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This picture shows a portion of a poem written by Oliver Wenddell Holmes about the chambered nautilus! Holmes highlights the shape & growth of the nautilus' shell.

The nautilus adds new chambers to the spiral shell throughout its life. At any time, the animal only inhabits the last chamber. As it grows, the mantle, the organ responsible for building the calcium carbonate shell, builds a wall to close off the chamber.

I imagine that there must be billions of creators making things by themselves thinking the same thoughts and having the same problems. There's really no solution except to keep at it and keep going. There's more people out there who never begin anything and that's a shame. If you want to create something then you should do what you can little by little to accomplish it. You'll never know what you're truly capable of without pushing.

Working solo is terrible sometimes. I look around and there's better, more involved projects people are creating, while everything I'm doing is limited by me and what I can do by myself. If I don't have enough skill I don't have enough time to learn, when I have the skill then I don't have enough time, or enough finances to pursue anything. So I keep a lot of things simple to save time and money and all I get is criticism for not being more ambitious.

Seascape in gouache. Really loving this aquabord, the roughness of the surface makes it easier to blend colors smoothly. And I find I work better with the small size, I don’t fuss too much over the details.

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did I ever post the boulder room

the idea is, it's a room where you go to appreciate the boulder

I ate a sumo mandarin for the first time ever today and it is AMAZING. Hands down best mandarin I've ever eaten in my whole life.

I ate fruit for lunch/dinner then the power came back on!

I was better prepared for disasters as an elementary school kid. I should have a kit or a hand crank flashlight note to self.

Charging my phone and tablet in a cafe but I'm not having fun because it's cold and I can't stay here forever. I wasn't prepared to not be able to depend on my freezer or my stove.

Power has been out since 6AM! I don't have hot water or a working stove since it's all electric and now all the food in the fridge and freezer is questionable. It's been nine hours.

I can't get over this picture of two adult penguins staring at this juvenile in silent horror.

There's a serious bot spam infestation around lately.

#LibriVox is a free audiobook site, where volunteers upload self-made audio recordings of public domain books:

The official site is at but we would recommend the official mirror at

The audio quality is variable, but it is entirely free and you can use the reviews on as a guide to quality.

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#Liberapay is a libre alternative to Patreon. It lets you donate a regular amount of money to your favourite project every week, month or year.

The official website is at:

You can follow them on here at:


The site itself is paid for by donations made to it through Liberapay.

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