Aerial photography of saltworks in Niger by George Steinmetz (!!!!)


Aerial photography of saltworks in Niger by George Steinmetz (!!!!)

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Community creator Dan Harmon’s Plot Embryo

  • character is in his/her comfort zone
  • but wants something
  • finds him/herself in an unfamiliar situation
  • that forces him/her to adapt
  • character gets what he/she wanted
  • but pays a heavy price
  • character returns to the familiar/the comfort zone
  • having changed

Also, check out the article How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community from Wired about Community creator Dan Harmon’s theories on storytelling.

Okay but just remember once your plot is an embryo you can’t abort writing it because that’s murder.

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I for one welcome our new asimo overlords…

I for one welcome our new asimo overlords…

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The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji - Shillong, India

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown.

The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams. On the slopes of these hills, a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes.

The Ficus elastica produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots an opportunity to easily cross the area’s many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges.

In order to make a rubber tree’s roots grow in the right direction—say, over a river—the Khasis use betel nut trunks, sliced down the middle and hollowed out, to create root-guidance systems. The thin, tender roots of the rubber tree, prevented from fanning out by the betel nut trunks, grow straight out. When they reach the other side of the river, they’re allowed to take root in the soil. Given enough time, a sturdy, living bridge is produced.

The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong—strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time. In fact, because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time—and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over 500 years old.

For much more on the Cherrapunji root bridge’s, keep reading on Atlas Obscura… 

My wife once blogged about this and walked around the house going “CheraPUNJIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!” for a month.

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Anonymous asked: Mr. Chunks, what is your opinion on the recent fad of hating on Benedict Cumberbatch due to his ancestors holding of slaves?

Haven’t heard of it, but fuck people who hold the living responsible for the acts of the dead. Are you sure this isn’t just 12 Years a Slave fanfic?

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The Garthok from Coneheads. An underrated creature design.

The Garthok from Coneheads. An underrated creature design.

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#garthok #coneheads #alien #monster #creature 


First photos of a day on Bracken Lane.

Slime fungus, Leocarpus fragilis

Near Fern Tree, Tasmania

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The Hobbit: What Are We Even Doing Anymore

The Hobbit: Watch Bombur Eat a Crap-ton and Never Speak a Word*

*Working title

The Hobbit: Wait What

The Hobbit: Orcfights Part 3

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