"If I ever see an opportunity to go in the sea, I have to. It’s like a quirk.”
“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.”
Summer Glau rehearsing for Serenity
I really love that she fights like a dancer.
i needa learn this
Well she was a ballet dancer so it makes sense. It’s beautiful to watch.
It’s kind of of interesting to me how many good film fighters came out of a dance background; Glau was a ballet dancer, Michelle Yeoh was in ballet before a spinal injury and Jackie Chan’s training was in Chinese opera before he went into stunt work (as did a lot of the other Hong Kong greats of his generation, like Sammo Hung). Also, Zhang Ziyi.
Ammonites are extinct cephalopods that existed from the Devonian Period to the Cretaceous Period. The most recognizable ammonite form is of a curled shell, although many ammonites don’t have the prominent curling pattern. As soft body tissue is nearly impossible to preserve for millions of years through fossilization and weathering, the shell is the main part of the ammonite that remains somewhat intact.
Mineral replacement, perhaps along with titanium or bismuth treatment, created the rainbow crystals above in the septa of the ammonite.
Pair with this excellent read on why human character is a constant evolution, not a fixed quality.(via explore-blog)
Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.
"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."
Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:
"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."
Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”
This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”
Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.
Duncan has such fabulous hair
boy we weak as hell in america