I like radio, lit, and web stuff. I like talking about animals I love and words I hate: foodie, brekkie, epic. My other interests include: pathetic fallacy, qualia, and Maria Bamford. Please message me re: any of those things.
Braving sub-zero temperatures, she has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment. Natalia Avseenko, 36, was persuaded to strip naked as marine experts believe belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits. The skilled Russian diver took the plunge as the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade.
This lizard shoots blood from its eye. (by NationalGeographic). I HIGHLY recommend muting the audio and watching it to a soundtrack of Philip Glass’s “Runaway Horses.” For the sake of full delight and awe.
MeChkari, Poland. The costume is made from the skins of goats and sheep slaughtered during the year and worn by butchers during the three days of carival at the beginning of Lent. Photo: Charles Fréger
“Sworn virgins” (burrneshas in Albanian) are Albanian women who decide to ignore their female identity and live as men in the Balkans. Photographer Jill Peters traveled to Northern Albania to meet and photograph these women. The decision to live as men is more related to gender roles in the Albanian culture rather than a statement of sexuality; these women live their lives appearing as men.
So here is a website we built. Or, I suppose it is a photo of a website. Or a photo of one of the site’s many subpages. You can see the site here: www.pen.org. It even won some awards for interactive media and advocacy.