summary of yamazaki sousuke
  • sousuke:[has loved and supported both rin and kou since they were 8 and kou was 7]
  • sousuke:[inspired by rin and worked hard every single day from a young age for the dream that they shared]
  • sousuke:[pushed himself toward a single goal with focus and determination and achieved results he could be truly proud of]
  • sousuke:[befelled by injury]
  • none of the adults in his life at any point:please take better care of your body OR, LATER: this is a setback but you're only 15 so there is still time to pick yourself up you just have to be careful and patient
  • sousuke:[goes to smzk, continues to love and support rin, loses the bottom bunk and the ice cream and the cola that he paid for, and aggressively swims on his injury instead of rehabilitating it]
  • sousuke:i want to swim the most shoulder-aggressive stroke in this relay despite my torn tendon that is causing me so much pain it reduced me, a 185cm 76kg competitive athelete, to a shuddering wreck against a wall just minutes prior
  • rin:ok
  • samezuka:ok
  • anyone else at all in the general vicinity who wasn't a melodramatic emotional shambles at the time:ok
  • every adult at the relay:[is perfectly ok with this somehow despite sousuke's shoulder being visibly inflamed]
  • sousuke:[is in so much pain he literally blacks out for a moment in the water]
  • samezuka:[is for some godforsaken reason not disqualified from the race despite this horrifically dangerous and irrespionsible decision]
  • nobody:[takes sousuke to a goddamn hospital to get him some physical and emotional therapy]
  • sousuke:i'm quitting the competitive swimming world completely and going home to inherit my dad's boring business or something, because this makes sense with my character
  • rin:[does shit all to try and encourage or inspire sousuke] [still won't take him to a hospital] [fucking drops $2k and goes to australia with haru the week before nationals]
  • the five-year-promise that still hasn't been redeemed:[is probably never brought up again]
  • sousuke:[doesn't even appear in episode 12]
  • sousuke:
  • sousuke:
  • sousuke:[slowly drinks tea]
  • sousuke:this is fine
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MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. 

This is so astonishing, heartbreaking and eye-opening, and I recommend you guys watch this, and share it with your friends and family. Stop using plastics already!! Face the reality, and change your lifestyle for the better and for the sake of our planet.


Adapted from The Natural Canning Resource Book: A guide to home canning with locally-grown, sustainably-produced and fair trade foods:

My canned salsa with added garlic, hot chile pepper flakes, and chives, cilantro and ripe tomatoes from our garden. Fresh oregano or basil are excellent addition, too. The mixture is stored in the refrigerator for up to one week as the added ingredients make the salsa low acid. The pungent flavors of garlic, cilantro and many other herbs disappear when subjected to the heat of canning, so it makes more sense to add them after a jar is opened. This is the case with many herbs. Don’t bother canning them. Add fresh, dried or frozen herbs to canned foods when you are ready to serve them.

[Note: One of the nice things about self-employment is that I have the schedule flexibility to be able to do things like this (thanks for helping to make it happen!)]

Autumn is beginning to reacquaint itself with Oregon; the light doesn’t last so long as it did a month ago, and the evenings are beginning to cool. The water temperatures haven’t been as warm, and when I waded out into the Columbia River when I visited Sauvie Island earlier this week, my skin was rather less tolerant of the chill. Still, I was able to take the necessary samples and readings for my final water testing of the year for Columbia Riverkeeper. While I’ve been taking care of this beach since December 2012 for SOLVE, this is the first summer I was able to test the waters monthly, measuring temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen, among others. These readings help to determine whether there have been any significant changes to the water quality, which can lead to an investigation of the source of the changes if need be.

Read the rest here.

Across the nation, American businesses, families, and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now. 

Companies including General Motors, Walmart, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and Google are putting in solar and wind farms to run operations, and finding that clean energy is good for business.

Schools from Virginia to Nebraska to Alaska are generating their own clean renewable energy, saving money while helping young people in their communities breathe more easily.

Thanks to Huffington Post for featuring my article on Clean Energy. You can read all of it HERE.


Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption

For his series Intolerable Beauty, photographer Chris Jordan peered into shipping ports and industrial yards around America. Though these sites remain unseen by the majority of the population, they hold the stunningly massive remains of our collective consumption. Jordan’s findings include seemingly boundless troves of cell phones, e-waste, circuit boards, cell phone chargers, cars, spent bullet casings, cigarette butts, and steel shred. Jordan describes the immense scale of our detritus as simultaneously “desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful.” Like Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of our vast industrial landscapes, Jordan’s images portray a staggering complexity that verges on the sublime. The photographs reflect the loss of individual identity that results from actions that occur on such a large scale, but Jordan hopes his work can “serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry” and inspire people to reestablish a personal stake in issues of energy consumption.