Hold Fast Hope

I'm Roger the Rhino.

I may or may not be the Pope.

Only in describing other things do we truly reveal ourselves.

jtotheizzoe:

generalelectric:

Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.   

Can you imagine showing this to a farmer who was alive and planting just 50 years ago? They’d think we were space aliens.

I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

jtotheizzoe:

How did life begin?
I’ve been thinking a lot about abiogenesis this week, the process of life arising from non-life, that oh-so-important series of events that occurred here on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. (If you’re wondering “Does this mean he’s making a video about it?” the answer is yes!)
Scientists have a fair amount of information about how that might have occurred on the level of geology (terrestrial and extraterrestrial), chemistry, and finally, biology to bring about this living world, but there’s a ton of unanswered questions. 
Of course, the most important unanswered questions are your own.
Share your curiosity with me about the origin of life on Earth! What questions do you want me to answer?

jtotheizzoe:

How did life begin?

I’ve been thinking a lot about abiogenesis this week, the process of life arising from non-life, that oh-so-important series of events that occurred here on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. (If you’re wondering “Does this mean he’s making a video about it?” the answer is yes!)

Scientists have a fair amount of information about how that might have occurred on the level of geology (terrestrial and extraterrestrial), chemistry, and finally, biology to bring about this living world, but there’s a ton of unanswered questions. 

Of course, the most important unanswered questions are your own.

Share your curiosity with me about the origin of life on Earth! What questions do you want me to answer?

SUPER AGGRESSIVE REMINDER!

bipolarfeminist:

PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES HAVE A LOWER RATE OF VIOLENCE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION.

MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE VIOLENT DO NOT HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS.

THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE WITH MI = VIOLENT IS GREATLY EXAGGERATED AND DUE TO NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES

THOSE OF US WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE THAN THE PERPETRATORS

SO STOP TRYING TO EXCUSE THE ACTIONS OF A FUCKING MISOGYNISTIC MURDERER

(SOURCE FOR YOU FUCKERS)

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tphd:

NEW VERSION OF ENGLISH THAT HAS TWICE AS MANY VOWELS, HALF THE CONSONANTS

SOUNDS LIKE A BUNCHA TONGUES SWIMMING IN OTHER TONGUES

LIKE A BOWL FULL OF JELLYBEANS ONLY INSTEAD OF JELLY BEANS IT’S WET TONGUES

In November I’ll be releasing my new solo record, entitled ‘Box Of Bees’. There’s no music, it’s just a box full of live bees. The deluxe edition comes with more bees.

—Thom Yorke (via genuinethomyorkequotes)

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bravedad:

i wonder how many people im in the “id be down if you asked” zone with

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svrferblood:

me when buying something over $10: do i need this? do i need any material objects? will this matter when i face the great abyss?

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goat-oblast:

Drinking a mocha and listening to Hoobastank’s The Reason in a shopping centre. All civilisation has led up to this moment.