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August 05 2016

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npr:

skunkbear:

Explore.org maintains a live stream of an osprey nest on the coast of Maine. This year, a male and female named Rachel and Steve layed eggs in the nest and hatched three chicks – Spirit, Little B, and Eric.

The chicks were nearly ready to leave the nest … when a Bald Eagle attacked! Little B recognized the danger and tipped out of the nest for his first unscheduled flight. Eric flattened himself to the nest floor. But Spirit was taken.

Audubon.org has the full story - they report that Little B survived his first flight, and his parents are perched near his new location.

This osprey cam is a little too real. -Emily

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amandapalmer:

from a random agent email in a faraway country, who is negotiating an upcoming festival deal: “they may have Regina Spector (sic) and there is some stupid speculation over whether or not it is too much to have TWO women who sing and play piano.”


i am tempted to ask if they have the same problem when they are confronted with two bands who BOTH contain men playing the guitar.


the horror.


August 04 2016

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warrenellis:

Behold the Universe via NASA http://ift.tt/2aPLnOx

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kylebonallo:

Ben Ledi local, by Kyle Bonallo (instagram)

August 03 2016

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saymaybetothis:

Lin’s good morning tweets are back and all is right with the world

b00kstorebabe:

tfw when you’re reading an exciting part of your book and your eyes keep jumping ahead and skimming paragraphs bc you’re so desperate to know what happens and you’re like hey self, calm down, take it easy and enjoy the ride.

when you sleep solidly through an alarm despite your phone being 3 inches from your head

August 02 2016

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chronicwafflelust:

youngwildandfreewifi:

everyonesaysitsprobablyfine:

sixpenceee:

Czech photographer Dan Vojtech conducted a fascinating experiment to show how the focal length can change the shape of a person’s face. Using lenses that increased incrementally from 24mm to 200mm, Vojtech demonstrated, via a clever gif, that the camera truly can add ten pounds. That being said, it can also subtract those same ten pounds much in the same way. (Source)

Wtf

what is the truth

Somewhere between 35mm and 50mm is the truth (when compared to a lens on a full-frame camera), if “the truth” is the equivalent to what the human eye sees.

The focal length of the human eye is actually somewhere between 17mm and 24mm when calculated in the same way that a camera lens focal length is, but that doesn’t take into account peripheral vision or the widened field of view when compared to a camera. It also gets much more complicated than that (given differences such as a retina and cornea being curved compared to camera sensors and (most) lenses that are flat, among many other things), but yes, in basic terms, “the truth” is about 43mm.

However, longer focal lengths tend to be seen as more flattering, with anywhere between 50mm and 200mm being popular focal lengths for portrait photography.

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humanoidhistory:

TODAY IN HISTORY: On August 1, 1954, the Convair XFY-1 Pogo made its first vertical takeoff and landing. The test pilot said, “It’s awful hard to fly an airplane looking over your shoulder.” (via)

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My Father, the YouTube Star

thisisnotchina:

My dad makes enough in each month’s ad revenues to take my mom out for a nice lunch. Making the clips is a lot of work. The two of them test each recipe a half-dozen times before committing it to film. Dad is behind the camera and editing the footage; it’s usually my mom’s hands demonstrating. They don’t speak in the videos. They say they’re embarrassed by their spoken English and feel more comfortable using onscreen text, in Chinese and English, for instruction. Writing and translating this adds several more hours of work.

“Why?” I asked during one of our weekly phone conversations. “Do you want a show on the Food Network or something?”

“You really want to know?” my dad asked in Chinese. “Your mom’s great-grandmother used to cook amazing Shanghainese food for her. She would dream about it. But when your mom was finally old enough to ask for the recipes, her great-grandmother had already developed dementia. She couldn’t even remember cooking those dishes. The only thing your mom had left was the memory of her taste. We’re afraid that if you wanted to eat your childhood dishes, and one day we’re both no longer around, you wouldn’t know how to cook it.”

weed-breath:

cuteness–overload:

Now he is safe to make thing go bump in the night. (source)  

This is ridiculously cute

tom-nippleston:

killjoygem:

yinharmonylife:

hotmenandotherdistractions:

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The people in the apartment below me are playing “Never Have I Ever” and I’m smoking on my porch creeping on their game

Guy 1: Never have I ever INTIONALLY walked in on my parents having sex
Gal 1: fuck you brandon! It wasn’t intentional! I didn’t know what they were doing!!!
Brandon (Guy 1): Shut up Katy no one is THAT oblivious take your drink

Katy: Never have I ever LOST a wet tshirt contest


(Good job Katy. You do you. Proud of you boo)

Gal 2: Never have I ever pierced my genitals
Brandon: IT WAS IN FOR LIKE A MONTH!
Katy: Whatever bitch, take a drink you Prince Albert having douche
Brandon: I’m being singled out I hate you all

Guy 2: Never have I ever had a threescore
[Pause]
Guy 2: WHAT THE FUCK KATY?!?!?!?!
Katy: Shut up Andrew it’s before we even knew each other this was years ago!!!
[Pause]
Andrew: And you won’t even watch porn with me…

(the family is disintegrating)

Brandon: Never have I ever been in such a confrontational game of Never Have I Ever….

