worked disc

So I was just thinking about those posts you get in the Discworld tag about the way belief works on the Disc and how Vetinari and/or Vimes is so integral to the way Ankh-Morpork works that they might just sort of… not ever die.

You know, the ones like ‘Vimes is going to become a god of policemen and he’s going to hate it”.

Well. What if it happens to both of them? There are two parts to the city, after all. ‘Proud Ankh’ needs taking down a peg or two (or seven) by Sam Vimes, and if anyone can terrify ‘pestilent Morpork’ into being better then it’s Havelock Vetinari. And they can drive each other mad with stealth puns for centuries, if they want.

Also, this would potentially make them literally Law And Order, and that just seems very fitting in a way that would probably annoy them both.

I got my ps2 emulator to work playing my ps2 discs directly (it’s rad af) and the first thing i just have to play is shadow the hedgehog 

it’s like when i was younger i completely missed how ridiculous this game truly was. It was frustrating at a lot of times, yes, but i never REALISED why it felt goofy more than edgy for me. Today I realised.

You can’t say that a gif of shadow spinning whilst holding a grenade launcher won’t make you smile every time.

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“NieR Automata Soundtrack now is on mastering phase. We enjoyed working on the 3 Discs full of outstanding tracks. I really want everyone to hear it as soon as possible.” - Keiichi Okabe (NieR Automata Composer)

I really wish the Critical Role gods thing worked like how the Discworld gods thing worked

On the Disc the gods basically play a game involving dice with their chosen heroes, which correspond to people/creatures currently living on the Disc. The gods are also given power based on belief. The more people who believe in them, the stronger/more present they are. There are Old Gods who are forgotten and tossed aside, and there are obscure gods who get resurgences of popularity. One of the gods, Om, is turned into the form of a tortoise and left in the hands of his single believer, who restores his godhood. In one story, a conman (who happens to be our main character) claims that he came into money because the gods spoke to him, particularly Anoia, Goddess of Things That Get Stuck in Drawers. She becomes more popular because of this, and gains a larger following almost overnight. 

SO bringing this back around to Critical Role, Pike has basically spread the word of Sarenrae all throughout Exandria, and in a meta sense all the Critters know of her and (in a sense) pray to her. In Discworld terms, Sarenrae should be an extremely powerful goddess, all through the work of Pike the Cleric. She owes Pike, as much as any god can owe their follower. 

Football Stadium Cookies

Yields 12 to 18 cookies

The things you’ll need

  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Square cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • White royal icingn in a decorating bag fitted with coupler
  • #2, #1 tips
  • Green royal icing in a decorating bag fitted with a #2 tip
  • Rainbow nonpareils

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk in flour, almond meal, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  6. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until combined.
  7. Shape the dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours.
  8. Working with one disc at a time on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using square cookie cutter and place them 1 inch apart on baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes. Allow to cool before decorating.
  10. Place batter into cupcake liners and bake at 350ºF for 20-22 minutes or a cake tester comes out clean.

Time to decorate!

  1. Use green royal icing to pipe a rectangle on the middle third of the square. Allow to fully dry.
  2. Pipe white royal icing with a #2 tip into rectangles above and below the green. While the white royal icing is still wet, sprinkle on rainbow nonpareils until covered.
  3. Add the yardline details with white royal icing and a #1 tip.
  4. TaDa! The crowds are roaring in these stadium cookies!
Dawn of the Butterfly - Entranced Day 1

Friday started with breakfast.   I got to meet @ellaenchanting​ and Damn Hypsters, plus we were joined by @tennfan2​ and of course @dommestic .   It was empty, but not particularly speedy.   I got to see a little of the opening ceremonies as it was super packed and that room heated up fast.  Other rooms were icy cold, which was not what I was expecting from a July convention.

What panels did we see?  I’m so glad you asked.  I won’t go into too much depth because nobody was asked, but there’s a public program guide so I’ll keep it superficial.

First up was Talking Body with Spiral Turquoise and Ariadne.   This focused on largely nonverbal inductions with verbal awakenings.   You could see full-body takedowns and the real highlight was a tickle induction using alternating tension and release in a way that makes complete sense once you see it in action.

Next was Crystals and Pendants and Watches: Oh My! with the well-versed @mrs-prism.  The lights in the room were largely brought down so you could get the most out of the many glowing, blinking, and reflective toys in the room.  A shopping list was distributed highlighting some of the items as well as where to get them, with loads of things I had not seen before.  There was also a brief induction with the Euler’s Disc which worked out in a surprise way.   There were also some freebies thanks to the generosity of the host, and I dare not spoil how they were distributed.   It was also the first time I saw a Nova Pro 100 in use from the outside.  Confidential to everyone: keep your eyes closed when the glasses are on.  This is not a suggestion.  This is a safety requirement.

