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Venus Retrograde 2017

The Venus retrograde is upon us with the dates being from March 4 to April 15 (updated dates). It is in Aries/Pisces. Venus Retrograde will influence your finances, relationships, sensuality, sense of beauty, and artistic abilities. Retrogrades always influence everyone to certain degrees. But this retrograde is going to hit Aries, Pisces, (especially the Venus Signs) Taurus, and Libra the most. Also take into consideration your big influences despite your Venus sign for this retrograde!!! 

Aries Venus during Venus RX: Might impulsively involve past lovers, makes brash financial decisions, reminiscing will be frustrating. Creativity is bold, there is a lot of fiery energy behind acts of love, good or bad. At end of RX beware of disappearing acts from others or disillusion. Facing dependence and learning giving could happen. 

Taurus Venus during Venus RX: Unusually impulsive with purchases, can feel braver in love during start, finances will be hit good or bad. Will easily fall for romance, charm, and illusions. Highly concentrated on their appearance. Old lovers or friends could hold them back during this period. Feeling of loss is stubborn. Charm might feel missing, watch out for awkwardness.

Gemini Venus during Venus RX: A lot of energy and activity in relationships, mind wonders to past relationships easily, more sensitive than usual. Finances and creativity can actually get a boosts in vitality, can easily get carried away by charm or praise. Near end be careful of disappointment, could get in touch with intuition, healing, and emotions.

Cancer Venus during Venus RX: Passion and desire are closer to surface, can be insecure about looks or finances, a lot of brooding during this time. Could let go and heal a lot during end of RX. Imagination and creativity boosted throughout RX. Might learn to spot or avoid disillusion. Intuition is heightened during the end of RX.

Leo Venus during Venus RX: Might have frequent nostalgia, creativity is on fire, easily spends too much money, in the mood to be generous. Emotions and energy can be drained by end of RX. Old lovers or friends can throw them off. Watch your money!

Virgo Venus during Venus RX: Emotions easily confused or won’t make sense, heavily blocks out past lovers or friends, communication is off. Might discover new creativity, a lot of healing during this time, standards reevaluated, easily worries about looks. Can feel unnaturally vocal, aggressive, and competitive towards loved ones.

Libra Venus during Venus RX: A WHOLE lot of nostalgia, reminiscing, and past influences or insecurities coming forward. Can be aggressive towards self, concerned with looks, easily lose track of money or has good luck with new money. Charm might feel missing, watch out for awkwardness.

Scorpio Venus during Venus RX: Can feel vain, might come across very fortunate or draining circumstances financially via loved ones. Lots of vitality at start, finds calm at end or an escape. Opportunities for healing. Be careful of unexpected grudges.

Sagittarius Venus during Venus RX: Easily disillusioned or let down, energy is scattered, highly impulsive with purchases, confidence drains. Can be a good time to discover new talent or niche, emotional sensitivity is heightened, passion is constantly going up and down.

Capricorn Venus during Venus RX: Feeling more aggressive and forward, might let old lovers or friends back into life, watch for bad decisions. Needs space during this time, finds it hard to recharge, but can find some internal understanding near end of RX. 

Aquarius Venus during Venus RX: Creativity boosted as well as aggression, light themes on past lovers/friends haunting them. Could change their idea of beauty or outer appearance, might feel a shift in spirituality at the end.

Pisces Venus during Venus RX: Easily falls for others during this time, head over heels for romance, watch for a lot of disillusion at end of RX. Past will haunt them someway, pain could inspire imagination and outlets, financial threats linger. Healing and large transformations might come at the end of this retrograde.

vekvekandlev  asked:

Does space have a standard time or do you rely on the time zones on Earth while you are in space?

Great question.  Really it is up to the particular space agency/mission which time zone they use.  For example, since the International Space Station is a collaboration between NASA, the Russian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, we came up with the compromise of operating on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  So, Space Station time is the same as London time!  The International Space Station orbits our planet every 90 minutes, so of course we’re transiting across multiple time zones constantly.  

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“…don’t ever change.”
“I don’t exist…in anyone’s heart.”
“…what would it take for me to be like you?”

Loved, but lonely on an island in the sea.

Coworker just walked through my office carrying a real, live chicken. 

