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Critters! Animal people appear in Killjoys a lot, so I needed to spend a little time thinking about how they’d look as background characters. Since the whole theme in-universe for KJ is “what if the ‘fantasy’ in ‘urban fantasy’ was candyland bullshit”, all the animal folks are cute, colorful, and fall into a few narrow ‘species’.

I say ‘species’ because they’re technically all ONE species (called Eutherians) that just display a wide variety of traits. Early Eutherians were essentially highly magical chameleons, mimicing traits of whatever animals seemed most successful (usually over the course of a few generations) to better endure their environments. Modern descendants have lost that ability, but still display a pretty high species-wide magic saturation. This manifests mostly in their garish coloration, symbol-based markings, and the ability to burst into perfectly synchronized group songs (which sounds cute but is found by non-Eutherians to be terribly creepy in practice).

The three most common types of Eutherian are rabbits, bears, and the slightly rarer cats. Haven’t decided if there should be more kinds yet.

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The Brain Scoop:
What is a Species?

When I was in high school, I learned that the definition of a species is two animals that can interbreed and give birth to fertile offspring. Like, dogs are all one species because they technically can interbreed (although, functionally, watching a Great Dane and a Chihuahua work it out might be… difficult), but donkeys and horses are different because – although they can mate and give birth – their offspring (mules) are sterile.

At the time, I thought – well, that’s pretty straight forward. Thanks, scientists, for solving yet another mystery of life. 

Fast forward to a few months ago when I asked one of my taxonomist colleagues to define a ‘species’ for me. The result of that (many hour-long) conversation inspired this video. Turns out, the answer isn’t, at all, straight-forward. 

Wat?

So there’s a whole bunch of bandwagon-ing SJWs jumping to the conclusion that the movie “Sing” is displaying racism because the gang that ends up in jail are gorillas, comparing them to people of colour.

What?

They do realise that it is a movie based on animals…that they chose gorillas because obviously being a thief is a lot easier if you have muscle and opposable thumbs…and that gorillas are black? Did they want pink gorillas? Maybe a nice shade of yellow?

Oh, and the voice actors for the two main gorillas are Taron Egerton and  Peter Serafinowicz.
You know….fucking WHITE BRITISH ACTORS


And then they go on to say that “there is further unrest over Sing featuring Gunter, a pig voiced by Nick Kroll, who is German.”

Who the fuck cares? Why is that racist? Is being born in a different part of the world racist?
There is obviously non-german pigs (as shown by the other main character pig, Rosita) so why is demonstrating that not all of one species comes from one part of the world racist?

It’s like they want it to be offensive so badly, that they sit down and think how it could be offensive and not if it actually is.


I….I don’t even know anymore.

i understand we all want some representation in homestuck and stuff but like?? can u pick a different character that is way more likely to be canonly bi then one thats way more likely to be a lesbian. like roxy shes obviously bi or idk how about all of the trolls? they literally have no concept of sexuality can we have like one lesbian character. @genericforager

anyway,

A Brief Explanation Of Why Species Are Made Up And Genera Don’t Matter

actually this post is just on species but I can do one on genera later if the people want

So, in elementary school biology you were taught “A species is an organism and all of the other organisms it can breed with and produce fertile offspring”, or something along those lines.

But that’s actually BS. 

Imagine a population of turtles, stretching from one end of a continent to the other. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll say that the continent looks like this:

Turtles in A will interbreed with turtles in B, so they’re the same species. Turtles in B and C will similarly interbreed, so A, B, and C are all the same species. Turtles in C and D interbreed, turtles in D and E interbreed, and turtles in E and F interbreed. So they’re all one species, right?

Except turtles from A and F can’t produce viable offspring. They’re too genetically different.

So where does the cutoff happen? Where does one species become another species?

The answer is that it doesn’t. It’s a grade of genetic diversity.

Let’s look at another example: Lizards.

Many “species” of whiptail lizards are all female. There are no males. As such, they can reproduce only through parthenogenesis - a form of asexual reproduction. 

“A species is an organism and all of the other organisms it can breed with and produce fertile offspring”

Well, none of these asexual lesbian lizards lizbians for short can reproduce with any other organisms. Does that mean that they’re each their own species? 

I fell in love with the Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir (Doesn’t help that I’m crazy about cats.) and I enjoy making designs for creatures and such. I also worked on a subspecies of monsters while doing so. Jumbee, Toxuta, Tricky, and Mini are, inspired would be the right word right? Inspired after Ladybug and Chat Noir’s designs. Lock, I think is a little too clearly based off Spiderman from Marvel (Favorite superhero!).

