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August 04 2017

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Chris Evans continues to be a better Captain America than we ever could’ve hoped he’d be

Chris Evans in 2015: Sorry guys, I’m not actually Captain America.


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The Golden Age of Children’s TV, the 90’s.

August 03 2017

agentharrisonofshield replied to your post

Or “Nun-killer” (even if the nun was not killed, you know how stories grow by the telling) :P

// Totally!! I was already warned that it would be a thing at the beginning of each session and we play Saturday again. So this should be interesting.

And the nun only took an arrow to the (KNEE!!! no.) shoulder-so like 9 pts piercing damage. My halfling feels horrible and is going to spend a resting day baking up a storm in the manor they’re staying at to take to the monastery. 

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The Salem Witches’ Institute

A school for women in Salem, Massachusetts, these young witches are proficient in potions, charms, and the highest number of practicing Animagi in the world. Witches often get into mischief and practice moon worship in the surrounding forests, often accidentally seen by no-majs. 











I wish more foods were named in the same vein as “I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter!”

You’ve Got To Be Pulling My Leg, THIS Is Ranch?!

Shut The Fuck Up, Are You Telling Me This Shit Is Ketchup??

I Firmly Believe This Is Not Mustard And I Am Horribly Wrong

I Refused To Believe That This Condiment Was Barbecue Sauce, And I Have Been Summarily Flayed For My Apostasy

I Assigned Negligible Probability To This Being Chili Sauce And Have Since Updated

In Which Your Humble Narrator Assumed That The Substance Within This Container Was Not Worchestershire Sauce Only To Be Rudely Awakened From This Delusion By Mysterious Circumstances

So I Figured This Was Jam But Boy Howdy Was I Jumping To Some Erroneous Goddamn Conclusions

this not soup


August 01 2017

strikelikeahawk replied to your post

Good luck JJ-mun!

// I don’t know how I feel about said job. It’s WAY out of my comfort zone, but :shrugs: So far they’ve looked at my ‘resume’ on ziprecruiter 3 times…….

Word Prompts // Death


  1. “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
  2. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
  3. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
  4. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  5. Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
  6. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
  7. “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  8. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.”
  9. “ We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
  10. “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.”
  11. “I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose.”
  12. “I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you.”
  13. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
  14. Death must be so beautiful.”
  15. Death is for the dead.
  16. “ To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.
  17. “ Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? “
  18. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
  19. “Even death has a heart.”
  20. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
  21. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
  22. “I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, if I could have been assured that death would be my own.”
  23.  “ Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told.”
  24. “In that moment before I let go, I really had been contemplating my death. I’d come to terms with it and accepted it.
  25. “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
  26. “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
  27. “ Do you know where the wicked go after death?
  28. “When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?
  29. “You only live twice: Once when you are born; And once when you look death in the face”
  30. “Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will.”
  31. “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.
  32. “No. Even though I’m practically starving to death, he won’t even consider it.
  33. Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”
  34. “Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”
  35. Death is Peaceful, Life is Harder”
  36. “Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
  37. “ There is no drinking after death.
  38. Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”
  39. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
  40. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”
  41. “Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.”
  42. Death is no more than passing from one room into another.”
  43. “I am so far from being a pessimist…on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.”
  44. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
  45. “People living deeply have no fear of death.
  46. “I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away - I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.”
  47. “I just want to break that song into pieces and love them all to death.
  48. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”
  49. “ I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
  50. “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”
  51. “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
  52. “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
  53. “I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.”
  54. “Stupidity isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.”
  55. “Why do people want to pretend that death is sleep? It isn’t. It isn’t.”
  56. “So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
  57. “The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”
  58. “There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.”

July 31 2017

How to pronounce Celtic words and names












Step 1: Read the word.
Step 2: Wrong.

