The Redwood Swamp, Montgomery Woods State Reserve, California. Normally a nice dry stroll through the redwoods; this time the entire place was flooded with fast-moving water, and we could barely hike more than a few hundred metres. Unexpected.
There are two things in Tsuna’s life
he dislikes more than anything else. And unfortunately for him, both
of these are constants. One is the bullies that chase him home,
demand he hand over whatever his mother packs him for lunch, and beat
him up if they decide he’s gotten a little too spirited lately.
The second is Tsuna’s no-good father,
a man named Iemitsu that Tsuna really, really doesn’t like.
His mom tells him to call him ‘dad’, and sings his praises about
how wonderful he is, but surely if he were as wonderful as she
claims, he’d be home more. He’d be a good dad to Tsuna, teach him
how to read and write and spend time with him like other kids’
He wouldn’t come home, drink until
he’s asleep, and then drag Tsuna around like a rag doll and demand
‘father-son bonding’. He wouldn’t make Tsuna feel like an
anxious, scatter-brained mess simply by being in the same room with
him. But perhaps most certainly, he wouldn’t put Tsuna in danger
every time he decides he needs to learn something.
“Today my boy, I’m going to teach
you how to swim!”
He’s fat, never lost some of his kittypet weight. He has like, the softest fur in the entire clan. He’s bi and him and graystripe were bfs for the longest time. He hates fast moving water cause of the amount of times he’s almost drowned? Like honestly this dude needs a life guard the amount of times he’s fallen into some river. He’s slightly shorter then Sandstorm and sand likes resting her head on his. Although he’s big he’s nowhere near graystripes size so graystripe likes calling him his tiny bud. He likes mice the most since it’s his first wild cat food. He has a slight American southern accent when he talks for whatever reason.
This is my dog daughter Ruby. She was rescued from a car wash. Longish story, but she is terrified of bubbles, gas stations, anything that moves too fast, water, people, animals, the ocean, the wind when it makes ghost sounds, fire, things that move but aren’t alive, change… as well as numerous other things. She was deemed unadoptable, so I took her and the first year was a toughie, but I love her so much :) Maybe it’s because I get her. I’m an agoraphobic with panic disorder so her silly fears don’t seem so silly to me. Anyway this is my little Highlander.
I’ve been wanting to post something about the shepherd in the TMZ/PETA video for a while and I ended up getting so irritated by comments on Facebook I posted something there. I figured I’d just post that one here, with a bit of editing now that I’ve had more time to think.
I’ve honestly been getting fed up with people on both extremes of this issue. There are people on one side saying “animals shouldn’t be used
for any sort of entertainment purposes ever” and people on the other
side saying “oh no it’s fine that’s the only way you can train a German
shepherd without getting bit”. Neither of those things are true, so
let’s break down what’s actually happening in this video. In terms of
the dog’s body language in the video (as much as I could see with the poor quality of the video): it starts off with the dog leaning
away from the water and into the trainer (which could possibly be
seeking contact comfort, or just where the dog happened to be leaning), and although the quality isn’t great so it’s hard
to tell for sure, there seem to be some tongue flicks as well as the
dog being quite still and tense. All of these are stress signals dogs
use to communicate that they are uncomfortable with a situation. Next,
it’s hard to tell if the trainer started pushing the dog or if it was
just the movement of his hand along the dog’s body, but for whichever
reason, the dog attempts to leave the area but is held back by the
trainer. The trainer then begins to lower the dog into the water while
the dog flails and continues to try and flee. Once the dog is back on
land, he tries to pull away again and his ears appear to pull back.
Again, another stress signal. The dog then stops trying to pull away and
the handler pats him, but the dog continues to lean away from him. Now
the trainer and the dog struggle again, while the dog continues to try
and flee, pulling his ears back again. It’s hard to tell the dog’s tail
position throughout most of the video because he’s flailing it for
balance a lot, but when he relaxes his tail it appears to fall into a
low position, though not tucked, again indicating the dog is
fearful/unsure about the situation. When the trainer finally lowers the
dog into the water, the dog is still scrambling and trying to get out.
He pulls the dog up again and then it cuts to the dog in the river with
his head going under.
