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10:56pm September 18, 2014

kylekallgren:

Part 2 of Kyle and Tony’s look at a tale as old as time. No, still not that one.

9:01am September 17, 2014

grizzlyhills:

flightcub:

interretialia:

life-of-a-latin-student:

ratwithoutwings:

i’m so upset

I just realized that the reason ghosts say Boo! is because it’s a latin verb

they’re literally saying ‘I alarm/I am alarming/I do alarm!!

I can’t

present active boōpresent infinitive boāreperfect active boāvīsupine boātum

Recte!

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if it comes from the latin word, they’re actually saying “I’M YELLING!” which is even cuter

do they speak latin because it’s a dead language

10:04pm September 16, 2014
tabbybeard asked: are there any instances of godzilla using his tail as a counterweight during fights or does it just flail wildly all the time
9:28am September 13, 2014
A Geek for all Seasons turned 1 today!
Hard to believe it’s been a year already.

A Geek for all Seasons turned 1 today!

Hard to believe it’s been a year already.

5:36pm September 11, 2014

ichtanzenwill:

destiny919:

umiko-hitara:

obsidianshadow:

sangotori:

A moment of silence as The Giver joins Percy Jackson in the graveyard of horrendously inaccurate movie adaptations

*His Dark Materials fandom wails softly in the distance*

*Eragon fandom shrieks from the darkest pit of hell*

*ATLA fandom watches with dead eyes*

The Phantom of the Opera fandom sinks slowly into the abyss

The Les Misérables fandom chuckles quietly and walks away.

10:47am September 10, 2014

kylekallgren:

After a year of production, part 1 of my special musical review is finally online!

Link in case the embed isn’t working

Check out Some Jerk With A Camera here

Brilliant piece of work, both the film and the review.

I love seeing Kyle’s unabashed love of film come out to play.

1:04pm September 7, 2014
bakerstreetbabes:

lyndsayfaye:

The Daily Mail, a news organization synonymous with rigorous fact checking that rivals the journalistic integrity evidenced by newspapermen during Jack the Ripper’s heyday, this morning “revealed” the Ripper to be one Aaron Kosminsky, a Polish Jew with serious mental health issues who ended his life in an asylum.  I have to comment on this article partly because it’s kind of in my wheelhouse (I’m the author of the fictional but heavily researched Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson), but mainly because I find the article itself to be of interest when it comes to sciencing, and how to science, and ways we should do science good.
Aaron Kosminsky, first of all, is a compelling choice when it comes to Ripper suspects, let’s make no bones about that.  He was an immigrant fleeing the anti-Semitic pogroms taking place in his homeland, a series of brutally violent instances of organized plunder and rape and pillaging and general barbarism against the Ashkenazi.  When these folks arrived in the UK, they were about as popular with the locals as smallpox, and were thus forced to live in neighborhoods like Whitechapel.  It’s a solid conjecture that Kosminkski had, let’s call it a non-idyllic childhood, waaaay more pillaging and and such than you’d see in your average Hallmark film, and these upsets may have exacerbated his mental illness.
Regarding the article, though: Ripperologist Russell Edwards bought a shawl in 2007 associated with the Ripper killings:
It was March 2007, in an auction house in Bury St. Edmunds, that I first saw the blood-soaked shawl…It was said to have been found next to the body of one of the Ripper’s victims, Catherine Eddowes, and soaked in her blood. There was no evidence for its provenance, although after the auction I obtained a letter from its previous owner who claimed his ancestor had been a police officer present at the murder scene and had taken it from there.
OK, I’m just gonna stop you right there.
So we have a shawl, which may or may not be from the crime scene of Catherine Eddowes.  This shawl, which might have been at the crime scene, or might have been in New Zealand, or on Caprica, was swiped by a naughty police officer instead of being reported. Carry on, sir:
Incredibly, it was stowed without ever being washed and was handed down from David’s great-grandmother, Mary Simpson, to his mother, Eliza Smith, and then his mother, Eliza Mills, later Hayes.
That IS incredible, now you mention it, but then again who hasn’t found that extra special pizza slice at the back of the fridge?  And if it was meant to be a Ripper relic, then why would you wash the thing? 
The Shawl Which May Have Been At The Crime Scene But Might Also Alternatively Have Been In Abu Dhabi At The Time had traces of DNA on it, according to Dr. Jari Louhelainen, a doctor with standards so high that he prefers to publish his work in the Daily Mail than in scientific journals.  This gentleman, for I assume him to be a gentleman, found traces of blood and semen on the shawl (since he apparently works on cold cases for Interpol when he’s bored, we can probably lend a skeptical but open-minded ear when he says the dark stains were “not just blood, but consistent with arterial blood spatter caused by slashing”).  Eddowes died of hemorrhage from the left common carotid artery.  Well and good. Here is a contemporary illustration of her:

