Hello to new reader valancy17 and returning reader chorus_of_chaos!
Pretty wonky last night. EDIT: Getting brainfuckery, wordfuckery.
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New Babylon 5 stories!
Comics in the '90s - worst costume design evar.
Did you know Jim Steinman was writing a Batman musical? Check out the Joker's song, "Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys".
Speaking of Jim Steinman - new Meat Loaf album coming soon! Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose! Get the title track here.
Speaking of highly-anticipated albums - Weird Al Yankovic, Straight Outta Lynwood. Aw yeah.
The Secret of the Booming Dunes: The bone-shakingly low bass notes that bellow during sand dune avalanches have captured the attention of explorers from Marco Polo to Darwin.
Likewise, people playing in sand dunes have found that pushing sand in different ways gives various notes: Scooting on your rump down a dune, pushing the sand downhill with your feet, triggers a low booming noise around 50 to 300 hertz (the low end of a piano scale). Pushing the sand around by hand or walking on so-called "squeaking beaches" yields higher-pitched squeals reminiscent of birds chirping or balloons rubbing together.
The causes of these sounds have eluded scientiests for more than a century....
To Heal a Wound, Turn Up the Voltage: IT MAY sound like something out of Frankenstein, but electric currents applied to the skin could potentially speed up wound healing...Cells and tissues essentially function as chemical batteries, with positively charged potassium ions and negatively charged chloride ions flowing across membranes. This creates electric field patterns all over the body. When tissue is wounded this disrupts the battery, effectively short-circuiting it. Penninger and his colleagues realised that it is the resulting altered fields that attract and guide repair cells to the damaged area...The researchers grew layers of mouse cells and larger tissues, such as corneas, in the lab. After "wounding" these tissues, they applied varying electric fields to them, and found they could accelerate or completely halt the healing process depending on the orientation and strength of the field...
Ulalume: Starry white lilies lend an eerie brightness to the deep black wooded scents of cypress and oak, layered with a touch of crushed dried leaves and the faintest aquatic note.
In bottle: That smell that I identify as candylike. I wish I knew what that was!
On me: Yep, candylike. It's not the aquatic note; that's chemical-y on me, when it shows up. This is peculiar. Anyone have any ideas?
...wintergreen! This is wintergreen Tic-Tacs!
Glasgow: The rich scent of wild blackberry breezing over gentle rosy heather.
In bottle: Heathery...
On me: Very mild. Not picking up blackberry yet.
Elegba: The Spirit of the Divine Messenger, the Lord of the Crossroads, He Who Owns All Doors and Roads in this World. He is the intermediary between the Orishas and mankind, and stands at the intersection of humanity and the Divine. He opens all paths of communication, both mundane and Heavenly. His ofrenda contains coconut, tobacco and sweet, sugared rum.
In bottle: Sugarcane!
On me: Sugarcane, a trace of coconut (but not suntan-lotion-y), something green - but dark green. Palm leaves? The rum in this is mild, not in-your-face. The predominant note is sugarcane. This is one of those that gives me such a clear visual that I almost feel like I can touch the sugarcane, peel back, bite into it. Elegba makes me happy. As does Yemaya. I really want to try the other Orishas! *sniff* This is gorgeous.
Wolfsbane: Notorious for its properties for protection against werewolves and curing lycanthropy, this nefarious plant also has a fine history of use as a virulent poison. Clasically, Medea employed it in her many works of vengeance. This concoction of ours has none of the lethal qualities, but still personifies all of the herb's dark history beautifully.
In bottle: Very strong sharp herbal.
On me: Yep, strong herbal. Dark. I'm trying to find better words, but the brain-drugs are hitting. I do not like this as *perfume*, but it's an intense mood-setting - this would make a good writing blend.
Back to bed! dark_blade, I shall call when I awaken...