instruments and supplies

Depending on the instrument, some chemical instrument or chemical supply companies are comically small. We have three instruments from one such company and one was giving me errors I couldn’t solve so I just called the help manual number. I also happen to know that owns the company is named Jim.

And I called, and the phone is answered, and I hear, “Hey, it’s Jim.”

And I tell him, “Hey, I’m a grad student and we have three of your instruments and I’m getting this error” and I read off the error.

And he goes, “Oh, did you do the clicky thing?”

“Yea, I made it click.”

“Hmm….so it’s not the clicky thing.”

And then he walked me through it. Shout out to CEO Jim who refers to what his own instruments do as “the clicky thing.”

there is a problem with the american education system when

when getting 6 hours of sleep is a “really good night’s sleep” because you spend so much time at school, then doing homework, and (god forbid) any hobbies/extracurriculars

when the only “counselors” available to you have little or no psychological knowledge and will contact your parents and tell them you were there

when school lunch tastes, looks, and smells like cardboard, and is often unavailable to lower income students, but we are reprimanded for not eating healthily enough

when kids can not eat lunch for every single day of the year and not a single adult will ask them why

when anxiety is interpreted as “nervousness” and depression is interpreted as “laziness” and any sort of disorder or disability, mental or physical, is utterly ignored or ridiculed

when you have to fake sick on multiple days throughout the year because school takes so much out of you that on some days you cannot tolerate it

when you are forced to be around people who are toxic to your mental/emotional health, and if you ask to switch to a different class because of those people you’ll be told to “just ignore them”

when students are forced to participate in activities they are not comfortable doing such as presentations in front of the class in which failure to comply results in a zero

when teachers assign an hour (sometimes more, especially for advanced/AP classes) of homework for you to complete and most of it is nothing but “busy work” (work that serves no purpose other than to take up time)

when tests can count for 85% of your overall grade so no matter how much effort you put into that class, a bad test or poor test taking skills can result in bad/failing grades

when you miss school due to illness and have to complete 3+ days worth of work and turn it in the next day or in 2 days and if you don’t complete/turn it in the teachers act like “well you shouldnt have gotten sick then”

when sports teams get new equipment practically every year and the music/art/drama/etc departments are literally using costumes/instruments/supplies from 10+ years ago and can barely afford to purchase music or supplies or pay for repairs

when a teacher can give a bad test that everyone fails and its our fault

when a teacher can put up notes but not actually teach at all and blame us for failing

when teachers are forced to base their entire class around a certain curriculum but the standardized test is completely different

when a standardized test determines your value

when a student is struggling and no matter what theyre struggling with, its their fault, they should just work harder

when pretty much any student in high school will tell you that they do not like school

when a student’s hopes and passions are discouraged as being impractical and if ur not good at math/science ur basically told that youll never have a decent job and treated like hopeless, pointless waste of space

when teachers/staff can discriminate based off of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, WHATEVER, and reporting it will only put u into a worse situation

when school dress codes are ridiculously unfair towards girls and lower girls’ self esteem and teaches girls that her body is something to be ashamed of

when sex ed classes was nothing but teaching us statistics about STDs and that “abstinence is 100% effective”

when without a scholarship college is nearly impossible to afford

when we’re expected to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives and where we want to go to college by the time we’re 16

when students are so stressed that they turn to drugs just to keep their heads above water

when students are taking their own lives and nobody notices or cares

Fic, Sun Boy

I think we all remember that thread about Thomas being a sun nymph that fell out of Apollo’s court or something. Well… I don’t usually feel good about writing about real people so let’s just say this is a fictional character based on Thomas to make me feel better. Because that’s what it is. The real Thomas Sanders is probably not a sun nymph. Probably

Warnings: Falling. 2,490 words.

Abstract: Apollo makes a tough decision.

