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So Disney's recent Jungle Book isn't a very good movie. Is it terrible? No. There are a few good things I can say about this movie: the voice acting is good for the most part, I appreciate that they made use of some lore from the books (the peace rock, and the wolf pack's mantra), Christopher Walken's King Louie is a welcome and memorable addition to the story and the entire Bandar-Log sequence is pretty awesome, as is the action-packed climax. Overall though, this movie is a mess. I knew going in that it was going to be significantly different from the book so I wasn't expecting a faithful adaptation but even just as a film this wasn't very good. The character's motivations made no sense (why was Shere Khan so obsessed with killing Mowgli? Why did the wolf cubs trust Shere Khan after he killed their alpha in front of the pack? Why was Bagheera the one teaching Mowgli how to be a wolf and why should wolves know how to climb trees? Why did Kaa show Mowgli his past if she just wanted to eat him?), the tone is all over the place and the movie cannot make up its mind on whether or not it wants to be a musical, with jazzy show tunes coming out of nowhere, completely clashing with the gritty aesthetic. The film-makers had the opportunity to tell this phenomenal classic story but instead we got this: a clumsy confusing jungle of a film that foregoes the genuine emotion, high stakes and strong themes of Kipling's original in favour of visually appealing fluff with a few Bill Murray one-liners thrown in for effect. Disappointing. Here's hoping Andy Serkis and Warner Brothers do better.
Paleontologists: *discover yet another feathered dinosaur fossil*

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???
So this is one of those kind of annoying but still pretty fun things that goes around every once in a while. :icondinomaster337: and :icongwiber49ofireland: both tagged me so I'll answer both of their questions.

RULES:
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?)

About me:
-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.

Questions (1):
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;))
-Steve.
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.

Questions (2):
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?
-Great artist!
6. What's the scariest thing you've ever seen?
-2016. Just all of it.
7. What do you think of this game?
-Seems legit.
 

My turn:
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?

I tag:
:iconpristichampsus: :iconhelixdude: :iconhublerdon: :iconthedubstepaddict: :icongrisador: :iconqueenserenity2012: too lazy to find 13 people
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  • Reading: The Inheritors
So I got a new scanner and I'm trying to edit some new art on GIMP but it won't let me use the "colour to alpha" function. I tried a few different file types but it doesn't work. It still works for my old pictures, but none of the new ones. Anyone else having this problem? The printer/scanner is an Epson X-530.
  • Reading: The Inheritors
I've been reading a lot about Neanderals lately and I stumbled upon this except from Cochran and Harpending's book The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
"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
Does anyone know where I can find a free version of Fire and Ice or the original One Million BC that doesn't look like it was filmed off the screen with a stale potato? I've found a few versions but they're grainy af.
  • Reading: Sula
I just read the third Harry Potter book and blogged about it on Tumblr. I ended up having to do nine parts instead of the usual three because it's a longer book and I had a lot to say about it.

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  • 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.

So much.

Someone please send this to Hugo and Jake of Bible Reloaded.
A dear friend of mine learned recently that I’d never read the Harry Potter series, so she took it upon herself to right what she saw as a major wrong. She loaned me the first book to read, and in my grand tradition of jumping on bandwagons long after everyone else, I gave it a read. Since then I have been writing down my impressions of the series on Tumblr.

The series so far:

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Me and a group of friends went and saw Suicide Squad last night and, sorry not sorry, we enjoyed the hell out of it.

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)
It is a common sentiment among radical vegan activists, superficial animal-lovers and other misanthropes that animals are better than humans because they do not indulge in pointless cruelty. Any act of brutality performed by animals, they say, is necessary for that animal’s survival. WRONG! Cats regularly torture mice to death, chickens will brutally peck and torment any “different” member of the flock, elephants impale buffaloes on their tusks, Giant steamer ducks beat up other waterfowl just for the hell of it, weasels that raid hen houses kill far more than they can eat, Spotted hyenas and accipitrids start eating their prey while it is still alive and kicking, hippos callously kill gazelles and baby elephants and leave them to rot, and chimpanzees hunt Red colobus monkeys for sport as much as for food. The only difference (if there is any) is that humans posses the mental complexity to realize on some level that such cruelty is morally wrong. 
  • Playing: Age of Mythology
Like it or not, the Ark Encounter (a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark commissioned by the infamous Ken Ham) is happening: www.npr.org/2016/07/05/4847566… In keeping with Ham's YEC views, the ark features models of non-avian dinosaurs like Stegosaurus, Nigersaurus and a jarringly featherless pair of dromaeosaurs: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/n…?

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.

I had a great day. It was opening night for a musical I'm involved in so that was about the best way to spend a birthday ever.
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I was wondering if anyone can answer this anthropology question: so, it's pretty much accepted that neanderthals had no projectile weapons, but the bohunicien and szeletien industries are associated with neanderthals and they had projectile weapons (including bow and arrow). Is this evidence of projectile weapons in neanderthal tech, or am I misunderstanding something?
I know it's been a while since I posted anything relating to Terra Fabulosus (or anything, actually), but the project hasn't been abandoned and I have some updates. The main thing is that from now on the project will be done from the perspective of a 21st century human looking back. What that means is that some entries for animal species and cultures will be past tense, as not all of them persist into modern times. I still don't have a scanner, but I would like to post some literature giving some history on the world, especially to finally flesh out the interactions between the world's hominid species.