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Drift Science and Compatibility

In (somewhat belated) honor of K-Day, I submit unto the fandom a canon-supported theory of drift compatibility and testing, based on PPDC officer UIDs.

ex. 1 (graphic)

ex. 2 (additional canon examples)

Raleigh Becket   R-RBEC_122.21-B
Mako Mori   R-MMAK_204.19-V

Stacker Pentecost   M-SPEN_970.89-Q
Hercules Hansen   R-HHAN_832.84-G
Chuck Hansen   R-CHAN_512.66-D

Newton Geiszler   S-NGEI_100.11-Y
Hermann Gottlieb   S-HGOT_471.120-V

DEFINITIONS

Harlowe-Sheehan-Parker Compatibility Index: Ranging from 100 to 999, the HSP index indicates range of compatibility with other drift-capable individuals. The lower the number, the smaller the range of potential drift partners for the individual in question. A person with a lower HSP score is less flexible in dealing with dramatically different brainstyles, and requires a drift partner with either significant shared life experience, a high mutual degree of trust, or a close CORO pattern. Someone with a higher HSP score is significantly more adaptable to drift partners of disparate backgrounds, experience, and CORO profiles. Observe above how Stacker Pentecost and Herc Hansen have extraordinarily broad indices and thus may drift with nearly anyone.

CORO pattern: CORO patterns are shorthand for cognitive architecture, how a person thinks, processes input, makes decisions, etc. The range for CORO patterns is 1 to 99. If two people have the same CORO, they can establish a stable drift connection. Whether or not they can sustain a drift is a different matter, but generally being within twenty points of each other is enough to have a solid drift whether they get along or not. Mako and Raleigh are two points apart: they are Jaeger soulmates. Note that Stacker and Herc are five points apart: they are also Jaeger soulmates. Observe that Hermann’s CORO number is 120. The zero stands for a medical exemption, recommending against drifting due to his illness. Otherwise, he and Newt are a point apart.

Juno Keeler Trauma and Stress Tolerance Rating: Ranging from A to Z, from most stable to most easily destabilized, the Keeler rating (also abbreviated KTSTR, pronounced ‘kitster’) measures emotional volatility and resilience, and is also used as a general indicator for how likely someone will go to pieces inside the drift. Less precise than the HSP index and CORO pattern, the Keeler rating is based on in-person psychological evaluation and consideration of any previously lived trauma and/or extant mental illness. Note that a high Keeler rating does not contraindicate drifting, merely offers a warning for potential difficulties. Newt’s high rating is likely due to a mood disorder; Mako’s may be attributed to Tokyo. Observe also how close Raleigh and Chuck are to the beginning of the alphabet. Raleigh arguably had a fairly stable upbringing and, especially given his rating was handed out pre-Knifehead, a mature and level emotional response. Chuck might also have had a stable childhood before Scissure, and his low Keeler rating indicates he is not overly damaged by the experience, he isn’t emotionally-compromised, he’s just an ass.

IF YOU FEEL INCLINED TO USE THIS IN WORKS OF FICTION: I offer this drift science to the fandom for free, no catch, under a creative commons license. Adapt as your fanfictional needs require so long as no profit is involved. I thought the idea was too good not to share. If you do use it, please credit and/or link back to me, and feel free to message me also because I want to see what you do with it.

This is canon-compliant until canon proves otherwise. Go forth, beloveds, AND CREATE!

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Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Release Date : 2016-03-23
Category : Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Casts : Tao Okamoto, Callan Mulvey, Michael Shannon, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Laurence Fishburne, Scoot McNairy, Gal Gadot, Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Lauren Cohan, Jeremy Irons, Henry Cavill, Tj Norris, Jason Momoa, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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The Voices Disrupting White Supremacy Through Sound

With its robotic voices, lasers, mechanized noises and general tumult, the music of Chino Amobi, formerly known as Diamond Black Hearted Boy, can be heard as a kind of auditory science fiction.

As the 1996 documentary on Afrofuturist music, The Last Angel of History, shows, this has long been a tradition within Afrodiasporic music. The documentary argues that for Afrodiasporic people, the scenarios of science fiction are real, and that for them, apocalypse and dystopia have already happened.

American novelist Toni Morrison explained in Black Atlantic scholar Paul Gilroy’s 1993 book Small Acts that the victims of slavery were the first to have to deal with the traumatic effects of modernity.

