reading-material

friendly reminder that keith is that one student that everyone McFreaking hates because he has eidetic memory && literally never studies but still somehow manages to gets straight As && have the best scores in the class.

Rec me!

I need reading material! Give me your awesome, your long, your fabulously fantastic good reads waiting for me to see them! Fanfic, profic, long fic, short fic, it’s all good.


(I currently have a yen for Spock/Kirk, but I’ll take whatever you’ve got.)

Who Has a Published Book for Me to Buy?

Hi Tumblr friends! I am looking for some reading material and want to support all my fellow author friends here on Tumblr!
So don’t be shy! Speak up and link below your published books I can buy (E-books, too. I have a kindle!)

Hope you all are having a fantastic week

Stronger turbine blades with molybdenum silicides

Researchers at Kyoto University have found that molybdenum silicides can improve the efficiency of turbine blades in ultrahigh-temperature combustion systems.

Gas turbines are the engines that generate electricity in power plants. The operating temperatures of their combustion systems can exceed 1600 °C. The nickel-based turbine blades used in these systems melt at temperatures 200 °C lower and thus require air-cooling to function. Turbine blades made out of materials with higher melting temperatures would require less fuel consumption and lead to lower CO2 emissions.

Materials scientists at Japan’s Kyoto University investigated the properties of various compositions of molybdenum silicides, with and without additional ternary elements.

Previous research showed that fabricating molybdenum silicide-based composites by pressing and heating their powders – known as powder metallurgy – improved their resistance to fracturing at ambient temperatures but lowered their high-temperature strength, due to the development of silicon dioxide layers within the material.

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Some (elf-centric) details from the Dragon Age Tabletop RPG materials. (pub. 2010-2014)

The earliest written main quest module is “Dalish Curse” a story about a Dalish elf who becomes possessed by a rage demon, and calls himself “Mythallen” - “child of vengeance.” (here is the wiki page for Mythallen, which goes into more detail)

  • “mythal” meaning “vengeance” in elven (this is repeated multiple, multiple times on many different pages)
  • Mythal named as a “god of vengeance”
  • (this corroborates this cut dialogue between Morrigan and Solas in the Temple of Mythal, as well as Flemeth herself speaking about vengeance, along with a lot of other evidence)
  • the Gray Wardens’ Joining ritual was based on Ancient Elven lore (the only source for this information is in the tabletop materials)
  • the snippet about the “mad elven keeper” is not related to Mythallen, it’s just an example they’ve given of a more epic story the GM could write themselves, and not something that’s detailed. But it is interesting that in 2010, there was so much suggested story material about Mythal possessing someone to get revenge upon the entire world.
  • Fen’Harel’s Tooth was made into an amulet for Dragon Age 2, so this is nothing new. But the description of “fickle cunning” and the idea of someone prying his mouth open to get his tooth is cute.
  • Pride demons are described as wanting to be worshiped by mortals, and that Pride Demons would tear down creation to be proved superior.
  • Descriptions of Varterral and Cetus, creatures made by Dirthamen and (probably) Ghilan'nain, respectively.
  • A description of vallaslin - dalish elves must not cry out while receiving vallaslin 
  • A description of uthenera - uthenera as a “sacrifice,” and the souls of some ancient elders whose bodies died while in uthenera still wander the Fade, “their memories tattered and worn”
  • vhenallin = “friends of the People” - the Dalish give tokens to outsiders who have saved their lives and whom they trust
  • the elven keeper is called “lorekeeper” rather than “keeper”
  • Dalish clans can range from “a few dozen to a few hundred” elves.
  • “a few powerful spirits in the Fade still whisper of the Forgotten Ones”
  • Unique details about the Evanuris: Elgar’nan is the firstborn of the earth and the sunMythal created the moon, the real possibility of Falon’Din, Dirthamen, Andruil, Sylaise, and June all being siblings, etc
gay books galore!! - an lgbt book list

if you’ve noticed a lack in good, wholesome gay books, than you’re smart because where are they?? do they just not exist?? no, they’ve just all gone into hiding! (or you have a really homophobic library, idk)

so lets start this beautiful gay train!
(note: i have left a few links for if you want to learn more about the books/ if you want to buy them)

parrotfish - the story of smol, transgender teen named grady. it’s all about his struggles with bullying, making friends, dealing with confused family, and finding out who he loves, with a lot of comedy as he struggles to take down his dad’s obsession with christmas lawn decorations! [buy here: x, x]

simon vs. the homosapien agenda - simon deals with his love for someone who emails him by the suedonym ‘blue’. he tries to find the mystery man and finds a bit of trouble in the process. [buy here: x, x]

carry on - all you drarry shippers, you’re gonna love this! magical gay boys. that’s all there is to say. [buy here: x, x]

aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe - the title is as long as the time it takes for them to get together. really sweet and slow-burning, this book is bound to make you smile! [buy here: x, x]

the hidden oracle - the first in it’s series, this book has already proven to be hella gay! from a gay side couple, to a bi lead and multiple poc, this series is shaping up to be good! [buy here: x, x]

