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Fun Fact of The Day: This dolphin here is actually using the puffer fish as a drug to induce a trance-like state. The skin of the puffer fish, in small amounts, is known to produce a narcotic effect. The behavior was captured by an award winning wildlife documentary producer, John Downer, and a zoologist, Rob Pilley, who states “Young dolphins are purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating. After chewing it gently and passing it around, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”



A range of awesome work by John Downer, showcard and sign painting master (also responsible for uber popular Brothers font among other things). Photos were taken at a 4 day long Cooper Union workshop. It was incredibly inspiring and I learned a ton. Hoping to build off of this base and continue learning and painting.

Many thanks to John and Cara for putting on the workshop!

The 100 Episode 4.9 Takeaways

1. What’s with the Commander Clarke bait-and-switch? It’s going to be hella dumb if they shove the chip into her head at the end of the season just for funsies.
2. Luna should really just step up and become the commander since she’s the only natural nightblood left. She talks a good game about wanting peace, but I’m disappointed she hasn’t fought for it.
3. Roan does have a good point about not trusting the commander system though. It’s so arbitrary. The clans always seem to end up with someone who doesn’t represent a majority of their interests. They need some democracy up in this bitch!
4. I appreciate the friendship and respect between Clarke and Roan. I think they would make great co-leaders in the bunker. Maybe a council with members from each clan?
5. I like that Emori was proven wrong when Miller and Jackson came back for her and Murphy. You know you’re a Debbie Downer when John Murphy is the most optimistic person in the room.
6. Super proud of Murphy for apologizing to Raven. It was heartfelt, and shows how much he’s changed. I’m glad Raven took responsibility for her current condition as well. I’m all about this character development!
7. As far as Jasper and Harper are concerned: they’ve made up their minds. Let’s respect it and move on. The only way they’ll go to Polis now would be to save Monty.
8. Well, we all knew Octavia playing farmer with Ilian wouldn’t last. At least she got some booty before heading back to Polis for the fucking Hunger Games.
9. Bellamy talking like he doesn’t know anyone in Skaikru who can fight like a grounder is laughable. Yes, he didn’t know where Octavia was at that moment, but come on. Who the hell else could it be?
10. I’m still wondering why they haven’t used Clarke’s new blood status to heal Raven and Abby. They are both in imminent danger, but Clarke seems more concerned about Roan.
11. I really like the bunker set. If they do end up in there by the end of the season, I assume that there will be some sort of time skip. Although I wouldn’t put it past the writers to have some sort of deus ex machina plot device that saves the world at the last minute.

Fluffmas Day 4-Movie Night (Hamilsquad x Reader)

Warning: Fighting, Movie Criticism

A/N: I hope you like it~

Movie night had started out as started out as such a nice idea, all of you would decide on a movie and eat tons of junk food then crash on the couch or whatever. Just a time to kick back from all of your heavy schedules and snuggle with each other. But when it came to holiday movie nights things always got tense…like now.

“I’m telling you we should watch It’s a Wonderful Life!” shouted Alexander.

“And I’m saying that we should watch The Nightmare Before Christmas!” thundered Hercules.

“I want to watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!” screamed John.

“Non, you are all wrong! We should watch Le pôle express!” yelled Lafayette.

You were sitting the couch calmly eating popcorn as you watched your boyfriends bicker. In a house with four strong and outspoken males things like this are bound to happen. When life gives you lemons, you made lemonade. But with your boyfriends, when gives them lemons, they’d throw them at people till they get what they want (usually it’s Jefferson though). And right now they each had a different lemon.

You had more sense than to intervene with their fight, besides you found this far more entertaining than any of the movies.

“It’s a Wonderful Life is an overplayed load of existential crap!” spat Hercules. If there was one thing you should never do is get between him and his Disney.

“How dare you say that about an American classic! It actually teaches people an important life lesson unlike your movie that’s just bunch of toys moved around for kids to watch! Besides we watched Nightmare Before Christmas last Halloween!” defended Alexander.

“It’s a dual holiday movie!” Lafayette and John had to hold Hercules back from strangling Alexander.

“Calm down, mes amours. There is no need to fight.” said Lafayette, stepping in between Alexander and Hercules. You thought they had finally come to their senses and realized how stupid the argument is. “It is obvious Le pôle express is the best choice!”

‘Spoke too soon’ you thought, eating some more popcorn.

“No way, that movie is such a downer.” John stuck out his tongue in disgust.

