I feel like it’s not acknowledged or appreciated nearly enough that Hellboy is a book about a demon summoned to Earth by a mad Russian scientist using Nazi super tech in order to win World War 2 and bring about the apocalypse and instead of being a grimdark edgefest, Hellboy is just a big kid who really likes pancakes and his favorite superhero is an idiot named Lobster Johnson and one of his best friends was a homonculus who couldn’t wear pants.

Valery Khristoforov :: A young woman with cheat notes on her thighs, in a photograph titled Cribs, taken at the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University, 1984. From: ‘The Image as Question: An Exhibition of Evidential Photography’ at Michael Hoppen Gallery / src: theGuardian

“The most mischievous single image here is Valerie Khristoforov’s portrait of an anonymous young girl on a street with her dress raised to reveal a condensed scrawl of notes that had been written on her thighs before she took the entrance exam to a journalism course in Moscow State University. Khristoforov happened upon the girl in a park as she was writing on her legs ‘seated under trees near the statue of Mikhail Lomonosov, the greatest Russian scientist, who gave the name to the University’. She agreed to have her legs photographed under two conditions: that he take the picture after the examination and that she remain anonymous. He agreed and waited for an hour and a half for her to return. She passed the exam and was never found out.” (quoted from source)

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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Turning 50 Means Finally Accepting That You’ll Probably Never Be Activated As An Unstoppable Rogue Agent

This year, I turned 50 years old. As I celebrated with friends, family, and my incredible children, I found myself reflecting on my past and considering my future, the choices I’d made and the roads not taken. And in closing that chapter of my life, I realized something important: Turning 50 means finally accepting that you’ll probably never be activated as an unstoppable rogue agent.

And you know what? That’s okay.

As a young man entering adulthood, I remember feeling like my potential was infinite. Would I be attacked at my stifling day job by masked men and somehow take them all out with just a staple gun? Black out watching TV and snap back into consciousness to find myself sprinting across the top of a bullet train? Would I pick up the phone one day, hear a voice rasp “Virgo Rising,” and suddenly remember all 71 of my confirmed kills as an asset of the Erebus Foundation? It seemed like a matter of time before the world would take note of my talents and give me my due, or send the very protégé I’d trained to liquidate me once and for all.

But growing older meant facing reality, bit by bit trading the lives I’d imagined for the life I was actually living. Every time I checked my balance at an ATM without a conditioning-activating trigger word flashing across the screen was a reminder that ambition had its limits. Every time I was mugged without me effortlessly snapping the thief’s wrist with reflexes I never knew I had, I had to acknowledge that it probably wouldn’t happen the next time, either. And as my body got stiffer and my mind more stubborn, the prospect of discovering a cache of fake passports and experimental handguns behind a false panel in my freezer began to seem, more than anything, like a hassle.

As time goes on, though, you come to realize that living the life you’ve built is more than a fair trade for never putting a bullet between the eyes of the Russian scientist who made you a living weapon. It turns out those youthful fantasies of fame, glory, and an entire control room realizing they’ve tracked your signal to their own building just can’t compare to the joy of your daughter’s laughter, or the satisfaction of a hard-won promotion. And while I may never kiss the only woman who claims to know everything they took from me, our knives at each other’s throats, I still get to wake up every morning next to my wife of 25 years, who is just as beautiful as the day I met her.

I’ve made a lot of memories in my 50 years, and while they may not have huge, unaccountable gaps triggered by a Frank Sinatra song, they’re mine, and I cherish them. Of course, I’ve considered the possibility that my whole easygoing-family-man identity is an implanted persona with false memories, a reward for years of bloody loyalty to the Ghost State. But until a council member attempts a coup and sends a Seraph squad of my own clones after me to clean up loose ends, what difference does it really make?

Now that I’ve made peace with my first 50 years, I can look forward to the next 50 without bitterness over never waking up speaking Mandarin or writing in Cyrillic without even realizing it. I’m sure life’s still got surprises up its sleeve for me, and even if my hidden past never destroys my hope for a future, I can’t wait to see what they are.

anonymous asked:

What are the top 5 podcasts you recommend?

