the limits of power

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endless list of favs: tv showsChicago Fire (2012 - ) created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas

Sacrifice is the hardest of all human actions, but anyone who puts on a uniform to help others knows it’s also the most important. We pay a price for our service and sometimes that price is beyond our limits … Never doubt the power of goodness in one’s heart.

Hatsume: Do you care if I take the skin off this furby?

Hatsume: I want to make him a god. Once he is free of his sinful flesh, he can begin the path towards enlightment.

Hatsume: He Will Take Care Of Us.

Hatsume: Also I want to softhack his circuits

Power Loader: I literally could not care less but never say anything as terrifying as that ever again

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“[Scarlet Witch] is so powerful. We have to figure out how to limit her in order to tell the story. She could just blow everyone up like she did in the comics. She could do a Thanos, if she wanted, in her own way and just say like ‘no more mutants’.”

— Elizabeth Olsen

Starting with Ver.4.0.0, Splatfests in Splatoon 2 will be changed significantly. Two new modes, Normal and Pro, will replace the previous Solo and Team modes.

In Normal mode, you can jump into a Splatfest Battle on your own or join up with one to three friends from the same Splatfest team. If you join a match as a group of two or three, random solo players will be matched up to make a group of four.

In this mode, the amount you inked is added to any win bonus you get to determine your clout. If your team is on a win streak, the game will try and match you against teams with a similar streak.

Moreover, when weapons, gear, or general styles of four players in your team meet certain conditions, a nickname and a matching bonus will be given to your team.

Pro mode is for those who want to go solo and push themselves to the limit. In Pro mode, you’re judged on your Splatfest Power. Raise it high enough and you could make it into the Splatfest Top 100! In this mode, you increase your clout by beating the opposing team. You get more clout for beating teams with a higher Splatfest Power.

In addition to the above, 10x Battles will be added in both divisions. These are rare matches that will occur if you are lucky, and if you win, your contribution points will be multiplied by 10! And believe or not, there is a rumor that super rare 100x Battles could also occur!

If your friend wins a 10x Battle or if someone wins a 100x match, teams may appear on the big screen in Inkopolis Square. Also, if you’re in the lobby or during matchmaking, such information will pop up on your game screen like a news flash. Team nicknames are also shown in Regular mode, so you may want to try scoring a cool team name and winning these rare matches for bragging rights!

The final Splatfest results are decided based on three factors: votes, clout from Normal mode players, and clout from Pro mode players.

Even if your side loses the popularity contest, Normal and Pro mode victories can slowly but surely turn the tables! Of course, participants on the winning side will receive slightly more Super Sea Snails as a reward for their victory! Good luck!

mostlyactorsandfood replied to your post “Hey I have reread all of HP anybody want any meta? Point me in…”

Tell me all about your dumbledore thoughts

OK so again I had forgotten a lot of the subtlety before doing this reread so I WAS on the fandom bandwagon of being suspicious of Dumbledore and JK for positing that he was such a great mentor to Harry when it seems very, very suspect and at the very least colluding with child abuse if not outright child abuse. 

BUT. 

My reread had shown me: JK knows this. She agrees. The point of book 5 was the contrast between Harry’s impulses and Dumbledore’s and Dumbledore’s are WRONG. Dumbledore hides and lies, Harry starts a class to spread more information around. He apologizes at the end of the book—and I think fandom got distracted by the fact that Harry immediately forgives him and in fact refuses to see anything as Dumbledore’s fault. But read what Dumbledore actually says. Sirius’s death IS Dumbledore’s fault. If Dumbledore’s impulses had been more like Harry’s, he would have TOLD Harry not to trust visions from Voldemort. He would have TOLD him why he needed to be kept in the dark sometimes, even if he couldn’t actually share all the information. Harry is the BETTER PERSON because his instincts tell him to not tell lies, to spread truth around, and to help everyone who asks him for help. Dumbledore’s instincts are wrong because at his core, he knows he still has that Galadrial-style power hungriness. He hoards. He hoards secrets. 

