ok so people have been asking me for plant documentaries ive watched so heres the ones I can remember immediately:
David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants - this is just…..a cool ass plant documentary series (3 episodes long). if you’re looking for one to just casually chill and burn through over break, this is the one I would go with; its super interesting and is great for just chilling and seeing some cool plants doing their thing. basically David Attenborough walks through Kew in london talking about some of the really cool plants they have there lmao. I watched this on netflix but this video seems to have all the episodes squished together into a massive video so here
David Attenborough’s Plants Behaving Badly (Sex and Lies) - part 2 of the one above. this one is just about plant sex, which can be REALLY interesting- focuses on orchids especially (as the largest plant family in the world, they exploit a ton of ecological niches and a lot of weird sexual tendencies).
The First Flower - about the question of the first flower, what it was, when and how it evolved and where, etc. flowers were a HUGE leap in plant evolution that came VERY recently; for millions of years, there were no flowers at all, and all plants reproduced with spores or rudimentary cone structures. this documentary goes over what we know from fossils among other things (paleobotany is a thing and its rad btw!!!)
Life episode 9: Plants - another one by David Attenborough lol but this one is the only plant episode in the whole “Life” series, and is on the same production level. there’s some pretty cool stuff in there but the linked version is crappy, I watched it on netflix
basically anything with Stewart McPherson. if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know he’s my favorite jungle-macheting botanist, and he’s climbed like 5894732952 mountains and discovered a ton of carnivorous pitcher plant species. his company, Redfern Natural History, does a lot of exploration and documentary work, including a couple thingsdocumenting his explorationof a few mountains, which are each about 30 minutes long. if you’re super into it like I am, you’ll also find his lectures rad as HELL (linked one is just on nepenthes of the philippines, and was done at the 2010 ICPS conference; it’s about 45 minutes and is def more detailed and focused around the botany of the plants themselves).
**I was scrolling on twitter and saw this tweet: here! and the first thing that came to my mind was this family! I have never used a base before and I probably won’t again but it was fun :”D Base credit: Pagura_0162 @ twitter
As someone who spends a lot of time alone with an animal, let me say that Lucretia definitely got in the habit of talking to the Voidfish during her year alone. Sometimes if the Voidfish wasn’t in the room she would forget and just kind of talk to an imaginary Voidfish.
Sometimes they had coherant conversations! Fisher is a smart jellyfish. Sometimes it was more like;
Lucretia: *drops something* See, this is why we can’t have nice things. Because everything is garbage and we’re all going to die.
Fisher: *worried jellyfish noises*
Lucretia: I know, buddy. I want to die too. But we can’t, can we? Because then a giant disc of living darkness would eat all of existence unstopped. And that would be bad.
Lucretia: That’s a fair point. I guess we can not die for today. Do you want to find some stories to eat? Goodness knows the locals won’t be using them in a year or so.
After a few months of isolation it got the point where they’d shout at each other across the ship just to have company. Fisher would blare random music notes and Lucretia would yell back something inane like “Yes, I know” or “I’m on it, Captain!” The Voidfish would follow her around the ship and make noise at her, because it realized how lonely she was, and she would have very serious conversations about the fuselage and the engine and her past and anything else that came to mind with this bouncing, growing (constantly curious, way too rambunctious) fish.
When everyone else got back they were a little concerned about the way Lucretia kept turning to the Voidfish and randomly saying things like, “If we don’t find something to eat other than transmutated tree bark things I’m going to stage a mutiny and throw everyone in the brig. First I’ll make them build us a brig,” or ask it about its thoughts on religion and the Hunger as a representation of internal emptiness and external consumption. Worse, sometimes the Voidfish would respond in what sounded suspiciously like musical sentences, leaving everyone with the unsettling impression that the still very tiny, baby Voidfish deserved contributing editor status on Lucretia’s journals now.
Technically speaking there is a 'man period' (it's a drop in testosterone instead of a change in estrogen) and since everything happens to Steve 4x as much, imagine his mood swings and crazy cravings at all hours... basically just want Manperiod!steve :D
All lanes of traffic were at a complete standstill and
the only thing keeping Steve in his car was Bucky’s voice over the Bluetooth.
what did Banner say exactly?”
He let out a frustrated sigh and scrubbed a hand over his
face. “That it’s a drop in testosterone. He said that it’s completely normal,
it happens to every guy, but cause of the serum I get it four times worse,” he
explained, his voice trailing off into a wine. “Buck, everything hurts. I’m
achy all over and everyone keeps-“ he cut off when the car next to him started
hoking it’s horn. “What? What d’ya want?”
