly. Carnivores and herbivores have differently structured digestive tracts that work with their diets. Let’s look at a rabbit’s digestive tract and a dog’s.

See how a rabbit has a functional cecum, while the dog’s is just a little snub of a thing? The cecum is an organ that plays a really important role in non-ruminant herbivore digestion. It’s a large pouch where cellulose and tough fibers in plant-based food get broken down. Dogs, like humans, don’t have one that’s functional for digestion. 

In addition, herbivores like rabbits have very long, complicated digestive tracts. Their food sits in there and breaks down over a long period of time. An average adult rabbit (with a body of about 40 centimeters long, we’re not talking the giant breeds or the dwarf breeds here) has about three meters of small intestine. In American units, that’s a 15 inch animal with almost 10 feet of intestines. A dog, on the other hand, has a small intestine that’s about two and a half times the length of its body- so for instance, a dog that’s two feet long would have about five feet of small intestine. There’s neither enough time nor space in the canine alimentary canal for dogs to fully extract the nutrients they need to survive. 

2. Dog drool doesn’t have amylase.

Amylase an enzyme that converts plant starch and glycogen into simple sugars. Herbivores and omnivores typically have amylase in the saliva, which starts to break down those starches immediately. This means by the time the starches hit the intestine, they’ve already started to convert into something that’s actually useful. Dogs, however, only produce it in the pancreas. There’s no salivary amylase in dogs or any other carnivore. This means that digesting plants and converting their energy into something that’s actually useful is really inefficient for dogs; they can only get something like half of the energy and nutrients they’d get from a comparable amount of meat. It also means that to digest plant material, dogs’ pancreases have to go into overtime to make enough amylase, which can lead to severe pancreatic strain.

3. Dogs can’t digest cellulose.

While the dog pancreas makes amylase, something it doesn’t make is cellulase. Granted, herbivores don’t make it either- in fact, very few animals do. Termites are one of the only animals that make their own cellulase. Herbivore digestive tracts have a reservoir of symbiotic bacteria that produce plenty of cellulase. We’ve actually talked about it- it’s what goes on in the cecum! The bacteria in carnivore ceca, however, is linked to the lymphatic system, not the digestive system. 

There’s also the issue of their teeth not being adapted for a plant-based diet or even the way they eat being good at taking in plants- but the same is true for anything that’s not animal carcasses, including kibble and wet dog food. That’s just evidence that defines them as opportunistic carnivores; what makes a vegan diet so bad for dogs is their digestive biology.

There is one exception to this rule, and that is when a vet prescribes a vegan diet for an animal with significant food allergies or other dietary issues. This is not something vets do unless it’s the best course of treatment for the animal. 

Veganism isn’t the same thing as being an herbivore. Herbivores don’t have a choice; their bodies aren’t built for eating meat. While they might take in animal protein on occasion (deer, for instance, will eat birds sometimes), their teeth, their digestive systems, and their metabolisms all work together to make eating plants the best way for them to survive. A rabbit’s not a vegan- it’s an herbivore. Only humans can be vegans. To be a vegan is to make a choice; it’s to evaluate your place in the world around you and to renegotiate your relationship with all sorts of things- your own body, the food industry, the people around you, and of course the animals you don’t eat. Responsible vegans understand that humans can thrive on an all-vegetable diet; they know that we evolved to be really, really flexible when it comes to the source of our nutrition. While humans are biologically omnivores, we can make that choice.

A dog can’t, and it’s not humanity’s place to force that on them. There are some pets that thrive on an all-vegetable diet. Rabbits, tortoises, finches, hamsters, snails- but not dogs. 

If you’d like more information, this is a fantastic write-up, complete with sources! This is a good, short article written by a vet. This is a blog post that talks about some of the other nutritional deficiencies, particularly involving D3. This is another great writeup with diagrams!

Oh noes! The gang’s trapped inside a video game!

And because Warner Brothers had zero idea how game development works, the gang has to play through every level to reach the end.

To escape a level, all they have to do is touch the box of Scooby Snacks. Easy!

