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Anonymous asked:

Sounds like you need fun questions! Answer any you wish or not. favorite video game character who neither you nor a co worker wrote? favorite badly written dialogue/plot that you scrapped because even gold star writers can write weird when sleepy. Worst/best crunch, exhaustion story? Ever had a crush on a fictional character and whom? What kind of Star War character are you? or any other question that piques your interest?


1) In recent memory, I’d say Lee from the Walking Dead. Possibly also Ellie from the Last of Us. Ranging further back, I’d say maybe SHODAN.

2) I was happy when we finally scrapped the Human Commoner origin in Dragon Age: Origins. I mean, I would have preferred if we could have started over and replaced it with something else, but that plot was a stinker, and no amount of revisions was going to bail the water out of that boat.

3) During the rundown to BG2’s writing deadline, I slept at the BioWare offices for almost a week. Thankfully, they’d installed a shower. I also recall that once, during KotOR’s crunch, I became so stressed and exhausted I burst into tears and just got up and went home. I honestly thought I’d essentially quit and didn’t have a job to go back to. Everybody else was so busy crunching, however, that they didn’t notice.

4) No, I’ve never crushed on a fictional character… though I was quite fond of my Space Girlfriend, Tali. I mean, I killed an entire race for her. That’s gotta mean something.

5) If Star Wars Galaxies was any indication, I’d be a tailor working in my shop on the ass end of Tatooine.








If you look at the ingredients list and it’s a bunch of words you don’t even know… neither does your body (x)

Just like if you break apples and grapefruit down into their chemical components, I’m willing to bet that most people wouldn’t recognize the “ingredients” either. It’s a bunch of words you don’t even know:


Don’t use these scare tactics - Chemicals aren’t inherently bad. Literally everything is made up chemicals. Trust me, your body knows what niacin is. It knows how to digest fructose and calcium sulfate. Even if you only consume the most basic and “real” foods that are pulled directly off the vine, you’re still ingesting a series of chemical compounds that you probably can’t pronounce. That’s okay. 

Despite that, there’s a difference between eating natural chemicals and artificially produced chemicals and you can’t really dispute that natural ingredients are better for you

Yes I can.

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is present within many whole foods, yet it can kill you if ingested in significant doses. Poison ivy is natural, but it sure gives people a nasty rash. Peanuts are natural, but a solid percentage of the population is deathly allergic to them. Asparagus berries can make you incredibly sick. Even just looking at the example given in the first post, we have to consider apple seeds - They contain a small amount of amygdalin, which is a cyanogenic glycoside. It is very possible to eat enough seeds to cause a fatal overdose.

Compare it to artificial chemicals like the fluoride complex that is added into many water systems in order to prevent tooth decay. When we drink water, it’s presence is a huge benefit to the population. By the time you drink enough for the dose to hurt you, you’d already have experienced water poisoning. There’s also d-ascorbic acid, a synthetic version of vitamin C that works as an antioxidant. Don’t forget about iodized salt, which works to prevent iodine deficiencies (which effects roughly two billion people around the world and is currently the leading preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities). From the first post’s example, enriched flour is the first cereal ingredient listed: This allows the consumer to get a serving of niacin, iron, folic acid and thiamin. These vitamins are a necessary part of a daily balanced diet, but if we only stuck with naturally produced foods, the average consumer would miss out on the full amount needed. This is called food fortification and it allows many people (especially those under the poverty line) to consume all their daily vitamins and minerals without overextending themselves and their budget. 

At the end of the day:

——-> “Natural” does not inherently mean “healthy” or “good.”

——-> “Artificial” does not inherently mean “bad.”

No one here is arguing that the above posted breakfast cereal is inherently and always going to be “better” for you than an apple. That would be ridiculous. But it’s also silly to say that an apple is automatically better just because it isn’t man made (which most sort of are, considering the history of orchard cultivation and grafting, but that’s for another post). What I’m saying here is that this “Chemicals are bad! Natural is good!” method of thinking is such a simplistic and dumbed-down way of looking at food. Don’t label foods as good or bad for everyone just because your eyes glaze over at any ingredient list longer than two syllables. 

Use technology and medical advances to your advantage! You don’t have to blindly eat what you find in nature anymore. We’re beyond that stage of civilization - Don’t let science frighten you. 

And to go even further with the “some people are inherently allergic to peanuts” stuff, by erasing everything we have learned about foods like their chemical composition, people are at risk. Not just for death, but for quality of life— My girlfriend has a fructose malabsorbtion problem and some fruits and vegetables make her ill. However, she CAN eat these foods to some capacity: in some cases, cooking can break down the fructose into glucose enough to tip the threshold for where she gets sick. In other cases, she can eat them if she eats an equal amount of other food. 

But if she doesn’t know what’s in each food she eats, she is at risk of getting sick— even for days afterward. What are the most common culprits? Not high-fructose corn syrup, which is almost always clearly marked on our handy Nutrition Facts.

It’s unmarked fruit juice, sometimes listed under “natural flavors” or “fruit sugar” or “natural sweetening” as a sweetener in items that proudly proclaim “All-natural!” or “Chemical-free!”

Another culprit is sometimes honey, which actually has nearly the same composition as high-fructose corn syrup. Maple sugar can be risky as well.

By not identifying that these things are in fact made of molecules, which have effects on the human body, harm is done to real people. All for the fantasy that things produced by a plant or a bee are magically better or aren’t made of matter or something else inane.

Chemical =/= carcinogen

Please recognise chemophobia and destroy it

I love everything about this.




Tali reloaded her shotgun and waited for a break in the gunfire. The heavy weapons platform had her squad pinned down, but as long as they kept it distracted, Shepard and her team could make it into what she hoped was Veetor’s hiding spot.

She was still trying to wrap her head around that, actually. How was Shepard alive? And furthermore, why would she be working with Cerberus? Even if she was calling the shots, like she said.

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When a robot explodes, one of two things must happen for proper humor protocol to align with narrative regulations.

Either the head is the first thing to blow, leaving the robot flailing around before its body similarly destructs, OR the entire body is reduced to twisted pieces of shattered metal (size is variable and not important), while leaving the head almost completely intact.

If neither of these things happen, you’re wasting everyone’s time.

Imagine a prophecy written in English

  • Student:

    What's this word mean?

  • Teacher:

    Ah, yes. "Fire". The most literal translation is "flames", but it can also mean "to discharge a weapon" or "termination of employment" or simply "passion".

  • Student:

    And this one?

  • Teacher:

    Depending on subtle variation in spelling, it could be a location, a plural possessive, or a contraction of "they are".

  • Student:

    How about this one?

  • Teacher:

    An invective derived from a German word, it can form literally every part of a sentence.

  • Track Name

    Radio Abel S1 01.01

  • Album

    Radio Abel S1

  • Artist

    Zombies, Run!



Sam: Hey, Five! Uh, listen, some guys at the base here are testing something, uh, I have to listen to it, so I’m gonna kick it through to you as well, while you’re out there. You just keep doing your thing though, run ‘till you’re tired, and we’ll see how far the signal reaches. That cool? Cool.


Jack: [Continued Static] Oh… kay! Say something. 

Eugene: [Continued Static] He-hello? Testing, testing, four, eight-

Jack: [Continued Static] Stop, stop, that does not sound good…

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