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darthrevaan:

So I’ve recently been writing a search-the-galaxy sort of fic for Star Wars, and realized I needed very desperately needed to know about one very important thing:

Hyperspace Travel

Specifically, hyperspace travel times. 

To help me I found this lovely resource; Black Cat’s Star Wars Hyperspace Travel Times Page. This page contains pretty much everything I think you need to know about hyperspace travel times, at least to make your fic vaguely realistic. It’s a fairly short read, but I’ll summarize the version I use here.

The table above shows base travel times between regions. The original page describes how these travel times are affected by two factors; the speed of the hyperdrive and the location of the destination. 

Speed of Hyperdrive basically means if your ship is more high tech/high quality/newer, it might have a faster hyperdrive. The base travel time assumes a x1 multiplier, so a faster hyperdrive might be only a x0.5 multiplier (halving the travel time, I believe), while if your ship is older/cheaper etc., it might have a slower hyperdrive, e.g. a x2 where the time would therefore be doubled. (I’ll freely admit I don’t use this variation much so I may be misunderstanding it slightly).  

Location of destination is what the top map is for, and basically why I’m making this post instead of just linking you to the page. If your start point is in the same region (e.g. Mid Rim to Mid Rim) or in the same quadrant as the destination, the travel time is halved from the base travel time. The original page describes the quadrants as being delineated by “two perpendicular lines cut through the centre of the Deep Core” , but references a book which is unnamed and has no map. So, I made my own, which is the top picture. It is by no means official, but I figure there can’t be too many ways to cut two lines through the centre of the Deep Core, so I’m probably not far wrong. (HERE is a much bigger version of the top map).

Generally I tend to stick to the Base Travel Times table (pictured), rather than the Specific Travel Times table which is also on the original page, because they have discrepancies and the former covers a much wider scope, so is easier to use. The original page also describes a calculation you can do yourself to figure out travel times, but I’ll freely admit I’m too lazy for that xD

The source the original page cites is “various pages on Wookieepedia”, so I guess it can’t be too far wrong. 

Of course, if you want, feel free to just ignore hyperspace travel times. I can think of one memorable instance when TCW does, and that’s only one xD

(P.S. The observant perusing the larger version of the top map might notice one marker/planet name that looks different. That’s the one I added in, and is therefore completely unofficial. First person to spot it and drop me an ask can have…something xD) 

Sorry to bust in, but potentially also worth noting that hyperdrives in the SWTOR era are generally much slower than the later ones of the rebellion era.  Like, 6x is ‘standard’.  

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projecthabu:

     What can I say about this bird that hasn’t already been said? Endeavour, whose name was borrowed from Captain Cook’s first exploration ship. Endeavour, the ship that replaced Challenger after her accident, carrying her spirit. There’s a lot to live up to. I’ll give this a shot.

     OV-105, the newest ship of the orbiter fleet, rolled out in 1991, just after I was born. I grew up with her; she was always my favorite. Endeavour was also the first orbiter that I ever saw up close. I visited first the California Science Center in Los Angeles on January of 2014, fully intending on thoroughly photographing the ship for this project. I walked into the hangar, and immediately had to fight tears welling up in my eyes. The emotions I felt were oddly similar to a time when I saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night in person. How could I have taken a picture Starry Night and call the photograph art? I snapped two or three photos of the orbiter, and realized that there was no way I could capture what she meant to me in a photograph, so I stopped snapping.

     It wasn’t until my second visit on August 2, 2014, when I was finally able to photograph the bird. Though, during that visit, I was still distracted, because I was on a first date with an incredible person who has since become my committed partner. Where else would I take my first date?

     Endeavour will always hold a special place in my heart for all these reasons. Every orbiter is beautiful, but I think OV-105 will always be my favorite.

