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Mid-20s. Grad student. Perpetual fandom skimmer, too lazy to ever be creative. Suffering exile in Florida. Self-medicates with knitting, cute animals and laugh-rule reblogs.

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kaeleira:

Swirly Gloves

I finished my Pieces of Eight Mitts! Looking through some of the diagrams and pictures made it seem a bit daunting at first, but the pattern is very well-written and methodical. I like how the designer warns that anyone who attempts these mitts should be comfortable with the idea of “smoothing out” uneven stitch counts. I know I certainly had to do that a couple times!

I used Patons Kroy Socks in Singin’ the Blues Stripes, which is almost as good as the Starry Night colours I envisioned when I first saw this pattern. I love the alternating blue and grey stripes, and I’m super happy that I was able to start each mitt in about the same spot in the stripe pattern.

Mods: twisted ribbing for the thumbs, slwyif for a clean top edge, added some short rows to the hand to make the fit better for my teeny wrists, flipped the second mitt inside out twice so I could do regular twisted ribbing on both thumbs.

All in all these were quicker than I thought, and just as entertaining as I expected. Thanks for looking!

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leupagus:

sashayed:

silvermoon424:

poppypicklesticks:

billybatsonandjameshowlettsbro:

cosmicallycosmopolitan:

billybatsonandjameshowlettsbro:

james-winston:

The Titanoboa, is a 48ft long snake dating from around 60-58million years ago. It had a rib cage 2ft wide, allowing it to eat whole crocodiles, and surrounding the ribcage were muscles so powerful that it could crush a rhinoTitanoboa was so big it couldn’t even spend long amounts of time on land, because the force of gravity acting on it would cause it to suffocate under its own weight.

I’m so glad they aren’t around

omg me too. I’m scared enough of 26 ft long anacondas. I’m so happy Megalodons, those giant sharks, aren’t alive either

Praise natural selection

I remember watching Walking with Beasts or something similar, or some British tv show about evolution

The subject was something like a 12 foot long water scorpion

I was so startled by its sudden appearance and narration that I yelped: “12 fucking feet?!?!  I’m fucking glad it’s extinct!” 

Dude, prehistory was home to some fucking TERRIFYING creatures. For some reason, everything back then was enormous and scary. Extinction doesn’t always have to be a bad thing!

And Poppy, what you saw was an arthropod known as Pterygotus (it was actually featured in Walking With Monsters). Not only was it as big (or maybe even bigger) than your average human, it had a stinger the size of a lightbulb. REALLY glad that bugger isn’t around anymore.

Also, Megalodon deserves to be mention again, because just hearing its name makes me want to never be submerged in water ever again.

GOD, I HATE THIS POST. HOW DO WE EVEN KNOW THAT SHIT ISN’T STILL AROUND? LURKING? EVOLVING? WE DON’T. WE DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT SHIT DOWN THERE. THE OCEAN IS A PRIMEVAL HELLSCAPE NIGHTMARE AND WE ALL GO ON VACATION AND DIP OUR STUPID FRAGILE UNPROTECTED FETUS BODIES AROUND THE EDGES OF IT ON PURPOSE, LIKE THAT’S NORMAL. FUCK THE OCEAN.

FUCKING WORD

My coworkers and I are starting a ska band called “Extinct Charismatic Megafauna,” it’s going to be awesome.

makanidotdot:

this is my only hypothesis

avelera:

crunchyshrimp:

Attack on Smaug

On that day, Lake-town received a grim reminder…

*spittakes breakfast cereal*

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bloodspatteredguitar:

fargreencountryswiftsunrise:

Okay, because of a joke I made for a fanfic, I’ve been wondering a couple of things that all interconnect in some way.

Can the Valar have children?

Why are they male and female? Can they decide? Can they switch what sex they are?

Is there some symbolic reason…

The Valar are indeed based on Pantheons, Tolkien said so in one of his letters (although which escapes me).

Why wouldn’t you change gender if you were a nigh all powerful god thing? Because they are NOT gods. They may be nigh all powerful in Middle Earth, but not before Iluvatar. Ainulindale is very explicit in showing that the Ainur are all created beings. As such they are, as we all are, slaves to their own temperaments. Whether you take gender to be a function of sex or of temperament, or of anything else, everyone (I think) agrees that if you are a set gender then that is it. The Ainur are created with their genders clearly set in their temperaments. Tolkien, as a Catholic, believed that all Humanity are created with their genders clearly set in their bodies.

The Church will likely discuss this one day in more detail with experts in Gender theory and Theology. I do not know what conclusions they will draw, but I am certain that they will be more nuanced and more consistent than anything anyone has come up with so far.

That’s an excellent point on the immutability of their sexes given that they were specifically created!  But my main point/the thing that sort of stuck for me was the idea that those sexes were determined by their temperaments.  I get the impression he’s saying that certain personality types must be attached to certain genitalia (warlike Tulkas is male, nurturing Yavanna is female, etc, although I was pleased to see that traits like wisdom and even foolishness were portioned out pretty equally), and that does cause me to make a slightly frowny face.

Gender isn’t necessarily set, and the social mores that comprise it vary from culture to culture.  I would love to see someone more knowledgable give their thoughts on the inclusion of genderfluid or genderqueer perspectives in this narrative as we go along!  That’s kind of the best part about reading an older classic from a modern perspective - there’s no need to disregard the things we’ve come to better understand about representation!

Mardaani + Trailer

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pugletto:

Omg, so I’m actually not this bad at making screencap redraws or whatever.

Latin@ Lady & the Tramp this time.

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sernacht:

So, I was in the car today and saw someone with the license plate “X0DUS3 5”, so I thought it was like Exodus 3:5 and I looked it up, and do you know what it said?

"Do not come any closer."

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