oilan:

artificialities replied to your post: Le Puy-en-Velay. Is this a good place …

That’s where I have him from, based on that name map thing! For what that’s worth.

:D Yay! Actually, after I saw your reply, I checked your fic and I’m not sure how I forgot that your Enjolras is from Le Puy-en-Velay, especially because it’s in the fic with him and Combeferre and the adorable fuzzy cows. <3 

Also: name map? Have I seen this before?

Uh, I’m not sure!  It was going around back when I was first starting to get into the fandom.  I have no idea where the tumblr post I got it from is, because… tumblr archiving basically isn’t, but here is the site!  You put in a surname (or first name), you pick which century you’re looking for, and it tells you where that name was commonly found.  It starts out as the world, but you can zoom in enough to view by département (in France; I don’t know if every country has that kind of granular data.)  Turns out in 1800, at least, there’s a REALLY REALLY SPECIFIC concentration of where people named Enjolras lived.

I picked Le Puy-en-Velay because Enjolras seems to me to be definitely a city boy, and it was the city in the region I could find out the most about and also it seemed pretty cool.

(The map is more useful for some names in Les Mis than others.  I tried Combeferre just now and got “surname not found” for the relevant centuries, but oh well.)

inonibird:

rufftoon replied to your post: anonymous said:Just something I’v…

And since hieroglyphs can be written both left to right or right to left, definitely handy.

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(haha, that absolutely doesn’t say “The More You Know”; the best I could manage was “YOU KNOW MANY THINGS”, and I’m sure my grammar is atrocious X’D)

trynottodrown:

Someone asked about the greenland shark and how/why it’s poisonous so here you go:
TOXICITY AND TRIMETHYLAMINE (TMAO)
Water and dissolved solutes, including various salts, calcium chloride and sulphates, pass through a fish’s body (cells, tissues, and organs) in a process known as osmosis. Larger molecules inside the blood and tissue fluids of fishes and sharks, including proteins and trimethylamine oxide (TMAO*), also exert a contributory osmotic effect but they are too large to pass through the channels that govern salt balance.* By-product of the metabolic breakdown of proteins and amino acids.If the salt concentration in a fish’s tissues is lower than that of the surrounding water, its body will absorb salt from the environment until both levels become equal. If a marine fish swims up a freshwater river, the reverse phenomenon will occur and it will diffuse salt into the environment via specialised sodium secreting cells located primarily in gill tissue. In both cases, too much or too little salt is detrimental to most fish species because they can only survive within a specific range of salt concentrations. Fish that are thus restricted to either freshwater or seawater are known as stenohaline. Some species, such as salmon, are able to osmoregulate in varying levels of salinity. These fish are called euryhaline.When salt and other solutes enter a fish’s tissues, they force water out of the body. Since salt levels in marine fishes are lower than those of the surrounding environment, they must continually take in water and excrete salt through their gills. Salt levels in sharks are also lower than that of sea water but sharks manage osmosis differently. In order to maintain a stable amount of water in its body, the Greenland shark will retain a high concentration of urea in its blood, thus compensating for lower salt concentrations. However, because high levels of toxic urea will damage its body by destabilizing protein, the Greenland shark also retains even higher levels of trimethylamine oxide to counter the damaging effects of the urea. When the trimethylamine oxide and urea are combined with the salt in the shark’s tissues, the osmotic pressure of the shark’s body fluids is higher than that of the surrounding water. In other words, the shark is ‘saltier’ than seawater. Unlike bony fishes that must constantly take in water to replace water lost through osmosis, the Greenland shark does not need to expend energy to maintain life-sustaining water levels in its body.
In addition to contributing to the shark’s osmotic pressure, trimethylamine oxide and high levels of urea also serve as a natural antifreeze by stabilizing the enzymes and proteins in the Greenland shark’s tissues. When the shark encounters extremely deep and cold conditions, this prevents the formation of ice crystals that disrupt cell walls and cause the leakage of cellular contents, which results in tissue and organ damage, then death.When Greenland shark flesh is consumed, the digestive process turns trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) into trimethylamine (TMA), a substance that smells like ammonia and rotting fish. In addition to causing intestinal discomfort, trimethylamine also has adverse neurological effects akin to consuming excessive quantities of alcohol. Death may ensue in extreme cases when too much shark flesh has been consumed. Greenland shark flesh is nonetheless considered a delicacy in Iceland. 

