Need a few more videos of little humans reading Little Humans to finish our masterpiece. The goal is to stitch together the videos into a single adorable performance. We’re aiming for the Oscar this year in Arguably Promotional Yet Unarguably Adorable Crowdsourced Films of Kids Reading Or Trying To Read a Kids Book category. So please, do it for art. (A few guidelines: horizontal videos instead of vertical videos. ‘Accurate’ readings are by no means required. Staring, pointing, slapping, drooling, shaking, and throwing are also welcome and accepted means of interacting with the book.) 

Please email your videos to And thanks so much to everyone who’s already sent in videos. Watching them has been the best part of the week.

Dust Bowl Dance
  • Dust Bowl Dance
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Sigh No More

365 Days of Music|Day Fifty-two

Dust Bowl Dance - Mumford & Sons

There will come a time I will look in your eye

You will pray to the god that you’ve always denied

Then I’ll go out back and I’ll get my gun

I’ll say, “You haven’t met me. I am the only son.”

unarguable said:

You're beautiful my love, don't listen to someone who can't even show their face and hide behind a screen sending someone hate. They are pathetic. Take care love. <3

Thank you. <3 You are beautiful too, and you take care as well.

There are people on twitter who are attacking Louise Brealey for the tattoo tweet thing without actually understanding the whole situation, she was punched in the ribs and was unarguably upset. Some people may have found it offensive but saying that “I hate Louise Brealey” or  something on the lines of “I would elbow Louise in the ribs  too” is so crass and vicious. Seriously, guys?  This fandom makes me want to rip my hair out. Grow the hell up people, she doesn’t need this shit, specially with the kind of day she had.

"Very few men are heart-stoppingly beautiful, in a way glorious women or racehorses or specimen roses unarguably are…. He’s as pretty as a piece of porcelain. Green eyes, gorgeous russet hair, freckles."

Vogue, November 2014 

Katherine Anne Porter on style

I’ve been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don’t believe in style. The style is you. Oh, you can cultivate a style, I suppose, if you like. But I should say it remains a cultivated style. It remains artificial and imposed, and I don’t think it deceives anyone. A cultivated style would be like a mask. Everybody knows it’s a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself—or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind. Style is the man. Aristotle said it first, as far as I know, and everybody has said it since, because it is one of those unarguable truths. You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.

—Katherine Anne Porter, The Art of Fiction no. 29,Paris Review

anonymous said:

Just because a fish can tolerate "brackish" conditions doesn't mean that they should be kept that way long term. Allot of these livebearers you're claiming need salt is in fact not true. They can tolerate salt but do best in clean hard water.

There is a lot of truth to what you’re saying. There often is not a great reason to keep freshwater fish and plants in brackish conditions, even if they are salt tolerant (paraphrasing an earlier article I posted). And frankly, with few exceptions, the fish I list as being freshwater tolerant (that is, 1.000-1.0XX) are probably best off kept in freshwater conditions.

On the specific subject of livebearers, currently the only livebearers that I have listed on my page that truly, unarguably need brackish water are the the Foureyes (Anableps spp), the Pike Livebearer (Belonesox belizianus), and River halfbeaks (Zenarchopterus spp). I do agree that the majority of Poecilids (including Platies, Swordtails, and Mosquitofish) as well as the Halfbeaks (Wrestling and Celebes) are perfectly at home in freshwater aquariums. Moderately Hard conditions are perfectly fine too. I would like to point out that the values I give for brackish tolerance on the care sheets ARE fine for long term health, though. I generally don’t list short term tolerances (like how the Mosquitofish can survive in 1.050 for a time, but not long term).

Mollies are another matter, though (and to a degree, Guppies). There are two parts to why brackish conditions are HIGHLY recommended for keeping these naturally freshwater-to-brackish fish. One, Marine salt mix raises the hardness of water. For the majority of folks who have soft or moderately hard water out of the tap (say, up to 12 dH) this is not enough to ensure long term Molly health. Two of the common species of Mollies need at least 15 dH, and the Giant Sailfin Molly needs at least 20 dH. Many people do not have water this hard. The other side is that Mollies are extremely Nitrite and Nitrate intolerant. Salt in water reduces toxicity of Nitrites and Nitrates within the tolerances of Mollies.

Aside of that, brackish conditions fight a number of freshwater illnesses, parasites, and diseases. When kept in freshwater, Mollies are “prone to a number of diseases, including whitespot, fungus, finrot, and ‘the shimmies’” (source). Few, if any, brackish parasites are established in the trade.

The sad truth is that long-term Molly health is a gamble in freshwater. There’s really no reason not to do brackish water (even if it’s just 1.001 or 1.002) with Mollies… Marine Salt mix is cheap and many of the best tankmates for Mollies (that is, ones that can tolerate 15+ dH) are brackish tolerant too.

Phew, sorry for the long post.

I have judgements, but I am not judgemental. I don’t judge judgements as ‘true’ or ‘right’, that’s all. They are only thoughts innocently passing through awareness. They are only opinions, perspectives, ways of seeing that can easily change. They are not wrong or harmful in themselves. They are not unarguable ‘facts’.
When we believe that our judgements are ‘reality’, when we confuse our judgements with the full picture, we stop listening, stop being curious, stop paying attention to what is ALIVE in the moment. We reduce something living and ever-changing to a ‘thing’, a simplistic object. We become hard and inflexible, and even arrogant. We “know”. This is the beginning of violence.
The trick is not to get rid of all judgements, or judge all judgements as ‘bad’ or ‘unspiritual’, or pretend that you don’t have judgements, but to see judgements AS judgements, to call them what they are. Then you are no longer the judge, no longer judgemental by nature, but you are the compassionate awareness of judgements as they arise, stay for a while, and pass. You have no fixed nature. You are alive.
You realise that you don’t ‘have’ judgements; you don’t cause their appearance. You simply allow all judgements to come and go spontaneously in your loving and receptive awareness, and you don’t cling to them or push them away… or confuse them with reality.
And don’t forget, judging judgements as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ is the biggest judgement of all!
—  Jeff Foster