hEY REMEMBER THAT ONE DRAWING I KEPT SPAMMING WIPs ON? IT’S DONE NOW
To be sold as a print at Otakuthon 2014!!
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.
My dad passed away from ALS three years ago. Could we have afforded a ramp, wheelchair, hospital bed, etc on our own? My mother couldn’t work, she was taking care of my dad. There’s no way. Not only is the search for a cure important, but so is the care for the patient! We couldn’t have taken care of my dad at all if it weren’t for the ALS Association.
There’s also something to be said for overhead in charities, that advertising can cost a lot but if it makes a charity grow to a huge size, the way ALS has, then the overall good they can do is much greater
ok so im a big ass nerd and i’m thinking about what dragons might be like in Real Life
i super love archosaurian dragons, but i was thinking about the fun “four legs one pair of wings” hexapod kinda dragon.
it would be a sarcopterygian, a sister group of tetrapods. i figured that the pectoral fins, which developed into the forelimbs of tetrapods, could develop into the wings in dragons instead. the pelvic fins would develop into forelimbs, and maybe the second dorsal fin and the anal fin would shift to a horizontal alignment instead of vertical. here’s a cool coelacanth diagram
so this fishie used its wingy fins to jump and glide above the surface to idk eat flying bugs and evade underwater predators i guess. its other fins were used maybe to help steer and also to land and drag itself back into the water if it jumped too far.
eventually it spent so much time gliding out of the water and dragging itself around with its fins that its descendants started wandering around on land too and thus grew leggies. and wingies.
later forms would have the four legs one pair of wings arrangement and of course become adapted for powered flight. dragons arose from this, and something resembling gryphons could be part of this group too.
later on in their evolutionary lifespan flightless forms could appear, some maybe retaining the extra pair of limbs for some other function, and some just kinda losing them altogether, and some maybe even losing all their legs and turning into notsnakes. some would also return to the water and be cool sea serpents!
it sounds plausible to me but i need to research more about sarcopterygians and early tetrapod evolution and figure out how to actually draw reasonable intermediate stages of evolution in this group so that i can draw reasonable dragons and things based off this because now im really excited about it. wow im gay bye