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Is it possible for humans to design an idea for an alien species that simply does not resemble anything we can observe in Earth animals?

Currently I can't think of any that don't have many characteristics of existing life on Earth. I would like to see art designs that are truly alien and almost incomprehensible. For instance, I liked Arrival's ideas a lot, yet I saw a big squid/octopus thing in the alien design. Some of the concept art was more interesting but still had elements of existing life (minus the weird semicircle one though that one had two eyes.)
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Many organisms on Snaiad by Koseman are very unique.
The point/twist of that shitty, overrated movie is that the "aliens" weren't extraterrestrial at all, but rather evolved squids from 3000 years in the future.

Yes, it was a stupid movie with a stupid and predictable plot.
Wait, it was? I wasn't particularly paying attention.
bullshit. how could they evolve that much in 3000 years ?
Advanced space faring aliums would be humanoid don't @ me it's just how evolution works.

This is the Cat general. Discussion of domestic and wild felines belongs here.

Join the cat conversation at /an/cord's cat section.

Old thread: >>2910571

Food & Nutrition

Outside Enrichment
Behavioral problems

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we could close her up*
any ideas for getting kot to eat wet food?
Are hypoallergenic cats a real thing? Or just a meme?

My girlfriend has allergies but we really want a cat
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My adopted feral cat mom has become a sweet little lap cat. To the best of my knowledge she had never lived indoors until I took her in last October. Though she shredded my curtains and dug up the carpet in her temporary holding room, she's since calmed down and decided that it's nice living inside.

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Been a while since I made one of these threads. Feel free to play along.
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Why in the fuck do people think their rando (pit) mix dog is worth $400? They'd be lucky to give it away to somebody that won't beat it. People are insane.
Go save it anon
Don't expect anything to come of it. She makes you work for it.
That's like halfway across the country. I have a soft spot for old shepherds tho. They're ornery in a funny way.
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8 inch marinated tortoise. Great breeder.

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1 dog, 2 bunnys, 1 hamster (soon 2)
hundreds of fish, 1 dog, 2 cat. most of the fish are in my pond
One cat.
Two hamsters and two guinea pigs.
- 9 Scorpions
- 5 Tarantulas

Adding a couple more soon though

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Dog General #38

Old Thread: >>2914190

Dog food review site - https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Puppy guide - http://drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?articleid=1449

Discord link goes to /an/cord's dog hub:

>What should I feed my dog?
>What breed of dog should I get?
>How do I train my dog?
>Rate my dog!

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I'd say 8 weeks is normal
Sheperd mix
Just train the dog. And yes, in more distracting environments a dog will be less likely to do recall or walk calmly without proper training. Just be excited and praise the dog everytime he is doing something correct, even if he's just standing there and you didn't say anything. Don't take him off leash until you can do on-leash recall in public. Stand still whenever he tries to sprint, and reward him when he stops and walks calmly.
That's what I've heard, yeah.
For what it's worth, these pups have just been weaned and are eating solid food, and apparently the mother has become distant but the mothers sister has kind of adopted them a bit.

I still don't feel comfortable picking up a pick that's too young though.
My dog is Border Collie as well, but I picked her up at 8 weeks, she's three now.
>live in los angeles
>almost 15 year old dalmatian mix
>gonna move to the san francisco bay area later in the year
How do i pull this off? Is moving gonna traumatize her? Would she be better off just staying with my parents(where she basically lives now)?
I cant live without her but I dont want to uproot her and kill her because of it

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About a couple of weeks ago, a stray cat decided my open dress drawer was the perfect place to give birth in. I'm trying to relocate these fuckers now but the mom is too stupid to understand that the drawer is off limits. Every time I give these little fuckers back to her, she grabs one of them and tries to take it back to the drawer, a territory thats heavily guarded by my beagle. I tried putting the kittens on a place that my dog cant see or reach and is relatively safe from bad weather but the mother is too stupid to follow me/her kittens or even try searching for them

Any tips on how I can relocate these fuckers?
No, letting them stay in my drawer is not an option. These stray cats have done more damage to my mom's china already. Letting them live is already giving them too much mercy on my end
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wat kind of shithole do you live in that a pregnant stray animal just wandered into your house let alone into your furniture?

