Hello to you on this vertically oriented igneous Tuesday. Today, we bring you some of the best rock-related content here on Tumblr. Whether you like your stones small and shiny or huge and hurtling through space, here are some good places to go for your lithic fix. Think of this as a small yet charming troll sharing with you their favorite treasures.
"Giant woman of the woods," @honeyhemlocked, lives in a cabin in the woods (yeah, it looks as charming as it sounds). Here's a selection of some of the stones she’s gathered:
@geologicaltravels shares original photos relating to geology, astronomy, meteorology, and biology—from 40 years of traveling the earth!
Zürich-based artist Alexis Desjardins shares (often hauntingly) serene impressions of places in Europe on @docileeffects, while displaying an impressive rock-to-not-rock ratio:
@thesilicontribesman is a multi-media artist and educator working in the northwest of England who shares images of local lithic materials and the stories they tell:
@mineralsandsomerocks is kind of a pro when it comes to geological matter, having collected stones of some sort since the very beginning:
A self-confessed fan of "museums of bones and stones," @twofacedgods has formally studied geology and is an aspiring volcanologist, astrobiologist, and space scientist.
The beauty of the left-behind, the wilting, the empty barn receding in the rear-view mirror—all these alone spaces and more can be found in the photographic works of @ishikorokoroishi:
A catalog of ghost stories and alleged sightings, alongside spine-jangling accounts of encounters with those on the other side of the veil, make @thesehauntedhills exciting reading for the fearless among you.
@bestthriftfinds: In a super unexpected twist of fate, it turns out pancake bear actually owns you. Pancake bear owns everything you can see and touch. We don't make the rules. Pancake bear makes the rules here now, kid.
Enjoyed this haunting? Want more? For a small token of your appreciation, @kayleerowena will haunt your house for you. If that’s your vibe.
So one thing that happens when you’ve been here for a while is that you end up with this archive of how you got to where you are now—a long lens of nostalgia on all the people you’ve been, those you’ve loved, and all the things you’ve done.
Adam JK (@adamjk) was one of the first Artists on Tumblr—he’s literally been here for almost as long as we have! Since that first post, he’s journaled, made friends, found his queer community, met his future husband, and made some really great art that people really love.
We asked Adam to share some of the moments that shaped his identity—as a person, an artist, a writer, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. These are the posts he decided to talk about.
This post really sums up how I used Tumblr for a long time. It was my diary and I didn’t think anybody was paying attention (because they weren’t).
Usually in relationships, I was the one getting dumped, so when I had to break up with a guy, it felt so shitty, and I thought, “why isn’t there a thing for this?”The minimum order was 500 balloons, so I had 499 too many and posted about them. People started ordering them. I got some minor press coverage, I even got ripped off a few times! My art—really one of the first things I created that wasn’t for a client—was suddenly blowing up, and I put the profits (a few hundred dollars) back into this hobby of making novelty gift products nobody asked for.
Around age 21, I became internet friends with a network of “Tumblr Gays” that made me feel more comfortable being myself. I would take the bus from Baltimore to NYC on weekends to meet up and go out and pretend brunch was an entire personality. At some point, I met Walt Cessna, who was flooding Tumblr with photos around that time. I feel like this photo captured me between two worlds, nervous about being on my own but excited to be my full queer self in New York.
In 2013 I started making these “everything will be so good so soon” post-it note collages, and they took on a life of their own. So many people have told me this was their phone background or helped them through a hard time, and I learned the power of making hopeful, honest art. This particular reminder finds its way back to me just when I need it most, and I’m really proud to have re-drawn it for the back cover of my new book.
My husband and I were mutuals but never exchanged messages or anything until one day I caved and asked him out. We both fell pretty hard for each other, and it was interesting how we kept posting on Tumblr while knowing the other could see it. We would buy each other donuts and flowers and write cute notes and the whole fucking thing. Before Mitchell, I never dated a guy longer than three months. Before me, he never thought about marriage. Love is real, and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to anyone who made me feel like I couldn’t find it for some reason.
