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In light of your recent posts on breeding ethics, especially about scottish folds (I had no idea about that one, glad I know now!), are there any more particular breeds of cats or dogs that we, as potential pet owners, should avoid?

@Anonymous

koryos:

Yes. There are many.

But I can’t really provide a comprehensive list; there are so many factors that can go into it. Some breeds are perfectly healthy as long as they come from a reputable breeder; some breeds are so badly genetically damaged that I would want to abolish breeding them altogether (the English bulldog comes to mind, as well as the pug and the Persian cat). And the very appeal of some breeds comes from a trait that significantly damages their quality of life, like the Scottish fold.

If you are considering adopting a purebred animal, it is really important and really your responsibility to carefully research the breed itself as well as the breeder. The information is out there and thanks to the internet it isn’t hard to find.

I will say that one of the most important things to look for on a breeder’s website is both an acknowledgement of the genetic disorders known to exist in the breed and a guarantee that their animals will not have them. When you talk to the breeder you should already be armed with an arsenal of research on the breed to be sure they can answer all of your questions.

Many people have sworn off purebred animals altogether and I don’t blame them. But adopting a mutt- while an absolutely wonderful thing to do- isn’t going to guarantee that you get an animal with no congenital issues. The value of purebred animals is the fact that their lineages are known and theoretically, they could be bred in a way that would eliminate genetic disorders.

This is unfortunately not always what happens.

Some resources:

Dog Breed Health: A great site for any potential dog owner. Includes advice on how to choose a breeder and what to do if your purebred dog has a congenital disorder.

The Canine Inherited Disorder Database

Inherited Diseases in Dogs

Library of Inherited Disorders in Animals: Includes information on disorders in both purebred dogs and cats.

Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals: Includes information not just on purebred dogs and cats but many other species.

Again, a google search will quickly net you many more results; just make sure that they are from reputable sources.

1 hour ago with 30 notes

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tamorapierce:

aliasofwestgate:

justira:

Reblogging not just because special effects are cool but because body doubles, stunt doubles, acting doubles, talent doubles — all the people whose faces we’re not supposed to see but whose bodies make movies and tv shows possible — these people need and deserve more recognition. We see their bodies onscreen, delight in the shape and motion of those bodies, but even as we pick apart everything else that goes on both on and behind the screen, I just don’t see the people who are those bodies getting the love and recognition they deserve.

We’re coming to love and recognize actors who work in full-body makeup/costumes, such as Andy Serkis, or actors whose entire performances, or large chunks thereof, are motion captured or digitized (lately sometimes also Andy Serkis!). But people like Leander Deeny play an enormous part in making characters such as Steve Rogers come to life, too. Body language is a huge part of a performance and of characterization. For characters/series with a lot of action, a stunt person can have a huge influence on how we read and interpret a character, such as the influence Heidi Moneymaker has had on the style and choreography of Black Widow’s signature fighting style. Talent doubles breathe believability and discipline-specific nuance into demanding storylines.

Actors are creative people themselves, and incredibly important in building the characters we see onscreen. But if we agree that they’re more than dancing monkeys who just do whatever the directors/writers say, then we have to agree that doubles are more than that, too. Doubles make creative decisions too, and often form strong, mutually supportive relationship with actors.

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Image 1: “I would like to thank Kathryn Alexandre, the most generous actor I’ve ever worked opposite.”

Image 2: “Kathryn who’s playing my double who’s incredible.”

[ Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany on her acting double, Kathryn Alexandre, two images from a set on themarysue, via lifeofkj ]

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I’ve got a relationship that goes back many, many years with Dave. And I would hate for people to just see that image of me and Dave and go, “oh, there’s Dan Radcliffe with a person in a wheelchair.” Because I would never even for a moment want them to assume that Dave was anything except for an incredibly important person in my life.

[ Daniel Radcliffe talking about David Holmes, his stunt double for 2001-2009, who was paralysed while working on the Harry Potter films. David Holmes relates his story here. Gifset via smeagoled ]

With modern tv- and film-making techniques, many characters are composite creations. The characters we see onscreen or onstage have always been team efforts, with writers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers, special effects artists, production designers, and many other people all contributing to how a character is ultimately realized in front of us. Many different techniques go into something like the creation of Skinny Steve — he’s no more all Leander Deeny than he is all Chris Evans.

