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rxttenfish · 4 days ago
okay, in honor of mermay, i want to talk about one major issue i notice with almost all fiction written about the ocean
namely - that they treat it as a monolith
you’ve almost certainly seen this before. the one marine sapient species with one culture and one solution to everything. the one habitat that just boils down to “ocean” and will be virtually the same no matter where you are in the ocean. even when different biomes are discussed, they’re seldom beyond the generic “artic” biome or “reef” biome. on that note - treating all reefs as the SAME and interchangeable with each other. or even just divvying the ocean up into large patches like the “tropics” without an understanding of how each of these work. treating the deep sea as eternally the same thing with the same animals everywhere and just a bunch of angler fish, over and over and over.
or, even worse, grouping EVERYTHING that has even been or will be in the ocean as Fundamentally The Same Thing and it doesnt matter which you use.
i’d liken it a lot to looking at dry land and deciding that, because it is on land, everything there is fundamentally the same, every animal will be the same no matter where you go, and there will be all the same solutions to the same problems everywhere, and that there are the exact same resources everywhere you go. there will be no cultural distinctions nor differences, everything and everyone will have exactly the same aesthetic and rules and laws and proclivities without difference. if there are differences, then they will be minor reskins of each other.
here’s the thing about the world’s oceans: they are MASSIVE. remember how over 70% of the planet’s surface is saltwater? yeah- now consider how fundamentally different even geologically close locations on land are. 
i live in the eastern portion of my state, which has mountains and dense forests, and when i went to the western end of my state for a while, it was entirely surreal and uncomfortable because the environment was so ungodly DIFFERENT. this isnt even getting to how i felt the one time i went to the midwest, and how it terrified me for how BLANK everything was in comparison. 
and this, this MAJOR difference with that much distance, is NOTHING compared to the expanse that is the atlantic ocean, much less even the pacific ocean! every ocean in the world would eat that distance for breakfast and still have space to spare, and there is no describing every change and shift and difference in all of that space because there are SO MANY.
now consider that, on land, you are mostly working with 2D space. yes, there are animals that fly and climb, but most animals are going to be found walking or crawling around. there are differences in heights when you get to different elevations, but thats still life on a very thin slice of space unless you start thinking about caves, who are entirely their own ecosystem anyhow.
in water, you have fully 3D space. the water column CANNOT be emphasized enough - and there are MILES of extra cubic space that life has the chance to take advantage of and make use of, and even the same point in 2D space in the ocean can have VASTLY different ecosystems and situations depending on how deep or how close to the surface you are.
this isn’t even beginning to talk about how much people UNDERESTIMATE how much life is in the oceans either! how many people forget that deep sea coral reefs exist, or how much life thrives under the ice sheets at the poles, or the life that can only exist at the very surface of the open ocean floating around, or the fact that sea water is BRIMMING with life itself that can only be seen under a microscope, including larval fishes that later migrate to other locations within the ocean to reach their adult forms!
this isnt even accounting for the overlap either! the coasts are intimately connected with life in the ocean, and almost every coast is different from the others. the difference between rocky coasts and sandy coasts is like night and day, and thats only the start. what about estuaries, too? where rivers dump into the ocean, and ocean life gets the chance to swim upstream?
there is so, so much diversity and sheer SIZE and SCOPE when it comes to the oceans, and so i think its pretty irritating, when people act like the ocean is some kind of generic setting or place where everything would be entirely the same no matter where you are or what you are doing.
