diy youtubers really be like "and today we are making a candleholder out of wood! #rustic #organic"babushka
they make candleholders of all sorts of inflammable materials now. there is a reason they used to be made of stone and metal, not plastic painted to look like it. at least some of the youtubers are decent enough to warn us to use electric candles, which are, in fact, pretty neat and i purchased like 10, but still.
pbfAhahaha--i totally missed the fact that wood is flammable fjsldkgfhfk
the thing is that this fact is dangerously easy to miss when the world is fool of wooden candleholders. what else is flammable? paint. what do we use to give our glass candleholder a #rustic #organic look? also paint. congratulations, you turned a functional candleholder into a flammable one
OKAY BUT AS A CANDLE MAKER THIS IS A HUGE PET PEEVE OF MINE like. there are people out there that will think it's fine to burn actual open-flame candles on painted and wooden candle holders without stopping to think about stuff like burnability and assume it's fine just because they're called candle holders and that's dangerous as heck
another thing that's along the same lines is those youtube tutorials on how to make 'cute and/or quirky candles' by doing things like dusting/suspending on the top of your newly-made candle any number of absolutely unsafe very flammable objects. I have seen dried and/or pressed flowers. I have seen little plastic gears. I have seen powdered cinnamon. I have seen candles where people mix glitter throughout the whole dang thing. I've seen where someone mixed rainbow cake sprinkles in the wax.
for reference, those plastic gears and glitter? they will melt. you will be breathing melted plastic fumes. the flowers and the cinnamon will catch fire. I'm not familiar enough with rainbow cake sprinkles to know what they do when exposed to flame, but I'm familiar enough to say that fire is pretty much a guarenteed at this point.
there are many, many easy ways to make cool/interesting looking candles without courting the possibility of accidental fires. none of these particular methods are included in this list.
how are crayons for candlemaking?
americans: we are SO Christian!! Prayer before food, prayer before class...
me: ok what's Easter about
americans: uh... Bunnies?????babushka
@UnidentifiedBlog orthodox Easter traditions are also about coloring eggs, and i think i vaguely remember how that's connected to resurrection - when someone back in the day heard the news about it, he said "I won't believe it, sooner the eggs turn red when i believe it" and the eggs in his servant's basket turned red?? thats how i remember the legend going, and i don't know if it's in the bible or not. i just have no idea how it took a bunny turn.
IIRC, as with most christian traditions, it has roots in various pagan beliefs (im sure there are some indepth histories out there somewhere). Spring is usually a time of hope and rebirth and rabbits are a sign of fertility. Similar shit can be said for chickens/eggs/etc and well, the Christian celebration of jesus dying and then being resurrected fits with those themes.
also someone said that americans know what Easter is about but like? The way it IS markerted - i just see "bunny day this, bunny day that".
However, Christmas is all about Santa since long ago... Even though there is a cultural reason for that.
Also our Easter is a week later than your Easter. And on your Easter we cele -
but Google Translate called верба a "pussy willow" and this went into completely DIFFERENT GODDAMN DIRECTION
Thats because of capitalisms merchandising hell? Everythings gotta be Fun and Safe and For Everyone (ie secularize it just enough so the christians dont get mad but you can involve non-christians as well) so you can sell as much product for a useless holiday as possible. Thats why like 98% of our holidays are pertetuated as mostly about giving things to people (christmas, valentines, halloween, easter, thanksgiving). Its all about corporations selling these holidays to us and its just become embedded into the fabric of our society.
Is the rest of the world not like this? I never know what part of this dystopian hellscape is exclusive to the USA.
pussy willows are the willows with the fuzzy tips on their branches. i think theyre like flowers, or seedpods?
i think they're called pussy willows bc cats are fuzzy
Okay, I'm seeing a lot of people out there who are worried about the virus because they or someone they live with cannot stop working right now. If you can't stop working, then take precautions, as many as you can. My mom and I are pros at this kind of stuff because we have dealt with viruses and deadly molds fairly often and we always have to make sure we don't get sick and we don't get our animals sick from whatever we've come into contact with.
Take off shoes before entering the house, and leave them outside. You can put them in bags or boxes or something if you're worried about weather getting to them. Although if they're any kind of work or hiking boots or something similar, you can probably just leave them outside upside down and they'll be fine.
