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The Golden Ratio and Secret Geometry in Nature

These wonderfully symmetrical plants show the fractal nature of math, physics and the universe. Could this be evidence of sacred geometry? “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein

The Golden Ratio, or Fibonacci sequence, is everywhere. It can be found in ancient architecture, in some of the world’s most beloved artwork (such as the Mona Lisa), and most definitely in nature. It’s for this reason that the intriguing sequence, which begins as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on forever, has fascinated mathematicians, scientists, designers, and artists for centuries. 

Leonardo DaVinci, for instance, was known to use the Fibonacci sequence in his masterpieces because the pattern is aesthetically pleasing. Is it a coincidence that the ratio can be seen from a micro to macro scale in all biological systems, and even in inanimate objects? Clearly, there’s much to learn about sacred geometry and inherent order in the universe. 

 Some theorize that the phi ratio (phi = 1.61803…) is evidence that nature is inherently perfect, and that when mankind strays away from the natural law, sickness and imbalance occur. While the Golden Ratio doesn’t account for every structure or pattern in this world and others, it most certainly is a key player.

Making Memories- A Doctor Strange FanFic (Chapter 2)

Previous chapters: Intro / Chapter I 

“Focus, Stephen,” you coax with your eyes closed. The two of you are sitting cross-legged on the floor of the meditation room. Luckily there is no one else around to be disturbed by your frequent interjections. “Managing one’s mental state is one of the highest forms of self-discipline.”

“Yeah, yeah. I just don’t see how sitting here thinking ‘happy thoughts’ and regulating my breathing is going to help my hands,” he mutters in disbelief.

“You have absolutely no patience.”

“I’m a doctor, I have plenty of patients.”

You cringe inwardly at his terrible pun, and yet you can’t help but smile to yourself in amusement.

“So you do have a sense of humor…” Stephen notes lightheartedly.

“I thought I told you to close your eyes, Strange!” you scold as your own eyelids shoot open and you are met with his entertained gaze. He studies your expression carefully, making you uncomfortable.

“Alright look, if you’re not going to take this seriously-” you begin, about to stand up and leave.

“No, I am. I’m sorry,” Stephen apologizes with a sneer. “Please continue.”

You look at him skeptically but oblige. Time to try a new tactic.

“Hold out your hands.”

Strange isn’t too keen on the idea, but hesitantly obeys.

You reach out gently and grasp his fingers, steadying them.

“Now look at your hands and tell me what you see.”

Strange studies his extremities with an irrepressible disgust upon his face. “Scars, tissue damage, weakness…”

You shake your head in disagreement. “You’re thinking one dimensionally,” you criticize. “Beyond what’s merely visible- what do you see?”

Stephen looks at you with ridicule. “That doesn’t make any sense, how can I see something that isn’t visible?”

You roll your eyes. “Do you want to know what I see?”

Stephen doesn’t say anything, but patiently awaits your analysis.

You look at his hands, running your thumbs along the scars on his fingers. “I see history and experience. Change and adversity. Your hands are more than just physical tools, Strange. I want you to remember what it felt like to have complete control over them. Imagine the steadiness you had in the operating room. The ease with which you were able to move without thinking… What did it feel like?”

“It felt… natural.” His voice becomes strained at the memory. “It felt powerful. Cutting into flesh and manipulating the human body on a micro scale… knowing I had complete authority over myself and my patient.” He exhales. “God I miss that.”

Very slowly, you let go of the doctor’s hands. They were still shaking of course, but the tremors had visibly diminished.

“You see, Strange? The mind is more powerful than you think. Meditation is one of the highest forms of self-discipline.”

Stephen furrows his brow and looks at you funny. “You said that already.”

Shit, you inhale sharply, chastising yourself and quickly losing focus. “Right, sorry. Why don’t we take a break.”


“We’ll continue this afternoon,” you reply hastily, already halfway to the door.

Hours later…

“There you are.” It was Stephen’s voice. “I’ve been looking everywhere for you.”

