internal structures

anonymous asked:

Hi! One of my stories is set in a boarding school, and one of the characters is nonbinary. Since the dorms are split into male or female, I was wondering what dorms this character would be put into? Or if they might get their own dorm (but then which building, male or female, would that dorm be in?). I'm not sure if you'll know this since you aren't boarding school experts, but I thought it might be worth asking.

Unfortunately I cannot really answer this. A boarding school has its own internal structures and standards that vary between each one. I know some schools in reality have created co-ed/nongendered arrangements, but if your character is the only/first nonbinary individual the school has dealt with then it’s rather up in the air.

Best situation would be the school letting the nonbinary character choose where they want to dorm, worst situation would be the school dictating not only where the nonbinary character could sleep, but how they are to present themselves and act.


A Wicked Web: Some Widowmaker Stuff

Widowmaker has something called Cyanosis, which is a condition that makes the skin turn blue due to lack of oxygen. During her reconditioning, Talon changed her body’s internal structure in order to make it consume less oxygen and to numb her to the cold, creating a perfect sniper.

Widowmaker’s base skins are named after French words for various colors:

Nuit- Night \ Ciel- Sky \ Rose- Pink \ Vert- Green

Her preorder-only skin, Noire, is heavily based on the blackwidow spider. The name means “Black”, with the extra ‘e’ on the end denoting a feminine adjective.

Her “Patina” skin is based on a layer of rust-like residue that forms on metal surfaces exposed to the elements. Patina can be green, gold, or silver. The most famous case of Patina is that the Statue of Liberty is only green because of the layer of Patina covering it’s copper surface.This is relevant because the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1885, drawing cultural significant between Widowmaker and Patina.

Widowmaker’s “Tricolore” skin, released for the Summer Games, bears the colors of the French flag (commonly known as a “Tricolore” or “Tricolor Flag”). Flags that contain three colored bands are sometimes referred to as “Tricolor”.

Widowmaker’s “Odette” and “Odile” skins are based on the swans from Swan Lake, Odette being the white swan and Odile being the black swan. Traditionally, the same ballerina plays both Odette and Odile for the production, with parallels between the two often being compared to a “light” and “dark” personality thematic.

Widowmaker’s “Comtesse” skin (A recolor of her “Huntress” skin) means “countess” in English. Typically, a countess is a woman who holds power and land through her own right, partaking in hunts, sports, and other activities typically seen as ‘masculine’. However, since a Comtesse owns her own property and therefore has autonomy, no one can tell her what she can or can’t do.

Widowmaker’s catchphrase, “One Shot. One Kill.” is taken from something known as “The Sniper’s Creed”, meaning you only have one chance to kill your target before your location is revealed. A popular book called “One Shot” was written based on this high-octane creed.

Her other voice line, “Cherchez la Femme” (lit. “Look for the Woman”) is a French saying that implies a woman is always the cause of a mystery or murder. The phrase itself comes from a novel called “The Mohicans of Paris”, in which the main character keeps telling his colleagues to “find the woman”.

Widowmaker’s tattoo on her arm reads “Araignée du soir, Cauchemar” which means “Evening spider, nightmare.” This is based on a French superstition: “Araignée du matin, chagrin, Araignée du soir, espoir”, which means “Morning spider, grief. Evening spider, hope.” This means that if you see a spider in the morning, it’s all downhill from there. But a spider in the evening means good luck for the next day. Widowmaker’s tattoo just means she’s about to kill you.

Margaret Geller (b. 1947) is an American astrophysicist who works for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She is responsible for invaluable research, including pioneering maps of the nearby universe, the relationship between galaxies and their environment, and methods for measuring the distribution of matter in the universe.