I love cats but just put all the cats back outside under a bush and look the other way if they're in danger of just being eaten by your dog or falling off of something
how did a stray cat end in your drawer and gave birth without you noticing it? you use the same shirt the whole week you dirty fuck?
Fug they look exactly like a kittie my mom had. Are you in South America? Ship them here

Just close your drawer? Close the door? How the fuck does a stray cat settle down in your clothes to give birth?
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Is this your "dog" Anon?

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whalepill me /an/
The first redpill is that's a dolphin
the second redpill is that dolphins are whales

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Discuss speculative evolution/bio stuff here

Old thread : >>2886326
Discord : https://discord.gg/UXaUKCS

Definition of spec evo: Speculative evolution, also called speculative biology and speculative zoology, is a genre of speculative fiction and an artistic movement, focused on hypothetical scenarios in the evolution of life.

>A world colonized by Canaries, Sunflowers and others

>A Chinese cave with very strange inhabitants

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While sharks don`t have proper bones, they have hard scales that are analogous to shark teeth in structure. Hypothetically, it can provide armoring to their heads given enough evolutionary pressure.
Can the next OP pic be something thats not man after man to shut these faggots up
Nobody in these threads even understand the basics of evolution.
yea, mistake on my part chosing man after man images, will fix next time

What are the oldest dog breeds to exist in europe? Even the ancient romans and celts had dogs!
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I was thinking about the ones Marco Polo supposedly brought back. But sick burn.
i was told maltanese breed used to be kept by ancient romans
Probably some sort hunting dog, that seems logical to me, I think if you're going back that far though it's going to be difficult to tie it to one breed.
why would you backpedal with made up facts when you could instead just stop posting?
That's proven. Just look at roman mozaics, they had dogs that looked exactly like maltese hounds or podencos.

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*mauls toddler*
One of those sharks nipped my foot when I was a wee lad.
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Don’t drink any orange juice.

What do I need to know before getting a fish tank and filling it with water and fish?
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Cycle it. Then research the fish you want to keep.
I'm not an expert, but DO NOT buy a 65 gallon as your started tank. Way too much and way too much can go wrong. Start with a small 5-10 gallon. You need to let it sit for about 30 days to cycle before you add fish. If you don't, there may be an ammonia spike and all the the fish will die.
Usually bigger is better to start because you can screw up without the parameters changing too much (gives you time to correct any problems).
>I'm not an expert
You don't say. I'm no expert either, far from, but bigger tanks are easier to get stable. 5 gallons is relatively advanced to get stable. 10 gallons is doable for a beginner.

@op read everything you can find about "cycling". Then read all you can find about the fish you like, if you're not sure just google 'beginner fish'.
Find out what water values they like, what food, what temp, hardness, ph etc. Find out what fish you can keep together if you want more than one species, and why (so you not only know facts, but understand them).
How many of each is recommended (some fish like to school), if the tank should be wide or tall, sand or gravel or bare, what plants, how much light...
If you decided on a tank, get an appropriate filter for the number and kind of fish you want. A heater too, probably.
You'll come across more stuff you want to know as you're researching the basics.
Don't listen to this person: >>2925185

A big tank is a great start. Cycling is a fuck up point for loads of people. Learn to read your test kit and use it to make decisions instead of following a set guide. I think getting a large school (well above 6) of small hardy fish is a good idea once you're cycled. They are going to be happier and more fun to watch.

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Thanks. Unsure if this counts as autism, you guys be the judge
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Feel free to share and discuss anything bird related here, whether it be about pet birds or wild birds.

It is very effective to tame and train pet birds using clicker training:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z-yiDIjn2s [Embed]

Feed your pet birds a varied diet, not just on seed mix, or else their lifespan may be cut short.

Be aware before buying a pet parrot that parrots can live for a very long time. and thus will be a long-term commitment. Even Budgies can live longer than the typical cat or dog can. Be responsible.

