Tell your dream when you wake

“We are the ones that can clarify
to this world while we still have a breath”.
Write a response poem/prose piece.
The light
so that we can
We can not see anything
But that is how the world turns
We, as people
feel and speak
and we will tell our kin
because we, are people
we have feelings
In our reality
we are the ones that can clarify
to this world while we still have a breath
We, as people that know
Because we, as people
and can clarifiy
Tell your dream when you wake
As you, as a person
can tell your dream’s story
That comes from your mind
Tell it
Tell them so they can know your feelings
We, as people that are alive, know
Because we as people that are alive think
about death
about life
We, as people
have our own thoughts
to develop ourselves
and our souls
so that we can have riches
the richness of clarification
the richness of analysis
richness in our minds
like a light
like a bright light
To open our soul and conscious
Because we are people that clarify it all
We can also clarify it in our dreams
We can also clarify it in our thoughts
We can also clarify it for our future
We, as people
people that have value
Like our thoughts that are never finished
when we are stil alive in this reality
We, as people, are the kings of the world
We, as people
are strong
in clarification
and socialisation
and lots of different things that have peace
We, are people
that’s important
Tear apart your mind
you rip
you rip apart your mind
to insert sweet words
insert sweet words
You preach to your body
wanting to stretch to eternity
You put your thoughts in the moon
wanting to accept sweet words
the darkness flies with the bats
people with a black soul can not see the bright land
because their mind is still flying with bats
people with black souls
must be in the darkness
are not allowed to see anything
For a long time we’ve been together to talk
going back and forward
there was no process to build
minds exist, why don’t we put them together
Begin a discussion to find the right path
The right path is what we continue to talk about
but problems between each other still arise
That’s one part
In our lives
That we always carry out night and day
How much breathe do we waste
How much sweat do we waste
How many breaths do we waste
We use all our time for our whole life
why do we and you
put feelings and this dream in our thoughts?
it’s not allowed?
One united thought
One united conscious
One united soul
How do we
walk together
so we are one voice, united communication
so we can win this world
because this world
is our world
Save your grief
hide your sadness
create laughter
That’s what we need
That is what we must feel
because that is good for our dreams
that is good for our spirit
This is also one part
think of the bristles
sweep the sweet words
when you feel that you are like a broom
that from coconut branches you make the bristles to sweep
We can not pretend to ourselves that we are smoke
so that we can sweep
is it not allowed?
Think of the bristles sweeping the sweet words
Tear apart your mind, insert sweet words
preach to your body, to reach eternity
put your thoughts in the moon, to get light
the darkness flies with the bats
people with black soles can not see the bright land
his head will shatter
hateful words will emerge
diarrhoea will flow in the worlds rivers
flowing into arteries it will be transformed into meat
raw people, raw minds, raw to each other
hateful words will emerge
meat will eat meat
For a long time we have been together to talk
talking to each other, but not having a process to build
minds exist, why don’t we put them together
Begin a discussion to find the truth
but the true road is what we talk of continually
problems between each other continue to happen
Subtitles by the Amara.org community
Filmmaker, Chris Phillips (also happens to be Ms Buckland’s son!):
After a handful of years working with a project called Animatism, we were invited in 2014 to contribute to East Timor’s first ever public art festival named Arte Publiku.  The festival was a combination of music, art, dance and performance with a goal of encouraging nation building and creative exchange through a week of workshops and live performances.  I participated by filming the event, and creating a projection piece from recordings of East Timorese poetry. After returning I combined one of the poems with the footage of the event to create the video beneath titled “Ita Nudar Ema,” which translates to “We as people.”

What shocks you?

This painting, ‘Nude descending a staircase No. 2’, by Marcel Duchamp (1912) shocked people of that time.

Nude descending a staircase – X. J. Kennedy (1960)

Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh,
A gold of lemon, root and rind,
She sifts in sunlight down the stairs
With nothing on. Nor on her mind.

We spy beneath the banister
A constant thresh of thigh on thigh–
Her lips imprint the swinging air
That parts to her parts go by.

One-woman waterfall, she wears
Her slow descent like a long cape
And pausing, on the final stair
Collects her motions into shape.