Obviously touching doorknobs is necessary, but try to touch as absolutely little as possible, and sanitize anything that does get touched.
Take off clothes as soon as possible. If you don't have a full load of laundry ready, you don't have to wash them right away, but put them in the washer, not the hamper, if you can, to limit exposure, that way you don't have to touch them again or move them through the house until they're clean. If you can't put them in a washer, put them in a trash bag and try to kep the trash bag as close to sealed as possible. (Maybe put a second trash bag over top the first one.)
Shower if possible. If not, at the very least, wash hands throughly. Sing the alphabet or something while you do it.
Use colorox wipes. Dawn soap is amazing and safe for literally everyone. Try not to get too close to people. Don't touch your own face without washing your hands.
Stay aware. You do not have to panic over this, but don't be stupid about it either. Stupidity is what makes this kind of stuff dangerous.
Coronavirus starts in the throat, so if you feel anything, and if you start coughing, jump on it instantly. Gargling warm water salt water or vinegar has been proven to dislodge the virus and elliminate it before it can properly infect you.flowerfemme
hey the info about gargling salt water isn't actually true, it'll ease the sore throat sure but it won't 'dislodge' the virus unfortunately
however the cleaning recs are incredibly good i've been doing all of those
and obv this is optional but if you're washing your hands a lot your hands are gonna get dry as shit so if you have any moisturizing lotion you can use probs get that out
personally i really like helping hands from lush as it's made specifically for people in jobs who wash their hands a lot. the actual shops are closed but i think you can still buy online for now
Protecting Trans Bodies in Death
Important video to watch if you're trans. We all fear being misgendered in death. We fear our bodies not being respected. We've heard the horror stories... But there are ways to protect yourself in death! Caitlin and Order of the Good Death explain how along with providing resources! Please watch and share. This is information everyone should know.
LINKS FROM THE VIDEO:
Bread n Pasta n Other Basics
so i went to the store today and there was no bread or pasta. But there was flour and sugar n base ingredients GALORE. Here's how ya'll use it.
Feel free to send what you've found in stores near you and how to use it.
how do i get in Valhalla after death? this is a serious question to those of you who knowstop
isnt the only criteria that you die in battle??
okay. i think i can do that
and that's why i used to keep a sword near me and now i need a new one
As a side note, there are actually other "halls" and places one can go to after death, it's not just Valhalla or bust (Helheim). And they all have their own ways to get in. And in fact, Freja has Fólkvangr, and the Vanir had their own realm people could go to, iirc.
Honest question but what would count as "battle"? Like just going to the battlefield during war or can I have a street fight behind dennis and still go?
ok i feel dumb asking this but.. how do we invite peoplecoffee
its in your blog settings!
heres what it looks like:
(im on mobile so all my screenshots are in that format)
and when someone hits the link it takes them to this page
which is just straightforward account creation. something to keep in mind is whatever blog you create the invite link under will be automatically followed by whoever uses it!
also the invite link isnt just a one-time-use thing, if you go back into your blog settings there it is if you need to copy it again 👌
An extinct bird species has evolved back into existence, study says
It's an example of iterative evolution — when the same ancestral lineage leads to repeated evolution of a species at different points in time
nobody asked but im gonna ramble on about my research project
so my lab works on endophytes, which are microbes that live inside plants and help em grow. my particular project is on some strains of Pseudomonas bacteria that i isolated from agave seeds
they glow in under UV light and they're so good!!!
they're highly antifungal (hypothesis: they're fungal pathogens) and they're super helpful to all the plants i've tested them on so far (carrots/coriander/rice/catnip)
right now a friend from another lab and i are collaborating on a project between her catnip and my Pseudomonas to see if my Pseudomonas can induce the catnip to produce more of the essential oil that attracts cats
i'm hoping to get enough data from my other aspects of my own project to have a scientific article completed by this fall/winter
got any tips for gardening in a dorm room that faces northeast-east and gets about 3 hrs direct sunlight on good days? desperately need plants in my life but left all my succs with my mom bc they were bolting and i was concerned for their health :(
hmmmm... any full shade plants should like that, since full shade is actually supposed to be ~3 hours of indirect light a day! hostas give you some pretty leaves, or if you want flowers, there's always impatiens or violets!
you can find lists of full-shade plants online and scroll through those for ideas- anything that can grow in full shade that's also small enough to fit in a dorm room should do just fine, I'd think!crownedwithwisteria
*sneakily sliiiides back in* also some additional plants that might be worth a try would be mint, alpine strawberries (won't fruit heavily, but might still produce a berry here and there!), and vinca (periwinkle- vinca minor)!
