obligations-1

Obligations 2, Layli Long Soldier (2018)

This poem can be read in multiple ways. You can read it in a linear fashion or you choose one of the zig zag paths moving diagonally down the diamond. Regardless of which path you choose, you will pass through grief. This poem feels particularly poignant in this moment when we are all facing different forms of loss – the loss of a loved one, missed family members, distant friends, cancelled projects, delayed holidays, stalled relationships, careers put on hold. The loss of normalcy – whatever that was or is? To me this moment, although uncertain, terrifying and heartbreaking in a very real way, is deeply symbolic of a greater truth of life. No matter what path we take, no matter how linear a life we lead or how far off the beaten track we venture, no one gets away unscathed. Everything is always and will always keep changing.

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maps

Interactive Maps

The infographic is truly having its moment. We wake up reading the stats, scanning graphs, comparing ourselves to the neighbours. There is a thirst for information communicated in an accessible way. We want it updated, we want to make comparisons. Enter the interactive Map.

Some favourites include:
Earth’s air quality & closer to home.
– The hottest entry is obviously google maps, but what about life on Mars?
– Life still exists outside the radius. Listen to radio stations broadcasting across this rock to get that warm squishy human-connection feeling.
– What’s Ireland’s Virus Status?
– The flights in our skies.
– Do you want a global wind or temp update, or even just to be slowly hypnotised?
– Want the thrill of knowing whether you live on a floodplain?
– This little guy will let you know the location of shipwrecks on Irish coasts, Basketball courts in Galway City, and loads of really specific nerdy stuff.
– Comb through over this bank of global knowledge. It shows refugee movements, light pollution, homicides, coral bleaching over time, the value of rare earth imports from China to the US. Whatever your thing is, this site probably has it.

Information is beautiful.

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Grown-Up Sea Monkeys: Propagating; Kombucha.

As a kid, I thought Sea Monkeys sucked. They were tiny specs that took ages to grow into anything visible. And even then they were gross: the water went grimey; they didn’t have cute faces and live in nuclear families like the side of the box.

An irony of adulthood is that despite your ever-depleting time on earth, one grows very patient.Patience, added to any number of substrates you can find around your home and the amazing activating ingredient of Youtube, sows a crop from which you can reap and reap. Here’s the grown-up sea monkeys I’ve been living with lately.
– a shop bought Basil plant transfigurated into a verdant crop, with help from this dude.
– Cuttings for propagation with inordinately long advice from plant vlogger softbois.
– Taking a rot from my own zine: Kombucha. An expert has already written for this publication on how to do it best, so I’ll leave off. Gimme a shout if you need a Mother.

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AV

Audio/Interaction-Visual

There’s a [collective noun] of wizards out there in the human world generating visual graphics which respond to a real-time stimuli such as sound or movement.

They are using programming languages such as TouchDesigner – where you can instruct things like “if someone hits the snare drum then turn everything pink”. Add a camera in and you can track movement too: “If I move left then rewind. If I move right then fast forward”.

It’s an immersive experience in a gallery installation, and can make for a spellbinding addition to a live performance. It’s all very fun and I wanna go.

Fuse Works https://www.instagram.com/fuse_works/

We are Tundra https://www.instagram.com/wearetundra/

kasugastudio https://www.instagram.com/kasugastudio/

&&OR https://www.instagram.com/andorvisual/ (Featured in this issue)

Algorithim https://www.instagram.com/p/B8RRdyKnit-/

onformative https://onformative.com/work

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How to Make 29 Handmade Pasta Shapes With 4 Types of Dough

The deftness of his hands. Simple movements. Shapes and sounds as delicious as they taste. Maybe the best video on the internet. Mesmeric.

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New Yorker Fiction Podcast

If you’ve ever missed English class and wanted to go back to those times when smart, passionate people read to you and chatted about their favourite stories, this pod for you. Recent excellent episode: Kristen Roupenian reads a wonderful comic tale of horror and pride by Shirley Jackson and discusses with editor and presenter Deborah Treisman.

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The Land of the Duty-Free, Planet Money)

The airport duty-free you know and have only intermittent power to resist when you’ve an hour to spare, was born out of opportunism in our very own Shannon Airport. Ireland’s placement between the glitzy centres of New York, London and Paris, and the limitations of 1940s airplanes, made the airport a well-trodden layover for the glamourous and well-to-do. The charming folk at NPRs digestible economics podcast Planet Money, explored its history: have a listen and learn a little more about a much missed contribution of Ireland to the world of travel.


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