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Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.

Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.

If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
  • Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
  • If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
  • See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions

Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.

Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.

Do not burn it, because the smoke will give you the same reaction.

If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [this guide] for how to deal with it yourself.


Apparently this has been spotted as north as Eastern Ontario

Star Wars: The Gungan Frontier

For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out a way to play the 1999 computer game “Star Wars Episode 1:  The Gungan Frontier” on my windows 7 64-bit computer but have so far failed.  It’s made me really sad since I absolutely adore the game.  As a biologist, getting to add plants and animals to an empty planet and having to make sure the ecosystem is self-sustaining, is super cool to me.  I haven’t been able to find any other games like it; it seems other RTS or simulation games revolve around people and cities.  I was super excited to see that there might be another gungan frontier game in the works but for now, would anybody know of any other computer games that revolve around building and maintaining an ecosystem?


my problem with writing stories is that i’d rather imagine it and play it out in my mind than actually put it into words 

Ohmygosh, so true.  Stringing words together into a smooth, flowing sentence is just so hard.  

It seems my eternal dilemma will always be; should I go with a run-on sentence that abuses commas or should I cut it into short, jerky sentences that jar the reader?



"you make my heart beat in iambic pentameter."

no you don’t understand shakespeare literally writes to the beat of your heart

  • that’s why shakespearean actors will sometimes pound their chests in time to the words during readings
  • that’s why you use fluctuations in the rhythm to track your character’s emotional state - any irregularities in the scansion are like the character’s heart stuttering or jumping or skipping a beat
  • that’s why when characters share the rhythm - switching off in the middle of a foot - those characters inevitably have an extraordinarily intimate connection

shakespeare fucking writes viscerally, he is literally in your body, and that, my friend, that is why the best shakespearean actors don’t posture and emote

you have to be fucking alive and passionate and electric - it can’t be intellectual, in the end, it has to be about connection and the sweating, cheering, jeering, bleeding masses you’re performing to, because make no mistake, shakespeare may go to lofty heights, but he only works if you’re just as grounded in the earth. he has to be in your body. he has to be in your body.

holy motherfucking shit i love shakespeare so much, get him in your bones, breathe him in, stomp and rage and pine, dadum dadum dadum dadum dadum, it is literally to the beat of your heart

wow i’m really turned on now

If only I could understand the man…

I mean, whenever somebody explains the stories, I like them. Twelfth Night was funny, Macbeth was interesting, King Lear in my mind had a happy ending (Cordelia forgave her dad, so what if people died?) but I have absolutely no clue what is being said, myself.

At least this explanation helps me understand a little better that Shakespeare was actually trying to do something and not just trying to make my life harder in high school

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