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my friend who teaches kids, just schooled me on tentacles vs arms

Is it just me, or does anyone else prefer hanging out & doing stuff on the floor vs in chairs / at tables/desks?

Just chilling on the floor right now, sipping some tea & reading a book :3

I got laid off yesterday. :(

This is stressful on its own, but because I'm in the US on a work visa, I have a short time limit before I need to either find a new US job or move my life back to Canada.

*is a verrrry stressed Kira* ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿค–

Now accepting ~~GOOD VIBES~~

Building relationships to land fundamentally requires that you understand how large and interconnected the world is. You have to look at how water moves through the soil, how it brings the mushrooms out and how those mushrooms are eaten. How the birds gather materials to build their nests and how they spread the seeds to plant new trees. You cannot build a relationship to land and nature without understanding yourself as part of a large tangled web of relationships.

And that understanding fundamentally threatens amatonormativity. It breaks the narrative that we exist in isolation. That we are sustained by this singular romantic/sexual relationship.

Rejecting amatonormativity allows us to explore relationships with land and nature and vice versa.

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Request For Zines :boost_requested: 

Hey all!

I am setting aside a small budget to print and fold zines that I would then hand out to people while I skate around town and such.

If you know of any zines which would be okay for me to print and distribute freely that would be awesome!

Here's a collection of youtube videos on ways to use plants that are invasive to the pnw. (I haven't included medicine and food in this list, just other stuff)

Splitting and debarking english ivy for weaving: youtube.com/watch?v=VEaJkEN_oX

Getting fibre out of blackberries: youtube.com/watch?v=3SJdWjSEN6

Two styles of blackberry woven baskets:
youtube.com/watch?v=tIL4tRoEqT
youtube.com/watch?v=NpJXpkhWHy

Weaving with scotch broom:
youtube.com/watch?v=aLaQtTV5cj

Weaving with cattails (some cattails are native to the pnw, some are considered invasive): youtube.com/watch?v=edT0bb26Y4

Dyeing with queen anne's lace: youtube.com/watch?v=uDC1dfCH_2

Ivy laundry detergent: youtube.com/watch?v=MyPgStaMDV

Dyeing with dyer's woad: youtube.com/watch?v=HKQK39ST_o

Powerful trans women who love & accept themselves give me life

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Aaaah and I also acknowledge that it requires a tremendous amount of privilege to do this kind of exploratory learning in the world we live in!!

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So, I'm not saying that everyone should personally build EVERY machine they use, just that they might benefit tremendously by building a simple/model/miniature version of it themselves to have a fuller & more physically tactile sense of how it works.

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This is, I think, a big part of my recent delight in building simple machines using bamboo and other found materials. I found all of the materials, I designed the machine, and I built it.

After I made a pulley system from wood, I feel *way* more confident using other pulley systems, because I understand their operation. Even if a "regular" pulley were to break, I know I could replace it myself (even if it's a simpler/shoddier version).

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It really seems -- to me -- like the more and more technology we depend on that we don't understand how it works, the more controlled we are by the makers of those technologies.

do I just hate all recent product designs now?
"why build and sell such a thing?" evergreen question.
is something wrong with me when even my electric tea kettle makes me nervous with how complicated it is compared to a pot on a flame?
it's not all about "health and safety" - it's about understanding the world I interact with?

Mead@2 (that's version 2) experiment is deployed!

The hardest part was the lid: I used seran wrap with a hole poked through for a bit of tubing, which has some water in the bottom bend to allow CO2 build-up to escape in one direction.

Don't forget to put your email address on your website!

I have such wonderful conversations with folx just by shooting them an email because I saw it on their site. Social media is ok, but receiving an email from someone who liked your work is just really magical. ๐Ÿ”ฎ

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