Posted 1 day ago

Selling Original art!   

spacegate:

Hey guys, goanna sell original paintings, cause I have bills I need to pay and Benny needs her rabies booster. You can contact me here on tumblr, FA, DA, or my email (astrocat at space-madness . net) if you’re interested. Shipping is included in the price! Click the title to get a better pic…

Reblogging because I’m afraid its all I can afford to do right now.

If I could, I’d totally buy Mortis Silva in a heartbeat. And The Hoard as well. So beautiful.

Posted 1 day ago

It’s pretty much official.  I have an appointment with the department chair to sign paperwork and assign a new advisor tomorrow.  I’m not going to be a forensic chemistry graduate.  I’ve got the basic skillset, and all the classes except for the law ones, but I’m not going to get that degree.

Instead, I’m going for Environmental Science with an American Chemical Society certification.  It’s the perfect degree to keep doing the labwork I’ve been doing at the Environmental Analysis lab for the past three years.  I like the work, and I feel like I can do it as a job.  From a market standpoint, this degree is a LOT more marketable.  Most forensic analysis is being done by private labs anyway.  In fact, the largest state forensic lab in Michigan closed several years ago.  With the ES degree, I’m good to go anywhere.  More often than not, government projects are getting contracted out to private labs. 

I’m pretty okay with this.  I always knew I wasn’t going to be a real life Abby Sciuto or Dana Scully.  It’s not as cool as what they do, but there’s opportunity for further education down the road.  I’m told I can be through in two or three years. My parents are willing to pay tuition.  I guess this is a thing I will do.

Posted 1 week ago

Leopard geckos are assholes who refuse to let you pick one based on coloring. On the left we have Dorito the day after I got him. I was all excited. A normal morph to show off to friends/family as a direct contrast to Cheeto. And I LOVED the rusty colored spots. On the right is Dorito today. Yet another hypomelanistic carrot tail. Oh well. He’s my hypo carrot tail asshole and I will cherish him for life.

Posted 2 weeks ago

supertrainstationh:

spooky-science:

karasratworld:

kingofreaks:

Just found out April 4th was World Rat Day so here are 10 rats from around the world enjoy

1. Long Tailed Giant Rat

2. Painted Tree Rat

3. Madagascan Jumping Rat

4. Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat

5. Bosavi Woolly Rat

6. Red Crested Tree Rat

7. Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat

8. Norway Rat

9. Gambian Pouched Rat

10. Hoary Bamboo Rat

Yay world rat day!

I work with Madagascar jumping rats at the zoo. They aren’t the nicest animals but they are super cute and snuggle together and make their little nests and yay rats!

Look at all these precious ratties!  Everyone look at them!

A giant shoulder-rat would be neat.

Arent those the type of rats that help hunt down unexploded land mines? :o

Yep! That’s the Gambian Pouched Rat! They also can detect tuberculosis! I wish I could find where I’d read it, but their success rates were pretty comparable to the usual diagnostic lab tests. They might have even been slightly more reliable. I can’t recall, unfortunately.

Posted 2 weeks ago

karasratworld:

kingofreaks:

Just found out April 4th was World Rat Day so here are 10 rats from around the world enjoy

1. Long Tailed Giant Rat

2. Painted Tree Rat

3. Madagascan Jumping Rat

4. Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat

5. Bosavi Woolly Rat

6. Red Crested Tree Rat

7. Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat

8. Norway Rat

9. Gambian Pouched Rat

10. Hoary Bamboo Rat

Yay world rat day!

I work with Madagascar jumping rats at the zoo. They aren’t the nicest animals but they are super cute and snuggle together and make their little nests and yay rats!

Look at all these precious ratties!  Everyone look at them!

Posted 2 weeks ago

mildlyamused:

Another day, another kick ass woman from history who is sadly lacking her own movie franchise.

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Forever reblog badass pirates and badass ladies.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Just got a text from a friend.  I never paid any attention to Oculus VR.  I didn’t realize the founder was a dude I knew pretty well and chatted with quite frequently on-line.  I sold him GameBoys.  Dang.  Mind is blown.

Posted 3 weeks ago

My mom made the comment that the girls’ cage looked bare compared to the boys. I laughed, because of course it does! My girls are smash and stash champions. It doesn’t matter how well I tie something down. It’s getting chewed apart and the bits stashed for later chewing. I don’t buy them cute hammocks and cubes because the longest one ever lasted was fifteen minutes, with me sitting there trying to discourage them from tearing it down. Any fabric gets shredded and stowed in the space pod, so I just use clean rags stuffed into a suet cage with some treats and lab blocks. I usually refill the suet cage or introduce another foraging toy daily. Cardboard beer caddies are another favorite that gets replaced regularly. These rats would be champion dungeon looters. Smash and grab all over the place.

Posted 3 weeks ago

http://lothlin.tumblr.com/post/80431402830/theres-something-you-kids-are-going-to-have-to

lothlin:

There’s something you kids are going to have to understand.

The goldfish (specifically pertaining to fishkeeping) side of tumblr is probably one of the older communities - talking age here. It takes a decent amount of money to properly keep a fish tank, which means its much easier for adults to…

This is something all pet owners posting on the internet need to understand.  Fish, reptiles, rodents, dogs, cats, all animals.  There are people on the internet who have done their research and worked with these animals for decades. When you go to the pet store and come home with an impulse purchase that you immediately post to the internet and tag, you’ve just opened yourself up for input. Experienced keepers follow tags.  Contrary to what you think, they aren’t following the tags to rain on your parade and give you crap.  They actually follow the tags to see what other reputable keepers are doing and to pool knowledge.

When you come home with your goldfish/betta in a tiny bowl, your lone rat in a 5gal aquarium, your leo on calcium sand, experienced keepers know you’re making a mistake.  They don’t want any animal to suffer, so they offer criticism AND tips for improving the life of your animal.  Don’t be hating on them when YOU are the one tagging for attention for your impulse.  After all, some of you children are the ones bitching about fandom tag hate.  Keep in mind you’re doing the exact same thing with your new pet. 

We aren’t out to get you.  We do think every animal deserves a happy and healthy life with proper care.  We’ve got nothing against you.  We just see an animal suffering and want to help.

Posted 3 weeks ago

About me meme:

I got tagged by Elisani! Sorry I’m not as talkative as I used to be!

1) What’s your real name?

If people call me Mulder at work, to my face, is that good enough?

2) How old are you?

31 and perpetually surrounded by 18-21 year old CHILDREN.

3) Your main fandom?

I don’t have a single one.  X-Files, Monty Python, Tolkien, X-Men, Pokemon, Pirates of the Caribbean, heck I could keep going all day.

4) How many followers do you have?

41. So close to the Ultimate Answer.

5) How long are you active on Tumblr?

I joined in 2011, apparently.  

6) How many blogs do you follow?

71.  A few have gone inactive, and there are a few I don’t “follow”, but check in on from time to time.

7) In what category blog would you’ve been in if there were any?

Mostly a personal blog, apparently.  I tend to just bitch about my life and shove pics of my pets in everyones’ faces.

8) Favorite blog?

I’m currently in love with Best Rats.  I follow some excellent rat owners personally, and I appreciate them, but Best Rats can make me smile with nearly every post.

9) What’s your Tumblr goal for 2014?

This is a thing?  I guess…. Not get so pissed off by idiotic things on Tumblr that I leave?  I didn’t know there even was such a thing as Tumblr goals.

10) Tag 5 to 10 friends to do this and let them know.

How about five or ten followers who would like to share a bit about themselves or are bored and would like something to do?