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Donna Harraway - Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene

"What happens when human exceptionalism and bounded individualism, those old saws of Western philosophy and political economics, become unthinkable in the best sciences, whether natural or social?...What happens when organisms plus environments can hardly be remembered for the same reasons that even Western-indebted people can no longer figure themselves as individuals and societies of individuals in human-only histories? Surely such a transformative time on Earth must not be named the Anthropocene!"

"The tentacular are not disembodied figures; they are cnidarians, spiders, fingery beings like humans and raccoons, squid, jellyfish, neural extravaganzas, fibrous entities, flagellated beings, myofibril braids, matted and felted microbial and fungal tangles, probing creepers, swelling roots, reaching and climbing tendrilled ones. The tentacular are also nets and networks, it critters, in and out of clouds. Tentacularity is about life lived along lines — and such a wealth of lines — not at points, not in spheres."

"My partner Rusten Hogness suggested compost instead of posthuman(ism), as well as humusities instead of humanities, and I jumped into that wormy pile. Human as humus has potential, if we could chop and shred human as Homo, the detumescing project of a self-making and planet-destroying CEO. Imagine a conference not on the Future of the Humanities in the Capitalist Restructuring University, but instead on the Power of the Humusities for a Habitable Multispecies Muddle!"

"Stengers, like Bruno Latour, evokes the name of Gaia in the way James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis did, to name complex nonlinear couplings between processes that compose and sustain entwined but nonadditive subsystems as a partially cohering systemic whole. In this hypothesis, Gaia is autopoietic — self-forming, boundary maintaining, contingent, dynamic, and stable under some conditions but not others. Gaia is not reducible to the sum of its parts, but achieves finite systemic coherence in the face of perturbations within parameters that are themselves responsive to dynamic systemic processes. Gaia does not and could not care about human or other biological beings' intentions or desires or needs, but Gaia puts into question our very existence, we who have provoked its brutal mutation that threatens both human and nonhuman livable presents and futures. Gaia is not about a list of questions waiting for rational policies; Gaia is an intrusive event that undoes thinking as usual."

From "Art Forms in Nature" by Ernst Haeckel

"Species Man did not shape the conditions for the Third Carbon Age or the Nuclear Age. The story of Species Man as the agent of the Anthropocene is an almost laughable rerun of the great phallic humanizing and modernizing Adventure, where man, made in the image of a vanished god, takes on superpowers in his secular-sacred ascent, only to end in tragic detumescence, once again. Autopoietic, self-making man came down once again, this time in tragic system failure, turning biodiverse ecosystems into flipped-out deserts of slimy mats and stinging jellyfish."

chthonic - in, under, or beneath the earth

Octobot, the first self-contained robot made exclusively of soft, flexible parts

"We need another figure, a thousand names of something else, to erupt out of the Anthropocene into another, big-enough story. Bitten in a California redwood forest by spidery Pimoa chthulhu, I want to propose snaky Medusa and the many unfinished worldings of her antecedents, affiliates, and descendants. Perhaps Medusa, the only mortal Gorgon, can bring us into the holobiomes of Terrapolis and heighten our chances for dashing the twenty-first-century ships of the Heroes on a living coral reef instead of allowing them to suck the last drop of fossil flesh out of dead rock."

Tunga - A Vanguarda Viperina

"We are humus, not Homo, not anthropos; we are compost, not posthuman. As a suffix, the word kainos, “-cene,” signals new, recently made, fresh epochs of the thick present. To renew the biodiverse powers of terra is the sympoietic work and play of the Chthulucene. Specifically, unlike either the Anthropocene or the Capitalocene, the Chthulucene is made up of ongoing multispecies stories and practices of becoming-with in times that remain at stake, in precarious times, in which the world is not finished and the sky has not fallen — yet. We are at stake to each other. Unlike the dominant dramas of Anthropocene and Capitalocene discourse, human beings are not the only important actors in the Chthulucene, with all other beings able simply to react. The order is reknitted: human beings are with and of the Earth, and the biotic and abiotic powers of this Earth are the main story."

"The unfinished Chthulucene must collect up the trash of the Anthropocene, the exterminism of the Capitalocene, and chipping and shredding and layering like a mad gardener, make a much hotter compost pile for still possible pasts, presents, and futures."

