melaniehoping said: songs for howl, please! or howl/sophie. either way!!

1 - eros and apollo - studio killers

Soon, he will eat your hearts like cereals
Sweet lolitas, don’t go
You’re still young

2 - 70 million - hold your horses

And it hardly looked like a novel at all, 
I hardly look like a hero at all

3 - i’m sticking with you - the velvet underground

I’m sticking with you
'Cos I'm made out of glue
Anything that you might do
I’m gonna do too

4 - go places - the new pornographers

Yes a heart will always go one step too far 
Come the morning and the four corners I see 
What the moral of the back story could be 
Come with me, go places 

5 - primadonna - marina and the diamonds

You say that I’m kinda difficult
But it’s always someone else’s fault

wishingstargonesupernova said: the master?

1 - matches to paper dolls - dessa

And you flash some fang
And I bat my lashes
And we’re back again
No end to this game with matches

2 - power & control - marina and the diamonds

Power and control,
I’m gonna make you fall.

3 - kiss with a fist - florence and the machine

You smashed a plate over my head
Then I set fire to our bed

4 - polite dance song - the bird and the bee

Give it up for me please, put your hands in the air
If you know what’s good for you, you wanna shake it like you just don’t care

5 - soldier in a box - hot hot heat

Soldier in a box… he’s mighty lonely
Soldier in a box… he’s nothing special 

(psyche it’s a doctor/master playlist)

euphrasiefauchelevent:

is there an ask meme thats like “send me a ship/character/au and ill make a 5 song playlist for them” if not im making one

ASK BOX HERE

Anonymous said: I think to better help destroy the idea of an innate gender and sex binary, it would be helpful to call sperm producers and ovum producer exactly this (or big gamete / small gamete or whatever); instead of "male" and "female"...

in my mind, male and female as vocabulary words present two problems:

  1. they describe both sex and gender and that is hella confusing, and also makes it tempting to conflate the two
  2. there are only two of them and this does not reflect the natural world of sexes very well

i think using different words like you’ve proposed may help problem 1.  however, i don’t think your solution fixes problem 2, which i believe encompasses the innate binary issue that’s the main thrust of your ask.  replacing the two words we have that mean “has smaller sex cells” and “has larger sex cells” with two different words that mean the exact same thing does basically nothing on that front.

i’d really rather not up the syllable-count in already-dense and inaccessible scientific writing, and i’m just not sold hard enough on sperm producers and ovum producers as helpful terms to sacrifice any more clarity.

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Can Voldemort secretly be Collier Strong?

ahahaha, yes, also a fair placement :D

Anonymous said: Does this make Voldemort Tim Gunn or Heidi Klum?

neither????

voldemort is like, the corporate executive who decides how much product placement goes into the show. he’s been working on his dastardly scheme to gradually increase it until 50% of all episodes is just lingering camera shots of brand names and logos artfully placed in the workroom

beautifuloutlier:

I want to note that the way the sex binary looks like it’s present throughout the animal world is that white scientists have a terrible habit of labeling everything “male” or “female” even when it makes no sense.

Like, by any reasonable metric, bees have three sexes: drone, queen, and worker. Workers are only labelled female because someone couldn’t abide the idea of something not being either one or the other.

And before someone calls “genetics” there are many species where both sexes have the exact same genetics, and even many where individuals can change reproductive capacity at will, and scientists suddenly have no problem calling the ones who grow eggs “female” even though they were “male” two weeks ago.

Some species of mammals reproduce asexually. They have only one sex. It is still called “female” because it makes babies even though one might reasonably ask why even make the distinction when every single individual makes babies just the same.

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scientists have a lot of issues with sex and gender!  like that honey bee thing: not spot on.  scientists are really really bad about applying human binaries on natural systems in fact and it fucks up the path to discovery, in addition to being shitty and sexist and binarist!  i am angry about it a lot.

but i just wanna add some info on how scientists talk about sex from someone on the front lines who studies reproductive bio in an animal system 

the convention among the english-speaking scientific community i am familiar with is this: if the animal has got large, long-lived, non-motile sex cells (generally eggs) it’s called a female.  If it’s got small, short-lived, motile sex cells (generally sperms) it’s called male.  If it has both sorts it’s kinda complicated but generally not called male or female.

for example, one of the little tiny worms we like to study comes in two types: ones that make eggs and sperms, and ones that only make sperms.  scientists happily call the first type hermaphrodites and the second type males.

we could do like yeast biologists and call the different mating types a and alpha, but because of tradition we just don’t.  anyway, that’s why we label things “male” and “female” and what the reasoning is behind it.

sloanfuckingsabbith said: oh my god the west wing project runway au would be the most amazing thing ever.

