sometimes people try to tell me that scientists are paragons of rationality and I have to break it to them that I have yet to work in a lab that didn’t have at least one weird secret shrine in it
new guy: why is all of the equipment in this room covered in toys?
me: dONn’t touch those
me: they need the toys to function. if they don’t all have toys they get jealous.
me: when something breaks just take the wizard and wave it around for a while. they seem to like that.
Science is rational, scientists are human.
In Taiwan we have a special brand of snacks named 乖乖 (literally means “well behaved” but in a casual way like when one’s compliment a child or a pet of being good) that has green package.
It has become the lucky charm in the IT industry because engineers believe it will make machine acting good (like the name of the snack) and stay in green light (like the color of the snack’s package) when a 乖乖 is put on top of a server.
It is the only food allowed in a server room and the biggest semicondoctor company in Taiwan (which is also the biggest worldwide) even commissioned the snack factory to make a customized version with blessing on the package.
This is how a server room is blessed by 乖乖. You put at least one on top of each server. It’s important that the engineers change them before the expire date because legend says the snack looses it’s power after expire date.
You’ll hear engineers swearing up and down that their server room
crushed down the one time they forgot to change the snack. Or some
newbie ate the forbidden snack put on top of their server and caused a
disastrous crush down.
The 乖乖 religion later spread to all people who want their machine to act nice. In the lab we put 乖乖 on ultra-low freezer (you really don’t want it to drop dead along with your 2 years’ worth of sample/data), mass
When Taiwan’s about to launch the first self made satellite in 2017, the develop team even put 乖乖 around the satellite model to prey for a successful launch (it did). This shit is real.
Broke: Humans are inherently good
Broke: Humans are inherently evil
Woke: Humans are, for good or evil,
[image description: a comic titled “Who’s Left: Prison Abolition.” It opens with a black woman wearing glasses, beaded earrings and a headscarf. She says, “I’m Mariame Kaba, director of Project NIA and prison abolitionist.” Someone off screen asks, “is prison abolition a hard thing to explain to people?” Mariame says, “I get the same questions. ‘What about bad people? What about rapists?’ I don’t answer those questions anymore.”
Next panel is of an ominous city skyline, split diagonally into a street scene where a white businessman is looking terrified among people of color moving about their lives. Text reads: “These are posed as questions about safety but are mostly based in fear of the other. Safety for whom? And from what?” Next panel says, “It doesn’t make sense to answer because there are bad people who have not been incarcerated.” There’s a closeup of a corner of a newspaper, showing a smiling man with the text: “dog murderer net worth $1.5 million, cleared on all charges.”
Next panel shows blue silhouettes of police and cameras and Mariame’s text says, “I’d rather talk about having justice without police or surveillance.” Next panel shows Mariame being asked, “Why abolition? Why not reform?” and she replies, “The prison system is harmful!” Her words appear over stylized prison bars: “there is rampant violence, rape and deaths in custody.” On a panel of a whip with an arrow pointing to a prison, she says, “the prison itself was a reform of corporal punishment.” Next panel shows a couple Quakers looking anxious outside a prison and says, “When prisons first came into use in the late 1700s, Quakers pushed for reform. Why continue centuries of rounds of unsuccessful reforms?”
Next panel says: “So we have to create the conditions that decrease the demand for police and surveillance. You need jobs, healthcare, housing, people need to be able to live their lives.” Beneath that, three cranes with heavy chains are lowering a hospital and a home, and lifting away a prison with cracked walls as someone watches. “You need to create structures to address harm and hold people accountable. People think abolitionists minimize harm but we take it very seriously.” Beneath that, eight people are drawn, four sitting atop the others’s shoulders and holding hands above their heads to form a bridge. Underneath that it says, “Safety is a collective action.”
Next panel says: “A lot of people think abolitionists want to close prisons tomorrow when we didn’t get there yesterday. Ruthie Gilmore says, ‘Abolition is about presence, not absence. It’s about building life-affirming institutions.’” On the left side of this panel, there’s a person trying to flip a switch on the side of a prison. The switch is labeled “Prison industrial complex” and is flipped to “on.” On the other side is a drawing of Ruth Gilmore. Next panel is a white spiderweb on a black background with a pink prison in the center, and text around the web reads: “The prison system sits at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and facets of society, and when you map it out, we’re all in that web.”
