Sapphire Quail-Dove

Stunning dove found in humid rainforest in lowlands and foothills. Notable features include a chestnut back, pale belly, golden neck patches, and a striking head pattern. Might be confused with the duller Violaceous Quail-Dove in dark forest, where color is not easy to discern; note the bold face pattern on Sapphire Quail-Dove. Usually encountered alone, quietly walking along the forest floor. May ascend to a low perch when flushed or when it sings—a soft, stuttered whistle repeated every few seconds.


Shana tova to those who use that calendar!

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd: the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create a raw landscape within us, a sun eternally setting on what we are.”

– Fernado Pessoa

[from The Book Of Disquiet, 1982]

TIL that a beloved Japanese food is actually a Korean food item brought to Japan Post-WWII and adapted to Japanese palates... ||
Why Japanese Mentaiko Is Getting Popular in America - Eater

Portuguese speakers, what non-binary pronouns you use/hear/prefer?

Boosts ok!

Physical health (-ve) 

1. Lunch with in-laws, who are already making plans to visit us in December

2. Went to bed for a few hours because I felt terrible, but the Stuff Still Got Done, because my husband is reliable and robust

3. Managed to do a 45 min elliptical workout despite aforementioned feeling terrible.

4 more days until the movers come to pack and load our stuff!


I came across the name "Dorcas Studley" (born 1804) in a census, and lucky for her she was dead before dork or stud became popular slang.

The vast majority of people view themselves as victims instead of perpetrators. They don’t mask and say, “I’ve accepted the risks that I may get covid.”

I never hear them say, “I’m fine potentially killing someone by not wearing a mask.”

And that is the damn problem.

You know what you need in your life? More Caribbean literature and non-fiction.

I shared 10 of my favorite works in this little post from a while back. And I think it's still a solid list.

Should I make another? :P

"Kia ora, This message is in support of Paaka Edwards. is advertising the Face ID feature when it does not work for those in our communities who carry cultural skin markings on their face. Please update your Face ID to recognise cultural skin markings of and any other indigenous peoples that practice cultural skin markings"

for whatever european home owners exist in the town && wider fediverse: remember that you can heat the people and not the space this extremely costly winter

Oh huh, ProPublica is doing the Lord's work with some basic "so it's been a few years since civics class, here's what you forgot" articles. Also useful if you're a non-USian wondering how the heck stuff works over here.

1. Managed to give away our composter and roof rake via Freecycle, with hopefully another pick up coming tomorrow!

2. Chest freezer is defrosted and bone-dry!

3. The first three episodes of Andor aired on Disney+. The cast is pretty amazing and I'm really interested to see where things go.


Wife of a country singer makes anti-trans jab; another country singer, Maren Morris, calls her out on it. Tucker Carlson weighs in, calling Maren a "lunatic country music person".

Maren then used that quote on a t-shirt, with all proceeds going to Trans Lifeline and GLAAD.

"Just two hours later, Morris said the shirt had raised $63,000, and on Saturday, she said the total had surpassed $100,000."

Praxis. =:D

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