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Day 22 – An Outsider’s Point of View

fandom: naruto
characters/pairings: sasusaku
a/n: sasusaku month, ssm17d22
warnings: i’m using the international system of units so for those who aren’t familiar with it, 15 m. is about 49 ft. also don’t take this piece too seriously i just went wild out of nowhere and i am just too lazy to change

It was a case of in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time.

They hadn’t noticed him yet and Boruto prayed the gods to stay unnoticed because he knew a free pass to hell was waiting for him should he be discovered in the bushes.

He wasn’t supposed to be here, hiding in the bushes and watching them make out. In fact, he wasn’t supposed to watch at all—but Boruto couldn’t keep his eyes away from them. He was drawn to them.

And he felt absolutely like a pervert.

And a voyeur.

Luckily—or unluckily, whether the reader is feeling lewd or not, there were at least a good fifteen metres separating him from the couple so he couldn’t see their faces clearly, but auntie Sakura’s pink hair and uncle Sasuke’s black cloak were unmistakable.

It was just a peck, at first. It had been so innocent that Boruto fought back the urge to snicker when he saw it. Instead, his lips stretched into a mischievous smile as he watched Sakura tug on Sasuke’s cloak, pulling his head downward so that she could kiss him softly on the mouth.

So ingenuous, so chaste.

But that all changed when the Fire Na—

(SORRY. WRONG SHOW.

It could have worked, though.)

Ahem.

—But that all changed when Sasuke attacked.

His hand caught her waistband before she could step away and he pulled her against him. If at first, Sakura had seemed surprised, she quickly responded to his enthusiast by looping her arms around his neck, tangling her fingers through his black hair.

(From his spot, it looked like she was pulling at his hair rather fiercely and knowing Sakura’s ridiculously beastly strength, Boruto was quite afraid Sasuke would go bald.

And what a letdown that would be.)

He watched as Sasuke’s hand drifted from Sakura’s waistband to her bare midriff, stroking the flesh with his thumb and judging from the breathy moans and quiet groans he could hear whenever their lips parted, they seemed to be really into it.

Boruto was into it, too.

Therefore, when they disappeared in a puff of smoke two minutes later, Boruto felt strangely disappointed. It wasn’t really educational—not that it was supposed to be—but it was raw and oddly fascinating. He’d seen his parents smooching before and it grossed him out but that was probably because it was his parents and Sakura and Sasuke were totally a different matter… or maybe not.

Boruto considered what happened very slowly.

He’d been watching them make out.

Hidden in the bushes.

So he was a voyeur; he could live with that.

But that was his master. His dad’s best friends.

His childhood friend’s parents.

Oh.

Sarada’s parents.

Oh.

Shit.

HOLY—

.

.

He could never face Sarada again.

10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

1. Number versus numeral. First things first, what is the difference between a number and a numeral? A number is an abstract concept while a numeral is a symbol used to express that number. “Three,” “3” and “III” are all symbols used to express the same number (or the concept of “threeness”). One could say that the difference between a number and its numerals is like the difference between a person and her name.

2. Spell small numbers out. The small numbers, such as whole numbers smaller than ten, should be spelled out. That’s one rule you can count on. If you don’t spell numbers out it will look like you’re sending an instant message, and you want to be more formal than that in your writing.

3. No other standard rule: Experts don’t always agree on other rules. Some experts say that any one-word number should be written out. Two-word numbers should be expressed in figures. That is, they say you should write out twelve or twenty. But not 24.

4. Using the comma. In English, the comma is used as a thousands separator (and the period as a decimal separator), to make large numbers easier to read. So write the size of Alaska as 571,951 square miles instead of 571951 square miles. In Continental Europe the opposite is true, periods are used to separate large numbers and the comma is used for decimals. Finally, the International Systems of Units (SI) recommends that a space should be used to separate groups of three digits, and both the comma and the period should be used only to denote decimals, like $13 200,50 (the comma part is a mess… I know).

5. Don’t start a sentence with a numeral. Make it “Fourscore and seven years ago,” not “4 score and 7 years ago.” That means you might have to rewrite some sentences: “Fans bought 400,000 copies the first day” instead of “400,000 copies were sold the first day.”

6. Centuries and decades should be spelled out. Use the Eighties or nineteenth century.

7. Percentages and recipes. With everyday writing and recipes you can use digits, like “4% of the children” or “Add 2 cups of brown rice.” In formal writing, however, you should spell the percentage out like “12 percent of the players” (or “twelve percent of the players,” depending on your preference as explained in point three).

