I am sad the staff has reblogged this as something to be PROUD of.
Here’s my story: I used to keep my laptop on my lap when I was in college. And it used to get hot and it used to start to burn. But I was young and stupid and did nothing about it. Then when I went into my junior year of college, I noticed something odd on my upper left leg. It appeared to be a bruise but it didn’t hurt when I touched it. And it never faded from that purplish black color of a new bruise.
I kept ignoring it until the next summer rolled around. It still hadn’t gone away, changed color or changed shape. I got self-conscious and refused to wear shorts even in the dog days of summer. My mother took me to the doctor and she sent me to the dermatologist. He walked in, took one look at my leg and said, “Keep your laptop on your lap, huh?” When I confirmed this, he told me it was very dangerous to do so and I had learned it. You know what had happened? I HAD BURNT ALL THE COLLAGEN THERE. Yep. There is a scientific name which I have forgotten, but he explained that my condition was usually found in people in third world countries who tape coal or hot bricks to themselves in order to keep themselves warm at night.
Thankfully, he was able to give me something to help my collagen grow back and now my upper left leg looks just as it did before. However, I do notice it is now more sensitive to hot things. Resting a pizza on my lap to take it home is out of the question. I have to hold it and even the heat emanating from the box still bothers me.
So please, please, please, if you are reading this: DO NOT PUT YOUR LAPTOP ON YOUR LAP! Use a buffer, even if it’s a pillow! DO NOT THINK IGNORING THE PAIN IS ADMIRABLE! Yes, my collagen grew back but the doctor could not guarantee it would. Yours may not and you will be stuck with a permanent mark on your legs.
I Promise I’m Not a Murderer: The Story of a Researching Writer
now with a sequel:
I Swear I’m Not Pregnant, I’m Just Naming Characters
Don’t forget: I’m not Trying to Break Into This Building, I Just Need to Know the Layout of it
The Sequel: I’m Really Not Poisoning Anyone, I Just Need To Know The Symptoms OF Poisoning And How Long They WOULD Take To Die From It.
Additionally: Please Don’t Put Me In A CIA Prison, I’m Just Trying To Figure Out How A Character Could Sneak Into Afghanistan From Pakistan While Avoiding the Border Police and the US Military.
And the grand finale: Hi Homeland Security How Are You Hope You’re Enjoying My Browsing I’m Not Really Going to Weaponize Smallpox I Just Need to Be Sure of the Symptomatic Progression After a Virulence Spike (Hint It’s Pretty Fast).
I feel like I’m the only person on the face of Earth that doesn’t hate Jar Jar Binks.
No, really, why? He’s a much more interesting character than the cardboard-cutout princess or poster-prodigy Anakin, or…
I didn’t hate Phantom Menace, though I didn’t like it as much as the original trilogy. Still, just because I liked it less than something doesn’t mean I disliked it.
For me, things began to take a sharp turn downhill around the Episode II.
But I still didn’t hate Jar Jar Binks. I hated Anakin. I wanted to punch his vacant pretty-boy expression. That movie should have packed so much punch - the reveal of the true motives; the threat; the clones; the fall-from-grace that will practically doom the whole world.
Eyeroll was the most dramatic reaction it managed to invoke in me.
And once again, I had more sympathy for Jar Jar than Anakin. Yes, I found CGI can play wide-eyed-innocent that gets duped and ends up screwing up the world out of best intentions better than Hayden Christensen. Deal with it. Oh, wait. Jar Jar Binks was acting with best intentions. Anakin screwed the galaxy over because of teenage angst. Ugh.
Not even combined powers of Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee were enough to save the trainwreck. I still haven’t managed to force myself to watch Episode III in one sitting.
No, I have no opinion on the potential Disney-made continuation. I’ll wait and see how the end product will turn out.
There’s watching a fic devolve into more and more side-eye-y badfic, because with that you can at least derive some level of facepalm-amusement, and then there’s getting a big fat helping of NOPE.
I’ve actually had problems because I’m too lazy to log in for the starters. So often when I want to leave signed kudos and/or comment, I log in…and after login, it switches to another fic I had opened in another tab (sometimes fic I closed recently as well, I think). I can still hit the back button and return to the fic I really wanted to give feedback to, but I forgot myself and slipped up a few times.
Google Chrome, enough with the red line - vestigiality is a word, trust me on this one. Hearing people that say “whales have leg bones” or “dude, the appendix has no purpose” is pretty common nowadays - but people rarely know what this phenomenon is, or the implications of it.
What our good friends are thinking of is a phenomenon called vestigiality, which refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function in a given species. Therefore, throughout normal evolutionary processes, features and structures that once had a clearly defined purpose start to lose importance in a changing environment.
Many people use the phrase vestigial organs, when in fact vestigiality extends to include patterns of behavior, structures, or biochemical processes. Despite common belief, a vestigial feature need not be complete useless - it just simply serves a difference function than it would have in ancestral times. A classic example is the human appendix - though vestigial in the sense of retaining no significant digestive function, it still plays immunological roles.
Vestigiality need not even be macroscopic, as similar concepts apply at the molecular level — some nucleic acid sequences in eukaryotic genomes have no known biological function. Although some of them may be ”junk DNA”, it is very tricky to demonstrate that a particular sequence of a given genome is truly nonfunctional. As stated with macroscopic features, the fact that it is noncoding DNA does not mean that it is functionless - just that the sequence has lost its formal former function.
It is fairly easy to confuse the concept of vestigiality with that of a similar phenomenon - exaptation. In exaptation a structure originally used for one purpose is modified for a new one. For example, the wings of penguins would be exaptational in the sense of serving a substantial new purpose (underwater locomotion), but might still be regarded as vestigial in the sense of having lost the function of flight.
In Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, he listed a number of human “vestiges,” including the muscles of the ear, wisdom teeth, the appendix, the tail bone, body hair, and the semilunar fold in the corner of the eye. Interestingly, the formation of goose bumps in humans under stress is a vestigial reflex; its function in human ancestors was to raise the body’s hair, making the ancestor appear larger and scaring off predators. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent.
It’s not “some sequences” that aren’t relevant (as in, never undergo transcription/translation into proteins) in human genome, it’s well over half of them.
There was no “suspicious activity” beyond maybe me logging into third-party sites via account and perhaps using you from the company server. If you are going to make a problem out of third-party sites accessing the account, don’t allow the option.
This comes on the top of implied threat to people that don’t use their real name for Google Plus.
I wish I had a better alternative and didn’t use you everywhere already, or you and your declining quality would never see me again.