I would say a cheap grow light would be a good way to get more light in but I think I read that dorms don't allow stuff like that?
oooo thankyou i'll see abt the strawbs esp
велосипед! every dang time that word comes up in my lessons I have to have a paper nearby to write down how it's actually spelled as opposed to my terrible guess XD
1) the word bicycle is really hard to spell too
2) this word has latin roots! велос is for velosity, speed and whatnot. And пед is for ped - feet (bipedal, for example). So this just means "fast feet" of "faster feet" which is... Kinda true i guess, when it comes to a bike?
But the story is, this word appeared in Russian history long before the invention of a bike!
In 16 century or something, russian church workers apparently knew latin, and some even started to rewrite their surnames in lating, giving them the same meaning but different appearance. That's how a man called Игнатий Велосипедов appeared, much to everyone's confusion. However, the dude must have been called Быстронгов or whatever surname that suggested that he's gotta go fast, but he didn't like it and changed to a fancy lating word... And then, long after that an independently, а велосипед was finally born.
@everythingthatmatters ohhh I wish I had a greenhouse! I'd be unstoppable lol
I actually grow all my plants in my room! it really doesn't look pretty at the moment, but here's a picture of my current set up-
steel shelving from lowes + 9 sets of shoplights + 18 T8 florescent daylight bulbs. whole thing cost... maybe $500-$600? each shelf can hold four trays of plants, so I have a pretty good amount of space!
if I ever got the money together I could set up the bottom shelf to grow plants too- trial and error taught me that 2 lights per shelf just isn't enough to prevent stretching, so three per shelf it is!
when it comes to the varieties, I got my hands on my parent's seed collection to go with mine- plus I got gifted a ton too! I generally try to aim to get 3-5 of each variety, since I expect the pests to claim a few, and some seeds to just not germinate. I like a lot of variety in my garden! and I'm very weak for colorful heirloom tomatoes lol.
which varieties are you growing? I might have a few of the same!
tbh i've been seeing a few posts abt getting hardly any notes on art here, and yeah, i don't get tons, but i do actually get notes (as opposed to tumblr, where most of my art averages like...2 to 3 notes, if they get any at all), and the interactions i do get with my art are really nice and positive
idk, im just rambling and putting some thoughts out there. i really like the supportive atmosphere waterfall has and am trying to engage more with all of the cool people on here :)80roxy08
I know I have more notes of waterfall, but I decided to pull numbers to make a quick comparison and check how much exactly
So : Twitter account, 3 years old
Versus waterfall account, around half as long
More followers on Twitter, but if compared to the number of users, I'm pretty sure I'm more 'popular' on WF
Piece 1 : traditional art, pencil, original art but a creature/concept that can fit many aesthetics
Around the same number of notes. But the difference ? WF got me 95% of reblog, Twit is mostly like. So I have more 'reach' on WF, esp since it's feature-eligible
Piece 2 : An OC, but into a currently popular video game outfit, so kinda fanart too
Nothing on Twitter, despite having mutuals into FE3H. My guess is that the piece didn't even pop up on their dash because of the algorithm. Much more result on WF, whose tagging system is also easier (and less ugly)
Piece 3 : the freaking sparkly giant calmar
An absolute win for WF.
The bilan : with less followers, but more repouring, my art got 10 to 20 more notes on average.
Art that's isn't liked/not posted at the right time usually get 2 to 5 notes, already more than on Twitter. Liked stuff goes to 15-20 really fast.
Sure, I don't get 50-80 notes like I did when we were barely a thousand users, but there is still more interaction going on thanks to the sense of community here. Also, once you find a couple interested people, it's easier to interact : leading OC drawings to be repoured in proportion not usually seen for small artists.
