kingtyphoid:

A bomb damaged house in Leningrad, 1942.

kingtyphoid:

A bomb damaged house in Leningrad, 1942.

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy.”
Kurt Vonnegut (via laviesepoursuit)
aseaofquotes:

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

aseaofquotes:

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

bunfoot:

these looks are so rulers of the galaxy kanye looks like he has a scepter in the 4th pic

This is what I was promised the future would look like, so I’m happy.

(Source: kanyeweststyle)

obviouslybenhughes:

jenniferrpovey:

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.

obviouslybenhughes:

jenniferrpovey:

jumpingjacktrash:

becausegoodheroesdeservekidneys:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ

This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

Oh yes, acacia trees.

They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.

And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.

And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.

Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.

So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.

Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).

This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.

Anonymous said: that answer made it sound like your brain is married to its meat suit

don’t judge us

Anonymous said: more puns plz. all the puns plz. no such thing as too many puns plz.

I can’t work under this kind of pressure

blue-pachyderm said: Do you write any episodes for SciShow Space?

Not often, but sometimes! The last one I wrote was the one about white holes. And I’m working on one now about the Eridanus supervoid! Most of the time, though, I am vanilla SciShow.

forlornloner said: Hi! I come in peace, not to pick up an argument, but I need some clarification about the Solar System gif debunkation. The way I look at the gif, all the planets are indeed moving on a one plane, it's just that the used perspective may lead to misleading conclusion that the planets are trailing behind (What I mean is nicely illustrated by the youtube video - watch?v=pwaTzpNo4BA). Isn't it the way this gif was supposed to be interpreted?

The solar system is flat. It’s frisbee-shaped. That’s what’s meant by saying that the planets orbit the Sun on one plane. The whole frisbee moves around the center of the galaxy while retaining its frisbee shape. The ‘helical motion around the sun’ thing is complete bunk. It’s like some bizarre Flat Earth Society thing for the 21st century.

Here, let minutephysics explain it.

essentiallyjesus said: hi everything you say is great and I really like your brain so just wondering is your brain single

My brain and the meat-suit it wears are in fact happily married.

rainbowrites:

rollership:

morefunthanbeingsad:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?

We’re going to andromeda. Our galaxies will merge in millions or billions.

oh god this is GORGEOUS. We are a part of one big cosmic artwork

ALDKSFJALSDFKJ AWLEKJ WHYYYYYYYYYY IS THIS GOING AROUND AGAIN
THIS IS SO WRONG
THIS IS SO ASDFKLDASFJING WRONG
THIS IS NOT WHAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE
OH MY GOD
OH MY GOD
WE KNOW WHAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE
IT LOOKS LIKE THE THING YOU WERE TAUGHT IT LOOKS LIKE
THIS IS COMPLETELY MADE-UP 
THE FACT THAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS MOVING AROUND THE GALAXY DOESN’T MEAN THE SUN IS HURTLING LIKE A FRIGGIN COMET WITH ALL THE PLANETS TRAILING BEHIND IT
I MEAN REALLY??
REALLY???
YOU THINK WE WOULDN’T HAVE NOTICED THAT???
HOW WOULD PLANETS EVER BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN, IF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKED LIKE THIS??
HOW WOULD WE HAVE UNIFORM SEASONS, IF WE WERE FLYING AROUND IN A FRIGGIN SPIRAL SHAPE BEHIND THE SUN??
HOW WOULD HUMANITY HAVE GONE ABOUT A THOUSAND YEARS BELIEVING THE EARTH WAS AT THE CENTER OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM IF JUST LOOKING UP WOULD SHOW THE SUN WOBBLING AROUND IN A CIRCLE ON A PLANE THAT WE DON’T SHARE?
THIS IS SO STUPID I HATE THIS GIF SO MUCH IT MAKES NO SENSE IT’S SO WRONG AND SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN FOR IT
WHYYYYYYYYYY

rainbowrites:

rollership:

morefunthanbeingsad:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.

Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?

We’re going to andromeda. Our galaxies will merge in millions or billions.

oh god this is GORGEOUS. We are a part of one big cosmic artwork

ALDKSFJALSDFKJ AWLEKJ WHYYYYYYYYYY IS THIS GOING AROUND AGAIN

THIS IS SO WRONG

THIS IS SO ASDFKLDASFJING WRONG

THIS IS NOT WHAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE

OH MY GOD

OH MY GOD

WE KNOW WHAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE

IT LOOKS LIKE THE THING YOU WERE TAUGHT IT LOOKS LIKE

THIS IS COMPLETELY MADE-UP 

THE FACT THAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS MOVING AROUND THE GALAXY DOESN’T MEAN THE SUN IS HURTLING LIKE A FRIGGIN COMET WITH ALL THE PLANETS TRAILING BEHIND IT

I MEAN REALLY??

REALLY???

YOU THINK WE WOULDN’T HAVE NOTICED THAT???

HOW WOULD PLANETS EVER BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN, IF THE SOLAR SYSTEM LOOKED LIKE THIS??

HOW WOULD WE HAVE UNIFORM SEASONS, IF WE WERE FLYING AROUND IN A FRIGGIN SPIRAL SHAPE BEHIND THE SUN??

HOW WOULD HUMANITY HAVE GONE ABOUT A THOUSAND YEARS BELIEVING THE EARTH WAS AT THE CENTER OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM IF JUST LOOKING UP WOULD SHOW THE SUN WOBBLING AROUND IN A CIRCLE ON A PLANE THAT WE DON’T SHARE?

THIS IS SO STUPID I HATE THIS GIF SO MUCH IT MAKES NO SENSE IT’S SO WRONG AND SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN FOR IT

WHYYYYYYYYYY

jollityfarm:

arsvallis:

rosaluxmemeburg:

fawnflight:

”I hate capitalism.” typed the communist individual on their MacBook Pro, a product that is a result of capitalism.

”I hate feudalism.” wrote the burgher with their printing press, a product that is a result of feudalism.

"there is only one G*d" said the early christians as they traveled through roman roads, a product of a pagan empire.

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Anonymous said: do you know who runs boggletheowl?

I do.

picturesinhismind said: i talk about the carolingian renaissance so much that my friends actively think i'm weird and are now afraid to use terms like 'dark ages' or 'renaissance' around me at all, so i feel you.

The thing is, I don’t even know which of my interests prompted this message, but it doesn’t matter because I’m like this about all of them.