opher

Canon Marlowe things

Will calls him Kit
Sleeps naked
Has nightmares
He pushes people who love him away because he doesn’t want to get hurt again
Has orgies for inspiration
Tried to sell his soul to the devil
Has called himself Christ-opher Marlowe
Called his lover “my King”
Believes love is worth damnation
Is an atheist
He tried Catholicism for a hot minute though
He is Dr. Faustus
He’s really affectionate when he lets himself be
Gay AF
He’s a spy for England but really just works for himself
Throws tantrums when he has writer’s block

A Cool Canadian Guest Post by a Cool Canadian on a Cool Canadian Day

Hello, hi, it me, Dan.

Here I am. Beachy is pretty busy right now in Lexington, probably leading the resistance, or eating something with gravy on or adjacent to it, or fluffing her pillows for me to snuggle in with her and our dog and cat and husband real soon. Something like this, but add an uncomfortable Southern sir in: 

I am going to Lexington in March to see my Others and my heart is already warm with the kind of love that I will be surrounded by. It’s the kind of love that welcomes you into their home for a weekend having never met you. The kind that holds your hand in a new, strange place, and jackknifes you in a warm bed. The kind that says grace before breakfast and lets you touch their beard and nuzzle their wife. The kind that gets drunk with you and dances to folk music and plays the air guitar real high up. The kind that buys a plane ticket without hesitation. The kind you hold thousands of cheese balls for and run to the Bean to get pizza with and you drive across the country to see. It’s the kind of love I chose; they’re the people I chose; they are the people I fit best with, and they make me the best version of myself. I can’t fucking wait to soak up the love from these incredible idiots. 

-Dan

Under pressure: Extreme atmosphere stripping may limit exoplanets' habitability

New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research presented by Dr Christina Kay, of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, on Monday 3rd July at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull.

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are huge explosions of plasma and magnetic field that routinely erupt from the Sun and other stars. They are a fundamental factor in so called “space weather,” and are already known to potentially disrupt satellites and other electronic equipment on Earth. However, scientists have shown that the effects of space weather may also have a significant impact on the potential habitability of planets around cool, low mass stars – a popular target in the search for Earth-like exoplanets.

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Here’s the model for a character in a story I want to make,
He’s a boy in a promotional mascot hotdog outfit who, after twirling his sign for hours on end in 100°+ weather, collapses and wakes up to find that he and the hotdog are one. He is Hotdog Boy.

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Here’s the thing: I don’t really do internet meet-ups. They’re not my thing. They stress me out, because I am an introvert to my core. I don’t like small talk.

But with these people? These aren’t meet-ups. These trips we occasionally post about are long distance friends convening on a place and spending a precious, concentrated, and very finite amount of time together. 

Through years of blogging, these have become my people. Witty comments on posts became asks that showed general mutual interest in each other’s lives. For convenience’s sake, we moved from Tumblr to gchat and texts. We sent each other Facebook requests. When I eventually met each of these lovely humans, it felt natural. It felt like I had known them forever. (With the exception of Chris, who I actually had to bully into following me the morning we met in Conway, Arkansas back in 2011. “No, I’m sure you don’t follow me, actually. But you do follow my sister.”)

With these people, we create blissful reunions, and every moment is savored and treasured. Last weekend was doubly special, because not only were we all lucky enough to come together from very disparate geographical locations at the same time in order to spend a weekend with each other, but we also got to celebrate as two of our clan tied the knot.

There is still a fairly noticeable taboo against meeting people online, especially through blogging. People just don’t get it. Even at present, when most romantic relationships form online through dating websites, there is still a stigma surrounding people who make lasting friendships with people that they meet online. That said, I have never been one to give any fucks about taboos.

To me, calling these people The Internet is just a way of describing how I know them. Just like I have my college friends, high school friends, and adventuring friends, I also have my blogging friends.

I hate when people say “real life” friends to differentiate how they know their humans, because it feels backhanded. Because I met someone online, does that make them less real? By using these words, they are insinuating that the strength and impact of relationships formed online are less important, less meaningful, and less tangible than those formed by other means.

In many ways, The Internet holds some of the strongest, most profound relationships in my life. They are founded in mutualism and communication.

These humans are real life, and I love their guts.

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Breakfast for Anders. A quiche of epic proportions. Asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, sauteed onions, BACON, and cheddar. I ate it.

Summit snack for me. The most pretentious chocolate chip cookies there ever were. Brown butter, dark chocolate swirl, chocolate chip, sea salt, and lemon zest.

The dudes summit fighting. Things escalate quickly at elevation. I can’t take them anywhere.

Trekking poles and day packs and mountains: OH MY!

KC in his natural environment, taking selfies and sending them to his friends. (Resulting selfie also pictured, courtesy of Mrs. x-opher.)

Ruined lemon bread, because I turned my back for ONE SECOND, and KC inverted the hot loaf pan because he is too impatient. He should have a five year old teach him a thing or two about waiting. Said child would probably know more.

workworkwork. Disregard the double monitor sitch, I’ll just sit here with my paper and writing implements. It’s fine.

No pictures of me, because although Jess tagged me in that smile train, every photo of me smiling looks contrived and depressing. And I didn’t feel like putting a picture on my blog of me being grumpy in response to a coworker telling me that I was funny for dressing like a mom today. (Uhhh, thanks?)