Fill your heart with bees. If someone breaks your heart, then they have to deal with the bees.

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magical girl Nicki


magical girl Nicki

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Sulphur Hexaflouride is much denser than air. 


Sulphur Hexaflouride is much denser than air. 

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Species introduced as villains in book 1:

  • Yeerks
  • Hork-Bajir
  • Taxxons

Non-minor (>2 books) species that don’t commit genocide in the course of the story:

  • Yeerks
  • Hork-Bajir
  • Taxxons

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Toucan discovers a traffic cam. video

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I will say that I am sad today and that I am going to talk about a thing because I am sad and thinking. I’m sad that people are abused and that their abusers are often just clever enough to hide behind their respectability facade.

I am sad that openness about one’s abuse experiences often results in the victim or accuser immediately coming under attack or being the subject of ridiculous criticism. (I spent many years with a partner who beat and raped me, and in the aftermath it became very important to me to speak frankly and openly about what happened. One response was, “weren’t you a women’s studies major?” Implying that feminism makes one immune to domestic violence. I was shamed for speaking out and shamed for staying as long as I did and shamed for being too stupid to realize the relationship was abusive.)

I am sad that there is often no space for victims to tell their stories because the abuser is allowed to enter the space and shout them down in the name of fairness. Not that people don’t have the right to defend themselves but that spaces often lack breathing room for the victim to finish speaking, to tell their story without interruption. We see this literally, in the case of my dear friend whose boyfriend would beat her badly enough that she needed to be hospitalized and then go to the hospital to contradict anything she said to the doctors or police. We see it more subtly in the way communities respond to these horrific events by often doing nothing.

I am sad that, in my experience, there IS no fucking community that rallies around survivors for the long-term. We think that our identifiers (nerds, kinksters, queers) will do that for us but they often don’t. People used to invite my abuser to the same parties as me, knowing what happened. They just cared more about not upsetting the social status quo. They put the responsibility on me to somehow fight through my ptsd and coherently and politely interact worth my rapist because “I can’t believe he would do that, he’s always been nice to me.” Or to leave the party for my own self-care, and be shamed for being….rude? Creating an awkward situation?

I have another friend who is in the same professional line of work as her rapist, and people have simply decided that, even if he is a rapist, he’s more fun at parties. She loses out on work because it goes to her rapist. She loses out on work because people will roll their eyes and say, oh we can’t invite her, she and rapist don’t ~get along~. So much drama, you know.

I am glad to see lots of discussion happening today about what to do when an influential person is accused of something horrific, and how that affects their influence. I just hope it continues and people don’t lose steam over upsetting the status quo.

I have spent my life begging, please listen to us. We have been through hell. Just let us speak, and think about what we say.

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GATHERERS, another new one for SooJin Buzelli at PlanSponsor. This is for an article about how healthcare and retirement planning can work in unison.

I liked all my sketches for this, though, as usual, only one of them actually works for the prompt. It usually takes me a bit to really suss out the core of the article. There’s a balance that the working sketch strikes that none of the others do.

When these projects pop up, and I can more or less draw anything, as long as it relates back to the topic, I almost always try to exhaust whatever current topic my mind is focused on, before trying different subject matter. Last time it was knights, this time it was strange animals. 

I usually get a lot of color advice from Kali, but she had a bigger hand in this one than usual. Pretty much steered the whole ship for a little while.




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This is why you shouldn't click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence


If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies.
In what’s being called the biggest celebrity hacking incident in internet history, more than 100 female celebrities have had their private nude images stolen and published online. The bulk of the images posted have been officially confirmed as belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, but a complete list of victims’ names - including Krysten Ritter, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst - has been subsequently published. (Link does not contain pictures, only names.)
The images were first uploaded by an anonymous member of the underground internet sewer known as 4chan and have since been enthusiastically shared across platforms like Reddit and Twitter. A representative for Lawrence has confirmed the images are real, condemning the theft of them as a “flagrant violation of privacy” and adding that “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”
There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.
The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting.
That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.
1. This is not a ‘scandal’
It’s a crime, and we should be discussing it as such. Some media outlets are salaciously reporting it otherwise, as if the illegal violation of privacy involving intimate images is little more than subject for gossip. When associated with sex, the word ‘scandal’ has been typically interpreted as something that assigns responsibility to all parties involved, a consensual act unfortunately discovered and for which everyone owes an explanation or apology. Remember when private nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens (whose name also appears on the list of victims) were leaked online and Disney forced her to publicly apologise for her “lapse in judgment” and hoped she had “learned a valuable lesson”? Never mind that Hudgens was an adult and a victim of privacy violation - the ‘scandal’ was painted as something for which she owed her fans an apology. Which leads us to:
2. These women do not ‘only have themselves to blame’
While depressing, it’s sadly unsurprising to see some people arguing that Lawrence et al brought this on themselves. Part of living in a rape culture is the ongoing expectation that women are responsible for protecting themselves from abuse, and that means avoiding behaviour which might be later ‘exploited’ by the people who are conveniently never held to account for their actions. But women are entitled to consensually engage in their sexuality any way they see fit. If that involves taking nude self portraits for the enjoyment of themselves or consciously selected others, that’s their prerogative.
Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one, as actress Mary E. Winstead pointed out on Twitter. 
Sending a photograph of your breasts to one person isn’t consenting to having the whole world see those breasts, just as consenting to sex with one person isn’t the same as giving permission for everyone else to fu*k you. Victim blaming isn’t okay, even if it does give you a private thrill to humiliate the female victims of sexual exploitation.
3. It doesn’t matter that ‘damn, she looks good and should own it!’
Stealing and sharing the private photographs of women doesn’t become less of a crime just because you approve them for fapping activity. I’m sure many of the women on this list are confident of their sexual attractiveness. It doesn’t mean they don’t value their privacy or shouldn’t expect to enjoy the same rights to it as everyone else. It also doesn’t mean they want strangers sweating over their images. That line of thinking comes from the same school which instructs women to either ignore of welcome sexual harassment when it’s seemingly ‘positive’ in its sentiments.
None of these women are likely to give a shit that you think their bodies are ‘tight, damn’. Despite what society reinforces to us about the public ownership of women’s bodies, we are not entitled to co-opt and objectify them just because we think we can defend it as a compliment.
I will not be seeking out these images out and I urge everyone else to avoid doing the same. I hope that all the women who have been victimised here are being appropriately supported by the authorities and their network of friends. And I hope sincerely that more people take a stand against this kind of behaviour.
Because this incident aside, it strikes me as deeply ironic that we will vehemently protest a free Facebook messenger app because we’re outraged at reports that it can access our phone’s numbers, and yet turn around and excuse the serving up of women’s bodies for our own pleasure. Our appreciation is no less disgusting just because it’s accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping.

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