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Today we learned about a species of moth made of cotton candy.

Okay, not really, but these beautiful creatures are still awesome, even if they aren’t made of spun sugar. This is the Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda), a small North American moth most often found in southern Canada from Ontario to Nova Scotia. They live in deciduous forests and feed mainly on maple trees, but we suspect that some specimens prefer to follow traveling carnivals where they hover over the cotton candy machines.

Photos by Svdmolen, Rhododendrites, Kristi Decourcy, Patrick Spurlock, Ezra S F, MacroscopicSolutions, and Lynette Schimming respectively.

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Abandoned ferris wheel, North Carolina.

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The last three Disney films that starred POC were the Emperor’s New Groove in 2000, Brother Bear in 2003 and Princess and the Frog in 2009.

What did they have in common?





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Joyce Lin is a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and in her spare time she creates awesome interactive kinetic sculptures like the beautiful flying fish and bird study pieces pictured here. Although the design and construction process must’ve been painstaking, they were made using simple materials such as popsicle sticks, mylar and tracing vellum.

Speaking about her work she says, “When people view and activate my sculptures, I would like them to feel a kind of childlike awe and wonderment while being reminded that we are part of an infinite chain of systems within systems.”

Visit Joyce Lin’s Behance page to check out more of her creations.

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I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Wow. Greg Rucka is super for reals not here for your sexist bullshit in nerd or geek communities. Also, something that stuck out to me was this passage:

"Portland Public Schools has a lottery system to get into its magnet programs. For two years, our daughter has been dreaming of attending one specific middle school, one that’s art focused. She’s been in a science-and-math magnet program, and she’s done very well there, mind, but the social aspect… it’s been grinding her down. She was looking to escape. She was looking to go to a place where, she imagined, she could be who she is and not suffer for it."

His daughter, thriving academically in the math and science program is looking to leave for an art program because the SOCIAL ASPECT (read: sexist microaggressions based on her gender) is wearing her down.

She’s 10.

And what’s devastating to me and so many others who will nod their heads while reading this post is that even if she overcomes this particular gauntlet and sticks with science and math? There’s going to be another one. And another one. And another one. All through high school, undergrad, graduate school, her first job, her entire career. Until she quits because she just can’t take another day of suffering to be simply who she is. Because there’s not enough support or resources or even people acknowledging that it is a *systemic* problem that needs to be addressed at every level.

How bad do things have to get?

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OP literally made up a sexual assault and failed abduction story about an eleven year old girl for the sake of getting notes for anti-brony hate, and regardless of how you feel about bronies, that’s fucking disgusting.

Please stop reblogging it.

Yeah, I was a guest at said con, had a table in artist alley, had friends with tables in the dealers room, and every child I saw was accompanied by a parent. if this were true I would have heard or seen something. If a child had legitimately been in trouble, I’m pretty sure the cops would have been called, or the original poster is just as bad as the dude they made up.

If you don’t like bronies, that’s your choice. But don’t make up bullshit like this to scare people. I’ve been a guest at tons of comic, anime, and brony cons and I don’t want to see kids getting scared away from attending cons with their parents.

This whole thing was 100% made up bullshit.

Edited to note:  There’s a pretty interesting analysis linked in the original comment thread about the whole notion that bronies are taking stuff away from the show’s intended audience.  I mean it’s basically that person’s observations of people’s behavior, but to be fair, accounts of bronies screwing stuff up for little girls are all personal accounts, too.

I think the most interesting point for me (that I hadn’t really thought about before) is that generally speaking kids are totally psyched to meet adults who like the same things they do.  You get really used as a kid to having your likes not taken seriously, or your well-meaning parents bungling the names of your favorite shows because they’re just not interested.  So in that way, the existence of older fans of the show might be kind of neat for kids? 

I mean there are definitely people in this fandom I’m not sure I’d be happy if they talked to kids the way they talk to each other, but I’m willing to give people credit for the ability to modulate their behavior.

That and admittedly the more attention the show gets, from any corner, the more show and the more toys become available.

It’s sort of got me thinking about like, those MADtv My Little Brony jokes and stuff.  They put their criticisms of bronies in the voice of little girls, but I wonder if that sort of thing is playing to the prejudices that adults have against grown men liking things for little girls rather than any sort of reflection of reality.  I mean, I’m not claiming that MADtv is a good source for incisive satire but that IS sort of a genre of joke at the fandom’s expense, and I find myself wondering if in fact THAT is more disrespectful to little girls who enjoy MLP than most stuff that bronies do.


Can we talk about Eightfold for a second?





Robot from Gunnerkrigg Court.




Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

Illustrations from “Future Dictates of Fashion” by W. Cade Gall that was published in the January 1893 issue of The Strand magazine.

At first I thought this was some “fashion of witches and wizards through the ages” type thing but nah everyone is supposed to dress like this. I wish everyone dressed like this. 

nailed it

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Fix it! Do it! Accidentally unscrew it! It’s time to fix things with Soos!

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Abandoned maltings.

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Canfranc International Railway Station, Spain.

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Abandoned mansion.

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