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Jul 29, 2014 - 6643
snekysnek:

quick warmup doodle man my hands are shaky ;~;

snekysnek:

quick warmup doodle 
man my hands are shaky ;~;

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Tags:not my art so stinking cute just look at that scaly lump so cute snakes
Jul 27, 2014 - 1

Just as a heads-up, I might disappear from the internet for a while in the coming weeks. We just welcomed an eight-week-old Scottish terrier into the family. Socializing, housebreaking, and pampering the cat to help offset the fawning over the puppy are going to be eating up a lot of my time. x3

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Tags:mountain life just a heads-up we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming
Jul 23, 2014 - 11

spacegate:

A comic featuring Eli and the awesome Marigold who Merlin invented yes.

Mari is really really against animal testing and I imagine her doing stake outs like this in order to catch people in the act and then lecture them.

Only Eli would be like “I want to eat more pizza, how can I make it so?” and then does testing and experiments about it. In general tho Dirac liked animals and frowned on dangerous experiments on animals, like medical testing and such. But simple study and psych experiments are usually alright.

And that’s how these two met and ate pizza all night until they got sick!

Eli © meeee
Mari© Merlin

… okay, this is too cute, I need to reblog it. X3 

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Tags:dmfa fanart not my art dirac clan dirac comic pizza science cute science pizza science cubi
Jul 23, 2014 - 10910

fyeahcutebugs:

of course, not everyone can do all these things! but if you are concerned, here is a list of information and resources.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT BEE DECLINE:
The global and European situation with bees and other pollinators
Watch Marla Spivak’s TED talk: Why bees are disappearing

STOP USING INSECTICIDES:
Bee declines and the link with pesticides
Pesticide toxicity to bees

PLANT BEE-FRIENDLY PLANTS:
List of bee plants by category
Know your garden store: Don’t poison bees by accident

MAKE A BEE GARDEN:
Bee garden facts
how-to

SUPPORT LOCAL BEEKEEPERS:
how to buy honey
get in touch with a beekeeper
about urban beekeeping

MAKE A WILD BEE HOUSE:
About wild/solitary bees & how to build a bee house
more on bee houses

CONSIDER BECOMING A BEEKEEPER:
Some US states will pay you to take up beekeeping
DIY backyard beekeeping 
About commercial beekeeping 

ENCOURAGE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE TO HELP:
Bee Health: Background and Issues for Congress
(unfortunately, I cannot provide a comprehensive list of how to contact local governments, it would be much easier for you to research this on your own.)

LEARN MORE ABOUT BEES AND EDUCATE OTHERS:
Another list of things you can do to help bees (there is some overlap)
bee nest 101
Facts about pollination

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(all drawings by mod aliza)

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Tags:bees biology insects conservation
Jul 23, 2014 - 5

Ah, why not. I got tagged by oneoclockfox — might as well.

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Tags:meme
Jul 20, 2014 - 14
 colorfulcuttlefish: I'm a horse nerd. I've been riding (English, hunters and equitation) for at least 12 years. What do you want to know? I'm also a vet student and I know cow anatomy, but that's about it, heh.

colorfulcuttlefish:

liatai:

Oh, wow! Hi! :D Um… anything you’re willing to share, really. My head is buzzing with questions. ^^; I’ve got a few characters who are supposed to be experienced riders, and I’m writing about a world where draft and riding animals (especially horses) are still the main mode of overland transportation, but I have very little practical knowledge of horses beyond one or two rides when I was a wee tyke, and the very last thing I want to do is just treat them like furry vehicles.

I guess that’s a place to start. What do you recommend for someone who wants to learn more about horses and get more hands-on experience? I’m well above the age demographic that horse camps and such are usually aimed for… ^^;

More questions under the cut.

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I got most of my basic info from camps, but if there’s a stable anywhere near you that does lessons or even trail rides, that’s a great place to start. As long as they’re a place that’s willing to take new riders, they should be more than happy to help you learn about basic horse care, how to tack up, stuff like that. Try searching “riding lessons [your area]” or “trail rides [your area]” for someplace that’s friendly to beginner riders without being a camp designed for kids. Just don’t expect it to be cheap if you want to start taking a bunch of lessons!

