multiple discovery

one of many reasons why “QUEER” means so much to me.

[ IMAGE: a long, white image with “QUEER” faded in rainbow gradient in the background behind text written using various fonts in various sizes, colors and line-weight reading “sometimes identity is a journey. so far mine has gone something like this – queerascat.tumblr.com – HOLY SHIT, i’m BISEXU– wait, no, i’m PANSEXUAL! oh, but demisexuality? i’m DEMI-PANSEXUAL! but wait, what if i’m a LESBIAN??? no, WAIT! i’m NOT EVEN FEMALE!!! (no shit sherlock! plus you like who you like of any gender!) oh god, not even demi, TOTALLY ACE after all… shiiiiittt… panromantic ace! biromantic ace? PANro and BIro ACE! lolol wtf was i ever even thinking??? OF COURSE i’m a BI (sans ‘romantic’) & PAN (sans ‘romantic’) ACE. but grayro? quoiro? BI-PAN-GRAY-QUOIRO?? ugh, what the fuck ever. i’ll use whichever word(s) whenever it feels right to do so, but QUEER is the one word that has ALWAYS felt right. - Vesper 09/23/2016" ]

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Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot nicknamed “Docteur Satan” (January 17, 1897 – May 25, 1946) was a French doctor who was convicted of multiple murders after the discovery of the remains of twenty six people in his home in Paris after World War II. He is suspected of killing more than sixty victims during his life. On 11 March 1944, Petiot’s neighbors in Rue Le Sueur complained to police of a foul stench in the area and of large amounts of smoke billowing from a chimney of the house. Fearing a chimney fire, the police summoned firemen, who entered the house and found a roaring fire in a coal stove in the basement. In the fire, and scattered in the basement, were human remains. Petiot went on trial on March 19, 1946, facing 135 criminal charges. He admitted to killing just nineteen of the twenty-seven victims found in his house, and claimed that they were Germans and collaborators - part of a total of 63 “enemies” killed. His lawyer attempted to portray Petiot as a resistance hero, but the judges and jurors were unimpressed. Petiot was convicted of 26 counts of murder, and sentenced to death. On 25 May, 1946, Petiot was beheaded, after a stay of a few days due to a problem in the release mechanism of the guillotine. Before being beheaded, Dr. launched at the meeting, as last words “Gentlemen, I have one last piece of advice: Look away. This will not be pretty to see.”

Things I want from Star Trek: Discovery
  • Multiple, complex characters of colour who have their own unique characteristics and are allowed agency and independence from white character’s storylines.
  • Multiple queer characters whose queerness isn’t just something mentioned once in s5ep6 if you listen carefully in the first 10 minutes. Queer characters (who aren’t cis white men) whose queerness is something they celebrate.
  • Disabled characters. I just want some canonically disabled characters in space. Maybe there are some things that can’t be cured even in the 23rd century.
  • Neurodivergent characters. Autistic characters. Maybe there are some things a character might not want to cure.
  • Trans characters. I want non-binary characters, and I want humans to be like ‘yeah of course gender isn’t binary!’ and I want trans actors playing canonically trans characters. I want their man/womanhood to be 100% be treated equally to any cis characters.

And last but not least….

  • Cheese. I mean I love drama as much as the next guy, but Star Trek just isn’t Star Trek without outrageous amounts of cheese. It has to be progressive, it has to ask difficult questions. But it can’t take itself too seriously, because it’s also fun and silly and quirky. And a show can be both.

I know I’m not going to get everything I want. I know I’m probably only going to get one or two things off this list, but I feel like it’s even more important to have these things in a utopian sci-fi than it is in most other forms of fiction.

Because when you have multiple, complex and canonically queer, disabled, neurodivergent, trans, and racially diverse characters, you send a very clear message about the future. You say that in the future queer and transness will be totally accepted, and that it isn’t some abnormal deviation like our society treats it. You say that disability is nothing to be ashamed of, and in the future we’re going to have a society that accommodates and celebrates disabled people. You say that autistic and neurodivergent people aren’t some sickness to be cured, but another wonderful, accepted, and celebrated part of human diversity. And I mean really, if we’re honest, why are there any white characters at all? Because in 200 years time, with globalization and travel already where it is, surely there’ll be so much mixing of ethnicities that there’ll be barely any white people left in 200 years time likeI’mjusaying….

anonymous asked:

There was one episode in Adventure Time about a train with an infinity symbol that goes on forever with Finn battling monsters in each train car. Any way that or Infinity Train inspired each other?

