home sweet floating home

anonymous asked:

Whats the great oxygenation event??

Oh boy! So, this all takes place around 2.3 billion years ago. Up until then, life had been pretty much chilling for a billion or so years. Pretty much everything was a single-celled organism back then. Also, the planet was a whole lot different. There was no ozone layer, so UV radiation was constantly reaching the surface. That kills stuff, by the way, in high concentrations. Methane gas was also being spewed into the air by various volcanic eruptions. So, not a very nice place. Most importantly, oxygen wasn’t much of a thing. The little there was existed in the ocean and bonded with the iron molecules that were floating around to make rust.

(Home sweet home.)

The organisms that were alive got along just fine without oxygen, for the time being. These are called anaerobic organisms, and some of them still exist today. A lot are in your stomach right now. Anyways, along comes this little thing called a cyanobacteria. It’s unclear how they evolved, but the point is, they can do this neat trick we like to call photosynthesis. As you probably know, a byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen.

Cyanobacteria were incredibly successful - they could make up to 16 times as much energy as anything else. So, they started multiplying. Pretty soon, there was a bunch of extra oxygen floating around, and not enough iron to bond with it. Then things started dying. See, to a lot of anaerobic organisms, oxygen is incredibly deadly. And now there were billions of cyanobacteria constantly spewing it out. 

(The killers themselves. Look at them. Not an ounce of remorse.)

Long story short, almost everything besides cyanobacteria died. The survivors either adapted to be able to live with oxygen, or went and lived in places without it, like underground or in sulfur vents (those guys are still around today!). The cyanobacteria were literally so successful that they changed the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. This also led to a decrease in greenhouse gases and started the longest ice age the world has ever seen. Go cyanobacteria!

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vardasvapors replied to your post:austin walker made dwarves into a people obsessed…

wait can u elaborate for ppl who know nothing about fatt, or would it take too long to explain

uhh so the conceit of this particular fantasy universe is that the pantheon of idiot gods can rewrite history whenever they want, but previous version numbers of the planet’s timeline don’t disappear, they sink underground, toward the planet’s core—so basically it’s this horrible floating matryoshka of possible pasts, aka, HoME sweet HoME

and so dwarves are still … you know … a deep-delving species who live underground! but “underground” here is just the surface world’s revision history. it’s very cute and irritating.

gentlemanjune  asked:

Fucko, I accidentally sent that. 2. I'm looking into buying a home for the first time and I'm reallllly interested in a floating home in particular. I love the nature that comes along with a community like that- it seems like everyday would be like a vacation. Do you have any advice on buying a houseboat? Questions I should ask? Things to be on the lookout for? I saw one listed on sauvies for 189,000 that looks adorable!

Whatever you accidentally sent I never received…

All I can really tell you is that it’s not even remotely the same as buying a mainstream house. You can’t get a typically “home” loan, and especially not a FHO loan. It’s considered a recreational or personal loan, so more down payment is required, as well as significantly more strict loan guidelines. Also the slip fees (for where your house sits on the water/moorage) range around an additional 500$ a month. The listed price of a floating home is not necessarily comparable to typical mortgages. There are also significant other structural factors to consider in a floating home…they absolutely can tip, and sink, if not maintained and designed properly.

I would also suggest renting one first to be certain that it’s the right lifestyle for you. Buying a floating home means understanding the various types of maintenance needed to keep it afloat. This means significant added expenses. Being a first time homeowner will be an abrupt jolt to your life regardless…putting that home ON water will add even more potential stress. 

That being said, if you can do it…it’s worth it. It’s the best life.

And for the love of god, remember,  it’s not a boat.

It is the end of a floating era.

The floating house is unlike any home I could have ever imagined.

It stole my heart the moment I first stepped inside, almost 4 years ago, and has been the only constant throughout the absolute hardest moments of my life. It has brought me the simple happiness and serenity and  that only a floating home on a quiet little island could offer. I had hoped to buy it, but the owners are determined to keep it as a rental investment. We have outgrown the limitations of the house, and the time has come for me to say goodbye to my home sweet floating home

A few months ago, I casually told my girlfriend that the only way I’d be actually excited to leave the floating house was for something even more magical, “like living on a vineyard…”

If you knew her, you would not be surprised in the least that she found our dream home…and it just so happens to be sitting completely secluded, at the top of 44 acres of vineyard sourced by Ken Wright Cellars. 

From a floating home on an island, to a vineyard house…

Growing up in Ohio I saw the world as nothing but corn fields and straight stretches of highway. I knew there was more out there, I knew I wanted to chase it, and so I did. This is the life that I always dreamt of living, but never thought possible.