So if you guys have been wondering where I have been all these weeks – I was home, having a very bad trip. Ever since I moved to my new place three months ago, I started experiencing a wide range of weird symptoms. It started of slowly: the head aches, the fatigue, the strange muscle weakness in my limbs, but after a couple of weeks the sickening sensations progressed it into a state of brain fog, nausea, shortness of breath, lack of ability to concentrate, dizziness, weird thoughts and general unpleasant feeling of being “on something”. At first I thought that I was tired, and that I needed some rest, and perhaps that there was something wrong with my new couch (lol, I know), but with time it became clear that this was something much more sinister. As soon as I would leave the apartment, I would instantly feel better, and all the strange “side effects” of spending time indoors disappeared within an hour. My friends and family noticed similar feelings of drowsiness when they came by, but none of them had it as bad as I did, since I was the one living there and spending so much time indoors.Read more »
Few weeks ago I got a present for my friend, a cute, copper yellow, syrian hamster, which was a couple weeks old. I got him from a breeder, which had around 20 of those small lil animals in a tiny box where they were crawling on top of each other. Since I wasnt really planning to get him that day, I wasnt prepared, I had no cage or anything to carry him in… So the lady gave me an icecream box, which I put him in. Thats how we rolled home. Thats why I named him Tortik, which in russian stands for cake.. He’s adorable. And now I have two roddents: a hammy and a guinea pig. I only need to add a bunny, a chinchilla, a degu, a rat, a mouse and a squirell to complete my collection. LolRead more »
Winter is not just dark nights and cold days. Nor is it a just a cozy time spending with relatives. For me winter is associated with silence and peace, the type of silence of the mind and of the emotions one experiences standing on the white, covered in snow field, which stretches out into infinity. The sun is high, the sky is blue, the snow diamonds are glittering and shinning in cold, still air. The spruce trees are transformed into magical, unrecognizable objects of imagination. As time stands still, the nature seems frozen, wild and forgotten – this vision of timelessness brings ultimate peace upon the contemplator. Past, future: none of that exists – all is buried under the white, purifying, glowing particles of water, that are formed in the shape of star of David. The desolate, empty landscape of sharp, whiteout light is providing a space for unity between man and nature. Witnessing this kind of winter is a fantastic, grand experience of freedom and liberation of the mind from the daily, hectic, often meaningless activities. I could roam these spaces endlessly, feeling in sync with the universe around. Here are some nostalgic images of Russian spacious, continental winter.
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Waterbears are incredible, yet strange creatures. Most people don’t know anything about the excistance of tiny little bear look-alikes, who live in moss cushions, grass, under water and in solid ice and are lesser then a 1 mm in size. Tardigrades come in different bright colors, orange, red, green and are equipped with eight leggs, and two knife-like teeth, which they use for stabbing the plant and sucking the juices out. These little animals are the hardiest animals on earth and can be found anywhere around the globle. They withstand the pressures of vaccuum, they can survive in absolute zero and boiling water, they were even sent into open space, in a TARDIS programme (tardigrades in space), where they survived full ten days, before safely returning to the ground.
The secret of tardigrades lies in their amazing ability to hibernate – when they sense that the environment becomes unfriendly, they transform into a little ball, which – like a self sufficient microsystem – withstands the agressive environments, radiation and other harsh conditions. All they need is just a tiny drop of water to come back to life. Some believe that tardigrades were the first to colonize the planet Earth, due to their extreme survival skills, they could have possibly travelled to us on an asteroid from outter space. In theory tardigrades could be able to live forever and despite their discovery back in the 18th century, these little animals go unnoticed in most biology books. Puzzled? Check out this interesting link if you want to know more http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artjun00/mmbearp.html
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