lies:I Ship It, written and directed by Yulin Kuang.

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 10:42 pm


I Ship It, written and directed by Yulin Kuang.

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yulinisworking:New one of these things! Watch, if you so desire….

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 10:25 pm


New one of these things! Watch, if you so desire. :D

With a brief appearance by Irene Choi, last seen (by me at least) in her also-brief but memorable role as Sofia in I Ship It.

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katefuckingwinslet:Sense + Sensibility (1995)The more I know of…

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 1:07 pm


Sense + Sensibility (1995)

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much.

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This should not have made me laugh this much.

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 10:33 am

This should not have made me laugh this much.

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imaginarycircus replied to your post:Oh jeez- I’ve handled so many so often that I…

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 9:19 am

I moved into a casita in Santa Fe that had tons of spiders and I don’t mind them so I left them alone. Except I would wake up in the morning with bites. So I had to get rid of them. Which made me kind of sad.

Interesting. My wife has told me similar stories. I’m curious if you had evidence that the bites were specifically from spiders. Did the bites noticeably stop after you got rid of the spiders? And did you selectively get rid of spiders only, as opposed to doing something more broadly targeted, like cleaning and/or applying insecticide?

The thing I’m curious about is whether it could have been some other kind of bug doing the biting. There are blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes and bedbugs that actually have a reason to be biting humans. As far as I know, though, there aren’t any spiders that do that, such that I’d think a healthy spider population might actually reduce the risk of being bitten rather than increase it. I’m curious what buggirl would think about that.

But you were there, and I wasn’t. Thanks for the info!

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Oh jeez- I’ve handled so many so often that I have developed an allergy to some tarantulas. In Ecuador alone, I’ve handled hundreds of individuals. In addition, in the lab I hold the same individuals over and over again- hundreds of times- so I guess if I had to say how many times have I had a spider in my hand? Idk- 2000? ha. No clue. but a lot more than most people. I man-handled that poor little guy- I try not to do that often but like I said he was escaping!

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 8:58 am

So, of the estimated 2000 times buggirl​ has handled spiders with her bare hands (ranging from completely harmless species to black widows), she has been bitten exactly twice, each time when she was trying to hastily impose her will on an agitated captive. So it’s a 0.1% risk of her being bitten in any given spider-handling scenario.

Good to know.

Side note: In looking through some black-widow-handling YouTube videos, the comments were predictably YouTube-ian. But there also was this exchange, which made me laugh:


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Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 8:22 am











My 7 year old son was shot down by his 1st grade teacher

The american public education system in a nutshell tho

My third grade teacher actually had a conversation with my mom that I was reading to well and told her to stop having me read at home

My first grade teacher said that it was problematic that I was reading ahead of the rest of the kids in my grade and asked my parents to stop letting me read Harry Potter.

My fourth grade teacher thought it was wrong for my dad to be teaching me complex math because it fascinated me.

My elementary school music teacher hated the way my piano teacher taught me, and how I was more advanced than many of her students, and so told me, in front of my peers and my mother, that I was not good enough to participate in the state solo festival. She would not give me the form. We had to procure it from the district instead. She also hated how I excelled at reading and playing music for the recorder, and so she refused to give me my “belts” (colored beads to signify our level) and humiliated me in front of the class repeatedly.

My eighth grade algebra teacher used to fail me on take home tests because I didn’t solve problems exactly the way she showed us in class; I used methods that we had learned for other types of problems that also applied to these. She took points off my tests because I didn’t bring a calculator even though I got 100% without it, because I was able to do it by hand. I had to call my father, who is an engineer, down to the school to shout her down and give me back my A in the class.

My 10th grade Spanish teacher yelled at me in front of the class numerous times because she didn’t like the way I took notes; she thought that since I didn’t write every word off the slide, I wasn’t getting it all down. I had to explain to her that people who have taken advanced courses, like AP or IB classes, know that in a fast-paced learning environment you need to take quick shorthand notes that contain the necessary information rather than wasting time writing every word. She almost gave me detention.

My 11th grade English teacher gave me a poor mark on my first short essay because she believed that I was looking up unnecessarily complex words in a thesaurus to try and get better marks. The phrases in question: “laced with expletives” and “bombarded”. She wouldn’t hear any defense from me.

