What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD: The most astounding fact… is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy. Guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems… stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself.
So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.
When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings-on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…
Day 5: A monster inspired by deep-sea organisms.
The Deep Sea Anvilgarr is one of the few natural predators of the sperm whale. Though significantly smaller than the massive creatures, anvilgarrs make up for it in speed and viciousness. They use the spears on their eyeless, armoured heads to impale the whales, homing in with uncanny accuracy on the whales lungs and puncturing them. Because they’re smaller they usually don’t kill the creatures on the first go, instead they hover around in eerie flocks waiting for their prey to succumb to their injuries.
Day 4: A humanoid monster with feline features.
Vestoidian Psy-beasts evolved deep in underground caverns, with only the massive crystalline formations of their home to keep them company. They feed on latent thought and spare emotion, often emerging into the surface world during the night hours to search out sleeping, unwary prey. In the present, colonies of psy-beasts have begun inhabiting sewer systems and other manmade structures, bringing them ever closer to their preferred prey: humanity.
Monthly art trade for Skyder on d.org. Enjoy, friend! Painting reflective scales was a fun challenge. c:
Day 3: A particularly cute monster inspired an insect or an arachnid.
I had a migraine and felt sick pretty much all day today so I couldn’t set as much time as I wanted aside for this cutie, but I think it managed to hit the mark either way. c:
Day 2: A monster that brings about a specific disease.
I chose to represent my own disease for this: Crohn’s Disease. IT WAS KIND OF THERAPEUTIC TRYING TO VISUALIZE IT. I don’t have a story for this monster other than “here have a representation of my pain” so enjoy I suppose.
I think that life is a method by which the universe produces systems that resemble parts of itself from different perspectives. A ‘mind’ is a simulation or dynamic replica of a volume of the universe that is generated by a system of interacting particles. The mind of each organism resembles its local universe to promote survival by enabling behavioral interactions with its environment. In this way each mind is a fractal shape of the universe experiencing itself. What we call ‘intelligence’ or more accurately ‘consciousness’ may be the degree of fractal recursion within a universe-replicating system.
Swamp monster for the 28 day monster challenge!
Swamp Sulks call the silty bottoms of fetid marshes home. Their bodies are flat and covered in hard plates, and their nostrils are at the very top of their heads so they can lie in place and breathe easily, waiting for prey to venture too close. The feelers on their chins help them maneuver through the dark watery swampbeds of their home. Exclusively predators, they feed on pretty much anything that gets too close to them, dragging the victim down in a watery death.
idle practice. jasper is a gremlin character from one of my stories who needs more development