Archive for May, 2013
Mission Blue Butterfly on Thistle
One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. White’s Hill is such a special place, a place to go slow and watch beautiful endangered butterflies alight on gorgeous flowers in the sun.
(Whites Hill, California – 4/2013)
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I’ve added 4 new subdomains that Yahoo didn’t bother fucking up and updated XKit.
If you are on Chrome
- Go to Settings from top-right menu (three lines) > Settings > Extensions.
- Click on Developer Mode if it’s unchecked
- Click on Update extensions now
- When XKit reads 7.0.4, return to dashboard
If you are on Firefox
- Go to the Download page and re-download XKit.
That should fix it, hopefully.
Note that this does not fix the layout changes that affects some users. I am working on that.
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It looks like the owners of the house we rent are probably selling, which means that Will and I are moving.
We’re on a month-to-month, so there’s nothing gained by digging our heels in and staying. The weird thing is that in the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about moving. Like, a lot. I love…
Mar Vista, FTW!
I have lived in Mar Vista.
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Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
“You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.”
Immediate tears when I got to that part of the post.
He is a saint. He and Mr. Rogers. There are good, good men in this world.
Definitely worth clicking the source link for the video.
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Threading the Corona
Top: The magnetic filaments of the sun’s corona, captured at top by Miloslav Druckmüller in a composite of 38 different images during a solar eclipse. You’ll want to see the super-huge version here, trust me. It will change you.
Bottom: “Coronal rain” captured by NASA’s SDO satellite. The superheated coronal plasma is seen traveling along magnetic field lines during a coronal mass ejection.
The corona cooks at over a million degrees Kelvin compared to the relatively frigid 5800 K of the photosphere below it. Exactly why this plasma is so superheated isn’t completely known, but it might be subject to the same kind of magnetic induction as an electric generator. Whatever the cause, the normally invisible lines of the sun’s magnetic field are drawn in brilliant form within the corona, and charged plasma is the paint.
You can get a good look at the solar corona today (right NOW for those catching this post live at 5:30 PM ET on May 9th) during today’s annular eclipse, being broadcast live from the South Pacific by the Slooh Space Camera.
(top image via Colossal)
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I have not been a great Coen champion or detractor. I’ve been kind of up and down on them. I think this may be their best film. … It’s really, really funny. It’s funny in a way that the Coen brothers often aren’t funny, which is it’s not snide-funny, it’s kind of warm, sly funny. … It’s the most muted, quiet, sweet film they’ve ever made, I think, in part, because they actually love the folk songs.
still from Inside Llewyn Davis via Hollywood.com
Carey Mulligan in a Coen brothers movie that has someone who has historically been up and down on the Coens thinking it might be their best film?
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OH MY GLOB. Want a photo of yourself in SPAACE?
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I feel like I’m the only person browsing the ARKYD tag on Tumblr.
Reblogging for the worthy cause. But mostly for LSP.
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Thoughts and a theory on what Welcome to Sanditon is all about ….
I liked this analysis a lot. I think it’s still a little early to conclude that there won’t be some story eventually. But yeah, it kind of looks that way at this point. Which, for the record, I think is fine if the goals of its creators were to experiment with world-building and fan involvement while delivering a tidbit of a show to bridge the gap until the next big adaptation.
It’s not going to be as engaging or as emotionally compelling as it might have been if it had a story, at least for a passive consumer who doesn’t participate in the RP. But that doesn’t necessarily make it a failure. It just makes it a different kind of thing.
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The effect shown in the gif is called gravitational lensing.
What is gravitational lensing?
Gravitational lensing is the effect seen when an object behind a massive object is in the line of sight with the earth. For example:
Earth ————>Massive Object—————->Far away object
When we try looking at the far away object, the massive object bends space-time around it, causing the light rays from the far away object to travel in a curved path around into our line of sight.
As a result of this, we can often see the far away object magnified which helps astronomers understand the early universe. The gif shows a far away galaxy being gravitationally lensed by a closer black hole.
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“And that is my view about God”
Another thing I don’t know: That there is not indeed a great philosopher named Bertram Russell who said this.
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The Starry Night, 1889
Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888
The Red Vineyard, 1888
View of Saintes-Maries, 1888
Prisoners Exercising, 1890
Sunset: Wheat Fields Near Arles, 1888
Snow-Covered Field with a Harrow, 1890
The Painter on His Way to Work, 1888
Red Chestnuts in the Public Park at Arles, 1889
Van Gogh’s Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted by Serena Malyon
Serena Malyon, a 3rd-year student at art school, took some of van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings and altered them in Photoshop to achieved this amazing tilt-shift effect.
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anyone have any idea what this insect is? Sorry the picture is so dark. If you zoom in you can see the details better. I would go outside to take a pic of it but the pincers on this thing are huge and kinda scare me haha!
Looks like a Dobsonfly. See:
The larvae, called hellgrammites, are aquatic. So there’s some semi-fishy content here. :-)
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Women use compact mirrors in packed crowd to catch sight of the queen in London, June 1966.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
Required to have individual mirrors to maintain conformity with patriarchal expectations, eyelines blocked by the male height differential, they spontaneously craft personal periscopes to obtain a view of their (female) sovereign.
Women are awesome.
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