Lololi in the Gap

Variations on Grey

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Jamie xx: Sleep Sound on

So you already thought you loved Jamie XX right . Wait there’s more! Check out this magnificent video made by London’s Sofia Mattioli wherein members of Manchester Deaf Centre (ages 5-27) dance to the sound of vibration. Here’s what Sofia had to say about the stunning project: 

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the member of The xx and Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake. During the course of one day, she danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” says Mattioli. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”

the possibility space & taming the fear beast: why being broken is a good thing.

"By riding on this spinning, predatory, fearsome creature, Akhilanda refuses to reject her fear, nor does she let it control her. She rides on it. She seduces then tames this animal that lives inside the river, inside the flow. She takes her fear down to the river and uses its power to navigate the waves, and spins in the never not broken water. "


"“Ishvari” in Sanskrit means “goddess” or “female power,” and the “Akhilanda” means essentially “never not broken.” In other words, The Always Broken Goddess. Sanskrit is a tricky and amazing language, and I love that the double negative here means that she is broken right down to her name.

But this isn’t the kind of broken that indicates weakness and terror.

It’s the kind of broken that tears apart all the stuff that gets us stuck in toxic routines, repeating the same relationships and habits over and over, rather than diving into the scary process of trying something new and unfathomable.

Akhilanda derives her power from being broken: in flux, pulling herself apart, living in different, constant selves at the same time, from never becoming a whole that has limitations.

The thing about going through sudden or scary or sad transitions is that one of the things you lose is your future: your expectations of what the story of your life so far was going to become. When you lose that partner or that job or that thing, your future dissolves in front of you.

And of course, this is terrifying.

But look, Akhilanda says, now you get to make a choice. In pieces, in a pile on the floor, with no idea how to go forward, your expectations of the future are meaningless. Your stories about the past do not apply. You are in flux, you are changing, you are flowing in a new way, and this is an incredibly powerful opportunity to become new again: to choose how you want to put yourself back together. Confusion can be an incredible teacher—how could you ever learn if you already had it all figured out?

This goddess has another interesting attribute, which is, of course, her ride: a crocodile.

Crocodiles are interesting in two ways: Firstly, Stoneberg explains that the crocodile represents our reptilian brain, which is where we feel fear. Secondly, the predatory power of a crocodile is not located in their huge jaws, but rather that they pluck their prey from the banks of the river, take it into the water, and spin it until it is disoriented. They whirl that prey like a dervish seeking God, they use the power of spin rather than brute force to feed themselves.

By riding on this spinning, predatory, fearsome creature, Akhilanda refuses to reject her fear, nor does she let it control her. She rides on it. She gets on this animal that lives inside the river, inside the flow. She takes her fear down to the river and uses its power to navigate the waves, and spins in the never not broken water. Akhilanda shows us that this is beautiful.

 Stoneberg writes:

Akhilanda is also sometimes described in our lineage like a spinning, multi-faceted prism. Imagine the Hope Diamond twirling in a bright, clear light. The light pouring through the beveled cuts of the diamond would create a whirling rainbow of color. The diamond is whole and complete and BECAUSE it’s fractured, it creates more diverse beauty. Its form is a spectrum of whirling color.

If everything remained the same, if we walked along the same path down to the river every day until there was a groove there (as we do; in Sanskrit this is called Samskara, habits or even “some scars”), this routine would become so limited, so toxic to us that, well, the crocs would catch on, and we’d get plucked from the banks, spun and eaten.That means that this feeling of confusion and brokenness that every human has felt at some time or another in our lives is a source of beauty and colour and new reflections and possibilities.

So now is the time, this time of confusion and brokenness and fear and sadness, to get up on that fear, ride it down to the river, dip into the waves, and let yourself break. Become a prism.

All the places where you’ve shattered can now reflect light and colour where there was none. Now is the time to become something new, to choose a new whole.

But remember Akhilanda’s lesson: even that new whole, that new, colourful, amazing groove that we create, is an illusion. It means nothing unless we can keep on breaking apart and putting ourselves together again as many times as we need to. We are already “never not broken.” We were never a consistent, limited whole. In our brokenness, we are unlimited. And that means we are amazing.”

Julie (JC) Peters 

40 Terminal Tips and Tricks You Never Thought You Needed | Mactuts+

To demonstrate just how versatile the Terminal is, I’ve rounded up 40 truly excellent Terminal tips and tricks that I anyone can use.

"They don’t turn different. They just turn….. out to love a boy."

"If it’s happening and there’s not a chemical [involved] it is natural " 

#even the act of deciding to be gay is natural

"If it’s your friend, it’s you friend!"

I really like Dash, Jayka and Maxim!

music, art, ownership and the morality of pirating….


music, art, ownership and the morality of pirating….

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures (Updated)

"To love at all is to be vulnerable" - C.S. Lewis

and then I’m reminded that people and sounds and poetry exist like this in the world…

(Source: wild-nerdess, via goodmemory)

The Real Reason That Millennials Are Unhappy


Bionic fashion: Wearable tech that will turn man into machine by 2015

WOW a dress that turns transparent when you’re turned on, a hood that lets you know when your heart is synchronized with another person’s, a mood dress that changes colors with your emotions and more. I love tech!

50 Things That Look Just Like Your Childhood

Sooooo nostalgic. 

Tried watching the “Brave Little Toaster” a few years ago. It’s QUITE creepy. The air conditioner commits suicide and they call the little boy “MASTER.” They’re all sitting around getting rusty moaning about how they can’t go anywhere or do anything until “master returns.” o_o

On a bright note who remembers the original “Noggin” and “Gas” channels that played “My So Called Life” Wild and Crazy Kids, “Pete and Pete” and

Legends of the Hidden Temple!

Louis C.K. on WHY Sadness, WHY Happiness and WHY His “Girls Can’t Have Cell Phones”.

I frickin LOVE Louie C.K. so hard. Not enough people realize how brilliant and amazing and just plain AWESOME he is. seriously. write a book already Louis.


No because before my brother brought this song and more importantly THIS VIDEO into my life, what kind of life was I living? HUNNY. WHAT? YES. 


This is why I’m moving to South Africa. 

#Just gonna put that out there.