spooky_nine: (Film/TV - Scott Pilgrim - Kim Pine)
A recent post in another community asked people to post pictures of themselves when they were younger. I pulled out my old photo albums and found a few of myself from high school. I don't have a scanner so I just took a picture of the pictures (WE NEED TO GO DEEPER) with my phone and uploaded them. I thought I'd share.

Pictures )

loansharkbliss: lol pictures of you in high school
cutthroatstalker: lol ikr
spooky_nine: (Video Game - Draenei)

My new goblin omg so excited! I've wanted to play a goblin since Vanilla oh so many years ago. I decided to go with a warlock, and I'm spec'd for Demonology. She's only level 12 since my wrists have been killing me lately, so I can't put in the feverish playtime I usually do.

Are you playing? Are you leveling your main to 85 or did you roll one of the new races? If you rolled a worgen, are you a furry?
spooky_nine: (Book - Ravenclaw)
"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published"
Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, Rosie Redfield sat down to read a new paper called, A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus." Despite its innocuous title, the paper had great ambitions. Every living thing that scientists have ever studied uses phosphorus to build the backbone of its DNA. In the new paper, NASA-funded scientists described a microbe that could use arsenic instead. If the authors of the paper were right, we would have to expand our notions of what forms life can take.

Redfield, a microbiology professor at the University of British Columbia, had been hearing rumors about the papers for days beforehand. On Monday, NASA released a Sphinxlike press release: "NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." Like a virulent strain of bacteria, speculation exploded over the next three days. "Did NASA Discover Life on One of Saturn's Moons?" asked Gawker, a Web site that does not often ask questions about astrobiology.

The truth was revealed on Thursday. At NASA's press conference, the scientists described their research, which was just then being posted on the Web site of the journal Science. They had not found life on one of Saturn's moons; instead, they had gone to the arsenic-laced waters of Mono Lake in California and isolated a strain of bacteria they dubbed GFAJ-1.

Back at the lab, they grew the bacteria in a broth of nutrients. When they gradually reduced the supply of phosphate (a molecule composed of one phosphorus atom and four oxygen atoms) and replaced it with arsenate (one arsenic and four oxygen atoms), the bacteria still managed to grow. The scientists examined the DNA of these hardy microorganisms and inferred that it contained arsenic.

As soon Redfield started to read the paper, she was shocked. "I was outraged at how bad the science was," she told me.

The rest of the article )


Dec. 4th, 2010 02:04 am
spooky_nine: (Film/TV - Flapjack - Awe)

spooky_nine: (/b/ - WRYYYYYYYYYYYYY)
God damn it Rule 34. You've ruined the purest and most innocent thing to come out of /b/ in years.

spooky_nine: (/b/ - Party Hard)

spooky_nine: (Misc. - Eyeball Kitty)
Coffins used to be built with holes in them, attached to six feet of copper tubing and a bell. The tubing would allow air for victims buried under the mistaken impression they were dead. Harold, the Oakdale gravedigger, upon hearing a bell, went to go see if it was children pretending to be spirits. Sometimes it was also the wind. This time it wasn’t either. A voice from below begged, pleaded to be unburied.

“You Sarah O’Bannon?”

“Yes!” the voice assured.

“You were born on September 17, 1827?”


“The gravestone here says you died on February 19?”

“No I’m alive, it was a mistake! Dig me up, set me free!”

“Sorry about this, ma’am,” Harold said, stepping on the bell to silence it and plugging up the copper tube with dirt. “But this is August. Whatever you is down there, you ain’t alive no more, and you ain’t comin’ up.”

I love creepypasta. Do you know of any good sites for it besides /x/?
spooky_nine: (Misc. - Eyeball Kitty)

The annual meeting of the Presidents of Things attracts no protests; it’s held in a Days Inn and anyway, no one understands its importance. The President of Grownups makes sure of that.

“We have new business to get through, people, pay attention!” The President of Whether You’re Paying Attention raps her gavel and frowns. ”Can we just do a quick vote? Those in favor?” A chorus. “Those opposed?”

“Nay,” says the President of Internet, without raising her voice.

Everybody gets quiet at that. The President of Internet is a nice lady and all, but never forget: she knows what you did.
spooky_nine: (Default)
Execution by injection far from painless
Execution by lethal injection may not be the painless procedure most Americans assume, say researchers from Florida and Virginia.

They examined post-mortem blood levels of anaesthetic and believe that prisoners may have been capable of feeling pain in almost 90% of cases and may have actually been conscious when they were put to death in over 40% of cases.

Since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated in the US, 788 people have been killed by lethal injection. The procedure typically involves the injection of three substances: first, sodium thiopental to induce anaesthesia, followed by pancuronium bromide to relax muscles, and finally potassium chloride to stop the heart.

But doctors and nurses are prohibited by healthcare professionals' ethical guidelines from participating in or assisting with executions, and the technicians involved have no specific training in administering anaesthetics.

"My impression is that lethal injection as practiced in the US now is no more humane than the gas chamber or electrocution, which have both been deemed inhumane," says Leonidas Koniaris, a surgeon in Miami and one of the authors on the paper. He is not, he told New Scientist, against the death penalty per se.