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I GUARANTEE “CAN CITY” WOULD BE IN JEOPARDY IF THIS GUY HAD ANY GREATER INFLUENCE THAN BEING FRIENDS WITH THE MAYOR AT THIS POINT.

HE’S ADMITTEDLY PRETTY GOOD WITH MONEY. TOO GOOD. WE HAD TO GET SOMEONE ELSE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES WITH HIM WHILE STARTING UP THE BANK SYSTEM, BECAUSE TROLL ALEXANDER HAMILTON OVER HERE WAS GOING TO SWINDLE EVERYONE OUT OF THEIR MONEY. CAPITALIST DOUCHE.

Space the final frontier.

Can we just talk about this for a second.

Not only does Star Trek feature many actors of different races,like Sulu and Uhara. (Other characters are played by actors of different ethnicities as well like Krall and Keenser but you can’t tell.)It features people of the LGBTQ+ community as well, like Sulu and his husband Ben who have a daughter together on Starbase Yorktown.

Star Trek gives women strong roles as well. Like Uhara, Jaylah, and Commodore Paris. Jaylah, who was torn from her family and forced to survive on her own, is never once remarked as being weak. Kirk tells her he needs her to survive. Jaylah is also portrayed by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella.

The crew upon the USS Enterprise aren’t all one species either. Not only is the crew from different countries and races and sexual orientations, but they are a united fleet of beings from all across the universe and I think that is such a beautiful thing.

Star Trek is one of those franchises that has always had diversity. Always. Even when no one else did. For that I am so grateful.

Live long and prosper. 🖖

Welcome, newcomers!

Since the Big Update, I’ve noticed there are a few new people running around the tag who have just gotten into the comic. Welcome! 

As new fans, you don’t/won’t have access to a few things that provided us with supplementary information about the comic and characters (like Michelle’s now-deleted formspring). Here are a few tidbits, and some other things you need to know.

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Dunno how these will show up on Tumblr, but figured I’d try posting them.

Made these two pages a while back. Visual field guide of all (minus, like, two with unknown sprites) the glitch pokemon of Red/Blue.

Sorted by family. Glitch pokemon of a given family share some common traits (pokedex #, sprite, stats, etc.). 

The two-digit letters/numbers are the hexidecimal identifiers of individual species of glitch pokemon. 

Following the hexidecimals are the names of the species as they appear in the game. (yes, I screencapped and cropped all of them. heck, one species lists the characters in its name vertically instead of horizontally, so I pieced it together horizontally, haha) 

Keep in mind of course many glitch pokemon names, as they appear in the game, are comprised of glitchy characters that can change appearance depending on the circumstances.

Hanni Speech

I’ve been reading Hannibal fan fiction and the one I’ve stumbled into really captures how Will and Hannibal communicate with each other, which makes me very happy as their speech patterns are so particular. It’s disheartening when people write Will and Hannibal speaking to each other with very blunt “are you hungry?” “A little, yes” statements, when in a more NBC-Hannibal way it would be a lengthy metaphor and probably mention a fish and its migratory patterns to its favorite place to dine, how all of that one species knows to meet up at the same place, and how no matter how far away they go, they always come back to each other. Then Hannibal would give Will some half-smile mostly in his eyes, go “not unlike us, Will. We always find our way to this same stream,” and Will would give a glance of “I’m sick of your shit, Hannibal” and take another sip of his drink.

anonymous asked:

Biologically, bc we can all breed w one another, we are all one species/race. We're all Homo sapiens sapiens. However, culturally the concept of races exist and is an important factor in our society (bc racism). So, while technically correct, anyone who says were just one race is fucking ignoring the socially constructed concept of race and how important it is in our societies. culture and biology are two different things

IM MIXED

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I’m at a loss of words.
This is so disrespectful to my culture to others to the human population as a whole.
We are all one species I don’t understand why we treat each other this way, I don’t understand why we find humor in the suffering and pain that others experience.
I’m appalled.
I will forever fucking stand up for my people!
HABIBI
IF YOU’RE READ THIS YOU SHOULD BE REBLOGGING THIS, DEFEND YOUR FELLOW HUMANS WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER AND OURSELVES TO SPREAD LOVE AND AWARENESS!

The international trade in butterflies ( and other insects/arachnids) is so much larger than I initially thought. The international trade in all wildlife is much larger than I initially thought.

The trade in these animals will never end until the last individual is dead and then the trade will go on with no regulation because there’s nothing left to protect. People just do not care about the wildlife they exploit, it’s all about the money.