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April 29 2017

chessys:

i hate being looked at and brought into physical reality i just want to exist fleshlessly in my head

tonight’s hot take

bijou3owl:

porcupine-girl:

prosthetical:

cleoselene:

acrossnowhere:

cleoselene:

acrossnowhere:

cleoselene:

Chicago deep dish is in fact a pizza, and it is delicious

it is not a casserole like some haters claim.  have you ever fucking eaten a midwestern casserole?  it’s all Great Depression-era crap and cannot exist without a can of cream of mushroom soup.  Velveeta is also frequently involved.  Chicago deep dish tastes like really thicc pizza and is nothing like the casserole horrors that my midwestern family exacted upon me throughout my child

I have never been to NYC but their pizza really does look like the most basic of bitches so I don’t know where they get off acting like it’s the best or something

I love everything about the debate between Chicago and New York Pizza!

Neither are pizza by the way (in case you are wondering: yes, I’m Italian)

now I’m intrigued.   Show me a picture of what real pizza means to you

pizza is of course a social construction and we have alternate constructions of reality but my reality is because because of that that thicc ass pizza

Let’s gather around, kids. I’m going to tell you the story of Pizza. So there’s different kind of Pizza here in Italy. So let’s start from the beginning.

1. Pizza is the one from Naples. It has what we call “cornicione”: the crust is big and fluffy. There’s no pizza like the Naples one. You can literally taste the difference between a Pizza from Naples and a simply Italian Pizza. (In photo the Pizza from Sorbillo, one of the most famous pizzeria in the world)

2. Pizza from Pizzeria (Restaurant or take away doesn’t matter) has usually a thin crust (in photo Pizza from “23 Febbraio”, one my favorite restaurant  in Genoa, my city in the north italy)

3. In the South of Italy “pizza al taglio” (pizza by the piece) usually has a higher crust. Rome’s “Pizza al Taglio” is the most famous one (in photo my experience with Pizzarium in Rome).

Other things to know. Pizza is a poor man food. A pizza Margherita costs about 3 to 5 Euro. Pizza and Focaccia can be very similar and yet are very different (there are also different style of focaccia). We don’t divide Pizza: A Pizza is for one (exception is pizza by piece we buy at the bakery, which is usually a snack or a very quick lunch) 

The most important part of Pizza is the crust. Crust is everything. Leavening is often an over-night thing. So New York Style Pizza looks like a pizza, but the crust… is not the good pizza crust. Also It seems very oily (not in the good kind of way). Chicago Pizza to me looks delicious (more than New York Pizza actually) but it’s nowhere near pizza.

As every Italian ever I’m very proud of our food culture. Good ingredients are the basic of every dish, Pizza included. There was a meme somewhere of Italian Recipe made with ingredients from specific part of Italy and it is true. Mozzarella for Pizza is either fiordilatte from south of italy or bufala from Campania (again the south). I’m not saying we are the only one with the best food (I love trying food from other countries. I always find something I really like) nor that you cannot eat a good Italian pizza outside Italy (I eat a very good pizza made by a Turkey Man in Vienna), but not New York nor Chicago Pizza look like pizza.

That’s all. In the next episode I’m gonna explain why one-pot pasta meal are evil.

this is fascinating, thanks!  I like all the pizzas honestly

I just love Chicago pizza a lot ;)

but all pizzas are good pizzas

@zooeyscigar

Look, all that Italian pizza looks and probably is delicious and I can’t wait to try it if I ever make it to Italy.

But fuck the whole “you can’t get pizza out side of Italy/New York/wherever the poster happens to live.”

It’s all pizza, it’s all amazing. I love ALL PIZZAS, okay? Chicago, New York, St Louis (did you even know St Louis HAS its own style of pizza? It uses a special cheese called provel which is a blend of mozzarella, provelone, and swiss, has an extremely thin and crisp crust, and usually involves a shit-ton of oregano), I LOVE THEM ALL.

Screw all pizza elitists.

I love pizza. I am accepting of all kinds of pizza.

Miami does not have good pizza. Everyone agrees on this. Miami natives agree on this. Miami pizza is Not Good. 

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stephendann:

swan2swan:

For almost three whole years, you were a Legend.

