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A final word on insect venoms, with a look at the Schmidt Pain Index, developed by Dr. Justin Schmidt to rank the pain of the various insect stings he experienced in his line of work. Whilst obviously pain is subjective, and you’d expect some variation from person to person, it still makes for an interesting graphic!
You can see a larger version at the foot of yesterday’s post, here:


A final word on insect venoms, with a look at the Schmidt Pain Index, developed by Dr. Justin Schmidt to rank the pain of the various insect stings he experienced in his line of work. Whilst obviously pain is subjective, and you’d expect some variation from person to person, it still makes for an interesting graphic!

You can see a larger version at the foot of yesterday’s post, here:

1,738 notes ✧ 3 weeks ago
Anonymous asked:

Do you have any references on radiation sickness, nuclear weapons, nuclear winter, the long term effects of radiation, or anything else that would be helpful for a post-apocalyptic story?

Radiation Sickness (2)

How nuclear bombs work

Effects of nuclear explosions

Consequence and health risk of nuclear bombs

Nuclear winter

The nuclear winter

These last two links you could use as a case study for your story:

Chernobyl disaster

Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

Hope these links point you in the right direction!



My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.



It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong Kong and Chinese Government this week, and the movement has escalated into citizens occupying Government Square and now, a main road leading into Hong Kong’s central hub.

Most protesters are younger generation Hong Kongers, including university students and even secondary school students. The leader of the student movement himself is barely even old enough to drive a car. 
The movement began peacefully with citizens merely sitting quietly and occupying a public space in a silent protest on Friday night. 

Then at 7:00 in the morning the next day, policemen stormed into the public square and began clearing out the area by force, dragging youngsters out violently, injuring many of them. Policemen have also been witnessed to beating youngsters without reason, and using high-concentration, anti-riot pepperspray on civilians who are merely attempting to protect themselves. No civilian put up any sort of fight or attempt at assaulting the police as far as i know,
(Police justified clearing out the area with the reason that protesters are holding illegal meetings in a public space.)

(Protesting civilians who remained on the streets overnight are wearing plastic wraps and raincoats under 30 degree weather in an attempt to protect themselves should the police utilize peppersprays again.)

The movement escalated again tonight when the protesters (now 4 times the size of the student movement the previous week) occupied a main road leading to the central hub of Hong Kong.

The police barricaded the roads and attempted to stop more people from joining the crowd this whole afternoon, but the peaceful crowd remained persistent and would not leave the area even after the police issued verbal warnings. (I emphasize “peaceful”, because protesters continued to be orderly and did not display any forms of aggression. They even cleared out a path for cars to pass the area, something the police didn’t even bother to do.)

At around 6:00, the police began using peppersprays on civilians again, this time high-powered ones that came in tanks instead of in bottles. Our people continued to shield themselves with umbrellas, but the umbrellas were also soon snatched away by the police. Live feed videos have also confirmed that police have been misusing peppersprays by firing them at close proximity, and also not giving any sort of verbal warnings before firing.

Video of a policeman firing at an elderly man at point-blank range:


Yet again, protesters remained, and at 7:00, armed forces were sent into the crowd. They began firing tear gas capsules INTO the crowds and even INTO First-aid stations. The rounds came every few minutes and i counted at least 5 capsules being fired in a 10-minute period according to the live feeds. 


at least 30,000 people continue to stand their ground right this second, more armed policemen are being sent in, and news is that these police are ordered to use guns (loaded with plastic bullets) on civilians if protesters continue to remain. 



I fear for the people because policemen are not what they used to be anymore. These “police” who should be protecting us are now private armies for the government. I am watching my city die. It’s a terrifying feeling. If the police feel they are justified to use force on innocent civilians, tonight could end up in another massacre just like that of the Tian An Men June Fourth Massacre in 1989. 

And at this point I am too emotional to say anything else except that we need your prayers and your support. Please spread this out, people all over the world need to see what is happening right now. 


Writing Research - The Roaring Twenties


The Roaring Twenties is a term sometimes used to refer to the 1920s in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, characterizing the decade’s distinctive cultural edge in New York City, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, London, Los Angeles and many other major cities during a period of sustained economic prosperity. French speakers called it the “années folles" ("Crazy Years"), emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.

Normalcy returned to politics in the wake of hyper-emotional patriotism after World War I, jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked. Economically, the era saw the large-scale diffusion and use of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, and electricity, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations, and significant changes in lifestyle and culture. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home team and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic stadiums. In most major countries women won the right to vote for the first time. Finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression set in, bringing years of worldwide gloom and hardship.

