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Queen Maxima’s foreign visits → Oman and the United Arab Emirates, 2009

After a relatively quiet 2008, Maxima and Willem Alexander kicked off their overseas visits of 2009 in January with a visit to the Middle East. The royals of Oman and the UAE pulled out all the stops for their guests and arranged several meetings between the two families: they had dinner with the Sultan of Oman, met with Sheika Salama and Sheikha Fatima in Abu Dhabi, and Princess Haya (daughter of the late King of Jordan and wife of the Emir of Dubai) held a meeting with Maxima too. The rest of the visit was designed to highlight areas of cooperation between the Netherlands and the Middle East. They visited the International port of Sohar, a joint initiative between the Dutch port city of Rotterdam and Oman and visited the International Maritime College which is also supported by Rotterdam. They saw how the Dutch embassy supports charitable initiatives in the area, including a job readiness program for women in Muscat. And they learned about collaborations between institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. Of course, there is always time for relaxation and Maxima and Willem Alexander made a journey to the desert where they rode on camels and the soon to be king smoked a hookah pipe! 

Friday Stroll? How About a Spacewalk?

On Friday, May 12, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will venture outside the International Space Station, into the vacuum of space, for a spacewalk.

Space Fact: This will be the 200th spacewalk performed on the space station!

You can watch their entire 6.5 hour spacewalk live online! (Viewing info below!) To tell the two astronauts apart in their bulky spacewalk suits, Whitson will be wearing the suit with red stripes, while Jack Fischer will have white stripes.

Space Fact: The first-ever spacewalk on the International Space Station was performed on Dec. 7, 1998.

For Peggy, this will be her ninth spacewalk! She actually holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut. For Fischer, this is his first time in space, and will be his first spacewalk. You can see from the below Tweet, he’s pretty excited!

Once both astronauts venture outside the Quest airlock, their tasks will focus on:

  1. Replacing a large avionic box that supplies electricity and data connections to the science experiments
  2. Replacing hardware stored outside the station

Specifically, the ExPRESS Carrier Avionics, or ExPCA will be replaced with a unit delivered to the station last month aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

Ever wonder how astronauts prepare and practice for these activities? Think about it, wearing a bulky spacesuit (with gloves!), floating in the vacuum of space, PLUS you have to perform complex tasks for a period of ~6.5 hours! 

In order to train on Earth, astronauts complete tasks in our Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). It’s a gigantic pool with a full mock up of the International Space Station! Here’s a clip of astronauts practicing to install the ExPCA in that practice pool at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

In addition, Whitson and Fischer will install a connector that will route data to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and help the crew determine the most efficient way to conduct future maintenance on the cosmic ray detector.

The astronauts will also install a protective shield on the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3, which was moved in March. This adapter will host a new international docking port for the arrival of commercial crew spacecraft.

Finally, the duo will rig a new high-definition camera and pair of wireless antennas to the exterior of the outpost.

Watch the Spacewalk Live!

Live coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT, with spacewalk activities starting at 8 a.m. EDT. 

Stream the entire spacewalk live online at nasa.gov/live 

OR 

Watch live on the International Space Station Facebook page starting at 7:00 a.m. EDT

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Love Me Like You Do (Part 1)

Summary: Draco decides to visit America before he gets married to Astoria Greengrass, fulfilling a pact his family has made with hers. It’s a last-minute trip he wants to take before he settles down to fulfill his duties as a Malfoy. Until he meets you, and you change his whole life.

Word Count: 3,073

Warnings: None.

A/N: Another daydream of mine with my beloved Draco. Hope you all enjoy! 

Originally posted by nellaey


“Draco? Draco!”

Draco blinked and met his mother’s eyes. “Yes?”

Narcissa Malfoy gave him a thin-lipped smile, embarrassment across her otherwise-stoic features. “Are you with us, dear?”

Draco, in fact, wasn’t in the room. His mind had been wandering ever since his father began to talk about business and how he was seeking to invest his Galleons into worthy ideas. Nothing that really interested Draco. His passion was found in cauldrons, steaming potions, watching them change colors as Draco neared the discoveries of spells and concoctions that would help the wizarding world throughout the planet.