She obtained a PhD in Physics from Princeton, and went on to become an assistant professor of Astronomy at Harvard. She has developed new and useful techniques for analysing the internal structure of galaxies, and the relationships of clusters to the larger structure.

anonymous asked:

want to talk more about ritsu? like what's your take on him? like how do you think he views his brother and Reigen ?

i’ve already answered half of that third question, and you can see more stuff i wrote about ritsu and mob here… and i have a new idea about the brothers that i think i’ll make a separate post about… 

but i’ve got some headcanons i can put here

  • if the kageyama brothers play instruments (and you can’t get through middle school without doing so, right? at least a little) (not counting recorders), mob plays piano and ritsu plays violin. 
    • mob plays piano because it suits him. a piano is easy to operate (press a button and it makes a sound; press the button harder and it’s louder) but has great potential for complexity. the way it makes sound is pretty simple (whack a string), but the internal structure is intricate, almost convoluted. the sounds of a piano are generally smooth and neutral-to-pleasant, but they can get very intense.
    • ritsu plays violin because it suits him. playing a violin isn’t easy for a beginner, and it doesn’t get any easier. ritsu is an overachiever and thus, i believe, would be Real Good at violin. the sounds of a violin can sound much more dramatic than a piano, with a piercing quality and a potential to convey really gut-wrenching emotion… but it can’t have the same booming resonance as a piano.
  • ritsu is a good learner but not a very good teacher; he gets a knack for things and then can’t quite put it into words
  • ritsu doesn’t know how to make a cootie catcher and would look upon one with nervous incredulity
  • ritsu colors inside the lines
  • ritsu plays super smash brothers as link. when he plays against his brother, he gives mob the advantage by playing as a character he doesn’t usually use, but he doesn’t mention it
  • ritsu is well-liked and popular but does not have any close friends at his school (except maybe kamuro and maaaybe tokugawa, but they’re not, like, confidant-level close).
  • ritsu doesn’t carry a comb or hairbrush, not even in his school bag. if his hair gets disheveled, he give his head one good shake and it goes back to normal
  • ritsu sometimes feels a little guilty about being taller than his big brother
  • ritsu still sorta wishes mob would kick his ass for pulling that “good old brothers act is over” stunt, but he knows it’s not gonna happen. but it would make him feel a little better

venn diagram where the two circles are labelled ‘charts of the internal structure of stars’ and 'graphs of the primal cuts of livestock’ with the intersecting region left mysteriously unlabelled

New Year’s Resolutions 2017!

I’m forcing myself to make a New Year’s resolution post! So here it is!

-Raise at least four small plants without killing them immediately

-Frame and place at least four photos of real human people (not illustrations, that is)

-Overhaul and restock the merch in The Glass Scientists shop

-Stop shaming your ancestors: arrive on time for shit

-Read one book per month

-Do studies of one film per month (which to my shame I have never really done before)

-Reply to messages within one day of receiving them (exception: tumblr asks, because that is … it’s just not happening, guys)

-Keep no more than one page worth of unanswered emails in inbox

-Learn more about: Shinto, Japanese internment, story structure.

Posting this stuff feels really fake and self-indulgent and I kinda wanna barf right now! I’m tempted to find some small picture to post to say, “Sorry about posting something you have no reason to care about! Here is a drawing you might care about!” But I’m not going to do that because it would take too long and eventually I’d just tell myself to scrap the entire post.

Anyway, I’m also going to list out some highlights of 2016 because I like reading about this crap when it comes from other people, so maybe someone will like to read about my crap:

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Vision has revolutionized the way animals explore their environment and interact with each other and rapidly became a major driving force in animal evolution. However, direct evidence of how ancient animals could perceive their environment is extremely difficult to obtain because internal eye structures are almost never fossilized.  

Today, paleontologists reconstruct with unprecedented resolution the three-dimensional structure of the huge compound eye of a 160-million-year-old thylacocephalan arthropod from the La Voulte exceptional fossil biota in South East France. The study was published 19 January in Nature Communications.

This arthropod called Dollocaris ingens had about 18,000 lenses on each eye, which is a record among extinct and extant arthropods and is surpassed only by modern dragonflies. Combined information about its eyes, internal organs and gut contents obtained by X-ray microtomography lead to the conclusion that this thylacocephalan arthropod was a visual hunter probably adapted to illuminated environments, thus contradicting the hypothesis that La Voulte was a deep-water environment.

- Eye structure of Dollocaris ingens.

As a group, the Thylacocephala survived to the Upper Cretaceous. Beyond this, there remains much uncertainty concerning fundamental aspects of the thylacocephalan anatomy, mode of life, and relationship to the Crustacea, with whom they have always been cautiously aligned.

In the end, definitions are only useful as a very basic point of reference for identities.

People are infinitely complex and infinitely unique, and there is no single way to experience anything. The lifetime of compounded experiences, the individual personality and viewpoint, and the internal structure of values and feelings, all mean that any experience is going to be different between any two people. 

