curlicuecal:

curlicuecal:

malepresentingnips:

I would say about 50% owl

[colors tweaked post hoc to satisfy the censorbots]

this is the best science I have ever done

@lewisandquark has an excellent post about why this kind of simple tweak can throw off a neural net—

Do Neural Nets Dream of Electric Sheep”

For example, image recognition has a tendency to misindentify rocky fields as goats (because goats are often found there), images with rulers are more likely to contain skin cancer, annnnnd apparently anything significantly skin toned as porn.

( #send dunes)

Not only that, but nets that were pretty good at recognizing goats regularly misIDed them when they turned up in unusual places– goats in trees = birds, goats in cars = dogs

Neural nets inherently reproduce the biases of the systems they’re trained on.

And yeah, playing with the censorbots reveals all sorts of pattern breaks can throw them off— large borders, weird zooms, image filters, hue, and saturation changes, clothing, props.

The presence of a small owl in a hat.

Tl;dr:

friends, may I suggest the solution to the nsfw-ban is porn in unusual places?

fireleaptfromhousetohouse:

shieldfoss:

isaacsapphire:

alaija:

someoneintheshadow456:

croquettish:

Have you ever seen a twitter thread (or, in this case, two!) that so perfectly expressed everything you’d felt over months and months of harassment persistent? With all credit to @blackblobyellowcone, who is clearly amazing and completely gets it– not just why us women write and read the erotica that we do, but the history behind the censorship we, as a gender, have experienced. Bravo. 

Seriously modern fan discourse is Victorian era prudes screaming about how fiction is corrupting the “poor innocent young women” and how their fantasies are “evil”

Except in the Victorian era it was done by men. Today it’s done by OTHER WOMEN.

It wasn’t really done only by men then either. Women wielded political power through their husbands etc. It’s that what the men were doing was visible.

Yuuuup.

It was great for twelve tweets and then

Men go on making shitty, problematic art for mass consumption and we take our valid anger about that and

Your what, lady?

Valid anger

At what?

problematic art

More, I need to ask here, or less, problematic than rubbing it to Nazis, as you talked about upthread?

Is it woke to want Nazis when women do it, but not when men do it?

(Trick question, obviously: It’s woke when she wants it and problematic when she doesn’t.)

At the risk of offering a killing insult to Nazi fetishists, I’m going to say it’s never particularly woke to want Nazis. Like, by definition – just as if one were to have a fetish for minstrels, golliwogs, or the Wayans brothers in ‘White Chicks’. 

‘This isn’t woke, but that’s ok’ is perfectly in the spirit of the thread above, but I fear that, for one reason or another, the tweeters wouldn’t want to make that claim.

At the risk of taking this more seriously than it merits – “This isn’t woke, but that’s ok” is perfectly in spirit of the first twelve tweets, that’s why the thirteenth one soured me so badly.

isaacsapphire:

alaija:

someoneintheshadow456:

croquettish:

Have you ever seen a twitter thread (or, in this case, two!) that so perfectly expressed everything you’d felt over months and months of harassment persistent? With all credit to @blackblobyellowcone, who is clearly amazing and completely gets it– not just why us women write and read the erotica that we do, but the history behind the censorship we, as a gender, have experienced. Bravo. 

Seriously modern fan discourse is Victorian era prudes screaming about how fiction is corrupting the “poor innocent young women” and how their fantasies are “evil”

Except in the Victorian era it was done by men. Today it’s done by OTHER WOMEN.

It wasn’t really done only by men then either. Women wielded political power through their husbands etc. It’s that what the men were doing was visible.

Yuuuup.

It was great for twelve tweets and then

Men go on making shitty, problematic art for mass consumption and we take our valid anger about that and

Your what, lady?

Valid anger

At what?

problematic art

More, I need to ask here, or less, problematic than rubbing it to Nazis, as you talked about upthread?

Is it woke to want Nazis when women do it, but not when men do it?

(Trick question, obviously: It’s woke when she wants it and problematic when she doesn’t.)

slartibartfastibast:

nanonaturalist:

talons-mcbeak:

lampfaced:

nanonaturalist:

demonladytakkuri:

nanonaturalist:

Barn Owls are THE BEST. They are in a separate family from all other North American owls, and instead of whoo hoooting they do the TV STATIC SCREAM FROM YOUR NIGHTMARES.

Gotta love the raptor presentations at the state parks! This was at Lockhart State Park tonight at our Master Naturalist meeting. These presenters rehabilitate injured birds of prey through Austin Wildlife Rescue (austinwildliferescue.org), an organization that always NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to help out with the adorable baby animals. If you’re in Central Texas, check them out!

June 18, 2018

The barn owls are members of the family “tytonidae” while every other owl species is a member of the “strigadae” family.

While we typically think of owls like the one in the original post as being barn owls, every species in the family can technically be considered a barn owl.

This includes the various species of masked owls which are relatively similar to your common barn owl

As well as both varieties of sooty owl which are strikingly different than the common barn owl

There are also the grass owls which are behaviorally different than other barn owls in their habits of living on the ground rather than trees

And the two odd tytos out, the red owl and ashy faced owl respectively. Scientists know almost nothing about the former and no individuals have been kept in captivity despite being discovered quite some time ago. Even photographs of it are rare, but it appears to be an orange barn owl with a pink face.

Structurally speaking, barn owls actually have very few traits in common with strigadae owls as their face and beak shapes and proportions are entirely different. There are also differences in their legs and talons, while their similarities are limited to feather composition, ear placement, spinal structure, and binocular vision among a few other internal components.

That being said, barn owls are far from the only family of non-hooting owls as hooting is almost exclusive to larger species, typically genus Strix or bubo. Many other species will trill, screech, and/or hiss.

Barn owls are rather unique in having an incredibly keen sense of hearing, even in comparison to other owls. They can hear and discern between different heartbeats and triangulate the sound perfectly due to their satellite dish-like face shape.

In addition, this barn owl is not actually Tyto alba, it’s a Tyto furcuta, T. alba is the species native to Western Europe while T. furcuta is native to North America.

Many thanks for this owlditional quality content. I give three screams of approval 👍

bay owls (genus Phodilus) are in Tytonidae and they are some of my favorite owls of all time. they can be found in Southeast Asia, and some sites claim central Africa as well but I’m not sure?

they can shut their eyes and look eyeless

OR OPEN THEIR EYES WIDE THIS AND LOOK LIKE DEMONS

did I mention they have the best judgemental faces because of their eye positioning

and babies look like tiny demonic gryphons

last I went looking, not a lot is known about bay owl behavior aside from general Tyto habits. I just know they’re so out there appearance-wise and I love them so much for it.

IIIIIT’S TYTONIDAE TIIIIIME

(Small correction: the American barn owl is Tyto furcata!)

Anyway, I love everything about this post. Tyto alba hasn’t been photographically represented yet here so I’m just gonna go ahead and add this lovely boy. His name is Valentino, he’s an education ambassador, he’s 16 years old, and he’s an absolute delight. 😍

What a handsome gentleman!

Valentino has stolen my heart 😍

October 25, 2018

@argumate is this one:

I see the resemblance