June292014

SO…

Staying at the beach this weekend and just had a close encounter with a corn snake that was mooching off of our hot tub. Its already a good day. :)

June142014
May112014
I can’t begin to describe how much this hits home with me. Early life just feels like moving from one influential person to the next sometimes, but at one point you just realize its your way to go and not theirs. God bless Jim Henson.

I can’t begin to describe how much this hits home with me. Early life just feels like moving from one influential person to the next sometimes, but at one point you just realize its your way to go and not theirs. God bless Jim Henson.

May82014
iamnotdoingshittoday:

Historical footage of the last T-Rex serving his country.

iamnotdoingshittoday:

Historical footage of the last T-Rex serving his country.

(Source: reddit.com, via quinnred)

May62014

angelclark:

Historic Black and White Pictures Restored in Color
  1. Women Delivering Ice, 1918
  2. Times Square, 1947
  3. Portrait Used to Design the Penny. President Lincoln Meets General McClellan – Antietam, Maryland ca September 1862
  4. Marilyn Monroe, 1957
  5. Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the evening paper bearing news of Titanic’s sinking the night before. (April 16, 1912)
  6. Easter Eggs for Hitler, c 1944-1945 
  7. Sergeant George Camblair practicing with a gas mask in a smokescreen – Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942
  8. Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919
  9. Painting WWII Propaganda Posters, Port Washington, New York – 8 July 1942
  10. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge ca 1935

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May42014
Global Anomaly Response Assault INtelligence Department (G.A.R.A.N.D.)File # 17: StormbackClassification: Kaiju (Leviathan Class)Abilities: (Cont.) -Nigh Invulnerable: Most kaiju have an extremely lofty tolerance for pain, at the very least. Many even possess the trademark thick skin that the typical ordnance can’t do jack against. But Stormback, Stormback is in a class of its own. I’ve seen militaries the world over, both public and private, throw everything against it. And what has that done? Just a little shy of zilch. I’ve seen it bleed almost a dozen times since it’s first emergence, but more than three quarters of these were triggered by other kaiju, not humankind. Its heavy armor plating and thick skin, coupled with its regeneration factor (see below) prove a deadly mix for this walking dreadnought. -Kaiju Senses: An ability long theorized and only recently proven, Stormback possesses something all kaiju, and seemingly most freaks of what we used to call nature, have, the ability to sense the general location of another like itself. This seems to be confined to this planet, as the alien kaiju we’ve encountered existed before arriving and were not sensed (as far as I can see) until they touched down. This is likely due to the magnetic nature of our atmosphere, but not enough is known to say for sure. This sure comes in handy when shit’s going down, though.  -Magnetic Distortion: An ability thus far only Stormback has shown to possess among the kaiju, and possibly its deadliest. Its body functions like an enormous electromagnet, attracting energy from the atmosphere around it in a grand, violent display of hurricane force winds and near consant lightning. It made early tracking of the creature easy, at least, but it sure could cause collateral damage. More than that, it made military engagements almost impossible to organize. Any computerized system would become garbled when in proximity, and even heavier weapons like A.T.L.A.S. could not get clear shots. This ability has seemingly been neutralized since the initial Electre outbreak, but I know better than to assume anything with these giants. -Particle Blasts: Without doubt the most iconic weapon in its repertoire, Stormback possesses the ability to orally launch massive torrents of ionized particles at whatever it wishes. This blast is bright, beautiful, and exceedingly deadly, and was the first real evidence we had to showcase the kaiju as more than simple biological anomalies. Fortunately, we have a warning for when this happens, but it isn’t much. The small blue spheres on its body begin to shine brighter before a blast is loosed, giving any operatives a few precious seconds to seek shelter. It isn’t always enough, but  its better than nothing. It seems to only have a limited number it can use at a time, and often will disappear under the sea to recharge after an engagement. The exact parameters of this attack are little understood and likely will be for some time. -Enhanced Regeneration: A typical element of a kaiju, Stormback too possesses the seemingly impossible cellular regeneration levels these titans possess. Though Stormback’s armored hide makes injury a rarity, when wounds are achieved they are rarely open for more than a few hours as the monster’s cells begin to rebuild. This system is not perfect, but anything from small cuts and scrapes to decapitation can be healed. More awkward ailments, such as dislocation and larger bone breaks, heal much more awkwardly, often leading to a gnarled, disfigured appearance. This is not the greatest danger this ability poses, though. (see Entry # 18: Globbing)Exposure Level: Known GloballyDanger Level: CatastrophicCountermeasures: Stormback’s emergence is typically regarded as the crossing of an important threshold for human assault measures to be taken. The typical fare won’t cut it, to put it bluntly, and the big guns needs to be sent out. S.P.O.O.Ks, the recent ArdenTech brainchild, can make a dent, but they aren’t mobile enough to counter the beast’s particle breath. The A.T.L.A.S. has proven barely effective, and therefore the only real option is to launch out mechs, more than one if possible. GEORGE has proven to be the most effective when it comes to giving it pause, but TOGOR has proven its mettle against it as well. Outside of that possibility, the only real option is to send out any Scorpio teams that can be mustered. Specifically the snipers, as they can shoot the eyes, one of the few places the creature genuinely seems to immediately react to. Often enough though, this will only succeed in pissing it off. Suffice to say, this one does not go down easily, if its many years of continued survival are any indication.  History: Stormback, the first kaiju to emerge in the modern day, made a big entrance when it first came ashore on the North American Eastern Seaboard on the 20th of February, 2020.  It had been awake for at least two weeks preceding this, believed to have first emerged from deep underneath the Mediterranean Sea. Its inherent magnetic abilities wreaked havoc on the atmosphere, throwing off temperatures and generating what many news programs called ‘The Storm of the Century.’ Its initial inland march lasted for days, throwing much of the eastern united states into turmoil of many kinds. It was finally stopped in Saint Louis, when a lucky shot to the creature’s eye (See Personnel File: Paul Gregory) caused it to stumble into the Mississippi river, where it retreated south into the Gulf of Mexico and disappeared for another three years. Since then we’ve only just gotten a little bit better at fighting it off. Ancestor Mechs have proven helpful but without the ‘aid’ of other kaiju we may not have survived this long at all. By the time it emerged again, battling the kaiju Tarshish, we had experienced two other kaiju outbreaks and were more eager to try something new. We managed, for the first and last time, to trap the creature, burying it in a glacier, but this too didn’t last. The Electre broke it out in order to wreak further havoc on the world. Fortunately for us, Stormback recognized the greater threat in the ancient intelligence, and joined the rough alliance in bringing it down, which went against expectations to say the least. Since then, relations have been less… heated, but we still aren’t exactly friends with the beast.The current focus of my department is to determine the exact origin of this creature, and other kaiju like it, and what we’ve found is [WARNING: Information Classified under order of United Nations Defense Council until potential ramifications are prepared for.]

