Level 2 Super Schmendrick
sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]



okay this sounds cool but how exactly do you make something whose job is to absorb light… also allos light to pass through it unimpeded. that seems to be kind of defeating the point
i’m suspicious that the purpose, at least, of this technology is being misrepresented

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

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okay this sounds cool but how exactly do you make something whose job is to absorb light… also allos light to pass through it unimpeded. that seems to be kind of defeating the point

i’m suspicious that the purpose, at least, of this technology is being misrepresented

korkot:

I MISSEDISAAC SO MCHU HOLY SHIt

korkot:

I MISSEDISAAC SO MCHU HOLY SHIt

jovian12:

It’s August 23, which is Hyacinth’s birthday!
here is THE DREAM TEAM.
from left to right, we have Kass, Hyacinth, and Marian.
(note: Hyacinth is not actually a hyacinth)

You know what they say: two’s company; there’s a crowd!

jovian12:

It’s August 23, which is Hyacinth’s birthday!

here is THE DREAM TEAM.

from left to right, we have Kass, Hyacinth, and Marian.

(note: Hyacinth is not actually a hyacinth)

You know what they say: two’s company; there’s a crowd!

killuangel:

"it’s like freud always said," says the ‘psychologist’ character in the movie, making everyone in the audience who knows anything at all about psychology flinch involuntarily

andthatsterrible:

That ship is talking. I’m not comfortable with inanimate objects talking.

andthatsterrible:

That ship is talking. I’m not comfortable with inanimate objects talking.

fierceawakening:

I think the issue I have with very vague, irritatedly snappy social-justicey posts on Tumblr is that… very often when people distill their frustration into a zinger, it’s impossible to get the context after a while.

Like… I had a conversation with some people last night about “Don’t say you’re not like the other girls.” A lot of us were uncomfortable with “Don’t say you’re not like the other girls” because… you can feel different from those around you for lots of reasons, not just internalized oppression. (And I don’t know if y’all remember another conversation about that, but personally I feel that we can realize “Wow, I internalized some nasty shit” but we really, really shouldn’t be assuming someone else who disagrees with us has “internalized whatever” going on, because we don’t have access to the contents of their head.)

Like… my understanding of “Don’t say you’re not like the other girls” is that it actually started as “Writers, don’t try to hook us on your novel by saying your protagonist is ‘not like other girls’ because she’s smart, or has interests people don’t expect of girls, or the like. If someone who’s smart isn’t like other girls, what are you saying about girls?”

But by the time it had become a snappy sound bite… it was hard to know why people were saying this. It was hard to know why feeling different from others and finding that painful meant I had — internalized oppression? What?

In context, these things can make sense. If they’re not obviously true, we can have a discussion of them. (For example, I agree that being smart or having interests does not make a girl stand out. But I also can see why authors might want their protagonist to stand out from the community around them, especially if the story is about or involves alienation. So I’m a little torn — I agree mostly, but I don’t quite in the sense that fiction can be kind of about selling the idea that your main characters are special in ways that wouldn’t make sense in real life.)

But out of context they become commands, and commands that don’t make much sense or even seem scary.

And even beyond that… people often say “Things like this are venting. They’re stuff people say when they feel strong emotion. Someone who’s just been hurt, or beaten, or had a friend die from violence, shouldn’t have to be chided for posting ‘I hate cis/white/male/rich/whatever people’ and not saying anything else.”

But the thing is… on Tumblr, stuff gets reblogged. The original person saying “I hate you so fucking much” may be posting in the minutes or seconds after a horrifying confrontation. But is the 10,000th note someone who has experienced the same thing, or someone who thinks they’re being hip? (Or even someone who’s been told that being a “good ally” means boosting certain people’s voices, even if they’re inwardly uneasy about it?)

Which is why… if you say “I’m so upset about this. Here’s why. Sometimes I can’t tell if what I’m feeling is anger or hatred. Sometimes I wonder if hatred is a virtue” I like it better, because… that’s something to talk about.

The aggressive snark that usually only gets called “venting” when someone says “Hey, whoa, maybe back this truck up!” isn’t that.

Which is why I don’t like it. 

I’d never say people can’t say it. I believe in the values I think free speech embodies, whether me stopping people would be true “censorship” or not.

But I wish people wouldn’t do it, because it often starts with lashing out and just leads to people feeling threatened and lashing out back, in part because it’s impossible to know exactly what the OP was really saying.

askinnyblackman:

nonlatex:

Yard yard

i literally just choked on my water

askinnyblackman:

nonlatex:

Yard yard

i literally just choked on my water

prokopetz:

This is the one time of year that I love wasps.
Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They’re horrid little creatures year round. No, it’s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.
Now, if you don’t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.
The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.
I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the “rawr, I’ma fuck you up!” routine for which wasps are known.
The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.
So: the wasps try to come at me, but they’re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.
Perhaps I’m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.
Fucking wasps.

prokopetz:

This is the one time of year that I love wasps.

Not because the wasps themselves get any nicer. They’re horrid little creatures year round. No, it’s because I have a couple of big apple trees out back, and late August, early September is when the apples start ripening.

Now, if you don’t harvest your own fruit, there are two things you need to know about apples.

The first thing you need to know about apples is that, when apples get ripe, they tend to fall from the tree at the slightest breeze.

I often work late at the office; by the time I get home, there are piles of apples scattered everywhere - and sure enough, the wasps are out in force, gorging themselves on the fruit. When I go to clean up the windfallen apples, the wasps naturally do the “rawr, I’ma fuck you up!” routine for which wasps are known.

The second thing you need to know about apples is that they ferment very rapidly in the late August heat.

So: the wasps try to come at me, but they’re too drunk to fly. They get about an inch off the ground, then faceplant directly into the turf, flip over onto their backs, and lay there, legs twitching in the air as they try in vain to find something to sting.

Perhaps I’m a man of simple pleasures, but I bust up laughing every. single. time.

Fucking wasps.

Pirate’s epic crit-botch line.

outofcontextdnd:

"Damn, these are some dry-ass sandwiches."

-Warrior/Pirate in response to his crit-botched perception check in a library.

OH DANG i finally got a dang game library working with C++, i have visual studio working with OpenGL, which is good because i just learned that’s what they’re expecting us to use for this computer graphics class