Next the dynamic crimesolving duo claims that they tracked down descendants of Kosminski and Eddowes, some of whom shall remain nameless due to privacy concerns, checked their pedigrees, and proved conclusively due to a bad as hell super-sciencing technique that Dr. Louhelainen himself invented for science, called “vacuuming,” that Kosminski’s semen and Eddowes’s blood were on the Shawl That Might Have Been From The Planet Krypton.
(Pause for slow clap for dudes who win at science.)
Let’s list a few things we don’t know here, shall we?
—Where the shawl came from.  Period.  At all.  From the forests of Endor, to George McFly’s 1955 locker tucked in with his gym shorts, WE DON’T KNOW.
—What the bloody hell vacuuming is. (This was not published in a science journal, again).
—Whether the blood on the shawl was sprayed there on the identical night, at approximately the same time, as Eddowes was murdered. Because trust me, there was a lot of jizz flying around Whitechapel.  Whitechapel was in a “cloudy with strong chance of jizz showers” weather pattern all year round.
—Whose semen it was.  The article claims that Kosminky was at the time living with two brothers, and mitochrondrial DNA for any of those men would have been a positive.  What we know is that somewhere, this one time, a man jizzed on a shawl.
—Whose shawl it was.  If the shawl belonged to Kosminski and he was wearing it on the night of September 29th-30th and that was Eddowes’s blood that  sprayed him when her throat was cut (this was the cause of death—her other injuries were inflicted postmortem) and he indulged in ritualized sexual release, yeah, that’s pretty compelling evidence.
If The Shawl Which Might Have Been Found Near Eddowes’s Corpse Or Else Dunno Maybe Papua New Guinea belonged to Eddowes, on the other hand, then we have a classic case of sordid but entirely circumstantial evidence—the trout in the milk, as Sherlock Holmes once quotes.  If it was Eddowes’s shawl, then OF COURSE it got blood on it, and anyone’s semen found on the artifact at any time throughout its long history as a wanking aid would have been suspected.
Curiously, Russell Edwards says “I reasoned that it made no sense for Eddowes to have owned the expensive shawl herself.”
There’s so much ridiculous here that I almost can’t, but here goes:
—just because it was expensive for you doesn’t mean it was expensive for her
—people bought secondhand clothes and traded them with the speed of greased lightning
Additionally, there were Michaelmas daisies decorating the jizz Swiffer, another aspect Edwards thinks points to Kosminsky.  Catherine Eddowes, at the time of her death, was wearing a dark green chintz skirt with three flounces, patterned with Michaelmas daisies, and that doesn’t mean it was her shawl since the patterns match, because I know how to science, but damn, dude.

Again, Kosminsky was a compelling suspect.  He once attacked his sister with a knife, was prone to “self-abuse” (read: wanking), lived in the prime geographic area, and died incarcerated at Leavesden Asylum for Imbeciles, which might —if he was the Ripper—explain why the murders stopped.  But let’s try to do the best sciencing we can when it comes to the deaths of these innocent women.  They were already used as fodder to sell newspapers during the Victorian Era—let’s just try to be certain we aren’t leaping back on that bandwagon.
Read more about Aaron Kosminsky.
Read more about Catherine Eddowes including autopsy report and photographs (graphic).
Read more about the fact that night was a double murder, not addressed by Edwards.
Link to my Ripper novel, Dust and Shadow, if you’d prefer the case to be solved by Sherlock Holmes.

