Richard Branson wants you to consider giving up beef
Billionaire details his decision to eat less meat — and why the entire world could benefit to the do the same.
I can’t put in words what this past year has been to me. But Passion Pit can try.
Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.
I keep wanting to poignantly verbalize my feelings on what my year abroad did for my personal growth, my life outlook and my ability to fend for myself, but all I can do is make collages of animals that reluctantly let me hang out with them, and all the times I’ve tried (with varying degrees of literality) to become Nigel Thornberry.
I just want to be Nigel Thornberry
An itemized list of places I spent the night outside the home of the brave. These are more or less in order of preference.
- In a tent on the deserted sands of Steemers Beach at Jervis Bay, NSW
- In a swag under the stars in the shadow of the world’s biggest free standing rock, NT
- In a campervan next to a waterfall at Litchfield National Park in Darwin
- On the shelf of a sailboat cabin above the Great Barrier Reef
- In a beach bungalow on the island of Gili Trawangan
- In two Indonesian homestays in Kuta and Ubud, Bali
- In (chronologically): a hostel, a flatshare townhouse, a Couchsurfing stranger’s apartment, a friend’s bedroom, a boarding house, a different friend’s living room, and a Spanish man’s studio apartment, all in Sydney, Australia
- On a friend’s baseball coach’s living room couch, in a Melbourne suburb on Easter morning
- In a campervan parked off the side of the highway in the Northern Territory, a rental parked in a sleepy Brisbane suburb, and a borrowed car alongside the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
- On the guest beds, couches, and living room floors of five different Couchsurfing hosts: a young gay teacher who invited me to a Chaka Khan concert in Sydney, a divorced mom and her cat in Brisbane, a Pitbull-looking Serbian musician and a retired Malaysian lawyer in Melbourne, and a advertising manager whose facebook name included the phrase “bonglover,” in Kuala Lumpur.
- On a transnational bus across the Malaysian peninsula that arrived at 3:15 AM, with the subsequent hours spent amongst stray cats in the bus terminal
- On a bunk bed at a turtle conservancy on Juara beach in Malaysia
- In a beachside chalet next door to a middle-aged German cat lady on Tioman island
- In a sleeper train car between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
- In a Bali airport terminal and a delayed international Jetstar flight, collectively
- In the heart of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur
- In a mosquito-net-canopied twin bed at an Elephant nature park in Chiang Mai
- In sixteen different hostels and two hotel rooms across fourteen different cities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand
- In twenty-three towns, four Australian states, and five islands across five different countries.
These overlap in some places, for the sake of categorization. I didn’t realize before making this list how few of them are houses.
“`The moment my fingers clutch a pen,’ said Leila Yorke, `a great change comes over me. I descend to the depths of goo which you with your pure mind with wouldn’t believe possible. I write about stalwart men, strong but oh so gentle, and girls with wide grey eyes and hair the colour of ripe wheat, who are always having misunderstandings and going to Africa. The men, that is. The girls stay at home and marry the wrong bimbos. But there’s a happy ending. The bimbos break their necks in the hunting field and the men come back in the last chapter and they and the girls get together in the twilight, and all around is the scent of English flowers and birds singing their evensong in the shrubbery. Makes me shudder to think of it.’”
P. G. Wodehouse
How coral reefs can help us endure climate change
Coral reefs absorb 97 percent of waves’ energy, a new study shows, providing vital protection from rising seas and stronger storm surges. Plus, saving reefs is 15 times cheaper than building sea walls.
This Is Really Cool And Important!
“Never trust any one who has not brought a book with them.”
This is Lek Chailert, founder of the Elephant Nature Park. If it’s not evident, I have a huge crush on her and want to be her when I grow up.