trynottodrown:

Someone asked about the greenland shark and how/why it’s poisonous so here you go:

TOXICITY AND TRIMETHYLAMINE (TMAO)

Water and dissolved solutes, including various salts, calcium chloride and sulphates, pass through a fish’s body (cells, tissues, and organs) in a process known as osmosis. Larger molecules inside the blood and tissue fluids of fishes and sharks, including proteins and trimethylamine oxide (TMAO*), also exert a contributory osmotic effect but they are too large to pass through the channels that govern salt balance.

* By-product of the metabolic breakdown of proteins and amino acids.

If the salt concentration in a fish’s tissues is lower than that of the surrounding water, its body will absorb salt from the environment until both levels become equal. If a marine fish swims up a freshwater river, the reverse phenomenon will occur and it will diffuse salt into the environment via specialised sodium secreting cells located primarily in gill tissue. In both cases, too much or too little salt is detrimental to most fish species because they can only survive within a specific range of salt concentrations. Fish that are thus restricted to either freshwater or seawater are known as stenohaline. Some species, such as salmon, are able to osmoregulate in varying levels of salinity. These fish are called euryhaline.

When salt and other solutes enter a fish’s tissues, they force water out of the body. Since salt levels in marine fishes are lower than those of the surrounding environment, they must continually take in water and excrete salt through their gills. Salt levels in sharks are also lower than that of sea water but sharks manage osmosis differently. In order to maintain a stable amount of water in its body, the Greenland shark will retain a high concentration of urea in its blood, thus compensating for lower salt concentrations. However, because high levels of toxic urea will damage its body by destabilizing protein, the Greenland shark also retains even higher levels of trimethylamine oxide to counter the damaging effects of the urea. When the trimethylamine oxide and urea are combined with the salt in the shark’s tissues, the osmotic pressure of the shark’s body fluids is higher than that of the surrounding water. In other words, the shark is ‘saltier’ than seawater. Unlike bony fishes that must constantly take in water to replace water lost through osmosis, the Greenland shark does not need to expend energy to maintain life-sustaining water levels in its body.

In addition to contributing to the shark’s osmotic pressure, trimethylamine oxide and high levels of urea also serve as a natural antifreeze by stabilizing the enzymes and proteins in the Greenland shark’s tissues. When the shark encounters extremely deep and cold conditions, this prevents the formation of ice crystals that disrupt cell walls and cause the leakage of cellular contents, which results in tissue and organ damage, then death.

When Greenland shark flesh is consumed, the digestive process turns trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) into trimethylamine (TMA), a substance that smells like ammonia and rotting fish. In addition to causing intestinal discomfort, trimethylamine also has adverse neurological effects akin to consuming excessive quantities of alcohol. Death may ensue in extreme cases when too much shark flesh has been consumed. Greenland shark flesh is nonetheless considered a delicacy in Iceland. 

needsmoreresearch:

another joke archivists actually tell, even worse than Noah’s ark hives (if only because of the pronunciation):

Q. What’s green and belongs to all of us?

A. Our chives!

Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

bookelfe:

initforthefiction:

natnovna:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

I’ve also seen the NAACP, ACLU (link goes to some of their posts about police militarization), and Southern Poverty Law Center floated as good donation options.

The NAACP has some specific recommendations for ways to help that don’t involve monetary donation, in case you’re not in a spot where that’s feasible for you.

Tossing in the link for the Michael Brown Memorial Fund as well, just to have them all in one place. 

oilan:

artificialities replied to your post: “Navel-gazing about writing, etc. Feel free to ignore. XD [[MOR] I…”:
I have no magical secrets, just enough years of seat-of-the-pants flailing to settle into a working style (of seat-of-the-pantsing), but if you want to chat characterization or writing sometime I’d totally be up for it. :)

YES I want to know all the things. What is your working process and how do you think about the characters and how do you flesh them out in your fics and make them believable?

