Archive for May, 2018

shipwreckedcomedy: It’s Technicolor Tuesday! Here are some…

Saturday, May 26th, 2018


It’s Technicolor Tuesday! Here are some photos from the set of The Case of the Gilded Lily in full color. Most photos by our set photographer Christopher Higgins; some from cast’s own phones.

The Case of the Gilded Lily is now playing at Shipwrecked Comedy!

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gohomebay: Dawn Redwood – a visit to my favourite tree

Saturday, May 26th, 2018


Dawn Redwood – a visit to my favourite tree

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a-solitary-sea-rover: What nobody told us about attending the…

Saturday, May 26th, 2018



What nobody told us about attending the stopover was that the Volvo Ocean Race sailors were just casually walking around the Race Village, mixed in with the crowds, and pretty much always willing to stop for photos with people.

It was incredible, you guys. 

 – Sophie Ciszek, at Pit Row, just after returning from the practice racing around the harbor on Thursday.

– Xabi Fernandez, same.

– Blair Tuke, I told him I had an online friend whose real name I didn’t know (@foreveralonewithfiftyyachts) from the same part of New Zealand who saw him as an inspiration and that both of us wanted to thank him for everything he’s done. So now he knows you exist, I guess.

– Okay, so this is kind of embarassing, but on Thursday after the practice racing, Turn The Tide On Plastic was docked at a slip on the opposite side of the Pit Row from all of the other boats, next to the dock that the water taxi from elsewhere in Newport was coming in at, so there weren’t as many people gathered to watch/cheer for them. I went to the end of the dock to watch and I shouted “AW YEAH TTOP!” and some of the sailors turned their heads to look. Dee Caffari actually looked up and said “What?”, so then I was really embarrassed and said, in more of a normal voice, “GO TTOP!”

So then the next day, when we were touring the Boatyard as part of the Race Village Experience, we saw Liz Wardley and when I asked if we could take a picture, she said “You’re the one who was shouting.” But she wasn’t annoyed and she liked that I liked the team and her videos of Wisdom. She said she would have to make more!

– Then when we saw Dee Caffari, she also said “You were yelling yesterday.” She was fine with it, too, and was glad that I was a fan. 

– Bouwe Bekking, this whole set were right before the Sailors’ Parade on Saturday before the In-Port Race, so there were a lot of people who wanted pictures and I didn’t get to talk as much. But they were all still really nice. 

– Kyle Langford, I said I had seen him at the America’s Cup World Series New York and he said it was a great event. Unfortunately, the person who took the picture of us caught me with this stupid expression on my face.

– Another awkward pic, I clicked the button right when Pascal Bidégorry blinked and didn’t realize until later.

– David Witt, who called his companion “the infamous” Andrew Cape.

– Martine Grael, I tried explaining “My Dad doesn’t know anything about sailing, but when he watches the videos of the arrivals, he says that your Dad and you remind him of when I come home from college so our family is rooting for you” but I was starstruck and in a hurry because of everyone else, so I think it came out sounding kind of jumbled and she may not have understood. Sorry if I seemed weird. 

– Charlie Enright, who was probably pretty tired of taking pics by this point in the stopover.

– Peter Burling, just before the Sailors’ Parade for the departure. I was actually just walking around thinking “The only person I follow closely I haven’t met yet is…” right before this, so of course I went over. 

(And yes, I am very short and they are all very tall.)

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This is the most awesome post ever. You must have worked really hard to get all those selfies! And your choice of faves is, of course, impeccable. 🙂👍

Oh, also: I really like the one of Pascal. It looks like he’s catching a quick nap — I’m sure he’s really good at that by now. 😜

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naturelvr69: Good Evening ♋

Saturday, May 26th, 2018


Good Evening

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SurfingSophie Ciszek trims the main on MAPFRE, North Atlantic…

Friday, May 25th, 2018


Sophie Ciszek trims the main on MAPFRE, North Atlantic Ocean, 2018-05-25. As of the start of Leg 9 MAPFRE is in first place in the Volvo Ocean Race.

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One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Not Him But Us

Friday, May 25th, 2018

One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Not Him But Us

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In the last edition of the race Sam Greenfield was the first…

Friday, May 25th, 2018

In the last edition of the race Sam Greenfield was the first person to fly a drone from a racing sailboat in the middle of the ocean. A few hours ago he uploaded this footage from the North Atlantic: The first time someone’s flown a drone from an ocean racer surfing in gale conditions.

It is to boggle. 😀

(Also, nice one-handed catch by Kyle WHILE CONTINUING TO DRIVE THE BOAT.)

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching I see things that aren’t birds.

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching I see things that aren’t birds.

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riversname: Léon Bonvin – 28 February 1834 – 29 January 1866,…

Friday, May 25th, 2018


Léon Bonvin – 28 February 1834 – 29 January 1866, France – “Plowing at Dusk” (1865)

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Turn the Tide on Plastic, Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9, 2018-05-25I…

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Turn the Tide on Plastic, Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9, 2018-05-25

I haven’t been obsessing in here that much about the race (not that you’d notice, unless you followed me during the last edition when I talked about it all the time). But I’ve been following it, mostly through my project to describe and tag all the “raw content” videos being uploaded off the boats. 1,087 videos so far; whew.

