Quick schmoopy fruk stuff for Bastille Day the other day.
It is, Francis reminds himself, enough of a miracle that Francis has somehow (and he will say somehow as the extended explanation involves much careful wheedling over the course of two months, plus a great deal of wining, dining and some very, very good sex that would take hours to properly elaborate on) convinced Arthur to be in France – in Paris – on Bastille Day. And that is knowingly in Paris, not just having ‘wandered there by accident,’ staying in Paris for a few days, rather than fleeing back to his little island home long before the festivities are anywhere near over, deliberately making his presence known to the host Nation (although the question of how Arthur could not make his presence known when he’s staying in Francis’ flat, in Francis’ bed, would be an interesting thing to ponder when they’re both philosophical and drunk), rather than Arthur’s usual I know you know that I am here, but we’re going to pretend we never saw each other and I won’t hit you over the head with one of the bottles of wine you just got given for your birthday(. It would be a waste of wine).
That – all of that – is enough of a miracle (for only miracles can need so many words to describe, be so specific), and so, Francis reminds himself, he should be grateful, immensely grateful, and just politely bear with the fact his glowering lover will not wear the beautiful colours of Francis’ Tricolore, Francis’ beautiful red, white and blue.
glaring anatomy errors aside, this is how i picture fem!america and fem!china’s swimsuit bods
Nice and pretty Toph Bei Fong from Avatar The Last Airbender by sorel-amy.
Photo by makinavalross.
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes.
So that’s cool and everything, but maybe some of you would be interested to know why this is a significant find? Beyond just its record-setting bigness.
Since Einstein, physicists have accepted something called the Cosmological Principle, which states that the universe looks the same everywhere if you view it on a large enough scale. You might find some weird shit over here, and some other freaky shit over there, but if you pull back the camera far enough, you’ll find that same weird and/or freaky shit cropping up over and over again in a fairly regular distribution. This is because the universe is (probably) infinite in size and (we are pretty darn sure) has, and has always had, the same forces acting on it everywhere.
So why is this new LQG so radical? (It stands for ‘Large Quasar Group,’ btw, not ‘Light Quasar Group.’)
Well, let’s try to comprehend the scale we’re dealing with. A ‘megaparsec,’ written Mpc, is about 3.2 million light years long. The Milky Way is about 0.03 Mpc across (or 100,000 light years). The distance between our galaxy and Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor, is 0.75 Mpc, or 2.5 million light years. LQGs are usually about 200 Mpc across. Assuming a logarithmic distribution of weird shit outliers (if you don’t know how logarithmic distribution curves work, don’t worry about it), cosmologists predicted that nothing in the universe should be more than 370 Mpc across.
This new LQG is 1200 Mpc long. That’s four billion light years. Four BILLION LIGHT YEARS. Just to travel from one side to the other of this one thing. I mean for fuck’s sake, the universe is only about 14 billion years old! How many of these things could there be?
Right now it looks like the Cosmological Principle might be out the window, unless physicists can find some way to make the existence of this new LQG work with the math (and boy, are they trying). And that’s totally baffling. It would mean—well, we don’t have any idea what it would mean. That the universe isn’t essentially uniform? That some ‘special’ physics apply/applied in some places but not in others? That Something Happened that is totally outside our current ability to understand or quantify stuff happening?
By the way, no one lives there. The radiation from so many quasars would sterilize rock.
Happy Canada Day!!
t-this pic….. s-so much canadian….
The majestic Canadian beaver, riding a goose while wearing a maple leaf bikini.
Happy Canada Day!
Everyone seems to like this gif I did (above), so I made a second version in slo-mo:
can anybody ad captions like “FUCK “
"HUMAN I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE"
Well, no one else seems to have stepped up to the plate on this one yet, so:
The kind of guy who’s not very witty on purpose but says some pretty hilarious things anyway without meaning to.
Based on this tweet.
The rainbow block quilt I made for my cousin’s wedding. The scottie dog backing holds special family significance.
Took me about four months all told, though the majority of the work was done in the last month because I procrastinate terribly oops. :D
First quilt I ever finished.
I finished it!!!!!!!! 10 hours before leaving for the wedding, but I damn well finished it! *Flops*
From Anime News Network:
CLAMP to Launch New Tsubasa Manga Series in August
The July issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special is announcing on Friday that manga creator unit CLAMP will debut their newest manga series in the August issue, which will ship in Japan on August 20. The magazine teases the series as “a new story of Tsubasa that is connected to xxxHOLiC: Rei.”
*SQUEAKY FLAILY AHHHHH NOISES*
*SCREAMS and goes to reread TRC IMMEDIATELY*
I am, yes! I do intend to finish that one, I’ve just been very very busy lately, eheheh….