“Y’know, Naishe, I adore ya.”

look its everyone’s favorite raider grandparents who i never talk about!!

The Storm Giant, Fearchar Mac Eanraig, totally has a tiny wife who kicks ass and he loves Naishe with every fiber of his being.


It is frickin’ FINALS WEEK how do you expect me to get ANY work done with THIS HAPPENING

So, story time.

I hear on Twitter this morning from Tom Holtz/Darren Naish/others that something big is going to be happening in the dinosaur world. Alright, sounds cool, but in the meantime it’s finals week and I have to get stuff done and all that

Somewhat unrelated side note, one of the papers I’m working on is an overview of Drepanosauromorpha (that’s due tonight, I might add) and I have the Renesto et al. 2010 monograph open and I’m trying to process it all, but haha whoops so much for concentrating on that amirite my entire fucking conception of how the world works has just been blown to fuckin’ smithereens


I’m there at the university cafeteria, trying to write papers, minding my own business when my phone just LIGHTS UP and buzzes up a storm from twitter and discord and everywhere else

Having forgotten that “big news” was coming, I see what all the fuss is about, and in an instant my life ripped into tatters

So here’s the dealio:

  • Theropods and ornithschians now group together in the newly resurrected clade Ornithoscelida
  • Saurischia now consists solely of Sauropodomorpha and Herrerasauridae
  • Because of all this, there’s a new phylogenetic definition for Dinosauria that adds Diplodocus to the Passer domesticus+Triceratops+MRCA+all descendants clade
  • Tom Holtz is going to be in Pennsylvania for a talk this weekend and YOU BET I AM GOING TO PICK HIS BRAINS OUT ABOUT THIS I MEAN HOT DAMN

I’m still trying to parse through all this because a) it’s a pretty hefty paper and b) I REPEAT IT IS FINALS WEEK I CANNOT HANDLE ALL THIS RIGHT NOW

Check out the paper linked in ADAD’s post that’s going around, and check out the supplementary info if you get a chance, there’s one helluva character matrix in there.

Understandably this is going to be controversial and I’m looking forward to the arguments for/against from all sides. All this is reminding me of the Brontosaurus paper - an unexpected, saucy taxonomic revelation that’s actually backed by a giant mass of raw data and hard science. I look forward to the future.

(And yes, I’ve been gone awhile, again…details soon. I’ve had school and all that. Plus, there may be some exciting developments in the near future…stay tuned.)

i gotta get my head back on the streets
i gotta climb myself upstairs on my new feets
was it something i said, was it something i said?
i got a feeling my heart wants me dead!

but it’s alright -
if you catch me high

there ain’t no way i could ever move
back and forth inside something smooth
i think they’re calling my name, i think they’re calling my name
there’s nothing i see to set me free again

but it’s alright -
if you catch me high

cold like a cobra on the ground
pickin’ up your body in surround sound
move your body back like a hollow tree
i’m inside the graveyard lookin’ for me

there’s gotta be life
going on somewheres else
let’s keep it to ourselves

hey mr. music’s got my back
he’s moving like his feets are two cadillacs
heavy metal drummin’ on the road
well dont you talk to me if you ain’t gonna explode

there’s gotta be life
going on somewheres else
let’s keep it to ourselves

MGM 25th Anniversary Photo - April 1949

FRONT ROW: Lionel Barrymore, June Allyson, Leon Ames, Fred Astaire, Edward Arnold, Lassie, Mary Astor, Ethel Barrymore, Spring Byington, James Craig, Arlene Dahl

SECOND ROW: Gloria DeHaven, Tom Drake, Jimmy Durante, Vera-Ellen, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Betty Garrett, Edmund Gwenn, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin

THIRD ROW: Katharine Hepburn, John Hodiak, Claude Jarman Jr., Van Johnson, Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly Christian Kent (Alf Kjellin), Angela Lansbury, Mario Lanza, Janet Leigh

FOURTH ROW: Peter Lawford, Jeanette MacDonald, Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Jules Munshin, George Murphy, Reginald Owen, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton

FIFTH ROW: Alexis Smith, Ann Sothern, J. Carrol Naish, Dean Stockwell, Lewis Stone, Clinton Sundberg, Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Spencer Tracy, Esther Williams, Kennan Wynn.

ABSENT:  Louis Calhern, Cyd Charisse, Gladys Cooper, Nancy Davis, Greer Garson, Jean Hagen, Lena Horne, Jose Iturbi, Deborah Kerr, Marjorie Main, Frank Morgan, Margaret O’Brien, William Powell, Paula Raymond, James Stewart, Barry Sullivan, Don Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Marshall Thompson, Lana Turner, Robert Walker, James Whitmore.