Monday, August 21, 2017

Jamaa Eclipse Secrets?

Heyyo Jammers! Happy day of the solar eclipse (in the USA, that is)!

Aside from a pretty banner, it seems nothing much is different in Jamaa from the last few eclipse-y days... or is there?

"(Graham) also has noted that he has been detecting some subtle changes in Jamaa, but the source of these changes, or what these may mean, is still a mystery."

If you're not aware, this is from an official AJHQ Instagram post around the first day of the eclipse celebration. 

Since then, I've looked all over Jamaa and aside from the Zios statue, I can't find any subtle changes.

Maybe these changes are more subtle than I thought... maybe just a few plants changed! I'm in the process of making land maps of the eclipsed lands, so after they're done I can compare them with normal AJ.

Is anyone in North America gonna try and see the eclipse for themselves? I'm gonna try, but because I don't have protective eyewear I'm just gonna look around the ground and see everything go dark like in Jamaa.

Sometimes other animals get confused and go to sleep early when the sky goes dark. It actually makes sense when you think about it, because the first time they see an eclipse might be the only time they do, depending on their lifespan and whether or not they travel a lot.

Another thing on AJHQ's Instagram page is this featured eclipse "fan art" by dustyfablesaj:

Just wanted to share it because I love it a lot and it inspires me. ^____^


Friday, August 18, 2017

Mysterious Glow of Zios

Hey Jammers! According to Lostfairy, as well as all of Jamaa, my theory of a traveling eclipse across Jamaa has been proven wrong, for two reasons. The first one being that no new lands are under the eclipse today.

The second one being that a third land that I forgot yesterday is under the eclipse, which isn't necessarily a bad thing....

Yes, friends, if you didn't know already, The Lost Temple of Zios has also been beautified by the 2017 solar eclipse! I'm going to make a land map of it soon, once I get a membership and a flying animal. 

I just noticed something super cool about the above screenshot. Can you guess what it is?

I'll give you 5 seconds to think...






Time's up! 

Did you notice that the fallen statue depicting Zios, the symbolic creator of Jamaa, is glowing from within?

It gets even cooler when you realize that Zios is based off of artistic depictions of the Mayan sun god...

And Zios is glowing, during a Solar Eclipse... I wonder if this signifies anything.

While writing this post, I went online to see if something different than swarming phantoms might happen if you sleep by the statue.

Oddly, nothing happened. We got about 3 people to sleep by it and not one thing changed.


Maybe the eclipse armor has something to do with it. MAYBE YOU NEED TO WEAR THE FULL SET TO MAKE THE STATUE DO SOMETHING.

I'm a nonmember at the moment, so can any of you members who have the full set go try it out and report back if anything happens?

Another cool thing in the Lost Temple of Zios at the moment is that the full eclipse is visible from the Chamber of Knowledge observatory!!!

But remember your protective eyewear, kids. B)

See you in Jamaa!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Bee Eclipse

Hey Jammers! Looking at my blog right now, I know what you're probably thinking:

"Wow, this is really ugly"

And you are correct! It is hideous.

But for now you'll have to stare at it because I am not yet done with this blog's layout. I have graphics to make, HTML to figure out... all of it will take a few days to finish because even after 5 years I am still a n00b.

So grab your protective eyewear. Not only to shield your eyes from this layout, but also... from the Eclipse in Jamaa!!!

The lands of Jamaa Township and Appondale are clogged with Jammers admiring the lanterns and newly-revealed night sky, because today is the first day of Jamaa's 4-day eclipse celebration! And it's no wonder there's a celebration– a solar eclipse has not been visible across the USA since 1979. And AJ is based in the USA.

(On an unrelated note, do you see that green plaque by the lantern? Yeah, I do not remember that being there. O_O)

You might be wondering why only Jamaa Township and Appondale are under the spell of night. It isn't explicitly stated anywhere, but I think the eclipse is going to move across Jamaa in the next few days, so Kimbara Outback and The Lost Temple of Zios might be next.

A little touch I like is the glowing light sources. They make everything seem so sleepy and mysterious...

There are also fun facts scattered throughout the region for you to click on. They have cool pictures of eclipses:

The effect of the moon covering the sun looks really cool, like a hole is in the middle of the sun. Or the sun turning all black. Or, like the photo below, it can look like a bite was taken out of it: 

Not everyone in the USA will see a total eclipse (the moon making a hole in the sun) during these few days. Some will only see a partial solar eclipse. Still cool, though!

The above photo is of an annular solar eclipse! I looked it up B)

I thought those glasses were a weird blob across the sky for a second and I was confused. X)

If you believe you might get a chance to see the solar eclipse, local papers or online news sites might have some info about where and when to see the eclipse in your area. Times and dates may vary!

AJHQ also provided some useful information about eye-safety in this recent edition of the Jamaa Woodslab:

Don't go gazing at the sun without eye protection, or it will hurt really bad after a while, you will get an eye sunburn (those are real), and your vision will suffer for it. And regular sunglasses will probably not be enough, so I suggest you go to that NASA URL in the image above.

There are also a few themed items that come along with the eclipse:

And some others that may or may not be related:

If you're wondering about the bee stuff, it's National Honeybee Day in Jamaa again!!!

I kinda wish they celebrated the generic World Bee Day on May 20th because the honeybee is only one kind of bee. There are loads of cool bees in the world that don't get as much attention because they aren't held captive by humans for profit.

Additionally, while the honeybee is a wonderful pollinator who should be respected, they are not native to North America and have less of a positive environmental impact (in N. America) than native bees.

