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At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.

Caitlin Moran (via ratsoff)

Timely.

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Damn, but this is a beautiful paragraph.

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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACA
Kevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.

malformalady:

Marine researchers in Croatia have revealed how they have found a previously unrecorded albino dolphin, one of only 20 in the world. The rare mammal - named Albus by the research team - was found in the Mediterranean swimming between Croatia and Italy. Experts say the dolphin - who they believe to be male - appears to be in good health.

Marine researchers have revealed how they found it? The damn thing is white…let me guess, they used special white detecting equipment?

Actually, these sightings are pretty exciting…

According to Hello Kitty scholar Christine R. Yano (who wrote a book about Hello Kitty), the cat we know and love is … not a cat.

“Hello Kitty is not a cat,” Yang says. “She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/08/hello-kitty-is-not-a-cat

Universe exploding.

How can it be Hello Kitty?! How. Can. It. Be??!!

Wait, there’s a Hello Kitty Expert.

Universe imploding.

Crawl to fetal position beneath desk

Why Vanity Fair, Why do you do this to me??

whatthefauna:

Spotted garden eels (Taenioconger hassi) live in colonies of up to several thousand individuals. They spend the majority of their lives with only the top half of their body sticking out of a burrow they make in the sand, eating plankton and other tiny animals that float by. If in danger, the entire “garden” retracts into the sand in the blink of an eye.

Images: blueparadiseindonesia, Eric Cheng, Ryan Murphy

I saw these while diving in the middle east, some patches were 100 feet long and 30 feet wide. The eels rise and fall in unison and are actually pretty cool and I loved watching them. Like the text says they would occasionally completely disappear in union and you’d almost question whether they’d been there. Anyway, fun to mess with.

bugdujour:

Vinegaroon, Mastigoproctus giganteus

Sorry I’ve been bad about the updates. I’ve been in a funk, and ran away to the desert to ground myself and recover some sanity. I should be back to regular updates soon-ish, but I hope this makes up for my absence,

Just when you think that you have seen every conceivable form of ick in the form of an insect, along comes the Vinegaroon…It says North America in the hashtags so I’m hoping that means Canada :) I mean it’s only fair.

Truthful Tuesday

I had a an amazing day yesterday

The produce manager at Ralph’s Grocery knows I raise chickens so she set aside two huge boxes of lettuce for them. I was having a horrible and busy day so a friend surprised me by running over on her lunch hour to pick them up for me.

After work I do an Egg Run — I home deliver eggs. On my way home it was late and I was tired, but I needed to call a client to check on a job. He and I started chatting so I pulled the car over 100 yards from the house (I lose cell reception at the house). As we chatted, I turned the engine off as I was nearly out of gas and left the lights on. Time passed and I ran down the battery.

I called AAA and they sent a tow driver. The 20 minutes I sat and waited was really one of the best parts of my day. It was quiet, I was safe and for the first time all day, could just be and let everything go.

The tow driver was great and stayed awhile chatting with me as the battery charged. He told me to run the car for at least 30 minutes.

I just wanted to get home.

As he was leaving I handed him a carton of eggs as a thank you. He started laughing. I looked at him quizzically, and he said - Your timing is perfect man, I’m on my way home after this and my girlfriend said not to come home without eggs for breakfast tomorrow morning…

I needed gas so I drove to the gas station and then since KFC is next door, I grabbed dinner. The woman at the window was terse initially, something was taking extra-long and they were getting ready to close maybe? I didn’t care, I needed to run the car, and since I didn’t get pissy, she warmed up and relaxed.

When I got home, I realized that she’d packed my bag with all sorts of extras - chicken, sides and biscuits. I had a feast along with the last glass of wine, a surprise gift from my boss for working over the weekend.

Just wanted to share my gratitude. We are surrounded by opportunities for connection and always have the choice to pay gratitude forward. Yesterday, much was given to me, today I pay that forward.

