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jagzilla:

JOTUN: LIVE ON KICKSTARTER!

In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who has died an inglorious death and must face the challenges of Viking purgatory to prove herself to the Gods and enter Valhalla.

I am proud to present to you the game I’ve been working on for the past few months: Jotun. Although the kickstarter has been doing very well without my help, I couldn’t just stand back and not let you guys in on the fun!

Working on this has been an absolute delight and has given be challenges to boot. From first concept sketches to final designs, working with William Dubé has been one smooth ride and very educative. Reading up on Norse mythology and adapting the legends to a style that would be proper to the game has been fun and creatively enchanting, to say the least!

I couldn’t talk about the creative process without mentioning how exciting it has been to watch my designs go from flat to animated, by the amazing Alexandre Boyer, my gosh!


just look at her go..! eeeee

The other crazy skilled 2D artists who have made this project come to life are Annejulie PDarnell Lysius-Dicette and Marianne Vincent. Definitely check them out, you will not be disappointed!

Please check the Kickstarter page if you have a few minutes to spare and if 2D games strike your fancy, and pledge for awesome rewards! :D If you can’t pledge, that’s totes cool, but please consider sharing this so that your friends & followers can see this!

Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you all through the adventure!

Dude, I’m SO behind this. Gosh. Wow. I just. Wow. I’ve never felt the need to donate to a kickstarter before but this one <3

purplekecleon:

koryos:

If you love Scottish fold cats, I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear. Please, please read on anyway. If you are considering adopting a Scottish fold, PLEASE continue reading. This information needs to be more widely known.

In 2008, the Journal of Small Animal practice released a short report on disorders associated with breeds of cats. In this report, the authors mentioned the Scottish fold:

People who own them may be “charmed” by their round faces and open expression (and they may not realise that the reason the cats do not move around too much is because they are variably crippled with arthritis).1

The gene that causes the cute fold in the Scottish fold’s ear also leads to the development of a degenerative disorder called osteochondrodysplasia. ALL Scottish folds have this disorder, whether they show symptoms or not- the fold in their ears is caused by a cartilage deformity that also affects their joints.

Osteochondrodysplasia leads to crippling osteoarthritis, which affects Scottish folds at much younger ages than other breeds of cats. In cats heterozygous for the gene, the disease’s progression can be seen in cats as young as six months. In homozygous cats, it can be seen as early as seven weeks old.

Affected cats may be grossly deformed, with short wide limbs and a short, inflexible tail. They show lameness, swollen wrist (carpal) and ankle (tarsal) joints, have an abnormal gait, and are reluctant to move and jump. Severely affected individuals become crippled and unable to walk.

Many affected cats are euthanased earlier in life due to the profound effects of this disease.2

The breed is often described as “placid” and “calm.” This is due to the fact that they are constantly in pain due to this disorder. Even in mild, ‘asymptomatic’ cases which can occur in heterozygous cats, they may still be experiencing pain due to cats’ tendency to hide their suffering.

Many breeders of Scottish folds claim that not all heterozygous cats have the disorder, because the studies that examined the cats (which were all, heterozygous or not, shown to have it) had small sample sizes.

In 2003, Lorraine Shelton, a specialist in genetic diseases, offered to pay for 300 x-rays of healthy adult Scottish folds to prove that the disorder was not present in some heterozygous cats.

…She has asked a list of 300 Scottish Fold breeders from around the world to go to their vet to get X-rays done. She had offered to pay for these X-rays but not a single breeder had taken up that offer. You could not know whether this problem existed unless an X-ray was taken. If somebody would send her an X-ray of a healthy hind leg of a folded eared cat, she would be grateful as she wanted to see the very first one.3

To date, no one has taken her up on the offer. The breeders’ unwillingness to have their cats examined speaks volumes. The authors of all studies on these cats agree: it ethically wrong to continue breeding these cats.

It disturbs me that any breeder would knowingly continue to create animals that will be in pain throughout their lives. As a cat lover myself, I am begging you, please do not buy Scottish folds. Do not support these unethical breeding practices, or the concept that it is acceptable to intentionally breed unhealthy animals for the sake of how they look.

Citations

Breed-related disorders of cats (discusses issues with other breeds as well)

Genetic welfare problems of companion animals: osteochondrodysplasia (a thorough description of the disease and its prevalence)

FIFe meeting notes (leading to a decision not to recognize Scottish folds as an offical breed due to the disorder)

There was also a follow-up email about Shelton’s offer which can be read here.