But now, someone new has come along…

DashconII: We didn’t Start The Fyre 

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Can we just appreciate the amazing acting here? Betty says that last line so much like her mother. Her entire face. Just. The bits of your parents you are unconsciously stuck with even when you are completely unlike them.

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April 28 2017

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stayaliveandlivestrong:

It’s obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist

Actually genuinenly enjoying my customer service job sometimes

sonicsarah1117:

uncannycookie:

Customer (calling from Ireland): “Yes hello, I would like to -”

Sheep in the background: *gentle baa*

Customer: “Uh, sorry, what I want to do is -”

Sheep: *slightly more insistent baa*

Customer: “No, not now! -cough- Excuse me. I have a reservation and -”

Sheep: *VERY LOUD ACCUSATORY BAA*

Customer: Arnulf! Please be quiet, I am on the phone! … Sorry, I sincerely apologize on behalf of Arnulf.”

me: “I love and forgive him.”

Customer: “Don’t, he doesn’t deserve it. Anyway, I’m calling about -”

Arnulf: *small, very self-satisfied baa*

I still love this lol

willow:

Me on my wedding day: *can’t wait to go home and cuddle*

ellipsicalelle:

Some people aren’t going to like what you write. Write it anyway.

Some people, people you know objectively suck at being a human being, will get more kudos, more comments, more recs. Write it anyway.

Some of your friends aren’t going to read what you write. Write it anyway.

Some of the people you support the most won’t support your work. Write it anyway.

Some people are going to say your characterization is 100% wrong. X would never. Write it anyway.

It’s been done before. Write it anyway.

Your writing might not measure up to the fandom greats. Write it anyway. (I can guarantee they didn’t measure up at some point either)

Some people aren’t going to rec your work. Write it anyway. (And make your own recs)

Write it anyway.

Write it anyway.

Write it anyway.

April 27 2017

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michaelsbeautiful:

Holmes, we can dine at Romano’s!

thalassarche:

orson-bigdaddy-krennic:

shamblingshitpickle:

PSA: journalists aren’t supposed to put names in the headlines if the person isn’t a public figure. It’s not a matter of maliciously not giving credit

^^^as a journalist, this is something that bothers me ALL THE TIME

A friend of mine on Twitter explained this the other day, so to elaborate based on what she said: If the name is not instantly recognizable the way a public figure is, then putting the name in the headline isn’t going to bring about any sort of recognition or connection in the reader, and doesn’t do much to draw the reader into the story. But something like “local teen” does create a connection by tying the person into the community, and encourages the reader to learn more about what this local teen has done. The name will be in the article itself, after the headline has done its job at getting the reader to look into it.

Reason number 723 to post a link to a news story instead of just a headline screenshot

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why-animals-do-the-thing:

wolfforce58205:

zooophagous:

caong:

zooophagous:

theexoticvet:

Tick season is already in full swing and it’s going to be one of the worst years for ticks and lyme disease. Make sure your pets are on flea/tick/heartworm prevention and get your dogs vaccinated against lyme!

The sun is shining and the grass is green in minnesota today, what a lovely beginning to the impending TICKPOCALYPSE

Remember to cover yourselves appropriately if you’re going places with lots of wildlife! Ticks are dangerous for people as well as pets!

I’ve always heard to avoid long pants because ticks are easier to notice and remove when they try to climb a bare leg, but I think it’s a matter of preference tbh.

What you really need is to use a good repellant made for use in tick heavy areas. I’m not talking citronella essential oils, I mean a real repellant like Deep woods OFF that uses DDT. Spray it on your shoes and inside your shoes. You would be surprised how many ticks start in your socks and work their way up. I have had waaaaaay fewer guests on me after spraying my shoes as well as my legs.

If you want to get REALLY serious you can treat your hiking gear in permethrin, or get permethrin treated exercise gear. It’s a very potent, effective substance that kills ticks and other parasites on contact. It’s present in some flea and tick treatments for dogs. But the kicker is, permethrin is also VERY toxic to cats, so if you have a cat and you feel like you need permethrin treated gear, you MUST keep the gear where kitty can’t get it.

Friendly reminder to stock up on tick meds for your pets, and repellent for yourself! This year is going to be a BAD one.

ALWAYS check yourself after a hike, or any trip outside. Wear bright clothes so it’s easier to see ticks on you, and make sure to do a full-body check when you’re done. This includes checking your hair line and under waistbands or underwear (last tick I found on me was on my butt, and I had been hiking with pants and a long shirt on…trust me, check under your underwear).

