journey under the sea


Natus Est Ex Mortuis - On this day, May 15, 1909 James Mason was born, an English actor…One of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His iconic films included ‘Odd Man Out’, ‘The Desert Fox’, ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, ‘Lolita’, ‘North by Northwest’, ‘Prisoner of Zenda’, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, ‘A Touch of Larceny’, ‘Bigger Than Life’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Georgy Girl’, ‘The Deadly Affair’, ‘Age of Consent’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘The Boys from Brazil’, ‘The Verdict’, ‘Mandingo’, ‘Murder by Decree’ and ‘Salem’s Lot’…

“'Wasn’t it Journey to the Bottom of the Sea? Marco asked.

‘No, it was Voyage,’ Jake confirmed.

'Journey sounds better,’ Marco said.

Jake sighed. 'Hey, time marches on, right? We’re in a hurry. What are you thinking, Cassie?’

Calamari,’ she said with a grin.

'Snails?’ I said, frowning.

<I am not in favor of snails,> Ax said.

'Wait, that’s not—’ Cassie said loudly.

<I had the misfortune to inadvertently eat one while feeding,> Ax continued. <I did not see it in time. I stepped on it and digested it.>

'You ate a snail through your hoof?’ I asked. That picture temporarily replaced the image of me being squashed to the size of a Barbie doll on the ocean floor.

<Yes, and the meat portion was fine. However, once the snail’s body had been digested, the shell was very difficult to—>

'Ooookay, I think that’s probably enough about snails,’ Jake said.

'Yeah, especially since calamari does not mean snail,’ Cassie pointed out. ’Escargot means snail. I was talking about—’

<I have an idea: Let’s all just stick to speaking English,> Tobias grumped.

'Squid!’ Cassie yelled suddenly. The birds in the trees around us fell silent. So did we.

Until Tobias said, <Uh-uh. Calamari is octopus, not squid.>

'Oh. Who. CARES?’ Cassie cried. 'Squid. We can morph a giant squid! Giant squid dive really deep. And they have arms, so we could maybe get into the Pemalite ship.’

I met Marco’s gaze. 'Why didn’t she just say that to begin with?’

'Could have saved a lot of time,’ Marco agreed, playing along.

<What does any of this have to do with your Captain Nemo?> Ax wondered.

Cassie threw up her hands. 'It’s a book. Journey to—’

'Ah HAH! It was Journey!’

‘I mean Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ Cassie grated. 'Captain Nemo was attacked by a giant squid.’

'Who won?’ Marco asked.

'Wait a minute,’ I said. 'It wasn’t Journey or Voyage. It was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne.’

Cassie looked like she might strangle me. Then she said, 'Oh yeah. Voyage was a TV show. They run it on the Sci-Fi channel.’

'I thought it was on Nick at Night,’ Marco said.

At which point everyone started giggling.

'Someone call the Chee and tell them they’re doomed,’ I said. 'Their only hope is a collection of idiot kids, standing around in the woods debating cable channels.'”

- Book #27: The Exposed, pg. 65 (by K.A. Applegate)


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February 1984

Mike is lying in bed, somewhere in the haze between waking and sleeping, images of days past rolling through his mind. His bike, the overgrown oak tree that droops onto Cherry Street, the bold coloured candy at the General Store, the red brick face of school, the bright green of the chalkboard, the dark and shadowy hole that consumes it as someone screams. 

Mike’s eyes shoot open just as he hears a faint knocking on his door. 

“Mike?” It’s his sister’s voice, whispering in the darkness. The door creaks open and Nancy is standing there, her face dimly illuminated by the moonlight that washes in through the open curtains of his bedroom. Mike can see her features drawn into concern as he shimmies into a seated position, feeling the dampness of sweat under his shirt.  

“Can’t sleep?” Nancy asks, taking a step inside his bedroom, her arms crossed over her chest as they usually are these days. Mike thinks she looks defensive, as if she’s constantly protecting herself from something. 

“Not really,” he mutters, rubbing his eyes. That’s a lie. They both know Nancy’s the one that can never sleep. Mike finds rest every night only for it to be interrupted by vivid terrors. It’s why she visits him so often, drawn away from staring at the ceiling by the sound of her brother’s heavy breathing, whimpering, and the rustling of sheets. 

“Want to read?” Nancy continues after a moment, considering him as she chews her bottom lip. Mike nods, reaching over and turning on the lamp that sits atop his bedside table, bathing the room in a pale glow. Nancy smiles and slips over to the small bookshelf in the far corner, her footfalls soft, soundless, on the carpet. 

20, 000 League Under the Sea or Journey to the Centre of the Earth?” Nancy asks over her shoulder, her fingers delicately running along the spines of old volumes. Mike remains quiet for a moment, thinking. 

A Wrinkle in Time,” he says finally. Nancy nods; if she thinks it’s an odd choice, she doesn’t let on. 

“You know,” Nancy sighs, grabbing the book and settling in beside her brother, “I first read this because Barb recommended it to me.” There’s a wistful, almost nostalgic smile on her face. 

