Miss Communication

Stumbling through life and getting away with it!

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vowofsherlock:

I’m reading the BBC’s LGB Research Report on representation in dramas and:

"A key learning […] was that LGB characters needed to become
embedded within a show before developing storylines solely around their sexual orientation. This appeared to be particularly important for engaging uncomfortable heterosexual people. Indeed, whilst it was felt that drama could play a role at the level of social influence, both in a positive or negative way, in relation to LGB people, it was apparent from the qualitative discussions that uncomfortable heterosexual people would only come on board with more positive depiction if they had had some time to engage with the characters first”.

I want to show this to people when they try and make the queerbaiting, ‘they should have been explicitly out from the beginning’ argument. 

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.29.14): At around 1:30AM CST, the police have released the unjustly arrested protesters. This is still some of the most ridiculous shit I’ve ever seen, but at least folks are back out and headed home to their families. The struggle continues. No justice, no peace! #staywoke #farfromover (PT I) (PT II) (PT III)

Follow the developments live @ Argus LIVESTREAM.

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derinthemadscientist:

chiropterajones:

Birds are weird.

Birds, why are you so weird?

Their blood doesn’t even look the same. Their red cells have nuclei and the white cells look weird.

They bruise green.

They don’t make liquid pus, only cheesy pus.

Their voicebox isn’t in their throat, it’s down in…

BIRD LUNGS BIRD LUNGS LET’S TALK BIRD LUNGS

Ok so mammals like us have tidal lungs, lungs that breathe in by expansion and out by contraction. They’re two-way, air gathers in little pockets surrounded by blood vessels, and oxygen diffuses into the bloodstream. This works fine, up to a point, but it’s not as efficient as if could be — it’s impossible to get more than 50% of the available oxygen (corrected for blood volume) out of the air this way, and so the efficiency of every mammal’s breathing is somewhere below that 50% mark. The reason for this is, of course, diffusion — once the level of oxygen in the air and the level in the blood match, diffusion no longer takes place. The only way to get more is to add some air you haven’t leached from yet — take another breath.

But birds… birds have a neat little trick that lets them get much, much more oxygen out of the air for fewer breaths. They use a thing engineers call countercurrent exchange, where the flow of air goes one way and the flow of blood goes the other. the way it works is summed up in this gif: 

Because the air and blood are moving in opposite directions, as the oxygen in the blood increases via diffusion, it’s being pumped past air that has more oxygen in it. The high-oxygen blood is near high-oxygen air; low-oxygen blood is near low-oxygen air. Thus diffusion continues for much longer and the blood can leach nearly all the oxygen from the air. Fish gills use the same trick.

Of course, this means there needs to be two big differences between bird lungs and ours — firstly, the blood all has to travel one way, instead of being a mess of vessels. Second, the air all has to travel one way. so birds, instead of breathing in and out like we do, pump air through a system like this: 

See all those little sacs? They’re used to push air through in a single direction, and the system maintains an approximately fixed volume with air flowing through it at a uniform rate. Way better than ours. Also probably a lot harder to resuscitate I’d imagine.

Ok, so taking into account this, and chiropterajones’ brief explanation, and trying to make sense of the whole no-mingling thing, I’m imaging that when the bird breathes in, it’s through the one nostril. The air travels into these various sacs through one-way valves, inflates them, and then they push the air out another one-way valve to blow air through the lungs in the one direction, and then I guess that air all comes out the other nostril. I’m not entirely sure how the system maintains air pressure and channels the air through without deflation happening.

I’m sure it’s not that simple, but in my mind that’s how it’s set itself up. Although I’ve just realised that birds pant when they’re hot so I guess that throws the nostril theory away. Maybe they’ve got two tracheas (or whatever the bird equivalent is), so when the air goes down one, cycles, and is then blown out the other, the bird has yet to ‘breathe in’ again, ergo no mingling.

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mintcarousel:

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anthro-octavia:

ultrafacts:

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*wants to ride a wooly mammoth to Wawa* B)

Michael Crichton taught me that this is a very bad idea

Nah man that was only Dinosaurs. We’re cool with other prehistoric animals, like the Andrewsarchus

the Enteledont

the first sabre toothed animal, Gorgonopsid

and my personal favourite, the 60- foot long predatory whale, Basilosaurus.

… Yeah I don’t think this is a good idea either…


Maybe they can stick to smaller things, like dodos and those tortoises that Darwin and his mates tucked into.

mintcarousel:

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anthro-octavia:

ultrafacts:

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*wants to ride a wooly mammoth to Wawa* B)

Michael Crichton taught me that this is a very bad idea

Nah man that was only Dinosaurs. We’re cool with other prehistoric animals, like the Andrewsarchus

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the Enteledont

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the first sabre toothed animal, Gorgonopsid

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and my personal favourite, the 60- foot long predatory whale, Basilosaurus.

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… Yeah I don’t think this is a good idea either…

Maybe they can stick to smaller things, like dodos and those tortoises that Darwin and his mates tucked into.

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ughbenedict:

cantpronounce:

That’s your weakness. You want everything to be clever.

it appears Moffat forgot what he wrote in the first act of the episode as he was writing the rest of it

If they had mentioned just once that Mary in fact intended to kill Sherlock, maybe I would believe Sherlock calling it “a surgery” was just a script mistake. But they clearly state it a few times. It is impossible that’s a mistake: they’re too good for such obvious mistake. No, Sherlock claiming Mary shooting him was a surgery is a surgery. Why? We’ll probably find out in series 4.

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fluffy-little-fallen-angel:

nudityandnerdery:

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greenhoused:

which way does a cyclops wing their eyeliner

tumblr user greenhoused is asking the real questions

It doesn’t matter, because Nobody is going to criticize their makeup.

WAS THAT A MOTHER FRACKING ODYSSEY PUN

Well, it wasn’t a motherfucking Oedipus pun, that’s for sure.

I think I’ve found my favorite post

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