the raven cycle - a series that starts of with ‘the raven boys’. it takes a while, but the relationship that forms between two unlikely characters is amazing. also, a lot about friendship and magic and dead welsh kings, so what’s not to love? [buy here: x, x]

how to say goodbye in robot - a sweet, saddening, and spurratic love with an asexual lead! finally!! [buy here: x, x]

tell me again how a crush should feel - a lovely, realistic story about a woc lesbian! she deals with culture, past and present love, new and old friends, and coming to terms with who she is. [buy here: x, x]

two boys kissing - two boys. they kiss. i still haven’t picked up the nerve to check this out from the library yet. looks cute, though! [buy here: x, x]

what we left behind - two people dealing with a relationship, and questioning how one of them being genderqueer changes things. [buy here: x, x]

the song of achilles - gays in anceint greece! the illiad told from a much, much more gay veiw. the story of achilles and patroclus growing up and going to war, sticking together and never compromising their love. [buy here: x, x]

i’ll give you the sun - 'why are artists…’ look that up, and one suggestion will finish that sentence with 'gay.’ that rule applies for this book. a story segmented into two siblings telling of a story so complex it will leave you reeling. [buy here: x, x]

one man guy - another story with a poc lead! a young armenian teen who falls in love and learns from another boy over the course of summer school. it’s super sweet! [buy here: x, x]

the darkest part of the forest - spooky things are going down in the forest-side town. magical beings are unhappy, and the horned boy in the glass coffin might just cause some problems. [buy here: x, x]

all for the game - a series that starts with 'the foxhole court’. warning: they talk about some heavy stuff, so please be warned! [buy here: x]

lumberjanes - a webcomic about a group of girls who go on silly, fun adventures, and two girls develop romantic feeling for each other! [buy here: x, x]

check, please! - another webcomic about hockey and the frequent baking of pies! there is a gay leading character, and another bi character! [read here: x]

monster pop! - the story of george, a monster who not only dealt with college, but her crush as well. there is a side relationship with a trans character, and george is bi, along with marina! [read here: x]

that’s about all i know, but feel free to add some books you’ve read! list a few authors or series you know have lgbt characters/ leads!

also, check out more books from lgbt-inclusive authours such as sara farizan, david levithan, and malinda lo.

thank you and have a lovely day!!!

zunia.org
Rogue aid? The determinants of China’s aid allocation

Foreign aid from China is often characterized as ‘rogue aid’ that is not guided by recipient need but by China’s national interests alone. However, no econometric study so far confronts this claim with data. The study finds that political considerations are an important determinant of China’s allocation of aid. However, in comparison to other donors, China does not pay substantially more attention to politics. In contrast to widespread perceptions, the study finds no evidence that China’s aid allocation is dominated by natural resource endowments. Moreover, China’s allocation of aid seems to be widely independent of democracy and governance in recipient countries. Overall, denominating aid from China as ‘rogue aid’ seems unjustified.

According to the Financial Times, China outperformed the World Bank as the world’s largest provider of overseas loans to developing countries through its China Development Bank and China Export-Import Bank amounting to at least US$110 billion in 2009 and 2010. Tanzania was the single most important recipient of Chinese economic aid between 1956 and 1987. 62.0% of China’s economic aid between 1956 and 1987 has been provided to Africa, highlighting China’s aspirations to become the leading power in the Third World. 22.7% of China’s economic aid in this period were provided to Asia, with the intention of creating “friendly relations with its closest neighbours”.

The Game of Love and Chance (French: Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard) is a three-act romantic comedy by French playwright Marivaux. The Game of Love and Chance was first performed 23 January 1730 by the Comédie Italienne. In this play, a young woman is visited by her betrothed, whom she does not know. To get a better idea of the type of person he is, she trades places with her servant and disguises herself. However, unbeknownst to her, her fiancé has the same idea and trades places with his valet. The “game” pits the two false servants against the two false masters, and in the end, the couples fall in love with their appropriate counterpart.

Like many of Marivaux’s other comedies, The Game of Love and Chance makes use of stock characters from the Commedia dell'arte. In this play, Arlequin is featured. Lisette, who appears in other Marivaux plays, also takes on a stock personality as the feisty servant.

can be read online here

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“Erik… you came for me.”

Fic Recs: Space Jam by @pangeasplits: (57k)

Prince Charles Xavier is Deputy Commander of the TEF Heartsteel and the newest mission they’ve been assigned starts out less than desirable and quickly goes downhill from there. It’s alright, though, he’ll cope.

It doesn’t help, though, that he’s in unrequited love with his best friend and Commander of the Heartsteel, War-Prince Erik Lehnsherr.

(an improvement of this)

I laughed. “Oh, yes. They range in size from as small as dogs to larger than grizzly bears. One time I watched a colony of myrmekes attack a Greek army in India. It was hilarious. They spit acid that can melt through bronze armor and—”

“Apollo.”

My smile faded. I reminded myself I was no longer a spectator. These ants could kill us. Easily. And Meg was scared.