tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (companions)
This meme has been going around my flist.  While I normally think copy & paste memes are a bit pointless, this one made me smile because it is so true.

Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people online that you never would have met any other way. This is an end of the year shout out to the many friends I have never been in the same room with but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged, and touched me in so many ways. Here's to another year together.

I've been bad about posting and otherwise communicating lately.  Nevertheless, dear flist, I hope you understand that I'm so grateful to have the chance to know you.  I might have no clue what your voices sound like, but we have shared squees, whines, the occasional stray deep thought, and much more.  I am also immeasurably thankful for the friends I know from offline, and for the way the internet enables me to keep in contact with you when you're scattered across the country and the globe. 

You are all such wonderful people that you deserve David Tennant narrating a video of polar bears playing with robotic spy cameras.



Hooray for friends!

tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (bored sherlock)
I've been doing too much mindless internet and too little in the way of productive activities lately.  However, I do have a few things to share with you, o flist.  Well, four things.  Well....four things and a manta ray.  Some of the things are vids, and some are my thoughts on various matters.

(1) Dance can express many things:  emotion, identity, sheer physical talent...and science.  Yes, science!  , Behold, the winner of chemistry category of the Dance Your PhD Competition, "selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX."  Both the idea of the competition and this specific video are AWESOME.

video and other the things under cut to spare your flist )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (r.o.u.s. gwen/lancelot)
Behold,  snakes in the MRI machine.

I bloody love science.

Meanwhile, apparently the whales are tired of being the damsels in distress of the ocean, always in need of saving.  One decided to strike out against humans, starting with yacht owners.  We're going to need a bigger boat.  I bet whoever took that photo is SO PLEASED with her/himself.

Finally, this is slightly old news, but I want to be sure everybody heard about the crash of a car full of people dressed as zombies.  Now, the official story is pretty entertaining, but I have to say that this is the most obvious example of a government cover-up EVER.  Clearly the government is using the "zombie costumes" excuse to conceal the beginnings of an undead outbreak that let people who sustained fatal injuries walk away from the car crash.  Yeah, like we're going to fall for that!  Hopefully the zombies have been transported to a containment facility...but failure of containment is inevitable.  Prepare yourselves accordingly. 

Maybe we can convince the whales to go after the zombies.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (goofy but adorable Nine)
So, prior to watching a new Doctor get born, for my New Year's Day I saw an elephant seal get born!  I live near a major elephant seal breeding beach, so I've seen lots of baby seals (and lots of seals getting conceived), but this is the first time I actually saw one giving birth.  Very cool!  When she was done the crowd applauded.
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tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (Protect the environment!)
Check out this article on a newt that can move its ribs to turn their "spear-sharp" points into defensive spines, which entails STABBING THE RIBS OUT THROUGH ITS SKIN.  That's right, no convenient pore.  The spines cut through the skin every time!  It's okay, though, because the newts heal really fast.  It's Wolverine in newt form!  This is yet more evidence that biology is way more exciting than other sciences.

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