You sigh disappointedly, dropping the pen you’d been making notes with. A part of you wishes you’d never shown him this place. The library had always been your sanctuary- your escape. Aside from Wong, who thankfully wasn’t talkative, you could always rest easy in the library. Until now that is.

“Did you need something Strange?” you ask in the calmest voice manageable.

Much to your horror, he slides into the seat directly across from you, making himself at home.

“Not particularly, no. But it is mid-afternoon and the training grounds are fairly empty…”

“I’m taking the rest of the day off,” you announce casually.

You can do that? Stephen wonders, raising a curious eyebrow. “And here I thought you’d be thrilled at the chance to punch me in the face again…”

“Believe me, it’s tempting.”

Stephen smirks, pleased that he is beginning to make sense of you. “Alright… well, what am I supposed to do?”

“Look, Strange, I didn’t come to Kamar-Taj to be a babysitter. And you’re a doctor as you so frequently like to remind everyone. Go find some way to pass the time!”

You return your attention to the open book before you, but you can feel Stephen’s eyes looming.

“You really don’t like me, do you?” he asks, though it was more of a statement than a question.

“Excuse me?”

“You’re the only person here who hasn’t told me what an ass I am to my face- but you clearly think it, which makes me wonder if you don’t hate me the most of anyone.”

“I don’t hate you Stephen,” you answer honestly. “I just- prefer to be alone.”

“Why is that?”

“I’m comfortable that way, okay!” you exclaim defensively.

“And people say I’m disagreeable…”

“You don’t know anything about me,” you snap, tensing your jaw in frustration.

“I know you haven’t been here long.”

You cross your arms defensively. “And how’s that?” you ask, humoring him.

“The Ancient One uses no title when addressing you, just your name- Y/N. Either you’re no good at what you do, or you simply haven’t been here long enough to work your way through the ranks. And your attitude well, that’s another story entirely. You clearly have trust issues- probably stemming from some childhood trauma- which is why you push everyone around you away.”

“Wow,” you say with unamused sarcasm as you gather your books and prepare to leave. “Regular Sherlock Holmes, you are…”

“Oh please,” Stephen sneers. “It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s right before him.”

“That’s ironic coming from you Strange- the man with an ego so big that he can’t see past his own nose.”

You stare into his blue eyes angrily for a couple of tense seconds before turning away and storming off in disgust.

Stephen’s intense gaze follows you all the way out of the library before shifting sideways when he senses another presence. Wong stands inconspicuously on the opposite side of the stacks, unmoving. He’d clearly overheard the whole thing.

“What?” Strange asks innocuously.

Wong simply shakes his head in disapproval before returning to his work.

In his boredom, Stephen seeks out Mordo to practice some hand to hand combat.

“So where’s Y/N?” he asks as Strange wrestles with putting on his wrist guards.

“She’s not speaking to me right now.”

Mordo shakes his head and snickers knowingly. “Oh Strange, when are you going to learn to hold your tongue?”

“Oh, you just assume it’s my fault?”

“Am I wrong?”

Stephen’s eyes shift downward. “So what’s Y/N’s story anyway?” he asks, changing the subject.

“It’s really not my place to tell,” Mordo replies, looking up as he finishes tying his boots.

“Oh come on-” Stephen objects. “What malintent could I possibly have with that information?”

Mordo gives it some consideration before continuing.

“She was orphaned as a child,” he explains. “Bounced from family to family, but ultimately to no avail.”

“Unfortunate, but not terribly unusual,” Stephen remarks, expecting something more.

Mordo pauses, giving Stephen a disapproving look. “Despite the unfavorable circumstances, Y/N attended university and rose to the top of her field.”

“Which was?”

“(insert an area of study that interests you).”

“-and?” Stephen prompts.

Mordo hesitates, not feeling quite right about sharing the intimate details someone else’s past. But he hoped, perhaps naively, that the information would help Strange begin see outside himself. “Two years ago she suffered a brain aneurism. There were- complications, which led to short term memory loss.”

Stephen’s expression changes, but remains difficult to read.

“All she can remember is a past that she wants desperately to forget,” Mordo says poetically, the compassion evident in his voice.

