The cat hissed, and the dragon hissed back.

Outclassed, but not happy about it, the cat stalked away, growling.

After a minute, the dragon pushed its nose under a leathery wing and gently nuzzled the shivering white rat hiding there.

"You are safe now, tiny friend."

The rat squeaked and scurried away, leaving the dragon a little dejected.

Later that evening, the dragon was awoken by the rat returning with a tangerine to share.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy #Raturday

Happy Lunar New Year. Since a red picture usually accompany such greetings, here's a photo of a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans) dragonfly, showing off the details of its red wings taken at Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore, on 24 Jan, 2020.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Photography #Singapore #Insects #Dragonflies #Odonata

This AI is trying to blur the background of my webcam image, and I am making things difficult for it aiweirdness.com/post/190441069

"Don't move!" snapped the wizard.

The rogue stopped, rather more obediently than one would expect, cautiously frozen in place, "Why?"

"Do you want to go hurtling through pan-dimensional walls which would shatter your body, mind and soul, infinitely, leaving you both alive yet dead?"

"I wish to remain unhurtled, please."

The wizard gingerly lifted the prism from their nimble fingers and placed it back upon its pedestal with a tired sigh.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Article at tor<dot>com celebrating the cartography skills of the late Christopher Tolkien.

"Christopher Tolkien’s [Middle-Earth] map proved to be a huge influence on the fantasy genre. It helped set the norm for subsequent epic fantasy novels; indeed it became the norm. Epic fantasy novels would come with maps—were supposed to come with maps—and in many cases those maps would look a lot like the one drawn by Christopher Tolkien."

tor.com/2020/01/22/celebrating

Comets actually have two tails. A dust tail pushed back by the pressure of the Sun's light (white in this image) and an ion tail pushed back by the particles of the solar wind (blue in this image).
(image:M. Fairbanks -CC attrib, share alike license)

"A top infectious disease expert and the [Singapore] Ministry of Health (MOH) have said that the public should not rely on N95 masks to guard against the Wuhan virus, even as they fly off the shelves at pharmacies.

Instead, surgical masks are more appropriate in this case, the expert and MOH said yesterday"

straitstimes.com/singapore/hea

"Human language is lit with animal life: we play cats-cradle or have hare-brained ideas; we speak of badgering, or outfoxing someone; to squirrel something away and to ferret it out." - Jay Griffiths

This is a frontal shot of the Indian Palm Squirrel, a creature that one hears all the time. I hadn't really got myself to click one till this lil dude was literally dancing in front of my camera. Shot at Hampi last Nov.

#photography #nature #photo #nikon

Espresso science. 🙂

"Researchers from the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia and Switzerland are challenging common espresso wisdom, declaring that fewer coffee beans, ground more coarsely, is the key to a brew that is cheaper to make, more consistent from shot to shot, and just as strong."

cosmosmagazine.com/mathematics

Wonderful images of the late Terry Jones through the years by the BBC: "Terry Jones: Life in pictures"

bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51205

Some Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) spotted resting in the trees and on a fence while walking about near my workplace this morning (22 Jan 2020) in Singapore.

They usually like to roost together in a group.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds #Aves

A Black Phoebe spotted on my walk to lunch, near an office building. It perched there, maybe 10 feet away from me, and actually stayed put while I walked around looking for different angles. Then it flew up into a tree.

#birds #nature.

"New China virus: Five questions scientists are asking"

- How does the virus spread?
- How deadly is the virus?
- Where did the virus come from?
- What can we learn from the virus’s genetic sequence?
- Can a drug be developed to treat the coronavirus?

nature.com/articles/d41586-020

"We’re taking a detour into biology for today’s graphic, looking at the colds that many of us are suffering from at this time of year. It’s doubly topical considering the coronavirus outbreak in China at the time of writing. This graphic highlights the viruses that cause colds and flu and their different characteristics."


compoundchem.com/2020/01/22/co

RIP. :-(

"Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has said.

A statement from his family said: "We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

"Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.""

bbc.com/news/entertainment-art

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