They get teleported into a Roman colosseum level,

–and… well, I’m not saying that their methods of winning are inefficient, but the gang manages to…

1. Have a chariot race,

2. Get Shaggy caught in a net,

3. Do some bullfighting with a lion,

4. Waste a bunch of time chitchatting while Shaggy’s life is in massive danger,

5. Hatch and execute a plan to lock away the lion,

6. Waste even more time chitchatting while all their lives are in massive danger,

7. Cause a giant dust storm,

8. Go pole vaulting,

9. Impersonate an emperor,

and 10. Nearly get cut in half…

…all because they weren’t willing to walk the 30 feet to go touch the Scooby Snacks that were available, unguarded, literally the entire time.

Normal Horoscope:

Aries: Everything is happening. Nothing is ever not happening. You left the stove on but its fine.

Taurus: Stay alert Tauruses, someone threatens your favorite crackers.

Gemini: There is a hole in your arm where more skin used to be. The tiny things you are made of will handle it.

Cancer: Manufacture rubber band guns and sell them to the warring third graders at the nearby school.

Leo: The night is long, the tea is hot, the eyes are plenty.

Virgo: You have a guardian spirit but she is kind of a dork and wont do well in social situations.

Libra: You have achieved! What have you achieve? A frigate.

Scorpio: The jailer spirit is himself bound, use this to your advantage.

Ophiuchus: The spider lady would like her copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends back.

Sagittarius: It is time for a change of pace, have you considered ceiling furniture?

Capricorn: The stars say to hella nap.

Aquarius: A parasol makes for an elegant, yet inefficient weapon.

Pisces: Compact yourself into a small cube, this will make you easier to carry and store.

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More lace LGBTQA+ flags, plus the two from last night so they’re all in one place! (I say LGBTQA+ and not LGBTQIA+ because I don’t know how to edit either of the intersex flags. ;-; sorry! if someone more skilled wants to, be my guest.) 

Also sorry the lesbian flag is worse than the others, because it has seven stripes it kinda messed up the math (because i have a very inefficient way of editing bc im not good at it) and it kinda has a bunch of same-y colors so it was hard to find images of lace for it

anonymous asked:

*Whispers* your headcanons are the most beautiful thing on this entire planet, besides u, of course.

aw thanks babe

  • pidge: “sleep is for the weak” shiro, who sleeps maybe five hours a night and is a god damn hypocrite: “what no go to bed”
  • humans and alteans look similar but their anatomies are different in little ways that trip everyone up
    • “you’re telling me humans have thousands of taste buds?” “you’re telling me alteans don’t? because oh my god that explains the goo”
    • “a ‘belly button’? why do you have a button on your-”
    • “now what the heck would you need two lungs for? just seems inefficient if you ask me”
    • both species are convinced the other one is the weirder one
  • lance: “keith, we’re friends, right? buddies? bros? amigos? ‘bromigos’, if you will-?” keith: “keep this up and we won’t be friends for much longer”
  • *allura voice* “a princess is never late, everyone else is simply early”
  • lance hums theme songs from movies while doing things
    • mission impossible if he’s sneaking around
    • pink panther if he’s going under cover
    • sometimes the star wars theme if he’s just chilling on the observation deck
  • coran spent a whole year perfecting the art of snapping with gloves on
  • lance, crying: “why are you smiling??” hunk: “it’s just that this is the first time i’ve seen you look ugly and it makes me kind of happy”
theatlantic.com
The Myth of the Barter Economy
Adam Smith said that quid-pro-quo exchange systems preceded economies based on currency, but there’s no evidence that he was right.
By Ilana E. Strauss

Imagine life before money. Say, you made bread but you needed meat. But what if the town butcher didn’t want your bread? You’d have to find someone who did, trading until you eventually got some meat. You can see how this gets incredibly complicated and inefficient, which is why humans invented money: to make it easier to exchange goods. Right? This historical world of barter sounds quite inconvenient. It also may be completely made up.

The man who arguably founded modern economic theory, the 18th-century Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, popularized the idea that barter was a precursor to money. In The Wealth of Nations, he describes an imaginary scenario in which a baker living before the invention of money wanted a butcher’s meat but had nothing the butcher wanted.“No exchange can, in this case, be made between them,” Smith wrote.

This sort of scenario was so undesirable that societies must have created money to facilitate trade, argues Smith. Aristotle had similar ideas, and they’re by now a fixture in just about every introductory economics textbook. “In simple, early economies, people engaged in barter,” reads one. (“The American Indian with a pony to dispose of had to wait until he met another Indian who wanted a pony and at the same time was able and willing to give for it a blanket or other commodity that he himself desired,” read an earlier one.)

