Carbon Inspiration

promptme-f-sifi asked: If you make (or know of) a game that's in a Mayan or African or Asian setting, you should let us know. I'd totally play in a game like that.

outofcontextdnd:

I know for sure there was a d20 setting set in Africa, although it’s name is escaping me right now.  Second edition Forgotten Realms has Maztica, which covered Native American cultures, or at least attempted to.  Legend of the Five Rings does the Asian thing pretty well. It even had its own 3rd edition book called “Oriental Adventures”, which happens to contain my favorite version of the Samurai class.

Thanks! I didn’t know there were so many different source books for exotic settings out there. I’ll have to look them up. However, I was referring more to active games, preferably with a DM who’s familiar with the culture firsthand. It’s one thing to have a sourcebook, something else entirely to have someone who knows what they’re talking about. 

kenobi-wan-obi:

Earth’s Siblings: Inside The Planets

Click each for a neat and informative view of the neighboring planets in our Solar System.

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thescienceofreality:

What is a lunar eclipse tetrad and where will you be able to see it [starting tonight]? | Video Credit: ScienceAtNASA | Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech, & Joe Rao/Space.com

On April 15, 2014, an extraordinary series of total lunar eclipses will begin in the United States. This series, called a lunar eclipse tetrad, will result in four red moons over the course of a year and a half. NASA explains the significance behind this phenomenon, and sheds light on how the moon transforms into a bright red orb. Via TED-Ed

When and where it will be visible:

The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 occurs in the overnight hours tonight (April 14) and will be visible across most of North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska. Depending on your location, it begins either late tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday, but as with every skywatching event, you can only see it if Mother Nature cooperates.

Tonight’s lunar eclipse runs from 12:53 a.m. EDT (0453 GMT) to about 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT). If bad weather spoils your view, or you live in Europe or elsewhere outside the visibility zone, you can always watch live webcasts of the total lunar eclipse on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, the Slooh community telescope, the Virtual Telescope Project.

What happens during lunar eclipses?

Lunar eclipses happen when the moon is in the full moon stage and passes through part or all of the Earth’s shadow, darkening the moon’s typically bright glow. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is entirely immersed in Earth shadow, and can take on a dusky “blood red” colour due to the scattering of sunlight through the edges of Earth’s atmosphere. Such moons are sometimes nicknamed “Blood Moons.”

Tonight’s lunar eclipse is the first of four consecutive total eclipses of the moon between April 2014 and September 2015 in what scientists call a lunar eclipse “tetrad” series. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on Oct. 8 and is also expected to be visible from much of North America. Via Space.com

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Faces from around the world.
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Meet the world’s Mrs Averages: Scientists blend thousands of faces together to reveal what the typical woman’s face looks like in 41 different countries from around the globe

  • Pictures of hundreds of women were used to create an average
  • Images of women from 41 differentethnicities were laid over one another before a computer programme deduced the common look
  • Created by online tool hosted by experimental psychologists at the University of Glasgow

[FOR MORE FACES]

An actual fuck-ton of average face compilations.

[CLICK THE LINK. They have an enormous variety of average faces, even beyond ethnicity (like modern vs. golden age actor facial averages). This website is the shit. Check it out.]

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“Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
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art-of-swords:

The Forging of a Hunting Knife

… in Tosa, Japan. Meet master craftsman Hiro Komatsu. As a child having grown up next to a blacksmith shop he wanted to become one very badly. He apprenticed at the age of 16 under a master craftsman of forestry and hunting tools. He specializes in hunting knives.

The peeps behind “cellisization" were allowed to film him forging a 210mm "sword nata." The links to their guild site are linked in the video description. The video is in Japanese only for now on both the information and buying their products, but they are working to change that.

Source: cellisization on YouTube

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we CAN think.”
— Werner Heisenberg (via sci-universe)

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