It’s going to be related to different past experiences, it’s going to be met with different emotions, it’s going to be weighed on different scales, it’s going to be prioritized differently, and it will never, ever be exactly the same for anyone.

So trying to tell people that they can only claim a label if they’ve experienced something in exactly the same way as you is entirely useless. Just like it’s useless to restrict yourself to other people’s experiences.

Definitions of identity labels are loose and open-ended for a reason. They’re just basic touchpoints. They aren’t meant to get down to the specifics of your experiences and feelings.

So this idea that attraction, romantic or sexual, is experienced by everyone in exactly the same way– or that any action or set of actions must always be the product of some kind of attraction– is total bullshit. It doesn’t work. It’s restrictive, reductive, and doesn’t account for the infinite variation of human experiences.

You define yourself, because you know yourself best. Don’t let other people define your experiences for you.


Wingfoot One, the latest of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s family of blimps, was unveiled in 2014. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Wingfoot One is the first semi-rigid airship ever operated by the company, and one of the first new Zeppelin airships in the United States in decades.

The airship has an internal structure of high strength, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, and all the ship’s major components are attached to it. Traditional blimps do not have structures supporting the gaseous envelop inside the structure.

At more than 246 feet long and 57 feet high, the airship can carry up to 14 passengers, and has a top speed of 75 miles per hour. By comparison, Goodyear’s other two older airships had a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour and were 190 feet in length. Three engines power the ship, including a smaller fourth at the rear of the vessel for steering.


What Is This Weird Creature With Wings found in an office in Mexico City in January of 2016?

The creature looks like a small human with wings, like a fairy. But could it be an ancient locust, similar to the locust creatures in Revelation 9, insect-like creatures with human faces or maybe it is a flying humanoid?
Biologist have examined and X-rayed  the creature and have confirmed that it has indeed got an internal bone structure leaving the theory of actual fairies up for debate. Video

Marin County Civic Center,  Frank Lloyd Wright, 1960

GATTACA (1997)

Gattaca’s futuristic world, like that of Bladerunner, is assembled from iconic elements of California’s architectural past. The characters glide down minimalist roadways in electrified Citroens and inhabit monumental Brutalist, Futurist or International Style structures- utilised selectively to reflect the film’s thematic world of authoritarianism, social engineering, and antiseptic perfectionism. (Image: Ezra Stoller)

Animal Facts from a Docent: Bird Edition


1. A blue jay’s blue feathers aren’t really blue. There are no blue pigments in the feathers. The color is derived from light refracting off the internal structure of the feathers.

2. Many elements of a bird’s skeleton are fused, to help the joints and bones sustain the pressure exerted on them by the bird’s muscles during flight. A bird’s flight muscles take up as much as 1/3 of their body weight. Incidentally this is also true of penguins, who do not fly through air, but through water.

3. Birds can’t carry much food in their bodies due to the weight affecting their ability to fly, they are constantly on the edge of starving. Food passes through a bird’s very efficient digestive system in as little as 30 minutes. A bird can starve in a couple of hours if it doesn’t eat.

4. Birds have a complicated respiratory system that goes way past the two-stage in/out system mammals have. They have lungs, but also a system of air sacs where air is stored and cycled so that the bird has a continuous supply of oxygen even when exhaling. 

5. A common house sparrow can function just fine at altitudes of 19,000 feet, which would put a human in a coma.

6. A woodpecker’s skull sustains forces of 1000G while drilling. For comparison, an astronaut during liftoff pulls 3G, and at 9G most humans will black out. Most of this force is directed away from the brain by a complex series of adaptations.

7. Birds have vision that’s far superior to mammals. An eagle can spot prey up to a mile away, and birds can see wavelengths beyond human visual range.

8. Pigeons can detect cancer! Researchers found that with a few weeks of training, a pigeon could detect breast cancer in slides with 85% accuracy - and if they crowdsourced it and used several birds, accuracy went up to 99%.

9. It’s well known that many species of crane do specific dances for social reasons. Their chicks are born knowing how to do the dance, it doesn’t need to be taught - what they have to learn is when to dance, and who to dance for.

