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    DREAM TO MEME

    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 origins:

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    The Minecraft axolotl version by @queerbeemc​:

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    The Animorphs version by @jivs-jam​:

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    Even @theshitpostcalligrapher​ chimed in. Thank you, @theshitpostcalligrapher​, for services rendered to the community:

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    This kissy fishy by @cryptidcanary​:

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    A reality check by @anxiety-plus​:

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    The tired marine biologist by @hustlerose

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    Above all things, sophisticated (@noneedtofearorhope​):

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    More cons (oh no!) according to @essential-npc​:

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    A delightfully different perspective, this time from the forest floor, by @bepisdrink​:

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    A worthy remix by @charlesoberonn​:

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    All good things...

    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.

    tumblr tuesday: back to science

    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.

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    @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.

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    @alchemysciviz illustrates scientific processes and curiosities from biology, chemistry, and anthropology like this one about a panda’s coloring.

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    @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.

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    @lichenaday describes the weird and wonderful world of lichen. Here’s the lowdown on Oceanoplaca isidiosa for you.

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    tumblr tuesday: toy town

    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.

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    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.

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    @1999babi​ walks the fine line of curating toys from in between millennia, which, it turns out, was just a big squidgy neon dream.

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    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.

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    @my-monster-island​? Just monsters.

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    tumblr tuesday: ratty family fun

    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! ♡

    tumblr tuesday: august art prompts

    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

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    Prickly Pear by @voltaical-art

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    Rhinestone Cowboy by @naomisart

    (oh, and a playlist for your troubles🎵)

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    Avian Augusthas 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:

    @catsinthegarden

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    @shalmonsdraws

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    @rolitae

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    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: 

    @adyrene

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    @ochrecavern

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    @hatleyco

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    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.

    tumblr tuesday: some days, there’s an animal

    We all know and love@1coweveryday​​. Well, here are some other blogs that produce some sort of animal at some point or other during a week or another specified (or not) measure of time.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    @1chickeneveryotherday​​!

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    @1kittieeveryday​​!

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    @1rateveryday​​!

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    @1puppyeveryday​​!

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    @1duckeveryday​​!

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    @1kitteneveryday​​!

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    @sometimestheressheep​​.

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    @1monstereveryday​​!

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    @1hamstereveryday​​!

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    @sometimestheresabear​​.

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    @1sealeveryday​​!

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    @1bunnyeveryotherday​​!

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    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, Nappingand 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:

    tumblr tuesday: big aims

    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:

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    postplus

    Post+ is coming soon

    What’s Post+?

    Oh, thank you for asking this totally unprompted question! Tumblr’s Post+ is our new tool that allows creators to make some of their posts exclusive to paid supporters and allows people to support their favorite creators. It’s an optional way to support and encourage your favorite creators on Tumblr, and it’s all done in the existing post form with the existing tools you all know and love.

    Why Post+?

    Creators are the backbone of Tumblr—whether they’re GIF artists, illustrators, comedians, cosplayers, or just really good shitposters. Since our founding, we have always believed in empowering the world’s creators to show off their best work. Post+ now gives these same creators the ability to earn money from their work.

    Post+ is optional, right?

    Right! Post+ simply gives creators the freedom to pick and choose which posts they want public and which posts they want only their paid supporters to see. Creators who use Post+ have the ability to choose how much of their content is free and public. Post+ is an optional program—the creator has the power to decide if they want to participate or not. The creator also has the ability to choose from a select set of predefined subscription pricing structures for their supporters.

    Can I have it?

    When Post+ fully launches, it will be available for anyone who wants to use it. Right now it’s still in its beta phase of testing. We want to make sure that everyone’s experience with Post+ is without any hiccups or bugs. We’re working with a very limited number of creators who are testing it out for us. But! If you want to get notified when more beta testing spaces open up, please sign up here.

    Anything else?

    If you want to stay up-to-date on all things Post+, give @postplus a follow. It’s where we’re posting FAQs and answering your questions. If you want to give feedback, fill out this survey here. Thanks for your patience, Tumblr.

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    The communities that make up Tumblr are built by artists, writers, GIF artists, shitposters, illustrators, and other creators sharing their talents with the world. It’s a place where the world's creators can put their best work in front of an incredible audience. The tools that we built are built for creators and artists to do just that. Over the years we've watched countless careers born here, books launched, talents discovered. Tumblr connects people to their audiences and allows them to pursue their work in a greater capacity. We want that to be achievable for everyone on our platform.

