Oklahoma based photographer, writer and jack of all tracks.

 

On one of my last days working my second job, a really sweet lady came in and didn’t have enough money to get all the presents she wanted to get her grandchildren for Easter. I ended up buying the other couple of items for her.

It felt good. It reminds me that the way to make change in the world is to make a positive difference, and rise above the venom and hatred that everyone else falls back on. I’m going to make that my mission going forward… to try and remain positive, perform random acts of kindness and try to make a difference.

I don’t know the struggles anyone I meet in my daily life is dealing with. If I don’t know them, I don’t have the right to hate them on the basis of my preconceived notions. Maybe one day that’s an attitude more people will adopt. I’m going to hope it happens.

Buffalo Bills Pay Out $3 Million in Texting Settlement

I really can’t express how angry this whole thing makes me. Every fan got between $57.50-75 dollars in the settlement. My first thought there is, what kind of nightmarish overage plans were they on? Seriously, let’s say the provider chargers twenty cents each for overages, and the three messages in the two week span was typical. That’s six messages a month, which means to justify a $75 settlement, this would have had to happen over a five year span. Since he filed the lawsuit in 2012, that works out to over fifty cents per text message. All of this assuming no one in the lawsuit is on any kind of messaging plan… which, I’d assume, most people signed up for an opt in service would be.

And that’s the other thing about this. People had to sign up for these text alerts. It wasn’t like the Buffalo Bills tricked their fans into doing this. Every opt in texting program warns you overages may apply. And what’s really neat about them is, all of them have a way to opt out.

The most ridiculous part is that Wojcik got $5,000 himself. For what? Did three extra messages over a two week span cause him irrevocable emotional and psychological harm? Was he on a date, decided to check his phone in the middle of dinner to see what important information the Bills sent him, and he never went on another date with her again? It must have, because he got almost $35 if those overages went over an entire year. Realistically though, the suit apparently came out over the course of the 13 messages in two weeks, so… that’s over one and a half thousand dollars per text.

Maybe I should contact a lawyer about Amazon sending me weekly e-mails about the latest deals on cameras.

First of all, this makes the assumption that those tax dollars would funnel into the causes you want them to. That’s not the reality of the situation, though.
Second, I can’t help but wonder if we could make the same money by eliminating the BS tax deductions CEOs and corporations are able to claim each year. And those guys don’t run soup kitchens and give clothes to people in need either.
(And I’d love to see the sources for these claims, which are always conveniently missing from snappy graphics like these, but that’s just the skeptic in me.)

First of all, this makes the assumption that those tax dollars would funnel into the causes you want them to. That’s not the reality of the situation, though.

Second, I can’t help but wonder if we could make the same money by eliminating the BS tax deductions CEOs and corporations are able to claim each year. And those guys don’t run soup kitchens and give clothes to people in need either.

(And I’d love to see the sources for these claims, which are always conveniently missing from snappy graphics like these, but that’s just the skeptic in me.)

Comics

I got a really good reminder of why I really don’t bother with comic books from the major publishers anymore.

Not too long ago, I started watching a cartoon based on one of my favorite comic books from when I was a kid. I was curious what was currently going on with one of my favorite characters. I was not terribly thrilled to learn they’d died. Of course, this is Comic Book World, that happens all the time, why’s that a problem?

(Okay, so that’s part of the problem, right? There are no stakes anymore.)

But here’s the bigger issue:

1) A description of how the character died explained how no less than three other characters had come back from the dead and were involved in this scenario. Two of them were not only resurrected, but also unresurrected in this same storyline.  =p

2) The deaths literally had no impact, happening randomly and almost matter of factly in the middle of the story. One excuse I keep hearing for this is that random deaths make it “seem more like real life.” But the problem is this isn’t real life. This is fiction, and these sorts of things really should make sense. Even in Attack on Titan, when character deaths happen unceremoniously, those deaths still have impact.

3) The character who died was solicited as being part of an upcoming new series. The advertising was changed to reflect this, of course, but I assume this also meant major rewrites. Did the writer of Series B not talk with the writer of Series A? Did the writer of Series A not know about the new series and didn’t realize that character kinda sorta needed to be alive for this other thing? I’ve seen fans who role play or have shared fanfic universes who coordinate these sorts of things. Is this really not happening at a major publisher, who is in turn owned by a major media corporation?

