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The Unseen University


Oh, yes. He's a real beast! It's a wonder you're still alive.

Posted by Rache , Jan 09 2014 · 295 views
oh wow, shark, arctic and 1 more...
So, I found the most adorably stupid Daily Mail article today - yes, I know, that's a tautology, but bear with me.
The article, you see, was about the Greenland Shark, a large, cold-water shark most closely related to dogfish, that looks like this;
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Now, most of what the article said in describing this "fearsome creature" isn't factually incorrect - they have indeed been found with the remains of polar bears, reindeer, and seals in their stomachs.
The article just failed to mention one thing - the top speed of the Greenland shark is about 1.6 miles per hour - somewhat slower than a live polar bear, but considerably faster than a dead one. In keeping with the tendency for these sharks to be mostly or completely blind (due to a parasitic copepod that feeds on their corneal fluid), and their goofy, mostly-harmless appearance, the Greenland shark is believed to primarily be a scavenger.
As the delightful Wikipedia article on this shark put it;

 Additionally, the shark's slow speed (max speed of 1.6 mph) limits its potential predation of seals to those that are asleep.

Fearsome creature, indeed.


You Know...

Posted by Rache , Jan 02 2014 · 173 views
minecraft, temple, explosions and 1 more...
When you drop into a desert temple to loot the chests, and a creeper follows you down, it really starts to feel like the universe has it in for you.


Switch Khan with Malcolm Reynolds...

Posted by Rache , Dec 29 2013 · 262 views
star trek, firefly, improvements and 1 more...
...and Star Trek Colon Into Darkness becomes a much better movie. Why?

My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything that you would not do for your family?

That's the Captain speaking, right there.
"Khan" was basically the hero anyway - he exposed a corrupt, war-mongering admiral, went toe-to-toe with the Federation to save his friends, and got shot in the back by Kirk and Scotty. Keep Burgerking Custardbath in the role, and it's just Sherlock Goes to Space with thirty minutes of desperately scrambling to make him the villain at the end.
Swap Mal in, and it's just another day at the office.
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[All glory to the greatest webcomic on Earth. Fan poster by offsite artist deino-erd.]


So Apparently

Posted by Rache , Dec 27 2013 · 195 views
wonder woman, good news, swords and 1 more...
The actor [Gal Gadot] that is slated to play Wonder Woman has confirmed that she is undergoing some serious training/physical conditioning for the movie.
Training that involves swords.
I may still have some doubts about her acting ability, based on what I know her to have been in - the Fast & Furious franchise isn't exactly known for nuanced performances, or actors capable of the like, but...
Well, if the long list of training material is any indication of her role in the movie - a list including swords, Kung Fu, swords, Ju-jitsu, and freaking swords you guys - then Wonder Woman is going to be a pretty entertaining character in a braindead action movie about Batffleck and some neck-snapping enthusiast wearing Superman like a cheap suit.


Hoo Boy

Posted by Rache , Dec 22 2013 · 283 views
blurgl, google, research and 2 more...
So, a few months ago, I tried to find some reference on the medieval Chola naval vessel known as the Thirisadai - essentially the equivalent of a battleship. At this time, I posted a blog entry, requesting aid in finding these references - the request was unsuccessful, which is hardly shocking; BZPower is not exactly a community built upon a shared fondness for naval history, nor is a high proportion of the site's population comprised of historians.
Anyway, I let that project rest for a while, as I tried to find the pictures I needed. Other ideas came up, I wrote some music, bought a didgeridoo, and the idea slid to the back of my mind, resurfacing earlier today.
So, feeling lucky, I tried Google again.
This was the top result.
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That's how little relevant material there is on this.


And That's Terrible

Posted by Rache , Dec 10 2013 · 321 views
green hornet, wonder woman and 2 more...
Let's just take a moment to reflect on the fact that the Green Hornet got a movie before Wonder Woman got to appear in one.
Okay? Had your flashbacks to how awful that movie was yet?
Wonder Woman's going to be played by a cardboard actress in a movie directed by Zack Snyder.
Let me put it this way - given the choice between not eating, and eating a muffin made of broken glass, I'd go ahead and not eat.
Zack Snyder movies tend to be muffins made of broken glass - very shiny, no real substance, and it leaves kind of an unpleasant, metallic taste in your mouth.


The Truth About Electrodes

Posted by Rache , Nov 15 2013 · 257 views
tags, I dont need no and 1 more...
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[I am in no way responsible for the existence of this image. I wish I was. But I'm not. It's a still frame from an utterly beautiful gif.]


Uncontroversial Opinion

Posted by Rache , Nov 03 2013 · 252 views
Dave Newman, Firefly/Serenity and 2 more...

This right here is some magnificently fun music.


The ArchChancellor's Top Ten Video Game Names

Posted by Rache , Aug 22 2013 · 172 views
name generator, wacky, ohgodswhy
10. Inbred Chocobo Spies
9. National Lampoon's Dog Hospital
8. Invisible Landmine in the Outback
7. Deep Space Spelling of the [consigned to an unpleasant afterlife]
6. Shady Pachinko Encounter
5. British Sushi - The Game
4. Relentless Furry Dancers
3. Olympic Ninja Desperados
2. Children of the Cheese-Fight
1. Flying Hamster Combat
Honourable mention: Mario's Wrestling Power, Heavy Metal Sunshine Sisters, NCAA Dwarf Fiasco, Narcoleptic Harpoon - the Gathering Storm, Muppet NASCAR Overload



Posted by Rache , Aug 21 2013 · 355 views
blog wars
The blogs have become an uncomfortable place lately, and, due to some disagreements on the way a few things have been handled, I have found myself at odds with people I would rather count as friends. I don't see an end to this situation coming as soon as I would like it to, so there is something I would like to make clear before things go too far.
I do not want a fight.
I have never logged onto BZP with that desire in my mind. I have enough people to argue with elsewhere, were I the sort of person who revels in confrontation - but I'm not. When I log onto BZP, I want to relax, laugh with my friends, and maybe debate minor matters of philosophy. No matter what is said in the rather more serious debates happening now, and those still to come, no matter what my errors of communication or careless, accidental, hurting words, I am here to talk, relax, and have fun. Not to make enemies.
If the time ever comes that I do not respect you, I will not fight you. I will not argue with someone for whom I have no respect, whose views, desires, and feelings hold no value for me. I will ignore them. I will give such a person up as a lost cause, and happily avoid the irritation they brought me.
So unless the time comes that I never reply to anything you say, never visit your blog, and never argue with you, know that I respect you. I may not be your friend, I may not agree with you on anything, you may not even like me, but I would rather have you as a friend than an enemy, and if, by some chance, all the people who are so much better at being human and nice and comforting than I am have disappeared, know that, if you need it, I will try to have something good to say. I will try, in the small ways available to me, to make your day better.

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