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i declare exam crunch time officially open 🙈 from now until mid-june it’s gonna be a crazy few weeks but i’m actually looking forward to that sense of discipline and structure, it’ll feel good to be productive for a change! right now i just finished a food chem report by drinking rocket fuel coffee and listening to one of my fave movies’ soundtrack.

humans getting a reputation amongst the galaxy for doing totally absurd and reckless things, like making absolutely ridiculous flight paths through asteroid belts, or hitting warp speed for a five mile trip, or devoting 90% of the power of a ship’s onboard computer to their personal laptop so they can torrent abba’s discography, or mixing rocket fuel with mentos to see what happens

and at first other species are like….. okay we’d better not have humans on the crew if they’re this dangerous….. but then when they notice the humans are actually getting a lot more done and advancing super fast because they take such absurd risks “just to see if it works” it becomes commonplace to have a group of at least four humans on every ship in the fleet

no other species previously had a word in their language that equated to “fuck it” but within a century “fuck it” is regarded as an immensely wise proverb

Because space is vast and full of mysteries, NASA is developing a new rocket, a new spacecraft for astronauts and new facilities to launch them from. Our Space Launch System will be unlike any other rocket when it takes flight. It will be bigger, bolder and take astronauts and cargo farther than humankind has ever been – to deep space destinations like the moon, a deep space gateway or even Mars. 

The Gravity-Slayer

When you plan to get to space, you use ice and fire. NASA’s Space Launch System uses four rocket engines in the center of the rocket and a pair of solid rocket boosters on opposite sides. All this power will propel the Space Launch System to gravity-slaying speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour! These are the things we do for space exploration, the greatest adventure that ever was or will be.

It is Known

It is known that according to Newton’s third law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That’s how rocket propulsion works. Fuel burned in combustion chambers causes hot gases to shoot out the bottom of the engine nozzles. This propels the rocket upward. 


It is also known that when you combine hydrogen and oxygen you get: water. To help SLS get to space, the rocket’s four RS-25 engines shoot hydrogen and oxygen together at high speeds, making billowing clouds of steaming hot water vapor. The steam, funneled through the engine nozzles, expands with tremendous force and helps lift the rocket from the launchpad. 

RS-25: Ice King

It takes a lot of fuel (hydrogen) and a lot of oxygen to make a chemical reaction powerful enough to propel a rocket the size of a skyscraper off the launch pad. To fit more hydrogen and oxygen into the tanks in the center of the rocket where they’re stored, the hydrogen and oxygen are chilled to as low as -400 degrees Fahrenheit. At those temperatures, the gases become icy liquids. 

The Fire that Burns Against the Cold

The hydrogen-oxygen reaction inside the nozzles can reach temperatures up to 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit (alas, only Valyrian steel could withstand those temperatures)! To protect the nozzle from this heat, the icy hydrogen is pumped through more than a thousand small pipes on the outside of the nozzle to cool it. After the icy liquid protects the metal nozzles, it becomes fuel for the engines. 

Where is my FIRE?

The Space Launch System solid rocket boosters are the fire and the breakers of gravity’s chains. The solid rocket boosters’ fiery flight lasts for two minutes. They burn solid fuel that’s a potent mixture of chemicals the consistency of a rubber eraser. When the boosters light, hot gases and fire are unleashed at speeds up to three times the speed of sound, propelling the vehicle to gravity-slaying speed in seconds. 

Testing is Here

To make sure everything works on a rocket this big, it takes a lot of testing before the first flight. Rocket hardware is rolling off production lines all over the United States and being shipped to testing locations nationwide. Some of that test hardware includes replicas of the giant tanks that will hold the icy hydrogen and oxygen.

As Rare as Dragonglass

Other tests include firing the motor for the solid rocket boosters. The five-segment motor is the largest ever made for spaceflight and the part that contains the propellant that burns for two fiery, spectacular minutes. It’s common during ground test firings for the fiery exhaust to turn the sand in the Utah desert to glass.

Hold the Door

When all the hardware, software and avionics for SLS are ready, they will be shipped to Kennedy Space Center where the parts will be assembled to make the biggest rocket since the Saturn V. Then, technicians will stack Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft for taking astronauts to deep space, on top of SLS. All this work to assemble America’s new heavy-lift rocket and spacecraft will be done in the Vehicle Assembly Building – one of the largest buildings in the world. Hold the door to the Vehicle Assembly Building open, because SLS and Orion are coming!

