southwestern us

anonymous asked:

Kinda a random question but what do you think the paladin gang would each be like with cold weather? Like, different strategies of coat wearing and so on

So like on the one hand Lance is from Cuba which is pretty warm, and went to the Garrison which seems to be somewhere southwestern US, but I can just imagine Lance being super pumped about snow because he hasn’t had too much experience in it, he is gonna do everything, go ice skating build a snowman. His burning enthusiasm will keep him warm.

Watch him get overenthused, go tearing outside without a jacket or proper insulation and not even notice right up until he runs out of distractions or has to wait and then he’s miserable.

Shiro I imagine is a good sport about it and dresses solidly but he like… slowly wears down over time, sooner or later he’s cold and wet and it gets to him so for him it’s a time game. How cold is it, how adequately insulated is he, and how long does he have to be out there. Eventually he hits a threshold and it’s just “well. this is it. leave me here to die. it was an honor”.

He was in better shape to deal with the cold but I stand by the headcanon that his missing year pretty much stripped out an unhealthy amount of subcutaneous fat, so he has No Insulation At All.

Hunk is ambivalent to cold because he has the power of always having super warm hands. In general I like the idea that he has great circulation so he’s well-suited to the cold but also he’s pretty assured about, ha ha no he’s not going out there unless it’s pretty dang important and nobody else can do it, have fun guys he’ll make you cocoa when you get back.

Allura probably gets along just fine with the cold considering Altea was seemingly a very mountainous planet, so she has suitable cute winterwear and thick blood/good natural defenses. Coran’s in a similar boat but he can’t resist that “Oh, you think this is cold why when I was twelve I spent a winter on Yaxni V and it snows nitrogen there” 

Pidge is just that kind of person you want to tuck an extra scarf onto just by looking at her so in a show of Youthful Rebellion she tends to go underdressed when she goes out in the cold and then regret it. She’s not that wild about playing outside but if a snowball fight starts she rapidly goes into Take No Hostages mode.

Keith. Keith’s genetics will not let him forget that he’s actually probably supposed to have some kind of fur coating. I personally have a read that galra are only mostly endotherms and that this applies to Keith so a certain amount of him being miserable in cold weather is harmless.

A certain amount of it is he actually genuinely needs to watch his core temperature and stay insulated because he can get dangerously cold alarmingly easily.

anonymous asked:

Does anyone have some tips for surviving the summer heat? Its like the one time a year that I might actually get sensory overload but I never know how to handle it. :(

Oh goodness, I feel your pain, anon! Temperature regulation is one of my most messed-up sensory systems, so I’m constantly on the lookout for some ideas to make it better. I’ll talk about some of the things that have helped me get through summers in the southwestern US (land of heat and melting, honestly):

  • If you have air conditioning, use it. I know it’s good to try and conserve energy, especially in summertime, but taking care of yourself is also important. You can always turn off the air when you aren’t at home (but when you return home, only set it to the temperature you want it at in the end - setting it colder won’t make it cool off any faster).
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, a good trick is to put a bowl of water in front of a fan. The evaporation of the water + the air from the fan helps cool off a room more than just the fan itself, and can help cool off more than just the area right in front of a fan where you can feel the air moving.
  • Also check out what places around you are open during the hottest part of the day that have AC - the library and the mall are good places like this, because hanging out for long periods of time in these places is generally expected and doesn’t cost anything (unless you buy something while you’re at the mall).
  • Drink plenty of water! If you struggle to remember, try an app like Plant Nanny (which I believe is available on both Android and iPhone). You pick a cute little plant, and then each time you drink water you tell the app and it helps your plant grow. Because of this app I’ve also learned to keep track of when I should have finished my next bottle of water - if I get up around 7am, I should drink a full bottle of water by 11, another by 3, and another by 7pm (and some after that as well, but it doesn’t have to be a full bottle, just whatever I need to feel hydrated). I use an uninsulated water bottle because I prefer room temperature water, but if you like ice cold water, a Hydro Flask could help - it keeps water super cold for a long time.
  • Putting a towel or a pillowcase in the freezer to then put on your pillow drape over the back of your neck can really help. When your face and neck are cool, it can trick the rest of your body into feeling cool as well.
  • If possible, sitting on floors or non-cushioned chairs can help keep you cooler - couches, beds, and other soft things form to your body and trap heat close to you. You could try the freezer trick with a sheet and then drape that over a couch, but for me it’s generally easier to just sit on the floor instead.
  • Look for loose, flowy clothing made of cotton, if you’re able to wear that sort of thing. The looseness allows air to flow around you more easily, and cotton is light and dries more quickly than many artificial fabrics.

Okay, I think that’s the biggest things for what helps me get through summer. If any of our followers have any other ideas, please let us know!

- Mod Logan

The Coyote Watch

In certain mid-western and southwestern counties in the US, the Coyote Watch is a thing; they report sightings of  coyotes and other predators, keep track of missing pets, try to relocate them to unpopulated areas or preserves, and just generally try to blunt the rough edges where humans and coyotes meet.