I originally rambled about this elsewhere, and kept it vague to avoid spoilers. But now I’m doing it here to see how many different guesses I get about what company and character I’m talking about. There were a few there.

yipsinternally:

redvioletz-tricksterred:

creeper-cutie:

psychopomp-sentinel:

twerkdatstrider:

neairaalenko:

ahtist:

princessickness:

karenamadof:

&ILOVEYOUTOO<3

SPREAD THE DAMN WORD

THAT WAS COOL

My hands are too small to do this effectively.

I wish I wasn’t iPod



if you’re on ipod you just hold down the reblog button

wtf just happened??
Why did I not know about this???

Again, you don’t have to hold both Alt keys, either will do

yipsinternally:

redvioletz-tricksterred:

creeper-cutie:

psychopomp-sentinel:

twerkdatstrider:

neairaalenko:

ahtist:

princessickness:

karenamadof:

&ILOVEYOUTOO<3

SPREAD THE DAMN WORD

THAT WAS COOL

My hands are too small to do this effectively.

I wish I wasn’t iPod

image

if you’re on ipod you just hold down the reblog button

wtf just happened??

Why did I not know about this???

Again, you don’t have to hold both Alt keys, either will do

Oklahoma Had Nearly 150 Earthquakes in One Month

Putting this here the next time someone says, “But why would you move back to California and all the earthquakes?”

Though I’ll admit, between the quakes and the insanity of Oklahoma weather(80 degrees today, there’s a freeze advisory being issued for Tuesday), I’m hard pressed to figure out why some people find it boring here.

lana-grant-may:

carry-on-my-wayward-nun:

p1ants:

i think freckles, stretch marks, tattoos, bruises, birthmarks and scars are probably the coolest thing, you started with almost a blank canvas and look at u now, all this evidence that you’ve lived and the sun has shone on you and you’ve grown and maybe tripped up a few times and liked an image so much u made it a permanent part of u, beautiful.

That’s one of the most uplifting things I’ve read

This needs to get passed around more

Gonna try not to rant about this, but for the record… scars are not “beautiful” or “cool” to a lot of people who have them.

(Source: paintgod)

smachajewski:

Alright guys, it comes down to this. The past month has been a financial dry spell for Gen and I. One of those annoying gaps where we’re waiting on a lot of things at once. We have about two weeks to go before the money catches up with the work we’ve been doing. 

Whether it’s getting a commission yourself or helping me spread the word, anything helps. And if you don’t like the style here, we can arrange something else. Just check out my gallery for examples of what I can do!

The guidelines are simple:

  • I can take up to five at once
  • All others will be wait listed
  • Payment up front
  • Paypal only
  • Any character goes (canon, fan or original)
  • You must email me: smachajewski@gmail.com

In your email, please include details of what you’d like, your Tumblr URL if applicable, and which option you’re looking for.

Other options, current list, and details here!

wurmstache:

Yaaay! My birthday cake! I got to choose what I made (of course) so it HAD to be this. Happy Cas and his guinea pig friends!

ealperin:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

dr-archeville:

earthmoonlotus:

lokis-quarrel:

captainsway:

anthropomorphia:


HUGE NEWS&#160;!!! We’ve Decoded Prairie Dog Language!Prairie dogs can say things as complex as: “Tall, thin, human wearing a blue shirt walking slowly across our colony.”
Dr. Con Slobidchikoff has shown that prairie dogs have words for different, specific threats, including distinct terms for coyote, dog, human, badger, and red-tailed hawk. The prairie dogs then react to these words by using different escape behaviours in response to the different predator names.
Their language includes components we use - nouns, adjectives and dialects.
They can also communicate about abstract ideas, like things that are not actually present, and they can describe abstract shapes, like circles and triangles.
They also have the ability to construct new words referring to novel objects or animals in their environment - prior to this study, only humans were recognized to have this ability.
If this has moved you, consider giving a helping hand to the Prairie Dog Coalition, and definitely check out Dr. Con!


http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/06/21/science-prairie-dog-language-decoded.html

He believes complex speech is probably common within the animal kingdom.