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And there was always the problem of gross pollution. Say that somebody dropped (accidentally or otherwise) a greasy wrench into 10,000 gallons of 90 percent peroxide in the hold of the ship. What would happen —and would the ship survive? This question so worried people that one functionary in the Rocket Branch (safely in Washington) who had apparently been reading Captain Horatio Hornblower, wanted us at NARTS (Naval Air Rocket Test Station) to build ourselves a 10,000-gallon tank, fill it up with 90 percent peroxide, and then drop into it —so help me God —one rat. (He didn’t specify the sex of the rat.) It was with considerable difficulty that our chief managed to get him to scale his order down to one test tube of peroxide and one quarter inch of rat tail.
—  IGNITION! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, on the woes of trying to use hydrogen peroxide for rocket fuel onboard an aircraft carrier, a compound that detonated upon contact with just about anything
Solar System: 10 Things to Know This Week

State of the Solar System: 10 quick updates from around our galactic neighborhood.

1. Powered by the Sun

Fifty-nine years ago, Vanguard 1 launched to demonstrate a new spacecraft technology – solar power. We’ve been going farther and for longer ever since.

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2. Mapping Mercury

A big week in history for exploration of the innermost planet. On March 16, 1975, our Mariner 10 made its third and final flyby of Mercury. One day and 36 years later, MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. Next up: ESA’s BepiColumbo, undergoing testing now, is set to launch for Mercury in 2018.

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3. Return to Venus

U.S. and Russian scientists are discussing a planned revival of the successful Venera program that revealed much about Venus in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Meanwhile, Japan’s Akatsuki orbiter continues to study our sister planet.

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4. Rocket Power

Back on Earth 91 years ago (March 16, 1926), inventor and dreamer Robet Goddard changed the world forever with the first test of a liquid-fueled rocket. We’ve been going farther and faster ever since.

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5. Moon Watch

Our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been sending a steady stream of high-resolution images back to Earth for more than seven years.

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6. Busy Mars

There are currently five orbiters (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, MAVEN, ESA’s Mars Express and India’s Mars Orbiter Mission) and two rovers (Curiosity and Opportunity) exploring Mars, making it second only to Earth in the number of robotic spacecraft studying its secrets.

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7. Vote for Jupiter

Polls close today (March 20) so vote not to point a real spacecraft camera at Jupiter during the mission’s 5th perijove pass.

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8. Science to the Last Second

In a little less than six months, our Cassini orbiter will plunge into Saturn as a spectacular finale to its 19-year mission – but not before it embarks on a completely new mission into unexplored space between Saturn and its mighty rings.

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9. By George?

Happy belated birthday to Uranus, discovered on March 13, 1781 by William Herschel. The English astronomer wanted to name his discovery – the first planet discovered in recorded history – “Georgium Sidus” after England’s King George III. But he was overruled, and astronomer stuck with traditional mythological names – creating an opportunity for 263 years of student jokes at the expense of the ice giant planet’s name.

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10. Go Farther

The round trip light time from Voyager 1 to Earth is more than 38 hours. Voyager 1 is almost 13 billion miles from our home planet.

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So I was just chatting at my cowriter BorealisBlast for our story “Becoming a Bird-Family” and I suddenly had Thoughts about James Rhodes and Tony Stark.

Like, I see a lot of fic where Rhodey is the Voice of Reason and honestly??? I do not believe for ONE SECOND that Rhodey always made great decisions. They met in college. At their youngest, Tony was fourteen and Rhodey was maybe seventeen, probably eighteen. And even if Rhodey was in ROTC (which I do headcanon), he’s still a teenager/young adult. Nobody is making smart choices. And what eighteen-year-old is going to take great care of a fourteen-year-old that’s way too smart and way too young for his surroundings? He probably just tried to keep an eye on Tony because honestly at least if he’s there he can try and help.

“Hey I’m gonna go get smashed wanna come?” Rhodey asked. Tony agreed because he didn’t want to be alone and drank everyone under the table. Rhodey cheered him on. They played beer pong and then were banned from playing beer pong. (No hard feelings though. Lots of engineering students were banned from regular beer pong. Engineering once got together to play beer pong and everyone got alcohol poisoning so they gave it up.)

I bet that Rhodey and Tony stayed at school over a holiday weekend and went on a bender those entire three days inventing a robot that could cook them breakfast when they were hungover. It happened more often that either of them would have expected for a fourteen- and eighteen-year-old and neither of them wanted to be the ones to cook in the morning. When the robot finally shorted pouring orange juice they both mourned its passing.

