Okay, so for any artists out there who can’t think of something to draw, I’ve found that the Bean exercise is a great way to warm up your arting muscles and really get into the groove. Now for those who don’t know the bean exercise is quite simple. 

Step 1) draw two circles close to each other in any configuration. 

Step 2) Start adding humany bits. the great thing about the beans you just drew is that they become a spring board for any number of fun dynamic poses, best part being that you literally just come up with these poses as you draw, no prior thought needed for the most part! :D

Or if you’re like me and you just want to cheer yourself up, you can always use the beans to make fuzzy lil animals. >w<

I’m writing a story set in 1387 England, and I’m looking for some resources on clothing, especially for one character, who is a Muslim merchant/ sellsword. Can you direct me to some, please? You seem to be the best person to talk to about this.

Well, if you want to be detailed in your description, you’ll have to also be specific in considering his backstory and characterization. Several people have recommended this book:

The Moors: The Islamic West 7th-15th Centuries A.D. (Men At Arms)

Not everyone can afford reference books though, so here’s the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History for various Islamic Arms and Armor.

These might also help:

Check out the Wikipedia page on “Islam in England (Middle Ages)”, see if any of the resources at the bottom seem relevant to what you’re looking for.

There’s also:

Alexander, D. G. “Two Aspects of Islamic Arms and Armor: I. The Turban Helmet and II. Watered Steel and the Waters of Paradise.” Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 18 (1983). [click this-opens as PDF]

Pyhrr, Stuart W. “European Armor from the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal.” Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 24 (1989) [click this-opens as PDF]

No pet is an easy pet.

Starting to get increasingly annoyed with people comparing hedgehogs to other small mammals like gerbils, hamsters, etc., even when they’re trying to use it as an argument that hedgehogs are higher maintenance. Yes, hedgehogs might need more equipment due to heating needs. But no, hamsters & gerbils aren’t “easy” pets either. They’re just much more common and the neglect and misinformation given out for them is much more widely accepted & ignored.

No pet is an easy pet.

Every animal has specific care needs. Every animal needs the proper enclosure, the proper handling and attention, and proper diet. Some are easier than others. Some might work better for a person’s schedule than others. All of them need to be researched for, all of them need their enclosure set up appropriately, all of them need some kind of continuing care & attention.

None of them are “easy”. If you want easy, get a stuffed animal or a pet rock.

Cheesman’s Gerbil (Gerbilus cheesmani)

…a small species of gerbil (Muridae, Gerbillinae) which is native to the Arabian Peninsula and parts of the Middle East. Including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Jordan. Cheesman’s gerbils typically inhabit arid plains with sandy soils, deserts, and flat coastal salt pans. It is strongly association with the growth of Haloxylon spp., Calligonum spp., Ephedra spp. and Artemisia spp. Cheesman’s gerbil is a nocturnal species, emerging from its burrow at night to forage on seeds and grasses. It is also known to become omnivorous in some circumstances.


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Image: Shah Jahan

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This could save your pets life! Rats are especially prone to respiratory infections (I myself have lost 4 babies to this :c) and a lot of the time (3 out of those 4) its hard to catch until its too late.

This is an over the counter remedy that has been said to do wonders. It is $6.95 for a 2 oz bottle (should last a while because only a few drops are needed every time its administered) and you can get it here.

More information on the product here

Please share! I’ve lost too many already and i know there are some of you out there who struggle with the same thing. If only i would have known about this sooner…


THIS IS NOT TO REPLACE AN ACTUAL VET VISIT OR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION. Its main uses are for PREVENTION and to HOLD THEM OVER UNTIL MEDICAL ATTENTION CAN BE PROVIDED. (Because sometimes they start showing symptoms on a Saturday night and there is no way they can see a vet until Monday morning because rat vets arent common and hard to find).