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Jackrabbit week 2017 - Day 2: Retail AU

One of the most popular fanfic tropes in any fandom is probably coffeeshop!AU, but when thinking of Bunnymund and Jack, my mind immediately went to ART SHOP, and then of course I had to give human!Bunny another try. Hope you like this new headcanon for his design. He’s supposed to have darker skin, with some mixed Australian heritage.

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Jack is an art student, part-timing at an art supply shop. Aster is the hot customer that regularly comes in to buy supplies for his countless projects.

They have flirted with each other from day one, but have a bit of an antagonistic relationship, since one time Jack criticized a piece of art that all his fellow students were raving about in front of Aster, not knowing that he was the one to draw it. In reality, Aster is a popular artist, but he’s so reclusive and focused on his work that not many people know what he even looks like.

Of course, this leads to Aster thinking that Jack is full of himself, and being kind of a jerk about it in return, but his opinion starts to change when he sees Jack doodle in his notebook at work. He doesn’t want to admit it, but he’s impressed by Jack’s talent and wants to see what the young man can accomplish with some proper tutelage.

And that’s the premise to their romantic storyline. ;D

Gaster’s entry number seventeen explained:
This experiment has a lot to do with light, and a bit of quantum mechanics.

First off, “photon readings negative”. For those who don’t know, photons are a rest-massless particle that travels at the speed of light, and is responsible for all electromagnetic waves including the visible light spectrum. It’s hard to explain without getting so complicated that most people will get lost. Basically, think of photons being bits of light and all electromagnetic radiation.

How bright something is and what color it is depends on the amount and wavelength of the photons being reflected off of it and hitting your retina. There’s tons of photons everywhere. If we didn’t have photons, we couldn’t see, and electromagnetic waves would have nothing to act as a force carrier.

This is vastly oversimplifying it, but basically if a test came back with photon readings negative, that would mean the sensors did not get hit by any photons, that absolutely none of the ambient photons or projected photons like with a laser were reflected. Something absorbed or transported those photons.

So if something were absorbing or transporting some photons, the area it takes up would appear darker, as only a few photons would hit it or pass through it and bounce back to our retina. If it got darker and darker, that means less and less light is being reflected back. We have made Vantablack, a material that absorbs so much light that it is the closest thing to “true black” or “true darkness” possible, our human eyes can not determine its 3D form because of this, it’s similar to playing a game with some textures being a pure flat black or without shading. Still, no material can absorb all photons.

Whatever Gaster was experimenting with, it was growing in volume, absorbing more and more photons until it absorbed all the photons that come into contact with it. It transported the photons or somehow converted them into something allowing it to grow with 100% efficiency. This creates a substance so dark, no light can reflect off it, no radio, gamma, infrared, ultraviolet, or x-rays could pass through or reflect off it. It would be in effect a 3D hole in the universe, that is slowly growing. Imagine seeing a pure black 2D shape, that no matter the position you look at it, it looks 2D, shining a laser or flashlight at it doesn’t do anything. It casts a perfect shadow. And it’s growing. It would be incredibly cold as it would transport any heat radiation. Honestly, I don’t know enough quantum mechanics to tell you what would happen if you touched it, and what effect it would have on matter if it absorbed all photons that contacted it. It would make the entire area darker.

Needless to say, it would be very interesting, and very complicated. For the sake of not having to explain Einstein’s theories and a great load of formulae and mathematics, I’ve simplified it for you.

Now there remains a lot of questions about this, like who the other two are, but remember that book on quantum mechanics back in San’s home?… I think this may be connected.

I may have to explain the multiverse theory and what Sans says, but that’s for another much more complicated and confusing post.

Collected on this Day in 1900

North America used to have over 150 species in the genus Aster. But now only one species remains. That isn’t because they went extinct, but instead, they were re-named. Many of these species are still referred to in general as “asters.” 

Collected on September 22, 1900, this specimen was found in Fern Hollow, Frick Park, Pittsburgh by early museum botanist John Shafer. 

Eurybia divaricata (formerly Aster divaricatus) is commonly known as “white wood aster.” This beautiful fall blooming plant (like many asters) is a common native in eastern United States forests. 

So why the new name? Taxonomy (the science of classifying organisms) is an ever-changing science, subject to revision as more research is done, especially at the molecular (DNA) level. As we understand how organisms are related, we can better understand the history of life on Earth. Taxonomic studies of plants often lead to the splitting of one species into many or the lumping of many species into one. In some cases, a “new” rare species may have been hiding under our noses, previously grouped with another species. These studies are important for the conservation and protection of vulnerable species. We must know what these species are to actually protect them!  

Like most herbaria (plural for herbarium), the Carnegie Museum herbarium is organized by genus within families. Earlier this year, collections manager Bonnie Isaac and a team of interns and volunteers reorganized the sunflower family (Asteraceae), one of the largest families of flowering plants. After a month of reorganizing and renaming folders, the work is still ongoing. No surprise, as this family is represented by over 51,000 specimens (or about 10% of the entire collection)! Ongoing taxonomic rearrangements like these are just one reason why the work of herbarium staff is never done. 

White wood aster blooming on August 31, 2017 at Fern Hollow, Frick Park (same location as specimen pictured). 


Botanists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History share pieces of the herbarium’s historical hidden collection on the dates they were discovered or collected. Check back for more! 

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The Thundara family (+ Auntie Zinnia)

So I finally just met up with a very stressful deadline and to relax I drew some characters of mine I’ve been meaning to get onto canvas for…three years now…? I’m very bad at planning things out. I’ll definitely need to go back and revisit them again soon, but I at least have reference for myself to go off of.

Anyways I have so much more work to finish, so I’ll be going back to that now!!

[Rise of the Guardians] The Fall

@healingmichiko​ Have some more feels. And greek myths. And character undeath. And just weird brain stuff. 2800 words, crossposted to Ao3


“Heeeeey, Bunnny….” Jack’s grin is small and crooked, the same silly fond one he always gives Aster in greeting. “-I never told you my favourite myth, did I?”

Aster stumbles over his words, vowels and consonants in a jumbled mess. Jack wants to talk about a silly conversation they had hours ago NOW? Now, while Jack is…

Jack is…

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