My 11th grade history teacher failed me on an essay about the 1950s because I misread the prompt. Except the prompt wasn’t words; it was a political cartoon. One of the figures was clearly president Eisenhower, but the other I couldn’t place. My teacher would not tell us who it was. I labelled him as the governor of Little Rock Arkansas during the integration period, and wrote an essay about that subject. My teacher said that no, it was Joseph McCarthy, and that there was a small picture of the man in our textbook and therefore I should have recognized him instantly. Half the class, apparently, did not.

The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.

“The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.” 

Fun story time. I loved to read. So much so, I was reading chapter books in kindergarden. I broke the record for reading points in elementary school. They actually had to start making up prizes for me. No one in the history of the school had ever read so many books in a year. Basically, my class liked me because I won those suckers pizza parties in my spare time.

In second grade, I had a teacher named Ms. Mobley who believed all children should be average. She flat out told my father that all children should make C’s, and should never strive for more than that.

Not only was she insane, she also would routinely spell things wrong for us to copy for our spelling tests. Later, when we spelled those words wrong on the test, she would mark us off. Yes, our own teacher was sabotaging us.

I should have been tested for gifted classes, but I was not. Why? Ms. Mobley didn’t believe in “gifted” children.

This teacher had tenure and could not be fired.

Never forget.

“The American school system is not here to educate us or to encourage us to learn; it’s here to keep us in line and silent. It’s here to keep us from deviating and being our own people and forming our own ideas. Don’t let it win.” 

George Orwell couldn’t invent this shit

it’s twisted stuff

this is important.

I want to preface this by saying that the majority of educators that I know or have met or have guided me have been good people and that some of them have even been amazing, talented, and invaluable. But like all institutions, mediocrity has a way of taking refuge and do a lot of damage in the process.

My preschool teacher made me sit in the corner whenever I corrected her spelling.

In first grade I was put in special ed and told that I had a “learning disability”. I was there for several weeks before my parents found out, stormed the school, and realized that it wasn’t that I couldn’t learn but that I was finishing an hour’s worth of schoolwork in 5 minutes and the teacher just couldn’t or didn’t want to deal with me.

Somehow I failed nearly every test I took in 9th grade algebra, no matter how hard I tried. When I asked my teacher for help, she told me that I should give up, there was nothing I could do, and I was “never going to get it.” Undeterred, I enrolled in a community college algebra course over the summer and aced it. Years later, I ran into my former English teacher who told me that my 9th grade algebra teacher had been “quietly forced into retirement” because she was misgrading the tests of students of color and purposefully failing them. Turns out she was a complete racist.

Reblogging for reasons.

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northwestnaturalist: Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)…

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 8:02 am


Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus) Troglodytidae

Olympic National Park, WA
June 6, 2013
Robert Niese

Pacific Wrens are some of the most accomplished vocalists in the animal kingdom. Displaying birds have been known to sing more than 60 notes per second for 120 seconds without breathing! They’re also one of North America’s loudest animals. Have a listen.

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Happy 31st wedding anniversary!

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Do you recommend Electrick Children?

Posted by jbc on March 4th, 2015 at 6:41 am

I do! I found it on Netflix during my trying-to-catch-up-on-indie-movies-of-the-past-five-years kick and I really truly loved it. It’s from a lady director/screenwriter (Rebecca Thomas) which is always a bonus for me, but that aside, the filmmaking is just lovely. 

Electrick Children is about a young Mormon girl who discovers she’s pregnant and believes it’s an immaculate conception caused by listening to a blue audio tape cover of Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone”. She then steals the family’s truck and drives to Vegas to find the voice on the tape. It’s intimate and sweet and way less judgmental than one might expect going into that premise. I think the screenwriter came from a Mormon background herself, which may be why the characters feel so dimensional and wonderfully familiar. It’s visually poetic and bordering on magical realism at points according to some critics, and the ending is a bit more on the open ended side but I didn’t mind it – it made me rewatch some parts of the film with a more critical eye. It felt a little like prose turned into film.

The cinematography and color grade is what I’m most drawn to in terms of the technical elements – there’s been a trend in indie films of the past few years to go shaky handheld with low-contrast muted color grades, whereas Electrick Children has a floaty but steady look and a color grade somewhere between the cheap indie low-contrast and the orange-blue saturation of Hollywood studio films. It just really really appeals to me on an aesthetic level and I screencapped it like mad for reference.

That said, it’s a bummer that pretty much everyone with a speaking role is white, but you can’t have everything all the time and I’m excited enough to have found another lady director whose work I loved. 

If you wind up watching it, would love to hear your thoughts!

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“Many times when fans see you, they are starstruck. Is there…

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 6:35 pm

“Many times when fans see you, they are starstruck. Is there anybody that you’ve seen that you’ve become starstruck by?” (x)

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thegetty: The National Audubon Society is offering gorgeous,…

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 6:02 pm


The National Audubon Society is offering gorgeous, hi-res downloads of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

Raptor and songbird: black warrior (top) and Blackburnian warbler

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Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 4:23 pm







Crow babies are important

those are literally not fucking crow babies goddammit how many times do i have to tell you fuckers those are rail chicks

Crows build nests. Their young are helpless and not very fluffy. They can’t walk when they’re tiny like these are doing.

These are baby crows:


this is 10000% a completely unnecessarily nasty response, jesus god. you’re screaming at a sixteen year old kid on the internet for making a completely innocent and harmless mistake (one that google images also makes) i guess because you feel the need to prove you are the MOST BIRDEST? i don’t know. tumblr, you do this shit a lot, turning what should be a gentle and friendly correction about unimportant stuff into a bellowing tirade about how you can’t belieeeeeve someone could be so stupid as to not know the difference between altricial and precocial birds. it’s fucked up. stop fucking doing it.

i know it’s easy to get frustrated by misinformation touted as fact on tumblr, but shit like this is not life or death. it’s not social justice. youranimeprince isn’t in some position to forever destroy the nesting habits of corvids. they are sixteen, and they wanted to look at some cute fluffy baby animals. have like a fraction of a SMIDGEON of compassion for how upsetting it is to innocently post something cute and inoffensive and return to find people furious at you.

if you want those misinformed tumblr kids to stop being so misinformed, then fucking educate them kindly. if you feel that you can’t be kind, then honestly fuck off and let one of us be the adult instead.

^This. So much this.

We need to be kind in our corrections. We need to make it OKAY to be wrong. If you are the teacher (literal or metaphorical) who makes a student feel like an idiot, eventually everyone will stop raising their hands and learning will stop. 

It is OKAY to make mistakes. It is okay to be wrong. Encourage, do not condemn.


Can’t we all be the most birdest?

I’m just happy the correction was made. But okay; yeah. I’m a believer in “assume good faith” and “getting furious with someone for a well-intentioned mistake is probably counter-productive”.

Attention people correcting people on Tumblr: The people you are correcting are not bad people. They’re just wrong. That’s true for birds, social justice; whatever. If you can’t help but be furious about setting them straight, that’s really unfortunate, for you especially, but what you’re engaged in isn’t righteous, no matter how much it feels like it. You, too, are wrong.

There’s a vast amount of wrong out there. Kindness and forgiveness, though: that’s in short supply. So make a contribution.

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zombres: #one of the greatest moments in modern cinema

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 4:06 pm


#one of the greatest moments in modern cinema

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Sam Davies at the Volvo Ocean Race post-leg-4 skipper…

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Sam Davies at the Volvo Ocean Race post-leg-4 skipper debrief.

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liquidnight: Caspar David Friedrich Kreidefelsen auf…

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 1:12 pm


Caspar David Friedrich

Kreidefelsen auf Rügen [Chalk Cliffs on Rügen]

Oil on canvas, 1819

[via Web Gallery of Art]

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From Paleocast: Episode 30: PaleoartCarcharocles megalodon…

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 9:22 am

From Paleocast: Episode 30: Paleoart

Carcharocles megalodon snacking on Platybelodon in Miocene waters. This image depicts a rare but plausible encounter between the giant shark C. megalodon (jaw diameter estimated at 11 feet) and a medium-sized proboscidean, Platybelodon. Whereas adult sharks likely dined over deep water, relegating their young to the safety of nurseries in shallow lagoons, it is plausible that an adult could enter shallow water occasionally, especially under stress.

Some people think the ocean is scary today. :-)

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Volvo Ocean Race: stage four

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 9:01 am

Volvo Ocean Race: stage four:

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sosuperawesome:Gemma Capdevila

Posted by jbc on March 3rd, 2015 at 8:15 am


Gemma Capdevila

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