As writer and musician Greg Tate puts it in the documentary, “most science fiction tales dramatically deal with how the individual is going to contend with these alienating, dislocating societies and circumstances and that pretty much sums up the mass experiences of black people in the post-slavery 20th century.”

At the end of the film, Kodwo Eshun explores this alienation through the sci-fi trope of cybernetics, noting that “producers willingly take on the role of the cyborg, willingly take on that man-machine interface just to explore the mutation that’s already happened to them.” [Read More]

Lazy Angel Plotlines I am Tried of Seeing in Media

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So in my brief time on this Earth I have consumed a lot of lackluster angel-related media, and in order to save baby writers from making the same mistakes over again, I offer you a concise list of the most annoying, lazy choices you can possible make when writing angelic beings. 

  1. We have angels but God is dead/absent/done with putting up with humanity’s shit/cannot be contacted.  In the words of youngsaminamerica: “if you wanna write people with wings, that’s fine. Do the James Patterson thing and make them genetically engineered or something. But don’t call them angels unless you’re ready to go all-out divinity”. If you wanna play in the angel sandbox you’re gonna have to at least step into the God sandbox. They are a package deal. You can do virtually anything you want to do with this relationship (although #2 and #3 seem to be popular) but it is a relationship you have to deal with. Angels are created by, close to, and work for God. Presumably, they see Him pretty damn often. Having them wrestle with/discuss/nurture/injure this relationship is way more interesting than the angelic equivalent of “Dad’s on a hunting trip, he hasn’t been home in a few days”. 
  2. Angels are so righteous and obsessed with holiness that they are actually horrifying creatures who get really excited about mass cleanses of the human race. This isn’t an awful idea, “every angel is terrifying” after all, but it gets overused a ton, and I think it’s a really backhanded and incomplete way of expressing an (understandable) fear of God’s wrath and anger with His decrees and unwillingness to trust that He is really all good. Which is a totally valid emotion that I would love to see explored in media in a way that isn’t reductive, lazy, and unhelpful, which brings us to-
  3. Angels somehow can wreck shit on Earth without arousing God’s attention or discipline, and have this weird free reign to do whatever they want, usually #2. This makes no damn sense. Whenever I see angels setting fire to Earth in movies I’m just like “Where’s if your father?!” “Who signed your ground visa?!” “Who’s orders are these?!” They’re the orders of Hollywood to blow as much shit up as possible without actually engaging with the idea that God interacts with us is what they are. Using angels to wreak havoc takes away the agency of both humans and God, and our relationship is where the attention should be falling. Angels want what’s good for us, presumably, and they do what God tells them, with debatable amounts of free will to spice the dish, so we shouldn’t bitch about the messengers when our real beef is with the One who sent the message. Engage with your anger with God directly or get out of my house.
  4. For some reason celestial ageless beings of light fall romantically in love with random humans, often forsaking heaven in the process. Alright, I can’t bitch too much about this one because, according to Enoch and Genesis, this actually happened at one point in time, but that is a sticky tale we don’t have time to get into here and it is not the norm. But, paranormal romance writers, you expect me to believe that a cosmic being in perfect intimacy with the Godhead would give that up for sex with some random chick that somehow has managed to catch his eye despite the fact that he has probably encountered millions of humans over his lifespan? Add to this the fact that sex is just a taste of perfect unity with the Godhead which is way more full and satisfying, not to mention the fact that a specific human would have virtually nothing to offer an angel outside of their own novelty? Not to mention that the way writers treat sex as this powerful unholy thing that will tempt you away from the Lord is super gross? Sex is good, lust is not, and sex was made for humans, so say thank you for the gift and stop trying to pit God against it. Giving up wings/immortality/grace for a fling with a flawed creature isn’t romantic, it’s stupid as shit. Like we need more romance narratives about how romantic love is better than our well being, better than the divine, and worth throwing away our lives for.

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Charlie Hunnam, Rhoticity and Raleigh Becket; OR, Good Sir, What Even Is Your Accent?

