tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness. 
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

tfios-changed-my-life:

So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book. 

Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness

Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)

And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him. 

THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it. 

malawax:

peeta-mybreadboy:

chrispine-trees:

do people wear glasses during sex or is it just like you’re blind and everthing’s a surprise

you ask the real questions

id probs forget to take them off & then they’d get lost 

phototoartguy:

Eerie beauty of the squid: Underwater photographs which capture spectacular colours of sea creature usually thought of as ugly

Bobtail squids use thousands of cells in the outer layer of their skin to change colour

They transform to attract a mate or blend in with their surroundings

Underwater photographer Todd Bretl 

science-junkie:

Birds and Dinosaurs
(via xkcd) 

science-junkie:

Birds and Dinosaurs

(via xkcd) 

my first 7 hour lab day

it was pretty fuckin sweet

but i am completely exhausted 

magicalnaturetour:

Too small for an umbrella by Giuseppe Bonali

magicalnaturetour:

Too small for an umbrella by Giuseppe Bonali

libutron:

Ardilla (squirrel) | ©Wilmer Quiceno    (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia)

This squirrel, which appears to have dyed its fur is the Red-tailed squirrel, Sciurus granatensis (Sciuridae), one of the most conspicuous species of mammals in natural and disturbed environments in the Neotropics, found from northern Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and some Caribbean islands [1].
Red-tailed squirrels are medium-sized. Their color varies greatly across the range of the species, especially in different habitats [2].
Due to the wide phenotypic variation according to fur coloration, Emmons (1990), proposed three phenotypes: the phenotype 1, located in northern Colombia which is characterized by having bright orange-red tail and back, and white belly; phenotype 2, present in the eastern, with the back and tail colored in olive-brown to dark reddish, and orange belly; the phenotype 3 of the west coast of Ecuador and Colombia, with black olive back, legs and feet red to orange, and black-tipped tail [3].

libutron:

Ardilla (squirrel) | ©Wilmer Quiceno    (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia)

This squirrel, which appears to have dyed its fur is the Red-tailed squirrelSciurus granatensis (Sciuridae), one of the most conspicuous species of mammals in natural and disturbed environments in the Neotropics, found from northern Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and some Caribbean islands [1].

Red-tailed squirrels are medium-sized. Their color varies greatly across the range of the species, especially in different habitats [2].

Due to the wide phenotypic variation according to fur coloration, Emmons (1990), proposed three phenotypes: the phenotype 1, located in northern Colombia which is characterized by having bright orange-red tail and back, and white belly; phenotype 2, present in the eastern, with the back and tail colored in olive-brown to dark reddish, and orange belly; the phenotype 3 of the west coast of Ecuador and Colombia, with black olive back, legs and feet red to orange, and black-tipped tail [3].

palaeopedia:

The Jan Juc whale, Janjucetus (2006)
Phylum : ChordataClass : MammaliaOrder : CetaceaSuborder : MysticetiFamily : MammalodontidaeGenus : JanjucetusSpecies : J. hunderi
Late Oligocene (28,4 - 23,1 Ma)
3,5 m long and 1 000 kg (size)
Australia (map)
Like its close contemporary Mammalodon, the prehistoric whale Janjucetus was ancestral to modern blue whales, which filter plankton and krill through baleen plates—and also like Mammalodon, Janjucetus possessed unusually large, sharp, and well-separated teeth. That’s where the similarities end, though—whereas Mammalodon may have used its blunt snout and teeth to rustle up small marine creatures from the sea floor (a theory that hasn’t been accepted by all paleontologists), Janjucetus seems to have behaved more like a shark, pursuing and eating larger fish. By the way, the fossil of Janjucetus was discovered in southern Australia by a teenage surfer; this prehistoric whale can thank the nearby township of Jan Juc for its unusual name.

palaeopedia:

The Jan Juc whale, Janjucetus (2006)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Mammalia
Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Mysticeti
Family : Mammalodontidae
Genus : Janjucetus
Species : J. hunderi

  • Late Oligocene (28,4 - 23,1 Ma)
  • 3,5 m long and 1 000 kg (size)
  • Australia (map)

Like its close contemporary Mammalodon, the prehistoric whale Janjucetus was ancestral to modern blue whales, which filter plankton and krill through baleen plates—and also like Mammalodon, Janjucetus possessed unusually large, sharp, and well-separated teeth. That’s where the similarities end, though—whereas Mammalodon may have used its blunt snout and teeth to rustle up small marine creatures from the sea floor (a theory that hasn’t been accepted by all paleontologists), Janjucetus seems to have behaved more like a shark, pursuing and eating larger fish. By the way, the fossil of Janjucetus was discovered in southern Australia by a teenage surfer; this prehistoric whale can thank the nearby township of Jan Juc for its unusual name.

s-c-i-guy:

Pre-Winter Storm, Southwestern Australia
One of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the International Space Station on March 29 used a 35mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph this pre-winter storm located just off the coast of southwestern Australia. The orbital outpost was located to the southwest of this weather system over the southeastern Indian Ocean near 45.6 degrees south latitude and 108.9 degrees west longitude. The panoramic view is towards the northeast, just before sunset local time (note the terminator approaching from the upper right). The storm is sweeping an early-season cold front in extreme southwestern Australia.
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s-c-i-guy:

Pre-Winter Storm, Southwestern Australia

One of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the International Space Station on March 29 used a 35mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph this pre-winter storm located just off the coast of southwestern Australia. The orbital outpost was located to the southwest of this weather system over the southeastern Indian Ocean near 45.6 degrees south latitude and 108.9 degrees west longitude. The panoramic view is towards the northeast, just before sunset local time (note the terminator approaching from the upper right). The storm is sweeping an early-season cold front in extreme southwestern Australia.

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idle-lies:

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Here are a few of the new products available on Vasa Terrea. Please head over to the page and check it out! Purchase more than one item and shipping is drastically reduced!

Please like and share! (Every reblog helps, even if you aren’t interested in purchasing anything.)

Dude I want the elephant one, how much is it?

avianawareness:

(via 500px / New Zealand Kea by Ed Janwattana)

avianawareness:

(via 500px / New Zealand Kea by Ed Janwattana)

averymuether:

This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!

averymuether:

This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!

expressions-of-nature:

Supervision in the Wilderness | Claudia N. Schreiber-Jaeggi

expressions-of-nature:

Supervision in the Wilderness | Claudia N. Schreiber-Jaeggi

garretts-stupid-face:

ohromanoff:

clint barton shows up to shield 15 minutes late with a starbucks

# ‘WHAT DO YOU MEAN SHIELD IS GONE’