EARTH DAY

Helping Endangered WildlifeApril 22 is Earth Day, where we celebrate our beautiful planet and what we can do to conserve it because, truly, humans have destroyed land, oceans and are responsible of many extinct species…

I mean, we don’t belong here, but one huge step towards figuring out how we can help our planet is to educate ourselves.

Sitting down with a documentary is one of the simplest and easiest ways to do that, particularly while social distancing is a thing.

So, in light of that, here’s a bunch of great documentaries celebrating our planet that you can watch on local streaming services.

The Year The Earth Changed

 
2040

 
Secrets of the Whales

 
My Octopus Teacher

 
Anything with Sir David Attenborough

I know David Attenborough is already on this list, but really any of his documentaries are worth a watch on Earth day. As one of the world’s greatest natural historians, LEGEND David Attenborough has enlightened us about so many different animal species and habitats on Earth and we can all continue to learn from him because he’s a hero of our planet.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) | Writing for sharingDynasties: First Look Trailer | New David Attenborough Series | BBC Earth - YouTube

If you want to see some of the other ways you can get involved this Earth day, check out the official website.

SAVE OUR PLANET!

The Kiss of Death

Nestled into an 18th-century cemetery in Barcelona, The Kiss of Death is a haunting sculpture used to commemorate one man’s grave. The piece is located in the city’s Poblenou Cemetery and is one of its most iconic tombs.

Kiss of Death Statue at Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona

The statue is not only impressive for the fine carving and the sculptor’s ability to render texture, but also for the tender way in which it embraces death.

Also known as El petó de la mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish, the marble sculpture is a fine example of modern memento mori art.

Memento mori, which translates to “remember that you will die,” has a long tradition in the history of art. Rather than viewing death as something to be feared, memento mori embraces the immortality of the soul and the afterlife. The Kiss of Death fits the concept perfectly.

Here, death is in the guise of a winged skeleton that gently holds on to a dying man and lays a kiss on his cheek.

Close Up of Cemetery Sculpture in BarcelonaKiss of Death Sculpture in Poblenou CemeteryKiss of Death Sculpture at Poblenou Cemetery in BarcelonaBlack and White Photo of Kiss of Death Sculpture in Barcelona

Stunning!

The Bold Turtle!

If you’re like me and you have zero confidence, that’s because the universe gave all the confidence to this little turtle in South Africa who doesn’t give one shit about a little thing called “a lion can tear a turtle’s ass up” and got right up into the mouths of two lions as they drank.

Reggi Barreto is a safari guide at the MalaMala Private Game Reserve in South Africa and he stopped to watch two lions slurping up water. Reggi probably thought he was just going to get shots of the lions quenching their thirst but then a little turtle popped up in the watering hole and redefined the meaning of BOLD by swimming right up to the drinking tongue of one lion.

The lion could’ve easily ended that turtle but the lion must have not been in the mood for a turtle amuse-bouche, and instead backed away after getting annoyed. The turtle then swam on over to another lion and tried to get on her tongue, but she also wasn’t having it.

While I figured that the turtle is a kinky bitch with a lion tongue fetish and others figured that the turtle was trying to shoo those lions away from their turf, Barreto has a different theory. He believes that the turtle, which is a terrapin, was thirsty for BLOOD, zebra blood, specifically. via HuffPo.

 
Honestly, those lions are rude as hell. They show up uninvited to that turtle’s house without a gift, drink that turtle’s water, and then back up when the turtle wants some of their zebra blood? Totally rude.

Ben Young’s Sculptures

Calm bodies of hand-cut glass pool atop jagged concrete in Ben Young’s aquatic sculptures.

The New Zealand-based artist is known for his marine landscapes that position miniature figures in vast expanses of the translucent material, creating a contemplative environment that juxtaposes a minuscule representation of humanity alongside the immensity of the oceans and other bodies of water.

“Solitary Catch Awaits,” laminated clear float glass with cast concrete, bronze, and stainless steel frame, 300 x 300 x 180 millimeters. All images © Ben Young

“Still Water”

“Sea of Separation,” laminated float glass, cast concrete, bronze, and stainless steel stand, 600 x 350 x 170 millimeters

“Daydream”

“Diverge”

“The Divide,” laminated float glass and cast concrete, 930 x 375 x 165 millimeters

Magnificent!

A First

Huffington Post says there was a bit of drama for lovebirds and fiancés, Jonathan Bennett (aka Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls) and Jaymes Vaughn (aka the Chippendales cast member who was on Amazing Race). They were turned away from a wedding venue in Mexico because it’s a gay wedding. But Jonathan and Jaymes didn’t let that kill their dream.

J & J who got engaged in November 2020, appear on the cover of the summer 2021 issue of The Knot and they’re the first gay couple to do so.

The world has had long enough to let go of its pearls and accept gay relationships. It’s fucking time. Get the fuck over it.

Record The Police

A police officer is a convicted murderer in America because a teenager recorded that police officer murdering a man in broad daylight and shared the video with the world.

The United States and its racist police killing black citizens is no news, the news is that for once the jury did the right thing.

What are charges against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death? - ABC7 Chicago

The big take-away? Record everything!!

That young woman who felt obligated to stubbornly record this murder in real time is a hero… Be like her.

2 Books And 2 Fuckfriends

Sorry for the lack of updates, I was super busy the past days with work. The good news is that I got the raise I was fighting for.

Besides work, I bought two books: Cannibale and 15 février 1839.

Both are in French.

Cannibale by Didier Daeninckx is a fictionalized retelling of the experience of the Nouvelle Caledoniens brought to the Exposition coloniale in Paris in 1931. For a period of over fifty years, many thousands of people were conscripted to be exhibited in so-called “human zoos” as caricatures of themselves in the various world fairs, mostly in Europe and North America. They came from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Arctic.

15 février 1839 by Chevalier de Lorimier is an essay about the incarceration at the Pied-du-Courant Prison and the execution by hanging there of Patriote participants of the Lower Canada Rebellion. Those rebels sought to make Lower Canada, now Quebec, a republic independent from the British Empire.

Besides my new books, I also score a possible new fuckfriend that conveniently lives in my area. He’s 21 yo from France living in Montreal, taller than I, handsome, and overall my type. I’d probably see him tomorrow, or the next when his exams are over.

But in the waiting, Gabriel is supposed to do me tonight… And I’m saying supposed because is surprisingly snowing today and it could ruin the plans.  I haven’t seen Gabriel in a year, and I haven’t fuck in over two weeks, but I’m mentally prepared to take his huge dick.

Anyway, more to come…

RAISED BY WOLVES

Raised by Wolves (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDbAnother side effect of this pandemic (and the lack of daily sex) on me it’s that I’m watching TV series. Something I didn’t do before.

So in few nights I watched the 1st season of Raised by Wolves, an epic sci-fi show with grand and beautiful visual effects.

See, I hate to read novels and fiction, my reading is usually politics, sociology and real stuff, but I’m a fan of visual science fiction.

I found thee plot of the show very appealing because it actually reflects how our world might have started when there was only the science as a proven fact, and no religion or anything else.

Although from times the show was very slow, every episode makes you think.

By the end it gets twisted AF and my worst nightmare come to life because LEGEND Ridley Scott is one of the Executive producers (and you can see his style on this project) and you go WTF.

The main charter, Danish actress Amanda Collin as Mother, is impeccable!

 
Great cast and a remarkable 1st season.