holtzymannz: Someone is creating a device that amplifies…

Friday, September 16th, 2016

holtzymannz:


Someone is creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity and we might be the only ones who can stop it.

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sylvia-morris: Leslie Jones is getting a lot of racist hate on…

Monday, July 18th, 2016

sylvia-morris:

Leslie Jones is getting a lot of racist hate on twitter. If you have time to make something or send her a nice note, it might serve to make the world a marginally happier place for her.

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Monday, April 25th, 2016

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lies: Green leaf beetles (Trirhabda flavolimbata) at the…

Friday, March 25th, 2016

lies:

Green leaf beetles (Trirhabda flavolimbata) at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

I mentioned previously that I’m a volunteer docent at the Carpinteria salt marsh. I started off being mostly into birds, but in the spring of 2009 I started obsessing about bugs, and it was these beetles that started that. I was looking for invertebrates to photograph for Circus of the Spineless, when I discovered that there were large numbers of shiny green “caterpillars” (I thought) feeding on the coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) at the marsh. I estimated that there were more than 500 of them in a single medium-sized bush.

It turns out they were actually beetle larvae. Over the next several weeks I watched as they turned into adult beetles and kept munching. By the end of the outbreak, in late May, much of the coyote brush along Ash Avenue had been completely defoliated. The first two shots above are from that 2009 outbreak; they show the larvae (left) and an adult beetle (right).

By the next year the coyote brush had bounced back. There were only a few leaf beetles at the marsh each of the next three springs, but this year they’re back in a big way. Once again, a lot of the marsh shrubbery has been eaten down to bare twigs.

I was out there yesterday and today gathering data as part of a citizen science project that I’ll write up in another post, and while I was there I took some photos.

The second row above shows the effect the beetles have on the coyote brush. On the left is a plant that still has leaves (and beetles). On the right is one that’s already been eaten.

Finally, there’s a shot I took with the macro lens attachment I bought recently for my iPhone. It’s just a little dingus that slips over the end of the phone. I’m pretty impressed with how well it works, though I need to work on my focus skills. There isn’t much depth of field to work with.

Isn’t that beetle adorable?

I tried taking some video, too, which I’m in the process of uploading to YouTube. I’ll post a link to that when it’s ready, so you can see beetles in motion. (Update: As promised: shaky beetle video.)

Originally posted 2013-05-26.

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“This is the second and final appearance of the eleven-foot model Enterprise, which orbits from…”

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

“This is the second and final appearance of the eleven-foot model Enterprise, which orbits from right-to-left in the teaser. When the transposition to the parallel universe occurs, the ISS version is orbiting in the opposite direction. Although the episode was produced in 1967, the footage of the ship was filmed for “Where No Man Has Gone Before” in 1965, indicated by the heightened bridge dome, the oversized deflector dish, and the unlit Bussard collectors (complete with spires). However, in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, there were no rounded “nodes” at the rear of the nacelles, which appear in this episode. The first time the ship orbited in this direction, (TOS: “Shore Leave”), scenes of the revamped production model were simply reversed as can be seen by the backward registration. In this episode, though, the model was shot with reversed nomenclature as the port side was unfinished. It is unknown why so little of this footage was used during the series. Despite the effort expended to highlight the opposite nature of the mirror universe, the Enterprise is seen orbiting from left-to-right in all of the scenes after the main title.”

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thalassarche: Common Raven (Corvus corax) – photo by Mircea…

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

thalassarche:

Common Raven (Corvus corax) – photo by Mircea Costina Photography

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scioscribe: I have seen people say that one of the tragedies of “The World Was Wide Enough” is that…

Friday, February 5th, 2016

scioscribe:

I have seen people say that one of the tragedies of “The World Was Wide Enough” is that Hamilton and Burr both break with their natures–Burr doesn’t wait and Hamilton throws away his shot.  This is perfectly, literally true, as well as excellent wordplay in the second instance, but I’ve been thinking that one of the really beautiful things about the musical is that it’s not completely true.

Hamilton throws away his (gun)shot, but that’s never–in his own mind or in the play itself–been what the metaphorical shot really is, at least not consistently.  “Not throwing away your shot” is about not wasting your opportunities; it’s about making the deliberate choice.  Hamilton throws away his more active military career when he signs on as Washington’s aide, but he views this–at least in the moment–as seizing his shot, because Washington has persuaded him that it’s harder and more honorable to try to live.  He and his men take the bullets out of their guns at Yorktown to better secure their victory.

And it’s not only Hamilton who wins by losing, or at least by forfeiting the showier and more conventional route to victory: it’s Washington, too.  LMM is explicit about this in the notes on “One Last Time”: that the song highlights Washington’s “most radical act/lasting legacy,” which is his decision to walk away from power and not seek it again.  He throws away the most obvious form of power, but he doesn’t throw away his chance for meaningful action: he just redefines what meaningful action looks like.  Even though Hamilton says it will make him look weak, Washington pushes through, because “they will see we’re strong.”  He turns down one shot for another: he teaches a country, and a succession of presidents, and Hamilton himself, to say goodbye.