The man honked again and started cranking his wheel,
doing his best to get himself in Steve’s lane.
“Why?!” Steve demanded, throwing his hands up. “We’re not
going any faster, pal! What’s the point?!” he yelled.
The man responded by flipping him off and wedging himself
in front of Steve’s car.
A spike of rage shot through Steve and he laid into his
horn. “I see you, asshole! I see you with your Hitler mustache!”
mustache? Stevie, calm down. Breathe.”
A gasp of a sob left him as anxiety replaced his rage.
“I’m under attack, Buck,” he said, his voice going an octave higher. “There’s Nazis’ everywhere.”
alright. Just take a deep breath.”
Steve just sunk deeper in his seat. “I can’t!” he wailed.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t think! I-I can’t remember anything!” he gasped out. “Buck?
Buck, are you there?”
right here, Stevie. It’s okay.”
He sniffed and nodded. “Before I talked to Bruce, I went to get one of those brownies. You know I love those brownies.
From that place.”
you love those brownies.”
“But when I tried to order them, I couldn’t remember
that brownies are called brownies,” he rushed out, his voice catching. “I
called ‘em thin cakes! I called ‘em thin cakes, Buck!”
maybe you should pull over. I don’t want you getting into an acci-“
“The hell are you doing?!” Steve exclaimed, watching with
wide eyes as another car forced its way in front of him. “What are you doing?!”
Yet another driver chose to answer by flipping him off.
Steve physically jerked back. “What?! Oh you son of a
bitch! You’re going on a watch list, buddy!”
“I’M NOT SCREAMING!”
It was that moment that the car behind him decided that
it was a good idea to not pay attention to traffic. The force of the Jeep
hitting the back of Steve’s borrowed Audi shoved him forward into the car that
had just cut him off.
He sat there shocked for a moment before the tears
returned and he slumped forward onto the steering wheel. “Buck, please save
+ Inexperienced but this boy has stamina. Eren surprisingly has a high sex drive and can last for a while. + He’s very naive. Like when his s/o is horny and dropping hints that they want to have sex, it goes completely over Eren’s head. He doesn’t pick up on the hints, his s/o has to tell him that they want to fuck. + Eren prefers his s/o to take control most of the time because he’s not very confident to take over yet. + But he’s definitely not submissive. Does that make sense? + He’s a loud moaner like holy shit. One night his s/o was riding him and Eren was a moaning mess. His s/o covered his mouth in attempt to reduce the sounds before someone got suspicious. + Eren isn’t picky when it comes to sex really. Any position is fine, he just wants to make his partner feel good. + I see him being really good at fingering. Like he’s holding his s/o close to his with one of their legs held up while Eren’s fingers pump into you at his discretion. + He really likes seeing facial expressions and hearing moans. Its the quickest way to get him off. + I feel like Eren wouldn’t notice he was dirty talking. He would just be describing how amazing his s/o felt around him and its literally the hottest thing ever. + He’s open minded when it comes to sex so he’s always up for something new. + After long days of experiments and he’s wore out his s/o gives him a blow job or a hand job to make him feel better. + I also see Eren having really big cum shots. Like one day his s/o was giving him a blow job for the first time and he didn’t warm they and huge ropes of white came from within him. His s/o was shocked and very turned on. + He seems to have a small kink for overstimulation because when he cums he doesn’t stop until he’s extremely sensitive and whimpering. Also when he’s fingering his s/o, Eren doesn’t stop pumping his fingers inside of you until you’re shaking and pushing his hand away. + Aftercare? For the most part yes. Its usually consists of cuddling and sweet talk.
Hey, it's Aster! I was wondering if you could write a little KatsuDeku incorporating this line of dialogue (preferably from Kacchan in regards to Izuku) "Ah, so this is love..."
They were in ultimate comfort, as far as Katsuki was concerned. It didn’t matter that they were trapped in their cardboard box of an apartment due to snow. It didn’t matter that they were wrapped in five blankets and Katsuki was sweating. None of that mattered, because Izuku was curled up against his chest, the two snuggled up tight on the bed watching a movie.
“Deku, you’ve got to be shitting me. Like hell Cinderella would put up with that,” Katsuki argued softly, eyes still watching the animated film before them.
“What do you want her to do? Fight her step family?” Izuku’s giggle was heavy with dazed humor.
