alien reference

humans are weird

of course there’s been lots of posts about how humans have pets

dangerous pets. that can kill. that are kept even having injured their human. ugly pets that humans still gush over.

but what if what really makes humans weird is the love we have for our pets? like, aliens can sort of understand pets because not only can they be used to hunt, but also because humans are known throughout the galaxy as a species that will aggressively pack bond and adopt even inanimate objects.

but humans love their pets. humans will cry over their pets. even humans who have been identified by other humans as criminals and dangerous have and love pets. humans that abuse their pets are looked at with disgust and considered criminal. humans will risk their lives for animals that aren’t even theirs. humans will make their pet toys. humans will groom their pet simply because their pet enjoys it.

imagine an alien experiencing a pet’s funeral. and every human crew member is crying. a couple even do a little speech for poor bobby. and the alien crew are just utterly confused? because isn’t this usually reserved for dead humans? not a non-sentient being?!?!

they ask Human-Bee after the funeral- why is your species upset. you ingest poison for fun. you evolved on the planet from hell. you can get another parasite- sorry- I mean pet, can’t you?

yes, crewman t’sk, of course we can get another pet, but we loved bobby

the humans are all noticeably upset for the next week, so the alien crew on the next shore leave sneak away and when they come back present their humans with a new dog called jeff

watching all the humans smile and coo over the new dog, the alien crew think that maybe the universal pamphlets advertising how to care for humans were wrong. maybe these humans and pets aren’t in a parasitical relationship, but a symbiotic one.

so playing andromeda and drawing kaleans got me thinkin’ on another minor complaint i have about ME and it’s this:

dang they can’t figure out how to make digitigrade legs work on a humanoid character and they end up adding extra joints to the legs to try to make it make sense

like i watched the animation cycle of that angara working out at the resistance camp and when he started doing crunches and his legs made an M shape i was just like smdh

i mean i think they handle it better with the angara since they have those weird little hand-feet (angara are so cute i cannot stand it) but the worst offender is probably the salarians

anyway i love the concept of humanoids with digitigrade legs so here’s some notes about it. it’s not beautifully formatted or anything but maybe it’s helpful!

basically the main thing to get out of your mind is that you’re not going for “backwards knees.” i am sure backwards knees could work and would be an interesting design, but it’s gonna change how this character moves and sits, it’s gonna affect the character’s center-of-gravity, it’s gonna be a much bigger overhaul of the anatomy than creating a digitigrade leg requires.

when you’re thinking of a digitigrade leg as having backwards knees, it’s probably because the joint you’re thinking of as the knee is actually the ankle

both plantigrade and digitigrade legs will have four major points of articulation:
the hip
the knee
the ankle
the toes

and a digitigrade leg isn’t a plantigrade leg backwards, but on its tiptoes:

that’s basically all you gotta do! then you exaggerate the effects by changing the proportions of the leg, starting with making the knee-ankle length shorter, and the ankle-toe length longer.

the benefit of drawing digitigrade characters like this is that they can sit in chairs without looking ridiculous!

and finally, if your character doesn’t have paws or hooves or talons, they probably want to wear shoes! hell, even if they do they still might wear shoes. the ground is nasty! think this through and let it be another cool design opportunity. a good place to start if you’re stuck is looking at wedge heels, then drawing them without the heel!

aaaand here’s some aliens

now get outta here and draw some weird-ass legs aight

Some people were replying to my original post saying I should include ALL romances, so here they are, all the Mass Effect romances laid out to make a point about the glaring lack of mlm.

(Sorry they’re in no particular character order, I just tacked on the other romances.)

14 M/F, 9 F/M, 10 F/F, 4 M/M

What if there was an alien species who didn’t ‘get’ music? They have no sense of rhythm or anything like that, so from their perspective humans occasionally just randomly change the pitch of their voices while talking about random things. They find it insane that there’s a whole human industry devoted to making instruments and other humans fluctuate the pitch and speed of their voices into a recording device.

Eventually the humans explain music to them and they learn to just put up with it as another 'crazy human thing’.

Now imagine a ship where half the crew is human and half is this other species. There’s a bit of a friendly rivalry between the two species and they often play pranks on each other. So one week the humans hide magnets all around the ship, knowing that this messes with the magnetic crystals in the aliens’ brains that help them find their way around. The humans have great fun watching their crew mates keep bumping into things and the aliens swear revenge.