This is why I love those writing memes where you send a writer one of their fics/an excerpt and they talk about the “behind the scenes” stuff. Learning how people work and think when creating fanwork is JUST SO COOL and so helpful. XD

Oh gad, see, we are in seat-of-the-pants flailing here!  My working process is UH I DO STUFF

No, okay.  This is an extremely individual answer that may or may not be of any use to anyone but me, and also may or may not be entirely coherent, but here are some scattered thoughts about how I write fic!

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pilferingapples:

eccecorinna:

pilferingapples:

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oh man! would you like me to tell you about the moomins? I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE MOOMINS

YES THANK YOU I WOULD LIKE THAT VERY MUCH.:D

ALRIGHT HERE GOES

AS IT IS LATE THIS’LL BE RAMBLY BUT HERE’S WHY I LOVE THESE BOOKS

The Moomintroll books were written by Tove Jansson, mostly in the 1950s. She was a Swedish-speaking Finn so they were originally written in Swedish, but they’ve been translated into a bunch of languages since and are pretty popular throughout the world. Jansson was also an artist, so her books are full of drawings, and she also did a series of comics.

It’s hard to explain the Moomintroll books in terms of an overaching plot—they’re more a series of episodic vignettes about a set of characters she created. Sort of, fantasia over fantasy. The Moomin family and their friends live in Moominvalley, and they spend a lot of time having picnics, meeting new neighbors with interesting backstories, going out into nature to discover things, and having little adventures here and there. There’s a lot of build-your-own-raft-and-sail-to-this-island-and-go-camping stuff.

I’m gonna post the character pages from Tales From Moominvalley below, so you get an idea of the people you’ll meet:

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Moomintroll’s parents are the sweetest. (Moominmamma’s full of good sense, and Moominpappa’s a bit of a capital-R Romantic Hipster, and hilariously so) Snufkin, Moomintroll’s best friend, is one of my favorite characters. And Little My is the Gavroche of the series, pretty much.

I also like that all the characters are so… bohemian and found familyish? It makes sense, because Jansson grew up in an artsy, bohemian family, and people were always coming and going. So you have a bunch of little creatures all doing their own weird quirky things. And everyone is unconventional. If there is a sign labeled Keep off the Grass? The characters will go and plant flowers there.

The small adventures in the books become the grounds for exploring all sorts of Big Emotions, though, and I’m forever impressed with the way Jansson treats ideas like love, longing, and wanderlust.

For instance, I mentioned above that Snufkin is one of my favorite characters. Snufkin spends half the year travelling on his own, when Moomintroll hibernates, and the other time visiting with the Moomins. He’s really charged by this time he spends alone, and it’s a huge part of his identity, which sometimes comes into conflict with how much he cares for Moomintroll. It doesn’t mean he cares for Moomintroll less, but it’s really nice to have a character whose affection for others and his need to spend time by himself are both considered valid. (Instead of like, he’s Doomed To Be A Loner, or he discovers that He Needs To Admit He Loooooves People And Spend More Time Around Them.)

I have an excerpt I typed up long ago that shows Snufkin’s Conflicted Feelings About Things, and I’ll reblog it just because.

As the books are Finnish, there’s a fair amount of Interaction With Nature and also The Soul’s Interaction With The Season of Winter (especially in Moominland Midwinter, my favorite book in the series.) But anyway. It’s all done quite well.

I feel like Jean Prouvaire would be a big fan of these books?

Incidentally, I didn’t read them until I was an adult, so I highly recommend them even if one didn’t grow up with them.

AW GOSH that is indeed adorable! Thank you, friend! :D

THIS FILLS ME WITH JOY; I love the Moomintrolls so muuuuch.  

