tree dwellings

List of gender neutral names with meanings and origins:

So, I was going to send this as a message to @oabuckvu, but instead I thought I’d post this here since others may also find it helpful!


Addison- child of Adam- English
Adina- slender- Hebrew
Alby- from Alba- Latin
Ally- friend- English
Ash- ash tree clearing- English
Azra- pure- Israeli
Asa- physician- Hebrew
Arin- enlightened- Hebrew
Arlo- army, hill- old English or barberry tree- Spanish
Avery- elf ruler- English
Alex- defender of mankind- Greek
Arlen- promise, oath- Irish
Ambrose- immortal- Latin
Aspen- tree- English
August- dignity, vulnerable- German


Blaine- yellow- Scottish
Blake- blonde, dark- English
Bryce- swift- Celtic
Brooklyn- broken land- English
Bradley- clearing in a woods- English
Bailey- bailiff- English
Beck- brook, stream- Norse


Chyler- beloved- English
Cody- child of cuidightheach- English
Charlie- charles- English
Chris- christ- English
Coby- supplanter- Latin
Casey- brave- Gaelic
Corin- spear bearer- Irish
Cameron- crooked nose- Scottish
Colby- town, dark- Norse


Dakota- friend- Native American
Devon- poet- Irish
Delaney- descendent of the challenger- Irish
Drew- manly- English
Denham- habitation- English
Dael- knowledge of God- Hebrew
Danny- God has judged- Scottish


Ellis- Jehova is God- Greek
Ellery- from the elder tree island- English
Evan- youth warrior- Irish
Emery- brave, powerful- German
Eden- delight- Hebrew
Ellison- child of elder- English


Farron- iron grey- Anglo Saxon
Freddie- peaceful ruler- German
Frankie- free one- French
Fynn- river in Ghana- African
Finch- bird- English
Flynn- child of red hair- Irish


Gene- well born- English
Gale- cheerful, pleasant- English
Glade- shining- English
Glen- valley- Gaelic


Hollis- Holly tree dweller- English
Harlow- rock, army, hill- English
Halley- lived near a grove- English
Hadley- Heather field- English


Isa- devoted to God- Teutonic
Ives- archers bow- English
Iggy- firey one- English


Juniper- youth producing, evergreen- Latin
Jesse- gift- Hebrew
Jo- God is gracious- English/German/French
Joey- may Jehova add- Hebrew
Jordan- river flow- Macedonian
Jet- black gemstone- German


Kellam- at the ridges- Norse
Kelsey- from the ships island- English
Kendall- royal valley- English
Kai- sea- Hawaii


Logan- hollow- Scottish
Leslie- garden of holly- Scottish
Lee- dweller near the wood- English
Lane- path- English
Luca- bringer of light- Italy
Lirit- poetic- Hebrew
Lex- defender- Greek
Lakota- friends- Siouan


Mattie- strength in battle- German
Morgan- sea defender- English
Misha- God live- Russia
Max- greatest- Latin
Mattise- gift of god- French
Monroe- from the mouth of the river Roe- Irish


Newlyn- from the new spring- Celtic
Noel- Christmas- French
Nicky- victory- English
Nat- gift of god- English
Nova- chases butterfly- Native American


Oakley- from the oak tree meadow- English
Oak- tree- English


Perry- dwells by the pear tree- English
Piper- one who plays the pipe- Scandinavian
Pema- lotus- Tibetan
Puck- unknown meaning- Dutch
Parker- park keeper- English


Quinn- fifth- Irish
Quinta- fifth- Spanish


Reese- firey- Welsh
Rey- king- Spanish
Reed- red, clearing- English
Rune- secret- Norse
Rue- herb, regret- English
Rain- blessings- American
Riley- dweller by the Rye field- English
River- river- English
Rowan- red- Gaelic
Rory- red king- Gaelic
Ronson- child of ron- English


Sawyer- cuts timber- Celtic
Stevie- crown- English
Shiloh- owner- Hebrew
Sage- wise one- French
Saxon- knife- Teutonic
Sammy- bright sun- Finnish
Scout- to listen- French
Shane- gift from God- Irish


Tex- texas- American
Toni- worthy of praise- Latin
Theo- God given- Greek
Taylor- to cut- French
Tyne- a river in england- English
Tyler- maker of tiles- English
Terry- powerful ruler- English


Umber- shade- French


Wyatt- guide- English
Willow- graceful- English
Wynne- fair- English
Wren- song bird- English


Xen- religious- Japanese


Yael- mountain goat- Hebrew


Zen- meditative state- Japanese

“’Severus,’ said Dumbledore, turning to Snape, ‘you know what I must ask you to do. If you are ready … if you are prepared …’
‘I am,’ said Snape.
He looked slightly paler than usual, and his cold, black eyes glittered strangely.”