The next week some music is played over the ship’s intercom. But it’s not just any music. Every song that the aliens have ever heard referred to as “annoying” or “catchy” is played over and over. To the aliens it’s just white noise, to the humans it’s torture.
It gets worse, however. For days after the incident, the aliens dilate their breathing flaps in amusement whenever they hear humans complain about “that stupid song!” They’d heard about the human concept of 'songs getting stuck in heads’ but didn’t think it would work so well…

Drew this as part of a package I sent to @spinetrick and now that she’s gotten it in the mail I can finally post it. <3

Little Details In Stranger Things 2 That You need to Watch out for:

1. Eleven dressing up and “hiding” as a ghost on Halloween is a direct reference to Steven Spielberg’s E.T.

2. Bob’s JVC camcorder is the exact same one Marty McFly uses to document Doc’s Time Machine experiment in Back to the Future.

3. And, speaking of Back to the Future, Max’s skateboard is the same make as Marty McFly’s.

4. During Hopper and Eleven’s fight, according to El, it has been 326 days since she last saw Mike and guess what? 3+2+6 = 11.

5. The ~rivalry~ between the pumpkin patch farmers is actually mentioned on the front page of Hawkins’ newspaper in “Chapter One: MADMAX.”

6. Paul Reiser (Dr. Sam Owens) famously played villain Carter J. Burke in the 1986 film Aliens, which was a major thematic influence this season.

7. In fact, there were a lot of other visual references to Aliens like the Demodog blips on the radar map in “Chapter Six: The Spy”…

8. …and the use of flamethrowers to keep the Demogorgon’s spawn from growing.

9. The shot of Will in the doorway in “Chapter One: MADMAX” is a nod to another Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

10. Will’s Ghostbusters costume is a little less “precise” than the other boys’ as Joyce made it her self.

11. Speaking of Ghostbusters, Dustin has a “Certificate of Anti-Paranormal Proficiency,” on his bedroom wall, which was given to members of the Ghostbusters official fan club back in 1984.

12. Steve and Nancy’s Risky Business Halloween costumes are a callback to Season 1 when Steve called Tom Cruise Nancy’s “lover boy from Risky Business.”

13. Hopper doubles back for his (very Indiana Jones-esque) hat just like, well, Indiana Jones famously does.

14. The music that plays when Dart escapes from the boys in “Chapter Three: The Pollywog” is VERY similar to the Gremlins theme song.

15. Kali (aka Eight) is also the name of the Hindu goddess of death.

16. Kali training Eleven to use her power is a complete homage to Yoda training Luke Skywalker to use the Force in The Empire Strikes Back.

17. Ray Carroll’s (the Hawkins Lab orderly from El’s flashbacks) retirement article on Kali’s hit list wall repeats over and over.

18. The Ben Cooper “mummy” mask that one of Kali’s gang members wears can also be seen hanging at Melvald’s General Store (where Joyce works).

19. Max using a wood box to reach the gas pedal of Billy’s car is a total nod to ANOTHER Spielberg film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

20. Speaking of Goonies, you may have noticed Bob joking about looking for pirate treasure in “Chapter Five: Dig Dug.”

21. Dustin’s Snow Ball hairdo was a visual homage to Duckie’s prom look in the film Pretty in Pink.

22. And, finally, even though it ~sounds~ romantic, the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” (the song that plays at the very end of Season 2) is actually about stalking someone and links back to the Mind Flayer

I read a post about a human ambassador telling the alien representatives about humanity having risen to the top of the food chain without our predators dying out (hence why they shouldn’t fear us eating them but still should not try to fuck us over), and there was another post about how the aliens must never find out that the dinosaurs died out while they weren’t looking.

Now combining the two of them…

“Quirrnick, stop shaking so much.” Stephan told the alien in xir LifeSaverTM pod, adjusting his grip on the egg-like structure yet again to stabilise the pod. “I won’t leave you to fend for yourself, you won’t leave the pond for anything, and nothing will enter the pod because the darn thing is basically fortified against everything!