We are all lichens: How symbiosis research has reconstituted a new realm of individuality

Scott Gilbert

"The notion of the 'biological individual' is crucial to studies of genetics, immunology, evolution, development, anatomy, and physiology. Each of these biological sub-disciplines has a specific conception of individuality, which has historically provided conceptual contexts for integrating newly acquired data. During the past decade, nucleic acid analysis, especially genomic sequencing and high-throughput RNA techniques, has challenged each of these disciplinary definitions by finding significant interactions of animals and plants with symbiotic microorganisms that disrupt the boundaries which heretofore had characterized the biological individual. Animals cannot be considered individuals by anatomical, or physiological criteria, because a diversity of symbionts are both present and functional in completing metabolic pathways and serving other physiological functions."


The Art & Science of Billboard Improvement

Billboard Liberation Front

Garden of Emoji Delights - Carla Gannis


Alessandro Ludovico - Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894

"There are three main threads to "Post Digital Print". The first is a wide-ranging technical history of print, including technologies that were imagined or proposed but never became widespread. The second is a history of radical political and avant-garde historical use, misuse and critique of those technologies. And the third is an analysis of the social and technological networks that distributed the products of the first two. These threads tie together finally in a consideration of the current situation and future prospects of physical print publishing." - Rob Myers, Furtherfield.org

Tass Times in Tonetown (computer game)




Allowables - Nikki Giovanni

I killed a spider
Not a murderous brown recluse
Nor even a black widow
And if the truth were told this
Was only a small
Sort of papery spider
Who should have run
When I picked up the book
But she didn't
And she scared me
And I smashed her

I don't think
I'm allowed

To kill something

Because I am

Frightened

Jaden Smith holding water bottles



Articles about Jaden Smith and water bottles

Elle Magazine - Jaden Smith is Hollywood's Least Thirsty Celeb: Inside the Louis Vuitton model's Poland Spring Obsession

NY Mag - Jaden Smith on the Many Subtle Flavors of Water

Vogue - Meet the Stealth Accessory Behind Jaden Smith's Glowing Skin

Broadly, Vice - 'Solar Panels are Life': A Day at a Paper Bottle Plant With Jaden and Will Smith

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http://textfiles.com/fun/acronym.txt

MODERN ACRONYMS
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OINKs    one income, no kids
DINKs    double income, no kids
PINKs    private income, no kids
LINCs    low income, nine cats
NINKs    no income, nine kids
DUDs     demographically undesirable divorcee
PODs     punks on dope
YAMs     young assholes on mopeds
SLIFs    still living in the fifties
SLITS    still living in the sixties
SHITs    suburban heterosexuals in town to swing
CANTs    corporate animals, no talent
SIMPs    sexually inactive male professionals
MIDGETs  mentally inferior divorced guys expecting terrific sex
TOADs    tennis-obsessed advanced-degree holders
RUGs     rich ugly guys
DRUGs    dumb rich ugly guys
SACs     sixties acid casualties
SIPs     single-income pot smokers
DORKs    damned overpaid Republican know-it-alls
FDAs     former drug abusers
YANKs    young assholes, no kids
NERDs    nervous evangelicals, recently defrocked
SOBs     son of the boss
CPAs     car phone assholes
WIGGs    women into gay guys
BICEPs   bisexual college-educated professionals
AWOLs    always working-out at lunch time
SLIMEs   single lawyers into money and exercise
RAMBOs   right-wingers afraid of Mexicans, blacks and Orientals

Washington Post:Is She 'Likable Enough'?: Hilary Clinton on the Campaign Trail - Marc Fisher

"Clinton's caution stems in part from her conclusion that the public would believe almost anything derogatory about her, friends and aides agreed. As first lady, according to a close friend, Clinton was on a small plane with a staffer who was reading aloud a magazine story that repeated an accusation that Clinton had had sex with a colleague.
Clinton's eyes filled with tears and she said, "It really says I had sex with a collie?"
The staffer quickly corrected her boss: "No, a colleague!"
"That's how far down her expectations had gone of what people thought she was capable of," the friend said."

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Heresies magazine pdf archive

"HERESIES is an idea-oriented journal devoted to the examination of art and politics from a feminist perspective. We believe that what is commonly called art can have a political impact, and that in the making of art and of all cultural artifacts our identities as women play a distinct role. we hope that HERESIES will stimulate dialogue around radical political and esthetic theory, encourage the writing of the history of femina sapiens, and generate new creative energies among women. It will be a place where diversity can be articulated. We are committed to the broadening of the definition and function of art."