U CANT SCARE THE OCEAN
GO LAY DOWN
IT LOOKS LIKE TOOTHLESS
I like to believe that all the dragons in the world were magically cursed and turned into cats. But cats have never forgotten where they come from, hence the attitude.
I nearly didn’t reblog this but the above comment makes more sense than anything I’ve ever heard.
…that’s…that’s actually a story my mom used to tell me when I was little? That a dragon showed up at someone’s cottage so they gave it milk. And the dragon enjoyed the milk, so it kept coming back and got smaller and softer and purry-er until eventually it wasn’t a dragon anymore, it was a cat, and that’s where cats came from and why we keep giving them milk.
She might have gotten the story from Ursula K. Le Guin, or I have confused it with a different dragon story.
That’s also why cats tend to hoard their toys behind the couch!
Actually the story is even older. Written by a woman named Edith Nesbit, first published in 1899, it is called “The Dragon Tamers”. It predates Leguin and other fantasy biggies like Lewis and Tolkien.
Nesbit actually can be credited with being one of the first authors that began to shift myths and legends to more fantasy-like stories (fantasy as a genre how we know it, wasn’t around then because it was just part of literature, especially British literature). In fact, many scholars who study fantasy literature and children’s literature believe that, since her children’s stories were so popular with children in England, the stories and their content prompted Tolkien (the first to coin fantasy as its own genre in his essay “On Fairy Stories”) to take up the stories of dragons and elves and fairies as they’d have been children when she was writing.
Tolkien was born in 1892. He would have been 7 when “The Dragon Tamers” was first published. Edith Nesbit did a LOT for modernizing myths, legends, and lore as a children’s author, maybe more than we will ever know.
Let’s hear it for Edith Nesbit.
@nerdnag dragons are cats!!!
I’ve been saying for so long that cats originate from dragons!!!
I need a theory of semantics that accounts for this
[Photo of a menu at a Fish & Chip shop offering all items “with chips” or “without chips”, including…an order of chips]
-Joshua Raclaw on twitter
Via the WhitePeopleTwitter subreddit.
This improved my mood 200%
Concept: The Art of War, released as a coffee table book with the title in a friendly ‘live laugh love’ font across the front and and some appealing, inoffensively artsy cover design. Military strategy for stay-at-home moms.
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IT'S THE LAST DAY! The Kickstarter ends tomorrow around noon, so if you've been holding off, now is the time to pledge to get this big beautiful hardcover (plus all the other good stuff that comes with it.)
I've just implemented a last day sale for all the remaining original page tiers-- all the hourly comics day strips as well as Bigfeet are now only $200 each, and The Door In The Kitchen (all 37 pages!) has been lowered to $1000!
There's also a new $200 tier where you can request all the original pages from the comic of your choice, so long as it's not already spoken for. Just shoot me a message on Kickstarter or wherever is most convenient (twitter, email (email@example.com), etc) and let me know which comic you're interested in owning!
And I hope all of you have a lovely day, you're the best, and I love you
CityLiveSketch is an artistic project created by Italian artist Pietro Cataudella. This ongoing series features 3D architectural drawings that seem to jump off the page using perspective and shadow. Other drawings depict cartoon characters as well as famous paintings superimposed over other paintings and structures to create an unexpected effect.
The aim of CityLiveSketch is to showcase the beautiful world surrounding us, both the iconic places and the most characteristic views, using not only simple photos but also drawings made on a normal travel sketchbook.See more of Pietro Cataudella's work on Instagram or at his website.
Interviewer: Oh my goodness, this is a real relationship. It’s an intergalactic bond filled with superpowers.
New favourite example of Latin morphology being semi-transparent to English speakers.
Check out this awesome view of Sydney, Australia, taken from the window of a passenger jet leaving the city. Sydney covers a 4,775 square-mile (12,367-sq.-km) area and boasts roughly 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of nature reserves and parks. From this perspective, we can see many of the city’s landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Observatory, and others.
Source imagery: Walt Loveridge
Check out this shot of the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, which connects Penang Island, Malaysia, to the country’s mainland. The total length of the bridge is 15 miles (24 km), making it the longest in the country and in Southeast Asia. In November, the bridge is closed to traffic for several hours to host the Penang Bridge International Marathon, the longest bridge marathon in the world.
Source imagery: Nazarizal Mohd
House cats are basically lions that figured out how to get more calories out of a single human
Filmed at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Wikipedia has a wonderfully comprehensive article on dog agility competitions.
Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler....Lots more details re the individual obstacles and the training techniques.
Because each course is different, handlers are allowed a short walk-through before the competition starts. During this time, all handlers competing in a particular class can walk or run around the course without their dogs...
Each dog and handler team gets one opportunity together to attempt to complete the course successfully...
Dogs are measured in height at the peak of their withers (shoulders). They are then divided into height groups... Dogs are further divided into their experience levels...Dogs are not separated by breed in agility competitions...
Reposted from 2015 because I was inspired by watching video of the 2018 competition this week, and another video of an 8" Papillon winning this year.
Reposted once again to add this video:
And this tiny dog:
And if that's not enough, here's a "best of" compilation:
Related: Once an agility canine, always an agility canine (paraplegic dog).
Addendum: Rehearsal for first dance at a wedding.