Quirrnick tried to limit xir movements, nervously scanning their surroundings with xir eyes and the (apparently not Deathworld-compatible) sensors of the LifeSaver. Xe was aware that xir human companion could claim familiarity with their surroundings (his ‘hometown’ being miles away from their current location - which, to him, was walking distance as it turned out), but xir knowledge of the Earth fauna still made xem afraid for his life. There were not that many predators in the area, according to Stephan, but xe did a little independent research (the LifeSaver had a built in database about the dangers of the human home planet) and was less than impressed by xir companions attempt to hide things from xem.

Then again, humans were known to downplay things to hide their own fears - xe thought Stephan might have been trying to reassure them both with his downplay of the local fauna.

Xe was not reassured.

“But what of the Eotyrannus, aren’t they local?” Xe squeaked out, one half of xir afraid of breaking the man’s confidence, but the other half needing to hear his answer to the (potential) treat. Grayish-green eyes blinked at xer slowly, then the human shook his head in what seemed to be amusement, and went back to dragging the hovering pod towards civilisation.

“Reserves, my friend.” he called back over his shoulder, “They are all in the Jurassic Reserves now!”

Sith Tattoos

One distinct practice that’s seen within the Sith Order is the adornment of Sith tattoos. Although the designs and placements of these tattoos vary between species, as well as individuals, the tradition itself can be traced back to the days of the Ancients.

The original Sith “tattoos” were not tattoos at all but temporary, decorative marks. These markings have their roots in an old tale regarding a goddess and a long extinct animal of Korriban.

Stories of the Great Mother are considered to be the most well known source of “origin myths” of the Sith people. The story states the very first Sith being began life as a mowhef, a fierce, predatory animal native to Korriban. But through one final wager the mowhef found herself blessed, was given a name (Marserha) and became a Sith. When she turned into a Sith, she also retained the stripes on her arms and legs.

Even though she was the mother of all Sith, none of her children inherited the stripes.

Initially, the lack of stripes was a non-issue for the Sith. But over many generations, her children (which mostly refer to the Kissai caste) began to adopt and decorate the Mother’s Marks onto their own arms and legs.

The markings were painted on with a paste made from a native plant that would stain the skin but were temporary and faded with time. These markings were seen as way to honor their Mother and ask the gods for blessings.

Surviving records show that the marks were only ever worn on the arms and legs (and by extension, the hands and feet). This was an obvious link to both Marserha and the connection to the mowhef, but it may also have some basis in the saying: arms wield weapons and legs carry you into battle.

Over time the Six Pointed Star of Ahmurn was added to the marks since he was considered to be the father of all Sith. The marriage of the star and stripes also symbolized the union between Ahmurn and Marserha.

While the simple designs were the norm for a while, eventually the stripes began to morph into more and more intricate, artistic designs.

By the time the Exiles had arrived on Korriban, the Sith markings came in countless variations, patterns, and designs but still only worn on the arms and legs.

In the present day, some Sith purebloods have adopted tattoos but most continue the tradition of decorating their limbs the way their people have throughout the ages. Since the old gods, including the Great Mother herself, are no longer worshiped the marking are usually considered as a way of honoring the ancestors and Sith heritage.

Most of the the detailed and time consuming designs are worn during special occasions in one’s life, such as: becoming an apprentice/Lord/Darth, getting married, anticipating the arrival of a new child, in preparations for a major battle, and anything else that may be considered personally important to a Sith. There are smaller, simpler designs that are also worn, but these are mainly for decorative purposes.

Aside from the purebloods in the Sith Order, the human Sith have their own marks.

Unlike their pureblood counterparts, most human Sith have actual tattoos that are worn on the face and red in color. Both human Sith and Imperial scholars are unsure of the “when and why” this has happened. But the most accepted reason behind the tattoos seems to be that they signify traceable Sith blood within that person’s family line.

In recent times, the Sith Order has allowed aliens to join their ranks. Some of these aliens, such as Zabraks and Mirialans, have their own cultural traditions regarding the tattoos they wear and should not be confused with Sith tattoos or markings.

Others, like certain Twi’leks, come from varying backgrounds or simply do not have a significant cultural identity of their own due to personal circumstances in their lives. Some of these aliens, particular red-skinned ones, seem to cover their whole body in black tattoos. This adoption of “Sith tattoos” among the aliens are seen as a bastardization of old customs by some purebloods while others do not seem to mind one way or another.


BIG OL’ THANKS TO @thegarbagechute !!!!
like gosh… look how freakin lovely the pics are…. ;3;

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