The shepherd in this video gave both
subtle and incredibly obvious signals that he was not comfortable going
into the water. I have seen arguments that the trainer did this to “get
the dog used to it”, but this is not the correct method for introducing
an animal to a scary situation. What is happening in this video is
flooding (no pun intended). Think of flooding as taking a person
terrified of spiders and locking them in a room full of spiders so they
“get over it”. Not only is this ineffective, it can be very detrimental
to the animal. I usually don’t like to anthropomorphize animals, but
this is a case where I think it is appropriate to ask you to imagine
someone forcing you into a situation where you had no chance of escaping
one of your fears and I think you could get a pretty accurate feel for
what flooding is like. Add in the danger of fast moving water with a dog
that is already not comfortable with the situation and it’s not a good
There is nothing inherently wrong with training
animals for movies. Animal training is mentally stimulating, a humane
fix for common behavioral problems, and fun for both trainers and
animals (if it’s not, you’re doing it wrong). However, the training
methods in this video were not appropriate or humane. If the dog was
afraid of going in the river they could have tried a gradual
desensitization, using a different dog, or CGI. There was no reason to
force this dog into a scary and dangerous situation. The second the dog showed signs he was fearful and did not want to go in the water, the trainer should have stopped. There is no reason to use force in a training situation–especially one like this that is potentially dangerous.
The one thing I want to say about the rest of the film is that I don’t
think this necessarily means every dog in this movie was abused and
every person on the film crew was aware of what happened. I am concerned about what techniques this particular trainer used with other dogs (or the same dog in different scenes), but he isn’t necessarily the only trainer for the movie. What this
means to me is that this particular trainer used inappropriate training
methods and should face consequences for it (which I’ve heard he will
be). I mistrust PETA, and they are notorious for doctoring videos to
their needs. It is very suspicious to me that the last thing we saw was
the trainer pulling the dog out of the water and then a sudden cut to
the dog going under. It’s perfect editing to elicit a response from the public. That doesn’t excuse the dangerous and inhumane training techniques shown in this video and like I said above,
makes me concerned about what other kind of training techniques this guy
used on his dogs. The point I’m trying to make is film crews are quite large, and I hesitate to pass
judgement on the entire crew and cast because of this one terrible
trainer (and those that watched and did not intervene). I can’t help but be suspicious of PETA, they just have such a long history of editing and taking things out of context to further their animal rights agenda. You’re within
reason if you don’t want to see this movie, but please be aware this is
NOT the standard for training an animal.
Joringel went away, and at last came to a strange village; there he kept sheep for a long time. He often walked round and round the castle, but not too near it. At last he dreamt one night that he found a blood-red flower, in the middle of which was a beautiful large pearl; that he picked the flower and went with it to the castle and that everything he touched with the flower was freed from enchantment; he also dreamt that by means of it he recovered his Jorinda.
- Jorinda and Joringel
Intent: To remove an enchantment or bewitchment placed upon another.
Materials: Jar with tight-fitting lid Photo of the bewitched person Herbs: Red Aster, Red Geranium, Red Poppy, Red Rose, Vetiver
Ideal Timing: Waning Moon
This spell is meant to remove an enchantment or bewitchment placed upon your lover, or upon someone you care about. It is not meant to break a curse or a hex, but more meant to return a person to their natural state when their attitudes or actions have been altered by magic.
Collect the petals of a red aster, a red geranium, a red poppy, and a red rose. Dry them in the sun until completely stiff. Combine these with four pinches of vetiver.
(Pro-tip: If you have trouble finding a particular bloom for spellwork, roses may be substituted for any other flower. In this case, Red Rose petals may stand in for the Aster, Geranium, and Poppy, if need be.)
Place the petals and pinches of herb in a jar with a photograph of the person who you believe is bewitched. Leave the jar in the sun for three days, then place the photo and the dried herbs in a sachet beneath their pillow.
If your lover is some distance away, retain the photograph in a safe place and either burn the dried petals, which will have absorbed the enchantment, or toss them into fast-moving wind or water to dissipate the spell.
- From the forthcoming book “The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms For Your Happily Ever After” by Bree NicGarran and Anna Zollinger
There’s a hundred miles of flat ochre scrubland between Dallas and Annville, and it all looks the same. They’re walking somewhere nameless out along Route 14 when Fiore stops dead in the middle of the road. DeBlanc’s another thirty paces down the empty blacktop before he notices and wordlessly doubles back, eyes narrowed against the sunset burning firebright behind Fiore like a halo. He’s got that look on his face that he gets when he’s fed up, petulant as a child, with his brow furrowed and his eyes wet.
It’s not an appropriate time to kiss him, but DeBlanc wants to all the same; it might cheer him up, might shift some of the terrible weight on his shoulders.
