Ramblings
Today in me

It’s been a relatively busy morning, with lots of stuff getting done around the house and some volunteer work for the train campaign. I also constructed a sling for a climbing pumpkin vine (pictures on my nature blog), practiced my Spanish, and talked for a while over breakfast with my brother about sci-fi and colonizing the solar system, among other things.

In terms of general stress levels today I would say 4 out of a scale of I’m-not-sure. 1 would be characterized as ‘asleep/high,’ 2 is ‘everything is perfect,’ and 3 is ‘on vacation’ so I’d say a 4 is pretty good.

Kiki’s coming over in an hour or two. Bioshock is going to occur. More on this as it develops.

To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths (via buttension)

see, that’s gun control
you don’t take away a person’s right to bear arms
you take away a person’s ability to abuse their arms
i mean it’s high maintenance but i really think it’d be worth it if it saves lives  

(via vintagedressesandavocados)

Its not higher maintenence than dead kids.

(via sassmasterscout)

Job hunting

I need to: add obvious cool things to my resume, make lists of my interests, my skills, and my experience.

a discussion on sexual orientation
me: *explaining various sexual orientations to a classmate*
classmate: wait, what's polyamory?
me: well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
professor: *overhears from front of class*
professor: that is d i s g u s t i n g
me: *defensively* um, actually, no it's--
professor: how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
me: ....
me: ....
me: ....
professor: it should be polyerosy

crowtoed:

shiraglassman:

staceythinx:

Super cute cactus cupcakes by Alana Jones-Mann 

I don’t even like cupcakes but I’m obsessed with desert plants and food art/miniatures are always cool :) so this is AWESOME

I hate cupcakes. But these aren’t cupcakes, they’re CACTCAKES!

spoliamag:

“Bees are the smallest of birds. They are born from the bodies of oxen, or from the decaying flesh of slaughtered calves; worms form in the flesh and then turn into bees. Bees live in community, choose the most noble among them as king, have wars, and make honey. Their laws are based on custom, but the king does not enforce the law; rather the lawbreakers punish themselves by stinging themselves to death. Bees are afraid of smoke and are excited by noise. Each has its own duty: guarding the food supply, watching for rain, collecting dew to make honey, and making wax from flowers.”
From a medieval bestiary.

spoliamag:

Bees are the smallest of birds. They are born from the bodies of oxen, or from the decaying flesh of slaughtered calves; worms form in the flesh and then turn into bees. Bees live in community, choose the most noble among them as king, have wars, and make honey. Their laws are based on custom, but the king does not enforce the law; rather the lawbreakers punish themselves by stinging themselves to death. Bees are afraid of smoke and are excited by noise. Each has its own duty: guarding the food supply, watching for rain, collecting dew to make honey, and making wax from flowers.”

From a medieval bestiary.

stitchedmoon:

when you try to reblog the thing but it reblogs as a link instead of a text post

image

Fitness journal, possibly

Twenty minute walk today. I’ve had a walk that length every day for probably the past week, except one. Ten minutes boxing with a heavy bag on Saturday, that was interesting.

I should get back to yoga, but I need a bit of motivation. Bribery? Something to think about.

mrcaptaincook:

kinesin (a motor protein) pulling a some kind of vesicle along some kind of cytoskeletal filament
via John Liebler at Art of the Cell

mrcaptaincook:

kinesin (a motor protein) pulling a some kind of vesicle along some kind of cytoskeletal filament

via John Liebler at Art of the Cell