I am not a linguist, nor am I any sort of articulation or phonology-affiliated professional. That stated, my collegiate area of study was English Writing, which included multiple linguistics and language-history classes, I am a native speaker of North Midland American English, and I have beyond-passing familiarity with French language and speech pathology. What follows is a theory, and it may not be a popular one, but I just can’t take it anymore: I have to talk about Raleigh’s (and therefore Charlie Hunnam’s) accent, and how it pertains to characterization.

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So my physics teacher was giving us a practice quiz and she put up a velocity problem on the board using snape(i think? i havent read the books oops) and the girl next to me shouts “why the hell are we using a dead guy for science” and even starts freaking the fuck out so my science teacher says since hes a fictional character it doesnt matter and THE ENTIRE CLASS STARTS YELLING AT HER AND GETTING OUT OF THEIR SEATS and im sitting there quietly working on the problem and thats the story of how my entire class aside from me got detention because of harry potter

Mystery Science Cure Theater:3000 - last updated 6/03/01

“Mystery Science Cure Theater: 3000 is based on the idea that The Cure have stopped touring, forever.  Oh, calamity! But two devoted (utterly insane) fans (nutbars) have decided that they must go on! To this end, Antagony and Fangrrl kidnap the band, and put them in the Satellite of Love, hoping to coerce them into resuming their recording and touring.  They do this by subjecting the band to bad fanfiction, inane posts on various message boards, even slash fiction.”

@sansgst has found an overwhelmed SO12

Overwhelming.

Each breath rushing forth from between clamped teeth, a heavy weight pressing against the chest, hands clutching at the throat, forehead pressed against the soil. All of it was too much, the sudden mix of sounds, of sights that had begun as nothing more than a blurred mess of colour, shapes hard to discern amongst the jumble, sharpening over time, breaking the silence of the lab.

IT WAS TOO MUCH.

Harsh and ragged was each breath that rose of the creature, broken only by the sound of soft moans, there was no other reaction to be taken from SO12. Never had they left the confinements of the True Lab, content within the dark, wrapped up within the silence of solitude, only for curiosity to draw them forward when the portal had first formed, a shimmering mass that had intrigued them.

They had not dared to entertain the thought that this would only end within such a situation, unaware that they had been drawn into the surface world, leaving the skeletal canine huddled within a small clearing, the familiarity of the scene lost upon them.

Ex Machina (2015)

2015 has been a great year for Alicia Vikander. After starring in one of this summer’s better blockbusters Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the Oscar nominated beautiful film The Danish Girl, one would almost forget she made another great film in that year; Ex Machina, which got nominated for several prices including two Oscars.

Ex Machina might be one of the greatest philosophical movies I have ever seen. I’m just going to put that out there. I’m a sucker for science fiction, but sadly, science fiction is mostly lost in bad stories. That’s not the case here, though. Alex Garland (Writer of 28 days later, Sunshine) makes his directorial debut with one of the smartest movies I’ve ever come across and he takes you on a journey into the world of Artificial Intelligence development accompanied by beautiful landscape shots, fantastic acting and a plot so tense you will be thinking about it for days.

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an employer of the fictional internet giant Bluebook aka Google in real life, gets picked from a company contest to head over to Alaska and meet the company’s CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac) at his house. Nathan lives in a giant complex in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by amazing landscapes. His house doubles as a research center where Nathan is working on the next big project for Bluebook; Artificial Intelligence. It doesn’t take Caleb long to find out he isn’t there for recreational purposes. He is there to perform a Turing test on Nathan’s latest Artificial Intelligence prototype. A Turing test is to see if a subject can converse with an AI without knowing that it is in fact AI.

Meet Ava (Alicia Vikander). Ava is a highly advanced human looking AI developed by Nathan. It’s Caleb’s job to see how she will respond to certain tests, how she will behave when Caleb is with her, but also when he is without her. ‘’You will be dead center in the greatest technological evolution’’ as Nathan claims. During one of his first sessions with Ava however, the power goes out, and so do the camera’s in the room. Ava quickly uses this time to warn Caleb about Nathan, that he shouldn’t trust him and that he’s dangerous. What follows is a insanely tense movie about who to thrust, what is really going on and it will ultimately make you feel like Caleb, not knowing what is going on or who is speaking the truth. And that’s exactly the strength of this film.

