Today in SOMA Nature Walk News:
This week TBM Mom Chung started digging, kicking off construction of San Francisco's first new subway tunnel in decades. Over the next 10 months, the 350-foot-long, 750-ton machine will excavate and construct the tunnel that southbound T Third Line trains will use when the Central Subway opens in 2019.
Mom Chung and Big Alma will excavate and construct the 1.5-mile-long tunnels at a pace of approximately 40 feet per day, though their pace will vary based on ground conditions and other factors. Most of their journey will be through two major ground formations: the Franciscan complex, a bedrock formation that forms Nob Hill; and the Colma formation, a dense mixture of sand and clay.
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Sometimes You Just Have To Shave Off a Fish's Genital Claws.
Guppies don't have a penis, as such. Instead, they have modified a pair of their fins into penetrating organs called gonopodia.
These penis-ish organs are tipped with an unpleasant set of claws, hooks ridges and spines. These features evolve very quickly and they're sometimes the only way of telling one guppy species from another. [...]
Compared to shaved males, clawed ones transferred three times more sperm into unreceptive females, but the same amount into those that willingly mated.
This strongly suggests that the claws are a "sexually antagonistic trait" -- one that benefits one sex over the other. In this case, they help the males to grasp resistant females.
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Hopefully we'll be launching a kickstarter to pay for our parklet soon! Our architect has been ridiculously generous and donated all of his design and engineering work, but the materials are still going to run us almost $10k.
It's a really cool design, too! You'll see.
Parklets are weird in that, while we have to pay for it, it's not really ours. They exist in that gray area of sidewalks: you don't really own your sidewalk, though you're responsible for it, so the bargain you make with the City in order to take back some parking spaces and turn them into something nice is that you have to foot the construction bill, even though the thing you build is technically a public park.
Anyway, we've got a pretty cool list of Kickstarter incentives that we've come up with, but if you have any good ideas, please suggest them now! We'll probably be launching it in a week or two, depending on how quickly Steen gets finished shooting our video.
One of the obvious-but-good ones is a Golden Ticket: free admission for you and a friend to every show for a year.
Meanwhile I've been putting in extremely long hours down at the Vertex Mines, obsessing over the 3D models of this thing. "Working on my dollhouse", I usually call it.
Recent photo galleries:
These look cool:
Tangiers - Stealth gameplay meets the darker avant-garde of the 20th century.
Reality here is a fragile place. Your interactions with the world cause it to fall apart. In homage to Burrough's cut-up technique, the world collapses and rebuilds itself the more you interact with it - future areas rebuilt with the fragments and personality of places you mistreated. From this every play-through will, subtly or drastically, be unique to you.
The fragile state is inherent in the entire setting. The spoken words of its inhabitants materialize physically - collect the frustrations of a guard unable to locate you and use them to distract, mislead and spread disinformation. Gather the intimate words of an illicit conversation and use them to unveil secrets, hidden pockets within the city. Turn them into reality - a character mentions rats and you can turn his words into a devouring swarm of them.
He Took His Skin Off For Me - a Practical SFX short film.
It's the small things. The stains. She has to wash the sheets every day. At night he gets cold, so they have to turn up the heat. This means more bills. And gas isn't cheap...
In fact, money is more of a problem than ever. He's losing clients at work and they begin to fight about it. She tells him they're the wrong clients anyway.
Old friends come over for dinner, but the party does not go well. He is quiet and withdrawn. The house is covered in stains - more than she can possibly clean.
Jill Tracy's new video for her old song, Pulling My Insides Out.
After winning several film festival awards, grand prizes, and accolades, Ice Cream Ants is slated to be released to the public for the first time with a new director's cut. "Pulling Your Insides Out" is the end title song to the film, so Jeremy thought it befitting to create a new music video to coincide with its online release.