In some towns, that’s really all there is to the job. In others, there’s a bit more to it than that.

The secret Coyote Watch isn’t so much about keeping track of coyotes- though they still do that- but about keeping track of Coyote and other trickster figures, because if anything ruins a small town faster, it’s a trickster god crashing on someone’s couch and drinking all their beer, then trying to repay their ‘friend’ for their hospitality. 

The methodology the secret Watch employs is similar to the normal one; they track known sightings, look for feeding patterns (a sizable jump in alcohol purchases in a single neighborhood is generally a reliable sign), and listen for reports of out of character, gluttonous behavior (This isn’t always reliable, a previously respectable citizen suddenly displaying assholish behavior might mean they’ve been replaced by a shapeshifter, but could just mean ‘everyone’s tired of taking their shit and making excuses for them.) 

 When possible, they relocate the trickster, often by encouraging them to fight a a lump of pitch or fly paper, then transporting the thoroughly stuck godling across state lines and dropping them at a crossroads. Killing is usually a last resort, as it only encourages them and rarely teaches them any sort of lesson. 

The Natural Regions of Germany (2): The Northern German Plains

The Northern German plains are part of the vast Northern European plains, which extend from Eastern England to Eastern Poland.

Directly adjacent to the North Sea coast, there are the marshlands, extremely flat terrain at sea level, which consist of sediments that the ocean has deposited there since the last ice age.

Further inland, there is the Geest belt, a chain of slightly elevated terrain consisting mostly of sand deposited by the glaciers of the ice age. The soil is not very fertile and wrong treatment centuries ago has led to a steppization of some areas known today as the Luneburg Heath. In late summer, the purple flourishing heath attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Further inland from the Baltic Sea Coast, however, there is the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau. With the Müritz, the largest lake that belongs entirely to Germany, it is a popular tourist area for people who love boating and other water activities.

Further south, the morains, sandy hills, change with boggy valleys, the meltwater valleys or urstromtäler: The glaciers of the ice ages reached until here. The swampy lowlands were major obstacles in the course of the ancient trade routes. Narrow points were preferred places for crossing the swamps, and towns developed there. One of them became Germany’s metropolis: Berlin – the name of Slavic origin can be interpreted as “swamp town”. The valleys are now popular with bicycle tourists who enjoy the easy ride in the flat terrain along the rivers, for instance on the Elbe Cycle Route.

Another notable city is Hannover, capital of the state of Lower Saxony and historic residence of the Kings of Hannover and Great Britain and Ireland. In the present days, it is known for its trade fair, the Hannover Messe.

The southernmost parts of the Northern German plains are the Loesslands adjacent to the following Central German highlands. These are exremely fertile areas and the granary of Germany. They are ancient cultivated land and carry some of Germany’s most important historic places: The city of Magdeburg was founded by Charlemagne and was the preferred residence of Emperor Otto I. There were many imperial palaces scattered in that area during the time of the traveling emperors in the middle ages, the best preserved one being the Palace of Goslar.

The southwestern corner used to be Germany’s powerhouse until the persisting coal and steel crisis, and the importance of heavy industry declined. During the 100 years from 1880 to 1980, Germany’s biggest and most populous multinuclear urban agglomeration, the Ruhr area, kept constantly growing. It is now home to 5.1 million people, In the wider sense, the agglomeration encompasses the big cities, Duisburg, Essen, Bochum,  Dortmund, and a number of smaller cities. In a wider sense, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Wuppertal can also be associated with this metropolitan area. The last coal mines are being closed in the near future, and steel production has significantly declined. The region is still struggling to cope with the structural transformation.
Trump’s border-wall pledge threatens delicate desert ecosystems
Ecologists fear plan to seal off the United States from Mexico would put wildlife at risk.

“The southwestern US and northwestern Mexico share their weather, rivers and wildlife,” says Sergio Avila-Villegas, a conservation scientist from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. “The infrastructure on the border cuts through all that and divides a shared landscape in two.”


A Side Business Sparked: @jadeantoine’s Illustrations Celebrate Her Past

To see more of her art, follow @jadeantoine on Instagram.