After it’s brilliant ending it won’t let you go easily. When you realize the depth of the ending and how it echoes throughout the definition of being human, or AI, you will see the true beauty in this story. AI is scary. Some people say that AI is the last thing humanity will have to invent because after there will be no humanity left. Ex Machina relies heavy on the scary parts of AI, and man, they do it in such style. Ex Machina proves that you can make fantastic movies about robots without a big budget summer blockbuster.

5/5

Biology majors will understand:

1) The look you get when after absentmindedly using the word “taratogen” in everyday conversation.

2) Finding yourself referring to the racial make up in your neighborhood as “phenotypic diversity within the population.” Or worse: “Genetic structure”

3) Getting antsy when people leave out the word “non-avian” when they say “dinosaurs are extinct”

4) Nature metaphors in poetry no longer make any sense because they try to compare two unrelated biological phenomenon.

5) Science fiction makes you laugh. (Probably goes for any science major)

6) Pulling out your hair when people talk about the difference between “theory and fact.”  (Again probably goes for any science major)

7) People who are afraid of GMOs.  *shudders*

8) People who are not afraid of the invasive plants they put in their garden. *shudders*

9) “I can’t go out, I have to go count flowers/put mouse testicles in the microwave/blast live bacteria with a sonic boom/pick out the bugs from a bag of dirt/spray a brain with antibodies/go on a road trip for two weeks to pluck leaves off a tree.”

10) Day dreaming about doing horrible things to two people named Hardy and Weinberg.

Out-of-context quotes from “The Deep”

1: Skin fizzed and bubbled like some morbid elementary school science project, gas building up in her suit, choking her with the gaseous remains of her own body. 

2: “If it wants to take one of the idiots who doesn’t properly put on their suit, it will. If it wants to spare them, it will.” 

3: “I think I miss your tits the most down here. There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in the world, and I managed to land myself someone who is so blessed.” 

Your Saturday Nerdout: Neil deGrasse Tyson Has Had Quite Enough Of Flat Earth Rappers

The weekend is here, and it’s time once again to enjoy all the nerding you can handle. Like Neil deGrasse Tyson putting an uppity flat-earther rapper fella in his place, which is solidly on a round planet Earth. Also, we’ve got Good Mormon Kids confronting a moral dilemma involving coffee, and a bunch of other goofy stuff, too.

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Nnedi Okorafor Is Putting Africans at the Center of Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Nigerian-American writer never saw an African future in the sci-fi literature she read, so she started creating one.
By Hope Wabuke

This resistance to the portrayal of black characters makes no sense. The entirety of the science fiction-fantasy genre is based upon the overarching experience of the global African Diaspora. Enslaved peoples, colonization and genocide—with the women of the oppressed group at specific risk for being targets of sexual violence—are the usual narratives of the sci-fi-fantasy genre. These are all experiences that people of the global African diaspora have lived—and live—every day. So why is it that the public imagination has such a hard time envisioning people of color in science fiction and fantasy worlds?

Weird dreams

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Another weird dream, honestly I’m impressed with my mind for its ability.

I guess it had inspiration from Robotech and Gundams. I was a pilot, but after being damaged it locked down in stasis. A pipe burst and I was essentially put into stasis until 2042. They couldn’t open me. But I woke up and escaped to find everything had moved on, grown up etc. If the faded memory served, J did have success with writing but was killed in after a building collapsed on him 4 years prior. In its place was a statue. The same for Holly but without the death. I ended up running into her there and she helped me adjust, find home and inform authorities. I did a good job of ageing people though, not gonna lie about that. My grandparents had passed away already and their final note was a message to me. Apparently I had caused serious damage to an enemy before I froze so I had been assumed dead and my mech was a memorial. I was given a reward so I traveled and requested my mech be refitted. After a year of traveling I took up piloting again. But it was a first person dream and I thought it was real. It’s mostly fuzzy so this is all I can remember.

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Lazy Angel Plotlines I am Tried of Seeing in Media

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So in my brief time on this Earth I have consumed a lot of lackluster angel-related media, and in order to save baby writers from making the same mistakes over again, I offer you a concise list of the most annoying, lazy choices you can possible make when writing angelic beings. 