Global Anomaly Response Assault INtelligence Department (G.A.R.A.N.D.)

File # 17: Stormback

Classification: Kaiju (Leviathan Class)

Abilities: (Cont.)

 -Nigh Invulnerable: Most kaiju have an extremely lofty tolerance for pain, at the very least. Many even possess the trademark thick skin that the typical ordnance can’t do jack against. But Stormback, Stormback is in a class of its own. I’ve seen militaries the world over, both public and private, throw everything against it. And what has that done? Just a little shy of zilch. I’ve seen it bleed almost a dozen times since it’s first emergence, but more than three quarters of these were triggered by other kaiju, not humankind. Its heavy armor plating and thick skin, coupled with its regeneration factor (see below) prove a deadly mix for this walking dreadnought.

 -Kaiju Senses: An ability long theorized and only recently proven, Stormback possesses something all kaiju, and seemingly most freaks of what we used to call nature, have, the ability to sense the general location of another like itself. This seems to be confined to this planet, as the alien kaiju we’ve encountered existed before arriving and were not sensed (as far as I can see) until they touched down. This is likely due to the magnetic nature of our atmosphere, but not enough is known to say for sure. This sure comes in handy when shit’s going down, though. 

 -Magnetic Distortion: An ability thus far only Stormback has shown to possess among the kaiju, and possibly its deadliest. Its body functions like an enormous electromagnet, attracting energy from the atmosphere around it in a grand, violent display of hurricane force winds and near consant lightning. It made early tracking of the creature easy, at least, but it sure could cause collateral damage. More than that, it made military engagements almost impossible to organize. Any computerized system would become garbled when in proximity, and even heavier weapons like A.T.L.A.S. could not get clear shots. This ability has seemingly been neutralized since the initial Electre outbreak, but I know better than to assume anything with these giants.

