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futurebird

@futurebird@sauropods.win

pro-ant propaganda, building electronics, writing sci-fi teaching mathematics & CS. I live in NYC.

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There are giant cave centipedes in Minecraft (Create and Alex's Mod) ... but they just bite you! You can't even tame them or hug them. Injustice.

How do I get these "bug pheromones" ??

Can someone who knows how to computer game help!

https://alexs-mobs-unofficial.fandom.com/wiki/Bug_Pheromones

futurebird,
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Why do games always make the bugs evil? At least the ants can be tamed.

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@mybarkingdogs

I mean to be fair centepeedes are predators. I need to find out how to make the bug potion so they won't bite me LMAO. Well that's for tomorrow.

It's a pretty good mod overall. People just make all this stuff. Blows my mind.

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Which animal makes more melodramatic overwrought, "I've been killed and murdered... twice!" crying sounds over minor things like wanting food or getting cleaned?

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Never get in a racism contest with racists. You won't win. But even if you did win, you lose. (Because you are winning at racism.)

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This is my second most popular post on tumblr and I think it explains tumblr better than anything.

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Tumblr, ... pease donot 'ship' the extinct fauna. Plese.

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My ants are kinda bougie... I hope I'm not raising them to be too stuck up.

futurebird, to random
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Lovely new nest for my overcrowded Camponotus nicobarensis colony. The nest is by Esthetic Ants. 3D printed shell with firebrick carved chambers that are permeable to moisture. The felt vibration pad and cover are my additions. Can’t wait to move the girls in to their new house. (second home)

the inside of the empty nest has 8 tidy square chambers.

futurebird,
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@pixel

5 colonies (big ones)
and one queen in the wine fridge

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"Chain migration" is the BEST kind of immigration. You want people who move to you country to have a local network and support. You want new immigrants to bring their family, and the economic activity they generate and the value they add to communities to be in YOUR country.

I can't believe we let them use it like a slur. It's good and do it more.

What? They brought their elderly parents? That's good for US and for them (the new American we want to be successful and happy.) RIGHT?

futurebird,
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@BarryCooke

I don't think that enough media outlets treat this issue in this way. They are like "well what will Biden doooo about it?" and Biden even caves in to trying to seem like he's "doing things"

Like I guess basic border security, which we had anyways. And more services so it's a less horrible process, but that one isn't even happening.

Never get in a racism contest with racists. You won't win. But even if you did win, you lose. (Because you are winning at racism. )

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@markvonwahlde

This is such a bizarre response. When someone says "I can't believe we let them say that" the implied other part of the sentence is "... without comment or push back."

But really what power exists, what mechanism could do what you describe? And why are you more concerned with some imaginary threat to freedom of speech than real threats to the life liberty and dignity of the people who make up this country?

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The cone ants have reached a depth of 25cm in their “excavation enrichment activity” (it’s a tube full of sand to satisfy their fiendish need to dig. ) In the wild their nest can be meters deep, but given the ideal nature of their current nest the digging which only a few 100 ants bother with is more of a diversion than urgently building a nest. I can inject water into the tube with a hypodermic needle. This makes them dig a little deeper? Have not figured that one out yet.

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This is like the journey to the center of the earth for them. How deep can they go? The tube is only 1.5 meters long. At deeper levels I have different sand colors so I am excited to see those colors in the huge waste pile in the outworld some day.

The still refuse to store brood in this tunnel. I bet at the ant council meetings they call it "the big dig" and complain about how it's over budget and behind schedule.

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In other "Breaking Cone Ant News" they are down to 11 queens. Two have their wings removed, the rest still have wings. No males have shown up.

I made felt covers for their main nest, I think it looks nifty. Inside the nest there are many new workers on the way, and even a few more new eggs. Who is laying them?

Still the super slim chance that these eggs are "left over" from the dead queen. Very unlikely but I'd like to see another BIG batch of eggs so I could rule it out with confidence.

A circular ant colony. It's like a petri dish with a central section with higher moisture levels and a pink clay surface. Masses of ants are busy. Brood are piled by size shape and age. A few queens with wings are wandering around.
Close up showing the newest eggs.

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I get far too much joy from making soft felt covers for my ants. I can't make them little sweaters, but this is just as good. And they enjoy the dark. (also soft covers make less noise when removed, leading to less stressed ants)

I may embroider their scientific names into them this winter when they are in diapause.

It's nice to be able to make things for the ones you care about even if it doesn't totally make sense and even if they'll never understand what's going on beyond it being dark.

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@grumpasaurus

I can admit when they are stacking brood like this they can look alarming to those who don't see "ants" as a cool feature but more like a problem.

They are so resilient and determined to fill the world with ants.

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@futurebird do you have any idea what is going on here? We’re in Maryland, near Washington DC. I saw this in the early evening, about 6pm or so.

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@RFDave

Most likely a war between multiple colonies of Tetramorium immigrans, the pavement ant.

If you look more closely you may see they are fighting in pairs, locked mandible to mandible. There are two other possibilities: It could be that these ants are cold and have emerged to absorb sunlight with their bodies which they will carry into the nest warming the brood, then back up into the sun. If they aren't fighting it could be that... Lastly it could be the prelude to a nuptial flight.

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@RFDave

I can't be 100 on the species or what they are doing since I can only tell they are little brown ants who live under asphalt, on the margin of a mowed lawn and that they are massing near the surface in the summer sun.

But Tetramorium immigrans are constantly having wars. They are the most numerous ants in most human small cities and suburbs. They nearly always fight each other, often the queens will be sisters who set up their nests near to each other.

The winner gets all the brood.

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He was a fungus, an algae, a lowly thing, a colony of simple organisms posing as a man. And he reveled in his own debasement. The only thing that mattered more to him than that was writing, his profession.

"lichen sub-scribe"

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@zalasur

It's never the right time for THIS LMAO.

You just gotta "and send post!" and not think about it too much

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Do not judge me for enjoying a bit of blood sport. (Warning: very violent video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR63-g0jJmY

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@westerling

I know it was harrowing to watch such violence, but one can't but help admire the skill of such fighters.

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The same people who want "parents rights" that let some random mom get books pulled from a library her homeschooled kid never even visits also want to roll back laws that require parents to be notified if teens are working in a chicken plant.

It's never about saving the kids. Not even a little.

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Sometimes I think about how some of the people who are called "illegal" in the US have ancestors who were driven out of the US and my mind just reels at the audacity of it all.

Not that it's better to call someone from the other side of the globe "illegal" but do people ever stop and think about what they are saying?

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Calling people "illegal" when ya'll just got here and didn't even set any of this up.

Who domesticated the plants that let you live here? Who figured out the ecosystem and how to use it?

I guess maybe when you've TAKEN you worry about someone TAKING BACK... can't imagine anything else. Anything... more civilized.

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@grumpasaurus

I've been teaching for a little while I guess

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