You what what? Rhodey was probably the one that started Tony’s coffee addiction and he’s not even sorry about it. In fact, I bet Tony was that student who accidentally fried his hard drive with his final paper on it and Rhodey told him, “I know a Turkish exchange student that can caffeine you up enough to redo it in two days but to be honest it might punch a hole in your stomach” and then he watched Tony redo his final exam paper and then, still hopped up, have several conversations with various inanimate objects in Italian, French, and Spanish. “You didn’t tell me he was fourteen years old!” Turkish Exchange student shouted at him, horrified. “I thought he was an adult! That was way too much caffeine! He’s still growing! He should have died!” Both Rhodey and Tony wonder if this incident is why Tony is so short.

Even as adults, when they’re together, the probability that they’re going to do something stupid actually SKYROCKETS, not plummets, because Rhodey has enough rules and regulations with the military. He doesn’t need to worry about that kind of shit while he’s off duty with his best friend. Tony has spent thousands of dollars to bribe people into silence so that some of the stupid shit they do doesn’t make it back to the brass and get Rhodey kicked out of the Air Force. Pepper loves to see Rhodey but she’s also extremely anxious when he comes to visit because last time they got drunk and decided to try and invent a new type of rocket fuel and accidentally blew a hole right out the side of the workshop, through the rest of the house, and the model rocket finally landed in the ocean, and all they had to say for themselves was “that was probably not safe but at least we know that it worked.”

Like I love the serious military man trope but honestly a lot of my extended family is former military and when they’re home they are WILD.

A Ranger’s Arsenal: Arrowheads

The pointy end of an Arrow is the most functional part!

The Arrowhead plays the largest role in determining an Arrow’s purpose…

Some arrows may simply use a sharpened tip of the solid shaft, but it is far more common for separate arrowheads to be made, usually from metal, horn, or some other materials…

Arrowheads are usually separated by function:

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NASA is going green with eco friendly rocket fuel

Rocket launches are incredible to behold, but they come with some unwanted byproducts like soot and black carbon, which can absorb light, heat up the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. That’s why NASA is working on a new, more environmentally friendly type of rocket fuel.

Right now, most rocket fuel is hydrazine-based. NASA is developing a less toxic fuel called AF-M315E that uses hydroxyl ammonium nitrate. Its benefits extend beyond just being environmentally friendly.

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Back in the early portion of the cold war, US air planners and air defence controllers had a major problem. In the day and age of a single modern bomber being able to take out an entire city, or multiple in a single mission, the US had to guarantee that to the best of their ability to be able to take down as many soviet bombers as possible, preferably all of them, in the event of an atomic conflict.

From past experience, they knew that the “bomber would always get through”, especially when used in mass bomber swarms, or combat boxes, as was the US term. (More of a specific bomber formation doctrine, but eh). Conventional Anti-aircraft measures could and would down some of the bombers, but a large volume would get through. Any Soviet bombers escaping air defences would more than likely result in destroyed US cities and the millions of preventable casualties that would follow.

This was unacceptable. The USAF, taking a page from their Army comrades, decided to go nuclear. The US army’s doctrine was to use atomic munitions to vaporize soviet armoured divisions if they were able to roll through any conventional weapons, for the defence of Western Europe. The USAF decided that an atomic device air-burst in the middle of a soviet bomber formation would do just the trick.

New developments in US Atomics research had allowed for the development of sealed pit devices.

“A weapon “boosted” by tritium and deuterium gas would use much less fissile material to produce a large explosion. Right before the moment of detonation, these hydrogen gases would be released into the weapon’s core. When the core imploded, the gases would fuse, release neutrons, multiply the number of fissions, and greatly increase the yield. And because the fissile core would be hollow and thin, a lesser amount of explosives would be needed to implode it. As a result, boosted weapons could be light and small.“

Eric Schlosser,  Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.  (New York: The Penguin Press, 2013), Pg. 103.

This new development allowed for more powerful weapons in smaller packages.

This allowed the Air-2 Genie to pack the punch it required.

The Air-2 Genie represented the first sealed-pit weapon to enter US stockpile. With conventional air-to air weapons proving inadequate, and the threat of a single Soviet aircraft wreaking havoc on the mainland US, the USAF deemed the safest option for the downing of US bombers was the detonation of small atomic devices over the skies of the mainland United States, Alaska, and Canada. 

