The Pionus Queen

nprfreshair:

Monday - We talk to Fargo writer and series creator Noah Hawley and break-out actress Allison Tolman, who plays the deputy. 

The series is based on the cult classic film by the Coen brothers. Here’s our latest interview with the Coen bros, for their film Inside Llewyn Davis. 

Yes!

nprfreshair:

Monday - We talk to Fargo writer and series creator Noah Hawley and break-out actress Allison Tolman, who plays the deputy. 

The series is based on the cult classic film by the Coen brothers. Here’s our latest interview with the Coen bros, for their film Inside Llewyn Davis. 

Yes!

Sex, Books on

iworkatapubliclibrary:

A patron walked very cheerfully up to the desk, and asked, “Do you have books on types of sex?”

Me: “Is there a particular aspect that you are looking for?”

Patron: “Well, you know, how you get involved, what happens…”

Me: “OK, are you looking for instructional books?”

Patron: “I didn’t know there were any!”

Me: “Oh, yes, there are quite a few. Let’s go over to the section, and take a look.”

After we get to the stacks and are looking at The Joy of Sex, etc., he looks at me and starts to laugh.

Patron: “Thanks for making my day! Now, do you have any books about S-E-C-T-S?”

Made me laugh out loud.

montereybayaquarium:

We recently re-united two snowy plover chicks with their father—a first!

The tagged chicks were mistakenly picked up by beachgoers who thought they were abandoned, and brought to the Aquarium for care. The adult plover still had one chick with him, and representatives of California State Parks and Point Blue put a small cage over the chick to keep the parent close by until we could arrive with the other two.  We then placed all three chicks in the enclosure to give the dad a chance to see them.  After ensuring that the male was interested in the chicks, we removed the cage and he began caring for all three once again. Success!

Once numbering in the thousands, U.S. Pacific coast western snowy plovers were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1993.  Today it’s estimated that only about 2,100 plovers breed along the coast, with the largest number found from south San Francisco Bay to southern Baja California. You can help keep adult plovers from abandoning their nests. Keep your dog on a leash on beaches during snowy plover breeding season and stay out of areas that have been blocked off as bird nesting sights.

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artandsciencejournal:

A Form of Happiness: Dopamine

We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.

A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic. 

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- Lee Jones

Nice melding of art and science. I want to touch it!

I also like that it shows how dynamic these molecules are.

A Day in the Life

theexoticvet:

A typical day for me is something like this.

9:00- 8 week Shih tzu vaccine appointment. Owner doesn’t believe in vaccines.

9:15- Litter of found kittens presents for vaccines, and three of them are sneezing and have “goopy eyes”.

9:30- Pet store brings in a group of 3 guinea pigs with bald…

Ha! This is lovely! Love the pug wrestling. The onion toxicity one made me snort my dinner.

There are many names for what she does. She prefers dominatrix. 

"Take the weight OF your feet"?

"delectible"?

These typos make me cringe.

(Source: hogwarding, via bbcsherlockftw)