A couple of weeks ago I went to New York City and, bizarrely, went whale-watching.

Did you know you could go whale-watching in NYC? I sure didn’t, and whale-watching is my obsession. It was a gloomy day, all grey and bad for photos, and we followed a single feeding whale for about 2 hours. It would not have been a particularly remarkable whale-watching trip, except that the boat left from NEW YORK CITY.

In the first photo, you can make out the city skyline in the background. So crazy!

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangilae) - Queen’s, New York

August 2014

ktsaurusr3x:

books-and-whatever:

It’s the first-ever World Shorebirds Day!

I don’t know who declared it World Shorebirds Day, but I am a big fan of shorebirds so I am all for it. Shorebirds are often adorable and often impressive, as they will show up in hundreds and thousands and put on a huge show.

Here are some of my favourite shorebirds:

American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) oyster catchin

Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in a flock of about five hundred during migration

"Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the grass

Today is also world vulture day. Birbs all around!

It IS World Vulture Day! Well I don’t think it was very polite of the shorebirds to scoop their day, since vultures really need more good publicity. I will have to post some Turkey Vultures as well!

(Reblogged from ktsaurusr3x)

It’s the first-ever World Shorebirds Day!

I don’t know who declared it World Shorebirds Day, but I am a big fan of shorebirds so I am all for it. Shorebirds are often adorable and often impressive, as they will show up in hundreds and thousands and put on a huge show.

Here are some of my favourite shorebirds:

American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) oyster catchin

Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in a flock of about five hundred during migration

"Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the grass

(Reblogged from melancholydane)

Loki likes my computer, but she doesn’t like my cell phone that I insist on using to take her photo.

She’s had a pathological hatred of cell phones her entire life for some reason, but that will never stop me from taking her photo! It’s her own fault for being so darn cute.

Tempest AU

minutia-r:

So at the end of The Tempest Ariel is like, “Hey, Prospero, guess what else would make me free of you?  If I sink your ship, you fucker.”

So he does and the only one to survive is Miranda

Who embarks on a 10-year odyssey around the Mediterranean before reclaiming the hell out of her duchy

I would read that so fast.

(Reblogged from minutia-r)

notfuckingcishet:

stfu-moffat:

 submitted:

People on tumblr seem to have liked the episode, which I’m really confused about??? Am I crazy or wasn’t it super sloppy? They just threw a dinosaur in just to burn him up soon after without much consequence. Plus, Clara seemed to be treated SUPER poorly throughout the entire episode, from Strax’s nonconsensual ‘medical examination’ to the doctor just leaving her with the cyborgs and then making her feel bad for being mad at him. Idk, I may be predisposed to criticism at this point, but the episode rubbed me the wrong way a lot of times.

My response to that episode was that it was better than I expected, but I still have a lot of issues with it.

This show is so bad at writing women that they brought in a female dinosaur who was flirted with by the Doctor then fridged.

I was SO ANNOYED that the Doctor made Clara think he’d abandoned her to die, then reappeared when she said she had faith in him being there. That’s really cruel (and abusive)! You shouldn’t treat your friends that way! You shouldn’t make your friends think they’re going to die to test their faith in you!

(Although Sherlock did a similar thing to John, didn’t he? Presumably Moffat thinks it’s dramatic - which I suppose it is, as it’s the dramatic reveal that the hero will save the day - but it means all the “heroes” are abusive assholes.)

Also I didn’t think the dinosaur was very realistic but this is Doctor Who rather than a documentary about dinosaurs, and while I think it’s sad that children are being misled about how fascinating dinosaurs actually were, I suppose it’s a bit nitpicky to point out the inaccuracies in the tyrannosaurus rex’s portrayal.

- C

"This show is so bad at writing women that they brought in a female dinosaur who was flirted with by the Doctor then fridged."

This show is so bad at writing women that they brought in a female dinosaur who was flirted with by the Doctor then fridged.

This show is so bad at writing women that they brought in a female dinosaur who was flirted with by the Doctor then fridged.

THIS SHOW IS SO BAD AT WRITING WOMEN THAT THEY BROUGHT IN A FEMALE DINOSAUR WHO WAS FLIRTED WITH BY THE DOCTOR THEN FRIDGED. 

I think we’re done here. 

(Reblogged from notfuckingcishet)

minutia-r:

books-and-whatever:

I have so many questions about the logistics of how Chrestomanci is summoned. 