But as fandom dissects the anatomy of scenes in ever-increasing detail to get at microexpressions and the minutiae of body language, let’s recognize the anatomy in the scenes, too. I don’t mean to take away from the work Chris Evans or any other actors do (he is an amazing Steve Rogers and I love him tons), but fandom needs to do better in recognizing the bodies, the other people, who make up the characters we love and some of our very favourite shots of them. Chris Evans has an amazing body, but so does Leander Deeny — that body is beautiful; that body mimicked Chris Evans’s motions with amazing, skilled precision; that body moved Steve Rogers with emotion and grace and character.

Fandom should do better than productions and creators who fail to be transparent about the doubles in their productions. On the screen, suspension of disbelief is key and the goal is to make all the effort that went into the production vanish and leave only the product itself behind. But when the film is over and the episode ends, let’s remember everyone who helped make that happen.

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[ Sam Hargrave (stunt double for Chris Evans) and James Young (stunt double for Sebastian Stan, and fight choreographer), seen from behind, exchange a fistbump while in costume on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Image via lifeofkj ]

I applaud these guys as much as the suit actors in my japanese tokusatsu shows. They do just as much work. 

Hat’s off to them, and my thanks for all they do.

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orangelemonart:

LOCATION: Set to be the same as last year, at the homestuck photoshoot location, west side of the 4th floor. I have contacted event coordination and will be in touch with staff at the con, so please reference this post and my blog the day of in case anything changes!

[facebook page]

TIME: Saturday night, at 11pm, continuing into early Sunday.

RULES:

  • Keep your voices down. There are other people in the convention center, so be considerate. 
  • Be respectful. This is a Homestuck meetup, but anyone is welcome, whether they are into Homestuck or not! You can be in other cosplay, normal clothes, or your pajamas. No matter what your dressed as or what fandom you are in, be respectful of all fandoms and interests. Meetups are fun, there will be no ridiculous “fandom wars” or pissing contests.
  • Do we have to draw? Not at all! You can come just to hang out with friends or meet new people, you should not have to worry about being an artist. Bring board games! Bring card games! 
  • No drugs, no alcohol. This should be obvious. We can’t control if you come high or drunk, but do NOT bring anything like that. If you are behaving in a disorderly manner, you will be asked to leave.
  • If anyone disrespects your personal space, is roughhousing, or being unnecessarily loud/rude, please find a staff member or one of us running the meetup, we are there to help!

I’ll add what those of us running the meetup will be wearing when it gets closer to the con so you can find us to ask questions or seek assistance. Any questions you want to ask before then, contact myself or tagyourfuckingtriggers, or comment on our [facebook event] page.

For information on the Homestuck photoshoots: tumblr//facebook
Please reblog this to spread the info!

See you all then!

Tagged: #otakon

Tagged: #fanart #pokemon

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devoto-webcomic:

devoto-webcomic:

Everyone, at long last, we’re here—the Kickstarter for a print edition of Volume 1. of Devoto: Music in Hell is now live!
Though a variety of goodies are available, the focus of this Kickstarter is the physical book. This is a magazine-sized book (8” by 10.5” / 20cm by 26.5cm) of at least two hundred (200) pages. The book is perfect-bound, meaning it has a smooth spine to which the interior pages are glued. This is how a conventional paperback is bound—no staples or wire. The book will be printed in full color.
Please pledge if you can, or if you can’t, please help spread the word. I won’t lie, it’ll be humiliating if this doesn’t pan out, so I’m begging you that if you can’t pledge yourself, please try to re-blog so that others might discover the comic and perhaps chip in.
Thank you always for your support. It is really exciting to see the last quarter-decade of work get a chance to be distributed in print. I never could have imagined we would make it this far, so I’m grateful to all of you. Thank you for helping with my Kickstarter!
—Anne

Only a week left! And with only about $1,000 to go for a hardcover option!

devoto-webcomic:

devoto-webcomic:

Everyone, at long last, we’re here—the Kickstarter for a print edition of Volume 1. of Devoto: Music in Hell is now live!

Though a variety of goodies are available, the focus of this Kickstarter is the physical book. This is a magazine-sized book (8” by 10.5” / 20cm by 26.5cm) of at least two hundred (200) pages. The book is perfect-bound, meaning it has a smooth spine to which the interior pages are glued. This is how a conventional paperback is bound—no staples or wire. The book will be printed in full color.