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thenewberyyear · 5 days ago
Floating in a Most Peculiar Way Edition
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So it took us almost 120 pages to get to space, but we're finally here! Our heroes arrive at the Esca representative's spaceship: a bizarre agglomeration of biological elements (as if the ship was made of a hollowed-out coral reef) and tech (primarily picked up from the scrapyards of the universe). Excitedly tapping at the window is the cute, and very-merchandisable Oo (but with umlauts over both "O"s), an alien that looks like a particularly adorable red panda. After receiving their space-vitamins (one to help them understand alien languages, another to help them adjust to different atmospheres, and a third to help with sudden, terrifying changes in gravity), they immediately get to work. And by "get to work," of course I mean rehashing old arguments, tearfully forgiving each other, sleeping with one of their alien hosts, bonding with another, and generally reminding the reader why they worked so well, and why they fell apart so completely. Their first draft of lyrics are basically pulled from any and every poem that was in the public domain. It's even worse than it sounds, and, once Oort and Des watch a few entries from the previous Grand Prix, they prepare for the worst.
They land on the planet designated as this cycle's host: Litost is a comically adorable bunny-made-entirely-of-marshmallows of a planet. The inhabitants are sentient flowers, the sandy ground is literally powdered ecstasy, and their lavender-colored oceans are filled with as much sugar as ours are with salt. Of course, the first thing that happens when they disembark is that Des is nearly blown to pieces by a rocket launcher, accidentally of course. After a couple of very sensible questions, they're properly sanitized and snappily re-dressed, and shunted out into the introductory gala. Things progress smoothly for the most part, especially since Des is in his happy place. Schmoozing comes as naturally as breathing, even if the lifeforms before him would boggle anyone's mind, and even though he's apparently being stalked by a zombified red panda-thing. Having switched into professional-famous-guy mode, he still finds himself flailing, trying to explain imposter syndrome to a being that is quite literally full of itself, though he manages to recover by bringing up how cool it is to like something that not a lot of other people like. Like this blog for instance. All the while, various intergalactic horrors shuffle in and out of the conversation making small talk, until the zombie-panda catches up with him. It tries to sell our lad on the idea of Voorpret hivemindedness before getting antibacterially-spritzed by Oort, who finally got spat out by the fashion-box-thing. And there's at least another chapter of the party left, so hold on to your neon-pink afro and remember to feed the goldfish in your aquarium-boots.
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ledgrowlightconz · 5 days ago
5 Things Not To Do During A Dive
Scuba diving the do-no-harm way In a previous article 10 Things Not To Do If You Love Scuba Diving And The Ocean, I covered ten things you should not do, if you want to protect the ocean. But where these focused on general, everyday behavior, this article will focus on things that you can do (or rather, should not do) during a dive. Buy Diving Equipment in New Zealand. #1 Harass Marine Life This one really should be a no-brainer, and yet we do see all too often videos uploaded to YouTube showing people (non-divers and divers alike) entertaining themselves by (inadvertently) harassing marine wildlife. So just to reiterate: don’t grab animals, don’t hold them for photo ops, don’t go for rides on dolphins or turtles, and don’t force puffer fish to inflate (it can be fatal to them). It is bad form, you’re setting a terrible example for other divers, and many organizations will actually revoke your license, at least if you’re a professional diver, such as an instructor or divemaster. #2 Pick Up Coral This one should be a no-brainer, but it still happens. Coral grows slowly, and a snapped-off piece of a few inches can take many years to regrow. To make matters worse, some types of coral are at risk of dying if even small piece are broken off, killing off a major part of the reef they’re on. Here’s A Scuba Diver’s Impact On The Coral Reef. Quite quickly, we’d find ourselves with severely diminished coral growth on reefs around the world. But there’s more to this than just not breaking off living coral. Picking up dead corals off the seabed isn’t much better. These broken off pieces are also part of the ocean’s ecosystem, so removing them also removes resources that other parts in that ecosystem depends on. And I know you only pick up a single piece. But so does the next diver. And the one after that. And the one after that. Do not do while diving pick up corals #3 Land On Stuff For