me wanting a west wing project runway au is what started it

it would be so glorious

[listen]

megaparsecs replied to your post: you: hey isozyme, what do you want mos…

(ok im gonna feel like such a dbag for this but there’s a typo in the hermione one. also this is fantastic. also im v sorry for being that douche. also i love it. i hope dumbledore isnt tim gunn that would be disastrous )

aaaah, thanks, fixed!  (noo don’t feel bad i would never have caught it myself)

dumbledore is NOT tim gunn, tim gunn is irreplaceable. dumbledore can be a celebrity guest judge who doesn’t know shit

you: hey isozyme, what do you want most in this world?

me: project runway AUs in every fandom

melaniehoping:


gather around the fire and i’ll tell you a story about a time, in a place

eleven songs of folktales from the heartland
tell me a story

yeah!  yeah!!!! songs with stories in them!

melaniehoping:

gather around the fire and i’ll tell you a story about a time, in a place

eleven songs of folktales from the heartland

tell me a story

yeah!  yeah!!!! songs with stories in them!

isozyme:

First a Darling, Then a Marvel
(20648 words) by isozyme
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb
Characters: Hermann Gottlieb, Newton Geiszler
Additional Tags: Science, Biology, Post-Canon, Mild Sexual Content
Summary:

Newt runs a simulation given three constraints:

1: Newt wants to clone a kaiju
2: Hermann does not want Newt to clone a kaiju
3: Newt is going to clone a kaiju anyway

Hey guys I finished my monster Pacific Rim Newt/Hermann science manifesto!  If you like obsessively true-to-life biological research and hopeless pining wrapped up in bickering and banter, this is the fic for you.

Next day reblog!  Plus an excerpt:

"One of these days, Newt is going to have a graduate student that stays on for longer than a ten week departmentally mandated rotation. When he’d first picked up this position the list of eager first year students asking to join his lab had been extensive, gratifying, and ego-boosting, befitting the kind of rock star scientist he definitely is. Now he has a different kind of reputation. The reviews on RateMyPI.com are not kind. Does not write letters of recommendation on time, expects 90+ hours per week in the lab, never in his office, projects are impossible and come with little to no guidance, travels constantly, refuses to hire sufficient support staff. The reviews at graduate student happy hours are less kind, Newt’s smart enough to guess. He’s made a bad habit of dressing students down, loudly, when their experiments do not work, when they fail to perform proper controls, when he’s feeling the need to pick a fight, any kind of fight, and the problem with graduate students is that they don’t fight back, they just stare at him and say “Yes Dr. Geiszler,” and “I’m sorry I didn’t think of that, Dr. Geiszler.”

The takeaway is that Newt’s doing his own image acquisition tonight.”

First a Darling, Then a Marvel
(20648 words) by isozyme
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb
Characters: Hermann Gottlieb, Newton Geiszler
Additional Tags: Science, Biology, Post-Canon, Mild Sexual Content
Summary:

Newt runs a simulation given three constraints:

1: Newt wants to clone a kaiju
2: Hermann does not want Newt to clone a kaiju
3: Newt is going to clone a kaiju anyway

Hey guys I finished my monster Pacific Rim Newt/Hermann science manifesto!  If you like obsessively true-to-life biological research and hopeless pining wrapped up in bickering and banter, this is the fic for you.

anartisticanomaly:

phantomcat94:

meefling:

You Aren’t Boring I Just Suck At Conversations I’m Sorry: a novel by me

I’m Not Ignoring You I Just Don’t Know What To Say: a sequel by me

I Feel Like I have Nothing Interesting To Say So I Don’t Say Anything At All And I’m Really Sorry Don’t Stop Talking To Me: the trilogy.

huffs in frustration

okay so:

i know this feeling intimately and it really helped me to discover that sucking at conversations is not, in fact, intrinsic about you.  social anxiety is hard, but getting better at small talk is a learnable skill!  having interesting things to say is a learnable skill!  we are not doomed to feel this way forever!

skills i am constantly working on:

1) asking more questions!  asking people what they think then asking why they think it.  when someone says something confusing, asking them to explain better.  this is hard!  but good.

2) effectively narrativizing my life!  when something stressful or unlikely or hilarious happens to me, trying to find the punchline.  real life doesn’t always have a satisfying ending and i hate when my stories trail off into nothing, so i try to test-run stories, noting when an ending falls flat. remembering that being funny takes practice.

3) surrounding myself with good conversationalists.  extroverts are great for this!  learn to enjoy conversations while they do all the work.  steal their tricks!  it is so relaxing to socialize with a group of people who are genuinely drawing energy from just being around each other. 

4) no seriously asking people questions everyone wants to talk about themselves and their opinions more, and people have super cool stuff to say if they trust you to listen and not think they’re annoying.  it’s so tricky, but so fabulous when it works.

this may not help everyone, but seeing this helpless post with three hundred thousand notes was v concerning to me.

okay grumpy oldster out, carry on.