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The Do's and Don'ts of Scuba Diving

Whether you are just starting out as a new diver, or have logged thousands of dives already, scuba diving still brings the same sensations and star-struck feelings every time. However, it is important to remember a few good, ocean-friendly practices while you are diving to best protect our marine environment. 

  • Do not stand up on your fins, especially on corals. Practice good finning and buoyancy to avoid accidental contact with the reef or stirring up the sediment. Many coral species and smaller animals are very sensitive, and you will be killing them instantly if you stand on the reef. 

(Do not stand on the reef. You will cause physical damage to creatures that have taken years to get to that size. Photo source: Wikipedia.)

  • Do not touch anything. First of all, you never know what you may be touching, and it can sting you or be extremely poisonous. You might even come in contact with powerfully venomous fishes such as scorpionfishes, who blend in extremely well with their surroundings. Second of all, you touching corals can harm them, transmit bacteria or diseases, or stress them. You may transmit diseases or remove protective coatings on fish, mammals, invertebrates and other species.

  • On that same note, do not chase or harass marine life.  I have witnessed people chasing poor turtles and hanging on to them while the poor animals were trying to go up to take a breath. Keep clear of free-swimming animals (such as turtles, whales and sea snakes). In particular, do not chase, ride, grab or block the path of these animals. Even if you think it’s cool, do not ride a turtle (they also might bite you!). Do not cowboy a manatee. Do not hold on to the fin of a dolphin or a shark. Look but never touch and try not to get too close. 

(Source: Aquaviews)

  • Do not leave your diving gear dragging on the reef, such as pressure gauges or regulators. Keeping gear close to your body reduces drag and the chances of entanglement. Sea life is everywhere and can be harmed by the kick of a fin, bump of a tank, or knock of the hand.
  • Do not wear gloves. Or at least when the temperature allows you not to. Gloves only bring you a false sense of security which may lead you to holding on underwater. This can cause corals to break, or allow you to get too close to marine life by holding onto rocks and can lead to you harming yourself as gloves will not actually provide reliable protection against dangerous marine life.

(Refrain from wearing dive gloves, as they may give you a false sense of security and you will be more likely to hang on to the reef. Photo source: Greenpeace)

  • Do not bring anything up to the surface, other than recent trash. Similarly, don’t buy souvenirs of corals or marine life – this encourages people to remove tons of alive or dead marine life from marine ecosystems each year for selling to tourists. If we didn’t buy it then people wouldn’t collect it. Leave it where it belongs.
  • Do not feed the fishes. Feeding fish or any other species can lead to them becoming reliant upon that food source. It makes fish more aggressive towards divers and can lead to species interacting with others which they wouldn’t naturally come into contact with. 

(Pick up any recent trash you might encounter. Photo source: Project Aware).

  • Do pick up trash, plastic bags or any other recent littered items.

  • Do respect the marine environment, only observe the sensitive and fragile species that live within it. All divers should refrain from intrusive and damaging interactions such as handling marine life or manipulating it.
  • Do learn about the local ecosystem before your dive, and what animals you may be able to spot while diving. 

  • Do practice good buoyancy and refrain from touching the bottom with your fins and body. Practice buoyancy control over sand patches before approaching a reef - test buoyancy whenever you’re using new equipment such as new wetsuits, buoyancy control devices (BCDs) and cameras. Remember to always lift your feet up!

(This is the ideal diving position you would like to maintain throughout your dive. A streamlined horizontal position, keeping your feet up, and your hands to yourself will give you low water resistance! Photo source: Ilios Dive Club)

  • Do patronize reef-friendly dive shops, hotels and tourist operators that promote eco-friendly practices. 
  • Do lead by example. Remember that other divers may look up to you. If they see you touching or manipulating sea life, they will assume it is alright to do so. Similarly, if they see you pick up trash, they may start doing it in their future dives. Be an ambassador for good, eco-friendly diving practices.

  • Do stay humble. You are in their world for a limited amount of time. Enjoy the wonder and amazement that is our marine life, and do not act like you own the place and can do whatever pleases you.
  • Have fun!  Every dive is different and a chance to discover more natural wonders.

(Source: Splash Dive)

Witch tip from a ceramics hobbyist

I’ve never made a spell jar myself, but I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion about safe, eco-friendly practices for burying spell jars in the ground and I have a tip.

Stone- or earthenware clay is what potters use in making ceramics. One of the nice things about clay is that it’s still biodegradable until you fire it, which means that it can be broken down and reused if you decide you don’t like your piece. You can recycle scraps left over from projects and you haven’t lost anything.