Tumblr… I love you. Thank you for being you!!!!!!
As it happens, Adam actually recently finished making a little blue book about learning to be a person and then being that person. So if you want to know where he’s at today, here’s the trailer for that book. Happy Tuesday, Tumblr <3
We’re past the point of being able to ignore this now. @pixellecutie’s sleeping brain dreamed a dream of marine biology, and you’ve all really put in the work to make it a meme in its own right. Who knew there were so many benefits to being a marine biologist?
The Minecraft axolotl version by @queerbeemc:
The Animorphs version by @jivs-jam:
Even @theshitpostcalligrapher chimed in. Thank you, @theshitpostcalligrapher, for services rendered to the community:
This kissy fishy by @cryptidcanary:
A reality check by @anxiety-plus:
The tired marine biologist by @hustlerose:
Above all things, sophisticated (@noneedtofearorhope):
More cons (oh no!) according to @essential-npc:
A delightfully different perspective, this time from the forest floor, by @bepisdrink:
We love coming up with new features to make your experience on Tumblr more visceral; when they don’t work out that way, we remove them to make space for new features. Unfortunately, group chats haven’t lived up to our expectations, so we’ll be removing them from Tumblr this month.
Some of you have really leaned into group chats, discussing the merits of various sourdough proofing times, sharing your WIPs with new audiences, and exchanging complicated fan theories on the provenance of Croki.
The majority of you, however, have preferred to have these interactions elsewhere. And so, as we get ready to remove the group chat feature from Tumblr, it’s time to take these conversations to your reblog chains, your replies, and your messages. We’ll leave your chats up until September 22 at 6pm EST. After that, well, the weird will continue to be your oyster.
September is back to school month, so we’re kicking things off with some astounding students and educators in the natural sciences to help get you into that particular zone if that is a zone you need to (or want to) get into.
@great-and-small is a vet student who hangs out with the likes of squirrels, horses, and wolves and makes an excellent zoology meme.
@carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory has all sorts of amazing facts relating to the natural sciences. Have you ever found yourself wanting to know more about the shipworm that isn’t actually a worm, but in fact, a mollusk? That looks very much like a worm?? And eats ships??? Read more here, and behold the shipworm’s handiwork below.
@alchemysciviz illustrates scientific processes and curiosities from biology, chemistry, and anthropology like this one about a panda’s coloring.
@neat-deadandlive-things is a grad school student of freshwater ecology who found some algae on the underside of a receptacle holding a different algae already being examined…and promptly made mystery algae fanart. Beautiful procrastination, we salute you.
@lichenaday describes the weird and wonderful world of lichen. Here’s the lowdown on Oceanoplaca isidiosa for you.
Well now, we all know about furbies and worms on and off their strings. But are you familiar with the other pockets of toycore here on Tumblr? Here's a selection of the best collections out there:
@jellycatkid collects jellycat plushies. Here is a not-at-all-haunted cat. Nothing to see here! Aside from a very nice, normal cat.
No list of toycore on Tumblr would be complete without @sofubis—where nostalgia for our real or imagined pasts and futures culminates in a congregation of unfathomably cute (and often weird) vinyl oddities. Here, have a sad lizard with hands for feet.
@1999babi walks the fine line of curating toys from in between millennia, which, it turns out, was just a big squidgy neon dream.
It's so relaxing when a blog just does what it says it does. @calicocritteroftheday is one of those blogs. Reassuringly dependable, here you'll get exactly one calico critter, once a day.
Roll up! Roll up! It's National Family Fun Month, apparently, so here's a fun family for you. You know what they say—a family that braves fake flames and awe-inspiring obstacles together stays together. Something like that.
Anyway, meet @shadowtherat's artistes! Never before have you seen this level of vibe! Chill! Dignity! Yes, their namesakes may make a really weird meal, but this friend-shaped family really does it all. Give it up for Olive! Donut! Egg! Omelet! Pickles! And Sugar!