But I wanted to share this one. The race is winding down; they’re doing the last big ocean-crossing leg (the transatlantic). They should be finishing in Cardiff in a few days, and after that there are just two relatively short legs to decide the final results.

I love this video. It feels nostalgic after all the “washing machine” shots I’ve watched. This could have been just more of the same, but on-board reporter Martin Keruzoré manages to make it meaningful. I think he’s probably feeling similarly about the end of the race. This could be his last chance to document what it’s like on board in these conditions.

I also just really love this crew. You feel like you’re on board when you watch all the videos, and there’s something about being part of a crew that just seeps into you. I guess it’s human nature.

This crew, in particular, has been special. Coming in at the last minute with a bunch of under-30s who in many cases had no previous offshore experience, it’s been wonderful to watch them grow into the badasses they are now. Yes, they’re not super high in the standings, but they’re absolutely competing with the leaders. They are right there.

And for anyone to be out in conditions like this, racing a boat like this, is an accomplishment. I’m so proud of them. They give me hope for the future.

Personal highlights:

0:10 – Martin flexing some life into his gloved hand. It’s been *cold*. One of the boats had an iceberg on the radar last night.

0:21 – Bernardo’s face. The determination. Ugh.

0:38 – 1:15 – Liz and Bianca coiling lines in the pit. They just did a sail change, and they’re cleaning up the mess.

1:35 – Goofball Boat Mom Dee. That she’s taken a crew like this around the world, keeping them safe and in the hunt, is super-impressive to me. An icon.

2:15 – Bianca. I love comparing this shot of her to the sequence of her back on Leg 2, when her life vest deployed and Liz grabbed her and she told her mum not to worry b/c she was clipped in.

2:57 – 3:04 – Dee’s and Liz’s expressions really get me here. These two (and Martin) are the most experienced on the boat, the ones who’ve carried the most responsibility in terms of looking out for the others and getting them home safe.

So far all this footage is from inside the cabin. There’s a pair of brief interviews below with Bernardo and Bleddyn, and then Martin (the OBR, I mean) gets the waterproof housing and gets out into it with the crew. And it’s just so cool. It’s the difference between epic slomo footage of mythic heroes and heroines, and being part of it, in the midst of all that craziness and feeling that adrenaline.

4:50 – Bianca dancing. Liz on the helm joins in (b/c of course she does). Even Mr. Serious Bernardo, on the mainsheet, busts a move. How can you not love these people?

5:25 – Liz ducks a wave. Steering in these conditions is a non-stop firehose of salt water in the face. Their eyes are red and streaming when they come off the wheel.

5:35 – Liz goes into her tube stance, surfing a barrel, dude, under the cabin coaming. 😜

6:31 – The crash cam. The OBR’s editing bay has a button they can hit that will save the last few minutes of video to permanent storage. They usually leave it on the stern camera, so when you see a stern camera clip like this you know something’s coming. And… bam. Triple wipe-out. Grinder, trimmer, and helmsman, all washed into the back of the boat by a wave. It’s hard to tell, but I think that might be Lucas on the helm, Bleddyn on the sheet, and Annalise, who had the least protection and got washed the farthest, the last to resume her position on the pedestal and give a thumbs up.

So awesome.

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Carlo Horse-man.

Friday, May 25th, 2018

OMG I know, right? How about the drone footage of the horse *at the helm*? I couldn’t not think of John Mulaney: “There’s a HORSE… on the WHEEL… of the SAILBOAT!!” 🤣

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riversname: Auguste Toulmouche – 21 September 1829 – 16…

Friday, May 25th, 2018


Auguste Toulmouche – 21 September 1829 – 16 October 1890, France – “Contemplation”

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Hi Bitches! I just wanted to pop in to ask if you’d be willing to signal boost that USA primaries are currently happening, and not only should you vote for house/senate, but also make sure to look up your judicial nominees if you have any! Judges are the eventual true decision-makers on the rights of workers v corporations, and voting against a judge who doesn’t believe in workers rights is one way to make a HUGE difference! Thanks for all you do 💜

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Oh my stars and stripes! YOU’RE RIGHT!


Here in the USA, it’s political primary season. This is when districts all over the country (yes, including yours) are choosing their candidates for election. That’s right: at this moment, YOU have the power to decide who is even running for office. If you’ve ever said, “Voting just feels like choosing between the lesser of two evils,” then this is your chance to put less evil people on the ballot. I KNOW RIGHT?

As we’ve explained, voting and participating in your local government is one of the best ways to effect positive social and economic change in our country. And it’s not that hard! Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Register to vote. (You must be at least 18 and a US citizen.)

2. Educate yourself on how primaries work.

3. Show the fuck up at the polls.

That’s it! The process will vary by state, but GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND, YO. Get your friends together and go caucus as a unit! Make a date out of studying the candidates and quiz each other on their positions. CIVIC INVOLVEMENT IS SEXY AS HELL AND YOU SHOULD FUCKING DO IT.

