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Replacement for ableist slurs





Come on, you know you want to use “befuddled” more.

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Men With Fabulous Flower Beards [boredpanda]

Previously: Guys With Fancy Female Hairstyles

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Ernst Haeckel

Not only was Ernst a Haeckel of an artist, he was a brilliant biologist and naturalist as well. 

Side note: I have business cards, for some unknown reason, and there’s a Haeckel illustration on the back of each one.

@5 months ago with 2442 notes

A single lightning bolt can reach 50,000 degrees and generate a billion volts.
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A boy sprawled next to me on the bus, elbows out, knee pointing sharp into my thigh.
He frowned at me when I uncrossed my legs, unfolded my hands
and splayed out like boys are taught to: all big, loose limbs.
I made sure to jab him in the side with my pretty little sharp purse.
At first he opened his mouth like I expected him to, but instead of speaking up he sat there, quiet, and took it for the whole bus ride.
Like a girl.

Once, a boy said my anger was cute, and he laughed,
and I remember thinking that I should sit there and take it,
because it isn’t ladylike to cause a scene and girls aren’t supposed to raise their voices.
But then he laughed again and all I saw
was my pretty little sharp nails digging into his cheek
before drawing back and making a horribly unladylike fist.
(my teacher informed me later that there is no ladylike way of making a fist.)

When we were both in the principal’s office twenty minutes later
him with a bloody mouth and cheek, me with skinned knuckles,
I tried to explain in words that I didn’t have yet
that I was tired of having my emotions not taken seriously
just because I’m a girl.

Girls are taught: be small, so boys can be big.
Don’t take up any more space than absolutely necessary.
Be small and smooth with soft edges
and hold in the howling when they touch you and it hurts:
the sandpaper scrape of their body hair that we would be shamed for having,
the greedy hands that press too hard and too often take without asking permission.

Girls are taught: be quiet and unimposing and oh so small
when they heckle you with their big voices from the window of a car,
because it’s rude to scream curse words back at them, and they’d just laugh anyway.
We’re taught to pin on smiles for the boys who jeer at us on the street
who see us as convenient bodies instead of people.

Girls are taught: hush, be hairless and small and soft,
so we sit there and take it and hold in the howling,
pretend to be obedient lapdogs instead of the wolves we are.
We pin pretty little sharp smiles on our faces instead of opening our mouths,
because if we do we get accused of silly women emotions
blowing everything out of proportion with our PMS, we get
condescending pet names and not-so-discreet eyerolls.

Once, I got told I punched like a girl.
I told him, Good. I hope my pretty little sharp rings leave scars.


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paul bourke, associate professor at the university of western australia, scours google earth looking for fractal patterns, or self similarity, in the rivers systems, mountains ranges and deserts of the planet. in nature, self similarity doesn’t exist ad infinitum, as with a mandlebrot set, but branching structures are found across two, three, even four scales. paul invites people to submit their own finds to his site, which links to the pictures shown here on google earth (click pics for the country)

(learn more about fractals on “hunting the hidden dimension”, pbs nova)

This project is several layers of recursively cool.

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You’ve watched this week’s video, on “The Science of Snowflakes”, right? A lot of people have asked this question:

"Okay, so snowflakes have six sides because physics, but why are they symmetrical?!”

Here, “symmetrical” means that each of a snowflake’s six arms has a similar, often nearly identical set of fractal plates and branches. What gives? If randomness and the intermolecular physics of water molecules are the only things guiding the formation of a snowflake, how does one arm have any idea what another is doing?

In your head, you might think snowflakes all look like this:

(photo by Alexey Kljatov)

Well, as the images up top show, most snowflakes don’t look like that. Snow crystals usually aren’t completely symmetrical. Instead, they are quite irregular and lumpy, full of conglomerations and corrections. The hexagonal crystal structure holds up in all cases, but the sort of perfect fractal sculpture you’ve been led to believe defines a snowflake? It’s a half-truth, at best.

Sorry. I probably should have been more clear about that in the video!

The world’s great snowflake photographers through the years, from Wilson Bentley to Kenneth Libbrecht to Alexey Kljatov, have, for the most part, chosen to only show you the most beautiful examples of snow crystals. Sometimes they wait hours, sifting through thousands of flakes with (literally) bated breath, just to capture that one perfect frigid starburst. They aren’t trying to trick you, many artists’ eyes just prefer the symmetrical ones.

That being said, even in irregular snowflakes, when it comes to the branches, sub-branches, and sub-sub-branches, there’s still a remarkable amount of symmetry. What’s up with that? Let’s retrace the path of a snowflake and see if we can find an answer.

As a speck of dust falls through cold air of a particular humidity, it acts as a nucleus of crystallization, capturing water molecules from the air into the growing crystal. And, as we saw in the video, the precise hydrogen bond angles between water molecules give us the familiar hexagonal shape, an emergent pattern that exists from the molecular to the macro scale.

All those branches off of the hexagon, each plate, dendrite, arm, prism, or whoozywhatsit that grows from the central plate, each forms at a particular combination of temperature and humidity. Consult the following:

Very cold? We get columns. Cold and high humidity? Dendrites. Cold and medium humidity? Sectored plates. Still, none of this explains how two separate arms can form complementary patterns. I know … Get to the point, Joe.

The current thinking, and I must emphasize that this part remains somewhat of a mystery, is this: During a particular snowflake’s delicate dance down to Earth, all six branches will pass through the same tiny, specific pockets of humidity and temperature, all six branches will be subject to the same air currents, all six branches will experience a nearly identical (but not totally identical) evolution.

Imagine if we played human evolution back six times! We would get similar results, perhaps, but not identical. Snowflakes really are a hell of a metaphor, man.

And when all that doesn’t work? When the journey doesn’t result in the perfect six-sided mirror reflections that float through the snow flurries of our imaginations? Well, imperfection is a part of life, whether you’re a snowflake or a human being. In both, artists tend to show us the ideal, but we must remember that there is beauty in the flaws.

And so we return to the images above, and we appreciate them anew.

@7 months ago with 1415 notes
#nature #is cool #snowflake 


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quotables...

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Casa Tomada Rafael Gómez Barros

"The urban interventions are meant to represent displacement of peasants in his native Columbia [sic] due to war and violence, themes that resonate in one form or another in any country his work is displayed in. Crafted from tree branches, fiberglass, and fabric, the 2 foot ants are particularly striking when seen clustered aggressively on facades of buildings.”

I will always reblog giant ants.

This is truly terrifying.

– Alexander

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#it's colombia not columbia #fucking morons 
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One year Aniversary - Eyjafjallajökull eruption by Jokull


One year Aniversary - Eyjafjallajökull eruption
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Breathtaking The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings illustration by Jian Guo also known as breathing2004

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Saul by Armando Bravo
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Saul by Armando Bravo

Artist: Tumblr / Behance

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