three inventions

According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there are rules that determine the reaction of most lifeforms to emerging technologies. One: Anything that is in your world when you are born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way things work. Two: anything that’s invented in the first third of your lifespan is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Three: anything invented once you are middle-aged is against the natural order of things.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Quintessential Phase


girl meets world meme: [3/6 relationships]
Farkle Minkus and Isadora Smackle: You don’t have to worry, Isadora, I like you exactly as much as I say. I might even like you more than like you… I don’t know. That’s just a theory.

So I was just chatting at my cowriter BorealisBlast for our story “Becoming a Bird-Family” and I suddenly had Thoughts about James Rhodes and Tony Stark.

Like, I see a lot of fic where Rhodey is the Voice of Reason and honestly??? I do not believe for ONE SECOND that Rhodey always made great decisions. They met in college. At their youngest, Tony was fourteen and Rhodey was maybe seventeen, probably eighteen. And even if Rhodey was in ROTC (which I do headcanon), he’s still a teenager/young adult. Nobody is making smart choices. And what eighteen-year-old is going to take great care of a fourteen-year-old that’s way too smart and way too young for his surroundings? He probably just tried to keep an eye on Tony because honestly at least if he’s there he can try and help.

“Hey I’m gonna go get smashed wanna come?” Rhodey asked. Tony agreed because he didn’t want to be alone and drank everyone under the table. Rhodey cheered him on. They played beer pong and then were banned from playing beer pong. (No hard feelings though. Lots of engineering students were banned from regular beer pong. Engineering once got together to play beer pong and everyone got alcohol poisoning so they gave it up.)

I bet that Rhodey and Tony stayed at school over a holiday weekend and went on a bender those entire three days inventing a robot that could cook them breakfast when they were hungover. It happened more often that either of them would have expected for a fourteen- and eighteen-year-old and neither of them wanted to be the ones to cook in the morning. When the robot finally shorted pouring orange juice they both mourned its passing.

You what what? Rhodey was probably the one that started Tony’s coffee addiction and he’s not even sorry about it. In fact, I bet Tony was that student who accidentally fried his hard drive with his final paper on it and Rhodey told him, “I know a Turkish exchange student that can caffeine you up enough to redo it in two days but to be honest it might punch a hole in your stomach” and then he watched Tony redo his final exam paper and then, still hopped up, have several conversations with various inanimate objects in Italian, French, and Spanish. “You didn’t tell me he was fourteen years old!” Turkish Exchange student shouted at him, horrified. “I thought he was an adult! That was way too much caffeine! He’s still growing! He should have died!” Both Rhodey and Tony wonder if this incident is why Tony is so short.

Even as adults, when they’re together, the probability that they’re going to do something stupid actually SKYROCKETS, not plummets, because Rhodey has enough rules and regulations with the military. He doesn’t need to worry about that kind of shit while he’s off duty with his best friend. Tony has spent thousands of dollars to bribe people into silence so that some of the stupid shit they do doesn’t make it back to the brass and get Rhodey kicked out of the Air Force. Pepper loves to see Rhodey but she’s also extremely anxious when he comes to visit because last time they got drunk and decided to try and invent a new type of rocket fuel and accidentally blew a hole right out the side of the workshop, through the rest of the house, and the model rocket finally landed in the ocean, and all they had to say for themselves was “that was probably not safe but at least we know that it worked.”

Like I love the serious military man trope but honestly a lot of my extended family is former military and when they’re home they are WILD.

Having friends that work on movie props & costumes is kind of hilarious because you’ll text one of them ‘I’m watching _insert movie title here_“ and their responses will be shit y like:

-The mashed potatoes are spackle
- It took me three weeks and $2000 to find an original swatch for that kid
- I had to carve his hair out of plaster
- Did you notice the pockets? There were three.
- We invented the paint color.
- The old goats were too old to do what they were told, so we painted young goats with flour.
- I had to hand sew shoelaces
- I got to wipe her kiss off the mirror every day. Sometimes I thought about kissing her kiss print… but there were always other people around

  • me, banging pots and pans together: in the days before rapid communication, and particularly before the internet, the first time a word or phrase was written down was frequently much MUCH later than its first use in speaking, so the first written instance of a usage merely serves to set an latest possible date, not a definitive earliest date, to its origin
  • me, continuing to bang pots and pans: shakespeare didn't invent the word elbow
Reasons Why I love Tolkien

Reason Number One: He wrote strong female characters into his work before women really had a voice and his women are still stronger than many women writers invent today. 

Reason Number Two: Tolkien was an amazing linguist and inventor. Many of his languages stem from others (Quenya was modeled after Finnish) but they are all original and provide such a rich depth to his work. 

Reason Number Three: Tolkien invented an entire mythology and provided a rich history for all of his worlds. No one had ever written an entire invented mythology just for books before and his mythology was indeed very detailed. 

Reason Number Four: Tolkien drew and designed maps. Maps are awesome. I love all of the visual imagery shown in these maps and how detailed everything is that Tolkien thought up. 