This has been a Bitches Get Riches PSA. We now open the floor to your questions and/or comments. Reblogging with further information is highly encouraged.

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nanonaturalist: ms-demeanor: the-entire-furry-fandom: rockbusted: the-entire-furry-fandom: if…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018






if coyotes are just indie wolves and wolves are just bass boosted dogs what the fuck are moths to butterflies


please be nice to moths im begging you



Here’s the thing:

Taxonomy is tricky. Moths and butterflies make up the insect order Lepidoptera. But… just like technically wolves and coyotes are already dogs (canids = dogs-ish I guess?), butterflies are just a type of moth. A very, very small group of insects in a gigantic, humungous, incomprehensibly more diverse order of insects. Allow me to demonstrate.


Got it? Good. Here’s the answer key (NO PEEKING BEFORE SPOTTING IT YOURSELF!). 

From Left to right:
TOP: Painted Lichen Moth, Moonseed Moth, Beautiful Tiger (moth), Grote’s Buckmoth (endangered)
BOTTOM: Eubaphe unicolor (moth), Eight-spotted Forester (moth), Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Chickweed Geometer Moth

Wait… ALL OF THEM ARE MOTHS? Of course they are. There are so few butterflies in the giant sea of moths, it’s amazing you even notice them!

Okay, okay fine. That one was tricky (or was it?). Here’s another.


Easier this time, right? Let’s see how you did! (NO CHEATING)

From Left to Right:
TOP: Checkered Skipper, Soldier Pansy, Funereal Duskywing, Dotted Checkerspot (endangered)
BOTTOM: Texas Powdered Skipper, Tawny Emperor, Reakirt’s Blue, Fatal Metalmark

Wait… so which one is the moth? NONE OF THEM THESE ARE BUTTERFLIES. “What do you mean these are butterflies, they are boring?!” Shut up I love them. “But moths are supposed to be the boring ones!” Shut up moths are cooler than a T-rex with a mohawk riding a skateboard.

Moths are furry; Moths are smooth

Left: Southern Flannel Moth; Right: Carmenta ithacae (glass wing moths)- mating pair

Moths are large; Moths are small

Left: Cecropia Moth; Right: Banded Scythris Moth

Moths are Air; Moths are Water

Left: Eggplant Leafroller Moth, caterpillars live on plants; Right: Jalisco Petrophila Moth, caterpillars are aquatic and grow up in freshwater and the adult female moths will swim into the water to lay her eggs GUYS SHE IS A MOTH!!!!!! Also: they are jumping spider mimics! Look!

Moths are Elegant; Moths are Strange

Left: Wilson’s Wood-nymph Moth; Right: Dejongia californicus Plume Moth

Moths are Perfect; I Love Them

Left: Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth; Right: Harrisina coracina

Composed May 24, 2018
All photos are mine and all but two were taken in Texas. Soldier Pansy and Beautiful Tiger were seen in Malawi.

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debunkshy: Kentucky WarblerSabine Woods, TX4-11-18

Thursday, May 24th, 2018


Kentucky Warbler
Sabine Woods, TX

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching I see things that aren’t birds.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching I see things that aren’t birds.

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buron: Picnic in the Bluebells (xxxvi) ©sydburon – May ‘18

Thursday, May 24th, 2018


Picnic in the Bluebells (xxxvi)

©sydburon May ‘18

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evermore-fashion:Anne Barge “Black Label” 2018 Haute Couture…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018


Anne Barge “Black Label” 2018 Haute Couture Collection

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snailkites: LifersOn April 23, 2018 I saw my 600th bird…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018



On April 23, 2018 I saw my 600th bird species! To celebrate, I did a small portrait of each of my “hundredth” birds. The exact position of each bird in my life list can get a bit fuzzy (since some early species I’ve taken off and re-counted later, or picked a different new species from the same checklist). 

Here’s to 400 more!

100: Common Merganser (February 2015, Delaware)
200: Sandhill Crane (August 2015, Wisconsin)
300: Lewin’s Honeyeater (June 2017, Australia)
400: Spotted Quail-thrush (June 2017, Australia)
500: Metallic Starling (August 2017, Australia)
600: Olive-sided Flycatcher (May 2018, Minnesota)

Congratulations! That’s a lot of birds!

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quickthreebeers: jdibe22686: Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Bar Harbor…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018



Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Bar Harbor Maine

From the incomplete eye ring, lack of white edges on the retrices and overall shape of the bird, this is not a Blue-gray gnatcatcher. Looks like a female Black-throated Blue Warbler to me, from the lack of wingbars, overall drab look, that little white patch on the wing (a little hard to tell from this photo). Oh, and that killer brow. Open to discussion, as always. Nice shot, regardless!

I’ve never seen a Black-throated Blue Warbler, but I’d love to.

Here’s a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher for comparison, with its longer tail and overall slimmer build, courtesy of Wikipedia user Erikwlyon:


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