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1995… Barbie and Ken: Star Trek by James Vaughan

Sirius: It’s bollocks, Remus! It’s your brand of bollocks from first to last.

Remus: No, you can’t ever see the big picture. You can’t see any picture!

Sirius: I am talking about something primal. Right? Savagery. Brutal animal instinct.

Remus: And that wins out every time with you. You know, the human race has evolved, Padfoot!

Sirius: Right, into a bunch of namby-pamby, self-analyzing wankers who could never hope to…

Remus: We’re bigger. We’re smarter. Plus, there’s a thing called teamwork, not to mention the superstitious terror of your pure aggressors!

Sirius: You just want it to be the way you want it to be.

Remus: It’s not about what I want!

James: Sorry. Is this something we should all be discussing?

Remus: No.

James: It just sounds a little serious.

Remus: It was mostly… theoretical. We…

Sirius: We were just working out a - Look, if cavemen and astronauts got into a fight, who would win?

James: Ah. You’ve been yelling at each other for 40 minutes about this.


James: Do the astronauts have weapons?

Together: NO.

#OTD 4/18/1970 - President Nixon awarded highest civilian award that can be presented in the United States of America, the Medal of Freedom, to Apollo 13 astronauts James Lovell, Fred Haise, and John Swigert at the Honolulu International Airport.
From his remarks: “As we look at what you have done, we realize that greatness comes not simply in triumph but in adversity. It has been said that adversity introduces a man to himself. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you three men who have been introduced to themselves as much as anybody in the whole history of men.” (Image: WHPO-3371-02A)

anonymous asked:

pros & cons of community college?

Here are the pros and cons of attending community college:


1. COST: You can finish your core and get an associate degree for the fraction of the cost of a university. The average tuition and fees for one year at a community college is about $2,500. At private schools, the average tuition and fees for one year is $30K. For in-state public schools, it’s almost $9K a year, and for out-of-state public schools, it’s $22K a year, according to College Board. The cost will take some of the pressure off while you experiment with different classes and industries. This will prevent you from sticking with a major you don’t like just because you already paid for the classes or because you can’t afford another semester.

2: PROFESSORS: A lot of people think professors aren’t as good at community college, but this Washington Post article discredits that idea. They found some classes are even more challenging because professors are motivated by their students, who often display more drive than those at four-year universities. Community college also often have smaller student to faculty ratios, which gives you more time with your professor.

3. SUCCESS: Here’s a list of super successful people who went to community college: Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Walt Disney, Calvin Klein, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, astronauts James McDivitt, Eileen Collins and Fred Haise, and MasterCard founder Melvin Salveson.


1. TRANSFERRING:Don’t take any additional classes than your core curriculum. Oftentimes advisers will sign you up for everything under the sun, which could waste your time, money, and possibly not transfer to your university.

2. CAMPUS LIFE: You will have to readjust to your new campus and friends. If you were really active in clubs, you will have to start over at the new campus. You also may not get that “big school” atmosphere if you go to a small community college, but I think you can get everything good from that environment in two years.

Hope this helps!

Apollo 9 Performs First Rendezvous & Re-Docking with LM Ascent Stage (7 March 1969) — The Lunar Module (LM) “Spider” ascent stage is photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. While astronaut David R. Scott, command module pilot, remained at the controls in the CSM “Gumdrop,” astronauts James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, checked out the “Spider.” The LM’s descent stage had already been jettisoned.

anonymous asked:

I didn't do the best in high school and I took two years off, but if I wanted to study astrophysics would it be impossible to get into a good school?

It’s difficult to say for sure because we don’t know exactly what you mean by “didn’t do the best in high school” and what you consider to be a “good school.”

If you are asking if you can get into an Ivy League, the answer is more than likely no. However, there are plenty of less selective 4-year colleges that are still great schools. So, in short, you can absolutely get into a good school!

Also, keep in mind that your GPA isn’t everything. The whole point of filling out an application and writing an admission essay is to emphasize your strengths, explain special circumstances, and show how you have improved.

I would highly recommend going to a community college first because:

  1. Open Enrollment. AKA a policy that allows anyone, regardless of academic background, to be admitted and register for classes.
  2. It saves money.
  3. It gives you a smoother transition into the college lifestyle (balancing academic/social obligations, figuring out how to studying, etc.). You can work on making good grades so you can transfer to a 4 year college. Admission counselors love to see that you have made improvements, and after you have attended a CC they probably won’t even look at your high school transcript.
  4. Community college often have smaller student to faculty ratios, which gives you more time with your professor.
  5. Tons of super successful people went to community college: Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Walt Disney, Calvin Klein, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, astronauts James McDivitt, Eileen Collins and Fred Haise, and MasterCard founder Melvin Salveson.

Here’s some blogs to read to keep you on track once you start school again:


Ed White Performs the First American EVA 50 Years Ago Today (3 June 1965) — Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini IV four-day Earth-orbital mission, floats in the zero gravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft. White wears a specially designed spacesuit; and the visor of the helmet is gold plated to protect him against the unfiltered rays of the sun. He wears an emergency oxygen pack, also. He is secured to the spacecraft by a 25-feet umbilical line and a 23-feet tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand is a Hand-Held Self-Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU) with which he controls his movements in space. Astronaut James A. McDivitt, command pilot of the mission, remained inside the spacecraft. EDITOR’S NOTE: Astronaut White died in the Apollo/Saturn 204 fire at Cape Kennedy on Jan. 27, 1967.