I remember reading about this like last year, and basically rich peoples private ponds are having wild otters come in and eating their million dollar koi fish, so it actually has made them more popular with many of the working class in Singapore who already admired the otters, so its sort of similar to those capybara in Argentina
See I’m in a bit of a pickle with this - am I in favor of it for terrorizing the rich? Are the otters non-native and thus an ecological problem? Are the koi non-native and thus the otters are solving a problem? I don’t know how I feel about this, or how I’m supposed to feel. Which is why it’s always important to have context before making a decision!
The kois are not native and live in rich people ponds. the otters are local and protected, if anyone is wondering
Koi and goldfish are carp who have been inbred and messed with in order to have pretty colors. Carp are an invasive species in many areas of the world who have a habit of killing off native aquatic species.
The otters are doing a good thing for the ecology.
NO GOLDFISH NO MASTERS
Cromwell’s brand of Puritanism is also where America’s prosperity gospel hails from, in addition to the Puritans being at least partially responsible for the British leg of the Transatlantic Slave Trade if memory serves.
Also, fun fact, the Pilgrim’s trip to America was actually funded by corporations in Europe, with the understanding that the companies would provide the settlers with ships and supplies, and in exchange the puritans would build a trading settlement and send back X-amount of whatever interesting crops or materials they find/grow as a return on their investment. Again, hardly the tale of a group of honest religious folk fleeing prosperity in a new land.
Similarly, the fact that the Pilgrims moved into an area that had been left depopulated due to a pandemic that had swept the continent (meaning many found crops already planted, homes already built, and graves full of “treasure” like grave goods to steal…) doesn’t get into the narrative either.
Likewise the amount of people sent to America who were indentured servants, criminals, and random homeless people that were rounded up and sent over seas (the idea being the urban poor would be able to find a better, more profitable life growing crops for some rich plantation owner in Carolina than they would living in Southwark)… This likewise didn’t work, as they rarely had the knowledge, experience or desire to become a farmer in a land thousands of miles away, hence why many of them realised that if they just used kidnapped people to do the work instead they could make money while not doing any manual labour.
All of this is 100% true. Another example of rewriting history to make it palatable that has been taught to young children basically since public schools were founded is the Thanksgiving Day story.
What we are taught: the pilgrims came to America to escape the Evil Evil Church of England, and they were starving! And winter was coming! But there was a native american named Squanto who worked hard and learned english, then introduced the pilgrims to his tribe. They all became friends and threw a big celebration feast and they lived happily ever after. The end.
What really happened: Squanto had been a slave in England, was set aboard a vessel to the Americas in order to help capture more native americans and force them into slavery, but escaped when he got there. He made his way back to the village he grew up in only to find that the entire population had been wiped out by either slavers or smallpox.
Since survival had a lot to do with relying on a community, when a ship full of pilgrims arrived he became friends with them - by speaking the English he was taught while a slave. He took them to the (now empty) village, and showed them how to tend the crops that were already growing. The shelter was already build. There was already stored food, and he showed them how to get more. Then he negotiated peace between the settlers and the Wampanoags. Then, yes, there was a feast to celebrate the peace.
One time. With one small group of pilgrims, the Wampanoags, and Squanto.
Meanwhile, the Puritans were busy coming to America in boatloads. Their entire goal was to take land and resources, capture young, healthy men and women as slaves, and kill everybody else. The second “Day of Thanksgiving” was a celebration of the massacre and capture of over 700 Pequot tribe members. All ages and genders. More were celebrated later for similar reasons.
So it went until Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day to be a national holiday, and the “official” story was spread across the US in an effort to bring people from the northern and southern states together…. on the same day he ordered the military to march against the Sioux.
Happy Thanksgiving, America….
I’m gonna keep repeating myself that I really think the entire pro life movement exists so that American conservatives can have one single issue that lets them assume a moral high ground, to distract from the fact that their entire ideology is completely hostile to human life.
she really read “i ignore infant mortality rates in the poorest states” and agreed.
Don’t get be wrong axolotls are adorable and deserve the love but I don’t see enough attention for their freaky cave hermit cousins the olm
Like if u think the woman on the right is just as beautiful as the women on the left
I thought the head was just stylization you know - as one does - but no that’s literally how they fucking look
@kalquinn did u know about these funky lil dudes
Hey, Big Al, why do all the people in my life with ADHD have such a weird sense of humor?
Oh, that’s ‘cause we’re all super understimulated.
What does that even mean?
Imagine that the inside of your brain had an itch that you really couldn’t scratch, but that itch was actually boredom, but that boredom was actually pain.
Oh, I see, yeah, that- that helps me none, zero at all. It also sounds pretty terrifying.
