Yo nerds, sorry for interrupting all the science and history and stuff, but—my flight is pushing today! If you play dragon game, and you have any spare leveled dragons (or you can make some) and you want to make some rapid cash, check out our mercenary thread —> here. We will buy your love so hard.
Alternately you can just send them to me (PyrrhicComedy) and I will be hella grateful. All kinds of grateful. You can’t even imagine how grateful. It’s a little unnerving, honestly.
Anonymous said: Hi! So, um, sorry if this has been asked before. I'm a huge TCE fan that's very late to join the party and I noticed that you and the other author stop writing it because you already left the fandom. I'm sorry if this may seem intruding, but may I know the reason why both of you left the fandom? I'm so sorry I'm just very curious and I just need to know this so bad orz Please just tell me if you want to answer it privately, I'll then ask you publicly. Again, I'm sorry if you find me rude ;_; OTL
We just got tired of fandom in general, and moved on to other things! There’s not really a story. Personally, I found all the attention overwhelming. By nature, I’m honestly something of a recluse, and answering hundreds of messages a day (even though they were overwhelmingly extremely kind!) was starting to make me want to hide under my safety blanket. Around the same time, we watched some of our friends get driven out of the fandom by drama, and it wasn’t as much fun to stick around without them.
Don’t worry, I don’t think it’s rude to ask. =D
sprechen-sie-ig-pay-atin-lay said: You are an awesome, awesome person with genuine enthusiasm for so many things. You are an actual inspiration to me.
Thank you so much, gosh!
This town in Russia is called Zheleznogorsk.
Their flag and coat of arms is a bear splitting the atom.
That is all.
*kicks down door, knocks over end table, vase crashes to the floor*
No that is NOT all, because Zheleznogorsk is really interesting.
It was a secret city, established in 1950 in the middle of Nowhere, Siberia for the purpose of researching nuclear weaponry and producing massive quantities of plutonium, the facilities for which were hidden inside a hollowed-out mountain. It appeared on no maps, and had no census data. Although more than 100,000 people lived there at one point, satellite imagery would have shown only a fairly small mining town. The mountain complex contained 3,500 rooms and three plutonium reactors, which were kept cool by one of the mightiest river in Siberia. The space had been excavated by tens of thousands of gulag slave laborers, who removed more rock from inside the mountain than was used to build the Great Pyramids. Protected under the granite peak of the mountain, these facilities would survive a direct nuclear attack.
'Zheleznogorsk' was not its official name until after the collapse of the USSR. Before that, it was known on official paperwork as “Krasnoyarsk-26,” which is something like naming a city 'Arizona-17.' Residents traveling outside the city colloquially called it Iron Town, if they had to refer to it at all. They were under strict instructions never to reveal to anyone the actual business of Krasnoyarsk-26.
And life there was fantastic. People living and working in the secret city received some of the best wages in the Soviet Union. There were sports stadiums, public gardens, a movie theater, and the shortages notorious in the rest of the USSR were unknown. The best nuclear scientists in Russia lived in a sealed-off utopia.
A third of all the nuclear weapons produced in Russia during the Cold War were powered by fuel from Zheleznogorsk. At the time, the image of the great Russian bear ripping an atom apart wouldn’t have seemed very funny at all.
compliments-people said: You're awesome and an amazing person!
what the shit is this
why the fuck wouldn’t you read a book, unless you’re illiterate
This literally made me sad and I just want to go to sleep now
I think it’s because people are so stressed and working all the time. Less college grads read than high school grads — that should tell you something. Capitalism crushes the people’s souls.
Plus, think of the books you have to read for class in high school/college. Unless you really enjoy a certain type of literature (and/or have a really great teacher) a lot of it is going to feel like junk you’re forced to suffer through.
So for quite a few people, their perception of “adult” books is super-dense language and unpleasant subject matter, while the last books they really enjoyed reading on their own terms (like those 500+ installment chapter book series) might not be something they consider appropriate/appealing for people their age.
I’m calling bullshit on this whole infographic. How would they even collect this kind of information? I sure as hell don’t remember seeing any questions about my reading habits the last time I took the US Census. Who are they polling? What’s their sample size? What demographic did they poll? This stinks.
So: “RobertBrewer.org” is the personal website of a Christian pastor. On his own website, he explains that the data is has been attributed to something called ‘the Jenkins Group,’ which is a book publisher, not an independent polling agency, and certainly not an unbiased source of data when it comes to reading habits. Brewer also explains that the Jenkins Group itself distances itself from the statistics: they were informally presented by the owner of the company at a party, and were never actually published.
When I read that, I hear “the owner of a publishing company pulled these numbers out of his ass to impress his friends, but since he’s the boss we can’t just say that,” but draw your own conclusions.