Remove ticks as soon as you find them, and keep them in a small container or bag (heads completely squished) for identification purposes just in case your bite looks iffy later on. Clean the bite site thoroughly. Be on the look out for any flu-like symptoms, rashes, or red rings around the bite site like a bulls-eye (note: a slight red ring right afterward is normal, see below for what “bad” looks like). Usually if you get a tick off in the first 24 hours you’ll be ok, so long as you didn’t agitate the tick, but if you notice anything abnormal go to the doctor ASAP. If your tick was engorged when removed, be especially on the lookout. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the nasty diseases ticks can carry.

Remember: if you’re buying tick preventatives for your pets, make sure you get one that’s meant for them. Don’t use dog-specific medicine on cats, or vice-versa, and make sure you get the correct weight range for your pet. Failure to do so can lead to serious complications for your pets. If you’re not sure what you should use or what’s safe for pets, contact your local veterinarian and ask. If your pet is bitten by a tick and displays any abnormal behaviors or symptoms of sickness get them to your vet as soon as you can and bring the tick with you.

This has been your tick safety reminder post for the season.

Reblogging for both human tick safety and the note that permethrin is really deadly to cats.

more "aliens being surprised by humans" stuff

jumpingjacktrash:

scifi-flyby:

our ability to belt out one entire three to five minute long song if we’re familiar with it like. suvi starts singing “hallelujah” to fill the quiet and is answered by liam all across the room in a p decent harmony. cora walks past and starts humming it enthusiastically even tho she can’t stay very long. gil joins in for the third refrain. ryder finishes it off with a passionate solo.

when they look around every alien is staring at them. vetra blinks and knocks her hands together. “that’s what you’re supposed to do when humans make those sounds right?” she asks kallo beside her, who mirrors her. everyone is a little stunned at the coordination and emotion in the performance and they all look equally moved. jaal might be crying. none of them know what a ‘hallelujah’ is, but they feel like they’ve come to understand it through this melody

they’re all extremely confused when all of the humans still continue on on their tasks without pause

edit; other songs include but are not limited to: bohemian rhapsody, mr. brightside, single ladies, no scrubs, and i will always love you

a good predictor of whether a species will end up being compatible with humans on long journeys is whether they are capable of understanding that ‘singing along’ is optional and humans do it because it’s fun. species that insist on assigning some biological or ceremonial importance to it will inevitably clash with their human crews sooner or later.

whereas species like the mertrans, who have their own infectious expressive behaviors, can integrate with humans indefinitely. on long-haul ships, a sort of hybrid culture evolves, where mertrans will thrum their throat sacs to provide percussion for human singalongs, and humans develop dance steps for mertran scratch/thumping episodes.

smart pirates avoid attacking ships where this has happened. despite being clownish, these species are also some of the most warlike, and offering violence to a closeknit mertran/human group provokes a reaction that is not only well-coordinated and heroic but prone to very bloody pranks.

there still are parts of the outer reaches where a mertran hand-signing “yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker” can clear a bar in seconds.

April 26 2017

Using the appropriate vocabulary in your novel

storiesintheashes:

gaiabamman:

It is very important that the language in your novel reflects the time and place in which the story is set.

For example, my story is set in Italy. My characters would never “ride shotgun”, a term coined in US in the early 1900s referring to riding alongside the driver with a shotgun to gun bandits. 

Do your research! A free tool that I found to be very useful is Ngram Viewer

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You can type any word and see when it started appearing in books. For example…one of my characters was going to say “gazillion” (I write YA) in 1994. Was “gazillion” used back then?

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And the answer is…YES! It started trending in 1988 and was quite popular in 1994.

Enjoy ^_^

This is really important, especially because language can change in very unexpected ways. 

For example, did you know that before 1986 people never said “I need to”?Instead, they were far more likely to say “I ought to”, “I have to”, “I must”, or “I should”.

Don’t believe me?

Anyway, most people won’t notice subtle changes like that. But your reader will notice and be confused when characters in your medieval world use metaphors involving railroads and rockets.

One of the things you can do besides use Google Ngrams is to read books or watch movies written in the time period you want to set your story. The key here is that they can’t just be set in that time period, they have to have been made in that time period.