Lastly, I'd say that, regardless of art, I have had more conversation and interaction with people on WF in that year than I had on Tumblr AND Twitter in years. The last time some of my project had that much interest was back on deviantart, years ago, when I did Pokémon comics.
i know im op but uhhh gotta repour this is tight af
yeah, the difference in interaction that i've had here on wf compared to tumblr/twitter/most other social media is pretty noticeable and this addition really helps to show that, i think. waterfall's pretty fucking rad
Since you guys said you want to hear me ramble about development stuff more often, I figured I'd start you off on the problem I'm currently looking at solving - both because some of you might find it interesting, and because I'm kind of hoping for an epiphany halfway through that makes the decision easier. So, let's talk about file storage.
The above shows the results of a command run to tell me how much disk space we have and how much is used. For those who don't read Linux (I don't blame you), that's saying that the disk Waterfall is allowed to use is 750GB in size (remember - this is a virtual machine, meaning the disk that's sitting on is bigger, we just needed room for other stuff), with 127GB used and 586GB available. If we assume about 5GB - it's probably less - for the OS, that means Waterfall currently has 122GB of data. 500MB of that is the database which is easy to deal with, Galera clusters are well understood at this point.
122GB is small compared to places like Tumblr, but it's a sign that we're growing and need to start thinking - what happens when we exceed the 750GB we have allocated? More to the point, what happens when 0.26 launches, part of which is where the site finally goes multi-node?
There's really only one answer, and that is "set up a CDN". Now granted, we're not quite using the proper definition of CDN here - CDN implies geographically distributed servers where you connect to the nearest/fastest for your area. I don't really care about that (though it is on the roadmap - more on that later), and just want a way to spread the files out across multiple servers.
We have multiple options here. Cloudflare and AWS would provide us with a proper, bonafide CDN solution. They also cost money, so are out already. That leaves us with two - GlusterFS, and Raven. For the sake of full disclosure, Raven is, eventually, going to need to handle this anyway. The only reason this is being debated at all is because we want 0.26 out ASAP to, hopefully, start earning us some cash so I'm at the very least not putting any more of my personal funds into keeping the site online, if not making some back.
So - the aim here can be distilled into a single point as the core principle. Make sure a file is always available and that we don't run out of space. To expand on that, the basic design I have in mind is that at least two copies of any given file are kept in different places - ideally three, with an extra copy of the "original" quality file, just in case (the idea being that if all three copies of all the lower qualities are lost, there'll be at least one copy of the original left to regenerate them).
GlusterFS would be a really easy way to make this happen - we can set up a distributed replication volume, tell it we want three copies of each, and it'll handle it automatically. Way bigger companies than us use that and handle it fine, it'd take about 20 minutes to set up. It doesn't give us the flexibility to say "keep more copies of this one file" though, adn there's a major issue - the webserver would need to first download that file and then serve it, doubling the bandwidth that specific file needs. There's no way (that I'm aware of) to get the host the file is on from Gluster and have the client connect to it, it has to make its way through the pipes.
The second option, adn the way it'll eventually be done anyway, is using Raven - with this, we have full control over where a file goes, how many copies, etc. It'd also let us move stuff to an SSD cache if it's being hit frequently. There's a large overlap in Gluster and Raven's proposed functionality, but Raven has one advantage - direct connections. We'll be able to tell exactly where a file is and generate a URL for your browser to load it from, halving the bandwidth needed. But, since Raven is built in house, it'll probably take a while before we get it right.
Both of these are perfectly acceptable solutions, and can scale almost infinitely - leaning towards Raven may be a symptom of "Not Invented Here" syndrome, but the question here boils down to whether we want to do it right the first time or go the quick route now and then spend time on it later. As for whywe can't just use Gluster and call it a day - with video sizes, that would absolutely cripple Glacier.
Realistically, we have a large window ahead of us where we can just do nothing, but for the site to grow, I'd rather have it in place and unnecesary than be caught short when it is needed. Hopefully, this post gives you a little insight into one of the challenges we're looking at with designing the infrastructure, and how I look ahead for some future planning!
