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Saltmarket on the Square

I know I’ve been a little quiet lately, but I’ve been writing dissertation and preparing to fly away and working on about a million other unrelated things.

This is one of them. 

It’s a crowdfunding campaign for Saltmarket Design, three Scottish women (each one a triple threat in their own right) in the process of becoming a Community Interest Company with a two-fold purpose:
To provide a platform for emerging and established Scottish-based artists, and to encourage people who might not otherwise have the chance to get involved in making things at workshops and live art events.

They have obtained permission from Royal Bank of Scotland to use the interior and grounds of the Dundas Mansion in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh as an exhibition and workshop space for the whole of August - while the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full, mad swing - with the Famous Spiegeltent and the Stand Tent right on their doorstep.

They have a ton of stuff planned already, ingenious events to promote artists and rad creating workshops with groups from some local charities, but they have worked long and hard for an opportunity like this and they want to do it to the utmost.

So they’re looking to raise funds to pay for “material, technology and people” to make their tenure in the (pretty damn magnificent) space everything they wish it could be.

That link in the title is for the indiegogo page. You could totes go check it out right now. There is a sweet intro/promo video by Neil Webster for you to watch.

If you think you know anyone that might be interested, please share it, please give this all of the signal boosts. Edinburgh is a very noisy place in August and these are voices that deserve to be heard, dammit.

In the spirit of full disclosure: I’ve been helping around the web sidelines a (very) little bit, which is why you can see my name on the igg page, but this is totally Lauren, Ruth and Collette’s show.

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monetizeyourcat:

tropidurus:

finally the no campaign gets a bit of traction

let’s get the SNP to officially exile richard dawkins from their country

Cailleach bheur waits, dreams.

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bill:

for a good time

not a long time

bill:

for a good time

not a long time

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beshitted:

anagrammaton:

knuckle tats say FOUC AULT

knuck tats saying POST, and on the other hand, having transcended the limitations of the form, STRUCTURALIST

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wildcat2030:

Biohackers Are Growing Real Cheese In A Lab, No Cow Needed
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Real vegan cheese. It’s not an oxymoron, it’s a miracle of synthetic biology.
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If you’re a vegan, cheese options are limited. There are high-quality vegan cheeses out there, but they just don’t taste the same, and they’re mostly soft— it’s difficult to make any sort of hard vegan cheese, like gouda or cheddar. A team of Bay Area biohackers is trying to create a new option: real vegan cheese. That is, cheese derived from baker’s yeast that has been modified to produce real milk proteins. It’s the same as cow cheese, but made without the cow. Think of it as the cheese equivalent of lab-grown meat. The journey towards vegan cheese began a few years ago, when synthetic biologist Marc Juul started thinking about the genetic engineering possibilities. Now, Juul and a group of people from two Bay Area biohacker spaces, Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious, are trying to create a finished product in time for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition—a global synthetic biology competition—in October. So far, they’ve raised over $16,000 on Indiegogo to do it. (via Biohackers Are Growing Real Cheese In A Lab, No Cow Needed | Co.Exist | ideas impact)

So wait, what exactly are they going to do with all the cows, once the moral imperative to switch to bio-hacked animal products is universally recognized? I guess they must take em to some kind of big old farm up-country where they have room to run around and stuff, right? 

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dopatonin:

Ouroboros: a serpent biting its own tail. A mythological and alchemic symbol of the cyclic nature of the universe: creation out of destruction, life out of death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life in an eternal cycle of renewal.

sign of recursion, self-reference and circular intention.

dopatonin:

Ouroboros: a serpent biting its own tail. A mythological and alchemic symbol of the cyclic nature of the universe: creation out of destruction, life out of death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life in an eternal cycle of renewal.

sign of recursion, self-reference and circular intention.

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… we don’t realize that the astonishing linguistic capacity of the human brain did not evolve in relation to the computer, nor even in relation to written texts. Rather, it evolved in relation to stories that were passed down orally. For countless millennia, stories and story-telling were the way we humans learned our language. Spoken stories are something that we enter into with our bodies. We feel our way around inside a story.

I think children really need to experience stories and to hear their parents and their uncles and their aunts telling them stories. And I don’t mean reading stories to them, but simply improvising stories face-to-face with a child. Or stepping outside and pointing to the forest edge and saying, “Do you know what happens inside that forest every full moon?” Or, “Look at the river. Do you know how the river feels whenever the salmon returns to its waters? It feels this way, and this is the story that tells why.”

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- David Abram here (via shrinkrants)

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A culture that prizes narcissism above individualism. A politics that places “tolerance” above acceptance. A spirit that encourages cynicism over reverence. A public sphere that places irony over sincerity. A technosophy that elevates “data” over understanding. A society that puts “opportunity” before decency. An economy that…you know. Works us harder to make us poorer at “jobs” we hate where we make stuff that sucks every last bit of passion from our souls to sell to everyone else who’s working harder to get poorer at “jobs” they hate where they make stuff that sucks every last bit of passion from their souls.

To be bored isn’t to be indifferent. It is to be fatigued. Because one is exhausted. And that is precisely where—and only where—the values above lead us. To exhaustion; with the ceaseless, endless, meaningless work of maintaining the fiction. Of pretending that who we truly want to be is what everyone believes everyone else wants to be. Liked, not loved; “attractive”, not beautiful; clever, not wise; snarky, not happy; advantaged, not prosperous.

It exhausts us; literally; this game of parasitically craving everyone’s cravings. It makes us adversaries not of one another; but of ourselves. Until there is nothing left. Not of us as we are; but of the people we might have been. The values above shrink and reduce and diminish our potential; as individuals, as people, societies. And so I have grown fatigued by them.

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"The ideological premise of the Internet of Things is that surveillance and data production equal a kind of preparedness. Any problem might be solved or pre-empted with the proper calculations, so it is prudent to digitize and monitor everything."

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