July 28, 2014



We all know that feeling, vending machine

#i am also full of snacks and darkness

For a long confused moment I thought I had stumbled upon vending machine shaming.




We all know that feeling, vending machine

For a long confused moment I thought I had stumbled upon vending machine shaming.

July 22, 2014




can we just take a moment to imagine little cute nine-year-old hermione reading matilda

and peering into this book about a smart, bookish girl who could move things with her mind

and then can you imagine her concentrating very hard on the books on the bookshelf and slowly, slowly, getting them to move


Sometimes I get huffy about tumblr but then I see that 260,000 people got the same kind of chills I did reading this…

July 16, 2014
"Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do."

Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC (via lazyyogi)

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July 2, 2014



Ruth Bader Ginsburg hates Supreme Court mansplaining as much as you 

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oh god I love this!!

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June 28, 2014


"No homo" is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard come out of the mouth of a human. This is my second favorite way to reply - the first, bloody retribution.

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June 24, 2014

Anonymous said: Dear Dr. Lazarin - Human here. Found myself pining pretty fiercely for this precious aurin lady, but I'm not entirely sure our species are as compatible as I've heard. For one, she's a deal more feisty than I'm used to seein' in their kind, and I worry it's just me. For two, she might actually be too adorable. Her little bat-ears wobble when she runs and she fills up a swear-jar for usin' words like 'frick'. How do I tell her I'm into her? Without... the whole crew knowin'. - Troubled in Thayd


My dear Troubled,

                Even I, one unable to feel pleasure of any kind, am far from immune to the charms of a female able to locate and gather rare herbs. Such items are vital for concocting the soporifics required to temporarily silence the accusing moans of “Planet Slayer” that haunt my nights. Some also make splendid garnishes. 

                But returning to bat-ears for a moment. It is unfortunate that your comrades would find such cause for stigmatization. But any who would judge worth by ears alone rather than the shape of the entire skull is not a friend looking out for your benefit. And a friend without benefit benefits no one.

                May your days and nights be more endurable than mine. But of course, how could they be otherwise?

                Keep those cards and letters coming!

Dr. “Love”zarin 

June 10, 2014

They’re pretty much gods who are also ex-boyfriends that control metal and brains — Magneto builds a special helmet just to keep Xavier from knowing what his feelings are; HE BUILDS A BRAIN CAGE SO HIS EX-BOYFRIEND WON’T KNOW HOW SAD HE IS. That is the demigod-level mutant equivalent of setting your gchat status to invisible so your ex-boyfriend can’t tell that you’re online. That is so campy Susan Sontag just sat up in her grave and texted John Waters “omg did u hear about Magneto?!!!”



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June 8, 2014




I want a Star Trek series that’s about the worst ship in the fleet, the type of people Starfleet can’t quite fire but can try their damndest to make go as far away as possible. Drunk captain. Low achieving lieutenants. First mate who’s just a little felonious. I want to see what kind of missions they’re given. 

The crew in Firefly was competent. You are really thinking Hyperdrive.

Or Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

May 27, 2014



I like Neil deGrasse Tyson a lot and agree with most of what he says, but this argument is disingenuous at best and petty gloating at worst. 

The truth of the matter was, there was a big debate about what the definition of a planet should be, with a large number of respected astrophysicists putting forward a number of different ideas. Tyson lobbied hard to get the definition he wanted selected, and eventually the vote was scheduled when many people who opposed his definition were unable to attend. 

I dislike his definition, because it creates some weird linguistic oddities in the field of astrophysics - according to Tyson’s preferred definition, a dwarf star is a star, but a dwarf planet isn’t a planet. What’s more, in this new definition, an object’s position is one of the things that determines whether or not it is a planet; if Earth got knocked into the Kuiper belt, it would, at some point in its journey, abruptly cease to be a planet. 

My favored definition is one of the less popular compromise definitions: I like the idea of dividing planets into “major” planets and “minor” or “dwarf” planets, but I prefer if dwarf planets are still considered a kind of planet, in the same way that dwarf stars are considered a kind of star, to retain some kind of consistency of terminology. 

In conclusion, this isn’t about science vs. emotion, it’s about scientists fighting with each other in areas where science interfaces with language and there is no clear answer.

For more about the controversy, here’s a decent article: 

We all like Tyson a lot, and his new Cosmos is really great science programming, but I think it’s equally important not to lionize individual scientist to the point where we aren’t even aware of their controversies. It’s not that they “figured out” that Pluto wasn’t a planet, it’s that some people had an opinion that the definition of planet should change, and they worked to change it specifically to exclude Pluto.

There’s a difference between disagreeing with a newly changed definition and denying a scientifically supported fact. Most of the scientists upset about Pluto are doing the former.

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May 22, 2014
United Church of Christ sues North Carolina for marriage equality - in the name of religious freedom


The United Church of Christ did a really huge thing yesterday. 

For the first time ever, a major church is filing a federal lawsuit DEFENDING marriage equality, arguing that same-sex marriage bans violate pro-LGBT clergy’s right to express their religious beliefs. 

UCC is specifically suing North Carolina, where the voter-passed Amendment One bans religious officials from marrying same-sex couples at risk of a fine or even jail time. The lawsuit, therefore, represents both same-sex couples seeking marriage rights and clergy seeking their right to religious freedom.

The effort is part of the UCC’s long history of social justice advocacy. The mainline Protestant denomination—President Barack Obama’s own church denomination in Chicago—has more than one million members and 5,100 congregations nationwide, including 150 churches in North Carolina, and the UCC general synod passed a resolution supporting marriage equality in 2005.

“For 40 years or more we have been seeking justice and equality for gay and lesbian people,” explains Geoffrey Black, president and general minister of the United Church of Christ. “This is the moment when we have an opportunity to seek justice and equality for gay and lesbian people, and so we are taking that matter very seriously.”

Can’t stress enough how much of a game-changer this is. Normally, we hear “religious liberty” tossed around as an argument against marriage equality (and it’s nearly always used incorrectly). For the first time, a major religious organization is acknowledging that it actually violates religious officials’ rights to express their support of marriage equality if they’re not allowed to perform these marriages — which, by the way, would obviously happen completely separately from the state and not attempt to offer any legal protections. 

This has great potential to change how we think about church and state entanglements as they relate to the marriage equality movement. I can’t wait to see what happens. 

The UCC is the church I grew up in. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years. I’m crying right now. So awesome.

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