21 8 / 2014
I am laughing way too much at the fact that you tagged lazulisong here.
MEG’S FIC WAS WHAT LED ME TO THE FANDOM TO BEGIN WITH LIKE THE INNOCENT FLUFFY LAMB TO THE PROVERBIAL SLAUGHTER THIS IS AT LEAST HALF HER FAULT.
21 8 / 2014
I decided to rewatch Cardcaptor Sakura. This was such a bad idea SO MANY ACHEY FEELS SO MANY TEARS OVER A MAGICAL GIRL CARTOON SUCH A BAD IDEA HELP.
21 8 / 2014
I was working with a client on a cover for his band’s latest album.
Client: Can you Photoshop me with blue eyes?
Me: Sure, do you want to use this photo for the album cover instead of the one we already have?
Client: No, I just want to see.
It was a strange request, but I do it anyways.
Client: Cool. Now can you do it in this photo, where I have a mohawk?
Me: Uh, I could - but am I getting paid for this?
Client: I’d rather not pay you for this, it’s not for the album.
Me: In that case, I’d rather not do it.
20 8 / 2014
Mythological Realms of The Norse Gods
Alfheim – The land of the light elves in Asgard
Algron – Island where Odin (Harbard) stayed for five years
Asgard – Land of the Aesir
Bilskirnir – Thor’s hall in Asgard
Bifrost - The flaming rainbow bridge between Asgard and Midgard
Breidablik – Balder’s hall in Asgard
Elivagar – The eleven rivers that flow from the spring of Hvergelmir in Niflheim.
Eljudnir – Hel’s hall in Nifleheim
Fensalir – Frigg’s hall in Asgard
Folkvang – Site of Freyja’s hall in Asgard
Franang’s Falls – Waterfall in Midgard where Loki, disguised as a salmon, was caught by the gods.
Gimli – Hall of the gods after Ragnarok
Ginnungagap – The void between Muspell and Nifleheim before the creation.
Gladsheim – Sanctuary of the Norse gods on the plain of Ida.
Glitnir – Silver and gold hall of Forseti, son of Balder, in Asgard.
Gnipahellir – Cave in front of Niflheim where the hound Garm is chained up.
Helheim – The realm of the dead in Niflheim, ruled over by the monster Hel.
Himinbjorg – Heimdall’s hall in Asgard
Hlesey – Island near the undersea hall of Aegir and Ran.
Hlidskjalf – Odin’s high thrown in Valaskjalf.
Hnitbjorg – Stronghold of the giant Suttung.
Hvergelmir – Spring in Niflheim under the root of Yggdrasill.
Idavoll – The central plain of Asgard. Contains the halls of Gladsheim and Vingolf.
Iving – River dividing Asgard from Jotunheim
Jotunheim – Land of the giants
Lyfjaberg – Mountain beside Menglad’s hall in Jotunheim.
Lyngvi – Island on lake Armsvartnir where Fenrir is bound.
Lyr – Menglad’s hall in Jotunheim
Midgard – The realm of mankind.
Mimir’s Well – Well of wisdom under the root of Yggdrasill in Asgard which is guarded by the head of Mimir.
Muspell – Southern land of fire guarded by the giant Surt.
Nastrond – Site of the hall of evil-does in Hel. The dragon Nidhogg gnaws at corpses here.
Niflheim – Land of freezing mist and darkness and home of Hel.
Okolnir – Land of warmth created after Ragnarok. Site of the hall of Brimnir.
Sessrumnir – Freyja’s hall in Asgard.
Sindri – Red gold roofed hall which will appear after Ragnarok.
Sokkvabekk – Saga’s hall in Asgard
Svartalfheim – Realm of the dark elves.
Thrudheim – Thor’s realm in Asgard and site of his hall Bilskirnir.
Thrymheim – Stronghold of the giant Thiazi which was passed on to his daughter Skadi.
Utgard – Realm in Jotunheim ruled by Utgard-Loki.
Valaskjalf – Odin’s hall in Asgard.
Valhalla – Hall presided over by Odin where the Einherjar await Ragnarok.
Vanaheim – Land of the Vanir in Asgard.
Vigrid – Plain in Asgard where the final battle will occur.
Vingolf – Hall of the goddesses in Asgard.
Ydalir – Ull’s hall in Asgard.