“John’s right! What kind of movie teaches kids to believe in something without proof! They should be taught to ask every question, examine every belief, and draw rational conclusions!” argued Alexander, rising from his seat.

“You know there’s something in this world called wonder! Something I think little kids should have! Which is why we should watch Night Before Christmas?!”

“No! We should watch Rudolph! It teaches social acceptance and demonstrates how what someone perceives as a flaw can actually be strength! Plus Rudolph and Clarice are so cute together!”

“Wonderful Life—Nightmare—Rudolph—Le pôle express!” they all shouted at each other.

You decided that you couldn’t sit back and watch anymore. If they kept arguing like this it’ll end up with fist fight or a debate. Both of which you were not in mood for. So you set your popcorn aside.

“THAT’S ENOUGH!“you screamed as loud as you could. Making all your boyfriends freeze in place. You gestured for all of them to sit back down, which they obeyed. "As entertaining as it is to watch four hot guys bicker about Christmas movies I think it’s time to end this. How about we watch The Muppet Christmas Carol? It has the existentialism and classicness of It’s a Wonderful Life, the wonder of Polar Express, group acceptance like Rudolph, and it’s Disney (sort of).”

The guys looked at each other, not having any arguments (or not willing to argue with you). They all agreed and you sat back down, snuggling up to John and Hercules. For the rest of movie night you enjoyed the antics and music of the Muppets.

Libs’ history on gay rights

NOTE: I got this off a buddy’s FB. I don’t know if he wants to be named here, but he did the hard work putting this list together :)

1972: SA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

1973: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

1975: SA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Again.

1976: Qld Libs refuse to employ a teacher because he’s gay.

1977: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Again.

1980: Vic Libs introduce homosexuality decriminalization bill! But several Libs cross the floor to vote against it.

1982: NSW Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

1984: WA Libs vote against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Agaaain.

1989: WA Libs impose limits on decriminalising homosexuality laws including a different age of consent for gays (21 as opposed to 16),  prohibition of the ‘promotion or encouragement’ of homosexuality (like Russia, today), and a preamble to the legislation stating that the parliament disapproves of homosexuality.

1992: Lib leader Alexander Downer calls for the resignation of Defence Minister Robert Ray in response to the lifting of a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces.

1996: Howard Govt makes migration for same-sex couples harder.

1996: ACT Libs pass laws making wills and estates fairer for same-sex couples. That’s good.

1996: John Howard tells A Current Affair that he would be ‘disappointed’ if one of his sons was gay.

1999:   Qld Libs oppose legislation that removes parental leave discrimination against same-sex couples.

2001: John Howard tells a group of teenagers on Triple J that ‘I have not met a parent yet who wants their children to grow up gay.’

2003: ACT Libs oppose legislation that acknowledges same-sex relationships and protects them from discrimination.

2004: Howard Govt removes sexuality as a basis of protection from discrimination in the National Framework for Human Rights.

2004: Howard Govt amends the Marriage Act to specifically ban same-sex marriage.

2004: NT Country Libs vote against equal age of consent.

2004: WA Lib Leader Colin Barnett advocates for gays to have different age of consent laws, same-sex couples to be disallowed from accessing the Family Court, same-sex parents to be denied adoption rights and lesbians be denied access to IVF.

2006: Howard Govt refuses to cooperate with a national inquiry into financial discrimination against gay people, banning its departments from making submissions.

2006: Howard Govt refuses to allow a gay Australian man in Europe to marry his partner overseas, who is an Austrian citizen. It refuses to supply documentation confirming the man was not already married.

2006: Howard Govt overrules ACT legislation passed to allow civil unions.

2007: Howard Govt overrules ACT legislation passed to allow civil unions. Again.

2008: Libs vote against legislation that would allow lesbians access to IVF.

2010: Lib Leader Tony Abbott claims that gay people challenge ‘the order of things’ and states that ‘I probably feel a bit threatened’ by them.

2011: Queensland Libs oppose civil union legislation.

2011: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott denies a conscience vote on same-sex marriage to his party, meaning that Liberal members who support the proposal will be prohibited from voting accordingly (this is still the case).

2012: Queensland Libs remove surrogacy and adoption rights.


Lafayette x Reader, John Laurens x Reader
Words: 954
Prompt: Lafayette +angst equals a happy me angst angst angst cheating preferably 

hi everyone. i’m sorry i haven’t been active but my laptop has crapped itself (never buy a surface pro) so i haven’t really been able to type. i’ll be honest with you, i did get my computer wet when i was taking a bath yesterday, but it was malfunctioning before that so it’s okay.

i hope i did okay with this. i feel like it’s very angsty so that’s good.

requests are open as usual bbys! let me know what you want to read next x


As you walked into the bar, you scanned the room for Laurens and Mulligan. You smiled when seeing them, speeding up your pace slightly. You slid into the booth next to Hercules, smiling at Laurens. “Hey boys.” You said, “Ready for a fun night?”