This “view was endorsed in March 1955 by James R. Killian, the president of MIT, who headed a top secret panel on the threat of surprise attack”. - “The Genie would be carried by Air Force fighter-interceptors. It had a small, 1.5-kiloton warhead and a solid-fueled rocket engine. Unlike conventional air defense weapons, it didn’t need a direct hit to eliminate a target. And it could prove equally useful against a single Soviet bomber or a large formation of them”.


The Genie was to be fired upon contact with a Soviet bomber. The sooner the better for the sake of the US, as will be explained in detail below. 

The on board fire computer would calculate the distance to the bomber, or bombers, and set the on board timer for the Air-2 Genie. After launch, the US fighter would bank hard and roll out and away from the projected device initiation point. Initiation of the device would occur once the timer ran out. The rocket would speed towards the hostile aircraft at Mach 3.3 powered by a solid fueled Thiokol SR49 rocket motor. Primary kill effects were caused surprisingly enough not by blast or heat, which, despite the low yield of 1.5 kilotons, were still effective out to a great distance. The Fireball would consume any aircraft within a hundred yards, yet the most effective killing agent of this device was the prompt radiation released. Even a bad miss could still kill, given that the lethal envelope of the prompt radiation had a radius of about a mile with “the “probability of kill” (PK) within that envelope [found] to be 92 percent”.

“The Soviet aircrew’s death from radiation might take as long as five minutes—a delay that made it even more important to fire the Genie as far as possible from urban areas. Detonated at a high altitude, the weapon produced little fallout and didn’t lift any debris from the ground to form a mushroom cloud. After the bright white flash, a circular cloud drifted from the point of detonation, forming an immense smoke ring in the sky”.


The discussion of permission to fire these devices was brought up, and how a request to fire the devices may be delayed to the point where several US cities may well have gone up in smoke. In response to these concerns, the use of these devices were pre-delegated to the USAF, by Eisenhower in April 1956, with the actual order coming into effect in December.

In effect, the USAF was able to fire atomic air-to-air rockets at any target that was deemed ‘hostile’. While the joint chief’s of staff demanded that these devices were to be locked up in storage igloos, and never to be flown over the United States except in war time. Presumably, the reality of this was that a large volume of air interceptors were on the deck ready to jet in the event of a conflict. At first warning of the DEW line, Mid-Canada line or the Pine-tree Line, the aircraft would be armed, with Genies extracted from their storage sheds, with the air interceptors, now armed with atomic rockets, sent to intercept the soviet waves of bombers.

To prove the device safe in use, the USAF conducted  Operation Plumbbob on 19 July 1957. This proved to be the only live firing of a Air-2 Genie missile, which initiated somewhere  between 18,500 and 20,000 ft (5,600 and 6,100 m) above mean sea level. (Sources vary). A group of five USAF officers volunteered to stand hatless in their light summer uniforms underneath the blast to prove that the weapon was safe for use over populated areas. They were photographed by Department of Defense photographer George Yoshitake who stood there with them. Gamma and neutron doses received by observers on the ground were negligible. Doses received by aircrew were highest for the fliers assigned to penetrate the airburst cloud ten minutes after explosion.


As shown in the video above, with the description just above, “The
officers wore summer uniforms and no protective gear. A photograph, taken at the moment of detonation, shows that two of the men instinctively ducked, two shielded their eyes, and one stared upward, looking straight at the blast. “It glowed for an instant like a newborn sun,” Time magazine reported, “then faded
into a rosy, doughnut-shaped cloud.”

Eric Schlosser,  Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.  (New York: The Penguin Press, 2013), Pg. 105. 

Problems arise.  

Inevitably , problems began to arise. Given that sealed-pit weapons were quite new, with this model of weapon being the first in stockpiles, how safe were they? This was a bit of an unknown, one that needed to be found out when thousands of these devices would be put on airfields and storage facility’s across the country, many within city limits.

The U.S. government was quite public about the Genie missile. 

“When atomic bombs were first transferred to SAC bases in French Morocco, the French government wasn’t told about the weapons. But the deployment of Genies at air bases throughout the United States was announced in an Air Force press release.”

“The possibility of any nuclear explosion occurring as a result of an accident involving either impact or fire is virtually nonexistent,” Secretary of Defense Wilson assured the public”. 
His press release reported “that someone standing on
the ground directly beneath the high-altitude detonation of a Genie would be exposed to less radiation than “a hundredth of a dose received in a standard (medical) X-ray.”


