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armalis:

"Why are this many people following me? I should write them things."

When I switched over to this blog a little over a year ago, I didn’t anticipate ever breaking 100 followers, not to mention 200. So I think it’s time to show a little appreciation for those who showed up and stuck around.

What’s in the gift pile:

  • (1) FIRST PRIZE: 3,000-5,000 word fic
  • (2) SECOND PRIZES: 1,000-3,000 word fic
  • (4) THIRD PRIZES: 500-1,000 word fic
  • (UNLIMITED) PARTICIPATION PRIZES: under-500 word fic; reblogging this post wins you this one automatically, one per person (see below)

Rules:

  • Must be following me. First/Second/Third prizes are for current followers only, since this is to thank them for hanging around. The Participant Prize is for everyone, but you have to be following me.
  • Give me a prompt. I will not write rape/dubcon, explicit torture, explicit smut, or incest. Just about everything else is fair game.
  • First/Second/Third place winners are limited to ships from this rather lengthy list. These are ships I know I can write well, which means you’ll get a good fic in something resembling a timely fashion. If you win and want a ship not on that list, we can talk about it.
  • Participant Prizes: as long as it’s a fandom I know something about, go for it. Stick the ship/prompt in the tags of the reblogso I know what to write for you. If I have questions, I’ll hit up your inbox.

How to enter:

  • Reblogs only. You can reblog this post as much as you want, but it’ll only count once.
  • Have your askbox open. Winners will be determined either by a random number generator, or whether my cat meows when he hears your URL. I haven’t decided yet.
  • Giveaway ends 29 August 2014, at 11:59pm Eastern time. Winners will be chosen that weekend and notified on September 1st.

Unsure what you’re getting into? Here’s my AO3, and here’s my tumblr writing tag.

Questions? Ask away. Have fun!

fvckthisreality:

zacharielaughingalonewithsalad:

cellarspider:

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purrsianstuck:

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool

homestuckorbust:

rorykenneigh:

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nebraskaswole:

thisthinisinprogress:

lilacblossoms:

myantiquehabibi:

lenny511:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, one of the worlds coolest celebrities both on, and off the set. 

The Rock is literally one of my favorite people

if you don’t like the Rock we can’t be friends

…Why isn’t there a reality tv show based around him just cooking food. and eating. and feeding people. and being cool.

w h y

I love himmmmmm

Fun fact. “The Rock” has single handedly contributed more to make a wish foundation than anyone else on the face of this earth.

ITS BACK

The Rock is a living legend.

he is the best man on earth, too bad he is too old for me

jazzumon:

fifty-shadesofgay:

castielsunderpants:

straighttohelvetica:

Easily the most horrifying line of dialogue I’ve ever heard in an animated movie.

NO BUT THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD GODDAMN MOVIE LIKE THE MUSIC IS FUN AND SUPERB THE CHARACTERS WERE REAL PEOPLE EVEN THE ANTAGONISTS THE WOMEN WERE GREAT IT WAS ALL GREAT. IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOURE JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, ATHEIST, WHATEVER ELSE IT DOESNT MATTER ITS SUCH A GOOD MOVIE AND ITS LITERALLY ONLY 90 MINUTES OF YOUR DAY AND EXPERIENCE THIS HERE JUST CLICK IT LITERALLY IT WILL OPEN IN A NEW TAB GO WATCH. 

also can we point out that none of the characters were white? like damn accurate depictions of Biblical characters

whispers this is one of my all time favourite movies

send me a fruit?

  • Strawberry - I’m in love with you.

  • Cherry - I love you.

  • Watermelon - I think you’re cute.

  • Blueberry - You’re amazing.

  • Kiwi - You’re pretty

  • Rasberry - You’re hot.

  • Plum - I would fuck you.

  • Paopu Fruit - I would date you.

  • Grapes - I could stay on your blog for hours.

  • Peach - You are my tumblr crush.

  • Orange - I want to get to know you.

  • Tangerine - We have a lot in common.

  • Lemon - I wish you would notice me.

  • Lime - I don’t talk to you but I really love your blog.

Please Reblog if you think it’s alright for a young girl to have short hair

thechurroprince:

Ok so my sister [shes 10] wants to cut her hair short [similar to Rhianna] and my mom says that it’s wrong and ugly for a girl to cut her hair short [ive been told that yet I cut it] And I want to show her that that’s just not how things work, That any girl can have short hair if they want and still look “girly” or “ladylike” as my mom would say

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