“Only if you’re ready to get as drunk as you did last time,” Laurens said, slurring his words slightly. You laughed slightly.

“Don’t mind him, he’s been here for hours now (Y/N),” Hercules said, slapping you on the back roughly. You could tell he had had a few drinks as well.

“Well, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, fuck it! I’m beautiful!” John slurred, letting out a high pitched giggle. You burst out laughing.

“Oh my god, John,” You mumbled, leaning over the table and ruffling his hair. “I don’t think that’s even a Thomas Jefferson quote.”

“It’s not, it’s an Hamfam quote!” Hercules exclaimed. He reached over you, grabbing the apron of a passing waitress. “Hey, lady! Let’s have another round tonight! Three for the table, and keep them coming!”

“I have to get home to Lafayette eventually guys, I can’t stay here all night,” You said, pulling out your phone and opening Facebook. John quickly snatched your phone, shoving it into his underwear. You grimaced.

“You can’t tell us you wanna have fun and then be a downer!” John exclaimed. The waitress placed the beers on the table, walking off. John pushed one towards you. “Please? For me?” He whined, pouting. You picked up the beer, taking a large gulp.

“Nobody needs to know, right?”

Both boys nodded, going back to their beers.


“Maaaaaaaaan! You can’t kick us out!” Hercules slurred, leaning heavily against the wall of the bar.

“Of course they can! We broke every glass and Laurens swung from the light!” You slurred, giggling. “I’m Sia!” John exclaimed, giggling loudly.

“I’m going home!” Hercules exclaimed, staggering off and leaving you and John alone. You sat down on the ground, leaning against the wall of the bar. “I’m bored.”

“So am I,” John mumbled, taking a seat in your lap. He rested his head against your shoulder, starting to play with your hair. “You’re really pretty.”

“And you’re really drunk,” You slurred, laughing slightly.

“But you’re really pretty even when I’m not really drunk!” John exclaimed. “You’ve always been really pretty. But nasty French guy has to take you away.”

“Laf isn’t nasty, he’s beautiful,” You mumbled, giggling slightly. “He’s gonna be sooooooooooo mad when he finds out what we did!”

“Yeah, him and HammyFammy…” John slurred, pausing for a moment, “I can’t remember where I live.”

“Then you have to stay with me!” You exclaimed, pushing him out of your lap and standing up quickly. “Ow!” John exclaimed, pouting. He whined slightly, standing up too. “Can we have some fun when we get back to your house?”

“Yeahhhhhhh!” You slurred, wrapping your arm around John and beginning to walk home.

“I have an idea of what we can do when we get home,” John whispered in your ear, placing a hand on your bum. You giggled.

“I bet I’ll like that idea.”


“Fuck, harder,” You whimpered, letting Laurens thrust into you. You let out a loud moan, grasping the sheets tightly.

“We’re gonna be in so much trouble if he finds out,” John slurred, leaving rough kisses down the back of your neck.

“If. If is good,” You slurred. John giggled.

“You’re so drunk,” he mumbled.

“And you are too! You’re silly Laurens. Silly silly Laurens,” You slurred, letting John pull out and lay down beside you. He started to kiss your face sloppily, using his free hand to toss the condom aside.

After arriving home, you had shared a bottle of Vodka that you found in the fridge. That was when things got heated.

It was around three am, and Lafayette still wasn’t home. You figured that he was staying at his meeting, so you forgot about him after a while.

“What do we do now?” You asked, starting to poke John’s freckles.

“Uh… round two?” John suggested. You giggled. “Nooooo,” You slurred.

“Yeah! Cold champagne!” John sang, laughing. He rolled over, kissing you.

The door of the bedroom swung open, revealing a tired Lafayette. He rubbed his eyes, turning on the light and freezing.

“Mon Dieu… (Y/N)?” He whispered. “Qu'est-ce que tu fais?”

You and Laurens both froze. John moved off of you, standing up and facing Lafayette. He stumbled towards him. “It’s not what it looks like,” He said quietly, his drunk persona disappearing almost immediately.

“Je ne parlais pas de vous! Je veux lui répondre maintenant!” He dropped his bag on the floor, crossing his arms. “What is going on?”

