I go by fourthage. The URL has a dash because someone beat me to the unhyphenated version.

I'm a bit of a magpie. I love the natural world (satisfies both the "ooh shiny!" and "color!" impulses). I also like being ridiculously fannish about made-up people and worlds. It's mostly Mass Effect right now, but I'm also into Dragon Age, Tolkien, Miyazaki movies, and other miscellaneous Japanese comics and games.

Little Girl Plays on Gentle Giant Tibetan Mastiff ** video **

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Pretty bar/daub hatchlings!  I have no idea what to price them, but they’ll be on the auction house in a few minutes. (1, 2, 3)


i will return for the child within one month

this is your warning

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Follow-up to jadesabre301's asks for the language meme

jadesabre301 replied to your post:2, 3, 5?
I UNDERSTAND YOUR ANSWER TO NUMBER 5 VERY WELL. Also I will be lazy and ask you here: what’s YOUR 10 and 11?

10. A list of your favourite words in any language.

Paradoxically, Gott (German - I just like the hard “t” for God), any French word with a pronounced “r” in it.

11. A song you like in a language other than English.

Can I cheat and do two?

Silja - Ma demence (which I may have to temporarily upload, since Google is not coming up with a link)

Siti Nurhaliza - Bisikan Asmara (hello 90s fashion flashback!)

2, 3, 5?
fourth-age fourth-age Said:

2.  Which languages you know.

English, obviously.  I was almost fluent in French when I graduated high school, but then I decided to learn Japanese in college instead of continuing my studies with it and at this point can barely muddle through reading it.  My listening comprehension is completely shot.  I had to drop Japanese due to scheduling conflicts with my major after one year, so I’m limited to really basic vocabulary there.

3:Which languages you are learning, or want to learn.

Not learning anything right now.  I’d like to refresh my French, but if we’re talking new languages, I’d have to go with either German or Welsh.

5:Your favourite language to listen to.

Huh, this is hard to answer.  If it’s a language I can parse even a little bit, I stop hearing it on any kind of aesthetic level.  I tend to get more excited about differences in grammatical structure than the way a language sounds when spoken.  It usually take a song in another language for me to appreciate its tonal qualities.

  • 1: Your native language.
  • 2: Which languages you know.
  • 3: Which languages you are learning, or want to learn.
  • 4: Does anyone in your family speak a language that you don't?
  • 5: Your favourite language to listen to.
  • 6: Your least favourite language to listen to.
  • 7: Your favourite word in your native language.
  • 8: Your favourite word in your second language(if you know one).
  • 9: Your favourite word in a language you don't really speak.
  • 10: A list of your favourite words in any language.
  • 11: A song you like in a language other than English.
  • 12: If you could pick one language to learn automatically without having to work for it, which language would you choose?
  • 13: Have you ever seen a whole movie in a language you don't understand?
  • 14: A language you like, but wouldn't put the effort into learning.
  • 15: Write a short introduction of yourself in a language other than English.


EpicDash: 32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream, Part 2. 

Part 1 here

1: Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia. Lake Baikal is the largest and oldest freshwater lake in the world. In the winter, the lake freezes, but the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the ice. In March, frost and sun cause cracks in the ice crust, which results in the turquoise ice shards we see at the surface.

2: Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey. Over millions of years, the hotsprings in Pamukkale have transformed the landscape. Although it may look like these terraces are made of ice and snow, Turkey has bikini weather all year round. The ground is just coated in white limestone.

3: Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland. These sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. This strange sight occurs in winter, when temperatures range from -40 to -15 degrees centigrade.

4: Yuanyang County, China. The farming techniques in Yuanyang County have created a landscape which is truly amazing from the air. These rice fields are located on the slopes of Ailao Mountain, where the terraced levels help create flat surfaces along an uneven landscape.

5: Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA. Fly Geyser was accidentally created when a well was drilled and left uncapped. Minerals and algae started to rise from the geyser and accumulated to form an alien-like mound.

6: Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming, USA. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria, which grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.

7: Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Island. Strong ocean currents continually drive sand from the shores of Mauritius into the abyss below, creating this one-of-a-kind underwater waterfall.

8 & 9: Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives. It may look normal during daylight, but at night, this beach comes to life. The sparkle in the water comes from marine microbes called phytoplankton. The galaxy they paint across the shore is nothing short of breathtaking.

10: Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand. Thousands of tiny glowworms hang to the ceiling of this grotto and radiate a luminescent light, creating a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie.


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The lifecycle of stars - our Sun is currently in its main sequence phase. Via AsapSCIENCE


The lifecycle of stars - our Sun is currently in its main sequence phase. Via AsapSCIENCE

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inconocible replied to your post: inconocible replied to your post: I re…

Okay also on the duck topic: If you’ve never had Peking duck, find a well-reviewed Chinese restaurant and go eat it. asap. omg.

There is Peking Gourmet at Bailey’s Crossroads.  They do the whole tableside carving and everything. 

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Ooh their veggie options look mouth-watering too.

Eeeeeverything is delicious!

inconocible replied to your post: I really need to stop watching Iron Ch…

Woah. That place is totally going on my list for the next time I’m in NOVA. (I grew up in central VA/my family still lives there, and I went to Tech, so I occasionally find myself in NOVA. Though probably not for awhile :/) The menu looks SO GOOD.

It is so good!  I’ve never had a meal there that wasn’t wonderful.

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DUCK. YES. It is my go-to eating out food because I never make it at home.

Oh my gosh, yes!  The first time I ever had duck I was like, how did chicken beat this out for my country’s poultry of choice?  Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.


A baby Flamboyant Cuttlefish hatchling only a few seconds old, after it had hatched from its egg sac. (via)

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I really need to stop watching Iron Chef late at night.  It makes me want to cook (until I remember my kitchen does not have half of the fun stuff the Iron Chef kitchen does) and/or eat really good food  Trummer’s On Main is my local standard for that, but unfortunately it’s not an every-weekend restaurant price-wise.  (It’s one of the few places I can reliably count on to have rabbit or duck on the menu.)