No, it- it’s really not a big deal, you just kinda have to learn to restructure your life around it, including comedy.
Okay, so how does it affect the way that you interpret comedy?
So a side effect of understimulation is that your brain is constantly and more often than others’ active. You’re always thinking, you’re always analyzing, you’re always trying to problem solve. Because of exactly that, normal comedy and normal humor is a bit predictive, and doesn’t really land with people with ADHD.
So what does land with people with ADHD?
Stark, abrupt chaos. Because it cannot be predicted, nor calculated.
Okay, so what would that even look like?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
That landed for me
Ngl I was not prepared for where this was going
Me: oh okay she’s lipsynching her song
Me: Is that-
I LITERALLY had the experience of seeing Tony Hawk and going “a man” and then he picked up a skateboard and I was like “TONY HAWK???”
Tony Hawk is literally the irl equivalent of Perry the Platypus and Dr Doofenshmirtz. We see him out and about in public and we’re just like, “Oh, a man.” But then he whips out a skateboard and we all gasp and screech, “TONY THE SKATEBOARDING MAN?!”
Those tags are a big fat mood, hen
Adding this because they’re safe for dogs too
How are turkey skin and bones not safe? Please elaborate.
Dunno about skin, but Turkey bones, and avian bones in general, are really easy to shatter. If a dog eats said shards, it could tear up their insides.
Important for all pet users!!
The skin is very fatty and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and/or pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can lead to a very expensive hospital stay, and is quite painful. When in doubt, best not to feed human food.
Important PSA for this (and every) holiday season! As someone with dogs and cats in her life, both of these are nice to have on hand!
I CANT GET OVER THE LECTURES MY HISTORY PROFESSOR RECORDED FOR US, HIS DAUGHTER KEEPS WALKING IN ITS SO FUCKING FUNNY & ADORABLE???
him: so, every president since FDR has done this, but-
her: walks in with a barbie doll
him: oh, hi, what’s up?
her: fairy barbie is flying in
him: oh, okay - i’m doing a lecture right now though, so could fairy barbie fly-
her: show them fairy barbie
him: okay, everyone, this is fairy barbie,
reblog if you appreciate fairy barbie 👊😔
when you tell a girl her outfit is really cute and she does a little pose thing then smiles, reblog if u agree
When you tell a girl her outfit is really cute and she immediately tells you where she got it
When you tell a girl her outfit is cute and she shoves her hands in previously unseen holes and squees with excitement, “It has pockets!”
When you tell a girl her outfit is cute, and she goes into a long story about the history behind it/who she got it from and why it is sentimental to her
When you tell a girl her outfit is she, and shes like ‘thanks, I stole it’
*solemnly nods* girl
Remember in 1993 when Jurassic Park was like…the end all, be all of special effects?
not gonna lie that still looks intimately real
I’m still somewhat convinced that someone sold their soul to create the special effects in Jurassic Park because that shit is over 20 years old and it still really, really holds up, better than the stuff in a lot of current movies, even.
Fucking witchcraft, man.
fucking look at this shit though
Literally see this post flying around with a few different responses added to the bottom each time so I’ll say it for this one myself:
THEY ACTUALLY BUILT A GIANT MASSIVELY DETAILED FUCKING ANIMATRONIC T-REX FOR ALL OF THIS THAT’S WHY THE EFFECTS ARE SO GOOD. CAUSE IT AIN’T CGI. AND IT AIN’T GUY IN A COSTUME. IT’S A BIG FUCKING ROBOT DINOSAUR. AND EVERY PART IS DESIGNED TO MOVE. IT COST LIKE HALF THE BUDGET OF THE FILM.
And they had the film it in small increments, especially in the outdoor scenes, because the rain fall kept soaking into the ‘skin’ of the rex and would slow down and mess up its movements. So they would stop filming and have a crew out there drying off this massive, fake dinosaur, and then they’d start filming again until it was too wet. Repeat until the end of the scene.
They used animatronics and detailed costumes for most if not all of the dinosaurs in the first movie.
The triceratops for instance, was also animatronic.
And the raptors were dudes in suits. I shit you not.
One of my favorite anecdotes I’ve read on tumblr is how the t-rex robot from Jurassic park would malfunction while it was drying out. How did it malfunction, you might wonder?
Motherfucker randomly started moving.
So apparently if you were on the jp set you would sometimes hear people screaming bloody murder even though they were all well aware that it was a giant animatronic puppet and wouldn’t actually, you know, eat them.
Did not know this, had to reblog for awesome movie history insights.
So, I knew about the animatronics bit but I did not know the raptors were guys in suits and the malfunctioning t-rex sounds terrifying.