Next panel shows Mariame smiling and holding a clipboard, saying, “I am the director of Project NIA, an organization focused on ending youth incarceration. I also work with Survived + Punished, a project dedicated to the release of survivors of domestic + gendered violence imprisoned for survival actions. Survived and Punished’s Free Bresha campaign successfully managed to keep Bresha Meadows in the juvenile system rather than being tried and sentenced as an adult, and transferred to a mental health facility before finally being released, avoiding a 25 to life sentence.” Beside that is Bresha Meadows, a teenager with a somber expression. A caption in front of her reads: “Bresha Meadows was arrested at 14 for fatally shooting her abusive father in self-defense.”
Next panel shows a complex web of prison walls, topped with barbed wire, separating individuals from each other. The text reads: “Some people ask how feasible abolition is. Security is about putting up gates and walls and weapons between you and other people. How feasible is it to continue a violent system? For people to live in fear?” Next panel zooms in on one of the people within the web, and reads: “The prison system is a recent development and not as permanent as people think.” The wall in front of the person is knocked down by a person behind it, revealed to be a cardboard cut-out.
The next panel shows similar cranes as before lifting all the cardboard prison walls, and reads: “I don’t know what a world without prisons will look like.” The last panel shows a line of people of different body types, abilities and ethnicities, most looking upward at text that reads: “But it will fundamentally transform our relationship with other people.”]
Turns out some film producers may be keeping streaming movies on release day a thing. Why? Because of how much money they’re making from those of us who can’t go to the theater.
Deaf people can have subtitles and captions without having to argue with theater managers about it.
Wheelchair users can where they damn well please instead of in the spot next to the trashcan. Yes, that’s usually the only spot for a wheelchair, and often there’s only one.
Epileptics can have the lights on, which is a fuck no in theaters. The lights help diminish the strobe effects created by watching things in dark rooms.
Folks with sensory input issues (ADHD and autism are good examples) can control the volume, put subtitles up, adjust the lighting, etc.
Immunocompromised folks can watch a film with virtually zero worry about catching illnesses.
Folks with allergies don’t need to worry about some random person exposing them to an allergy (some folks can’t even be in the same room as peanuts).
Many of us require frequent bathroom breaks. Many of us are on medicated or specialized diets. Many of us need a break (or a few) to help ground ourselves in reality, process things, burn off built-up anxiety (I need to bounce after intense scenes so i can focus), and a multitude of other reasons.
If release day streaming remains a thing, there are gonna be millions of happy people. I cried the first time I watched a streaming release day film. Ten minutes of ugly crying because it was the first time in a decade that I could watch a film without waiting six to eight months to rent it.
This is what accessibility looks like. Keep this available forever, please.
The biggest break-up in Star Wars was between R2-D2 and Anakin. Like full on we are never, ever, ever getting back together level break-up.
Look at this beautiful family portrait. Look how Artoo has taken all of Anakin’s kids with him in the divorce. I love this.
artoo is the friend who sees his best friend botch the breakup so badly that he actually sides with the ex in the breakup and becomes ‘uncle artoo’ to the children anakin is legally no longer allowed to contact
I cannot believe that R2-D2 is the only being in this picture that wasnt directly created by Anakin Skywalker
Cultural worldbuilding tool: Give them an untranslatable word or or expression or a few. Even if this culture doesn’t have its own language, there can be a slang term, or final traces of a lost language that nobody fluently speaks anymore. But those few words have lingered, because they simply cannot be replaced with something else.
Like calling someone _____, which directly translates to “the chicken salesman”, but is actually an expression for a very specific kind of a con man. It’s a reference to an ancient play, in which the scammer in question first steals someone’s chickens, and then sells the victim their own chickens’ skulls back as a magical ward against chicken thieves. Most people who use the term don’t even know the origin, and fucking nobody has actually seen the play.
