1. "I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."
    — Friedrich Nietzsche  (via deadlysick)

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  3. viatea:

    relentlessly-crazy:

    I’ve reblogged this about 80 times w/e

    It’s a gif??? Omg so beautiful!!

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  4. endlesswet:

    Benedict Redgrove

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  5. visualizingmath:

    Mathematical Object Minimalist Posters by Visualizingmath(Yes, I actually attempted to make something!)

    Thank you to Curiosamathematica for creating the Klein Bottle image!

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  6. tigburr:

    coolmathstuff:

    allofthemath:

    appliedmathemagics:

    themathkid:

    Can’t. Stop. Watching.

    this is hypnotic…

    Conic sections are all connected! A hyperbola is an anti circle, in this case.

    Remember, the equation for a circle involves adding x squared and y squared, while the equation for a hyperbola involves subtracting one from the other. The other consequence of this is that is that if you extend the graph of either one to include imaginary and complex x or y values, a hyperbola contains a circle in its empty space, and a circle has a hyperbola surrounding it.

    I FOUND THE MATHEMATICIANS!

    FRIENDS! FRIENDS!!

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  7. jtotheizzoe:

    myartexperiments:

    Happy Earth Day

    It’s like we’re dancing! The waltz of Terra Luna …

     

  8. "

    This is an excellent writing advice from Chuck Palahniuk. This was first seen on tumblr. Unfortunately, when I clicked on the link, it no longer existed.

    But, I still think it’s worth sharing.

    writingadvice: by Chuck Palahniuk

    In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
    But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

    From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not
    use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands,
    Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred
    others you love to use.

    The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
    And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.

    Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”

    Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
    mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d
    had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking
    sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d
    only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”

    Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present
    the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character
    wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader
    wants it.

    Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have
    to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d
    go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot,
    leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the
    smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her
    butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”

    In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.

    Typically,
    writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In
    this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against
    those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And
    what follows, illustrates them.

    For example:
    “Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. Traffic
    was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her
    cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or
    there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the
    plants for her neighbor…”

    Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.

    If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.

    Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your
    story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions
    and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking
    and knowing. And loving and hating.

    Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”

    Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.

    Present each piece of evidence. For example:
    “During roll call,
    in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before
    he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just
    as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”

    One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing,
    you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your
    character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary
    character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.

    For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”

    A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come
    by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see
    all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No
    doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the
    line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was
    going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up
    drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic
    accident…”

    A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then
    you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.

    Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.

    No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”

    Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”

    Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.

    Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
    Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and
    words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.

    And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”

    For example:
    “Ann’s eyes are blue.”

    “Ann has blue eyes.”

    Versus:

    “Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”

    Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details
    of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most
    basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.

    And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters,
    you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the
    telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”

    Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.

    (…)

    For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.

    Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.

    “Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”

    “Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”

    “Larry knew he was a dead man…”

    Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.

    "
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  9. epic-humor:

    m1ssred:

    chemical reaction

    i love chemistry

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  10. schmidt-cassegrain:

    Jupiter- True color images of Impact Zones D and G. H. Hammel, MIT and NASA/ESA.

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  14. stunningpicture:

    A herd of sheep entering a new paddock

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    mainframed767:

    Internet Mainframes Project — IP Address: 128.197.90.40 Port: 992 Hostname: uisa.bu.edu.