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wider than a dragon's wings

The fledgling tumblr of an incorrigibly wordy geek.
Jan 20 '14

fightingforwhales:

According to Russian Orcas, two of the recently captured orcas now belong to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, a new theme park near Hong Kong, China. It is also being reported that the orcas have already arrived in China. 

The new park is set to open before January 31st. From the little information I could find, it appears they will also be housing Chinese white dolphins, belugas, a whale shark (they wish to eventually acquire 10), and pantropical spotted dolphins.

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This is a somewhat weird way to report this park’s location. It’s actually in Hengqin, which is in Zhuhai, a special economic zone in China (and which is nearer to Macau than Hong Kong, I think). While Zhuhai will shortly be linked to Hong Kong by a bridge, this park doesn’t actually have all that much to do with Hong Kong.

(Not that Hong Kong has a great track record with cetaceans, to say the least. Its major themepark, called Ocean Park, has several cetaceans species in captivity and doing shows, and Hong Kong is really good at putting big construction projects straight through habitat of Pink Dolphins, the Hong Kong endemic subspecies of the Chinese White Dolphin. But I thought I should probably put in some clarifying details regarding this park’s location!)

Dec 7 '13

doctor who meme: five scenes  [1/5]

Dec 7 '13
15 days of lotr
15. the end

We set out to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me.

Dec 7 '13

What about side by side with a friend?

(Source: mirkwoodling)

Dec 7 '13

The Two Towers + scenery

(Source: jacksnicholson)

Dec 7 '13

tyrannosaurme:

#DOES NATHAN FILLION DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT BE BITTER ABOUT FIREFLY

(Source: rickcastallion)

Dec 7 '13

(Source: whedonversegifs)

Dec 7 '13
"Philippa: Women are huge fans of these films. It’s wonderful. You know, right from the Lord of the Rings there was this immediate engagement of women. You know there’s this notion that it’s a genre for boys, you know, dungeons and dragons or something like that but you know I’m living proof that that’s not true. I’ve always loved these stories. I think they spoke to me. The characters of The Hobbit especially speak to me – Frodo and Bilbo of course – and when you meet these young women, you do the red carpet and everything, things like that, and they talk to you, you understand that that passion for the storytelling that they’ve received that is going to create a new generation of young writers – young female writers – and I think we’re starting to see that now coming through."

Transcript: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ world premiere press conference | Hobbit Movie News and Rumors | TheOneRing.net™

What a difference having a woman up there makes to the answer we get for the inevitable fan fiction question.

(via acafanmom)

Dec 7 '13
khazads:

Desolation of Smaug Countdown | 5. Of Scatha the Worm

Scatha was a great dragon of the Grey Mountains. He could not fly or breathe fire. He was slain by Fram son of Frumgar, one of the Éothéod. These nomadic peoples would one day become the Rohirrim. The Horn that is given to Merry by Éowyn at the end of The Return of the King is said to have come from Scatha’s hoard.
Then Éowyn gave to Merry an ancient horn, small but cunningly wrought all of fair silver with a baldric of green.

khazads:

Desolation of Smaug Countdown | 5. Of Scatha the Worm

Scatha was a great dragon of the Grey Mountains. He could not fly or breathe fire. He was slain by Fram son of Frumgar, one of the Éothéod. These nomadic peoples would one day become the Rohirrim. The Horn that is given to Merry by Éowyn at the end of The Return of the King is said to have come from Scatha’s hoard.

Then Éowyn gave to Merry an ancient horn, small but cunningly wrought all of fair silver with a baldric of green.
Dec 7 '13
merlin character tropes examined ➤ Magnetic Hero
Occasionally, you get a hero with such personal magnetism that he is capable of persuading others, usually the Badass Bystander, to join him in his quest. Of course, the new companion has no qualms about killing for, or even dying for, the hero, despite having known him only briefly and facing many people who want him dead. This is a staple of fiction that may well be Older Than They Think. Many epics and legends chronicle the process by which a hero gathers a band of motley friends and allies of dubious background but doubtless courage and nobility. Even if the hero has no special quality compared to his subordinates, this is often his implied “power”, Heart.

Dec 7 '13

faramircaptainofgondor:

lotr meme : most powerful lines
→  ”It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. […] there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

Dec 7 '13

harry2016:

me first day of the semester: I’M GONNA GET AN A!!!!! I BETTER ORGANIZE MY NOTES!!!! I’M WRITING THIS IN MY PLANNER!!!! THIS IS SO COOL!!!!! I’M SETTING MY ALARM 30 MINUTES EARLY

me the night before finals week: SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT shit shit shit shit shit shit shit… shit… sh…. ss.ss….. ..i don’t care haha

(Source: hotsenator)

Dec 7 '13

raeloganthemephilesfangirl:

sardinesawesomeness:

annaml:

Hands down, my favorite recurring joke.

You forgot one 

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Dec 7 '13

microscopicexpressionism:

You Wish Your Neurons Were This Pretty

When Greg Dunn finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Penn in 2011, he bought himself a sensory deprivation tank as a graduation present. The gift marked a major life transition, from the world of science to a life of meditation and art.

Now a full-time artist living in Philadelphia, Dunn says he was inspired in his grad-student days by the spare beauty of neurons treated with certain stains. The Golgi stain, for example, will turn one or two neurons black against a golden background. ”It has this Zen quality to it that really appealed to me,” Dunn said.

Dec 7 '13