random rambling and things that catch my eye

17th August 2014

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One of the most frequently asked questions when visitors are wandering the Arizona garden at #hearstcastle is what the heck is that? The answer is Aetna, a succulent whose shape looks much like the top of an exploding volcano. Mr Hearst collected plants as well as art. #californiastateparks #centralcoast #slolife #paradise #california #gardencourt  (at Hearst Castle)

One of the most frequently asked questions when visitors are wandering the Arizona garden at #hearstcastle is what the heck is that? The answer is Aetna, a succulent whose shape looks much like the top of an exploding volcano. Mr Hearst collected plants as well as art. #californiastateparks #centralcoast #slolife #paradise #california #gardencourt (at Hearst Castle)

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17th August 2014

Photoset reblogged from I'm All Out of Clever Things to Say with 101,827 notes

obi-wankenblowme:

This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson. 

And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

Source: obi-wankenblowme

9th August 2014

Link reblogged from The Voluptuarian Wolfess with 36 notes

The Forbidden Island →

naamahdarling:

Tumblr, please give us a hand.

We have five days to finish funding our erotic pulp adventure serial, The Forbidden Island, and $1,200 to raise in that time.

I’m disabled (bipolar II) and my husband and I are trying to subsist on what the government gives us.  It’s not possible to live solely on my disability benefits, so this is how we try to make up the shortfall.

By supporting us, you will be contributing to our continued survival.  Please consider throwing five or ten bucks our way.  Even if none of our perks strike your fancy, if you wish to support us, you can donate any amount.

Annnnd here’s a little excerpt to give you a sample.  Our characters have been marooned on an island in the Indian Ocean, they don’t really trust each other, and now they find the place is not as deserted as they thought…

The scream woke her up in the pit of night.  The fire was burned low and she could scarcely see anything.  For a moment Cecily was not sure where she was, sat panting in the near darkness.  She opened her mouth to call out when a handclamped over it and silenced her.  “Shhhhhhh,” a voice whispered in her ear.  “Keep quiet.”  She recognized Buck’s low voice and massive hands.

He let go of her and she turned to look at him, saw Simon and Ragland already awake, crouched by the fire.  She jumped as she heard something thud against the roof, sending bits of it rattling down.  She swallowed, turned to speak right in Buck’s ear in the lowest whisper she could manage.  “What is it?”

"Don’t know," he said in the same almost breathless voice.  "But it’s big."

It screamed again, something primordial and terrible, an ascending shriek that cut through the night and seemed to go on longer than any sound made by an animal had a right to.  Cecily twitched as she heard something move across the roof, the spars and beams creaking.  She heard something paw at the sailcloth and she scooted back closer to Buck, just then realizing she was naked as the day she was born.  Her sweaty skin moved against his own, and she knew she reeked of sex.

"Stay down," he said softly and moved away from her, reached into a shadow and came up with a hatchet, gleaming darkly in the glow of the embers.  He paused for a moment, all of them listening to the low sounds of something moving around on the roof of the treehouse.  Then Buck passed her the hatchet and motioned toward Ragland, and she nodded and reached to hand it over while Buck dug around and came up with a keen-edged cutlass.

The frame of the roof creaked, and then they all heard the distinct thump of a weight landing on the ledge just outside the makeshift curtain.  Cecily crawled backward away from it, while Buck and Ragland turned to face it.  It was pitch dark outside, and little better in here, so there was nothing to show what was out there.  They all held still, listening for a moment, breathless.  A soft pattering fell on the roof, and after a terrified moment Cecily realized it was rain.  She heard the trees around them come alive with the sound of raindrops, and then something just outside snorted and growled, a deep and resonant sound that seemed to vibrate in her chest.

That’s not one of the sex bits, I know, but they’re in there!

My husband is doing the writing on this one (I’m honestly too foundered in depression most of the time to write, which kills me, but that’s a story for another day), and it’s shaping up to be a sort of blend of Pirates of the Caribbean, Tarzan, and King Kong.  With lots of sex.

Please signal boost and help us make goal.  Even if we do, we’ll barely be getting by, but at least we’ll have a roof over our heads and we’ll be able to keep the lights on.

We still have a long way to go, so I’m really hoping you can come through for us on this one, Tumblr.

9th August 2014

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There is a little summer color here at #hearstcastle #paradise #slolife #gardencourt #gardens #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california #sansimeon  (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

There is a little summer color here at #hearstcastle #paradise #slolife #gardencourt #gardens #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california #sansimeon (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

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4th August 2014

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Because have a drought there is a chance to do repairs that require dry weather. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #sansimeon #stone #slolife #paradise  (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

Because have a drought there is a chance to do repairs that require dry weather. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #sansimeon #stone #slolife #paradise (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

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4th August 2014

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Had some guests on tour that didn’t believe we actually swam in the pool back in the day. So…. #tbt #hearstcastle #paradise #california #californiastateparks #paradise #sansimeon #slolife  (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

Had some guests on tour that didn’t believe we actually swam in the pool back in the day. So…. #tbt #hearstcastle #paradise #california #californiastateparks #paradise #sansimeon #slolife (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

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4th August 2014

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Not even 10am and James has already crashed and burned. #summertime #hearstcastle #thud #slolife  #paradise #photography #california #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon  (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

Not even 10am and James has already crashed and burned. #summertime #hearstcastle #thud #slolife #paradise #photography #california #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

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2nd August 2014

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A fun one I forgot to upload yesterday. Meet Harry Otter! #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #silly #canneryrow (at Cannery Row)

A fun one I forgot to upload yesterday. Meet Harry Otter! #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #silly #canneryrow (at Cannery Row)

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1st August 2014

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Chillin’ like ya do. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip #otters (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Chillin’ like ya do. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip #otters (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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Is it bad when wander from exhibit to exhibit stating the creatures look delicious? #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Is it bad when wander from exhibit to exhibit stating the creatures look delicious? #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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This cuttlefish finds your facebook status, disturbing. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #roadtrip #paradise  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

This cuttlefish finds your facebook status, disturbing. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #roadtrip #paradise (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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Really up close and personal with the #jellies #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #roadtrip  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Really up close and personal with the #jellies #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #roadtrip (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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Shooting the glass whilst surrounded by shreiking hordes of children. Kinda hard to keep the hands steady that way. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #photography #paradise #california #centralcoast #roadtrip  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Shooting the glass whilst surrounded by shreiking hordes of children. Kinda hard to keep the hands steady that way. #montereybayaquarium #monterey #photography #paradise #california #centralcoast #roadtrip (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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What I always imagined the trees looked like on Venus #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #paradise #roadtrip  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

What I always imagined the trees looked like on Venus #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #paradise #roadtrip (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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1st August 2014

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The 405 of the #jellies world #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip  (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

The 405 of the #jellies world #montereybayaquarium #monterey #california #centralcoast #paradise #photography #roadtrip (at Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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