dreamyfilms:pride and prejudice (1995, dir. simon langton)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

dreamyfilms:

pride and prejudice (1995, dir. simon langton)

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bouncingbumble: So we’ve got a small but powerful token, originally belonging to a powerful being,…

Friday, March 31st, 2017

bouncingbumble:

So we’ve got a small but powerful token,

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originally belonging to a powerful being, but taken by a flawed hero who didn’t know what he was getting in for,

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and who is defeated, losing the item into the water.

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This token comes into the keeping of an eccentric mortal for many years, giving them long life and vitality,

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until they pass it on to a younger relative, and their health immediately begins to deteriorate.

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The adorable, dark-haired, doe-eyed new bearer,

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carrying the token on a necklace,

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sets out to find someone else to take it,

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but ultimately must take ownership of the quest themselves.

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Along the way, they encounter endless dangers and obstacles,

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finally facing their greatest challenge yet at a volcano,

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and return the token to its source.

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Featuring super idyllic, completely culturally stagnated hometowns,

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raptors of unusual size,

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Dramatic Tower Is Dramatic,

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and tiny boats sailing into the sunset.

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tl;dr – Moana is Lord of the Rings without the actual evil.

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sylvia-morris: I know a girl from an islandShe stands apart…

Monday, February 20th, 2017

sylvia-morris:

I know a girl from an island
She stands apart from the crowd
She loves the sea and her people
She makes her whole family proud

This piece was created as part of the @fandomtrumpshate auction, for @bourbakiaxiom and @jotoledo09. Thanks to you guys for donating and thanks to everyone else for bidding. The world is tough but these charities are doing good and important things.

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werspicey:Red-breasted NuthatchA rarity for me. First one I have…

Friday, February 10th, 2017

werspicey:

Red-breasted Nuthatch

A rarity for me. First one I have seen this year at the suet. Pretty lady I believe.

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tawnypixie: magalis: eearth: eearth: eearth: Just a reminder that the first NASA astronauts…

Friday, January 20th, 2017

tawnypixie:

magalis:

eearth:

eearth:

eearth:

Just a reminder that the first NASA astronauts were supposed to be women because generally they are smaller, lighter (less weight in the cockpit means less fuel required) and eat less than men and so would be easier to accommodate in space. 

Both men and women trained (and many of the female finalists had higher scores than the men), but they were completely excluded from the final selection because of their gender.

13 women underwent final training, all were accomplished pilots with at least 1000 hours flying experience, all passed the necessary tests, all could have been astronauts if only they were afforded the opportunity.

[below, Jerrie Cobb photographed during testing]

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They are collectively known as the Mercury 13, there’s a great blog entry about them here and a brilliant PBS documentary too.

Their names are Myrtle Cagle, Jerrie Cobb, Janet Dietrich, Marion Dietrich, Wally Funk, Sarah Gorelick, Jane “Janey” Hart, Jean Hixson, Rhea Hurrle, Gene Nora Stumbough, Irene Leverton, Jerri Sloan and Bernice Steadman. They should be remembered and celebrated for their role in the history of space exploration.

It wasn’t until 2 decades later that Sally Ride became the first woman in space in 1983.

7 of the surviving members of the Mercury 13 are pictured below, 33 years later in 1995.

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“Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program” by Margaret A. Weitekamp is a really great book about the Mercury 13 if anyone wants to read about them too.

OMG MORE HISTORIC WOMEN IN SPACE SCIENCE

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Kamala Harris Makes History as New California Senator | Teen Vogue

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Kamala Harris Makes History as New California Senator | Teen Vogue:

Sarah Grace Hart has a byline in Teen Vogue! Nobody tells me *anything* around here!

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the-eldest-woman-on: What’s the difference between my kid and a…

Friday, December 30th, 2016

the-eldest-woman-on:

What’s the difference between my kid and a small box and a cat and a small box. Legit asking.