But Kyle Janek, a Texas senator and anaesthesiologist, and a vocal advocate of the death penalty, insists that levels of anaesthetic are more than adequate. He says that an inmate will typically receive up to 3 grams - about 10 times the amount given before surgery. "I can attest with all medical certainty that anyone receiving that massive dose will be under anaesthesia," he said in a recent editorial.

Continued )

I think this brings up a lot of interesting questions. Do you even care if criminals are experiencing pain like the article says? They're guilty, shouldn't they be made to suffer? The Eighth amendment says they should be executed humanely. Who's right?

I'm anti-death penalty for purely fiscal reasons; it's more expensive to keep criminals on death row while they exhaust their appeals rather than to sentence them to life imprisonment.
spooky_nine: (LG - Telephone)
If you’re over 18, you’ve lived through two years whose dates are palindromes: 1991 and 2002. That’s a rare privilege. Since 1001, the normal gap between palindromic years has been 110 years (e.g., 1661-1771). The 11-year gap 1991-2002 has been the only exception, and we’ll wait a millennium for the next such gap, 2992-3003. Until then we’re back to 110-year intervals, and most people will see only one palindrome in a lifetime.

Via Futility Closet
spooky_nine: (LG - AMA Fire)
Tuesday 9:00 AM
by: Denver Butson

A man standing at the bus stop
reading the newspaper is on fire
Flames are peeking out
from beneath his collar and cuffs
His shoes have begun to melt

The woman next to him
wants to mention it to him
that he is burning
but she is drowning
Water is everywhere
in her mouth and ears
in her eyes
A stream of water runs
steadily from her blouse

Another woman stands at the bus stop
freezing to death
She tries to stand near the man
who is on fire
to try to melt the icicles
that have formed on her eyelashes
and on her nostrils
to stop her teeth long enough
from chattering to say something
to the woman who is drowning
but the woman who is freezing to death
has trouble moving
with blocks of ice on her feet

It takes the three some time
to board the bus
what with the flames
and water and ice
But when they finally climb the stairs
and take their seats
the driver doesn't even notice
that none of them has paid
because he is tortured
by visions and is wondering
if the man who got off at the last stop
was really being mauled to death
by wild dogs.
spooky_nine: (/b/ - Party Hard)

So my birthday options tonight are either to drink alone and play WoW, or play a Harry Potter movie drinking game (alone). I'm not sure which makes me more of a loser at this point.


Here's the drinking game that I'm currently playing:

You drink/take a shot when: )
spooky_nine: (Flapjack - Sobbing)
spooky_nine: (/b/ - Mudkips!!)
spooky_nine: (Misc. - Eyeball Kitty)


Oct. 25th, 2010 01:31 am
spooky_nine: (/b/ - Party Hard)
spooky_nine: (Misc. - Classy Dino)

So Han’s walking down the halls of Bespin with his old friend Lando. Leia’s there, and lookin’ good. Han thinks he’s off to dinner - maybe some wine, a little flirting, and then back to the ol’ guest quarters with Her Hotness.

But the door opens, and there’s Darth Vader.

Han doesn’t look incredulously at Lando; he doesn’t duck or run away.

What does Han do?

He starts shooting at the motherfucker.

He starts shooting.

Be like Han.

Via randomstuff.filmbuzi.hu
spooky_nine: (Misc. - Eyeball Kitty)
spooky_nine: (LG - gagagagagagaga)
Is killing yourself adaptive? That depends: An evolutionary theory about suicide

An excerpt:

In fact, a scientific understanding of suicide is useful not only for vulnerable gay teens, but for anyone ever finding themselves in conditions favoring suicide. I say “favoring suicide” because there is convincing work—all tracing back to McMaster University’s Denys deCatanzaro’s largely forgotten ideas from the early 1980s—indicating that human suicide is an adaptive behavioral strategy that becomes increasingly likely to occur whenever there is a perfect storm of social, ecological, developmental and biological variables factoring into the evolutionary equation. In short, deCatanzaro has posited that human brains are designed by natural selection in such a way as to encourage us to end our own lives when facing certain conditions, because this was best for our suicidal ancestors’ overall genetic interests.

For good-hearted humanitarians, it may sound rather bizarre, perhaps even borderline insensitive, to hear that suicide is “adaptive.” But remember that this word means a very different thing in evolutionary terms than it does when used in clinical settings. Because natural selection operates only on phenotypes, not human values, even the darkest of human emotions may be adaptive if they motivated gene-enhancing behavioral decisions. It’s not that evolution is cruel, but as a mindless mechanism it can neither care nor not care about particular individuals; selection, after all, is not driven by an actual brain harboring any feelings about, well, anything at all. In no case does this sobering fact come into sharper focus than with the case of adaptive suicide. (I notice a similar reactionary confusion, incidentally, among “New Atheists” who bleat and huff in a Dawkinsian manner whenever they hear mention of the empirically demonstrable fact that religion is adaptive, something I’ll save for another day.)

You can read the full article at the source.


Oct. 12th, 2010 03:42 am
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