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SU Theory: The Use Of Feeling Blue? - Their Use *IS*Feeling Blue!!

I’m going to start off by saying this is going to sound absolutely insane, but please please hear me out until the end. 

That Will Be All starts things off by revealing Blue Diamond, immediately shown crying over the loss of Pink Diamond. 

Now that is one stark contrast from what we originally saw of her back in The Answer

She was hardened then, willing to shatter a gem, even if that gem saved the life of a valued member of her court. Imagine disregarding a selfless act like that? That is ice cold.

But now, she’s broken. Thousands of years later, we learn, after having a taste of her own medicine, that all she does is spend time going back and forth between the Earth and the Zoo.

She abandons her post so much that Yellow had to come check on the zoo to catch her there again, and starts to sing a song to try to make her feel better.

It’s pretty clear that Blue is content mourning Pink forever, even willing to abandon her position as leader to do it. That’s some serious regret. 

And when Yellow suggests forgetting about Pink?

Nah. That’s not happening. It’s pretty clear Blue is having serious trouble letting go of the past. She seems to desperately want a do-over.

We’ve seen this character dynamic before.

I suspect the color parallels between Greg/Pearl and Yellow/Blue Diamond in Mr. Greg and this episode are foreshadowing.

Greg is Yellow, and Pearl is Blue. Pearl was unable to let go of the past, unable to get over losing Rose. Blue Diamond can’t accept having lost Pink. Even the names of their lost loved ones is the same name in different languages, it can’t get much more in your face than that really. They even fucking color coded it for us.

Greg helped Pearl move on after having been considered an enemy by Pearl for ages. Yellow Diamond is shown consistently trying to help Blue, doing anything in her power to do so, despite Blue’s clear disdain of Yellow’s efforts. 

But that’s where the similarities end, after that we end up with some interesting contrasts:

In Mr Greg, Steven was singing them a song that reminded them they’re all family, and how they needed someone who knew what they’re going through.

But in That Will Be All?

There’s empathy in the song, sure, Yellow understands Blue’s pain, but 

She’s lying to herself. She hasn’t moved on at all. Her repeating of the question ”What’s the use of feeling?” at the end implies she curses her own emotions for being so hard to repress. That’s why she wants to destroy the planet and forget about Pink altogether. They’re not talking anything out, Yellow is trying to push Blue along. Push herself along. She grasps the railing turning away from Blue Diamond as though in shame, here she was claiming to be above it all yet the moment she lets herself remember just a bit, she deteriorates. As though it’s the first time she’s allowing herself to feel anything about Pink’s death in thousands of years.

So the difference is, Steven’s song was about getting closure, while Yellow’s is more about repressing and damning the emotions that she can’t resolve. She was just projecting onto Blue.

That’s not all though. 

Greg was able to heal part of the pain of losing Rose by raising Steven, by telling him about his mom, by re-living his memories of his dead wifu with his son. What i mean is, having his son there to share in the pain of missing Rose helped a lot. Helps both of them a lot.

And as for Pearl, whenever she needed to, she could bring up a hologram of Rose and literally re-live her PTSD memories ad nauseum to get them all out of her system. In a way, she did get her do-over. She, at the very least, got to work out how to say goodbye, so that by the time she and Greg squashed the beef, she was ready and could finally move on to Mystery Girl.

But with the Diamonds? it’s a much more tragic picture. Yellow is in denial and wants to rush through/repress her pain and destroy the things that remind her of her loss. She refuses to face it. Blue on the other hand just can’t stop facing it. Not until she gets some sort of closure like Pearl. But that’s impossible, right?

I thought so too, until I heard this line;


Hold the fuck up. Employ????? Blue wants to employ the Rose Quartz line? 


Why?!?  Welp, hold on to your butts;

Yellow Diamond sings two pertinent verses: 

“Why would you want to employ her
Subjects that destroyed her?
Why keep up her silly
Zoo? Oh, tell me
What’s the use of feeling, Blue?“


“An army has a use
They can go and fight a war
A Sapphire has a use
She can tell you what it’s for
An Agate terrifies
A Lapis terraforms“

Yellow is juxtaposing the use of the Rose Quartz gems, as well as other gems in their society, with the use of emotions. What has Steven Universe been teaching us this whole time about emotions? What can they help you do? 


What else have we seen that heals things? 


Blue claims she wants to go to Earth to preserve specimens. 

But what if she’s looking for her do-over instead? What if her regret and depression are so deep, they’ve driven her to want to go down to Earth to find Pink’s shards and have the Rose Quartz line, the entire line, cry on them? 