He settles for taking his hand instead and leading him off the tarmac, coaxing the barest ghost of a smile out of him.
“You’ve stopped,” DeBlanc says, and Fiore shuffles his feet, stares down at the clouds of dirt he’s kicked up white as chalkdust, says nothing. “What’s the matter?”
So this is what you requested guys, and I’m going to give my best and invite you into a study journey with me, so let’s get this party started!
First, no good study session can start before I clean up my room, because if my room’s a mess, my head will be too. A lot of distractions are going to be at hands reach, and we can’t let anything take our focus off the book, especially that shiny thing there on your table. Yeah, that one you’re looking at right now. So move it somewhere else, fast! We’re moving on…
Water, coffee, tea, anything will work. Ice tea, a cold juice or hot cocoa for revision. Whatever you like, but watch out for those caffeine crashes - they’re the worst study sesh killers out there. And they’re silent, and hit hard with headaches, yawns and leave you with no focus or motivation whatsoever, so my advice is one cuppa in the morning for us coffee lovers, or make not to concentrated coffee in a french press and sip it through the session SLOWLY , with lots of cold water if you’re pulling an all-nighter, or some aromatised water (just put some herbs in it while it sits in the fridge or freeze them in the ice and you’ll get beautiful ice cubes)
Also, before we begin with the serious stuff, a word on flowers. It’s good to have at least one living thing on your desk, it just boosts you happy-meter. I have an orchid (a long beautiful bloom, not so hard to take care of if you give it a try, and a Gerbera I got for my birthday - not sure if it’s “a Gerbera”, because here at home we just call it Gerber)
Filofaxes, register folders, calendars, daily calendars, anything and everything,
depending on how prone you are to going crazy in the office section of any store. Or just print out your own. Or use none if you think it’s a waste of time, just write a to-do list on a simple post-it, and stick it somewhere visible, like your computer screen, desk or wall. Also, you can use Momentum on google chorme or any planner app out there, even a notepad on your phone or computer. Don’t overdo it, organisation can, also, lead to procrastination.
Here’s my filofax. I covered up a bit of my student ID card, just for safety reasons, and then we have see through plastic pages that are great for sticking post-its, since they stick much better than to regular paper. On the end we have a Cristina Yang quote, a little reminder, and some magnet page markers (there’s only one there because it’s April and all the rest are sitting on pages of different books already)
If you want to get these, go crazy! The happier the colors, the better. Because we already know the material won’t be colorful nor happy. Especially if the topic is aneurysms. And clips, clips are good. Clip similar material together, clip and hang important notes, clip your printed material, clip everything!
Notes good, facebook bad! That’s my mantra for any lecture I ever went to. 70% of the people you see at lectures (at least) are just jogging their thumbs hitting that newsfeed button. You’ve seen all those selfies and cats already, and thinking about it, I believe it’s not so much more fun than the lecture itself. Don’t let yourself be driven to log in just because the topic is boring, or the lecturer, as he/she most likely will be. Write stuff down, even just a few sentences, think of it as your own personal shortcut to knowing what’s important and what text should just be skimmed through.
Then again, go home, write the dates on your notes, and organize them:
You can use a register folder with the metal binding and either punch the holes out yourself, or if you’re lazy and a bitclumsy (and you destroy more notes than you properly punch and bind) you can go to the office section again and get a pre-punched pad and just tear out a few pages and bring them to the lecture. (This method also gets a big + for a not so heavy bag, since you’re taking paper instead of a heavy notebook)
Don’t let what others want eclipse what you need, they’re not the Sun, you are.
No, you don’t need these to study, but meet Grumpy (Siamese fighting fish who loves posing for pictures) and Casillas (Koi fish, or the dude who constantly gets tortured by the Beta)
Hope you liked it, and will send me more requests, I had so much fun writing this post for you. Good luck with your studies and exams,
The largest dam in Iraq is on the brink of collapse, and if it does, millions of civilians could be killed in the deluge of water it unleashes. According to to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, anywhere between 500,000 and 1.47 million Iraqis “probably would not survive” the fast-moving wall of water that would rush forth if the Mosul Dam were to crumble. Action is being taken solve the problem, but it may not be enough.
The research team used high-speed video footage to demonstrate that when it looks like the waterlily beetles skitter from the surface of a pond, they are actually gliding across it at incredible speeds. By tilting their tiny 6-millimeter bodies upward, lifting the middle two of their six legs off the water, and beating their wings they can cover half a meter per second. If humans could move that fast on water skis, we’d break 300 miles per hour.