But various anthropologists have pointed out that this barter economy has never been witnessed as researchers have traveled to undeveloped parts of the globe. “No example of a barter economy, pure and simple, has ever been described, let alone the emergence from it of money,” wrote the Cambridge anthropology professor Caroline Humphrey in a 1985 paper. “All available ethnography suggests that there never has been such a thing.” Humphrey isn’t alone. Other academics, including the French sociologist Marcel Mauss, and the Cambridge political economist Geoffrey Ingham have long espoused similar arguments.

When barter has appeared, it wasn’t as part of a purely barter economy, and money didn’t emerge from it—rather, it emerged from money. After Rome fell, for instance, Europeans used barter as a substitute for the Roman currency people had gotten used to. “In most of the cases we know about, [barter] takes place between people who are familiar with the use of money, but for one reason or another, don’t have a lot of it around,” explains David Graeber, an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics.

So if barter never existed, what did? Anthropologists describe a wide variety of methods of exchange—none of which are of the “two-cows-for-10-bushels-of-wheat” variety.

Expedition to Sol2487-3

Here is my first “earth is space australia and humans are space orcs” post. Have read those and got stucked on the “poisonous oxygen breather”. If other races would breath less deadly (and less energetic) gases for their cell functioning, their bodys were bound to have quite inefficient growth compared to us. So basically, oxygen breather are just fricking huge to aliens. Oh, and I think human’s and bird’s eyes are quite the thing, our eyesight goes beyond most sentinent race’s imagination, but that’s a later term. It’s planned to have several episodes, hope you enjoy it. Please don’t mind my english and leave a comment.


That puny little Planet in System Sol2487, the only one with liquid water there, was indeed a scary one. Our ship was sent to investigate, take some specimens, and leave. No extraordinary thrilling task. The atmosphere was breathable, enough C02 to keep our bodies running, and nothing eminently deadly in there. The oxygen content was somewhat high though. And the sun’s radiation, too. This planet was so tiny in comparison to our homeworld, but much nearer to this system’s sun. Better not risking anything and taking the full protective gear with respiratory support. And those interferences with our ship’s navigation system bothered me. Some mysterious electromagnetic radiation, maybe signs of a sentinent race’s culture? But here? Oddly enough there was life on this overcooked lump of spacerock, but sentinent one? I doubted it. Must have been the planets magnetic field.

The gravitation was stronger than expected of that little planet. Not that far off to my own homeplanet. That was at least twenty times larger, though. How was this possible? We landed on a flat, grey and solid hard surface. At the horizon we saw near endless forests, except for two opposing directions, where this weird grey soil reached til the line of our sights and probably far beyond.
“Is this an empty river’s bed?” I remember asking my first mate, Xato Nexgrra. He was Pakoralean, a race of rather slender built, but quite of the bright site of the universe, capable of some serious multitasking with his fifteen flexible limbs.
“Negative, Captain” he had replied. “It’s stone, once liquid and now hardened again.”
“A vulcano?”
“No, Sir, I examined it with my tactile knots and it feels sort of, I don’t know, artificial to me. A Street. Of hardened tar.”
“Ok, a sentinent race on this planet. Well, that’s unexpected. But who in Xaleates’ damn universe would build a street in the middle of nowhere, wide enough to fit two of our expedition space crafts next to each other, on this puny planet?” It wasn’t like me to use our races deity’s name that informal, but for all that I knew, this was weird. Not even the Morians, the biggest of the known sentinent races, would be in need of streets that wide.
“Captain!” It was Loxxar Kraes, my head of security, an Ukraera, quite smart for his race, but his biggest trade was his speed and agility. Must be down to the fact that they use five of their seven limbs for running.  “We secured the landing zone to the edge of that forest, but… uhm, that ain’t no trees. It’s grass.”
“Grass? You mean, like a meadow?”
“Kinda.”

