Posted 1 week ago
You can cement the key gear (not the valve) open without worrying about flooding, because this is cementing the city's control point, the resident has a valve (usually a hand ball valve) inside the home to shut the water off further along the plumbing network.
Anonymous asked

I know this. I know it full fucking well. Also, at the last house I lived in, that exact shutoff valve broke in my hand, permanently sticking it in the “on” position. The reason I was even trying to shut off my water was because my sink supply line had busted. I kind of flooded my entire house before I managed to go out, buy the access key, find the water company valve, and use that shut off you think I should promote covering with cement.

So yeah. Just further proving my point that permanently disabling a valve is still a Bad Idea.

Posted 1 week ago

Fish in a beaker!

Not their permanent home. We were moving them from the biology lab to our lab. They’re now in a fully cycled, live planted 10g aquarium with heat, light, and filtration.

Posted 1 week ago

coppermouth:

marchcouldbedarker:

ragemovement:

Not just for those in Detroit, but anywhere where the right to water is being restricted or denied!

hey everyone, this post has only gotten a thousand or so notes and only a single follower of mine has reblogged this from me specifically.

Detroit has been shutting water off for entire neighborhoods regardless of whether people paid bills or not. Even if they didn’t, should that really mean that they should die of thirst? Should there really be a cost to stay alive?

Please, spread this. Link it on other sites so someone down the line who needs this anywhere can take back water, something that should be the right of every human being.

So here’s a thing. I live with a plumber, and he knows guys that work out in Detroit. What people aren’t hearing is that not only are people not having their water reconnected, the pipes aren’t stable enough to hold water in the first place. Many of the mains have broken and are permanently out of use. So this isn’t just a matter of “turn it on for good!” There is nothing to be turned on in many areas. Even if people paid extra money, the water and resources aren’t there.

Be scared of what (even local) government does to people that we never, ever hear about.

Reblogging from someone else because look.  Cementing the valve open is fucking retarded and might not even solve anything in the first place.  But if you’ve gone ahead and poured cement down the valve, I pray to whatever gods you may or may not believe in you don’t have something like a water heater explosion where you can’t turn off the water, and your whole fucking house floods. 

By all means, get the access tool.  But please, don’t be stupid and disable something designed FOR YOUR PERSONAL AND PROPERTY SAFETY.

Posted 1 week ago

Monty got behind the gecko cage, so Dorito had to run over and check him out through the glass.

Posted 1 week ago

not-fun:

marchcouldbedarker:

ragemovement:

Not just for those in Detroit, but anywhere where the right to water is being restricted or denied!

hey everyone, this post has only gotten a thousand or so notes and only a single follower of mine has reblogged this from me specifically.

Detroit has been shutting water off for entire neighborhoods regardless of whether people paid bills or not. Even if they didn’t, should that really mean that they should die of thirst? Should there really be a cost to stay alive?

Please, spread this. Link it on other sites so someone down the line who needs this anywhere can take back water, something that should be the right of every human being.

people have a right to safe water. people have a right to knowing how to keep their access to safe water. 

Hey I’m all for water for everyone, but please don’t permanently disable the shutoff with concrete. If there’s a contamination issue, and you’ve filled your shutoff with concrete, you’ve kind of fucked yourself over. So by all means keep your water, but don’t disable a good safety feature.

Posted 1 week ago
Is it possible to gutload worms and slugs? I keep a Storeria occipitomaculara, and I've been mixing reptile vitamins in the worms' soil, but I'm not sure how effective that is. I also have no idea how to get slugs eating anything but veggies.
spooky-science asked

theexoticvet:

They are very pretty little snakes. Simply feeding fresh vegetables and fruits to both worms and the slugs is gut loading them with nutrients that will benefit your snake. You can chop up veggies into very small pieces and place them on top of the soil for your worms and just feed larger pieces to your slugs. Every couple of feedings you can coat the prey with a vitamin powder to ensure your snake is getting enough nutrients.

I didn’t realize worms could eat food that wasn’t rotting.  I’ll be sure to do this from now on.  I’ll save the vitamin powder for coating and quit dumping it in the dirt.  Thank you so much for your advice.  She’s a great little snake, and I really want to keep her healthy and happy.