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vampire yoongi

Originally posted by bwiseoks

  • i wanna take nap because i had an academic team tournament today but  i wanna finish this series!
  • college series will be next
  • wedding series
  • percy jackson au lets gooo
  • okay so here’s vampire yoongi!
  • yoongi was born into a vampire family
  • he grew up a lil baby vampire
  • like imagine chubby baby yoongi with lil fangs waddling around okay get that in your head
  • his parents were relatively known vampires in the vampire community, and yoongi grew up in wealth
  • but he also grew up in isolation because his parents were socialites okay?
  • always keeping up appearances, holding parties at their mansion, constantly in the public eye of the vampire world
  • yoongi never liked the attention and he would much rather sit in the music room and play the grand organ
  • growing up, yoongi was a pretty sickly kid
  • he didn’t agree with his parents, that drinking human blood was okay like he was totally against it actually
  • he would refuse to drink any human blood and so often he would go months without feeding himself
  • which explains his more lethargic and slow type nature, he usually doesn’t have enough energy to do much
  • when his family would go on hunts, he would go out and involve himself in the human world, because he’s always felt more at peace there
  • nobody expects something out of him because he’s the son of important people
  • nobody is trying to force their beliefs and traditions down his throat
  • he doesn’t need to wear capes and dress like he’s from the 1600s like he can just be normal for a few hours
  • one day he’s out in the human world, but he overestimates his strength and while he’s out getting some tea at this cute cafe, he completely passed out
  • when he wakes up, there’s a young boy standing there, holding his arm and… sniffing it?
  • yoongi jerks away and rubs his eyes, then looks at the boy curiously
  • “wow a vampire, i’ve never met one before! no wonder you’re so pale!”
  • yoongi curses and tells the kid to scram, because he knows it’s another monster, he can tell by the smell of his blood
  • “look kid, i don’t know what the f-”
  • “i’m a who, and my name is jeongguk. i’m a werewolf!”
  • yoongi kinda coughs bcuz gross but they actually exchange numbers because poor little jeongguk was worried about him passing out
  • from that moment on jeongguk actually helps yoongi with his blood supply issue
  • like vampires can eat human food but it won’t nourish them right?
  • so jeongguk will go werewolf and yoongi now understands why local farmers have complained about their cows going missing
  • yoongi gets involved with a lot of other mythical creatures, specifically a witch down the corner and an innocent little ghost boy
  • okay but some other things that are super important!
  • yoongi has black hair for sure, he keeps it natural
  • he has long dangly cross earrings in both his first piercings to piss his parents off, and then studs in the other holes
  • he wears holey black skinny jeans all the time
  • he has a large jacket that reaches his knees that’s black too
  • and his shirts are always red, white, gray, or black
  • sometimes he wears turtlenecks just because he can mm hmm bless ugly turtlenecks but cute ones
  • when he goes out, no, the sun will not destroy him and turn him into ashes, but it definitely hurts his skin and it’s like getting extreme sunburn
  • so he carries a cute umbrella around and cute i mean yes cute because seokjin got it for him
  • it’s cream with vintage looking hot air balloons all on it
  • it really offsets the dark gothic look he’s got going on lmao
  • he’s like the mysterious boy of town because he’s been to every shop and knows all the shopkeepers and he always leaves really nice tips for stuff but nobody knows his name or where he comes from
  • he’s loved by everyone in town because he’s such a mystery? like who is he and why is he so flawless??
  • he loves being out at night though because that’s his element?
  • especially when the moon and stars are out he feels like he can really be himself ya know?
  • that’s when you two meet actually surprise
  • boy is having a really hard time dealing with his parents one time because they’re like “yoongi darling, now there is nothing wrong by drinking human blood! embrace the fact that you are a VAMPIRE son!”
  • and he kinda snapped “well maybe i don’t want to be!”
  • like he’s been alive way too long already, it gets depressing watching everyone you care about grow old
  • like before seokjin and tae, he didn’t have friends because he was so scared of losing them
  • jeongguk and seokjin are also immortal so they understand him and it’s okay
  • but he’s so scared of forming relationships to watch them crumble and sometimes he just wishes he was human
  • his parents are so mad though because what well to do, influential vampire would want to give that up? like when he’s older others will literally bow to him in respect and in awe, like why would he give that up?
  • they don’t understand him and they don’t try to understand him and that hurts yoongi more than he likes to let on
  • anyway that day he needed to get away from the house and so he went out for his nightly walk and guess who was also out and about?
  • oh right it’s you!
  • you were coming home from work and you were like oh i can walk but as winter approaches here at least it gets pitch black at like six so you’re like greeeeaaaaaat
  • you’re walking alone and it’s cold and you’re freezing and it’s dark and you swear you can hear noises behind you and you’re so busy panicking you slam into someone
  • surprise it’s yoongi !
  • he curses under his breath but helps you up and you’re like hey waIT
  • “you’re the guy that comes in and tips the waiter more than your actual waiter! i bus tables but they always tell me about you and-”