  1. We have angels but God is dead/absent/done with putting up with humanity’s shit/cannot be contacted.  In the words of youngsaminamerica: “if you wanna write people with wings, that’s fine. Do the James Patterson thing and make them genetically engineered or something. But don’t call them angels unless you’re ready to go all-out divinity”. If you wanna play in the angel sandbox you’re gonna have to at least step into the God sandbox. They are a package deal. You can do virtually anything you want to do with this relationship (although #2 and #3 seem to be popular) but it is a relationship you have to deal with. Angels are created by, close to, and work for God. Presumably, they see Him pretty damn often. Having them wrestle with/discuss/nurture/injure this relationship is way more interesting than the angelic equivalent of “Dad’s on a hunting trip, he hasn’t been home in a few days”. 
  2. Angels are so righteous and obsessed with holiness that they are actually horrifying creatures who get really excited about mass cleanses of the human race. This isn’t an awful idea, “every angel is terrifying” after all, but it gets overused a ton, and I think it’s a really backhanded and incomplete way of expressing an (understandable) fear of God’s wrath and anger with His decrees and unwillingness to trust that He is really all good. Which is a totally valid emotion that I would love to see explored in media in a way that isn’t reductive, lazy, and unhelpful, which brings us to-
  3. Angels somehow can wreck shit on Earth without arousing God’s attention or discipline, and have this weird free reign to do whatever they want, usually #2. This makes no damn sense. Whenever I see angels setting fire to Earth in movies I’m just like “Where’s if your father?!” “Who signed your ground visa?!” “Who’s orders are these?!” They’re the orders of Hollywood to blow as much shit up as possible without actually engaging with the idea that God interacts with us is what they are. Using angels to wreak havoc takes away the agency of both humans and God, and our relationship is where the attention should be falling. Angels want what’s good for us, presumably, and they do what God tells them, with debatable amounts of free will to spice the dish, so we shouldn’t bitch about the messengers when our real beef is with the One who sent the message. Engage with your anger with God directly or get out of my house.
  4. For some reason celestial ageless beings of light fall romantically in love with random humans, often forsaking heaven in the process. Alright, I can’t bitch too much about this one because, according to Enoch and Genesis, this actually happened at one point in time, but that is a sticky tale we don’t have time to get into here and it is not the norm. But, paranormal romance writers, you expect me to believe that a cosmic being in perfect intimacy with the Godhead would give that up for sex with some random chick that somehow has managed to catch his eye despite the fact that he has probably encountered millions of humans over his lifespan? Add to this the fact that sex is just a taste of perfect unity with the Godhead which is way more full and satisfying, not to mention the fact that a specific human would have virtually nothing to offer an angel outside of their own novelty? Not to mention that the way writers treat sex as this powerful unholy thing that will tempt you away from the Lord is super gross? Sex is good, lust is not, and sex was made for humans, so say thank you for the gift and stop trying to pit God against it. Giving up wings/immortality/grace for a fling with a flawed creature isn’t romantic, it’s stupid as shit. Like we need more romance narratives about how romantic love is better than our well being, better than the divine, and worth throwing away our lives for.

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Trendy Outfits From Lunacon 2013

Every year, Lunacon’s Masquerade beckons Costumers and Cosplay enthusiasts to put on their best threads on stage.  Outside in the hallways, prizes are often given for folks just strolling along in outfits that just scream “Hey, I know what I’m doing here!”.

Some bastard, hanging out with a direwolf.  Yeesh, man, direwolves are dangerous creatures that may rip your throat out as soon as they smell you.  Truly, you know nothing!

I am a bad Zelda fan.  Not only did I not finish Twilight Princess, but I took one look at this pic and started writing paragraphs on Homestuck.  Then I looked again and said to myself “I can hear the giggles in my head from the hours that this character rode me, how could I fail so hard at image recognition!”.

My terrible error (that for some weird reason I opted against hiding from the public-at-large) aside, that’s a fun costume that now brings back some cool gaming memories for me.  :)

“REPO! The Genetic Opera” doesn’t quite have the following it did, and this year it’s being supplanted by a different super-cool shadowcast performance from Long Island’s ZEN Productions (previously the Zydrate Enthusiasts Network, so you know how they got their start!) that they’re keeping a secret for now.  But I wanted to give ZEN as well as REPO a respectful, nostalgic nod from their outfits and their performances in the 2013 Lunacon.

Pictured is the Repo Man and GraveRobber, the former menacing our organs with his tools, the latter holding some sort of little glass vial (”a little glass vial?”).

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