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Although she was blessed with good fortune,
She never saw what form such “good luck” would come in.
She saw merely the horizon, sun, stormy sea, stars, and enemies.
Every day without humor or adventure,
She finally decided on something.

“I’m done with Lady Luck!
But I should at least show some gratitude.”

She prepared a golden rudder.
Shining on the heart of the devil’s ship, that flower bloomed fully.
That ship would continue on toward the crest of hope until the day it reaches it.

“No, it’s good! Really good!
This tacky thing is fitting for pirates, sis, gyahaha!”
“Alrighty, open up a cask of Bombay.
Unless you’d like a seafloor expedition?”

anonymous asked:

Who is Carson? Are they nice?

Dr. Carson Beckett, chief medical officer of the Atlantis Expedition (tv series: Stargate Atlantis). A genuinely kind, compassionate and caring Scottish man. As a doctor, he took an oath to heal suffering, not cause it and he lives after those rules.

So, yes, he’s nice.

It’s time for a #tbt look into the archives. Legendary fossil hunter Roy Chapman Andrews first ventured to the region in the 1920s, leading a series of expeditions that would go down in the annals of paleontology and pop culture alike. Alongside colleagues like Henry Fairfield Osborn and Walter Granger, he not only discovered new species of fossil mammals and dinosaurs, but also unearthed the first clutch of dinosaur eggs in 1923. 

anonymous asked:

Could you do Kai and Thorne please? I really liked their interaction at the beginning of winter

  • When the Rampion is in New Beijing, Thorne pretty much kidnaps Kai (”Honestly, I’m a little tired of the whole getting kidnapped thing.” “Oh, hush, it’s for a good cause.”) for a guys’ day out because unless someone basically forces him into taking time off, Kai’ll work himself to exhaustion and that worries everybody. They spend the day eating greasy street food that Torin would not approve of and having lots of papparazzi-dodging adventures.
    • On one of these expeditions, they took a series of selfies with the statue of Cinder in the market and commed them to the entire gang. (AN: This might be one of my favorite hcs ever, just so you know.)
    • Occasionally, Wolf will make the trip over from France to join them. 
  • They trade love advice pretty frequently because Kai’s already proven that he’s very perceptive (HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT CRESSWELL AND HE WILL NEVER EVER EVER LET THORNE FORGET IT) and Thorne is basically Cinder’s annoying big brother who knows way too much about her and shares it with her boyfriend.
  • Thorne tried to give Kai piloting lessons once. Let’s just say it’s a good thing he has access to the royal treasury to cover the damages.
  • Though the relevant Earthen Union representatives had some qualms about pardoning Thorne, leasing him the Rampion, and giving him the enormous responsibility of assisting with the antidote shipments, Kai vouched for him and continues to vouch for him whenever he can to whoever he can.
  • Like all the members of the Rampion gang, Kai gave Thorne an all-access ID chip (meaning he can get into the palace whenever) and that level of trust means a lot to a former thief. 

Send me a BrOTP and I’ll do headcanons!

Happy birthday, Roy Chapman Andrews!

Today marks the birthday of storied explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, who started his career at the Museum sweeping up dust and finished it as the director. In between, he researched whales around the world and led a series of expeditions to Mongolia that forever altered the field of paleontology. You can still see many of his finds, including the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered, in the Museum’s fourth floor fossil halls

Learn more about Andrews on our blog!

The Big Bang Theory has been nominated for six Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series • Christine Baranski as Beverly Hofstadter
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) • The First Pitch Insufficiency, The Clean Room Infilltration & The Skywalker Incursion
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series • Steven V. Silver, ASC, Director of Photography
  • Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series • The Comic Book Store Regeneration (Peter Chakos, Editor)
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series • The Expedition Approximation

Jim Parsons is surprisingly (after six nominations and four wins) absent from the Lead Actor category. Probably because Sheldon didn’t get drunk this year…

The Best Dive Watches Under $200

Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use (especially now that summer’s in full swing). In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.

A Crash Course on Dive Watches

The purpose of a dive watch is to monitor how long you’ve been underwater, and more importantly - how much air you have left in your tank. They’ve been around since the turn of the 20th century and continue to be both fashionable and useful today. The quintessential dive watch has an immediately recognizable look. They’re larger in size (around 42mm), feature a rotating bezel, and rest on a metal bracelet or rubber strap. Dive watches are ideal for EDC use because they’re built like tanks, they’re easy to read, and they look just plain cool.

4 Hallmarks of Dive Watches

Water Resistance: If you’re buying a dive watch, it should have proper water resistance. While most watches claim 50m of water resistance, that really means that it will survive hand washes and maybe a shower. When looking at dive watches, 200m (660 feet!) of water resistance is common ground. If you plan on having a watch that will stand up to swimming, showering, and of course, diving - be sure to choose something with a high level of water resistance.

Build Quality: Divers entrust their watches with their lives to be able to know precisely how much time they have underwater. For dive watches, reliable durability and construction are critical. Look for a dive watch with a well-built case, a strong crystal (mineral and sapphire are best), and a good strap or bracelet. A solid dive watch will last for decades if maintained, and you can easily buy an heirloom piece in the $200 range.

Movement: The slight bump in price from our Military Watch Guide opens up more options for the type of movement that powers the watch. Automatic movements are popular in the diver market as they don’t require a battery. Automatic watches “wind” from the motion of your arm, so they’ll keep ticking as long as you keep them on your wrist. Also seen in this class of watches are day/date features, adding to the utility of the timepiece.

