The ornate mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyallarus is one of the most colorful crustaceans. It is a predator that hunts other crustacaeans as well as mollusks, worms, and even fish. (Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea) by David Hall

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HEY TUMBLR IT’S tatterdemalionamberite'S BIRTHDAY!!!! …Whoops, that was a bit loud wasn't it, I'm just Reely ——Excited 38D Please say all the nice things to my interwebs bestie/fauxrail/captorcest co-conspirator!! …oh, and please leave all gifts of real live lispy alien nerds with me. For, uh… safekeeping. I promise I'll take good care of them :D



(Captor rave gifs courtesy of this compilation post; please let me know if there’s another original source I should be aware of!)



This adorable baby squirrel was picked up from a sidewalk in Washington D.C. with a broken ankle, chipped tooth and bloody nose. Luckily, a concerned passer-by picked it up and took it to City Wildlife, where vets gave it a leg brace.


jewish cecil gershwin palmer though

tiny jewish thirteen year old cecil gershwin palmer nervously fretting over the night vale synagogue’s bloodstone circle, pushing rocks very carefully back and forth to get the circumference of the circle just so. it is his bar mitzvah today and he is due to undergo one of the most ancient and terrible rituals of his people and his brass knuckles keep slipping down on his sweaty fingers. the terrible dark thing trapped in the ring of blood and stones is very angry. he is very scared. everyone is watching. waiting. 

today, he will become a man, or the thing in the bloodstone circle will become something much, much worse. 

*vibrates with glee*

*makes sadface at having to replace Micron pens*


This is pretty great.






Audition to join multimedia production group Oscar Moreau - a group made up of marginalized people creating media that stars marginalized people.  More on the character and the audition process under the cut. 

Even if you personally do not plan on auditioning, please, reblog for your followers who might be interested!

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Hey guys!  So like, this is a huge first, but we have literally not received any auditions!!  We’re halfway to the deadline and we’re still at zero.  So boost this and tell all your friends with good voices they can talk for us if they wanna.  Thanks for your help!



Valentino spring 2014 couture collection- “Le jardin d’Eden”, a zirconium-colored tulle dress, embroidered in silk threads, with a scene of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden inspired by the painting "Adam and Eve" by Lucas Cranach in 1526, taking 2,200 hours to hand embroider. 







Dear Tumblr,

I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.

Find it and watch it.

Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.



Should have a HUGE fandom.

It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.

Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.

So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.

…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.

He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.

…And then he makes this.

I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.


And if you need more convincing??

Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).

Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…

Apologies ahead of time.

mmm the host was great i’d love to see this.


Snowpiercer has been on my radar for a little while now, and I do hope to catch it when it comes out, limited release or not. The Host was a really fun film.

Here’s to adding Snowpiercer on other people’s radar.

(trivia: the movie is based on a french graphic novel called “Transperceneige”)

and just to add one more trivia about this movie- it was originally scheduled to be released much much earlier, but that would’ve meant the movie would lose nearly 20 minutes of footage(X). The director fought tooth and nail to retain the movie as it was released in Korea, and although the agreement has been reached not to delete whooping 20 minutes(X), it also means the movie may not get the wide US release(X). So. yeah. Still crossing my finger, but thanks Weinstein and co -_-. 

Reblogging again to remind myself.


Mousson Atelier jewelry collection by Vero Nic.






This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.

Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section

Oh look.

It’s a flying fuck.

It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.


This is culturally and historically important, so I can reblog this without feeling childish. (Look, flying dicks!!)

Ursula Vernon’s done a bunch of appallingly cute versions of these.

I Will No Longer Say Nothing



Now that my comics are being posted in several different forums, they have come to the attention of Those That Say Negative Things. As a victim of bullying in his youth and a man living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I can probably say that I feel the negativity presented by others a little more than the average person.

When I was bullied in Junior High and High School, the only words of advice given to me at the time were “ignore it.” Yes, people tend to think that if you ignore it, it will go away, but it doesn’t. It’s like a chronic pain in your shoulder. Your body is telling you that something is wrong and that you should go to a doctor. If you ignore it, it may go away for a little while, but it can end up becoming even worse back pain or causing you to lose feeling in your entire arm. If I ignored the bullying the first time it happened, it would have gone away from -me-. The next thing I would have seen is some other nerdy kid being shoved into a locker. Ignore it and it will go away, but it won’t stop.

It is time to stop it. I will not back down. I will no longer say nothing.

Here is my first action, a response to Those That Say Negative Things:

@[user name removed]- I apologize for taking so long to get back to your comment (and your comments on my previous entry) in My Journal here on [website removed]. I was going to follow the advice of “Don’t Feed the Trolls,” but decided that I should say something before you could continue on what I believe is your current path of anonymously posting hateful comments and not realizing that you are targeting -real- people. These people have real thoughts and feelings, just like you.

I love comics and sequential art. I make them because it is what I was meant to do. Like most artists (even though most won’t admit it), I also love hearing what people think about my work, especially if it is constructive criticism. What you’re doing (calling my comic a “trainwreck”, saying that it’s “so bad”) is not constructive, it is destructive. It is also considered a behavior used by bullies and it is not cool. I doubt you would seriously say those things to me in person.

To put it in context, what you just did was walk by my table at a busy comic convention, spit on my portfolio, and then stare me in the eye.

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t surprised by your comments at all. I hear that stuff ALL the time, but 99.9% of it is coming from my own brain. I am the biggest critic of my own work, hands down. Nothing you can say about my writing or drawing will even come close to what I’ve said about it to myself.

Now, if you are smart, you will not see this as a challenge for you to prove me wrong. This is not an invitation to post the most vile and hurtful things you can think to type. No, this is a challenge for you to cease your destructive and hateful comments, to stop bullying people, and to become a better person. It is a challenge to join with the rest of the human race who are capable of kindness and empathy.

Come and help us continue build a place where we are all comfortable to live in our own skin and where we can share our art without the fear of violent, uncompromising rejection from our peers.

Can you do that?


If you need any more convincing, please watch the following video: Why Internet Jerks Aren’t Going To Win, And You Can Help

Rule one: NEVER let the trolls win. 

Rule two: Not feeding trolls only makes them more eager to find sustenance, which means they’ll continue trolling. 

Rule three: Trolls regenerate from normal damage. THIS IS WHY WE USE FIRE AND ACID. Always remember to burn your trolls well before serving- just to make sure they’ve been sterilized enough to be palatable. 

I also say Banish With Laughter (and a few well-placed jiggly ballsack gifs) definitely applies.


Botanical illustrations are one of my favorite things. Here are some creepy poisonous plants (and a lone fungi.) I might try growing some of these little guys this coming spring in my garden. You wouldn’t believe how easily you can find seeds for these online.

In other news I’m going to be attending NecroComicCon this February!! I’ll be in the artist alley selling prints and tabling with the incredibly talented Abigail Larson! There are still tickets selling so if you get a chance and are going to be in the New Jersey neighborhood come and chat with us!  ♥



Okay, so I know there’s been a lot of controversy over this picture in the mouse community, and I’ve decided to finally state my opinion on it. I don’t think the snake in this picture was wrong. Mammals always have privilege over reptiles, and my guess is that the mouse used a specieist slur which provoked the snake before they struck. Reptiles have the right to use violence against their oppressors. Even though the snake has more physical strength than the mouse, the snake does not have the political power that the mouse does. The mouse is still the oppressor in this situation, and I don’t think the snake can be blamed for lashing out.