I feel like that was totally the high point of the week, and I should pack it in while I have the chance. It’s not going to get better than that. 

Star Wars never really explores the cool time-keeping situations that you can end up with in a society that spans multiple planets: 

  • planets with no moon that don’t have a time increment between days and years
  • planets with a dozen moons where understanding their cycles involves university courses
  • multi-planet star systems where the position of the other planet features prominently in calendar systems
  • tidally locked planets with no days (or years, really, because even though they’re orbiting a star they wouldn’t have significant changes in seasons)
  • and not only do they not have days or years, they have no cultural concept of those things and are bewildered by the rest of the galaxy’s obsession with measuring time
  • planets with years so long that they’re useless as a way of measuring age, so people give their age in months instead
  • planets with like 6 hour days where people are used to sleeping frequently for only a couple hours at a time
  • the space equivalent of jetlag involves adjusting to a new day length, not just a new time zone
  • when two planets have slightly different day lengths, the days shift relative to each other, so if you travel frequently between two such planets, sometimes the days line up perfectly and sometimes you have to deal with 12 hours of “jet”lag

And there are tons of interesting cultural implications that go along with using Coruscant time as a standard throughout the galaxy:

  • standard Coruscant dates have basically no correlation to seasons on planets with different year lengths, so to even guess at the weather during a historical date given in standard time you need to do calculations
  • everyone has a different age in local years and standard years, and a different birthday
  • some planets have days much longer or shorter than standard days, so your standard birthday might be spread over a few local days or vice versa
  • stuff like being old enough to drive – it tends to go in round numbers of local years, so even on planets where the rule is “about 18 standard”, you have some planets where it’s actually 17.36 standard years, or 19.1, or whatever works out nicely in local years
  • planets that follow Coruscant standard time and totally ignore natural phenomena on their own planets
  • up to and including days – they force themselves into sleep cycles with nothing to do with the sun rising and setting
  • planets that refuse to use standard time even in official settings, and pilots hate having to travel there because the space port is always chaotic because no one knows what time it is
  • the Separatists try to switch to another time system than Coruscant standard and it’s a total mess but it would be embarrassing to switch back
  • the Rebellion learns their lesson from this and doesn’t try to change the standard time system even though the New Republic government is no longer based on Coruscant
  • people pay less and less attention to standard time as you get farther from the core
  • planets with similar natural time cycles to Coruscant have more prosperous economies and produce more prominent and successful people, although the effect is subtle enough that it goes unnoticed until someone randomly decides to check for correlation

DA Fan Logic:

DAO - DAI: Why wouldn’t the elves worship Andraste after she fought to free them from slavery?

DAI Trespasser: OMG, the elves worshiped a group of war generals as gods? How STUPID of them!

Me: So, worshiping a human war general was fine, but worshiping ancient elvhen war generals was dumb beyond reason?

The number of times double standards were at play when it comes to Zayn

Zayn works with Chris Brown (Feb 2016)
ot4 fans: “how could he work with an abuser”
Liam works Quavo (May 2017) a known homophobe and dates/impregnates Cheryl Cole who has a conviction for assault
ot4 fans: Just because he’s working with a homophobe doesn’t make him one
 
Zayn dates Gigi 4 MONTHS after breaking up with Perrie
ot4 fans: how could he move on so quick
Revealed Louis impregnates Briana WEEKS after dumping Eleanour
ot4 fans: …..nothing…..
 
Ed Sheeran reveals Niall screwed Ellie Goulding despire knowing she’s dating Ed Sheeran
ot4 fans: …..nothing…..
Zayn starts dating Gigi AFTER she Joe Jonas break-up
ot4 fans: Him and Jonas were pictured together how could he
 
Stripper sells story to The Sun about Zayn cheating with her while dating Perrie
ot4 fans: what a pig
Flight attendant sells story to The Sun about Harry cheating with her while dating Kendall
ot4 fans: it’s The Sun, the newspaper is known for bullshit

 PillowTalk artwork released with topless Zayn on the cover (Feb 2016)
ot4 fans: he’s getting desperate using his body to sell his music…is that what he left 1D to do
Harry released topless pic (album cover) Liam topless video promo for Strip That Down
ot4 fans: ahhERTRET so turned on