Yet his parents weren’t so fond of his chosen career path. They called it a hobby, didn’t acknowledge Draco’s efficacity in it, and Lucius incessantly insisted that Draco meet with him weekly to go over the family’s interests and what to do to bring even more fortune to the Malfoy household.

The war had been unkind to his family. Pureblooded thinking had been shunned and Lucius Malfoy had been forced to swallow his pride and beliefs to keep going forward, to try to fix the wrongs that had tarnished his household when he had chosen the wrong side.

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agenderraskel  asked:

What do you think of JARVIS? Can he get inside your arm? Has he ever done so? Are you ever concerned about him taking over the world?

i like jarvis. hes everything nickel science fiction novels promised back when i was a kid.

 jarvis–and anyone else for that matter–cant get inside my arm because my arm has no ability to transmit or receive data, except for an internal data port under the armor plates which has to be accessed with a unique cable. so if you can get at it and you have the necessary equipment you can mess with my arm, but it’s impossible to hack while im out doing stuff. 

not that tony or i told anyone that for the first few months. i managed to knock steves glass out of his hands four times, throw things at clint six times, and smack sam upside the head twice before they realized that my arm was not being remotely controlled by ‘the evil Dr Dextrous.’ 

im not concerned about jarvis taking over the world because probably hed be a lot better at keeping things running smoothly that current management. jarvis has managed to keep tony stark mostly alive without actually having hands for like. several decades now. which probably qualifies him for sainthood, or at least a really nice retirement package. i figure after all that chaos managing a few billion non-geniuses without access to flying tanks is basically a cakewalk. 

but since jarvis has more sense than–well. basically any avenger–he knows that taking over the world would be way more stress than its worth.
jarvis is smart like that.

anonymous asked:

You'll talk someday about how the Port Mafia is portrayed? ( not the bightest bulbs in the chandelier huh. Not the most subtle either) im not trying to rush you, it bothers me too and im just curious. I like your analysis. Have a nice day

Haha all kidding aside, I’ve been meaning to talk about them for quite a while now. It’s just that I want the stuff I write to make sense, because usually they’re self-indulgent rambles. And this one won’t be an exception, especially since I have so many feelings about Port Mafia.

Usually it’s the protagonists who are outmatched, outgunned, outnumbered, or just generally outclassed. Through sheer force of will and nakama power perfect teamwork do they come out on top. Even then sacrifices have to be made. At the start, the Armed Detective Agency seemed like it will follow this mold, but soon we are introduced to their abilities.

On paper and in practice, the abilities of the members of ADA greatly complement each other. This means that even with few active operatives who can work on the field, they got all bases covered. If this were an MMO they’d have Atsushi and Kenji as tanks, Atsushi again and then Kunikida for DPS, Tanizaki going for Assistance/Crowd Control, Fukuzawa as Buffer, Dazai as Debuffer and of course, Yosano as their Healer. Not to mention Ranpo, the formidable brains behind their operations (with Dazai as backup, or even vice versa).

Now let’s take a look at the mafia. Not counting Odasaku, in their group who doesn’t have an offensive ability? Ace? Sure, but his ability only applies to his subordinates, and anyway he’s also dead. See the problem? Chuuya probably has the most versatile ability in the mafia right now, but it’s either he takes great pride in his prowess as a martial artist or he just can’t think of creative ways to take advantage of the fact that he can, well, manipulate gravity. There’s also Elise, who seems to be “programmed” to be able to do feats no ordinary human can, but we don’t know much about her. Outside of these two, the one who impresses is Kajii. His ability sounded like a joke sure, but he knows how to make use of it and in the right circumstances, can be that one member to watch out for. There’s also talks about another executive member or two. Whether one exists we don’t know, but I can only hope they’ll possess an ability that is a supportive one, or something gamechanging like mind reading or memory wipe.

Don’t get me wrong! It is rather refreshing to see a team full of competent people, especially in their line of work where they’ll find themselves smack dab in the middle of dirty matters the police and the military would rather not handle. That they are well-rounded means it’s easy to imagine why the government would want their help, why they get the requests they do, and why they are favored to take on cases that will pit them against criminals/evildoers who have their own deadly abilities.