However, it should be noted that “His press release about the
Genie didn’t mention the risk of plutonium contamination”,
not from an airburst anti-bomber detonation, but from an accidental surface burst.

The risks of plutonium exposure were becoming more apparent in the mid-1950s. Although the alpha particles emitted by plutonium are too weak to penetrate human skin, they can destroy lung tissue when plutonium dust is inhaled. Anyone within a few hundred feet of a weapon accident spreading plutonium can inhale a swiftly lethal dose. Cancers of the lung, liver, lymph nodes, and bone can be caused by the inhalation of minute amounts. And the fallout from such an accident may contaminate a large area for a long time. Plutonium has a half-life of about twenty-four thousand years. It remains hazardous throughout that period, and plutonium dust is hard to clean up. “The problem of decontaminating the site of [an] accident may be insurmountable,” a classified Los Alamos report noted a month after the Genie’s onepoint
safety test, “and it may have to be ‘written off’ permanently.” “.

Understandably, this would drive the civilian members in charge of safety quite quickly to protest, with the very thought of having to inform the public that a section, or perhaps all of a major US city would be uninhabitable for an extremely extended period being almost unthinkable.

There was heavy debate actually among those in the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), as to whether use a plutonium, or uranium-235 base for the fission products in the genie devices. 

“In one respect, uranium-235 seemed to be safer. It has a half-life of about seven hundred million years—but emits radiation at a much lower rate than plutonium, greatly reducing the inhalation hazard. And yet a Genie with a uranium core had its own risks. Norris Bradbury, the director of Los Alamos, warned the AEC that such a core was “probably not safe against one-point detonation.” In effect, shrapnel, or a stray bullet, or what have you from an aircraft crash, or sabotage, or whatever incident may well cause the device to, quite frankly, initiate. Heck, even a fire could cause it. 

In short, using uranium as the base fission product, the Genies would fail the one-point safety test, and could be set off very easily. Using Uranium as the base fission product, “Impact tests revealed that when the Genie was armed, it didn’t need a firing signal to detonate. The Genie could produce a nuclear explosion just by hitting the ground”.

Ibid-Pg 107

Understandably, “given the choice between an accident that might cause a nuclear explosion and one that might send a cloud of plutonium over an American city, the Air Force preferred the latter. Handmade, emergency capability Genies were rushed into production, with cores that contained plutonium”.

Ibid.-Pg 105

Even with the one-point safety test proven, there was still the potential for complications.
“The one-point safety tests at Nevada Test Site had provided encouraging results, and yet the behavior of a nuclear weapon in an “abnormal environment”—like that of a fuel fire ignited by a plane crash—was still poorly understood. During a fire, the high explosives of a weapon might burn; they might detonate; or they might burn and then detonate. And different weapons might respond differently to the same fire, based on the type, weight, and configuration of their high explosives. For firefighting purposes, each weapon was assigned a “time factor”—the amount of time you had, once a weapon was engulfed in flames, either to put out the fire or to get at least a thousand feet away from it. The time factor for the Genie was three minutes”.

Ibid.- Pg 109

Heck, there was concern that the fire may even start the standard detonation process.

“The heat of a fire might start the thermal batteries, release high-voltage
electricity into the X-unit, and then set off the bomb. To eliminate that risk, heat-sensitive fuses were added to every sealed-pit weapon. At a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit, the fuses would blow, melting the connections between the batteries and the arming system. It was a straightforward, time-honored way to interrupt an electrical circuit, and it promised to ensure that a high temperature wouldn’t trigger the detonators”.


In 1977, a study was completed that reported that “despite being the oldest sealed-pit weapon in the stockpile, vulnerable to lightning, and fitted
with an outdated accelerometer, the Genie was still being loaded onto fighter planes”.

Ibid. Pg. 223

In the end, over 3000 Genie’s were produced, being used by both the USAF from 1957 to 1985, and the R.C.A.F. from 1965 to 1984.

Here, have this for your troubles.


Wiki, for basic info-

Schlosser, Eric.  Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.  New York: The Penguin Press, 2013.

She has been feeling it for awhile now - that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering inside of her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her - she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core - this is her time. She will not only climb mountains -

she will move them too.

—  Lang Leav

pete-tato  asked:

Oh god, how do you do the triple distilled coffee thingy, I feel I need this in my life


SIT DOWN CHILDREN AND LEARN HOW TO BREW FUCKING ROCKET FUEL. This is going to be long as hell so I’ll put the goods after the cut. 