Oooooh, anon, that is a difficult question, because I listen to so many, and would also recommend different ones if you like different genres.

Oh, but first, I’m not gonna rec Welcome to Night Vale (or anything from Night Vale Presents), mostly because it’s on virtually every podcast rec list, and if you’re asking for more podcasts, you’re probably already in the process of listening to it, or have already done so.

(The recs are under the cut, bc I love podcasts too much and went a little crazy with the descriptions and why I recommend them)

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2017 Sundance Film Festival - full lineup


Band Aid” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Zoe Lister-Jones) — A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel. World Premiere

Beach Rats” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza Hittman) — An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online. Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff. World Premiere

Brigsby Bear” / U.S.A. (Director: Dave McCary, Screenwriters: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney) — Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Cast: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins. World Premiere

Burning Sands” / U.S.A. (Director: Gerard McMurray, Screenwriters: Christine Berg, Gerard McMurray) — Deep into a fraternity’s Hell Week, a favored pledge is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. Cast: Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes. World Premiere

Crown Heights” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matt Ruskin) — When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Adapted from This American Life, this is the incredible true story of their harrowing quest for justice. Cast: Keith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom. World Premiere

Golden Exits” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry) — The arrival of a young foreign girl disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families. Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny. World Premiere

The Hero” / U.S.A. (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch) — Lee, a former Western film icon, is living a comfortable existence lending his golden voice to advertisements and smoking weed. After receiving a lifetime achievement award and unexpected news, Lee reexamines his past, while a chance meeting with a sardonic comic has him looking to the future. Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katherine Ross. World Premiere

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves, alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Ingrid Goes West” / U.S.A. (Director: Matt Spicer, Screenwriters: Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith) — A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram lifestyle blogger and moves to Los Angeles to try and befriend her in real life. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen. World Premiere

Landline” / U.S.A. (Director: Gillian Robespierre, Screenwriters: Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre) — Two sisters come of age in ‘90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair—and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi. Cast: Jenny Slate, John Turturro, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock. World Premiere

Novitiate” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maggie Betts) — In the early 1960s, during the Vatican II era, a young woman training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, sexuality and the changing church. Cast: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor. World Premiere

Patti Cake$” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Geremy Jasper) — Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory. Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty. World Premiere

Roxanne Roxanne” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Larnell) — The most feared battle emcee in early-’80s NYC was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At age 14, hustling the streets to provide for her family, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend. Cast: Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds. World Premiere

To The Bone” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marti Noxon) — In a last-ditch effort to battle her severe anorexia, 20-year-old Ellen enters a group recovery home. With the help of an unconventional doctor, Ellen and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey that leads to the ultimate question—is life worth living? Cast: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato. World Premiere

Walking Out” / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith) — A father and son struggle to connect on any level until a brutal encounter with a predator in the heart of the wilderness leaves them both seriously injured. If they are to survive, the boy must carry his father to safety. Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone. World Premiere

The Yellow Birds” / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors, Screenwriter: David Lowery) — Two young men enlist in the army and are deployed to fight in the Gulf War. After an unthinkable tragedy, the surviving soldier struggles to balance his promise of silence with the truth and a mourning mother’s search for peace. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston. World Premiere

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The Foundations Of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future Of Russia, written in 1997, is a book by charming debutante Aleksandr Dugin. He’s a quirky guy who deserves a bit of background.

Dugin, who effortlessly pulls off the sexy Rasputin look, is a Russian political scientist who has a few slightly fascist viewpoints. And in case you think he means some watered-down version of fascism, he clarifies, “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism.” The most fascisty fascism that ever fascisted a fascist.

Dugin’s extreme ideas, which sound like something Skeletor would half-ass during a writer’s strike, actually have an audience. His views on the “evils of liberalism” are often cited by far-right leaders (including Steve Bannon). His influence even extends to the Kremlin and to the Russian military, having deescalated tensions between Turkey and Russia. Though one would think he’d be the Gandalf to Putin’s Bilbo, that relationship is complicated. He’s criticized Putin for not being more aggressive in Ukraine, and Putin has kept him at a safe distance so he can harness the crazy without Dugin calling him at 3:00 a.m. to ask, “What'cha thinkin’ ‘bout?”

