Day Eighty-Nine

-I passed a two year-old singing in an angelic voice. She could undoubtedly go professional if only she knew any real words.
-A woman’s card got stuck in her purse, prompting her to bellow, “GET OUT.” I am happy to share that today I met the voice actor from every possession-based horror film in cinematic history.

-A man pressed his phone against the card reader. He became confused when nothing happened. The store not having a mobile pay reader did not seem an acceptable answer for him.

-“Can I get a birthday?” I asked. With a stern tone and an offended face, I was told, “No.” Sure that I misheard, I followed up, “Sorry?” “I said no!” she replied, growing more and more adamant. She wanted to stay out of the store’s systems. I wanted to verify her age for her purchase.

-I made a new friend today. His name is Stanley the Stinkbug. He is a stinkbug. He walked around my screen for about twenty minutes and made for pleasant company. He was very nice, but since he spent his entire stay walking in circles along the same path, he was not quite the brightest bug bulb in the bug bulb bunch.

-Unfortunately, a woman came through my lane with a static-filled robe. Unfortunately, I immediately felt myself get charged up. Unfortunately, I could tell that I would be met with a horrendous shock the next time that I touched metal. Unfortunately, my register is precisely pelvis-high. Unfortunately, the unfortunate happened.

-Children who sing to themselves are amazing, adorable, to be protected, and my best friends.

-At several points throughout the day, the ice machine at the cafe would turn on without a soul in the vicinity. Whether the machine is broken or possessed, it was reassuring to know I could lay down in a pile of ice if the desire so struck me. This is truly my comfort zone.

We want to address fan fatigue with regard to campaigns, and where Stands... stands on that.

When we work with a cast, we leave the door open for everyone to have a voice and we actively encourage cause marketing. That means when we work with an ensemble cast, there could be 15 actors who would like to participate, but only 12 months in the year (usually). We are never going to say “no, your voice is not important enough to make the cut.” It’s just not in our DNA. Additionally, we have a handful of competitive merchandisers out there, and none of them are sharing their business plans with us. That means there’s often overlap, and as the buyer, you see a double-up or a too-rapid succession of offerings. It’s super frustrating, and it leads to buyer fatigue.From us here at Stands, and on behalf of the talent we work with, we want you to know this: we do not expect you to buy every single item available. No retailer expects that. Think of it like shopping anywhere else.

Please consider:

Do I like this design?
Not every human likes a good burnt orange or a radioactive lime green. That’s just a fact. Ask yourself: is this an item I’ll feel good wearing? Each of us reserves the right to decorate our meatsuit in a way that makes us happy.

Does this cause appeal to me?
Oddly, some people don’t care about preserving the Hissing Stinkbug’s natural environment, and you’re allowed to be one of them. Chances are something you DO feel passionate about will be along shortly enough, and it’s perfectly OK to wait.

Do I have the disposable income for this specific thing, at this specific time?
While it’s probably possible to eat t-shirts, we strongly suggest letting food money be food money before it is t-shirt money. Because if we have to cook for you, no one is going to like it. Take that at face value. (Shirt… value..?)

Sometimes we see people feeling troubled that they feel unmoved by a campaign, and that’s okay. Not every project is designed to appeal to every person. This family is huge—different messages are going to resonate with different people and different interests.

On the other side of that, we sometimes see people feeling helpless to make an impact in support of a cause or actor that does very much inspire them. There are ways to do that don’t require money, and their impacts are as real as the dollars or t-shirts in question. Even just boosting the cause with a share or RT makes an important difference. Learn about your fave’s charity of choice. Talk about it with your friends. Ask the actors questions. They want to share this thing they love.

You haven’t disappointed us yet. You can’t.

Finally—it’s important to note that we are single now and will be seeing other fandoms. It does not* mean we love you less. Just branching out. Growing, even. So look forward to even more variety, and lend us your support when it feels right.

Over ‘n out,

*….unless it’s Chris Pine’s fandom, in which case we want one of those freebie pass things. You understand.


Incomplete Metamorphosis

Most people are aware of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, where the lifecycle of an individual looks like this:
egg > larva > pupa > adult
This is the life cycle of butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, and many more. But have you ever wondered why you never see baby grasshoppers or baby stinkbugs? Well, you probably have!

