neil-gaiman:

birdartpoetry asked: Mister Gaiman, you’re kickass. I was just wondering, what do you think is the best way to seduce a writer? I figured your answer would be pretty spectacular.

In my experience, writers tend to be really good at the inside of their own heads and imaginary people,…

juliakrase:

Oyster mushrooms

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rhamphotheca:

Research on fluorescence in marine organisms

By Karen Konzen (2005)
Research Assistant, University of Florida

Latitude: 29° 09.286’ N
Longitude: 88° 00.857’ W

As Dr. Mikhail Matz’s Research Assistant on this exploration, my role is to examine fluorescence in marine organisms – wherever we can find it, whenever the opportunity arises. Already, with not even half of the expedition completed, we have found fluorescent creatures from the surface all the way to depths of 1,800 feet, ranging in size from plankton to a shark about a meter in length.

camcorder icon Watch video taken on Aug 22.

In order to fluoresce, an organism must be able to produce special proteins that can absorb energy from waves of light that hit them and re-emit it at a different wavelength as fluorescent color.  Since there is no light in the deep ocean, why do organisms such as the zooanthid polyps we collected the other day (see Aug 22 daily log) have these proteins? Their fluorescence is incredibly bright when we view them in the right light on board the ship, but how do they use this ability while living at 1,800 feet below the surface?…

(read more: NOAA Ocean Explorer)

beingblog:

“Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface, and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.”
~Jon Kabat-Zinn from Wherever You Go, There You Are
Hear more of Jon Kabat-Zinn in Opening to Our Lives
Photo by Giampaolo Macorig / Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0

beingblog:

“Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface, and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.”

~Jon Kabat-Zinn from Wherever You Go, There You Are

Hear more of Jon Kabat-Zinn in Opening to Our Lives

Photo by Giampaolo Macorig / Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0

premierepage:

Titre : [Illustrations de Histoire naturelle des mammifères] / Wermer, dess. ; C. de Lasteyrie, lithogr. ; Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Frédéric Cuvier, aut. du texte
1819

tapir are sweet

premierepage:

Titre : [Illustrations de Histoire naturelle des mammifères] / Wermer, dess. ; C. de Lasteyrie, lithogr. ; Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Frédéric Cuvier, aut. du texte

1819

tapir are sweet

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rhamphotheca:

Paxon Identifies/Reblogs Your Motherfucking Egg Masses, vol. 12
This is the egg mass of the Jefferson’s Salamander (Ambystoma jefferonianum) family Ambystomatidae, found in eastern North America.

 You can tell that its an Ambystomatid salamander egg mass, and not that of a Ranid frog (which also lays eggs in the water in masses like this), because of the gelatinous coat enveloping the eggs.
(photos: T - Richard Bonnett; B - Todd w. Pierson)

"your motherfucking egg masses."

rhamphotheca:

Paxon Identifies/Reblogs Your Motherfucking Egg Masses, vol. 12

This is the egg mass of the Jefferson’s Salamander (Ambystoma jefferonianum) family Ambystomatidae, found in eastern North America.

image

 You can tell that its an Ambystomatid salamander egg mass, and not that of a Ranid frog (which also lays eggs in the water in masses like this), because of the gelatinous coat enveloping the eggs.

(photos: T - Richard Bonnett; B - Todd w. Pierson)

"your motherfucking egg masses."

(Source: 4est)

"The purpose of understanding and meditating on emptiness is to release our mind from wrong conceptions and mistaken appearances so that we will become a completely pure, or enlightened, being. In this context, ‘wrong conceptions’ refers to the mind of self-grasping ignorance - a conceptual mind that grasps objects as truly existent; and ‘mistaken appearance’ refers to the appearance of truly existent objects."

— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Transform Your Life” (via dancingdakini)

sheldon rocks!

sheldon rocks!

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dailyoddcompliment:

“Dirty Politics”

dailyoddcompliment:

“Dirty Politics”