CAYMUS CAB
I have to work this weekend to make a tight deadline on Monday. My boss stayed late with me so I could collect the files I need to bring home with me. We were chatting and he asked me what kind of wine I like. I said tonight? Tonight, I’d really like a big in your face California Cab. He took off for a bit, returned and handed this to me. I think you’ll like this, it’s a Platinum Blond with Big Tits! (He might have been slightly more PC.  Opening it now. Smells divine.
Toasting Lucas Pfeifer who was born this morning, and his family who finally get to meet him. Welcome Baby!
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CAYMUS CAB

I have to work this weekend to make a tight deadline on Monday. My boss stayed late with me so I could collect the files I need to bring home with me. We were chatting and he asked me what kind of wine I like. I said tonight? Tonight, I’d really like a big in your face California Cab. He took off for a bit, returned and handed this to me.

I think you’ll like this, it’s a Platinum Blond with Big Tits! (He might have been slightly more PC.

Opening it now.

Smells divine.

Toasting Lucas Pfeifer who was born this morning, and his family who finally get to meet him. Welcome Baby!

Truthful Thursday

We hired an intern at work.

A designer, to come in to turn and churn labels for one of the lines I designed. The labels are pretty much plug and play but there are A LOT of them and they need to be modified to work on packages of all sizes.

I was so excited to have the help.

Our team discussed what projects could be lined up for her to work on. It drew our department together for the first time in a year. What could we give up and share, who would handle what?

She started this week.

It hasn’t gone well.

Not well at all.

HR hired her, and as far as I know no one in our group interviewed her. Sadly, her design skill level is severely deficient. I’m not even certain that she has ever worked with the software. There have been some humorous gaffes, but mostly it’s just been sad and a huge time suck.

Sad.

malformalady:

Although there are over 400 types of leeches, the Hirudo medicinalis is said to be the most effective leech used in medical practice. Medicinal leeches have three jaws (tripartite) that look like little saws, and on them are about 100 sharp teeth used to incise the host. The incision leaves a mark that is an inverted Y inside of a circle. After piercing the skin and injecting anticoagulants (hirudin) and anaesthetics, they suck out blood. Large adults can consume up to ten times their body weight in a single meal, with 5-15 ml being the average volume taken. These leeches can live for up to a year between feeding.

I got bit by a leech in Thailand — it was the dry season and leeches weren’t expected during out stay, but we had a rogue rainstorm and they came up from the ground like earthworms.

In Thailand the leeches are about the diameter of a strand of spaghetti pre-meal, and about the size of your little finger after feeding. I was hiking in the jungle - which in my mind would be flat* (*Note: No jungle is ever FLAT), the terrain was rough. For most of the day we were cutting our way through using machetes. I was wearing hiking boots, wool socks under my pant leg, long pants, then wool socks over my pant leg. Still a leech managed to get through bite me and get out unnoticed.

When I stripped down for a shower, my shoe was full of blood which was alarming. You don’t often know what happened but the mark in my case was a perfect circle and every Thai that saw it pointed, nodded and said “leech.”Who was I to question this?

It didn’t hurt, I didn’t feel anything in fact, but it bled for a long time before coagulating. For years afterward I had a scar on my ankle which I thought was kind of cool badge of honor. Sadly, It has since faded away.

I’m curious about the rise in popularity of ‘bleeding’ patients. I have not done the research, but I think I might. I find this fascinating.

sbyswgentlemenscigarsociety:

Amy Purdy, paralympic medalist snowboarder | ESPN

~ I work with a lot of soldiers that I hope this inspires

For several years I worked as contract editorial designer for New Mobility, a magazine for folks in wheelchairs. Bad asses, total bad asses in just about every filed and sport. This is gorgeous - takes a minute to see anything other than a beautiful naked woman.

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C’mon that’s E.T.!

rhamphotheca:

TSA Turtle Tuesday: Eastern Short-necked Turtle

The Eastern Short-necked Turtle (Emydura macquarii) is a widespread species found throughout Eastern Australia. They are a type of side-necked turtle, meaning their head is withdrawn under their top shell and pulled to the side rather than straight in like most turtles. These omnivorous chelonians are opportunistic feeders, eating whatever comes their way including plants, insects, frogs, molluscs and even carrion.

(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

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