arachnophiliacs
arachnophiliacs:

arachnophiliacs:

Jill’s (first) tarantula. Tumbleweed, Grammostola pulchripes.August 2011.
She resembles a kitten, or a puppy. It’s either or at this point.

Jillian and Tumbleweed had their third annual presentation for preschoolers this morning. Jill also decided to let the class keep Tumbleweed’s only molt for display, saying “As sentimental it is to me, it is better off inspiring a sense of wonder to who knows how many children.”

This is adorable!!!

arachnophiliacs:

arachnophiliacs:

Jill’s (first) tarantula. Tumbleweed, Grammostola pulchripes.
August 2011.

She resembles a kitten, or a puppy. It’s either or at this point.

Jillian and Tumbleweed had their third annual presentation for preschoolers this morning. Jill also decided to let the class keep Tumbleweed’s only molt for display, saying “As sentimental it is to me, it is better off inspiring a sense of wonder to who knows how many children.

This is adorable!!!

hotrodsparrow

Entitled

  • Me: This older generation pisses me off so much
  • Therapist: Why?
  • Me: Because when I was growing up, we were forcefed the idea that if we didn't want to be 'flipping burgers at McDonalds,' then we'd better go to college.
  • Therapist: And?
  • Me: And now we've all gone to college, have degrees, can't get a damn job, and the same people that told us to go to college call us entitled assholes because we refuse to flip burgers
  • Therapist: Touche
ananiujitha
fishingboatproceeds:

npr:

Kyle Dewitt, Ionia, Mich. 
Offense: Caught a fish out of season.
Punishment: Three days in jail.
About this case: Then 19, Dewitt had just lost his job; he says he couldn’t afford the original $155 fine. The court offered him payment plans, but he says he never received the letter.
Court debt: More than $215.
A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. Here are just some of the people we found as part of this story. 

This gets at something I want to discuss when we talk about this summer’s Nerdfighter Book Club pick, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Throughout the book, characters talk about how on some level it feels as if being poor itself is illegal, and how a single transgression (or perceived transgression) can be absolutely catastrophic for someone living in poverty.
A speeding ticket, for instance, that would be a minor inconvenience to me, could result in someone else eventually losing their license and then their ability to get to work and then their livelihood. So it’s not really fair to say that we are all treated the same under the law, because the law functions very differently for Kyle (or for Abdul in Behind the Beautiful Forevers) than it functions for people who aren’t poor. 

fishingboatproceeds:

npr:

Kyle Dewitt, Ionia, Mich. 

  • Offense: Caught a fish out of season.
  • Punishment: Three days in jail.
  • About this case: Then 19, Dewitt had just lost his job; he says he couldn’t afford the original $155 fine. The court offered him payment plans, but he says he never received the letter.
  • Court debt: More than $215.

A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. Here are just some of the people we found as part of this story. 

This gets at something I want to discuss when we talk about this summer’s Nerdfighter Book Club pick, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Throughout the book, characters talk about how on some level it feels as if being poor itself is illegal, and how a single transgression (or perceived transgression) can be absolutely catastrophic for someone living in poverty.

A speeding ticket, for instance, that would be a minor inconvenience to me, could result in someone else eventually losing their license and then their ability to get to work and then their livelihood. So it’s not really fair to say that we are all treated the same under the law, because the law functions very differently for Kyle (or for Abdul in Behind the Beautiful Forevers) than it functions for people who aren’t poor. 

ComicCon post 1 of 2.

I’ve been browsing lots of galleries of cosplay from this year’s ComicCon. I saved a bunch of my favorites and wanted to share them here. These were not taken by me, and my tastes may be a bit one-sided. I like pretty girls :)

Anyway, enjoy. I’ll post more in a bit.