Thank you, anon!! A blessing on your livestock~
3. do you miss anyone?
Yep - I’ve got desukelove all the way in Japan, and I miss my baby brother too. He’s turning 18 this year, and I won’t see him till June. Occasionally I miss my mom, but with her there’s an understanding that we can be happy and love each other even with distance, no problemo. Also my parents’ kitten. She’s a fucking queen and she knows it and I can appreciate that.
5. is there anyone who can always make you smile?
I really, really want to just say “Father Ted”. My brother’s pretty good at it, though he misses the mark sometimes. Hazel’s scarily good at it.
7. what was your life like last year?
We talkin’ 2013? I’m in uni so I still think of things in academic years. But uhh, 2013 was half WOW I AM SO HAPPY WOW WOOOOOW and half SHIT I’M REALLY LONELY AND OOPS REALLY ILL TOO SHIT SHIIIIIIT. This time last year, I was really happy. Which is cool, cause I’m really happy right now.
when I find myself in times of trouble, papa valjean said to me: read that fic about the kitten
(a list of (largely e/r or amis-centric) les miserables comfort fics that I reread often)
How the Future’s Done (e/r, modern!AU, kitten)
Oistros (e/r, a/b/o verse, amis, modern!dystopian!AU)
Gnomon (it’s a comfort fic shut up. e/r, modern!AU, terrorism/revolutionaries)
crooked lust (e/r, lots of eponine, modern!AU, age difference)
Ark’s hacker AU (e/r, modern!AU, amis, hackers)
In Defiance of all Geometry (e/r/combeferre, modern!AU, amis, co-ops)
effeuiller la marguerite (femslash e/r, modern!AU, activists, paris)
In the End We Have Each Other (e/r, modern!AU, babyfic)
Five Conditions (e/r, amis, unhealthy relationship dynamics
also, if anyone knows where I can find that fic were Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, and Marius are working as pro bono lawyers and R signed away his rights to his art kinda by accident, and seeks some help from old friends? There’s a series of paintings in that one THAT I AM GOING TO RECREATE SO HELP ME GOETHE.
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes.
So that’s cool and everything, but maybe some of you would be interested to know why this is a significant find? Beyond just its record-setting bigness.
Since Einstein, physicists have accepted something called the Cosmological Principle, which states that the universe looks the same everywhere if you view it on a large enough scale. You might find some weird shit over here, and some other freaky shit over there, but if you pull back the camera far enough, you’ll find that same weird and/or freaky shit cropping up over and over again in a fairly regular distribution. This is because the universe is (probably) infinite in size and (we are pretty darn sure) has, and has always had, the same forces acting on it everywhere.
So why is this new LQG so radical? (It stands for ‘Large Quasar Group,’ btw, not ‘Light Quasar Group.’)
Well, let’s try to comprehend the scale we’re dealing with. A ‘megaparsec,’ written Mpc, is about 3.2 million light years long. The Milky Way is about 0.03 Mpc across (or 100,000 light years). The distance between our galaxy and Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor, is 0.75 Mpc, or 2.5 million light years. LQGs are usually about 200 Mpc across. Assuming a logarithmic distribution of weird shit outliers (if you don’t know how logarithmic distribution curves work, don’t worry about it), cosmologists predicted that nothing in the universe should be more than 370 Mpc across.
This new LQG is 1200 Mpc long. That’s four billion light years. Four BILLION LIGHT YEARS. Just to travel from one side to the other of this one thing. I mean for fuck’s sake, the universe is only about 14 billion years old! How many of these things could there be?
Right now it looks like the Cosmological Principle might be out the window, unless physicists can find some way to make the existence of this new LQG work with the math (and boy, are they trying). And that’s totally baffling. It would mean—well, we don’t have any idea what it would mean. That the universe isn’t essentially uniform? That some ‘special’ physics apply/applied in some places but not in others? That Something Happened that is totally outside our current ability to understand or quantify stuff happening?
By the way, no one lives there. The radiation from so many quasars would sterilize rock.
are you telling us astronomers have discovered something which is literally fucktuple the size of anything else previously estimated to exist
Anything that fucking rewrites all of what we know about the universe needs to get its ass on my blog. It’s giant, glowy, black hole filled ass.
So basically physicists, scientists and NASA (and outerspace buffs) are kinda having a massive orgasm and freaking the fuck out right now.