I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things. The world becomes softly blurred, and I feel like I melt right into it.”

- Hanamoto Hagumi

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Animal Sleepover - ENFJ & INTP
  • Both: *half-asleep, drawling*
  • INTP: ...I mean... we always said that if you were an animal... you'd be a tiger, right?
  • ENFJ1: *yawns* ...yeah...
  • INTP: ...but...I mean... I'd obviously be a bird, right?,... some really cool... uh...flying... uh...
  • ENFJ1: ...a wha- no... you... you'd be a... uh...
  • INTP: *blinks to stay awake*
  • ENFJ1:'d be a ... a snake.
  • INTP: ...a ...snake?
  • ENFJ1: *satisfied, nodding* ...yeah...yeah...that's good, yeah...
  • INTP: *wrinkles eyebrows* ...I know you like snakes, so... I'll take that as a... as a compliment... but ...but why?
  • ENFJ1: *raising finger* ...well, see..
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • INTP: ...ENFJ1?
  • ENFJ1:, I'm still... I'm still awake...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: know how people...underestimate you... because you're small and ...seem so... non-threatening?
  • INTP: ...yeah...I...I guess...?
  • ENFJ1: ...that's if people saw you fighting a bear...uh...metaphorically...most people would say...the bear started it...and is probably....probably gonna win...
  • INTP: ...?
  • ENFJ1: ...but I'd bet ...I'd bet all my money... that you're gonna... gonna strike in just the right moment ...and...and...
  • ENFJ1: *sits up* WHAM!
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: *lies down again, exhausted*'s such a power in you...that's ...that's know what I mean?
  • INTP: ...I sounds so ...sneaky and...dishonourable...
  • ENFJ1: *waves hand* No, no, no, no. ...not...not sneaky...
  • ENFJ1: you know... most of the time... you're just chilling... having a good time...
  • INTP: sunning on a rock...?
  • ENFJ1: ...yeah, that...but then... if someone is stupid enough... mess with you or if...if you really want
  • ENFJ1: *sits up again, shakes fist* YOU SHOW 'EM!
  • INTP: *snickers*
  • ENFJ1: *lies down again* ...yeah...yeah, you show 'em...
  • INTP: kinda snake, though?
  • ENFJ1:
  • INTP: ...I mean.. am I ...venomous or...or do I strangle people?
  • ENFJ1:'d be a... a...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • INTP: ...ENFJ1?
  • ENFJ1: ...yeah, yeah...I'm... I'm digging...
  • INTP: ...
  • ENFJ1: the ...the pretty green ones...
  • INTP: ...the...uh...
  • ENFJ1: ...yeah, uh... a Green Mamba....yeah...that's it...
  • INTP: *mechanically fishes for phone and googles it*
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: *grunts with movement and looks over shoulder*
  • ENFJ1: ...yeah, look... they look all... adorable and... aww with their ...with their big eyes... and... and smiley faces... and...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • ENFJ1: ...
  • INTP: ...and?
  • ENFJ1: ...I need a piss.
  • ENFJ1: *drags half-dead body to toilet*
  • INTP: *reads article on Eastern green mamba*
  • INTP: ...large, tree-dwelling, highly venomous...
  • INTP: ...shy and elusive...
  • INTP: coloration blends in with environment...
  • INTP: ...also been observed to use "sit-and-wait" or ambush predation like many vipers, unlike the active foraging style typical of other elapids...
  • INTP: ...the specific name is derived from the word "cephalicus" which means "head" or "relating to the head"...
  • INTP: solitary...
  • INTP: ...don't always strike, but ... if cornered... may suddenly strike repeatedly in quick succession, often leading to severe envenomation...
  • INTP: ...
  • INTP:, still not convinced.
  • INTP: ...
  • INTP: can remain in the same location for days at a time, apparently moving most commonly to find food or mates.
  • INTP: ...ah.
  • INTP: ...ah, yes.
  • INTP: ...that sounds familiar.
  • ENFJ1: *comes back, falls into bed*
  • INTP:*yawns* convinced me.
  • ENFJ1: ...that's...that's great...
  • Both: *fall asleep within seconds*
High Fantasy concept

A kingdom of Dwarves are cursed by a god to never set foot below the peak of a mountain, cutting them off from their mines, their caves, and even most surface settlements. So, being stubborn, they begin to grow and breed vast trees on the tips of their mountains, living in tunnels insides the trunks. Farming the wood and refining it they in particular treasure sap, and sap and amber craftwork replaces jewels and gold for them. They also tame a local herd of goats, farming not just milk and hide but their methane, to refine crude alcohol for warm controlled fires on the cold nights. And also drinking. Eventually centuries later they manage to use the methane to make hot air balloons poured by simple Diesel engines, allowing them to spread beyond their mountainous trees to drop saplings in the surrounding lands, letting them expand their wooden mountain range. Elves and druids prefer these dwarves over their underground companions, though some feel the dwarves ruined forests by engineering this new breed unnaturally.

