for me it happens all the time

theraggedycritic  asked:

Dissections? Will any be happening soon? I miss them. The wolf episodes are still among my favorites.

I know - I hear you. 

So, I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and since I appreciate transparency I thought it time I just be straight up with all of you - because there’s not a day that goes by where someone doesn’t lament the lack of prep lab videos on our channel, and it kinda tears me up inside. 

There are a few realities here: the primary reality being, it’s not up to me. Not because it’s something I don’t want to do - guys. You know me. I’d jump head-first into a dead whale if I could. But the prep lab is not my lab. And those who used to welcome me in there are no longer with the Field; Anna’s pursuing graduate school in Hong Kong, and Bill Stanley passed away last year. So I’ve lost two of the strongest advocates for this cause. I have to respect the decisions of those in charge because, to be completely honest, I am not special. I don’t get to wave subscriber numbers or view counts or tumblr requests over anyone’s head. And that’s okay. 

Secondly, I understand why, on the behalf of others, why there’s some hesitation to do prep videos, and this is my fault. The dissection videos we have done are not truly indicative of what museums do, or the main function of (at least) mammal collections. Giant ant-eaters, two-faced calfs, random zebra bits… these are all one-off anomalous acquisitions. The reality is, most mammals coming through prep labs are small rodents preserved in alcohol. Not a lot of blood.. not a lot of gore. Lots of tedious skeleton cleaning and skull measurements. (I’d be totally okay filming a video of that, too, for the record.)

And I say this because I’m still fully aware of and sympathetic to a bigger problem, which is that museums struggle to survive and find relevance in the public eye, and with those private and public individuals and organizations which fund them. I can’t help but sympathize with the mammalogist who feels we are giving the wrong impression for why natural history collections exist: it’s not to dissect two-faced calfs. It’s not to poke at squirrels with gross abscesses. Do I love that stuff? Am I totally engrossed and inspired and intrigued by that? Yes. YES. But what doesn’t come across in those videos are the numbers of voucher research specimens which are being studied for everything from their evolutionary lineages, to their ectoparasites and how those may transmit diseases to other mammals, including people. Those videos share nothing of the research being done in the broader field of mammalogy… and for that, I feel guilty in more ways than one. 

The wolf video is an honest series about how a single individual went from roadkill, to a processed research specimen. But I failed to tell the whole story of the importance of these collections. I can’t help that my understanding of museums and their importance deepens the longer I’m embedded within one… I’m sorry if that makes our content boring or unappealing. I get that’s maybe not what you subscribed for. But I can’t ignore the ever-present feeling of obligation that I have to tell true and honest stories about the role of museum collections in our world today. That’s not to say I was deliberately dishonest before - only that I didn’t know, and yet wasn’t able to see the bigger picture. I still don’t, still can’t. I probably had better clarity of all of this before I ever was a part of it, to be honest. 

I just hope that you know, not a day goes by that I don’t hear you.. that I don’t listen to these requests. My success is because of your support. I’m not ignoring you… I’m trying to figure out compromises. And I don’t see compromises as a bad thing as much as a fundamental thing for growth. 

Some day I’ll dive head first into a dead whale. In the meantime.. thank you for sticking around. 

I remember a time, (five years ago fresh after ‘bleach my soul’) and I had just finished high school and was working in McDonald’s. I was doing full-time hours to save up for my future education and every week I would look forward to Thursday when the chapter would be released. My whole life revolved around bleach (as sad as that may sound) and I would get through each shift thinking of Ichigo and Rukia and what would happen this week in the story. This was at the same time I started this blog to talk about them and fangirl with all of you!

Eventually I was able to leave McDonalds after saving up, went to university, graduated and fast forward to now and I’m about to do a postgraduate diploma. It feels like a million years ago and both bleach and I have changed so much…but I’ll always be grateful to Kubo for this story and it really did help me a lot during a time in which I felt quite lost.

