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zylphide
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pinned post babey

hi, i'm celeste, a graduate student and hobbyist artist. i like drawing my ocs and almost nothing else lmao

all follows/reblogs come from @shiny-rayquaza, i post photography rarely on @syrcidia

quick links:
toyhou.se (oc repository)
flight rising (dragons!)
ko-fi


zylphide
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image of the spongebob meme of spongebob taking out his wallet and spongebob looking confused and disgusted. top (spongebob taking out wallet) says: me ready to spend $47 on a super pretty tarot deck. bottom (spongebob looking confused and disgusted): when they want to charge me $6.50 to ship a tiny deck of cards in a tiny cardboard box

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photo of a haworthia cooperi with a flower stalk on a pinkish background. the flowers are small and white and in a trumpet or squid-like shape.
photo of a gastoria with a long, leaning flower stalk on some stone and brick steps. the flowers are orange-pinkish and shaped like a long pill. there's an agave and two other plants in the background.

some of my succulents started flowering :o


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digital fullbody art of an oc, vahrtiis. they're standing at a 3/4 view facing the right, with their left arm sticking out to the side and their right arm in front of their chest. the left hand is holding a black hole-like object and the right hand is holding their hair. they have 5 horns, two sets of 2 that grow backward and twist around each other in a spiral, and one in the middle sticking straight up. they're wearing black silk that's wrapped around their chest, waist, legs, and wrists. their hair is a purplish black their scales, their horns, the tip of their tail, and the inner-facing portions of their hair have galaxy patterns. unlike the other ferah-saar, they have 4 toes on one foot and 5 fingers on one hand.

one of the gods of myr'seros, who is obviously a space deity. they're usually holed up on a big mountain.


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zylphide
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zylphide

more digimon model kits available for sale.... my wallet....

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zylphide
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more digimon model kits available for sale.... my wallet....


zylphide
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photo of a double helix cloud at sunset, framed between two houses and hanging wires

helix cloud for good science luck 🧬


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zylphide
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zylphide

college is a fucking scam lmao (in the USA at least)

i have students who got 50s on an open notebook exam where the average is an 80 and students who got 30s on a report with an average of 60 and the professor said she was going to pass them all, even when it's obvious from their assignments that they have 0 clue what's going on and don't care to actually understand

what's even the point then? why even make students go to class? just tell them to hand over $60,000 and give them the degree instead of letting up continuously fail upwards

it dilutes the value of degrees, especially for students who know their stuff and actually try in class. like that's why they say undergraduate degrees are worthless when it comes to getting a job, because employers know unqualified graduates are everywhere. now you have to waste even more money on a master's or a phd, which is more $$$ in the colleges' pockets and more time that students have to waste away in schools.

and when does a master's degree also become worthless? when will every student have to do a phd and stay in school from age 4 to age 28 just so employers won't throw their resumes in the trash?

education is fucked

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and like... what is this teaching the students? they're not stupid, they'll realize they won't have to do any work in order to succeed (and the TAs will be stuck wasting time grading them and giving them feedback that they won't take). they'll also think that they know what's going on, when in reality, they seriously don't and would be woefully unprepared for employment.

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@theonlytoner commented on this post:
I 100% agree with this and I'm from the UK. I struggled desperately with my undergrad (biochem) for many reasons; but I knew coming out with 2.2 was garbage. My parents born in the 50s even now still believe that a degree puts you in the top 1% of the population despite the fact I was basically unemployable as my grade was too low to get a graduate job. Just read that. We normally talk about low grades as barriers into subjects in high school not work. Ultimately it took me 6 years to get an entry level job in life sciences. I'm nearly 30 and I am so grateful to be a lab tech... and now I get 23 yo graduates with firsts coming into my lab treating me like garbage because I don't have a first and I'm 'not a real scientist' despite the fact I've been working in this profession for 3 and half years and can work circles around their lazy asses. Yes these kids are lazy, they have been spoon fed their degrees and are just the worst to work with. Education is a scam! sorry I needed to rant.

p r e a c h

i'm a phd student doing a TA for a molecular genetics course and half these kids should not have even passed freshman bio, and yet they're gonna graduate next year with a biotech degree? and they have the nerve to think they know anything compared to people who have been in the industry for years? fuck off lmao you don't even know how to properly use a pipette

and honestly scientists are people that do science. why are these clowns gatekeeping science??? like how would they feel if someone told them they weren't scientists because they didn't waste 6 years of their life on a phd



zylphide
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college is a fucking scam lmao (in the USA at least)

i have students who got 50s on an open notebook exam where the average is an 80 and students who got 30s on a report with an average of 60 and the professor said she was going to pass them all, even when it's obvious from their assignments that they have 0 clue what's going on and don't care to actually understand

what's even the point then? why even make students go to class? just tell them to hand over $60,000 and give them the degree instead of letting up continuously fail upwards

it dilutes the value of degrees, especially for students who know their stuff and actually try in class. like that's why they say undergraduate degrees are worthless when it comes to getting a job, because employers know unqualified graduates are everywhere. now you have to waste even more money on a master's or a phd, which is more $$$ in the colleges' pockets and more time that students have to waste away in schools.

