my fave ep so far

“Do you think if God existed that he could do it? the answer is no! if god exists it’s fucking me.”

anonymous asked:

do you have any good plont blogs or online resources recommendations ? i'm trying to educate myself but i'm too broke to buy new books and the bookstores in my city are really, really tired of me reading inside.

This is In Defense of Plants, an AMAZING botany podcast hosted by a botany grad student in Illinois named Matt!!!

every episode, Matt Candeias brings on new plant people and interviews them about their job/research in the world of botany. they literally just talk about plants for 30-60 minutes, and it covers a wide range of super cool topics and professions in botany and isn’t terribly technical; things are explained in layman’s terms for the everyday listener, which makes it an easy listen. 

People are ask me a lot how to get into Botany/good resources to use to learn a little more, and this is an AMAZING place to start; it gives a diverse set of viewpoints and topics so you can find something you’re most interested in, while learning about plants on a general spectrum. there are also discussions on research, science, and how to build a career in botany, and each professional is asked what path they took to get into their research and job. some have been doing this their whole lives, others changed directions multiple times before settling. again, amazing. HIGHLY recommend. 

There are around 120 episodes to choose from so far, and all of them are free to listen and available through several different podcast sites (including itunes!). 

my faves so far (in no particular order):

Ep. 68 - From Seed to Orchid: A Behind the Scenes Look at Orchid Conservation

Growing orchids from seed is no simple task. It’s not a matter of throwing seeds in soil and waiting for nature to take its course. That is where people like Matt Richards come in. Using specific laboratory techniques, Matt has made a career out of propagating rare and endangered orchids from all over the world…

Ep. 71 - Nepenthes and Other Botanical Treasures with Stewart McPherson

Getting bit by the carnivorous plant bug can lead to a lifelong obsession with these botanical wonders. That is exactly what has happened to Stewart McPherson. He has dedicated his life to finding, photographing, and naming these amazing organisms. He is especially fond of the tropical pitcher plants in the genus Nepenthes. Over the last decade Stewart has explored some of the most remote corners of the globe in search of these plants…

Ep. 76 - Broomrapes: A Celebration of an Interesting Family of Parasitic Plants

Parasites have earned themselves a bad reputation in our society. We often see them as nauseating freeloaders. This could not be farther from the truth. More and more we are starting to realize just how important parasites are in any given ecosystem. Not only do they promote and maintain biodiversity, they also serve as vital indicators of ecosystem health…

Ep. 79 - A Lifetime With Orchids

Today we are joined by Tom Mirenda. Tom has the unique position of Orchid Collections Specialist for the Smithsonian Institute. At somewhere around 8,000 plants, this is no small task. He has spent his life loving and caring for orchids and when he is not doing that, he is busy lecturing and writing about them. This is a wonderful case in which a passionate hobby has turned into an illustrious career centered around these incredible organisms…

Ep. 86 - Plant Propagation at Kew

Personally, I think plant propagation is one of the most important skills anyone can have. That is why I was so excited to talk with my guest this week. Rebecca Hilgenhof is a Botanical Horticulturist at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. She has the charmed position of propagation a bewildering variety of plants both for conservation and education…

Ep. 96 - Guam’s Changing Forests

Guam is a sort of poster child for invasive species. Following the accidental introduction of the brown tree snake, this tiny Pacific Island lost nearly all of its bird populations. With them went all of the ecosystem services they performed. Joining us today is Dr. Haldre Rogers of Iowa State University to talk about some of the ramifications of this ecological upheaval. As you will soon find out, the loss of birds is felt throughout the entire forest ecosystem…

Ep. 104 - Rock gardens, alpines, and aquatics, oh my!

I don’t think I have to say that my favorite people are plant people. Joining us today is Tom Freeth, the man in charge of the rock, alpine, and aquatic gardens at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Tom has devoted his life to growing and understanding plants and has had an amazing journey to get to where he is at today. He passion and interests come through in every word…

Matt also hosts a youtube version where he goes on various plant adventures and wrote a short article about IDOP for Plant Science Today!!!

If you would like to donate to help him out on his plant education mission, IDOP also has a Patreon, and you can buy stickers here!!

johnlocked-ianthony  asked:

Hi there! I was rewatching TLD (my fave ep in s4 so far) and I noticed that the three times they show a gun shooting (one at the beginning, one when Sherlock gives the "taking your life" speech and one at the end) they're all the same. Except the first and last have one difference: the sleeves. Can you link some meta on it? Thank you so much! (P.S. you're awesome!)

Hi Lovely!

I’ve ACTUALLY seen a meta about this a bit ago… But according to this meta and this meta, they’re all the same gun, which is why the Unreliable Narrator Theory is still standing firm. The sleeve differences are hard to see, but it’s there. The first one has a sleeve:

and the last on does not (Eurus’):

It’s the same gun but not the same arm, which is why people are questioning the opening gun. Now it may be John remembering the gunshot by Norbury:

Except… she’s wearing a white shirt under the blue sweater, which you can clearly see in the sleeve here, but not in the first one.

Many people have stated that the first one looks like John’s hand, which is why many of us believe that John actually shot Mary, and why it transitions from that into John:

People have speculated that it is John remembering shooting Mary.

As an aside, I find this transition interesting:

Where we NEVER see John’s left side. So we see a gunshot, John lying down and an odd cut off of his left side. This, for me, is the beginning of the Garridebs Theory of John being Shot in the Head, or at least supports the theory that most if not ALL of S4 is all John’s TAB.