Note that this evolved from doing my best to figure out how to approximate Funranium Lab’s Black Blood of the Earth brew. I’d read the glowing reviews online, but being naturally cheap, couldn’t quite bring myself to drop the $$$. 

And then my eyes wandered to my shelf of virgin labware equipment and I went “Hey…I bet I can just make my own.”

Based on Herr Direktor’s notes on the Funranium labs website, I tinkered and fooled about and eventually came up with my own brew that, if not Black Blood of the Earth, will punch you in the face and leave you smelling colors. 

Let’s do this. 

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Scientists come up with rocket fuel made naturally from bacteria

A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology may have come up with a cheaper and more sustainable energy source: bacteria. The scientists developed a genetically-engineered bacteria that produces a biosynthetic fuel called pinene which, in its dimer form, has a similar energy density to JP-10.

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Rheintochter 1 anti-aircraft missile with mobil launcher E-100 chassis. 
It is first version R1, was propelled by a rocket motor of solid fuel of two stages. Because the R1 was not able to reach great heights, R3 was developed, which was driven by a liquid fuel rocket boosters and solid fuel motor. He was ordered for use  in the Heer in  November 1942 , starting the shooting test in August 1943 (82 shots). . The Rheintochter project was canceled on February 6, 1945. A missile specimen is on display at the German Technology Museum in Münich.


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Pairings: Bellamy / Reader

Warnings: Swearing.. Bomb

Prompt: None this just kind of popped out of my head in a moment of craziness.


“Raven, this isn’t going to work” you insisted as you stared at the long list of chemical equations on the scattered pieces of paper in front of you “they just don’t add up”

“Jesus Y/N just have a little faith in me will you?”

You scowled turning to face the engineer “Raven faith isn’t going to help here. Look” you pointed to the bottom chemical equation “the numbers don’t add up, you put that much nitro-glycerine in one place and let it go boom… it wouldn’t just take out the bridge it would blow a canyon so wide that we’d all be blown back into space”

Raven was frowning this time as she came over to stare down at your scribbled notes. “We can’t separate out the rocket fuel Y/N it’s not stable”

“There has to be a way. We can’t use it as it is”

Raven was chewing on her lip, a habit you recognised as being one that only emerged when she was stressed and uncomfortable.

“Ladies, we have a bomb?”

You turned at the male voice watching as Bellamy and Clarke came into the tent. Raven immediately spun around giving them her back.

“We’re not robots Bellamy, give us time”

“We don’t have time” he pressed at Raven’s snapped out comment. “The grounders are coming and we need to be ready”

“And we will be” you interrupted before Raven could turn it into a full formed fight. Something she’d been in the habit of doing ever since she broke up with Finn. 

There was also a tension between her and Bellamy that had also recently formed, a look in Raven’s eye that you were fairly certain meant something had happened between the two of them.Something you weren’t to eager to explore.

“We can only give you until the end of today Y/N” Clarke said also avoiding Raven’s eyes. There was no doubting the tension between those two or the cause of it. “If it’s not ready by then… we need a different plan”

“It’ll be ready” you insisted “we can get it sorted”

Clarke and Bellamy looked at each other, they obviously didn’t believe you but weren’t going to press the issue just yet. Instead they nodded Bellamy speaking up once more.

“Alright, keep us in the loop”

“Sure” you practically pushed them out of the tent once more turning back to Raven who was silently fuming. You could tell by the tension in her shoulders. 

“Look Reyes I get why your pissed at Clarke, I have no desire to know what happened with Bellamy…” you held your hand up to her mouth when she tried to speak “shut up. I don’t care what happened what I do care about is blowing up this fucking bridge. So we do it again. We must have missed something”

“You don’t care about Bellamy?”

“Why would I?”

Raven rose one eyebrow at that. “Y/N how long have I known you? Since when did you think you could lie to me?”

It was you who turned around this time focusing on your equations once more as you made your voice intentionally airy and light “I’m not lying, I have no interest in Bellamy Blake. Now come on you heard them we don’t have long and we need to figure this out”

Raven stayed quiet for a while obviously waiting for you to change your mind and say something else. When you didn’t she sighed and came to stand beside you.

“We had sex” it was a statement made without emotion “I thought it would make me feel better. It didn’t”

You’d kind of known that but it didn’t help you feel any better. “Again Raven, why would you think I care?”

