September 2nd, 2014

bogleech:

florafaunagifs:

Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

The constant wobbling as they move is a part of their disguise, making it seem as though the “leaf” is only moving because of a light breeze.

If you blow on one it will also shake around in the hopes of matching any actual surrounding leaves

(via for-science-sake)

boingboing:

Geometric: Short animation and GIFs exploring shapes, colors, transitions

These could be cool company logos to be shown at the end of an ad.

(via jimmynewland)

ep0nine:

if you’re ever feeling sad, just remember that according to the infinite multiverse theory, there is a universe out there in which you are a member of starfleet and have probably saved the world at least once

science + philosophy + tumblr = happy thoughts

(via chanson-egocentrique)

blairfucker:

one more

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September 1st, 2014
capricorn-onthe-cob:

eridonkidonk:

officialdaddyegbert:

blobeggs:

boxlunches:

blobeggs:

Every single friday this kid just shows up dressed as link I love this school

Does he talk

he does but whenever someone calls his name for roll call he just goes “HEUH” 

what happened in this young man’s life that made him think “damn, every friday i’m gonna go to school dressed as link”

perhaps it was something in his past
perhaps
a link to his past

DID YOU JUST

capricorn-onthe-cob:

eridonkidonk:

officialdaddyegbert:

blobeggs:

boxlunches:

blobeggs:

Every single friday this kid just shows up dressed as link I love this school

Does he talk

he does but whenever someone calls his name for roll call he just goes “HEUH” 

what happened in this young man’s life that made him think “damn, every friday i’m gonna go to school dressed as link”

perhaps it was something in his past

perhaps

a link to his past

DID YOU JUST

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theselfproclaimedultimatenerd:

devilduck:

Venice Frozen

I’ve never thought about this before…

theselfproclaimedultimatenerd:

devilduck:

Venice Frozen

I’ve never thought about this before…

(Source: best-of-imgur, via gorramweevils)

video-game-foliage:

Here’s our last guest post this week from Ed Key:

Divinity: Original Sin has especially nice environmental art direction in the first area, the town of Cyseal. Rather than being a generic desert or generic forest, it has a particular mediterranean feel and uses a limited set of plants in consistent ways.

"Pencil pine" cypresses, thick swathes of lavender and some prickly-looking plant that tends to grow among rocks.

There are a few oddities that come out if we keep looking:

The benches (that you can of course sit down and relax on) are made from a strange tree that doesn’t grow anywhere in or near Cyseal. Maybe this wood was imported specifically for its properties as a bench (perhaps it exudes a nice fragrance?) or maybe they were a sylvicultural gift from another city, like the cherry trees of Berlin.

Or maybe there’s a sad tale…

We also see patches of small tree stumps. Obviously these trees were cut down to build emergency seige defences (mostly these rather gnarly chevaux-de-frises). This is a nice bit of environmental storytelling, and adds some depth. But! There are no living specimens of this tree - nothing else in Cyseal grows in the way these had been growing. A casualty of the orc attack was an entire species of tree!

(Epilogue: In common with most games, tree saplings are not represented in Divinity. Maybe this simple representational convention means that there is some invisible hope for the lamented Cysealian cheval-de-frise-tree.)

Divinity: Original Sin (2014)

August 31st, 2014
nprfreshair:

It has been a slow week of reruns, so this happened. 

nprfreshair:

It has been a slow week of reruns, so this happened. 

(via npr)

gallifreyanassbutts:

enghurrd:

How gif sets work on tumblr.

yes hello this messed with my head thanks very much 

(via gorramweevils)

zolloc:

memories 

zolloc:

memories 

August 30th, 2014

ispeakineloquently:

fudgeflies:

i wonder what’s happening right now over at hogwarts

probably education since harry doesn’t go there anymore

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(Source: lestradus, via skulls-and-tea)

  • me: *owns 264 unread books*
  • me: *buys 17 new books*
  • me: *rereads harry potter*
August 29th, 2014
astronomicalwonders:

Theorem of a Supernova - The NuSTAR Mission
NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
In this simulation, a supernova explosion is already underway. The small circle in the center represents the material that will form the dense star at the center of a supernova remnant, called a neutron star. The bright ring surrounding it is the shock wave created in the explosion. The colors represent temperature fluctuations. When the movie starts, the explosion has “stalled out,” because the material falling back onto the neutron star has backed up, like too many cars on the freeway, blocking the shock wave from progressing.
As the explosion continues, material starts to slosh around, reenergized by particles called neutrinos. The neutrinos heat up the material more and more, causing the hot regions to rise into the cooler regions and form large bubbles in the material. Once the bubbles break through the surrounding material, it’s as if the top of a pressure cooker blows off. There’s nothing holding back the shock wave any more and the star explodes.
Credit: NASA/Christian Ott/Caltech

At first I thought this was a cell, seen under a microscope. It’s funny how something so big can look like something so small.

astronomicalwonders:

Theorem of a Supernova - The NuSTAR Mission

NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

In this simulation, a supernova explosion is already underway. The small circle in the center represents the material that will form the dense star at the center of a supernova remnant, called a neutron star. The bright ring surrounding it is the shock wave created in the explosion. The colors represent temperature fluctuations. When the movie starts, the explosion has “stalled out,” because the material falling back onto the neutron star has backed up, like too many cars on the freeway, blocking the shock wave from progressing.

As the explosion continues, material starts to slosh around, reenergized by particles called neutrinos. The neutrinos heat up the material more and more, causing the hot regions to rise into the cooler regions and form large bubbles in the material. Once the bubbles break through the surrounding material, it’s as if the top of a pressure cooker blows off. There’s nothing holding back the shock wave any more and the star explodes.

Credit: NASA/Christian Ott/Caltech

At first I thought this was a cell, seen under a microscope. It’s funny how something so big can look like something so small.

(via jimmynewland)

I attended an “empowering women” sort of seminar and they taught us to use the phrase:

I’m sorry my success bothers you

If people were making snide comments.

(Source: henckels, via studymuse)