Also, there’s a Lexicon Valley episode on this very topic which I highly recommend. It’s called Capturing the Past

This New Browser Plug-in Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers for Free

bijou3owl:

subtlefire:

wildcat2030:

See on Scoop.it - Knowmads, Infocology of the future

If you’re of the mindset that knowledge should be freely accessible to as many humans as possible, paywalls for academic journals can be downright frustrating. Now a free browser extension is promising to bust through those paywalls wherever possible.

Unpaywall was launched earlier this month by the open source not-for-profit Impactstory – funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – and it’s already making a splash in the traditional publishing industry.

Install the plug-in on your Chrome or Firefox desktop browser, and it will start displaying a little lock symbol whenever you’re on the landing page of an article in an academic journal.

If the plug-in can find a freely accessible full-text copy of the paper you’re looking at, the lock symbol turns from grey to green, and you can simply click on it to get the PDF. If the lock is gold, the article you’re reading already has an open access licence.

@bijou3owl@mercurialkitty!

Also a direct link to the article because I hate scoopit.

Also Part 2, NEVER pay for an article even if this doesn’t help you find it for free. ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN about getting an interlibrary loan which is nearly always free (for you) but will otherwise will probably max out at $5.

I have never paid for a scientific article and never intend to. My library has a “Find at My University” plug-in that works on Web of Science and PubMed to find the article in one of the databases we subscribe to or in print in the stacks. If both of those aren’t options the plug-in links to the ILL page and autofills the paper info - all you have to do is hit submit.

Most major institutions should have this sort of plug-in (my undergrad, REU, and doctoral institutions all do). Given that academics are almost always attached to an institution with a library, I have never understood the paywall frustration posts that come from academics. Libraries are really good at ILL. Even the tiniest libraries should have a solid ILL budget (feel free to shoot me down in this though, academic librarians). The general public? High school students? From them I understand the paywall frustration. Academics not so much.

LET ME LOVE YOU!!!

Not enough people remember (or even know about) ILL. I think there is also the fact that people have become used to getting things RITE NAO. ILL at its fastest still takes several hours and can take days. You and your library are completely at the mercy of how fast other people accept your request or pass it off to the next library that might have the thing. That’s not good if you have a genuine procrastination problem Science Emergency™. Some people also “don’t want to bother” the librarians which… ASDFGHJK I WANT TO HELP YOU.

(I am shouty today. I have feels about these things.)

Also, if for some reason you need multiple articles from the same year of the same journal, there is a point where they are required to buy the entire issue you want stuff from because you’ve hit some arbitrary limit on fair use. That’s for the whole campus (you’ll hit the limit fast if, for example, you and your adviser are both requesting different things from the same journal year) and does get expensive fast. That can be an indicator that the library needs to consider subscribing to that journal, though, so don’t let that hold you back.

#i could also go on a rant about the scientific publishing business model but i won’t#also on the economics of scientific research#hint they’re both really fucked up

Preach. Which is why I got so psyched about a magical button to find OA versions. More people using OA is super great, and this definitely won’t dispense with the need for ILL.

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rubyetc:

love them one eighties 

itsnotvengeance:

I will not rest until “teacher sleeping with a student” is no longer a plot line used on teen shows

This New Browser Plug-in Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers for Free

wildcat2030:

See on Scoop.it - Knowmads, Infocology of the future

If you’re of the mindset that knowledge should be freely accessible to as many humans as possible, paywalls for academic journals can be downright frustrating. Now a free browser extension is promising to bust through those paywalls wherever possible.

Unpaywall was launched earlier this month by the open source not-for-profit Impactstory – funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – and it’s already making a splash in the traditional publishing industry.

Install the plug-in on your Chrome or Firefox desktop browser, and it will start displaying a little lock symbol whenever you’re on the landing page of an article in an academic journal.

If the plug-in can find a freely accessible full-text copy of the paper you’re looking at, the lock symbol turns from grey to green, and you can simply click on it to get the PDF. If the lock is gold, the article you’re reading already has an open access licence.

@bijou3owl@mercurialkitty!

Also a direct link to the article because I hate scoopit.

Also Part 2, NEVER pay for an article even if this doesn’t help you find it for free. ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN about getting an interlibrary loan which is nearly always free (for you) but will otherwise will probably max out at $5.

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