Sad news from Russia’s Foton-M4 satellite. The spacecraft on which a group of geckos spent a few weeks trying to get it on in microgravity returned to Earth, as planned, earlier today. The only problem? The lizards were frozen solid.
So, this has been sitting in my inbox for a while, and I want to apologize for not responding to it for months.
I also want to take this opportunity to reemphasize that I’m terrible at replying to messages, and the amount of time between the message and my response (or total lack thereof) is any sort of indicator of what I think of you or your message. 9 times out of 10 it’s because I want to take some time to give a proper reply, but I really don’t have the time to do that because I should have been doing work instead of being on tumblr in the first place. (The other 1 time out of the 10 is because I get distracted. I am sorry; I’m rather easily distractable.)
Lastly, I want to apologize for posting so few poems over the last bunch of months. I’ve been pretty bummed about it and I hope that will change, though I can’t guarantee anything.
Q: Which animal has the longest migration route? Bonus question: Since the [above animal] travels so much, their year is rather unique. What two things does it get in a year, that the rest of us miss out on?
The Arctic Tern’s convoluted migration route lands them the title of Longest Migration in the animal kingdom! Recent studies have placed the average length around 70,900 km (44,300 miles) for birds nesting in Iceland and Greenland and approximately 90,000 km (55,900 miles) for those nesting in the Netherlands! (x, x)
Every year they travel from the Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic, and back again.This means that they get two summers a year! The Northern hemisphere summer is spent at the Arctic breeding grounds, and they winter during the Southern hemisphere summer at sea, just North of the Antarctic ice!
Because they get two summers per year, Arctic Terns also receive more daylight than any other animal on Earth!
Breeding grounds (red) during the Northern Summer, wintering grounds (blue) in the Southern Summer, and migration routes (green). (Wiki Creative Commons)
If all that wasn’t impressive enough, just remember that Arctic Terns can live approximately 34 years. So if they average 70,900 km each year, that adds up to a whopping 2.4 million km in their lifetime. That’s equivalent to 60 trips around the world or 3 trips to the moon and back! (x)
Hello man from nantucket! I was wondering where you got your awesome klein bottle 3d print pattern and if you would mind linking me to it. I have access to a makerbot and I would like to print a funcitoning klein bottle. The first one I printed has been cool but the top doesn't connect into the rest of the bottle, if if that makes sense. Thanks!
I am happy to share the link! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:145694
I’m sorry your first one didn’t come out to your liking, but I hope this one turns out better! If this one comes out better and you post a picture, would you mind tagging me? I’d love to see it!
Last year for Easter, we got these cool egg decorating kits, with markers, stickers, stencils etc.
I was trying to do an elaborate floral pattern on my eggs, but the stencil kept slipping. I got reeeeally distraught. More distraught than I had any right to be. But no matter how much I concentrated, I couldn’t get the stencil to stay in the right place.
Inspired from the new tumblr blog fuckyeahconvergentevolution.tumblr.com i wanted to make a convergent evolution post. This is an example i like to use often in my presentations because it portrays convergent evolution remarkably, but i will get to that later on.
Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favourite followers (not back to me, I did it already). Thinking good thoughts about yourself is hard but it will make you feel better so give it a go, for the sake of spreading positivity! (◠‿◠✿)
Round #2 (aka: Hard to Think of and Awkward to Write Self-Compliments: The Sequel!)
1. I have some very cool and really smart tumblr friends, mutual followers and non mutuals too! (I try to keep down the number of blogs I follow, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t check out all of your blogs!)
2. I’m not sure how many would agree, but I think I’m pretty funny.
3. My hair is really soft right now.
4. I have a good sense of smell and can generally tell if a carton of milk is going bad about a day before anyone else can.
5. Despite the all the problems with it, sometimes I really like my own brain.
Partially due to an incident many years ago involving a dead girl who breaks into houses and kills people in the dead of night, I have hold-ups about passing on chain memes to individual people. (Yes, it is ridiculous. No, I don’t know why I’m still hung up on that damn email. Yes it does still scare me a little bit. Shut up.) So, I’m “generally directing” this at the people I’ve interacted with over tumblr (unless you don’t feel like it), and anyone else who wants to. If you do, tag me because I’d like to hear what you have to say about yourself!
Hey. Say 5 nice things about yourself. Do it you little punk.
Whelp - I guess I have no choice. (Yay responding to memes that have been sitting in my inbox for a week!)
1. I just got a new computer and hooked it up to my brother’s tablet. I’ve never used a tablet before and within two hours or so after taking it out of the box, I had drawn my first picture with it. The drawing is far from perfect, but I think it came out pretty darn well considering I still had trouble clicking (let alone drawing a line anywhere near where I wanted to put it) when I started.
(I also posted this on my other blog too; I’m just really proud of myself.)
2. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I think I hold to that for the most part.
3. I can walk on stilts (mine are 2 ft peg stilts).
4. When I do them regularly, I’m really good at sudokus, and my crossword and kenken skills aren’t too shabby either.
5. I like science. (And I like that I like science. Does this count?)
"While the American Museum of Natural History has been hosting Night at the Museum sleepovers for kids, there’s never been an adult-only one. Ever. Until now. They’ve just announced their first sleepover for grown-ups, which will take place on Friday, August 1st.” - Gothamist
Amenities will include some of the following:
"Explorers can roam through the nearly empty halls of the Museum (including the spiders). There will also be a flashlight tour.”
"Participants will be invited to attend a special presentation in The Power of Poison exhibition with Curator Mark Siddall."
"There will be a midnight viewing of the Dark Universe Space Show, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson."
"There will also be charging stations and tea service."