“Y/N” she took your hand forcing you to look at her. “It meant nothing, it was more than a mistake”

“Raven I mean this so listen carefully. I don’t care who Bellamy does and doesn’t sleep with, even you”

You pulled your hand free once more going back to focusing on the equations on the pages in front of you. Raven stood silently watching you until finally sighing she went back to her own desk area to fiddle with the mechanism on the bomb.

Ok, so you did kind of care who Bellamy was sleeping with and it hurt that it had been with your best friend. Even so you also knew that you had no claim on him what so ever and he could sleep with whoever he chose to do so.

You were so trapped in your musings about Bellamy that it took a moment for what you were looking at to hit. When it did you felt like someone had slapped you. Running your finger over the equation once more you gasped making Raven look over at you.

“Raven I know how we can do this”

“What. How?”

You took the papers over to her pointing at a single line equation. “Here, we take a small amount of the nitro-glycerine and add it to one of the empty rockets then line it up set it up and boom”

Raven was frowning “we dismissed that earlier because someone would need to activate the device”

“Not if we fuse it”

She was looking at you now nodding along with your plan. “I can do that, make the fuse. But we still need to separate the glycerine”

“Leave that to me”

“Y/N” Raven sounded cautious. “That stuff is more than unstable”

“We don’t have a choice Raven. Don’t worry I can do it” Raven bit her lip nodding as you smiled grabbing your coat from the chair you went to grab some equipment from the side “get the fuse done Raven. I’ll be ready”

You didn’t let her answer taking off from the tent and marching over to the drop shop where the remains of the rocket fuel had been stored. You took Finn on the way over, grabbing his arm and simply dragging him off behind you.

“I need your help”

“Alright” he sounded hesitant which was probably due to the fact that you had barely spoken to him after the Clarke incident most firmly on Raven’s side of the argument. Until now of course.

You pulled him forwards until you were standing in front of the pile of rocket fuel canisters.

“I need you to help me carry one out of here” you turned and pointed out into the forest beyond the walls of camp “to out there”

“What!” Finn sounded scandalised. “Y/N do you have any idea how dangerous that is?”

You gave him a look you normally reserved for idiot children. “Chemist Finn” you said pointing at yourself “Of course I do, but it’s more dangerous for me to do this inside the walls”

“Do what?”

“Split some of the fluid” you stared at the canisters “If I spill even a drop in here and someone accidently ignites it, then boom, no more camp”

Finn stared at you hard “alright”

You pointed at the smallest you could find, after all the amount of glycerine you’d need for this explosion was minimal, and between the two of you somehow you managed to get the rocket out of the walls and into the forest until you deemed it a safe enough distance and Finn still felt it was close enough to the sentries.

“Get out of here Finn” you said as soon as the rocket was still and as safe as it was getting.

“Y/N… I’m… I’m sorry”

You looked over your shoulder at him raising one eyebrow “Sorry for what exactly Finn?” you asked him “for breaking my best friends heart? For being a cheating scum bag?”

“For everything”

“Yeah well… I guess we’re all sorry for something. Now get out of here”

Apparently Finn was finally learning to listen to you because he silently turned and started making his way back to camp. You went make to your rocket canister. When you’d been arrested for ‘chemistry’ on the ark this hadn’t been exactly what you’d thought you’d need to be doing. However, you were the only one of the 100 with any sort of chemical science background. Meaning it was your job and your job alone to play with volatile mixtures.

Slowly you started to open the varying safety guards that kept the glycerine away from people’s meddling hands. You’d only get one shot at this and it had to be perfect.

“Y/N!!! What the fuck are you doing?”

You stopped yourself from jumping by a fraction. “Bellamy you idiot do you even realise what I’ve got in my hands right now” you ground out not turning to look as he came into your vision. Crouching down on the other side of the rocket.

“I repeat what in the world are you doing?”

“Making you a bomb” you answered tightly “it’s what you wanted isn’t it?”

“Not at the expense of you getting hurt” his voice was tense and you risked a quick glance at his face. He almost looked pale under the freckles of his skin as he stared at your face.

“Since when do you care about hurting me?”

He paused there “Since always”

You snorted and your hands shook, it was only the slightest movement but the Nitro-glycerine rocked gently in the canister. Swearing loudly you over corrected trying to keep it in the canister. It would have tipped if it wasn’t for Bellamy reaching out and grabbing your wrists steadying the movement.

