asapscience:

via Reddit user cgibbard: “The first transformation is the classic hinged dissection of an equilateral triangle into a square popularised by Dudeney.
The Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theorem shows that any two polygons with equal area must admit a dissection into finitely many pieces where one is allowed to arbitrarily rotate and translate the pieces to go from one polygon to the other. The problem about whether a hinged dissection exists remained open until 2007. You can read the paper here, which presents a method which always works to find a hinged dissection.”

asapscience:

via Reddit user cgibbard: “The first transformation is the classic hinged dissection of an equilateral triangle into a square popularised by Dudeney.

The Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theorem shows that any two polygons with equal area must admit a dissection into finitely many pieces where one is allowed to arbitrarily rotate and translate the pieces to go from one polygon to the other. The problem about whether a hinged dissection exists remained open until 2007. You can read the paper here, which presents a method which always works to find a hinged dissection.”

♥ 1708 — 5 days ago on 18 Sep 2014 — via asapscience
❝ This idea that back then we had made a ‘gay’ movie, [Megan] was a ‘gay’ cheerleader, and now I’m a ‘gay’ prisoner … is such a glaring injustice. You would never say, ‘Oh what’s this movie about?’ ‘It’s this guy, he’s a straight lawyer and he falls for this straight doctor and they go on a straight honeymoon.’ ❞
Natasha Lyonne speaking about But I’m A Cheerleader, Orange is the New Black, and what we really say when we call shows with LGBT characters “gay shows.”
♥ 6255 — 5 days ago on 18 Sep 2014 — via lgbtlaughs (source)
♥ 2487 — 5 days ago on 18 Sep 2014 — via oitnb (source)
Teenagers are literally just tryna be trendy and follow historical patterns of language change, but prescriptivists think they’re dumb and don’t want to give them jobs

lolmythesis:

English language and literature, University of South Carolina

"Literally" speaking: Youth language, prescriptivism, and ideology

♥ 1097 — 5 days ago on 18 Sep 2014 — via solongasitswords (source)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey | The Clean Room + Colors.
♥ 2764 — 1 week ago on 14 Sep 2014 — via asapscience (source)
❝ Paul laid the side of his head on his arms, on the table, and closed his eyes. He didn’t feel connected by a traceable series of linked events to a source that had conveyed him, from elsewhere, into this world. He felt like a digression that had forgotten from what it digressed and was continuing ahead in a confused, choiceless searching. ❞
— Tao Lin, Taipei
1 week ago on 14 Sep 2014

for me, tao lin’s taipei wasn’t all that enjoyable or rewarding (compared to the sustained attention I gave it). occasionally I found paul’s/lin’s thoughts/words particularly insightful/well-written, but the majority of the text was off-putting/uninteresting (to me). I know lin just has a different style/approach to his writing, and I tried to frame my reading as necessary to appreciate it, but I think I just got bogged down by the flatness of the characters. also doesn’t help that I just recently read infinite jest, ie. it’s now difficult not to compare lin’s (or any author’s) writing to wallace’s.

edit: bret easton ellis’s tweet about taipei is pretty much on point.

1 week ago on 14 Sep 2014
nevver:

Watches

nevver:

Watches

♥ 3777 — 1 week ago on 13 Sep 2014 — via asapscience (source)
❝ The prison … functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers … It relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism. ❞
— Angela Davis, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”
♥ 1477 — 1 week ago on 13 Sep 2014 — via liefplus (source)

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.

Links:

Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

♥ 92044 — 1 week ago on 13 Sep 2014 — via poldberg

scottisqueer:

lotrlockedwhovian:

fortylinestare:

someone made a really good point in the commentary of a post once which basically boiled down to the fact that james and lily’s patronuses are complements of each other (stag / doe) as opposed to snape and lily’s (doe / doe) which just goes to show how love and obsession are not the same thing at all thank u for ur time

whoa.

As much as I agree that Snape’s feelings for Lily were messed up, this still pisses me the fuck off. It’s way too close to the idea that same-sex love is narcissistic and obsessive as opposed to heterosexual love which is meaningful and pure and real.

♥ 100334 — 2 weeks ago on 08 Sep 2014 — via lgbtlaughs (source)
mercuryjones:

I’m adoring Jack Antonoff from Bleachers and Fun.

mercuryjones:

I’m adoring Jack Antonoff from Bleachers and Fun.

♥ 58 — 2 weeks ago on 08 Sep 2014 — via mercuryjones
henrychandler inquired:

A few months ago at a live concert you mentioned a short video where George Bush becomes enraged in the middle of a sentence. If you can, would you mind posting this amazing sounding video? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

johndarnielle:

you may recall we went to A PARK IN BOTSWANA

♥ 1507 — 2 weeks ago on 08 Sep 2014 — via johndarnielle

sodomymcscurvylegs:

Being an adult is realizing that $5,000 is a lot of money to owe and very little money to own.

♥ 163324 — 2 weeks ago on 07 Sep 2014 — via cuntwarrior (source)
scinote:

How far is a light-year?

If you do the math, one light-year is about 9.5 trillion kilometres (5.88 trillion miles). But how can one comprehend and visualise such a huge number? Bruce McClure of Earthsky.org reveals an ingenious way to visualise the said number by way of mathematical coincidence.
It turns out that the number of inches in a mile is equal to the number of astronomical units in a light-year. One astronomical unit is the average distance between the sun and the earth, which amounts to 150 million kilometres or 93 million miles.
Click on the picture above to discover more.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer.
Edited by Mark S.

scinote:

How far is a light-year?

If you do the math, one light-year is about 9.5 trillion kilometres (5.88 trillion miles). But how can one comprehend and visualise such a huge number? Bruce McClure of Earthsky.org reveals an ingenious way to visualise the said number by way of mathematical coincidence.

It turns out that the number of inches in a mile is equal to the number of astronomical units in a light-year. One astronomical unit is the average distance between the sun and the earth, which amounts to 150 million kilometres or 93 million miles.

Click on the picture above to discover more.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer.

Edited by Mark S.

♥ 597 — 2 weeks ago on 07 Sep 2014 — via scinote