Absurd Creature of the Week:
Ferocious, Fearless Mantis Shrimp Is the Honey Badger of the Sea
by Matt Simon
These are the stomatopods, some 550 known species of mantis shrimp that range from less than an inch long to well over a foot. They’re feisty, beautifully complex creatures that strike so quickly that they momentarily superheat the water around their spring-loaded clubs to a temperature nearly as hot as the surface of the sun.
They may not be particularly big, but they will fight just about anything that so much as looks at them funny. Octopuses, humans, each other — you name it. You see, the mantis shrimp doesn’t grab ass. It kicks it.
Mantis shrimp are split into two groups. Smashers methodically dismember and knock their prey unconscious. Spearers impale fish with spikey appendages, much like their insect namesake. The speed and power with which these creatures strike simply defies logic. While the spearers can lash at their prey in a mere 20 to 30 milliseconds, the smashers can be 10 times as quick. This is the fastest predatory strike on the planet…
(read more: Wired Science)
amazing motherfucking photos by Roy Caldwell
Mona Pavilions by Fender Katsalidis Architects
Bold, diamond shaped steel frames anchored to the ground by large, off form concrete blades. Weathered timber clad boxes to the rear slip between these steel structures.
Maybe real love can feel like having a best friend who you get to kiss and hold all the time. Maybe it doesn’t have to be some fire pit of emotions or a deep, deep pool of desires.
Yesterday was probably one of the best days I’ve had. Maybe ever. I mean, aside from a day where I was actually out doing something that is supposed to be fun like Disneyland or a special occasion.
I didn’t do much.. Sean and I went to Home Depot (which usually bores me to the point of insanity, but I needed a new pot to put my flowers in) and Target, got a quick lunch, cleaned for literally about 4 hours, drank some beer, made dinner and watched Walking Dead.
It doesn’t sound like a day that would win for best day of my life, but let me expand on this..
Sean didn’t let me pay for anything at Home Depot or Target, he took me to Portos for a sandwich I had been craving for months now (again, wouldn’t let me pay), on our way home he told me he was talking to his coworker about weddings and how he would be willing to spend x amount on me for our wedding, we cleaned together; no pointing fingers or whining - both of us got our hands dirty and cleaned the shit out of every inch of our apartment, we drank beer together and talked about our future and things we don’t normally discuss, we made pizzas together, watched Walking Dead and then got into bed and rubbed each others back until we fell asleep.
It was just a regular day doing regular things, but doing everything with Sean felt so good and real.
It’s the kind of day that I could have for the rest of my life.