But I’m down for the night
Wanderer above the sea of fog (1818), Caspar David Friedrich / Lost in the World, Kanye West feat. Bon Iver
(Bringing back the GPOY tag)
Oh hey if anyone is considering taking a trip with me, I’m letting you know that this weekend to Chicago was up there with Louisiana in terms of how things panned out. Less crayfish and more punk music, but similar amounts of mud, old dudes, and trumpets.
All in all a successful trip. I am excited to sleep for a full night. And to daydream about That Time I Was Only 40 Feet from Robert Smith.
Title: Just Like Heaven
Artist: The Cure
Genre: New Wave
Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Composers: Robert Smith/The Cure
Label: Fiction Records(UK)/Elektra Records(U.S.)
aries: drunk edgy retro adventurer
taurus: electric pixie retro zombie
gemini: 70’s lolita wannabe witch
cancer: plain goth circa hipster
leo: dirty dubstep bi punk
virgo: apocalyptic steampunk winter disaster
libra: 40’s fantasy stoner ghoul
scorpio: vintage vodka surrealist royalty
sagittarius: magical destructive retrofuturist superhero
capricorn: decadent anarchist sick revolutionary
aquarius: post-apocalyptic anarchist teen monstrosity
pisces: 90’s grunge sick geek
((i’m glad this is pms because i haven’t cried this much since littlefoot lost his dang mom but this can stop any second now.))
“THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!” roared Black. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!”
“Actually,” said Harry, pocketing his e-cigarette, “Peter’s pursuit of rational self-interest is of a higher moral order than your determination to kill yourself on another person’s behalf, Sirius. Self-sacrifice is never the answer; it ends only in pain and death.”
Sirius blanched. “But Voldemort — we could have stopped Voldemort.”
“It’s a free market,” Harry said, shrugging.
Lupin turned into a wolf.
“Control yourself,” Harry said. “Good lord, man, you’re a being of pure will and drive. Exercise it.”
Lupin turned back into a man with flashing, clear eyes and a jaw that could level a mid-sized office building.
“In the marketplace of ideas,” Harry went on, “Voldemort has the same right to disseminate his philosophy as you do. If his philosophy is sound, it will flourish. If his philosophy is unsound, you have nothing to fear.”"
Shattering DNA May Have Let Gibbons Evolve New Species
by Colin Barras
Gibbons have such strange, scrambled DNA, it looks like someone has taken a hammer to it. Their genome has been massively reshuffled, and some biologists say that could be how new gibbon species evolved.
Gibbons are apes, and were the first to break away from the line that led to humans. There are around 16 living gibbon species, in four genera. They all have small bodies, long arms and no tails. But it’s what gibbons don’t share that is most unusual. Each species carries a distinct number of chromosomes in its genome: some species have just 38 pairs, some as many as 52 pairs.
"This ‘genome plasticity’ has always been a mystery," says Wesley Warren of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. It is almost as if the genome exploded and was then pieced back together in the wrong order.
To understand why, Warren and his colleagues have now produced the first draft of a gibbon genome. It comes from a female northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) called Asia…
(read more: New Scientist)
image: Heather Angel/Natural Visions
I thought I was incredibly obsessed with dogs until I checked my phone and had two pictures, a video, and a text about my pup from various family members. They win.
(Actually Nori wins.)