Siobhan — “sheh-VAWN”
Aoife – “EE-fa”
Aislin – “ASH-linn”
Bláithín - “BLAW-heen”
Caoimhe - “KEE-va”
Eoghan - Owen (sometimes with a slight “y” at the beginning)
Gráinne - “GRAW-nya”
Iarfhlaith - “EER-lah”
Méabh - “MAYV”
Naomh or Niamh - “NEEV”
Oisín - OSH-een or USH-een
Órfhlaith - OR-la
Odhrán - O-rawn
Sinéad - shi-NAYD
Tadhg - TIEG (like you’re saying “tie” or “Thai” with a G and the end)

I work with an Aoife and I have been pronouncing it SO WRONG

As someone who is trying and failing to learn Gaelic, I feel like is an accurate portrayal of my pain.

This is the Anglicized spelling of a people who really fucking hate the English.

No, no, this is the orthographic equivalent of installing Windows on Mac.

The Latin alphabet was barely adequate for Latin by the time it got to the British Isles, but it’s what people were writing with, so somebody tried to hack it to make it work for Irish. Except, major problem: Irish has two sets of consonants, “broad” and “slender” (labialized and palatalized) and there’s a non-trivial difference between the two of them. But there weren’t enough letters in the Latin alphabet to assign separate characters to the broad and slender version of similar sounds.

Instead, someone though, let’s just use the surrounding vowels to disambiguate–but there weren’t enough vowel characters to indicate all the vowel sounds they needed to write, so that required some doubling up, and then adding in some silent vowels just to serve as markers of broad vs. slender made eveything worse. 

They also had to double up some consonants, because, for example, <v> wasn’t actually a letter at the time–just a variation on <u>–so for the /v/ sound they <bh>. AND THEN ALSO Irish has this weird-ass system where the initial consonant sound in a word changes as a grammatical marker, called “mutation,” so they had to account somehow for mutated sounds vs. non-mutated sounds, which sometimes meant leaving a lot of other silent letters in a word to remind you what word you were looking at.

And then a thousand years of sound change rubbed its dirty little hands all over a system that was kind of pasted together in the first place.

My point is, there is a METHOD to the orthography of Irish besides “fuck the English.” The “fuck the English” part is just a delightful side-effect.

I love it when snarky quips lead to real info.

And moreover, there are some really good linguistic reasons why the Irish monks picked these particular letter combinations to stand for these particular sounds (note that this is based on a Scottish Gaelic course I took many years ago so bear with me if I get a few details wrong).

Let’s start with <bh>. Now, the Latin alphabet at the time didn’t have a letter for the /v/ sound, but it did have an alternative way of writing the /f/ sound, which was spelled <ph> when it was borrowed from Greek (for other historical reasons). Well, /p/ is a sound that’s produced by letting a burst of air out from behind your lips while your vocal cords aren’t vibrating (it’s a voiceless bilabial stop), and /f/ is a sound that’s produced by letting a small amount of air out from behind your teeth on your lips while your vocal cords aren’t vibrating (it’s a voiceless labiodental fricative). So <ph> is kind of like a more breathy <p> (/h/ is a fricative like /f/). And /b/ is the same as /p/ except your vocal cords ARE vibrating, the exact same way that /v/ is like /f/. 

So <p> is to <ph> as <b> is to <bh>. 

Adding <h> to a consonant to indicate a sound somewhat similar to the base letter was very common in post-Latin Europe: English, Irish, French, German, and many other European languages ended up with <ch>, <sh>, <th>, <gh>, <wh>, and so on. It just happens that some h versions are found in some languages and not others, and pretty much every language uses the h variations to stand for different sounds. (Especially “ch”). 

Now let’s get to vowels. There are two groups of them: /i/ and /e/ are one group, while /u/, /o/ and /a/ are another. The traditional Gaelic (Scottish and Irish) terms for these groups are that /i, e/ are slender and /u, o, a/ are broad, but linguists also split them up, as front and back vowels. 