So a witch who’s looking to bury a spell jar without leaving glass or other invasive materials in the ground could make a pinch pot out of clay, fill it with whatever ingredients are desired for the spell, and bury it without fear or shame. Assuming the ingredients in the spell are biodegradable, then everything, including the clay jar, will simply degrade over time and return to the place whence it came. And besides, what better way to connect instantly with earth energies than using a jar made of something dug directly from the earth?

If you have a local pottery studio near you, you can sometimes purchase bags of reclaimed clay for MUCH cheaper than a new bag - at the studio where I make my ceramics, a bag of reclaim is $9 as opposed to $20.

(Also, please note that this only works with art clay. Do not use a polymer clay like Sculpey or Fimo!)

Eco Channeling

I’ve had a few asks about how eco channeling works, so here’s my take on it!

Channeling refers to active manipulation of eco, which is a form of raw energy that can be found naturally occurring in the environment. This ability is unique to humans, though it’s widely thought that the Precursors possessed a similar ability (some people believe that they were the ‘original’ channelers, who ‘gifted’ chosen humans with the ability, but there’s no proof that this is the case). Channeling ability is passed down in family lines and it’s fairly uncommon, present in less than 1% of the total population.

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whileyoureinschoolidothisallday  asked:

Hi!!! I have a question for you if you don't mind me asking. My friend and I are doing a J&D RP and, even though I've been doing this for longer than she has, neither of us have any idea what to do for currency. I know that eco ore and Precursor Orbs are rarer forms of currency, and the wiki says dark eco is the most common type of eco that's used in the future. But even in crystal form, dark eco isn't safe to handle, so I'm at a loss as to what form of eco is common currency??

I don’t think eco of any type is used as currency; it’s certainly a valuable commodity in jnd-verse but it would be too difficult to carry/transfer, especially considering that the majority of the population can’t handle eco safely– I’d think of eco more as a natural fuel source (sort of comparable to oil for us), and in a large city like Haven it’s unlikely that people would rely on direct bartering or trading.

in TPL era, Orbs were commonly used as a sort of currency, but this wouldn’t exactly be practical in the long run; they’d be pretty large and cumbersome to carry around, and the fact that they’re so rare in the future makes me think that they were likely valued as a raw material (melted down and reforged into more useful items). post-TPL, they’re treated more as a rare artifact than a form of currency.

anyway, we do have some canon evidence of a ‘typical’ currency system in Haven; there’s one mission in renegade where you collect bribes for Krew (rendered as money bags in-game) and there’s several other lines that imply a money-based economy. unfortunately, we don’t have any canon information beyond that; no one ever pays Jak directly and there’s no in-game shop system.

((I’ve got a headcanon that Jak doesn’t really understand money after growing up in Sandover; he does tasks for people in exchange for the stuff he needs but no one really pays him in the traditional sense– the Underground lacks the resources to offer wages and relies on volunteers fighting for a cause, while Krew takes advantage of Jak’s ignorance and just tosses him a few gun upgrades to keep him happy))


tl;dr:  Haven has money, we just don’t know what it’s called or what form(s) it takes.
–  in my own writing, I’ve used 'credit chips’ for Havenite money– I imagine this as a form of digitised currency that would function similar to a prepaid card (you load money from your account onto the chip, most reputable stores have a chip-reader and the amount is deducted automatically). I’d think physical currency is still used as well, especially for smaller transactions, but it’s probably associated with criminal activity because it’s harder to track.
–  for a currency name, something like 'credits’ is a decent generic. if I was really going in deep I’d probably try to come up with something more world-specific (like maybe 'marks’ as a play on 'Mar’?) but I’ve yet to write a scenario where I’ve felt compelled to develop a full money system.

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Vermont-based eco-friendly condom brand Sustain Condoms wants you to show the same care and concern for your body as you show to the environment. 
For its ‘Protect Your Environment’ series, the brand partnered with creative director Alex Hollender and New York City-based photographer Bruno Levy 

22 de abril: Día Internacional de la tierra.

Salvar al planeta depende de nosotros. La humanidad, la actualidad, la industria, la tecnología, el día a día, la cotidianidad, hay tantos factores que influyen en el deterioro de nuestro planeta, el cual tiene tanto que ofrecernos, tantos paisajes, tantos hermosos lugares, tantos recursos naturales, y muchas cosas mas.

FOTO: Salto Angel, Venezuela.