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Babbling at the World

A biomedical engineer in training. Also a grumpy old lady with Asperger's. Largely about college, dogs, science, and the trials of marriage as aided by video games.

Current RP Characters
Sep 16 '14

Reblog this if you read tags

Sep 16 '14


Geek question: If Pokémon were real, what one would you choose as a pet?

Something that can Fly, so maybe a Talonflame or, yes, Pidgey.

Sep 16 '14

This is exactly how I remember the end of the game.


This is exactly how I remember the end of the game.

Sep 16 '14

TMI Tuesday.



Because we all love inappropriate questions about our OCs.

Specify which, please. :)

Sep 16 '14



Science has been severely misrepresented by authors. If you want to write about scientific worldviews accurately, here are some tips.

  • If a scientist saw something supernatural and could be assured it existed, they wouldn’t scream “that’s impossible!” or try to destroy it because it doesn’t fit their worldview. They would be more likely to say “How interesting. I wonder how this will change my theories. I’d better incorporate it into my worldview.”
  • Scientists have morals just like the rest of us. In fact, many people become scientists because they want to help humanity. How is that so hard to understand?
  • A whole lot of scientists love nature and want to preserve it.
  • Scientists who have helped to create deadly weapons almost always regret it. Politicians who order those weapons to be used don’t.
  • Science in general would be attracted to magic, not repulsed by it. A new thing to study with possible new applications to help mankind? How wonderful!
  • How well a scientist understands people and gets along socially is up to the individual. They’re not an entire profession of evil, cold robots.
Sep 16 '14

My study style is pretending Kirsten Geary is going to evaluate me based on the test.

Sep 16 '14



tsuki-no-yume what do you know about the building of the port of dover. like, why did it need to be built and such.

Go history girl go.

Well. THAT’S not random. At all. It’s totally random.

Okay, so, like. There’s water separating England and France. This lets England be considered an island because it has water surrounding the -rest- of it too and that’s the definition of an island. But as tends to be the case, one part of the land is totes closer to mainland Europe than most of the rest of it, and that’s Dover. It’s all like shouting, “Woo! *waves hand* CALAIS! CAN YOU SEE ME? *mutters to land next to it* Crap, wait, how do I ask if they can see me in French?” But this often resulted in France coming over and attacking and burning all the things, so then Dover was like “I need to stop waving. Damn. I think they’re TOTALLY misunderstanding what I’m saying.” The Castle of Dover was really crucial in trying to fend off attacks. So you’re seeing a trend already towards Dover being very useful but very easy to attack. It’s fairly safe to assume that they got a bit grumpy about this, and you’d start to see a group of people that mostly depended on my, myself, and I when it came to their own protection, because let’s face it, there’s not much warning time there. 

But due to it’s location, it was the prime destination for pilgrims to come through, especially when they wanted to go visit that place called Canterbury that got famous because some dude wrote about it. It even had this place where poor travelers could stay, and abbeys and stuff, but Henry VIII closed those because let’s face it, Henry VIII was a jerk - he also totally informed them that since they were a busy little port, they HAD to supply him with warships. I’m sure they loved that. People LOVE being told they have to work for a government who is also screwing over their religion and a large part of their trade in doing so. There’s NEVER hard feelings over that. 

Okay, so then in 1583 it continued to be super popular and was even given it’s own enclosed harbor. They named some cliffs there after this guy who mentioned them in this little known play called King Lear. I dunno. Sentimental stuff. Dover goes on to get rope-making artisans, leatherworkers, shipbuilders, and fishermen. They even get their own commission to light lamps. This is kinda important because lighting lamps at night had to be all done manually and that meant Dover was regarded as a town that like, you know, had shit to do at night so they needed lamps, like London. Other towns either would light a few key ones but mostly people were still expected to GO TO BED. 

Cue 1793. Britain goes to war with France (Remix). Dover’s location meant tons of fortifications were built there. Cuz now it was more like Britain was all, “We’re not losing that place. It’s kinda important.” 

Then, 1861, Dover even gets a train to London which is like WOO! LOOK IT! FAST! Though I’m sure they sounded more British about it. Throw in a Tallyho. The improvements kept on coming, with sewers, gas lighting, a hospital… and totally getting bombed by the Germans in World War II. That last one wasn’t really an improvement. It sucked for the people in Dover. Dover was close enough to France that the Germans could mortar bomb it. Historically, not awesome. But it’s okay, because the war ended and Dover got connected to France by Ferries and even hovercraft. The last one isn’t nearly as impressive as it sounds because it’s really just a specific type of boat, but I mean, it SOUNDS cool so there you go.

So. Why did it need to be built? Uh. Well. Dover was important even when the ROMANS were there and it was in such a strategically important position, you kinda have to build a port there. You can’t be like, “Nah, I like the land over there BETTER” because invading forces are still going to be all, “….okay, you can be on the land over there but we’re coming through the land closest to us. Good deal.” Also, Dover did some pretty heroic stuff in WW2 but that’s easier just to google and look at specific circumstances. Basically, it’s really one of those more simple “It was built because it was closest to France and you couldn’t NOT build a port there” answers. But that’s no fun so you got the long version. 


We have to give a presentation over what we consider the most important engineering project of the 16th century. And pretty much the only thing we could find with sufficient documentation was Port of Dover sooooo.

Sep 16 '14

biomechanicaltomato asked:

Happy Happy birthday, from all of us to you! Happy Happy Birthday, don't get eaten by a grue!


Gosh, I haven’t been worried about grues in a long time. Clearly I haven’t been playing enough Zork. I should fix that. Thanks, Tomato!


Sep 16 '14






Hi tumblr, this is a scheduled post because I am way behind on work and unpacking and errands so I’m having an offline day! 

I’ll be back with my usual premier tier quality posts tomorrow (Wednesday). In the meantime here are two more screenshots from last night’s adventures, for no reason other than that tsw is a ludicrously good looking game. 


Egypt! Such a pretty pretty desert. Have you met Saiid yet?

I have met him and we are getting married.

By ‘we’ I mean him and Zel.

And by ‘getting married’ I mean ‘committing acts of profane and unsettling debauchery between silk sheets scented with cassia, cinnamon and something almost but not quite like aged leather’

not that, you know, I’ve put much thought into it

I can only like a post of many times, y’know

(if you ever need a helper for missions btw, hmu)

the secret world: that game that made us all want to fuck a mummy

specifically tsuki-no-yume wants to canoodle the mummy.

Sep 16 '14

I’m going to sneak in the raid between bouts of studying. I’ll see if I can stream it. You can all laugh at my fail heals.