1. bapgeek:

    hurricane—k:

    budgiebazooka:

    tiny-vessels:

    wanderblog:

    treehugger:

    The Nourishmat comes with everything you need to start growing organic vegetables: seeds, fertilizer and know-how.

    The mats last about 5 years and are printed with nontoxic ink that won’t leach into the soil.

    The mats use a technique called square foot gardening. “The key is planting in grids instead of rows so you can maximize your space,” said Weiner. “More food in less space. We adapted the layout of the Nourishmat based on this popular method. We say natural because it embraces the idea of bio-diversity.” This method requires less water and fertilizer then conventional monoculture farming.

    The square-foot method also makes plants into beneficial neighbors. “The layout of the plants revolves around companion planting,” said Weiner. “For example, the bugs that like marigolds are the same bugs that love to eat the bugs that love to eat tomatoes.”

    I want!

    This might help me not kill everything I try to grow.

    Want

    Way cool!

  2. enenkay:

usuallycrazy:

Twitch Plays Pokemon is the wildest thing I have ever watched and I frankly can’t stop.
If you’ve been living under a rock (or you’re just not up on Pokemon news, that could be a thing, in which case, your life must be so very sad), there’s a Twitch chat room with far too many people in it undergoing what the creator refers to as a “social experiment.” Each person in the chat submits a command they want the player to do and, with a 20-30 second delay, the Pokemon Trainer does the command.
It’s made it the most frustrating game of Pokemon ever played but also the best. Because they’ve been playing for five days straight, have four badges, and have somehow maneuvered two cave mazes.
Due to the delay and trolls, we have often found our poor trainer opening his menu, checking his bag, and looking to the Helix Fossil he acquired in Mount Moon. 
Which of course, does nothing.
But in the middle of a Pokemon battle, better open my bag and check on the Helix Fossil.
About to cut down a tree. Better open my bag and check on the Helix Fossil.
I’m trying to enter this cave. Gosh, I need to make sure I haven’t dropped my Helix Fossil.
The people in the chat room have come to the conclusion that the Helix Fossil is an artifact of the Pokemon Trainer’s religion and that his ultimate goal is to resurrect Omanyte from the fossil.
Oh yes, they’ve brought religion into the game.
Even to the point where, when players in the chat were discussing that they needed a Pokemon to learn Surf, some had said “Let’s just wait until we get a Lapras later in the game. That just gets handed to us and will be much easier to do and we won’t run the risk of needing to deposit anybody in the PC and accidentally releasing anybody.” (We’ve already accidentally released our starter, so our current strongest Pokemon is a Pidgeot we call Based Pidgeot or Bird Jesus) 
Others said “Let’s pick up the Eevee from Celadon Town! We’ll go to the Department Store, buy a Water Stone, and get a Vaporeon! It will be much better.”
We wasted all of our money on 8 Poke Dolls and an accidentally purchased Fire Stone.
Flareon has been called a heretic in this game.
Flareon is literally Satan to these players.
You weren’t there for the Celadon Department Store, okay. We got lost in there for one whole day and I watched it happen. It was awful. The work we put into getting this dumbass Flareon was awful.
So, we had to deposit Flareon in the PC because he was utterly useless. Which was when we accidentally released our Charmeleon.
The players determined this was simply what the Helix Fossil wanted and we had to trust in our Bird Jesus and never follow false gods again. Just let Lapras happen. Trust in the Helix Fossil.
Now, the players had been stuck in Rocket Hideout on those damn moving arrows for exactly two days. So the creator instated a chatroom based vote where you could decide on anarchy—the way we had been playing the whole time with individual players participating in a free-for-all—or democracy.
If 75% of the players had agreed on one form of governing, that was the system we were currently using in chat.
Democracy involves each player submitting a command and the game tallying to see which action is voted for most and popular vote wins.
This game has user-inserted religion and now creator inserted government.
The players spend so much time arguing over which form of government to use that we often get nowhere.
This is the weirdest virtual reality based Japanese RPG I have ever seen.
I have no idea what kind of social experiment the person who created this chat room is trying to do—they wish to remain anonymous—but this is positively delicious mayhem and I may never see this many people excited about a game made in 1996 again.

Oh my God I had been wondering what in the hell was going on with Twitch plays Pokemon and now I know.

    enenkay:

    usuallycrazy:

    Twitch Plays Pokemon is the wildest thing I have ever watched and I frankly can’t stop.

    If you’ve been living under a rock (or you’re just not up on Pokemon news, that could be a thing, in which case, your life must be so very sad), there’s a Twitch chat room with far too many people in it undergoing what the creator refers to as a “social experiment.” Each person in the chat submits a command they want the player to do and, with a 20-30 second delay, the Pokemon Trainer does the command.

    It’s made it the most frustrating game of Pokemon ever played but also the best. Because they’ve been playing for five days straight, have four badges, and have somehow maneuvered two cave mazes.

    Due to the delay and trolls, we have often found our poor trainer opening his menu, checking his bag, and looking to the Helix Fossil he acquired in Mount Moon. 

    Which of course, does nothing.

    But in the middle of a Pokemon battle, better open my bag and check on the Helix Fossil.

    About to cut down a tree. Better open my bag and check on the Helix Fossil.

    I’m trying to enter this cave. Gosh, I need to make sure I haven’t dropped my Helix Fossil.

    The people in the chat room have come to the conclusion that the Helix Fossil is an artifact of the Pokemon Trainer’s religion and that his ultimate goal is to resurrect Omanyte from the fossil.

    Oh yes, they’ve brought religion into the game.