Whatever happens, the Rose Quartz line’s healing tears can be used to fix other huge, previously unsolvable problems:


“Trash Palace” - 2016. I thought that since I’ve changed up my room a while ago from my last room posts, (here & here) I’d make another. On one shelf, I have an ‘ode to anatomy’ curio with some (real) specimens and my own x-rays, another shelf is a tribute to obsolete technology (featuring a clear mini TV I recently picked up) one corner of my room has my trashcan hamper & rainbow accessory drawer topped with toy trashcan and toy toilets/rats, and other shelves are collections of spooky, spacey, and childhood novelties and games. It’s like “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” but more depraved.


Whilst we all know that modern elephants are beautiful and remarkable creatures, few may be familiar with the order of which they are from, Proboscidea. Proboscidea not only contains the elephantids, but a whole range of diverse mammals, some reaching magnificent sizes and each one more intriguing than the last.


Deinotherium quite literally means “terrible beast” and they trawled the savannah-like Miocene landscape. Deinotheriums most striking feature is certainly its menacing downward facing tusks, a complete skull found in the nineteenth century measured at just under a metre in length, the skull also showed very deep nasal bones suggesting it had a much wider and shorter trunk than modern elephants. The reason for the unusual orientation of the tusks has been debated, perhaps they were purely for attracting mates or maybe they had a vital role in stripping tree bark to eat. Deinotherium was quite a bit larger than modern elephants standing a whopping 4 metres tall (almost as tall as a double decker bus) and weighing in at an estimate 11-14 tonnes.

Palaeoxodon namadicus 

Palaeoxodon namadicus, otherwise known as the Asian straight-tusked elephant lived during the pleistocene. Little is known about these species and whether it is a species on its own rather than a subspecies within Palaeoxodon antiquus, yet is is known from a thigh bone over 5 foot in length which indicates a possible height of over 4.5 metres which would make Palaeoxodon namadicus the largest land mammal to have ever existed surpassing Deinotherium and Paraceratherium.


Gompotherium is another highly unusual member of the proboscidea. Gompotherium stood around 3 metres high and had 4 tusks extending straight from its jaw, the two bottom tusks are flattened and shovel-shaped leading to suggesting that they were used in digging and finding food. Gompotherium is believed to be the first of the proboscideans to escape its homeland and migrate towards north america, mammoths would eventually evolve from the shovel-tusked creature. Although they are unfamiliar to most, they were very successful and flourished in north america for over 10 million years (during the miocene and pliocene). Their demise coincides with the rise of todays modern elephants, perhaps they were outcompeted to extinction.


Stegodon stood at around 3.5 metres tall and weighing in a 12 tonnes, however it is not this beasts size that is hard to comprehend, but its enormous tusks which could reach a whopping 3 metres in length. Stegodons thrived in the golden age of elephants 11 million years ago, exactly when they died out is a mystery, some believe they contained to roam across north america as little as a few thousand years ago.


Mammoths are amongst the most recognisable prehistoric creatures, they were extremely successful and thrived during the ice age thanks to their masses of fur, migration patterns and small ears. They died out around 4500 years ago when the ice age came to an end, although it is widely thought that humans contributed to their reduction in numbers as we fed on their meat, wore their fur and used their immense tusks and skin for shelter. The largest known species of mammoths could reach 4 metres in height and weigh up to 7 or 8 tonnes and they travelled in herds much like modern elephants. Incredibly well preserved specimens have been found across the world in peat bogs and permafrost preserving skin, hair and some organs in immaculate condition, this has led to multiple projects hoping to bring back the mammoth, although this is still highly controversial.


All modern elephants are the only relic from the glorious evolutionary history of the proboscideans that we have left. They can reach 4 metres in height and weigh up 7 tonnes. Their tusks are used in competing for mates as well as for feeding and the trunks, perhaps the most recognisable feature of any animal, are analogous to human hands, they are used to grab things, communicate and sense their environment. Elephants travel in close herds led by a matriarch and have been shown to display emotions of grief when a valued member dies, their social structure is incredibly sophisticated and complex, when a matriarchs reign is over, their is a specific order of individuals to take her place, usually the eldest daughter. Separate families of elephants have even been known to form bonds with each other and socialise in passing.
Elephants have long been attractive to humans, their skin has been sold, their tusks highly valued for decoration and medicine. Elephants have been relentlessly hunted by humans, so much so that in in the twentieth century their numbers declined by 74% in ten years. Over the last few decades multiple conservation efforts have been put in place to save these magnificent creatures from extinction, their population numbers have shown slight increases since the efforts began.

The proboscideans have been, and are still, one of the most remarkable groups in the animal kingdom. They have been incredibly successful since their first appearance over 40 million years ago, with only the elephants remaining we must save these wonderful animals from extinction for future generations to see and to continue the reign of one of the most spectacular dynasties in the animal kingdom.