Do any of you guys have a story about your relationship with Bleach and what it means to you?

findingherown  asked:

fluffy prompt: the day andriel adopts the cats because I seriously need to know how that happened

so first of all, as nora states in this post: (which has more detail than im including, there is also this post for your consideration)

They name their first two cats King Fluffkins and Sir Fat Cat McCatterson. Andrew stares at Neil for a solid two minutes after Neil solemnly delivers the final verdict.

which leads me to believe that they got both cats at the same time. and since the word adopt is the key word in this prompt as well i’m going to make them actually adopt them but in my own head i think they found them and Neil just looked at Andrew like eyeball emoji and they took them home (andrew holding Sir dripping wet like two feet away from his body like “how is this my life”)

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She said, ‘I’m going through something very similar to what you’re going through. I understand. And I hate it.’ That’s kind of how our friendship and bond started, that day. It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email – 'This shit happened to me, what happened to you?’ – to maybe three times a week, then every day, to 'Hey, here’s my phone number if you ever want to text.’ Next thing I know, I wake up and she’s all I care about, and I’m ­wondering if she feels the same about me.

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.

—  Chuck Close

anonymous asked:

Hoe, don't be getting all antsy because someone called you out on your shit. Also the youth have a lacking appreciation for science because of societies over blown obsession with space. Also the fact that you took so much effort into arguing a point that clearly wasn't your original intention just shows you need a hobby.

I have tons of hobbies boo. That “argument” was at about 6am and I had to pass time before I could get on a train. Chill dawg

Also people appreciating astronomy has nothing to do with people not appreciating other sciences. Astronomy is rarely talked about in school….

anonymous asked:

I usually really like hearing TPTB try to talk their way around TJLC because it's so obvious they're tripping over themselves to do it, but the article honestly made me feel a little sick; thank goodness for fandom, obviously, but even though I know they lie all the time, I'm finding my faith in the endgame shaken for the first time since I boarded this train. Am I being ridiculous? Or, is that an unfair question?

I don’t think you’re being ridiculous and I don’t think it’s an unfair question.

Look, I understand lying about plot points. Completely. Is Moriarty dead or alive?! What will happen to Mary?! Of course they’re not going to tell us. Same with lying about whether TAB was connected to the main narrative. That would’ve ruined the whole twist!

What I just can’t allow anymore is this type of “lying”: the way they’re handling the denial of the subtext. As a content creator you must take responsibility for the content you create and I think it’s nearly undeniable that the subtext is there. To tease and then accuse… just feels unnecessary and cruel at this point.

“Honestly, I’m not really at a point where im interested in dating you or, really, anyone else. I think you’re cool, and we can still be good friends, but I’m just not looking for anything right now.”
After a few months of spending time together and slowly growing closer, he sent me this when I asked if he liked me. Shortly after, he stopped talking to me completely. I still don’t know what happened. I miss our friendship every day and all I want is to go back to the way things used to be, even if our friendship doesn’t grow into anything else. He made me happy. I miss late night car rides, singing showtunes, backstage conversations, Waffle House, hidden smiles, holding hands, and endless laughter. I wish I could rewind and find the moment where he gave up.


Ok, first I was confused, because I had a very busy day at work without even checking tumblr. I finally do check in the evening to cheer myself up and I saw the johnlock part of fandom in ashes basically. WTF?

Then I was reading on and was shocked. Never had I become full time TJLCer and always there was more of a realist in me. Johnlock was more of a dream than reality, always. Also my obsession with the show decreased over time and I was just a happy onlooker.

Then the trailer and sdcc happened and miraculously I got excited again. Not over johnlock directly, but over the trailer itself and the episodes in general. The new johnlocky bits were just a cherry on top. To be immediately denied with such a vehemency - that I didn’t expect at all. Wow.

Now I’m becoming disgusted, because fuck you Mofftiss. Okay, it might be that you haven’t planned johnlock and you don’t want it to happen, but to let such hurtfull comments out (about everything being just a joke from narrative pov), that’s just not on and you lost me personally as a fan on you. Sorry for expecting a nice clever deeper plot from your series and sorry for reading a lot into it. Sorry for thinking you might have the guts to ACTUALLY make history.
FYI. We didn’t create johnlock. You did with your narrative. What is the show about then? If the johnlock part is only lolz and maybe even bother to you?

You know what? After trailer I was looking forward to S4. Now? Not. We can still imagine, fanfic, create, but it’s so much harder when there is an open denial. This was such a BAD pr move of epic proportions! I hope this will come back and bite you in the butts!! Seriously.
You should have said something AGES ago OR hold you mouths forever never mind the actual resolution of the show. People would be happy to speculate on.

I’m angry and a bit sad because I really wanted to look forward to more. I won’t, simply because of their attitude. You should love your fans, all of them, because we make the show what it is. Don’t tell us we are wrong for reading the subtext in some way or other. Especially since you were pointing us in this direction yourself on many occasions. If you don’t want us to feed on the subtext, then don’t put it in.

