This image shows a collection of diatoms at a magnification of 200. Diatoms are aquatic, photosynthetic protists and are one of the simplest forms of phytoplankton. They are abundant in nearly every habitat where water is found – oceans, lakes, streams, mosses, soils and even the bark of trees. Nearly all diatoms are microscopic; cells range in size from about 2 microns to about 500 microns (0.5 mm), or about the width of a human hair.
September 2015 Ships of the Line calendar. Starfleet tugs “cleaning up” after Wolf 359 by
The top 3 images are details: 1. A tug strapping in a damaged Nova-class saucer; 2. A close-up of the tug “Annie” with Sphinx shuttles rescuing lifeboats and a type-7 shuttle launching; and 3. a tug towing a derelict Constitution-class saucer.
The fourth image shows Probert posing with the piece, and the last is all the images stitched together.
It is interesting that there is a Nova-class saucer there, as well as escape pods of the Sovereign or Akira type… I suppose we have to conclude that those classes were at least in development as of Wolf 359.
Throwback. To that time my buddies Chauncey and Chris shredded the Eleven’s Couloir in the Telluride Backcountry. They kicked a couple of slides, but eventually emerged safely. What an amazing ride it must have been.
This image is 6 frames stitched together. If you look closely you can see Chauncey about ¼ from the top. I would love to see this image printed out.
Someone requested a more detailed look at the whole Miko saga here.
Miko announces that she’s running for President of the human village. In particular, she promises to change the relationship between humans and youkai. As we all know, the human village currently has no government and Miko has experience ruling an entire country. If you don’t vote for her, society will collapse. But if she does become President, you can look forward to a bright future. Her platform is “Humanity First”
Make Humanity Great Again!
Miko gives a speech about the dangers of illegal youkai immigrants. They steal jobs and import the problems of youkai mountain: drugs, diseases and *censored*. She’s going to build a wall, and the youkai will pay for it.
Following Miko’s extreme comments, surprisingly some youkai actually agreed with her. Why? Because of the inevitable food crisis. There are only so many humans in the village, clearly not enough food for all the youkai. Local youkai would actually welcome a wall. (Pictures are of youkai eating in the human village)
(Image stitched together)
Then Aya does her interview with Hecatia and has a crisis of conscience. Or at the very least, she ain’t gonna be no pawn of the Lunarians.
She issues a correction. The photo was real, and was too exciting not to use, but Miko’s speech was actually pretty boring there. She was giving a regularly scheduled lecture on the topic of “Health tips for humans, from a hermit”. So Aya had decided to accompany the cool picture with a plagiarized news story from the outside world. Which she’s now retracting. Incidentally:
This entire thing is the book that Aya canceled. She eventually decided not to publish it at all.
Babies first trip to the dog park. Needless to say he had fun
[image desc: (1) Stitch, a fawn boston terrier leaping followed by two larger white dogs coming down a ramp (2) stitch and a white fuzzy dog named ghostie from behind running in sync (3) stitch running and panting looking over at the camera (4) stitch walking beside a samoyed with his paws on their back (5) stitch and ghostie running and looking at each other]
soulmate au where if you draw on your skin, the other can see
because @panda013 desperately needed this last one. thanks to everyone who enjoyed this au!
She’s fourteen when she finds her soulmate, a young girl with a full heart and disbelief washing over her as she looks high above the city’s skyline and sees him. And she knows it’s him because there is her M, loopy and it’s tail curling much like a vine as it wraps around itself, on the back of his palm next to his thumb.
[image description: 1- a red and white polka dot marble maze, a white
with pink-themed dessert-print marble maze, and a paper maze pattern. Both mazes, while having different patterns, bear chain stitching maze outlines and one blanket-stitched edge. 2 - the red-polka dot marble maze shown front face
up, displaying the red chain stitching, beside the dessert-print marble maze shown back face up,
displaying the pale pink minky fleece backing, unmarked by the stitching.]
Handsewn Marble Maze Tutorial
A paper pattern the size of your maze.
(Most tutorials don’t give sizes! I’ve been using rectangles 18.5 x
11.5 cm wide, which works for me and my hands; you might like it bigger
or smaller. This includes a .5 cm seam allowance; if you need a 1 cm seam allowance, add .5 cm all the way around.)
Three pieces of fabric the size of your maze (cut using said pattern).
I’ve been using one piece patterned flannelette for the front, one piece
minky fleece (but it could also be flannelette) for the back and one
piece whatever scrap fabric I’ve got, as you won’t see this, for the
middle. (Fabric with minimal fray, like ribbing or T-shirt fabric or
knit, is easiest to handle. Quilting cottons are a pain.)
A ruler and pencil.
A tracing wheel or sewing chalk or one of those fade-away pens/pencils.
Sewing thread and needle (I use plain white for the inside as nobody sees it, matching or contrasting colour for the outside).
your maze on your paper. I’ve been leaving columns and gaps of 3.5 cm
(not including the seam allowance at the edge) for the marble to pass
Take your front fabric and your scrap fabric piece and pin them together so the front side (the pretty side) of the front fabric faces out.
or trace (I use a tracer wheel over the paper pattern; others might
find copying the lines with a ruler via a pencil, chalk or pen easier to
use) your marble design on the front side (the pretty side) of the front fabric. Using a ruler with your tracer wheel helps keep lines straight.
along the maze lines. I’ve been using a chain stitch because I can, but
a back stitch will also work. Don’t use a running stitch, because you
don’t want gaps in the stitching; you need a full line of stitching. I’d double-thread this, because the stitching is meant to be slightly decorative.
Take your finished maze design (the front and the scrap fabric sewn together) and the back fabric and place them front sides facing in.
(You should have the wrong side of the fleece and the scrap fabric,
marked by the less-neat lines of stitching, facing towards you.) Pin together.
around three edges (two long, one short if a rectangle) of your maze,
sewing through the three layers of fabric. Because the materials I’ve
been using don’t fray badly, I’ve been using a back stitch (I back
stitch everything) with small stitches and leaving the edges raw. If
you’re concerned about fraying, back stitch, and then go over the edges
with a blanket or mattress stitch.
Turn your maze right-way out. You’ll have the maze at the top and a pocket at the back. Slide a marble between the front and middle layers
and push it down to the bottom of your maze (testing your maze at the
same time). Tuck the raw edges (the two maze edges together, the back
edge separately) inside the pocket and blanket/mattress stitch or whip
stitch it shut.
Your maze will look like the mazes in the second image: stitching in the front, neat and smooth expanse of minky fleece (great for stroking) in the back!