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Happy birthday to Britton Chance, born on this day (July 24) in 1913, who lived a very full 97 years.

Chance earned degrees in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biology and Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University. During World War II, he worked in MIT’s Radiation Laboratory. He spent most of his career affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, lead the Johnson Foundation for over three decades, and built an international network of collaborators (including many former post-docs). Chance authored over a thousand papers. His early research concerned enzyme-substrate compounds; later work focused on medical diagnostics, including magnetic resonance spectroscopy. His interest in instrumentation was driven, in part, by an eagerness to see his work approved for clinical use.

In 1952, Chance won Olympic gold as a sailor on the Complex II (possibly the only Olympic vessel named after an enzyme compound). Yachting was a lifelong passion and source of inspiration: Chance’s first patent was for an automatic steering device. He raised a pack of children, famously biked to work, and continued pursuing the research he loved until the very end of his life.

CHF Archives/photo collections, 2016.533.001

After 3 months of glitchy websites and deliberation, the Percy Jackson Greek Godly Parent Quiz is finally complete. 33 questions long, and inspired by Pottermore and Golden Compass quizzes, take the quiz to find out which is your Greek godly parent/patron. The results include the 12 Olympians and Hades, and shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.

I can edit the quiz anytime I like, so please spread the word and I am open to any feedback and comments at any time. You can leave them in the tags or send a message to me directly! 

Quiz Link : You can take the quiz here, and you can find the link on my sidebar as well.

Alternate Link: If the above doesn’t work, I’ve embedded the quiz onto my blog over here.

Update - All Quiz Results (only on computer sorry): I’ve created a slideshow with all the results, so if you don’t identify with one, you can read them all and see which one suits you! Because this is a page on my blog, it might not show up on mobile, sorry!

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Modern Day Greek Gods - Interpretations of the Olympic Pantheon (plus a few more!)

Click these links for descriptions of each character:

Poseidon Zeus Hades Artemis Apollo AphroditeHera Hermes Athena Dionysus Ares Hestia Hephaestus Demeter Persephone

Holy crap! Finally finished, and here’s the masterpost! I’ve had so much fun with all of these. It was a great exercise in character design and I really got into it (lol originally I was only going to do Hera and Zeus).  Thanks for all the lovely comments and encouragement on this project!

Now onto the next!

(also sorry because I know I’ve been spamming you with the last ones all day)

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Testosterone Thursday!

Sydney Convict Set To Slide To PyeonChang In 2018. Those Bodacious Boys At Outsports Posted An Article The Other Day About Simon Dunn, Who Plays Rugby For The Sydney Convicts, Will Be The Breakman For Lucas Mata!

An Openly Gay Slider…

Way To Go, Bro!

You Are A True Sports Stud!

Simon Has Set Up A GoFundMe Account For His Olympic Dreams.

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Testosterone Thursdays: British Beef!

Those Fellas At Attitude Are Onto Something!

Sexy As Hell, Baby!

240. Damaged Gods

i. zeus had the skies, he stormed, but his own acid tears burned him;

ii. poseidon ruled the seas, but he choked on his own turf;

iii. hades held the underground riches, but he was robbed, too quickly, too furiously;

iv. hera watched her kind fight, but they were beaten and bruised;

v. demeter sowed her crops, but her land died under her pupils’ harvest;

vi. hestia held the families, but they broke down one by one to drunken violence and narrow-minded views;

vii. athena blessed the creators, but the world moved on too fast and the blessed thought less and less;

viii. ares rallied the troops, but they mutinied and fell upon one another;

ix. aphrodite bestowed beauty, but she lost hold of the innermost kind;

x. hephaestus slaved away, but his quota was never met and the demands only soared;

xi. artemis held her ground, but her followers broke their vows and threw aside their chastity;

xii. apollo sang and healed, but his songs lost their touch and the diseases flew beyond his skill;

xiii. hermes sped on his winged sandals, but he was too slow to keep up with the world;

xiv. dionysus pressed his grapes, but his creations were overdosed on and he drank himself away