A single word that means “the weeks of after-image”, a word for that time in mourning, when the grief hasn’t set in yet, but you notice the ‘after-images’ of the deceased everywhere, silence where they used to make noise, their favourite tasks sitting undone.
One that can be translated to both “outlasting determination” and “survival spite”, though neither translation really satisfactorily expresses the feelings involved. It’s a common term for the phenomenon where two elderly people who fucking hate each other live into improbably long ages because both refuse to be the one who dies first.
i love doing untranslatable idioms. for instance, the kyri in my forge verse have an idiom where “painting your wagon” sorta means taking advantage of someone else’s misfortune, but can also refer to a death in the family, in an irreverent way, like ‘kicked the bucket’ or ‘bought the farm’. because it’s a tradition that if you inherit a wagon, or buy one that’s up for sale because its owner died – which is always real cheap, because of the work it takes to make it Not Haunted afterwards – you have to change its whole look. the old superstition is that the ghost won’t recognize it. which gives it some obscure additional meanings based on those superstitions.
so that’s confusing for outsiders, because even if they learn ‘paint the wagon’ as equivalent to ‘kick the bucket’, or as meaning like “bad things happening to that guy turned out lucky for me,” it’s still going to be confusing when someone up and says “eh you just gotta paint the wagon” when they mean like… not giving your new address to your crazy ex.
Batman has gone to great lengths to create the persona of “Bruce Wayne, upper class twit who could never be Batman.”
If Batman walked into the middle of Gotham Square and pulled off his mask and yelled “I, Bruce Wayne, am Batman!” The Headline would be “Bruce Wayne gets drunk at costume party, driven home by Commissioner James Gordon.”
And on that ride home:
Gordon: You are such a piece of shit you know that right? One of these days that’s not gonna work.
Bruce: *With the biggest shit eating grin ever* I know Jim, but it never stops being funny.
Gordon: So…. out of curiosity, how much money did Ollie lose to you this time?
Bruce: A gentleman never tells Jim, besides, its not about the money, its about the satisfaction of being right….. and the look on his face.
and you just know Alfred has a veritable host of “embarrassing early morning bruce” pics and video raring to go, like after a “skiing accident” to cover up a particularly nasty bat-injury in the line of duty
“I’m fine Alfred.”
“If you are, then prove it by putting on your socksies by your self.”
(source is Harley Quinn season 2, episode 5, but I can see this as part of Dave Willis’ “Happy Bruce” headcanon
I think the villain reactions would be priceless as well.
Two Face: Look I was friends with Bruce for years. He’s a nice guy, but doesn’t have the brains God gave a fiddler crab. He’s not Batman.
Riddler: I can confirm this. I took him and his board of directors hostage once. He tried to write me a check and got the check wrong. Four. Times. He had to ask his guy Lucius Fox to do it. It was just plain awkward for everyone involved.
Poison Ivy: Bruce is what we in the business call a Himbo, great to look at, a real sweetheart, but not much going on upstairs. I guarantee he’s not Batman.
Penguin: I’ve had Bruce Wayne as a guest at the Iceberg lounge before. Nice guy, excellent tipper, complete and utter moron. If he’s Batman I’ll eat my umbrella.
Joker: What? Oh yea of course Bruce Wayne is Batman. I mean obviously right?
Rest of the villains:……
Joker: Wait, you mean you guys didn’t know? I figured it out like the first day.
Penguin: You…. you’re joking right.
Joker: Penguin you will KNOW when I am joking. Seriously. No one else figured it out. No one. Just me. You guys are dumbasses.
Riddler: *Pinches bridge of nose* Okay…. so if Bruce Wayne is Batman, and you KNEW this the whole time, why not just KILL BRUCE WAYNE?
Joker: *As serious as a heart attack* because I’m not fighting Bruce Wayne, I’m fighting Batman. Obviously.