many divers, and in particular novice ones, maintaining neutral buoyancy is tricky. Underwater Breathing Diving Snorkel Deep Diving Ventilator In particular when you want to get a photo of something, and need to keep completely still. So from time to time divers will “land” on the bottom to rest or stabilize themselves. This is fine if you’re landing on a clear sandy bottom, but not so if you land on corals, anemone or other sensitive plant and animal life. Before you set down, look at where you’ll be landing and make the assessment of whether it would be OK or not. Imagine yourself diving without a wetsuit. If you’d be OK with putting your exposed skin on whatever surface you’re eyeing, it’s probably OK to do so in a wetsuit. #4 Chum Spotting marine life, in particular the large, pelagic ones, like sharks, is a real crowd pleaser. But because animals usually don’t follow timetables, sightings are never guaranteed. For many of us divers, that’s part of the charm; you never know what you’re going to see (maybe nothing). But sometimes, out of impatience perhaps, some divers and dive guides will try to stack the odds in their favor by chumming the water to attract certain species, usually shark, or they’ll bring chum on a dive to draw animals closer. And this is always a bad idea. Chumming means animals start associating divers with food, which will make them less careful when approaching them, and some humans seek to cause harm to animals. Also, feeding in particular sharks can cause feeding frenzies, where humans can get bit. Too many shark bites around the world are actually caused by humans chumming, but ultimately, it is the shark that gets blamed. #5 Take Souvenirs There is no better souvenir than a memory, or a photo. Picking up stuff from the ocean, whether it be shells, rocks, pieces of coral (see point #2), or artifacts from shipwrecks. Sure, if you come across something that is obviously trash, bringing it up with you and throwing it out is cool, admirable even, but anything else should be left in the ocean. Some things are a part of the local ecosystem, others serve as shelter for marine wildlife, and still others are part of the dive experience, and if you take it with you, you’re essentially robbing future divers of that experience. Here’s how you can Make A Positive Difference For The Environment. Scuba Aqualung Diving System Portable Rechargeable So while that centuries old wine bottle could probably look awesome sitting on your desk, leave it for others to enjoy, too (not to mention that it might be illegal to raise it, depending on the laws of the area).
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allyoop23 · 7 days ago
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cyberghost-scout · 14 days ago
Calm Water’s Visitor
The waters were calm in the stretch of the empty ocean near the bustling coral reef. Many species of fishes and the scant appearances of mermaids came to and through for the typical day. 
Until a decent large shadow loomed over the bare sandy bottom and the hint of coral, moving towards the reef for a break. It startled the small fry and the skittish few mermaids, making them go into tiny hiding holes. But most stay calm but wary of the incoming visitor—a visiting shark mermaid.
She was quiet and ghost-like in her movements; none seem her before. Quiet significantly large for her gender, but it worked well for the shark as her build look powerfully compacted, yet she still retained some soft curves while she continued watching her move closer.
Most of her coloring was monochromatic. She has a soft greyish-white underbelly that stops at the tip of the patch of black near her tail. The top part of her tail section was this muted grey lavender with diamond motifs colored purple and grey. She was these duo-toned purple trailing up to her upper body, where most of the black and grey coloring covered her arms and face. All to make her bright red eyes pop even more. Dazzling like those rubies, left from sunken ships, revealing itself with the glimmer of sunlight.
She's very fitting as a top predator: fierce but stunningly beautiful.
But before she could reach the colorful world of coral and life. She stopped and looked up upon the disturbance caused by the boat's engine. Her beautiful eyes narrowed as it was approaching the area. Without an audible queue, she turned around. Silently left back to where she came.
She was like a ghost, almost nonexistent if it weren't for that once glimpsed.
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35grams · 16 days ago
Ý tưởng màu sơn tươi sáng và mạnh mẽ cho ngôi nhà của bạn cho mùa hè
Mùa hè là lúc bạn muốn dành nhiều thời gian ở trong nhà nhất có thể. Đó là lý do tại sao điều cực kỳ quan trọng là tạo ra một không gian trong nhà giúp phấn chấn tâm trạng của bạn khi bạn dành thời gian giải trí ở nhà, tránh xa cái nóng như thiêu đốt! Hãy lấy cảm hứng từ những yếu tố phổ biến của mùa hè, mang chúng vào trong ngôi nhà của bạn và tận dụng tối đa mùa hè 2021.
