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The part where you let Linda the Black Widow crawl on your hand is so metal. :-)
I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow, on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.
Here are a few:
“what is photoshop”-
Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny. I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.
“this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute”
Apparently, I’m a bitch? And who said Linda bit me? I didn’t! Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive. They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves. I was not “trying to be cute”.. The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world. Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.
“Now they call her rotten hand”
Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you. Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand. Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.
Interesting (though sad) how your post triggered what sounds like dudebro panic and gendered slurs. If a visibly-male blogger had posted an equivalent image, I wonder if the same respondents would have commented about how “metal” and awesome he was. For a guy to do what you did would mark him as brave, and they could bask in reflected glory. But for a woman to do it, and do it casually, like it was no big deal, calls the whole shaky edifice of courageous manliness into question.
(I’m not saying it’s interesting to you, or anyone else with a lifetime of experience of online sexism. It’s just interesting to me.)
It reminds me of the moment I alluded to in my reblog of the original post, when my then-girlfriend and I were in a pet shop, and she got all excited about the tarantulas, and a petshop employee pulled one out of its terrarium and put it on her arm. She was having so much fun, and I remember how it made me feel when she asked me if I wanted to let it crawl on me. My courage was being tested, and it definitely came up short. But I was aware at the time that that was all on me; she and the petshop employee were just enjoying themselves, and wanted to share the experience. I was the one with the problem. It made me feel defensive, though. If I’d seen it on the Internet, rather than have it happen right in front of me, maybe I would have reacted as these commenters did.
Following up on my earlier dilemma, I did tell Linda (my wife, not your spider) about my finding the widow in the garage the other day, and about my having failed to kill it. It led to an interesting (again, to me) discussion of the ethics involved. The one thing we were able to agree on is that my letting the garage get so cluttered as to make it into prime black widow habitat is problematic, whether or not we’re willing to regard the killing of black widows as justified.
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Stab me in the heart why don’t you?!
I feel I have to respond to all of this by giving up hope, so that I can instead find some measure of reality. So I’ve let hope fall away from me, and wishful thinking too, and I feel much lighter. I feel now as if I am able to look more honestly at the way the world is, and what I can do with what I have to give, in the time I have left. I don’t think you can plan for the future until you have really let go of the past.
My first thought when I saw this was, “ooh, cool.” About 34 milliseconds later I thought, “what the actual fuck?”
There are things in the image that can’t be real. Like, the sea state looks really nasty, like it’s blowing 40 or 50 knots. But the ship’s sails appear to have much less wind in them. And the ship has every possible sail set, which doesn’t make sense with a wind strength that could produce a sea like that.
The ship is heeled way over, but that doesn’t appear to be happening because of wind in the sails. For the ship to be heeled like that the sails should be straining at the sheets and yards. Instead, they’re gently billowing, some even hanging limp. The forces don’t add up.
The ship is right next to the shore (and is actually sailing in the direction of that shore). Who would take their ship into such a position under full sail?
Also, there’s no one visible on the ship. Not a single human figure anywhere. That’s when I realized, oh; it must be a model. A really frickin’ amazing model. It’s probably a miniature (but a really big one, like the “bigatures” they made for the LOTR movies). Because the detail is kind of incredible.
And that sea state: Again, kind of incredible. I’m obsessive about sailing movies (who’d have thought?) and getting a sea surface that looks that good, in the sense of realistically conveying the appearance of a storm, is really rare. Whoever did that (the sails/sea state mismatch notwithstanding) was a total badass.
So then I turned to Google image search, and pretty quickly found it. This appears to be from the 2006 German movie Der Untergang der Pamir. It tells the story of the Pamir, the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn. In September of 1957 she sank in the Azores after being caught in Hurricane Carrie.
I don’t know if this is a production still taken during filming or an actual shot from the movie. Either way: impressive.
Edit: Another shot of the model with a human for scale:
What does your tumblr names mean? Is there a story behind them?
So I did write a post about this awhile ago - but I’ve just spent
way too much timea casual amount of time looking for it to no avail. And since it’s that hard to find, I’m gonna go ahead and reiterate it because there are probably more lovely people with the same question - so here goes!
I believe you might have been looking for this post. But that version didn’t have all the (ahem) detail of this one.
Clockwise: Gayle Hunnicutt (Irene Adler), Barbara Wilshere (Violet Smith), Rosalynd Landor (Helen Stoner), Alison Skilbeck (Annie Harrison), and Johanna Kirby (Rachel Howell)—just a few of Jeremy’s leading ladies in the early years of Granada!
I thought the farthest right was Betsy Brantley, Elsie Cubitt from The Dancing Men, since all the others are from season 1 as well.
"Like, rabies rabies."
Rami Kadi - Fall Winter 2014 2015