Babe Lyndsay on how to science gooder than you might be sciencing.

An excellent post on how this new “evidence” is pure bunk at best, and horrifyingly disrespectful to the victims of these terrible murders at worst.
Stay classy Daily Mail and bad sciencers.

bakerstreetbabes:

lyndsayfaye:

The Daily Mail, a news organization synonymous with rigorous fact checking that rivals the journalistic integrity evidenced by newspapermen during Jack the Ripper’s heyday, this morning “revealed” the Ripper to be one Aaron Kosminsky, a Polish Jew with serious mental health issues who ended his life in an asylum.  I have to comment on this article partly because it’s kind of in my wheelhouse (I’m the author of the fictional but heavily researched Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson), but mainly because I find the article itself to be of interest when it comes to sciencing, and how to science, and ways we should do science good.

Aaron Kosminsky, first of all, is a compelling choice when it comes to Ripper suspects, let’s make no bones about that.  He was an immigrant fleeing the anti-Semitic pogroms taking place in his homeland, a series of brutally violent instances of organized plunder and rape and pillaging and general barbarism against the Ashkenazi.  When these folks arrived in the UK, they were about as popular with the locals as smallpox, and were thus forced to live in neighborhoods like Whitechapel.  It’s a solid conjecture that Kosminkski had, let’s call it a non-idyllic childhood, waaaay more pillaging and and such than you’d see in your average Hallmark film, and these upsets may have exacerbated his mental illness.

Regarding the article, though: Ripperologist Russell Edwards bought a shawl in 2007 associated with the Ripper killings:

It was March 2007, in an auction house in Bury St. Edmunds, that I first saw the blood-soaked shawl…It was said to have been found next to the body of one of the Ripper’s victims, Catherine Eddowes, and soaked in her blood. There was no evidence for its provenance, although after the auction I obtained a letter from its previous owner who claimed his ancestor had been a police officer present at the murder scene and had taken it from there.

OK, I’m just gonna stop you right there.

So we have a shawl, which may or may not be from the crime scene of Catherine Eddowes.  This shawl, which might have been at the crime scene, or might have been in New Zealand, or on Caprica, was swiped by a naughty police officer instead of being reported. Carry on, sir:

Incredibly, it was stowed without ever being washed and was handed down from David’s great-grandmother, Mary Simpson, to his mother, Eliza Smith, and then his mother, Eliza Mills, later Hayes.

That IS incredible, now you mention it, but then again who hasn’t found that extra special pizza slice at the back of the fridge?  And if it was meant to be a Ripper relic, then why would you wash the thing? 

The Shawl Which May Have Been At The Crime Scene But Might Also Alternatively Have Been In Abu Dhabi At The Time had traces of DNA on it, according to Dr. Jari Louhelainen, a doctor with standards so high that he prefers to publish his work in the Daily Mail than in scientific journals.  This gentleman, for I assume him to be a gentleman, found traces of blood and semen on the shawl (since he apparently works on cold cases for Interpol when he’s bored, we can probably lend a skeptical but open-minded ear when he says the dark stains were “not just blood, but consistent with arterial blood spatter caused by slashing”).  Eddowes died of hemorrhage from the left common carotid artery.  Well and good. Here is a contemporary illustration of her:

Next the dynamic crimesolving duo claims that they tracked down descendants of Kosminski and Eddowes, some of whom shall remain nameless due to privacy concerns, checked their pedigrees, and proved conclusively due to a bad as hell super-sciencing technique that Dr. Louhelainen himself invented for science, called “vacuuming,” that Kosminski’s semen and Eddowes’s blood were on the Shawl That Might Have Been From The Planet Krypton.

