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  • The Last Jedi (Spoilers Section)

    Fun fact: the Porgs are just puffins, which the film crew couldn't get rid of.


    Because Skellig Michael (aka Luke’s Island) is so covered with the birds, it was easier for the VFX team to just work with them than try and cut them out of the movie.

  • Twin Peaks - Part 17 & 18 (two part Finale).

    Came across this theory, which I think is super interesting.


  • Anti-Pseudoscience Thread!

    A lot of the claims against Monsanto are unsubstantiated and reasearch shows that pesticides are only toxic if you ingest an amount farrrrr above any trace amounts on the food we eat. It's really scare and marketing tactics
    The thing with pesticides is that it is very hard to study for the negative effects. This is because these negative effects often take years or decades to manifest.

    I know this is an oversimplification, but pesticides are literally poison. I believe that ingesting trace amounts of poison every day of your life will have a negative effect on your health eventually.

    But this is equally true for the natural pesticides used in organic farming

    That's true, but I believe that natural pesticides are less effective (therefore less harmful) and they might naturally degrade more easily.

    So, while they might still have a negative effect on your health, they are less harmful than artificial pesticides.

    You believe something... but there's no scientific basis for it.

    As far as I know:
    1) Natural pesticides are less effective/precise, therefore farmers need to use more of it.
    2) Synthetic pesticides are tested more extensively for health effects.
  • Reservoir Dogs

    M Knight Shamylan made movies before the 6th sense
  • How To Raise a Human

    These tips might be useful for when your baby suddenly turns into a stubborn little toddler. It's quite an adventure to see him/her develop a personality and free will.... but it can also drive you up the wall occasionally.

    1) Don't fuss too much about food. At some point they will get very picky about it. Just keep serving healthy food. Even if they don't eat their veggies for a week.... they will pick it up again when their bodies need it. Many parents get all stressed about it, and start jumping through hoops to try and trick the little monster into eating the broccoli/peas/carrot/whatever.... but for a young child this just makes the whole "not eating" experiment more interesting and rewarding. The more you fuss, the harder it gets. 

    2) Distraction is every parent's most valuable trick. Is your toddlers screaming their lungs out and refusing to put on their pj's? Don't try to convince, bribe, or force him/her. Distract. Take a nearby doll and pretend that it can talk, or point at the lamp and say "ooooh, look at the lamp; which colour does it have?", or pretend to be a robot... After 10 seconds, they will have forgotten all about their anger, and you can put the pj's on with ease. 

    3) From quite a young age, toddlers are able to understand cause and effect. You can use that to make life a little easier. For example, my 2 year old daughter often doesn't want to wash her hands if I simply ask her to (she enjoys saying "no" to pretty much everything I say at the moment). So nowadays, I simply tell her that her washing hands needs to happen before daddy can serve food (note: I don't "punish" her... it's not even really my choice; I just explain to her that one thing is required before the other thing can happen; it's a universal law of life). 

    4) Routine. Kids love it. Decide with your partner on a set of routines, and everything will go much easier. For example, if the "going to bed" routine is always the same, it will be much easier for your child to calm down and fall asleep. But if it changes all the time, it makes him/her restless.