This background from Yoshi’s Island is made out of two layers, the cave layer and the star layer behind it. When Yoshi moves, the parallax effect causes the star layer to scroll relative to the cave layer. Certain isolated pixels in the cave layer are transparent, so that whenever they align with a star in the layer below, they become white for one frame, creating the illusion of sparkling.
Watch to the end for the otter’s realization he’s being observed! Submitted by Pete!
Photo by ucumari
The Tiger’s Plight
Wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low. We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. Tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today. Across their range, tigers face unrelenting pressure from poaching, retaliatory killings and habitat loss. They are forced to compete for space with dense and often growing human populations. They are hunted out of fear, ignorance, and for use in traditional medicine in indigenous south and southeast Asian cultures (with little scientific evidence to support claims of effectiveness).
What You Can Do
First and foremost, do not be apathetic. Do not sit there and think that if you don’t do something, someone else will come along and make it all work. Every single scheme in this world has been comprised of individuals who create the whole. So before you think “Oh, what could I even do?” consider the fact that your actions do matter. When you sit there and pass responsibility on to the next person, that’s 50 cents in ad revenue that tigers miss out on. That’s a 10 dollar donation that could have saved a tiger’s life. Your contribution means something; it could mean everything to both the tigers you’re saving and myself.
For this month, giraffeinatree has been fundraising in support of the tiger. We have been raising money through ad revenue and donations, and we have had some success. All money is being donated to the Save the Tiger Fund (STF) - Panthera partnership program to aid in their efforts of saving tigers. Read more about how the money will be used, the animal of the month project, and about tigers at http://giraffeinatree.com/give-back
In the meantime, here is what YOU can do:
- Contribute by clicking the ad here at this site, which will donate about 50 cents to towards tiger conservation (free of charge to you and no risk of viruses or malware)
- Donate directly, via paypal. You have no idea how far your donations go, and they brighten my day to see them. Please, if you can spare the money, donate. What is 10 dollars even? 2 less Starbucks fraps that month? I understand not everyone is able, but those of you who are, please consider donating.
- Share this post in any shape, way, or form possible in addition to one of the above. Spreading the word can do so much, you have no idea. You can also like giraffeinatree on Facebook and spread the word there.
Everyone is capable of doing the 1st and 3rd, the 2nd would just be bonus. So let’s pull together and save some tigers.
A feminist action is one that actively confronts or works to dismantle our male supremist culture, like critiquing the patriarchal constructs around us in any sort of forum, or refusing to perform femininity
A non-feminist action is neutral, like wearing makeup or brushing your teeth or mowing the lawn.
An anti-feminist action is something that sabotages the rights of women or their struggle for liberation.
Anyone can perform any of these actions. Being a woman doesn’t make everything you do inherently feminist, and we should stop pretending that it does. Of course, there are milestones that men achieve with much more ease than women, and we should celebrate the women who achieve these things, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m talking about how so called “weaponized femininity” as a feminist statement is a waste of time and a misdirection of energy. I like makeup. As countless other young women are, I’m insecure about my appearance. Corporations spend billions of dollars undermining our self-worth to sell us cosmetics, and being a feminist doesn’t mean I’m immune to all the advertising out there telling me I’m far from perfect. Obliging these companies is not a feminist action, though. My acne scars, large-ish pores, and discoloration are fabricated flaws that I’m compelled to hide. I won’t kid myself and think that the time I spend in front of the mirror is making me more powerful in any non-superficial way. The boost in ego I feel from it is a product of years of conditioning, not any sort of tangible power.
I’m just asking people to analyze what they do. A non-feminist action is not anti-feminist, and when other women tell you that your eyeliner and high heels are not feminist, they are not telling you that you are wrong for enjoying them. They are telling you to be aware, to make sure you know what your energy is going into.
if we make ourselves comfortable with conforming to the patriarchy, if we turn neutral or even oppressive action into “feminist statements,” we are neutralizing the entire movement. Feminism is meant to be offensive. Feminism is meant to confront the inequality we face today. We can’t expect every woman to sacrifice their comfort to achieve our goals, but we can at least ask those among us who take action to pacify to analyze their actions.