“Prince doesn’t hear Ravel when he wants to make love to his woman. He hears drums and shit.”—Miles Davis, according to a quote on the back cover of Prince: Shockadelica, a book I saw in the Oslo airport. At the current exchange rate, that ordinary looking hardback would’ve been close to sixty American bills, but I spent the nine hour flight home wishing I’d dropped it in front of the cashier and swiped my Visa card. (via gordonshumway)
apparently non-crablike crustaceans evolving to be more crablike is so common evolutionary speaking that there’s an actual science word for it (carcinisation). like, things that aren’t crabs keep trying to evolve to be more like crabs. they are the trend setters of the ocean. everybody wants to be a crab
“Mannheim Steamroller I understand. A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas sounds exactly like what it is: an electro-classical New Age Christmas record made by an advertising jingle-writer from Nebraska. Strangely enough, Chip Davis, the founder of Mannheim Steamroller, was also the songwriter behind the completely fictitious country music star C.W. McCall and his 1975 #1 hit “Convoy,” so that either proves my cultural dis-overlap/star-cluster theory or refutes it. Either way, the incongruity of a plains-state advertising executive writing both the theme to a Kris Kristofferson trucker movie and a proto-steampunk bleep-bloop Xmas album is somehow easier for me to understand and enjoy than of a shiksa Texas millennial contest-winner singing lewd gospel-voiced country-rock Christmas carols. If you told me that Kelly Clarkson was an invention of a Nebraskan jingle-writer I would be expected to smirk knowingly because that conforms to the blue-state counter-narrative of my own narrative of hipster superiority. But Kelly Clarkson is real.”—John Roderick > Kelly Clarkson - The Talkhouse
I’ve been thinking lately about certain aspects of popular shows, the things Tumblr seems to harp on and love to an absurd degree. I’m not talking individual characters/plots but the tropes or formulas that seem to catch our attention from project to project.
And I came up with the following based on the fandoms I see most often on my dashboard.
If you like:
the height difference of the main characters in Sleepy Hollow
the platonic life partners relationship on Elementary
the awesome lady BFFs on Parks & Rec
the myriad of pop culture references on Community or Psych
the crazy-fast dialogue of Gilmore Girls or The West Wing
Inspired by this photoset and the Series 5 episode The Big Bang, here is a head!canon AU I dreamed up where, after the Doctor disappears into the crack in time during The Big Bang, history rewrites itself so the show is about a series of remarkable human women traveling…
This journey began when I decided I wanted a comprehensive list of Netflix microgenres. It seemed like a fun story, though one that would require some fresh thinking, as manyotherpeoplehaddoneversions of it.
I started on Twitter, asking my followers to submit the categories that showed up for them on Netflix to a shared document. “To my knowledge, no such list exists, but obviously one should,” I wrote. “And then we can see what Netflix is really doing to us.”
That call for help yielded about 150 genres, which seemed like a lot, relative to your average Blockbuster (RIP). But it was at that point that Sarah Pavis, a writer and engineer, pointed out to me that Netflix’s genre URLs were sequentially numbered. One could pull up more and more genres by simply changing the number at the end of the web address.
probably a really stupid question, but how come fish that live in the really deep sea dont get squished by the weight of the water? cuz there must be a lot of pressure on them, and i know that if you put stuff at the bottom of the ocean-like say a toy or something-it'll get completely flattened, why doesnt this happen to fish? do they have really strong bone structures? if so, shouldnt we be modeling stuff after fish skeletons cuz they must be really strong
They aren’t super strong, they just have internal pressures equal to external pressure of the water. So, if you take a deep-sea fish to higher sea levels, it will literally EXPLODE because it’s internal pressure is designed to push back against all of that pressure.
The trickier problem to solve is how do sperm whales survive at lots of different water pressures without exploding or being crushed. This is especially important in mammals as they have lungs which contain air which is particularly susceptible to alternations by pressure. You can read all about how sperm whales deal with this here.
It’s fascinating…their lungs actually COLLAPSE at depth, preventing any kind of gas exchange at all. The oxygen they need for these deep dives is stored in massive quantities of blood with massive quantities of hemoglobin and also in special oxygen-storage proteins in their muscles.