You know what? If this season is actually the last, it serves them right and I don’t really care anymore. I didn’t expect the show to become such a huge queerbait that it just did. Sad story, really. Oh well —.

My head is spinning

This happened too fast it’s insane, you guys are incredibly awesome and so pleasant. Y'all give me so much motivation and I’m genuinely happy and excited to write these stories for you, I haven’t felt that in a long time. I won’t be doing a celebration this time but I did want to say thank you to some awesome inspirations, friends and/or mutuals:

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no no no listen i want y’all to chill and i love you

this shitshow reminds me of the last time mark gatiss very explicitly said that it’s never gonna happen, it’s not what they’re doing, and i think the word agenda was thrown around too, i don’t know exactly when it was, but it was long before TAB and i think at a convention in india (?) and like. many of us felt extremely discouraged in reaction to that but it didn’t stop us in any way, TAB happened, benedict rambling about how love conquers all and insane wish fulfillment and sherlock being a sex volcano happened. and all of this keeps happening. and y’all keep being smart and hilarious about it an we’re having a good time, and if we’re being queerbaited on a whole new level here (which i still don’t believe we are) then we’re going to get over it too because we’re amazing and this gay show is actually trash. what i’m trying to say is, we’ve been here before. all of this has been said before, literally nothing in this interview is new.
your doubts are valid, if you’re hurt then your feelings are valid too, but please remember that taking everything they’ve ever said into account, this interview is neither denial nor confirmation of anything they’re doing or have done in the past. it’s all been said before. take a deep breath.

bagelzinkiev  asked:

Hi! I have a cat about 2 years old who I feed 'sensitive systems' food because she tends to vomit a lot when she had other types of normal indoor cat food. she's been on this food consistently for maybe 4/5months now, but she still vomits after eating occasionally (sometimes 1-2 times a week, sometimes none at all) and it happens right after eating so it has me thinking she may just be eating too fast. can i have your thoughts on this?

It’s definitely possible she’s eating too fast. Try wetting her kibble down so it’s harder to inhale, or feeding her out of a bowl like this one so that she is forced to slow down. 

anonymous asked:

Well, whatever happens in the Life is Strange show they're making, I hope to God that they do NOT do a "Sacrifice Chloe". Pricefield is one of my favorite ships. For the life of me, I could never pick that choice/ending. Might seem selfish, but I care too much for to let her die. Besides all that, there are other possibilities they can do. Max meeting Sean Prescott face-to-face for the first time, other uses with her power and other what-ifs we've wished for in the past. no time pun intended ;)


Also, I just read the announcement again and…

I don’t know if it’s good or bad news but it looks like they simply bought the rights to making a show in the LiS universe. So we shouldn’t be expecting anything, and I personally don’t know why I jumped to the conclusion that it would feature Max and Chloe in the first place, because that’s very unclear.

But if it does follow the main game story, they are in a pretty tight spot: some people will complain that they never romanced Chloe so it shouldn’t be part of the show. Some will say it’s not cool to not include the Chloe romance when it’s a crucial story element.

And finally some will say that, if they do depict Chloe as queer and in a possible relationship with Max, then they SHOULDN’T kill her, since it feeds into the now very well-know and despised Bury Your Gay tropes.

Moreover, the game mechanic, the choice-based nature that was the game’s first marketing argument won’t be part of the show.

Any which way you look, something important is gonna be lost in translation.

Cute story time

I work in a grocery store and have to stock a beer cooler all the time and it’s freezing. So, of course, I forget my jacket 50% of the time. Luckily, the cute guy that works opposite me leaves his hoodie there and I can borrow it.

So, Cute Guy is moving away for college and has quit his job at the store. One of the cashiers told him that I liked his jacket and he said:

“Well…It’s getting a little snug. I’ll leave it for her.”


In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning // Steve Rogers X Reader

Summary: The reader was abandoned by Steve after a devastating loss. Only to have him come back looking to pick up were he left off… 

Characters: Steve x Reader

Warnings: mentions of miscarriage, death, swearing

Word Count: 800+

In the wee small hours of the morning

That’s the time you miss her most of all…

You lie awake and think about the girl

And never, ever think of counting sheep

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson…

You’d be hers if only she would call..

In the wee small hours of the morning,

That’s the time you miss her most of all.

