Oklahoma based photographer, writer and jack of all tracks.

 

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 !!! 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’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.

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

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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)

Character Development: Keeping the Villain Evil and Exciting

writing-questions-answered:

I’ve always felt like the most compelling bad guys are written with that old mantra that “every villain is the hero of his own story.” I always like trying to figure out what my antagonist can want that puts him at odds with the hero, yet allows the reader to, if not sympathize, at least see how they can justify their actions. And if you can come up with reasons that are compelling and believable yet also disturbing to the reader? That’s even better.

And I’ve always felt that those moments when the hero and villain almost come to an understanding can help in this regard too. It’s probably overly simplistic, but there’s the old cartoon trope of the villain trying to make good, the hero’s doubtful and sets up some kind of “failsafe”. The villain finds out the hero never trusted him, and bam, they’re back to square one, and this time the stakes might have gotten a little more personal for the villain. Again, that’s overly simplistic, but that’s one way to change the conflict over time.

Log Horizon

I’ve got to be honest, the end of this first season did a lot to really dampen my enthusiasm for the second. I still enjoyed the show a lot, but I’m disappointed that it feels like the show is sinking into a lot of the tropes that I thought it did a great job of avoiding in the beginning(it’s becoming Everyone Loves Shiroe, and that’s a bit of a disappointment).

Not to mention, after doing a great job of setting things up so well throughout the first few arcs, the last few episodes, particularly the couple of major reveals we got, just felt… out of left field, with no real set up for any of them.

I don’t think this is quite on the level of disappointment I had when it came to Sword Art Online’s second arc, but it felt like the real finale was how Rudy’s story ended, and then we got a bunch of filler eps to close things out. When it’s been good, it’s been REALLY good, and I hope they can steer it back towards that in season two.

All that said, though, this show gave me Rudy and Isuzu, so I can’t complain THAT much.

Writing Problem #4,743

When part of the backstory for your novel involves a fictional cartoon show, and you find yourself spending a lot of time developing that show, to the point you’re worried it’s becoming every bit as involved as the original book.