Our sweet angel Pip turned one a few days ago! She got a quirky, mismatched, but cute hammock, representing her mismarked white dot and quirky personality :3 she also got a pinata to share with her siblings, and a pigs ear as a special treat!

Pippin is currently our resident rat. Shes the glue of the family, facilitating important introductions. She loves to snuggle with mom in the people bed at night, and always has time to check on her people. Shes got such a unique personality, its hard to articulate. Shes just a wise, compassionate, but off-beat, character.

Happy birthday my angel :3

Farinelli’s composers: A L E S S A N D R O  S C A R L A T T I (1660-1725)

Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.

Scarlatti was born in Palermo, then part of the Kingdom of Sicily. He was the second son of the tenor Pietro Scarlata (the form Scarlatti was used from 1672 onwards) and Eleonora d'Amato, who were both involved in Palermo musical life. It was there that Alessandro began the studies that later facilitated his entry into musical life in Rome. He is generally said to have been a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, and some theorize that he had some connection with northern Italy because his early works seem to show the influence of Stradella and Legrenzi. The production at Rome of his opera Gli Equivoci nell sembiante (1679) gained him the support of Queen Christina of Sweden (who at the time was living in Rome), and he became her Maestro di Cappella. In February 1684 he became Maestro di Cappella to the viceroy of Naples, perhaps through the influence of his sister, an opera singer, who might have been the mistress of an influential Neapolitan noble. Here he produced a long series of operas, remarkable chiefly for their fluency and expressiveness, as well as other music for state occasions.

In 1702 Scarlatti left Naples and did not return until the Spanish domination had been superseded by that of the Austrians. In the interval he enjoyed the patronage of Ferdinando de’ Medici, for whose private theatre near Florence he composed operas, and of Cardinal Ottoboni, who made him his maestro di cappella, and procured him a similar post at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in 1703.

After visiting Venice and Urbino in 1707, Scarlatti took up his duties in Naples again in 1708, and remained there until 1717. By this time Naples seems to have become tired of his music; the Romans, however, appreciated it better, and it was at the Teatro Capranica in Rome that he produced some of his finest operas (Telemaco, 1718; Marco Attilio Regolò, 1719; La Griselda, 1721), as well as some noble specimens of church music, including a mass for chorus and orchestra, composed in honor of Saint Cecilia for Cardinal Acquaviva in 1721. His last work on a large scale appears to have been the serenata Erminia for the marriage of the prince of Stigliano in 1723. An extensive account of the performance in the Gazzetta di Napoli provides interesting insight into its performance. The young Carlo Broshi, already known as Farinello, sang the role of Erminia, while the distinguished bass Don Antonio Manna created the role of Pastore. Scarlatti died in Naples in 1725.

Ondeggiante agitato  Il prigioniero fortunate

Mentre io godo in dolce oblio  La SS Vergine del Rosario

Figlio! Tiranno! O Dio!’  Griselda

Già il sole dal Gange   L'honestà negli amori

Qui dove…Torbido, irato e nero   Erminia

yall u should read the new jim crow by michelle alexander. it was really eye opening to something i sort of knew but didn’t know any facts about. it is super well written and is a really good source to facilitate conversation from.

'It has to change,' says a concerned Amnesty International about Corrections torture reports

Corrections is torturing prisoners. Amnesty International and the Greens agree with us: the current system facilitates these human rights violations, and it needs to change immediately.

“Greens Corrections spokesman David Clendon said the findings were "nothing new, sadly”, but the corrections system had to change.

He said the reports shed light on the penal system’s faults.

“I think it reveals that the dysfunction in our corrections system is pervasive…There are serious human rights shortcomings, and it shows our system is not working.”

Subjects V188-02: K’THALU and V188-03 SYNCLAIR
10 6U 7AE3

The test of the Prison and Cannon, filed under W624, was a success. 

V188-02 opened a rift into the world of the dark and facilitated a showdown between a number of enemies of Synclair and the nascent ascian that remained in his place. Though a long slog for sure, the creature seemed wholly unable to avail himselves the power his mantle ought have provided, posing the theory that some specialized training is required, and the abilities ascians possess are not merely instinctual. 

This was why he was a rather easy mark to slay with the proper tools. 

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Reasons to love Jim Moriarty

• Charming Irish accent

• Says words like teensy, gotcha, and sissy 

 • Ends texts with kisses  

 • Uses “you just can’t” and “that’s sexier” as justifications 

 • Is very polite and flirts a lot


Ohmiya bullying, featuring sakumoto facilitators.

From: arashiblast2015.com

If you ever wondered just what Migi tweaked with that alien open heart surgery of his, here you go.

Edit: I realized after the fact that my post-merger Shinichi was a pixel or two smaller than he ought to have been (assuming his head didn’t shrink any). Doesn’t seem like much, but it does show up in the measurements, Here’s your properly scaled one, complete with added imperial units.

Also, since I continue to have absolutely nothing to do this weekend, here’s Migi’s alterations by percentage:

Height: 5.2% increase

Neck width: 21% increase

Shoulder width: 12.8% increase

Chest width: 14.7% increase

Hip width: 9% increase

Leg length: 7% increase

A true healer does not heal you; she simply reflects back to you your innate capacity to heal. She is a reflector, or a loving transparency.

A true teacher does not teach you; she does not see you as inherently separate from her. She simply reflects back your own inner knowing, and reminds you of the vastness of your being. She is a mirror, a signpost.

And love is the space in which all of this is possible; love heals, and we learn best in a loving field, no threat of failure, no punishment.

—  Jeff Foster
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