Pearls inside an oyster shell at the Naga pearl farm at Koh Matsum, Thailand. Pearl farming is the industry responsible for grafting pearl mollusks and producing cultured pearls. These cultured pearls make up nearly 100% of the pearls sold today. Natural pearls now only account for less than 1/1000th of a percent of the pearls on the market today.
Pearl farming, I never knew that existed. I always thought they just collected tons of oysters from the ocean. They actually farm them.
Rae Johnston was in a Sydney cafe waiting to collect her coffee when a man in the queue noticed she was wearing a T-shirt stamped with the title of the popular video game Bioshock Infinite.
After the man shot her a couple of disgusted looks, he snapped: “I bet you haven’t even played.”
It’s not the first time the 31-year-old from Sydney has had to defend her gaming credentials. For years she has fought comments from online gamers such as “return to the kitchen where you belong”.
“This is the kind of thing you do hear online. You [also] see it in comments on videos on YouTube: ‘Oh I bet those girls don’t really play [video games]. They’re just doing it to get a guy’s attention.’ That sort of thing.”
In the cyber realm she only has to refer the critic to her gamer tag which shows her occupation as the lifestyle, gaming and social media editor for Bauer Media’s Techlife magazine, and their microphones go mute.
But when the type of misogynist male who has tormented her online stood centimetres away from her in the real-life setting of a cafe, she found herself “shocked” by his comments.
Johnston admits she is not usually a confrontational person but because she had only finished the game three days earlier, the first thought that came into her head was: “Back off dude. It’s not cool what you’ve done.” So she returned fire with a direct hit: she calmly told him the game’s ending.
And the man who questioned her knowledge of Bioshock Infinite in the cafe had no knowledge of the game himself … “While I was speaking to him I saw his face crumble and I could tell instantly that he hadn’t played it.”
I have the flu. I feel so yucky. I can barely stand up without feeling nauseous and/or puking. I need miso soup. Lots of it. Until I burst.