Anonymous asked: where was the grayson perry quotatin from?
They’re from his Reith Lectures - I’d highly recommend downloading the podcasts of them, they’re so witty and interesting. Especially if the “Art world” seems daunting or if you feel awkward in a gallery or using art terms, it’s about dissecting the role of art, the art world and the artist.
By Robin Nagle
When I teach classes about the anthropology of waste and discards, I always designate one 48-hour period in which my students and I keep all the trash we would otherwise throw out. (I kindly exclude recyclables and anything that normally gets flushed.) The effort teaches a few important lessons. Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trashIt demonstrates that trash generation is done casually, without much thought at all. My students get an intimate sense of just how deeply their habits of wasting are engrained in their minds. Because they’re unable to let go of it, even for a short time, they also become aware of how trash is otherwise mostly invisible to them.
Here are a few exercises and questions to help you change your own awareness of waste. And I mean waste as both a practice and as a category of material.
1. Choose a disposable object that you use regularly – a take-out coffee cup, a plastic shopping bag, a tissue for wiping your nose – and replace it with its durable counterpart (a reusable coffee cup, a cloth shopping bag, a handkerchief). Notice how often you forget to bring the durable version with you. Notice the kind of attention and care it requires when you do remember it. How does it change your relationship to that object? Does it inspire any reflections about the rhythms and habits of your daily life? Of the larger society around you?
Read the rest here.
Wonderful color photographs made by a photographer who shunned the spotlight:
“In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined…. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”
Here’s a great quote from the documentary about him, In No Great Hurry:
"I’m a person who likes to postpone things. I see no reason for being in a rush. When you consider many of the things that people treat very seriously, you realize that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously. And that many of the things people worry about aren’t worth worrying about.
Seeing is a neglected enterprise.
Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever
Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.
Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.
Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”
The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.
The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly
my muscles stopped functioning
I was so relieved this wasn’t a trick. Very soothing.
Anonymous asked: Could you give us a typical idea of what you would buy as a student on a grocery shop? xx
well this is good timing as i just did a grocery shop this afternoon! basics i would suggest: rice, pasta and bread (wholegrain), wheat noodles (asian supermarkets are the best place to buy for value for money; rice too). veg: kale (£1 a bag in tesco), courgette, leek (always buy by weight not packaged - much cheaper) cucumber (for juicing and snacking, 40p each in lidl), bananas (i bought a bunch of 8 for 81p today - choose green ones to avoid waste & put half in the fridge and half in the cupboard), lemons, frozen spinach, broad beans and broccoli, tinned or boxed chopped tomatoes (better for you than raw - the cooking process releases more antioxidants!). UHT unsweetened soya milk (tesco value 59p per litre) protein: firm tofu, linda mccartney vegetarian pies or sausages (iceland, asda and lidl are good places to look for a good deal), soy mince (around £1.85 for a bag in holland & barratt), almonds, tinned kidney beans or mixed beans. i have seasoning staples such as dried chilli, soy sauce, gochujang, nutritional yeast and garlic paste in the cupboard, and i buy fruit depending on what’s seasonal, or just what’s in the reduced section! go to supermarkets just before closing time for bargains on bread and fresh food. and shop around - if you’re a student you probably have the time. fresh food is generally cheaper from markets and local ethnic shops, and staples are best bulk-bought when on offer in supermarkets.
A few basic backbends:
- Camel Pose: generally a beginner pose but can be made harder by creating a straight line upwards from your knees to your hip bones.
- Wheel Pose: can range anywhere from beginner to advanced
- Wheel Pose Variation: Lift one leg up at a time and try to maintain your balance. as you improve you can work on staightining your leg.
- Wheel Pose Variation: work on walking your hands and feet together, stratining your legs, and then just work on walking around in wheel to feel more comfortable. (as seen here)
- Wild Thing: from wheel work on lifting up opposite hands and legs till you find balance. This is considered an intermediate pose.
- Wheel Pose Variation/Half King Pigeon: starting from wheel bring your legs down onto the ground. This transition may feel uncomfortable at first but will improve naturally over time.
- King pigeon: Continuing from half king pigeon bend your back up towards the sky and work on reaching for your toes and then your ankles.
- Pigeon pose: coming into a half split where your knee is bent at around 35 degree angle. Then get comfortable there as this is basic pigeon pose. the next level would be to twist sideways slightly, lift up your leg and grab it with your elbow with your hands placed on your head. see here. Then for a more advanced back bend twist back forwards and work on grabbing your foot with your hands while your arms create a triangle pointing upwards.
WHAT!?!?! WHEN DID THIS GET SO MANY NOTES?!?!?!??!
Super easy + healthy pizza for breakfast!