Posted 1 week ago

My mom got on me to finish my tanks today.  Tomorrow I need to get a new lid for the anole cage and a light for the snake’s cage.  From top to bottom:

A 15 g I got at a thrift store for Soap.  There are three live ficus plants, and some of that Hagen brand fake pot plant.  I’m working on setting up a mini-ecosystem with bioactive substrate.  Right now, it’s a few worms in the dirt.  I’ll be adding springtails next week, provided I keep my humidity up. 

Soap himself, basking.  He went a bit brown as I stood there taking his picture.  I can’t blame him.  I did kind of gut his home, scoop him up, and dump him in a strange place.

This is Soap’s old home, with a nice deep soil/coco fiber substrate for the snake.  Her favorite branch and her flowerpot hides are ready and waiting. 

A better view of Copperplate’s new cage.  The rocks in the corners are carefully set on flat rocks underneath so she can’t hurt herself burrowing.  All the plants in here are FAKE.  If you look close, you can see they’re actually tied to the stick.  Her water dish is big enough that she can fit most of herself in it, so I need a slightly larger one for her.

Copperplate herself, looking a lot more brown than usual.  She’s more of a cold silver grey, with a hint of copper in the stripes.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Today at lunch, with the University President

  1. Beorn: What do you mean you don't cook? Everything you've made for lunches has been good.
  2. Me: We've had five lunches. I've made the same guacamole for three of them.
  3. CG: That's how good the guacamole is.
Posted 3 weeks ago

medusas-chronic:

Meet my new baby
her name is ponya
It’s Latin for rat 🐭💕

Actually, Latin for rat is “rattus”. I don’t think “ponya” is a Latin word at all. It’s not in any of my dictionaries. Still, it’s a cute name for an adorable little girl.

Posted 3 weeks ago

I wasn’t going to say anything, but I did get a few anon asks.  YOU PEOPLE FOLLOW MY TWITTER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE THE BALLS TO FACE ME?  UNLIKE YOU COWARDS, I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE.

I am pissed as fuck about the SCOTUS ruling.  Everyone should  be, regardless of gender and identity.  I’m going to come right out and say that anatomically, I’m a functional female.  To the point where every single month, my body insists I pay my dues to the gods of fertility.  If it wasn’t for theraputic bc, I’d be completely incapacitated for an entire week every month due to pain.  I’d also be anemic for a bit afterword.  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

So I got a job working for the Catholic Church that paid health insurance.  Annual gynecological exams were covered, so for the first time in my life, I could get help.  I could be fixed and functional.  I was so happy I’m sure I was crying when I found out I didn’t have to live like that anymore.  Until I found out that the Michigan Catholic Conference, who provided the paid insurance, had a blanket ban on bc medications.

I’m a good dog.  I know to not bite the hand that feeds.  I know full well there’s no way I’m overturning two millennia of the belief that sex has to be allowed to have the chance to result in pregnancy.  So I respect their teaching.  I started the appeal process.  I had a doctor, who’s a living model of the Catholic teachings regarding family, who was willing to stand in front of a board of entitled white celibate men and tell them it was a MEDICAL NECESSITY.  Hell, she was even willing to testify that there was medical proof I wasn’t sexually active, and therefore not subverting the Church’s teachings.  I had a previous employer willing to come forward and talk about how non-functional I got EVERY MONTH before I finally got the medication.

It wasn’t good enough.  Without hiring a lawyer, which I couldn’t afford, and taking it to court, they shut me right down.  They essentially told me I was less than human in their eyes, and that I deserved to be that sick for a week every month.  I like to think that’s the moment I fell into poor standing as a Catholic.  Trust me, though,  I know what it feels to be so desperate for income that you take that sort of shit.  Now there’s thousands of women taking that shit.  That isn’t right at all. 

I can’t relate to the users of bc who use it to protect against unwanted pregnancies the way I can with the women who just want to function, but I respect you all.  You have the right to care for your body, and I will fight for that right.  I don’t have to understand or even know your reasoning.  You are people, and you deserve to be healthy and happy.  I’m not exactly a woman, but I stand with you all.  Please keep fighting.  The women we’ve gotten into power know our struggle.  They’re trying to help.  Let’s all keep fighting for our health and happiness.