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SO YOU WANT TO PLAY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS You probably heard it played on The Adventure Zone, or Friends at the Table, or various other podcasts. Or maybe you saw them playing it in Stranger Things, or in the most famous of the Chick Tracts, or it was brought it up on some other show or movie. Ho...


You probably heard it played on The Adventure Zone, or Friends at the Table, or various other podcasts. Or maybe you saw them playing it in Stranger Things, or in the most famous of the Chick Tracts, or it was brought it up on some other show or movie. However you came across it, it made you think that maybe D&D could be really fun, maybe you should give it a try. And it can be! Tabletop games are really fun! I highly recommend them.

Unfortunately for you, D&D is bad. It’s really bad. It’s a trash pile of a game. Getting into tabletops via D&D is similar to getting into video games off of shovelware platformers - it might work, you may have a good time, and it might encourage you to branch out into other, better games, but you are playing garbage to get there. It doesn’t even matter which edition you get - they’re all pretty bad and mired in legacy mechanics and poorly thought out decisions and this weird idea that only spell users get to have or do anything cool.

Fortunately for you, you don’t need to play it first! You can jump into much, much better games right from the get go! The tabletop market is full of really good games right now, but none of them really have an advertising budget like D&. To help you find the game that’s right for what you and your group want, I’ve put together a flowchart to get you started.

Inside an underground nuclear explosion created cavity, 1961.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Project Gnome, the first nuclear Plowshare experiment, was designed to explore the feasibility of using a deeply buried explosion in a dry salt bed for energy recovery and scientific nuclear experiments. The 3.1-kiloton device was detonated at a depth of 360 meters near Carlsbad, New Mexico. A researcher explores the created cavity, 23 meters high with a diameter of 49 meters.

photo: llnl/flickr

I Don't Know What to Title this, Fiddlestan

Summary: nbclementine said to jessiemw14:fiddlestan prompt(s): their first hug and/or Stanford’s injured and fiddleford has to help him walk back to the shack”


Gravity Falls


Fiddlestan (Stanford Pines/Fiddleford McGucket)


Profanity, maybe? Pointless fluff.


I SCREAMED WHEN I READ THIS PROMPT BECAUSE HOLY SHIT THIS IS ACTUALLY A GOOD ONE. Also just a note Stanford is Grunkle Stan and Stanley is the author, I note this because the body switch theory has got me all confused. Not the best I could do, but this is more for practice after all. PROMPTS ARE STILL OPEN!


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Underground Nuclear Explosions

What would happen if you detonated a nuclear weapon deep underground?

U.S. (pseudo)scientific tests, called Project GNOME,  experimented with using nuclear weapons to create man made caves. Because, you know… why not?

The results were staggering. The cave that was created by the blast was as wide as the US Capitol dome, and as tall as an 8 story building. 

The original tunnel was obviously destroyed in the blast, so workers had to dig another one to take the pictures.

Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation, for those of you who are more scientifically inclined:

The energy of the nuclear explosion is released in one microsecond. In the following few microseconds, the test hardware and surrounding rock are vaporized, with temperatures of several million degrees and pressures of several million atmospheres.[25] Within milliseconds, a bubble of high-pressure gas and steam is formed. The heat and expanding shock wave cause the surrounding rock to vaporise, or be melted further away, creating a melt cavity.[26] The shock-induced motion and high internal pressure cause this cavity to expand outwards, which continues over several tenths of a second until the pressure has fallen sufficiently, to a level roughly comparable with the weight of the rock above, and can no longer grow.[26]Although not observed in every explosion, four distinct zones (including the melt cavity) have been described in the surrounding rock. The crushed zone, about two times the radius of the cavity, consists of rock that has lost all of its former integrity. The cracked zone, about three times the cavity radius, consists of rock with radial and concentric fissures. Finally, the zone of irreversible strain consists of rock deformed by the pressure.[26] The following layer undergoes only an elastic deformation; the strain and subsequent release then forms aseismic wave. A few seconds later the molten rock starts collecting on the bottom of the cavity and the cavity content begins cooling. The rebound after the shock wave causes compressive forces to build up around the cavity, called a stress containment cage, sealing the cracks

It’s really disturbing how eagerly and naively science viewed atomic weapons in those years. I don’t know how you could have walked into that cave and not visualized what an explosion like that could do to a populated city, given that the purpose of all our nukes was to drop them on cities… I’m glad public opinion shifted against these nuke tests too! It’s not doing the environment any favors!