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WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: CHINA

Located in deep in the Guilin mountains, shrouded in mist and frequented by dragons that live in the multitude of winding rivers, the students of the Chinese Institute of Magic don their colourful wizarding garbs every September 1st for their return to school whereupon they are treated to spectacular opening festivities involving, but not limited to: choreographed martial arts performances from their combat professors, an assortment of acrobatic wonders, and “Mystery Mooncakes” specially made for the mid-autumn festival.

#BUT WAIT #HOUSES BASED ON THE ORIGINAL FOUR #THE TIGER THE DRAGON THE PHOENIX THE TORTOISE

#just imagine how powerful their magic is though #they’ve been developing it for almost 2000 years longer than western magic imagine how refined and beautiful

#harry potter being eurocentric was such a fuckin’ waste

#my favourite thing is how those of us who have grow up with harry potter are now saying “no that’s not enough” and are expanding the universe #like we’re all critically looking at the books and realizing everything that’s wrong with them and fixing it ourselves #and idk i think that’s amazing

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Happy Caturday ! 

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Happy Caturday ! 

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Because of Amelia, Helena went to the church and Sarah to the state; because of Amelia, Rachel went to the corporation.  All three were assimilated not into families like Alison or Cosima but into groups, into systems, and the relationship between individual and system is one that Orphan Black loves to explore.  Because of this choice, OB is mobilizing Sarah, Helena, and Rachel into the three most important clone pillars this season, as the mystery unravels.  They are thematically representative, narratively connected, and poised for conflict.  More so than the others, they act not only of their individual will but also as a result of their contextual upbringing. - Orphan Black 2.04, “Governed As It Were By Chance”

Because of Amelia, Helena went to the church and Sarah to the state; because of Amelia, Rachel went to the corporation.  All three were assimilated not into families like Alison or Cosima but into groups, into systems, and the relationship between individual and system is one that Orphan Black loves to explore.  Because of this choice, OB is mobilizing Sarah, Helena, and Rachel into the three most important clone pillars this season, as the mystery unravels.  They are thematically representative, narratively connected, and poised for conflict.  More so than the others, they act not only of their individual will but also as a result of their contextual upbringing. - Orphan Black 2.04,Governed As It Were By Chance”

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99percentinvisible:

Throwback: before most cables ran underground, all electrical, telephone and telegraph wires were suspended from high poles

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becausebirds:

Meet Sable, the 1 in 100,000 melanic (oppsite of albino) Barn Owl that wasn’t rejected by its mother for its unique dark coloring.

Oh my god

It looks so pleased!

pornicorn:

darthxinvader:

becausebirds:

Meet Sable, the 1 in 100,000 melanic (oppsite of albino) Barn Owl that wasn’t rejected by its mother for its unique dark coloring.

Oh my god

It looks so pleased!

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The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

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fredscience:

The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here

I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”

Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.

The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.

Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

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Disney Flowers, requested by Gr8-ness.

Alright alright let’s talk the language of flowers here for a sec cause I’m a dork

Snow White there is picking wildflowers. These are associated with love, affection, and freedom. Yellow means cheerfulness, blue means sadness and is sometimes a reference to the sea or the sky (which both indicate freedom). 

Cinderella is running past either forget-me-not or highly stylized lavender (I can’t tell because of the lighting). Say it’s forget-me-not: obviously, remember this night, it’s gonna be special. Lavender would leave this as distrust. For the lack of trust, I’m going to go with forget-me-not in blue- more sadness!

Aurora’s fairy godmother throws Camellias out of that basket. Note that they are a purple color- stands for royalty. Camellias stand for graciousness. Now I don’t know what it says that the godmother is throwing them out, but it’s nice to imagine that the godmother is trying to hide Aurora’s royalty from her and wants her to act less like royalty (gracious, poised, elegant- these aren’t generally associated with peasant women in this era). They could also be Ranunculus, which stands for radiance. Which godmother would also want to hide. 

Ariel’s flower really looks like an Amaryllis, which stands for drama. They also look a bit like Star of Bethlehem, though the coloring is all wrong (they grow in mostly white). They stand for hope, which does make sense. She’s wearing a pink flower, which stands for friendship and caring; these are both qualities of Ariel. She’s picking yellow flowers, indicating- and I’m not joking here- that she’s hopelessly in love. So, uhm, yeah.

