I don’t recommend stroking caterpillars on their back as you risk making them feel threatened. They are also somewhat fragile, and if you squish them too hard they will get injured.
However, these two spicebush swallowtail caterpillars aren’t showing any stress-related or defensive behavior. When threatened, younger (brown) spicebush caterpillars will curl up and do their best to look like an unappetizing bird poop, while older (green) caterpillars will rear up and expose their “osmeterium,” which is an inflatable horn meant to resemble the forked tongue of a snake.
i am sitting on the couch, i hear tapping on the door behind me, i turn around and see this
what do i do
he is here….
i still lose it every time i see this post because someone let a fucking goose into their house just because tumblr said to and if that doesn’t perfectly define all of our experiences on this shitty excuse for a website i dont know what does
by the way, if y’all like being thrifty with food, I wholeheartedly suggest going and buying a turkey right around now. Grocery stores are at the peak of their desperation to get rid of leftover Thanksgiving stock, and turkeys are a relatively undesirable product for 99% of the year. They don’t want to throw these things away and they’re settling for a BARE minimum profit. My local grocery store was offering up a couple different brands for anywhere from sixty cents to two dollars a pound.
A turkey can go straight into your freezer and stay there for up to a year as long as you get it in before its expiration date, and it’s a lot of food that’s not as difficult to prepare as your complaining father has made you believe on literally every Thanksgiving of your childhood.
Signed, a woman living paycheck to paycheck who just bought ten pounds of meat for eight dollars.
i used to think it was just because i was growing out of it and maybe i am but man i really think the state of multiplayer games right now is pretty Bad
in 2009 i got tf2 for $20 and put my first 1k out of 4.8k hours in that game that year. i kept coming back to play the game. there were barely any unlocks back then and you had to get them through achievements (at least for some of that year). but there was no incentive to come back other than the game itself. every server was a different experience run by different people with different players. did you want a super serious game? there were servers for that with people who tried hard. and if you didnt want to do that, there were a bunch of other community made game modes and maps that were fully of silly fun shit. you could actually make some pretty decent random friends this way! and if you didnt like a server you could just hop around for hours, or quit. there was nothing to compel you to keep playing, you just Did.
today, i buy a multiplayer game, i know exactly what maps it has, what gamemodes it has, every item in the game has been shown to me and their progression line is already outlined for me. i will not see anything out of the ordinary unless the developers mess something up and promptly patch it. if i go too far out of the map im told by the game WHERE ARE YOU GOING GET BACK IN THE FIGHT and if i dont it just straight up kills me. if you somehow manage to run a modded server of the game the developers send someone to your house to break your knees.
i know that its going to incentivize me to keep playing by giving me xp for every little thing i do to make sure that if im not good at the main objective in the game i still feel like my performance is good enough to not give up and find something else to do. its going to give me “daily challenges” that are just “do thing that happens naturally in the game x amount of times” that give me more xp and if i grind away at it hard enough maybe i’ll get the golden rifle bullet gun they’re only giving away for THIS WEEK ONLY and i dont want to miss out on having my Video Game Master Status Symbol.
when i join a lobby, everyone has one goal and it’s Win. everyone has chosen a character or loadout that is considered borderline broken to almost everyone but You Gotta do it because its the only way to Win. i am grouped up with 5 random people who have all been playing for 7 consecutive hours like its their fucking job and they have clearly exhausted every ounce of fun out of the game for the day (and their life probably) and are already really frustrated but are grinding away anyway just to say they did so. if i decide to play outside of The Meta™ i will probably be votekicked from the lobby, forcibly removed from the match and penalized because some guy who’s gone 0-14 and hasn’t figured out when to quit decided that’s my problem now.
but its okay if all thats too frustrating, because you could spend 3 weeks doing menial video game chores OR you could spend $20 and get the thing they’re hanging over your head right away which will eventually be worthless once next weeks Thing comes out and everyone’s grinding a game they no longer find fun out of obligation. it is great how multiplayer experiences have just decided to become skinner box jobs you pay to work at.
my favorite scene in LotR as a kid was when Sam started miserably freestyling in the tower of Cirith Ungol and the only reason he ever found Frodo was because he deliriously tried to join in
…i did read some of the novels, but i couldn’t get through them entirely…
…and so i genuinely have no idea whether or not this is serious. coz i mean, obviously, it could be a joke. but it could also have legitimately happened. people who have only seen the films underestimate the amount of random things that happen in the books that could come off as utterly silly and ridiculous if removed from their context.
