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devkimiko:

Adventures in printing Part 2. It’s really long because there’s no easy way to explain these things. Today we look at some printing terms and how to size your files for print! Part 1 (Colourspace) here.

HTML HELP & CODES
TUTORIALS:
01. HOW TO: Reblog Yourself
02. HOW TO: Change An Image’s Opacity
03. HOW TO: Create A Drop In Recommend Box
04. HOW TO: Enable Your Ask Box
05. HOW TO: Use A Favicon
06. HOW TO: Reblog A Link
07. HOW TO: Create Block Navigation
08. HOW TO: Get A Fixed Header
09. HOW TO: Get A Pop-Up Welcome Message
10. HOW TO: Get A Pop-Up Exit Message
11. HOW TO: Use A Dash-Theme
12. HOW TO: Redirect URLS
13. HOW TO: Create A Custom Domain Name
14. HOW TO: Allow Replies To Posts
15. HOW TO: Put Music On Your Tumblr
16. HOW TO: Track Someone’s IP ADDRESS
17. HOW TO: See Who Unfollows You
18. HOW TO: Get Accordian Links
19. HOW TO: Get A Chatbox
20. HOW TO: Creating & Tagging A “Favorites” Page
21. HOW TO: Creating A New Page
22. HOW TO: Get A Tumblr Tag Cloud

TUTORIALS:
01. HTML Code: Changing The Bold, Italic, Underline
02. HTML Code: Infinite Scrolling
03. HTML Code: Auto Pager
04. HTML Code: fading effect for links
05. HTML Code: site visitor counter
06. HTML Code: site hit counter
07. HTML Code: Basic Codes
08. HTML Code: Scroll Box
09. HTML Code: Ask Box Code
10. HTML Code: Drop Down Menu
11. HTML Code; Drop Down Navigation
12. HTML Code: Recommend Button
13. HTML Code: Snow Effect
14. HTML Code: Bubbles Cursor
15. HTML Code: Create Tabbed Links
16. HTML Code: Sparkle Cursor: One Color
17. HTML Code: Sparkle Cursor: Two Colors
18. HTML Code: Image Mapping Code
19. HTML Code: Background Image in Tumblr Posts
20. HTML Code: Faded Text
21. HTML Code: Fireworks Effect
22. HTML Code: Create Rounded Edges
23. HTML Code: Shadow Behind DIVS
24. HTML Code: Cursor Text Trail
25. HTML Code: Custom Cursor Images
26. HTML Code: Rotating Posts On Mouse Over
27. HTML Code: RARE Title Header Code

What Is Up With “Thou,” “Thee,” “Thy,” and “Thine”?

ivegotfreewifi:

i’m just staring at this and being like WOW

it’s fantastic!

mindblowingscience:

pickledpennies:

m00nchaser:

If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice

References:

Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

structurez:

dfw-cub:

YES.

Ironic how I’d be reblogging this right after my body image post…lol

 - well usually supermarkets have food
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austriea:

im gonna have to ask u to dial back your sass there

Daft Punk - "Are they or aren't they..."
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battlesuit:

morethananythinginmylife:

The question that everyone is secretly curious about, how does Daft Punk feel about shipping and other rumors. The answer in their own words.

"it’s fun"

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ariasshadow:

itgetsbetterproject:

We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com). 
A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.
Knowledge is power. Learn more about your rights as a student - visit transstudent.org. You can also get more information from the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students” (http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf)
Check out the TSER on Facebook (facebook.com/transstudent) and Twitter (twitter.com/transstudent)

Signal boost, my friends.

ariasshadow:

itgetsbetterproject:

We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com). 

A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.

Knowledge is power. Learn more about your rights as a student - visit transstudent.org. You can also get more information from the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students” (http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf)

Check out the TSER on Facebook (facebook.com/transstudent) and Twitter (twitter.com/transstudent)

Signal boost, my friends.

tavgam:

gosh i want a cosplaying boyfriend or girlfriend

even if we cosplay characters that dont make sense that’s even better

what’s that over there? rose lalonde making out with the grand highblood?

damn thats hot.

laurazocca:

I like drinking coffee alone, and reading alone.

I like riding the bus alone, and walking home alone.

It gives me time to think, and set my mind free.

I like eating alone, and listening to music alone.

But when I see a mother with her child;

A girl with her lover;

Or a friend laughing with their best friend;

I realize that even though I like being alone

I don’t fancy being lonely.

after 3+ years on tumblr this is still the most relevant accurate thing i’ve ever seen
There’s nothing wrong with sex, people.

claireruns:

thechroniclesofrin:

- Having sex every day. 
- Saving sex for your wedding night. 
- Never having sex.
- Having sex with different people.
- Having sex with one person.
- Having sex with a person of your same gender.
- Loving sex. 
- Hating sex. 
- Being loud. 
- Being quiet.

The only thing wrong with sex?

When it’s not consensual.

Because that’s not sex. That’s rape.


Reblogging again because this post is so important.

georgeismyllama:

Catalina Ferro performs “Anxiety Group” (by UrbanaPoetrySlam)

This made me feel better about myself