Zayn imiatates Lil Wayne album cover
ot4 fans: OMG what’s he thinking zero imagination
Harry album drops plagiarizes Badfinger, The Beatles, Bowie in his album copies Prince album title Sign o’ Times copies Shed Seven album cover
ot4 fans: ..he’s just inspired and paying homage

Zayn one of the few men in showbiz to open up about male taboo subjects of mental health, self-harm and eating disorder
ot4 fans: He’s a liar covering a drug addiction, he’s playing the victim..for sympathy
Harry wears a couple of pink suits
ot4 fans: wow Harry is such a brave gender bender

Zayn’s Mind of Mine is released March 2016 contains 4 sexual songs out of 18
ot4 fans: There’s more to life than sex he’s so shallow
Harry’s album released May 2017 contains several songs about sex
ot4 fans: OMG he’s a young man it’s only natural he’ll sing about sex

Zayn tell Billboard “the music I was releasing with 1D was not real to me, it wasn’t about me”
ot4 fans: what a jerk
Harry tells Rolling Stone I wanted to to be honest with my writing “I hadn’t done that before.”
ot4 fans: he’s just keeping it real

YOU don’t even need to stan Zayn to notice the double standards that this fandom has displayed in 5+ years

  • friend (excitedly): what's your favorite Christmas Eve movie?
  • me: Rent
  • friend: haha that's odd why?
  • me: *starts tuning a guitar*
  • friend: wait no
  • me: dECEMBER 24TH 9PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME FROM HERE ON IN I SHOOT WITHOUT A SCRIPT
  • friend: not again
nytimes.com
Opinion | Is It Time to Break Up Google?
Let’s face it: The biggest tech companies are monopolies.
By Jonathan Taplin

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place. 

They’re all tech companies, and each dominates its corner of the industry: Google has an 88 percent market share in search advertising, Facebook (and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger) owns 77 percent of mobile social traffic and Amazon has a 74 percent share in the e-book market. in classic economic terms, all three are monopolies.

We have been transported back to the early 20th century, when arguments about the “curse of bigness” were advanced by President Woodrow Wilson’s counselor, Louis Brandeis, before Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court. Brandeis wanted to eliminate monopolies, because (in the words of his biographer Melvin Urofsky) “in a democratic society the existence of large centers of private power is dangerous to the continuing vitality of a free people.” We need to look no further than the conduct of the largest banks in the 2008 financial crisis or the role Facebook and Google play in the “fake news” business to know that Brandeis was right.

While Brandeis generally opposed regulation - which he worried inevitably led to the corruption of the regulator - and instead advocated breaking up “bigness,” he made an exception for “natural” monopolies, like telephone water, and power companies and railroads, where it made sense to have one or a few companies in control of an industry.

Could it be that these companies - and Google in particular - have become natural monopolies by supplying an entire market’s demand for a service, at a price lower than that what would be offered by two competing firms? And if so, is it time to regulate them like public utilities?

Consider a historical analogy: the early days of telecommunications.

In 1895 a photograph of the business district of a large city might have shown 20 phone wires attached to most buildings. Each wire was owned by a different company, and none of them worked with the others. Without network effects, the networks themselves were almost useless.

The solution was for a single company American Telephone and Telegraph, to consolidate the industry by buying up all the small operators and creating a single network - a natural monopoly. the government permitted it, but then regulated this monopoly through the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T (also known as the bell System) had its rates regulated and was required to spend a fixed percentage of its profits on research and development. In 1925 AT&T set up Bell Labs as a separate subsidiary with the mandate to develop the next generation of communications technology, but also to do basic research in physics and other sciences. Over the next 50 years, the basics of the digital age - the transistor, the microchip, the solar cell, the microwave, the laser, cellular telephony - al came out of Bell Labs along with eight Nobel Prizes.

In a 1956 consent degree in which the Justice Department allowed AT&T to maintain its phone monopoly, the government extracted a huge concession: all future patents were licensed (to any American company) royalty-free, and all future patents were to be licensed for a small fee. These licenses led to the creation of Texas Instruments, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor and many other start-ups.

True, the internet never had the same problems of interoperability. And Google’s route to dominance is different from the Bell System’s. Nevertheless, it still has all of the characteristics of a public utility.

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