 -Particle Blasts: Without doubt the most iconic weapon in its repertoire, Stormback possesses the ability to orally launch massive torrents of ionized particles at whatever it wishes. This blast is bright, beautiful, and exceedingly deadly, and was the first real evidence we had to showcase the kaiju as more than simple biological anomalies. Fortunately, we have a warning for when this happens, but it isn’t much. The small blue spheres on its body begin to shine brighter before a blast is loosed, giving any operatives a few precious seconds to seek shelter. It isn’t always enough, but  its better than nothing. It seems to only have a limited number it can use at a time, and often will disappear under the sea to recharge after an engagement. The exact parameters of this attack are little understood and likely will be for some time.

 -Enhanced Regeneration: A typical element of a kaiju, Stormback too possesses the seemingly impossible cellular regeneration levels these titans possess. Though Stormback’s armored hide makes injury a rarity, when wounds are achieved they are rarely open for more than a few hours as the monster’s cells begin to rebuild. This system is not perfect, but anything from small cuts and scrapes to decapitation can be healed. More awkward ailments, such as dislocation and larger bone breaks, heal much more awkwardly, often leading to a gnarled, disfigured appearance. This is not the greatest danger this ability poses, though. (see Entry # 18: Globbing)


Exposure Level: Known Globally


Danger Level: Catastrophic


Countermeasures: Stormback’s emergence is typically regarded as the crossing of an important threshold for human assault measures to be taken. The typical fare won’t cut it, to put it bluntly, and the big guns needs to be sent out. S.P.O.O.Ks, the recent ArdenTech brainchild, can make a dent, but they aren’t mobile enough to counter the beast’s particle breath. The A.T.L.A.S. has proven barely effective, and therefore the only real option is to launch out mechs, more than one if possible. GEORGE has proven to be the most effective when it comes to giving it pause, but TOGOR has proven its mettle against it as well. Outside of that possibility, the only real option is to send out any Scorpio teams that can be mustered. Specifically the snipers, as they can shoot the eyes, one of the few places the creature genuinely seems to immediately react to. Often enough though, this will only succeed in pissing it off. 

Suffice to say, this one does not go down easily, if its many years of continued survival are any indication.  


History: Stormback, the first kaiju to emerge in the modern day, made a big entrance when it first came ashore on the North American Eastern Seaboard on the 20th of February, 2020.  It had been awake for at least two weeks preceding this, believed to have first emerged from deep underneath the Mediterranean Sea. Its inherent magnetic abilities wreaked havoc on the atmosphere, throwing off temperatures and generating what many news programs called ‘The Storm of the Century.’ Its initial inland march lasted for days, throwing much of the eastern united states into turmoil of many kinds. It was finally stopped in Saint Louis, when a lucky shot to the creature’s eye (See Personnel File: Paul Gregory) caused it to stumble into the Mississippi river, where it retreated south into the Gulf of Mexico and disappeared for another three years. 

Since then we’ve only just gotten a little bit better at fighting it off. Ancestor Mechs have proven helpful but without the ‘aid’ of other kaiju we may not have survived this long at all. By the time it emerged again, battling the kaiju Tarshish, we had experienced two other kaiju outbreaks and were more eager to try something new. We managed, for the first and last time, to trap the creature, burying it in a glacier, but this too didn’t last. The Electre broke it out in order to wreak further havoc on the world. Fortunately for us, Stormback recognized the greater threat in the ancient intelligence, and joined the rough alliance in bringing it down, which went against expectations to say the least. Since then, relations have been less… heated, but we still aren’t exactly friends with the beast.

The current focus of my department is to determine the exact origin of this creature, and other kaiju like it, and what we’ve found is [WARNING: Information Classified under order of United Nations Defense Council until potential ramifications are prepared for.]


May32014
sirkaijuofvaudeville:

theletterwsarseflap:

maxxxie74:

I’ve given up trying to correct people.

it’s four freaking letters

The above comment sums up my last name nicely.

sirkaijuofvaudeville:

theletterwsarseflap:

maxxxie74:

I’ve given up trying to correct people.

it’s four freaking letters

The above comment sums up my last name nicely.

