The poem teaches the art of fallingLuiza Neto Jorge, “The poem teaches the art of falling,” from Poesia, translated by Richard Zenith (Assírio & Alvim, 2001, translation 2005)
on various kinds of ground
from losing the sudden earth under our feet
as when a love collapses
and we lose our wits, to confronting
the promontory where the earth drops away
and the teeming absence overwhelms
to touching down after
a slowly sensuous fall,
our face reaching the ground
in a subtle delicate curve
a bow to no one particular
or to us in particular a posthumous
I don’t really know what to say to the people who come to my door
to share their religion with me.
It seems like a nice gesture,
to be concerned for my soul
so I don’t want to be impolite
in the face of their compassion…
Although they never ask me what I actually believe
And I wonder if I told them
-if I just volunteered
I am happy with the understanding God and I have
and I think He (or She) is just fine with the homosexuals too
and I like to think that Apostle John was gay
Would they even bother to return?
Do they REALLY care that I might rot in hell?
Or does their religion just tell them to
so they do
for the sake of their own souls,
And also why do they think that
just saying to me
"because here the Bible says"
would ever be
Who decided THAT is what the Bible says anyway?
And which Bible version do they think is right?
I think my most favorite verse I’ve read
in all the Holy Scriptures that I have read so far
is “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
It makes me feel better about not baking much.
what i mean when i say “i can’t do that” - the depression edition
- i am unable to do that
- i don’t have the energy to do that
- i cannot wrap my head around what you’re asking me to do
- there is too much in my head right now
- i can not do that
what people hear:
- i am unwilling to do that
- i am being stubborn for no reason
- i am being dramatic
- i am lazy
- i need you to repeat that only louder
- i need a push
- i don’t want to do that
Most upsetting gif.
Oh my god this is killing me. I want to hang this gif on the wall of wear it on a shirt.
I can’t stop watching it, it’s magical
This might be my favorite gif in a very long time.
The head bob on the background girl is priceless. also, she seems to groove in time with just about any song playing. try it!
Sokushinbutsu (即身仏) were Buddhist monks or priests who caused their own deaths in a way that resulted in their mummification. This practice reportedly took place almost exclusively in northern Japan around Yamagata Prefecture. It is believed that many hundreds of monks tried, but only 24 such mummifications have been discovered to date.
Today, the practice is not advocated or practiced by any Buddhist sect, and is in fact banned in Japan.
For 1,000 days the priests would eat a special diet consisting only of nuts and seeds, while taking part in a regimen of rigorous physical activity that stripped them of their body fat. They then ate only bark and roots for another thousand days and began drinking a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Urushi tree, normally used to lacquer bowls.
This caused vomiting and a rapid loss of bodily fluids, and most importantly, it made the body too poisonous to be eaten by maggots. Finally, a self-mummifying monk would lock himself in a stone tomb barely larger than his body, where he would not move from the lotus position. His only connection to the outside world was an air tube and a bell. Each day he rang a bell to let those outside know that he was still alive.
When the bell stopped ringing, the tube was removed and the tomb sealed. After the tomb was sealed, the other monks in the temple would wait another 1,000 days, and open the tomb to see if the mummification was successful.
If the monk had been successfully mummified, he or she was immediately seen as a Buddha and put in the temple for viewing. Usually, though, there was just a decomposed body. Although they were not viewed as a true Buddha if they were not mummified, they were still admired and revered for their dedication and spirit.
As to the origin of this practice, there is a common suggestion that Shingon school founder Kukai brought this practice from Tang China as part of secret tantric practices he learned, and that were later lost in China.
The practice was satirized in the story “The Destiny That Spanned Two Lifetimes” by Ueda Akinari, in which such a monk was found centuries later and resuscitated. The story appears in the collection Harusame Monogatari.
Bacterioptica by MADLAB
About the project:
Bacterioptica is not your typical chandelier, just as no household is a typical portrait of family life. It is itself a household organism - living and breathing the same air and bacteria we are. It is alive in a very literal sense: it cultivates, distributes and illuminates the bacterial life of its family members by way of a branching assembly of metal rods, glass petri dishes and fiber optics.
Bacterioptica is adaptive by design, not only in its form and mechanics, but more importantly, in the way it evolves. Step- by-step instructions guide the family through procedures to experiment with and prepare each bacterial sample for its place in the chandelier. Whether featuring bacteria from the skin, the yard or the dinner guests, Bacterioptica is continually changing in shape and luminosity.