Average Convos Nerd Edition
*me and roommate working on course work together in the livingroom*
BFF Roomie: “What’s your paper about?”
Me: Its comparing the genetic mechanisms that drive adaptive coat coloration in mice as a result of natural selection.”
BFF Roomie: "Wow, you have a bitch professor."
Me: “Uh….actually we chose topics ourselves.”
BFF Roomie: *Blinks* “………..”
Me: “I titled it Genes That Fit: Understanding the Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Adaptive Coat Coloration in Mice.” :D
Me: “GETTIT? GENES/JEANS???” :D :D :D
BFF Roomie: “…………I worry about you.”
BFF Roomie: "…………"
Me: "-THEIR FUR IS THE SAME COLOR AS THE GROUND THEY LIVE ON! ITS EVOLVED IN MULTIPLE POPULATIONS, IN MULTIPLE ECOSYSTEMS, THROUGH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GENES EACH TIME. THAT’S PRETTY COOL RYAN.”
BFF Roomie: "……I stand by my previous statement."
Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors. We realise it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world. In it, we should be suffocated. The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison.
My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through the eyes of others. Reality, even seen through the eyes of many, is not enough. I will see what others have invented. I regret that the brutes cannot write books. Very gladly would I learn what face things present to a mouse or a bee; more gladly still would I perceive the olfactory world charged with all the information and emotion it carries for a dog…
In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do."
Benjamin’s Emblem, 2000, Walton Ford
Inspired by Audubon, Benjamin’s Emblem is Ford’s take on what Benjamin Franklin envisioned when he suggested the Wild Turkey as the symbol of the United States. Note the burning plantation fields in the background.
Today I made gluten free pancakes while listening to James Taylor.
I’m turning into my mother.
"You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again."
We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
Kay but am I the only one losing my mind over this? Fun fact: When I was a kid I used to have a Godzilla action figure that I would use as the house pet for my Barbies.
suck it toy companies that target gender.
Average Convos Feat. LDS Missionaries
Me: “I don’t know where I’ll end up for grad school yet.”
Elder: “Not a clue?”
Me: “Nothing concrete.”
Elder: “Well I know where you should go.”
Elder: “Where your future husband is!”
The idea appeals to me that the earth is governed by nature and is much like the system of our own bodies in which there are both veins (vessels for blood) and arteries (vessels for air). In the earth there are some routes though which water runs, some through which air passes. And nature fashions these routes so like the human body that our ancestors call them “veins of water” - Leonardo da Vinci
(Pictured: da Vinci’s painting of the Arno River and drawing of the circulatory system of the human arm)
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
can we talk about the fact that snakes don’t have legs
I mean, it just doesn’t have legs, evolution just decided to make snakes legless, and somehow it worked out for them, they still exist and they have no legs or arms or anything, they’re just a tail with head, are they happier than us without their limbs? Would humans be happier without limbs, just wriggling around? Is the lack of legs the key to the happiness of the snakes? I just don’t understand
It’s really awesome actually. Early on in reptilian history, limblessness just worked. So much in fact, that it evolved independently something like 25 times in snakes and lizards. 20 of those times is in “short tailed borrower” types (they’ve been around longer) and only 5 in “long tailed surfaced dwellers.” We have to remember there wasn’t much/any competition for early squamates, so they were all like “fuck legs, I ain’t runnin from no one. Ima go live underground and eat bugs. Bye.” They did this all over the world. Limbless squamates are a perfect example of parallel evolution; where we have different species that independently evolve a trait to successfully fill a niche.
I LEARNED SOMETHING IN MY HERPETOLOGY COURSE WOOOOOOOO.
Anonymous asked: What's your biggest pet peeve?
Close tie between people who lie and people who don’t communicate well. - So I guess inefficient/poor communicators.
"The plain truth, I may as well admit it, is that I’ve never been really right in the head."
Anonymous asked: Will you raise your kids in the mormon church?
Uhh….I’ll cross that reproductive bridge when I come to it.