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May22014
kellymckernan:

"Illusory" // 14" x 18" // Watercolor and Acrylic
Created by Kelly McKernan for Gallery 1988’s annual Crazy 4 Cult show. This piece is inspired by the film Pan’s Labyrinth.

kellymckernan:

"Illusory" // 14" x 18" // Watercolor and Acrylic

Created by Kelly McKernan for Gallery 1988’s annual Crazy 4 Cult show. This piece is inspired by the film Pan’s Labyrinth.

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April282014
sirkaijuofvaudeville:

probosowa:

mushroom-just-one:

omgtsn:

memejacker:

the-unpopular-opinions:

A world without religion would be such a better place.

yo whats up Year 2007 did you know obama is gonna become president


I’m convinced the OP here is fourteen and probably just discovered Linkin Park.

Ha ha ha, oh yeah. Religion is for stupid republicans oh yeah.

I can smell the fedora from here.
That said, a world without Religion won’t change at all. Any system, religion or atheist will be exploited by the few to control the many.
Stalin, Mao, Castro and North Korea have killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of people all together all for their religious beliefs, because Marxism preaches Atheism and thus any one with a religion is an enemy of the state and thus shipped to a gulag.
In terms of government, there is no effective difference in the actions of a theocracy in contrast to a fascist autocracy.
So anyone who says that the lack of religion will make the world is a better place obviously never attended any college-level history class, as that shit is utter bullshit. An Atheist regime will be just as bad if not worse than any other religious based regime. Religion or the lack thereof will change nothing.
China currently tortures and oppresses its Taoist and Buddhist practitioner in gruesome ways because of their faith.
And having a religion in North Korea is a sure-fire ticket to getting sent to a gulag for the rest of you and your families life. (Worse if you are a christian)
Reports also say that Stalin killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of christian practitioners in Soviet Russia all because of their faith, though the sources are inconsistent.
Regardless if his “atheism” “told” him to kill those people or not, the fact still remains he killed people based on their religion because his political doctrine preached atheism. 
Now one could argue that if religion didn’t exist anymore such thing would not happen, but that is an ideal flight of fantasy that ignores something called “culture”. Religion has played such a vital role in the history of mankind in terms of shaping national and cultural identity it will be impossible to get rid of unless you resort to what North Korea is doing.
Plus it ignores all of the great thing religion has given the sciences:
A devout Catholic Priest ,Georges Lemaitre, proposed the Big Bang theory originally (which was met with scrutiny at the time from even Albert Einstein who said “Your calculations are correct, but your physical insight is abominable.”) and another helped to create the woman’s contraceptive pill. Yes, the Big Bang, the most widely accept theory of how the universe began, was proposed by a catholic priest. Other technological developments heralded by the religious include: The printing press, textile work, various machinery, and even, gasp, the United States Constitution.   
(Also, that said, there was no true Dark Ages of scientific oppression or ideological stagnation. The idea of “Dark Ages” was an artistic movement stemming from Italy and born from the poet Petrarch, romanticizing the glory days of Italy under the rule or Rome and Greece, which like most Romanization, is wishful thinking.  The Dark Ages as they are called is a fabrication used as a political leverage tool to either praise antiquity in a greater light than it was, or as way to paint the dominant power at the time (the Church) in a negative light. Overall, there were no dark ages, the sciences and arts continued to progress as it always has. The printing press got invented, certain farming techniques got rediscovered, warfare certainly evolved (which requires a degree of “science” to use and like with War, techniques and technology used there often gets a practical application in peace time) as did navigation, systems of education, amongst other things.)
Ahem, tangent.
In short: The lack of Religion will not make the world a better place, human’s will be bastards be it atheist or Christian or Buddhist or Muslim. None of them are better or worse than the other, all of them should be means of philosophy and personal enlightenment.
Trying to get rid of religions is getting rid of systems of thought and philosophy and ignoring thousands of year of culture and community as well as all of the accomplishments each of those trains of thought achieved.
Science, discovery and rationalism are not just a Secular notion. They are a human notion. Regardless of whether or not they believe in a religion or other sort of faith.
(Also, before I get hate mail and bashing for being a religious nutjob, i must state that I, myself am an undecided non-religious person pursuing a career in culture and/or philosophy, essentially neutral in the religion vs. atheism debate as I think the “debate” is bullshit. )


Oh so much more of this. ^

sirkaijuofvaudeville:

probosowa:

mushroom-just-one:

omgtsn:

memejacker:

the-unpopular-opinions:

A world without religion would be such a better place.

yo whats up Year 2007 did you know obama is gonna become president

I’m convinced the OP here is fourteen and probably just discovered Linkin Park.