“Is it chronic or acute?” Strange asks, quickly slipping into full-on medical mode.

“I don’t know the details,” Mordo admits. “You’re intrigued by her Stephen. I can see it in your eyes. But don’t let your persistence push her away. The last thing you need within these walls is an enemy.”

A/N: Hey guys, thanks for reading! There will be a few more chapters of build up that more or less follow the plot of the movie, only with YOU added into the mix! The romance will come, I promise :)


Before you read this book, there are many dangers associated with the study of War history that you should be aware of. It is commonly known that the study of War history is factionalised to the point where a debate between two different historians is essentially a micro-scale replica of the War itself. This is inevitable when discussing a War between competing perspectives on history. However, the War time powers themselves are aware of this, and may take action against you. In such a War, observing it can by its nature affect the War itself, and the powers in question may think of you as having hostile intent. Moreover, as much as you may be tempted to work on behalf of one of these powers for protection: this will make you a target for the other powers.

A lesser known danger of the study of War history is temporal perception syndrome. Similar to the states brought on by reading texts such as the Necronomicon, temporal perception syndrome describes a state wherein the subject in question believes that they are seeing the nature of the War itself change around them after having read a new perspective on the War. A number of War historians argue that there is no functional difference between experiencing this syndrome and indeed observing a change in the nature of the War, and as such it can be difficult to determine whether you have observed a genuine change in the War or if you been driven to instability. It is worth pointing out that this has occurred from merely reading a book on the War: a number of readers of the Book of the War for instance have insisted that entries have appeared in the book after several prior readings of it. Depending on the culture of the readers, numbers of those affected vary from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 1.

If you have studied War history previously, you will be aware of many other syndromes not listed here. Most famously, Doctor Saul, the founder of the War history sub-field of War Temporal Geometry, appeared to keep his stable mental state after perceiving the “outside geometry” of the War, only to become unstable when trying to create a model of the structure: eventually resorting to using his own circulatory system to model the War. However, these syndromes are specific to select fields and sub-fields of the study of War history, and therefore will be dealt with in the sections of the book they are most relevant to.

- Extract from A Critical Introduction to The Discipline of War History, 6th edition. Such warnings have existed since the early days of the War, though they only became ubiquitous after the War’s fifty-third year.

Anyway, when people are like “there’s not that much roleplaying in the new arc” I think it sorta misses the point of the new arc? The new arc is like a weird board game with roleplaying elements but on a grander scale. There’s no effing way they could’ve done these MANY MANY encounters in D&D in any reasonable time.

I think if the show started with a system like this, I’d like the characters a lot less, but now that I pretty much know each of the characters, its easier to experience the story as a macro-scale thing rather than a micro-scale thing.


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not to mention that if someone thats an…

my opinion: who fuckin cares just like what you like it doesnt fuckin matter

yeah but like, it kinda does matter cause if you get invested into a certain thing to the point when you consider yourself part of the fandom it makes it more likely that you model yourself after the people in it and thats sometimes ok but sometimes it really isnt. obviously at a micro scale i cant and dont want to tell people what to watch or whatever because im not their dad and i dont want to be but i really think it does matter


1:6th Scale Barbie Toy Store Diorama - Mattel Toy Store Play Set, Basic Fun Key Chains, Polly Pocket Bluebird houses, Hallmark Ornaments, Micro Action  Figures, Playskool, Little Tikes, and Fisher Price dollhouse replica toys, mini Barbies, Capsule toys, Re-ment Strawberry, tiny Lego-like blocks from Michael’s Crafts, a 1:144th Garfield my friend made for me, and a Tupperware Key Chain. Feel free to ask about anything I didn’t list. The background is paper covered foam core. The Lundby miniature replica is one that I made. A real children’s store called “Twilo” was my inspiration for the tree and owls design elements. I have been collecting miniature toys for several years, and I thought it would be fun to do a store scene where I could put most of them together in one place. 

headacheshideout  asked:

We have seen an Inhuman ascend to the ranks of the big Cosmic entities in the form of Ulysses, so what if that is what lays ahead for "the one who does not return" in Royals? I have heard that in Ewing's Ultimates they are dealing with a reordering of the Cosmic Hierarchy and it would make sense to me for there to be some bleedover of these concepts to the Inhumans now that they are in space. Your thoughts?