Hypnosis in Kinkland was set to be presented by @enscenic and @tennfan2, plus special guests.  Not wanting to break what may be confidentiality as their, it was awesome.   The special test subjects (and guest presenters and hypnotists) who shall remain nameless as they weren’t in the printed synopsis were an absolute treat to watch, with one person’s bubbly, giggling enthusiasm being the reason you come to an event like this.  If you could bottle it and sell it, you’d make a fortune.   This event focused on kinky ways to make hypnosis fun and hypnotic ways to make kink fun, and you got to see slapping inductions and a real powerhouse baller move involving slapping, a wall, and some kneeling.   If there’s an opportunity for you to see this, you should.  If you know who the players are, ask them how it went.  They will tell you “very well” and then press them for more specific details.  It’s worth it.

We got lunch.  We rushed back.

Dommestic went to The 7 Essential Skills Every Hypnotist should learn.  I went to Subjects 102 with the delightful @daja-the-hypnokitten and hypno-sandwich, followed by Daja with Tennfan for 103.  Good information overall for setting limits, saying no, and other things which as of yet have not come up.  It’s sort of like the DARE program, in that I’m being trained how to deal with issues that never actually came up.   You should probably see these.  These should probably be some level of mandatory or signed off on just to get people on the same page.

Consent and Etiquete in the Community 101 brought more of that to light, with hosts Tennfan, sex-obsessed-lesbian, and AlianneCimorene (not on Tumblr?)   You got to see people throwing around all sorts of questions on consent and hypotheticals using a rainbow mustache and a plush octopus, which is really how more classes need to be presented.  A few specific anecdotes were tossed around regarding how to deal with situations, how to fix situations, and how to not fix situations, meaning this and the Subjects classes would’ve been pretty awesome primers as part of the opening ceremonies too.  

After a brief dinner with @wellgnawed and Lady Irkalla (not on Tumblr?) we had to rush back to check out @zanythoughts in her entry-level rope class.  How entry level was it?   It’s so entry level that it was entirely appropriate to our skillset.   We learned what the bite of the rope was, how to do a basic single column tie thing, and the right way to do a square know.  I was the demo dummy for Dommestic, but you probably knew that.  It was a worthwhile experience, and if she can find the time I’d be up for trying more of this kind of thing.

And that was day 1 until about 8 PM, when I wrote this. There’s an after dark portion but I don’t know if any of that will be sharable.  I haven’t had any trancing done my way yet today, but I got to see a lot of stuff that would probably be worth making your way out here to see next year.

A ‘matryoshka’ in the interstellar medium

As if it were one of the known Russian dolls, a group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, (IAC) has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. Using the programme BUBBLY, a method developed within the group for detecting huge expanding bubbles of gas in interstellar space, they were observing the galaxy M33 in our Local Group of galaxies and found example of a triple-bubble. The results, which were published yesterday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, help to understand the feedback phenomenon, a fundamental process of star formation and in the dissemination of metals produced in massive stars.

The group has been building up a data base of these superbubbles with observations of a number of galaxies and, using the very high resolution 2D spectrograph, GHaFaS (Galaxy Halpha Fabry-Perot System), on the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma), has been able to detect and measure these superbubbles, which range in size from a few light years to as big as a thousand light years across.

Superbubbles around large young star clusters are known to have a complex structure due to the effects of powerful stellar winds and supernova explosions of individual stars, whose separate bubbles may end up merging into a superbubble, but this is the first time that they, or any other observers, have found three concentric expanding supernova shells.

“This phenomenon -says John Beckman, one of the co-authors on the paper- allows to explore the interstellar medium in a unique way, we can measure how much matter there is in a shell, approximately a couple of hundred times the mass of the sun in each of the shells”. However, if it is known that a supernova expels only around ten times the mass of the sun, where do the second and third shells get their gas from if the first supernova sweeps up all the gas?

The answer to that must come from the surrounding gas and in the inhomogeneous interstellar medium. “It must be -says Artemi Camps Fariña, who is first author on the paper-, that the interstellar medium is not at all uniform, there must be dense clumps of gas, surrounded by space with gas at a much lower density. A supernova does not just sweep up gas, it evaporates the outsides of the clumps, leaving some dense gas behind which can make the second and the third shells”.

“The presence of the bubbles -adds Artemi- explains why star formation has been much slower than simple models of galaxy evolution predicted. These bubbles are part of a widespread feedback process in galaxy disc and if it were not for feedback, spiral galaxies would have very short lives, and our own existence would be improbable”, concludes. The idea of an inhomogeneous interstellar medium is not new, but the triple bubble gives a much clearer and quantitative view of the structure and the feedback process. The results will help theorists working on feedback to a better understanding of how this process works in all galaxy discs.

You Don’t Know How Lovely You Are (Robbaery).

Part One of the All That You Are Is All That I’ll Ever Need Series.

I would like to dedicate this to @goodqueenalys because I’ve wanted to write for Robbaery for a while now but if she hadn’t come to me to talk about them I probably never would have actually written this, so thank you for that motivation!

Robb goes round to his sisters to collect his laptop from her but is distracted when he meets her new friend, Margaery.

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