10. Birds can get prosthetic feathers! Wildlife rehab centers often get birds brought in with broken feathers. Using a process called feather imping, they use the hollow shaft of the broken feather and that of a donor feather (usually from a bird who’s died) and a toothpick, and a dab of glue. Once a new feather starts coming in, it’ll molt off the fixed feather and all will be well.

11. Owls can live fine with just one eye because they rely mostly on their hearing to hunt. Their ears are placed asymmetrically on their heads, producing a minute differential that lets the owl triangulate the exact direction of sound. The difference between ears is 3 millionths of a second. An owl can hunt in complete darkness - and their flight is silent, thanks to the fringed edges of their wings which baffle the sound.

12. Don’t feed bread to waterfowl! If ducks and geese don’t get an appropriate diet, their bones don’t calcify enough and then are unable to support the pressure of flight, so they warp and twist in an affliction called Angel Wing Deformity. A fowl with this condition cannot fly. If you want to feed waterfowl, our bird keeper at the zoo suggests mealworms (any pet store has them), peas or cracked corn.

13. Hummingbirds must consume their own weight in food every day, and at night they go into a sort of torpor to conserve energy. During flight their heart rates can top out over 1300 bpm.

14. Vultures are one of the few birds with a good sense of smell, so they can detect the smell of their preferred food - rotting carcasses. They don’t have feathers on their heads so they don’t get rotten carcass juice all in them. Their stomachs are basically made of iron. Vultures can eat meat infected with anthrax, botulism, basically any horrible pathogen that would kill us quite dead and fly away happy and full. 

15. Were you waiting for an entry about corvids? Here it is. Corvids (crows, magpies, rooks, etc) are hugely intelligent. Some studies place their intelligence higher even than that of dolphins or great apes. They remember locations and people’s individual faces, plot revenge, hold grudges, engage in subterfuge, share important knowledge between individuals, anticipate future outcomes and comprehend analogies. A great example is some birds in Japan who like to eat nuts. They’d drop the nuts on the street into traffic so the cars can crack open the shells for them - but they learned to do it in the crosswalk. Then they wait for the light to turn red and walk out to collect their nuts while the traffic is stopped.

Another example is from an old Aesop’s fable, about a crow who dropped rocks into a glass of water until it rose enough for the crow to drink. A researcher tried this and found that not only did the crow figure out to do this (on the first try, without training or prior experience), but it went for the largest rocks, and it did not use some hollow but similarly-shaped items that were with the rocks because it knew they’d float and wouldn’t help.

Crows, man. Too smart.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Animal Facts with Zoo Docent Lori.


Carcosa, the labyrinth symbolism

“The labyrinth is an ancient symbol whose convoluted form, found naturally in seashells, animals’ intestines, spider webs, the meandering body of the serpent, the eddying of water, the internal structure of underground caves and the whirling galaxies of space, has always been highly suggestive to the imagination.The labyrinthine spirals indicate the symbolic passageways from the visible realm of the human into the invisible dimension of the divine, retracing the journey souls of the dead would have taken to reenter the womb of the mother on their way to rebirth. In the Upanishads the thread (sutra) is described as linking this world to the other world and all beings (Stevens, 4). A transcendent pattern eventually emerges, which lifts one to a  new vantage point, like the wings Daedalus fashioned to escape the labyrinthine prison of his own creation  (EoR, 8:411-12). The purpose of the labyrinth’s frequent inclusion in initiatory rites is to temporarily disturb  consciousness to the point that the initiate becomes confused and symbolically loses his way, or his rational, linear frame of orientation. The essentially dual, paradoxical nature of the labyrinth is both circular and linear, simple and complex, historical and temporal.. Contained within a compact space, a long and difficult path constantly doubles back on itself, leading circuitously to a mysterious and invisible centre. From within, the view is extremely restricted and confusing, while from above one discovers a supreme artistry and order. Thus the labyrinth simultaneously incorporates confusion and clarity, multiplicity and unity, imprisonment and liberation, chaos and order (Doob, 1-8). The paradoxical duality reflects the psychotherapeutic purpose of groping one’s way to suffering, darkness and confusion, with the aim of building a capacity for greater insight and perspective, thus enlarging the personality. On the journey through the labyrinth, once the centre, or goal, has been reached, the way back will always be utterly new.”

From “The book of symbols”, Taschen ~ a book which Rust Cohle keeps in his box:

Images: True detective, Form and void