    Even to the point where, when players in the chat were discussing that they needed a Pokemon to learn Surf, some had said “Let’s just wait until we get a Lapras later in the game. That just gets handed to us and will be much easier to do and we won’t run the risk of needing to deposit anybody in the PC and accidentally releasing anybody.” (We’ve already accidentally released our starter, so our current strongest Pokemon is a Pidgeot we call Based Pidgeot or Bird Jesus) 

    Others said “Let’s pick up the Eevee from Celadon Town! We’ll go to the Department Store, buy a Water Stone, and get a Vaporeon! It will be much better.”

    We wasted all of our money on 8 Poke Dolls and an accidentally purchased Fire Stone.

    Flareon has been called a heretic in this game.

    Flareon is literally Satan to these players.

    You weren’t there for the Celadon Department Store, okay. We got lost in there for one whole day and I watched it happen. It was awful. The work we put into getting this dumbass Flareon was awful.

    So, we had to deposit Flareon in the PC because he was utterly useless. Which was when we accidentally released our Charmeleon.

    The players determined this was simply what the Helix Fossil wanted and we had to trust in our Bird Jesus and never follow false gods again. Just let Lapras happen. Trust in the Helix Fossil.

    Now, the players had been stuck in Rocket Hideout on those damn moving arrows for exactly two days. So the creator instated a chatroom based vote where you could decide on anarchy—the way we had been playing the whole time with individual players participating in a free-for-all—or democracy.

    If 75% of the players had agreed on one form of governing, that was the system we were currently using in chat.

    Democracy involves each player submitting a command and the game tallying to see which action is voted for most and popular vote wins.

    This game has user-inserted religion and now creator inserted government.

    The players spend so much time arguing over which form of government to use that we often get nowhere.

    This is the weirdest virtual reality based Japanese RPG I have ever seen.

    I have no idea what kind of social experiment the person who created this chat room is trying to do—they wish to remain anonymous—but this is positively delicious mayhem and I may never see this many people excited about a game made in 1996 again.

    Oh my God I had been wondering what in the hell was going on with Twitch plays Pokemon and now I know.

  3. neetboss:

    Spread this like a damn wildfire.

    17 Year old Christopher Roupe was gunned down by a police officer while answering his front door while holding a Nintendo Wii remote.

    "At around 7:30 PM, young Christopher took out his Nintendo Wii controller to put on a movie.

    As he was sitting down, he suddenly heard knocking on the front door.

    He asked, “Who is it?” but received no response.

    At that point he got up from his chair and opened the door.

    To his shock, the female cop already had her gun drawn and pointed at him, according to reports.

    She immediately fired a bullet into the boy’s chest and killed him, according to Renee Vance, the boy’s aunt.

    The police claim that “he had a handgun.”

    It was actually the boy’s small Nintendo Wii controller, says the aunt.

    The officer gave him “no warning” to drop the controller before taking his life, the aunt added.

    The police claimed to be at his house regarding a “probation” matter. It turns out that it had nothing to do with Christopher.

    His 13-yr-old little sister heard the gun shot and ran over to the door to find her brother bleeding and crying.

    The little sister held her brother and tried to comfort him as he cried in pain, according to reports.

    That’s when the female cop pointed her gun at the child and said “Shut up!” according to reports, forcing the girl away.

    Moments later Christopher bled to death.

    Both the female officer and the officer who was with her have received “paid administrative leave” as the investigation proceeds.”

    [Link 1] - [Link 2] -

    Police are already trying cover up this incident with bullshit lies.
    Don’t let this just get swept under the rug.
    A Wii remote in no way resembles a handgun.
    This is absolutely ridiculous and disgusting

  4. Fuck creationism!

  5. fuckyeahbelleandrumpelstiltskin:

Submitted by KathyL:
missveryvery:

What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
Female players include:

Belle/Beauty


A nice Fairy


A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)


The Queen of the Fairies


A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)


A Queen/the Beast’s mother


Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective

-It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).
-The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.
-The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.
-The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.
-The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.
-The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.
And this is only a partial list.
If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.
It’s available for free:
Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)
Google Books
 I’ve uploaded a PDF of the Beauty and the Beast part on Google Drive.

    fuckyeahbelleandrumpelstiltskin:

    Submitted by KathyL:

    missveryvery:

    What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:

    Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.

    -It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

    -It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.

    -It’s over 100 pages long

    -Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.

    -Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.

    Female players include:

    • Belle/Beauty

    • A nice Fairy

    • A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)

    • The Queen of the Fairies

    • A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)

    • A Queen/the Beast’s mother

    • Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective

    -It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).

    -The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.

    -The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.

    -The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.

    -The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.

    -The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.

    And this is only a partial list.

    If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.

    It’s available for free:

    Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)

    Google Books

    I’ve uploaded a PDF of the Beauty and the Beast part on Google Drive.

  6. f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

    I remember going to see this. It was breathtaking.

  7. would-you-like-a-jelly-baby:

    blaixen:

    (X)

    Matt Smith could have been such a wonderful doctor… if Moffat hadn’t been writing the show.

    woop there it is

  8. sandandglass:

    For a little background on Mitch McConnell’s strategy, here’s a New York Times article

    Fuck the GOP. Fuck the american government.

  9. kierongillen:

    mishalak:

    I follow Shaenon Garrity’s comics fairly religiously, but it was still Tumblr that alerted me to the existence of this (good, if sad) one. Shaenon’s website has more of her comics listed (though not this one even though the original file is on the site). And I have to mention that she is the creator of Monster of the Week and Skin Horse which I have plugged before.

    Tip of the hat to SeananMcGuire and Brinstar for finding this.

    I’d dropped Shaenon a line asking if she’d mind if I cut up the comic I previously blogged to make it more tumblr friendly, but I see I’m behind the curve here. Hurrah, etc.

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