Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

1. Scribbled wire sculptures by David Oliveira.

2. I'm a sucker for charts, graphs and statistics. Also for music! That's why last.fm and I get along so well. After 10 years, last.fm has compiled data from users' listening to provide us with some interesting information. As well as having  a timeline of graphs illustrating how the music we've listened to has been affected by reunion tours, deaths, and album releases, last.fm has charts of the top songs and artists of the past ten years. You can even break it down by genre. Love it. 

3. I don't generally follow youtube vloggers, aside from the occasional my drunk kitchen, but as a person who spends time on the internet, I become aware of their existence. Recently, a big hubbub arose when famous youtuber Jenna Marbles made a video in which she did a fair amount of slut shaming. Obviously, I don't like that, but I do like the stream of responses it inspired by youtube's finest lady vloggers. Check them out below. Trigger warning: discussion of sexual violence, and the third video contains a personal account of sexual violence.

4. This poster, a Christmas present from Laura:


Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion -- put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection. 

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