brilliant mistake

At first, it always seems like a good idea.

brillmiss at gmail dot com

See the ground actually open up and move! (by Steve Goldberg)

This gave me nightmares.

The good news in California is that we have drawn down the water table to such an extent that very few of our soils are water saturated. When we analyzed what would happen in a big San Andreas earthquake - see this report for more info - we found that very few places had enough water to lead to liquefaction.

The next time someone criticizes you for that 30 minute shower, tell them you’re only doing it for the earthquake safety benefits.

I am Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS Seismologist & Earthquake Adviser for Mayor Garcetti – AMA : LosAngeles

jtotheizzoe:

#NOSPINES

I bet you thought “There’s no way that someone could make a parody of Blurred Lines that pays homage to all the world’s invertebrates!!

Well, you’re wrong.

(by Carin Bondar)

jtotheizzoe:

"The Sciences Sing a Lullaby"
-Albert Goldbarth

jtotheizzoe:

"The Sciences Sing a Lullaby"

-Albert Goldbarth

… it was a completely inexcusable way to address the issue of sexism in games. You address this by having a rational conversation about the nuances of how it feels to be an underrepresented part of an industry that you love. You address it by making a marginalized subset feel safe. You address it by allowing the minority to feel like they have a voice – a voice that is being listened to. You don’t address it by shoving cameras in a woman’s face and insinuating that the only reason she was brought onto a skill-based competition was because she was nice to look at.
Adriel Wallick after she and other game developers walked out on a reality show and shut the whole thing down. (via)
realmikkipedia:

Spring fling.

Possibly going to New York to steal these.

realmikkipedia:

Spring fling.

Possibly going to New York to steal these.

GOOP vs. the Insects

I wouldn’t have given the Paltrow-Martin split much thought, beyond the involuntary sigh/eye-roll at the pretentious language involved, but then someone pointed out to me that she paired their brief statement with a "scientific" paper on "conscious uncoupling." Oh yes she did. And within it lay this

There’s a scientific theory by Russian esotericist, Peter Ouspensky, that the creation of insects was a failed attempt by nature to evolve a higher form of consciousness. There was a time millions of years ago when insects were enormous—a dragonfly’s wings were three feet across. So why didn’t they end up being the dominant species on earth? Because they lacked flexibility, which is what evolution is all about, and couldn’t adapt to changing conditions like humans can. 

That is some straight up insect slander, Ms. Paltrow. I know this is a painful time for you, but this CANNOT PASS.

Insects are possibly the most evolutionarily successful creatures on earth. Over half of all known living species are insects, and nearly three quarters of all animal species are insects. Since their evolution at least 400 million years ago, they have survived every mass extinction event thrown at them; humans have yet to survive one. 

They are successful in large part because they are flexible. They tend to have large populations with individuals that breed a lot and die young. Perfect for spewing out a lot of new variants, the lucky ones of which will have traits suited to meet whatever new environmental challenge lies ahead. Ever heard of pesticide resistance? That’s insects beating us at evolution.

They authors love the idea of the exoskeleton as a symbol of inflexibility

Beetles, grasshoppers, and all other insects have an exoskeleton. The structure that protects and supports their body is on the outside. Not only are they stuck in a rigid, unchanging form that provides no flexibility, they are also at the mercy of their environment. If they find themselves under the heel of a shoe, it’s all over. That’s not the only downside: Exoskeletons can calcify, leading to buildup and more rigidity.

By contrast, vertebrates like dogs, horses, and humans have an endoskeleton. Our support structure is on the inside of our bodies, giving us exceptional flexibility and mobility to adapt and change under a wide range of circumstances. The price for this gift is vulnerability: Our soft outside is completely exposed to hurt and harm every day.

To be fair, if I were stepped on by creature 100 times my size, it would be all over for me too. But let’s get to the other idea: insects are helplessly stuck within their shell (the one that can’t actually calcify), static victims of their exoskeleton prisons. Or they would be, if not for the fact that they shed those exoskeletons on a regular basis. 

Plus, insects display the ultimate symbol of change: metamorphosis. Can humans, when facing adulthood, crawl into a silk sac, dissolve their bodies, chill out for a while, and come out a butterfly? Nope, all we get is weird body hair and bad skin. And orgasms, so I guess we can at least hold that over the bugs. 

Look Gwyneth, I understand seeking out spiritual advice when life takes a bad turn, even from charlatans like the ones who wrote that article. It’s a vulnerable period. But please remember that there’s a lot of amazing, accurate things we can learn learn from insects in times of stress. In your case, perhaps this wikipedia page on sexual cannibalism will bring you some comfort.

montereybayaquarium:

Wait for it, wait for it…watch to the end of this amazing video and you’ll see a pod of orcas going after a blue whale—a rarely seen interaction, courtesy of Daniel Bianchetta, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, and Pete Thomas Outdoors.

The blue whale gets away after a bite on its tail. Slomo video here.

beatonna:

historicaltimes:

Steam powered mobile bathing house of King Alfonso XIII, St. Sebastien beach, Spain 1908.
bessiemucho:


It’s good to be the king.
http://grazeland.wordpress.com/tag/king-alfonso-xiii/



Just read that again
"Steam powered mobile bathing house"

beatonna:

historicaltimes:

Steam powered mobile bathing house of King Alfonso XIII, St. Sebastien beach, Spain 1908.

bessiemucho:

Just read that again

"Steam powered mobile bathing house"

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medievalpoc:

 Workshop of Girolamo Miseroni 
Cameo with Black Woman
Italy (c. 1560s)
[x] [x] [x]

medievalpoc:

Workshop of Girolamo Miseroni

Cameo with Black Woman

Italy (c. 1560s)

[x] [x] [x]

roomthily:

Conditional Probability a visual explanation

roomthily:

Conditional Probability a visual explanation

"The Battle of the Fruit and Vegetable Soldiers." Darwin’s children doodled on The Origin of the Species.

"The Battle of the Fruit and Vegetable Soldiers." Darwin’s children doodled on The Origin of the Species.

(Source: theappendix.net)