July 24th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 08:42pm on 24/07/2017

Bunny_2


Adult now, the audacity and flippancy of youth left behind, he stared at the unfathomable vastness stretched before him – of land, of time, of thought, and of choices yet unmade – and remembered those he’d lost to time, missing his dear old brier-patch.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 03:53pm on 24/07/2017

Walkway_1


Since the drought broke in southern California, they’ve had to add fences to keep the plants from taking over the roadways.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 12:23am on 24/07/2017

Geese_7


The left wing isn’t unified, rife with contrasting opinions and textured nuance covering the entire span from the center to the far fringes. Yes, there is some darkness, but if you look, you can find some light.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] wcg at 10:42pm on 21/07/2017
Some recent daytime photographs of local specimens.



I'm told it's a Red Spotted Purple, and Google seems to agree.

Two more back here. )
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:01pm on 21/07/2017 under

Kellet's Whelk


I posted this on Facebook a while ago, but I’m re-posting here so everyone can see it.


This is one of the coolest exhibits I’ve seen in quite a while. What you’re seeing is a lucite box with whelks on the top and a piece of fish screwed to the bottom. The whelks are adapted to live on the rocky ocean floor, and send their long flexible mouth things down in between the rocks to feast on whatever things they can scavenge. In this exhibit, you get to see a behavior that is extremely interesting and that, gives you a very different understanding seeing it than reading about it.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 06:01pm on 21/07/2017 under

Scaly Tube Snail_1


I hadn’t heard of these guys before, so I looked them up.


Apparently you can’t really find them in subway systems.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 02:00pm on 21/07/2017 under

Two-spot Octopus_5


I got a paint-by-numbers book of octopuses once. That was a confusing day.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] wcg at 12:15am on 21/07/2017
I see it's been three weeks since I posted anything here. July has been a slow month for astronomy, due to persistent clouds over the Canary Islands and Chile, but I do have a few gems to share with y'all.

Behind the velvet curtain... )
July 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:01pm on 20/07/2017 under

Lion Nudibranch_5


The wikipedia page for the nudibranch boasts the only occurrence of the phrase “Apparent production of sound” on the entire site.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 06:00pm on 20/07/2017 under

Giant Acorn Barnacle


In case you ever wondered what was inside a barnacle.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 02:01pm on 20/07/2017 under

Butterfly_6


In reading about these guys, I learned that, like all* butterflies, it can’t chew so it has to suck fluids from through it’s proboscis. Unlike most butterflies, this one lives off of “rotting or fermenting fruit.”


That means you’re looking at a photo of a carrion eater.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
July 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:48pm on 19/07/2017
I'm seeing some people feeling bad about making jokes about Sen. John McCain's health now that news about his tumor has been made public.

Here's the thing ...

Every one of us is going to, at some point, die - all of our friends, our family, everyone we know. It not a fun thing to acknowledge, but it's inevitable. McCain represents a bunch of people who are publicly taking a stance that if you don't have enough money, you somehow deserve to die sooner, and with far greater pain and suffering, than everyone else. McCain having a brain tumor does not change this fact.

Cancer sucks whoever gets it, but just as pre-existing conditions do not indicate moral failure, getting sick also does not absolve past sins. Every Republican "repeal and replace" option that's made it to a vote has been designed to systematically kill people, if not you, then people you know ... people you love.

If we were living in a story, this would be the point in the narrative where one powerful man comes to a realization, has a change of heart, and switches sides. Alas, we do not live in a story. We are not characters, despite the attempts by ideologues to turn us into bit players in their self-aggrandizing stories about how life should be. We have some control over our lives, not everything of course, but some things.

McCain will either recover or he won't. We have no control over that.

The healthcare bill will either pass or it will not. We do have some control over that. If pointing out the hypocrisy between our representatives' words and deeds helps to save lives, if using irony to make a point reduces suffering for all, if dark humor can help us avoid dark fates ... say what you will and don't feel guilty about it.

We do still have free speech in this country. Use it.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:01pm on 19/07/2017 under

Mealworms_1


Because they all hatch at the same time, mealworms have to share their birthday.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 06:01pm on 19/07/2017 under

Crab_4


TFW that interesting person you’ve been talking to for the last hour suddenly shows their true colours.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 02:01pm on 19/07/2017 under

Giant Tiger Beetle


This is a giant tiger beetle.


A giant TIGER beetle.


You see the resemblance, right?




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
July 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:01pm on 18/07/2017 under

Monarch Caterpillar


Apparently the bits in the middle taste bad.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 06:01pm on 18/07/2017 under

Egg Yolk Jelly_5


I think we should stop calling certain types of people “snowflakes”.


The term “jellyfish” is much more apt, as it seems they just spend their time floating around the Internet stinging people, but whenever they encounter anything that isn’t exactly like themselves in their specially-designed jellyfish-bubble of safety, they start falling apart – whining about how unfair life is.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 02:01pm on 18/07/2017 under

Metallic Frog Beetle_3


It’s pretty clear that these beetles are not ferromagnetic, but the zoo didn’t let me bring in the right equipment to test for para- or diamagnetism.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
July 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 11:00pm on 17/07/2017 under

Leaf Cutter Ants_6


Leaf cutter ants take leaf bits down into the colony where they cultivate a particular sort of fungus that grows on the leaves.


So you’d think these two ants would be moving in the same direction.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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posted by [personal profile] guppiecat at 08:51pm on 17/07/2017 under

Hornyhead Turbot


This hornyhead turbot is somewhat untrusting of my new wide angle macro lens.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

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