They didn’t inspire each other. If I were to guess, The Adventure Time episode and Infinity Train were probably thought of around the same time period. I don’t know what the term for this is in art, but I know in science its referred to as “multiple discovery”. I thought of Infinity Train on a plane in 2010. There were a few moments that remember when I was working on it that other works with similar ideas came up.

The first time was actually when I first pitched it. I said it’s about this girl on a train, and one of the first things I was told was by an executive was “Well we’ll have to look into a that a little further, because there’s a miniseries we’re working on called Tome of the Unknown that features a train in it as a pretty important element and we wouldn’t want them to be too similar.” They ended up saying it wasn’t very similar, so I kept going with it. When I finally saw Over the Garden Wall I also saw other things that I had planned on having happen in my story, so I had to completely retool my ideas.

Eventually, when my pilot was greenlit and we were working on getting it made, I showed some of it to Cole Sanchez, who was like: “Infinity Train? Uh oh. Dude we just aired an episode a little while ago about a train with infinity symbols all over it!” and I was like “no…” and my stomach turned. I watched the episode, but it didn’t seem to have anything to do with what I was going for, neither thematically nor the way the actual train worked, except for the infinity symbol on a train, so I kept going with what I was making.

I also saw Snowpiercer in that time and was told about Galaxy Express 999. You wanna know another cool train based thing out right now? Train to Busan. Hell, I was afraid to call the whole thing Infinity Train in the first place because I didn’t want to step on Toby’s toes with AJ’s Infinite Summer.

There’s really no way out of this sort of thing, that’s how it works sometimes and you can’t stop it. There are certain ideas that are just out there in the zeitgeist, and they’re sitting there, plucked up by anyone who feels like they wanna do something with it. The most you can do is just keep making the thing you’re trying to make with the voice you want to make it in. If it works then it works, if it doesn’t then that’s fine too because ideas are infinite and you can always find something else to make.

Somewhere out there, there’s an interfandom bar that stretches through time and space. Scott Tracy visits one night and finds Michael Burnham downing multiple drinks.

“Discovery not go well?”

“Oh no it went fine BUT IM STILL A MESS BC I KNOW THAT I’LL NEVER SEE MY CAPTAIN AGAIN EVEN THOUGH WE SHARE TRAILERS.”

“Oh boy. (Opens comms) Sarek, Philippa, please come get Michael the second episode shook her.”

(Later)

S: “WHY DID DAD DIE”

John: “Time to get you home.”

COMIC BOOK CHARACTER OF THE DAY: BIGBY WOLF

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First Appearance: Fables #1

Allies: Snow White, Fable Town 

Most Current Appearances: Fables, Fairest

Abilities: Control of wind, superhuman strength, heightened smell and hearing, shapeshifter, immortal

Bigby is the son of the North Wind and a shewolf, but after his father abandoned his mother to certain death and took his six siblings with him, Bigby vowed to protect his mother’s corpse and slay his father. Over the centuries searching for his father, Bigby encountered the three little pigs and Red Riding Hood. This second event was almost the death of Bigby, as he was cut open, filled with stones, and dumped into a nearby river by the Woodsman. However, he had had his first taste of human, and after a couple of weeks, was able to escape the river and hunt humans. This led to his massive growth in size, making him the most feared beast among beasts.

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Bigby’s involvement during the invasion of the Adversary is likened to guerilla warfare. He would attack groups of enemy camps, free other captured Fables, and lead them to safety. During one of these attacks, Bigby met Snow White and her sister Rose Red; it was then that Bigby discovered by way of smell (it’s a wolf thing) that he and Snow White were linked for the rest of their lives. He rescued the sisters, and in return Snow White asked him to reside with the rest of the Fables. After the Adversary invaded the Homelands, the Fables were forced to seek shelter in the Mundane Universe, the human world. This meant that the Fables were forced to live together, and in doing so had their past transgressions wiped clean, even including the Big Bad Wolf. This didn’t come without consequences; Bigby wasn’t allowed on the Farm (where the animal Fables reside), and he had to maintain a human form while living in the city. He retains some of his wolf likeness, such as the flat nose and forehead, keen sense of smell and hearing, and hair.

