look that’s me (the shorter one) falling to what I felt would be my certain death.
Short summary of the day at GA: Kelly, Evan, Patrick and I went on all the intense rides (top gun, drop zone, psycho mouse, demon, vortex, XTREME SKYFLYER - third timer now) plus delirium and the water fall one. We did a pose thing for the camera on psycho mouse but i was scared so my face looked like D8. Ok drop zone and xtreme skyflyer were freaking scary. It felt like the roller coasters we went on after those weren’t tall at all. I’d write more about the rest but Kelly summarized it nicely already so yay
Also I got stung by a bee while walking to my car so that makes 3 bee stings and 2 mosquito bites in 4 days and that must be breaking some sort of record…
Meet Mr. Camouflage, one of the special stars of sea life in the Lembeh Strait. I literally said “Whaaaaaaaat the f…” when I saw that amazing color change.
Isn’t evolution grand?
Here’s a feature from Science Friday on octopus and cuttlefish camo skills.
If Earth Had Rings
First off, they would be really pretty to look at. They would also dominate the sky in both night and day at exactly the same place as they would never rise nor set. And at night you would see the Earth’s shadow swing across the rings, like in the 4th photo here.
However, life would be very different on Earth if this were the case. Nocturnal animals would have a hard time being nocturnal, as the light reflecting from the rings would illuminate the night.
Because we are closer to the Sun than Saturn is, the rings would be more rocky than ice, making them less bright but still pretty bright. In fact, you would see far less stars at night (living anywhere other than the equator or the arctic circle) because of the light pollution and not to mention ruin most meteor showers because of that.
During the day the rings would block sunlight in certain regions of the planet creating wild weather cycles and effecting plant life as well. So basically, they would be definitely pretty to look at but they would also make a whole lot of things screwy.
Illustrations by Ron Miller // io9
— Click the photos for captions
3 day weekend :3
Sunday: HMB with the dad. We picked wild strawberries right next to the trail and they tasted really good even though they were tiny. At the wharf there was a sea lion that looked at me and swam along the pier for a while :3 and there were tons of fish in the water.
Monday: SENIOR DITCH DAY. Kelly and I went to Sophia’s house and we cracked up watching Japanese pranks on Youtube. Then we went to Orenchi for lunch but it really doesn’t want to be open for Kelly so we ended up going to Santouka in Mitsuwa. After ramen and mochicreme, Kelly and I watched IRON MAN 3 which was really intense and the parts that weren’t were hilarious (“you know what keeps going through my head right now? where is my sandwich” “I don’t even like working here! they’re so weird!”). Still need to watch Gatsby….
An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t
I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?
To fuck some shit up
Around the center of the Milky Way, which is heading towards the Andromeda Galaxy. And our whole Local Group is moving towards the Virgo Cluster.
But we’ll never actually reach the Virgo Cluster because space is expanding between us and them faster than we’re moving towards it.
Location: Nuuk, Greenland
Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.
Butterflies have excellent vision. Similar to birds, butterflies are able to see in the ultraviolet spectrum; unlike birds, butterflies have the broadest spectrum of color vision known to exist in the animal kingdom. A compound eye is located on each side of the butterflies’ head and is made up of many little eyes pressed together into one. The tiny individual eyes are called facets, and are made up of six sides. Thousands of facets make up the two compound eyes. Unlike human vision, where we see one image, butterflies see thousands of small images at a time. Underneath the facets is a crystal cone that extends inwardly and forms a transparent rod. When light enters this rod, it has already been reversed twice, making its’ rays parallel so that light enters the rod in a straight line. Compound eyes aid in seeing into the UV, detecting movement, and seeing varied colors. The side location of their eyes enables them to see in different directions at one time, useful in detecting predators. However, butterflies cannot see detail from a distance and can only recognize the fine patterns of other butterflies from a few feet away. This would mean they are capable of seeing their own wings.
So basically this is one of those supposedly profound quotes that tries to make a point while being based on really shitty information and thus falls apart. Surely they could have found an analogy that doesn’t fly in the face of basic scientific observation if they wanted to send the “you’re more beautiful than you think” message..
- Me: you social butterfly you
- Bhavi: NO I JUST HANG OUT WITH WHOEVER ACCEPTS ME
- Bhavi: and my awkness