Today I wanted to share with all of you the Mapping Our Madness workbook. This amazing zine’s goal is to be a tool to help you create your plan for when you are triggered, in an extreme state, experiencing crisis or are in a really terrible mood.
Mapping Our Madness is designed for you to fill out whatever way that you see fit, in order to help you!
(Even if this zine isn’t the right fit for you, I think it’s really a great one to take a look at. For me, I have used it as a brainstorming space for the last 6 months or so, but am planning to make my own me-specific workbook/worksheets and SOS plans pretty soon!)
To download, click here.
When Colour Occupies Space: Paint Chip Art by Peter Combe
San Francisco-based visual artist creates three-dimensional artworks using household paint swatches as his prime matter, usually hand-punched into small disks. He then fits these disks into bevel-cut grooves on a specially prepared archival material in order to create his pieces, ranging from abstract pattern-based colour compositions to realistic portraits of people. Apart from producing portraits commissioned by collectors, Combe also likes to work with images found on social media, especially Instagram
if you had to drop out of a class you are not a failure
if you had to take time off school you are not a failure
if you had to leave school for good you are not a failure
your worth is not determined by academia and this goes doubly so for disabled people and others for whom school is set against them
Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”
"With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.
"We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."
Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.
The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.
Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.
Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.
Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.
"An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."
Scuse you, Dava Newman is a FEMALE professor at MIT.
(fyi, I passed out in a vacuum chamber wearing an earlier version of this suit. =D)
The ‘victim’ approach to the study of white women in the slave formation, therefore, has severe limitations… while white males were the predominant owners of slaves in the plantation sector, the same cannot be said for the urban sector. White women were generally the owners of small properties, rather than large estates, but their small properties were more proportionately stocked with slaves than the large, male owned properties.
In 1815, white women owned about 24 percent of the slaves in St Lucia; 12 per cent of the slaves on properties of more than 50 slaves, and 48 per cent of the properties with less than 10 slaves. In Barbados in 1817, less than five of the holdings of 50 slaves or more were owned by white women, but they owned 40 percent of the properties with less than 10 slaves…
White women also owned more female slaves than male slaves. The extensive female ownership of slaves in the towns was matched by the unusually high proportion of females in the slave population; female slave owners owned more female slaves than male slave owners….
From these data the image that emerges of the white female slaveowner is that she was generally urban, in possession of less than ten slaves, the majority of whom were female. That female slaveowners generally owned female slaves, indicates the nature of enterprises, and hence labour regimes, managed and owned by white women. It is reasonable, then, to argue that any conceptualization of urban slavery, especially with reference to the experiences of enslaved black women, should proceed with an explicit articulation of white women are principal slaveowners.
excerpt from Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Society by Hilary McD Beckles (via daniellemertina)
White feminists tend to conveniently forget this and pretend that they don’t benefit from white supremacy like white men (via thisisnotjapan)
this is some boston harbor level spilt tea
Update! Project I am
To everyone who has responded about joining my self esteem project “I am”, at the moment I’m still getting expressions of interest coming in.
So I’m going to give it a little more time before pairing people up, sometime at the end end of the week I will send you a message with the contact details of your partner.
You can then message each other as much or as little as you would like with the basic goals of mutually supporting each other and helping to build self esteem.
Project I am is where individuals who wish to improve their self confidence and self esteem ask to be part of the project. Then people will be partner with another person who has responded, I will also be partnered with someone.
From there you can talk as much or as little as you would like for feel comfortable doing. The main goal of this is to get to know each other a little and to be mutually supportive of each others desires to improve self confidence and self esteem.
This is done majorly by letting your partner know about their good qualities and they will do the same for you. As often it can be hard to see these qualities for yourself at first, particularly if you are like me and are hard on yourself.
Then you will list down these qualities and state them to yourself everyday as an affirmation: “I am ______ “.
It is your choice if you continue to stay in touch with your partner to help each other on this journey or positivity after the initial “I am” exercise.
Please send me a message to join!
The project is still open, so if you would like to join please let me know. I do however have a few rules for participation.
Guidelines for participation:
1. No sexism, racism, homophobia or body shaming of any kind is tolerated. This project is one of positivity and acceptance, failure to abide by this will result in immediate dismissal from the project. Please contact me if your partner does any of the above and I will select a new partner for you immediately.
2. Please refrain from talking about any addictions without the express consent of your partner. Some members like myself are in addiction recovery and it can be very triggering to talk about substance use.
3. Please refrain from talking about anything sexual in nature without the express consent of your partner. Please be mindful that some in the project are under the age of 18.
4. All information shared is to be treated as confidential. This is a simple act of courtesy to respect the privacy of everyone involved.
I apologize for all of the rules, but I think it is best to have clear guidelines for this so everyone has a positive, healthy experience (and a good time of course!)
If you are still interested in joining to the project and agree to these guidelines, please send me another message confirming your interest. After this I will randomly select another participant to be your partner (which might be me) and send you their contact details.
I’ve had quite a few people respond to the project and agree to the guidelines. Responses are still coming in so I’m giving people a little bit more time to get back to me.
If this is your first time hearing about the project and you would like to participate, it is not too late to join! If you agree to the guidelines above simply send me a message to get involved.
I use these skills myself, and I felt it would be nice to share them so others can use them as well!
Project everyday photos:
This project involves taking photos of myself in everyday settings to help build my self esteem. As I think it is important to learn to love myself even without my hair and make up done.