Studies on osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Folds

Osteochondrodysplasia in Scottish Fold cats

Incomplete dominant osteochondrodysplasia in heterozygous Scottish Fold cats (this is the source of the above x-ray pictures)

Before you buy ANY animal, please do your research. If a breed suffers from high incidences of genetic disorders, don’t use your money to support the creation of more animal suffering.

This is important enough to be posted to my main blog. I know I reblogged this months and months ago, but not enough people know about this.

There is absolutely no way to “cure” the Scottish folds of this. The gene that causes the ear to look so cute and floppy is because of the cartilage not forming properly, which is what causes the health problems — even in cats that are bred Fold x Non Fold.

What’s fucking worse is that they’re cross breeding Scottish folds with other cats. As soon as I saw them crossed with Sphynxes (anyone who follows me is probably aware of the three Sphynxes we have and how much I love them), my heart sank. This is called a “Skinderlop”

Breeding is supposed to be about breeding healthy cats/animals free of defects, and about examining mutations to see what the health risks are, if there are any. It is not supposed to be about creating more cats who are doomed to horrible health problems from birth. That is so cruel it’s unbelievable - and people still defend this breed’s continued existence…

If you know anyone who is looking into getting a kitten from a breeder, PLEASE let them know about the health problems associated with Scottish folds and cross breeds so that they don’t continue to support this sort of thing. It is needlessly cruel.

No tumblr, I don’t want to follow blogs with a ton of porn on them. But thanks for the suggestion. =__=

Honestly. I follow NOTHING on here with nudity. Do they suggest it to everyone? Is it linked to like.. animals or pokemon or equal rights??? I don’t know how even the robot that decides this thinks it was a good thing to suggest to me.

art-of-swords:

Battleaxe (Tabar) with Dagger

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Place of Origin: Northern India
  • Medium: steel, copper, brass.
  • Measurements: overall length: 56 cm; axe blade length: 13 cm; dagger blade length: 26 cm

The weapon features a crescent shaped head with a steel blade covered in brass and decorated with engraved arabesque motifs. In the counter blade it has an elephant surrounded by two tigers, in a perfect silhouette, made of forged brass.

The tubular handle is completely covered in brass, ornamented with a vegetal themed chisel work. It is finished by a lotus button which serves as a handle for a small dagger hidden inside it.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Caravana Collection

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Why are you against owning a tiger as an exotic pet? Are you against owning exotic pets?

bigcatawareness:

Firstly I’m not even going to try to get into the can of worms that is “what is exotic and what isnt?!” argument.  I will go ahead and say here that birds, small mammals like hedgehogs and sugar gliders, and reptiles like ball pythons/blood pythons/etc I have no issue with if people do their research and can absolutely provide what they need.

There is a very very long list why I and everyone else should be against keeping tigers, lions, leopards, and any other wild cat as a pet.  Here and here is what Big Cat Rescue has to say about it.  You can watch this Vice documentary on the exotic pet trade.

In short, in case you don’t feel like reading, 

  • There is no reason to keep an animal like a tiger as a pet.
  • The average person cannot provide everything this animal needs, hence why many pet tigers are seen living in homes or in tiny chainlink pens(living in the home is so far from what they need in their environment it isn’t even funny)
  • It can cost up to 15k to feed a big cat for a year, that includes varied beef items, chicken, and whole prey such as thawed rabbits.  People go broke, and their animals starve, and have to be given up.  It’s not easy to rehome a big cat.
  • It sends the worst message to the public that these big cats are just “big housecats”
  • Hint: they’re not.  Pet big cats are not domestic in any sense; they’re not even tame.  The domestication of today’s dog started 32k years ago, and 12k years for the cat. However you raise them, they are still ALWAYS going to be wild and dangerous.  They may become habituated to their owners and show what looks like “affection,” but trust me, it’s all food motivation.  You are the person who gives them dinner and things to play with.
  • If the cat injures or kills you, the cat is killed as well.  It is never just your choice to take a risk when you own these animals.  Big cats can kill in play, they don’t even have to try to hurt you.
  • It endangers your neighbors too; cats escape.  Especially if they live in low budget pens or in someone’s house.  An escaped cat is a dead cat.  See: Zanesville, Ohio
  • It harms conservation efforts.  Why worry about wild tigers if you can always buy one as a pet? It feeds into the black market for cubs also.  

Again, there’s no logical reason to have them, and it causes so much more harm than good.  Wild cats, from tigers down to bobcats, are not pets.  They are dangerous, destructive, and incredibly costly.

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