  • “yoongi. the names yoongi.”
  • you’ve never really seen him because you work back in the kitchen but the staff always talked about how handsome he is, and even though it’s hecka dark outside you can see he’s absolutely stunning?
  • your heart is fluttering and wow you kinda just wanna,,, idk,,, kiss him under the stars,,,
  • “you want me to walk you home?”
  • you don’t hear him at first and you kinda blink but then you realize what he’s asking
  • and you know that stranger danger but if all the wait staff loves him then he’s probably a good person or something and it’s better than being alone…
  • and so you accept his offer and you two begin to walk towards your house
  • you tell him your name obviously
  • and a little bit about yourself like school and work and stuff like that
  • he tells you that he lives a little ways away from downtown with his mother and father
  • and that they’re rich and he’s not the biggest fan of them so he hangs around town
  • he also tells you that the restaurant you work at is his personal favorite
  • and you don’t know why but that gets you all blushy and happy
  • there’s something about yoongi like he’s so composed and so calm and so reserved but at the same time he gives you enough information to leave you wanting more
  • and he sends a shiver down your spine whenever he looks at you, and you don’t know what it is but you’re slightly terrified but it’s exhilarating at the same time
  • your walk isn’t very chatty but is not silence either and it’s really calming actually just to have someone who listens
  • and when you reach your door you thank him and smile and go to leave but then he coughs
  • “um maybe if you have off anytime soon i could show you the cool hobby shop down the street?”
  • and obv you say yes like how could you not and you tell him that you get off work at five tomorrow and he says he’ll meet you after work!
  • okay next day you go to work and you’re doing your thing, cleaning some dishes, living the dream
  • it’s getting closer to the end of your shift and you find your heart racing because wow yoongi? is basically taking you on a date?
  • you’re so busy being excited and nervous that you don’t realize that…
  • yoongi is standing outside the kitchen, hands stuffed in that big jacket of his, eyes narrowed and small smile on his lips
  • the waiters let him back to the waiter station to wait for you when he explained the dilemma because they think it’s actually absolutely adorable??
  • one of the other bussers nudges you and you look up and wipe a strand of hair from your eyes and low key get soap all over you in the process
  • and yoongi is like !! what the heck that’s adorable what is this feeling in my chest !!
  • you rush out and take your little apron on and grab your things and you’re embarrassed because you didn’t think he would pick you up at work!! you haven’t even changed out of your uniform!!
  • but yoongi says he doesn’t mind, like if you’re cold, he says he’ll give you his jacket and you’re blushing so hard and all the waiters are teasing you when yoongi isn’t looking
  • because they know
  • they know y'all are gonna fall in love they called it
  • okay anyway y'all head off to the hobby shop!
  • it’s like does anyone know what FYE is? it’s like that but twenty million times less cringey
  • it has lots of old vinyls and cassettes and guitars and other musical instruments
  • but also art supplies and old cameras and craft stuff too it’s really chill
  • the employees are really nice and they all love yoongi so when he comes in they’re all like!! hey man!!
  • they give you a look and they’re like oH hello there ;))
  • and yoongi is like lmao it’s not like that but he’s blushing so hard and he will not make eye contact with you
  • because how funny is it that yoongi, the one who’s always tried to hard to push people away, already finds himself smitten with the one he’s only known but a few hours
  • like he doesn’t know what to feel about you but you make him feel alive and he craves that
  • “here lemme show you some of my favorite musicians yah?”
  • okay but hear me out, yoongi, being absolutely in love with foster the people
  • like that’s all he listens to like imagine him laying in his vampire bed with earbuds in and the music makes him so happy he just starts to float?
  • especially listening to waste oh man
  • anyway he takes you over to the music and you’re lollygagging and looking at other things that he grabs your wrist and gently pulls you along
  • “what kind of music do you like?” he asks softly, because he’s so scared like
  • he knows that deep down he’s a monster so he tries so hard to be gentle and sweet and soft with you because he’s scared that one day he’ll really give into his monster side
  • but as you get to know yoongi, you realize that he’s not always quiet and reserved
  • like when he’s angry, he’ll get red in the face and clench his fists and start to curse until he’s yelling and the only thing that can calm him down are you whispers against his skin
  • and he tries to hold things in, oh he really does but when he’s upset you know what helps him the most is crying and sometimes when his family becomes too much he’ll sit there in your arms and cry
  • but he never talks about it
  • he says the one rule he’ll ever have with you is don’t ask about his family
  • and so you don’t
  • but you can’t help but wonder about why things are so complicated between them
  • okay but like!!
  • yoongi knew he loved you from like the moment he saw you
  • you took your time to fall in love
  • but at this point it’s so obvious that you two are so in love like there is no avoiding it
  • like y’all basically act like a couple like when you’re hanging out during the day he keeps you under the umbrella with you and holds your hand
  • “cold hands mean a warm heart” you always tease and he gets red and pouts
