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#AttenboroughWeek starts April 21st! 

The BBC is celebrating the life and work of Sir David Attenborough all next week with commemorative video releases and encouraging dialogue about his extensive life’s work. I participated in a video retelling my favorite Attenborough moment that was uploaded to EarthUnplugged today. 

Sir David’s documentary legacy has been incredibly influential to me. Watching the Planet Earth series was the first time I ever felt a personal connection to and responsibility for this planet we share. I believe strongly in the power of community, shared knowledge, and the desire to work towards better environmental health, and we can do that if we choose to embody the respect for our world that David speaks to regularly. 

What is your favorite David Attenborough moment!?

  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness  
Oh my god, this is so nice. I love it (via academic-and-goal-driven)

(Source: emma-elsworthy)


wow they really did adapt frozen well




Melting Marshmallow Peeps with a Red Hot Ball of Nickel

This was completely unnecessary and for that I am thankful

True story: a couple years ago, on Easter, my sisters and cousins had done the stick-a-Peep-in-the-microwave thing. Looking at the Peeps in the microwave, expanding and imploding and turning into dry bits of sugar, my grandpa started wondering what it would take to catch Peeps on fire.

So he, my uncle, my dad and I took a bunch of Peeps and trooped out to the backyard with a couple of lighters and grabbed one of the stones of the garden to keep the soon-to-be-flaming Peep away from the yard.

The regular lighters didn’t work. The Peeps just sat there, smirking up at us with their cold, dead eyes and their hooked, predatorial beaks, maybe a tiny bit melty.

So instead, my grandpa busted out a canister of MAPP gas. For those of you who, like me, had no idea what the fuck MAPP gas is, it’s a gas mix that’s used for welding. Underwater welding. This shit burns at almost 3000°C. Why my grandpa had it, I still do not know.

But did the Peeps catch fire when exposed to the flame from this canister of welding gas my grandpa had? This 3000°C flame had to work to get the Peeps (which are made of sugar, after all) to burst into charry flame.

Nope. The Peeps melted, they deformed, they shrunk and made a stain all over my grandma’s garden stone, but they did not burn. Not one lick of fire escape from that disaster zone except the fire we were causing.

So let me just make it abundantly clear the amount of awe in my voice when I say: The video got the Peeps to catch fire.

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