Alamo Branding & Interior by Noem9 Studio

Álamo (Poplar) is a bar specialised in tapas and sandwiches in the city of Zaragoza, Spain. The joy of tasty homemade food with natural ingredients accompanied by the idea of creating a warm and homelike space is the main focus of Álamo - Bar & Tapería.

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ECHO Capital Group by Truf

Echo is an Investment Firm for Millennial entrepreneurs in the CPG space. They wanted a brand identity that reflected their forward-thinking edge while maintaining a very professional image. Simple shapes and unique colors create the repeating ECHO letterforms in the name, while the circles and squares lend themselves naturally to a system of patterns and icons. The clean-lined Avant-garde feeling stays away from “echo cliches” and establishes their distinctive presence in the financial industry. The responsive website utilizes scroll activated HTML5 animations and immersive, entrepreneurial imagery.

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There is No Selfishness in Love

There’s a huge difference between needing someone and using them, and loving them. Love doesn’t say, “I love you, do you love me?” Love says, “I love you. Period.” Love doesn’t do because it needs to find love and be loved and feel loved. Love is and only always has one voice. “I love you with no strings attached.” It doesn’t get offended and hold record of being wronged because love is not self-seeking. Love doesn’t think for self, love thinks for others. There is no selfishness in love and there is no love in selfishness.

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BLACK IS - Episode Five 

Lara Watson is a Birrigubba woman and Electrical and Trades Union (ETU) organiser. Ever since arriving on our shores, settler society has tried to categorize, define and force upon us their interpretations of Indigenous identity. Our BLACK IS video series is a platform for Aboriginal people to dispel common misconceptions about Aboriginal identity. 

I recently found out that polyamory is when you fall in love with more than one person at a time, and I was like, “Holy *insert bad word* that’s me!” But I’m in a monogamous relationship and want to continue that. Does this mean I’m actually not poly, I just get attached to people easily?

I get a lot of questions along this line - people wanting to know whether they’re “really” polyamorous, or how they can tell whether they’re poly, or how they can find the right label or identification. But I am not an arbiter with the power to bestowing or validate someone’s identity claim. No one is. Anyone who says they are is being a jerk.

The thing about human sexuality is that it’s fluid. It insists on defining itself rather than shifting to fit a pre-existing definition. There’s no test, no part of the brain we can peel back and look at to find a blinking light that says POLY or MONO, or GAY or STRAIGHT, or anything like that.

Relationships work best when they’re allowed to just be what they are, to develop organically, to grow in the ways they need to. If you’re happy in a monogamous relationship, good for you! Keep doing that. Keep doing that as long as it makes you feel healthy and fulfilled. If you could also see yourself being happy in a polyamorous relationship, that’s okay! Those realities can co-exist just fine, in an identity and in practice.

The only thing that you are, completely and definitively, is you. External labels and definitions can’t always get at the core of who you are and what you need to be healthy. If identity labels are important to you (and that’s okay), find one that meets you where you are. Maybe you identify as poly/mono-fluid. Maybe poly in the general case, but mono for this person. Or maybe you’re just this person, in this relationship, as it is, right now.

This classic collection by eminent scholars takes a critical look at the mobilizations, genealogies, and interpretive conflicts that have attended efforts to make India Hindu since the rise to power of Hindu political parties since 1980. The second edition has been updated with a new preface in which Ludden provides an incisive analysis of the recently held elections and highlights how Hindutva operates inside India’s political mainstream.

The US edition is entitled Contesting the Nation. The introduction can be read here