Does it shock you now? What shocks you now? Why are we shocked?

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Calvin and Hobbes!

Post hoc ergo propter hoc [for Schopenhauer] – Milo

Post hoc ergo propter hoc [for Schopenhauer] is by rapper Milo on his album Things that happen at night.

(Background: Post hoc ergo propter hoc)

Taking naps reminds me a whole lot of time travelling
Every morning groggier than the last
My fragile mind is unravelling
I woke up lost and muddy in the tree farm realm
And I can project myself into scenes I’ve only seen on films
I’m like a toddler
With no sense of object permanence
But I’m abjected
And I’m mighty sure that’s gonna be permanent
I named myself after a fictional character
Which says a lot about my mental health and various barriers
That I’ve constructed
Like a manically depressed Bob the Builder
Attempting to reject my desires
And ask what the fuck do we have Will for
Steve Martin can play the banjo
And there’s a mutant ninja turtle
That lives right under this manhole
Take my ego and begin promptly to dismantle
Till there’s nothing left but a skeleton
Who can’t stay on tempo
Long jogs, fitness clubs
The euphemism treadmill
You wonder if you’re really alive
And I am asking if I am dead still
That line’s gonna scare my dad real bad
That line’s gonna scare my dad real bad
These fallacies are tempting
I wonder if I write Rob another song
Will that add to my redemption
I can’t ride a skate board
But I’ll replace your ball bearings
People in malls think I’m so fucking scary
Straight edge, vegetarian
But I can’t let go of these red herrings
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes

The Internet Troll – Shane Koyczan

This is by Shane Koyczan from the album and graphic novel, ‘Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To’.

What is the definition of an internet troll? How effective (or ineffective) is this short film? Is this, as one of the comments below says, making a mountain out of a mole hill? Discuss with someone in your class why you think so.

Embed the video in a post on your blog, and take one or two aspects of the story – an image conjured up by the words, or a theme – and express your thoughts in any form (including any media) and then read and comment on 3 other posts from either 10 H or 10L. Your comments should be like a real conversation, leading to a satisfying dialogue.

Using hyperlinks in your blog posts

When you write blog posts – or anything on the web – you have more options than when you write for printed books or journals. You have the option of embedding images and videos, but you should also not overlook the use of hyperlinks.

When you use hyperlinks in online writing, you are providing

  • a direct link the the source itself
  • a solution to wordy explanations which interrupt the flow of the sentence
  • a dense and complexly charged way of writing

In a way, your hyperlinks are a form of citation because you are linking to and crediting other sources. Not only is this hyperlinked method of citation a new way of writing, but it also creates a new way of reading. You might say that the writer has done the work of bringing in the textual background for his ideas, but the reader also has to do the hard work of going to the linked sources and reading for understanding. It’s true that the reader has the choice of which links to follow and whether to read all links or not, but the options are there.

As a writer, hyperlinks add references to research you’ve done but do not want to include in depth. Hyperlinks present your wider reading and knowledge which would otherwise have been omitted.

What I like best about hyperlinked articles and posts is that they lead me to places I haven’t discovered, giving me the option of following new research paths, often serendipitous. Ideally, the links will lead me to the information I need in order to gain a deep understanding of the post or article.

At the very least, hyperlinks can be used to take the reader to more information so as not to overcrowd the writing with elaborate explanations or definitions. An example of this is the following online article:

The absurd creature of the week: the real life Pokemon that can regenerate missing limbs.

Photo: Jan-Peter Kasper/Corbis

Eyes Are Drawn to Links

Users scan web pages looking for clues as to what the page is about and where to go next. They use sign posts, such as headings and bolded keywords, as shortcuts to information. Hyperlinks also attract users’ attention and need to stand out, both visually and contextually. Underlined blue text is still the most obvious visual indicator of a link. Easy-to-understand links make the page more scannable because they provide both information about what is on the page and an idea of where to go next.

(from Writing hyperlinks: salient, descriptive, start with keyword)

If we look at online profiles (or biographies), so much can be included using hyperlinks while keeping the biography succinct.

Take a look at Cory Doctorow’s online profile:

I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it’s the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help(short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

(Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.)