The social and cultural features known as the Roaring Twenties began in leading metropolitan centers, especially Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Paris and London, then spread widely in the aftermath of World War I. The United States gained dominance in world finance. Thus when Germany could no longer afford war reparations to Britain, France and other Allies, the Americans came up with the Dawes Plan and Wall Street invested heavily in Germany, which repaid its reparations to nations that in turn used the dollars to pay off their war debts to Washington. By the middle of the decade, prosperity was widespread, with the second half of the decade later becoming known as the “Golden Twenties”.

The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity and a break with traditions. Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology. New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures and radio proliferated “modernity” to a large part of the population. Formal decorative frills were shed in favor of practicality in both daily life and architecture. At the same time, jazz and dancing rose in popularity, in opposition to the mood of the specter of World War I. As such, the period is also often referred to as the Jazz Age. [1] [2]


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Naming is incredibly subjective, and incredibly tough. Names are usually the first things we see about someone or something. It’s often the first impression we get, and the impact of a name can be important in a story. Sometimes, names mean something. Sometimes, they don’t. I am not here to tell you which is the better way, but I am here to talk about a few of the different schools of thought around naming.

This is a giant post about names, different kinds of names, and lots of different ways to play the name game with characters and places.

INSIDE THIS POST: One of a probable series of posts giving an overview of what can go into a name, plus a ton of links to generators and articles about naming at the end.

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rant: “the rp community is dying”

I feel like this needed to be said, but I am honestly sick of hearing people say that “the community is dying” or that people are no longer dedicated and that RPs die in three days or whatever. Yes, I see a lot of admins and members losing muse for the RP that they’re in a lot these days, but we have to stop blaming one another for inactivity and all. I see people complain about being “ditched” on 1x1 accounts, and members blaming admins for not being on the main for a day and deciding to never go on that RP again just because the admins weren’t on for one or two nights. I see RPs having two days inactivity limit because they don’t trust their members to be dedicated if the limit is longer. And guess what? That’s exactly the problem.

A lot of us have a tendency of giving up on the RP/plot/character quicker than one could blink. Like, so what if the admins weren’t on for two days? Have faith in them. Don’t just stop going on your character’s account because of that reason. Maybe they were busy. They would hopefully come back around if you still try to get the dash moving. If you give up on an RP just because you don’t see activity on the main, then it’s likely for everyone to do so too and that’s how most RPs die. Same goes for admins. Just because the dash is slow, don’t give up! Post starters, make events, reblog prompts, do something. Don’t just sit there and think, “Forget it. My members aren’t dedicated. This RP is gonna die, so I’m just gonna close it down.”

And as for 1x1 accounts? Too often I see people complaining that their partners “ditched” them because they haven’t replied in a few days. Hey, guess what? People have lives too. I know that not everyone in the 1x1 community is willing to wait weeks (and even sometimes months) for a reply, but just because your partner hasn’t been on in five days, doesn’t mean that they’ve ditched you. A lot of people who do 1x1s are looking for a more chill kind of environment and a more flexible activity limit. Have faith in your partners! Don’t just drop your plot because your partner hasn’t replied to your message from last night. Give them a bit more time, and if you still have muse, then wait a few more days. Also, never forget to contact them and try talk to them. Don’t just assume that they ditched you because they haven’t been on in three nights or something—maybe they’re super busy or something important came up. Of course, I totally get it that your patience has a limit, but try find a balance. Maybe a one week inactivity limit? Or a two week one? Work something out first before anything else, really.

I need some NaNo help! So... I'm in fourth year at university, and this is my second year at NaNo, (last year was disappointing). My exams begin Nov 20th. That means I get 10-15 days only. Any tips how to write 5k a day? I'm kinda freaking out. I really want to finish 50k this time! [And if you have no tips, it's okay, you are awesome either ways.]

circustronic replied:

Two years ago, I wrote 10k on the first day, and had my novel finished by day ten. So friend, first of all, let it be known that what you’re about to do is very possible, and very rewarding.

But yeah, you came to the best possible place. My name is Anna, 6-time participant, 5-time winner, and I am here to guide you through NaNoWriMo, and How To Kick Its Sorry Ass When You’re Short On Time (And Sometimes Motivation)

Are you ready? Here we go. [cut for length and fabulous advice]

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If anyone is interested in Regency Era finances here are some links I found helpful: 

Currency Converter: Will convert any amount in yeas between 1270-1970 to 2005 BPS. 

Pride and Prejudice Economics: Explains exactly how much Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley are worth, as well as provides a charge of Jane Austin’s (and some of her characters’) yearly expenses and incomes in 1810 BPS and 2008 Spending Power. 

Cost of Living: Similar to the above link, explains how much one would have to make yearly to live comfortably. 

Master Post

Sense and Sensibility pdf: Chapter 2 is where Fanny and John Dashwood talk about how much money they aren’t going to give his step-family. (Suggested by the wonderful notsomolly).