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Sep 22
365days-of-balloons:

Day 363: The Peacock

365days-of-balloons:

Day 363: The Peacock

Sep 21

ok, fer srs question

it is the early 2000’s. you are walking through a downtown neighborhood in a big city, trying to find a restaurant that you only have an address for. how do you find it?

because i wrote that Kaiba was looking at a map on his phone, but i just realized that that is hilariously anachronistic. but i was what, thirteen years old in 2001? I don’t remember how you would do it. ask directions from people nearby? bring a paper map?

Sep 21

sometimes i manage to surprise myself with my own foresight

"HOW ON EARTH DID I MAKE THAT SHADE OF RED??? oh wait, i made notes :D"

Sep 21
libutron:

whatthefauna:

The sequined (or mirror) spider has silvery patches covering its abdomen. Because the speckles reflect and scatter light, they may make the spider harder for predators to see. Amazingly, the patches with change in size depending on the spider’s level of agitation.
Image credit: Andrew Ker

Thwaitesia nigronodosa (Theridiidae)

libutron:

whatthefauna:

The sequined (or mirror) spider has silvery patches covering its abdomen. Because the speckles reflect and scatter light, they may make the spider harder for predators to see. Amazingly, the patches with change in size depending on the spider’s level of agitation.

Image credit: Andrew Ker

Thwaitesia nigronodosa (Theridiidae)

Sep 19

Read “Bartleby the Scrivener”

On one hand, it feels like a narrative of depression and how utterly inpenitrible it is for someone on the outside of it.

On another hand, it reads like a critique of undirected resistance.

Also I have a hard time reading and not thinking of the narrator as chicken-shit. His passive empathy helped no one. Certainly there was a point at which he realized he was up against a force of nature in Bartleby, but he chooses to mold himself to the world instead of the other way around. When he realizes that there’s nothing he can do to help Bartleby, he still can’t take an action that will help himself.

I realize the story is not about the narrator at all, but it’s hard for me not to focus on him because he is the only actual human in the entire story.

Sep 19
nybg:(via "Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males | Penn State University)An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.Emerald ash borer has decimated the native ash tree population in the United States over the past few years, and has shown no sign of slowing down. To combat this threat to our forests, one team has apparently decided to go full tilt Terminator…The researchers — including entomologists and engineers at Penn State, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Forest Research Institute in Matrafured, Hungary, and the USDA — created the decoys using a bioreplication process with nanoscale fidelity.If you want to find out what exactly that means, click through to read the full article. I for one welcome our new robotic beetle overlords. ~LMI like alternatives to imidacloprids.

nybg:

(via "Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males | Penn State University)

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

Emerald ash borer has decimated the native ash tree population in the United States over the past few years, and has shown no sign of slowing down. To combat this threat to our forests, one team has apparently decided to go full tilt Terminator

The researchers — including entomologists and engineers at Penn State, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Forest Research Institute in Matrafured, Hungary, and the USDA — created the decoys using a bioreplication process with nanoscale fidelity.

If you want to find out what exactly that means, click through to read the full article. I for one welcome our new robotic beetle overlords. ~LM

I like alternatives to imidacloprids.

Sep 19

usnatarchives:

London designers show Fall Fashions in this 1967 Universal News clip. Featured are capes, high collars, and highway-robber outfits, complete with mask and two flint-guns. More practical options include black tunics and long, V-necked white wools for evening.

To read more about the fashion in this news reel, visit the Unwritten Record blog.

Sep 19
Sep 19

Melbourne style baked eggs

cookbooktheme:

If you go to any self-respecting cafe in Melbourne these days (probably Australia, in fact) it’s likely you’ll see some variation of “baked eggs” on the menu. I’ve become such a fan of the meal that I decided to play around in the kitchen to create my own version of the dish. I’ve found that I prefer versions that feature tomatoes quite prominently, rather than other variations (I’ve seen ragù, spinach puree, and pesto variations, among others). Anyway, a few weeks ago I posted a picture of them to Instagram and a few people asked for the recipe, so here it is - spicy baked eggs with chickpeas! If you’re a meat-eater, this would also work quite well with chorizo.

Note: For this recipe, you would ideally want to be using a high-quality cast iron or oven-safe frying pan. A small pan is ideal is this meal tends to be eaten directly from the pan. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion (red or brown is fine)
  • 2 cloves garlic, 200g chickpeas (half a can)
  • 1 can tomatoes or 4 medium-sized tomatoes (the better option as it gives a better texture - not as liquidy)
  • 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli-flakes (can adjust to taste)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Fry onion over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then add garlic and chilli flakes. Fry until the onion is translucent, then add cumin and paprika and fry until fragrant.
  2. Add tomatoes (and 1/4 cup water if using whole tomatoes) and chickpeas, and simmer for 15-20 minutes over a low-medium heat.
  3. Once you’re happy with the texture (you don’t want too much liquid as it won’t “set” as well), remove from heat and crack 2 eggs directly onto the top of the mix, and if you like, pierce the yolks and slightly mix in with the tomatoes (I think it looks better like this).
  4. Place the pan into the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 10-15 minutes, until the eggs are cooked.
  5. Remove (be careful!) from the oven and eat directly from the pan, though probably don’t do this is you don’t have some kind of heat mat. Sprinkle the top with mixed herbs, if so desired.
  6. Enjoy.


*Recipe originally by Ben Morling

*Photo is of Baked Eggs from Axil Coffee Roasters, which inspired Ben’s recipe. If you’re in Melbourne it’s worth checking out. 

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Sep 18
nyctopterus:


Ikrandraco avatar: look upon my chin, ye mighty, and despair!

nyctopterus:

Ikrandraco avatar: look upon my chin, ye mighty, and despair!