The recently formed Ugly Animal Preservation Society (UAPS) is, according to its president Simon Watt, “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention.” Watt, who is also an evolutionary biologist, and his team definitely did not showcase cute and furry pandas at recent UAPS events held at the Edinburgh Science Fest and Bristol’s Big Green Week. Media attention instead was paid to animals such as the appropriately named blobfish.
An International Space Station astronaut captured this image of a volcano’s steam plume on Gaua Island, also known as Santa Maria Island, on May 31, 2013. The island is part of the Vanuatu Archipelago, a group of volcanic islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
Gaua Island is the portion of a 10,000-foot-high stratovolcano that lies exposed above sea level, and the steam is being emitted by a cone called Mount Gharat. The dark blue-green waters of Lake Letas, formed within the caldera, are visible at image center. Most of the volcano is submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean.
Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear) - In a moss-draped rain forest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears are born with white fur.
Photographs by Paul Nicklen.
First time in all of these years I’ve been living in a hotel has a person tried to get me to buy weed from them.
Funny thing is my anxiety kicks in… so the short convo went like this:
Wait, need to set up the scene… I am just getting off the elevator to go to my room (right by the elevator)… as I step out of the ‘vator (that’s right), I see 2 menish walking my direction. One of them… we’ll call him Bob, says (and the convo. starts):
Bob: You smoke weed?
My Head screams YES! My lips say: I use too
Bob: That does me no good.
Bob: I got some weed to get rid of
Me: To sell?
Bob: Yeah. (Idiot)
Me: Oh, I have no cash so I wouldn’t be any good.
I walk passed my room door till, “Bob” got in his room.
I am now drenched in my sweat, anxiety sucks…. wonder if he had good weed… and what happened to smoking a stranger out?
Sky Rockets in Flight
Look closely! It’s an isometric pixel drawing of iconic space rockets and their occupants. I was careful to do it to scale to give you an impression of how big each one would have been. I love space!
This rules so hard.
After watching Edward Snowden’s interview last night, I found myself in a state of sedated rage, and quickly started working on this. Braver than I could ever hope to be, Mr. Snowden has made a sacrifice of epic proportions, giving up everything but his life (so far) to let the people of America know that our government is committing illegal acts against us in the name of security. US Intelligence couldn’t even stop the Tsarnaev Brothers, two of the dumbest terrorists in history, so I don’t take much stock in their ability to turn our soiled rights into security.
This idea that you have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide is complete and utter horseshit. The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable search and seizure which is exactly what this is. I certainly don’t want decades of e-mails, phone records, texts, etc to come back and haunt me later in life. The government has no right to gain that sort of leverage over it’s people. We’re on a slippery slope here, and I really hope that the people of America, right, left, and middle can cut through the bullshit and bickering and come together and fight this head on.