Sunnies mùa hè
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Nếu bạn muốn tạo cho ngôi nhà của mình một sự đổi mới vào mùa hè, thiết kế sơn nhà đầu tiên cần xem xét là sử dụng các sắc thái mùa hè. Các màu mùa hè phổ biến nhất là các màu của mặt trời – các màu vàng, cam, san hô và cá hồi. Cho dù bạn muốn sơn phòng ngủ, phòng khách, nhà bếp, thư viện hay phòng tắm, những màu sơn nhà đậm này sẽ lý tưởng cho bất kỳ phần nào trong ngôi nhà của bạn. Hãy thử ý tưởng này chẳng hạn. Sơn ba bức tường của một căn phòng với màu vàng Jolly (4021). Đối với bức tường thứ tư, hãy chọn kiểu ombre với bóng tối nhất ở phía dưới – giống như Coral Candy (4100) – và màu sáng nhất ở trên cùng – giống như Sugared Peaches (2115). Tất cả mọi thứ ở giữa có thể là sắc thái gradient.
Bắn tung tóe nhẹ nhàng
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Nước có tác dụng làm dịu, không chỉ đối với cơ thể mà còn đối với mắt của bạn. Vì vậy, hãy suy nghĩ về việc có được màu sắc aquamarine nhẹ nhàng bên trong ngôi nhà của bạn. Chọn các màu sơn nhà màu xanh lam, xanh ngọc, chàm, xanh nước biển và xanh lá cây nhẹ nhàng cho bất kỳ phần nào trong ngôi nhà của bạn. Những màu này là những gam màu lạnh và tự nhiên nhẹ nhàng và yên bình. Đó chính xác là những gì bạn cần khi nhiệt độ bên ngoài tăng cao. Nếu bạn muốn thêm một chút màu sắc trong phòng của mình, hãy trang bị một số vải bọc, đồ nội thất, phụ kiện và đèn nhiều màu sắc trong phòng.
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Bạn thấy gì nhiều nhất xung quanh mình trong mùa hè (ngoại trừ ánh nắng chói chang)? Những bông hoa rực rỡ và đầy màu sắc của nó nở rộ trong vinh quang đầy đủ của chúng. Lấy cảm hứng từ những màu sắc đang nở rộ này và lựa chọn những màu sơn nhà sẽ làm cho ngôi nhà của bạn trở nên đẹp đẽ. Rajasthan Pink (4157) hoặc Orange Dream (2109) lấy cảm hứng từ hoa loa kèn, Olympia (2305) của dừa cạn và dạ yên thảo, Daisy Chain (2018) của hoa thủy tiên, và Sunset Boulevard (4115) của dâm bụt có thể là những lựa chọn tốt nhất cho thiết kế sơn nhà quyến rũ . Bạn cũng có thể sử dụng các sắc thái nắng đậm vì chúng là màu của loài hoa phổ biến nhất ở Ấn Độ – cúc vạn thọ.
Kẹo làm mới
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Không có kỳ nghỉ hè nào là trọn vẹn nếu không có những viên kẹo, kẹo và kem tươi mát đó (đặc biệt là đối với con bạn). Và vì chúng ta đều biết rằng nghệ thuật bắt chước cuộc sống, đã đến lúc lấy cảm hứng từ màu sơn nhà từ những thứ này! Chọn từ những tông màu rực rỡ và đậm nét nhất của màu hồng nóng, đỏ, vàng, cam, tím hoặc nâu để tạo ra những thiết kế sơn nhà tuyệt vời cho phòng ngủ và phòng khách của bạn. Một căn phòng lý tưởng sẽ có sự kết hợp của một số màu sắc nhẹ nhàng. Sử dụng thảm và thảm màu cam sáng, ga trải giường và đệm màu hồng đậm, đồ nội thất hoặc phụ kiện trang trí màu vàng hoặc đỏ, trần và sàn màu trắng, tất cả được gắn với nhau bằng một phông nền tuyệt vời của bức tường xanh sáng bóng. Dòng sản phẩm Impressions Eco Clean của Nerolac sẽ lý tưởng để làm cho ngôi nhà của bạn trở nên đầy màu sắc như một hộp kẹo. Ý tưởng này là hoàn hảo cho phòng của bạn.
Sandy Beach Feels
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Bạn có thể bị thu hút đến những bãi biển trong mùa hè để tận hưởng buổi tối của mình và ngâm mình trong một chút trong lành. Nhưng xem xét sự ấm áp của mùa hè Ấn Độ, các bãi biển có vẻ không phải là ý tưởng nghỉ dưỡng tốt nhất. Đừng lo, có một cách khác để bạn cảm thấy gần hơn với bãi biển. Tất cả các màu sắc gợi nhớ bạn về một kỳ nghỉ ở bãi biển có thể đi vào phòng khách của bạn. Tất cả những gì bạn phải làm là chọn màu sơn nhà màu cát như Angora (2794), Allspice (2768) và Maple Syrup (2776) cho phòng khách của mình. Bổ sung cho bầu không khí với rèm trắng tuyệt đối, đồ nội thất và vải bọc màu be và thảm màu sô cô la đen.
Các vòi màu cát cũng có thể được sử dụng trong khu vực nhà bếp nếu bạn có mặt bếp màu trắng hoặc thậm chí màu nâu.
Bằng cách chọn những màu sơn nhà màu be và nâu này, bạn không chỉ làm cho ngôi nhà của mình sẵn sàng cho mùa hè mà còn tạo ra một không gian tuyệt vời sẽ là một tuyên bố về phong cách.
Hấp thụ sâu
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Luôn mát mẻ và tạo ra một môi trường ấm cúng bên trong không gian của bạn bằng cách chọn các sắc thái đậm của xanh lam, xanh lá cây, tím, hạt dẻ và cam cho màu sơn nhà của bạn. Các tông màu trầm hơn, đậm hơn được biết là có khả năng hấp thụ ánh sáng và nhiệt để bạn không phải đối mặt với ánh nắng chói chang của mặt trời mùa hè. Trang điểm cho các bức tường phòng ngủ của bạn với tông màu trầm yêu thích của bạn. Một ý tưởng tuyệt vời khác là thêm độ tương phản trong phòng của bạn bằng cách sơn một bức tường có điểm nhấn với màu sáng hơn của màu mà bạn đã chọn cho căn phòng của mình. Đừng giới hạn ý tưởng này chỉ trong phòng ngủ; nó sẽ là một ý tưởng thiết kế sơn nhà tuyệt vời cho phòng khách của bạn.
Bạn không cần phải giới hạn bản thân với một trong những ý tưởng thiết kế sơn nhà này. Nhà của bạn có rất nhiều phòng, có nghĩa là bạn có thể chọn một trong những màu sơn nhà lấy cảm hứng cho từng phòng. Có rất nhiều khả năng để bạn chuẩn bị cho ngôi nhà của mình vào mùa hè!
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cultival · 17 days ago
Philippine Traditional Art
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A Simple Bahay Kubo
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Bahaykubo-style Mabini House
Folk Architecture
Folk architecture in the Philippines differs significantly per ethnic group, where the structures can be made of bamboo, wood, rock, coral, rattan, grass, and other materials. These abodes can range from the hut-style Bahay Kubo which utilizes vernacular mediums in construction, the highland houses called bale that may have four to eight sides, depending on the ethnic association, the coral houses of Batanes which protects the natives from the harsh sandy winds of the area, the royal house torogan which is engraved with intricately-made okir motif, and the palaces of major kingdoms such as the DaruJambangan or Palace of Flowers, which was the seat of power and residence of the head of Sulu prior to colonization
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