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Because of his gruff, blunt “fuck off” personality, not many Fables like him. However, his keen senses, fast reflexes, and shapeshifting ability is what gets Bigby promoted to sheriff of Fabletown, and as such he is forced to interact with spiteful Fables on a daily basis. It also means he has daily interactions with Snow White, who serves as Department Head of the Fables. After an uprising in the Farm by Goldilocks, Snow White is nearly fatally wounded, Bigby was her main support and company during her time of recovery. Once Snow is able to walk again, she and Bigby are enchanted by Bluebeard (who at the time was working with Goldilocks) and go away for a three day vacation which they have no memory of. When they come to their right minds, Bigby and Snow White come to a series of multiple discoveries: Bigby’s reveal of his feelings for her, Snow White’s trust in Bigby, and the big shocker of discovering that during their 3 day trance, Snow White had become pregnant with Bigby’s child. 

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Bigby becomes incredibly protective of Snow White during her pregnancy, at which time Snow White began to realize her feelings for the wolf as well, despite derogatory comments from other Fables. When the Adversary sends an army of wooden soldiers to destroy the Fables, Bigby rushes back from a mission at one of the portals to the Homeland and singlehandedly destroys the enemy army with a gust of hurricane level winds. Snow White (who is now in the middle of her term) shocks both Bigby and the other Fables by running out to meet him with tears of joy.

Shortly after the battle, Snow White’s water breaks and Bigby, along with a select group of other Fables, rush her to the hospital. Because of Bigby’s heightened senses, he can not only hear with acute pain, but also sense Snow White’s pain and in turn struggles to hold on to his human form; his keen senses, which usually serve to the best, now play against him.

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Because of the magic combined between two incredibly famous Fables, it was near impossible to discern the gender, let alone the number of children. After a ridiculous amount of hours in labor, Snow White not only gives birth to one, but six shapeshifting wolf cubs. Bigby of course is ecstatic, and eventually shocked when his children start randomly flying (the Wind of the North being his father and all, you’d figure the genes would pass down). 

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But all good things must come to an end; because the cubs are unable to maintain a human form, Snow White is forced to relocate to the Farm until the children are able to appear like humans in the Mundane World. This leaves out Bigby, since he is forbidden from the Farm. When no agreement is reached between Snow and Bigby on what to do, Bigby decides to leave Fable Town and separate himself from the rest of the world, although he does so regretting every second of leaving Snow and his kids. A few months later, Bigby is stunned to find out his seventh (that’s right, seventh) son, an invisible creature of wind, has been sent to stay with his father. After a while, Mowgli is sent to find Bigby and bring him back to Fable Town for an upcoming war with the Adversary.

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When Bigby returns, he hasn’t seen Snow or his children for 5 years. Over those years, Snow White had arranged everything in such a way that Bigby would have photos, gifts, and letters of his children over the years. Bigby proposes to Snow White, and together they build Wolf Manor, a large plot of land between the Farm and Fable Town where their children could roam as human and wolf, and Bigby wouldn’t be forced away from his family. 

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Now that the Wolf Family is together, Bigby is called away to war with the Adversary, given he is one of the most formidable weapons the Fables have. He manages to survive the war, capture the leader of the Adversary, whittle down the enemy armies, and return home to a loving wife and family. Remember Bigby’s father? Snow White manages to create a more amicable relation between father and son, though Bigby’s want for revenge for his mother’s death doesn’t really subside. When another enemy threatens the population of Fable Town, North Wind manages to save his son and grandchildren, but also takes from Bigby the need for revenge.This results in one of the children being named the new North Wind. However, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. Two of the children disappear, and when Bigby races across universes to find them, a stranger from Snow White’s past returns to claim her as his own. When news reaches Bigby that someone kidnapped his wife, he postpones the search for his children to Fable Town, and he is not happy.

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Bigby and the stranger fight, all while Snow White and other Fables look on. Due to an enchanted blade, the stranger strikes a blow to Bigby, turning the giant wolf into glass. When Snow White tries to step in and beg for her husband’s release, the stranger tricks her and rams the hilt of his sword into Bigby, shattering him into millions of pieces.

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This isn’t the end of Bigby, not yet anyway. As Fables, the more popular their story is, the more magic they possess and are virtually immortal. The witches of Fable Town use their magic to rebuild the statue of Bigby, but are now on the hunt for the final missing piece. Meanwhile, Bigby’s soul is stuck in an alternate universe, not exactly Heaven, but not Hell or Purgatory. 

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For those of you interested, the PC game Wolf Among Us takes place as a prequel to Fables, showing Bigby’s interaction with Snow White and other Fables characters before the main story. You play as Bigby Wolf while solving a case of a serial killer in the Fables. Depending on your answers and interactions with other characters will change the outcome of the story, but it is still very apparent his affections for Snow White.