[People saying ‘cheers’]

(stop fighting guys you’re tearing this family apart…..)

Andrew: Never have I ever had sex WITH a piece of food.
[Pause]
Andrew: Dude
Brandon: Dude
Katy: Dude omg
Gal 2: what? Omg EVERY girl has practiced giving head with a banana!
Katy: Um no Ester. SOME of us just practice on dicks.
Ester: what the fuck though. Whatever.

(Don’t let them kink shame you Ester I still love you)

#TeamEster
#BananaSplits

Andrew is testing a banana. Go for it andrew. Explore your wild side
#TeamEster #TeamKink

Brandon: Never have I ever been called a fuckboy
Katy and Andrew: TO YOUR FACE
Brandon: Go fuck a banana Andrew

#TeamBananaFucking

Ester: Never have I ever had a crush on a family member
Brandon: [random fumbling noises]
Katy: brandon omg ew
Andrew: yeah man come the fuck on wtf man its 2016
Brandon: SHE WAS MY COUSIN AND I WAS 13 IT’S NOT LIKE SHE WAS MY SISTER AND IT WAS JUST A CRUSH NOTHING HAPPENED
Ester: methinks thou dost protest too fucking much
Brandon: NEVER TELLING YOU SHIT AGAIN
Andrew: Chug your drink, Sir IncestsALot
Brandon: Chug a fucking banana Andrew

#TeamBananaFucking #TeamWhatTheFuckBrandon

Katy and Andrew have gone home in an Uber to apparently sex it up. Alway use a designated driver, kids. And always put protection on your Banana.

#BananaCreamPie
#GamesOverKids
#TeamEster

This is spectacular.

Wonderful

I wonder if Katie, Ester, Brandon and Andrew have tumblr…

Legit tho I’ve been worried about that

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omg why do white ppl love cheese so mu-

the-shanpai:

grievousgrimalkin:

systlin:

wyomingsmustache:

100-manslayer:

trained-chimpanzee:

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I actually didnt know that

The answer is apparently “because we’re actually able to eat it”

Interestingly, what actually happened is that people who settled in Northeastern Europe came to rely heavily on milk products, particularly preserved milk products (cheese) from kept livestock as a source of protein and fat through the long frozen winters in the area. Those who could eat cheese lived, those who couldn’t starved. So, we adapted to keep producing the enzymes that let us digest lactose past infancy and into adulthood. 

Other cultures (particularly in warmer climates with shorter winters) that had more varied sources of fat and protein throughout their lean seasons didn’t need to develop this adaptation. 

Give this a few thousand years to simmer, and various European cultures developed hundreds of different types of cheeses that were integrated into cuisine in just as many ways. Using/loving cheese has been handed down to the descendants of those Europeans, and hey presto you have the map above. 

Imma be a downer and add an important note that milk has been wielded, intentionally or not, as a really awful tool of colonialism in North America.

This map doesn’t show it, because it’s post-colonial, but Native Americans, to this day, are also largely lactose intolerant (1) as dairy of any kind wasn’t part of the Native diet after early childhood, so their bodies simply don’t produce the lactase to digest lactose after they have been weaned.  When colonization hit and indigenous kids were forced into white institutions like the boarding schools that were designed to eradicate Native cultures and lifestyles by instilling “good white Christian values” into the Native children, they were made to drink milk as part of the diet they were forced to follow (2).  This obviously made them unbelievably sick and more prone to serious illnesses like tuberculosis and measles that often swept through the schools.

Even to this day, Native folks have a higher propensity toward lactose intolerance: around 80-100% of Native Americans are lactose intolerant (3). This still causes issues, especially in education. Dairy products are an inescapable component of school lunches most everywhere, and milk is often the only beverage served to students with free or reduced school lunches (4).  A 2009 study of 4th graders showed that well over half (68%) of Native students in public school were eligible for the free or reduced lunch program (5).  Being all but forced to drink milk or eat dairy when lactose intolerant (since options like juice or water aren’t readily provided through his program) and then being made to sit in a classroom while fighting severe gastrointestinal issues puts Native children at a severe disadvantage educationally, compared to their milk-drinking peers.  This line of reasoning also definitely extends to children of other minorities with high rates of lactose intolerance and high rates of students living in a low income family who rely on school lunches for a good deal of their daily nutrition, like black students (74% on reduced lunches (5) and 60-80% lactose intolerant (3)) or Hispanic students (77% on reduced lunches, 50-80% lactose intolerant).

It’s just one of the nasty ways the system is stacked in favor of even low-income white folks like me, so I’m gonna do my bit to call it out.

Sources:

  1. http://web.ku.edu/~aihd/health/lactose_intolerant.html
  2. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/651.html
  3. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/documents/NICHD_MM_Lactose_FS_rev.pdf 
  4. Personal experience on reduced lunches as a student. 
  5. https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010015/indicator2_7.asp

Wow

From first grade to eleventh (when a vending machine was installed that sold 16oz bottles of water for $1), I drank nothing with my school lunches because milk was the only option.

In elementary school, there was a water fountain in the cafeteria, but when first-grader me tried to use it I was told it was only for kids who had to take medication.

“Milk makes me feel sick,” I told the teacher.
“Well, do you like ice cream?”
“No, not really.”

She still didn’t let me have any water.

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