“I know,” Mike sinks his head against Nancy’s shoulder, “And then you made me read it.” 

“It’s good though,” Nancy smiles, opening the cover and steadying her breath—a good book, from a good friend.  

“I think I’ll read it to El,” Mike says quietly, “When she comes home.” 


Prince Eric’s Castle & the Moon by Matthew Cooper

jesus-lizard-journal  asked:

As far as outdated and antiquated paleoart/dinosaur designs go, what's your favorite?

The depth of my love for paleoart from the 19th century knows no limits.

This image, titled “Duria Antiquior” (”Ancient Dorset”), was painted in 1830 by English geologist Henry De la Beche, and was the first piece of art to reconstruct prehistoric creatures using evidence from fossils, effectively making it the first piece of true paleoart.  Even today, we can recognize these animals as icthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and pterosaurs.

De la Beche’s vision of Jurassic-period England was a hellish nightmare, a continuous bloodbath of bug-eyed demons gnashing one another’s flesh.  I absolutely love it.  It’s not up to modern scientific standards, but aesthetically, it’s a dream world.

Henry De la Beche was also the first paleoartist to propose theoretical sentient descendants of prehistoric reptiles - albeit in a joking way.  Take that, Dale Russell!  The caption reads as such:

A Lecture.  “You will at once perceive,” continued Professor Icthyosaurus, “that the skull before us belonged to some of the lower order of animals; the teeth are very insignificant, the power of the jaws trifling, and altogether it seems wonderful how the creature could have procured food.”

De la Beche’s lampooning of the popular view of extinct reptiles is still applicable today.

And paleoart from this time didn’t just depict aquatic reptiles so amazingly.  Take a look at Edouard Riou’s 1863 illustration,  “La terre avant le deluge” (”The Earth Before the Flood”), depicting a battle between Iguanodon and Megalosaurus.

Even though this was scientifically accurate by the standards of the time, the scientist in me disapproves of the lizardly depictions of the animals.  Aesthetically, though, isn’t this brilliant?  It continues the tradition of Henry De la Beche’s art, depicting ancient Earth as a constant battleground between reptilian behemoths, and sets these battles in the prototypical “primordial world” - the setting people still think of when they think of dinosaur times.  Look at those gloomy, foggy cycads!  Makes me want to put on a pith helmet and go look for a stegosaur to bag with my blunderbuss.

(Edouard Riou, by the way, is best known for providing the original illustrations to several of Jules Verne’s novels, including Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Spend some time on Google and familiarize yourself with his work!)

The final image I’ll post here is Edward Drinker Cope’s 1869 illustration of the theropod Dryptosaurus (then known as Laelaps) confronting a pair of Elasmosaurus, while a cheerful-looking turtle and what I’m told are supposed to be hadrosaurs frolic in the background.  Literally everything about how these animals are reconstructed is incorrect, and yet that’s part of the charm.  As a scientific illustration, this earns nothing but disapproval from me, but as an almost romantic depiction of a lost world, where monsters roamed the foggy forests and soaked the seas with the blood of battle, it’s something I can 100% get behind.  (It’s no more of a fantasy as plucked-chicken dromaeosaurs swarming onto a hapless hadrosaur like a land-going pack of piranha, anyway.)

Do yourself a favor.  Look up some paleoart from the 19th century.  Go back to that lost world.  Have a real adventure.

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Journey under the sea with Sonic the Hedgehog in the first chapter of an EPIC new SAGA! “Waves of Change”: Part One – What could be worse than a world shattered to pieces? How about dark monsters rising from the abyss?! While Sonic and the Freedom Fighters race to find the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Temples, Sonic ends up discovering a whole new world of adventure deep beneath the waves! But will those he encounters prove to be friend or foe? Then, in “Light in the Dark: Part one”, Sally, Nicole, Tails and Antoine venture into the Eggman’s latest grab for power to retrieve a desperately-needed Chaos Emerald! Featuring all-new cover art from superstar Ben Bates and a special SONIC VERSUS variant cover from Sonic artist Evan Stanley!


Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages Extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism. His reputation is markedly different in Anglophone regions, where he has often been labeled a writer of genre fiction or children’s books, not least because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels are often reprinted. Verne is the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare, and probably was the most-translated during the 1960s and 1970s. He is one of the authors sometimes called “The Father of Science Fiction”, as are H. G. Wells and Hugo Gernsback.

The Signs as Disneyland Rides

Aries: Pirates of the Caribbean

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Taurus: Star Tours

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Gemini: Mad Tea Party

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Cancer: Snow White’s Scary Adventures

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Leo: Aladdin’s Carpet Ride

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Virgo: Peter Pan’s Flight

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Libra: Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid

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Scorpio: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

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Sagittarius: Indiana Jones Adventure

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Capricorn: Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters

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Aquarius: Mr.Toad’s Wild Ride

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Pisces: Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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An evening under the sea by Leo deCandia
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Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom