Here is one of my dogs comforting her sister during a storm

"I remember my dad once actually asked me, ‘Were you beaten up a lot as a child? Were you in a lot of fights?’ If they see something you do that is disturbing, I guess parents have to ask. I think, actually, if I had been raised in horrific circumstances, if would probably change where I draw the line. But I grew up in a fairly idyllic situation, so that idea of thinking about really heinous behaviour, it’s always been okay, because the world around me has actually been pretty safe."

David Fincher, in the context of shooting ‘Gone Girl’, (accidentally?) articulating a privilege I know I’ve got. Something to keep in mind when we make our art.

- Empire Magazine, October 2014



True Snake Facts answered on JSPH this week, check it out

It is true! You SHOULD check it out. I answer several very important questions, such as “Where is the snage butthole”






I have no idea what’s going on

Congrats, we have reached a period of time where there is a generation that does not remember the first memes.


(Source: jonklassen2)


"across cultures, darker people suffer most. why?"

Andre 3000 at Lollapalooza,
August 2, 2014

Fucking good point.

Have also been thinking about this in a literary sense, the false-dichotomy of dark vs light as universally accepted, otherwise known as black-and-white dualism, the psychology of it.

In Wild, Jay Griffiths talks about the Judeo-Christian missionaries’ narrative equating the rainforest with darkness, and the people who come from it as darker. She dismantles the ideas with examples of how vital darkness is to life and flourishing, whether that be roots in the soil or the peace of night, but we also don’t want to be ‘benevolently’ othering “darker people” in culture, that’s deeply damaging, applying some separate-but-equal bullshit to human beings. (I don’t think Griffiths does this btw.) You’ve got the bible, every fantasy ever… Western culture is full of this dichotomy. Obviously culture operates in a fluid, inter-inter-relation, dialectical kind of way, rather than a causal way, so no doubt this cultural trope is doing massive damage. You only have to look at how we use the English language. (Incidentally, this is one reason I like “that’s the shit” and other vernacular phrases. Shit is good, bad is good etc.)

I’ve seen a bit of Japanese work that’s just brilliant for flipping the dark-light trope on its head. Any recommendations for other literature, stories etc. that do this or reject it entirely? Has anyone got an article/blog/dissertation/PhD I can read? It’d be fun to write something where all the dark imagery applies to good guys and all the light imagery applies to the bad guys, see which interesting places that takes us. Also better to just have a range of grey guys (in terms of characterisation), methinks. But as an experiment.

Relatedly, I’m also sick of watching things where pretty = good, ugly = bad, and am absolutely going to write a children’s story where the good guys’ animal companions and slavering wolves and the bad guys’ animal companions are killer butterflies (ht Fringe).


Cause of death: Chris Evans ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.


"[The police] have levels of engagement. They can use their hands, they can use their batons, they can use their tasers. A gun should be a last resort. If someone is running towards you, pop their kneecap! What is the face- Why are you aiming for the face? It is an irrational fear of black men. And if you’re that scared of black men you should not police black communities."

Michael McBride, pastor

Class 1 Introduction. An open course consisting of a close reading of the text of Volume I of Marx’s Capital in 13 video lectures by Professor David Harvey. The page numbers Professor Harvey refers to are valid for both the Penguin Classics and Vintage Books editions of Capital.

I’m doing more school with David Harvey and you can too!


Love “Da Man Wit the Chips” but Jameila White is the new “Protest MVP.” #staywoke #trill 



The definition of BOM BOM BOM



O rite, yeah, forgot that capitalism was invented in the early 18th century by Peter Capitalism who wrote and self-published the book How to do Capitalism by Peter Capitalism and from then on everyone had the system of capitalism and knew exactly what to do.



ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!