“I wait and I wait yet no one comes… and nothing happens. No justice is ever given to me, for my loss. MY LOSS TOO STEVE! You cannot just leave; and expect me to forgive you leaving your heart at the door.”

         "I didn’t know-“

        "You didn’t know or you didn’t want to know? Or even think for a second that maybe, for the time since you were defrosted you made a mistake-”

“I’ve made plenty of mistakes before you.” Steve had had enough. Taking my forearm he harshly grabbed it and pulled me towards him to leave me speechless. Gritting his teeth, he looked down at the one woman he thought he could love ever since 1940.  

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson

You’d be hers if only she would call,

Of course those were the wrong words to say; and he knew it. But how could he convey any other way that he had messed up plenty of times before leaving her! He’d made bad calls in wars, in fights and just in life. It seemed to be a forgotten thought in everyone’s mind: Captain America is just as human…  and he did selfish deeds to. He had done selfish deeds in his short time since emerging from the ice. Deeds that would have, if he had chosen differently, maybe he could’ve helped many more.

Deep in his heart though, he really only wished the one decision he could change was leaving the woman, in front of him, alone on her own and by herself to mourn the loss of their first child; never to be held in his hands, or even see the sun.

She was packing her clothes now. Grabbing her books hastily, trying to leave as quick as one could. He didn’t hold her back; she deserved better… and she deserved a man who Steve thought he was… he thought he was strong enough because hell; he’d faced an intellectual robot that wanted to destroy mankind.

He never thought that this would be the one challenge in his life to break his soul.

“You are not worthy of the title you were given Steven.” She turned around to show her face that was swallowing all the hurt  just because you fought a war, and led men who just as brave as you.. does not give you the right to be called a name that stands for Freedom and Justice. December 23rd you were not the only person who lost a baby in that hospital… after … their first baby.”

In the wee small hours of the morning,

“And February 9th you were not the only one who felt hopeless, lost, or angry in this relationship. But you were the only one who was coward enough to leave in the middle of the night. For that you will never be forgiven, so I suggest you stay with that agent, you live in Brooklyn like you always wanted too and I’ll sell this place, and move somewhere you’ll never find me. Because…” Hearing her voice break broke him. It broke him like the shattered glass frame at her feet. He saw her shaky breath and the courage she had remaining build up its barrier as much as it could. But it was a barrier he could easily break… only if he tried one more time.

“Because I don’t want you to see me or for me to ever see you, ever again. We’ll move on; forget this was a love that we thought would last when clearly… we both could not sustain a crack in our shield.” Then a closed door left him. Left him in a room he once pictured would have a bouncy seat in it by now: block with letters and numbers scattered across the floor. finger paintings hung up proudly on the walls. Instead it was grey; and just walls he left one night. Only to leave a woman he loved to awake with just a messily note stuck to their bedroom door. Saying he couldn’t do this.. he couldn’t look at her and not see his baby that passed on before he could hold them, just once. He blamed her; when he left.

        Now here he is, at 2 a.m. standing in a graveyard of their untold love story all alone.

No tears spilling from his cheeks, or sobs racking his body. He didn’t feel sad, he felt remorseful. For the first time he was not sad. He was grieving two deaths: 1. his first ever child, never to be born… 2. The only marriage to a woman he had finally gotten time to love, to hold and care for. And again, he blew it all by leaving her all alone… 

  That’s the time you miss her most of all…

i want you all to imagine jack n kent fucking for the first time after they get back together. holding hands and EYE CONTACT and soft sighs and moaning each other’s names and jack saying softly, “i can’t believe this is happening” and both of them trying not to say “i love you” in the middle of it and kent thinking he’s so goddamn lucky to have jack again and the post-sex CUDDLES and jack loves being the little spoon and kent loves wrapping around him like an octopus and them BEING SO IN LOVE

anonymous asked:

Why not just create short and simple ones like you did with Sadie? I personally don't mind if they aren't detailed or anything, it was just really cute to see what did happen to them :) (also if you don't mind me asking, but why isn't Sadie's story on the spares blog?)

Because I was never happy with them being that short. From the time they’re born I start creating detailed stories in my head for them all (I can’t help it lol) and the one I did for Sadie I felt didn’t encompass the whole story that I wanted to tell, so I decided to give them all slightly longer stories. Sadie’s story will be redone and reposted eventually but until then, as I said, I wasn’t happy with the original very short post, so it won’t be available until I redo it. Sorry =)