Front vowels /i/ and /e/ tend to pull consonants along with them, in very many languages, especially /t/, /d/, /k/ and /g/. It’s a process called palatalization and there’s a whole Wikipedia article about it. So the <si> in words like “Sinead” is palatalized just like the <si> in Latin-derived words like “precision” (not to mention all the words in “-tion” and rapid speech pronunciations like “didja” and “gotcha”). Palatalization also explains why English has “hard” (=broad=non-palatalized) and “soft” (=slender=palatalized) pronunciations of <c> and <g>, which are split by the same set of vowels – compare “cat” “cot” “cut” with “ceiling” or “cite”. (The pronunciation of <g> is more complicated which is why no one can agree about “gif”.)

And English spelling also retains or adds a silent letter where it would cause palatalization confusion. Think about words like “peaceable”, “placeable”, “changeable”, “salvageable” – normally a silent “e” is dropped before -able (bribable, adorable), but it’s kept here. Or the “k” added in “mimicking”, “frolicking”, “picnicking” despite “mimic, frolic, picnic”.  

Mutation (changing the initial sound of a word for grammatical effect) does seem to be particular to the Celtic branch of the Indo-European family tree, although various kinds of mutations are found in other languages

Irish spelling looks weird if you take English as a starting point, but if you take Latin as a starting point (which it was), both Irish and English do different (but sometimes related) weird things.

And let’s not forget that much of this grief arose from trying to represent vowel sounds in an alphabet (Latin) that was borrowed from another alphabet (Greek/Etruscan) that was adapted from another alphabet (Phoenician) that was pretty just like “in the beginning, fuck vowels.”



child handling for the childless nurse


My current job has me working with children, which is kind of a weird shock after years in environments where a “young” patient is 40 years old.  Here’s my impressions so far:

Birth - 1 year: Essentially a small cute animal.  Handle accordingly; gently and affectionately, but relying heavily on the caregivers and with no real expectation of cooperation.

Age 1 - 2: Hates you.  Hates you so much.  You can smile, you can coo, you can attempt to soothe; they hate you anyway, because you’re a stranger and you’re scary and you’re touching them.  There’s no winning this so just get it over with as quickly and non-traumatically as possible.

Age 3 - 5: Nervous around medical things, but possible to soothe.  Easily upset, but also easily distracted from the thing that upset them.  Smartphone cartoons and “who wants a sticker?!!?!?” are key management techniques.

Age 6 - 10: Really cool, actually.  I did not realize kids were this cool.  Around this age they tend to be fairly outgoing, and super curious and eager to learn.  Absolutely do not babytalk; instead, flatter them with how grown-up they are, teach them some Fun Gross Medical Facts, and introduce potentially frightening experiences with “hey, you want to see something really cool?”

Age 11 - 14: Extremely variable.  Can be very childish or very mature, or rapidly switch from one mode to the other.  At this point you can almost treat them as an adult, just… a really sensitive and unpredictable adult.  Do not, under any circumstances, offer stickers.  (But they might grab one out of the bin anyway.)

Age 15 - 18: Basically an adult with severely limited life experience.  Treat as an adult who needs a little extra education with their care.  Keep parents out of the room as much as possible, unless the kid wants them there.  At this point you can go ahead and offer stickers again, because they’ll probably think it’s funny.  And they’ll want one.  Deep down, everyone wants a sticker.

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June 28 2017



“Agent Kelly?  I hear you’ve transferred to UNIT.  Welcome aboard, I’m Colonel Carter.”

June 24 2017

June 23 2017

Jellyfish Fest

The most colorful and beautiful creatures in the sea!

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To kill the health bill:




Senator Elizabeth Warren’s staff says what would help THE MOST is calling the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP in an attempt to slow down the healthcare repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts and urge them to vote against the bill:
Senator Bob Corker - (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski - (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman - (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy - (202) 224-5824

Signal Boost?

DO THIS! i already did

DO THIS. Do not waste your time with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

There is so much stubborn hope in the human heart.

Albert Camus


The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays




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