sixpenceee:

Orchis Simia is a rare orchid that is also called the monkey orchid. It can be grey pink to red. It gets its name from its lobed lip which mimics the general shape of a monkey’s body. (Wiki Page)



You can make any hypothesis fit the data if you’re willing to be immodest with your other hypotheses.
Philosophy of Science professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)


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http://raginrayguns.tumblr.com/post/97098321647/queercommunist-the-idea-that-a-corporation-is →

queercommunist:

The idea that a corporation is entitled to anything other than its costs of operation (overhead, supplies) plus a reasonable labor cost, which I would include in costs of operation, should not be ridiculous. Corporations should exist to provide meaningful services to…

Yes, it’s obvious that the US is primarily a service economy — this notion has been established a long time ago.  Corporations are driven by profits, otherwise known as incentives.  Profit is crucial for the expansion of businesses, and the likelihood of creating more jobs and hiring more employees in the future.  

But the profit itself is created by the worker- the latte doesn’t become a latte until the working crafts it by hand, and customers won’t pay for the raw materials of a few espresso beans and a half cup of milk.

You’re right, consumers rarely go in a Starbucks and order espresso beans and milk separately, therefore they are a necessary part of the operation.  But profit is not generated solely by the sort worker you’re referring to.  In order to sell a product, you must spend the necessary time and money to make it marketable and accessible to the public, and that comes with workers that are beyond the ones handing out the latte.  And as you may know, the pay will vary depending on your role in the operation.  The point of the servicer, or the person who makes the transaction with the customer as you’ve pointed out, is to deliver the finishing product. 

Profit is created by the workers using the materials and creating a product which can be sold- when the worker grinds and brews the coffee and sell it, they create profit.”

This statement needs further evaluation, as there are many factors that contribute to a product that is capable of generating profit.  Let’s say if branding isn’t involved — that there are no advertisements or grand exposure for the product to the public, and food scientists weren’t there to formulate that taste everyone’s raving about, would you still pay the same price just because a worker is capable of putting together the ingredients?  How would you even know the product exists?  The problem here is that you’ve narrowed the term “worker” to a VERY VERY specific set of people.

Anyway, all of this is very basic and I probably used some terms incorrectly but this is the basis of the post I made before this, which I want to be understood as a joke but a joke expressing something I do very earnestly believe. These are actually very serious things I think of every time I clock in at work or come up short for a bill.”

I can understand your situation because my first job when I turned 16 was McD.  I worked there for two years and I learned a lot from the experience.  I didn’t have bills to pay back then, but I do now, and that’s why I’m at college and saving up so I don’t have to go back there again.



mindblowingscience:

Astronomy Photo of the Day: September 8th, 2014

Super Moon vs. Micro Moon Image Credit & Copyright: Catalin Paduraru
Explanation: What is so super about tomorrow’s supermoon? Tomorrow, a full moon will occur that appears slightly larger and brighter than usual. The reason is that the Moon’s fully illuminated phase occurs within a short time from perigee - when the Moon is its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. Although the precise conditions that define a supermoon vary, given one definition, tomorrow’s will be the third supermoon of the year — and the third consecutive month that a supermoon occurs. One reason supermoons are popular is because they are so easy to see — just go outside and sunset and watch an impressive full moon rise! Since perigee actually occurs today, tonight’s sunset moonrise should also be impressive. Pictured above, a supermoon from 2012 is compared to a micromoon — when a full Moon occurs near the furthest part of the Moon’s orbit — so that it appears smaller and dimmer than usual. Given many definitions, at least one supermoon occurs each year, with the next being 2015 August 30.

mindblowingscience:

Astronomy Photo of the Day: September 8th, 2014

Super Moon vs. Micro Moon 
Image Credit & CopyrightCatalin Paduraru

Explanation: What is so super about tomorrow’s supermoon? Tomorrow, a full moon will occur that appears slightly larger and brighter than usual. The reason is that the Moon’s fully illuminated phase occurs within a short time from perigee - when the Moon is its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. Although the precise conditions that define a supermoon vary, given one definition, tomorrow’s will be the third supermoon of the year — and the third consecutive month that a supermoon occurs. One reason supermoons are popular is because they are so easy to see — just go outside and sunset and watch an impressive full moon rise! Since perigee actually occurs today, tonight’s sunset moonrise should also be impressive. Pictured above, a supermoon from 2012 is compared to a micromoon — when a full Moon occurs near the furthest part of the Moon’s orbit — so that it appears smaller and dimmer than usual. Given many definitions, at least one supermoon occurs each year, with the next being 2015 August 30.



bloombergphotos:

Moon Gazing, Mooncake Grazing                                                 

Cooks prepare mooncakes at Cantonese institution Luk Yu Tea House in Hong Kong on Aug. 28, 2014.

Mooncakes are gifted during the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar, which lands on Sept. 8 this year.

Traditionally celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese as a harvest festival, families gather over a meal to share mooncakes and watch the full moon, a symbol of completeness and unity.

While mooncake styles vary from region to region, they are typically made of a sweet bean paste, such as lotus seed, surrounded by a thin crust, and some may include salted duck egg yolks in the filling. They are shaped in a wooden mold before being baked in an oven.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP



spring-of-mathematics:

Golden Ratio φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2 = 1.6180339887498948482…
In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0. Two quantities a and b are said to be in the golden ratio φ if
(a+b)/a = a/b = φ
One method for finding the value of φ is to start with the left fraction. Through simplifying the fraction and substituting in b/a = 1/φ:
(a+b)/a = 1+ b/a = 1+1/φ
Therefore: 1+1/φ = φ  Multiplying by φ gives: φ^2 - φ - 1 = 0
Using the quadratic formula, two solutions are obtained:: 
φ = (1- sqrt(5))/2 or φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2
Because φ is the ratio between positive quantities φ is necessarily positive:
φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2 = 1.6180339887498948482…
See more at Golden Ratio.
Image: Phi (golden number) by Steve Lewis.

spring-of-mathematics:

Golden Ratio φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2 = 1.6180339887498948482…

In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0. Two quantities a and b are said to be in the golden ratio φ if

(a+b)/a = a/b = φ

One method for finding the value of φ is to start with the left fraction. Through simplifying the fraction and substituting in b/a = 1/φ:

(a+b)/a = 1+ b/a = 1+1/φ

Therefore: 1+1/φ = φ 
Multiplying by φ gives: φ^2 - φ - 1 = 0

Using the quadratic formula, two solutions are obtained::

φ = (1- sqrt(5))/2 or φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2

Because φ is the ratio between positive quantities φ is necessarily positive:

φ = (1+sqrt(5))/2 = 1.6180339887498948482…

See more at Golden Ratio.

Image: Phi (golden number) by Steve Lewis.





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scienceisbeauty:

I get the impression that this thread will interest many Tumblr users. To read tomorrow, of course.

I loved the Parkinson’s law:

"work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"

with corolaries so actual as:

"If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do"

or

"Data expands to fill the space available for storage."

and

"Storage requirements will increase to meet storage capacity."