(Pause for slow clap for dudes who win at science.)

Let’s list a few things we don’t know here, shall we?

Where the shawl came from.  Period.  At all.  From the forests of Endor, to George McFly’s 1955 locker tucked in with his gym shorts, WE DON’T KNOW.

What the bloody hell vacuuming is. (This was not published in a science journal, again).

—Whether the blood on the shawl was sprayed there on the identical night, at approximately the same time, as Eddowes was murdered. Because trust me, there was a lot of jizz flying around Whitechapel.  Whitechapel was in a “cloudy with strong chance of jizz showers” weather pattern all year round.

Whose semen it was.  The article claims that Kosminky was at the time living with two brothers, and mitochrondrial DNA for any of those men would have been a positive.  What we know is that somewhere, this one time, a man jizzed on a shawl.

Whose shawl it was.  If the shawl belonged to Kosminski and he was wearing it on the night of September 29th-30th and that was Eddowes’s blood that  sprayed him when her throat was cut (this was the cause of death—her other injuries were inflicted postmortem) and he indulged in ritualized sexual release, yeah, that’s pretty compelling evidence.

If The Shawl Which Might Have Been Found Near Eddowes’s Corpse Or Else Dunno Maybe Papua New Guinea belonged to Eddowes, on the other hand, then we have a classic case of sordid but entirely circumstantial evidence—the trout in the milk, as Sherlock Holmes once quotes.  If it was Eddowes’s shawl, then OF COURSE it got blood on it, and anyone’s semen found on the artifact at any time throughout its long history as a wanking aid would have been suspected.

Curiously, Russell Edwards says “I reasoned that it made no sense for Eddowes to have owned the expensive shawl herself.”

There’s so much ridiculous here that I almost can’t, but here goes:

—just because it was expensive for you doesn’t mean it was expensive for her

—people bought secondhand clothes and traded them with the speed of greased lightning

Additionally, there were Michaelmas daisies decorating the jizz Swiffer, another aspect Edwards thinks points to Kosminsky.  Catherine Eddowes, at the time of her death, was wearing a dark green chintz skirt with three flounces, patterned with Michaelmas daisies, and that doesn’t mean it was her shawl since the patterns match, because I know how to science, but damn, dude.

Again, Kosminsky was a compelling suspect.  He once attacked his sister with a knife, was prone to “self-abuse” (read: wanking), lived in the prime geographic area, and died incarcerated at Leavesden Asylum for Imbeciles, which might —if he was the Ripper—explain why the murders stopped.  But let’s try to do the best sciencing we can when it comes to the deaths of these innocent women.  They were already used as fodder to sell newspapers during the Victorian Era—let’s just try to be certain we aren’t leaping back on that bandwagon.

Read more about Aaron Kosminsky.

Read more about Catherine Eddowes including autopsy report and photographs (graphic).

Read more about the fact that night was a double murder, not addressed by Edwards.

Link to my Ripper novel, Dust and Shadow, if you’d prefer the case to be solved by Sherlock Holmes.

Babe Lyndsay on how to science gooder than you might be sciencing.

An excellent post on how this new “evidence” is pure bunk at best, and horrifyingly disrespectful to the victims of these terrible murders at worst.

Stay classy Daily Mail and bad sciencers.

3:53pm September 5, 2014
rhetthammersmithhorror:

Attack of the Monsters aka Gamera vs. Guiron . ‘69

rhetthammersmithhorror:

Attack of the Monsters aka Gamera vs. Guiron . ‘69

4:57pm August 31, 2014

helshades:

a-geek-for-all-seasons:

helshades:

helshades:

Gawds do I hate that “If your icon…” meme.

For the last time, my icon is a dragon from a mediaeval French manuscript; no, I don’t want to have tea with it, nor sex for that matter, although he’s super rad for lighting up fires under the kettle.

Mine’s a marauding viking. And in my theme it’s a waterfall. I don’t find either of these things sexually compelling.

