Paleo nerds: oh cool. Another feathered dinosaur.
Media: BREAKING NEWS!! DINOSAURS WERE FEATHERED AND BIRD-LIKE, NOT THE SCALY DRAGONS WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!! WAS T-REX A BIG CHICKEN??? DID JURASSIC PARK LIE? DID ALIENS BUILD THE PYRAMIDS???
1. Write the rules. (Or copy and paste them, whichever you prefer.)
2. Write 13 things about yourself.
3. Answer 13 questions made by the person who tagged you, and make your own 13 questions.
4. Tag 13 deviants
5. Make sure they know that they are tagged.
6. Don't say ''You're tagged if you read this".
7. It is forbidden not to tag anyone.
8. Tag backs are allowed.
9. If you don't make this tag in a week, you need to obey a wish of the person who tags you ( why though?)
-I am currently in rehearsals for the musical Oliver! I'm playing Noah Claypole. It's fun.
-I want to make a living in graphic novels. I have lots of ideas and I'm taking a course next year.
-I LOVE SHAKESPEARE! I know that sounds like a snob thing, but it's really not. I'm just a Shakespeare nerd.
-I'm reading Harry Potter for the first time in my life and IT'S AMAZING! I LOVE IT AS MUCH AS SHAKESPEARE AND BUFFY!!!
-As a small child, I used to get weird phobias of animals I never encountered like walruses, monkeys, and woolly mammoths.
-I was raised creationist but I got over it.
-I was a homophobic little shit when I first started on DA. Sorry about that.
-I've been reading The Inheritors by William Golding, but I don't think I like it.
-I'm sexually attracted to Minerva McGonagall (note that I have not seen the movies).
-I'm still mad about Angel season 4.
-Faerie Tale Theatre is my favourite guilty pleasure TV show.
-I've seen all of The Clone Wars, and I honestly think it's the best Star Wars, even better than the original trilogy. The way it fixed the prequel trilogy is incredible and praise-worthy.
-I really wish I could have voted in the US election.
1. If you had to pick a non-avian dinosaur to be, which one?
-I AM DREADNOUGHTUS! I FEAR NOTHING!!!
2. What's your opinion on sabertooths having their fangs covered by mastiff-like lips?
-Mastiff cats all the way!
3. Think people who hate on feathered dinosaurs are incredibly small-minded, or that science is an abomination for ruining you childhood. Or are you neutral, like me?
-People who hate on feathered dinosaurs are incredibly small-minded. If you don't think feathered dinosaurs can be cool and intimidating, you have never interacted with birds.
4. You wake up and decide to dig a hole in your yard (why is irrelevant) and find the partial skeleton (including a complete skull, rib cage, partial gastrila, an arm, a toe, and impressions of Yutyrannus-like feathers) of an undiscovered tyrannosaur, equaling T. rex in size. What do you name it. (Bonus points if you create a picture of it and post it on DeviantArt)
5. You have found the first irrefutable evidence of the existence of Bigfoot. What do you do with it? (No, you can't throw it away)
-Notify the scientific community immediately.
6. Favorite Dino movies?
-The original Jurassic Park, even though it's dated. The rest are crap (though the finale of Jurassic World is cool). I really wish we could have a new dinosaur movie to update the popular perception of dinosaurs.
7. You find a kid in the woods on the side of the road. They're scarred, dirty, skinny, but muscular, with long, disheveled hair, sharp claw-like nails, no clothes, blood on their face (explaining the half eaten deer behind them), a wild look in their eyes, and is walking on all fours, growling and barking like a dog. What do you do with the kid? (No, you cannot turn around and leave him)
-Hide her in my room and feed her Eggos.
8. You have been impaled... That's it, you've just been impaled. What do you do with the object. (Hint: this is a first aid question that actually has a right answer, cause I'm a dick )
-DO NOT PULL IT OUT!
9. You have found a surviving tribe of cavemen. (I.e. Neanderthals). Do you tell the world or do you let them live in peace?
