space dangers

Hogwarts Houses of the FFVIII cast!

Rinoa: She’s the easiest. She is the quintessential Gryffindor. Her entire character is basically “social justice warrior who doesn’t look before she leaps. Like 99% of her problems are caused by just diving headfirst into whatever because it’s the right thing to do. 

Squall: Maybe he’s a lion Gryffindor. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) But lion-imagery aside, he’s certainly not lacking in reckless courage, and he isn’t particularly ambitious or loyal (except where Rinoa is concerned), and while he’s smart, intellectual pursuits are not really his priority. But he’ll drive headfirst into space danger without a second thought, and when he does choose to take a stand, he does it regardless of who he is standing up to. 

Quistis: Ravenclaw. I could hear an argument for Gryffindor for her, but her heart is with learning, and her obvious discomfort with being in the spotlight speaks more to stepping up in the name of curiosity and ethics, rather than in the pursuit of grand deeds. 

Seifer: Slytherin. I know it’s the obvious choice but like, the guy is ambitious. He knows what he wants and he goes for it, and most of his life is driven by this dream of his. 

Zell: Hufflepuff. He’s very loyal to Garden, and to Squall and Edea in particular. He has a lot of knowledge about history and geography, but often because of a personal connection to it (his grandfather), rather than a dedication to learning for the sake of learning. He’s also quick to express concern over the ways a plan could go wrong (hence his nickname), and would rather stay with his people and protect them and let someone else be the hero. 

Selphie: This is kind of instinct on this one but I kind of think Slytherin for her as well. But she’s very driven–and very clever about achieving her goals–i.e., the garden festival. She’s also fiercely protective of her friends and home, and doesn’t show quickness to forgive (such as with Seifer/Trabia). 

Irvine: He is honestly the hardest out of all of the main cast and I am SUPER INTERESTED in what other people think. I’d go with Ravenclaw, just because he seems content to quietly (er…relatively quietly) pursue his own interests (his speech on the nature of sharpshooters), and while probably not a bookworm the way Rinoa is, his speech on fate/choice indicates an awareness that there is more to the world that his own experience. 


Fujin and Raijin: I really want to put them in Slytherin to keep the posse together, and probably do, but could hear Hufflepuff, since their defining characteristic is loyalty to Seifer. But they also turn against him when they can no longer support him, so it’s not blind loyalty, and kind of a Gryffindor thing to do as well. 

Laguna: He shares Rinoa’s “leap before you look” attitude, and even though he accidentally ends up in a position where he can help people rather than seeking it out, I’d still say Gryffindor for him, just because he’s foolhardy and can’t say no. 

Kiros: Slytherin. He’s just so shrewd. It fits. Ward: I’m not sure about.

I’m kind of too tired to do the rest right now, so reblog and add your thoughts, and other characters! 

it’s always amazing to watch adults discover how much changes when they don’t treat their perspective as the default human experience.

example: it’s been well-documented for a long time that urban spaces are more dangerous for kids than they are for adults. but common wisdom has generally held that that’s just the way things are because kids are inherently vulnerable. and because policymakers keep operating under the assumption that there’s nothing that can be done about kids being less safe in cities because that’s just how kids are, the danger they face in public spaces like streets and parks has been used as an excuse for marginalizing and regulating them out of those spaces.

(by the same people who then complain about kids being inside playing video games, I’d imagine.)

thing is, there’s no real evidence to suggest that kids are inescapably less safe in urban spaces. the causality goes the other way: urban spaces are safer for adults because they are designed for adults, by adults, with an adult perspective and experience in mind.

the city of Oslo, Norway recently started a campaign to take a new perspective on urban planning. quite literally a new perspective: they started looking at the city from 95 centimeters off the ground - the height of the average three-year-old. one of the first things they found was that, from that height, there were a lot of hedges blocking the view of roads from sidewalks. in other words, adults could see traffic, but kids couldn’t.

pop quiz: what does not being able to see a car coming do to the safety of pedestrians? the city of Oslo was literally designed to make it more dangerous for kids to cross the street. and no one realized it until they took the laughably small but simultaneously really significant step of…lowering their eye level by a couple of feet.

so Oslo started trimming all its decorative roadside vegetation down. and what was the first result they saw? kids in Oslo are walking to school more, because it’s safer to do it now. and that, as it turns out, reduces traffic around schools, making it even safer to walk to school.

so yeah. this is the kind of important real-life impact all that silly social justice nonsense of recognizing adultism as a massive structural problem can have. stop ignoring 1/3 of the population when you’re deciding what the world should look like and the world gets better a little bit at a time.

Voltron prompt

Lance knows that he’s not the best member on the team, he sees all the looks from Shiro and Allura. Yeah he tries his hardest but fighting has never been his thing. Back at home he would wrestle with his siblings but that was the extent of his fighting skills.

On days he would let his mind wander too far he would go to the training deck and try to fight out his anger like Keith does but that never really helped him.