and when does a master's degree also become worthless? when will every student have to do a phd and stay in school from age 4 to age 28 just so employers won't throw their resumes in the trash?

education is fucked

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and like... what is this teaching the students? they're not stupid, they'll realize they won't have to do any work in order to succeed (and the TAs will be stuck wasting time grading them and giving them feedback that they won't take). they'll also think that they know what's going on, when in reality, they seriously don't and would be woefully unprepared for employment.


zylphide
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i keep buying stamps with no one to send mail to F

i just like stamps 😢


zylphide
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someone: hey how's ur research going
me:


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babushka(he/she, он/она/)
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babushka

i am SCARED for my succulents okay. they say you have to keep them out of the direct sunlight for a week after repotting and not water them after that one watering you did while repotting and I'm terrified. you know what happened to the succulent leaves that were supposed to give roots after being left to dry for a week? they DRIED, @star-rice. they're DEAD. they won't produce life anymore. also every tutorial just says "put them at a south facing window" AS IF I HAVE FOUR WINDOWS IN MY HOUSE EACH ONE FACING EACH DIRECTION. both of my windows are facing...whatever they're facing, north-west? too poor too mentally ill for plants, I guess. but they're so pretty it hurts

babushka

@star-rice i am assuming the middle ones are dead. i splashed them with water because nothing works anyway


zylphide

those directions are uh very oddly specific and i don't think they're that good tbh

"south-facing window" sounds very specific, but obviously not everyone has a south-facing window. that usually means the window with the most light (south-facing windows tend to get the most amount of sunlight light for people living in the northern hemisphere). if a north-facing one is all you have, that's fine too.

the succulent leaves you're showing there look like aeonium kiwi (i think, based off the general shape and the red tinges around the leaves). they can hold some water in their leaves, but they're not like traditional desert succulents because they're from a more subtropical climate. their soil needs to be a bit moist instead of completely dry.

as for propagating leaves of succulents, it's a mixed bag depending on the species. the leaves you're showing off here are 90% goners (especially the yellow ones). i've actually never had any success propagating the leaves of aeoniums. i don't think it's possible for the leaves to grow roots for this particular genus - it usually has to have a bit of stem for it to grow roots.

plants can be wack and kind of picky, and it's really hard to get "good" care instructions unless you know the specific genus (not easy for people who aren't familiar with plants who get unlabelled plants at the store), and even then they can just Perish out of nowhere. please don't blame yourself! even i've had plenty of plants die on me after i did my best to take care of them and i would consider myself "good" at taking care of plants.

EDIT: actually they might be echeveria agavoides, not aeonium kiwi (aeoniums have serrated leaves and i don't think your succulents have those). for echeverias, i just take the entire leaf and shove it in some dry soil and water it every once in a while. i don't bother leaving it to dry for a week or whatever. sometimes the leaves grow roots after a while, but they also might just die. it's like a 80% death rate for me when it comes to leaves. i've had better chances (almost 100% survival rate) if propagating them by cutting off one of the heads instead.



zylphide
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nobody asked but uh

as an lgbta+ asian, the amount of Bad lgbt rep in asian light novels (particularly mlm "bl" stories) and the amount of people defending that shit (like "fujoshis" aka straight girls fetishizing gay men) really upsets me. like why do all the authors try and shove noncon in there and why do people try to say it's ok??? (i know why, it's because none of them have ever met an lgbt+ person in their entire lives). like it gets me so worked up dalfbdks

confession: i used to run a "popular" tumblr blog where i translated this one mlm story, but i just had to stop because i couldn't handle the toxicity. some of it was my own fault because i mocked the fujoshis for being fuckin weirdos but like... ugh

i legitimately love historical chinese settings, but there's almost zero lgbt+ works in that setting that doesn't trip the Bad alarm. and i ain't gonna flip through mountains of garbage to find One Good Thing. like i have such a bad association with it because of these dang bl novels that i don't even wanna touch my own historical chinese au. ~be the change u wanna see in the world~ but also i don't want people to see my work and automatically associate it with That


zylphide
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tfw ur using antibiotic resistance to make sure your experiment worked but as it turns out they've somehow evolved resistance naturally and ur results are fricked


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mier(él/they/them)
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the waterfall dot social experience.


zylphide
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got a vaccine just in time to teach undergrads in-person after spring break!!

but like.... why didn't the uni cancel spring break??? like y'all know the students ain't gonna listen to that "we're HIGHLY DISCOURAGING you from traveling" shit right???


