septicplier: spell your username without using the letters in your name mine is ptipi

Friday, February 1st, 2019


spell your username without using the letters in your name

mine is ptipi

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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shipwreckedcomedy: Last night was pretty wonderful. Thanks to…

Sunday, November 6th, 2016


Last night was pretty wonderful. Thanks to all you night owls who joined us for a very special, historic Poe Party viewing. It was a wonderful way to cap off this amazing journey.

This was so much fun!

Of course I looked to see if I was visible in that shot of the line outside.


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“The rise of scientific fraud has drawn significant attention to research misconduct across…”

Friday, December 4th, 2015

“The rise of scientific fraud has drawn significant attention to research misconduct across disciplines. Documented cases of fraud provide an opportunity to examine whether scientists write differently when reporting on fraudulent research. In an analysis of over two million words, we evaluated 253 publications retracted for fraudulent data and compared the linguistic style of each paper to a corpus of 253 unretracted publications and 62 publications retracted for reasons other than fraud (e.g., ethics violations). Fraudulent papers were written with significantly higher levels of linguistic obfuscation, including lower readability and higher rates of jargon than unretracted and nonfraudulent papers. We also observed a positive association between obfuscation and the number of references per paper, suggesting that fraudulent authors obfuscate their reports to mask their deception by making them more costly to analyze and evaluate. This is the first large-scale analysis of fraudulent papers across authors and disciplines to reveal how changes in writing style are related to fraudulent data reporting.”

Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science

if people really want you to understand, they will try to communicate clearly. if they are hiding something, they will hide behind their expertise/confusing vocabulary.

(via sociolab)

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naturetamed: Dazzle painting Dazzle camouflage / dazzle…

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Dazzle painting

Dazzle camouflage / dazzle painting was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.

While dazzle did not conceal a ship, it made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed, and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment.

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bluemavor: ♡ This is how to be a heartbreaker. ♡ Previously…

Saturday, July 19th, 2014


♡ This is how to be a heartbreaker. ♡

Previously mentioned fun fact: The only reason I know who this is is that one of the first people to ask me for the ‘lies’ Tumblr URL loves the Marina and the Diamonds song “Lies” and wanted a blog that referenced it.

Thinking back on it, that was the best reason. If I weren’t such a covetous old sinner, clinging Scrooge-like to a URL too cool for me, I would have given it to her.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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trolliweirdlyawesome: Why I lie. We all have our reasons.

Friday, May 16th, 2014


Why I lie.

We all have our reasons.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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buzzfeed: This is the extremely upsetting truth about baby…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


This is the extremely upsetting truth about baby carrots.

I choose to believe yulinkuang reblogged this specifically so I would see it and add it to my own bag of lies. Which is now a collection of LIES LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO BAG CARROTS.

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aseaofquotes: Brock Clarke, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’…

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Brock Clarke, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

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matterofawesome: Colección de Mentiras Ilustradas or…

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Colección de Mentiras Ilustradas or Illustrated Lies Collection by Aitana Carrasco Inglés.

Some of the lies contained in this book: 

  • If you don’t eat your veggies you’ll stay little forever.
  • If you don’t finish everything on your plate we will have to use a funnel.
  • Come on, this spoonfull is the last one.
  • If you eat the seeds a tree will grow inside you.

For lies because this book reminded me of him :)

Thank you!

It’s kind of awesome (delusional, but awesome) for me to imagine there is a small but doughty host of tumblr users roaming the world, seeking out cool and lovely falsehood-related content and bringing it back to my tumblr dash.

It is, in fact, a matter of awesome.

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Buster is onto me.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Buster is onto me.

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Teen tested, spinstr approved. 9 out of…

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Teen tested, spinstr approved.

9 out of 10 fictional drug-addicted misanthropic diagnosticians recommend the ‘lies’ tumblr for their patients who use tumblr.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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Technically, you might also have to follow bullshit. But between…

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Technically, you might also have to follow bullshit. But between the two of us we’ve got you covered. [X]

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thelocaltelevision: How I Met Your Mother, 2005-… I literally…

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


How I Met Your Mother, 2005-…

I literally had this exact experience, except it was my dad instead of my mom, and the lie he’d told me as a kid that I bought completely until I listened to myself describing it to someone else long after I’d reached adulthood was about my pet snake, not an allergy to unhealthy food.

Otherwise: same.

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

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014









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.




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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Sunday, April 13th, 2014


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Yours for the taking.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Yours for the taking.

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