15 9 / 2014
alaskayoungisalive said: What would happen if you microwaved a person?
They would get warm…and then hot…and then very hot…and then they would die. But if you only zapped them for a few seconds…it would just feel like a pleasant warming sensation. Unlike heating through infrared radiation (which is how the sun or a fire would heat you) microwave radiation would heat you from the inside, areas where you have more water stored like muscles and fat would warm fastest. My grandfather served in the Korean War and he once told me that they’d actually stand in front of microwave antennas to warm themselves on wet, cold nights. He lived to be 92 years old so…I guess it’s not /always/ dangerous.
15 9 / 2014
jelllybaby said: question: in your printed-out email about creationism vs. Darwinism, which one was it that you were defending?
I’ve gotten this ask several times and it seems very odd to me that people would think it possible for me to have ever been a creationist. HOWEVER I realize now, after having thought about it, that lots of people change their minds about stuff all the time and that’s wonderful and fine.
I was on the evolution side of that argument then. My position since then has changed somewhat and I am now simply post-argument. The evidence for evolution is so overwhelming and it’s so necessary for a scientific understanding of life on Earth that I assume that people who deny it do so for personal and spiritual reasons that I have no desire to argue about or even interfere with.
15 9 / 2014
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."