Saturday, 5 March 2011

Oh man, oh man

So, I was working on a way good comic for about two hours, and bam! Photoshop crashes and I haven't saved it once. I'm so unbelievably mad right now. There was no slowing down, or me clicking weird things, it was my in the middle of drawing a line and then "photoshop has stopped working, would you like to get mad or explode into oblivion?". So I guess I won't have a new comic for you tonight.



Regarding yesterday's winner, Siphil, I'll try and have a picture for you tomorrow, I apologize for the delay. On the topic of yesterdays competition, carbon, I just wanted to talk about it for a brief second. In atomic theory, electrons orbit the nucleus, however, they're not just orbiting all at the same level, there are shells. As you can see in my drawing of carbon, the smaller ring is the inner shell, and the bigger ring is the outer shell. Each of these shells can only hold a particular amount of electrons, for example, the first shell has a max of two, the second has a max of eight (the third gets more confusing, as it can hold 18, but not without first putting some into the fourth, but you get what I mean). 

Now, all atoms want to become stable; and if an atom has a full outer shell, it is considered to be stable. If it has only 1 electron in its second shell, it wants to lose that electron, and become stable. If it has six electrons in its outer shell, it wants to gain two and become stable. I hope this is making sense. To illustrate this principle better, I drew a picture. Here you see two atoms that have only one electron in their outer shell, therefore they're considered unstable. In between them, you see an atom with six electrons in its outer shell, again, therefore it is unstable. For all of these atoms to become happy and stable, they do what is called "covalent bonding", or electron sharing. By sharing in electrons, both of the smaller atoms (hydrogen) and the larger atom (oxygen) all have full outer electron shells. Most of you have picked up already that this is water!

Lemme at some 'dem 'lectrons.

Now, back to the reason why carbon is so special. Carbon has four of a possible eight electrons in its outer shell. This means for it to become stable, it either needs to lose four, or gain four electrons. This is exactly the reason it is so special, because it can bond so well with many different things, and is exactly why it's the basis of all life as we know it, and why we are called carbon based life forms.

I think that's enough of that for now. For our competition, I want to give science a break, and go with a movie. What movie is this screen shot from?

Probably the only movie I've seen where it looks actually like they had someone do it properly.

Enjoy your evening!

31 comments:

  1. Oh man, I know how that goes all too well. But honestly, don't worry about it if you don't want to remake it, that's fine with me. And for the movie, I have no idea, Trainspotting maybe? Also photoshop should really have an autosave function.

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  2. That right there is Vincent Vega(John Travolta) injecting himself with some heroin in Pulp Fiction.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Quentin Tarantino had him do it properly.

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  3. Is that from the part where Arnold Schwarzenegger get the truth serum injected in that movie, uh, Eraser? Yeah judging by the high resolution pic I think it's definitely that film from the 90s LOL.

    And dude, you're really studying hard huh. Way to go man.

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  4. Siphil, I'm sure I'll come up with something for you. :)

    And Layman! Well done! I thought people would start guessing other drug movies, like trainspotting as Siphil did, but I suppose you're probably like me and have seen Pulp Fiction like 15 times.

    I'm sure Quentin had someone actually shoot up, even if it was just with saline and not actual drugs.

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  5. why we sometimes are so lazy to press the 'save' button? hehehe

    about the movie: just a crazy guess --> Outbreak (1995)

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  6. That reaction image up there is hilarious.

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  7. No fake syringe technology back then eh.

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  8. dude that sucks about photoshop, i once lost like 2 papers on a USB flash stick

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  9. aaaaw i hate when that happens

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  10. no idea what movie that is. i have like the worst memory and forget movies i recently watch... it sucks :(

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  11. Progress has been denied, oh no! You'll get it done. Also, a nice little bit of chemistry there. Keep up the good work.

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  12. that is terrible news. can't believe it crashed on you like that.

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  13. ARGH I hate things closing randomly -_- The checking for solutions thing doesn't even work.

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  14. Ouch that sucks, at least you have the idea saved in your brain? :(

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  15. Wow I would rage. I never save while I am working on photoshop and sometimes I spend hours creating something.

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  16. Dang that sucks. That's some good information on carbon.

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  17. That sucks, I'd rage if that happened to me. My reaction is usually like that in the photo you posted.

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  18. I believe if you use photoshop with a mac it has an autosave feature. :S

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  19. Photoshop loves to crash randomly. Gotta love it...or not.

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  20. I've had this happen multiple times to myself as well. Very very frustrating GRRRRR Following!

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    Electric Addict Set #3

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  21. Requiem for a dream? Wild guess :P

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  22. I usually just remember the plot of a movie, but not names...
    Baxxmans

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  23. Don't worry man, it's cool, you can always just start all over again.

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  24. I think Quentin took many times psychedelic drugs :)

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  25. is that Windows 7 or Vista? because i'm not surprised if it's Vista...worst operating system ever.

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  26. It's windows 7. Vista is the worst.

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  27. How come when a program crashes when you haven't saved you always say "Lesson learned, ALWAYS SAVE!"...and yet, it happens again and again on a monthly basis?

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