I really should reread them, because I haven’t in years and years.  But they were totally formative for me, and my family quotes them still.

pilferingapples:

holykuintetto:

talk hugo to me *saxophone solo*

"Baby your words say yes but the shape of your upper lip says Chastity so I’m just gonna assume a tragic backstory of love betrayed"

"Hey baby you wanna learn about REAL French kissing, it’s much better than English kissing, Shakespeare told me so in a seance"

"It’s what’s inside that counts, and by that I mean your fecal matter,do you know how much the average person’s daily waste is worth, even more if you have a good diet, we could eliminate taxation if we just installed composting toilets"

"Stop you’re making me blush and consider a life of idleness and crime which I will blame entirely on your gender"

"Are you an embodied symbol of the justice of the ideal Republic because I just wrote five hundred words about your hair"

fizzygingr:

treblemirinlens:

pilferingapples:

I guess I’ve been batting around the idea of a Firefly AU long enough to actually draw it? And then I decided I’d try drawing it in the minibody style I rarely use AND experiment with brushes for some reason?!? Because I make good  decisions. Lalala character and (rather tweaked) ‘verse discussion under the cut! (including in-verse wars and politics, if you know the ‘verse you know the drill!) Or just look at the art and join me in despairing of my planning skills! EITHER WAY.
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10/10 would watch this series and laugh a whole lot. XD
(and yes you are TERRIBLE for making Bossuet the pilot)

…better than Bahorel, I guess?

Or Combeferre.
I mean, uh.

fizzygingr:

treblemirinlens:

pilferingapples:

I guess I’ve been batting around the idea of a Firefly AU long enough to actually draw it? And then I decided I’d try drawing it in the minibody style I rarely use AND experiment with brushes for some reason?!? Because I make good decisions.
Lalala character and (rather tweaked) ‘verse discussion under the cut! (including in-verse wars and politics, if you know the ‘verse you know the drill!) Or just look at the art and join me in despairing of my planning skills! EITHER WAY.

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10/10 would watch this series and laugh a whole lot. XD

(and yes you are TERRIBLE for making Bossuet the pilot)

…better than Bahorel, I guess?

Or Combeferre.

I mean, uh.

vouksen said: mitt romney

revolutionarygirlshati:

well we are…politically…opposed…and i resent that he’s sort of from massachusetts.

okay. but seriously. he looks like a werewolf. sometimes i look at people and i think: you could be a lizard wearing a people suit. (i think it with respect, lizards are great.) but mitt romney is not a lizard wearing a people suit. he has…so many teeth…and his smile just looks like he is thinking: the second the moon is full i will turn into bad cgi interspersed with shots of someone in a rubber mask and fur suit and eat the neighborhood cats and occasional raccoon.

actually, can werewolves eat raccoons? like they do hunt in packs, but in a one-on-one fight i’d put my money on the raccoons.

I am reblogging this to explain a) Shati, and b) why Shati drops Mitt Romney prompts in my askbox every time I’m foolish enough to do an open-ended meme.

But mostly Shati. She defies explanation, but this is a decent start.

snk-potato-girl:

commit-seppuku-konoyaro:

fabflyingfox:

johntgonzales:

crocketingsolly:

johntgonzales:

trying to turn my lil bro into a furry. any tips?

"I can help"

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this means something. right?

[LOUD ANGRY YELLING]

this fucking fandom has the most painful jokes ever

THIS IS TOO FAR

THIS IS SO HORRIBLE that I can’t not reblog it, cackling to myself.  Well played to the horrible person upthread.

artificialities said: Enjolras and Feuilly, 1830. Punctuate as you like, and stick in ficverses as you like. *serene*

robertawickham:

Ahahahahaha. Okay, so, this is basically artificialities daring me to write Enjolras/Feuilly with the Feuilly backstory from The Last Laugh. I also love Enjolras/Feuilly with the less unorthodox Feuilly backstories, don’t get me wrong, but this is a thinly veiled dare, and I took the dare. If you have very strong opinions on who Enjolras should and should not be shipped with, you might want to give this one a miss.

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YAY I AM SO GLAD YOU TOOK THE DARE AND WROTE THE THING. 

Because of general cackling over a successful dare, of course, but also (and in fact primarily) because this is really really good — emotionally plausible IMO, and a fascinating other perspective on The Last Laugh, and god, the bit about lying to gendarmes.  That part is incredibly perfect.