Two Men Contemplating the Moon Casper David Friedrich ca. 1825–30
not knowing anything about the two men contemplating the moon I still wanna say that these right here are my dudes and they are making good use of their time on earth
Many people saw this photo on the internet and made fun of the “dairy” cow by calling her “stupid” but no one has wondered why she would leave the huge, lush, green pasture behind her and climb over a fence. The cow in the photo is a “first-calf heifer” trying to find her stolen baby. These first time mothers will do literally anything to get to their babies.
A cow will continue to grow physically until she is 3-4 but a “dairy” cow is forcibly impregnated when she is only 15 months old and has her first calf when she is 2. A 2 year old cow is a teenager and will still be playful.
The term “first-calf heifer” is used very frequently in the dairy industry and refers to a cow who has had her first baby. The dairy industry uses the word “heifer” instead of “cow” to describe these first time mothers because they are yet to reach their full mature cow size.
Having not experienced the systematic loss of her babies yet thus very hopeful and ambitious, a “first-calf heifer” will be extremely determined to find and get to her stolen baby that she will literally do anything. This includes crawling over fences, breaking out of fields and walking for miles. To avoid this from happening, dairy farmers try to make their fencing escape-proof with hot electric fence, electric wire strands, steel panels, sturdy barbed/page wires.
I try not to go overboard with the vegan propaganda here but aw man, _this_ bovine.
thechefofsandwiches asked: I saw your post about your novel get reblogged by Powell's today and it got me thinking, do you have any plans to do any sort of book tour when it comes out?
Yes. I don’t have dates or venues lined up yet but there will be readings. Kinda can’t wait - there’s this William Gass line I reblogged when Middle C came out: “By the mouth for the ear: that’s the way I like to write” — when I’m revising, I read everything out loud, the act of writing anything for me sort of resides in the idea of the words being spoken aloud. So, yes.
given that I take as a creed “translation is the lifeblood of literature,” this makes me both really happy and really jealous. one of my top wish-list hopes for my own book is that it will published in several translations.
congratulations John G this is just fantastic!
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Black - capped Kingfisher ( Halcyon pileata ) by gary1844 on Flickr.
WHAT ABOUT THIS TREMENDOUS BIRD THOUGH
Waxy Monkey Frog FB by firstname.lastname@example.org on Flickr.
so much respect for this frog
Vintage Coney Island matchbook cover..
The Funny Place
"From the makers of Platoon."
UK VHS of Death Wave (Frank Shields, 1986)
every movie after this one should have been called “untitled” just out of respect
we who lived through it
will not ever forget it
The Big Glass Era