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Home of a ball python

This is the enclosure of my adult ball python Rufus. Meet the MONSTER.

L 360 cm  /  W 60 cm  /  H 60 cm. 

Let´s have a closer look (from left to right).

My ball python is interacting with everything you have seen. I´ve often watched him climb or/and slither around at night. Daytime is for sleeping.

MONSTER was built within 1 year. I´ve had a hard time doing the setup right. Keeping heat and humidity at a proper level turned out to be really difficult. At the end of 2016 I had to deactivate the lamp and install a heat cable instead, ´cause the temperatures were way too low. The heat cable covers 2/3 of the vivs bottom and is still working. Humidity is kept between 55 % and 60 % with the help of real plants and some misting.

I´m calling this viv MONSTER, but I really, really love it :).

In The China Price, Tony Norfield recounts the story of a T-shirt made in Bangladesh and sold in Germany for €4.95 by the Swdiesh retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). H&M pays the Bangladeshi manufacturer €1.35 for each T-shirt, 28 percent of the final sale price, 40¢ of which covers the cost of 400g of cotton raw material imported from the United States; shipping adds another 6¢ per shirt. Thus €0.95 of the final sale price remains in Bangladesh, to be shared between the factory owner, the workers, the suppliers of inputs and services and the Bangladeshi government, expanding Bangladesh’s GDP by this amount. The remaining €3.54 counts towards the GDP of Germany, the country where the T-shirt is consumed, and is broken down as follows: €2.05 provides for the costs and profits of German transporters, wholesalers, retailers, advertisers etc. (some of which will revert to the state through various taxes); H&M makes a 60¢ profit per shirt; the German state captures 79¢ of the sale price through VAT at 19 percent; 16¢ covers sundry “other item.” In Norfield’s words, “a large chunk of the revenue from the selling price goes to the state in taxes and to a wide range of workers, executives, landlords, and businesses in Germany. The cheap T-shirts, and a wide range of other imported goods, are both affordable for consumers and an important source of income for the state and for all the people in the richer countries." 

His blunt conclusion: "Wage rates in Bangladesh are particularly low, but even the multiples of these seen in other countries point to the same conclusion: oppression of workers in the poorer countries is a direct economic benefit for the mass of people in the richer countries.

—  John Smith, Imperialism in the 21st Century - The T-Shirt

inspire me
do me a favor: kiss me until the sun comes up so i have something to write poems about.

i’m tired of writing about places that don’t exist, homes we built and watched burn. i’m tired of pretending that there were no fires; i’m tired of pretending that it doesn’t hurt.

i’m tired of writing letters that no one reads, i’m tired of giving everything to people who don’t love me.

you see things differently when you don’t have home to go back to. a bed is just a bed, an old piano is just cracked black and white keys, a person is just another body with too much potential to ruin you.

so let me love you now, slowly. i am ready to write about something real, something i can prove; i want to write novels about the way you look at me -and baby i can write until your name is inscribed on walls in foreign cities, until the words you say to me are tattooed on stranger’s hearts - but more than anything i want to be able to say that every word i write about you is true.

just give me some time. give me time to figure out how to come back from years of fiction, years of pretend. give me time and i promise, i’ll learn to hold on to the important things and let go of the rest. i’ll learn to breathe without the memories suffocating me.

and then i’ll write, and write, and write; and we’ll never die.