"That’s it, this is the thing that pushes me over to full on super villainy. This is the ‘fools, I will destroy you all’ moment!"

The Cricket asked, “What this time?”

"I shall let your insensitive ‘this time’ pass Christopher, but you, of all people, ought to be as incensed as I am at the assault upon our residential peace and quiet. You, of melodic sensibilities."

"Is it the rock festival?"

"Pah! As if that is rock music. Inharmonious torturing of guitars being covered up by over amplified thumping. It sounds nothing like rock and roll, it is the vile…"

"You really were born old. And you live less than a mile from a stadium, what did you expect?"

"I shall call the wrath of the outer darkness upon them! I will show them that beneath my meek exterior beats the heart of a true villain!"

"And you are not even listening to me. Well, after you fail to destroy the fools using dark magic let me know. I want to watch Orphan Black and you are the only one big enough to work the remote."

"They do not know who they are dealing with… Fools!

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rhamphotheca:

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex
by Greg Miller
Oxytricha trifallax, a ciliophore protozoan, lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes are the cilia it uses to move around and gobble up algae. What makes Oxytricha unusual, however, is the crazy things it does with its DNA.
Unlike humans and most other organisms on Earth, Oxytricha doesn’t have sex to increase its numbers. It has sex to reinvent itself.
When its food is plentiful, Oxytricha reproduces by making imperfect clones of itself, much like a new plant can grow from a cutting. “If they’re well fed, they won’t mate,” said Laura Landweber, a molecular biologist at Princeton University and lead author of a recent study on Oxytricha genetics. But when Oxytricha gets hungry or stressed, it goes looking for sex.
When two cells come together (as in the image above), the ultimate result is: two cells. “They’ve perfected the art of sex without reproduction,” Landweber said. The exterior of the two cells remains, but each cell swaps half of its genome with the other. “They’re entering into this pact where each one is going to be 50 percent transformed,” Landweber said. “They emerge with a rejuvenated genome.”…
(read more: Wired Science)
image: Robert Hammersmith

Raise your hand if you are a science fiction/fantasy fan and immediately started thinking of how that could work with alien/fantasy races.

rhamphotheca:

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex

by Greg Miller

Oxytricha trifallax, a ciliophore protozoan, lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes are the cilia it uses to move around and gobble up algae. What makes Oxytricha unusual, however, is the crazy things it does with its DNA.

Unlike humans and most other organisms on Earth, Oxytricha doesn’t have sex to increase its numbers. It has sex to reinvent itself.

When its food is plentiful, Oxytricha reproduces by making imperfect clones of itself, much like a new plant can grow from a cutting. “If they’re well fed, they won’t mate,” said Laura Landweber, a molecular biologist at Princeton University and lead author of a recent study on Oxytricha genetics. But when Oxytricha gets hungry or stressed, it goes looking for sex.

When two cells come together (as in the image above), the ultimate result is: two cells. “They’ve perfected the art of sex without reproduction,” Landweber said. The exterior of the two cells remains, but each cell swaps half of its genome with the other. “They’re entering into this pact where each one is going to be 50 percent transformed,” Landweber said. “They emerge with a rejuvenated genome.”…

(read more: Wired Science)

image: Robert Hammersmith

Raise your hand if you are a science fiction/fantasy fan and immediately started thinking of how that could work with alien/fantasy races.

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Not the prettiest fruit, but fresh and low cost from my garden. I do not use expensive stuff like top soil from the store. Everything in my garden was free or really cheap.

Not the prettiest fruit, but fresh and low cost from my garden. I do not use expensive stuff like top soil from the store. Everything in my garden was free or really cheap.

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bigbigtruck:

valerie1972:

It’s been a long time since I’ve owned cared for an infant, but I’m pretty sure the rules haven’t changed this much. 

gotta toughen em up early

I am reminded of jalapeño eating contests with my dad and sister when I was eight.
No one won.

bigbigtruck:

valerie1972:

It’s been a long time since I’ve owned cared for an infant, but I’m pretty sure the rules haven’t changed this much. 

gotta toughen em up early

I am reminded of jalapeño eating contests with my dad and sister when I was eight.

No one won.

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Video by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This was part of an exhibit on loan to them by Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin back in 2012. The desk was originally owned by King Frederick William II. The Roentgen in the name of the desk was because it was made by Abraham (1711—1793) and David Roentgen’s (1743—1807) workshop. David Roentgen also provided furniture to Marie Antoinette to give you an idea of the era this was from.

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tachikomette:

mishalak:

tachikomette:

Hm, what kind of cookies do I want to make tomorrow?

First check the weather. If sunny and pleasant then lemon sugar cookies. If cool then something with cinnamon like snickerdoodles. If Mishalak is forecast then oatmeal with walnuts.

It’s cool out, but I made snickerdoodles not that long ago and unless you’ve been stalking me I don’t think Mishalak is forecast. I don’t really want to make sugar cookies of any kind, pumpkin cookies mold too fast, peanut butter cookies dry out almost instantly, and I don’t like chocolate chip. That pretty much rules out all of the “beginner” cookies.

I’m seriously leaning towards frosted shortbread or something similar.

I NEVER stalk people. Send enchanted slugs or blue jays to spy on them, sure, but that’s not stalking. That falls under general villainy and I think you’ll find that I am fully licensed and universally recognized as a devilishly handsome master of all villainy.

Back to the point in hand. Cool out… Um… Frosted Shortbread sounds nice. Me, I do not like frosting, but evil. Molasses spice are nice. Sablé cookies might be good for a challenge. Nut crescent cookies are the ones I make for tea. Raspberry squares… Damn, now I need to bake something.

Probably warm weather cookies or oatmeal for me since we are in second summer in Colorado.

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tachikomette:

Hm, what kind of cookies do I want to make tomorrow?

First check the weather. If sunny and pleasant then lemon sugar cookies. If cool then something with cinnamon like snickerdoodles. If Mishalak is forecast then oatmeal with walnuts.
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cosplay-gamers:

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Daedric Armor by Cat-Sup

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All I know is that wockwurms are the larval form of jabberwockys. - Ursula Vernon

All I know is that wockwurms are the larval form of jabberwockys. - Ursula Vernon

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At the Gay Student Alliance high tea. Pervita String Quartet.

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bigbigtruck:

i like this video so much

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"Somewhere along the line, for reasons that are utterly beyond me, TV’s Adam Baldwin got involved. Do you know how weird it is to see an actor from a show you love repost conspiracy videos about how your sex life is somehow ruining video games? Pretty goddamned weird, it turns out. A friend suggested that ever since his stint as Jayne on Firefly, Baldwin is afraid of women named Zoe. That at least took the sting out of no longer being able to watch one of my favorite shows without scowling so hard I sprain my face."

5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person | Cracked.com (via wilwheaton)

So it turns out that the reason Adam Baldwin could play a thoughtless, stupid, selfish asshole so well on Firefly was not because he is a good actor, but because he is in fact a thoughtless, stupid, selfish asshole.

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