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emilylubanko:

hello 2:30 am yes i see you approaching ok let’s be friends time to get back to work

emilylubanko:

hello 2:30 am yes i see you approaching ok let’s be friends time to get back to work

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grosskids:

cheap clothes !!

dresses 1 2 3 4 5 6
tops 1 2 3 
sweaters/cardigans 1
swimwear 1 2 3 4 
bottoms 1 2
chest binders 1
socks/tights 1 2 3 4 5 
underwear 1 2 3
 this vintage store that i really love 

(Source: ratlimbs, via therighthonourablemsmonster)

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fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

This is the first image of the DNA molecule every produced via x-ray crystallography. The image was obtained by Rosalind Franklin, a crystallographer whose work was then used by Watson and Crick to piece together the double-helical structure of DNA. They won the nobel prize while Franklin did not get credit for her work until years after her death. This image was the beginning of modern genetics and molecular biology as we know it.
The information that this image has provided has created entire fields of study that no one would have predicted 70 years ago. Research in cell, developmental, and molecular biology can all be traced back to this image, “Photo 51”. I study developmental biology and how transcriptional enhancers coordinate gene expression during development, and certainly manipulate DNA daily. This image encapsulates a piece of what I love about biology. This image will never change because it is a piece of history. Understanding the gendered power dynamics behind its publication also resonates with me as I too am a woman working in a male-dominated field. 
The tattoo is placed on my ribcage, made entirely of dots. Artist is Jared Leathers from Spiral Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI.

fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

This is the first image of the DNA molecule every produced via x-ray crystallography. The image was obtained by Rosalind Franklin, a crystallographer whose work was then used by Watson and Crick to piece together the double-helical structure of DNA. They won the nobel prize while Franklin did not get credit for her work until years after her death. This image was the beginning of modern genetics and molecular biology as we know it.

The information that this image has provided has created entire fields of study that no one would have predicted 70 years ago. Research in cell, developmental, and molecular biology can all be traced back to this image, “Photo 51”. I study developmental biology and how transcriptional enhancers coordinate gene expression during development, and certainly manipulate DNA daily. This image encapsulates a piece of what I love about biology. This image will never change because it is a piece of history. Understanding the gendered power dynamics behind its publication also resonates with me as I too am a woman working in a male-dominated field. 

The tattoo is placed on my ribcage, made entirely of dots. Artist is Jared Leathers from Spiral Tattoo in Ann Arbor, MI.

— 1 day ago with 752 notes
fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

(c) palinOptika Studios, 2013
This is a map home - Carl Sagan’s pulsar map from the Voyager Golden Record and Pioneer Plaque, to be exact. :)

fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

(c) palinOptika Studios, 2013

This is a map home - Carl Sagan’s pulsar map from the Voyager Golden Record and Pioneer Plaque, to be exact. :)

— 1 day ago with 190 notes

reverseentropy:

I thought I’d make a photoset of some neat sciencey tattoos. In particular, the first is one I’ve never seen before and good god is it gorgeous.

Sources: [x][x]

(Source: physicsisqueer, via fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos)

— 1 day ago with 2766 notes
fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

This is a modified version of the  phylogenetic tree of life by Hillis, Zwickl and Gutell (Original:http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty/antisense/downloadfilestol.html).
You can only see the “inner circle” and the human line of development ascending my neck, as the whole tree would have been way to detailed to be tattooed.  As a further modification I decided to place the structural formula of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in the middle, as this molecule is the “fuel” of life on earth and can be found in every living cell.
I got it  tattooed at YANCOO in munich and must say that I am very, very satisfied with his work!

fuckyeahmathandsciencetattoos:

This is a modified version of the  phylogenetic tree of life by Hillis, Zwickl and Gutell (Original:http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty/antisense/downloadfilestol.html).