Winner of 14 Eisner Awards, Fables is a wonderful and addicting read! I highly suggest reading it so you can get Bigby’s full story as well as other characters in the Fable world including Boy Blue, the Frog Prince, Beauty and the Beast, and many others.

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Surface of the mouse colon repaired by stem cells after a flare of ulcerative colitis. The different colors show the contributions of individual stem cells as they have multiplied to patch the breaks, or ulcers, in the colonic surface. These ulcers were originally caused by the rampant inflammation that happens repeatedly in patients that suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affects more than 1.4 million Americans and is globally becoming more common.

Current medication targets the chronic inflammation that causes destruction of the intestinal lining, but a new approach for therapy is to heal the intestine directly.

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Headcanon that it’s a regular thing for Pidge to fall asleep anywhere and after multiple discoveries of their green paladin in random locations, the group has a new game called Get Pidge to Bed. 

Paladins trying to out-do each other to find and carry Pidge to bed. 

It becomes a nightly thing. 

(Shiro holds the current high score). (He denies being smug about this). (He totally is smug about this).  

At least once, or maybe more than once, I’ve done something that someone else did six months earlier. I happened not to have known about it. Somebody pointed it out to me. You can’t be responsible for knowing what every single designer all over the world the world has done. That’s a bit unfair to yourself.
—  Bob Gill
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In recognition of National Fossil Day today, a part of Earth Sciences Week, we feature a story by BLM Paleo Intern Hannah Cowan about a dinosaur excavation. 

“In early September, I had the opportunity to join BLM Paleontologist Alan Titus on a dinosaur excavation in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or GSENM. After a brief tour of the BLM’s impressive paleo lab and a beautiful two hour drive through the Staircase, I finally arrived at my first paleo excavation site. Named Unicorns and Rainbows for the majestic and unimaginable discovery at this location, the fossil locality certainly lived up to its name. With the exception of the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (which mysteriously contains a ratio of predator: prey which exceeds normal standards), predators are rarely discovered in the paleo world. 

Ever since the Lythronax argestes press release last November and National Geographic article featuring excavations within the GSENM this spring, the Monument is on the nation’s radar as a paleo "hot-spot.” And, this tyrannosaur discovery is no less exciting. 

When I think of a tyrannosaur, I am reminded of Jurassic Park—the scene in which the tyrannosaur chases down a jeep, or when it surprised a flock of Gallimimus. How about the infamous Spinosaurus vs. tyrannosaur fight! 

At the Unicorns and Rainbows locality, I was greeted by three Denver Museum of Nature and Science volunteers who were working under the direction of GSENM Paleo Technician Scott Richardson to clear out space surrounding one large plaster-jacket. Despite the searing heat from the desert sun, there was a buzz of energy as the group worked to excavate the dinosaur. 

Hours were spent bent over one small location – chiseling down around the plaster jacket to allow for its removal. Dust blew up my nose and into my eyes as splinter after splinter of rock chipped away beneath my chisel. As I worked, I kept a diligent eye for fossilized fish scales, small bones and larger tyrannosaur parts. My job was to find these fossils before they were lost amongst the settling dust and rock debris. 

Although my time on the excavation was short, I began to understand the vast amount of time necessary to safely remove and transport fossilized material. I was thankful for the close partnerships formed with the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, providing Alan and staff the much needed support to excavate the tyrannosaur. 

My time on the excavation ended with the discovery of multiple small fossils, belonging either to a small reptile, a small dinosaur, or as I hope, to a baby dinosaur! The opportunity to work on the tyrannosaur excavation was eye opening. It was not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but also an opportunity for greater insight into field crew operations and the BLM’s goals for the GSENM paleontology program. The tyrannosaur discovery will hopefully solve questions regarding predator life history, evolution and the ecosystem’s fauna. 

I’d like to wish Alan and the crew luck with the remaining excavation, and express my appreciation for the supporting universities and museums who work in concert with the BLM to further paleontological research and discovery on public lands in Utah.“ 

- Hannah Cowan

NGC 474, an abnormal eliptical galaxy, has been baffling scientists ever since its discovery. The multiple layers or “shells” release massive amounts of energy yet astronomers have been unable to solve how they formed. Some theorize that NGC 474′s shells are a result of other smaller galaxies being absorbed while others theorize that the nearby galaxy (NGC 470) is causing density waves to ripple through the galactic giant.