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My Commodore PET 2001-32N doesn’t have terrible video any more!

I replaced the three smaller transistors and two larger transistors in the vertical deflection circuit, along with the two remaining common(ish) electrolytic capacitors.  The large 4700μF/25V power supply smoothing capacitor took forever to extract.  The video is linear now! Looks exactly as it should, after I adjusted the controls a bit.  I guess this now qualifies me as an authorized Commodore monitor repairman? Maybe?

After that, I decided to test the datasette port once again.  It wouldn’t spin the drive motors correctly, so I opened the case, and connected to the second internal cassette port.  Sure enough, it correctly played and rewound.  Then I noticed how tarnished the rear connector was.  A bit of isopropyl alcohol later, and the connector was shiny again.  My datasette now correctly works on that port, and a save/load test onto tape confirms its functionality.

Now all that’s left is to exercise or clean the keyboard, and this machine will be at 100% functionality.

anonymous asked:

idk if you'll necessarily know the answer but do u have any idea why in a lot of fics set before the war bucky works at the docks? i don't remember them mentioning that in the movies and i know it's not from the comics. my only theory is that it's because the word for someone who's employed to unload cargo from ships is "stevedore" which sounds like steve adore ?

that sounds like Adoring by Dira Sudis (dsudis)

Ok so I reread this and boy did I give you the wrong answer. The answer to your question is twofold one: 1930s Brooklyn was FULL OF MOTHERFUCKING DOCKS. Seriously, there were so so many docks, in those days New York was much more of a big international port than it is today. Reason two: due to the prevalence of docks, working at them in some way was a common job for working class folk, like Steve and Bucky are usually headcannoned as. Particularly in the 30s with the depression, this makes sense as a place of work for Bucky, work with the ports, especially loading and u loading was something that always needed doing, provided both temporary and long term work depending on what job and paid money.

anonymous asked:

who/what do you think should be the main targets of armed struggle if (hypothetically obv) the revolution began tomorrow? derrick jensen (idk how i feel about him overall) suggests targeting 'bottlenecks' i.e. power stations, oil refineries, etc - the real machinery of capital. do you think this would be effective or are there better targets in your opinion?

I’m definitely trying to get myself on a watchlist here, but yea I’m very much in the same line of thought.

If you shut down anything related to logistics like freight docks, major interstate highways, ports, etc., you could really cripple capitalism pretty quickly. Taking over a single factory or workplace isn’t really going to do anything in the grand scheme of things, but logistics makes World Capitalism what it is, so targeting for example a major international port? You could really throw a wrench in things, which is why for example longshoremen are paid really freaking well, relative to their skillset.

I wouldn’t want to get in the business of targeting things which have the power to hurt/kill innocent people, like electric substations or supermarkets, etc.

I’m not really in favor of armed struggle to begin with, at least not any time soon, I think we need to do the work of building alternative institutions first. Armed struggle should only be an option if we’re forced into it or it becomes an attractive option.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Photographer: Davaughn Foster 

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The most annoying thing about Social Justice people on this website is that a lot of them do not take context into consideration and have a very Americanized view of the world. A good example of this is the drama going on with Nintendo right now. For those of you who don’t know, Nintendo recently got in trouble because they do not allow same sex romance options in an upcoming game, Tomodachi Life. The comments and the actions taken by Nintendo do seem insensitive and homophobic especially since there was a male to male romance option at one time, but there is a whole other side to this story that a lot of people are ignoring. 

First off, let me explain the backstory for this drama, Tomodachi Life i a game that allows you to live a virtual life using a Mii self and you can even romance people. The game was released in Japan over a year ago and is currently being ported to an international version which come out in a month (June 6th). The game originally did have a male same sex romance option that was a bug and was never supposed to be in the final game. This bug was actually game breaking and people couldn’t save their games so Nintendo had to remove it for the game to work, not because they were intentionally being homophobic. Nintendo decided to create a port for international release a few months after the game came out.

