We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be and if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.
It is a luxury to be understood.
One of the best stories I’ve heard on my trip.
I have passed a thousand small shrines on the side of the road, and many of them are covered in plastic water bottles. I thought maybe they put them there as a way to make the place shine or noticeable, but then I noticed that every water bottle was full of water. Totally full, and left in the desert. Thousands of them.
We did a little research and found out why.
During the Argentine civil war, Difunta Correa’s husband was forcibly drafted to fight. He became sick and was abandoned by his regimen in the middle of the remote desert. Difunta heard that her husband had been abandoned and she set out on foot with their infant baby in her arms. She followed the tracks of the soldiers and crossed the barren desert for days.
She ran out of water and collapsed in the dirt. She died of dehydration in the hot desert sun with her baby clinging to her.
Her body was found days later by roaming Gauchos. Incredibly the baby was alive, suckling on her breast. It had never stopped producing milk.
Story of this miracle spread around the people of Argentina and Chile and she was popularly deemed a saint.
Today people pray to her for help and peace, and offer bottles of water to quench her eternal thirst.
(at Posada El Encuentro)
On this day in history: conflict, strangely-shaped clouds, music, forgotten insubstantial moments, forgotten substantial people, flowers.
Splendid music aside, these Mi.Mu Gloves are pretty sweet. They allow Heap to change any aspect of her song (e.g. pitch, filtering, tempo, octaves, etc.) with just a wave of the hand. As she puts it in an interview with Dezeen Magazine:
Fifty percent of a performance is racing around between various instruments and bits of technology on stage. For instance, pressing a record button doesn’t look or feel very expressive but actually that moment of recording something is a real creative act; it’s a musical act.
But these actions have always been hidden from the audience and they disengage me in my performance, so I wanted to find a way to do that and integrate it into the performance. It’s the unseen that I’m interested in bringing out of hiding.
There are so many types of sounds or effects that don’t have a physical existence. They are software, they are hidden inside the computer. A bass-line might sound sculpted; it might have this blobby, stretchy sound. For me doesn’t feel natural to play a sound like that on a keyboard because a keyboard is very restrictive and very linear and you only have two hands. I can play a melody but if I wanted to manipulate any kind of parameter of that sound, my other hand is completely used up. It’s quite restrictive.
I wanted to find a way to be really expressive in using these software instruments and effects that feel like how I feel they should be played and how I feel that represents the sound that’s coming out of the speakers.
So in order to free myself up on the stage from my various bits of technology and to bridge the gap between what’s going on on stage and the audience, I wanted to create something where I could manipulate my computer on the move wirelessly so that music becomes more like a dance rather than a robotic act like pressing a button or moving a fader.
Argentina is, in many ways, a country drunk with its own history. There are decrepit mansions and collapsed Spanish arches in every town. They tell you that once, not so long ago, this place was swimming in riches. One of the most powerful examples of this is its mythic and ghostly railway system. Funded primarily by the British Empire at the turn of the twentieth century, Argentina once had 30,000 miles of state-of-the-art railways connecting the country like a circulatory system. The automotive industry and economic troubles crippled the massive network and it crumbled in fits and starts over the last 50 years. From the far north down to Mendoza, you will see train tracks disappearing into thickets and grass, beautiful stone bridges collapsed and haunted with the steel tracks bending to the ground. This country was once the seventh richest in the world. For culture and spirit, it still holds the title. (at Chacras De Coria, lujan De C)
First spoken over 3,000 years ago by the nomadic Arameans in what is now Syria, Aramaic rose to prominence as the language of the Assyrian empire. It was the English of its time, a lingua franca spoken from India to Egypt… Nearly three millennia of continuous records exist for Aramaic; only Chinese, Hebrew, and Greek have an equally long written legacy.
‘Gentle Jesus’, my elbow! The most striking thing about Our Lord is the union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness. (Remember Pascal? ‘I do not admire the extreme of one virtue unless you show me at the same time the extreme of the opposite virtue. One shows one’s greatness not by being at an extremity but by being simultaneously at two extremities and filling all the space between.’)
Add to this that He is also a supreme ironist, dialectician, and (occasionally) humourist. So go on! You are on the right track now: getting to the real Man behind all the plaster dolls that have been substituted for Him. This is the appearance in Human form of the God who made the Tiger and the Lamb, the avalanche and the rose. He’ll frighten and puzzle you: but the real Christ can be loved and admired as the doll can’t.
Only birth can conquer death—the birth, not of the old thing again, but of something new. Within the soul, within the body social, there must be—if we are to experience long survival—a continuous ‘recurrence of birth’ (‘palingenesia’) to nullify the unremitting recurrences of death.
For something to be beautiful it doesn’t have to be pretty.
Rastrophiliopustrocity is a barrage of creative random thoughts, images, and ideas that spontaneously overwhelms the right brain, which then becomes immediately exercised when paired with discernment through the left brain under spacious awareness from an empty point.