-That's a tough one. I would be concerned about their safety, but I think two human species could learn a lot about each other so I'd probably tell people, unless they really wanted to stay hidden.
10. What breed of dog would you get, or would you get a mutt?
-A Tibetan mastiff just to freak people out.
11. Ever seen Adam Ruins Everything, on Trutv?
-Yes, but only on YouTube.
12. Any pets?
-Just the family cat.
13. Sexuality? No, I'm kidding. What do you think of the current state of the world?
-I'm pretty scared, honestly. White nationalism, Neo-Nazis and other far right hate groups are on the rise and that's bad news for everyone. Hopefully we can put an end to it before too much damage is done.
1. Who's your favorite Disney Villain?
-Honestly, Hans from Frozen. He's not a fun and flamboyant cartoonish villain, he's the kind of perfectly hidden psychopath that could exist in real life.
2. Ever heard of nemo-ramjet/C M Kosemen?
-Yes! Brilliant guy!
3. Can you #buildabetterfaketheropod?
-I could but the ship's kind of sailed on that one. I have actually drawn a few speculative theropods which you can see in my "Speculative Biology" folder.
4. Did you know that faeries could be real?
-I doubt it.
5. What do you think of Tony DiTerlizzi?
6. What's the scariest thing you've ever seen?
-2016. Just all of it.
7. What do you think of this game?
1. What is your favorite book?
2. Have you ever had a scary encounter with a dangerous animal? Describe it.
3. What is your heritage?
4. What is the weirdest pet you've had?
5. What is the weirdest thing you've eaten?
6. Scenario: You've just woken up in bed next to the protagonist of the last show you watched. Who is it and how do you feel about this situation?
7. Where would you travel on the TARDIS? Anywhere in time and space!
8. What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
9. Have you ever met anyone who you felt was truly evil?
10. What prehistoric animal do you want to ride?
11. What's your favourite local wildlife?
12. Do you have a story you want to share with the world? Will you ever publish it?
13. Are there hats?
too lazy to find 13 people
- Reading: The Inheritors
- Reading: The Inheritors
"We don’t yet know for sure, but it seems likely that, as part of their adaptation to cold, Neanderthals were furry. Chimpanzees have ridges on their finger bones that stem from the way that they clutch their mother’s fur as infants. Modern humans don’t have these ridges, but Neanderthals do. Moreover, we know that humans can become furry with very simple genetic changes, since there are a few people working in the circus in which such a change has already taken place."
I've heard many laymen's opinions and arguments on whether or not neanderthals were significantly hairier than H. sapiens, but this brings up a point that I've never heard before. Greg Cochran and Henry Harpending are respected and qualified anthropologists, but the book is a few years old now, so my question is: how well does this hold up now in light of the neanderthal genome project? Has any new evidence refuted this?
- Reading: The Inheritors
- Reading: Sula
- Reading: Guess
This is not satire. This is not a painfully unfunny College Humor skit. This is an actual video shown to actual people when they arrive at an actual theme park.
There's just so much to talk about here:
Like how we're led to believe that there was a written language before the flood.
Or the way this Noah insists that the Ark is actually a ship.
Or the awkward modern-ish way everyone talks. Or how Noah apparently contracted workers from the people doomed to be destroyed in the flood.
Or how Noah's family seem to be the only people aware that large dinosaurs exist alongside them.
Or how the sin of the world is represented by an opinionated woman and people of colour in tribal regalia.
Or the loaded implications of the one "journalist" who calls Noah a "bigot" for insulting his vaguely defined "freedom".
Or the over-the-top smug way the "interviewers" speak. It's almost the only direction given to them was to "act secular".
Or how this whole video just drags on way longer than it should.
Someone please send this to Hugo and Jake of Bible Reloaded.
The series so far:
And why shouldn't we? It was everything we expected, and what we expected was a dumb fun popcorn action flick with quips and cool visuals.
Suicide Squad features near-constant action, dead-on performances, and just the right amount of heart and humour. The chemistry between the individual members of the team is charming and they're all engaging and memorable in their own ways. Standouts include Margot Robbie (who absolutely nails her portrayal of Harley Quinn), Will Smith at his Will Smithiest, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and newbie actor/longtime supermodel Cara Delevingne who gives her all to deliver a suitably creepy and creatively realized Enchantress.
