This week it’s going to take some intense eye-bleaching and palate cleansing to get the gross taste out of your mouth. So here are some things to hopefully brighten up the rooms and windows of your mind.
The future may be hopeful. The future may be fearful.
The future will be imperfect.
There is no version of events where the world will wake to a glorious utopia. Likewise, there is no version of events where the world will wake to a post-apocalypse hellscape. These extremes are both as unlikely as the other, and both as unlikely as to be impossible.
It often seems like change comes from Great Men (and why, oh why is it always men?) at the top, or sweeping revolutions and reforms that change everything, all at once.
But change so often isn’t like that. Yes, those big events are momentous and can restore or shatter hope or fear. But change, real change, comes from the small moments in between.
A forest grows at the pace of trees.
A river cuts through rock at the pace of water.
Continents shift and mountains form and fall at the pace of tectonic plates.
Small movements, small changes, working in harmony with each other, create something far greater than the sum of their parts.
Aphex Twin’s Stone in Focus for 10 hours, along with Japanese macaques chilling in a thermal lake
The ancient etymology of the word Otter
Otter is an ancient word that comes to us from Proto-Indo-European. Otter’-word can be reconstructed as udró- and is certainly a #derivative of the word for water. Udro means ‘one belonging to the water’
- Vedic: udrá- ‘an aquatic animal.
- Hindi: ūd
- Proto Germanic: utra
- Old English: otor
- Old High German: ottar
- Old Norse: otr
- Lithuanian: ū́dra
- Latvian: ûdrs
- Old Prussian: udro
- Serbo-Croatian: vȉdra
- Russian: výdra
It looks so serene here, almost like a fake video game, there is a surreal quality to it.
Emily Balivet, is an entirely self-taught, freelance artist who has been producing art in the style of figurative realism for over 20 years. Inspired by Art Nouveau, 60’s psychadelia and mythical beings. Read more
A quirky way of understanding the murmurs, sighs and squeals of animals. Originally featured in the Boston Glove on the 24th of April 1910
Experiencing a medieval painting by Bruegel dating from the year 1562 like never before!
Taken from Meals for the Million, the People’s Cookbook by Juliet Corson.
The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge by Jorge Luis Borges
A strange and nonsensical way of categorising animals by Jorge Luis Borges. Found on the amazing and eclectic blog The Generalist Academy, it highlights the arbitrary and silly nature of taxonomy and list-making. Yet it’s still fun to do…
- those belonging to the Emperor
- embalmed ones
- trained ones
- suckling pigs
- fabled ones
- stray dogs
- those included in this classification
- those that tremble as if they were mad
- innumerable ones
- those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush
- et cetera
- those that have just broken the vase
- those that from afar look like flies
Nanny the beautiful grey moggy living her best life with her human in the Colorado Rockies
Apparently the internet loves her back because she has a much-anticipated 2021 calendar coming out.
I hope you enjoyed these picks for the week, let me know what you think below…