Reason Number Five: Tolkien did not use the common, perfect heroes. Instead, he used ordinary, unlikely people to accomplish heroic feats. Everyone had to work together to save the world; Elves, Dwarves, and Men had to get along. But, it was all because of the brave Hobbits that the quest succeeded. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

There are many other reasons why I love Tolkien’s works so much, but these are my top five!!! 


Bach - Two-Part Inventions

“Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially, however, those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way not only (1) to learn to play cleanly in two parts, but also, after further progress, (2) to handle three obligate parts correctly and well; and along with this not only to obtain good inventions (ideas) but to develop the same well; above all, however, to achieve a cantabile style in playing and at the same time acquire a strong foretaste of composition.” so titles the Two and Three part inventions, which are also labeled Inventions and Sinfonias, respectively, each a set of 15. No matter the title, the pieces contain Bach’s least technically challenging keyboard music because they were written as exercises for his children and students to play and practice. They have become another milestone in the ammeter pianist’s repertoire [along with pieces like Beethoven’s Für Elise, or Mozart’s Sonata 16 in C major, though the Inventions are a grade above I believe]. Despite the fact that they are basically homework assignments, and despite the more clerical and cold language Bach uses to explain their purpose, the Inventions are charming and deceptively mature works. The two part counterpoint is still complex in its harmonies, and adding expression and energy does wonders, elevating the music to the heights of Bach’s more respected keyboard music. There is still emotion and musical maturity here. Though I’d argue that the music is best experienced when played or listened intimately. At home, or for a few friends, or to play on your iPod while walking around your neighborhood. My own goal is to learn how to play all of them, and so far I’m only 1/15th of the way there. And even in the first and minuscule C Major invention I can see and hear how much Bach can do with so little material.

More Dreadful Words

Loosing searing seconds that will never be gained through beginning again

For what is lost or what is done is blemished in time forever 

No take-backs just kick-backs for political hacks

doing the same in their dreary game

but in THIS life there is no time-out

or screwing anyone 

and time-in continues endlessly

unto unrememberance

in a shrill cold dank warehouse of thoughts

that only a drip in time has elapsed

and time realized

on time




the best…


Dreary can be a painted dream to some

and a complete utter lifemare for others

that watch a morphine screen

and hope for truth to see

Call me blind in the fine line

for not watching nor listening

Jump your years back with such judgement

and then we may see eye to eye

until then the mosquitoes and bats give sound to their prey

in a most voluptuous way

and though I become one’s feast I smile away

and throw on a stoic’s coat and one sip for the rip

destroying the bloodsucker’s grip

and its life… and how the world has not seemed to have changed since

Follow Me Down This Time by supernope {27k}

Harry first noticed Louis in his second term at Hogwarts, and despite three years of inventing ways to stumble across Louis, he’s never managed to actually work up the courage to speak to him. Also known as, self-indulgent Hogwarts AU, because every fandom needs Hogwarts AUs.

{no pictures are mine, thank you to my anons for submitting he second row!}

anonymous asked:

have you played sexy chess with blaine

Blaine has only invented three new types of chess: Fire Chess, Lobster Chess, and Brown Belt Karate Chess. As far as I know, there is no such thing as sexy chess.

Xoxo Spencer

anonymous asked:

What sort of mischief does the two Black Hat egg children get up to? I can imagine evil plans getting more complicated as the kids mess around.

Oh the shenanigans are endless. Like the great food war that lasted three weeks and only ended because three eye kid invented a food bazooka and took out an entire wing of the manor.

Pink tentacle girl joins a girl scout like group and will use her eldritch powers to sell cookies.

And then school shenanigans alone. (yes, they go to school. to be fair, a school for villains kids so they aren’t that weird in the long run to the other kids there. ) like bringing 5.0.5 for show and tell. (kids kept daring him to eat things.. it didn’t end well.) 

Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call “society”. Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.
—  Glen Bateman in The Stand by Stephen King


Andras Schiff plays Bach three part inventions - No 15 in B Minor


Tall Tales: Three Unbuilt Skyscrapers

An architect’s work brings a special reward: the opportunity to eventually see designs built in the real world. Yet, for a variety of reasons, sometimes even the most compelling concepts do not end up getting constructed. Today, on Skyscraper Day, we celebrate three inventive, unbuilt high-rise designs. Read the story on Medium to learn about Chongqing River Tower, a porous, breathable skyscraper in one of China’s hottest cities; The High Life, a concept that uses 3D printing to build a residential street in the sky; and the ultra-slim Al Sharq Tower, which relies on a structural system akin to a vertical suspension bridge.

So here is a new fic rec list since I accidentally deleted my other one that had 155 fics in it. This one has 325 fics in it and is updated with some super great new ones! Please please always read the tags on a fic before you read it. I’ve tried to warn for anything that could be triggering but only you know what you can handle so please read the author’s tags!

Keep reading