Unsolved Paleo Mysteries Month #10 – Ambiguous Amiskwia

Amiskwia was a tiny soft-bodied creature from the Middle Cambrian, known from a fairly small number of fossils – about 18 specimens from the Burgess Shale in Canada (505 mya) and an additional one from the Maotianshan Shales in China (515 mya).

Despite only measuring about 2.5cm long (1”), it was one of the larger animals alive at the time. Its body features a head with two tentacles and a small mouth, a pair of stubby fins, and a flattened paddle-shaped tail, suggesting it was an active swimmer. Its internal anatomy has been well-preserved in some specimens, revealing a brain, gut, and traces of what may be blood vessels and a nerve cord.

But we don’t know what type of animal it is. At all.

It was initially thought to be an early arrow worm. However, fossils of Cambrian representatives of that group have since been found, and Amiskwia lacks their characteristic spines and teeth. A relationship to ribbon worms or molluscs has also been suggested, but these hypotheses have the same problems with missing key features.

So, for now, Amiskwia remains one of the “weird wonders” of the Cambrian Explosion with no obvious affinities to any other known group.

girlwhowearsglasses  asked:

Halloween sentence starters: “Amazing. They shaped the peanut butter circle into a small pumpkin. How extraordinary.”

(From this meme thing)

I don’t even know if this is accurate or not, but I’m going by what I could find on google because I was too impatient to wait for any real Brits to wake up so I could ask them.  So if it’s completely inaccurate, sorry, and just pretend it never happened. 

Amazing. They shaped the peanut butter circle into a small pumpkin. How extraordinary.”

“Didn’t find the right match yet?” Molly asked, taking a sip of her coffee.  She hadn’t expected him to be there by the time she got back from the monthly staff meeting.

“No, database went down for thirty minutes while they did something with the servers and I had to restart it.  Should be finished any time now,” he said without looking up from the microscope.  "Package came for you.“

“Did you open it?”


“Did you shake it?”

“It’s marked fragile, perishable, hazardous, and in a polystyrene shipping box, of course I didn’t shake it,” he said, making that face like he’d licked a cat’s bottom.  His face smoothed back to normal.  "I weighed it.“

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Ceratopsian Month #18 – Centrosaurus apertus

Centrosaurus (“pointy lizard”) lends its name to the entire centrosaur group of ceratopsids – and also to a major branch within the centrosaur evolutionary tree, the Centrosaurini.

Known from Alberta, Cananda, around 76-75 million years ago, it grew up to about 6m long (19′8″) and is known from a huge number of fossils from thousands of individuals in gigantic bonebeds. These seem to represent enormous herds, making Centrosaurus one of of the most common dinosaurs in the region at the time.

It had a single large horn on its nose, which started off pointing backwards as a juvenile and changed shape as it grew, gradually hooking forwards. Two especially long spikes at the top of its frill curved strongly downwards, while its brow horns were reduced to small points.

Skin impressions are also known from one specimen, preserving a region around the right hip and upper leg, showing a pattern of small polygonal scales interspersed with larger rounded scales.

Why I’m Worried About the Next Steven Bomb

We recently got an update on the schedule of the new season bomb coming out in May. The fourth episode’s  preview summary is as follows. “People are disappearing from beach city, and Steven tries to solve the mystery.” It seems like a pretty random episode to have, considering the rather lighthearted nature of the other episodes in the bomb, however, something tells me that this might be more important than what we, the fandom are giving it credit for.

When the Out of this World event aired a few months ago. There was one thing that I noticed that was left undiscussed, that was just smoothly added into the dialogue and of which, to my knowledge, nobody in the fandom bothered to take notice or question. In That Will Be All, after the lovely solo by Yellow Diamond and after the tense close encounter of Ruby and Sapphire with the diamonds, just before the crystal gems leave the chamber, there’s an exchange between the diamonds:

BD: It’s true. The window for preserving Earth’s specimens is closing.

YD: Is that what you want? Sapphire, has the cluster emerged yet?

Sapphire: No, it has not.

YD: Then there’s still time. That will be all.

Then there’s still time.

Then there’s still time.

Still time for what?

For preserving Earth’s specimens.

I think that in “Are You My Dad?” the disappearances are going to be the work of the Diamonds who, under the pressure of the “impending emersion” of the cluster have begun to collect and preserve more specimens of the human race in the name of Pink Diamond.

I don’t usually make fan theories on this blog and I’m not very experienced. But I truly believe that this is exactly what is going to happen in the near future of Steven Universe and I thought that I ought to share it.