THE TILES ARE ALL INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED OH MY GOD

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Anonymous said: Isn't "the Orient" referring to an area in Asia? If so, wouldn't that be about as offensive as calling Greeks and Italians "Mediterranean".

ughsocialjustice:

I think it’s because it’s become a way to say ‘exotic’ in reference to people. I think it’s okay in reference to objects, but not people? I may be wrong.

-The Canadian One

'Orient' is from the Latin word 'Oriens', meaning 'East'.  As opposed to Occident (west).  It's not really any different from talking about the 'western world' and 'eastern world' - i.e., rather simplistic and a bit ridiculous (on a spherical planet 'east' and 'west' are a matter of perspective, but not actually an evil sign of evil.

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onlyblackgirl:

solwardenclyffe:

poppypicklesticks:

silverheartcat:

onlyblackgirl:

Indigenous People’s Day Photo Project 2013

"Dear Columbus…"

Photo Credit: Andrew Burlingham

South Puget Sound Community College’s Diversity & Equity Center

Olympia, WA 

Yes. YES. Fuck Columbus forever.

I’ll always distinctly remember being a -child-, maybe 7? and even then being so horribly angry about Columbus. I was originally vocal about it. The real kicker? I quickly learned to shut up about how I felt.
I tried to talk about how infuriating it was to learn how Columbus invaded and destroyed an entire native people. And every adult I talked to tried to convince me everything Columbus did was totally okay. Apparently children aren’t supposed to learn about Columbus and find him to be anything but ~brave~ and ~adventurous~ or some shit.
I’m still, even now, fucking appalled anyone, ANYONE, could so easily and thoughtlessly try to indoctrinate a small child into accepting genocide of native people. It’s …disgusting, and so extremely telling of how far our culture will go in its dehumanization and erasure of the violence native people endured and continue to endure at our hands.

So. Yes. Fuck Columbus.
I hope someday we all celebrate Indigenous People Day and only remember Columbus for his crimes against humanity.

Quite a few guys on here look asian

So are we seriously going to pretend the Chinese never had an empire? The treatment of the han chinese by the Manchu dynasties? 

Or how about the Tibetans, who are forced to learn about Chinese history in their schools? 

Or how about the Japanese treatment of the Ainu and Japanese colonialism and imperialism in general?  The Japanese murdering Queen Min and subsequently annexing Korea? Rape of Nanking?  Area 731? Comfort Women? 

Are we going to pretend everything in North and South America was all hunky dory before the Conquestidors showed up, and the various tribes and civilisations all lived in harmony with one another?  Scalping wasn’t a thing?   That the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilisations didn’t aggressively expand their empire,so they could have fresh slaves to use in ritualistic torture and human sacrifices to their deities?   No, I’m sure the child slaves who were selected as sacrifices to the rain god Tlaloc ripped off their own fingernails and drowned themselves to please the appetite of someone else’s deity 

Oh I’m sorry, this is tumblr, and it’s racist to hold other cultures to the same standards that white people are held to, or it\s not racism because… well we can’t use Power Plus Privilege anymore since that’s an extremely Murrica-centric model.   Looks like tumblr has a few new words to redefine since it’s not only Whitey who is capable of them! 

… You can only discover something that already existed.  Otherwise it’d be inventing it.

Being the last person to find something (by getting lost btw) isn’t discovering America. White people Bruh the last to know about twerking isn’t “discovering” The only thing Columbus discovered was a way to start the Atlantic Slave Trade.

When a person or group learns of something, they can said to have discovered it, even if they’re latecomers.  Being the last to find something is indeed, discovering it last.  But that’s semantics, and doesn’t change the fact Columbus was undeniably a monster, so much so that the spanish crown, not exactly known for great kindness themselves, had him arrested and removed from governance.  Combined with the whole ‘discovered America through a combination of luck and obstinate stupidity.

I get the impression though that most people nowadays don’t have a particularly favorable opinion of him, though it may well have been different in the past. And does anyone really celebrate Columbus day as anything but a day off work?

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silent-wordsmith:

mollymimieux:

Imagine that one day the whole world would look like this.