An excerpt:
"Slobodchikoff said he has been working with a computer scientist to develop a device that uses voice pattern recognition techniques and artificial intelligence to translate between human and animal speech.
"We could potentially have something maybe the size of a cellphone in five to 10 years where a dog would say, ‘Woof’ and the device would say. ‘I want to eat chicken tonight” or a cat could say, ‘Meow,’ and the device would say, ‘My litterbox is filthy, please clean it.’”
He thinks if humans and dogs could understand one another more clearly, it would reduce the number of animals euthanized each year because of behavioural problems, which he blames on a lack of communication. In the meantime, Slobodchikoff said, he has found that just knowing that animals can share complex ideas makes people more empathetic toward them.
"When people realize that prairie dogs and other animals as well can talk … suddenly they see these animals with a new perspective," he said. "They’re actually thinking, breathing things not that much different from us.""
Woah.

SCIENCE!

WE COULD HAVE TALKING ANIMAL FRIENDS IN THE FUTURE :D
Science
Science you are doing well here :D



Found here


Dr. Slobodchikoff is literally the reason I&#8217;m a biologist. I took his Animal Behavior class as an elective and got absolutely fascinated in the topic. About half way through the semester, I switched from English to Biology with an Animal Behavior emphasis and haven&#8217;t regretted it. 
I&#8217;m glad the ideas he talked about regarding animal language and cognition are gaining more acceptance. I remember him talking in class that some colleagues dismissed the idea of animals having that level of complex communication without even looking at the research. His book is absolutely fascinating and I&#8217;d highly recommend it anyone who&#8217;s interested in the subject.

ealperin:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

dr-archeville:

earthmoonlotus:

lokis-quarrel:

captainsway:

anthropomorphia:

HUGE NEWS !!! 
We’ve Decoded Prairie Dog Language!

Prairie dogs can say things as complex as: “Tall, thin, human wearing a blue shirt walking slowly across our colony.”

Dr. Con Slobidchikoff has shown that prairie dogs have words for different, specific threats, including distinct terms for coyote, dog, human, badger, and red-tailed hawk. The prairie dogs then react to these words by using different escape behaviours in response to the different predator names.

  • Their language includes components we use - nouns, adjectives and dialects.
  • They can also communicate about abstract ideas, like things that are not actually present, and they can describe abstract shapes, like circles and triangles.
  • They also have the ability to construct new words referring to novel objects or animals in their environment - prior to this study, only humans were recognized to have this ability.

If this has moved you, consider giving a helping hand to the Prairie Dog Coalition, and definitely check out Dr. Con!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/06/21/science-prairie-dog-language-decoded.html

He believes complex speech is probably common within the animal kingdom.

An excerpt:

"Slobodchikoff said he has been working with a computer scientist to develop a device that uses voice pattern recognition techniques and artificial intelligence to translate between human and animal speech.

"We could potentially have something maybe the size of a cellphone in five to 10 years where a dog would say, ‘Woof’ and the device would say. ‘I want to eat chicken tonight” or a cat could say, ‘Meow,’ and the device would say, ‘My litterbox is filthy, please clean it.’”

He thinks if humans and dogs could understand one another more clearly, it would reduce the number of animals euthanized each year because of behavioural problems, which he blames on a lack of communication. In the meantime, Slobodchikoff said, he has found that just knowing that animals can share complex ideas makes people more empathetic toward them.

"When people realize that prairie dogs and other animals as well can talk … suddenly they see these animals with a new perspective," he said. "They’re actually thinking, breathing things not that much different from us.""

Woah.

SCIENCE!

WE COULD HAVE TALKING ANIMAL FRIENDS IN THE FUTURE :D

Science

Science you are doing well here :D

image

Found here

Dr. Slobodchikoff is literally the reason I’m a biologist. I took his Animal Behavior class as an elective and got absolutely fascinated in the topic. About half way through the semester, I switched from English to Biology with an Animal Behavior emphasis and haven’t regretted it.

I’m glad the ideas he talked about regarding animal language and cognition are gaining more acceptance. I remember him talking in class that some colleagues dismissed the idea of animals having that level of complex communication without even looking at the research. His book is absolutely fascinating and I’d highly recommend it anyone who’s interested in the subject.

(Source: consciouscreature)