"I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him.
As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.
He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight.
Some inspiring things he said;
"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love"
"I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates"
"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."
"Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?"
Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”
Ancestral Summonings - a comic inspired by elanorpam’s AU, in which the trolls can channel their ancestors and/or be full on possessed by them in battle. I highly recommend checking out the original post. They put a lot of thought into it!
This comic was inspired by their description of the Signless’ role. From what I read of it, the guy never does anything for the offensive beyond calming/distracting the adversary. This was my interpretation as to what would happen if there was nothing else left to try, what WOULD this guy’s attack be if it was truly needed?
Basically, what I came up with was that he still would not be able to directly do anything, but by taking full possession of Karkat (something he refuses to do normally) he can exploit the young troll’s blood aspect, essentially turning him into a puppet master. Through this he can combine his pacifying abilities with another’s attack form. The specific attack would be different depending on which troll is available for use. In this case, he uses Sollux’s abilities to reach out and absorb negative energy (Alt. title - “The Scrufferer and the Extendable Shooshpap”) and disperse it back into the environment. This form of intervention is too complicated and dangerous to justify using regularly, but can be used as a quick and dirty last resort.
Except for the fact that losing control of himself to full possession for the first time spooks Karkat into never wanting to ask for his help ever again.
Looooots of experimenting in this one: mainly “How do open mouths” and “What the heckie is perspective?”. Also, this thing was too long so I settled for a totally original comic-book style setup. Go me.
Silly monster. Only Vriska is allowed to strangle her toredumbass.
Sidenote: Aforementioned toredumbass is totally still alive. Don’t worry.
OH NO THIS IS REALLY REALLY COOL WHAT DO
WE JUST SAW PIKACHU IN OSMOSIS JONES???? ??
OH MY GOD???
fucking god its pikachurin
a brain protein
“Pikachurin is an extracellular matrix-like retinal protein first described in 2008 in Japan by Shigeru Sato et al., and named after Pikachu, a character of the Pokémon franchise. The name of this “nimble” protein was inspired due to Pikachu’s “lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects”.”
IM GONAN FUCKIN
via The Mary Sue:
Giovanni Antonelli, you are a gentleman and a scholar.
This secondary school science teacher is a self-described “Super-Nerd” with a special claim to fame: he can name every single Doctor Who story every made – in order. Normally, this might just be an interesting quirk to pull out at slow parties, but recently, Antonelli used his powers for good by performing the feat to raise £100 for Children In Need. He explained that the stunt is “a result of 40 years of love for the program.”
Antonelli regularly incorporates Doctor Who into his science lessons. He says this habit gets him mixed reactions from the students:
“Generally, when I use it in lessons, there’s two responses – some groan and say ‘not this again,’ but others seem genuinely enthusiastic.”
He hopes that students will learn something from his Doctor Who memory feat as well as be entertained:
“I tell the kids to learn through repetition – this is a perfect example of how that can work.”
It only took Antonelli a week of practice to be able to recite all 240 stories without making a mistake. Why was it so easy? Antonelli says that “most of it has been rattling around in [his] head for years” anyway, so polishing off the feat wasn’t much of a stretch. Doctor Who, he explained, was the show that sparked his lifelong interest in science, which eventually led him to his career in teaching.