1. zerostatereflex:

    Four Billion BCE: Battered Earth 

    "No place on Earth was safe. Four billion years ago, during the Hadean eon, our Solar System was a dangerous shooting gallery of large and dangerous rocks and ice chunks."

    (The gif below shows impacts over time: “Spatial distribution and sizes of craters formed on the early Earth. Each circle indicates the final estimated crater size; color coding indicates time of impact. Credit: Simone Marchi/SwRI.”)

     
  2. Anonymous said: Phantom penis anon again! :) Just to clarify, yeah, I do think there's more to my experience than just "well I was tricking myself into it" - I guess a better way to put it would be, I feel like me focusing on the penis sensation as the only "okay" way to experience arousal was feeding into it. (When my dysphoria was really bad, any kind of sexual stimulation that reminded me that I had a vagina made me uncomfortable, so mostly I just read smutty fiction, got aroused, and didn't actually [1/?]

    follow through most of the time. If I did, it was only ever clitoral stimulation, never anything penetrative. So sexual activity for me was 90% mental and like 10% physical, and I’d sort of indulge and focus on the phantom sensation and deny/ignore my actual genitals.) Now that I’m pretty comfortable and in a stable relationship with someone who constantly affirms for me that I come across as male, I’ve had a drastic reduction in dysphoria in general. (It’s still there, just a lot less

    severe and upsetting. So I’m no longer feeding into and encouraging the brain mapping issues, I guess? …I would seriously love to volunteer for studies though, I wish I lived somewhere where gender studies were more of a thing. This stuff is fascinating and I’d love to know more about the physiological aspects of my identity. [3/3]

    If you’re looking into a physiological base, I would suggest more looking into neurobiology instead of gender studies. Gender studies, from what I’ve seen, seems to be focused on social aspects while neurobiology (or neuromedicine) looks more at the brain cause. So I think those would be more the corner you’d want to look into. If you got a university with a neuro department nearby you could try looking into them. Not every faculty as same focal points (my own does a lot of chronobiology for example) so it’s always worth giving their current projects a once over. Psychology departments too maybe but again that depends a lot on what the faculties focal points are and what equipment they have. 

    But do look into it, getting people who are actually willing to self-report can be a huge issue for studies centered around gender, sex, sexuality and psychology. 

     
  3. Anonymous said: another transdude here to comment on the phantom penis thing: it MAY be self-induced delusion from fantasizing (like some otherkin report feeling phantom wings etc), or something neurological, or both. Personally, I only experience it um, when i need to urinate or on the onset of arousal. basically when the thing's supposed to be there to perform a function and isn't. it's not entirely conscious.

    Yeah if phantom limbs were a conscious thing it’s be much easier to deal with (also for people who experience phantom limbs after amputation) but brains are fucking weird. *clamoring for more research* 

    what pretty telling in that regard though is the much reduced rate of mtf transsexuals who experience phantom penis sensations after bottom surgery, compared to cis dudes who lose their penis somehow. 

     
  4. Anonymous said: What causes that freezer taste? Also have a good time next week :D

    The freezer tastes mostly comes from freezer burn. 

    Basically freezer burn is what happens if whatever you’re trying to freeze (mostly meat) loses too much water when/after it freezes. And if water can get out then oxygen can get in. As we know, oxygen causes oxidation (hence the name). In foods oxidation is most noticeable in fats because it makes the fat taste less than stellar. Plus the afflicted food items also tend to dry out in patches which impacts the consistency. The drying itself can also denature proteins which is another point in regards to consistency and taste (here).

    You can prevent this my spreading a thing layer of water (or another liquid) over meat before you freeze it so that any loss of water molecules happens in the thin ice layer over your meat first. also it keeps oxygen from directly interaction with your meat. 

    Btw, the freezer burn you get doesn’t spoil your meat on a microbiological level, so it’s not that it’s unsafe to eat now.  

    (and thank you! We’ve planned to visit the zoo there too so i might bring pictures if we can get any good ones) 

     
  5. Anonymous said: Phantom penis anon again! I don't mind you asking. :) I'm actually not on HRT yet (financial reasons mostly). Actually the thing that did coincide with a decrease in phantom penis sensation was me getting into a relationship and getting more comfortable with the physical reality of my body. I think learning that I could enjoy vaginal sex, and that that didn't change my identity, was probably what did it. In my case at least I'd guess that I was probably so fixated on wanting to be [1/2]

    [2/2] perceived as male that I might have been training myself into experiencing phantom penis sensation. I’ve read that studies have been done which show that the brain can be “tricked” into phantom limb sensation, and I wonder if maybe I was doing that to myself to some degree. I did also start using a prosthetic penis though (a Feeldoe model), so maybe it’s also because of that that I don’t get the sensation much anymore.

    It might be both we can’t really know without taking a really close looks at your brain as phantom sensations happen and what triggers them, but if you’re comfortable now, what gives ;P.

    And yes I wouldn’t rule out that the prosthetic helps, as it it gives your body a feedback (optical and sensory from the surrounding skin) of something being there. 

    Anyhow, good to hear that things worked out for you so far and that you became more confident. ^.^ 

     
  6. smushfacedcat said: I was just catching up on your blog and saw the stuff about domestic cat/wild cat crosses. Here's a list of confirmed hybrids: en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Felid_hybrid#Confirmed_domestic_cat. 2Ffelid_hybrids I'd personally suspect that what Anon has locally is feral domestics, though. Domestic cats can get upwards of 20lbs just fine and can look very "wild" if they have the right traits (ear tufts, certain markings, add a stub tail and you can get what looks like a bobcat cross).

    Link

    Yeah that was the list i was looking at, too to check out you even can cross domestic cats with before it goes entirely down the drain in terms of viability 

    (also interesting how far a cross can ‘span’ in terms of phylogenic distance. Especially that ocelot cross.) 

     
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    Anonymous said: So I was reading your gender/sex FAQ after you mentioned it to the last anon, and I can personally verify that phantom penis sensation is a thing. I had it all the time when my dysphoria was at its worst around age 23-26, and then it calmed down a lot once I had more social acceptance of my identity. Now it only seems to happen occasionally, probably because I'm so much more okay with my actual physical genitals (now that I'm not afraid of people thinking my vagina makes me female).

    Thank you for sharing!

    Phantom limbs (of all kinds, there’s been report of phantom boobs, too) on trans people is actually really interesting topic that always makes me itch for some good CAT scan equipment and more studies. URGH science y u so slow.

    I know it’s generally considered a bit rude to ask, so feel free to ignore it, but I’d be interested from a scientific PoV if you’re taking hormones and if so if the start of them coincided with the lessening of the phantom sensations? 

     
  8. PSA

    I won’t be around from Monday to Thursday next week. Ask and Submit will stay open but your questions won’t be posted until Friday at the earliest.

    If you have pressing issues get them out during the weekend but next week Owlet Tours Vienna with the Miniowlet (my baby sis) so there won’t be much science. 

     
  9. corruptorofmorels said: I just learned that the pituitary gland is also known as the hypophysis. I hope we can't find our pituitary glands in dissection so we cannot reject the null hypophysis. Maybe we'll find it somewhat displaced; the alternate hypophysis.

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  10. corporisfabrica:

Using a centrifuge, it is possible to separate blood into three main fractions. 
Although we are used to thinking of blood as a simple fluid, it is in fact a suspension of cells, debris and more within a carrier fluid. 
The uppermost and clear yellow layer pictured is that fluid: plasma. This is the majority of what makes up human blood - plasma constitutes about 55% of its volume - of which 95% by volume is pure water. 
The central layer of opaque white is known as the buffy coat. This fraction is comprised mainly of white blood cells and platelets. 
Finally, the lowermost fraction is made up of the all-important red blood cells; erythrocytes. These cells are responsible for oxygen’s transit around the body, and give blood its striking colour. 

    corporisfabrica:

    Using a centrifuge, it is possible to separate blood into three main fractions. 

    Although we are used to thinking of blood as a simple fluid, it is in fact a suspension of cells, debris and more within a carrier fluid. 

    The uppermost and clear yellow layer pictured is that fluid: plasma. This is the majority of what makes up human blood - plasma constitutes about 55% of its volume - of which 95% by volume is pure water. 

    The central layer of opaque white is known as the buffy coat. This fraction is comprised mainly of white blood cells and platelets. 

    Finally, the lowermost fraction is made up of the all-important red blood cells; erythrocytes. These cells are responsible for oxygen’s transit around the body, and give blood its striking colour.