Herd of cows and their owner.
Been getting many compliments on my #pickle #lighter… @ktlljhnsn clearly has great taste
In Daasanach culture, an ostrich feather has to be earned. Only respected elders and warriors receive the right. You can probably tell the man in the back is not very old.
He was a very fierce, very serious young man that commanded a lot of respect. He was a self-described protector of his people (and for the time being, us as well) but also functioned as a swift disciplinarian when the kids got out of hand. They rarely did in his presence.
Nairobi in the morning.
Just FYI, these pictures were taken while driving (obviously) and are not really representative of what Nairobi looks like as a whole. Westerners have a very warped idea of what African cities actually look like- take a glance at pictures like this of Nairobi at night and see if it squares with your perception.
Giraffa camelopardalis, bemused at the tiny world around it as always.
So this is kind of overdue. What can I say, it was summer, I was outside!
No pic of the box, so let’s just start with the first product:
Harvey Prince Imperial Gardenia: I’m starting with my least favorite here. I’m not really a perfume person, and even if I was, scent is so personal. It’s not a product I feel Birchbox, or any service like this, could deliver well and it’s the one thing about Birchbox I feel is a rip off since you can get these free samples easily elsewhere. This is a fairly basic floral, nothing very exciting.
RUFFIAN Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes: This is a great idea! Wet wipes to remove your nail polish on the go. It worked really well- I only needed one wipe for both hands that were still mostly polished. Which I needed to try on the next item..
RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer- Ambrosia: a generous sample size and a nice metallic purple color. It looks lighter on your nails than it does in the bottle.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel: Okay, a thing about beauty products, and skin products especially, is that they often have descriptions and claims that are totally ludicrous. No product is going to ~instantly~ change your skin into something it’s not because that is impossible. The best skin care is a routine of cleanliness, moisturizing, and sun protection. That being said, this is a mild but effective facial peel. You need very little to get a nice cleanse, so it lasts a long time.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer- Again, these claims are ridiculous. The product uses ‘fruit stem cells’ but that does not mean, as it implies, that it’s some miraculous drug like the stem cells you’re probably thinking of that maybe help with things like paralysis. I use this as a nice face moisturizer.
LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil
The best of the box! This is more like a lip crayon. It’s very sheer, and can be used to give a hint of color or darkened all over to make a bright, wild purple that looks a lot more high fashion than punk rock. It also has a delicious minty smell!
All in all, a good box! Most of my gripes are things I knew I was signing up for (6 perfume samples a year) or things Birchbox is not at fault for (fake science on beauty products). The lip crayon was a definite plus; I’ve actually already bought one before I managed to post this review!
So, my tumblr is showing that I have messages but for whatever reason I’m unable to actually readthem because Tumblr, apparently, hates when I use my ask box. If you sent me something important, please re-send or leave me a note here if you see it! Also if anyone has any advice on fixing this?
cheshicat replied to your post:Proposal: The reason that economic concerns trump…I like this! I think the rat analogy is one of our major problems… We’re conditioned for short term success, not long term survival.
I think if we all teach our kids that collectivist/global thinking is valuable and that planning for the future and being a good person is the right way to do things there will be significantly less disillusionment in the next generation, and that we may, in fact, be able to work towards a better future
I definitely agree. And I think it’s something we ultimately have to do because I don’t the way we’re functioning is sustainable. For instance with climate change- the government and private industry have proven over and over again that immediate money/power is more compelling to them than a far off impending global catastrophe. Except that catastrophe is not far off; it’s starting already and we need to deal with it. Clearly, the same mentality and actions that caused it are not the solution.
One of the most inspiring and smartest systems I’ve seen in action was in a rather extreme environment that involved local farming, ecotourism, animal conservation, scientific research, and local government and communities coming together and realizing that unless everyone profits, in the long term everyone will suffer. So instead of taking a problem from one approach, they take it from every angle- and while it’s not perfect, it’s the only way to survive in a world where resources are depleting and populations are growing. We have to learn to function as a whole.
I do hope our generation ends up leading the way towards this on a large scale. In many ways it seems like we are on that path, but at the same time I know way too many libertarians (or kind of libertarians) to feel too optimistic.
Donkeys in Ileret.
One of the donkeys near our camp was a giant asshole that would bray at night, but in a way that sounded like a horrible scream. There were a light of jokes about the Night Mare of Ileret.