One night he went into the training deck to get some extra practice when an idea came to him. He plugged in his music player into the control system and activated the training bot.

Never before had he fought with such ease. With the music playing he was able to turn it into a dance, a fast paced, dangerous, and absolutely stunning dance.

He trained like that for weeks, his skills steadily improving. But he never told the others. He’s not sure why he felt the need to keep it a secret from the rest of the team, but he did. Maybe he thought they would laugh at him for training that way, maybe he was afraid that wouldn’t let him train that way anymore cuz that’s not how soldiers fight.

Maybe it was both.

It was a day after a particularly hard mission that they found him. The missing went off, things didn’t go as planned and while no one got hurt, the mission was still a failure.

Lance had waited for everyone to go to sleep before he went to the training deck and started from level one. When the others woke up, on the way to the dining room they heard music. Not loud but definitely there. Together they followed the sound to the training deck doors, only for them to be locked. Allura then led the group to the training decks observation room.

They were all in shock to see Lance fighting. Beautiful and deadly. There were training bots scattered all across the deck, and the castle was having a hard time clearing the broken bodies with the rate Lance was dropping them. They watched for a while, totally captivated by the Lance was moving his body. Allura was the first to regain herself and ended the training session. Just before the the console shut off, it displayed the level it had ended on. Level 23.

as a leftist its very hard balancing being both a weak triggered cuck who needs a safe space and being a dangerous domestic terrorist undermining free speech at the same time, in my busy schedule

But what if…

“Anakin, you remember how you called me grandmother when we met?” Jocasta Nu asked.

“Yes,” said Anakin, looking guilty.

“Are grandmothers the knowledge keepers on Tatooine?” Jocasta smiled.

Anakin smiled back. “Yes, Gran-Master.”

“None of that. You call me what you’re comfortable with, Anakin. I won’t stop giving you biscuits if you call me Grandmother.”

“The Grandmothers of Tatooine are storytellers and knowledge keepers. They’re like librarians, but also like higher up Jedi, such as yourself, Grandmother.”

Jocasta Nu would almost never feel free to say it, but that was the moment her heart became open to love.

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After that, Anakin pretty much always calls Jocasta “Grandmother.”

Sometimes, though, if any of the members of the Council are around, he’ll catch himself and go back to “Master.” But every time he uses that it feels more wrong.

And then there are the times he catches himself only halfway through the word, and ends up calling Jocasta “Grandmaster.”

When Anakin’s thirteen there’s an entire Council session called to address the issue of young Skywalker apparently believing Jocasta Nu is the Grandmaster of the Jedi Order. Obi-Wan is horribly embarrassed.

(Rebellious Jedi younglings and even a few other padawans start referring to Jocasta as “Grandmaster” on purpose. This is definitely not behavior Anakin ever encourages.)

(And there’s definitely not a half-ironic, half-serious Jedi youth movement anonymously demanding that Yoda step down as Grandmaster and communicating with each other via space twitter using #grandmasterjocasta.)


Are Mass Extinctions Periodic, And Are We Due For One?

“If we start looking at the craters we find on Earth and the geological composition of the sedimentary rock, however, the idea falls apart completely. Of all the impacts that occur on Earth, less than one quarter of them come from objects originating from the Oort cloud. Even worse, of the boundaries between geological timescales (Triassic/Jurassic, Jurassic/Cretaceous, or the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary), and the geological records that correspond to extinction events, only the event from 65 million years ago shows the characteristic ash-and-dust layer that we associate with a major impact.”

65 million years ago, a catastrophic impact from outer space caused the last great mass extinction on Earth, destroying 30% of the species that lived on our world at the time. These mass extinction events happened many times in Earth’s past, and the Solar System also passes through denser stellar regions of space periodically, as determined by the orbit of the Sun and stars in the Milky Way. It’s a combination of facts that might make you wonder whether the extinction events are also periodic, and if so, whether periodic impacts are predictable. If so, then shouldn’t we be aware of whether we’re living in a time of increased risk, and prepare ourselves for that possibility accordingly? After all, the dinosaurs didn’t have a space program or the capability of deflecting a dangerous object like the one that wiped them out.

But before we go that route, we should take a good look at what the data shows. Are mass extinctions periodic? Are we due? Let’s find out!

daddy comes home and sees a band-aid on my leg
  • Daddy: What happened Princess ?! *grabs my leg and examines closely*
  • Me: *embarrassed* ummm ... I tried to shave my legs in the shower... and it bled...
  • Daddy: Silly girl, little babies don't shave their legs.
  • Me: ... but I'll be prickly like a little cactus *looks down*
  • Daddy: That's okay, Daddy doesn't mind having a cute little cactus. *hugs me and pets my head*
  • Me: *buried in Daddy's chest feeling so loved and so little*
  • Daddy: *tilts my chin up and looks at me in the eyes* wait for Daddy to help you next time. Razors are sharp and dangerous.