Shapes-&-Colors

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Take a look at your life.

What do you see?  Nothing, right?

You can see nothing at all.

Oh, sure, you think you see a series of flashes and flickers of shapes and shades of color.

You think you see familiar things like faces and letters and walls and your own hands.

These aren’t familiar at all.

You’ve never seen any of that before.

Your hands aren’t even your own.

Whose hands are they?

Who are you?

Is this what it is like to die?

Are you dying?

If not, when and where will you die?

When and where were you born, even?

Wait.

How did you forget your place and date of birth?

I understand you can’t comprehend the relentlessness of existence, but your own birthday is pretty easy to remember.

You’ve got more problems than we thought, listener.

Okay.  Fine.

Your birthday is July 3.  And your birthplace was Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Feel better?

You don’t, actually. 

You feel nothing. 

Because your hands were never your own.

You are imagining everything and perceiving nothing.

At least you smell nice.  We can at least tell you that.

Irish Spring.

Whose hands are these?

                               Collection Highlights

Vanadinite

Chemical formula: Pb5(VO4)3Cl (Lead chloro-vanadate)

Color: Commonly bright red, reddish-orange, orange, yellow, grey, brown.

Hardness: SOFT (2.5-3)

Crystal system: Hexagonal

Occurrence: Uncommon

Health risks: Contains lead, do not ingest and wash hands after handling.

Wow factors:

- The color and shape of the crystals are unique and stunning!

- Always grows in hexagons. Commonly they are plates, sometimes they grow in thicker hexagonal barrels.

- Vanadinite likes to grow in dense clusters. Most specimens will contain dozens  of crystals even on a small matrix!

Care tips:

- Specimens can sometimes darken after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Do not display in direct sunlight!

- Clean with warm soapy water (mild soap) and then rinse with distilled water to    prevent water spots. Air dry.

- Locality of this piece:  Mibladen, Morocco. The world’s BEST locality for blood-   red vanadinite!

Price range: Vanadinite, especially red crystals with great shape and color, are highly sought after by most collectors and can be quite expensive. Thumbnail specimens (aptly named because they are about the size of your thumbnail) can range from $30-80 depending on quality. Larger cabinet specimens can cost much more and can easily climb past $100!

Written By, cc-da-wolf

anonymous asked:

Hi Mr. Infinite I just want 2 know, r u a writer or artist? If u are could u give me tips on either of those(s) blocks????

do it a lot and then also cry sometimes maybe

((the og mod: no seriously you got to practice a bunch!!! its important to draw everyday, and try to practice specific things, like textures, shapes, colors, body parts (eyes, hands, hands, more hands, etc). experiment with mediums; draw from life as much as physically possible, im serious sign up for one a those live drawin classes and go wild (not actually wild, etiquette is a thing). art is one a those things that you have to dedicate a lot of time to, and theres no “you’re there” moment: theres always something to improve, something to work on, and honestly thats what keeps it fresh. try not to get comfortable (like i kinda did with the sonic artstyle njaksldnfjkalsndjkla i need to kick my own ass into gear and draw other shit)

mod bee: practice makes perfect when it comes to writing! just put your head down and write. even if you don’t have any ideas, typing up stuff about your day is a good way to get started! find a group of friends that you trust and let them read your stuff–showing people something guarantees you’ll finish it and you get that zesty feedback you so desperately need. writing is a lot like art in that there are a ton of things that you have to juggle (character, plot, tone, theme, dialogue, style, description, exposition vs. scene, POV, tense, etc.) so doing specific exercises that focuses one just one or two things at a time will allow you to get a feel for them/practice them. you will suck at the beginning, and that’s because stringing two sentences together to create a paragraph is hard. it’s so so hard. but eventually, you’ll get there. also: write out of order. trust me. you can always rewrite, so write what your brain wants to write, even if it’s not what comes next in the story. resisting yourself is a surefire way to launch yourself into block city.))

anonymous asked:

