journey under the sea


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“Bad Intentions” by Charlie Gaudet
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Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Under The Sea - Journey Of The Little Mermaid Ursula

“'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)


The Chub Play the Tub by Ryan Kirkpatrick
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Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid


Flounder and Friend by Charlie Gaudet
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Magic Kingdom Under The Sea Journey Of The Little Mermaid Flounder Fantasyland

100 Words #8: ABZÛ (PC)

I don’t need one hundred words to tell you about my experience with ABZU: It’s essentially “Journey” under the sea. Which, in my book, is a really, really good thing. It might not constitute much of a challenge beyond the simple hurdles you must step over to progress, and it may lack the Playstation darling’s delightful multiplayer aspect, but the quality of the experience more than makes up for it. It is also a much more relaxing game than Journey, even if the tension ramps up in the latter chapters. I really can’t recommend this highly enough, I loved it.

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.


Prince Eric’s Castle & the Moon by Matthew Cooper


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.


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