Archive for July, 2014
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The part where you let Linda crawl on your hand was so metal. :-)
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I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow, on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.
Here are a few:
“what is photoshop”-
Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny. I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.
“this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute”
Apparently, I’m a bitch? And who said Linda bit me? I didn’t! Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive. They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves. I was not “trying to be cute”.. The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world. Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.
“Now they call her rotten hand”
Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you. Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand. Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.
Interesting (though sad) how your post triggered what sounds like dudebro panic and gendered slurs. If a visibly-male blogger had posted an equivalent image, I wonder if the same respondents would have commented about how “metal” and awesome he was. For a guy to do what you did would mark him as brave, and they could bask in reflected glory. But for a woman to do it, and do it casually, like it was no big deal, calls the whole shaky edifice of courageous manliness into question.
(I’m not saying it’s interesting to you, or anyone else with a lifetime of experience of online sexism. It’s just interesting to me.)
It reminds me of the moment I alluded to in my reblog of the original post, when my then-girlfriend and I were in a pet shop, and she got all excited about the tarantulas, and a petshop employee pulled one out of its terrarium and put it on her arm. She was having so much fun, and I remember how it made me feel when she asked me if I wanted to let it crawl on me. My courage was being tested, and it definitely came up short. But I was aware at the time that that was all on me; she and the petshop employee were just enjoying themselves, and wanted to share the experience. I was the one with the problem. It made me feel defensive, though. If I’d seen it on the Internet, rather than have it happen right in front of me, maybe I would have reacted as these commenters did.
Following up on my earlier dilemma, I did tell Linda (my wife, not your spider) about my finding the widow in the garage the other day, and about my having failed to kill it. It led to an interesting (again, to me) discussion of the ethics involved. The one thing we were able to agree on is that my letting the garage get so cluttered as to make it into prime black widow habitat is problematic, whether or not we’re willing to regard the killing of black widows as justified.
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The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy – Episode 24 – “To Grow Up Or Not To Grow Up”
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In the season finale, the Darling brothers say good-bye to Wendy Darling as she leaves Neverland, Ohio.
“The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy” is a modern transmedia digital series adapted from J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter and Wendy.”
Created by Kyle Walters and Shawn deLoache
In This Episode:
Peter Pan – Kyle Walters
Wendy Darling – Paula Rhodes
Michael Darling – Brennan Murray
John Darling – Graham Kurtz
Director – Matthew Breault
Writer – Shawn deLoache
Producer/Unit Production Manager – Adam Laupus
Producer/Casting – Jenni Powell
Stab me in the heart why don’t you?!
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“I feel I have to respond to all of this by giving up hope, so that I can instead find some measure…”Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
“I feel I have to respond to all of this by giving up hope, so that I can instead find some measure of reality. So I’ve let hope fall away from me, and wishful thinking too, and I feel much lighter. I feel now as if I am able to look more honestly at the way the world is, and what I can do with what I have to give, in the time I have left. I don’t think you can plan for the future until you have really let go of the past.”
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My first thought when I saw this was, “ooh, cool.” About 34 milliseconds later I thought, “what the actual fuck?”
There are things in the image that can’t be real. Like, the sea state looks really nasty, like it’s blowing at least 40 or 50 knots. But the ship’s sails appear to have much less wind in them; I’d say 10 to 15 knots, tops. And the ship has every possible sail set, which doesn’t make sense with a wind strength that could produce a sea like that.
The ship is right next to the shore (and is actually sailing in the direction of that shore). Who would take their ship into such a position? And under full sail? It doesn’t make sense.
Also, there’s no one visible on the ship. Not a single human figure visible anywhere. That’s when I realized, oh; it must be a model. A really frickin’ amazing model. It’s probably a miniature (but a really big one, like the “bigatures” they made for the LOTR movies). Because the detail is kind of incredible.
And that sea state: Again, kind of incredible. I’m obsessive about sailing movies (who’d have thought?) and getting a sea surface that looks that good, in the sense of realistically conveying the appearance of a storm, is really rare. Whoever did that (the sails/sea state mismatch notwithstanding) was a total badass.
So then I turned to Google image search, and pretty quickly found what I was looking for. This appears to be from the 2006 German movie Der Untergang der Pamir. It tells the story of the Pamir, the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn. In September of 1957 she sank in the Azores after being caught in Hurricane Carrie.
I don’t know if this is a production still taken during filming or an actual shot from the movie. Either way, it’s impressive.
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So I did write a post about this awhile ago – but I’ve just spent
way too much time a casual amount of time looking for it to no avail. And since it’s that hard to find, I’m gonna go ahead and reiterate it because there are probably more lovely people with the same question – so here goes!
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Clockwise: Gayle Hunnicutt (Irene Adler), Barbara Wilshere (Violet Smith), Rosalynd Landor (Helen Stoner), Alison Skilbeck (Annie Harrison), and Johanna Kirby (Rachel Howell)—just a few of Jeremy’s leading ladies in the early years of Granada!
I thought the farthest right was Betsy Brantley, Elsie Cubitt from The Dancing Men, since all the others are from season 1 as well.
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“Like, rabies rabies.”
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Rami Kadi – Fall Winter 2014 2015
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Cissexism is thinking that identical twins have to be the same gender.
I wouldn’t say it’s cissexist (I actually consider that a buzzword) but aren’t the Wachowski twins (matrix creators, I can’t remember if that’s the correct spelling) identical twins?
Given that Lana is 2 years older than Andy, if they _are_ identical twins I feel really badly for their mother. Because that delivery must have been brutal.
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Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada
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I am coincidentally also 42. I love YA (& its love stories) because that’s the age I first fell desperately in love with reading itself, when I could read so intensely and wholeheartedly, like nothing else existed. YA lets me revisit both loves.
Oh, this is a beautiful thought! I love the idea that how we feel about reading is so similar to how teenagers fall in love.
Age 42 FTW. Also, describes what I think is a factor in my own late-blooming love of YA.
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Yeah I’m totally elsa kids come on over
I can’t breathe, this is so friggin cute
Like you don’t understand okay I was trapped for an hour on the second floor of the con with hundreds of children and their parents because everyone thought I was Elsa
Am I the only one who thinks she looks like the khaleesi like The mother of dragons?
I was cosplaying dany I was mistaken for Elsa and wound up at a nine yr old girls birthday party this was the best day of my life
I thought she was Kalesi…
YES I WAS COSPLAYING KHALEESI
I WAS HOWEVER MISTAKEN ON AN ENORMOUS SCALE FOR ELSA OF ARENDELLE BY HUNDREDS OF SMALL CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS
well you didnt have to use caps lock…
I AM DAENERYS STORMBORN, THE UNBURNT, OF THE HOUSE TARGARYEN, FIRST OF MY NAME; QUEEN OF MEEREEN; QUEEN OF THE ANDALS, THE RHYNAR, AND THE FIRST MEN; LADY REGNANT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, PROTECTOR OF THE REALM, KHALEESI OF THE GREAT GRASS SEA, BREAKER OF CHAINS, AND MOTHER OF DRAGONS
AND I WILL USE CAPS LOCK IF I SO PLEASE
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