  • you don’t realize it’s because he’s a vampire yikes
  • now that yoongi is like in love with you he’s even more outspoken against his parents
  • which means they’re more upset with him and at this point yoongi basically lives at your house
  • which is when he runs into problems
  • yoongi is getting ready for the morning, like he’s in the bathroom, brushing his teeth, laughing because the only thing he can see in the mirror is the toothbrush
  • last time he checked you were still sleeping so he has time to goof off
  • but guess what!
  • groggy little you felt the immediate warmth leave your side and yoongi is never up this early so like, you kinda stumble into the bathroom to find out where he went
  • you get in there
  • then stare the mirror
  • your eyes widen
  • “yoongi…?”
  • he gulps and spins to face you because it was bound to happen sooner or later
  • “surprise?”
  • you blink and shake your head and sprint out
  • yoongi calls after you and he starts to chase after you but you’re out the door already and he can’t figure out which way you went
  • he searches everywhere for you though
  • he runs to the restaurant; you’re not there
  • he checks the hobby shop next; you’re no place to be found
  • this is what he was afraid of
  • losing someone when he had grown so close, hell when he had fallen in love, because of the monster he truly was
  • night falls, and he heads back to his actual home, somewhere he hasn’t been in months
  • he slips inside and tries to head up to his room
  • but noooo
  • his parents are there
  • his mother goes to hug him but immediately draws away, eyes narrowing “you smell like a human yoongi, what is this?”
  • yoongi shrugs because at this point he’s so done
  • he doesn’t have the strength
  • being with you, he tried so hard to hide his true self that he wouldn’t go anywhere near blood, even if it was animal
  • and he was searching for you the entire day that he completely exhausted himself and he’s worn out
  • “yah, yah… i’m in love with a human who i completely lost because of this MONSTER i am!”
  • switch over to you
  • you’ve come back him to find yoongi is not there
  • you don’t expect him to be
  • you shouldn’t have run off like that but you were scared, how were you supposed to react?!
  • but your bed feels empty and you’re already missing him more than you could ever imagine
  • you don’t know what to do because you’ll probably never see yoongi again and you never let him know how important he is to you and so you lay there and sob into your pillow because life is unfair and you can’t take all of this at once
  • you’re worried too because yoongi is reckless when he’s upset and he makes dumb decisions and the way his smile faded when you screamed you could like see his heart shatter
  • and so you sob and sob and hit the mattress and slam your pillow against the wall because there’s nothing you can do
  • but then the phone rings
  • you blink because who’s calling you? yoongi doesn’t have a phone??
  • you grab it and blow your nose before answering
  • “yah hello?”
  • it’s seokjin “have you seen yoongi? i’m worried because he usually would come see or jeongguk? and he’s nowhere to be found and god i’m scared.”
  • you tell him about what happened and seokjin comes clean and tells you he’s a witch and jeongguk is a werewolf and you feel like maybe you could pass out because you’re so stressed but yoongi is most important
  • “you don’t think he went home did he?”
  • and everything freezes because of course he went home where else would he go? when he felt like he couldn’t trust anyone
  • after all those late night talks about how he trusted you with his life you had ruined him
  • you tell seokjin you’ll be hurrying over to help search for him
  • you hang up and start to get dressed
  • but there’s a knock on your door
  • you hurry over and open it
  • and yoongi completely collapses into your arms
  • blood is dripping from his mouth and you think maybe he’s passed out
  • and now things make sense because he seemed more lethargic as time went on and you realize he must have been starving himself for the sake of keeping his secret
  • you hurry and drag him to the couch
  • he’s coughing and stammering
  • you wipe the blood from his mouth and brush the hair from his eyes
  • “yoongi what happened to you?!” you sob because you can’t do anything else
  • he smiles and reaches up to thumb the tears from your eyes “i um… told my parents i love you… they kicked me out, and uh…”
  • his eyelids flutter and you start to cry harder because he’s so malnourished and you don’t know what to do but you’re not going to lose him
  • but then it hits you
  • “yoongi… yoongi are you listening to me?” you shake his shoulders gently
  • he nods but murmurs something under his breath and you know he’s slipping fast and so you spit it out
  • “yoongi bite me”
  • his eyes open immediately and he pushes himself up best he can with a pained groan escaping his lips
  • “i, im not doing that.”
  • “you’re going to DIE yoongi! you need to do it!”
  • “you'll… you’ll turn… and it’ll hurt you…”
  • you shake your head and smile softly “yoongi… please… i won’t live if you don’t. i can’t. you have to… you can’t get anything else fast enough… yoongi please!”
  • he buries his face in the crook of your neck
  • and then he bites you
  • you wake up the next morning, snuggled in your covers
  • your head is throbbing and there’s a sharp pain in your neck but other than that you feel okay
  • you roll over and yoongi is facing you already, worried frown on his lips
  • “you blacked out” he says and he strokes the hair from your eyes “shit you have nice blood though. oh that was weird, i’m sorry…”
  • he laughs and leans in and he kisses you softly
  • he pulls away and ruffles your hair “so i guess today we’re gonna go shopping for your umbrella?”
  • “i think i’d rather share with you…” you mumble and then lean in to kiss him again

