1. 06:25 25th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from melliferous-magpie

    I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

    The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

    If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

    And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

    We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

     
  2. 01:00

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    Reblogged from romanoffbarnes

    rebecamader:

    Their faces are one of the most entertaining things when they’re onscreen together 

     
  3. 00:59

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    Reblogged from hungrylikethewolfie

    thefrogman:

    10 Jobs For Wombats [video] [h/t: sizvivdeos]

     
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  5. 00:58

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    dailychrispine:

Chris Pine on the set of ‘Z for Zachariah’

    dailychrispine:

    Chris Pine on the set of ‘Z for Zachariah’

     
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    goddessofsax:

    Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x

     
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    Reblogged from cherryloop

    charminglyantiquated:

    a little love story about mermaids and tattoos

     
  9. 00:51

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    Reblogged from unlucky-conqueror

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    cgockel:

gallifreyan-gallimaufry:

leda74:

therothwoman:

beowulfstits-archive:

I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired
i aspire to great things in life

According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do


Sometimes I love my species. This is one of those times.

    cgockel:

    gallifreyan-gallimaufry:

    leda74:

    therothwoman:

    beowulfstits-archive:

    I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired

    i aspire to great things in life

    According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

    So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

    actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do

    Sometimes I love my species. This is one of those times.

     
  10. 00:49

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    ladyniteloveswho:

THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
-Was RAPED along her best friend while her husband was tied up and forced to watch.
-Was diagnosed with uterine CANCER
-Had to get a DIVORCE because her husband was gay
What did she do about it all? 
-Create a television show with her ex based on their divorce and friendship that still holds strong.
-Laughs just as hard today as she has in the past.
-Fights for the rights of the gay and lesbian community
-Works for the U.S. State department for the Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health Issues.
-Launched the ‘Cancer Shmancer’ movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in Stage 1, the most curable stage.
-Has won the following awards: Jon Wayne’s Institute’s Woman of Achievement award, Gilda Award, City of Hope Wom of the Year award, Hebrew University Humanitarian award, Albert Einstien’s College of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award, City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, and the ”My Aid Award” for her achievements in support of cancer prevention and rehabilitation.
-She has been cancer free for 12 years.
Now tell me she is not an AMAZING Woman.
When people say they “Hate her” because of her voice, I just want to punch them straight in their faces.
This is Fran Drescher, and she is one HELL Of a strong woman.

    ladyniteloveswho:

    THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

    -Was RAPED along her best friend while her husband was tied up and forced to watch.

    -Was diagnosed with uterine CANCER

    -Had to get a DIVORCE because her husband was gay

    What did she do about it all?

    -Create a television show with her ex based on their divorce and friendship that still holds strong.

    -Laughs just as hard today as she has in the past.

    -Fights for the rights of the gay and lesbian community

    -Works for the U.S. State department for the Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health Issues.

    -Launched the ‘Cancer Shmancer’ movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in Stage 1, the most curable stage.

    -Has won the following awards: Jon Wayne’s Institute’s Woman of Achievement award, Gilda Award, City of Hope Wom of the Year award, Hebrew University Humanitarian award, Albert Einstien’s College of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award, City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, and the ”My Aid Award” for her achievements in support of cancer prevention and rehabilitation.

    -She has been cancer free for 12 years.

    Now tell me she is not an AMAZING Woman.

    When people say they “Hate her” because of her voice, I just want to punch them straight in their faces.

    This is Fran Drescher, and she is one HELL Of a strong woman.