The Last Phantom #3 cover by Alex Ross
Artwork by artist and writer, Cristy C. Road.
Courtesy of Road’s official website, art as it appears above clockwise order:
- Raza Encendida. Ink, Marker, Fluid Acrylic, 6x11. 2009
- Another weekend . Ink, Marker, Fluid Acrylic, 9x12. 2009
- SIN VERGUENZA. Ink, Marker. 2014
Road, a queer Latina of Cuban descent, creates art based on social justice, queer counterculture, and punk rock. Aside from drawing and painting, Road is a performer with the all-queer spoken word road-show, SISTER SPIT: The Next Generation.
above picture of Road courtesy of Third Woman Press.
To learn more about Road and her work visit her official website.
Yesss, Cristy is a badass xingona!
From the Climate March in London.
A great Zen Buddhist master, who was in charge of the Mayu Kagi monastery, had a cat which was his true passion in life. So, during meditation classes, he kept the cat by his side – in order to make the most of his company. One morning, the master – who was already quite old – passed away. His best disciple took his place. – What shall we do with the cat? – asked the other monks. As a tribute to the memory of their old instructor, the new master decided to allow the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Some disciples from the neighboring monasteries, traveling through those parts, discovered that, in one of the region’s most renowned temples, a cat took part in the meditation sessions. The story began to spread. Many years passed. The cat died, but as the students at the monastery were so used to its presence, they soon found another cat. Meanwhile, the other temples began introducing cats in their meditation sessions: they believed the cat was truly responsible for the fame and excellence of Mayu Kagi’s teaching. A university professor developed a thesis – which was accepted by the academic community – that felines have the ability to increase human concentration, and eliminate negative energy. And so, for a whole century, the cat was considered an essential part of Zen Buddhist studies in that region. From the Book: Like a flowing river~
When I meditate I my cat usually ends by my side, or in my lap, as I sit cross-legged on the floor. I call this practice Cat Meditation. As others have said, cats don’t come looking for attention, they simply approach and settle in. It’s quite powerful. The cat’s purr has a healing vibration and I find it one of the most soothing sounds and sensations. What’s better than having a peaceful, warm and loving companion who is an expert at meditation to accompany one’s practice? I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly sensitive to energy, cats are.
As societies become larger and inhabit a greater range of environments, and people become urbanized and detached from nature, languages and people shed specialized knowledge pertaining to the environment. English once made fine distinctions in animal names: a castrated goat or sheep was a ‘wether,’ a young female sheep ‘theaves’ (or ‘chilvers’ or ‘tegs’), and young sheep that are older ‘hoggetts’. As we have less to do with animals, naming systems fall into disuse — even new terms like ‘baby horse’ are inroads to refer to a foal or colt.
K. David Harrison, When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge (via linguisticsyall)
A sign lists the “10 Commandments of Ebola” in West Point. (Photo by Tim Freccia)
A Red Cross body retrieval team member dons personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering a building to remove the bodies of Ebola victims. (Photo by Tim Freccia)
Joe Rogan Experience #550 - Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake is an author, lecturer, and researcher in the field of parapsychology, known for his proposed theory of morphic resonance.
Let the speed demons do what they will overground, the rest of us will retain our information liberties at dial-up speeds… but there is a lot of promise in those sort of limitations… seems like a running theme in Western civ…
Daniel Lopatin, The Wire 348 (via noiseintheaether)
China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet