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downfallofi said: I have a deep love for the NES Mega Man series although they were deceptively friggin’ hard.

I think Megaman 2 might be the only one I played much from the NES era. I remember playing 1 and 3, but I don’t know about the others.

Now, SNES, I devoured the Megaman X series. Love those games.

I played this game as a kid. I don’t know if I ever beat it, but I loved it and played it again and again.

This music is tinny, 8-bit noise, and it sounds like crap through my headphones, but it’s quick and alive and it makes me feel a little less like the big ball of staining muck I woke up as today.

Not enough to feel right. But for a space of 17 minutes, 33 seconds, I feel just a little less like swallowing myself, a little less greyed out. When it stops, I hit repeat and go through it again.

The things that keep you intact don’t have to be big or profound or life-changing.

I’m going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid. I don’t find it strange that all you want to believe is only that which comforts you. How else do humans invent the traps which betray us into mediocrity? How else do we define cowardice?
The Preacher, Children of Dune

astronomyforamateurs:

One of Jupiter’s moons, Ganymede, is partially eclipsed by the gas giant in this Hubble telescope image. Ganymede completes an orbit around Jupiter once per week, though this particular image was useful in that it allowed astronomers to determine how hazy Jupiter’s atmosphere is by measuring light reflected off of Ganymede.

Credit: NASAESA, and E. Karkoschka (U. Arizona)

For more astronomy, check out AstronomyForAmateurs.com

hatewizard:

gabrielgadfly:

hatewizard:

just found out “jerry rigged” is actually supposed to be ”jury rigged” and I’m so mad because a history teacher i had once told us that “jerry” was a pejorative term for germans during wwii and that’s where the term came from

like…..did he just make that up what the fuck where did he even get that

My understanding is that “jerry-rigged” is actually a combination of two distinct phrases:

"Jerry-built" appears in a glossary of the dialect spoken in some of the northern counties of England; this glossary was published in 1869. "Jerry-built" means a permanent structure built very poorly or shoddily. There’s a few apocryphal stories that suggest the term was in reference to Jerry Brothers, a construction company in Liverpool known for its shoddy work, but there’s little way to confirm this.

"Jury-rigged" has its origins in nautical terminology. A jury mast is a temporary mast rigged up after the primary mast of a ship has been lost, such as in battle or during a storm. By definition, "jury-rigged" implies a temporary fix using whatever is available on hand. Usage in this way dates back to 1788.

Somewhere along the way, the two terms got muddled, and “jerry-rigged” doesn’t show up until the 1959 edition of Merriam-Webster.

So I guess his story is plausible then with the timing of when it showed up?

Eh, possible, but it’s doubtful. “Jerry” was definitely a term used for Germans during World War II (and to a lesser extent, World War I), but this is almost certainly a simple adaptation of “German.”

In this case, “Jerry” referring to Germans is as unrelated to “jerry-rigged” as “jury-mast” is unrelated to a jury in a court of law. Same word, two very different meanings and origins.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the story about “jerry-rigged” referring to German soldiers is something that came out in the 1960s, an after-the-fact explanation by an amateur historian trying to tie two unrelated things together for an amusing anecdote.

hatewizard:

just found out “jerry rigged” is actually supposed to be ”jury rigged” and I’m so mad because a history teacher i had once told us that “jerry” was a pejorative term for germans during wwii and that’s where the term came from

like…..did he just make that up what the fuck where did he even get that

My understanding is that “jerry-rigged” is actually a combination of two distinct phrases:

"Jerry-built" appears in a glossary of the dialect spoken in some of the northern counties of England; this glossary was published in 1869. "Jerry-built" means a permanent structure built very poorly or shoddily. There’s a few apocryphal stories that suggest the term was in reference to Jerry Brothers, a construction company in Liverpool known for its shoddy work, but there’s little way to confirm this.

"Jury-rigged" has its origins in nautical terminology. A jury mast is a temporary mast rigged up after the primary mast of a ship has been lost, such as in battle or during a storm. By definition, "jury-rigged" implies a temporary fix using whatever is available on hand. Usage in this way dates back to 1788.

Somewhere along the way, the two terms got muddled, and “jerry-rigged” doesn’t show up until the 1959 edition of Merriam-Webster.

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