from the sea


Breathing the Sea Air on Sylt, Germany’s Northernmost Island

To sample some North Frisian atmosphere, explore the Sylt location page and browse the hashtags Hörnum and Nordseeliebe.

Sylt, Germany’s northernmost island, may be connected to the mainland by rail, but many travelers flock to the “Queen of the North Sea” in order to disconnect. Sylt’s major draw is its picturesque places: think thatch-roofed houses, sandy beaches and tidelands.

For Hamburg-based Instagrammer Anja Sauer (@anja.sauer), Sylt is the perfect escape from the city. “Rough sea air, beach as far as the eye can see and wonderful variegated dune landscapes — there I find the width and the endless horizon I need to completely switch off.” Even though Sylt is a mere 38 square miles (99 square km), its offerings are diverse. One can tour the island by bicycle, surf off of Westerland’s Brandenburg Beach, visit a gallery opening in Kampen or simply relax in one of the iconic white and blue painted two-seater beach chairs that are scattered along the island’s beaches.

Amazing sky over the Big Southern Butte in Idaho by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.

Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain.  The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.

Fossilized Megamouth Shark Tooth Found in Okinawa, First in Asia

The tooth, believed to be between 3 million and 10 million years old, is the first fossil remain found in Asia from the rare deep-sea shark, the Okinawa Churashima Foundation said Wednesday.

Megamouth sharks were first discovered in 1976, and are believed to live in tropical and temperate seas across the world, the foundation said in a release. They feed on plankton and can grow to about 6 meters in size, but much of its nature remains unknown.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation from Gamergate, like the legendary Hipster Fascist Conspiracy, but I had to crack a smile at this particular rant in a particular forum’s GG thread. (Which, again, is curiously rarely about games or ethical journalism at all, but against feminism and those darn SJWs, presented in High Dramatic Format because they are totally Real Action Game Heroes.)

Erik Kain at Forbes made the same point I did. All this obsessive emphasis on “SJW bullshit” destroys whatever credibility this movement was trying to wring out from the sea of Trade Chat-esque vomit, and overblown shit like this is just the icing on top. They also keep claiming a lot of AAA devs are on their side, they just can’t come forward because reasons—like maybe the fact the movement has placed their rep squarely in the shitbin.

But, back to the picture. The poster uses the comparison of images to declare that feminism is dying out.

The bottom image is a phony rally in Paris staged by Chanel using their models.

It took one image search to locate a link to confirm of that picture. Just one. Then again, Mark Kern can’t even get the workplace of the person he’s trying to get fired right.

It’s about ethics, gais.

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.

Song: After You Came

Performed by: The Moody Blues

Gimli glared at the rain falling outside the gates of Aglarond. He hated that rain.

There used to be a time when Legolas could ignore the sound of water rushing and the smell of damp earth, but after so many years he couldn’t resist. The sea longing had sunk its hooks in deep and dragged him out to wander in the rain. ‘Rain from the sea,’ he would say as he drifted out into the pouring rain.

Every time the rains came Gimli would wait for Legolas to return to their home and then would laugh and joke about him looking like some poor, half-drowned thing. It was either laugh, or break at this point, because Gimli had reached the top of his wall and was perilously close to tipping over it.

And so Gimli waited for Legolas to return back to the earth again, hating the rain, and hoping they would find a way through this.


(Thanks for the prompt thudworm)