After many fights, wars and death between supernatural creatures and humans, they - the Descendants - started to categorize the world population in a new hierarchy. Alpha for every supernatural being, Beta for the humans and Omega was the name for A.I.’s and any kind of unwelcome hybrid forms. A new social reform, in which Alphas and Betas lived separated for their own good, while Omegas had no real place to be, when they didn’t sold themselves and their service.
My column yesterday was ready to celebrate St. Pattys day instead of Memorial Day. The green color is from Copper(I) chloride and the orange is likely an impurity in the propargyl alcohol I was using (I could’ve distilled it, but nah). Happy weekend everyone!
GASTER Hm, an interesting observation from the first Anon. Philanthropy wasn’t what drove me to adopt them, though it is the reason I have a job. Haha
GASTER As for the third Anon’s question: We do indeed host Bring Your Child To Work days here in the labs.
GASTER Most days, in fact! Our work often demands long hours, and I take no joy in keeping parents apart from their children. So to solve that problem, we installed a Day Care room!
GASTER On the upper floors, of course, far away from any of our more, ah… ambitious experiments. We hold the children’s comfort and safety paramount here in the labs!
GASTER Employees are permitted to visit their children whenever they need to, and can monitor them on the cameras at all other times. Play times, nap times, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all scheduled. I can assure you, the children are kept safe and happy here.
GASTER I would have it no other way!
ALPHYS “Not interested in anyone”? What g-gave you that impression?
Entomological Illustration Station at the Maastricht Natural History Museum
I had the awesome chance this past weekend to work the day at the Maastricht Natural History Museum for Het Weekend van de Wetenschap (Science Weekend), where I was asked to set up a station for scientific illustration! Since Sunday was bug-themed, I focused my little area on entomological illustration.
What is entomological illustration?
Entomological illustration is used to accurately describe and catalogue all known species of insects. This type of descriptive illustration is called a habitus
Why use drawings?
Though macrophotography has become more prevalent, it is very expensive and still requires visual interpretation (due to changes in depth of field and zoom limits). Drawings, however, can be detailed and clear to the smallest level and can describe layers of depth and function otherwise unseen.
I had about 3.5 hours to hang out and draw bugs, both digitally and with the museum’s fancy camera lucida.
A camera lucida is an attachment to a microscope that allows the viewer to see both the magnified subject and the artist’s paper/hand via lights and mirrors! It’s a super useful tool to secure the accuracy of the measurements and proportions of the specimen, but it’s actually quite difficult to get used to! I had the chance to use it during my internship with the Smithsonian a few years ago, to detail the budding on the bean specimen I was drawing, and it was just as difficult as I remembered hahaha
ANYWAYS–we had a fun little troupe of people and children walking in and out, exploring the lab and the selection of insect specimens the museum had gathered to share. It was so exciting to see how interested the kids were in discovering the amazing details of the insects like the scales on butterfly wings and the hairs on honeybee legs!
One of the little girls, 8 year old Indigo, came over to me to tell me how excited she was and how much she loved fossils and dinosaurs and everything in biology, and then pulled me over to her microscope to show me the differences between the butterfly scales and asked for a piece of paper to draw them all. Her little sister, Elsa, also took a piece of paper to draw the bees like me (:
It’s so inspiring to see little girls so excited about science!! Girls need so badly to be supported to increase the gender balance within STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and I hope the best for these creative, curious girls. Keep exploring, little ones! :)
So, the next time Sam has to go out of town for work, and she can’t take Ruby because Ruby can’t miss school, she doesn’t call Lena. She would, she has in the past, but let’s face it, she’d rather have someone with better impulse control than her teenager in charge, and Lena once spent 750 million dollars because a pretty girl smiled at her, and Sam’s pretty sure Ruby could talk Lena into building her a robot army to conquer the school.
No, Sam now has more than one friend in National City, and she knows why Alex and Maggie broke up, so she calls Alex. She’s a government agent, she seems more responsible than her sister, and she clearly likes kids, so Sam’s willing to take a chance and asks Alex to watch Ruby until she gets back. It won’t be hard, Ruby’s a good kid who mostly knows how to take care of herself, but Sam still wants an adult around in case of an emergency.
Alex is hesitant at first, for all her talk about being the cool aunt, it’s the first time Sam’s asked her anything like this, but Kara tells her not to be nervous, it’s not like she’ll lose her on a runaway train or anything, and if she does, that’s why Supergirl is number two on her speed dial.
Sam drops Ruby off after school, and it’s awkward. It’s that kind of awkward where the person you both know leaves and neither of you know what to say in their absence, so you just uncomfortably stare at the floor, and the walls, and the ceiling, until Alex offers Ruby a drink, and only takes two steps towards the alcohol before she remembers that Ruby is a minor and plays it off like she’s just taking the long way to the fridge.
