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particularly "trouble with tribbles". And another artist was inspired.... http://shaenon.livejournal.com/48834.html
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If you like Japanese art, check out: Hiroshi Hirakawa

I love that he has tentacle love for both men and women.
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Crossposted from dancingbull.net.

My mom sent me a link to a wonderful article about an artist who transitioned, and how her style did not change. I love how the comments express that the artist was always the same person, always created art as her self… she only made her body congruent with that inner self, so her art did not change.

It’s interesting to think that active artists have an inherent understanding of self-expression. That’s a gem I hadn’t seen before.

Thanks Mom!

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not 'just' art. Read the Discovery article. Going to be interesting to see where this goes.

Rob Lee: "In semasiography, the symbols do not represent speech -- such as the cartoon symbols used to show you how to build a flat pack piece of furniture -- and generally do not come in a linear manner."

Note: the posted Hadrian's Wall video on the page has nothing to do with the story. ;-)
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How *The Last Supper* was meant to look: http://news.discovery.com/history/big-pic-last-supper.html
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My first thought on dancing in space was of course Spider Robinson.

A Cirque du Soleil founder is doing environmental awareness through dance... in space and around the planet, on Oct. 9. Check out the article.
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dueling Tlingit gods: http://fakestudios.com/gallery/tlingit.html

found this on a design awards blog, so rather cool that way as well.
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Bay-area-ites, if you're at all interested in Leonardo da Vinci, or the Renaissance and its sciences, don't miss the show at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation . It's actually two exhibits, from Italy, combined for the first time; one on engineering in the Renaissance, and the onther specifically on the mind of Leonardo. Come January it leaves here, then goes back to Italy (to be split back into two exhibits).

This has to be one of the best, most engaging museum exhibits I've gone to. There's lots of multimedia. Working replicas of many drawings! Pages from the notebooks (drool). Plus, tons of related stuff for kids, and a couple of paintings from the Renaissance, based on daVinci's works. I spent over three hours (but I am a da Vinci fan; you don't have to linger as much as I did :) ).

Fair warning though: it's not inexpensive. $25 for non-members. Worth full price.

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I rather like this. Got a beat and fierce lyrics. Am wondering why all the old photos... though it works. Snagged from [profile]

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Please include a resume and email it to trannymals@trannymals.com.   
About us:

We are filmmakers, activists, community organizers and artists who believe in the power of humor in opening hearts and minds.  We recently made two award-winning films and are excited to collaborate with and mentor students or recent graduates who are interested in helping to distribute these films so that they can be seen by as many people as possible and help to effect social change.
The Trans-Body Law and Education Project is a non-profit organization that promotes visibility, celebration, and legal protection of transgender and gender nonconforming people and people whose bodies are perceived to fall outside of the norm.
Trannymals is a project of the Trans-Body Law and Education Project and currently focuses on distributing two short films “Trannymal” and “Trannymals Go to Court”, which have been shown in film festivals in 15 countries and have won two audience awards and two jury awards.  See www.trannymals.com for more information on the films and to see them.

The Trannymal films tend to make people laugh a lot and we have found that using humor is an effective way to address the invisibility, shame and discrimination that many transgender people face.  We want to increase access to positive images of transgender people that are created by transgender people and would love your help in distributing the films so that as many people as possible can see them.  


The internship will be designed based on your interests and skills to include some or all of the following:
 * Research and perform outreach to relevant non-profit organizations, educational institutions, professors, legal professionals and social justice and LGBT groups to raise awareness of the films and the issues raised by them.
 * Help refine and implement film distribution strategies.
 * Develop study guides and written materials on issues raised by the films. 
 * Develop and implement media strategies to raise awareness of the social justice and educational issues raised by the films.    
  * Develop web presence on social networking sites and seek out web-based allies.

Credit and/or compensation (percentage of film sales) available. 

Flexible time commitments and location - we are based in San Francisco and Oakland, but this opportunity is not restricted to interns located in the Bay Area; we are open to mentoring and collaborating with people via the internet and phone.

The ideal candidate(s) will be able to work independently and collaboratively, have strong writing skills, and be interested in gender, film, social justice, legal reform, communication and marketing.

To Apply:

Please send an email telling us about yourself, why this opportunity interests you and what you would hope to gain from it.  Also include a description of your availability (start and end dates, amount of time available per week) and whether you would seek academic credit for the internship.  We will work with people on a case-by-case basis to design the internship to meet your needs.  Please include a resume and email it to trannymals AT trannymals.com.   