>DIY bird cages

>Bird ID

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Got a few questions about birds.
Is it better to get the bird from a petshop or from a breeder. And how do you get the bird home? Would that require getting another smaller cage for translocation?
Also if i want to get two cockatiels, is it better to get them both in pairs or better to get the other when the first is accustomed to me?
>Is it better to get the bird from a petshop or from a breeder.
That is a difficult question... In any case make sure bird is healthy.
> And how do you get the bird home?
Good cardboard box with holes is sufficient for 1-3 hours.
Also, it is a good idea to get a smaller cage.
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I use pet carriers like pic related for transporting birds. You can screw perches (eg wooden dowels) into it for the comfort of the bird. This can also be used for air travel, as these sorts of crates are airline approved.
Get the first accustomed to you first, then the next one can learn from the tame bird as well as from you.

Why are cats like this? Is stone behind the stove that much better than a cushion next to it?
How about you place the cushion where the cat is you damn cunt

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old thread : >>2888757
discord : https://discord.gg/6R9YmAK (this is completely optional, you dont have to join it)
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>My favorite is probably The Shining and that shit is hilarious

I highly doubt that Stanley Kubrick of all people wanted that movie to be hilarious. If anything whatever humor one finds in it ( I don't say that to be condescending: I've laughed a few times at it) is completely incidental. That said, yes, a lot of good horror movies are hilarious and campy on purpose, especially stuff like Return of the Living Dead. That said, JP, if it were to take a horror approach, would be a bit more on the serious end of the spectrum. 80's punk zombies are innately hilarious, but terrifying prehistoric life out for your blood? Nah man, that shit needs to be taken seriously. A doubt there's much hilarity you could squeeze out of a raptor looking at you dead in the eyes from a dark corner of the room, their tapetum lucidum glowing out from the shadow.

Besides, horror comedy really needs to stick to either horror or comedy to make the counterpart work. The comedy works in the Re-animator because of the horrific, yet outlandish aspects of bringing people and parts back to life. Same with Return of the Living Dead: dead people coming back to life is horrifying, but outlandish, and so we laugh along with the movie as it presents punk strippers and talking zombies to us. JP's premise, though not very scientifically plausible, is still far more grounded and doesn't provide too much room for comedy outside of a few select moments, like Dennis coercing Dodgson into paying his dinner bill. Things like the kitchen raptor scene stood out because of this harmonization between the serious terror and the serious concept.

I want the dinosaurs to finally scare the shit out of people again
>doubt there's much hilarity you could squeeze out of a raptor looking at you dead in the eyes from a dark corner of the room, their tapetum lucidum glowing out from the shadow
I would probably wheeze laugh and yell “FUCK! FUCK!” out of anxiety. I guess we just have different senses of humor.

If we could use more practical effects and get the fuck away from unbelievable CGI shit that ages like milk, that would also be great.
The way Jack just walks backwards all the way back to his room with the corpse he just made out with laughing at him and then he nonchalantly tells the wife nothing happened had me fist pounding my desk in class. The rest of my peers probably thought I was a sick fuck but oh well.
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>If we could use more practical effects and get the fuck away from unbelievable CGI shit that ages like milk, that would also be great.
This much I can agree with 100%

Also Dinosaur fight scenes where the animals are constantly moving and bouncing around like fucking rubber balls while also taking hit after hit like it's Mesozoic Dragonball Z. Real animal fights, especially between reptiles, are tense, with the animals in question hissing, mouths agape, taking rapid strikes and doing as much damage as they can in one sitting before retreating. Now of course, we don't want it to be all realistic: watching Rexy and Indominus take a bite out of at other before resting, going quiet, then hissing again would be a bit boring, but a more tense standoff can still be thrilling, like the Alien queen fight scene in Aliens.


Stuff like this works because a.) it's practical and not this uncanny CG shit (though that's kind of beside the point), and b.), the combatants are cautious, but always on the ready to strike. The Queen is pissed, but she's not throwing claw swipes every second: she staying a defensive posture, waiting for an opening. same with Ripley: she comes out swinging, but then goes on the defensive, countering eh queen's moves, and keeping her strikes at bay. it's slow, it's plodding, but it's still heart racing. I just want a dino fight that looks that intense: just two animals trying to wrestle each other to the ground and bleed each other out, each one constantly on the lookout to avoid making that one fatal mistake or leaving that one opening the other needs to take them down.
>unbelievable CGI shit that ages like milk
Well hey to be fair, most of the original JP's CGI has aged pretty well.

Emphasis on "most," if I already don't need to make that perfectly clear, however.

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