♡ No ratties were harmed during the making of this video! ♡
Boy howdy, y’all really do love an art challenge, don’tcha! And there are so many to choose from in the month of August! So, whether you seek the tension of a duel at dawn or feathered friends in all shapes, styles, and sizes, or an army a council of frogs—this month has ’em all. And with just under half the month to go, there’s still time to pony up and join in…or simply sit back and vibe with it.
Yeehawgust is in full swing collecting all your rootin’ ‘n’ tootin’ renditions of the wild west over on the official blog. That’s also where you’ll find the prompt list, should you need it. In the meantime, check these out:
Six-Shooter by @ceilingcow
Prickly Pear by @voltaical-art
Rhinestone Cowboy by @naomisart
(🎵oh, and a playlist for your troubles🎵)
Avian August has also taken flight in a big way, with some beautiful and diverse art styles joining the fray. Find your daily prompts here. Or simply sit back and enjoy the excellent specimens that have come home to roost:
Meanwhile, Frogust has taken a back seat this year, among all the birds and bulls. Here are a few intrepid individuals keeping this friend-shaped classic alive:
Well, folks, it's been another week on Tumblr. Last week:
The Rose's Woosung charmed us all with Truths, Dares, and Woolfy (that dog truly is a gift).
@marvelstudios announced an Answer Time with Simu Liu! So, if you've got any burning questions for Simu about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, send 'em in, and he might just answer them on August 30th.
The delightful @thelaurenshippen sat down to answer your questions about her official Stranger Things podcast, Surviving Hawkins—a companion to A.R. Capetta's official Stranger Things novel Rebel Robin. That's a good amount of Stranger Things to keep us all entertained while we wait for that sweet, sweet Season 4.
And finally, we launched wip.tumblr.com! This is your opportunity to join the conversation and let us know your thoughts on Tumblr. You've been busy writing in, and we're looking forward to replying to some of your queries this week, so watch this space.
Oh, and if you like knowing things—like, say, what's new, or newly fixed, on Tumblr—then follow @changes for weekly updates. Nice. That's all for now. Here's to another week on Tumblr.
Third-Party Authentication is coming! This means that new users will soon be able to sign up to Tumblr using either an Apple ID or a Google Account, and existing users will be able to log in with these accounts too. Nice.
Hello Tumblr, and welcome to the first installment of a new little series we’re calling Last Week On Tumblr, where we’ll review some of the Stuff That Went On in this here bluescape.
Friday wrapped up another @bigweekon Tumblr. In dulcet tones, we reflected on things coming to an end—the thirteenth Doctor’s reign, BuzzFeed Unsolved, and any confusion over Lil Nas X’s unrivaled supremacy.
K-pop band EVERGLOW stopped by @kpop to chat about their newest comeback. ICYMI.
Over on @cozy, the Domestic At-Home Non-Sporting Community Event, D-A-N-C-E for short, is in full swing. Last week, we watched with bated breath as Terry and Barry reported on the first two disciplines, Napping and Drinking Water. More to come this week.
@entertainment announced a Rebel Robin podcast Q&A with @thelaurenshippen—send in your questions!
And finally, Tuesday gave us some wisdom and a rotating plant. Thank you, Tuesday. Just what we’ve always wanted.
That’s all for this week’s recap of last week. Stay cool, dry, or simply defiant of any oppressive weather situations near you. And remember:
Sometimes it's all uphill. The road is tough, the journey long. It's raining, you're tired, and you've also run out of milk. You huff a sigh and settle down to a screen flickering with the edges of the day ahead. Some days are just like this.
But we get there, we do. Sometimes simply by the power of pure, dull-headed doggedness.
What will today be? A game that's been played unaltered for centuries? A territory with arbitrary lines separating it from the other territories? A plant spiraling through the cosmos? No matter, because you still have Stuff To Do ™: summits to scale, levels to beat, goals to meet. We all have our Big Games. Every day.
What is your Big Game right now? Whatever your today holds, here is some nonsense encouragement to go with inspirational images made by your esteemed colleagues here on The Internet: