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erinwert: elmify: learnhowtoadult: How to adult: How to ask…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014







erinwert:

elmify:

learnhowtoadult:

How to adult: How to ask someone out.

OUR FIRST GIF!!!! WE ARE OFFICIALLY ON THE INTERNET, PEOPLE! 

I solemnly believe you are, you are the bomb diggety.

this woman is teaching us how to adult, and yet she also opened a can of crescent rolls today by slashing it with a knife. god bless elmify.

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jd-gallery: John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) Absolutely…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014









jd-gallery:

John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925)

Absolutely exquisite portraits! He just makes drawing look so effortless…

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That Best Original Score Oscar was totally deserved. And not…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



That Best Original Score Oscar was totally deserved. And not just for the surreal experience of seeing Trent accept it.

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I think falling in love for the first time is such a…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014










I think falling in love for the first time is such a transcendent feeling, you know? It’s like eating pizza flavored ice cream. Your brain can’t even process that level of joy. I really feel like our whole lives no matter how low our self esteem gets there is some part of us that thinks I have a secret special skill that no one knows about and eventually we meet someone who’s like “you have a secret special skill” and you’re like “I know so do you, let’s eat pizza flavored ice cream together.”

And that’s love. It’s a mountain of pizza flavored ice cream and… delusion.

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velvethatlady: The Royal Panopticon of Science & Arts in…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



velvethatlady:

The Royal Panopticon of Science & Arts in Leicester Square opened in 1854 to promote innovations in arts, science and manufactures and to entertain and educate the public – but closed after just two years following financial difficulties.  Following a rebuild it started a new life as the Alhambra, a hugely popular music hall and theatre.  This picture from the 1870s shows Leicester Square with the Alhambra prominent at the far end. The original Alhambra burnt down in 1882 killing two firemen.  It went through several rebuilds before final closure and demolition in 1936.  The Odeon Cinema occupies the site now.  More on the Panopticon and the Alhambra and pictures of the amazing interiors can be found at these links:

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oupacademic: ‘Detection is, or ought to be, an exact…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



oupacademic:

‘Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science’

It’s Tumblr. It’s Sherlock. Where better to share the cover of one of our latest Oxford World’s Classics?

This is a new selection of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, which sees Holmes at work from the beginning to the end of his career. There’s lots of  additional background material plus an introduction by Barry McCrea who examines the reasons for the stories’ enduring popularity and Holmes’s rich afterlife on stage, page, and screen.

Find out more about the Oxford World’s Classics on Facebook and Twitter.

From the link, here’s the ToC:

  • Introduction
  • Note on the Text
  • Select Bibliography
  • A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Sign of the Four
  • A Scandal in Bohemia
  • The Red-Headed League
  • A Case of Identity
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip
  • The Blue Carbuncle
  • The Speckled Band
  • The Musgrave Ritual
  • The Greek Interpreter
  • The Dancing Men
  • The Six Napoleons
  • His Last Bow
  • Explanatory Notes

And yeah, that’s a nice selection. But too few.

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boatporn: 8 meters are Gr8 meters. (by Boston Public Library)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



boatporn:

8 meters are Gr8 meters. (by Boston Public Library)

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I’m curious about something from KiTR 6: In the part after the “cut”, Lily talks about 80s movies, and then describes the grand gesture with a boombox overhead — which is from Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything. In response, James says, “John Hughes was a rad dude.” Is James mistakenly thinking that scene was from a John Hughes movie? Or is he merely responding more generally to Lily’s comments about 80s movies? Or is something else going on? Thanks!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Re: James’ dialogue in 106 of Kissing in the Rain, I wrote in the John Hughes reference because as far as 80s movie directors, I think he’s more associated with them than Cameron Crowe. So in my mind, James is mostly just responding to Lily’s general comment about 80s movies.

Though I should take this opportunity to give Cameron Crowe a shout out, who I also love (possibly more than John Hughes actually, for reasons related to certain racist-ass portrayals of Asians in Sixteen Candles, though I still love a lot of his other work). Cameron Crowe directed one of my all-time favorite movies, Almost Famous, and you have just reminded me that I should rewatch that for the twentieth time. Say Anything is also great, though.

And as long as we’re talking about 80s movies with John Cusack, I’m going to throw out a rec for The Sure Thing (1985, dir. Rob Reiner), which stars a young John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga, as two classmates who have a bicker-banter relationship as they travel cross country to meet their ideal mates. They did the using-English-class-assignments-to-reveal-true-feelings thing way before 10 Things I Hate About You, and it was great. It doesn’t get nearly as much love as the John Hughes teen dream library or even Cameron Crowe’s movies, but I still love it much.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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becausebirds: The Green Jay. This bird apparently loves pecans….

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014











becausebirds:

The Green Jay. This bird apparently loves pecans. It also has a really weird song that it sings.

Listen to the Green Jay sing 

Source videos 1, 2. Photo via flickr

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professional-misfit: Lily and James between the scenes

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014













professional-misfit:

Lily and James between the scenes

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anonsally: lies: anonsally: llamapunk: lies: dendroica: and…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



anonsally:

lies:

anonsally:

llamapunk:

lies:

dendroica:

andromeda1023:

livefromearth:

Tonight’s a great night to look up. Starting at 2AM EDT and peaking from 3am to 4:30, there will be a lunar eclipse visible from all of North America. To make things better, Mars is currently very close to Earth, making it the brightest object in the night sky.

If you’re lucky enough to be viewing tonight’s events from Central Florida, Space-X will be launching a Dragon 9 capsule to the ISS at 4:58PM EDT – adding a little extra something to the sky.

See you in the stars.

(via

TumbleOn

)

Unfortunately it will be overcast (and eventually rainy) here, but I’m reblogging for people with clearer skies.

Yo, Sally! :-)

10:47pm PDT: Husband reports (from living room) that the edge of the moon has disappeared.

Confirmed from my balcony!

On a side note, I don’t quite like this infographic, because I doubt that the penumbra is the exact width of the moon. This makes it look like the beginning of the partial eclipse (second contact) coincides with the first moment when entire moon is inside the penumbra. Is that actually the case? This image seems to imply not. But if we ignore the penumbra, this is a great diagram.

I suspect this graphic is more or less accurate, while that one you link to is very idealized and not to scale.

That the width of the penumbra matches the width of the moon isn’t a coincidence. It’s just another way of expressing what the penumbra is: The part of the eclipse during which an observer on the moon would see the sun as partly, but not completely, eclipsed by the earth. That is, as the moon enters the earth’s shadow, it must travel exactly one moon-width to go from first entering the shadow to being entirely within it.

An interesting (but unrelated) coincidence is that the moon as viewed from earth is the same size in the sky as the sun (about 1/2 degree). That’s the reason the moon almost exactly covers the sun’s disk during a total solar eclipse. The earth viewed from the moon is substantially larger in the sky (about 2 degrees) which is why the region of totality (the earth’s umbra) in this diagram is substantially larger than the moon’s disk.

Sorry, I’m still confused. I do know more about solar eclipses than lunar, and I believe that you’re probably right about this graphic being more accurate since I’ve now seen multiple versions of it, but your explanation in that middle paragraph there does not make sense to me.

Naturally it will take a full moon-width for the moon to go from first entering anything larger than it to being fully within it. For example, this graphic shows the moon staying within the earth’s umbra (i.e. the shadow where the sun is completely obscured behind the earth) for a long time, longer than it takes to travel one moon-width, because of course the earth appears larger in the sky from the moon than the moon does from the earth (the distance being the same but the earth being larger than the moon). (This is your point in the last paragraph.)

My point of confusion is this: I thought that maybe it could stay in the penumbra a long time before reaching the umbra. So now I’m trying to wrap my brain around this. You’re saying it is not possible for the entire moon to be experiencing a partial solar eclipse; that as soon as the last part of the moon that faces the earth reaches partial solar eclipse, the first part will see a total solar eclipse. (That is the part that starts looking to us like a bite was taken out of the moon.) I’m willing to believe this but for some reason I can’t picture it.

If shown from space, it’s impossible for a picture of the situation to be to scale so that sun, earth, and moon are all visible, because the sun is so much larger. I imagine that’s why I’m so confused.

Him. Yeah, thinking about it more, I now think the width of the penumbra being the same size as the moon actually is related to the coincidence that the sun and the moon both subtend a half a degree when viewed from earth. Because the width of the penumbra is determined by the angular size of the sun as seen from the moon (which is basically the same as the sun’s angular size when seen from the earth). And the width of the moon in that diagram is determined by the width of the moon when seen from the earth. And it just so happens that those are the same.

But if the moon happened to be much smaller, or the sun much larger, and all the other dimensions were the same, then the moon would have to travel several times its own diameter to cross the entire penumbra.

I want to draw a diagram to make sure. But just thinking it through in my head, yeah, I think you were right to question my middle paragraph. Because I now think it was complete bullshit.

My ability to pronounce things in authoritative fashion while having no clue what I’m talking about is kind of breathtaking. Thanks for keeping me (slightly more) honest.