Maybe also try your library for horse books. I probably know more about daily care from fiction since I never had to do the day to day stuff myself (though tbh most of those were children’s series…I was like 7). Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series starring Daine has lots of good horse bits, and is generally pretty great. You should be able to find some good nonfiction too, from “Horses for Dummies” on up. Here are some thread links that might help you out, too.

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Not at all — I didn’t know most of this at all! Thank you! :3 I’ve been checking out the books at our local libraries, but most of them assume you know the basics already. (Most of the folks who have horses around us have had them for generations, and thus don’t need to be taught. ^^;)

I’m relieved to see that running/walking a spooked horse in smaller circles is the thing to do. I wrote a scene recently where one of the experienced rider characters I have had to calm his panicked horse down while he was riding, and had him do that. I wasn’t sure if I was remembering a proper technique, or just remembering letting orbiting/excited puppies run off some steam! X3

Let’s see, some other questions….

Thanks again!

Jul 20, 2014 - 14
 colorfulcuttlefish: I'm a horse nerd. I've been riding (English, hunters and equitation) for at least 12 years. What do you want to know? I'm also a vet student and I know cow anatomy, but that's about it, heh.

Oh, wow! Hi! :D Um… anything you’re willing to share, really. My head is buzzing with questions. ^^; I’ve got a few characters who are supposed to be experienced riders, and I’m writing about a world where draft and riding animals (especially horses) are still the main mode of overland transportation, but I have very little practical knowledge of horses beyond one or two rides when I was a wee tyke, and the very last thing I want to do is just treat them like furry vehicles.

I guess that’s a place to start. What do you recommend for someone who wants to learn more about horses and get more hands-on experience? I’m well above the age demographic that horse camps and such are usually aimed for… ^^;

More questions under the cut.

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Jul 20, 2014 - 1

Time for another round of “Liatai is researching things and is looking for people willing to chat and/or geek out at her about the subject.” X3

Any fans of bats, spiders, caves, minerals, subterranean life, animatronics/robotics, cows/oxen, horses, birds, dinosaurs, or plants (especially trees and/or temperate rainforest plants) lurking about? I’m trying to make use of having access to highspeed internet and collecting as much reference material as I can. Must research… *w*

The first six and dinosaurs are ones I could especially use help with. It’s been an age since I last looked up anything related to dinosaurs, so I bet my mental information catalogue is all out of date. Bats and spiders are both going to be important for Rookery, so I need to learn as much as I can about them… Same for caves. And animatronics… well, I need to get better at drawing machinery SOMEHOW. Learning how it works will help. x3

So, anyone willing to talk to an artist and writer about their interests? :3 My ask box is open, reblog conversations are fine, if you’d prefer to talk on an art site use the links at the top of my page, here’s a random question mark… ?

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Tags:calling all geeks research question bats spiders caves caving spelunking underground life biology zoology botany robotics animatronics cows oxen horses birds dinosaurs plants trees temperate rainforest writing art reference
Jul 19, 2014 - 3
I’ve been working on a few art trades over on DeviantART, for fun and practice; this is my half of a trade with BankyStar over there, of his steam-powered cyborg lady Moira Hennesy. 
(He did an awesome drawing of a snarling red-haired Lethiriss in return; shows off her fangs much better than I did, that’s for sure! X3 Gotta keep practicing!)

I’ve been working on a few art trades over on DeviantART, for fun and practice; this is my half of a trade with BankyStar over there, of his steam-powered cyborg lady Moira Hennesy.

(He did an awesome drawing of a snarling red-haired Lethiriss in return; shows off her fangs much better than I did, that’s for sure! X3 Gotta keep practicing!)

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Tags:art trade Liart art by me machinery is not my friend but it was still a really fun challenge! also shading metal can be fun
Jul 19, 2014 - 251

Re: Fantasy Heroes

clevergirlhelps:

I don’t understand why all the fantasy heroes are so upset when they find out they have magical powers or a kingdom or special parents. Their first reaction is to scream how terribly they’ve been betrayed and then they slowly warm up the idea.