Many insects undergo incomplete metamorphosis. The lifecycle looks like this:
egg > nymph > adult
There are multiple nymph stages that grow and look more like the adult with each molt. Once an individual reaches adulthood, it will no longer molt. Insects who go through incomplete metamorphosis can regrow legs if they are lost as a nymph; they will grow back a little bit with each molt. But once an adult limb is lost, it’s gone forever, since adults typically only live long enough to reproduce. An insect may live for many years as a nymph (think periodic cidadas! They live as nymphs underground for over 10 years!)

In incomplete metamorphosis, the newborn insects look like insects (not worms), and more or less have the same parts they will have as adults with one exception: wings. The easiest way to know if you have a nymph or an adult of one of these insects is to look for wings. If it doesn’t have wings, or it has little tiny wing buds, then you have a nymph! The one exception is some species of stick insects–many do not have wings as adults, and you will only know an individual is an adult by inspecting their private parts at the end of their abdomens.

1. Acanthocephala femorata: Florida leaf-footed bug
2. Praying mantis (Stagmomantis?)
3. Megaphasma denticrus: giant walkingstick insect
4. Zelus renardii - Leafhopper assassin bug
5. Leptoglossus phyllopus: Eastern leaf-footed bug
6. Darner dragonfly (nymph exuvia after adult has emerged)

name is nico, from italy! favorite hobby is scratch door, screme in shower, look into toilet, smell feet and make big :0 face! love eat food and delicieuse cronchy stinkbugs. when i eat stinkbug, hoomaine dad always angry. says nico smells bad! bad girl! and he gives me… bath! 🙀🙀🙀

hoomaines really can’t appreciate haute cuisine…

Haitian Character named after Butterfly

Anonymous asked:

I’m working on a character of Haitian descent–her name is, according to Google at least, the Haitian creole word for butterfly, upon which many of her powers are based. 

My concern is that, in my excitement for what I saw as an adorably beautiful/cute character, I only belatedly remembered that I’ve seen a post on here before about too much association between characters of colour and animals/bugs. Should I find another theme for her besides butterflies?

[shortened ask]

In the majority of cases, It’s all about association. Seeing as butterflies have a more positive connotation (More so than bugs like beetles and stinkbugs as in the other ask we took issue with), and doesn’t overdo the connections to her with this insect, I don’t see a problem with it.

By not overdoing it, I mean I would not mirror the majority of her actions to a butterfly or any animal, even if you do allude to some similarities at times (such as grace, beauty or gentleness). Same goes for her physical appearance. 

Additionally, it would be nice if others were given some slight animal connections so she’s not singled out, preferably a non-Haitian and/or white characters if they exist in the story.

I’m not Haitian, though, so Haitian followers feel free to comment.

Further note on association: 

Don’t always take your own perspective of what is positive or not-positive. Do your research, as connotations and symbolism can vary by culture, have more meaning than you’re aware of, and have historical implications that make something offensive. 

Search fields like “butterflies in x culture, symbolism/importance of butterflies in x culture” may give you a start.

~Mod Colette


A good night for finding babies!

1-3: A very hungry caterpillar (moth TBD) ate most of a plant that was growing on my patio

4-5: I have heard of the “leaf-roller” moths and I guess this is why they’re called that.

6: EGGS!!! Looks like the hackberry/tawny emperor’s eggs. Going to see if I can hatch them to find out for sure!

7: A chrysalis! I saw a pale green wedge attached to a dark green leaf about 7 ft up in a hackberry tree. I’m guessing Asterocampa genus (hackberry/tawny emperor butterflies)

8: Hatch-a-thon 2017 commences!

9: Sleeping butterfly! Saw two–outer markings match with hackberry emperor, we’ll see what comes out of the chrysalis

April 20/21, 2017

Stinkbugs are the Leviathans of the insect world.

  • Killing one only summons more
  • That is, if you can kill one
  • There are alternate methods of being rid of them
  • but they’re all really convoluted
  • and usually involve just storing them somewhere
  • injuring them makes them ooze something other than blood
  • they’re fucking evil
  • and
  • they're everywhere