I obsess over little things.
Retta dropped some knowledge with her stand-up last night
“Imagine a complex society that can accomplish amazing things, but also has an error in its programming that, occasionally, causes many of its members to run amok and die tragically. This is the situation faced by some species of ants, and the behavior is called a death spiral or an ant mill. You can see several examples in the videos below. The ants seem to have gone insane, walking in an endless circle together.
Beebe (1921) described a circular mill he witnessed in Guyana. It measured 1200 feet in circumference and had a 2.5 hour circuit time per ant. The mill persisted for two days, “with ever increasing numbers of dead bodies littering the route as exhaustion took its toll, but eventually a few workers straggled from the trail thus breaking the cycle, and the raid marched off into the forest.”
The cause of this behavior is the technology ant societies use for ground navigation. They follow pheromone trails on the ground laid down by other ants, or they simply follow other ants visually. The system works well normally. A scout ant goes out and finds something. Other ants go back to get more by following the scent trail, or by following each other. However, if a loop gets created, the ants will march blindly, sometimes circling until they die.
You can see an ant pheromone trail being formed in this video: Fire ant pheromone.”
Watch more videos of ant mills here.
Holy shit, that is fucking fascinating.
|Song: The Nobodies (Marilyn Manson Cover)|
|Artist: Nicole Dollanganger|
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here is my quick marilyn manson cover - there seems to be hundreds of different versions of lyrics for this song floating around so i just went with the lyrics as i always heard/understood them. sorry if i’ve mucked it up having done so!
I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, ‘Well she’s too Asian’, or ‘She’s too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It’s a very strange place to be. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough.
friendly reminder that shinji died piloting the robot and had to be resuscitated back from the grave (◡‿◡✿)
Being alone comes with a dull ache, doesn’t it?
I found this nice tutorial/anatomy advice spread created by meghanhetrickof deviant art.
She gave me permission to post it up here to share so go make sure to visit her and look at her other creations of goodness!
these are geodes made from candy
Upgraded Childhood of the Day: When Redditor kelseypolo’s friend and her husband were building their new home, they found they had some extra space adjacent to their daughter’s bedroom, and decided to transform it into a real-life Narnia.
Shit is about to go down~!
Background Music: The Prodigy - ‘Invaders Must Die!’
WAIT IS THERE MORE TO THIS? I WANT TO READ MORE OF THIS IF I CAN
WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY
My name is Rosie. I’m 22. I grew up in Texas, about an hour south of Austin. I’m the oldest of 4 children; the child of teachers; on my way to be a teacher as well.
I’m a fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, of anime and manga, of magical girls and pirates. I’m a fanfic writer and reader, a con-goer and a casual cosplayer. I’m a nerd girl and a feminist.
I like Star Trek and blueberry muffins and really sweet tea mixed with lemonade and cowboy boots and my pet snake and playing N64 games.
And I’m bisexual.
In a lot of ways, my bisexuality is one of the least important things about who I am as a person. In other ways it is incredibly important. Being a bisexual woman changes the way the world treats me, the way our society treats me, and, sadly, it changes the way that fandoms and nerd culture and the media treats me.
And let me just say this: Fandoms, you really suck sometimes.
Before you click that read more, know this: I don’t speak for all LGBTQ+ fans. I speak only for myself, but this is as honest as I really know how to be, and I think that it’s something that should be said.