We don’t belong here; we never have

Where do we belong, then, Mars?  I have a fossil record that would disagree with your assertion.

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poppypicklesticks:

silverheartcat:

onlyblackgirl:

Indigenous People’s Day Photo Project 2013

"Dear Columbus…"

Photo Credit: Andrew Burlingham

South Puget Sound Community College’s Diversity & Equity Center

Olympia, WA 

Yes. YES. Fuck Columbus forever.

I’ll always distinctly remember being a -child-, maybe 7? and even then being so horribly angry about Columbus. I was originally vocal about it. The real kicker? I quickly learned to shut up about how I felt.
I tried to talk about how infuriating it was to learn how Columbus invaded and destroyed an entire native people. And every adult I talked to tried to convince me everything Columbus did was totally okay. Apparently children aren’t supposed to learn about Columbus and find him to be anything but ~brave~ and ~adventurous~ or some shit.
I’m still, even now, fucking appalled anyone, ANYONE, could so easily and thoughtlessly try to indoctrinate a small child into accepting genocide of native people. It’s …disgusting, and so extremely telling of how far our culture will go in its dehumanization and erasure of the violence native people endured and continue to endure at our hands.

So. Yes. Fuck Columbus.
I hope someday we all celebrate Indigenous People Day and only remember Columbus for his crimes against humanity.

Quite a few guys on here look asian

So are we seriously going to pretend the Chinese never had an empire? The treatment of the han chinese by the Manchu dynasties? 

Or how about the Tibetans, who are forced to learn about Chinese history in their schools? 

Or how about the Japanese treatment of the Ainu and Japanese colonialism and imperialism in general?  The Japanese murdering Queen Min and subsequently annexing Korea? Rape of Nanking?  Area 731? Comfort Women? 

Are we going to pretend everything in North and South America was all hunky dory before the Conquestidors showed up, and the various tribes and civilisations all lived in harmony with one another?  Scalping wasn’t a thing?   That the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilisations didn’t aggressively expand their empire,so they could have fresh slaves to use in ritualistic torture and human sacrifices to their deities?   No, I’m sure the child slaves who were selected as sacrifices to the rain god Tlaloc ripped off their own fingernails and drowned themselves to please the appetite of someone else’s deity 

Oh I’m sorry, this is tumblr, and it’s racist to hold other cultures to the same standards that white people are held to, or it\s not racism because… well we can’t use Power Plus Privilege anymore since that’s an extremely Murrica-centric model.   Looks like tumblr has a few new words to redefine since it’s not only Whitey who is capable of them! 

… You can only discover something that already existed.  Otherwise it’d be inventing it.

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Why are her wings growing out of her shirt?

Why are her wings growing out of her shirt?

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Anonymous said: OK. SCENARIO. a woman removes her boobs from her chest. she lays them on the sofa. she leaves the room. a man walks in. would he be aroused by the boobs even though they're not attached to a woman? what about if she had laid her vulva on the sofa? (let's just pretend it's somehow possible in this alternate reality)

mr-cappadocia:

hbspencer:

mr-cappadocia:

mistixs:

brett-caton:

Looking at the relative popularity of the dildo and the female equivalents, i think if anything women objectify male bodies far more than vice versa.

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And what do men prefer?

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Given a choice, men go for as realistic a copy of a woman as is technologically possible.


Which is why if a robot that looks like image

becomes affordable, I suspect most men will choose it; no rape charges (stare rape!), no domestic violence (unless the kill bit is activated, but no-one’s perfect), and no alimony.

Why spend your life trying to impress a woman, only to have her take everything, worse, to feel entitled by feminism to use you up and discard you, burn you like a tissue?

Feminism gains power because men sacrifice themselves in service to women. What would happen if men boycotted that one-sided arrangement?

No more romances. No more children, unless women were prepared to raise them without subsidies by men.

Humanity will become extinct.

