the fact that there are animals who can see colors that i cant which means that there are colors that exist that it is literally impossible for me to envision is such fucking bullshit that i wanna rip open a couch and eat it
Humans have 3 types of rods for processing color (red green and blue). Mantis Shrimp have 16.
Not really sure about the couch part, but I too am in awe of this.
I am bothered by the fact that I am getting hundreds of notifications of likes and reblogs for a post by somebody who reblogged my post and removed all the content unique to me (which was the whole point of the post to begin with) and replaced it with a message they write on all their posts.
“We need to build our friendships on truth and wholeness. We need friends who can be with us in our loneliness, not people who will cheer us up so that we don’t feel it. We need friends who get furious with us when we are not being real or true to ourselves, not when we don’t do what they want us to do.”—Geneen Roth (via internal-acceptance-movement)
We have seen how powerful prayer is! And I am happy today too, that the followers of different religious confessions are joining us in our prayer for peace…I also invite non-believers to desire peace with that yearning that makes the heart grow: all united, either by prayer or desire. But all of us, for peace.
Pope Francis, “Urbi et Orbi” message, December 25, 2013
A Pope respectful enough to not only reach out to other religious denominations and non-believers, but to note an important difference and suggest that the non-believer’s equivalent to prayer can be “desire”. That’s right — “equivalent”. The Pope put them on the same level, one just as powerful as the other.
Since Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have a decent age difference between them, it’s quite likely that Capaldi’s Doctor and Clara will develop a father/daughter relationship. If and when this happens, my friend came up with five words that Capaldi’s Doctor could say during a particularly dangerous adventure that would be absolutely heartbreaking.
“John Hurt’s Doctor doesn’t use the title, therefore he’s in his 12th body but [Matt Smith is] the Eleventh Doctor. However, there is no such character and never has been as the Eleventh Doctor. He’s just the Doctor, that’s what he calls himself. The numbering doesn’t matter. So I’ve given you the option of not counting [Hurt] numerically as the War Doctor. He’s used up another regeneration, so I expect he’ll be in trouble shortly.”—
“Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot even breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and you have cried yourself to sleep enough times that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not even loss. You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day you are going to find yourself again.”—Finn Butler (via aurelle)
Am I the only one who interpreted Eight’s regeneration into War as a “free” regeneration (brought on by the elixir) that doesn’t count towards the limit? It also has the added benefit of not changing the numbering for Nine, Ten, and Eleven (and Twelve).
Edit: This would also explain why the War Doctor aged so significantly when the rest don’t.
Tom Baker, the only classic Doctor to appear in The Day of the Doctor (the 50th anniversary special) had previously declined to return for The Five Doctors (the 20th anniversary special) because it was so soon after he left the show.
He later regretted that decision. I bet someone specifically requested that this be rectified. (The 50th is the first canon anniversary special since the 20th.)
This is a piece I wrote a while ago about my experience working as the consultant for the historical languages on Vikings, translating dialogue into Old English and Old Norse. Most of my lines are for Athelstan, played by George Blagden.
Im case you need some incentive to read it, it has some truly EPIC swearing in Old Norse!
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we… see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory…”—Howard Zinn via Chris Corrigan’s blog. (via coyopa) [Reblogging this because I need to remind myself at times like this.] (via polyhymnia)