Glib nonsense hurtling through the dark

An abysmal excuse for a troubadour

theoceaniswonderful:

L22 Spyhop on June 1, 2013 by katepielmeier
palaeopedia:

The Jan Juc whale, Janjucetus (2006)
Phylum : ChordataClass : MammaliaOrder : CetaceaSuborder : MysticetiFamily : MammalodontidaeGenus : JanjucetusSpecies : J. hunderi
Late Oligocene (28,4 - 23,1 Ma)
3,5 m long and 1 000 kg (size)
Australia (map)
Like its close contemporary Mammalodon, the prehistoric whale Janjucetus was ancestral to modern blue whales, which filter plankton and krill through baleen plates—and also like Mammalodon, Janjucetus possessed unusually large, sharp, and well-separated teeth. That’s where the similarities end, though—whereas Mammalodon may have used its blunt snout and teeth to rustle up small marine creatures from the sea floor (a theory that hasn’t been accepted by all paleontologists), Janjucetus seems to have behaved more like a shark, pursuing and eating larger fish. By the way, the fossil of Janjucetus was discovered in southern Australia by a teenage surfer; this prehistoric whale can thank the nearby township of Jan Juc for its unusual name.

palaeopedia:

The Jan Juc whale, Janjucetus (2006)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Mammalia
Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Mysticeti
Family : Mammalodontidae
Genus : Janjucetus
Species : J. hunderi

  • Late Oligocene (28,4 - 23,1 Ma)
  • 3,5 m long and 1 000 kg (size)
  • Australia (map)

Like its close contemporary Mammalodon, the prehistoric whale Janjucetus was ancestral to modern blue whales, which filter plankton and krill through baleen plates—and also like Mammalodon, Janjucetus possessed unusually large, sharp, and well-separated teeth. That’s where the similarities end, though—whereas Mammalodon may have used its blunt snout and teeth to rustle up small marine creatures from the sea floor (a theory that hasn’t been accepted by all paleontologists), Janjucetus seems to have behaved more like a shark, pursuing and eating larger fish. By the way, the fossil of Janjucetus was discovered in southern Australia by a teenage surfer; this prehistoric whale can thank the nearby township of Jan Juc for its unusual name.

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"Mary Belle and the Mermaid" by Leo and Diane Dillon

Following a bunch of aquariums on tumblr is among the better life decisions I have made :).

“Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.”

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Joe Haldeman (via maxkirin)

This is hilarious, because the one Haldeman novel I’ve read is about heterosexual white male anxieties about the people they oppress taking over the world and marginalizing them. And also, I guess, space.

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Yikes. That is a bummer of note. Okay, Haldeman definitely stricken from the potential to-read list.

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I’m a huge buzzkill, sorry. The novel in question is The Forever War, the Haldeman novel people talk about, which is about a space marine who spends a lot of time traveling at relativistic speeds, dropping into normal time periodically to fight a battle or two against an inscrutable alien enemy and be disturbed by the ways human culture has changed during the decades and centuries he’s spent traveling. The frustrating thing, as with a lot of problematic SF, is that it’s an incredibly interesting novel full of cool ideas and godawfully effective body horror, but periodically throws ideas at you like “military policy requires you to have sex with your bunkmate” and “humanity is now majority gay and straight people are treated as objects of fascinated scorn and called ‘queers’”.

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Never be sorry for pointing out shoddy discrim-flip by anxious cishet white dudes, so other people can avoid it :). Life’s too short to waste time on “I’m on your side, I’m a good guy, but allow me to explore the ways in which I feel vaguely threatened by you via these elaborate worldbuilding contrivances that uphold the real-world notions they purport to subvert.”

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handsomedogs:



Mistral / / Yannis Karantonis

“Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.”

—   Joe Haldeman (via maxkirin)

This is hilarious, because the one Haldeman novel I’ve read is about heterosexual white male anxieties about the people they oppress taking over the world and marginalizing them. And also, I guess, space.

(via thetrollingchaos)

Yikes. That is a bummer of note. Okay, Haldeman definitely stricken from the potential to-read list.

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kittendrumstick:

My friend and I went to the zoo yesterday even though it was stupid cold outside, but it was totally worth it because we got to play with a sea lion. Some zoo workers were sitting in the sea lion viewing area and throwing a glove around while one of the sea lions chased it back and forth in the tunnel. She was also super interested in what was in people’s bags and purses and would wait to see if you were gonna take out anything she liked, haha. Pretty awesome.

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Anonymous asked: Would you ever make an axolotl necklace?

indolentjellyfish:

I would and I will, this is the first sloppy prototype I made a while back. I have to figure out a design where you can see it’s little smile though, axolotls are nothing without that little smile.image

smithcollege:

@thenikkistandard’s photo of Capen Garden on Earth Day #smithcollege

smithcollege:

@thenikkistandard’s photo of Capen Garden on Earth Day #smithcollege