My thoughts are that Ewing certainly appears to dig the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe and I’m glad for it.

With Ultimates, he’s able to delve into the matter on a more macro scale, with Galactus, The Living Tribunal et al., whereas with The Royals I’m guess we’ll get to see him get into it on a more micro scale, exploring the secrets of The Kree Empire, the Universal Inhumans, and the mysteries of Terrigen.

It’s interesting that throughout all of the previous Inhuman tales, the origins of Terrigen has never been explored. It’s an omission Ewing seems set on covering and I’m quite intrigued to see what he and Jonboy Meyers come up with.

MBTI Types as Scientists

INTP: The Scientist. Practically invented science. Probably set the trend for oversized chalkboards covered in messy, illegible chicken-scratch formulas. The person they talk about when someone mentions “standing on the shoulders of giants”.

INTJ: The scientist who has their own secret lab with advancements far beyond the rest of the scientists’ in the lab. They would share their discoveries for the practicality because they truly do enjoy spreading the knowledge, but the advancements are so great that nobody else is ready. Not yet.

ENTP: The scientist who comes up with a theory to counter every theory you have just for the lols. Has some pretty good, original ideas when they’re not taunting the other scientists with their BS. Is one of the few scientists that brings out INTP’s goofy side; they’re kind of an annoying team but… certainly unstoppable, nonetheless.

ENTJ: The scientist who runs between different projects, pointing out the issues with each experiment, and working with the other scientists to perfect the desired outcome. Used to get into quarrels because people found them intrusive this way, but they’ve since learned that it’s really only because ENTJ is passionate about being factually confident, and genuinely wants to help actualise 

INFP: The scientist who secretly sets out to merge science with magic. Often draws inspiration from their favourite fantasy novels, and makes considerable progress toward concepts such as self-aware plants through the genome. Has somehow roped INTJ into the project; the two of them stay late at the lab to transition from day-science to fantasy-night-science. INFP calls their project “Operation: Follow your Heart”.

INFJ: The scientist who spends a lot of time sitting completely motionless, expanding a theory into great depths, envisioning its significance into its future, and final stages, whilst staring out the window, gazing into their slightly visible reflection. Often times expands on the ENxPs’ ideas (that were originally jokes), pointing out their likely public effects, good or bad. One of the most tolerant scientists, but things can get to be a bit much for them, sometimes. It’s not unreasonable that they gravitate towards the window.

ENFP: The scientist who accidentally finds their way onto a new groundbreaking theorem. Was probably messing around with one of the other scientists saying “what if we did […]”, then, as they thought about it, the conversation grew into “maybe we actually can […]!”. Causes a bit of chaos in the lab, as the research projects they start are often passed off to a more fastidious scientist to finished, whilst they go off and begin another one. Not the most practical, but every lab has its working parts, right? 

ENFJ: The scientist who shows the other scientists new ways to improve their safety within the lab, using important precautions that most people surprisingly overlook. Makes sure that everyone remembers to consider the data as it comes along to compare to their predictions, and how it might affect their conclusions. Simply wants to help everyone be the best that they can be!

ISTP: The scientist who really only shows up when they want to. Can be gone for weeks, but will show up again one day, like nothing happened. When asked to follow a specific method, they unbendingly refuse because they think those methods are pointless, and over-complicated. Somehow achieves spot on results using their own methods, bewildering the rest of the scientists. Whenever someone tries to ask about their methods, they’re gone for eternity!

ISFP: The scientist who decides to replace the common Greek variables with their own made up, more interesting, and pleasurable symbols in their formulas to help them remember the information better. Also doesn’t like being told to follow a specific method, but doesn’t want to stir conflict, so they secretly perform which methods they personally think will yield the best results on their own time. As long as their results are accurate, nobody has to know! Shhh!

