Waylon Speed - Fall of Balancing Rock [Live @ Nectar’s 6/21/13]
The Avett Brothers - Thank God I’m a Country Boy [cover; 11/16/13]
Classroom Aquatic is a ridiculous game where you take on the roll of a foreign exchange student in a school of dolphins.
Unfortunately for you, your class is doing a test, which you’re you’ve got no chance of passing unaided as you don’t know any of the answers. This means if you you’re going to pass the test you’re going to have to use stealth and sneaky distractions to sneak a peak at the other students answers. You’ll have to be careful though, as you really don’t want to get caught. Getting told off in first person, by your dolphin teacher is a strange and rather terrifying experience!
Classroom aquatic is a great game that takes a simple, unique idea and runs (or swims if you prefer) with it. It’s a wonderfully fresh take on the stealth genre. You’ll never look at dolphins in the same way after you’ve been told off by one.
Bryan Fuller: HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…
- He has a successful history with genre shows (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal)
- He is an openly gay showrunner, but unlike Jeff Davis, he actually champions queer representation that is inclusive of lesbians and showing gay people as people (and not just objects for exploitative makeout sessions).
- He employs colorblind casting. Beverly Katz (Hannibal) is played by Korean American actress, Hettienne Park. Jack Crawford (Hannibal) is played by black actor, Laurence Fishburne. The role of Crawford in the books and previous movie adaptations have all been portrayed by white actors.
- He interacts with fans, but unlike Jeff Davis, he genuinely appreciates his fanbase and their fandom creations.
- He respects women. Not only does he acknowledge and appreciate female fans explicitly, he’s turned male characters into women (e.g. Freddie Lounds) and is careful to show parity in the number of female/male victims on Hannibal. PLUS HE REFUSES TO TELL A RAPE STORY ON HIS SHOW, PERIOD.
I’m going to chime in on this because I have a lot of strong feelings about Bryan Fuller and what a fantastic human being he is.
The points above are absolutely true and absolutely valid but I’m going to expand on a couple of them just from personal experience - To say Bryan Fuller appreciates his fans is shockingly enough an understatement. This man ADORES the people who consume his work. He will literally bend over backwards to be inclusive to people who interact with him in any way possible.
The most fascinating thing, I think, about Bryan and his fan interactions is that there is absolutely no undercurrent of contentiousness or shaming or dictating HOW anyone should enjoy his work. Bryan’s openly supportive, playful, and validating of all the shipping that goes on in the Hannibal fandom and makes no effort to use the slash fans ships or works to queer bait anyone. He acknowledges completely that slash readings of the show are valid and doesn’t mock them or attempt to profit off of them.
There’s no push-pull happening between Bryan or his fans at all on any level, it’s reciprocal in every degree.
I was dressed up as the Nightmare Stag at Comic Con and when I went up to ask my question, he immediately lit up, pulled me up to get photos, and was just so genuinely amazingly excited - I didn’t expect it at all. It literally made my entire convention experience, hands down. I’ve never, not once in the years I’ve been crafting or cosplaying, had a reception like that.
Also the just general embracing of the culture of the fandom as well - This can be such a tricky line to ride since it can easily spin off into trying to bait or tease fans maliciously - but Bryan has done nothing but use his direct line to the fandom to show appreciation of the fans. If you go to Bryan’s twitter and look through his gallery, he’s adopted the flower crown tumblr popularized as a symbol of gratitude, not a joke.
They actually - No joke, have a plastic bin that they keep on the set of Hannibal full of flower crowns to take photos with to share with fans.
Also - If you remember the shirt that was up on TeeFury months ago - this one - Bryan literally bought EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE CAST AND CREW this shirt. It’s their s2 crew shirt. Rather than outsourcing and designing a shirt for the crew, Bryan decided to support a fan’s work.
And this attitude trickles down to the entire cast and crew. I was lucky enough to spend a day on the set meeting with people and watching them film - We spent the majority of the day with one of the producers, who, not only was absolutely willing and excited to talk with me not only about the canon of the Thomas Harris novels, the timelines of the show, the inclusivity of certain characters, etc, but was sure to tell me that this warm, fun, high energy environment was absolutely not typical of all TV sets. It was something special. And I absolutely believe that.
And that’s why everyone should watch and support Hannibal. It’s the most lovingly crafted show about cannibalism and murder you’ll ever see in your life.
Reblogging for the love, and the last paragraph.
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too
*knocks everyone out of the way*