Here's an informative page on what hazmat gear actually consists of - layer by layer. And there are layers.. as they note, "Rank hath its privileges; these photos were taken on a 90°F (32°C) day, which is why Captain Monique Vandenberg, modeling the cooling vest and Tyvek above, isn't the same person in the full encapsulation suit". The result? "If everything is being worn, the wearer has five layers of hand protection, five layers of foot protection, and is looking through three layers of protective windows."
"Leaders of the Conservative Jewish movement opened the door on Wednesday to the ordination of gay rabbis and the recognition of gay marriage, but made it clear the more orthodox in the faith may go on opposing such liberalization."
barberio might want to peek at Outsider, a comic I'd never even known about until the other day. "Humanity is caught in the crossfire of a galactic war, and it's up to the members of Earth's Scout Corps to forge an alliance that will ensure Earth's survival. But which side to choose: the oppressive, insectoid Umiak or the ruthless, elflike Loroi?" The artwork, at least on first glance, is highly polished; the writing, I'll find out about soon enough.
I thought morganbatness (assuming he's still amongst us - and bayshore, for that matter) might be interested in this Pharyngula posting on the glossophagine nectar bat, whose tongue can extend to 150% of the length of its body.
This short manga, The Family Zoo, is.. odd. It's a family run zoo - the father's an elephant, mother's a giraffe, sons are a monkey and a lion, daughter a snake, and - apparently because he's too old to move - grandfather's a toilet. (The answer is "yes", I'm afraid) Now compare that to a recent Family Circus..
Quite a pleasant move - until the end of the year, if you buy LJ time as a gift, the recipient will also get the 100 icons addon for the same duration.
Here's quite a cool little celebration of furrydom. Eloquently expressed, and I can agree with every sentiment.
Pic for the day: Mantlepiece. ~shiny~