ESTP: The scientist who tests all of their experiments on themself for science and for fun. They would have tried it on other people too (like their friends) but ENFJ said it was “unethical”. Contributes a lot to the presentations, often marking the differences between the essential and irrelevant apparent and understandable to everyone.

ESFP: The scientist that finds new ways to make things glow, and decorates the whole lab with the glowies as a surprise. Not everybody is amused or appreciative *coughENTJcough*, but there really is no stopping them now, so it’s best just to accept the glowies; at least they can save on the electric bill. Sort of.

ISTJ: The scientist who defends you against ENTP’s trollish-counter-theories by explaining how they contradict concrete, proven theories that all the scientists in the lab follow already because they’re sick and tired of hearing this nonsense. *Drops stack of books on the table* Read them.

ISFJ: The scientist who quietly worked on one of the lesser funded projects, because people “didn’t think it was as important”. Ended up discovering something monumental, like an effective way to communicate with plants and animals by observing the nuances in their reactions to stimuli. Doesn’t really take any credit, even though they were one of the only people on the project.

ESTJ: The scientist who heads the new research projects in the lab. If they’re going to be conducting new experiments, they’re most certainly going to do it the right way! Takes genuine pride in the way the lab is run, and values all of their subordinates for their specialities, enjoying the collective scientific air.

ESFJ: The scientist who revamps the stapled little pleasures of life to share with their friends. Experiments with different elements / components and invents a few different kinds of herbal and medicinal teas. They dominate the micro-scale scientific archive with their knowledge (take that, hellen!).


Dev Blog: Creating Believable Materials 

Joel Crook, Character Artist

[Leading into the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ll feature a variety of developer blogs that lift the curtain on the creation of Lara’s first great tomb raiding expedition.]

Creating the most believable characters possible starts with creating believable materials for use within the game. In development of Rise of the Tomb Raider we used a physically based rendering, or PBR, workflow which allowed us to achieve the highest fidelity Tomb Raider to date. In a PBR workflow, having textures that accurately represent the surface being created is very important. By using measured value tables derived from real world objects for hue, saturation, and luminance we were able to do just that.

On Rise of the Tomb Raider we adopted a texture workflow that is mainly tiled textures, which has several benefits but the major benefits are memory savings across multiple assets and being able to achieve higher texture fidelity through the blending of tiling textures. The majority of used textures are broken down into 5 major types; Albedo, Reflectance, Roughness, Normal and Blend maps.  

Albedo Maps dictate the color of a surface and represents the light wavelengths that penetrate and diffuse throughout a surface and give a perceived color.

Reflectance and Roughness Maps operate together to dictate the specular qualities of a surface.    

Reflectance is a measurement of the specular intensity, and measures the amount of light that is reflected away from a surface or how bright the reflection will be.

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Erasing ISFP Stereotypes

 There are a lot of really contradictory stereotypes regarding ISFPs.

Two of my favorites are: “ISFPs are selfish.” And, “ISFPs are delicate butterflies that need to be protected.” Clearly if you can apply such different stereotypes to the same personality, there have got to be some rampant misconceptions going on.

So, the whole “ISFPs are Selfish” thing…

Really? Have you seen Harry Potter? Sure, the guy’s got a bit of a “Me, me, me” complex in Book/Movie 5, but cut him some slack! He’s tackling an emotionally abusive childhood, puberty, and Voldemort all at the same time. And he’s willing to sacrifice himself for the entire wizarding world. That doesn’t sound selfish to me.

To be honest, the way we interact with other people depends on our Fi. I frequently hear two different statements from my mom, an ENFJ: “Amanda, you have got to stop putting other people before yourself.” Likewise: “Amanda, why don’t you care what other people think of you? Are you really going to wear that? What other people think is important.”

It depends. It really, really, depends. Because a lot of the time, what other people think about me isn’t important at all. But if I see that someone’s needs are more pressing than my own, I’ll try to help them. Doesn’t mean I won’t share some unpopular opinions along the way, but I’m still there.

Give that information, it must mean it’s possible to care selflessly about others and still operate in a world based on your own sense of right and wrong and drive for authenticity. Who’d’ve thunk it?

