Open Squish Bug Round 3 has just begun - can we win with another plush arachnid? I think we can! Please meet my Scorpion! I based its design on the Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis), I’d like to think it was a good choice for representation as a huge fluffy ball ~
If you’d like to see it join my Rainbow Jumping Spider as an enormous loveable plush arachnid, please vote 5! It must end in with a final score of at least 3.90 in order to be considered for production. I know you want to hold its fat claws and dance around with it, let’s make this happen.
PB literally never said that she doesn’t believe magic exists, that’d be stupid and would go against the scientific method, since she can plainly see it.
she thinks that what people call magic is scientific principles being mystified for no reason and she doesn’t understand why people are so complacent with not understanding it and instead trust elitist wizards with everything.
she’s basically criticizing a culture wherein people would rather just not know how things work because believing it’s all a crapshoot is more fun (ie a really dangerous mindset considering what magic can do)
of course, whether or not she’s right about this is open to debate
Today, the 29th of July, is International Tiger Day. It was founded in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, to draw worldwide attention to the severely declining native populations of tigers and their ecosystems, as well as the organisations who are working to save them.
To date, just over 3,000 tigers still survive in the wild, and despite there being a strong international effort to protecting them, they are still heavily threatened from poaching, habitat destruction, confrontation with humans and being sold on the illegal wildlife trade market.
For more information on tigers, their current plight or to find out how you can help, please visit these organisations:
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By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.
Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta. There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.
Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land. His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration. They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath. He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork. Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.
Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally. The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.
The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.
This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.
I feel like this is really important.