The new drama comes from the american audience who is asking for same sex romance options to be added and Nintendo basically said no and people on this website are now freaking out and calling Nintendo homophobic. The thing is, there are a lot of reasons for them not adding this option. The main two are time and cost, the game is being released in less than a month and there is not enough time to change the code and test for bugs to make that deadline. Also, since this is a port, there is probably not a lot of money in this project and this process would be costly. Another big thing people are not taking into account is that the game was originally made for Japan. In Japan, gay marriage is not legal and there are still many people who do not approve of homosexuality. In many ways, America is very ahead of Japan in the civil rights of the LGBTQA+ community. If Nintendo were to add homosexual relationships to a game aimed at a Japanese audience, it would be very controversial. I am not saying that this is right, but Japan is not America and their views on LGBTQA+ issues, such as marriage, are different. Even though the views are changing, Japan and its people are not going to change overnight and it is gonna take some time. 

This drama actually highlights a major problem on this website where people get mad and go off the handle without understanding context. Context and understanding that you cannot apply american ideals to another country are very important and not something you just shrug off. I’ll admit, it sucks that the game is not inclusive to everyone and I also think Nintendo’s comments about the drama were insensitive, but there is a lot more going on here than just “Nintendo hates gay people” and the problem is way more complex than users on this website indicate. There is a huge cultural divide between Japan and the United States when it comes to LGBTQA+ issues and boycotting and screaming about this will do nothing to help change Nintendo’s views for future releases. However, what you can do to help with this issue is give Nintendo feedback. Let them know that their Western audience wants to see this option in future games, even in ports.

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On the Italian habit to talk with hands

Do you know how it’s said that Italians talk with their hands? Well, that’s completely true, it’s not some kind of false stereotype. There is a bunch of gestures with specific meanings, like for example if you close your fingers mimicking a bird’s beak and then you shake the hand you are basically expressing “what are you saying?” or “what do you want?”. And this is just one of the many that can be used to be understood from the other side of the street without shouting or that can accompany normal chatting, more or less consciously. People at times train themselves to not use their hands while they talk, to look more professional and composed, but generally speaking that’s totally a normal thing.

So the purpose of this post is to say that the “Italians talking with their hands” thing has a historical origin and it does not come out of the blue.

Italy, after the fall of the Roman Empire and throughout centuries up to 1800, was not an united country. It was divided in many little states and suffered quite a lot of invasions. In the south: Spanish ruling, invasions of Middle-Eastern populations. In the north/centre: French or Austro-Ungarian/German ruling. By 1800 the only Italian ruler in the whole territory was the Pope. (Italian families, like the Lorena in Florence, were still related to foreign royal families.)

This fragmentary situation of the territory and politics meant that no one talked “Italian” and all the dialects that still exist in modern Italy were actual languages. Dante’s Italian, that is Tuscany’s dialect, was the language of the noblemen, of the scholars and the academies, no one among the lower classes actually spoke like that. The problems appeared in cities like Venice, Genoa, Naples, which were huge international ports, and there you could listen to people from anywhere in the Mediterranean sea, with high percentages of Arabic, especially in Naples.

So, what do you do when you can’t speak a foreign language very well, and you don’t even understand people from other states in Italy, but you need to sell things, buy things, negotiate prices and in general make others understand what the hell you are even saying?

You talk with your hands.

Tianjin Explosion Updates (as of August 13th): 

  • 50 people have been confirmed dead, 12 of who are firefighters 
  • 36 firefighters are still unaccounted for 
  • More than 700 people have been hospitalized 
  • At least 71 are in critical condition 
  • There were 2 explosions. Both originated at a warehouse site owned by Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics Co. (瑞海国际物流有限公司), a company that stores and transports dangerous chemicals 
  • The first explosion occurred around 11:30pm local time, and had the force of 3 tons of TNT. A group of firefighters quickly arrived at the scene, only to suffer from the second larger explosion, which had the force of 21 tons of TNT.  
  • For now the local authorities have suspended firefighting efforts because of a lack of information about the “dangerous goods” stored at the warehouse. It’s very possible that the hazardous chemicals pose a serious risk to the public. Most concerning are sodium cyanide (NaCN), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and calcium carbide (CaC2), all of which pose direct threats to human health on contact. NaCN in particular is highly toxic, while Ca(C2) and TDI react violently with water and reactive chemicals, with risk of explosion. What with tomorrow’s weather forecast being rain, it’s a major hazard.