“Woo hoo!” Ian yelled over the roaring water of Niagria Falls. Carl stood beside him, hooting as well to copy Ian. The redhead felt such a rush standing over the rushing water, the air perfectly crisp for the season. It was jeans and a t-shirt weather, though it was a bit colder in upper Western New York. He turned around to look at Mickey and Fiona, Debbie, Shelia and Lip having walked further ahead with Yevgeny in the stroller. The redhead waved Mickey over, before his eyes went back to the fast moving white water. It was such a goddamn thrill looking at the water. It was still early in the day, and they had stopped by the Falls before going to Fort Niagria.
“This is amazing.” Ian told Mickey, grinning wickedly. "This isnt even man made. Did you know they can shut it off though? They turned it off once in 1969 to see how the rocks were eroding.“ He rattled off his information. "Isn’t that so cool?”
This is for real. Dragonflies breathe through gills on the inside of their rectum. They also have the ability to move fast by pulling water into their anus and expelling it back out, which propels them forward rapidly. #micfacts #science #animals
!!!!! this is such a good question!! thank you!!!!
First of all, being around Beach Biters is generally very intimidating. They’re very intense people/beings.
Given that, and knowing what Dex is like (or at least was like before he revealed himself), Nursey is Very Nervous about meeting Dex’s family
Dex does his best to put Nursey at ease, but he also understands why he would feel that way, so he just tries his best to let Nursey know he’s there for suppot
Dex’s parents know about Nursey and the fact that he knows before hand
So the trip is partially for Dex’s parents to meet the boy who now knows about them, and partially for Nursey to learn more about what they are and how to properly help them
Dex’s parents aren’t warm to Nursey, but they also aren’t cold? Just very very guarded until they see Dex really fully revealing his cryptid attributes around him and watching how Nursey reacts.
They just needed to know it really was true, that Nursey really has accepted him, and that he isn’t still freaked out by it
Basically just waiting to see if it’s all an act or if it’s actually true
They have to be cautious, man
But then they see Dex smiling around Nursey, not worrying about making eye contact and revealing the way his eyes reflect light, and ultimately eating a fish, bones and all, right next to him at dinner. It’s only then that they feel they can trust him.
They made Nursey cooked fish, rice, and vegetables. It’s not like, great food, but it’s their general go to meal if they have
After dinner Nursey helps Dex clean the dishes and then they sit down to have a conversation with Dex’s parents
They explain more about what North Eastern Beach Biters are, anatomy, what they need to survive etc
They also give him more information on the CCRA and what they do, as well as when they would intervene or force Dex into hiding
They also explain that Nursey would now be considered a “Keeper”
Cryptid Keepers are humans who know about Cryptids and agree to help keep them hidden/take care of them
It doesn’t have to be a life long thing, but if it extends for more than 5 years he would have to work with the CCRA about being catalogued and connected to Dex in their data base
This is more liability issues again
Overall it’s a lot of information. Nursey actually takes notes. The entire Poindexter family is very impressed.
The rest of the weekend is Nursey actually getting to see Dex and his family being Beach Biters
Nursey has a scuba license (exotic vacations with his moms meant scubaing around coral reefs)
They decided it would be a good idea for Nursey to actually get to see them in the water
They take the family boat out, a small motor boat, not too far off the coast
Then Nursey get’s to dive with them and it is. Incredible.
They move so fast in water. Nursey has gotten to see how fast Dex can run on land, Dex showed him on a treadmill after he revealed himself, but it’s nothing compared to watching them in the water
They’re graceful, but so fast. It almost looks like the water isn’t inhibiting them
Dex swims literal circles around him, smiling and showing him his too sharp teeth, eyes dancing with happiness
Nursey watches Dex catch a fish with his bare hands, waving it towards Nursey before eating it whole
They stay in for as long as Nursey’s oxygen tank lasts, about an hour
Dex explains as they get out that he could have stayed under for longer, explaining that his maximum for holding his breath is roughly three hours. The larger Beach Biters are the longer they can stay under. The really big ones, the ones that spend their lives in the water, have gills that allow them to live completely underwater if they choose.
Nursey returns to Samwell with Dex tired and relaxed. They hold hands for most of the ride home.
They both feel better after the visit.
Dex’s family tells Nursey he’s welcome back whenever he wants.