Riddler: Goddammit I hate you so much Joker. So fucking much. I can literally taste how much I hate you.
if you find yourself in a situation like this, don’t panic. there are people who can, and will, help you <3
[video ID: a pale skinned person with blue hair and a lip ring is shown from the waist up, speaking into the camera. transcript (some of the captions on the video are not spoken, so those are added in parentheses):
“I don’t know who needs to hear this today but there is no such thing as a “leaked nude”! (obvs don’t mean colloquially) 1. if your nude is behind a paywall like onlyfans, it is: copyright infringement and onlyfans will fight for you. 2. if your nude was taken or sent in private, that is: revenge porn, and as of 2019, is illegal in most states and countries where social media is prominent.
in 2019 one of my girls came to me and said that her ex was threatening to leak her nudes. she played me his voicemail and I fucking laughed. homeboy left his full name and threat on a recorded message.
usually I’m not very supportive of the police if that’s not obvious (I made this decision based on the people involved and didn’t put anyone in danger) but in this situation I told her to call. she filed completely over the phone, never met with an officer and he never saw her face (she also said that he didn’t make any remarks or judgements on her which was important to her). that officer called the dumbass and told him that he was facing a felony in his state. basically, the dumbass wet himself and never contacted her again.
but if you don’t want to go that route you can always get a lawyer involved (to inform and advocate for you). I know even that sounds like “how can I do this?” but for my she’s, gays, & theys out there: if you are in an abusive situation or they’re committing crimes against you, some lawyers in your city will work for free.” end ID/transcript]
These are just my opinions and some artists may not be discouraged by these things, but I’ve been artist on this site for over 10 years and felt some of these things were at least worth mentioning. Thanks for your kindness everyone!
“We chose the term “asexual” to describe ourselves because both “celibate” and “anti-sexual” have connotations we wished to avoid: the first implies that one has sacrificed sexuality for some higher good, the second that sexuality is degrading or somehow inherently bad. “Asexual”, as we use it, does not mean “without sex” but “relating sexually to no one”. This does not, of course, exclude masturbation but implies that if one has sexual feelings they do not require another person for their expression. Asexuality is, simply, self-contained sexuality.”
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the wasted potential of kittypets in Warriors stories. The clans in the books look down on their lifestyle for being in direct contrast with theirs, and are shown as naïve and childish in comparison to the cats who live in the woods and get murdered.
Give me a story of wild cats who, while still living in their own lives, look at the local house cat in awe. You would never know it by looking at him, but they say he’s twice as old as the clan leader. He lives and shares a den with dogs, it’s said— massive and small dogs, who know better than to harm him. His injuries seem to heal twice as fast as any wild cat. Some have even said he sleeps in the warmth of fire, the destructive force that all wild cats know to fear.
The stranger hunts in patches of real fresh catnip, not because he is hungry, but because his grip on his territory must be maintained. And when there is no prey to chase, when he has no need to guard his home, he will hone his skills with dummies and whatever he may find.
Beware the House Cat. His ways are not understood.
He is communing with the flow of the river give him some respect
This was a really fun project I did during my time at Ringling. Since I was playing Overwatch, I thought it’d be an interesting concept to make a MOBA Muppet fps. Each Muppet would have attacks specific to them and would fight in areas that span the Muppet movies. The art is a bit rough but I thought I’d share this being I am a big fan of the Muppets (especially Fozzie) (: Probably going to revisit this idea in the future.
that said, boost the shit out of this post and share all the links with everyone and everywhere you know. this goes to non-americans as well. we need help, people are dying, our governments are killing us.
It’s time to kill the idea that we can only grow and heal when we’re uncomfortable. You heal every time you have a good conversation with someone. You heal every time you laugh. You heal every time something makes you smile genuinely. You heal every time you have fun creating something - anything. You heal every time you get so absorbed in something fun that you forget your struggles for a while. There is, in fact, lots of healing and growth to be found INSIDE your comfort zone.
[ID: An image of a white-bearded, dark-robed wizard striking a well-dressed man so strongly off his feet with magic fire that he makes an S shape. It reads, “If you think pronouns are confusing wait until you find out about VERBS.” /end ID]