You can only see the “inner circle” and the human line of development ascending my neck, as the whole tree would have been way to detailed to be tattooed.  As a further modification I decided to place the structural formula of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in the middle, as this molecule is the “fuel” of life on earth and can be found in every living cell.

I got it  tattooed at YANCOO in munich and must say that I am very, very satisfied with his work!

— 1 day ago with 320 notes
Anonymous asked: Has Stephenie Meyer killed vampires and werewolves forever? Or do you think that a vampire-werewolf story without any romance could still be marketable?


Answer:

queryquagmire:

I see your very valid point and raise you The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, The Passage by Justin Cronin, Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlowe, and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.*

All of these books have romance in them, but it’s not central to the plot. And interestingly, none are YA novels. They’re some of the most original vampire and werewolf stories I’ve ever read. They’re beautifully written, creative, compelling, and they each say something meaningful and interesting about the world and life in general. 

There’s a reason vampires and werewolves are “legendary”: people have been telling stories about fantastical creatures since as long as people have told stories. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians had stories about people turning into animals. How little has changed! 

So no, I don’t think the baffling popularity of one terrible young adult series and the paranormal-creature-ennui it has inspired among readers necessarily mean that vampires and werewolves are dead. As long as you can find a creative, original, meaningful use for them in your story, they will live on, just as they have for thousands of years.

*You guys should totally read all four of these excellent books, but be warned that Let the Right One In may not be suitable for anyone who is sensitive to depictions of rape or child abuse. And all four are fucking violent as hell.

— 1 day ago with 33 notes
Anonymous asked: What are some things you think a writer should keep in mind before beginning revisions on their manuscript?


Answer:

queryquagmire:

This is a great question! I’m surprised nobody has asked it yet.

Revision is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of courage, chutspah, and balls/ovaries of solid granite to rip something to shreds after you slaved over it for months. But it is a necessary part of the writing process and to skip it is to say good-bye to your dreams of publication. Why?

Because first drafts blow.

Seriously. There is no such thing as a perfect first draft. It is a mythical creature native to the magical land of Wishfulthinkia. I don’t care if your name is Virginia Woolf and you can spout better prose in your sleep while wearing a mouth retainer than most authors will write in their lifetime. Your first drafts still suck.

And that’s why we revise. So stop arguing with me and just do it. Now, without further ado, here are some things I think writers should keep in mind before they dive into their revisions:

  1. No change is permanent. You can try a particular scene nine different ways before deciding on which way works best. You can change a character as many times as you want and eventually go back to the first iteration. So if you’re terrified that something new will actually be worse than what you had in the first place, fear not. You are not locked into any changes you make. You have no excuse not to try something crazy or experimental.
  2. No one is reading over your shoulder. It’s just you and the words on the page. So don’t be afraid or embarrassed to try something freaky. If it doesn’t work out, no one has to know it happened. No one has to know that you named a character “Dr. Sexy” for 78 pages before you picked a name for him. 
  3. Save each draft as a separate document. Not only is it smart to make back-ups, but if you delete something that you end up wanting to keep, you will have only to go back and pluck it from an earlier draft. Some authors even start writing the next draft from scratch, rather than copying and pasting from the original.
  4. Join a workshop/get a writing buddy/hire an editor. Outside feedback is essential to the writing process. If you’re writing in a vacuum, you will have no idea if your story actually works for an audience, or if it’s just an echo chamber of stuff you like. Writing buddies will also help identify flaws that you never noticed because after reading your own work seventeen times, it starts to look like ancient Aramaic. Don’t make the mistake of hiding away in your basement for draft after private draft. Get feedback after every draft, or even after every chapter of a single draft.
  5. Don’t ignore feedback just because you don’t like it. In fact, if you recoil in horror at a particular bit of advice, that’s a sign that you should probably examine it further. Question why you react to certain advice. And if you find that you only accept advice that sounds nice, well then you’re a spineless coward who should have her word processor taken away.
  6. Work on a schedule. Writing and revising is work. Act like it. Schedule regular breaks and commit to set time periods in which you will work on your writing. Not only will this make you more serious about the revision process, it’ll help you avoid needless procrastination. 
  7. "Kill your darlings." If you’ve ever read a single blog or book about the art of writing, you’ve heard this one. For the uninitiated: it means you need to be willing to sacrifice parts of the story that you love or that you worked really hard on in order to benefit the story as a whole. Really like that random flashback you wrote about Dr. Sexy’s time in med school, but it doesn’t actually provide any insight into the character or further the plot of the book? Cut it. Just love that plucky sidekick who is actually pretty useless and only serves to muck up already dense conversations? Give ‘em the axe. Then forget about them. Your story will be better for it.
  8. There’s no such thing as “perfect,” only “good enough.” You’re never going to get it exactly right. That way lies madness. But you can get close. And that’s what you should be shooting for. If you embrace perfectionism, you’re never going to get the damn thing in the hands of a publishing house. You’ll just be revising till the day you die.
  9. There is a difference between revising and copyediting and you should not do them at the same time. I know it’s hard to ignore typos in your work. You want to correct them as soon as you come upon them. To resist is painful. But you know what? Don’t. The process of editing naturally flows from the macro to the micro. Start with the big-picture editing: rewriting scenes, adding characters, revising whole conversations, changing the ending. Then work your way steadily down to the nit-picky edits: consistency of character names, making sure you’ve got your timeline straight, making sure your geography makes a lick of sense. Next work on your prose: making it sound pretty and poetic, using your writing tone to reflect the mood of a particular scene. Then and only then can you start editing for spelling, grammar, and syntax. If you start out by copyediting you’ll be wasting time in two ways: 1) You’ll be spending extra time reading line by line to catch errors that you could spend reworking the meat of the story, and 2) You run the risk of perfectly editing a chapter only to realize you need to rewrite 90% of it. So resist the urge to copyedit when you start revising.
  10. "But that’s how it happened in real life"/"But that’s how I first imagined it" is no excuse for shitty writing. The truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense. So if the plot seems far-fetched, or if it strains belief, or if your readers say it just doesn’t make any fucking sense, don’t be afraid to change it. In fact, you must change it. I don’t care how sentimentally attached you are to the original version. The exception to this rule is of course nonfiction, in which you should never deviate from the facts because that is called lying.

I now open it up to the whole class: what do you guys keep in mind before you start revising your manuscripts? How do you prepare for the arduous task? 

~QQ

— 2 days ago with 1456 notes
treeporn:

thecindercone:

Foggy mornings in the trees

Follow up from previous reblog. Click through - there is so much goodness on this tumblr.

treeporn:

thecindercone:

Foggy mornings in the trees

Follow up from previous reblog. Click through - there is so much goodness on this tumblr.

— 3 days ago with 989 notes
cwnerd12:

fuckyeahmoleskines:

american mythology inspired piece
http://suchandwhatnot.tumblr.com/

I’d get a tattoo of this

cwnerd12:

fuckyeahmoleskines:

american mythology inspired piece

http://suchandwhatnot.tumblr.com/

I’d get a tattoo of this

— 4 days ago with 72 notes
Myst IV: Revelation journal (2008) →

johannesviii:

In June 2008, I passed my third year exams at the faculté (History studies) and then, immediately after, suffered some kind of burnout. I was still living at my parent’s home, and they had just bought a computer - the one they had before barely worked. For the first time, I…

— 6 days ago with 208 notes
cabinporn:

Cabin on a secluded lake near St-Sauveur, Québec, Canada.
The left wing was built in the 1970’s; the rest was built over time beginning in the 1990’s.
Contributed by Anonymous.

cabinporn:

Cabin on a secluded lake near St-Sauveur, Québec, Canada.

The left wing was built in the 1970’s; the rest was built over time beginning in the 1990’s.

Contributed by Anonymous.

— 1 week ago with 957 notes