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July 31 2014
5 Best Confused Cats Against Feminism
In response to the blog Women Against Feminism, a new Tumblr has arisen, and it is Confused Cats Against Feminism. The blog is filled with photos of deeply misguided felines who have been led astray by the patriarchy (paw-triarchy? Sorry.) It’s comedic gold and probably the best response we’ve seen to Women Against Feminism yet. Below are five of the best submissions. Check ‘em out!
ok but seriously my favourite prehistoric animal is definitely andrewsarchus
THEIR JAW WAS A METER LONG
LOOK AT THAT SIZE COMPARISON
BUT THAT’S NOT THE BEST BIT
YOU SEE THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES AREN’T BEARS
THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES
For the first time in human history, carbon dioxide levels reached an average daily level of 400 parts per million, as reported this week. The last time the atmosphere contained this much carbon dioxide was 3 million years ago.
This new data comes from the Mauna Loa observatory and a set of data continuously collected since 1958: The Keeling curve. This represents almost a 50% increase since the beginning of the industrial age. Although there is some seasonal variability (that little jagged edge) due to seasonal vegetation sucking up a bit of the CO2 every year, the trend is clear … and it’s not good.
So what does that mean? The effects are not something to look forward to. The last time the CO2 level was this high, way back when, here’s what the world was like:
Back then, it was a different world. Global average temperatures during the period were between 5.4 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius) higher than today, and sea level was as much as 131 feet (40 meters) higher in some places.
While the average (which is calculated from levels over the past several days) has since dropped back to 399 (as of today), the saddest part is that both of those numbers are unacceptable. 400 is just a little more catchy. With 401 and beyond right around the corner, what now? We must cut emissions as fast as humanly possible.
Because we are mighty humans, and it is possible.
We need to take care, because we all share this air. Read about the science of our CO2 contribution here. Watch this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart to gain some hope maybe.
What do you think is the #1 thing we can do to change? What are YOU willing to do?
PETITION FOR GINA TORRES TO PLAY WONDER WOMAN
LET ME JUST SAY
IF YOU DON’T ALREADY THINK THIS WOMAN IS AN AMAZONIAN PRINCESS
YOU ARE DOING IT TOO WRONG FOR WORDS.
REBLOG EVERY TIME UNTIL IT HAPPENS
Yeah she would make a great choice, but I vote for Laverne Cox. Gina Torres can do it if Laverne is busy, though.
Whether and when NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, humankind’s most distant object, broke through to interstellar space, the space between stars, has been a thorny issue. For the last year, claims have surfaced every few months that Voyager 1 has “left our solar system”.
Voyager 1 is exploring an even more unfamiliar place than our Earth’s sea floors — a place more than 11 billion miles (17 billion kilometers) away from our sun. It has been sending back so much unexpected data that the science team has been grappling with the question of how to explain all the information. None of the handful of models the Voyager team uses as blueprints have accounted for the observations about the transition between our heliosphere and the interstellar medium in detail. The team has known it might take months, or longer, to understand the data fully and draw their conclusions.
Since the 1960s, most scientists have defined our solar system as going out to the Oort Cloud, where the comets that swing by our sun on long timescales originate. That area is where the gravity of other stars begins to dominate that of the sun. It will take about 300 years for Voyager 1 to reach the inner edge of the Oort Cloud and possibly about 30,000 years to fly beyond it. Informally, of course, “solar system” typically means the planetary neighborhood around our sun. Because of this ambiguity, the Voyager team has lately favored talking about interstellar space, which is specifically the space between each star’s realm of plasma influence.
Voyager 1, which is working with a finite power supply, has enough electrical power to keep operating the fields and particles science instruments through at least 2020, which will mark 43 years of continual operation. At that point, mission managers will have to start turning off these instruments one by one to conserve power, with the last one turning off around 2025.
The spacecraft will continue sending engineering data for a few more years after the last science instrument is turned off, but after that it will be sailing on as a silent ambassador. In about 40,000 years, it will be closer to the star AC +79 3888 than our own sun. (AC +79 3888 is traveling toward us faster than we are traveling towards it, so while Alpha Centauri is the next closest star now, it won’t be in 40,000 years.) And for the rest of time, Voyager 1 will continue orbiting around the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, with our sun but a tiny point of light among many.
1000 Blank White Cards
I wanted to try a new free game. Friends were over and D&D just doesn’t fit in to every social situation. Internet searches for party games resulted in weird sites that are ran by people taking their first dip into the internet. I was about to give up but found an entry called “1,000 blank white cards”. There are a lot of barely functioning websites from 1992 that mention this game.
You just create your own deck. Everyone gets 10 to 12 cards and are encouraged (although, I suppose not mandated) to create cards that included a title, picture, and effect. Generally, most cards have a point value although this is not required.
Generally each player gets to grab one card at the beginning of their turn and play one card. It is by mere social convention that this happens. We should think about other things that merely happen by social convention. Drawing or playing a card is not necessarily mandated unless specifically noted on a rule card in active play.
Play continues until the game is over. This occurs through mutual agreement, drawing a card that notes the game is over, or by running out of cards. Person with the highest points wins, unless the victory rules have changed.
There are enough immediate interrupts, hand swaps, and card steals that super powerful cards are reasonably mitigated. Players are generally nice enough to not put in super dickish cards like “Give John a million billion points”.
It’s a little scary starting; we are used to games that have strict regimented rules. In the absence of them we look to something to fill the void… and find nothing. Don’t worry, you’ll have a good time.
How to Live with Introverts, explained and illustrated perfectly by Schroeder Veidt !
Perfection. I want a pamphlet of this to hand out to everyone I interact with.
And don’t take it personally if they still don’t choose to hang out with you even after you’ve shown you’re not pushy. You don’t know what their energy level is.
Also, being an introvert and a spoonie makes it so I sometimes don’t have any energy even when I’ve not been around other people at all.
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