I care very much about those that have worked their way deeply into my heart. I feel for the underdog because I am one. I love and respect my family, not because they’re my family, but because they work really hard to be a part of my life as I travel around the country. We’ve been through thick and thin together. Same with my long-time group of friends. I might not always express it in the best of ways or at the best of times, but I am so, so thankful for the group of people that is always there for me. And in return, I will always be there for them.

Let’s tackle the “ISFPs are Delicate Butterflies” thing now.

Game of Thrones; Arya Stark. Even before she was traumatized by the world and events surrounding her, she was fiercely independent, argumentative, and anything but complacent.

I can see how Fi’s quiet sensitivity can cause others to want to protect it. But more often than not, we don’t need saving. My friends call me combative—willing to jump into or even start fights as [I see them to be] needed. A good friend of mine calls me a “pacifist at a macro scale, not at a micro scale,” and I’ve never heard of a more accurate descriptor in my life. I won’t intervene in the petty fights of my friends, but the minute someone comes after me or someone I care about, I’m ready.

I also wanted to point out that Arya’s not an anomaly with her fierce independence and strong sense of right and wrong. On forums, I’ve seen people list her as an ‘uncommon’ sort of ISFP. But she’s really not that much of an outlier. Neytiri, from Avatar, is a much more gentle and quiet character—but she’s just as strong-willed and dedicated to her causes. Valka, from How To Train Your Dragon 2, who so easily traded in a life with which she didn’t mesh to go live among dragons. Liesel Meminger, from The Book Thief, does not have a kill list—but she is curious, determined, and brave. For those unfamiliar with the book and movie, Liesel grows up in Germany during WWII. She has no choice but to be brave, but being curious itself can be a crime punishable by death during this time. Jesse Katsopolis, sly and sarcastic. Huck Finn, who doesn’t care much for anything at all. But they all live by their personal values, and not one of them can be considered fragile.

All of those characters are extremely different from one another! There’s a tremendous variety within a set of cognitive functions—nevertheless, given the combination of Fi, Se, Ni, and Te, you won’t find many characters, or people, that shrink away from a challenge.

 Next…Se-users are not imaginative

Even though the trade-names for SPs suggest otherwise, {Artists, Craftsmen, Explorers, and Performers} there seems to be a weird notion going around that we’re not imaginative.

Yeah, we’re rooted in reality. We experience things with our five senses. We prefer acting in the moment and drinking up life as it is. But all of us have Ni! And paired with Fi, we can create illustrations of our rich inner worlds that reflect who we are. If we cultivate Te, we can communicate it in a way you wouldn’t expect. I’m a writer—and yes, I spend much more time going outside and “doing things” like bicycling and hockey and surfing, but I love staying in on quiet rainy nights, making myself some tea, and writing. I can even get wordy! But for me, I want to be able to try and express exactly what it is I’m feeling, exactly what I believe in. So writing a book, say, might take me a long time…simply because I’m doing other things. And as Liesel Memminger says, “I have hated the words, and I have loved the words. And I hope I have made them right.”

Remember Enneagram

As a type 7w8, I’m much more outgoing, and willing to be silly than many ISFPs. Even though I can see a lot of myself in the characters I mentioned, I was not written by anyone. I am who I am, and no one else.

When looking at ISFP Tibby Rollins and ESFP Brigit Vreeland from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I relate much more to Brigit than Tibby as a whole. Brigit gets up and travels a lot. As an adult, she moves all over the United States in pursuit of “her place”. Permanence bothers her—there’s so much to see, so much to do. She’s always seen running. Meanwhile, Tibby is frequently scornful and dark. So why, in this particular situation am I more like an ESFP than an ISFP? Simply speaking, I share an enneagram type with Brigit, as opposed to Tibby. Te is my inferior function, not Ni. But my goals, fears, and interests are much more along the lines of Brigit.

Everyone can get super uptight about not having things in common with others of their personality type, but remember: we are who we are, not what some weird grouping of letters is supposed to represent. Shatter the stereotypes as you go.