A Hand at the Library

“Pardon me, do you have anything on leviathans?” the young man asked hopefully.

“I do believe we do, yes,” the reference librarian remarked. “Just a moment, please.” With her skeletal right hand, she removed her left and sent it scurrying to a massive card catalog.

“Living or undead?”

“Living, please.”

“Monstrous or mortal?

“Hm… monstrous, I believe.”

The librarian nodded and continued chatting politely with the patron. After a few minutes, the arrant hand returned with a small pile of thick, off-white cards inscribed with titles of various books. The words were written in a small, beautiful script.

The librarian perused the cards while her hand reattached itself then said, “This way, please” and floated towards a darkened hallway.
Asexuality: Love Over Lust
I am conducting a research study regarding asexuality and romantic relationships. I ask that you please participate in this study.

In light of Asexual Awareness Week, please consider taking my survey on asexuality and romantic relationships.

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to determine the components of a romantic relationship that are most sought after by individuals who identify as asexual.*

*You can identify as asexual and aromantic and still take this survey; however, if you only identify as aromantic, please refrain from taking this survey.

Please signal boost this survey! Data collection will be ending at the end of this week!


Circe Cassini, my Mass Effect OC. One of those brilliant people who knows they’re brilliant and can be utterly insufferable about it.

I have no idea how guns actually come apart.

Once medieval thinkers began to consider which people were more ‘human’ than others, women, too, were moved down the scale. In many pre-Christian societies, goddesses and by extension women were associated with animals…as Christians defined the new paradigm for people’s view of animals, this explicit association of woman, animal, and deity was of course split. But even from the earliest years of the Middle Ages, church thinkers defined women as more earthy, more sensual than men. With this view, it did not take much for women to slip to the bestial level. Medieval medical texts no doubt helped forward the view of women as more bestial than men, because these texts explained the birth of females as an accident. Doctors believed that if the womb were imperfectly heated the fetus would not develop fully into a male, so it would become a girl. Thus the very existence of women was similar to that of monsters, an accident of nature.
—  J.E. Salisbury, The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages

Artstation link with turnaround!

A dim, vaguely spooky pic just in time for halloweeeeeen

This project sure was a doozy, I definitely looked a ton of stuff while working on it and am glad to have finished it for sure. Really happy with how the lighting and the props turned out personally, and I think the scene really came together in the end.

Hope you enjoy! Please check out the artstation link if you’re curious about a turnaround, and if you like it, feel free to share it or leave a comment, I love reading those

Cancer’s Metabolism May be a Way to Kill It

Cancer cells have their own unique ways of reproducing, involving a shrewd metabolic reprograming that has been observed in virtually all types of cancer but not in normal cells. Now, University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have pinpointed one key source of the problem, which could lead to new treatment opportunities.

In an article published by Cell Reports, the scientific team shows how the reliance of cancer cells on sugar fermentation and glutamine consumption could provide a pathway for treatment. 

“Every tissue or cell type in the body has different metabolic needs but as cells become cancerous their metabolism shifts in ways that are very different from normal cells,” Joshua Munger, PhD, associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics said. “Being able to identify those differences is critical for developing treatment targets.”

“Our paper demonstrates that cancer cells, but not normal cells, depend on this link between sugar fermentation and glutamine consumption,” Hucky Land, PhD, the Robert and Dorothy Markin Professor and Chair of Biomedical Genetics and director of research at the URMC’s Wilmot Cancer Institute. said. “This suggests a novel way that we might be able to intervene with treatment.”

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Funding: The National Institutes of Health funded the project. Munger also is supported by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation as a young innovator.

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“Egyptian revival”, a intense interest in everything ancient Egyptian, sparked by the rediscovery of the grave of pharao Tutankhamun in 1922.

This also majorly influence fashion of the era, where everything from turbans from gold lamé dresses with hieroglyphs and palmettes could be seen on fashionable women. In both fashion and on stage tiaras/diadems with a tall front - often a cobra - and hanging ear pieces could frequently be seen. Beaded bra-like constructions emphasizing the bust was also popular.

This was something picked up for the “Phantom of the Opera” promo video with Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley, and also something carried into the stage production of the musical, premiering in October 1986 in West End. The opening opera “Hannibal” is a gentle parody of “Aïda” by Verdi, set in ancient Egypt, so the style is fitting. The above photos shows:

  • Sarah Brightman in an “Egyptian” costume, from the original promo video with Steve Harley.
  • Sarah Brightman on Broadway 1988, in an “Egyptian Revival” tiara with a tall front and hanging ear pieces. The ear pieces were dropped shortly after the opening, possibly because they were disturbing when dancing.
  • One of Maria Bjørnson’s “Hannibal Slavegirl” designs, showing a tall front tiara with hanging ear pieces, as well as a beaded “bra” bodice.
  • “Egyptian Revival” headpiece with a cobra front and hanging ear pieces, and body jewellery, 1920s. From the upcoming Whitaker Auction.

i really wanted to play D&D but i can’t so instead i thought it would be a fun little project to try and create a d20 system sci-fi rpg…you know, work out some of the mass effect feels and some of the D&D feels at the same time

why did i think this would be a fun little project


Interesting Papers for Week 43, 2016

The Development of Audio-Visual Integration for Temporal Judgements. Adams, W. J. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004865.

