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montereybayaquarium:

How do you display deep-sea cephalopods like this vampire squid? It takes a big ship, a lot of scientists, and a robot. Learn how we do it, with the help of our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in our latest podcast.

mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of Mexico

"Here’s video of the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) encountered by Nautilus Live on June 27, 2014, in the Gulf of Mexico. This deep-sea cephalopod gets its name because of its deep color and red eyes, not because it feeds on blood.”

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labellefilleart:

Juno and her Birds, Walter Crane 

labellefilleart:

Juno and her Birds, Walter Crane 

My eyes are rolling so far back into my head right now

So I’m flipping channels and I come across this interview with an anti-feminist blogger, Janet Bloomfield, on HLN. She is spouting the most ridiculous shit I have ever heard, like what the fuck. According to Bloomfield, women have power now! And all feminism does is to say women are weak and are victims. (Uhh, no, that would be our patriarchal society.)

She stated that men are demonized by feminists; when asked how so, she responded that in saying ‘teach men not to rape’, feminists are purporting that all men are rapists.

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Men are also apparently lacking a few very important rights, she said. For example, the right to choose to be a parent. Women have three choices when faced with pregnancy, she said; men have zero, she said.

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When asked about the response she gets from feminists, she said she gets abuse; words that cannot be said on TV. Which, no doubt, is probably true, and undeserved (nobody deserves to be threatened or verbally abused for their views, no matter how ass-backwards they are.) What bugs me is that this lady got any TV time at all. I’m trying to think of a time when I saw a feminist get interviewed about feminism on TV but nothing comes to mind. I saw Jessica Valenti on Anderson Cooper’s talk show back when that was a thing, discussing purity balls with a guy who runs them or something. Does that count?

homebeccer:

"oh my god stop criticizing young girls who like 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you can’t tell them what they can and can’t read"

no we can’t but we have to protect young girls from mistaking abusive behavior for genuine affection at all costs

(via thenewwomensmovement)

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

rhamphotheca:

First Live Observations of a Rarely Seen Deep Sea Anglerfish

by Dana Lacono (August, 2012)

With a bulbous body and spiky scales, a shaggy lure dangling from its head, and foot-like fins that it uses to “walk” along the seafloor, the deep-sea anglerfish Chaunacops coloratus looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

In a recent paper, MBARI researcher Lonny Lundsten and his coauthors describe the first observations of these rare fish in their natural, deep-sea habitat. In addition to documenting these fish walking on the seafloor and fishing with their built-in lures, the researchers discovered that the fish change color from blue to red as they get older.

C. coloratus was first described from a single specimen collected off the coast of Panama during an expedition in 1891 aboard the U.S. Fish Commission steamer Albatross. However, for over 100 years, marine researchers collected deep-sea fish using trawl nets and dredges, so this anglerfish was never seen alive. That changed in 2002, when researchers from MBARI, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary used the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon to explore Davidson Seamount—an extinct volcano off the coast of Central California…

(read more: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

(via mad-as-a-marine-biologist)

So I just need to share this adorable picture my little  6 year old cousin (well, he’s my cousin’s son so technically he’s my 2nd cousin) made for me. He drew me, his cat Lucky (the unnamed cat, top right), my dog Olive, and his cat Whiskers. I adore the googly eyes and the fact that I have eyelashes on top of eyelashes.

So I just need to share this adorable picture my little 6 year old cousin (well, he’s my cousin’s son so technically he’s my 2nd cousin) made for me. He drew me, his cat Lucky (the unnamed cat, top right), my dog Olive, and his cat Whiskers. I adore the googly eyes and the fact that I have eyelashes on top of eyelashes.

baznetart:

It’s Dinner Time With Charles The Human And Jake The Beagle !!
And I now have some prints available over here : http://www.redbubble.com/people/baznet/works/10164401-dinner-time

baznetart:

It’s Dinner Time With Charles The Human And Jake The Beagle !!

And I now have some prints available over here : http://www.redbubble.com/people/baznet/works/10164401-dinner-time

petitsirena:

I CAN’T STOP WATCHING THIS SHE IS SO AMAZING HOLY SHIT !!!!

(via fearlessfeminism)

So I got this the other day… it’s a “Redneck Wine Glass”, Hello Kitty style. My older cousins gave me a look like I was crazy when I bought it, same look I got when I bought a bubble gun in NY, and that I often get when I do silly things to entertain their kids. One of them even said to me once, “You’re a child in a woman’s body.”
I understand how, in bits and pieces, I may seem immature, but just because I can sing along with Disney movies, like Hello Kitty, and am not afraid to blow bubbles, draw with chalk, or make silly faces with their kids doesn’t mean I’m immature. I’m just different; perhaps quirky for a twenty-something, though I don’t think so.
Sometimes I just want to say to them I’m sorry I don’t have the taste or attitude of a thirty-something suburban mom, and never will. It doesn’t mean I’m childish, and it’s not a judgment on their chosen lifestyles. I’m really happy for them that they have husbands and children and nice traditional homes- they have beautiful lives, they really do; those just aren’t things I desire and that’s not a lifestyle I aspire to.
My home will always have a bit of Hello Kitty in it, and I will always enjoy coloring and blowing bubbles and Disney movies.

Ok, I’m done venting now.

So I got this the other day… it’s a “Redneck Wine Glass”, Hello Kitty style. My older cousins gave me a look like I was crazy when I bought it, same look I got when I bought a bubble gun in NY, and that I often get when I do silly things to entertain their kids. One of them even said to me once, “You’re a child in a woman’s body.”

I understand how, in bits and pieces, I may seem immature, but just because I can sing along with Disney movies, like Hello Kitty, and am not afraid to blow bubbles, draw with chalk, or make silly faces with their kids doesn’t mean I’m immature. I’m just different; perhaps quirky for a twenty-something, though I don’t think so.

Sometimes I just want to say to them I’m sorry I don’t have the taste or attitude of a thirty-something suburban mom, and never will. It doesn’t mean I’m childish, and it’s not a judgment on their chosen lifestyles. I’m really happy for them that they have husbands and children and nice traditional homes- they have beautiful lives, they really do; those just aren’t things I desire and that’s not a lifestyle I aspire to.

My home will always have a bit of Hello Kitty in it, and I will always enjoy coloring and blowing bubbles and Disney movies.

Ok, I’m done venting now.

Jenny Lewis - Just One Of The Guys [Official Music Video]

(Source: youtube.com)

A Love To Die For

Darling,
in the event of a zombie apocalypse,
I’m gonna marry you.
I know, that romantic testimonial
isn’t quite the matrimonial proposition
you were expecting,
but I’m projecting a lovely future for us!

You see, when the dead break free,
I’ll come save you.
I’ll be your knight in shining Kevlar,
your cranium-crushing crusader,
and safe in our barricaded bungalow,
we’ll match moans for groans
with the shambling horde outside.

We’ll make love ’til death do we part,
or at least til we start
to run out of supplies,
and if we get in a pinch,
I’ve got a surprise:
see, I’ll paralyze them with poetry,
’cause if there’s anything
a zombie understands, it’s desire.

Meanwhile,
you lay down suppressive fire
and we’ll take out as many as we can.
If in the end we are overrun,
I’ll let them take me
so you can get away.

They can have my brain–
it’s my heart that beats for you.

(Source: gabrielgadfly.com)

(Source: dixieleota)