naturalism stakes


The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world. The stakes could not be higher. For both, it’s a matter of life and death. Yet surprisingly, it’s the hunters that usually fail. To have any chance of survival, predators must be perfectly tuned to their own hunting arenas. Every habitat brings a different challenge. THE HUNT will reveal as never before the extraordinary range of strategies predators use to catch their prey. But even for the most skillful, success is never guaranteed.

Everything repeats over and over again, no one learns anything because no one lives long enough to see the pattern
—  Marceline, Adventure Time

When a snare is put around a lion’s neck, complete elimination of South Luangwa’s National Park’s natural predator is at stake. With no natural predator, the prey’s population will soar and will eat Zambia’s vegetation to extinction. We need various species of flora and fauna in our environmental ecosystems so that it can maintain healthy and balanced. The survival of our own species depends on it.

anonymous asked:

Gaara and kiba with their s/o on a mission together? Or else Gaara on his wedding day/honeymoon?

Here you go, Nonny! I’m sorry Gaara is  a stick in the mud (sand?) and cannot be coaxed to live a little. ~Admin Axel

Sabaku no Gaara on a Mission with His S/O Headcanons

Originally posted by itachiandsasuke

  • First off, Gaara would try everything possible to avoid going on a mission with his s/o. He doesn’t take missions often because his position as Kazekage requires him to stay inside the village, so if he is agreeing to take a mission it is a dangerous and important one and he needs to be able to make tough, impartial decisions without being held back by romantic entanglements. Gaara has to make the best option for his village the priority, and he doesn’t know if he can do that if it puts someone he loves at risk. It’s a potential disaster to include his s/o in the mission roster, and he would exhaust every other option with the council before he gives in. He’s not trying to hurt his s/o’s feelings, he’s just wary of the potential repercussions of working with them.

  • Gaara wouldn’t treat his s/o any different than any of the other team members. He is Kazekage, and absolutely cannot show any sort of favoritism to his s/o without making them a target for all sorts of unpleasant, petty behavior from their teammates and undermining their worth as a shinobi. He knows his s/o can handle themself, and if they got into a sticky situation he would step in to assist just like he would with anyone else.

  • The only allowance he is willing to make is he might “accidentally” arrange it so that he and his s/o are on guard detail at night while the others are sleeping and he can steal a few uninterrupted hours with them. While he will gladly sit around the campfire and talk to them to keep them both awake, he will not do anything distracting that might compromise the security of the camp. No long walks through the night with his s/o, no late night swimming in a desert oasis, and absolutely no sex. He’s a bit of a stickler for the rules. Party pooper.

  • In situations where there is no other option but to fight, Gaara intentionally draws his combatants to a place that makes it easier for him to keep an eye on his s/o and watch their back while still being able to pour most of his focus into his attackers. If he felt like his s/o’s life was in danger, he would abandon his own defense without hesitation to shield them with sand from a potentially fatal blow. There is absolutely no way he would allow anything to happen to his s/o while under his command.

Inuzuka Kiba on a Mission With His S/O Headcanons

Originally posted by oceanboywriter

  • On the flipside, Kiba’s priority is his s/o. He has a protective streak a mile wide and has no qualms with disregarding the mission entirely in favor of making sure that his s/o is safe. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point, but just to be sure, Kiba is definitely going to order Akamaru to dog his s/o’s heels and come get him if anything goes wrong.

  • He will not interfere with his s/o’s fight until they are overwhelmed because he has total confidence in his s/o’s ability as a ninja. It doesn’t hurt that they just look so damn gorgeous when they’re fighting that it’s hard for him to keep his eyes off of them. Even if he only has a second to appreciate it, the fluidity and grace in their movements as they trade blows with an enemy kind of makes his heart pound in a good way.

  •  Kiba wouldn’t be Kiba if he wasn’t brash, loud, and a little cocky, so he makes sure everyone on the team knows that his s/o is his. It can interfere with the dynamic of the team to be honest, because Kiba doesn’t like when other people get too cozy with his s/o, and out in the wilderness when you sometimes have to bathe in a creek under heavy guard and share a tent with five people, his jealousy can get the best of him.

  • He can lay the affection on pretty thick - like sliding his arm around his s/o’s waist while they’re walking and tucking their hair behind their ears when the wind blows it in their face - much to the chagrin of the rest of the team. He doesn’t give a damn what they think, and the more it annoys them, the more he will do it. It’s in his nature to stake a claim and be territorial, so unfortunately behavior like this is par for the course. His S/O will get used to it.
Creepypasta #1201: Social Life

Length: Super long

I live in the last small apartment remaining on a row of freshly-built fraternity and sorority houses that basically form a parade of epic parties every night. The social envy I feel here is still overwhelming, but it was actually the loneliness that drove me to make a deal with a devil for popularity—literally. Thanks to his power, during our deal everything I wrote online became real. It sounds like a wonderful thing, right? Heed my warning.