The point of book 5 is the contrast between Harry and Dumbledore, the point of Book 6 is Dumbledore trying to give Harry everything he needs to win HIS way, and then book 7 is Harry winning because he doesn’t do it Dumbledore’s way, he does it his own way. Dumbledore tells us this at least three times, more if you count the repetitions in book 6. It’s HARRY who refuses to believe that Dumbledore isn’t better than him. It’s HARRY who uses “Dumbledore’s orders” as a cover for what is essentially a Harry plan. It’s HARRY who gets angry when people point out Dumbledore’s serious character flaws. But that’s because of Harry and who he is. Harry wants someone ELSE to be the leader always. Look at how he runs his Quidditch team: it’s the most democratic of all of the books. Even when Angelina is captain, the rest of the captains shout and order and Harry goes the opposite direction. In fact, the book makes a minor comedic villain out of a dude who tries to order others about that year. 

So, yeah. I think most of the arguments about how flawed Dumbledore is would actually find wholehearted agreement with the author, but HARRY would want to fight you. It’s more a marker of how Harry works than Dumbledore, though. 

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don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?

bonus: kylo and rey + gazing in the same shot

Ultra-Close Orbits of Saturn = Ultra-Cool Science

On Sept. 15, 2017, our Cassini spacecraft ended its epic exploration of Saturn with a planned dive into the planet’s atmosphere–sending back new science to the very last second. The spacecraft is gone, but the science continues!

New research emerging from the final orbits represents a huge leap forward in our understanding of the Saturn system – especially the mysterious, never-before-explored region between the planet and its rings. Some preconceived ideas are turning out to be wrong while new questions are being raised. How did they form? What holds them in place? What are they made of?

Six teams of researchers are publishing their work Oct. 5 in the journal Science, based on findings from Cassini’s Grand Finale. That’s when, as the spacecraft was running out of fuel, the mission team steered Cassini spectacularly close to Saturn in 22 orbits before deliberately vaporizing it in a final plunge into the atmosphere in September 2017.

Knowing Cassini’s days were numbered, its mission team went for gold. The spacecraft flew where it was never designed to fly. For the first time, it probed Saturn’s magnetized environment, flew through icy, rocky ring particles and sniffed the atmosphere in the 1,200-mile-wide (2,000-kilometer-wide) gap between the rings and the cloud tops. Not only did the engineering push the spacecraft to its limits, the new findings illustrate how powerful and agile the instruments were.

Many more Grand Finale science results are to come, but today’s highlights include:

  • Complex organic compounds embedded in water nanograins rain down from Saturn’s rings into its upper atmosphere. Scientists saw water and silicates, but they were surprised to see also methane, ammonia, carbon monoxide, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The composition of organics is different from that found on moon Enceladus – and also different from those on moon Titan, meaning there are at least three distinct reservoirs of organic molecules in the Saturn system.
  • For the first time, Cassini saw up close how rings interact with the planet and observed inner-ring particles and gases falling directly into the atmosphere. Some particles take on electric charges and spiral along magnetic-field lines, falling into Saturn at higher latitudes – a phenomenon known as “ring rain.” But scientists were surprised to see that others are dragged quickly into Saturn at the equator. And it’s all falling out of the rings faster than scientists thought – as much as 10,000 kg of material per second.
  • Scientists were surprised to see what the material looks like in the gap between the rings and Saturn’s atmosphere. They knew that the particles throughout the rings ranged from large to small. They thought material in the gap would look the same. But the sampling showed mostly tiny, nanograin- and micron-sized particles, like smoke, telling us that some yet-unknown process is grinding up particles. What could it be? Future research into the final bits of data sent by Cassini may hold the answer.
  • Saturn and its rings are even more interconnected than scientists thought. Cassini revealed a previously unknown electric current system that connects the rings to the top of Saturn’s atmosphere.
  • Scientists discovered a new radiation belt around Saturn, close to the planet and composed of energetic particles. They found that while the belt actually intersects with the innermost ring, the ring is so tenuous that it doesn’t block the belt from forming.
  • Unlike every other planet with a magnetic field in our Solar System, Saturn’s magnetic field is almost completely aligned with its spin axis. Think of the planet and the magnetic field as completely separate things that are both spinning. Both have the same center point, but they each have their own axis about which they spin. But for Saturn the two axes are essentially the same – no other planet does that, and we did not think it was even possible for this to happen. This new data shows a magnetic-field tilt of less than 0.0095 degrees. (Earth’s magnetic field is tilted 11 degrees from its spin axis.) According to everything scientists know about how planetary magnetic fields are generated, Saturn should not have one. It’s a mystery physicists will be working to solve.
  • Cassini flew above Saturn’s magnetic poles, directly sampling regions where radio emissions are generated. The findings more than doubled the number of reported crossings of radio sources from the planet, one of the few non-terrestrial locations where scientists have been able to study a mechanism believed to operate throughout the universe. How are these signals generated? That’s still a mystery researchers are looking to uncover.