    Post+ is a move toward this goal—making sure creators who dedicate their time and effort to producing content have the choice to be paid for some of what they do, if they decide it makes sense for them.

    Right now, we’ve got our beta testers and a world of feedback to incorporate, which is exactly how things get made and get better.

    We do, however, want to address the main concerns we are hearing:

    Fanfiction & Copyright Infringement

    Basically, the process works the same as it always has. And yes, the following information is coming to you straight from a lawyer:

  • We fully support Creators sharing their fanfiction and fanart on Tumblr. We encourage sharing creative work of all kinds on the platform.
  • Fanfiction and fanart are frequently considered fair use and we support our Creators’ fair use rights. Monetizing fan work does not necessarily mean that it isn’t fair use.
  • Any content posted on Tumblr, both free and monetized, should follow our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines, which prohibits infringing the intellectual property rights of others. Whether a piece of fanfiction meets the requirements for fair use varies depending on the work. Intellectual property rights holders are in the best position to decide if they think a fanfiction or fan art violates their rights. If they do, they can use the normal Tumblr DMCA process to identify content for removal. Creators can also take advantage of the normal counter-notification process if they believe the content was misidentified as infringing.
  • Using the block feature and Post+

  • Post+ creators will be able to block subscribers in the final Post+ product launching later this fall, and resulting from our beta feedback. At the moment, testers of the Post+ beta will need help from Tumblr Support in order to block a blog that has become a paying supporter.
  • We will continue to answer questions over the next few weeks over on @postplus

    As always, our priority is the people who make up this weird blue universe, and we’ll keep working to make sure we’re serving you as well as we can.

    Tumblr,

    Earlier today we announced to the press that we are running a beta test program for Post+, Tumblr’s newest add-on subscription tool. Post+ is a completely optional tool that will allow creators to make some of their posts exclusive to their paid subscribers. You can read more about it right over here on our @postplus Tumblr. This feature is being tested by a small group of incredible creators on Tumblr.

    We want to hear about what you like, what you love, and what concerns you. Even if it’s not very nice. Tell us. We can take it. We WANT that feedback. It helps us make Tumblr better.

    What we wont ever accept is the targeted harassment and threats these creators have endured since this afternoon. These creators are some of the most talented people around, and all they’re doing is testing out a feature. These are the people who graciously agreed to pilot a program to help us discover bugs before we open it up to all creators. These are the humans who are testing a feature that we hope will soon help thousands of Tumblr creators feel empowered, get rewarded for their efforts, and find support within their community.

    Our Community Guidelines are clear: Don't engage in targeted abuse, bullying, or harassment.

    Anyone in violation of these guidelines will be dealt with swiftly and will be forced to contend with the appropriate consequences. It’s okay to tell us how you feel. It’s not okay to bully someone because you disagree with their choices.

    tumblr tuesday: visions of space

    52 years after two men called Neil and Edwin took a walk on the moon, MacKenzie Scott’s ex husband is not standing or sitting or swimming anywhere on this earth, but is instead hovering somewhere Above. For everyone else with your feet on the ground, here are some space-themed blogs to help you disappear into dreams of starry silence. 

    @the-wolf-and-moon​​​ is a collection of art the universe makes behind the scenes while we’re all going about our dwindling days and tiny tasks. Here you can see the Cat’s Paw Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 6334. Birthplace of gigantic stars and cubic tons of trouble, probably, this finally proves who really runs all universes, known and unknown.

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    @startrekdesign​ grew from a personal quarantine project by a long-time Trekkie and new-time collector of design objects featured in the show. Think of it as home interiors, if ‘home’ were a big ol’ spacecraft fictitiously hurtling through time and space.

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    @mystarypi-astronomy​​ takes pictures of space! With a telescope! From the earth! And tells us what we’re looking at so that what at first glance looks like a black squiggle in golden glitter becomes the Snake Nebula, a whole world of knowable and unknowable worlds! Tttthhhpectacular! 

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    And lastly, @thevisualdon​​ is back with a spacey moment for our digital age, a neon-dreamed, glitter-pixelled nostalgia for obsolescent futures. Come on in. The sky’s the sea, and the water’s warm.

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