So yeah, tree dwelling airship riding dwarves. It’s a thing I think about.

Stigma stings, pierces, makes holes, separates with pinched marks and in the same movement distinguishes—re-marks—inscribes, writes. Stigma wounds and spurs, stimulates. 

Stigma hallmarks, for the best and for the worst: stigmata on the body are as noble as they are ignominious, depending on whether it is Christ or the outcast who is marked. Stigma always kills two birds with one stone. The person who is properly or figuratively stigmatized has traits of the saint (Saint Francis of Assisi) and the outlaw, of the martyr and the condemned. The stigma conveys the strongest message, the most secret message, the one that is most difficult to obey: whether good or bad, the stigmatized person is signalled out for exclusion and election. 

According to banishing judiciary customs, the branded criminal, the criminal marked with the red iron is comparable to someone with smallpox, who is marked as one of the guilty. When marked, the innocent person is ‘guilty’. And this is one of the tricks of our psychic cruelty: the victim is designated, distinguished, shamed, guilty. Every victim is accused, this is Job’s complaint, Job the accused-accuser. 

The stigma is the trace of a nail’s sting. The mark of the pointed object. The stigma is a scar that is difficult to efface. The stigma resists being worn down. The hole enters into my skin. The scar adds, the stigma digs, excavates.

 I want stigmata. I do not want the stigmata to disappear. I am attached to my engravings, to the stings in my flesh and my mental parchment. I do not fear that trauma and stigma will form an alliance: the literature in me wants to maintain and reanimate traces. Traumatism as an opening to the future of the wound is the promise of a text. 

(The author or) The artist is the gardener of the thorn bush in spite of himself. He has been place and then raised in a thorn bush, and even as, like Kafka’s character, he asks the Guardian of the Park to quickly bring help, he is already thinking about what he will write with one of these sharpened gorses, if he survives the awful accident. Sometimes he does not survive. 

Stigma is gendered masculine in French. But now I discover with pleasure a supplementary trick that Stigma plays on us: In another reign, in another scene, that of vegetation, stigma is not a sign of destruction, of suffering, of interdiction. On the contrary, the stigma is a sign of fertilization, of germination. 

Stigma is the part of the pistil, the female parts of the flower, where the male pollen germinates. The stigma is a little magic uterus. In the cavity resurrection is hatched. What is dead and what will live share the same bed. Tomb-cradle: another definition of Stigma. 

–Helene Cixous, Stigmata

The Inger’s Asian tree toad [also known as the green tree toad, Pedostibes rugosis] is one of the six arboreal [tree-dwelling] toads of the genus Pedostibes, which includes yellow spotted climbing toads. They can be found in northern Borneo and some parts of Indonesia. Although these toads are relatively common, they have suffered habitat loss due to human expansion and are currently listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN Red List. This specimen was found and photographed in Borneo by Jasmine Vink.


The Parkians

I currently live in the town of Malmö, located in Sweden’s southernmost province: Skåne. When I moved here, I was surprised to discover that Skåne harbors an amazing secret:

In most green areas in Skåne, you can find these tiny litle settlements, inhabited by a species of micro-people. These little people go by many different names throughout Skåne; In Malmö they are referred to as “The Parkians”, since they are mainly found in the towns beautiful vast parks.

The best place to look for a Parkian settlements is in old tree-stumps, preferably a couple of paces away from paths heavily trafficked by humans. The tree-stumps provide the Parkians with good building material, and also tends to give them a good vantage point to command the landscape from. Their constructions vary vastly in size - from small family farms to sprawling towns and cities. Apart from tree-stumps, Parkian dwellings can also be found in the cracks between rocks, on the shore of a calm pond, or even in an abandoned anthill.

Even in the age of the internet, the story of the Parkians still remain one of the world’s great untold stories. I think it’s time to share this amazing story with you guys, so I took my camera on a stroll to take some pictures. Here you go!

