A lot of countries missing but this is still lovely.
[Photo: Cat on a cat bed in the shell of a big computer monitor.]
Ladies and gentlemen… the internet.
comic © me
satan © himself
[A painting of a giant water buffolo in a suburban vacant lot pointing a young girl holding a box in the right direction. From Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan]
Shaun Tan is inspiring to me for a number of reasons: first, his art is gorgous, clear and expressive and funny but also subtle and beautiful. Second he uses his personal experience as a second generation mixed race Australian from Perth, exploring topics you don’t see in a lot of art and writing.
he is my favourite. he is also via malaysia! and he explores a lot of things that are very close to my little mixed-race australian heart. ps i would call shaun tan first gen maybe, not second gen.
Album of Hawks and Calligraphy, by artist
Kano Tsunenobu (Japanese, 1636–1713), 17th–18th century, Japan. from album; ink and color on silk. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. MET.
“This album containing pictures of hawks—posed on boughs or rocks, awaiting their prey, and one with its prey already ensnared—was probably created for a young male member of the samurai elite, to instill appreciation for hawking and Chinese learning. The calligraphy, by an unidentified artist, is inscribed on sumptuously colored silk decorated with golden phoenixes, and the content is taken from a Confucian didactic text. Tsunenobu was a painter in the service of the Tokugawa shogunate. In 1650, while still a teenager, he took over from his father as the head of the Kobikichō Kano school in Edo. Hawking had become the exclusive right of samurai earlier in the seventeenth century, during the reign of Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun, who was an avid practitioner. But between 1693 and 1709, toward the end of the artist’s life, hawking had been temporarily suspended by his primary patron, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (1646–1709). Though Tsunayoshi was tyrannical in his politics, he was famous for his compassion toward birds and animals, to the extent that he made maltreatment of dogs a capital offense, earning him the nickname the Dog Shogun. Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684–1751), the eighth shogun, revived falconry for the warrior class, and authored a treatise on crane hawking”. Text and images via MET.
this is incredible
I THOUGHT IT WAS A CANVAS PAINTING
this was too amazing not to reblog
WELL THAT WAS UNEXPECTED. woah.
VEG*N GYOZA RECIPE
200g of CHINESE CABBAGE (WOMBOK)
1 CLOVE OF GARLIC
A COUPLE OF SPRING ONIONS
OIL FOR COOKING
2 TEASPOONS OF SOY SAUCE (and more to serve)
1 TEASPOON OF HOISIN SAUCE
A FEW DROPS OF SESAME OIL
1 TEASPOON OF SESAME SEEDS
ABOUT 12 GOW GEE OR GYOZA WRAPPERS
TO MAKE FILLING:
- Finely chop about 200g of CHINESE CABBAGE (WOMBOK)
- Finely chop 1 CLOVE OF GARLIC (or more if you are a garlic fiend) and A COUPLE OF SPRING ONIONS (and some ginger if you like ginger but I hate it so I don’t include it).
- In a large non-stick frying pan, heat 2 TEASPOONS OF OIL (enough to coat the pan). Add chopped garlic and spring onion and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add cabbage and stir fry for about 2 mins.
- Add 2 TEASPOONS OF SOY SAUCE and 1 TEASPOON OF HOISIN SAUCE. Stir through and stir fry for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir through A FEW DROPS OF SESAME OIL and 1 TEASPOON OF SESAME SEEDS.
- Sit GOW GEE OR GYOZA WRAPPER in the palm of your hand (make sure your hands are clean and dry). Add 1-2 teaspoons of cabbage mixture to the centre of the wrapper. Use your finger to rub a little water around the edge of your wrapper and press the sides together to seal. (It is useful to have a small bowl of water next to you.) Pleat the sides together to seal. Try and keep the outside of the gyoza from getting wet because if it does it will stick to everything it touches: other gyoza, the plate you put it on, etc. Repeat this process until you have no more cabbage mixture left.
- Heat 3 TEASPOONS OF OIL in a large heavy based frying pan over high heat. Add as many gyoza as can comfortably fit in the pan, with some room in between them (you might have to cook them in 2 batches). Cook for 1 minute, then flip onto other side and cook for another minute. Then add 60 ML WATER, cover with a lid (be careful as the oil water will splutter on contact with the hot oil). Cook for another 2 minutes or so, until water has evaporated and wrapper are cooked.
- Serve immediately with soy sauce. (Or add to soup if, like me last night, you are craving soup). NOM and ENJOY!
OPTIONAL: I have also made this adding grated carrot to the cabbage mixture and you could probably add just about any other vegetable finely chopped/grated.
Venus and Moon in the afternoon sky.
"Oh, what a cute little mouse!"
"It’s not a mouse! It’s a marsupial called an antechinus."
"Sorry, evolution, my mistake. Still cute, though."
"Isn’t he? And he’s excited, because he’s almost eleven months old, and that means he finally gets to start mating."
"Aw, that’s nice."
"He’s going to run around getting it on with as many females as he can for the next two or three weeks."
"And he’ll have sex with each of them for up to 14 hours at a stretch."
"And he’ll get so exhausted from all the frantic mating that his fur starts falling off, and he contracts gangrene."
"What? Jesus. Then does he take a break, at least?"
"Nah, not really. He basically keeps doing it until he gets so sick and stressed out that he dies. ‘Suicidal reproduction,’ I’m calling it.”
"Are you serious? He’s going to mate himself to death?”
"Yeah, but he doesn’t know it yet. Happy coming-of-age, antechinus!"
"You’re sick, you know that?"
Lake Matheson, New Zealand
I’m going through photos from my most recent shoot with Girlie Show Pinups trying to pick my favorites, and I love them all! I wanted to share this one- NO photoshop, that’s my body rocking Hips and Curves lingerie at a size 22#effyourbeautystandards
Isn’t she perfection?
Reblog for untouched cellulite REALITY BOOM
I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.
The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.
Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.
Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.
The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place.
This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.
This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.
Medical science is doing some fucking cool shit
Other researchers are looking into the possibility of building the scaffold in a 3D printer, potentially allowing future surgeons to grow organs in any size or shape they want.
Apollo 1 crew practicing a water landing in 1966.
It doesn’t look like a “water landing” so much as “best pool party ever”
12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.
And because I seriously side-eye this Western journalism trend of never crediting and NAMING the actual inventors in the headlines (especially when they’re young POC)
this inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and he is making his glorious design completely open source, publishing it online FREE of charge! Just remember this kid’s name before some crusty old white dude “innovates” his design and takes all the credit.