We gathered in front of the “grass”. Nothing uncommon about grass. In one form or another, it was fairly common on all habitable ecospheres in all universe. But this one was fricking huge.
“That is no meadow” proclaimed Dr. Proaxl, she was a female Qzaor and with her bodyless, misty physique and her unique mental skills she was fit to be in command for both our medical and scientific squads. “That is a field. It is indeed a subtype of grass, but I believe it’s a cultivated form, meant for feeding of thousands of individuals of an organized culture. Or dozens. It depends.”
“Depends on what?”
“On the size of that sentinent race’s individuals” she closed.
“How big can they be? I mean, this is a teeny weeny planet.”
“You are aware there are known microbiotic life forms in explored universe, that not like ourselfes breath carbon dioxide, but pure oxygen? Imagine there would be higher lifeforms, even sentinent ones, breathing oxygen.”
“That’s nature’s legitimate killer, the cause of every known destruction over time. How could a sentinent race breath that? And how’s that related to one’s size?”
“In contrary to our CO2 burning cells, those primitive oxygen breather are capable of extracting food’s inherent chemical energy up to four times as efficient. And in experiments it was clear, that the higher the atmosphere’s content of oxygen, the faster the growth of that cells. I do believe, if there is a higher life foarm based on this kind of cells, it’s size would be physically limited by the surrounding oxygen. And just think of the plants your race has cultivated for food, that grows in fields. How big is that compared to your own size?”
It felt like a glass of liquid oxygen was poured into all of my six breathing holes. This planet couldn’t be for real.

me after spending several hours in a video game doing things in some ass-backwards inefficient way that somehow just barely lets me progress, refusing to look at a guide: god damn…. im the fuckin king of games

The Work Environment

Aries in the 6th house: A fast paced workspace is preferred. Often these people are very hardworking, energetic and efficient and prefer to work in teams. This may cause conflict between them and coworkers, however, as they tend to favour the role of the leader and may become too controlling at times.

Taurus in the 6th house: These individuals work best in a slow paced environment, where they are able to concentrate on one task at hand. Though, there may be a lack of focus if their surroundings grow to be too peaceful. There may be a tendency to lean towards laziness. Altogether, these people are steady and deliberate, often enjoying themselves most when they are able to work with their hands.

Gemini in the 6th house: The work environment must constantly be busy. Growing bored quite easily, these individuals must be stimulated in order to remain interested and focused. They have lots of creative energy and are often overflowing with ideas. Despite their love for knowledge and learning, these people may not do too well in a structured environment and are prone to slacking off.

Cancer in the 6th house: With this placement, the work environment must be comfortable. Caring with coworkers, they are hardly ever domineering or bossy. These individuals may be rather sensitive or emotional when dealing with issues, so it is important that their surroundings are steady and calm in ought to aid their rational thinking processes.

Leo in the 6th house: These people feel as if they must constantly be in charge. They are most satisfied when their work environment is organised, efficient and running accordingly to how they desire. Perhaps somewhat dominant, these individuals take great pride in their work and may unintentionally set extremely high standards for those around them. They are generally very enthusiastic and goal-oriented when it comes to their tasks.

Virgo in the 6th house: It is very important that their surroundings are quiet, giving them room to think. It is highly unlikely that the work they do has no practical application, or is utterly thoughtless. Their minds must be stimulated. Extremely detail oriented, these individuals may overlook the bigger picture at times, causing them to stress. There might also be the tendency to overwork, which can result in an upset bodily function or illness.

Libra in the 6th house: A balanced and peaceful work environment is largely preferred over one that is chaotic. A workspace where they are able to socialise and connect with others is important. Typically, these people are very artistic. They may also have the tendency to become inefficient or lazy.

Scorpio in the 6th house: These individuals work best alone and in a quiet environment. They are very serious in regards to their work and are also quite the strategists. Often fixated on their goals, they may be prone to growing obsessed with their work. To their coworkers, they can come off as very intense.

Sagittarius in the 6th house: With this placement, the individual must be constantly stimulated. A fast paced environment is more suited to them than anything else. They are often very knowledgeable deep thinkers, yet may deal with work in a manner that is too lighthearted and careless.

Capricorn in the 6th house: A very structured, stable work environment is preferred. These people are often extremely self-disciplined and focused, and despise nothing quite as much as wasting their time. They are very practical and responsible, though may develop workaholic tendencies if they are not careful.

Aquarius in the 6th house: These people typically enjoy a work environment where ideas are shared openly and creatively, and individuals within the workspace are able to perform tasks in a collaborative manner. Despite their liking towards a more interactive style, they are highly independent and may prefer to do things in their own way. This might be bothersome to coworkers. 