Three years ago, Jade Antoine (@jadeantoine) took a break from cognitive science research to document volunteers who were building schools in rural Guatemala. Jade packed some ink pens and paper along for her journey, and her time dedicated to art abroad sparked a side business. “Being in new places invites greater appreciation for some of those places I have previously been,” the illustrator who lives in New Zealand explains. “I often find myself expressing this in my work.” Jade’s childhood was spent in the wilds of the southwestern US, where she was encouraged to cultivate a respectful and meaningful relationship with nature. These happy memories and her lifelong enchantment with the environment and animals helped inform her artwork. Jade’s advice for other small business owners? “Mistakes are inevitable opportunities to learn and improve.”

wtf is dave talking about // pt. II

a glossary of unusual words and names on Glass Animals’ new album How to be a Human Being [part I here]


baobab • a type of tree found in Madagascar, Africa, and Australia and often called “the tree of life” in African culture. The “super fruit” it produces has high levels of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants, and is typically sold in powder form.

goji berries • vitamin and antioxidant-rich bright red berries native to Asia.

jojoba • a desert shrub whose seeds produce jojoba oil, which is commonly used in various cosmetic and skin care products because of its similarity to the natural oil of the skin.

ketamine • an anesthetic drug used medically before surgeries for blocking pain. Also a popular party drug because of its quick high that can cause hallucinations, relaxation, and feelings of detachment.

kinder egg • a hollow chocolate egg with a small surprise toy inside. Popular in Europe as collectors’ items and technically illegal in the US.

mcfuck • a word invented by Dave to refer to any food item from McDonalds.

rails • also known as a “line,” a row of a powdered drug to be snorted.


bedsit • in the UK and Ireland, low-cost rental housing that consists of a single private room for the occupant and a bathroom shared with multiple other occupants.

hakeem olajuwon • a now-retired professional NBA basketball player for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors from 1984-2002. He is considered to be one of the greatest center players of all time.

nola • New Orleans, the largest city in the US state of Louisiana, located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

versace • a high-end Italian designer brand that makes clothing and leather accessories.

pappy • mushy; lacking in substance or value.


black dope • presumably black tar heroin, a dark tar-like variety of heroin found mostly in the southwestern US and Latin America.

pensacola • a city located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Florida’s panhandle. “a huge military town with like three large naval bases in a small radius, full of sailors and tattoo parlors, bars, drug addicts, hotels, and jay-walkers” (~thanks lukeskullwalker!)

studebaker • an American automobile manufacturer that produced cars from 1897 to 1966.

vogue • a cigarette brand marketed as elegant and fashionable, sold primarily to women.


plasters • British English for an adhesive bandage or bandaid.


percocet • an opioid medication for reducing pain, often abused for the temporary euphoric high it sometimes also provides.

message me with any corrections or things you think should be added!

Ebonko masquerade ensemble designed by Nigerian Ekpenyong Bassey Nsa with spangled gold polyester [these masks are usually made of damask]. Ebonko is a mask of the Ekpe society in southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon used as part of the celebrations of a titled mans installation. Currier Museum of Art. Photo: Randy Batista.


Mandevilla is a genus in the family Apocynaceae. Native to North America including the southwestern US and Mexico, many species in this genus grow as vines. There are also many varieties that have been developed for the ornamental industry, and many Mandevillas are popular patio and house plants. Mandevillas grow best in partial shade in well drained sandy soil. However, these plants are not frost tolerant, and will need to be moved inside if temperatures reach below freezing. Follow for more plant facts and photos!

anonymous asked:

Dear Ms. Sonriente, you are formally invited to lunch with Corin Deeth III, CEO of Kakos Industries, at Kakos Industries' southwestern facilities. Please use the directions supplied to you with this invitation to locate the facilities and arrive no later than the time 12:30P.M. Your invitation will serve as your key to entry. Sincerely, Corin Deeth III('s personal assistant)

Divina read the invitation over and over. She had no idea who the hell this Corin Deeth was or what Kakos Industries was all about, nor was she sure that she cared. For all she knew, this was going to turn out to be another business meeting with some stuffy CEO that mistakes her for a secretary or assumes she doesn’t speak English or some other nonsense. Regardless, it would be rude not to show up. 

She arrived promptly at 12:15 at the Kakos Industries facilities, looking absolutely immaculate. Might as well get this over and done with, she thought. 


Carnegie Mellon’s modular snake robots are learning some new moves thanks to an effort across several universities. The machines, which have already shown proficiency at climbing trees, are being designed to overcome all sorts of difficult terrain. Now they are demonstrating that they have taken more tips from their flesh-and-blood namesakes. 

This time, roboticists have trained the modular snakes to move across soft sand like the venomous pit vipers called sidewinder rattlesnakes that live in the southwestern U.S. Sidewinders use a sideways J-shaped form of locomotion to efficiently climb up yielding sandy slopes without slipping.  

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Kit fox! Vulpes macrotis.

Kit foxes roam through the southwestern US and northern Mexico, living in deserts and scrublands and eating smaller rabbits and rodents or carrion, and sometimes vegetation if meat is scarce. They’re primarily nocturnal. The species as a whole is in little danger of dying out, but the San Joaquin Kit Fox (a subspecies of kit fox, vulpes macrotis mutica, native to the San Joaquin Valley in California) is considered endangered due to habitat loss and competition with Red Foxes.

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If anyone has a specific fox they’d like to see me color, I’ll take requests for any species in the genus Vulpes (with the exception of red fox, arctic fox, fennec fox, swift fox and kit fox) and Orocyon, with a possibility of other canid species whose common names include “fox”. You can either send me an ask or reblog to request.