Here be Dragons

brookhavenlab:

It’s a long and winding road for the particles that recreate the Big Bang. Check out this view of the twists and turns ions take to get into our atom smasher, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.
At RHIC, heavy ions start their journey toward the rings in a linear accelerator — in this animation it’s the awesomely named Tandem van de Graaff that’s boosting the particles, which just recently retired from its duties at RHIC. The ions then get kicked into a small booster ring, where they pick up speed and head to the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron. That’s an even bigger ring, and to get these particles to practically the speed of light, we have to sling them around the AGS until they’re fast enough to enter the 2-mile RHIC ring and head in opposite directions toward their ultimate head-on collision. 

brookhavenlab:

It’s a long and winding road for the particles that recreate the Big Bang. Check out this view of the twists and turns ions take to get into our atom smasher, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

At RHIC, heavy ions start their journey toward the rings in a linear accelerator — in this animation it’s the awesomely named Tandem van de Graaff that’s boosting the particles, which just recently retired from its duties at RHIC. The ions then get kicked into a small booster ring, where they pick up speed and head to the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron. That’s an even bigger ring, and to get these particles to practically the speed of light, we have to sling them around the AGS until they’re fast enough to enter the 2-mile RHIC ring and head in opposite directions toward their ultimate head-on collision. 

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femme-fatalist:

trollttorney:

silversunfrenzy:

i literally cannot believe this

I love this

This is the definition of being utterly crushed.  This gif set.  Right here.

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theinnkeeperlibrarian:

electro-monk:

pewpuupalace:

fearless-onisuika:

carry-on-my-otp:

If Stuntmen from the old movies don’t have your full respect then I just don’t know what to say to you

Yo this so much. At the advent of cinema these people were literally willing to die for their art. It’s crazy, and awesome.

Also if you find this awesome, people go check out a 2006 movie called The Fall, about a 1920’s stuntman’s stay in hospital after a stunt gone wrong.

man things were wacky before color was invented

Yeah but what you’re all missing it’s this is all the same person.

This is Buster Keaton.

You’re also missing the stunt that actually broke his spine, but he didn’t find out until years later:

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tequilafemina:

These are like the polar opposite of the infomercial gifs

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“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.”

- George R.R. Martin  (via indisposablehero)

This is one of the most beautiful quotes I think I have ever read. I love it, and I will treasure it for my entire life.

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jrrtolkiennerd:

Stephen Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug

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