There’s something a bit eerie about a jar of bats.

Like birds, bats can be preserved as specimen skins. However, the Jamaican Fruit Bats (Artibeus jamaicensis richardsoni) taken from this 1966 trip to Panama needed to make it back to North America, and it’s just more convenient to travel with a jar of weird stuff than a bag or box of fragile bat wings.

This method also keeps all of the specimens from one trip together, though it does make it a bit more messy to reach the specimen you want!

Photo credit: Ash Boudrie

The Fiji Mermaid is a nocturnal creature that lives in the lagoons and reefs around the Fiji Islands. Not much is known about its habits. Scientists believe it uses its long nibble fingers to forage for crustaceans and mollusks that hide in the crevices of the reef and sea floor. It is thought to be intelligent, due to its brain size and elusive nature. Eye witness accounts of living mermaids are almost unheard of. What is known about the creature comes from preserved specimens brought back from Oceania in the 1800’s. The creature came into public notice after a specimen was put on display at the Barnum American Museum in New York.

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A glimpse into how everyone’s favourite trashman, Aaron, turned green….
Written by the fabulous @lamarcodon!      
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           A brown haired human male in his thirties peered into an experiment chamber through bespectacled eyes. “Alright two-eighty-five, where’s my… Wow lil buddy, lookit you! You’re gettin’ so big! Look at you!”

            Inside, behind a clearsteel screen, a translucent green blob roughly the size of a basketball trundled around the chamber. It noticed him through the screen and approached, making happy little gurgles.


Some things were KNOWN: the darkening leaving the chamber meant it was time to stop SLEEPING and the sound of the door outside opening meant AARON was coming and AARON was the large SAFE creature who brought THINGS TO EAT and FUN GAMES and gentle touches and which all felt GOOD and AARON was a GOOD THING to KNOW.


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Dromaeosaurus albertensis

By Calum O’Halloran at @ridiculouslyphotogenicsinosaurus

Name: Dromaeosaurus albertensis

Name Meaning: Running Lizard

First Described: 1922

Described By: Matthew & Brown

ClassificationDinosauria, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauroidea, Dromaeosauridae, Eudromaeosauria, Dromaeosaurinae

Dromaeosaurus is the raptor that gave its name to the group, however we don’t actually know a lot about it. It is known from several not well preserved specimens, and only gave its name to the group by being the first discovered. It was about 1.8 meters long and only about 0.75 meters tall. It was found in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada; as well as Lance and Hell Creek Formations in Montana. 

By Calum O’Halloran at @ridiculouslyphotogenicsinosaurus

Thus, it lived in a long range of time from 76.5 to as late as 66 million years ago, from the Campanian to Maastrichtian ages of the Late Cretaceous. It had a robust skull and a deep snout, different from most of its relatives, as well as robust teeth that are heavily worn, indicating that it used its jaws to crush and tear rather than slice through flesh. It had a bite force nearly three times as powerful as Velociraptor and thus relied less on its sickle claw than its relatives. 


Shout out goes to punknpatch!

scalesandexoskeletons  asked:

Hi! Do you have any resources on preserving/pinning insect specimens? I keep a lot of insects & I think it would be nice if I could display them once they go. Thank you x

Here’s some helpful links on how to pin insects! Texas A&M took down the comprehensive PDF I usually send people too :/.

I usually mooch supplies off the collection I work off or the entomology TAs. But when I do buy stuff, I usually order it from Bioquip. They offer a mounting kits for beginners for about 50$ which includes pins, forceps, spreading board, and a booklet on how to create and insect collection, and some other supplies. I have my el cheapo spreading board which is two meat trays stacked together with slits cut in the top one. If you are not interested in getting the kit, here’s the stuff you should probably procure. Generally I recommend getting insect pins (size 2 is good choice for medium sized insects), forceps (I prefer hard forceps, but soft forceps are best for spreading moth/butterflies), an pinning block (the one that looks like stairs), and if you don’t want to make your own spreading board – I like the versaboard and the adjustable economy spreading boards. As far as labels go, acid free card stock and micron pens work great (use a Joanns or Micheal’s coupon)! You can also print labels on your computer using excel or word. It’s more putsy but good if you have hard to read hand writing like I do. As far as display boxes go, bioquip has a lot of options and the woods are hand built. you want to make sure the display case you get is air tight to prevent dermestid beetles or book lice from getting in and chewing on your specimens.

Royal Botanic Garden - Edinburgh, Scotland

As well as being a tourist attraction, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, diversity, and conservation. The gardens living collection is made up of 13,302 different species of plant, and the herbarium has over 3,000,000 preserved specimens. This makes it a world leading botanical collection.