This was the first time you had seen Lafayette truly angry. His loud voice scared you.

“We… we just wanted to have some fun. That’s all,” You whispered.

Lafayette shook his head, tears coming out of his eyes. “I can’t believe you would do this,” Lafayette whispered.

“If it makes it better, I’ll lea-“

“No. I’m going home. Stay with your dirty fuck buddy. I need time,” Lafayette muttered, picking up his bag and leaving the room. You stood up quickly, bolting after him.

“Lafayette, please. You can’t leave. I-I need you!” You exclaimed, grabbing onto his arm. Lafayette turned his head to look at you. He looked weak. His eyes were red and teary and his bottom lip was trembling. Lafayette moved his gaze towards the floor quickly.

“You’ve taken everything. I need time, just give me that?” He whispered.

You let go of his arm, watching as the love of your life walked out the door. It was then when the realization hit you. He wasn’t coming back.


VIDEO: David Tennant Narrates Hamster The Toilet Paper Thief

David Tennant narrates an extract from the new John Downer Productions TV series Pets - Wild At Heart. In the clip, a hamster escapee turn thief, stuffing his cheeks with toilet paper which he uses in an unconventional way!

The BBC One broadcast of the series finished last night, but both episodes are still available to view again on BBC iPlayer.

Pets - Wild At Heart is a BBC/PBS co-production and will be aired on public television channels in the USA later this year.

Request: “A playlist based on "Looking For Alaska” by John Green?“ These songs just remind me of LFA. 

Spotify: Looking For Alaska. // 8Tracks: Looking For Alaska. 


01. The New School - The Tough Alliance // 02. Daydreamer - Young The Giant // 03. Green Eyes - Joe Brooks // 04. Long Hair - Downers // 05. Feeling Alright - Warpaint // 06. Coming Of Age - Foster The People // 07. The Fox - Ylvis // 08. A Praise Chorus - Jimmy Eat World // 09. Konstantine - Something Corporate // 10. Blue Skies - Noah And The Whale // 11. It Could Be Better - Lewis Watson // 12. Unless It’s Kicks - Okkervil River


In the end we’re all alone.”  | “But the good news is: You’re not alone.

Person of Interest 1x03: Mission Creep | 4x11:  If-Then-Else


BBC Wildlife Director John Downer & Point of View filmmaking

Point of View: The obsession with getting ever closer.

What is it like to lay down with lions? How would it feel to swim with dolphins? Or fly like an eagle? John Downer’s award winning films are driven by his personal desire to break into the world of animals and capture moments from unique points of view.

Through the use of immersive filmmaking techniques, like spy cameras, John Downer and his team bring the viewer up close and personal with the animals he portrays and reveals the world and lives of them as never seen before. Capturing the animal’s perspective adds a moving emotional level to the stories and leads this wildlife footage away from the observant spectator to a powerful captivating experience.

Discover more about Sensory visual content HERE

See more BBC Motion Gallery footage HERE

John Downer, Day 2

John Downer’s workshop for Cooper Type taught several integral considerations for developing a typeface. Beginning with basic spacing techniques, then moving into creating basic bitmap letterforms, the class was tasked with continual assessment from a distance. Both by stepping across the room, and using a reducing glass, this taught us to observe simultaneously: proportion, mass, and the relationship between black and white space.



What might look like a ­colourful fish, squid, giant clam or turtle has at its heart a small submersible packed with high-tech equipment.

Guided by humans the dolphins, sharks and turtles glide through the seas on a unique mission

Each radio-controlled swimming model is fitted with HD cameras to capture unique footage of the unsuspecting marine mammals.

The amazing underwater cameras were created by award-winning wildlife film-maker John Downer to shoot his spectacular new TV series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod.

Cooper Type: John Downer

About to start Day 2 of John Downer’s excellent workshop for the Type @ Cooper program. Yesterday, seven hours flew by as we spaced shapes and went über-analog designing basic bitmap letters with pencil on paper. So far, it’s been really applicable to what we’re working on, and I spent another four hours at home last night working on the revival. 

Here’s a pic of one of my classmates’ work yesterday (courtesy of @CooperType):


David Tennant narrates ‘Orphaned puppy is adopted by mother cat’ - a clip from the second episode of Pets - Wild At Heart.

The series is created by John Downer Productions, the makers of Penguins: Spy On The Ice. Watch the episode on BBC One on Wednesday 28th January at 8pm



“A striated caracara, intrigued by our spy egg-cam, decides to fly off with our camera but in the process captures the first ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a flying bird.”