Ms. Frizzle is the best teacher.
I’m struggling to learn something new and it’s stressful but every time I do it I’m excited to be doing it. So, I’ve been working on writing scripts for my YouTube channel instead of just winging it each time, because I’ve got an awesome new Executive Producer!! (shhh, to be revealed maybe May 1st)
The problem I’m having is that I want to share everything at once and then I’m going on for pages and pages in a passionate fury until it dawns on me that the episode would be like 20 minutes and only behaviorists, biologists, or crazy people (ahem, me) would watch them.
The problem arose when someone commented on a video I made and basically said I hadn’t accurately explained something. I, in fact, know a lot about the subject but hadn’t included it in the video because I was trying to appeal to a larger audience with “aww, cute animal”, effect. Now I think I’m overcompensating with wanting to include all the details all at once.
So I need to figure out how to make short vids that include neat details but also create an emotional connection to the super amazing animal I present. Gah!! What do I do?!!! Eh, I think my subscribers are pretty forgiving. Most have stuck with me for at least a few months now with low quality sound, poor lighting, and improved content so I’m just going to be myself and let things fall where they fall.
I’d happily sit along for a 20+ minute presentation on all the little details you care to include, definitely falling into the “crazy people” camp. But I also understand the concern for limiting the playtime and keeping attention. I wonder if you go ahead and just write a script for a sprawling all details included epically long episode, then pluck out ideas that could stand alone in shorter episodes, but also build on each other, in a sort of miniseries way. if you did it that way, I don’t imagine you’d need to upload them all at once, or even just blaze through one meta-topic before moving on to another. Like video Lego bricks, break out all the single elements in the masterwork, and gives us a box of blocks to put together, or not. But that’s just one crazy person’s idea, however you go, I’m sure it’ll work out. :-)
We filmed “Dimetrodon is Not a Dinosaur” today and had THE BEST TIME EVER
Major thanks to Ken Angielczyk, Associate Curator of Paleomammalogy, for all of his help with this upcoming episode. I never knew I cared so much about early non-mammalian synapsid evolution. You can read his enlightening paper by the same name here. Photo is by Tom McNamara.
I’m going to be a big fan of Dimetrodon for life.
that was a pun
I don’t know Emily, you look pretty bored in that picture, you need to work on expressing yourself more. :-D
Check out this absolutely unreal guest comic from my friends over at 1111 comics. Get to their Facebook here, Twitter here and jump over onto their site because if you don’t then you are seriously missing out
Rule number one of making wishes: always be VERY specific.
Reverse Arrow Optical Illusion
Whoa, what sorcery is this?
Maric V explains that it’s a combination of refraction and focal point, in the video caption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G303o8pJzls
Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif succeeded to the sultanate of Morocco after his brother fell from a horse and died in 1672. Twenty-six when he became the Sharifian Emperor, Moulay Ismael “the Bloodthirsty” — as he was called — went on to expand his holding in a remarkable reign. His armies conquered neighboring territories and fought off the Ottomans (eventually forcing them to recognize Moroccan independence), and the emperor went on a building spree to make Meknes a rival to Versailles, with French engineers to help.
Moulay Ismael also had a prodigious capacity for cruelty. He legendarily ordered that the walls of Meknes be decorated with the heads of 10,000 enemy soldiers. He also sponsored the Barbary pirates, who engaged the states of Europe in a protracted and costly low-grade war, drove the American colonies to form the first navy in North America, and pushed the English and Spanish from Moroccan territory.
But Moulay Ismael is probably best known to history because of his prodigious capacity to reproduce. The emperor had a thing for children,… well, for having sons, that is.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Moulay Ismael, with four wives and at least 500 concubines, sired an estimated 1042 children (they recently raised their estimate from 888). That feat is even more incredible when one notes that Moulay Ismael, demonstrating just how deep his cruelty went, ordered that all the female infants of his concubines be smothered when they were born by their midwives.
Anonymous asked: Many people have already died in space...
People have died en route to space, or back to Earth, none outside of Earth’s atmosphere. You know, that we know of.
The 3 man crew of the Soyuz 11 mission died when their capsule depressurized during reentry at an altitude of ~168km, well above the Kármán line of 100km that is commonly understood to be the boundary between the atmosphere and space. [The Crew That Never Came Home]
But then, 3 is not exactly “many”, either.
Full Title: Johnson’s Map Of The World on Mercator’s Projection. Published by Johnson & Browning. New York & Washington. No. 56-57.
Author: Johnson, A.J.
More details can be found here: http://www.davidrumsey.com/maps1778.html
Caitlin Moran (via scatteredandshining)
Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
• 2 cups GF flour [+ ¾ tsp Xanthan gum]
• 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
• ⅛ tsp ground cloves
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup vegetable shortening
• 3 cups sugar
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• 4 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Over low heat, slowly melt together chocolate chips and vegetable shortening.
While that’s going, whix together flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
While chocolate mixture cools, mix together sugar, pumpkin and vanilla.
Add chocolate mixture to sugar mixture, stir until combined.
Add dry ingredients mix until uniform.
Scoop out on lightly oiled cookie sheets, bake for about 14 minutes, or until done.
Adapted from Everyday Reading's recipe.
"Put an Altoid in your mouth. Now spit it out and stop trying to hack communication with gimmicks and props.
Always assume your public groping is far less subtle than you think it is.
Drive men and women and people who identify as gender neutral absolutely wild by paying attention to them and what they’re enjoying, like they’re an individual you are attracted to.
Think of your partners’ genitals as genitals. They are not tennis balls, flowers, butterflies, or meat.
Sext each other like the NSA is watching and you want to put on a fantastic show.
Mixing food with sex can be fun. It can also cause a yeast infection. Weigh the risks.
Trying too hard is really sexy, so make sure to devote two hours a week to memorizing and practicing complex new sexual routines.
If you feel like your partner is losing interest or hiding things from you, skip the cyber-stalking and douse yourself Carrie-style in chocolate syrup.
Remember that testicles, earlobes, labia, and eyelids are delicate. If you’re going to yank, bite, pull, or abuse any of these body parts with a fork, proceed with caution and talk about it first.
There’s a difference between having sex with your partner and having sex at them. Do the first one.”
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to those who celebrate!
Taken out of context, this looks rather ominous, no?
Because an entire city coming together to dump horrible green sludge into its main river as part of an annual cultish ritual isn’t ominous on its own?
Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), they had highly developed drainage systems where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which also lined all major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.