1. ceilingcow:

    Fun game to play while shopping: look for clothing that could be worn by alien extras in a Star Trek episode.
    I call this look “Bajoran commoners.”

    (via theboredboi)

  2. thebrainscoop:

    The Brain Scoop
    Fossil Fish, PT. II: A History

    52 million years ago, Fossil Lake in modern-day Wyoming was a booming tropical environment; a major contrast to the high-plains desert it is today. It was part of a larger freshwater lake system that existed for  millions of years where ecological diversity flourished. We’re able to see many ancient relatives in the excavated fossil record but not only are we discovering and identifying different species, we’re also getting an insight into the behaviors of animals and how they interacted with their environment. 

    Life and death in every aspect is preserved in this formation - trace fossils indicating locomotion, evidence of stomach contents, reproductive development, and even sex and mating behaviors. The Early Eocene was a lively time, that’s for sure.

    Check out the latest in this series here - and watch Part I to figure out how we excavate one of these fossils!

  3. thingsondesk:

    So in the last couple days we’ve finished photographing some of the Paleobotanical collection!  Fossil Ferns is pretty much mostly done.  7200 images but to be fair, I’ve been the only one working on it for the entirety of the project and since the fall I’ve only been working on it once a week.  It’s nice to see an imaging project finish but I’ll definitely miss working with the collection… But I’m moving onto some pretty awesome projects!  And hopefully learning to use an xray machine!  So I’ll be posting some more images to conclude the fossil ferns experience in the next couple days.

    In other news:  I’ll be in Portland, OR next week.  Hoping to get some interesting collecting sketches in.  I’ve had a really busy July and want to get some more of it posted but it’s mostly unrelated to ThingsonDesk… so if ya’ll are interested, there’s DanielMTLe.tumblr.com :)

  4. perrypsh:

    AKIRA: Panoramas

    (via vurn)

  5. I like what my group’s GitHub repository looks like right now. So many new branches, new features. We’re getting stuff done!

    Onwards, candy-coloured lines of progress! Onwards.

  7. thebrainscoop:

    Cosmopolitan: Get That Life 
    How I became a museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent

    Did you ever think Cosmo would run an image of dermestid beetles nibbling on a goose carcass? 


    I can’t describe how proud I am that such a popular magazine typically focused on fashion and sex tips is also incorporating scientists into their features because fashion and sex tips and gross anatomy are not at all mutually exclusive. 

    We are rebranding feminism and empowerment one major media publication at a time. 

    Thank you, world. 

  8. nbchannibal:

    In case you’ve been living in a pantry under a rock, here’s the Season 2 Gag Reel.

    (via jess-curious)

  9. breathemystardust:



    too great

    It’s too cute! I can’t deal with it! I cannot deal with it any way! I am completely failing to negotiate with it!

    stop it with the eyes! and the slight quivering!

    There can be no productive discourse of any kind with it.

    (via geologicadept)

  10. zerostatereflex:


    Objects ground out of existence.

    (via vurn)

  11. ravenfirethief:


    I knew I missed something in London!

    Hoxton Street Monster Supplies exists.

    (Source: arrangealign, via pipsqueak-the-automaton)

  12. jtotheizzoe:

    A Typographical History of NASA

    Data artists and visualization researchers at the Office for Creative Research dug through 11,000 pages of NASA history reports, containing nearly 5 million words, to assemble this typographical timeline of the U.S. space program.

    The vertical waves represent the total NASA and percent of national budgets (which is why it begins to shrink toward the right side of the page). The most important words and phrases from each year are listed in lieu of traditional milestones, giving us a unique perspective on the key events that led us up up and away.

    Tour the full-size, interactive visualization of NASA’s history here, it’s really something (and it’s also way too big for me to show you on my blog)

    (via Popular Science)

    (via theuniverseatlarge)


  13. I’d like to take this morning to remind you of Cymothoa Exigua. C. Exigua enters through the gills of fish, and latches onto the fish’s tongue. It drains the tongue of blood until the tongue atrophies. It ultimately attaches itself to the tongue’s stump, and becomes the fish’s new tongue. It cheerily lives out the rest of its life feeding on blood and mucus.

    The fish, naturally, carries on. That’s just life, after all. Having your tongue replaced by a parasitic crustacean is just one of those things that can happen, and it’s not nearly the worst. At least you still have a tongue.

  14. clockworkpearlgirl:


    Went to comic con and look who I ran into ^///v///^

    I asked them for the video and they were very cool about it so here it is. All for you Joan ^w^


    You just made this girl extremely happy.



    (via davidmichaelbennett)

  15. Besides climbing trees, I spent the afternoon wandering around a kinda hipster-y neighborhood in Baltimore. I say that with some affection, as it reminded me a lot of parts of Boulder. Coffeeshops selling fancy coffee along with books on spiritualism, upcycled clothing boutiques, that sort of thing. I found a nice used bookstore, though, and came away with The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture, by Daniel Harris.

    I kind of scoffed at the title when I saw it. It’s kinda definitive. But the book intends to chart the emergence, eventual commercialization, and, it is claimed, assimilation, of male homosexuality into the American public sphere.

    It was published in 1997. What little of I’ve read so far has been thought-provoking, although sometimes its decade shows through:

    A diverse culture presupposes a nation fractured by the religious and ideological differences that have now given way to a tolerant ecumenicalism and, moreover, one that is splintered into distinct regions, divided by insurmountable geographic distances now easily overcome…

    I think Harris overestimates the degree to which American society was homogenizing. 17 years later, looking at the state of politics, I wouldn’t exactly say we are bereft of ideological fractures. But heck, my notion of what tolerance means is probably a hell of lot more luxurious than what Harris he had in mind.

    At the very least, it’ll help me brush up on my recent queer history, albeit ( I think) with a focus only on the cisgendered gay male. But I think it’s going to be an interesting read anyway.