I really don't understand the backlash against this film. How is anything a "disappointment" when it delivers exactly what was advertised? The film's marketing promised cool action sequences, catchy pop songs, gratuitous shots of Margot Robbie's ass, a scene where everyone chills in a bar, quips from Will Smith and Harley Quinn, and a handful of cameos from Batman and the Joker, and that's exactly what you get, with just the tiniest bit more, and that's fine.
Speaking of the Joker, why is everyone so upset about his minor role in this film? It's called "Suicide Squad", not "The Joker does Joker things". The movie is not about him. Frankly, I was surprised by just how many scenes he had, and if he had had anymore, he would have out-stayed his welcome. The Joker is not a member of the squad. He never has been. The only reason he was even in this movie is because of his involvement with Harley Quinn. Actually, it's interesting that Harley Quinn has become such a breakout character that a classic supervillain like the Joker can be relegated to the role of mere love interest in a major comic book film.
To wrap it up, Suicide Squad has little substance and is often illogical, but who cares? It's still extremely fun and entertaining, and that is really all a comic book movie has to be.
There really isn't much more to say about this movie. It is what it is. If you saw the trailers and thought "I want to see this movie", go see it. You will not be disappointed.
- Reading: Harry Potter (late to the party, I know)
- Playing: Age of Mythology
Obvious anatomical inaccuracies aside, the attention to detail on these models really is impressive. They look incredibly life-like, even if they don't resemble what we know of the true animals. The exhibit also includes obscure prehistoric mammals like Anisodon and Pakicetus. A video detailing the creative process behind these models can be watched here: arkencounter.com/blog/2016/02/… I find the video to be fascinating and sad. The artist is incredibly talented and sincerely feels that he is doing God's work and is clearly enjoying every bit of it. If only this talent and enthusiasm could be channeled into something that didn't involve miseducating people about science, religion and history.
Seriously, not only is this scientifically accurate, it deviates significantly from the biblical description: The ark in the Bible was just a box designed to float but this is clearly a boat with an obvious prow, what appears to be a rudder, and a sleek, streamlined shape for cutting waves. For an organization that calls itself "Answers in Genesis", they didn't pay very close attention to what Genesis actually says. Biblical literalism fail.
The Ark Encounter's official website: arkencounter.com/
- Playing: Age of Mythology, Age of Kings
I haven't really said much about the Orlando shooting, but let me say this:
Dear Christian friends
As long as we perpetuate the belief that homosexuality is sinful or unnatural or contrary to God's plan, the blood of the Orlando victims is on our hands. We are Omar Mateen.
No matter what argument we use to justify ourselves and appear superior ("plain reading of scripture" or "love the sinner, hate the sin" or similar bullshit) their blood is on our hands. We are Omar Mateen.
As long as we perpetuate the belief that homosexuality is sinful or unnatural or contrary to God's plan, we are waving "God hates f*gs" signs at funerals. We are the Westboro Baptist church.
I'm tired of hearing about how you are entitled to your "opinion" or your "sincerely held religious beliefs". The physical and mental well-being of others is not a matter of your opinion and if your religious beliefs are hurting people, I don't care how sincere you are. Sincerity is not a free pass. You don't think the people strapping bombs to themselves are sincere?
Homophobia, like racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry is a serious problem with serious consequences. It is not a Muslim problem. It is not an American problem. It is, first and foremost, a Christian problem. Christianity, a religion that professes to follow the life and teachings of a man who exemplified universal love and radical non-violence is killing people.
We are responsible. We have blood on our hands. We are Omar Mateen.
God forgive us.
This is actually beautiful. XD
Interesting interview. The anthropologist claims that early humans went through a period of gigantism. When I try to google more info on this phenomenon, I just get a bunch of fringe weirdness, but I looked up the anthropologist and he seems legit. Does anyone know where I can find more info on this? Thanks.