Ruby picks out something to watch on Netflix while she does her homework, and Alex gets a kick out of explaining her biology assignment in a way that makes way more sense than anything her teacher has ever said.
Kara drops by the next night, bringing pizza and soda to share, and all three of them bundle up on the couch until Ruby asks why Kara didn’t bring Lena, because aren’t they dating? Kara sputters denials, Alex laughs, and Ruby is genuinely confused, because Lena totally likes Kara like that, so why aren’t they together? Kara leaves without even finishing the second pizza she brought for herself, and Alex gives Ruby a high five.
Sam laughs her ass off when she calls to check in and they tell her what happened, though she’s not laughing when Lena calls her at one in the morning to talk about how Kara showed up at her apartment (because Lena is not a homeless billionaire, where would you ever get that idea, she absolutely does not sleep under her desk at the office, that was only one time!) all flustered and blushing and then there was kissing and touching and now Kara’s asleep in Lena’s bed, NAKED, and that’s too much for Lena to handle at the moment, so Sam tells her to march back in there, lay down with Kara, and accept that something good has happened for once.
By the time Sam gets back to National City, Alex and Ruby have bonded and already made plans for next weekend (science museum followed by a visit to the driving range, because kids should do educational things, but sometimes it’s just fun to whack things with a club for a while, and the driving range has a lower chance of injury than the batting cages), and Alex realizes she hasn’t had a drink since Ruby was dropped off. Sam tries to pay Alex, who refuses, and they settle on Sam taking Alex out for dinner somewhere fancy.
Maybe it’s the wine, maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the fact that they’re both turning heads in the dresses they’re wearing, but the thank you dinner doesn’t feel like a thank you dinner, it feels like a date. Alex has a few moments of panic in the bathroom once she realizes that, but she calls Kara and she talks her down. It’s not the end of the world if it is a date, and Alex realizes she’s not panicking because it doesn’t feel right, she’s panicking because she’s not panicking, and that means she’s moving on, and when did that happen?
Sam smiles at her when she comes back to the table, and Alex makes the decision to enjoy herself. Beating herself isn’t going to fix things, and sometimes the only way to move on is to make the effort. She’s not going to let herself end up like Kara, wallowing for months on end, alienating the people around her. So she sips her wine, smiles at Sam, and asks her how Ruby did on her biology test.
They don’t kiss at the end of the night, but Alex wishes they had. Sam tags along on their trip to the museum, and they get a little competitive at the driving range. Ruby just has fun laughing at their antics. They don’t kiss then, either, but Alex manages to ask Sam out on an actual date, even if she stumbles over her words.
They finally end up kissing partway through that date, and Alex can’t stop herself from sending Kara a text confirming that she is very, very gay indeed, and at the end of the night, Ruby has to flash the front light on and off to get them to break it up.
@queercapwriting, if they’re going to make Alex want to be a mom, they better not ignore the most obvious set up possible.
Today we celebrate those men and women who have bravely given their lives for our nation. A recent research expedition to Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and honored the legacy of the brave men who helped turn the tide in the Pacific during the battle.
Scientists explored sunken aircraft associated with the battle, adding an important maritime heritage component to our understanding of the broader history of World War II in the Pacific. They also investigated the role shipwrecks and debris may play in harboring invasive species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Here, diver Brian Hauk sets an invasive species quadrat on the stern of the USS Macaw.
(Image courtesy of Brett Seymour, Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll expedition)
I believe in maniacs…I believe that you’ve got to love your work so much that it is all you want to do…I believe that work is the one thing in the world that never betrays you, that lasts. If I were a politician, if I were a scientist, I would do it every day. I wouldn’t wait for Monday. I don’t believe in weekends. If you’re headed for a life that’s only involved with making money and that you hope for satisfaction somewhere else, you’re headed for a lot of trouble.
Hi! I’ve always loved having online friends and pen pals so I thought it would be fun to get back into it again! I’m a high school student and I really love computer science and language arts. I love to watch movies, listen to music, and take pictures. My favorite movie genre is probably horror, but my favorite movies are The Breakfast Club and The Perks of being a Wallflower. My music taste is all over the place but I love indie and alternative music. My favorite bands are Vampire Weekend and Fox Academy. I also love to read and explore where I live. My favorite book is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I used to be fluent in Spanish but I have forgotten a majority of it over the years, so it would be cool if you knew Spanish and we could talk in Spanish sometimes!
Preferences: Around my age. It is easier to talk through social medias like Tumblr and Snapchat but I would be willing to eventually do snail mail!
·Literally nobody believes Gansey is for real when he talks about his friends from back home.