Still, it seems that Dugin’s book is either an influence on, or at least parallels, the Kremlin’s strategies. It’s been used as a textbook by Russian military strategists, and some of the similarities between what’s laid out in the book and current Russian policy is a little spooky.

This Handbook (Could) Help Us Understand Russia’s Motives

How To Write Men In Romance Fiction

I have recently come across one of the most fascinating articles published in the recent 2015, written by a man who doesn’t read romance novels, about – you guessed it – Romance Literature! There’s a saying in Bulgarian, which we started using about 15 years ago (I believe it was used in a sketch by a comedian), and it goes like this: “I laugh in the face of tragedy because what else could I do – cry?”

I believe this article gives meaning to that expression in ways I did not think possible.

Now, gender is a stupid thing to begin with, let’s base our conversation on that. Creating a general picture of manhood or womanhood is ridiculously impossible affair, because not only does it vary by culture, it varies by person, and we end up with the bottom line that we all experience gender in unique unquantifiable ways.

Plus, gender itself is a social construct which isn’t even perceived universally as a binary and often is either viewed on a spectrum or a combination of identities which depend on the circumstances. It is Western-centric to perceive it as the dualistic man-woman, and it is blatantly wrong, considering the idea of man versus woman is a religious indoctrination spread by Christianity. If you don’t believe me, please check with the numerous African, and South and East Asian communities who struggle to retain or fight to remember the identities typical of their culture while they’re being bombarded by Western propaganda in the media and religious indoctrination by supposedly well-wishing ministers.

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so there’s this russian movie where a scientist builds a time machine, and through whacky shenanigans he accidentally makes his neighbor and Ivan the Terrible switch time and place, and as they look identical even more whacky shenanigans ensue… so @fierychikken said something about making that an AU only with Abdul and Polnareff and ancient Egypt. So Polnareff sends his roommate to an ancient palace and suddenly has to deal with a cranky pharaoh.. 

im not a writer by any means but i cant find my tablet pen so have this small scene from the recently minted wolf 359 role reversal au

“Come ON, Hilbert!” Hera shouts into the comms. “Unleash your inner mad Russian scientist, or Eiffel’s going to kill us!”
“‘Inner mad Russian scientist’?” Hilbert echoes, frantically tapping away at the console. “What do you think I have been doing up here? I sit at this computer and listen to static all day! I have no evil plan!”
“Don’t act like you haven’t worked out how to take out the rest of us, we all have!”
“What?” Hilbert stops at stares at the communication device, as though Hera can see his horrified face.
“I- I mean, you know, in case you had to? In case of something like this?” Hera frantically backtracks.
“Have… you… been figuring out how to kill your crewmates?”
“Yes, but that’s not important right now! Because Eiffel has, and he’s ACTING ON IT!”
Hilbert takes a deep breath. Who does she think he is? Some kind of monster? It’s not like he’s thought about how to trap someone in a room and then flood that room with sleeping gas after disabling the ship’s AI and fabricating a fire in the engine room.
Definitely not.
“I…. have plan.” Hilbert says, finally. “But Minkowski will not like it.”

cryptoking  asked:

So regarding the large hadron collider, or any accelerator smashing atoms. How much energy is released in the collision? Like would I be ok if I stood inside the machine just as these collisions take place (ignoring the fact that i would be in a vaccumm). Also how much radiation is released? Could that be lethal? I always assumed these things were harmless but I'm not sure.

Currently, the LHC is smashing protons together with an energy of 14 TeV, which is about the kinetic energy of a flying mosquito. Still, you would almost certainly die. To explain why, let me introduce you to Anatoli Bugorski.