Yggdrasill – The world tree (Hodmimir’s wood)
20 8 / 2014
my dad died from ALS when i was 3 years old. he was 36. my mom was 33. that was 30 years ago. now i’m the same age my mom was when my dad died. and there is still no cure for ALS.
this is what happens when you have ALS: your muscles slowly stop working, one part at a time. for my dad, first he couldn’t use one of his hands. then his arm. then the other arm. then he couldn’t walk. then he couldn’t stand up. then he couldn’t talk. then he couldn’t swallow. then he couldn’t breathe. then he was dead.
this all took about two years. he was diagnosed when i was about one year old. the only memories i have about my dad are of an inert body in a wheelchair or lying in a bed with a bunch of tubes stuck into it. as i was learning to talk, he was losing the ability to speak. as i was learning to walk, he stopped being able to move. my mom often had to choose between who she was going to help go to the bathroom at any given moment: her husband or her toddler.
after my dad died, my mom took over the philadelphia chapter of the ALS association. it consisted of a shoebox full of notecards with names on it. now it is a multi-million dollar organization with a large staff. she is still in charge. my mom is one of the most amazing people on the planet, basically.
these past couple weeks have been mind-boggling. i have openly wept watching so many of these videos. i still don’t completely get how all of this has happened, but now we live in a world in which lil wayne and taylor swift and oprah and justin timberlake and weird al and bill gates talk about ALS. my mom just emailed me this sentence: “lebron james ice bucket challenge.” i mean, IS THIS REAL LIFE?! i just keep saying over and over: holy shit. holy shit. holy shit.
so far, it has raised over 10 million dollars… and counting. my mom has spent every single day of her life for the past three decades trying to get this kind of attention and funds for this disease.
i don’t care if it’s a stupid gimmick. i don’t care if people are just doing this because it’s trendy or because they want pats on the back. i don’t care if it’s the new harlem shake. i don’t care if for the rest of my life, when i talk about ALS, i have to say “you know, the ice bucket disease.”
please, everybody, please keep pouring buckets of ice over your heads. please keep donating money. please keep talking about this.
my mom’s chapter:
p.s. the only reason i haven’t done my own ice bucket challenge yet is because i wanted to do it with my mom. we’re seeing each other next week, so it will happen then, i promise.
I am so happy for the OP and for everyone else who has suffered from ALS and is now seeing such an outpouring of warmth and funding for this disease. Everyone deserves this. Everyone, and it’s a great accomplishment. This challenge has almost matched what the National Institutes of Health is planning on spending on ALS in fiscal year 2015. Kudos!
If you are looking at this and thinking “how can I help?” Let me put on my scientist hat here and get up on my soapbox.
$31 million sounds like a lot, and for one disease, yes, it’s a nice chunk of change. But look at that table I linked above. Look at all those diseases. There’s a lot of them. Look at how much money is right this minute being spent to try to cure, treat, and prevent them. This money doesn’t come from thin air. This money comes from YOUR TAX DOLLARS. The NIH is a government agency, which means it gets caught up in the sequester (which is still ongoing, by the way? Please don’t forget about it!) and often gets short-changed at budget appropriations time. How short-changed, well, let’s see what NIH funding looks like, once you account for that “doubling” of the NIH budget about ten years ago and inflation:
…I’m just gonna leave this here (not an original link, but the graph is up somewhere on the NIH site as well). And yes, you are reading that right. Inflation has eaten away at the NIH’s purchasing power, and we are funding no more research now than we were in ~2001.
I’m not trying to dis what the ALSA and ice bucketers are doing. Please, please continue to do good work and to draw attention to this issue! But scientists have been trying to draw folks’ attention to the above graph for years, and yet still the trend is “we have no money/maybe next year/how can I justify that to the American people when we need to spend money on X/Y/Z?”.
Meanwhile, scientists like me are being trained and finding that only about a quarter of them can find jobs in academic research. If they do get a position, they find that they have a less than 20% chance of having their grant funded. If they do get that grant, the amount they get is shrinking. There are many, many bright scientists out there who simply cannot get research grant funding for their ideas (because the NIH and other agencies do not have the means to fund all the excellent science proposed), and so they give up. Go do other things. It’s an incredible, incredible waste and is costing us not only careers but lives as potential medical breakthroughs are slowed or left on the table completely.
If you want more scientific research advances, write an email, write a letter, go see your Congressperson (a lot of them are back in their home districts now, as Congress is on recess) and tell them that you support the National Institutes of Health. Tell them that you support things like the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act from Senator Harkin, which aims to lay the groundwork (and relieve the ongoing pressure of sequester) by allowing Congress to increase the amount of money it gives to NIH.
And whenever someone talks about cutting taxes or curbing government spending, remember that you’re talking about the NIH, too.