ANYWAY that was totally off topic, but I thought of it while I was making that gif of the transition. The point I’m trying to make, is that the guns in TLD are NOT all being fired by the same people that we think they are (Norbury or Eurus). This is one of the things that twigged at me that the whole of S4 is Unreliable Narrator / John’s Alibi / John’s TAB. 


It’s a chance. Instead of being out here. Instead of just making it.

Freedom and Whisky

Possibly my fave ep of s3 so far! It pretty much had all I was asking for from Claire’s 20th C storyline and the it did not disappoint in the feels department one bit!

Claire and Bree.

I loooved every second these 2 had together. Finally getting to see Claire have such beautiful heart to hearts with her daughter, both coming to terms with the choice being made and the consequences of it. They pulled every heart wrenching/poignant line from the book, which was just 🙌🏼!

There goodbye really hit me straight in the feels. I completely was mush by the time Claire gave her the pearls!

(Loved the wee Drums foreshadowing with the convo on the couch about never seeing her marry or hold her grandchild!)

Claire and Joe.

FRIENDSHIP GOALS! Another duo I just absolutely loved every second of! These 2 had such great chemistry, and we got some brilliant and iconic Claire/Joe goodness that had me grinning from ear to ear! I loved the bones scenes, I mean “someone nearly took her head off with a dull blade” Like damn, I CANNOT WAIT FOR A CERTAIN SOMEONE’S PROTECTIVE RAGE TO COME OUT.

The Music.

BEST. SCORED. EP. OF. S3. For me that is. It hit every moment with such reminiscent feels, scores that hasn’t been heard in so long and are so quintessentially Claire and Jamie’s. A beautiful ebb and flow to the whole ep. Even the added sixties music was brilliant. My fave o which being her bat suit sewing theme! That I have to admit was a nice touch. That Claire is capable of sewing an entire outfit in a night, secret pockets and all lol I was just like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'mma go with it!

Claire’s insecurities.

The way they framed her journey was so well done. Her first priority had been Bree. And only after speaking with Bree, did she start letting herself think of going back. And the beauty of the ep really shone with Cait’s delivery of Claire’s doubt. Her non verbal scenes - looking at herself in the mirror - or sitting alone with the pearls, there was just such genuine insecurity, that felt very real and grounded. Its something we all at some point have struggled with, and the show highlighted it beautifully.

Claire and Jamie!

Finally! Omfg those last 5mins were everything I could have asked for in terms of how to end the ep! It was perfect. I was saying in a DM before the ep how I’d hoped they’d finish it with him fainting, coz after such a heavy season, after such a long wait, we’ve never had an ep that’d finish on such a high, optimistic and funny note before the entire series. And when dude hit the deck I was pretty much losing my shit quite thoroughly (the trailer for 3x06 completed that job in no uncertain terms, I was beyond at that point. Geezus the 🔥🔥🔥! But that’s for another post lol)

Additional thought:

The only negative I had for the ep was the whole Claire vs. Candy standoff. I didn’t feel it necessary nor fair to have Claire be confronted like, esp since Candy was wrong - Claire had asked for a divorce, but I’m not surprised Frank told his mistress “my wife won’t let me go” 😒. And even though I liked the subsequent convo between Claire and Bree after, I felt a huge inconsistency in Bree’s reaction, given how ballistic she to finding out Claire had been in love and married to Jamie while away from Frank, I’d have expected her to be even more upset at finding out her daddy had a mistress throughout his marriage while Claire was around.

Guys… My hope’s renewed. And even though I’m trying hard not to get my hopes too high up, the preview for 3x06 got me so giddy I can’t even tell you. They may very well just OBLIVIATE what I new them to!

2x11 Review

I finally got to watch the ep and it’s so good to finally good to have Luke Garroway back on my tv screen. 

So ep has been one of my faves so far from season 2, I  love the new characters. I’m interested in Azazel than Sabastian but both were incredible in the first ep, and I love Ollie casually talking about her girlfriend, she shady af but I’m more happy for the lgbtq+ rep. 

I was so happy about the parabatai training scene and oh god the Luke and Maia scenes, they were everything to me, also the Maia + Simon scenes, remind me why they aren’t dating instead, smh. I’m so happy that Simon is using this daylighter thing to get some normalcy back into his life. 

One of not my fave story lines returned too, and this is where the rant starts. They couldn’t let the drug thing go, could they? I’m absolutely disgusted by Isabelle’s behavior, I understand that she was going through withdrawal but the fact that she was willing to kill Raphael just because he was doing something that would benefit the both of them, goes to show how little shadowhunters care for downworlders life. 

Raphael, I’m so relieved that he had enough willpower to not give in to Izzy, also I which the writers would acknowledge that he’s canon ace and stop over sexualizing the scenes he’s in. I’m disappointed that they cut the cheek touching scene because I feel that would have been a very vulnerable moment for him and I think Simon would have also gotten a sense of how hard it is to actually be a downworlder and espcially a vampire. 

Also, a lot of people ignore Alec’s behavior towards not only to Raphael but Magnus. In Raphael’s case, I sort of understand where he’s coming from but he barges into his boyfriend’s house kiss him hello then not ask but demands that Magnus come help him and after he talks to Raphael, he walks tf out “let’s go”. Mind you this is supposed to be a relationship. And his hostility towards Raphael, please Alec you need to stop acting like your sister isn’t at fault too. I honestly don’t care who they are, all shadowhunters are prejudice and it showed.

i think my fave scene from powerless so far is the retreat ep where emily gets infected by the truth gas and she just tears everyone left in the office a new one for being so selfish and unappreciative and is only drawn into the safety room by karaoke bc honestly same