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Undersea spaghetti monster, dinosaur tails, ancient cookbooks, and other fun things February 7, 2017

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An interlude with nice things.

Dinosaur tail found fully preserved in amber, and yes, it’s feathery.

“A team from BP was carrying out routine operations near an oil well, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) at a depth of 1325 metres, when they spotted the creature, which they nicknamed the flying spaghetti monster.” The noodly appendages are real. RAmen.

Mall space got repurposed into gorgeous loft apartments.

“The Ptolemaic dynasty was able to spend big on the institution thanks to the riches of Egypt’s fertile land and resources from the Nile, including papyrus, the ancient world’s main writing material. As a result, the library had an edge in development over others. The Ptolemaic kings were determined to collect any and all books that existed—from the epics, tragedies, to cookbooks.

“Olio wants to make it easy for busy food sellers to avoid wasting food. ‘These vendors usually don’t have enough surplus to donate to a charity or something, but they still end up having to throw away quite a lot at the end of the day.'”

I asked other immigrants about their first moments of culture shock in the United States. Here’s what they told me.” Braces, junk food, chatty cashiers, and more.

“Hebrew marks gender prolifically (even the word “you” is different depending on genders), Finnish has no gender marking and English is somewhere in between. Accordingly, children growing-up in a Hebrew speaking environment figure out their own gender about a year earlier than Finnish-speaking children; English-speaking kids fall in the middle.

When pigs fly” and equivalent metaphors, in different languages, illustrated.


Links with His Noodly Blessing December 15, 2010

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A bunch of Flying Spaghetti Monster links that I picked up a while back.

Crafty crafts: make your own FSM brooch, knit your own FSM hat, and wish you had bought some FSM magnets.

Our second official hymn, to the tune of “The Old Rugged Cross”. (The first official hymn is, of course, “On Top Of Spaghetti.”)

Ancient Native Americans knew of the FSM. So, evidently, does chemistry.

And, in soon-to-be-obsolete seasonal news, a bizarre video review of the leadup to this year’s Yuletide. (They, uh, want Stephen/AU!Stephen slash. Been there, done that…)

This Week, 7/20-7/26 July 26, 2009

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Axis Powers Hetalia/Dilbert
Elbonia-kun (art | Elbonia, a pig | worksafe)

Fake News
Puppy Love, part 1 (fic | Jon/liberal!”Stephen”, a puppy | PG-13)

Fake News/Strangers With Candy
Why Should I Care? sketchdump (sketches | George/Seamus, Jon/”Stephen”, Chuck/Geoffrey, Jerri | worksafe)

Seifuku Helena (art | Helena | worksafe)
Angel eyes (sketch | Lisa | worksafe)
Otakon ’09 – Cat Toy (art | Seras, Schroedinger | worksafe)
Otakon ’09 – Hug (art | Schroedinger, fan | worksafe)

Hellsing/Vampire Hunter D
Just An Old Grandma Now (art | old!Integra, ickle!D | worksafe)

Pretty Anchor Sailor Jon
The Inners (art | Sailor Rob, Sailor Ed, Sailor Sam, Jason, Sailor Steve | worksafe)
Inner Attacks (art | Sailor Rob, Sailor Ed, Sailor Sam, Sailor Steve | worksafe)

Action Girl Anita (art | Anita | worksafe)

United States of Tara
Every Now And Then I Fall Apart (mix | Tara/Max, the alters, the family, Dr. Ocean | PG-13, spoilers)

FSM-chan (art | the Flying Spaghetti Monster | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Otakon gets recapped, and Alucard and Integra have an intimate (wink, wink) moment before sending Alucard off into battle.

I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. August 5, 2008

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The NYT magazine has a huge article about trolling. It goes pretty in-depth, so even if you don’t need to be introduced to 4chan, it’s worth a read.

On a brighter note, the U.S. State Department now has its own wiki. And by all accounts, it’s working pretty well.

Speaking of wikis, this is all kinds of hilarious: Wikihistory.

And speaking of hilarious . . . okay, Embrace the Horror starts out parodic (H. P. Lovecraft meets the Flying Spaghetti Monster), but it gets viciously deterministic by the end.

If you need a pick-me-up after that, the Onion is happy to oblige: Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet.

And, to close on what may be the warmest and fuzziest note possible: 15 reasons Mr. Rogers was best neighbor ever. Seriously, this is amazing. It will restore your faith in humanity.