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kevinwada: Holtzmann FlameCon 2016 pinup print

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

kevinwada:

Holtzmann

FlameCon 2016 pinup print

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sylvia-morris: just a girl and her robot… making themselves a…

Monday, September 12th, 2016

sylvia-morris:

just a girl and her robot…

making themselves a home in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

(part 1) (part 2)

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I have a question about the bird’s nest fungi. What purpose those those little egg lookin’ things serve? We don’t have them where I live (I think, I haven’t seen them if we do)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

The little “eggs” are
filled with spores! The spores are formed inside the capsules (called
peridioles).

The peridioles are
launched out of the “nest” (called the peridium) when hit by a falling raindrop at a precise angle. Raindrops that hit the rim of the cup/nest are apparently most
effective at launching the peridioles. They can travel via raindrop-launch up
to 1 meter!

Also interesting to note:
the peridioles are often attached to the nests by little wiry cords (called
funiculi). There are some species of
bird’s nest fungi, however, without these cords. When hit at the right
angle, the funiculus (or funicular cord) is said to help the peridiole wrap around whatever it lands
on (image below).

There are some AMAZING videos of this that I’m unable to post in a reply but they’re available here if you scroll to the bottom of this study.

In my experience, bird’s nest fungi are hard to find only because of their tiny size but they’re said to be widely distributed, so I’d keep looking! I tend to find them growing next to other mushrooms or if I’m looking super carefully at the ground anyway (like in my garden if I’m pulling weeds or taking photos of insects). I’ve honestly never found them while intentionally looking for them. They’re saprobic, meaning they feed off decaying matter, so I often find them in very heavily mulched areas growing on woodchips or in areas under trees or bushes where there’s decaying leaf litter.

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Superpod 5 video

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

derangedhyena-delphinidae:

Ok so… cool story: I found even more things that weren’t accounted for/weren’t right (and needed to be uploaded/reuploaded/fixed) when I was typing this post.

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I’ll reblog this post with the missing things when they’re done too, so consider this sort of a rough draft. If you want to share all the video together, please don’t link this post externally and wait until I can link to the complete YT playlist? I’ll also make another post for linking/tagging/reblogging purposes.

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– Superpod 5 History and Introduction
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Corky’s Freedom Banner: the Power of Children’s Love for a Captive Orca


Generation Change: Empty the Tanks Inc
Scholar Advocacy Roundtable
The Whale Sanctuary Project – the Future for Captive Cetaceans
“I Am Not an Animal!”

   

Center for Conservation Biology’s SRKW Scat Study
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Empty the Tanks: A Campaign to End Captivity

Closing the Wild Capture Loophole


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Latest Campaign Update from the Dolphin Project

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Alphabet Soup: Legislation, Regulation, and Agencies, oh my! 
– Russian orca concerns

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Loro Parque welfare concerns
New Zealand orca studies 
The Ecosystem Approach: The Future of Endangered Species Recovery


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Salmon, Orca, Taxes, Dams and YOU!


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Dolphin and Whale Brains – More Evidence for Complexity

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Navy Sonar & Marine Mammals: Potential Measures to Mitigate Harmful Effects


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CWR 40 years and Counting Shifting Baselines in the Salish Sea


The Evolution of Menopause 
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A Captive Orca and Her Natural History
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List largely gleaned from the schedule website, but there were some changes to the schedule that I believe have been accurately reflected.

Some content was omitted – the vast majority of that was all the “filming other people’s films” – because that’s not cool. I’ll link to things when the filmmakers make that stuff available (or if they actually find this and want me to post it? But please note that some of it I actually didn’t record at all.)  

@cetaceanawareness, your talk was also excluded because it was nestled in the Scholar Advocacy segment that the To the Sea (upcoming documentary) folks were in. If you would like your clip excised and posted (or just want the video in general) let me know?   

If Rachel Clark stumbles across this and wants the reading from her book included, I can do that too. This is her book.

I’m new to dealing with a ton of video like this (which is why it took me so long to get this all sorted) – but the idea is that I’ll learn and improve from here on out.

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flacarica: antiandrogen: tahreza: sge was readyvghjk this…

Monday, April 18th, 2016

flacarica:

antiandrogen:

tahreza:

sge was readyvghjk

this was me working at lush

LMAOOOSIISK

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sylvia-morris: close your eyes, step through.In response to…

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

sylvia-morris:

close your eyes, step through.

