So I got an upsurge of notes after my last post got noticed by “linkarafans” so I decided to put in some more work on this… still have a few sets left (Biking, surfing, and fishing) but I’m progressing, at least. Not sure if I want to release or not… I may just send the final copy to Linkara and let him do what he wants with it.
But you can’t judge a book by its cover, dammit!
In actuality, the grave seriousness of Animorphs is what stands out most in my memories. This isn’t 10,000 pages of kids turning into butterflies. It’s a 10,000 page chronicling of war, and the central themes of the series are appropriately aligned with that subject matter. Once you’ve suspended your disbelief and firmly settled yourself into the bizarre sci-fi nature of the material, what you’ve got is five teenagers who struggle with things like dehumanization, the responsibility or leadership, sanity, insanity and morality. It is told with the horror of actual war, where the battle is not only physical, but mental as well. Is it right to kill unarmed enemies? Is it right to ask a team member and friend to carry out a dangerous mission? Is it right to retreat, to continue, to do anything?
Horrible things happen with surprising frequency in this series. Characters you’ve grown attached to have mental break-downs, crumble under the pressure, cease to be heroes. In fact, a lot of this series serves to debunk childish notions of battle and war as being something magnificent and heroic. The battles that are fought are not great feats or victories, but rather a series of jumbled, confusing actions that leave regret and sickness in the hearts of those who fought. Each decision, whether in the heat of battle or for the greater good, comes later to haunt the character who made it, and they forever feel the weight of their actions and their own short-comings.
via Why Animorphs is possibly the greatest sci-fi story ever told.
I never finished the series but I was SUPER into it for a long time. It really was well done and didn’t dumb things down into super black and white.
… So I love how this post is about how animorphs shouldn’t be judged by the covers, that it’s this amazing series and filled with all these layers and shades of gray… and the cover they choose is of the one where slaughterhouses are demonized through the entire book, only for the Animorphs to eat cheeseburgers at the end.
Edit: I just started reading the whole article, and this cover was used specifically BECAUSE it was ridiculous, but a ridiculous cover where the story isn’t also ridiculous might have been better.
The anatomy of a Chihuahua.
I feel like there should be a black lantern somewhere in that image.
So I came across this flash while watching the HOUND episode on my Sherlock dvd (S02e02, about 57 and a half minutes in) and… well, as someone who works in a hospital lab (and admittedly my knowledge is minor), there are several problems.
-The color of the blood tube’s stopper is gray, meaning it contains Sodium Fluoride as an anticoagulant. I only see this used for maybe a handful of tests, most likely because Sodium Fluoride has a nasty habit of hemolyzing (IE: blowing up) red blood cells. You’re far more likely to see SST used to some degree in almost any major labs, or Li Heparin for labs that prefer tests run on plasma.
-The most common tests run on Gray top tubes are Blood Alcohol, Glucose, and Lactic Acid. Both Alcohol and Glucose testing can be run on generic serum tubes with little effect, so the only test that would be run consistently on Gray tops in a real lab are Lactic Acid tests. These tests are only good for a limited time, and the test itself is mostly only relevant as an indicator for bacterial infection of the blood (aka Sepsis). There’s no reason Scientists trying to make glow in the dark rabbits should be doing one lactic acid test, let alone 30 or so.
-Finally, and most importantly… THE TUBES HAVE NOTHING IN THEM. The centrifuge is shown spinning those blood tubes, so it’s not like they’re in a rack to the side waiting for someone to put rabbit blood in it or something.
Yes, I know it’s just television, and a certain suspension of disbelief has to go into it (especially since this is the episode with the Ghost Hound). But I draw blood for a living, and seeing something like this completely shoots my suspension of disbelief in the face.
Allright, who in the 7 fucks let Twilight experiment with the mirror pool?
So, a friend and I were watching “Slayers”…
And one of our other friends came in and was like “Eh, this just looks like it’s a serious action adventure anime”
Yes. Slayers is a tots srs anime.