Hey, my icon is the Game of Thrones-style sigil of my theoretical Noble House. A sigil made up of a book and the sun. Try to do any “your icon” meme with that…

At first I’d read “do your icon meme”, but it sort of worked as well. May be a little… angular. Also, hot, although probably not in a good way, more like a “holy fuck I ought to have checked the temperature before going in that bath”  sort of heat. Or, rather, possibly, an “argh aaargh my face it is melting”  sort of heat.

Good thing I had practically no eyebrow to begin with, that dragon took some work to train.

Mine’s a pudgy penguin daring you to poke him.  Try doing anything with that.

Actually I’m not sure it’d be entirely legal to do so.

Haha!  There’s also the anatomical issue to consider.

12:51pm August 31, 2014

helshades:

helshades:

Gawds do I hate that “If your icon…” meme.

For the last time, my icon is a dragon from a mediaeval French manuscript; no, I don’t want to have tea with it, nor sex for that matter, although he’s super rad for lighting up fires under the kettle.

Mine’s a marauding viking. And in my theme it’s a waterfall. I don’t find either of these things sexually compelling.

Hey, my icon is the Game of Thrones-style sigil of my theoretical Noble House. A sigil made up of a book and the sun. Try to do any “your icon” meme with that…

At first I’d read “do your icon meme”, but it sort of worked as well. May be a little… angular. Also, hot, although probably not in a good way, more like a “holy fuck I ought to have checked the temperature before going in that bath”  sort of heat. Or, rather, possibly, an “argh aaargh my face it is melting”  sort of heat.

Good thing I had practically no eyebrow to begin with, that dragon took some work to train.

Mine’s a pudgy penguin daring you to poke him.  Try doing anything with that.

9:23pm August 30, 2014
Disney steampunk: Darkwing Duck by MecaniqueFairy
I never knew I needed Steampunk Darkwing Duck in my life until this moment. And now I don’t know how I lived without it.

Disney steampunk: Darkwing Duck by MecaniqueFairy

I never knew I needed Steampunk Darkwing Duck in my life until this moment. And now I don’t know how I lived without it.

6:27pm August 30, 2014

cleowho:

"But he said it in a Somerset accent."

The Ribos Operation - season 16 - 1978

Lots of planets have a Somerset.

9:23am August 28, 2014

  CLASSIC WHOVIANS, I NEED YOUR HELP:

brilliantfantasticgeronimo:

Our local doctor who fan club has been organizing screenings of the new series 8 episodes as they air, and last week we decided would also screen one episode of the classic series as a “sample” to each doctor’s era (so that people who want to start the old series have somewhere to start, other…

The Daleks - Season 1

Ok, the first two are going to be a little difficult because so many episodes are missing.  However, as far as the first Doctor goes, this is a darn good place to start.  Most of the major elements of Who are there, interesting enemy for the Doctor to fight, and there isn’t a lot of backstory to try and catch up on.

The Enemy of the World - Season 5

This one is now complete, so I have no reason not to recommend it.  It’s a solid episode with a lot of action and surprises. 

The Daemons - Season 8

This one is one of my favorites, it’s got all the best parts of the Third Doctor
's run, The Master, UNIT and the Brigadier, and plenty of action.

The Face of Evil - Season 14

A good episode with lots of humor.  This one is also the introduction of Leela, one of my favorite classic companions. 

Black Orchid - Season 19

If anyone in the club liked “The Unicorn and the Wasp” this is the episode for them.  It’s got a very similar tone and feel to it’s new series counterpart, even if Agatha Christie doesn’t make an appearance.

Attack of the Cybermen - Season 22

One of the few good Sixth Doctor episodes.

Remembrance of the Daleks - Season 25

This is a gloriously meta episode.  It really ties everything back to where the show started. And it’s a great place to start with the Seventh Doctor.

3:31pm August 27, 2014
cousinbarnabas:

DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, 1966.

Hints for October.  More details soon.

cousinbarnabas:

DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, 1966.

Hints for October.  More details soon.