And that’s what Hamilton learns from him, and from Eliza, who chooses–consciously and actively–to forgive.  He says, “If I throw away my shot, is this how you’ll remember me?  What if this bullet is my legacy?”  And it is, and he knows that, and he chooses this chance, this idea of meaningful action: to aim at the sky.  To not kill, or even feign to kill, “[his] first friend, [his] enemy.”  And we don’t say he’s weak for that; we see he’s strong.

Because kindness, in Hamilton, is always deserving of our awe and respect.  Hamilton’s “non-stop” series of accomplishments is wonderful to behold, but the one thing we’re really asked if we can even imagine is Eliza offering him forgiveness.  When Hamilton chooses to aim for the sky, he doesn’t throw away his shot, he takes stock of everyone he’s loved, and everyone he’s lost, and everything he’s done, and seizes the opportunity–to be kind.  To make peace.

And for us, at least, that’s a substantial part of his legacy.  So part of what makes Hamilton so awesome, for me, is that it recognizes that sometimes deliberately refraining from action is the most powerful action you can take, and it defines its characters by those active refusals, those conscious choices to not go after more.  Hamilton throws away his shot, Eliza throws away her anger, Angelica throws away her chance, Washington throws away his reelection.  Principle is sometimes most meaningfully expressed by where we draw the line and what we refuse to do, which is why Hamilton cannot back Burr after hearing that there’s “nothing [he] wouldn’t do.”

Hamilton never really gives up.  As Burr says in “Wait for It,” all he does is “change the game.”

These things, too, are part of taking your shot: you take the opportunity to be better, smarter, kinder.  Hey, sometimes you “take the bullets out your gun” and that’s part of how you win the war.

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marykatewiles: It’s that time again, time for Craftversations,…

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

marykatewiles:

It’s that time again, time for Craftversations, and this month I’m getting festive with Joey Richter! Tune in as we make little pinecone Christmas trees and talk School of Thrones, I Ship It, and Muzzled the Musical. And stay tuned for part two coming Friday!

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myuclablog: Project Runway Finale at New York Fashion Week.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

myuclablog:

Project Runway Finale at New York Fashion Week.

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thefilmstage: A pair of posters for Macbeth. We named it one of…

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

thefilmstage:

A pair of posters for Macbeth.

We named it one of the 30 best fall films we’ve seen.

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marykatewiles: The next installment of my Audition Chronicles…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

marykatewiles:

The next installment of my Audition Chronicles series is up! Watch as I audition for a show, a transmedia project, and a commercial, and stay tuned for part nine coming next week!

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Reblogging to add a photographer credit: That’s by Roberto Sysa…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Reblogging to add a photographer credit: That’s by Roberto Sysa Moiola.

And yeah, it’s Namibia. More here.

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“We are not things. We are not things! ”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

“We are not things. We are not things!

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“Each of us is given only so many mornings to do it — to look around and love the oily fur of our…”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

“Each of us is given
only so many mornings to do it —
to look around and love

the oily fur of our lives,
the hoof and the grass-stained muzzle.
Days I don’t do this

I feel the terror of idleness,
like a red thirst.
Death isn’t just an idea.”

Mary Oliver, from “The Deer,” House of Light (via lifeinpoetry)

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“I don’t do fancy frontend shit. I do backend shit.”

Friday, October 24th, 2014

“I don’t do fancy frontend shit. I do backend shit.”

codingjester (via abrad45)

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urbpan: freshgirljade: glowcloudatlas: just-for-grins: If…

Monday, August 11th, 2014

urbpan:

freshgirljade:

glowcloudatlas:

just-for-grins:

If you’re having a bad day here are a few baby animal pictures which surely should cheer you up!  :D

Yeah, uh, I hate to be “that guy” but I’m about 50000000% sure that’s a penguin chick not a baby platypus

Loving the ‘platypus’

Yup, not a platypus and that African pygmy falcon is fully grown. Cute pics tho.

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“Being a woman is kind of like being a cyclist in a city where all the cars represent men. You’re…”

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

“Being a woman is kind of like being a cyclist in a city where all the cars represent men. You’re supposed to be able to share the road equally with cars, but that’s not how it works. The roads are built for cars and you spend a great deal of physical and mental energy being defensive and trying not to get hurt. Some of the cars WANT you to get hurt. They think you don’t have any place on the road at all. And if you do get hurt by a car, everyone makes excuses that it’s your fault.”

A friend of a friend (via onesmallflowerofeternity)

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silencedrowns: mrnd-r: landofrhymeandreason: The Rosy Maple…

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

silencedrowns:

mrnd-r:

landofrhymeandreason:

The Rosy Maple Moth is the prettiest moth ever.

(I do not own the rights to these photos, I just wanted to share this beautiful moth with tumblr.)

I’m actually slightly afraid of moths, but the rosy maple moth is so cute and pretty I make a total exception for these things

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