At least, that’s the plot of

Saturn’s Children

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and frankly, i think it would be the nicest way imaginable for us to end.

Dildos exist because the structure, size, & shape of the penis, offer great physical pleasure to women.

A random pair of tits on the sofa? Like, do tits actually PHYSICALLY stimulate you as much as penises PHYSICALLY stimulate women, or is it just a psychological (i.e. “visual”) arousal?

That dildo to me is useless, in the “visual” respect.

I’m not turned on at all by looking at that dildo. But to have that dildo in my vagina, well, hell yeah. The structure provides physical pleasure.

(And for the record, I’m not judgmental at all towards those men that have been using that new “artificial vagina” thing, either.)

I think Brett is onto something to be honest and it’s an issue I’ve talked about before.

If a machine could satisfy a man’s need for companionship would he opt for a woman instead?

Barring social stigmata and the complexity of the machine… I don’t think he would. I suspect that a significant minority of men that could afford such machines *would* afford such machines.

Attention to gaming and online culture suggests that many already have in the form of everything from pornography to video game avatars.

this is such disgusting sexist shit

ya’ll are opting for artificial sex objects cause you don’t want to put up with feelings that make women human. you just want something to get you off. this is the best example of dehumanization and sexism i’ve seen in while.

gross

So lemme get this straight.

Your argument… and feel free to correct me… but your argument is summed up thusly: ACCORDING TO THIS FEMINIST, NOT WANTING TO DATE OR HAVE SEX WITH A WOMAN IS A FORM OF OPPRESSION.

Are you fucking kidding me?

I mean Jesus Christ, next week we’ll have some dopey fucking Feminist telling us MASTURBATION is a form of domestic abuse.

mr-cappadocia:

No. I don’t believe they would.

"If you don’t service your woman when she demands it, whether you want to or not, it may lead to her feeling inadequate or insecure, and this is a form of abuse prosecutable by law". - Feminist backed Law CIRCA 2027.

It’s gotten that insane. She actually feels ENTITLED TO DICTATE THE MEANS BY WHICH A MAN MAY JACK OFF IN THE PRIVACY OF HIS OWN HOME AND IF HIS *REASONS* DON’T LIVE UP TO HER STANDARDS IT’S A FORM OF OPPRESSIVE MASTURBATION.

The need for companionship goes far beyond a need for a glorified recording to say nice things, I suspect that any machine that could actually fulfill it would arguably be a person in their own right.  Which makes it less a substitute for companionship than… actually companionship.  Anyways, that is likely a significant way off, and besides, deranged feminists are small minority of women.  Assholes are a more significant minority, but… don’t date assholes.

Anyways, the way you solve the ‘humanity would go extinct’ problem is with artificial wombs.  Possibly placed in the robots.

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vicemag:

Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?
On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”
Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.
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He wasn’t just carrying it.  Just look at the video, he’s clearly waving it around, pointing at things (what isn’t exactly clear), loading it… not to mention staying in the pet section, for some reason.  That’s a significant difference from carrying a rifle on a sling.
Finally, when the police arrived, his reaction was to move for cover.  They couldn’t have distinguished panic from intent to fire back.

vicemag:

Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?

On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”

Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.

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He wasn’t just carrying it.  Just look at the video, he’s clearly waving it around, pointing at things (what isn’t exactly clear), loading it… not to mention staying in the pet section, for some reason.  That’s a significant difference from carrying a rifle on a sling.

Finally, when the police arrived, his reaction was to move for cover.  They couldn’t have distinguished panic from intent to fire back.

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cybernetic-catriarch:

dansdansrevolution:

kanyewesticle:

what if rain came down all at once and not in tiny raindrops

I’m imagining thousands of people being pushed violently to the ground by a single sheet of water. It’s fucking hilarious.

Now, see, that would cause a lot of distress and, I’m sure, a great deal of injury.

Wouldn’t that make it a rain of terror?

http://what-if.xkcd.com/12/

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