October182014

armadilloartifacts:

Well, while I usually want this blog to be a bit more on the focused side, letting smaller craft projects like jewelry stay on other forums, I think this time it may be worth making an exception.

I have a few items in my Etsy shop where, normally, 50% of the price of the item goes to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).  These are the listings where I have used paper beads made from information material from MSF, hence my decision to pay some of the money back to that fine organisation if I make a sale.

Well, you have probably heard of the current Ebola situation going on.  MSF have been pulling far to much of the weight of the dangerous and costly work with trying to treat patients and prevent the disease from spreading out of control.  They are very skilled at what they do, but they are an organisation depending mainly on volunteer work and donations, and should not be left to deal with a crisis of this scale on their own.  So right now, they need every bit of help they can get.
Because of this, I have temporarily decided to increase the part of the money that gets donated to 100%, and list a few new items for their benefit.  The listing descriptions in the shop describe which ones are sold for the benefit of MSF, and there is more information in the text for the individual listings.

Reblooping from the crafty blog.  If you aren’t interested in buying, perhaps you could give it a reblog. :)  (Which I usually have a hard time asking for, but since, you know, it’d be nice to actually be able to do something to help…)

October152014
ianference:

It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down.  The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites.  An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us.  The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.
Prints available here.

ianference:

It is truly a strange thing when a steam pipe bursts under an abandoned building in the dead of winter, but that’s exactly what happened under the Clinic Building at Greystone Park State Hospital in 2007, a month before the building was unceremoniously knocked down.  The steam congregated near the ceiling of the abandoned asylum infirmary, condensing on the pipes and dripping down in regular patterns - and creating these ice stalagmites.  An hour after taking this photograph, demolition workers came into the building and chased us through the tunnels; we had to hide in an attic in 0 degree weather for hours while cops searched for us.  The next time I drove out there, there was no trace that a building had ever stood in this spot.

Prints available here.

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October112014

ursulavernon:

careydraws:

I made The Witches’ Daughters for Terrestrial, an anthology of earth-themed fantasy comics edited by Amanda Scurti. You can also read it at its forever home on my portfolio website.

The anthology debuted at SPX 2014, and now you can buy it here! It’s full of lovely comics and illustrations, and I’m very happy to be included in such good company. 

This is marvelous!

comics 

October92014

onegirlfiftybraidings:

Aminata, School exam work, Gaye Njorro School of Hairdressing and Beauty Cosmetology, the Gambia.

Photo Valeria Herklotz.

oh, excellent!

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vandyt-xain:

Show at Uma Obscura Festival - Part 2

Photographers: Daniel Hedlund & Kalle Prorok

Models: Moa Gustavsson, Ylva Lundberg, Nicole Chylinski, Jonathan Kurkiala, Amr Raven, Lina Reichwaldt, Matilda Larsson, Malin Sjödin & Robin Lilja

I was also there ;)

Another bunch of pictures from Kai’s fashion show.

4PM

vandyt-xain:

Show at Uma Obscura Festival - Part 1

Photographers: Daniel Hedlund & Kalle Prorok

Models: Moa Gustavsson, Ylva Lundberg, Nicole Chylinski, Jonathan Kurkiala, Amr Raven, Lina Reichwaldt, Matilda Larsson, Malin Sjödin & Robin Lilja

Reblogging some more of Kai’s excellent fashion design.  It was a pleasure to try modelling for this show. :)

3PM

micdotcom:

Hong Kong protesters are using one ingenious app to organize themselves

How do protesters stay in contact with each other when the government has shut down or censored Internet and mobile networks? Simple: You don’t use either.

Meet Open Garden’s FireChat, the messenger app protesters in Hong Kong have been using to circumvent government attempts to prevent them from organizing by blocking social networks like Instagram. Instead of relying on a single website or government-controlled networks, FireChat uses a technology called mesh networking for its “Nearby” chat mode. 

Here’s what it looks like in action | Follow micdotcom 

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3PM

mccoydarling said: Please talk forever about Helen and ancient greek you are so enpoint

professorfangirl:

elucipher:

in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn’t speak in the iliiad again.

homer isn’t cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough. in the conjectured era of the trojan war, women are mothers by twelve, grandmothers by twenty-four, and buried by thirty. the lineage of mycenaean families passes through daughters: royal women are kingmakers, and command a little power, but they are bartered like jewels (the iliad speaks again and again of helen and all her wealth). helen is the most beautiful woman in the world, golden with kharis, the seductive grace that arouses desire. she is coveted by men beyond all reason. after she is seized by paris and compelled by aphrodite to love him against her will—in other writings of the myth, she loves him freely—she is never out of danger.

the helen of the iliad is clever and powerful and capricious and kind and melancholy: full of fury toward paris and aphrodite, longing for sparta and its women, fear for her own life. she condemns herself before others can. in book vi, as war blazes and roars below them, helen tells hector, on us the gods have set an evil destiny: that we should be a singer’s theme for generations to come—as if she knows that, in the centuries after, men will rarely write of paris’ vanity and hubris and lust, his violation of the sacred guest-pact, his refusal to relent and avoid war with the achaeans. instead they’ll write and paint the beautiful, perfidious, ruinous woman whose hands are red with the blood of men, and call her not queen of sparta but helen of troy: a forced marriage to the city that desired and hated her. she is an eidolon made of want and rapture and dread and resentment.

homer doesn’t condemn helen—and in the odyssey she’s seen reconciled with menelaus. she’s worshipped in sparta as a symbol of sexual power for centuries, until the end of roman rule: pausanias writes that pilgrims come to see the remains of her birth-egg, hung from the roof of a temple in the spartan acropolis; spartan girls dance and sing songs praising one another’s beauty and strength as part of rites of passage, leading them from parthenos to nýmphē, virgin to bride. cults of helen appear across greece, italy, turkey—as far as palestine—celebrating her shining beauty; they sacrifice to her as if she were a goddess. much of this is quickly forgotten. 

every age finds new words to hate helen, but they are old ways of hating: deceiver and scandal and insatiate whore. she is euripides’ bitchwhore and hesiod’s kalon kakon (“beautiful evil”) and clement of alexandria’s adulterous beauty and whore and shakespeare’s strumpet and proctor’s trull and flurt of whoredom and schiller’s pricktease and levin’s adulterous witch. her lusts damned a golden world to die, they say. pandora’s box lies between a woman’s thighs. helen is a symbol of how men’s desire for women becomes the evidence by which women are condemned, abused, reviled.  

but no cage of words can hold her fast. she is elusive; she yields nothing. she has outlasted civilisations, and is beautiful still. before troy is ash and ruin she has already heard all the slander of the centuries; and at last she turns her face away—as if to say: i am not for you

holy fuck

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