“You know what I mean,” Katsuki pinched Izuku’s cheek. “Ugh, can we skip this song?”
“What! Kacchan, no it’s the best!” Izuku protested.
“They aren’t even real words, Deku,” Katsuki groaned, but still let the other have his way. It was their day off. Izuku wriggled happily, terribly singing along with the song. Izuku was being obnoxious on purpose.
The film continued, the two male’s joking back and forth, Izuku still complimenting the design for Cinderella’s dress in the film over the design for advertisement, and keeping themselves warm and comfortable.
This was nice.
“Would you hunt me down, Kacchan, if I left you my shoe?” Izuku asked suddenly, turning slightly to look up at him. The film was only at the ballroom establishing shot, Katsuki didn’t need to pay attention.
“First of all, I’d ask for your fucking name, nerd, especially if we spent the entire damn ball together. Second, there would be no chasing you down, you wouldn’t make it two steps before I’d pull you back,” Katsuki squeezed his arms a bit tighter, making a point. “Third, your shoes are a signature look, Deku. Everyone would know who’s shoe that was.”
“Gee, Kacchan. That’s so romantic,” Izuku deadpanned, clearly teasing Katsuki.
“Oi! You doubting me?” Katsuki chuckled, nipping lightly at Izuku’s ear. “Wouldn’t you enjoy it? The dance, everyone’s jealousy,” he kissed Izuku. “My undivided attention.”
“I always have that,” Izuku countered, the two of them chuckled sharing small pecks.
“Hmm,” Katsuki hummed in contentment, the waltz picking up in volume from the laptop in Izuku’s lap. Katsuki watched, the two dancing out of the ballroom and into the garden at night. Katsuki rocked gently, almost lulling Izuku off to sleep with the soothing gesture. He leaned down again, kissing Izuku. He pulled back, the dumbest idea blooming in his mind, tricking him into thinking it was brilliant. Izuku leaned up for another kiss, but Katsuki held him off.
“Ah,” Katsuki hushed him, shifting forward, lips pressed lightly to the shell of Izuku’s ear.
“So this is love,” he didn’t consider himself a singer, ever really. He didn’t have the voice for it, but the song was relaxing, and the words struck a chord with him. Izuku’s eyes were wide, unmoving, keeping all of his attention onto Katsuki. Katsuki hummed the last note, soft, and a bit gruffer than the crooning tones of the prince in the film, but Izuku was smiling.
That’s all that mattered.
“Kacchan is the best prince,” Izuku complimented, stealing another kiss while he shifted his position. He pressed on Katsuki’s chest until the two were laying down, Izuku perched ever so cutely on top of him.
see that’s the thing about heartbreak. it doesn’t hit you instantly. it takes its time. first you feel a little hurt, a little broken, a little lost. but you think you’ll be okay.
then you hear a song that reminds you of him. maybe it’s a song that you heard one day and the first person that came to mind was him. maybe it was a song you sang along to in the car with his hand on the wheel and your head on his lap. or maybe it was a song about losing him. but it’s a song that makes you cry until the end; while still trying to sing along to it, still trying to remember his voice.
after that, you’ll see a picture of you two. it may be one that someone else took and you guys are both smiling. he’s looking at you like maybe he loves you, and you’re laughing because of something he said. or maybe it’s a picture you took of him without him knowing it; one where he’s caught completely off guard but he’s still absolutely beautiful. or it may be a picture that he took of the both of you, one where right before the picture, you told him to give you a few seconds to make yourself look nice and he rolled his eyes. but it’s a picture that makes you stare at it until the tears in your eyes blind your vision.
you’ll be in the car and you’ll pass by one of the spots you guys went to. it might be something small, like where you went to get coffee that day after work or where he bought hot dogs and ate them in the car. it might be the place you guys walked around for hours, talking about anything and everything. it might even be a street you had to pass to get to your destination; because with him, it was never about the destination and always about the journey. but you’ll be driving by or riding in the car with someone else and a single tear is all you’ll let fall.
you might go through your closet, hoping to find a shirt or a sweater that he left; trying to grasp something physical. you’ll remember how you told him you were going to steal his hoodie, and how he tried to hide it from you because it was his favorite.
you’ll be sitting somewhere and a small breeze will bring what will appear to be his scent towards you. you know it instantly, and you’ll find yourself turning every which way to see if he’s around.
he is everywhere. every turn you make, you’ll find yourself thinking of him.
and that’s the worst part of heartbreak; because even though the person is gone, the memories still remain.
