jesse_the_k: Ray Kowalski is happy to be alive, surrounded by yellow rubber ducks (dS RayK's ducks)
User-supported "maltshop" disemvowelled is the successor to mlkshk, an early Flickr-like service. $3/year for a basic membership, no ads, source on Github.
Meme inside )
jesse_the_k: Woman holds camera overhead, captioned "capturing the stars" (photographer at work)
Quartz showcases their favorite entries from the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, an annual contest run by Britain’s Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Not only are the photos beautiful, but I believe the integral photo descriptions are outstanding.
jesse_the_k: Ray Kowalski is happy to be alive, surrounded by yellow rubber ducks (dS RayK's ducks)
Captain Awkward has now spread her wings and taken on a few collaborators. The blog continues to offer reliably helpful advice for living the awkward life. This includes very useful scripts for those of us who lose their words in a crisis. More gems: handling the normals when you’re mentally interesting. Also, relationships: the bad, the weird, the run-the-other-way-screaming, and the wonderful. My elevator description of the site and the awkward army is, “Mutual aid for people who can’t/don’t do therapy.”

Today’s contribution:
#450: How to tighten up your game at work when you’re depressed is by the Captain herself. It is stunningly helpful. It provides very specific details on how to present yourself -- in dress, in conversation, in work-assignments -- so as to “not be the person they want to fire.” For example:
begin quote ... I can help you (and maybe others who are in your same shoes) keep your job until you decide you don’t want it anymore, and if you can’t keep this one maybe this will help you keep the next one.

A lot of this stuff is literally THE hardest stuff to do when you’re feeling down. Because the principle behind this is antithetical to who we probably are as people, seeking genuine connections and genuine expressions of ourselves. The operating principle is: Appearances count at work. Sometimes more than the actual work does.

Is that fair? No.

Should a really intelligent good worker run into trouble because they are having at temporary bout of sads or meds re-adjustment or other big life stuff? No. quote ends


Cherokee rare-corn farmer Carl Barnes spent years isolating Native American corn varieties to save a lost heritage, ultimately preserving his glass gem corn seed.
Dried corn spirals on a cob in gem colors: saffire, topaz, garnet, iolite and emerald
Thanks to Saami photographer Neeta Inari for the photo and the story.

The Fan Art in Sherlock BBC is Blowing My Mind in the Best Possible Fashion
Why otters? Why hedgehogs? It started here with a sly photoset matching Benedict's expressions with a series of otters'and then spiralled out of control. Another Tumblr responded, then the actors involved found & l liked it. Yes the fourth wall has been smashed re: hedgehogs.

John/Otter in bathtub


Black&White drawing of a kiss that truly sent a thrill up my right ankle, capturing reality more truly than a photograph

If there’s really a Barista AU in every fandom, this collection of coast-to-coast U.S. Barista cant (jargon) will prove relevant to writers’ interests.
(I have read several in SGA, but welcome recs in any fandom. Even better than barista would be a tea shop AU in Sherlock)
jesse_the_k: Red help button briefly flashes green and blue (Help! GIF)
Continuing our photo theme.

I'm working on "how to make accessible signs" guide. Every year I promise myself I'm going to take pictures of our signage.

Every year I forget it in the glory of the moment.

I've just spent quite a while paging through the Wiscon tag at Flickr. No joy. And really, who takes pictures of hallways? Our signs help you spend as little time in them as possible.

But if you have taken pictures of the signs
  • The overhead signs with room names, e.g., "Cap A" or "Childcare"

  • The signs on sixth floor which divided the idle lane from the travel lane, plastered under the plastic and climbing the walls

  • Or any other signs that thrilled you

  • I would be delighted to have a copy.

    If I include your photo in the guide, you'll get credit, a copy, and egoboo.

    You may comment here or email me via jesse_the_k at

    Thanks so much!

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