anonymous asked:

Do you ever wonder what would happened if Lafayette died far earlier than his actual death?Would history change or not? (Im especially curious what if he died during American Revolution) (sorry for my grammar)

If Lafayette had been killed during the American Revolution, I believe many things would have been different.

For the purposes of our experiment, let’s say the dear Marquis is killed at the Battle of Yorktown, 1781. At this point, he is the Hero of Two Worlds, friend and pseudo-son of George Washington, America’s favorite Frenchman, father of two living children. He has successfully encouraged American and French relations and has been instrumental in securing supplies, guns, ammunition, clothing, food, ships, and countless other necessities for the struggling Continental Army. He has been wounded previously at the Battle of Brandywine, is known as a brave leader and a capable soldier, and has managed to protect his men from the brunt of heavy casualties throughout the war.

Lafayette’s death would be the talk of the 18th-century news cycle for weeks (or months…depending on how close the paper was to the scene of the fatality). Washington would consider it a personal loss. Hamilton, too…among other officers close to him (his brother-in-law, the Vicomte de Noailles for example), would consider it a terrible blow. The French salons would probably overdo his heroics and make discussing his fate a fashionable topic at court. America would mourn.

Fast-forward with me…the United States is on its own and is trying to decide what on Earth to do with itself. During the early years, party lines were often drawn between pro-French and pro-English sentiments. Loyalty to Lafayette was one factor in some of the decisions made by uncertain members of Congress when it came to making or breaking ties with France after the war. At many points, war with France was on the table for debate. Although not everyone trying to hash out American’s fate liked Lafayette, it’s worth suggesting that the United States may have more easily drifted into war with France with only his memory to consider.

As for France, there would be no Hero of Two Worlds…and certainly no Rights of Man–at least not in the same way. Lafayette would not be there to become the head of the National Guard or to suggest the reforms he sought politically. King Louis and Marie Antoinette still would not have survived, but I believe their deaths would have been sooner rather than later without Gilbert (for better or for worse depending on your point of view). Americans still would have attempted to rescue Adrienne, Lafayette’s wife, and his children from the guillotine. Because that situation in and of itself was so delicate, there is a chance that they would have been executed due to the fact that they could not have been used as political bargaining chips against their husband and father, but that’s just speculation. Enter, Napoleon. While Lafayette alone is not responsible for ousting Napoleon, he was a vocal advocate for his removal. With such an obnoxious thorn relieved from his side, Napoleon would have had less to deal with when his authority was ultimately questioned. 

