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pergus: so i watched scott pilgrim vs the world again last…

Friday, August 29th, 2014







pergus:

so i watched scott pilgrim vs the world again last night and the fact that im still picking up on things that i never saw before astounds me, like in this bus scene after the fight with matthew patel there’s a fucking bokeh filter on the front of the camera so when ramona is on screen all the out of focus bits are rendered as little “x”s and scott’s bits are little love hearts but when scott asks ramona if they’re dating now there’s a little ding from the bus as ramona’s turn to hearts like omg

the amount of attention to detail edgar wright puts into his films is absolutely baffling to me

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scienceisbeauty: Composite image (X-ray & optical) of the…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



scienceisbeauty:

Composite image (X-ray & optical) of the Rosette nebula, located about 5,000 light years from Earth. More shocking that the one I posted here two years ago.

Source: Rosette Nebula: The Heart of a Rose (Chandra X-ray Center)

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urbpan: Lucy, Franklin Park Zoo, 08/27/14 Cool capybara is…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



urbpan:

Lucy, Franklin Park Zoo, 08/27/14

Cool capybara is keeping cool.

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sink—florida—sink: WHY IS THERE AN ADVERT FOR A HORROR MOVIE ON MY DASH TUMBLR I…

Friday, August 29th, 2014

sink—florida—sink:

WHY IS THERE AN ADVERT FOR A HORROR MOVIE ON MY DASH TUMBLR I FUCKING HATE HORROR MOVIES I DO NOT WATCH HORROR MOVIES I EITHER END UP TERRIFIED AND HAVING NIGHTMARES FOR WEEKS OR I GET TRIGGERED INTO SELF HARMING MYSELF OR BOTH!! WHY IS THIS BULLSHIT ON MY DASH STOPPIT

is there a way to block sponsored posts?

Check out XKit and Tumblr Savior. Both are browser extensions that will let you block posts that match certain criteria. Lately all the horror movie sponsored posts I’ve seen have been tagged with #horror, so you should be able to block based on that, assuming that:

  • It really is something Tumblr is requiring horror movie advertisers to do consistently, and 
  • you aren’t browsing from a phone or tablet.

But really, the business decision by Tumblr to run ads for horror movies as part of the sponsored posts program is all kinds of fucked up. I’m sorry you had to experience the consequences of it.

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buggirl: Can’t get enough of this Palm Tree Frog.  So…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



buggirl:

Can’t get enough of this Palm Tree Frog.  So charismatic.

Mindo, Ecuador

Pledge a dollar to rainforest research

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It’s my day for bug posts, apparently. This guy (or gal)…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



It’s my day for bug posts, apparently.

This guy (or gal) was on our living room wall this morning. What isn’t immediately obvious is that it’s huge; nearly 2 inches long.

The first thing I thought was that it was a dobsonfly, because in my flyfishing gear I have a giant wet fly that’s called a dobsonfly, and I’ve seen photos of them before and this was kind of similar-looking. But dobsonflies have big scary jaws (and can give a painful bite, apparently), and this one looked as mild as a big-eyed lamb, at least in the scary-mandibles department.

I guessed it was maybe some kind of megaloptera (a fishfly, maybe?), but Eric Eaton, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, was kind enough to ID my photos on bugguide as giant lacewing, Polystoechotes punctata.

For such a big, adorable bug you’d think we’d know more about it, but apparently its lifecycle is still something of a mystery. I read this in an article from the University of Idaho’s web site:

The giant lacewing is an enigma, even to professional entomologists who have spent careers studying the order Neuroptera, which includes some 5000 species of lacewings. Rare now, the giant lacewing once clouded around the bright lights of a factory at night so thickly that passersby reported smoke was pouring from the building…

[William F. Barr Entomological Museum collection manager Frank] Merickel may rank as the scientist most familiar with the giant lacewing, which can measure nearly two inches long compared to its more common relative the 1/2-inch long green lacewing. Although Merickel may collect 30 to 40 of the insects a year as part of his 18-year fascination with the species, neither he, nor Johnson or anyone else knows how they live.”They were first described over 200 years ago,” Johnson said, “and we still don’t know where the larvae live or what they live on.”

The mystery probably means the giant lacewing, known to science as Polystoechotes punctatus, lives in the soil, because soil is so hard to sample for immature insects there.

Also weird, Merickel said, is that such an uncommon insect can suddenly, under the right conditions, appear by the hundreds in one spot. He believes adults may converge in pursuit of smoke, looking for burned areas to lay their eggs. The aggregating flights, the massive swarms so thick they look like billowing smoke, do not appear to be mating flights, however.