( The topmost photo was taken by my friend and co-worker Lars Vincent )

Quick Cryptid Snippet: The Marsupial Lion

Thylacoleo carnifex, more commonly known as the Marsupial Lion, is an extinct carnivorous tree dwelling marsupial that called the Australian outback home during the late Pleistocene era. The giant mammal was the largest carnivore to ever exist in Australia and is thought to be one of the largest marsupials to exist anywhere in the world. Scientists believe the creature went extinct along with the other Megafauna of the continent as little as 46,000 years ago. But if this is true, why do some people still claim to have seen them in the vast openness of Australia?

In the mid-2000’s, multiple residents in the town of Tumbulgum (located in New South Wales) claimed that they had not only seen the Marsupial Lion, but that it was actually “stalking” the surrounding area and feeding on the unfortunate wildlife. Witnesses describe seeing a large creature the size of a lion but with “cramped” legs like that of a marsupial which would lead to a slight waddle while walking. The fur was often seen to be brindled (subtle stripes of irregular dark color) with tannish-yellow spotting and it had a long thick tail. The creatures face had a wide, thick nose like that of a wombat and large incisors (both upper and lower) protruding from the mouth.

According to scientists who have studied the skeletons of long dead Marsupial Lions, a full grown specimen would stand nearly 3ft at the shoulder and measured nearly 5ft long from head to tail. It is believed that these large carnivores could weigh anywhere between 250-360lbs. The Lion also possessed a large tail like that of a kangaroo which many scientists believe would have allowed it to support its full body weight thus allowing it the ability to slash and grab at prey with its long retractable claws. Once in hand, the creature would pull its victim toward its blade like molars which easily allowed it to tear flesh and break bone. Testing the bite force on the collected jaws of these creatures showed that the Marsupial Lion had the strongest bite of any animal in the world either living or dead.

So could this creature that many claim died out thousands of years ago still be around? While one may be quick to say no, it should be noted that there have been countless reported sightings of many different types of extinct Australian Megafauna for hundreds of years. People to this day claim to see supposedly long dead giant birds, reptiles, and mammals while out in the bush miles away from any other living soul. This could truly mean that there are a few species thought to be extinct thriving away in the uninhabited parts of the country. 

Still not into this theory and need a little more convincing? Take into consideration that Australia only has a population of 24+ million people and over 85% of that total population lives along the coast as 40% of the country is listed as uninhabitable for human living due to high temperatures, barren landscapes, and lack of water or shelter. That’s 40% of an entire continent void of humans and free to whatever long extinct animal wants to claim it and remain undetected while doing so.

-The Pine Barrens Institute

creeps in the brush

hey everybody, Halloween is coming up fast so it’s time to get

again with a really absurdly creepy critter!

this time, we’ll stick to one of the most bizarre creatures terra firma has to offer:


meet the Aye-Aye.

it’s called that because it’s what you scream when you see one

the Aye-Aye is a nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal that lives in Madagascar. it is hailed to be one of the creepiest animals on the face of the planet, and rightly so. they grow to be a little over a foot long, every inch of which is packed to critical mass with weird.

daylight really doesn’t help, does it

in fact, they’re so fucking weird that we’re not even entirely sure what they really are. Aye-Ayes are the only existing member of the family Daubentoniidae, which bears very strong resemblance to both rodents and primates. (primate limbs, rodent teeth? what the fuck, Aye-Aye.) recent gene mapping suggests that the Aye-Aye is actually a lemur relative, but they’re SO FUCKING WEIRD that we just. don’t know for sure. it’s lumped in with the lemurs for now. we’ll figure you out someday, Aye-Aye.

this explains why they look like they’re always in the middle of an identity crisis

as you may have noticed from these pictures, the aye-aye is also remarkable for giving evolution the finger

yes, literally. suck it, evolution

it uses its massively over-proportioned birdflipper to hunt for grubs, tapping the tree with its larger fingers to locate the wiggly snacks and digging them out of soft tree bark with the thinnest middle finger. like a woodpecker, except viscerally horrifying.

*tamp tamp* ah, I see you have noticed me tamping down the soft bark

for these reasons, and also because they are just generally upsetting to look at, Aye-Ayes are held by the residents of Madagascar to be cursed animals. they are usually killed on sight. unfortunately, because of this practice, these charismatic little creeps are now on the endangered list.

how could you hate this face? really, how

while the Aye-Aye is currently in dangerous waters, conservation programs are underway. several zoos host captive breeding programs to return Aye-Ayes to the wild, where they can go be as creepy as their little hearts desire. 

which is lots. lots of creepy

also if you happen to go to Madagascar and you actually see one, y’know. maybe don’t kill it.

it is our hope that the Aye-Aye will continue on to really freak out many future generations of humans.