·his roommate was curious about the Polaroid pictures he had hung up on his wall but after Gansey tries to explain the roughly 300 physics that share one bathroom his roommate pats Gansey’s shoulder and heads to the cafeteria.
·the angry gay farmer occasionally writes letters, covered in Opal’s own ‘writing’ ·eventually opal starts writing in latin flawlessly and Gansey is pretty proud of Ronan so he always has one pinned above his desk. ·his floormates are hella confused about a kid writing in a hella dead language.
·adam mails articles about new research on ley lines just in case Gansey doesn’t know (he definitely read them already at least five times before but he’s pretty touched.) ·this turns into long winded skype conversations about the delicate balance of questing and adventures, and adam pointing out that he’s in college now, he can’t go hunting for dead Welsh kings anymore ·his roommate overhears that bit and is like wtf. ·also he really doesn’t get the eternal fascination with ley lines. Gansey brought every single map known to man of ley lines with him to school.
·henry mails the weirdest care packages. ·like, nutella and ramen and weird as shit playlists that are really just opera and international pop music and strange remixes of murder squash song and the most horrifying stuffed animals. · sometimes the stuffed animals look like roadkill and nobody knows why gansey keeps them.
·for the fall reading week he comes back with a new photo, him and his friends.
·angry farmer street racing boy has a new tattoo apparently. “Remembered” across his forearm.
·there is also a girl
·nobody really believes this girl truly exists
·apparently she studies environmental science and on her weekends ‘communes with the trees’
·her name is also blue, and jane is a nickname.
·she isn’t a physic? Gansey makes it sound normal but nothing about his friends sounds normal.
·they talk a lot on the phone at night.
·apparently, according the gansey, she’s a bright star that he accidentally referred to as a prostitute once upon a time. ·his roommate fully believes gansey is actually 100% insane.
·blue comes for a visit.
·because her roommate is actually insane and she’s tired and she just wants to burn Gansey’s ridiculous shoes in peace.
·so she shows up at 2 in the morning having walked for a good hour from the bus station to campus and both boys are wide awake and gansey looks a second away from an actual heart attack. ·"WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WALKED FROM THE STATION BY YOURSELF?“ ·"you’ve died twice now you literally want to lecture me, dick?”
·at that point his roommate vanishes because the entire floor needs to understand that the tiny mythical creature is a l i v e.
·she is everything gansey described.
·she wears the retro platform boots with some strange swing dress and has the ends of her hair dip dyed bright blue and her bag is held together by safety pins and duck tape.
·nobody dares to question gansey now because she looks ready to fight.
·the entire week he simply parades around looking pretty damn proud
·but at the very end on her last day escaping crazy roommate adam and henry and ronan show up
·and his roommate questions life and wonders if he’ll survive the school year alive and well and not insane because his roommate is apparently an actual crazy person who quests and looks for dead people and has weird friends that range from angry to preppiest little fuck imaginable, with henry like not even a blimp on that particular weirdness scale because he’s a whole new creature himself.
also blue survives the entire week on yogurt alone and everyone is baffled.
·there’s this weird robo bee that comes with that NOBODY EXPLAINS TO ANYONE and the entire residence basically vanishes to some safe place (ie. the entire building vacates to the library and never leaves until henry is far far away.)
I went to the March for Science this weekend, and since I went armed with @eclecticmuses‘ wonderful FitzSimmons commission for me, I couldn’t resist writing a flufflet about the two of them actually marching. All signs mentioned were ones I saw. (Also, a brief exchange was inspired by one I had with @ifwehadamonkey later that day!) Rated G, in a canon-divergent s4 where everyone’s happy, healthy & in reality. ;-)
Jemma groaned, droplets flying off the sleeve of her sunflower-patterned raincoat as she whacked him on the shoulder. “Ugh, Fitz –”
“We’ve been standing in the rain for four hours.”
A burst of static crackled over the sound system as speakers changed places on the stage.
“And so has everyone else,” she pointed out, hopping slightly onto her tiptoes to glimpse something at the side of the crowd. Fitz reached out instinctively to hover one hand over her lower back, ready to catch her should she slip on the sopping wet grass.
“I can barely remember what it was like to be dry –”
“Oh, for –”
“I’ve never seen fingers wrinkle because of rain –”
Clapping her hands together, Jemma let out a little noise of excitement and grabbed onto his arm, interrupting his good-natured complaining. “Fitz, look!” He followed where she was pointing, blinking as rain dripped into his eyes. “Not all superheroes wear capes,” she said, reading the sign that she’d spotted within the crowd, “most wear lab coats!”
“Daisy’d agree with that,” he said with a grin. “I don’t think any superheroes wear capes. Too impractical.”