Lafayette’s contributions to manumission, the idea of  the personal freedoms of the individual, and his part in the relationship between France and the United States suddenly evaporate. There is no 1824-25 trip reigniting America’s interest in her first ally, France. Washington does not have his intimate friend to ease the hectic pace of his later years. Adrienne would become a widow, having to part with the love of her childhood. There are so many things, some big, some small, that would have changed. Here are just a few.

Wandering Hearts (15/?)

Fandom: Frozen AU. Set after shipwreck but before coronation day. 17th Century.
Pairing: Kristanna (Kristoff/Anna)
Rating: M (triggering for everything. if you like happy things, stay away)
A/N: I have nothing to say. This is a thing. I have been trying to update it forever. Sorry I take so long. Sorry this is not proof read, but I can either post it now or not for another two weeks and so yes. I guess I had something to say. 


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NASA’s Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California – the first interplanetary launch in history from America’s West Coast.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems is assembling and testing the InSight spacecraft in a clean room facility near Denver. “Our team resumed system-level integration and test activities last month,” said Stu Spath, spacecraft program manager at Lockheed Martin. “The lander is completed and instruments have been integrated onto it so that we can complete the final spacecraft testing including acoustics, instrument deployments and thermal balance tests.”

InSight is the first mission to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Information gathered will boost understanding of how all rocky planets formed, including Earth.

“Because the interior of Mars has churned much less than Earth’s in the past three billion years, Mars likely preserves evidence about rocky planets’ infancy better than our home planet does,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. He leads the international team that proposed the mission and won NASA selection in a competition with 27 other proposals for missions throughout the solar system. The long form of InSight’s name is Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.

Whichever day the mission launches during a five-week period beginning May 5, 2018, navigators have charted the flight to reach Mars the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2018.

The mission will place a stationary lander near Mars’ equator. With two solar panels that unfold like paper fans, the lander spans about 20 feet (6 meters). Within weeks after the landing – always a dramatic challenge on Mars – InSight will use a robotic arm to place its two main instruments directly and permanently onto the Martian ground, an unprecedented set of activities on Mars. These two instruments are:
– A seismometer, supplied by France’s space agency, CNES, with collaboration from the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany.

Shielded from wind and with sensitivity fine enough to detect ground movements half the diameter of a hydrogen atom, it will record seismic waves from “marsquakes” or meteor impacts that reveal information about the planet’s interior layers.

– A heat probe, designed to hammer itself to a depth of 10 feet (3 meters) or more and measure the amount of energy coming from the planet’s deep interior. The heat probe is supplied by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, with the self-hammering mechanism from Poland.
A third experiment will use radio transmissions between Mars and Earth to assess perturbations in how Mars rotates on its axis, which are clues about the size of the planet’s core.

The spacecraft’s science payload also is on track for next year’s launch. The mission’s launch was originally planned for March 2016, but was called off due to a leak into a metal container designed to maintain near-vacuum conditions around the seismometer’s main sensors.

A redesigned vacuum vessel for the instrument has been built and tested, then combined with the instrument’s other components and tested again. The full seismometer instrument was delivered to the Lockheed Martin spacecraft assembly facility in Colorado in July and has been installed on the lander.

“We have fixed the problem we had two years ago, and we are eagerly preparing for launch,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman, of JPL.
The best planetary geometry for launches to Mars occurs during opportunities about 26 months apart and lasting only a few weeks.

JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Together with two active NASA Mars rovers, three NASA Mars orbiters and a Mars rover being built for launch in 2020, InSight is part of a legacy of robotic exploration that is helping to lay the groundwork for sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.


On this day in music history: August 2, 2000 - Rushworth & Dreaper, the famed music store and instrument manufacturer closes its doors. Established in 1828 in Liverpool, UK, the company began by making instruments including violins, pianos and organs. The store becomes famous for supplying instruments to many musicians who later become musical icons, including The Beatles. Paul McCartney purchased his first guitar (a German made Framus Zenith acoustic) at the store in 1957, exchanging a trumpet he had been given previously. It is also the same store from which John Lennon and George Harrison had ordered and purchased their iconic Gibson J-160E guitars in 1962. Rushworth’s operates near the city center of Liverpool for over 150 years before it winds up filing for bankruptcy, having to permanently close its doors.

anonymous asked:

Hiya! Was wondering if I could get the Gaster's reactions to having an S/o with a pretty singing voice? Like, someone who loves to sing for them and generally has a song in their heart? Thanks, you're blog is awesome btw, 11/10.