One in particular: I am fascinated by the idea of Christopher holding Roger and Julia when they were really little. I mean, if you’re holding a baby, you don’t want to just disappear and let the babies fall to the ground (from a very high height, if you’re Christopher!). I’ve seen in some fics the idea that he can sense it a bit ahead of time and put stuff down, but I think it’s pretty instantaneous, which kind of makes sense since people might be dying (but is unfortunate if you are Chrestomanci and trying to do something). 

So assuming it is instantaneous, did he set up some kind of magic so the kids float gently down if he disappears? And send an alert for someone to come get them? Did they get automatically sent to another person? Was he not allowed to hold the babies unless someone with a fast reaction time was right next to him (lol)? 

This interests me on a practical level because I think it might have been kind of a new problem (Gabriel didn’t have kids and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was quite unusual for Chrestomanci), but it’s mostly really funny to me. Like, I can imagine: 

Millie: “Christopher, how many times do we have to do this?

Christopher: “It’s fine! Look, he’s happy. We’re fine.”

Millie: “I’m sure he is happy, but you’re going to drop him.”

Christopher: “I’m not!”

Millie: “You are if you’re Summoned.”

Christopher: “I’m not going to be -“

*poof*

Millie, catching the giggling baby: “Every time.”

These are the things I think about, haha.

(I actually love thinking about Christopher & Millie as parents because neither of them had parents growing up and the title added another layer of complication and yet they made it work like the pros they are.) 

It’s possible that the baby comes with him, like the clothes he’s wearing and presumably stuff in his pockets and whatnot?

That’s what happens with Christopher and baby Julia in bookelfe's The Young Chants, anyway. (Which by the way is a fic I recommend heartily to anyone who hasn’t read it.)

Ahh I love that fic! Definitely one of my favourites! Any Chrestomanci fan should read it for sure. 

I’ve also written fic where he brings stuff he’s holding along because it makes for a lot of entertaining situations, but I don’t think the magic would actually work like that because it could be really impractical - or if it did, I would imagine he’d block it somehow from bringing the baby because what if you were summoned somewhere super dangerous? I don’t think I’d want to bring my baby along to, say, Larwood House.

Although, thinking about it, I would thoroughly enjoy reading every book with him carrying a baby the entire time. Can you imagine him marching in as the inspector in Witch Week with a newborn in his arms? Hahaha

(Reblogged from minutia-r)

I have so many questions about the logistics of how Chrestomanci is summoned. 

One in particular: I am fascinated by the idea of Christopher holding Roger and Julia when they were really little. I mean, if you’re holding a baby, you don’t want to just disappear and let the babies fall to the ground (from a very high height, if you’re Christopher!). I’ve seen in some fics the idea that he can sense it a bit ahead of time and put stuff down, but I think it’s pretty instantaneous, which kind of makes sense since people might be dying (but is unfortunate if you are Chrestomanci and trying to do something). 

So assuming it is instantaneous, did he set up some kind of magic so the kids float gently down if he disappears? And send an alert for someone to come get them? Did they get automatically sent to another person? Was he not allowed to hold the babies unless someone with a fast reaction time was right next to him (lol)? 

This interests me on a practical level because I think it might have been kind of a new problem (Gabriel didn’t have kids and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was quite unusual for Chrestomanci), but it’s mostly really funny to me. Like, I can imagine: 

Millie: “Christopher, how many times do we have to do this?

Christopher: “It’s fine! Look, he’s happy. We’re fine.”

Millie: “I’m sure he is happy, but you’re going to drop him.”

Christopher: “I’m not!”

Millie: “You are if you’re Summoned.”

Christopher: “I’m not going to be -“

*poof*

Millie, catching the giggling baby: “Every time.”

These are the things I think about, haha.

(I actually love thinking about Christopher & Millie as parents because neither of them had parents growing up and the title added another layer of complication and yet they made it work like the pros they are.) 

secret-soup:

I think Chrestomanci is dark in a much less obvious way, in a way that’s much more horrifying than cut and dry good vs evil, in a way that you realize slowly, over time and pages. In the way the Christopher’s uncle takes advantage of him, in the way Gwendolen does the same to Cat, in the way children realize the people they thought they loved, they people they thought loved THEM, can’t be trusted. Witch Week makes me sick to my stomach, because the horrible things in it are so HUMAN, so relatable. The villains in HP are either cartoonish or one dimensional murder machines and (with the exception of Umbridge, I think) not really threatening to the reader.

On the surface, Chrestomanci may not seem “as dark”, but who wouldn’t consider that a selling point?

(Reblogged from wingedsaboteur)