Haha, well, it is pretty much what happens. Sam is looking for Frodo in the tower of Cirith Ungol and is despairing that he will ever find him. He sits down and does what any self-respecting Tolkien character does during their moments of hopelessness and bursts into song.
It’s a really good song (ten year old Ship had it memorized) and as he begins the refrain a second time, he hears Frodo’s voice answering weakly from above. Frodo is poisoned and despairing and beaten but he is still a Hobbit and cannot resist a singalong even while on the brink of death.
One thing I really appreciate about Into the Spider-Verse that I don’t see people talk about very often is how competent they portray Peter B as.
Like, in any other movie, you’d have a similar character whose live has become a mess, and they’re sad and kinda pathetic to look at, and when the time comes for them to step up, they just sorta…flop. They’re held back by everything, and they just become incompetent.
But Peter B is different. Yeah, he’s a sad, lonely, middle-aged man who cries in the shower while wearing a spandex suit…
But despite all that…he’s still shown to be extremely good at being Spider-Man.
He escapes from being tied up while still holding a casual conversation
He takes down Miles in less than 10 seconds.
He strolls along the side of a building like it’s nothing.
And when you think about it, over the course of the movie, he kicks a LOT of ass. He’s a badass super hero, despite his flaws.
You ever notice how, when he puts on the mask, his gut sorta disappears? That’s too big of a detail to be an oversight. That’s intentional. I mean, in-universe, it doesn’t make too much sense, but to us, it’s meant to show that it’s not holding him back from being a hero.
He’s not held down by everything. Yeah, he’s a jaded, depressed, mid-life crisis Spider-Man. But he’s still Spider-Man.
They easily could’ve made Peter B sort of pathetic and had him be more of a hinderance than a help during battles. But they didn’t. And I feel like that was a really good way to pay respect to the character while still showing that he’s a heavily flawed individual.
As @lyricwritesprose has pointed out, Peter B. is really really good at being Spider-Man and really, really crap at being Peter B. Parker.
primary emotional connections are (a.) a younger woman with mysterious, ill-defined powers and origins and (b.) a once-celebrated hero associated with the colour white who turned their back on the corrupt oligarchy they once served
previously wore a mask in the service of a major antagonist
actual origins kept secret along with personal motivations
basically impossible to read, nobody knows who they actually work for, probably maybe on our side (for now?)
knowledge both practical and political far beyond what would be expected at first glance, dodges questions about it
strongly associated with a specific colour
conclusion: medic operator shining, she is A CHAR_
#me: i am going to go to sleep #my brain: oh yeah bitch? i have thoughts #arknights
the whole “fiction doesn’t affect reality” argument is actually kinda racist…
people talk about like how finding nemo and jaws are great examples but nobody ever talks about how fiction has shaped our perceptions of different racial and ethnic groups
like do you think the media has no hand in why alot of ignorant white people think africa is a desertland and not a continent of different countries, full of rich and diverse cultures, beautiful buildings and riches? or why they think asia is only japan, korea and china? when asia is also india, bhutan, the Philippines, nepal, etc?
do you think that media and fiction hasnt allowed whites to view black people as ignorant and lazy thru cartoons and minstrel shows?
like if you really think what youre seeing on tv doesnt affect reality and how people think then like. you must be fuckin stupid.
i know i know water is wet, all these studies to tell you what common sense could. but like … there is very real research out there that shows fiction has a very real harmful impact on minority communities. and that positive representation has a positive effect on these communities.
so no. fiction is never just fiction. and frankly people who think fiction is just fiction can fuck off.
all cyberpunk stories are like “If you wanna crack open a cybercroissant this nasty, you’re gonna need a real top notch e-driller. i know a guy- Toledo Killswitch- he’s got the frag ordinance you need to grizzle this bocce ball.”
I’m typically not much for conspiracy theories about the British royals, but the idea that they’re desperately trying to keep the Queen going until next year specifically because if she abdicates or dies before February 6th she’ll go down in history as having had a sixty-nine year reign is the funniest goddamn thing I’ve ever heard.
i saw some comments on tiktok where people were talking bout how they found tumblr too hard to use and part of it being that there was no lack of dates so “what if you reblog or like something from five years ago?!”
buddy… we have posts circulating still from 2011, its literally just how it is
I am so fucking sick of CGI this, CGI that. give me back on location filming (when possible), give me back intricate hauntingly realistic animatronics and puppets, give me back handmade props & masks & skillful make up……..just give me back practical effects I am begging
Give me back films made by unionized workers who can collectively bargain for better working conditions the way digital VFX artists currently can’t