Bugorski was a Russian scientist in the late 1970′s, and the unfortunate victim of a lab accident. While he was checking a malfunctioning piece on the U-70 synchrotron, a Soviet particle accelerator, a safety mechanism failed and he was hit with a beam of 76 GeV protons. The beam went straight through his head, and he claimed he saw “a light brighter than a thousand suns.”

Bugorski survived, and is still alive today, but the beam didn’t leave him unaffected. In the course of a few days, part of his face swelled up and began peeling away. This was thankfully temporary, but over several years, half of his face became paralyzed, and he began suffering from occasional seizures.

Despite this, Bugorski was actually very lucky, since the beam didn’t strike any vital parts of his brain or body. The beam pretty much killed all of the cells it went through, but because the beam was so precise, the damage was localized. Although the LHC is much more powerful, it’s also very precise, so it might be possible to survive getting hit in a non-vital area.

So, while getting caught in a particle accelerator accident might not kill you (if you’re lucky), it certainly won’t give you super-speed.

What Are You? Part 2

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader (Friendship) Steve Rogers x Reader

Warning: Swearing so far.

@chrisevansthedoritobastard   @143amberrose

There were sensors on your hands, chest, temples and forehead. You sigh. Kicking your feet tired, hungry, and bored. You were getting a headache and grumpy was setting in. Steve was watching you from a chair off to the side.

“Stark maybe we take a break.” It wasn’t a question. Your eyes dart to Steve fidgeting as he walks over to you, he reaches up, peeling the sensors off your temples.

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Huge Stone Spheres in Mangistau, Kazakhstan

These weird stone spheres have puzzled Russian scientists for over two centuries since their discovery in Kazakhstan in the old Russian empire. Some of them are very small, some are large. Take a closer look… I have few theories in my head what the heck they could be, but I leave that to you to wonder, ok? Few minutes ago I received email from my good old friends from some part of Russia who invite me there, and tempt me to back on Siberian-hike-trek. Well… At least in this month I cannot, have other plans and important things to do with my own life, but I remember well what we discovered there and hope one day, soon, who knows, if nobody knows? ;)


Russia: ‘Treasure Hunter’ - Lost Nazi weather station unearthed in Arctic

Russian scientists have located a secret Nazi facility that was abandoned before the end of World War II.Constructed in 1942, the mysterious base, which was named ‘Schatzgraber’ or 'Treasure Hunter’, had remained lost for so long that many people believed it to be little more than a myth.

The story goes that the Nazi scientists stationed there all had to evacuate the facility after eating polar bear meat that made them sick. Some have speculated that the team may have been deliberately poisoned however it is now believed that the meat was infected by a parasite.

The Russian scientists who discovered the base have reported finding hundreds of objects left behind during the evacuation including shells and other WWII weapon fragments.

One thing that still remains a mystery however is what the base was used for. With a name like 'Treasure Hunter’ it almost seems like there could be something important still hidden there.

Whether the Russians will succeed in unraveling its secrets however remains to be seen.


In the summer of 1998, Russian scientists who were investigating an area 300 km southwest of Moscow on the remains of a meteorite, discovered a piece of rock which enclosed an iron screw. Geologists estimate that the age of the rock is 300-320 million years. At that time there were not any intelligent life forms on earth, not even dinosaurs. The screw which is clearly visible in the head and nut, has a length of about cm and a diameter of about three millimeters. I’m unsure about the authenticity of this, as there were no legit sources behind this news story. 

Tfw you consider that one of the longterm effects of radiation exposure is stunted growth.

And then you make the connection that Hilbert is more likely than not the shortest person in the crew.

Like… this scary Russian scientist, killed a bunch of people with a scary death virus, ripped Hera’s brains out one time, just barely on his way toward a redemption arc.

Anyone else on the crew could probably hoist him over one of their shoulders and carry him like a sack of flour.

anonymous asked:

im scared

BAB me too!!!! i saw a weird russian scientist or something make a homunculus out of a chicken egg and it was mcnasty and gross and ucky and luckily i think it was fake but still oooo!!! i don’t like it!!!!!!

but i hope you are ok? are you alright? if u need anything in the world i am here