Future plans involving Raven's CDN stuff are to also allow geographically located servers. Waterfall already looks at where you are for calcualteing timezone and currency - the basic idea here is when we set up a new server somewhere, we draw a circle on a map and call it a "region". Then, we just give your user account a preferred region the next time you log in, and it'll serve you files from servers there if it can.
last month i started a multi-part guide on drawing backgrounds for beginners (or any artist anxious about getting started!). i took some people's questions on twitter about things they struggle with most regarding backgrounds and i'm using those to write up this guide, so hopefully your burning questions about backgrounds are answered here!
all that and more is answered here!
these guides are free to read and will stay free to read. if you find them helpful consider supporting me on patreon or ko-fi if you like! i post free guides to my patreon regularly and bonus content for patrons 😊
i hope these are helpful!
kshshdkfm i just realized why i hate pillowforts current invite system so much, its a fucking pyramid schemecoffee
to clarify, i had the dismal fortune of getting caught up in a pyramid scheme company practically out of high school and while it was exploitive and anxiety inducing, i dont regret it cause it at least showed me what to look out for
when you get hired into a pyramid scheme, the first week of work is just you inviting your friends/family/barely known aquaintences into it as well.
im not joking, theres even cash rewards to those that get the most people hired into the company, so of course people are going to call everyone they can to get in on it
and pillowfort giving in site rewards to users that send out the most invites? reeks of the same damn thing
if i may ask! how would you suggest going about picking up knitting?
step 1: learn to cast on
step 2: do your best
step 3: learn to cast off
step 4: wear your monstrosity
to be more specific:
there's a lot of good knitting tutorials on youtube, but what you really need is someone irl who knows how to knit and can keep an eye on you (otherwise you get Me, Who Doesn't Flip At The Ends Of Rows And Has To Mentally Recalculate Patterns) and can answer questions and tell you if you're doing it right. see if there's a knitting group in your area you can go to.
bulky yarn. big needles. it's easier to see what you're doing. they make a kind of needle that's specifically for beginners that the two needles are a different color and i'm not sure why and i'm pretty sure it's the reason i don't flip at the ends of rows now. on the bright side lacework is way easier to visualize
start with a scarf, it's just a big rectangle. if you fuck something up, tie off anything that might end up unravelling (experienced knitters are good for identifying these) and just keep going.
that's how you get my first scarf, which has a place where i added 5 sts and took them off the other side that's perfect for covering the back of my head/neck, and a nose hole so i dont fog up my glasses. and also several loops of yarn hanging off the sides.
Me, seeing everyone in every server I'm in being completely wrong on the Wuhan Coronavirus, the epidemiology nerd in me clawing at my insides to try and correct them on basic virology and transmission vectors
Very much related please don't spread information as fact if you don't have the capability to verify that information. The Wuhan coronavirus is scary - we don't know what it is, or where it came from! But so far, the data suggests a slightly increased transmissivity but significantly decreased lethality when compared to SARS. We've had 17 years to learn from that outbreak, and we know a lot more about what we're dealing with this time round.
Please ignore anyone saying this is going to be the next Spanish Flu and trying to panic you when they don't even know basic stuff like what fomites are or what R-naught means.fungus
what are fomites and what does r-naught mean
My computer would die on me if I ever try to do something like thisgoat-ish
I'll put it down a read more because I'm gonna put a few images (@UnidentifiedBlog)
So let's say this is your project (first image). To put another adorable cube, you'll have to go to the menu on the top-right corner, where the 40's are, and click on the button with the two arrows (second image).
Clicking that will take you to a new place (third image), where you can move your object boxes using the three arrows (blue is up and down, red is left and right, and green is back and forward). Please keep in mind that you need to select the desired box so you can move it around, and to select it is as easy as doing click on it.
To get a new box you'll have to go to the menu in the top-right corner (fourth image).
Here you can see a Plus button, a Minus button, and the two arrows (still the fourth image). The Plus button creates new boxes where you can design new objects. The Minus button deletes boxes, but keep in mind that it will delete the box you have selected at the moment. The two arrows button will take you to the first screen. You can't modify or start designing objects while you're in the second place, so you'll have to switch back and forth between the two if you want to add more boxes or move around the ones you already have.