Ha ha ha, oh yeah. Religion is for stupid republicans oh yeah.

I can smell the fedora from here.

That said, a world without Religion won’t change at all. Any system, religion or atheist will be exploited by the few to control the many.

Stalin, Mao, Castro and North Korea have killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of people all together all for their religious beliefs, because Marxism preaches Atheism and thus any one with a religion is an enemy of the state and thus shipped to a gulag.

In terms of government, there is no effective difference in the actions of a theocracy in contrast to a fascist autocracy.

So anyone who says that the lack of religion will make the world is a better place obviously never attended any college-level history class, as that shit is utter bullshit. An Atheist regime will be just as bad if not worse than any other religious based regime. Religion or the lack thereof will change nothing.

China currently tortures and oppresses its Taoist and Buddhist practitioner in gruesome ways because of their faith.

And having a religion in North Korea is a sure-fire ticket to getting sent to a gulag for the rest of you and your families life. (Worse if you are a christian)

Reports also say that Stalin killed hundreds of thousands if not millions of christian practitioners in Soviet Russia all because of their faith, though the sources are inconsistent.

Regardless if his “atheism” “told” him to kill those people or not, the fact still remains he killed people based on their religion because his political doctrine preached atheism. 

Now one could argue that if religion didn’t exist anymore such thing would not happen, but that is an ideal flight of fantasy that ignores something called “culture”. Religion has played such a vital role in the history of mankind in terms of shaping national and cultural identity it will be impossible to get rid of unless you resort to what North Korea is doing.

Plus it ignores all of the great thing religion has given the sciences:

A devout Catholic Priest ,Georges Lemaitre, proposed the Big Bang theory originally (which was met with scrutiny at the time from even Albert Einstein who said “Your calculations are correct, but your physical insight is abominable.”) and another helped to create the woman’s contraceptive pill. Yes, the Big Bang, the most widely accept theory of how the universe began, was proposed by a catholic priest. Other technological developments heralded by the religious include: The printing press, textile work, various machinery, and even, gasp, the United States Constitution.  

(Also, that said, there was no true Dark Ages of scientific oppression or ideological stagnation. The idea of “Dark Ages” was an artistic movement stemming from Italy and born from the poet Petrarch, romanticizing the glory days of Italy under the rule or Rome and Greece, which like most Romanization, is wishful thinking.  The Dark Ages as they are called is a fabrication used as a political leverage tool to either praise antiquity in a greater light than it was, or as way to paint the dominant power at the time (the Church) in a negative light. Overall, there were no dark ages, the sciences and arts continued to progress as it always has. The printing press got invented, certain farming techniques got rediscovered, warfare certainly evolved (which requires a degree of “science” to use and like with War, techniques and technology used there often gets a practical application in peace time) as did navigation, systems of education, amongst other things.)

Ahem, tangent.

In short: The lack of Religion will not make the world a better place, human’s will be bastards be it atheist or Christian or Buddhist or Muslim. None of them are better or worse than the other, all of them should be means of philosophy and personal enlightenment.

Trying to get rid of religions is getting rid of systems of thought and philosophy and ignoring thousands of year of culture and community as well as all of the accomplishments each of those trains of thought achieved.

Science, discovery and rationalism are not just a Secular notion. They are a human notion. Regardless of whether or not they believe in a religion or other sort of faith.

(Also, before I get hate mail and bashing for being a religious nutjob, i must state that I, myself am an undecided non-religious person pursuing a career in culture and/or philosophy, essentially neutral in the religion vs. atheism debate as I think the “debate” is bullshit. )

Oh so much more of this. ^

April262014
They waved. Yup. Really close too. It was a great day.

They waved. Yup. Really close too. It was a great day.

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