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huffingtonpost: Everything you need to know about checking the…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014















huffingtonpost:

Everything you need to know about checking the four upcoming lunar eclipses here. 

More Sally-relevant eclipse-spam for your dash.

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anonsally: llamapunk: lies: dendroica: andromeda1023: livefr…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



anonsally:

llamapunk:

lies:

dendroica:

andromeda1023:

livefromearth:

Tonight’s a great night to look up. Starting at 2AM EDT and peaking from 3am to 4:30, there will be a lunar eclipse visible from all of North America. To make things better, Mars is currently very close to Earth, making it the brightest object in the night sky.

If you’re lucky enough to be viewing tonight’s events from Central Florida, Space-X will be launching a Dragon 9 capsule to the ISS at 4:58PM EDT – adding a little extra something to the sky.

See you in the stars.

(via

TumbleOn

)

Unfortunately it will be overcast (and eventually rainy) here, but I’m reblogging for people with clearer skies.

Yo, Sally! :-)

10:47pm PDT: Husband reports (from living room) that the edge of the moon has disappeared.

Confirmed from my balcony!

On a side note, I don’t quite like this infographic, because I doubt that the penumbra is the exact width of the moon. This makes it look like the beginning of the partial eclipse (second contact) coincides with the first moment when entire moon is inside the penumbra. Is that actually the case? This image seems to imply not. But if we ignore the penumbra, this is a great diagram.

I suspect this graphic is more or less accurate, while that one you link to is very idealized and not to scale.

That the width of the penumbra matches the width of the moon isn’t a coincidence. It’s just another way of expressing what the penumbra is: The part of the eclipse during which an observer on the moon would see the sun as partly, but not completely, eclipsed by the earth. That is, as the moon enters the earth’s shadow, it must travel exactly one moon-width to go from first entering the shadow to being entirely within it.

An interesting (but unrelated) coincidence is that the moon as viewed from earth is the same size in the sky as the sun (about 1/2 degree). That’s the reason the moon almost exactly covers the sun’s disk during a total solar eclipse. The earth viewed from the moon is substantially larger in the sky (about 2 degrees) which is why the region of totality (the earth’s umbra) in this diagram is substantially larger than the moon’s disk.

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feathersandbeaks: Courage is not the absence of fear, but the…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



feathersandbeaks:

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.


(by wildphotons)

Mountain bluebird

My headcanon is that the OP has an irrational fear of bird photography.

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gandalf1202: Albert Heise – Im Panopticum [1892] on Flickr.The…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



gandalf1202:

Albert Heise – Im Panopticum [1892] on Flickr.

The panopticon was among the most visited attractions in late nineteenth century Europe. The word itself derives from Greek mythology, the giant Panoptes with a hundred eyes was an all-seeing watchman, and likewise a ticket-buyer to the panopticon could spy everything and anything from lurid waxworks, collections of human oddities (both live performers and embalmed figures), rare specimens of medical and natural science, and historical curiosities, among a number of other categories of trivia. As bizarrely wonderful as panopticons were, they are largely forgotten today, leaving Heise’s depiction a rare and delightful record of this early mass-entertainment (the painting’s engraving further publicising both the Panopticum and the artist).


[Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 106 x 80 cm]

My Tumblr dash is a modern panopticon.

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margraery: Marie Antoinette + pink and blue

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margraery:

Marie Antoinette + pink and blue

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dendroica: Sweetgum balls (by Dendroica cerulea) Time to go…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



dendroica:

Sweetgum balls (by Dendroica cerulea)

Time to go walk on these in my bare feet to get the paper. Ahhh!

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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You are probably being lied to

Monday, April 14th, 2014

fractalcult:

The question is not “Is someone lying to me?”

Someone is probably lying to you. A lot of people are probably lying to you. Heard an advertisement? There are probably lies, either explicit or implicit. The gadget advertised with yellow, sans-serif Arial Black on dead digital blue might not work at all. The beauty cream will not make you more sexually desirable.

So the question is not “Is someone lying to me?”

The questions you need to ask are “What am I being told? Why is it being told to me? What does the speaker hope to achieve by telling me this?”

Check the facts when you can. Understanding the facts helps you understand the reasons behind the lies, and behind the truths too. Understanding the reasons behind the lies you are told allows you to apply another grid to the chaotic reality you perceive, revealing to you new relationships between your data points.

Some lies are more useful than others. Some pointless lies can be enlightening, if you’re clever.

In short, bullshit helps the flowers grow, and that’s beautiful.

Cheers,

Saint Amir Zetathustra, Heretic

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