My everything hurts. I've been at a consistent 7-8 on the pain scale this entire trip.
Seriously. Am on the verge of calling my doctor.
...for the LJ v-gift, Anonymous!
My sister's fuckwit fiance has not gone to work all week. I begin to understand why they moved back in here. They can lounge around watching reality TV all day and night, get free meals...
And - there are too many people in this house. It is not a *small* house. But when it contains 1 shrewish mother, 1 befuddled father, 2 lazy brain-dead trolls (they're made for each other!), 1 exasperated near-teenager, and 1 'song who really just wants everyone to shut the fuck up so she can take a nap, it can feel a bit overfull.
And Elayna is the only person in the house who understands "Hang on, I'm writing" or "Just a minute, I'm editing this." She will nod and sit nearby and wait semi-patiently. My parents keep yapping.
*sigh* Just two and a half more days.
...and have just had a minor meltdown when Mom told me to be ready to go when we got back."Go where? I'm not going anywhere. I need to rest."
This fall, NECA will release another variation of the lord of the Labyrinth - and this time he talks! Jareth is getting the grand treatment with an extra large 12-inch collectible talking action figure. Jareth will come with a crystal ball accessory and an alternate hand (so you can switch his pose between an open hand or a closed fist). The talking figure says seven phrases from the classic fantasy film.</i>
* "Go back to your room, play with your toys and your costumes."
* "I've brought you a gift. It's a crystal, nothing more. But if you turn it this way and look into it, it will show you your dreams."
* "But this is not a gift for an ordinary girl."
* "Do you want it?"
* "Don't defy me."
* "You have thirteen hours in which to solve the Labyrinth."
* "It's further than you think. Time is short."
This is what I want for $WINTERHOLIDAY. Adam, are you taking notes? Talking Jareth.
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Link Soup: Archaeology Edition
* The remains of a massive Neolithic settlement dating back more than 5,000 years have been discovered in Orkney. Archaeologists said the discovery could be as significant as the famous prehistoric village at Skara Brae, which was unearthed in 1850.
* The great medieval temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia was once at the centre of a sprawling urban settlement, according to a new, detailed map of the area. Using Nasa satellites, an international team have discovered at least 74 new temples and complex irrigation systems.
Spaaaace dust! Actually, this is really exciting stuff... I encourage you to read these in full.
The Times says: Scientists have discovered that inorganic material can take on the characteristics of living organisms in space, a development that could transform views of alien life. An international panel from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck institute in Germany and the University of Sydney found that galactic dust could form spontaneously into helixes and double helixes and that the inorganic creations had memory and the power to reproduce themselves. A similar rethinking of prospective alien life is being undertaken by the National Research Council, an advisory body to the US government. It says Nasa should start a search for what it describes as “weird life” - organisms that lack DNA or other molecules found in life on Earth.
EurekAlert says: Quite bizarrely, not only do these helical strands interact in a counterintuitive way in which like can attract like, but they also undergo changes that are normally associated with biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins, say the researchers. They can, for instance, divide, or bifurcate, to form two copies of the original structure. These new structures can also interact to induce changes in their neighbours and they can even evolve into yet more structures as less stable ones break down, leaving behind only the fittest structures in the plasma. So, could helical clusters formed from interstellar dust be somehow alive? "These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter," says Tsytovich, "they are autonomous, they reproduce and they evolve". He adds that the plasma conditions needed to form these helical structures are common in outer space. However, plasmas can also form under more down to earth conditions such as the point of a lightning strike. The researchers hint that perhaps an inorganic form of life emerged on the primordial earth, which then acted as the template for the more familiar organic molecules we know today.