I just remembered the most cracked out homestuck dream. My brain was convinced it would make THE BEST FIC EVER, but then the cat started walking around in little paw-kneady circles on my boobs and I woke up in the middle of it and couldn’t quite catch it again.
All I remember is that the Psiioniic was in his tentacle pillar, and he was wearing a black baseball cap with his horns poking through that said “World’s Best Dom” the way normal hats would read world’s best grandpa or something. He was very smug and infuriating and snarky, and he kept groping the Condesce’s butt with his brain.
I don’t even know, man.
storytime with the little ones
On the 16th of June 1973 The Rocky Horror Show began previews in the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London. They held their official, thunder ridden, opening night on the 19th of June 1973.
2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of this incredible production and I want to share some Frankie love here on Tumblr in a tribute to ‘the man who began it’ - Dammit. Well one of them. The one who stormed that stage forty years ago with such style and perfection that we’re sitting here forty years later, still talking about that tiny little production which by rights should have disappeared into the zeitgeist after the originally intended three week run.
So, Tumblr, can we get 4711 notes by 19th June?
If we do it.
I will post a rare - never before seen - photo from the original Theatre Upstairs production.
Well. How nice.
YOU DON’T OWE YOUR PARENTS ANYTHING
IT WAS THEIR CHOICE TO HAVE, KEEP AND RAISE YOU BUT IT WASN’T YOUR CHOICE TO BE THEIR CHILD
ANY EXPECTATIONS OR IDEALS THEY TRY AND ENFORCE ON YOU ARE BULLSHIT IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM
THEY SHOULD ACCEPT THEIR CHILD AS THEY ARE NOT JUDGE THEM ON A MINOR DETAIL THAT DOESN’T AFFECT THEIR LIFE
DO NOT FEEL BAD IF YOU AREN’T THE PERFECT CHILD YOUR PARENTS THINK YOU SHOULD BE
Everybody should know this, but lots of people don’t. Even people who are well into middle age can still suffer under parental expectations. It’s not their fault, and it’s not your fault if you’re still struggling with this; just know that it’s true.
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Just hearing about that story has me wanting to claw my skin out DO NOT WANT NO NO NO AUGH
I promise that if I should ever write any such thing in detail I will make sure to carefully tag it for easy avoidability. u_u Nobody should have to accidentally stumble upon gross horror things.
BLESS YOU ANON. I’d thought I’d reblogged the post on tumblr but if I did I forgot to tag it ‘fic rec’ and now it is lost in the depths of my blog.
The fic in question is here and I strongly recommend it if you like creepy sadstuck and bodyhorror.
GODFUCKING COCKROTTED DAMNED STUPID HIPPIES, WHAT DID I SAY?
holy shit, this is on the level of Radithor
uhhh…. oh crap I really really hope I’m not coming off as a jerk, I normally just shut my trap when I’m fighting off a migraine, but I’ve got to say something and I happen to be in pain right now so please bear with me.
It’s a Chinese medicine treatment with a long history, and one that’s been tested at some length in animals (the links to the actual research references are in the wikipedia article) - mostly bearing out its ability to fight insulin resistance, and some other things as well.
I need to make a long yelly post one of these days about the fact that a lot of Chinese medical research is lumped in with “batshittery” and “hippie BS” by Westerners and that this is exoticization - both on the part of supplement marketers and on the part of “skeptic” claims against it. It’s a racist meme that’s infected the culture of skepticism, ironically typically goes unquestioned, and I’m none too pleased with it.
Here’s some more - a really extensive 2008 research review in English, excerpted:
In 1995, a study was undertaken in China in which 69 kidney transplant patients were given either cyclosporin alone or in conjunction with C. sinensis, at 3 grams per day. After 15 days it was clearly evident that the group receiving C. sinensis in addition to cyclosporin had a much lower incidence of kidney damage than the group receiving only cyclosporin, as measured by the levels of urinary NAG, serum creatinine, and blood urea nitrate.
It’s p funny that the same fungus we’ve been using as a horror device also contains useful chemical compounds when you grind it up and eat it. It’s also pretty funny (in a headdesky, laugh-because-it’s-better-than-crying way) that US doctors don’t “believe” in research that isn’t in English and so this kind of thing winds up being “buy a supplement from an overpriced hippie marketer with vague claims on the package! Then assemble your own advanced degree so you have some idea what you can actually do with it”. But in China they are using the scientific method to test this stuff, even if the extended journal articles are mostly published in Mandarin Chinese. The abstracts are still usually available in English.
You do have to actually dig to find and verify things about Chinese medicine treatments and their efficacy, because we’re woefully undereducated about it in the States, but the research is out there. And yes, some traditional treatments don’t work or only work at placebo levels - and that research is out there, too, also published in Chinese, with abstracts in English.
This is really cool information, but I have to point out that the product in the image has fuck-all to do with Chinese medicine other than that it might mention it on the packaging — this is a Western product any schmoe can order off of Amazon and walk into a store and buy. It’s marketed for all SORTS of health woes that may or may not have anything to do with its documented effects and potential uses (usually ‘may not’) and is guaran-fucking-teed not to be processed in the same way as the same stuff used in actual research is.
This reblog chain is a bunch of people with overactive imaginations who read a cool plant zombie fic laughing at wide-eyed crystalsuckers who will cheerfully down any ‘traditional’ medicine that has convincing claims and doesn’t use anything to do with cute, fluffy animals, and the companies that will cheerfully co-opt non-Western medicine without so much as blushing to sell crap to those credulous dipshits. Exoticizing ~mysterious foreign stuff~ to Westerners who’ll eat it right up is what they do.
Keep in mind I’m not any sort of botanist, BUT, they’re what Wikipedia calls an endoparasitoid, and can do this cool thing of infecting and essentially mind controlling insects. PRETTY CREEPY.
Then saeto15 wrote a really cool thing (that I CAN’T FIND RIGHT NOW rrrrgh I am stupid at 3 am) with the premise that trolls are very insect-like, right, so what if they can get infected with cordyceps-like mushrooms? What if Karkat got infected with cordyceps-like mushrooms? (Tragedy, is what.)
So now a bunch of us with overactive imaginations are going OH GOD GROSS FUNGUS ZOMBIES. I mean, almost certainly not? But new age crystal sniffers have a bad reputation for putting all sorts of shit in their mouths on the promise that it will do MAGICAL THINGS or whatever and this other culture has totally used it for thousands of years, MUST BE LEGIT, so there’s still some amount of facepalming going on.