zylphide
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digital art of two front-on, colored full-bodies featuring my oc sydney. left: sydney wearing a knee-length black dress with a very corporate, militaristic style. right: sydney wearing a crop top, tight pants, and knee high boots with an oversized coat; except for the coat, all the clothes are black with gold circuit accents semi-inspired by a beehive.digital art of two front-on, colored full-bodies featuring my oc lucrece. left: lucrece wearing an oversized dark olive jacket with a skull pin and a french fry pin, a maroon shirt that says  digital art of a 3/4 facing colored full-body featuring my oc valentin. his arms and legs have been replaced by dark grey cybernetics with red-orange accents. his torso and face are still skin-like, but show signs of having implants beneath them. he's wearing a black leotard with red-orange circuit accents and appears to be holding on to silhouette of a sniper rifle.

cyberpunk2077 is a clown game made by a clown company but damn if i don't love the aesthetics and the world mike pondsmith made

so u know... i'll just make my own cyberpunk ignoring what happens in the game


zylphide
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welp time to put like 3 watermarks on my art just in case


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babushka(he/she, он/она/)
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OK Very Important Announcement

babushka

I am now a proud owner of

this.

The question is. How do I care for them? Especially in this cold winter. This thing doesn't have any holes on the bottom, so I'm concerned about that too. I recall people on waterfall being mostly good with plants so I'm asking YOU.

babushka

night reblog


zylphide

it's plant science time!!

the fact that there's no holes on the bottom is concerning - succulents do not like having waterlogged roots because they grow in desert, so they are very prone to having root rot. you may wish to put them in a different container with drainage holes (or somehow make a hole in it but idk if that's feasible lmao). if you repot them, make sure the soil you're using has rocks (like perlite) mixed in to improve drainage. also if that's Real Moss in there, take it out as it'll retain water

assuming you have them in a pot/tin can/literally whatever with a hole for drainage, i would recommend watering them once a week at the very maximum. terracotta pots dry out much faster than non-porous pots like plastic or metal, so you can water succulents in those a bit more often. just make sure that the soil in the pot is completely dry, or you risk getting root rot. since you live in a colder climate, you may not need to water them often (like... once a month maybe?). succulents are good at surviving dry conditions, not so much wet ones.

speaking of water, this is gonna sound counterintuitive, but whenever you water, you need to make sure the soil is completely wet. this mimics a desert environment, where there are long stretches of no rain, followed by heavy rains that soak the soil, and then back to no rain. watering them a little each time every day or so keeps the roots wet constantly, which again, risks root rot.

since succulents are from the desert, they like lots and lots of sun. keep them in a north or south-facing window where they can get a lot of light. they won't die without a lot of light, but they'll etiolate (stretch), and become very leggy, like this:

they are not very happy in this state, even if it looks like they're growing a lot. but sometimes it's unavoidable. like i have my plants under a grow light for 12 hours a day and some of the lil fuckers still do this so kdjafksdjf

most succulents can tolerate temps down to ~50F/10C, then they either die or go dormant. below freezing temps will kill them very fast. if you can keep em away from drafty areas, they should be fine.

uhhh i can't think of anything else right now, so let me know if you have any more questions



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image of two petri plates of fungi; left is dollar spot, right is brown patch, both are a tannish color
image of a petri plate with the brown patch fungi and bacteria p3aw, the bacteria is eating the fungus
image of a petri plate with the dollar spot fungi and bacteria p3aw, the bacteria is inhibiting the fungus

fungi: just chillin

bacteria: so u have chosen death


zylphide
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how do you respectfully remind your friends that they're using the wrong pronouns for you because i feel like i'm gonna end up sounding passive aggressive dflsk;fld


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ikaii-chan asked:

(For the color ask meme) ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

orange - what's the best part about a sunset / sunrise?

yellow - do you know that you are loved, you magnificent little piece of the universe?

orange:

the colors!! i love it when it gets like rly red, but the pinks and the yellows and light blues are also really pretty

yellow:


zylphide
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ikaii-chan asked:

(For the Music Ask meme)

1 and 10 ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

1. Favorite intro song?

idek what counts as an intro song, but of all the songs that i Know are intro songs, i really like Intro: Singularity

10. Do you work to any music?

i usually put on some vaporwave/cyberpunk style music at low volume, stuff like Future Club or Black Pearl


zylphide
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a photo of a black and white stove with a sign taped to the overn door saying

if u use this stove for food the science police will arrest you


zylphide
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digital art of an oc but only showing the lower half of their face. they're facing to the right in a 3/4 portrait. the main subjects of the image are the lips, which are light up by warm yellow high and shaded with light pinks and light purples. there are strands of brown hair visible off to the side, but they're not prominent

drew something and hated 90% of it so here's the 10% i didn't hate


zylphide
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i can't believe gamestonk man went up in front of congress and said "i am not a cat" and "i like the stock"

absolute memer legend


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