When I first saw him, he looked like a businessman, complete with slicked-back hair, a sharp suit, and a faux grin, but somehow I got the sense that his appearance was a show put on for foolish marks. In a thick but vague foreign accent, Malcolm said, “Welcome. Please, sit down.”

I possessed a foggy idea of having picked up his business card and contacted him, but I couldn’t remember exactly when. I also couldn’t really remember the trip to that random diner. Confused, but trying to be confident, I asked, “So you’re a social media consultant?”

He gave a slow nod, and his eyes never left my face. “You wish to expand your circle of friends online and therefore your popular appeal?”

“Yeah!” I leaned forward on one elbow. “It’s maddening, you know? I see these parties outside my apartment, and because I transferred here I don’t even have a single friend!”

“You never tried attending one of these gatherings?” Malcolm asked, evaluating me.

“I did.” I grimaced. “But I didn’t really know anyone, so I was just wandering alone in a crowd. Afterwards I always see posts online about the incredible night everyone had—everyone but me. It’s driving me crazy. What’s the point of college if I don’t actually do anything new or fun?”

His default grin widened subtly. “Spencer, I think I can be honest with you. You enjoy science fiction and fantasy works, yes?”

Warily, I nodded.

His face sharpened with an approximation of human pleasantry. “Well, Spencer, I am not a social media consultant. I am a demon.”

I nearly spat out my coffee. When had I ordered coffee? Putting the mug down, I clarified: “Like a classical religious demon?”

“I existed before religion,” he said with a small laugh. “But it was good business. As the world changes, I am now attempting to expand into newer human vices.”

“I have read books,” I told him, standing up and pushing my chair back to leave. “It’s always a trick. I am not going to give you my soul. Not for anything.”

He raised an apologetic hand. “No, no, nothing so dramatic as that. This is just a pilot program for a new market. Please, hear me out. We can work something out that gets both of us what we want.”

I almost left—but thoughts of parties, girls, and adventures pushed me back down into my seat. “So what is that you want?”

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  • Leonard: Speaking of which, Rip, have you thought about internet dating?
  • Rip: Mr. Snart!
  • Leonard: What? There’s no stigma to it these days.
  • Rip: Mr. Snart! Mr. Rory’s here!
  • Leonard: Oh, we’re all friends here! You should try it.
  • Rip: … Well, I had a look at a site once, but you have to go on and on about your hobbies and outside interests and … you know …
  • Leonard: Yes. Not your strong suit.
  • Rip: Anyway, I don’t want all the weight of expectation. I just want to find a nice, natural, low-stakes way to meet people.
  • Mick: I find walking the dog works rather well.
  • (Startled silence.)
  • Mick: Oh, hello. I’ve finally found the flight deck mute button, have I? Any particular reason it should be so surprising that I might be interested in meeting someone too?
Avengers: Infinity War Co-Director Teases High Stakes & Imminent Deaths

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not stranger to loss. The franchise has parted ways with characters such as Quicksilver, Phil Coulson (kind of), and Frigga over the years. Death has managed to overlook the Avengers barring a brush with Iron Man back in 2012, but the team won’t be so lucky moving forward.

After all, the crew has yet to meet Thanos, and Marvel Studios confirmed death follows the Titan like a shadow. 

Recently, MTV was able to confirm the high-stakes nature of Avengers: InfinityWar and its imminent deaths. The site caught up with co-director Joe Russo at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, and it was there the exec told fans to prepare themselves for some “intense surprises.”

“My brother [Anthony Russo] and I believe in stakes,” Joe admitted. “I believe that everything has to have an end at some point in order for it to have value. The audience should be prepared.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did nothing to combat the claims. In fact, the producer stressed Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up will be emotional for a slew of reasons. You know, such as major character deaths.

“It’ll be emotional for a lot of different reasons,” Feige conceded “As all our films try to do, we want to have the laughs, we want to have the heart, we want to have the humor, and Infinity War has all of that.”

For now, there is no telling which of the core Avengers may get permanently booted from the MCU. The original Infinity War and Infinity Gauntlet comics killed off dozens of superheroes only to have them later revived, but the films may not be so kind. Contracts for stars like Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are famously running low, so the next Avengers film may choose to send off Captain America or Iron Man with a fitting death. Just, let’s hope the MCU doesn’t off the pair at once; Fans may not make it through the shock.

Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back for a May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release, respectively.

10 Reasons You’re a Vampire

1) You’re nocturnal, given the chance you’d never see daylight.

2) You’re fond of the Taste of blood.

3) You’re very bitey, constantly chopping on sleeves and necks, if given the opportunity.

4) You’re supernaturally attractive.

5) Time is easily lost tracked of- is it Monday? Friday? The 1800s? Wait, wasn’t it you’re 17,344 birthday yesterday?

6) You burn easily in sunlight.

7) You’re “edgy” and inspire middle school emo kids.

8) You need to be explicitly invited or you won’t come to events/houses.

9) You avoid the Bible, and other significant religious items most notably Christianity objects.

10) Naturally, you’d die if staked through the heart.

Title: (X) Romance Gat

Words: 1342

Rating: PG-13? posting nsfw version tomorrow

Summary: Press (X) to Romance Gat. SRIV fic, m!boss/gat 

There had been few moments before Johnny had died that could be seen from no other angle but romantic; Boss could count the moments he fucked up on one hand.

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I miss you.


Summary:            It wasn’t ideal but nothing about the situation had been; ideal is a fallacy, a pretty lie reserved for imagination and dreams. When its the only six people he cares for in the universe pitted against his own survival? There was no option.

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In the aftermath, Keith feels cold.

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So Verdi’s letters are hilarious

Fun facts from my music history research:

Bertani Prospero wrote a letter to Giuseppe Verdi  went to go see when it was playing in Parma in 1872. 

After the performance, he decided he did not like it, but then heard everyone saying it was AMAZING so he went back to Parma to see it again. Then in the letter he bitches about how he had to pay even more because other people heard it was good. He then write that he “came to the following conclusion: the opera contains nothing thrilling or electrifying, and if it were not for the magnificent scenery the audience would not sit until the end. It will fill the theater a few more times and gather dust in the archives.” 

THEN this guy says “you can imagine my regret having spent 32 lire for these two performances.” GUY HE WROTE VERDI ASKING FOR A REFUND! A REFUND. He was so fearful of using money it haunted him like a spectre Then he itemized his expenses IN THE LETTER:
Railroad: one way 2.60 lire 
Railroad: return 3.30 lire
Theater 8.00 lire
“Disgustingly bad dinner at the station” 2.00 lire 

Multipled by two= 31.80 lire


He wrote to Ricordi at the time saying to send the guy 27.80 lire. He said “True, its not the whole sum he demands, but for me to pay for his dinner too would be wearing the joke a bit thin. He could do perfectly well to have eaten at home.” 

I’ll reimburse you for the shows and travel to each but its who chose to eat out? You did! Poor life choices, Bertani.


“Naturally he must send you a receipt, as well as a written declaration that he promises never to another one of my new operas, so that we won’t expose himself again to the danger of being pursued by spectres, and that he may spare me further travel expenses!” 

Then the guy agrees to never see another opera “unless he [Verdi] takes all the expenses upon himself. whatever my opinion of his work may be.”

This interaction actually happened. 

Friendly reminders

- Douglas was the one that carried Martin’s body out of the plane

- Spending the night in GERTI (with Douglas) /was/ Martin’s Johannesburgian bedroom of choice

- “That uniform’s wasted on you, it really is” ON YOU. ON. (This is exactly how id persuade someone to take their clothes off for me, btw)

- “I just want a nice, natural, low-stakes way to meet people” PEOPLE. PEOPLE. AT NO POINT DURING THAT EXCHANGE WERE THOSE PEOPLE GIVEN A GENDER.

- They discussed relationships with an endless sunset in front of them.

- As soon as Douglas found out about Martin’s financial situation, his bets dropped from mostly £20 to mostly £5.

- “Number one?” (Beat) “Douglas.”

- IF YOU LISTEN TO THE AUDIENCE IN HELSINKI WHEN MARTIN ASKS “are you going to propose to me?” You can hear someone go “oh” in a disappointed voice when Douglas says no.

- “Do you want to drive for a bit, darling?”

- DOUGLAS BROKE HIS 6-TRIP RECORD TO GIVE MARTIN COMFORT AND ADVICE. ALSO, “help me out here Douglas” earned him a “nice try”.

Machine Learning and Big Data Know it Wasn’t You Who Just Swiped Your Credit Card

by Jungwoo Ryoo, The Conversation

You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made a purchase at a department store in your city. It wasn’t you who bought expensive electronics using your credit card – in fact, it’s been in your pocket all afternoon. So how did the bank know to flag this single purchase as most likely fraudulent?

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