Please pledge if you can, or if you can’t, please help spread the word. I won’t lie, it’ll be humiliating if this doesn’t pan out, so I’m begging you that if you can’t pledge yourself, please try to re-blog so that others might discover the comic and perhaps chip in.

Thank you always for your support. It is really exciting to see the last quarter-decade of work get a chance to be distributed in print. I never could have imagined we would make it this far, so I’m grateful to all of you. Thank you for helping with my Kickstarter!

—Anne

Only a week left! And with only about $1,000 to go for a hardcover option!

Tagged: #kickstarter

Discussion about an evil holy symbol made out of silver

outofcontextdnd:

Cleric - Is it worth your soul?

Gnome Gunslinger - Appraise check on my soul?

Wizard - It’s not worth much you’re a short guy

3 hours ago with 471 notes

themakaraconnection:

tygenco:

missveryvery:

misspiratesavvy:

Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 am on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing.

HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

For those who don’t know what has been happening,

According to the girl’s mother, her injuries are severe, and indicate a vicious beating. Here is the account of what occurred from Tumblr:

IF YOU WENT TO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON OR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS, PLEASE READ.

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter REDACTED aka REDACTED was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at REDACTED. Thank you in advance”. -REDACTED

Remember when SDCC said they didn’t want to make their anti-harassment policy clear because it would make it seem like there was a problem? (more)

well too fucking bad, now it REALLY looks like you have a problem, you fucks.

Let’s just keep this circulating, shall we? Because this is not okay on any level.

KEEP THIS CIRCULATING. Cons really need to fix this! There is no excuse for this to happen to her just for dressing a certain way!!!

missmollypond:

GUYS GUYS GUYS

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WAS LITERALLY WRITTEN BY A FEMALE ROCKET SCIENTIST

SHE’S THE FIRST WOMAN TO EVER WRITE A MARVEL MOVIE

WHY IS THIS NOT GETTING TALKED ABOUT

4 hours ago with 48,541 notes

frogmanslightschool:

Palettes 

More than just a trendy movement on Tumblr, palettes are a great way for a photographer or graphic designer to tell a color story about their work and personal style. 

Most of my palettes are muted, faded colors. If you asked me a year ago to describe my style, it certainly wouldn’t be in those terms. I’d have called my work bright and vibrant and clear. 

Making these palettes was a great way for me to see my work in its bare bone form. This is who I am. This is what I love and now that I know it, I can move forward in new projects with a solid aesthetic that represents my work as a whole.

Photography by Bex

Find me here: [Tumblr | Facebook | Society 6 | 500px]

Tagged: #art

bogleech:

thebeldamsbuttons:

damianimated:

LETS PLAY A GAME. It’s called: Who directed it TIM BURTON or HENRY SELICK

We’ll start with the 2009 Laika film Coraline based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Do you know who directed it? Burton or Selick?

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Did you guess yet?

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If you guessed Henry Selick, you would be correct. Tim Burton actually had absolutely nothing to do with Coraline at all in anyway ever. Reminder: Tim Burton has NOTHING to do with Coraline. At all. But that was an easy one. Let’s go to the Walt Disney Pictures adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, James and the Giant Peach next.

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Think you got it? Are you sure? Better double check…

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Oh, look. It’s Henry Selick again! Tim Burton actually interacted with this project, though only as a producer. Bet that was tricky… Next one! Let’s go to the Disney/Touchstone Pictures film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Yep that’s right. Even Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick. Though Burton wrote the poem and created the characters in which Nightmare was based he didn’t have much interaction with the project beyond that. At the time he had already signed off to direct the film Batman Returns and did not want to be involved with the “painstakingly slow process of stop-motion animation.”

Looks like it was a trick quiz. But now you know Henry Selick, whom people rarely know of is responsible for many of the most well known stop-motion animated films. The more you know!

This isn’t even being qeued. This is just being reblogged, because some of you still don’t understand who directed Coraline.

Burton didn’t even have a TANGENTIAL connection to Coraline but because it was advertised as “from the director of Nightmare Before Christmas” and people think Burton directed Nightmare (or even wrote the script or did much of anything but visit the set off and on) they still equate Coraline with him.

The same thing happens to “9” because people don’t get what “produced by” means.

daftloki:

cosplayingwhileblack:

Character: Loki

Series: Thor

Cosplayer: Panterona Cosplay (Trinidad)

Photographer: Guru Kast

SUBMISSION

AMAZING.

Tagged: #marvel #cosplay