awwww-cute:

Today my boyfriend bought a label maker

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koryos:

Someone asked me why cats meow at their owners and luckily for them I have done an entire academic project on this, which the above video was part of.

(Note: I am not the girl in the beginning. Also, don’t worry, to produce the more negative meows cats were at worse mildly irritated with fierce cuddling; one cat was placed in a shower to make it think it was going to get a bath, but the shower was never turned on.)

There are five basic meow categories cats use with their owners.

  • Agonistic: an aggressive meow, basically saying, “back off!”
  • Distress: basically, “help me! I’m scared!”
  • Food-related: fairly obvious, but it’s asking for food
  • Obstacle: asking for the owner to help with an obstacle, like a closed door or window
  • Afilliative: produced when the cat wants a petting session or during a petting session

Based on my own personal experience, I’d add a sixth meow-to-owner category, contact calls (that random meowing your cat does until you respond to it, also the back-and-forth vocalizations owners sometimes have with their cats), but there is no official literature on it yet.

Cats also use slightly different vocalizations with other cats, namely that they mainly meow at their mothers as kittens and as adults rarely meow to each other except when in heat/in an aggressive situation.

Note that this analysis is also limited specifically to meows, which are sounds the cat produces with a sustained open mouth. Other sounds may include purrs, trills, hissing, and spitting (see here for a study on all cat sound types).

Papers to look at:

Brown, K., Buchwald, J., Johnson, J., & Mikolich, D. (1978). Vocalization in the cat and kitten. Developmental psychobiology, 11(6)

McComb, K., Taylor, A. M., Wilson, C., & Charlton, B. D. (2009). The cry embedded within the purr. Current Biology, 19(13)

Nicastro, N. (2004). Perceptual and Acoustic Evidence for Species-Level Differences in Meow Vocalizations by Domestic Cats (Felis catus} and African Wild Cats (Felis silvestris lybica). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 118(3).

Nicastro, N., & Owren, M. J. (2003). Classification of domestic cat (Felis catus) vocalizations by naive and experienced human listeners. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 117(1)

Yeon, S. C., Kim, Y. K., Park, S. J., Lee, S. S., Lee, S. Y., Suh, E. H., … Lee, H. J. (2011). Differences between vocalization evoked by social stimuli in feral cats and house cats. Behavioural Processes, 87(2)

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Feminists are like bees. They are adorable and fuzzy but people run away from them because they don’t understand that they just want to make things good. We’d be fucked without bees. Seriously. And yes, some bees are assholes and maybe one killed your great-uncle and there are some that you give the side-eye to when they start acting crazy but eventually you realize that you have to take the good bees with the bad bees and maybe just be picky about what honey you choose to eat. Eat the raw honey, by the way. It’s way healthier. That last part isn’t part of the analogy. It’s just good advice from my great-grandfather (beekeeper). Also, like bees, feminists secrete a non-edible wax and are easily distracted by smoke.

I’ve lost my point.

Wait, no. I’ve got it again.

Feminism is inherently good. It’s not even close to perfect and still needs lots of work and sometimes it gets all fucked up and backward and awful but that doesn’t mean it’s not still worth fighting for. Now go back and replace “Feminism” with “The human race”. It works, right?. That’s because feminists are made of human.

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polenta tart with zucchini and tomatoes

whitcombstreet:

Sometimes you have beautiful late-summer produce that begs to be barely cooked and set off in some sort of lovely frame. You dream about rough-puff doughs, pate brisees, phyllos. You look at the thermometer and mop your brow and abandon the thought of turning on the oven. So you make a “tart” in a polenta crust instead.

Polenta, we hail thee. Is there anything you can’t do?

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thats-not-victorian:

owlmylove:

badsketchies:

A comic of my current favorite tumblr post in existence.

oH MY GOD. YOU DREW STEVE IRWIN’S VICTORIAN ANCESTOR. PLEASE WAIT WHILE I GOOGLE WHICH STATES I CAN LEGALLY MARRY DRAWINGS IN THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN

SOMEONE MADE A COMIC

BLESS YOU, YOU WONDERFUL PERSON

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If you really want to convey the appropriate feeling of screwed-ness, I think this needs to be a left-hand hex screw.

If you really want to convey the appropriate feeling of screwed-ness, I think this needs to be a left-hand hex screw.

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My cat thinks I am a terrible person who eats cheese and doesn’t share.

She’s … not wrong, I guess?

Dear followers,

  • have you eaten today?

  • did you take any meds you need?

  • how about hydration?

  • maybe a nap if you need one

  • you are awesome

  • keep it up

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applenose:

tanalilt:

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rain—transformed:

Ok guys, so anyone who reblogs this will get a animated text based of their blog submitted to them! Or if you want to request me something, go ahead!
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I want to know what you think of my blog in sparkly form!!

I want sparkly text!

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muonna:

muonna:

I went out today and I looked okay I guess.

I’m trying not to pick out flaws in myself, its kinda hard though

keep reblogging this

This person is adorable omg

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Anonymous said: Regarding the recent asks about Ana's inner goddess, I have to imagine that maybe her subconscious works the same way. Do they exist in the same universe? Can they find each other and bond based on their confusing visions of the same woman's unhealthy relationship?

50shadesofwhy:

I can see the tagline now: “Two women find each other in the strangest of ways…”

Maybe her subconscious and inner goddess are two women working together on writing crackfic.

It would explain so much.

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