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buggirl: Thank you, Lintouse for your generous donation towards…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



buggirl:

Thank you, Lintouse for your generous donation towards my research!  Here is a Saturniid Moth since they are your favorite.  Also, I LOVE that backpack you made!  So awesome! 

Rothschild Silk Moth, Mindo, Ecuador

Pledge a dollar to women in science here!

Guess who’s going back to the Amazon?

That’s right! buggirl‘s going back to the Amazon. Yay!

In tangentially related news, I spent some quality time with this little lady in the garage yesterday:

She was perfectly amiable. I didn’t touch her, but I sat next to her for a while and at one point gave her a nudge with the corner of my phone to see how she’d react. She just shifted over a little.

At no point did I crush, squash, dismember, or mutilate her. When I checked back later she’d moved off into some dark recess.

It’s a little weird to navigate this boundary. Until recently I was a squash-all-black-widows-on-sight person, and this behavior of mine would have seemed thoroughly irrational. It still feels odd, and subject to an undercurrent of lingering arachnophobia.

Anyway. Baby steps.

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sexpigeon: What do you see in the garbage this morning? It is…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



sexpigeon:

What do you see in the garbage this morning? It is yourself, rimmed in gold.

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urbpan: eusoniptera: Glass katydid (nymph) Source: The Amazing…

Friday, August 29th, 2014



urbpan:

eusoniptera:

Glass katydid (nymph)

Source: The Amazing Glass Katydid

Welcome to Planet Earth, the best one.

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@AngelHaze: kota and i shot something v v special today. Angel…

Thursday, August 28th, 2014




@AngelHaze: kota and i shot something v v special today.

Angel Haze has Edgar Allan Poe tattooed on her thigh (and also apparently “nevermore” on her arm).

That is all.

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kuanyinhelpme replied to your link:”Is politically motivated reasoning rational?” A…

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

wow I don’t even need to see that link your commentary is great. you are really johnning it today.

I am, aren’t I? I mean, how awesome a compliment is that? To be told I’m being myself, with the implication being that that’s a praiseworthy thing?

I am. I really am being me today. Damn, I’m so me right now.

I’m gonna hurry up and get off tumblr before the feeling fades. Thank you for that act of kindness. You are really echoing it today.

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“Is politically motivated reasoning rational?” A fragment …

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

“Is politically motivated reasoning rational?” A fragment …:

Heh. In which man-crush Prof. Dan Kahan violates Betteridge’s Law, because it turns out that the answer is yeah, believing wacky untrue things (like, climate change is a conspiracy, or GMOs are more dangerous than non-GMO foodstuffs, or ghosts/angels/Jesus are real entities with whom we can meaningfully interact) can sometimes confer benefits in terms of group identity and in-group status that outweighs any cost of being wrong about something so unimportant in the individual scheme of things.

I think it’s actually kind of cool that our brains have evolved the ability to do that, to believe untrue things, and go to some length to retain those beliefs in the face of conflicting evidence, at least when it’s in our individual interest to do so. It’s like our brain has a little Lizzy inside it, one who has no problem sending inconvenient truths packing like so many Lady Catherines.

I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.

You tell them, Lizzy. Screw them and their scientific consensus.

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“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even…

Thursday, August 28th, 2014






















“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”

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if someone asked you would you give up your url? (and change it to something else?)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I propose we treat this as an empirical question, and devise and carry out an experiment to discover the answer. I nominate you as principal investigator.

As your experimental subject I’m not sure it’s methodologically sound for me to give you advice on how to proceed. But setting that aside, I suggest you expose your experimental subject to a series of requests that he give up the URL, observe and record his responses, then conduct a statistical analysis to see if any meaningful correlations can be identified in the data.

I look forward to hearing your results. Science is so cool.

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Totally don’t need the excuse, but I’d be posting…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014



Totally don’t need the excuse, but I’d be posting this anyway under the “lol reblog” rule. Because: Jack’s face.

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-kimt: Found a really cool poem today! It was written by Emily…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014



-kimt:

Found a really cool poem today! It was written by Emily Graslie and is about women in the scientific field of careers as well as societal expectations (and she encouraged someone to record it!). I like it a lot.

(Here is a link to said written piece! Please do check it out.)

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I really miss Mitch Hedberg. Which is weird, seeing as I…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014













I really miss Mitch Hedberg. Which is weird, seeing as I didn’t know he existed until I heard people talking about his death.

But it’s true.

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urbpan: theraptorcage: Merlin with prey YES nabbed a freaking…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014





urbpan:

theraptorcage:

Merlin with prey

YES nabbed a freaking starling

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