- There will be times when he begs you to sing for him
- Not by asking
- But by giving you that sweet, dorky smile and bashfully wringing his hands
- The look that just screams ‘pleeeeeeease???’ and it’s too adorable to ignore
- He loves your voice so much
- If he walks by and you’re singing, even just humming while cleaning or whatever, he’ll stop to listen
- When he’s sad or scared all you’ve gotta do is sing a little something and it’ll calm him right down
- He’ll definitely give you some sort of cheesy, music related nickname
- “My maestro <3″
- “My songbird <3 <3″
- “My-”
- You get the idea
- He does it in public
- Why is he like this


- The only sign that he might be enjoying it is that he doesn’t tell you to stop
- Usually, he prefers the house to be quiet
- But your singing never seems to get on his nerves
- Though there does come a point where he storms through the door with a bunch of books and shoves them at you
- He walks away without explaining what they are
- They’re song books, complete with piano accompaniment sheet music
- And it just so happens that he’s been taking piano lessons
- He clearly wants to join you, but it still takes a lot of coaxing before he does
- And of course he sighs, and rolls his eyes, acting as if this entire activity is a waste of his time
- But he stays at that piano for hours
- In truth, he adores your talent
- Though you’ll never hear that outright


- He happens to be an excellent singer as well
- He’s a tenor with a preference for operatic styles
- No matter your level of skill, he’d be thrilled if you’d let him coach you
- His teachings are surprisingly strict
- It’s the only time he’d be hard on you
- You must be on time for every lesson, put effort into every practice, and you aren’t allowed sweets since sugar can be damaging to a singer’s throat
- Unless you reaaaally want it, in which case he can’t say no
- That doesn’t mean he won’t begin every morning with a warmup, or end every evening with a recounting of what you’d been taught that day
- It may be annoying and tiresome
- But you really do learn a lot


- If you have any intention at all of singing professionally, he will make it happen
- Need an agent? Done
- A place to perform? He just rented out an entire stadium
- A fanbase? You’ve already gotten 1000 subscribers on youtube but Gaster reserves the place of #1 fan
- Though if your goals aren’t so much about fame, he’ll settle for private shows
- Meaning he’ll sit on the couch and listen in awe
- He always claps and cheers when you’re finished
- It’s a tad embarrassing
- But you can’t say he isn’t supportive
- He’ll buy you any instruments or musical supplies you might want
- And likely make some song requests
- He teaches you a few pieces from his homeworld, though this requires the help of another monster since Gaster himself can’t sing very well
- Doesn’t mean he won’t try to sing along with you anyway


- You know how it’s fabled that mermaids/sirens sing sailors to their deaths?
- Well, Gaster can do that
- But only telepathically
- When he tries to sing for real it sounds like this
- So when he hears you, he’s astounded
- He didn’t think that was possible!
- The most experience he’s had with the human singing voice is snippets of sailors’ sea shanties
- And if they’re singing these, it usually means they’re drunk
- Thus, not all that pretty
- He finds your voice, however, very sweet and charming
- It’s his favorite thing to hear
- He loves it when you show him ‘human music’
- Especially if the song you’ve chosen is lowkey about how you feel for him
- Turns out the best way to fluster the fishy is to sing love songs, who’d’ve guessed?

The Heroes Gambit

Juggling a long con, several disguises and a chance at revenge,  Vox Machina’s second casino night may turn out to be much more lucrative than the first

For the CritRole Reverse Bang, to match @curriebelle​‘s beautiful art

It turned out slightly longer than 2,000 words. For ease of reading it is also on AO3

The Luck’s Run casino was always bustling. In the five days she’d been staying there, she had yet to see it truly in a lull. Tonight, though, it seemed as if half Marquet was pressed together on the floor. The promise of a new performer and a duel in the fighting pits tomorrow encouraged all kinds of people to part with their hard won coin.

She, on the other hand, was afforded a little more breathing space. Being a high roller and a valued client kept a seat reserved for her at her favored game and a bouncer’s discouraging eye on the riff raff - which was part of why she looked up in surprise when someone pulled out the seat beside her.

“Is the Lady feeling favorable tonight?” the intruder asked, his accent smooth and sounding of somewhere far away.