8. If the number is rounded or estimated, spell it out. Rounded numbers over a million are written as a numeral plus a word. Use “About 400 million people speak Spanish natively,” instead of “About 400,000,000 people speak Spanish natively.” If you’re using the exact number, you’d write it out, of course.

9. Two numbers next to each other. It can be confusing if you write “7 13-year-olds”, so write one of them as a numeral, like “seven 13-year-olds”. Pick the number that has the fewest letters.

10. Ordinal numbers and consistency. Don’t say “He was my 1st true love,” but rather “He was my first true love.” Be consistent within the same sentence. If my teacher has 23 beginning students, she also has 18 advanced students, not eighteen advanced students.

anonymous asked:

I just saw "Finding the speed of light with peeps" and am impressed. Well done! I do, however, have one question (and I do mean well). It's 2015, and we're talking about science, here, so why don't you use SI units?

A good question, and very kindly posed. The short answer is that NPR follows the Associated Press style guide, which states:

… use metric terms only in situations where they are universally accepted forms of measurement (16 mm film) or where the metric distance is an important number in itself: He vowed to walk 100 kilometers (62 miles) in a week.

Longer answer: Look, the International System of Units (SI) is great. You know it. I know it. The French were really onto something there. 

But as long as most Americans don’t intuitively know how long a cm is, or how fast a car travels in km/h, I’m sticking with inches and mph. I’m not going to adhere to the metric system on principle if it confuses and repels the very people I’m trying to reach. 

My wild hope is that by sharing these images and stories and ideas, people will get excited about science and approach world in a scientific way. If using an antiquated unit system makes that job a little easier, heck yeah I’ll do it. In 14th century England, the width of a dried barleycorn was the standard unit of length. If I was talking to those ancient Brits, I’d happily talk about electromagnetic wavelengths in terms of barleycorns (though of course I’d have to lay a lot groundwork to get that far). 

AND … if I do my job right … and all us science-lovers spread the word … Americans will all be so into science that they’ll all clamor for the metric system. And then we can all talk about decaliters to our hearts’ content. See, I’m playing the long game.

anonymous asked:

Hi, how are Americans adapting to the International System of Units ?

Since I’m not from America I’m curious, too. Here’ an article saying that according to Google trends, searches for the phrases “how far is 2 km” and “how far is 5 km” spiked after the game’s launch. If you’re American, please tell us: How’s it going? :D :)

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Heat, Work or Energy?

Today is the birthday of James Prescott Joule, born on December 24, 1818 in Salford, Lancashire, for whom the joule is named (symbol J) which is a derived unit of energy, work, or amount of heat in the International System of Units.  Tutored at a young age by no less than John Dalton and collaborator of Lord Kelvin, Joule’s work is fundamental to our understanding of work and energy, discovering the relationship between heat and mechanical work, which led to the First Law of Thermodynamics.  Because of this relationship, a joule can be defined many ways: a joule is equal to the energy transferred when applying a force of one newton through a distance of one meter (1 newton meter or N·m).  A joule is equal to passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second. A joule is equal to the energy required to accelerate a 1 kg mass at 1 m·s−2 through a 1 m distance in space.  In short, a joule is a way to understand the relationship between heat, work and energy!  Happy Birthday to James Prescott Joule!

theguardian.com
Decriminalize all drugs, business and world leaders tell UN
Leaders of Global Commission on Drug Policy including Richard Branson and three ex-presidents say special session on drug policy was ‘fatally flawed’
By Jessica Glenza

A British billionaire, three former presidents and a renowned Aids researcher have called for all drugs to be decriminalized at a press conference that was sharply critical of the United Nations’ latest drug policy agreement, adopted this week.

Leaders of the Global Commission on Drug Policy said the UN’s first special session on drugs in 18 years had failed to improve international narcotics policy, instead choosing to tweak its prohibition-oriented approach to drug regulation.

“The process was fatally flawed from the beginning,” said Richard Branson, the head of the Virgin Group, adding that it may “already be too late” to save the international drug law system.

Today is the birthday of James Prescott Joule, for whom the joule is named (symbol J) which is a derived unit of energy, work, or amount of heat in the International System of Units.  Tutored at a young age by no less than John Dalton and collaborator of Lord Kelvin, Joule’s work is fundamental to our understanding of work and energy, discovering the relationship between heat and mechanical work, which led to the First Law of Thermodynamics.  Because of this relationship, a joule can be defined many ways: a joule is equal to the energy transferred when applying a force of one newton through a distance of one meter (1 newton meter or N·m).  A joule is equal to passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second. A joule is equal to the energy required to accelerate a 1 kg mass at 1 m·s−2 through a 1 m distance in space.