By guest contributor Frisly Soberanis
Pablo Soberanis, a hispanic teenager, learns that his cellphone bill is nothing compared with the family’s financial problems.
Film Crew all under 19 years old.
Written and Directed by Frisly Soberanis
Produced by Kyra Vargas and Frisly Soberanis
Frisly Soberanis is an Award-winning student filmmaker. He’s a recent graduate of the Academy for Careers in TV and Film and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Film Fellow program. He won the Lotos Foundation Award for excellence in the Arts, was one of the top two finalist at the nationwide Coco Latino Film Contest, and is a member of The New York Youth Leadership Council where he fights for passage of the New York State Dream Act.
Aliens (1986) - Jenette Goldstein
Blink and you’ve missed it. Researchers in the US have captured the world’s first X-ray images of lightning, by creating a special camera that can capture radiation at 10 million frames per second. They presented their new findings at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco and they say that this new view of lightning could help to solve some of the mysteries of this spectacular natural phenomenon.
The research was carried out at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing, located in Florida. It is one of the few sites in world where lightning is initiated and studied under controlled conditions. By firing rockets with trailing wires into thunder clouds, scientists are able to generate electric fields that are large enough to trigger bolts of lightning, which then propagate back down towards the rocket launch tower.
Joseph Dwyer and colleagues at the Florida Institute of Technology became interested in the fact that lightning emits X-rays as it propagates through the air, a phenomenon that was only noted in the past decade. But given that X-ray sources in lightning travel through the Earth’s atmosphere at velocities approaching the speed of light, it is difficult to catch them on camera before they disappear. In addition, they cannot be imaged with standard mirrors and lenses because huge amounts of material are required to prevent X-rays and gamma rays from entering through the sides of a camera.
Dwyer’s team has created a customized camera that has 30 detectors made from a combination of sodium iodide and photomultiplier tubes, each measuring 3 × 3 inch. The device, which is approximately the size of a standard refrigerator, is also equipped with a 3 inch pinhole aperture, and can record X-rays at 10 million frames per second. “This is actually a very old technique for making images, like that seen in a camera obscura,” Dwyer says.
During July and August this year, Dwyer’s team studied four rocket-triggered lightning flashes at the Florida test site. Each flash lasted for approximately two seconds and the resulting sequences of images revealed that X-rays emerged primarily from the vicinity of the lightning tip as it propagated towards the Earth. As the lightning crashed into the control tower it also triggered large bursts of gamma radiation, which were also captured by the camera.
“For the first time we’re catching a glimpse of lightning in the X-ray emission,” says Dwyer. “We’re seeing lightning as Superman would see it with his X-ray vision”.
Credit: James Dacey/physicsworld.com
There is literally nothing better than a sexy, badass lady.
CHING MOTHERFUCKING SHIH
This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.
She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean. If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean. Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death. Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at. Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.
Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.
Ching Shih said fuck that.
She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.
For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.
tldr: I’ve come to terms with the reality that I’ll never be as terrifyingly badass as this woman was.
i will be as badass as she
You know, I heard of her, but I’d either forgotten or never heard that she grew old and retired having never been brought down or defeated ever.
She won being a pirate.
She got history’s high score.
Can there be an assassin’s creed game about her? cause I would really like to play that.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag should have been about this chick instead
Can we just get a fucking video game about her? I want to play her.
I WOULD PLAY THIS :D
I would play the hell out of it
Pirates of the Caribbean my ass…
Warning: If you’re currently very angry, do not listen to this release! Impulse first record is a short, 12 tracks album that reminds me 80’s HC and most notably the infamous “Victim in Pain” album from Agnostic Front.
Tempos are always fast, songs are short, and the guys are very angry. Most…
In 1958, still a decade before the moon landing, Engineering made UCLA the first university with an astronautics program. This prototype of a space suit was designed in 1961.
Divas From the Underground
P o r n A g a i n - Vol.2
‘Ephémère’, Percevale Perks directed by Bart Hess, 2011
I might forego curiosities on meaning for this one…
-Benefit for Trans Oral History Project
-Hosted by NIC K
-Resident DJs Panakin Skywalker, Josie Bush and Butch Sassidy the Come Dance Kid
-New Wave jamz
-Photos by Kiam Marcelo Junio
-$5 suggested donation
This month, Subject to Change brings you not one, but TWO parties! The second, at a NEW VENUE, Township will be New Wave themed and benefit the Trans Oral History Project, hosted by Nic K.
Your DJs Panakin Skywalker, Josie Bush and Butch Sassidy the Come Dance Kid will be spinning New Wave jamz all night long. There will also be a special new wave styling station!
Don’t miss Part I, New Age at The Burlington on April 24th. RSVP here-
The Transgender Oral History Project is a collaboration-based resource. Our mission is to promote a diversity of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities by supporting members of our community who wish to share their stories. We accomplish this through by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting people’s experiences, and teaching media production skills.
Subject to Change aims to create a space of “no shame” when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they love and care about — family (both blood and chosen) and our community via the events and publications they produce. They hope to generate positive energy within the community and channel that energy to support the many organizations working to make this city a better place for queer folks. We celebrate all gender identities and expressions.
Poster by Janie Stamm
Come out peeps.