In response to Maria Gaspar’s Art Assignment – Body in Place


There’s a little corner of trees (casuarinas, I think) that I walk through most days. They’re tucked between the zoo wall, a tram track and the hockey/netball centre. They don’t make a very big forest. Sometimes when I step in, if the wind is blowing gently, I close my eyes and pretend I’m in the country. I’m really glad this mini forest exists, and it often makes me happy, but sometimes that happiness is temporary and I’m left with sadness instead. 

So I overlaid two photos together, to give some sense of that tension.

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Video

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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serain: I’m using fucking crayons today. I gotta say, the main…

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

serain:

I’m using fucking crayons today. I gotta say, the main challenge is trying to get sharp lines, which is nearly impossible. Who knew!!

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biliouskaiju: A little over a month until San Diego Comic Con….

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


I had already cut it shorter to prepare myself. Not short enough.


Father/Daughter bonding time. I’m surprised how supportive/excited Dad was about this.


Coelasquid mentioned at this stage I look like Alan Cumming.


They almost left the bobble I was like NOOOOOOO


We were going to ease into the shave and leave it cropped to get used to it. Then an oops happened.


Bye Bye hair.


It was at this point I realized there really was no going back. WITNESS ME.


Thedudevondoom helps.


WITNESS ME FOR I AM SHINY AND CHROME.

biliouskaiju:

A little over a month until San Diego Comic Con. I figured why the heck not let’s do this. Shaving one’s head is kind of an amazing thing. Your whole self image changes. That moment when you realize your skull shape is not wonky or weird suddenly you feel like an all powerful Shiny Badass. C’mon ladies, buzz cuts are IN IN IN! If anyone asks me “Why?” I’ll just say “Mad Max.” and if they repeat “But why??” I look at them sternly and say “You haven’t seen Fury Road have you.”

Special thanks to coelasquid and thedudevondoom for the emotional support and peer pressure that made this possible. 

I will be the tiniest Nux. See you that Saturday.

WITNESS ME!!!

Also there’s captioned commentary when you click the pix, enjoy.

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rhamphotheca: The Elusvie Hourglass Dolphin This elusive mammal…

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

rhamphotheca:

The Elusvie Hourglass Dolphin

This elusive mammal is the only species of cetacean to be formally classified without a specimen

by Becky Crew

Named for the distinct white shape along its sides, the hourglass dolphin (Lagenorhynchus cruciger) is found throughout the cold open waters of the Southern Ocean, never straying anywhere warmer than about 13°C.

Rarely seen since its discovery almost 200 years ago, the hourglass dolphin is said to be the only cetacean – a large group of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises – to have been classified based on eyewitness accounts alone.

In fact, it was declared a new species by French naval surgeons and naturalists, Jean René Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Gaimard, using nothing but a sketch made as they ran an expedition to the Antarctic in 1824. Fortunately though, with markings as distinct as the hourglass dolphin’s, you’re not likely to misidentify one…

(read more: National Geographic)

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GreyFox’s Birth Story

Friday, October 17th, 2014

the-eldest-woman-on:

I’ll be making some asides for the most of you who are not familiar with the typical aspects of birth, to tell you about my labor and delivery. This will be long, graphic, and for most of you high teenagers, uninteresting, so, it’s under the cut, then I’m queueing you some aurorae. 

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yulinisworking: On Day 1 of production on I Ship It | Film…

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

yulinisworking:

On Day 1 of production on I Ship It | Film Permits, LOL

We started our first day at The Iliad Book Shop in North Hollywood, a super charming used book shop that has endless stacks of vintage books and houses the occasional friendly shop cat/kitten. My favorite part of first days of production is when I get to call action on the very first shot of the day. 

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m generally a very wary producer of my own work, and while my director side is often wildly optimistic about what we can accomplish, my producer side maintains a healthy level of skepticism that this project will ever actually come to fruition, unless she does everything within her power to will it into existence. The first shot of the day is kind of an ‘Aha! There it is! This movie is happening now!’ moment for my inner producer and director to share. My inner writer just kinda hangs awkwardly back and hopes the other two are cool with her just chillin’ in the corner. 