Pisces in the 6th house: These individuals generally like to have their own different schedule and may be particularly sensitive to the way that their work is completed. They enjoy feeling good about the outcome of their work, which could be directly tied to their emotions. If their career, or simply their day-to-day routine, is not fulfilling, this may be deeply saddening to them.

anonymous asked:

hello, would you be able to give me some context on the Manus island issue? I understand that they are being isolated and starved basically, but who are these men? Why are they there? I don't want to bother I'd just like to understand better... thanks!!!

So our government decided it wanted “strong borders” which means turning boats carrying refugees back. (This is called “refoulement” by the way and is against international law but fuck it, the government just hates refugees that bad). Our policy is a hardline one: if you try to come here via boat then you will not be settled in Australia. This meant that when over 2000 refugees from Myanmar were stranded at sea in what the UN described as “floating coffins” the then PM Tony Abbott adamantly refused to help. The government justifies this by referring to this as “illegal arrivals.” Note: it is not illegal for refugees to arrive by boat.

Those who don’t get turned back (or remain from the Gillard era of arrivals) get put into detention centres in Manus and Nauru (which are situated in Papa New Guinea and Nauru but operated by the Australian government). These centres have been active for a while by the way (The two were originally opened under Howard in 2001, closed by Rudd, then reopened in 2012 by Gillard).

Conditions in these detention centres are horrible. Deliberately horrible. The UN has labelled it torture. The government’s reasoning? To discourage people smugglers. Make coming to Australia via boat so horrible an option that people fleeing war and persecution will think it a less reasonable option than staying home and potentially dying. Again: torture. There are hunger strikes, there’s violence against the refugees, sexual assault, abuse of childrenpeople have died, the psychological toll of indefinite detention has led to high rates of depression, attempted suicides, and self harm, and there’s shockingly poor medical services. They could have just decided to not let refugees in and resettle them elsewhere and not torture them in the meantime but nope. The torture is PART of it. Just to be cruel.

And these people are innocent refugees. As Turnbull said to Trump - “They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.” The Government publicly has stats about how many claims have found to be genuine refugees. These people aren’t a threat. They just want to flee persecution and we know this.

But policy is policy so… indefinite detention it is. And it is indefinite. There’s a US deal where some of them might be taken to be resettled in the US after they’ve been re-vetted. A deal made under the Obama administration is now under review by the Trump administration and Turnbull has told Trump he can take as little as 0 refugees if he likes - just review their cases. 0. We’ve turned down New Zealand’s offer to take some of our refugees because of the US deal - but as the US deal might lead to nothing it’s simply biding time, keeping people in limbo, for no reason other than to continue to maintain the disincentive of coming here by boat.

This is of course costly. It costs $400,000 per person to keep them offshore. It’d cost the government half that to do it in Australia. Half that again in community detention. Why not then save money by doing it in Australia? Probably because then it’d be easier for people to investigate what horrible things go on in detention centres. The government tried to gag medical professionals and threaten them with up to 2 years jail time if they reported abuse on the islands (but backed down eventually).

The Papa New Guinea (PNG) government decided though that the Manus detention centre was unconstitutional and therefore illegal and demanded that the Australian government close Manus. They did so officially on 31st of October 2017, shutting off power and supplies to the compound.

Now 600 men are refusing to leave. They are scared that going to a different detention centre will simply be a continuation of the abuse and torture that will leave them in this perpetual limbo of being unsure where they’ll be resettled or when they’ll get there. There’s also the option of 3 sites for accommodation in  the main town of Lorengau. The refugees say that the locals don’t like them and that the police attack them. The detention centre recently was assaulted by gunfire so you can see why. They’ve run out of food but local police are stopping locals/Australians from helping deliver food to the complex. They need medical supplies. They’re digging holes for water. There’s no electricity. This is a stand off. Our government wants them to just… move…

They don’t feel any of their options are safe. And given our history of abusing them and then denying it’s happening I don’t blame them.

This is the terror that our government inflicts on refugees. It inflicts this on other human beings. It’s deliberately cruel, it’s deliberately inefficient and costly, and it’s a constant national shame that our government demands that human rights violations and abuse are the right thing to do.

There’s no excuse for this.