And i just googled malfunctioning t-rex and was not disappointed. Apparently in order to put the skin on over the steel frame a guy had to crawl inside the t-rex while it was turned on and glue the skin down. And if somebody turned the t-rex off or the power went out the guy in the t-rex stood a very real chance of getting mangled and killed by the hydraulics.
So of course, the power goes out.
And this guy is still in there gluing the skin down.
Apparently the way to survive getting sheered to death by huge sheets of metal while you’re inside a giant t-rex robot is to curl into a ball and hope for the best.
And this guy hoped for the best and got it.
Some other people on stage pried open the t-rex jaws and glue guy crawled out of its mouth and was totally okay.
This is getting better and better.
I think they only had like 6 minutes of CGI
I’m just waiting for the T-Rex to come to life and leave its stand.
@spinosaurus-the-fisher is this the kind of content you love?
Realism comes at a cost, it seems.
i mean ok but why has nobody posted this:
It’s a three piece raptor suit.
Old movies had the best special effects
The thing about this that gets my special effects nerd going is the fact that EVERY single dinosaur was sculpted by artists based on the current existent archeological evidence of the time.
Even better than that, this movie ADVANCED our best understanding of dinosaurs at the time. They were blowing out a budget bigger than anything Hollywood had ever seen, and along with employing almost the last hurrah of incredible physical FX, they had a bank of those newfangled digital SFX computers. Nobody’d ever really created convincing dinosaurs in a movie before. It’d all been stop-motion animation, and even when the models were exquisitely crafted, you could just tell there was something OFF about them. Spielberg wanted THE BEST DINOSAURS EVER, and he figured on using the cutting edge of digital modeling and animation technology to build them for him.
So they got hold of some of the best paleontologists they could find and said, “We want you guys to take this tech that your labs could pretty much never afford and use it to build us the most realistic, accurate dinosaur models the world has ever seen.”
The paleontologists knew an opportunity when it bit them in the ass. They plugged in everything they knew about dinosaurs, all the skeletons and their best guesses about soft tissue and all that. And when they’d created those dinosaur models, they had the computer start moving them as they realistically would with anatomy like that. One guy took a look at those walking t-rexes and velociraptors (really utahraptors, but whatevs, fam), and he said, “Wait a minute, I’ve seen movement like that before.”
He called up film of a chicken walking. Everyone in the room said, “Holy shit.”
Prior to 1989, the idea that birds were descended from dinosaurs existed–we knew about archaeopteryx, we knew there was some minor connection there–but the idea that DINOSAURS LIVE IN THE MODERN WORLD AND THEY ARE CALLED BIRDS was not pre-eminent. Jurassic Park changed our scientific understanding of dinosaurs.
That paleontologists’d be Kevin Padian. Who is awesome.
This post just gets better and better with time
That being said, Jurassic Park was still a landmark film for CGI. Previously, Universal had used CGI for Terminator, specifically that one that was all liquid metally and could shapeshift, so we knew CGI could make these really smooth surfaces like plastic, but we had no idea if we could use it on anything else. Jurassic Park was one of the first times CGI was really used for something else, and it marked the start of a fantastic new development for making films like this.
This scene was the big one. All these Gallimimus were implemented in through CGI. In reality, Alan, Lex, and Tim were just running through an empty field. And this seems ho-hum now, but you have to remember that this was one of the first times CGI was ever used.
Still, the giant animatronic T. rex was really cool.
According to “The Movies that Made Us” (documentary series on Netflix, very interesting!), all of the full-body shots of the T. rex WERE actually CGI! And the guys who made the CGI model… weren’t actually supposed to make it. It was a side project that they just got super excited about and eventually convinced the higher ups to use. So the closeups of the T. rex were the animatronic… but notice in the pic where it doesn’t have legs? That’s because they didn’t use the animatronic for the full shots.
So this is the animatronic
And this is the CGI model
everyone posting that “my generation lost hobbies” post is so stupid like no you fuckwits hobbies were stolen from you by a system that demands you work 8 hours a day to earn a tiny percentage of the profit you generate, leaving you too exhausted and brainwashed to enjoy exercising passion without financial incentive
Not to mention if you DO somehow have that energy to create, people put pressure on you to monetize it. You can’t draw for the sake of drawing, your family and friends think you’re good enough that you need to sell it. You can’t sing for the sake of singing, you have to turn that into a career or shut up. You can’t write fanfiction for your own enjoyment, you’re wasting time when you could be working on your OWN novel.
These are sentiments that have been told to me over the years. That people think you are ‘wasting your talents’ if everything you do isn’t for the sake of profit. And I’m here to tell you folks… that’s SAD.