at north pole

lwa stars and names

Some of this is stuff I already wrote about but bear with me:

So, Ursula’s name comes from “ursa” which is Latin for “bear” (more specifically, “Ursula” refers to a female bear). This relates her back to a couple major constellations in both the series and the Northern hemisphere (above the equator), those being Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Minor is arguably more important to the series due to the pole star, Polaris or the North Star, which we saw in the Fountain of Polaris.

Now, we have a new (villain?) character, Croix.

Her name is french for “cross”, which probably relates to a major constellation in the Southern hemisphere (below the equator), Crux (Latin for “cross”) or the Southern Cross.

While Polaris is the leading star towards the North pole, Crux points towards the South pole.

Anyway, I guess this makes Croix and Ursula (literally) polar opposites.

ecosystems → arctic tundra

occurs in the far Northern Hemisphere, north of the taiga belt. The word “tundra” usually refers only to the areas where the subsoil is permafrost, or permanently frozen soil. Permafrost tundra includes vast areas of northern Russia and Canada. Arctic tundra contains areas of stark landscape and is frozen for much of the year. 

Reasons not to vote for Donald Trump:

  • Has no political experience outside of judging a reality TV show. Brags about this.
  • Has openly admitted to sexual assault.
  • When “apologizing” about the above, he waved it off as “locker room talk”.
  • Has referred to Mexicans as “bad hombres” in a live presidential debate.
  • Talks about building a wall between America and Mexico with complete seriousness.
  • Thinks abortion and C-sections are the same thing.
  • Started a rumor that Barack Obama was not American and blamed Hillary for it. Acted like a big hero when he was proven to be a liar.
  • Can be thrown into a near psychopathic rage by a tweet.
  • Called his opponent a “nasty woman” less than an hour after claiming that no one respects women more than him.
  • Has stated he will unlawfully prosecute and imprison Hillary if he wins.
  • Has pretty much all but stated he will start a second civil war if he loses.
  • Has made fun of a disabled person on live TV and denied it.
  • Was accused of calling a woman “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”. His defense? “Where did you find this?”
  • Has had multiple parallels drawn between him and Hitler by University Professors.
  • Openly admires Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
  • Openly supports Stop and Frisk.
  • Calls his opponent crooked. Brags about not paying taxes.
  • Is openly hated and mocked by literally every celebrity on Twitter.
  • May actually be Pete from the Disney cartoons disguised as a human.

Reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton:

  • …. I dunno… something about emails? I guess?

How is this a difficult decision, America!? This is like the easiest IQ test in the world and you are in danger of failing it!! 

The worst part? The Trump list is not even close to being exhaustive. It’s just what I, a Canadian with very little knowledge or interest in politics, can remember off the top of my head. So if someone as far-removed from this situation as me can see what a no-brainer this is, why are the polls so close?!

Light and Dark

 This video shows one of my new favorite things about the solstice. The Japanese Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 weather satellite is in a geostationary position over the Pacific Ocean and eastern parts of Asia, sending down pictures to monitor weather over that part of the planet. In the process, it gets a full frame view of the orb of the Earth, and it automatically shares clips from its cameras online. Here’s the view taken as the sun set yesterday just before the official solstice time – take a look at the poles. The North pole never exits a shadow and the South Pole is a tiny sliver of light that never goes away – the best shot you’ll get of this arrangement for a year. This one also gives some nice sunglint on the sea just before the sun goes down – reflection of the sunlight off the smooth surface of the ocean.


Video Credit: Himawari-8 satellite