The funny thing is we seem to assume conservation is to protect the poor little animals, but in reality, conservation is for us, so that we don’t change this world so much that we can’t live here. Nature will carry on. It may not be the same shapes and functions as before, but it will adapt. We, however, may not. Conservation is, in the long run, to prevent us from going extinct.
The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth.
The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”
- George Carlin
floatingdino asked: Kris, I'm personally not a big fan of the horror genre (even though I enjoy Broodhollow) can you explain what makes it appealing? Is it enjoyable to be scared?
our species’ ability to master its environment evolved beyond our species’ ability to accept that, and so we are still afraid. when we lived in caves, we knew to be afraid of the dark woods because a very real and dangerous animal might live there. now we don’t live in the cave anymore, and everything around us is man-made. but the instinct to be afraid is still here, so we just move the source to be the closet or the crawlspace.
it is very human to enjoy being scared. rather it is very human to enjoy being scared in safety. when some weirdo on the bus menaces you as a kid, saying “i’m going to get you,” you freak out. unsafe! but when your dad does it, and you know he’s only going to tickle you, you laugh. why? it’s the same threat. if that weirdo tickled you, you’d still hate it. because a threat from a trusted person is safe play. this must be why animals play-fight, too. a good way to ready ourselves for actual danger is to evolve to think “safe danger” is fun.
i think comedy has the same roots. we are presented with something absurd and asked to make sense of it, and our response is not to panic but to enjoy it.
I sat in on a lecture once claiming that comedy has roots in the fight-or-flight response in people. As in, a lot of the feeling we associate with being entertained by comedy is a result of the adrenaline rush you get when you expect something to happen but something completely different happens, and this kind of chemical happening has a lot to do with why people have a habit of laughing when they’re uncomfortable or surprised, because it’s a mechanism the body uses to diffuse that energy it isn’t spending fighting or running away.
I dunno how true it is given I heard from an animator rather than a biologist, but it makes a lot of sense if you apply it to those same ideas of “safe danger” in horror entertainment.
“No, no, listen. Don’t listen to me, listen. You can find your people if you are brave. “
—P.S Beagle, “The Last Unicorn”
(you can get this as a print)
afrofabulous asked: Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.
(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?
I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!
I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm. This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.
If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25 without that experience.
Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”
There’s no going backwards.
One of my favorite books, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell, was Susanna Clarke’s first novel — which was published when she was 44.
Whenever I get down on myself for not being far enough along in my writing, I remember that, and remind myself that so long as I’m alive, kicking, and moving forward, it’s not too late.
All of these thinks, and also seconding that JSaMN is a hell of a novel.
You offer it to me freely…..
OH MY GOSH
Oh my goooooooood, I’m dying from how cute this is
*dead* *lily pops out from chest*
I went to SAKURA CON. It was great. Highlights included:
and definitely not least:
two weeks since looked at my dash
oh jeez oh man
what did I miss
drama? fandom wank wars? petitions for nonbinary gender representation in Nigerian shoe fashions? kitten gifs? I bet there were kitten gifs
I need a summary
i need men’s rights because i’ve been walking in a small circle for years. i can only do men’s lefts. i am very hungry. women laugh at me