Here are some cool North American native bees:

This one is a (very) Fuzzy-legged Leafcutter Bee. Mothers make nests that look like tubes, with the baby eggs lined up within. Each baby tries to hatch in an order, from the entrance of the tube to the back– just a nice orderly way to make it easier to emerge.

Sometimes, though, a little baby egg "sleeps in" and hatches a wee bit late. In that case, the earlier hatchlings nip the baby gently so they know to hurry up on their way out into the world.

This precious native bee is the endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee. The reason for their endangered status is a sickness brought over from Europe by humans that has reduced their numbers by 87%. Additionally, they have to put up with the struggle from human pesticides. 

If you can, don't use pesticides or buy food made with pesticides in order to help this bee survive. The ecosystem is counting on you!
This special bee is a male Cuckoo Bee! Male Cuckoo Bees and female Cuckoo Bees team up to hunt for food. The species that they eat do not regard males as a threat, so the male Cuckoo Bee disguises the female with his scent so she can hunt undercover. Cool, huh?

Is that bee at the beach? Did his friends bury him in the sand and leave him there while they went and got ice cream? What jerks...

Thankfully, this bee is not stuck, but he is on the lookout. He is a Lasioglossum Bee at the entrance of his underground home. He lives with a few male roommates and one female, and it's his turn right now to guard the nest from predators and make sure his friends are safe. Antennae fixed on the wind, he's doing a great job!

All these bees live in North America and are beautiful and extremely important for the ecosystem. If you're lucky enough to see one (or remember seeing one), comment and tell me! 

Some other AJ news:

There's a new free educational AJ app, pixel painting is accessible in the Art Studio, and all plushies can now explore the deep oceans!

Before I go, here's something interesting I heard about solar eclipses: other animals are amazed by them as well. I just read that around 15 years ago a scientist was observing a solar eclipse in Hawaii, all the birds loudly talking, but once totality came (when the moon completely covers the sun) the birds all went silent. 

Have you ever experienced something like that? I've personally never seen an eclipse of any kind in person. 

That's all for now, see you in Jamaa! :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog currently being redesigned!!!

Hey guys!!! Wow, I haven't posted in a while. Almost as if I died, huh? Well, I didn't. I was just incredibly lazy.

Too lazy even to do something I like XD

Sometimes I worry about myself... 

Well, I don't have much of a formal update, but I'd just like to tell you that things on this blog will be picking up a more normal pace now that I'm done with my wildlife internship. 

To kick that off, I'm going to finally update the blog's layout today! Yes, friends, TODAY!

I'm gonna be updating it for two reason. The first one being the obvious– that I think it's time for a newer, more legible look. The second one being that I have made so many HTML mistakes that some things just don't work anymore in regards to layout changes. 

So this is a bit of a warning: the blog will look very ugly and strange for the short period of time where I'm working on it. Or, depending on your opinion of the finished product, it might stay ugly and strange. 

At that point, I'll be happy to accept criticism and make necessary changes. :)

EDIT: The actual changing is not happening yet, because I am currently designing the new graphics. Do you like the new header and page bar?

See ya soon!

P.S. What do you think about the upcoming Jamaa/real-life eclipse? It sounds really interesting!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crystal Sands's Identity Crisis

Disclaimer: This post has been edited to protect the identities of people included

Don't visit these lands. And if you do, don't share photos or videos of these lands. This is concept art belonging to AJHQ. You could, might, and probably will face disciplinary action.
If have received permission from the original owners to keep their photos up.


This picture originally had credit to the owner. Their identity has been removed to protect their account.

This is Speedo Shores. How did I find it? Well, let's start with a user named *SlappyDoodle. She was in Crystal Sands when someone came by and said to buddy, then follow them. This person lead her to Speedo Shores, pictured above. I, then, buddied SlappyDoodle and went to Speedo Shores myself. 

Speedo Shores pretty much looks like a sketch of current Crystal Sands. I believe it was probably a map of what Crystal Sands would look like when finished or even a earlier, incomplete version of Crystal Sands. 

So, Speedo Sands is basically a cool incomplete version of all of Crystal Sands? Wow, neat! It looks like so much fun! Right?

Well.. after I explored the area a bit, this happened.. seems I have been suspended for a grand total of 1 day. 
After speaking to some others who visited the land, I figured out that the majority of visitors got suspended too.

So AJHQ just didn't want anyone running around an area that wasn't meant to be used. Completely understandable. 

This picture originally had credit to the owner. Their identity has been removed to protect their account.

*SillyWillyDaffodilly visited a different land called Sandy Shores.
This is Sandy Shores. I personally have not been in there, but SillyWillyDaffodilly has visited it. She reached this land by following her own buddy. 

Another layer of Crystal Sands!?! Wow! Crystal Sands is definitely going through a identity crisis.

SillyWillyDaffodilly states that she was able to leave Sandy Shores without a suspension. 

Credit to the Animal Jam Archives!

Here's a version of the current Crystal Sands, if you'd like to compare the other 2 maps. 

So what's the moral of the story? Maybe it's stick to the original design?

Or maybe it's even giant corporate companies make mistakes?
Or maybe it's Ice Cream tastes good. :)

What? I just had a really good bowl of vanilla ice cream. 

So which version of Crystal Sands do you prefer? I think I like the original design. It just looks more organic and to quote my sister who is currently standing over my shoulder, being a nuisance, "It looks like actual animals live here instead of weirdly advanced animal humans that could take over the world,"

Personally, I find it really cool that AJHQ has so many different layers to the lands they make. Working with layers in art programs can be really hard. It really must have been hard adding so many little details onto everything. 

Welp. That's it. 


*Names have been changed to protect identities