Now, you didn't ask for this one but I might as well tell you. In the same place, you have a menu called Layer (fifth image).
This menu works like the layers of a painting program. The arrow at the right side of the numbers tells you in which layer you are. If you want to move a box from layer 0 to layer 1, simply select the object (click on it) and move the arrow to layer 1.
If you want to create a box in a different layer than the one you're currently working on, do click on the number of the layer you want to work with (or you know, the entire box dedicated to the number), and click the Plus button. The new box that appears will be in that layer.
And to end this, if you don't want to see the contents/boxes of other layers, just click the circles of the layers you don't wanna see and this will hide them. This makes it easier to work when you have lots of boxes filled with objects.
Hope all of these make sense. I have never tried to put in words so there might be some points that are hard to understand.
this is so helpful!! thanks so much :)
Online art terms:
MC = My character YC = Your character
YCH = Your character here (one draws a base and people can pay for their character to be drawn into that base by them)
Adoptable: A character design you can 'adopt' from an artist. Often these are paid character designs.
Commission: A custom art piece you 'commission' someone to make for you. This is a paid assignment
Request: These are free not guaranteed
Suggestion: Similar to a request but possibly even less guaranteed
Hey staff! Are you aware of the Inktober stuff that's going on right now? Given you said you wanted to support it and give out prizes for it and you've been fairly transparent on how your business stuff works in the past, what's your take on it?
So, I've only done some cursory research on it so far, but I think I have a reasonable idea of what's going on.
For those out of the loop, the term "Inktober" has been trademarked, and artists using the term are getting Cease and Desist letters. Now, C&Ds aren't legally enforcable on their own - they're more of a scare tactic. However, IF it evolves into lawsuits, they can be used to establish an intent and establish that previous attempts at a resolution had been established.
Before I go any further, I want to look at this tweet.
This tweet is, in fact, to use one of the kinder applicable terms for it, bullshit. For starters, lawyers don't just go off and autonomously do stuff like this. Reason the first being that trademarks are expensive. When we were looking at a trademark, to get a lawyer to do it properly, it cost us $1,500. A lawyer would not just go on their merry way and do that without clearing it with their client first. Second, let's have a look at the actual trademark filing itself. Since this is blowing up now I imagine it was a recent fi- oh. Oh no.
It doesn't show great on screens, sorry about that. But lets look at the pertinent dates.
Filing Date: November 3rd, 2017. That means this was filed over two years ago. I find it EXTREMELY unlikely that a lawyer kept someone in the dark about an expensive process for two years.
Published for opposition July 17th 2018 - that's normal, iit takes a bit of time for the paperwork to go through. Registration date October 2nd 2018 would be the day it went live. In other words, this guy is saying he had no idea he had a trademark for over two years. I feel it's infinitely more likely that this is a reaction to folks finding out about it, and the C&Ds are being done because enough time has now passed that a reasonable assumption that the perceived infringement is "willful", rather than the brand historically being community-led and open-source kinda.
So, my overall take is pretty much along the lines of "not cool, dude". Going forward, Waterfall won't support Inktober, and will instead support "Drawtober", a hashtag coined by other artsits - I'm not sure whether KikiDoodleTweet on Twitter actually coined the term or not but we'll be looking into that before we go live with this October's contest so we can make sure we're crediting the right folks.
All the same prizes and rewards for participating stand, but yeah we're not gonna support that kind of behaviour.
Quick edit to add - our lawyer is on the cheap end, and costs $400 an hour. C&Ds, even copy pasted, are probably gonna be around that much for 4 because billable hours and stuff. Even if this isn't about the trademark, and it just about the C&Ds - it still wouldn't be something that they do autonomously.
i posted a meme about this coaster earlier - but let's post a nice picture! this photogenic coaster is Vortex, and unfortunately retired at the end of the 2019 season. located at Kings Island, it operated from 1987 - 2019, thrilling many riders during it's time ! it's a classic that will be missed by many.
Fairy Lantern flower
he actually managed the full year of growing/foraging 100% of his own food the absolute madman
talk about life goals tho
(warning: brief image of a roadkilled deer at 7:38-7:44 but the rest of the video is fine)