Didd you know that there is a satellite that orbits our planet and is set to crash-land on Earth in 8 million years? Its mission may surprise you. 

NASA has created satellites called LAGEOS, which are basically scientific satellites that study our planet. The LAGEOS satellite orbits our planet so that it can be seen from several ground stations around the world. LAGEOS design is beautiful, it is composed of an aluminum-covered brass sphere, the satellite is covered with 426 cube-corner retroreflectors which makes the Satellite look literally like a giant golf ball. Its primary mission isn’t that of carrying a message to the future inhabitants of our planet, but rather studying and monitoring its development. The main goal of the satellites is to accurately measure Earth’s shape and study the tectonic movements which are associated with continental drift.

So what makes this satellite so important? Well, the satellite is set to crash-land on our planet in 8 million years, carrying a special message to anyone that will inhabit our planet in the distant future. The message carried by LAGEOS are three different maps of Earth: One that is 268 million years old, one showing how Earth looks today and another map will show how the planet will look in the future. But who will inhabit our planet in 8 million years? Humans? Aliens? Or will life cease to exist on planet Earth?

Imagine that life “reboots” on our planet as it is believed to have happened millions of years ago. Primitive humans are inhabiting the planet and a weird sphere crash-lands on the planet. What would these “future” beings think the device is? Would they associate the LAGEOS satellite to celestial deities and gods? Perhaps like our ancestors did thousands of years ago?. If we have placed such a device into orbit around our planet, would it be weird if another species had done the same? And is it possible that there is written evidence of such devices in ancient texts and depictions found around the world. The LAGEOS satellite immediately makes me think of the famous black knight satellite!!!

Amphibian August #28 – Chroniosuchus

The chroniosuchians were a group of convergently crocodile-like amphibians with heavily armored backs. First appearing in the mid-Permian, they managed to survive through the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history and persisted up until at least the Middle Triassic – but seem to have been out-competed from their semi-aquatic riverside predator niche when the true crocodiles came along.

Much like the seymouriamorphs, this group is usually classified within the reptilomorphs, but they may in fact have been more a “primitive” type of stem-tetrapod.

Known from the Late Permian of western Russia (~254-252 mya), Chroniosuchus was one of the larger chroniosuchians, reaching about 1.5m long (4′11″). It had a wide row of “butterfly-shaped” interlocking bony plates along its back, the forward edge of each one overlapping the one directly in front of it. Similar to the osteoderms seen in dissorophid temnospondyls, this armor would have both provided protection against larger predators while also stiffening its body for more efficient terrestrial locomotion.

Later chroniosuchians had less extensive carapaces and more flexible bodies, suggesting they had become more aquatic – an evolutionary development that closely parallels modern crocodilians, who are much less heavily armored than their more terrestrial fossil relatives.


so blessed to have seen this powerful & humble singing shaman from the huni kuin tribe a few days ago… txana ikakuru. this is true medicine. gratidão! haux haux haux!  ♡

They talk so much about acceptance now today and it’s like, yes, but trust me — I’m old and I know this shit — it’s superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out, you’ll see how advanced people’s thinking is. This so-called “Will & Grace acceptance” era is just people fucking posing. Things haven’t changed that much. You see it in politics right now — that’s the fucking truth of people. And you know, people will have you think, “Oh, we’re fashion. We’re gay. That’s my gay over there!” It’s like, no. We’re still a very, very, very primitive culture.
—  Rupaul

8/15/16 - well, with my pile of four finished rabbit furs i decided to switch to a different fiber for the evening. i started this pair of fingerless arm warmers for jon last autumn, and the left one got all finished up tonight, and its ends all woven in. i started on the second one and got about a third of the way up the arm portion before falling asleep.

anonymous asked:

What are good pariah dog books?

I actually keep a list of resources and links here, but I haven’t updated it in a looooong time. A few books off the top of my head that relate to pariah / village / free-ranging dogs in some way – and propose different ideas about them:

  • The Story of the African Dog (Johan Gallant)
  • Dogs of Africa (Sian Mitchell Hall)
  • Canis Africanis: A Dog History of Southern Africa (van Sittert and Swart)
  • The Indian Dog (W.V. Soman)
  • the essay “Observations on the Pariah Dog” by R. & R. Menzel in The Book of the Dog (1948). A few excerpts: 1, 2, 3.
  • Origin of the Domestic Animals of Africa (H. Epstein) <- this set is awesome and it’s a behemoth! 
  • Primitive Breeds, Perfect Dogs (Vladimir Beregevoy)
  • Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation, edited by Matthew Gompper. (This has a great article by the Boykos that summarizes recent research on village dog genetics, and presents a case for targeting and conserving indigenous dog lineages.)
  • Societies of Wolves and Free-Ranging Dogs, Stephen Spotte.
  • What Is A Dog? and Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution (Raymond & Lorna Coppinger)
  • How The Dog Became the Dog (Mark Derr)
  • The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior, and Interactions with People (James Serpell)
  • Dawn of the Dog (Janice Koler-Matznick). (I actually haven’t read this yet - but a copy is on its way to me.)

There is also the book Pariahunde, written by R. & R. Menzel (who were great champions of the Canaan dog). I’ve been dying to get my hands on for a long time, but I haven’t yet had success finding an English translation. 

Collecting and hunting for quotes and snippets related to pariah dogs in different books is kind of my jam! You can find it all under the “pariah dogs” tag. Most of the recent writing related to pariah / village / free-ranging / indigenous dogs is in journals and scientific papers, though, rather than books. I actually keep a Google Drive full of pdfs, if you’re interested…

Robert Loggia as T.H.E. Cat, March 1967

Intro from the 1966-1967 television series, by Dirty Harry creator Harry Julian Fink:   

 "Out of the night comes a man who saves lives at the risk of his own. Once a circus performer, an aerialist who refused the net. Once a cat burglar, a master among jewel thieves. Now a professional bodyguard. Primitive… savage… in love with danger. The Cat!“

anonymous asked:

What's the name of the one on the Marxist history of the Irish working class?

A History of the Irish Working Class by Peter Berresford Ellis. Looka great. Goes right from primitive communism to the 80s.

The Bizzare & Unromantic Origins of 11 Wedding Traditions

If you’re staunch believer in age old wedding traditions, then be prepared to discover some surprising facts we’ve uncovered that will turn your fairytale romantic wedding into a gathering of well-played marketing propaganda and morbid ancient customs. From the clever antics of an advertising team to make money by selling diamond engagement rings, to the class discriminating white wedding dress, to re-enacting primitive kidnappings as a honeymoon, the truth about these wedding traditions are wackier than you could believe! 

Keep an open mind  - these wedding rituals emerged at a time when weddings were less a romantic moment and dealt with much like a hurried and forced business transaction.

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