He was handsome and pale, with aristocratic features and a shock of white hair that stood out starkly against his clothing. If his accent hadn’t marked him as an outsider, his clothing would have; no one in Marquet wore black in such a way. Next to his monochrome appearance, the vivid blood red of her dress stood out even more.

“Avandra’s blessings are fleeting this evening,” she replied evenly, unsure whether the strange man was worthy of her time. “The goddess’s favour comes and goes at no one’s will.”

“So it always is with gods. But it’s your favour I’m devoted to earning.” His smile was charming enough and despite her better judgement, she warmed a little.

“Devoted, hmm?”

“Of course.” He glanced at the table and back at her, his gaze pausing on the neckline of her dress just long enough to be flattering before he met her eyes again. “After all, if I wish to play, it seems I am at your mercy.”

She chuckled and shrugged the fur stole from her shoulders, leaving her decolletage invitingly bare. “I do like a man who knows his place.” Tipping her head just slightly toward the table and the poised dealer, she indicated he should sit. “For the moment though, you may as well join the game.”

She waited until he’d pulled out his chair before holding out a hand to stop him. “You have played before?”

Rather than pause, he simply took her hand in his own as he sat. “Played and won. Might I know your name? Or shall I simply refer to you as the Goddess of Beauty?

That was laying it on a little thick, but she permitted herself a small smile. “Countess Velora Whitewood of Kymal.”

The name rolled easily off Vex’s tongue after five days of constant use.

“I am Frederick,” Percy said as he bowed over her hand and pressed his lips to her knuckles through the gloves that Vex had worn to hide her archer’s calluses. “Delighted to meet you.”

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(art by @owlieclawdraws)

You listened to it!

You loved it!

Now, the sequel!  Songs from Mt. Ebott Volume 2!

Vol.1  was such a success that we’re making a sequel!  But we’re doing things a little different this time so that things run smoother. We’ve learned a lot while doing the first album, so the next should be even better!

First of all, the submission process has changed.  Instead of sending us a tumblr ask, you’ll email your application to! This is to keep better track of people who apply; when someone changed their URL, we lost them and weren’t able to contact them for checkups or art assignments.  

Second, our schedule is a little different.  We’re allowing more time to sort through applications, and applicants will have to show some of their previous work to get in.  

Thirdly, we’re going to be a little bit more exclusive this time, but just a little!  This is a learning experience for all of us.  So don’t be afraid to submit an application, no matter who you are!  This is mostly in response to some poor audio quality and balancing that happened on the first album.

That pretty much wraps up all the changes we’ve made.  Please remember to reblog this post and spread the word! 

Here are the application guidelines if you want to go ahead and apply:


  • Failure to follow these directions will lead to an automatic rejection.
  • Please fully read and fill in the needed information while applying.


  • subject email: VISUAL ART APPLICATION
  • link to art website/artblog or art tag (DIRECT LINKS PLEASE)
  • link to your Undertale fanart tag ( minimum 2 fanworks are required)
  • link your 2 of your best art samples ( Undertale or original )


  • subject email: MUSICIAN APPLICATION
  • link to website/tag with samples, min. 2 samples of music on your site.(DIRECT LINKS PLEASE)
  • direct link to 2 of your best song samples.

If you are a singer/instrumentalist who can produce a full song (meaning: vocals/instrumental + accompanying music) on their own- please use the MUSICIAN application form.


  • If you only supply vocal parts and no other accompanying music.
  • subject email: SINGER APPLICATION
  • link to website/tag with samples, min. 2 samples of singing on your site.(DIRECT LINKS PLEASE)
  • direct link to 2 of your best song samples.


  • If you only supply instrumentals and no other accompanying music.
  • link to website/tag with samples, min. 2 samples of chosen instrumental(s) on site.(DIRECT LINKS PLEASE)
  • direct link to 2 of your best instrumental samples.

Thanks for applying!

Okay so you know you music is an art? It totally is, but I was just thinking. Does that mean that an instrument counts as art supplies, like in the same way that paint, pens, paper/canvas, etc are? I honestly don’t know why I find that so interesting. 


Nirvana live at Off the Record Oct. 24, 1991 (Nevermind tour) San Diego, California

  • Dumb • Here She Comes Now • About A Girl • Polly • On A Plain • Been A Son


This was supposed to be an acoustic show, with instruments supplied by the record store, but since they didn’t have any left-handed guitars, the band ended up using their own instruments and playing an electric set.