Optogenetic Stimulation of Prefrontal Glutamatergic Neurons Enhances Recognition Memory. Benn, A., Barker, G. R. I., Stuart, S. A., Roloff, E. v. L., Teschemacher, A. G., Warburton, E. C., & Robinson, E. S. J. (2016). Journal of Neuroscience, 36(18).

Learning Pitch with STDP: A Computational Model of Place and Temporal Pitch Perception Using Spiking Neural Networks. Erfanian Saeedi, N., Blamey, P. J., Burkitt, A. N., & Grayden, D. B. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004860.

Principles underlying sensory map topography in primary visual cortex. Kremkow, J., Jin, J., Wang, Y., & Alonso, J. M. (2016). Nature, 533(7601), 52–57.

Ultrasound modulates ion channel currents. Kubanek, J., Shi, J., Marsh, J., Chen, D., Deng, C., & Cui, J. (2016). Scientific Reports, 6, 24170.

Decision theory, motor planning, and visual memory: deciding where to reach when memory errors are costly. Lerch, R. A., & Sims, C. R. (2016). Experimental Brain Research, 234(6), 1589–1597.

Oscillations via Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity in a Feed-Forward Model. Luz, Y., & Shamir, M. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004878.

Hippocampal CA1 Ripples as Inhibitory Transients. Malerba, P., Krishnan, G. P., Fellous, J.-M., & Bazhenov, M. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004880.

Neural correlations enable invariant coding and perception of natural stimuli in weakly electric fish. Metzen, M. G., Hofmann, V., & Chacron, M. J. (2016). eLife, 5, e12993.

Fast and Accurate Learning When Making Discrete Numerical Estimates. Sanborn, A. N., & Beierholm, U. R. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004859.

Signatures of a Statistical Computation in the Human Sense of Confidence. Sanders, J. I., Hangya, B., & Kepecs, A. (2016). Neuron 90(3), 499-506.

Painfree and accurate Bayesian estimation of psychometric functions for (potentially) overdispersed data. Schütt, H. H., Harmeling, S., Macke, J. H., & Wichmann, F. A. (2016). Vision Research, 122, 105–123.

Modularity Induced Gating and Delays in Neuronal Networks. Shein-Idelson, M., Cohen, G., Ben-Jacob, E., & Hanein, Y. (2016). PLOS Computational Biology, 12(4), e1004883.

Scaling in topological properties of brain networks. Singh, S. S., Khundrakpam, B., Reid, A. T., Lewis, J. D., Evans, A. C., Ishrat, R., … Singh, R. K. B. (2016). Scientific Reports, 6, 24926.

Global and local oscillatory entrainment of visual behavior across retinotopic space. Sokoliuk, R., & VanRullen, R. (2016). Scientific Reports, 6, 25132.

Joint representation of translational and rotational components of optic flow in parietal cortex. Sunkara, A., DeAngelis, G. C., & Angelaki, D. E. (2016). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(18), 5077–82.

In Vivo Mesoscopic Voltage-Sensitive Dye Imaging of Brain Activation. Tang, Q., Tsytsarev, V., Frank, A., Wu, Y., Chen, C., Erzurumlu, R. S., & Chen, Y. (2016). Scientific Reports, 6, 25269.

Benchmarking Spike Rate Inference in Population Calcium Imaging. Theis, L., Berens, P., Froudarakis, E., Reimer, J., Román Rosón, M., Baden, T., … Bethge, M. (2016). Neuron, 90(3), 471–482.

Posterior Parietal Cortex Drives Inferotemporal Activations During Three-Dimensional Object Vision. Van Dromme, I. C., Premereur, E., Verhoef, B.-E., Vanduffel, W., & Janssen, P. (2016). PLOS Biology, 14(4), e1002445.

Gains following perceptual learning are closely linked to the initial visual acuity. Yehezkel, O., Sterkin, A., Lev, M., Levi, D. M., & Polat, U. (2016). Scientific Reports, 6, 25188.

So I did research on what people think a Good Leader is like and this is what I got
  • They don’t make their followers fear them
  • They respect their followers
  • They can listen
  • They do what they think is best for their followers but also for the greater good 
  • They know when to take charge
  • Keep the group together
  • Someone reliable and trustworthy
  • Can be cold if the follower isn’t loyal
  • Knows if and when to punish someone
  • Someone wise and strong
  • Someone determined
  • Has experience
  • Takes care of their followers
  • Is honest
  • And patient
  • Are serious when they should be, but also have a humour
  • Treats them like a family
  • Always has a backup plan incase things go wrong
  • Someone that doesn’t put everything on themselves
  • Someone you feel proud fighting for

Happy Snow Leopard Day! Let’s celebrate with this | Repost from @snowleopardtrust | First pictures of snow leopards in Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. Researchers have captured the elusive big cat on camera in Shamsy, a former hunting concession that has been co-managed as a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Kyrgyz government and conservationists since 2015.
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