You were stuck there frozen in that moment in time as Bellamy held onto your hands, you holding a canister of one of the most flammable liquids known. You were staring at him straight in the eyes as your faces had ended up close together. You’d never been this close to Bellamy Blake before, had never had the opportunity to see those freckles so up close or the tan of his skin, the pinkness of his lips and the length of his lashes.

You broke the spell lingering there by looking down at the fuel. “Let go” you ordered “slowly”

Bellamy very slowly let go of the grip he had on your hands and with a skill and preciseness you weren’t feeling you separated the mixture into different canister’s, flicking the locks closed on them and placing them down on the ground.

You released a breath you hadn’t realised you’d been holding when you could see them both there. Separate and safe once more.

“You idiot” Bellamy grabbed your arms shaking you lightly “you could have killed yourself”

“Really I’m the idiot?” you snapped own temper fraying “I’m not the one who snuck up on someone holding bloody Rocket Fuel!”

Bellamy scowled still not letting go of your arms. “I didn’t sneak”

“Really?” sarcasm dripped from your words “what do you call it then?”

“I shouted your fucking name Y/N how is that sneaking?”

You just scowled at him, realising he was still holding your arms you wriggled until he let go. “I have to go. I have a bomb to build”

He grabbed your elbow as you turned spinning you back around and pressing his mouth down on your own. You stood there stunned until your brain could understand what was happening. You lost yourself in the feel of his mouth on your own, his hands sliding up to hold your waist.

Of course your brain could never just stay quiet that would be to easy. All of sudden it was screaming in your ear about Raven and Bellamy, hell about every girl in the camp and Bellamy. That wasn’t you, you were not just going to be another knotch on his extensive list of girls.

Wrenching out of his grasp you wiped a hand over your mouth glaring at him. “No” you stated hand up to stop him coming closer. “No Bellamy. I am not just another check on your mission to go through every girl in camp”

“Y/N that’s not….”

“I don’t care” you cut him off. “You can’t have all of us, hell you slept with my best friend when she had literally just let go of Finn”

“Raven told you?”

“Of course she told me. She’s my best friend, like a sister. So no, you can’t have me as well”

“Y/N that’s not what’s happening here” he argued insistently.

“Nothing is happening here” you demanded. Turning your back on him once more, this time he let you as you bent down and carefully picked up the two smaller canisters leaving the drained rocket on the floor. “I have to get this to Raven again”

“Y/N I’m not giving up on you” he warned voice low.

You weren’t going to admit that his words were making butterflies dance in your stomach. Instead you just shrugged.

“Do whatever you want, it isn’t happening Bellamy” you walked past him back towards camp you still heard him though.

“Game on Y/N”

I’m experiencing my first snowfall and getting emotional so POTTERY.

something I found mildly terrifying when I first started learning how to fire the kilns is that there aren’t /settings/ in a kiln. I mean there are computerized kilns and electric kilns, but even our most modern kiln here is predominantly controlled by how covered a particular hole is by a big slab of rock. Kiln not hot enough? Try moving the rock a little. Nudge the gas valve. It’s like being taught rocket science by your great aunt’s Lupe’s famous rocket fuel chili recipe. You know it’s right when it /feels/ right. Except there’s no training wheels for what ‘feels’ right when you’re working with flammable gas and molten 2000F hot dirt.

So, EU potters that can tell something’s off by the tang of metal in the air, that know something’s wrong by the color of the light, because the flame coming out of a kiln in reduction looks different than a flame in oxidation, because the smell of ozone and burning metal can mean very different things when you’re firing, and they’re things you learn to look for. Artists who know when Elsewhere is close because the air /tastes/ different from the air they’re used to.


CONGRATS ON YOUR FIRST SNOWFALL! And also I’m loving this ceramics mythology that’s being built here! It’s so good for me.

(I’d love to see more about the mythos of various majors, if any of you should feel like writing it out! What about it is strange? What about it is strange at EU? what do you have to trade, what could you not afford to lose, what keeps you safe?)

anonymous asked:

of course now that i have half with three stars the drops get extremely low sounds sooooooo fair yup

What I’ve been doing is completing the missions that don’t have any rewards other than flares and not turn them in. I know what you must be thinking, “This person is crazy!” But alas there is a method to my madness. If I get a rocket fuel mission that has like 1 fuel for 6 hours I will dismiss it and claim one of the completed missions to get a new rocket fuel mission. If the new one is about the same I do the same thing again. I almost always get better drops when I do that