Girl and Dog. Sometimes frogs.
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The great thing about knowing that you know how to hustle, is that whatever you're doing you can always fall back on the hustle. The terrible thing about knowing that you know how to hustle, is that, whatever you're doing, you're acutely aware that you can always fall back on the hustle 😂
If you feel that there's something more out there or in there for you or for others, it's because there is.
City of Lights
To find those that will wait for you, trusting you will return, and in turn, to be willing and desiring to return the favor knowing full well that freedom, the comfort and tranquility of freedom, only comes with giving.
Mike and Summer floating on top of the bowels of the city.
Made a little pilgrimage to see my favorite drummer Ian Chang. I first saw him with a band called Body Language and I was blown by his mix of human-drum machine sounds that came out of those wrists and feet. It was like the perfect non-cyborg response to growing up in the 90's/2000's with the regulated and glitched out tick of machinery that hits where it means to hit but sometimes goes haywire, ecstatic, like only a living breathing collection of cooperating cells can be ecstatic. Oddly his style gave me hope for the potential of us humans to uniquely re-interpret our world in response to a life alongside electronics. Of course I hope the machines crumble back to their simpler beginnings so we can slow the demolition of the soul of the earth, but if nothing else, the adaptation of a human is remarkable. Pre-show glow dark corner ready go.
Sensing. What do the moss and the octopus have in common? They both have incredible unique sensing mechanisms. Maybe you already know this, but in addition to having chromatophores in their skin that allows them to change color, octopi also have rhodopsin in their skin, a light-sensing protein found in eyes. This means they feel-see the light through their skin! In much of the sensing machinery for understanding air pollution, the mechanism is to look at light reflections from above from satellites and assess its characteristics. I'd bet an octopus understands the nature of light gradients and what it means. The moss orthotrichum is an epiphyte and grows on many different hardwoods across the world. As moss feeds itself through the air, it is an amazing record of air quality in an area, a way to see differentiation in years and levels of things like cadmium and nitrogen in the air we breathe. Why make more things when we can learn to read the living beings around us? That's the question I've always been asking myself underneath it all. Why, why make more things, necrotic things, things that are things to assess things when we could be beings reading beings.
The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to eject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion. Paulo Freir~ Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Spoon time all the time. There's something about spoons that even in their emptiness they provide a safe space that waits to be filled, or could be filled at any moment. They don't cut through or poke, they just hold and carry from one space to the next, like little messengers of the keep going sort, of the you will be filled sort, of the your brim will overflow someday sort.
The fortress. Gotham.
Just, what a babe, I don't know her but you can see that she doesn't take shit from nobody.
Discernment can be very difficult when those you are discerning with and around are coming from different places or paradigms. It is easy to give in to the nature of all things to flow into each other. But I have found it to be paramount to keep checking back with oneself, that timeless ageless fully awake, already completely realized part your unique self, to ask whether you need to engage with the paradigms of others, or to adjust yourself to certain systems that don't feel right to you. Just because they don't feel right to you doesn't mean it's bad for others to want to engage in those systems. But I'll tell you this, being able to discern what actually feels light and congruent with your own human offerings to this world and then acting on that, I think at this moment, that that is the most radical act you can perform at any given time, and this is the social capitol of the future, how you are being, and how you have been; how you have acted towards others and how you have acted towards yourself.
A hero of sorts
It's hard to not look back when you're running away. Maybe what you thought was a predator is just a visitor.
I'm currently working on writing an article titled "Why the Age of White Men Speaking for Everyone but Really Just For Themselves Is Over: A critique of Bruno Latour's Speech on Gaia and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe." Apparently academia hasn't gotten the message yet. Oh yeah, because guess who formulated and led the direction of organized education in post-nomadic agrarian culture? The colonialists, the white men. I will explain why that's a problem. A hint is that, there are particular pathways of thought, rather violent ones that are common to this tradition of problem solving and every year that goes by, those violent solutions are more clearly the reflection of insecure men lacking in creativity or hope. White male friends please don't take offense I love you, this is a critique of Bruno Latour and male-centric academia that shockingly still has a stranglehold on the establishment. But look! I found a moth by the river late at night.
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