For the Cassini mission, the science rolling out from Grand Finale orbits confirms that the calculated risk of diving into the gap – skimming the upper atmosphere and skirting the edge of the inner rings – was worthwhile.

Almost everything going on in that region turned out to be a surprise, which was the importance of going there, to explore a place we’d never been before. And the expedition really paid off!

Analysis of Cassini data from the spacecraft’s instruments will be ongoing for years to come, helping to paint a clearer picture of Saturn.

To read the papers published in Science, visit: URL to papers

To learn more about the ground-breaking Cassini mission and its 13 years at Saturn, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html

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WOMEN in alt/pop: 24 of my favorite female artists dominating the alternative and/or pop music game at the moment. empowering and happy; great to listen to on shuffle as well as in order!

(listen here.)

i say i love you so many times that it burns my trachea. / the words are a magnifying glass / bringing me closer to the sun.
—  Raquel Salas Rivera, from “‘the worker is limited to producing the value of his labor power’ (the longest fall)” published in The Brooklyn Rail

so something I saw on twitter yesterday really bugged me. there’s people saying that the Power Rangers movie is getting way more credit than is due because of the way they handle Trini’s sexuality

ok LISTEN. It was never going to be the case of Trini yelling, “IM A LESBIAN!” or “IM BISEXUAL!” there’s no way they’d be so upfront about it. I thought the scene where she came out was nice, subtle, emotional, and I thought it was in-character how she’s still sarcastic at such a time. After all Trini is what, 15/16/17 in the movie? She’s discovering herself and doesn’t have to be 100% sure. there’s time for that

cuz get this. it’s the first movie. they’ve said there’s going to be 5-7 of them? People are acting like this is the end and we’ll never see her come to terms with this and that she’ll never label herself (though sticking to no labels is fine too of course)

The Power Rangers movie DOES deserve a round of applause for including an LGBT character, just because they didn’t go about it as directly as you would’ve liked doesn’t make it any less amazing. This is a small stepping stone you guys we’re going to see her character grow more confident throughout the franchise and it’s going to be beautiful

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a new post this time since not everyone has seen the reblogged additions on the last one and i cannot resist sharing these hellacious memes

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@baumanelise ‘Bites the Bullet’ for shethority and @the__bangbang and says, “I’m biting the bullet and redefining what femininity means to me. I’ve previously muted my more tomboy side, thinking it wasn’t "attractive” or “feminine” enough, but what I’m coming to realize is that often when I feel the most connected to my womanhood is when I’m covered in sweat, pushing my body to the limit. To me, being a woman is full of passion and power and flaws and mess and anger and compassion and so much more.“ 💪👊 
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