PLEASE tell us how vegetables are a social construct

so a long time ago humans were trying to figure out edible plant matter, right

and because they didn’t have fucking microscopes or anything they were like “okay we have to divide them in some way that is easy for us to figure out”

so they COULD have divided them up by like, color or some shit

like all the red things are called noogles and all the orange ones are called fuckips and all the yellow ones are called snarglebutts or whatever

but they didn’t

they divided them by taste, which makes sense if you’re trying to sort edible plant matter, the whole point is eating them so why not sort them by the most likely reason you need to know the difference between them

so all the sweet tasting things are called fruits and all the not sweet tasting things are called vegetables

except like other than that there’s no rhyme or reason to it at all??

like potatoes are roots and broccoli is a flower and pumpkins are fruits and celery are stalks

but we’re putting them together because they don’t taste sweet

and lemons are juicy and wet but not sweet but they’re fruit for some reason but tomatoes aren’t even though they’re also juicy but not sweet and carrots aren’t even though carrots can be sweet

meanwhile apples are genetically more closely related to fucking roses than they are to shit like blueberries but because they both taste good in pie we put apples and blueberries in the same group and roses are a different thing 

like, there’s a good reason why we sort plants this way, and that reason is “it’s easier to make food if you know vaguely what it tastes like beforehand,” and sorting plants by genetic family also makes sense if your reasoning is “i want to know what plants are related,” but they’re both sorting groups that humans made up and we could just as easily sort by color or shape if we decided that was an important thing we needed to know and that’s why it’s a social construct

I spent a few hours drawing a Thor Ragnarok image today, wanted to try and speed up my process and make decisions more quickly. I tend to over think things and want to try and get work out more often!

Hope you guys like it, I’m looking forward to the film! Have a good weekend :D

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that We See from Space

Life. It’s the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we’ve discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, we are sharing stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds.

Earth is the only planet with life, as far as we know. From bacteria in the crevices of the deepest oceans to monkeys swinging between trees, Earth hosts life in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Scientists often study Earth from the ground, but some also look to our satellites to understand how life waxes and wanes on our planet.

Over the years, scientists have used this aerial view to study changes in animal habitats, track disease outbreaks, monitor forests and even help discover a new species. While this list is far from comprehensive, these visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

1. Monitoring the single-celled powerhouses of the sea

Known as the grass of the ocean, phytoplankton are one of the most abundant types of life in the ocean. Usually single-celled, these plant-like organisms are the base of the marine food chain. They are also responsible for the only long-term transfer of carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere to the ocean. 

Even small changes in phytoplankton populations can affect carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, which could ultimately affect Earth’s global surface temperatures. Scientists have been observing global phytoplankton populations continuously since 1997 starting with the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of View Sensor (SeaWiFS). They continue to study the small life-forms by satellite, ships and aircrafts.

2. Predicting cholera bacteria outbreaks

Found on the surface of zooplankton and in contaminated water, the bacteria that cause the infectious disease cholera — Vibrio cholerae — affect millions of people every year with severe diarrhea, sometimes leading to death. While our satellite sensors can’t detect the actual bacteria, scientists use various satellite data to look for the environmental conditions that the bacteria thrive in

Specifically, microbiologist Rita Colwell at the University of Maryland, College Park, and West Virginia University hydrologist Antar Jutla studied data showing air and ocean temperature, salinity, precipitation, and chlorophyllconcentrations, the latter a marker for zooplankton. Anticipating where the bacteria will bloom helps researchers to mitigate outbreaks.

Recently, Colwell and Jutla have been able to estimate cholera risk after major events, such as severe storms, by looking at satellite precipitation data, air temperature, and population maps. The two maps above show the team’s predicted cholera risk in Haiti two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit over October 1-2, 2016 and the actual reported cholera cases in October 2016.

3. Viewing life on land

From helping preserve forests for chimpanzees to predicting deer population patterns, scientists use our satellites to study wildlife across the world. Satellites can also see the impacts of perhaps the most relatable animal to us: humans. Every day, we impact our planet in many ways including driving cars, constructing buildings and farming – all of which we can see with satellites.

