AFTER A MONTH AND GOD KNOWS HOW LONG, THIS IS FINISHED.
This idea originally came to mind because I was watching Craig of the Creek with @stormy-nights-are-best and the Summer Wish episode just gave me the inspiration to make one big piece to bid goodbye to summer and welcome autumn :,DD Thank you Will, without you this wouldn’t exist in the first place.
I’ll be posting the complete timelapse soon so be on the lookout for that!
Here’s this weeks pokemon, hope you’re still enjoying these cause i’m still having fun drawing them!
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having to put text in an image is one of the art things I hate the most
A: When it comes to suspect wildlife photos, can you take me through some of the typical kinds of things you come across?
P: Sometimes, the fakery is not so much a Photoshop or photo editing as it is posing. A lot of popular wildlife photos are actually staged in a certain way. Usually, if it’s too good to be true—like the snails on the frog’s head or the frog on a turtle’s back—it may turn out to be staged. The guy who was taking that photo just keeps them as pets. There’s a praying mantis that keeps getting passed around as a National Geographic photo. Someone ran it through a photo forensics image analysis tool and found evidence that wires may have been involved. Even if there were no wires, the mantises were in a state of distress. In the case of Photoshop or photo manipulation, look out for light sources coming from different directions, things like fuzzy edges or too-sharp edges, or very obvious borders along the edges. Also look at the captions: Sometimes the captions are dead wrong, and it’s actually something else happening in the photo.
A: What harm, in your view, is done by a misleading or edited photo, especially regarding wildlife?
P: This isn’t related to wildlife, but I see accounts indiscriminately pushing content from alt-health sources, such as anti-vaccine propaganda. Very, very occasionally, once an account builds up a following and has reached some sort of influence, traffic wise, they pivot to political propaganda or some other kind of propaganda. In terms of wildlife, faked or edited viral photos might produce heightened expectations for what you can expect wildlife to do.
A: I know what you mean. It almost creates some kind of expectation that wildlife is performing for us. What kind of tools do you use in your work?
P: You can enter an image URL and do a reverse Google image search to turn up where the photo has appeared before. I use another reverse image search engine TinEye a lot. It maintains a pretty extensive archive of where images have appeared for over a decade. KarmaDecay is an image-matching site specifically for Reddit—it finds how many times an image has been reposted, how long ago it appeared, and how many comments it got.
A: What’s your advice for average folks on the Internet who aren’t investigating suspicious photos like yourself? When should they be skeptical of what they’re seeing in a wildlife or nature photo on social media?
P: Generally, if it’s too good to be true, it might just be fake. But also, try to think about what the account posting the image is trying to accomplish. What kind of emotions is it trying to evoke from you? Is it doing so in a manipulative manner? How does this make you feel? And why does it make you feel that way? If the account itself doesn’t cite sources, if it doesn’t say where it found a photo or how it discovered this image—those are reasons to ask questions. If the bio doesn’t mention who is actually running an account, I’m suspicious right away. Do a phrase search for the caption, and see how many times has this photo been posted. Also, as I said before, things to look at borders and light sources and shadows going in different directions. Look for overly-large moons. Large moons are a very popular one.
[“One of the very hardest things about preventing and ending violence is that most of our work isn’t really about getting someone to stop being violent. Most of the time, that’s not the heart of the thing. The even-more-rigorous struggle is to cultivate all of the awareness and skills that would have been necessary for the violence not to have happened in the first place.
Which is why, when we talk about violence, we always end up talking about everything: slavery, binary gender, the original disconnection of humans from the rest of life on this planet, and so on. Solving violence is rarely as much about the moment at hand as it is about everything else that preceded it.
Which is where shame comes in.
As a therapist who has spent the last decade working with movement folks who are survivors of intimate violence—as well as with many people who have caused harm—I see shame as one of the most pervasive, painful, and insidious barriers to our efforts to fulfill the aspirations of transformative justice.
In order to develop real responses to the myriad harms in our lives—or even the capacity to develop real responses—we need to understand shame and develop tools for working with it, individually and collectively.
(…) Shame is different than guilt. While guilt focuses on our behavior (“I did something bad”), shame creates an identity: “I am bad.” Shame keeps us stuck, isolated, and hiding. With no way to escape from the totality of our belief (“I just am wrong”), we may do some of the following:
- hide what we feel is bad about ourselves and try hard to pass as “good.”
- overcompensate in other parts of life through overwork, caretaking, or perfectionism to make up for whatever is “wrong” about us.
- defend ourselves from any insinuation that we might have done wrong, attempt to rationalize, or justify our actions.
- blame someone else, try to divert responsibility, or shift the focus onto another.
- attack anyone who draws attention toward the source of our shame, try to have power by dominating or shaming others.
- numb through self-harming use of alcohol, substances, food, sex, technology, and so on.
Most of us use all of these strategies in different moments. Overaccountability and underaccountability are two sides of the same coin: “I can’t stand how bad I feel and can’t imagine making it right (overaccountability) so I’m going to hide that it (whatever it is) even happened, or lie about it or blame someone else (underaccountability).”]
Nathan Shara, Facing Shame: From Saying Sorry to Doing Sorry, from Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories From The Transformative Justice Movement
(9/21) got really sick last month, it was pretty bad and i was out of work for two weeks. all symptoms of a covid breakthrough infection (talked to three GPs!) but with negative test results. lack of reasonable healthcare access means my resources for getting to the bottom of my illness are limited. i won’t be reimbursed for the time off work- where i likely got sick, as i don’t leave the house much and hadn’t been ill like this in quarantine. was strongly pressured by management to return to work if im not infectious, but im still very fatigued and have to take dayquil every couple of hours to feel okay.
we spent a lot of time working on the car, diagnosing and fixing a couple serious issues while i was home. its moving, but who knows for how long. almost has to be on the backburner because im missing out on a full paycheck.
missing a paycheck while living paycheck to paycheck… we’ve gotten good help but its still rough on us. rent is covered, leaving us little else when we need to pay utilities urgently, to buy kerosene to heat the house in the coming cool weather, and for food that would have been covered if id gotten a regular paycheck.
trans couple, both autistic trying to hold down a healthy living space, ive been able to improve my health a get a lot of work done in a safe and supportive environment. trying to manage chronic illness and pain at work is just way is exhausting while recovering from… probably covid? tumblr is suppressing my traffic so a boost is appreciated.
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There are 3 brands of character songs, any song you associate with a character will fit one or more of these categories:
1. The lyrics fit
2. The song just carries those Character Vibes, often times inexplicably, regardless of lyrics
3. You really liked that song at the same time you liked the character
These are the facts
4. Exactly one lyric in the entire song fits, but it fits so well you’re going to keep the song anyways