Legibility: When underwater, it’s crucial to know exactly how long you’ve been diving. The bezel, a key component of the dive watch, tells you exactly that. The bezel’s “12 o’clock” dot can be rotated to match up with the minute hand to keep track of time. As the minute hand moves, you can see how many minutes have elapsed by reading the bezel number as opposed to the watch face. Dive watches feature large, illuminated indices (the hour and minute markings on the face) that are easy to read. This illumination (or “lume” in the watch world) not only looks awesome, but it helps you quickly tell time when the lights are out.

With the features to look for in a dive watch in mind, here are some of our favorite examples — all coming in at under $200:

The 8 Best Affordable Dive Watches for EDC

Casio MDV106-1A

The Casio MDV106-1A is the most inexpensive watch on this list at well under $200, but Casio didn’t get to where they are today producing cheap, low-quality watches. This watch is a great entry point into the dive watch look without having to commit to the full mechanical experience (and price). Its 45mm case diameter is as big as they come, and its 200m water resistance, screw-down crown, and screw-lock back preserve its Japanese quartz movement from the water. Excellent features for a dive watch at a very affordable price point.

BUY ($40)

Seiko SKX007

The SKX007 is an excellent example of a classic dive watch. This model from Seiko has been around in one form or another for decades. Featuring a mechanical movement and tank-like construction, this capable diver will serve you well for years to come. The large, circular indices are easy to read and the bezel clicks securely in place. The day/date wheel, sweeping seconds hand, and bright lume add up to a stylish watch ideal for everyday wear.

BUY ($174)

Orient CEM65001B “Black Mako”

Orient’s Submariner homage gets everything right. It pays its respects to the quintessential dive watch design, but makes some very attractive tweaks to make it their own. The Arabic numerals, date window, sword hands, and striking red accent on the second hand are all welcome aesthetic choices, enhancing its look without overdoing it. The rest of the watch is solid: stainless steel bracelet, in-house automatic movement, 200m water resistance and mineral crystal window all give great value to the watch as well as the wearer, given how inexpensive it is. The Orient Black Mako is a great starting point to jump into the deep end of dive watches.

BUY ($133)

Timex Expedition T49799

The Timex Expedition series of watches go the extra mile in providing quality timepieces packed with features but not weighed down by price. The T49799 takes the brand under the waves, giving you everything you need for your next dive. The watch itself is beefy, with 44 millimeters of shock-resistant stainless steel sealed, chunky rivets and a mineral crystal window rated for 200m. The signature Timex Indiglo provides ample illumination for dark and murky environments, and its chronograph dials handle all your timing needs. An outer bezel Tachymeter and date window round out the watch’s data features.

BUY ($119)

Seiko SNZH53

This diver is from Seiko’s popular “5 Series” of watches. Each watch in the 5 Series features automatic winding, a day/date display, water resistance, a recessed crown, and a durable case and bracelet. This particular watch features a more vintage look thanks to the wide bezel and thin indices on the face. The dark blue face nicely accents the stainless steel and the transparent casebook allows you to see the mechanical movement in motion. The SNZH53 also comes on a stainless steel bracelet, which adds to the value of this affordable diver.

BUY ($169)

Parnis GMT-Master

Understated excellence is the name of the game for Parnis pieces, and the GMT-Master is winning at it. Only simple and effective components grace the watch, from its scratch-resistant sapphire window to its automatic, hacking movement. Its design pays tribute to the classic dive design, and its stainless steel construction capped with a ceramic bezel ensures that design is preserved against wear and tear. If you want the dive watch quality but prefer not to make waves with aesthetics, this Parnis could be for you.

BUY ($120)

Luminox 3051 EVO Colormark

Developed together with the U.S. Navy Seals, the Luminox 3051 is as rugged as it is striking in appearance. Perfect for low-light environments, its tritium tubes stay visible long after other the strongest paint-on lumes have lost their brightness. Its thick, 44mm polyurethane case protects its Swiss-quartz movement, and its 200m water resistance ensures the 3051 doesn’t spring a leak while in service. Even its face styling is designed to make visibility the priority, with block Arabic numerals painted in bright white contrast to the black case. Eye-catching and tough, Luminox’s flagship 3051 leads the way in underwater timekeeping.

BUY ($197)

Seiko SRP307 “Black Monster”

You can’t have a list about dive watches (regardless of the price) and not mention the Seiko Monster. This timepiece sets the bar for the value you get from an automatic watch, regardless of price or brand. From its mammoth 45mm case design to its reliable 4r36 movement to the most aggressive lume applied on a production watch, the list of its features just goes on and on. This second-generation SRP307 takes all the respectable features of its predecessor and improves on all its former weaknesses. Its second hand can now be stopped (hacked) during adjustment, its crown is easier to grip, it has a more thematic and less complicated face, and they’ve somehow made its lume even brighter. Make no mistake, its nickname is “Monster” for a reason. (Editor’s Note: At the time of writing, the Monster was $200 on the nose. Its price has since fluctuated higher, but it’s still a worthwhile mention for this list.)

BUY ($200)

Words by Ed Jelley, Mikey Bautista, and Bernard Capulong. Photos by Ed Jelley.

The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expedition Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.

In this episode, curator emeritus Norman Platnick discusses his trek through the highly diverse habitats of Chile in search of spider species found nowhere else in the world.

Learn more on the Museum website

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Expedition Report: Susan Perkins in Saba

In this episode, Associate Curator Susan Perkins describes her long-term study of malarial parasites and their host lizards, work that draws her back again and again to Saba Island—a relatively unspoiled paradise in the Caribbean.

Dr. Perkins is a microbiologist who studies malarial parasites, symbiotic bacteria, and even RNA viruses. Her research includes multiple ways of approaching questions about these microbes, from their evolutionary histories to their genomics.

Listen to more in our Expedition Report series.

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