Our Black Marble image provides a unique view of human activity. Looking at trends in our lights at night, scientists can study how cities develop over time, how lighting and activity changes during certain seasons and holidays, and even aid emergency responders during power outages caused by natural disasters.

4. Tracking bird populations

Scientists use our satellite data to study birds in a variety of ways, from understanding their migratory patterns, to spotting potential nests, to tracking populations. In a rather creative application, scientists used satellite imagery to track Antarctica’s emperor penguin populations by looking for their guano – or excrement.

Counting emperor penguins from the ground perspective is challenging because they breed in some of the most remote and cold places in the world, and in colonies too large to easily count manually. With their black and white coats, emperor penguins are also difficult to count from an aerial view as they sometimes blend in with shadows on the ice. Instead, Phil Trathan and his colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey looked through Landsat imagery for brown stains on the sea ice. By looking for penguin droppings, Trathan said his team identified 54 emperor penguin colonies along the Antarctic coast.

5. Parsing out plant life

Just as we see plants grow and wilt on the ground, satellites observe the changes from space. Flourishing vegetation can indicate a lively ecosystem while changes in greenery can sometimes reveal natural disasters, droughts or even agricultural practices. While satellites can observe plant life in our backyards, scientists can also use them to provide a global picture. 

Using data from satellites including SeaWiFS, and instruments including the NASA/NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, scientists have the most complete view of global biology to date, covering all of the plant life on land and at the surface of the ocean.

6. Studying life under the sea

Our satellites have helped scientists study creatures living in the oceans whether it’s finding suitable waters for oysters or protecting the endangered blue whale. Scientists also use the data to learn more about one of the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet – coral reefs.

They may look like rocks or plants on the seafloor, but corals are very much living animals. Receiving sustenance from photosynthetic plankton living within their calcium carbonate structures, coral reefs provide food and shelter for many kinds of marine life, protect shorelines from storms and waves, serve as a source for potential medicines, and operate as some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

However, coral reefs are vulnerable to the warming of the ocean and human activity. Our satellites measure the surface temperature of ocean waters. These measurements have revealed rising water temperatures surrounding coral reef systems around the world, which causes a phenomenon known as “coral bleaching.” To add to the satellite data, scientists use measurements gathered by scuba divers as well as instruments flown on planes.

During the week of Nov. 13-17, check out our stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for life on other worlds. Follow at www.nasa.gov/Earth.

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Probably not as long as I should! I used to jump right into drawing the animal/subject and ‘figure out’ the atmosphere as I went along (not a great method haha), but I just recently started doing quick color comps beforehand and it’s helped me a lot in planning my pieces. I usually spend about 15 minutes doing a quick sketch-painting, just messing around with color and shape until I find something that has potential. Above you can see roughs for a couple of my latest drawings, compared to how they actually turned out!

Treat me like a learning baby

Warning! : May not apply to all littles

A good way to keep a little in deep little space is to really get into the “character”. Dont half-do the play if you want a good response. Here’s a few ways to do so:

1. Worksheets:

You can find Pre-K to Kindergarten level worksheets anywhere online. You can print them out, or use a photo editing app to do them

2. Counting:

Have your little count your fingers, or how many stuffies there are on the shelf at the store, or how many pictures there are on the wall. Easy little stuff like that, and this can be done anywhere

3. Color and Shape Recognition:

What shape is this cake? What color is that car? Ask your little what color anything is, it’s so little space inducing. Also can be done anywhere.

4. Reading Practice:

You can buy your little easy reading practice books anywhere they sell children’s supplies. Have them read aloud to you, and make sure they’re following their finger across the page too. This can also be done with road signs and ads anywhere.

5. Simple Math Practice:

Ask your little how many apples you’ll have left if you take two away, or how much their toys will cost all added together. All of this should be really simple stuff (especially if math is not their forte)

These are great ways to deepen little space for your little, and they’re actually really fun!