Today we had the always lovely Mary Kate Wiles, our leading lady, on set, along with Mitchell Davis, YouTuber/all around pretty cool dude. Our first setup of the day went pretty swimmingly and we wrapped out of the location exactly on time (okay, 3 minutes over with tail lights… shhhh.) At one point I held an orange kitten named Apollo while his brother Zeus played with a C-stand at my feet. It was great. IT COULDN’T HAVE GONE BETTER.

Then we moved onto our second location of the day, and things went terribly awry. Kinda. Not really. I mean it could have gone better. But it’s cool, that’s what the built-in safety/pickup day was for.

Fun filming-in-LA-logistics-backstory time: 

To film in any official capacity within Los Angeles county/LA-county-operated state parks, you need to first apply for a film permit with FilmLA. Permit applications go for $625/application, and under certain circumstances (i.e., filming in a public park) there are additional hourly fees for having a supervising officer on set if they approve your application. 

In my 2+ years of filmmaking in Los Angeles, I have never applied for a film permit. I’ve been able to avoid it mostly by shooting outside the 30 mile radius of LA and in interiors or private backyards / properties within gated communities, all thanks to the kindness of friends/parents of friends. With larger productions, it becomes a cost-benefit issue with the drive time to get to free/cheaper locations as gas expenses and the chances of traffic-related production delays increase with every mile.

Since I Ship It is on the larger scale side of productions I’ve taken on (though our crew is still relatively tiny compared to most professional productions), I tried to find locations central to LA County. But with a tight budget, I decided to budget 1 day for filming in a public park without a permit (that was dumb, past Yulin), and a 2nd day for filming pickups in the park in the event that our first day was cut short due to filming without a permit (that was smart, past Yulin!)

Our production was shut down within 1 hour of arriving at the park (before we managed to roll on a single shot), for permitless filming. Siiiiiggghhhh. 

In the days prior to this adventure, I spent a lot of time trying to google “filming without a permit” and “Los Angeles public park” and “risk factor” and “can I get away with it” and “should I do it” and “what should I do” and well you get the picture. In case you are just such a filmmaker who has found this post by googling the same things, let my mistakes be your answer. DON’T DO IT. GET A PERMIT. OR GIVE YOURSELF MORE THAN FIVE WEEKS TO HUNT DOWN A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES. FILM PERMITLESS IN LA AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

TL;DR – learn from my cautionary tale. Filming without a permit with a crew larger than 3 people in a public space in Los Angeles is never a good idea. We didn’t get fined or ticketed (just reprimanded and given an order to scram) but that’s a very real possibility depending on the mood of the officer who finds you. Always have a backup plan.

I feel I should also add that it’s important not to let setbacks like this get to you or, more importantly, stop you from doing your thing. Filmmaking is hard – anything that requires so many different wheels and cogs to click together in just the right way at just the right time is hard – and after a while, you learn to take it as a given that something will go awry over the course of production. Filmmaking/producing/directing is an exercise in resilience and mastering the art of grace under pressure. I’m definitely still learning and there was definitely a solid 15 minutes where all I wanted to do was just sob into a pile of kittens for a few days. But I know I’m getting better at this because just a couple projects ago, it would have rendered me totally useless for the rest of the day.

I think with experience comes comfort in the knowledge that you’ve managed to pull off all this and more before – I like my own track record, and despite a rocky start to Day 1, I’m feeling pretty good about Days 2-5. The most important thing is that this is all still incredibly, unbelievably fun. Talking with my actors about their thoughts on character intentions/playing with heightened acting styles after our production had been shut down was a highlight of my day. Testing out different color-profiles on the day’s production stills with my DP/colorist was another highlight. It wasn’t a bad day at all, and there is literally nothing else I would have rather done today.

Day 2 on Wednesday!

Much love,

Yulin Kuang
writer | director | filmmaker
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urbpan: This is the chicken mushroom on August 11  And this is the exact same mushroom on August…

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

urbpan:

 photo IMG_7125_zps3eed14aa.jpg This is the chicken mushroom on August 11  photo IMG_7163_zpsb207ae71.jpg And this is the exact same mushroom on August 13 Be careful with those field guides, mushrooms are not static. They change over time and with weather conditions.

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