Seriously, if someone told me I had the power to ride dragons or that I would have thousands of subjects under my absolute power, I would be SO PUMPED.

Frankly, I’d be a little worried about a hero who didn’t at least have a little freakout about their newfound powers. ^^; it shows they’re thinking about the consequences of using their abilities, thinking about the responsibilities attached to their powers, or just plain grieving for the normal life they knew before.

Granted, everyone grieves and processes things differently, so depending on the character they might not freak out where anyone else can see. They might turn it inward and only freak out when alone/with close friends. They might scream at the heavens, they might isolate themselves, they might channel the energy of their fears and doubts into action, they might become depressed, they might become surly, they might become anxious or hyper-logical for a time… They might hunt for old comforts or seek solace from old friends, family, pets, religion, familiar places, security blankets, etc…

Heck, they may very well just accept it quickly and move on, but it takes a very resilient character to deal with that kind of upheaval in their life that smoothly. :B (Or one who’s way too accustomed to the world being weird and nonsensical, like my Sam…)

Every character should have some acceptance process and reaction to newfound powers, says I, but whether it comes before or after the WOO DRAGONS stage really depends on who they are and how they cope with change.

… not that there’s anything wrong with having fun with your powers, mind. “I CAN SHOOT LIGHTNING FROM MY HANDS — LOOK, FIREWORKS! — ooh, it sounds different if I do this. HEY LOOK. I’M A ZEUSAPHONE. :D”

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Tags:this went on for longer than I expected sorry! ^^; writing dungeon master musings I have one character whose reaction to new unexpected circumstances is almost always WOO NEW STUFF it's not until hours or days later that the consequences and implications hit him it's a defining character trait and one that causes problems for him in the story so it's something I've been thinking about a lot sorry again ^^;
Jul 18, 2014 - 1

… so apparently I forgot what “I forget” meant. ^^;

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Tags:I remembered the sign! just not the meaning I am such a derp American sign language review in which Liatai is silly again
Jul 18, 2014 - 2

Woo! I have access to actual highspeed internet for a little while instead of satellite!

Time to make good use of not having a bandwidth cap… >:3

Time… to LOOK UP SIGNS IN AN ONLINE ASL DICTIONARY. *w* Sweet, sweet, wonderful videos, now I can watch you and not worry I’m eating up somebody’s Netflix time! It’s time to review! It’s time to learn new signs, too! WOO!

… now let’s see how much I actually remember… probably a grand total of “not much”… at least I know my alphabet so if all else fails I can fingerspell what I want to say… slowly…

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Tags:in which Liatai is a geek American sign language studying review research mountain life satellite internet woes in which Liatai is silly as usual I might be looking this up for D&D-related purposes too well tangentially I have drow to draw and drow have a sign language gotta review
Jul 18, 2014 - 2672

outofcontextdnd:

GM: You recognize the riders from legend; they seem to be The Four Horsemen.

Bard-barian, in character: Everywhere we go, there’s demons, angels, demigods bossing us around, wanting favors, getting us into trouble, sending us out for groceries. No more. *shouts to the horsemen* NO. GO THE FUCK HOME.

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Tags:gee this sounds familiar the Dorf Fortresss party would agree with you bard-barian Dungeons and Dragons D&D out of context I'm pretty sure a member of our party has said this before in not quite the same words
Jul 17, 2014 - 25372
birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! If this one’s too small, you can read it on my site here. The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.
If you like my work, check out my Patreon, which is just $1.74 away from $200!

Adorable and informative. Who could ask for more?

birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! If this one’s too small, you can read it on my site here. The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.

If you like my work, check out my Patreon, which is just $1.74 away from $200!

Adorable and informative. Who could ask for more?

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Tags:biology zoology not my art poisonous venomous comic
Jul 17, 2014 - 1
Playing around with colors and red-winged-blackbird-inspired capes, doo dee doo…

Playing around with colors and red-winged-blackbird-inspired capes, doo dee doo…

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Tags:Liart art by me capes color Rookery Masabel character design doodle