On to Belle and her pink rose! Looks to be a spray rose. Pink is gratitude, caring, friendship, all qualities that the witch wanted Beast to have when she cursed him, and all qualities that Belle teaches him. The rose itself represents love, honor, faith, beauty, passion, elegance, balance, wisdom, intrigue, devotion, sensuality, and timelessness. That last one cracks me up, cause the witch put him under a time-specific spell. But the rest of that are all things the witch wanted the Beast to have. 

The flower that Aladdin gives to Jasmine is a Gardenia. They stand for joy- he’s giving her joy, taking her away from what makes her sad, how freakin cute is that?? White is purity, remembrance, truth- he wishes he could tell her the truth, he wants her to have a free night to remember, and we all know that Disney love is pure. 

Pocahontas and her sunflowers- adoration! She adores nature, doesn’t she? And she also adores John Smith (let’s all ignore that this is historically inaccurate for a bit). Yellow is zealousness, cheerfulness, being hopelessly in love, and being a secret admirer. I’m thinking these things apply more to John Smith in this situation. 

Mulan’s father has cherry blossoms falling around him. In Japanese tradition, this would symbolize the transience of life, or a samurai who sacrificed his life for the emperor. Due to the way they grow, they can also be clouds. They are a kind of flower of death- the pink and white suggest purity and elegance. If I remember correctly, these flowers fall in a scene where Mulan’s father is certain she is dead. She almost does die, sacrificing herself for her country and emperor. She’s got the elegance of a trained soldier, and the purest intentions of joining the army: to save her father.

The flower in Tiana’s mom’s hat is white magnolia- purity, remembrance, forgiveness, and dignity. Eudora, as far as I can tell (please don’t hate me because I haven’t seen this movie yet!) is a very dignified woman. I mean, come on, you kind of have to be if you’re the best seamstress in town. But she also wants her daughter to be happy, not just hardworking. She’s a big force in remembering Tiana’s father. The movie itself has a whole lot of lilies in it, specifically water lilies, which indicate pleasure and peace.

Mother Gothel takes a blue daisy out of Rapunzel’s hair.  A daisy is innocence, and I think we can all agree that Rapunzel is an innocent little cutie for a good portion of the movie, and holds on to that innocence despite all the crap that happens to her. Blue can represent faith, youth, calmness, and truth. Rapunzel lies maybe once or twice to her mother and is otherwise a truthful character. She’s young and happy. She’s adorable. This flower captures her in a big way.  When she’s got the full- on braid, she has mountain meadow flowers, buttercups, and dwarf wooly meadowfoams in her hair, all wildflowers, encapsulating her wild spirit. 

The flowers in Mulan are not cherry blossoms. The flowers are way too big. They are a type of magnolia.

First, the name Mulan itself means magnolia (specifically magnolia liliiflora, also called the mulan magnolia). Wow. You can google the images for comparison.

Second, the setting is in China. I very much doubt that the creators would put cherry blossoms, which are so inherently symbolic of Japanese culture, in the film. Despite originating in china, cherry blossoms were never that highly valued there due to it’s transient blooming season. Whereas the Japanese admired that quality, the Chinese found it unlucky.

The flowers that are meaningful to the Chinese all have one quality in common - that they bloom in full beauty despite the adversity: the lotus flower rising from the muddy ponds, the chrysanthemum that can survive almost any soil, and the magnolia that blooms before the rest. That is the message behind the story of Mulan.

I suggest the commenter do more research before making guesses.



Forget Apple Watch: Intelligent virtual assistants are the next tech revolution

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by Chris Brauer

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Dr Chris Brauer is director of innovation in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

THE APPLE Watch is just the latest exciting development in wearable technology. But the prospect of consumers interacting with Siri on their smartwatches also hints at another impending revolution in how we access digitised knowledge. Today, we stand on the brink of the third wave of computing – where machines become capable of learning and self-reflexively developing knowledge about the people and objects around them.

With the creation of so many data points defining our behaviours, interactions, activities, and locations, the next step in emerging technologies is a service that consolidates our experience. Think of it as a mash-up of the powerful natural language processing of IBM’s Watson, the voice-activated intelligent assistance of Apple’s Siri, the productivity enhancement of Google Now, and the biometric and physiological quantifying of the self through wearable technology.

Combine it all together and you have a Virtual Assistant (VA), arriving sometime in the next five years. Companies at the forefront of this development, like Viv Labs, are moving beyond screens and social: the VA will be the new gateway to the internet and all the people and things connected to it. For pop culture references, see intelligent computers like Space Odyssey’s HAL, KITT from Knight Rider, or J.A.R.V.I.S. from the Marvel movies.

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