Compared to D&D, Magic the Gathering is brimming with counterspells. As D&D only has the one, I thought it’d be exciting to translate a few over from MTG to give some exciting new options for control-based player characters and NPCs.
Countersquall 3rd-level abjuration Casting Time:1 reaction, which you can take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you cast a spell. Range: 60 feet Components:S Duration:Instantaneous You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell. If the creature is casting a spell is of 2nd level or lower, its spell fails and it has no effect. If it is of 3rd level or higher, make an ability check using your spellcasting ability. The DC equals 10 + the spell’s level. On a success, the creature’s spell fails and has no effect. If the spell is countered in this way, the creature suffers 2d8 lightning damage.
To compensate for keeping this spell at a lower casting level, I lowered the level of spells that it automatically counters, so that it can also deal lightning damage while at level 3.
Disallow 4th-level abjuration Casting Time:1 reaction, which you can take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you cast a spell, or make an action other than a melee
or ranged weapon attack. Range: 60 feet Components:S Duration:Instantaneous You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell, or making an action. If the creature is casting a spell is of 3rd level or lower, its spell fails and it has no effect. If it is of 4th level or higher, make an ability check using your spellcasting ability. The DC equals 10 + the spell’s level. On a success, the creature’s spell fails and has no effect. Alternatively, if the creature is making a non-spell action, it must make a Wisdom saving throw vs your spell save DC. On a failed save, the creature is unable to make the intended action this turn, but does not use up its action this turn.
The limitation I added for countering actions with this spell was included so that when a party of players are fighting a particularly powerful creature, countering its multiattack doesn’t lock it out of combat and dull the battle.
Memory Lapse 3rd-level abjuration Casting Time:1 reaction, which you can take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you cast a spell. Range: 60 feet Components:S Duration:Instantaneous You attempt to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell. If the creature is casting a spell is of 3rd level or lower, its spell fails and it has no effect. If it is of 4th level or higher, make an ability check using your spellcasting ability. The DC equals 10 + the spell’s level. On a success, the creature’s spell fails and has no effect. If the spell is countered, the creature no longer has it prepared, but regains the spell slot used to cast it.
I wanted to keep this at 3rd level, and give it a similar effect to the card, as well as including flavour of forgetting the spell (which I represented with the spell no longer being prepared). The spell slot is retained instead of used up, in the same vein of the spell not being countered and put into the graveyard.
Mental Misstep 1st-level abjuration Casting Time:1 reaction, which you can take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you cast a cantrip or a spell at 1st-level. Range: 60 feet Components:S Duration:Instantaneous You interrupt a creature in the process of casting a cantrip or a spell at 1st-level. The spell the creature is casting fails and it has no effect. You may cast this spell by suffering 5 necrotic damage instead of expending a spell slot.
As I wanted to represent the phyrexian mana cost for this spell, I gave it an amount of damage that can quite heavily affect weaker spellcaster characters. This cost allowing it to be cast more than normal is balanced out by the fact that it only affects spells which can be cast more regularly.
Spell Swindle 5th-level transmutation Casting Time:1 reaction, which you can take when you see a creature within 60 feet of you cast a spell Range: 60 feet Components:S Duration:Instantaneous You attempt to capture the energy of a spell before it is fully cast, and transmute it into a small fortune. If the creature is casting a spell is of 5th level or lower, its spell fails and it has no effect. If it is of 6th level or higher, make an ability check using your spellcasting ability. The DC equals 10 + the spell’s level. On a success, the creature’s spell fails and has no effect. When a spell is countered in this way, the energy of the spell is transmuted into d20gp for each level of the countered spell, which rains down around you.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 6th level or higher, the interrupted spell has no effect if its level is less than or equal to the level of the spell slot you used.
The first thing that came to mind with this counter was that it should be a transmutation spell as opposed to an abjuration one. As a 5th level spell, it functions similarly to regular counterspell cast at that level, but lacks the flexibility.
sometimes i forget that dogs are actually predators who probably prey on humans once and now we’re friends/companions. i forget dogs still have enough strength to kill a human but don’t. just recently, i saw a big pitbull and the first thoughts that came into my mind is, “oh my god, it’s so fat.”
so i was thinking, what if aliens see of having a companion other than a mate is rather useless? or perhaps they see companions (especially dogs) as a parasite or food since some humans have multiple animals in their house.
or maybe aliens do have dogs, but only for its benefits and they see us humans, having like so many animals for many things that us do not benefit from the animal, like dogs.