We look forward to hearing from you!


Mar. 4th, 2008 11:51 am
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This is a prank on a "grand" scale.  Over 200 people gathered at Grand Central Station in New York to pull off a 'frozen in place' act.  The on looking travelers who weren't part of the act were mystified as to what was going on.

Click Here: Check out "Frozen in Grand Central Station - Video"
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Brian Dettmer creates incredible sculptures out of books, relecting their content. Book fetishist that's me!

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Watch the inset video as well.

Mass production or art. What is original? Some of the questions of our time explored.
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Natasha is the sis in law of a good friend of mine. She is also a dancer, and not so long ago started her own troop (all female, which I hadn't known in advance), doing the choreography (and dancing) (she and her spouse are also techy types, and good conversationalists). This past Friday night, I was invited to attend a show, at Fort Mason's Cowell Theater (very nice place). I was pretty pleased; very fun to get to see something I'd been hearing about for several years now.

The show was really good! The modern dance show was overall nicely light-hearted. It evoked a lot of different moods and emotions. There were perhaps two pieces that I think went a little too long... ymmv. Mostly, I was tickled and impressed. One piece involved three 'bookworms' in a bookcase, never touching the ground... another had sea anenome type tubes among the players... others had a classical feel... Natasha has a thing for tie-dye; many of the outfits looked like dancing jammies! But to say you'd have smatterings of tie-dye and surf music would really tell you almost nothing about the show. Go see 'em if you like dance at all. :-)

Accompanying, and doing a set of their own, was the California Guitar Trio, three guys who live from here to Idaho to Tokyo, and who were really good! Their sound was harpsichord and surf and hard guitar, and unnameable (to me, not educated enough obviously) modern dance stuff... Apparently they are usually acoustic, but were plugged in for this entire event. I will definitely seek their music out; it was dense and different and energetic.
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Some Catholics want to ban the movie the DaVinci Code because it doesn't suit their religious views. IMO, not spending your dollars on something you don't want to see is a better option. But one guy said he was afraid of being hit by lightning for even discussing it. I'm not kidding! I wonder how often someone he knows has been hit by lightning "for" having an alternative point of view?


Humans are amazing.

"When religion ruled the world they called it the Dark Ages"
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Anaar was one of the Feri teachers at Pantheacon this year. I'd seen her before, just hadn't known it. I decided I was interested in buying her book, *The White Wand*, as it was about art and spirituality, and mostly because she was cool (I loved her Kala ritual workshop; she shared some stuff that made me see more ways I could integrate the many threads of my spiritual practice-btw that phrase is sounding really lame to me but I don't know what else to use) . But I resisted at the dealer's room... as I had a suspicion... and yes, I'd already bought it earlier in the year and just hadn't gotten round to reading it! But now I was ready.

So I read it at lunch yesterday (yes, it's a slim volume). Aside: I remember when I first came into paganism uh hem many years ago, finding these skinny little books and always thinking they looked ridiculous. I'm quite sure Cora Anderson's *50 Years of the Feri Tradition* was among them, due to it's very remember-able cover... I guess there's a right time for everything). And in truth I still think they look a bit ridiculous, however that is no longer stopping me from finding the gems inside. :-)

This slim book has plenty of shiny gems, much unexpectedly and gratifyingly erotic as well as arty. I suck at "real" art, though I've always loved doing crafts (having a mom and sister who were really good at "real" art didn't help; but I was a good writer, so that's where I focused, which is just fine :-) ). If you're interested in art, paganism, sex, I highly recommend this book, from its thinking to its few but excellent exercises.

What this post is really supposed to be about is one of the book's basic concepts, which entirely whammed me. The idea she posits is that the drive to beauty/"shiny things" is a human basic (think kids), and something to enjoy, not squish. There's a section about personal adornment which fascinated me (historically to contemporarily). Reminded me of how in my own dress I constantly look for something a little brighter, "different"... but which also works in my identity as a leatherman, etc. Yes there's a time for everything I know... but it's an interesting challenge to "display" more than one or two personality characteristics or interests at a time. Especially if you're a man, and don't just want to be perceived as "flaming." Masculinity is terribly serious stuff in our culture.

And of course historically, males dressed to show off a lot! Which reminded me that a phrase for such men is, to this day, "peacock". Which is one aspect of the god as Feri perceives him.



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