disabilityfestSilk // Cindy Moon + anxiety

After spending a decade alone in a bunker Cindy has difficulty adjusting to life in the outside world. The commotion and clamor of the city is overwhelming, her family is missing, and she can’t seem to get this superhero business right. While she may act like she’s fine, Cindy is bursting at the seams with anxiety. Her spider powers only complicate things. Combined with her anxiety, Cindy’s ‘silk sense’ goes haywire causing false alarms and sensory overload.

[image description: a photo set of of Cindy Moon aka Silk from Marvel comics. Featured are panels where Cindy’s ‘silk sense’ is malfunctioning and several conversations about her anxiety. In the first conversation Reed Richards gives Cindy his professional medical advice, as well as some personal insight.

Richards: I ran every test I could think of. There’s nothing wrong with you. Not physically. Is there any history of anxiety in your family?

Cindy: No, but I’m sure this isn’t–

Richards: Anxiety is perfectly normal. It’s your body sending your mind a message–

Cindy: Have you ever had it?

Richards: My body can stretch all around this building. Its natural state is a giant puddle of, well, me. It takes everything I have to hold myself together.

Later Reed then recommends Cindy to a psychiatrist.

Richards: This is the name of a psychiatrist, Dr. Sinclair. She and I went to Colombia together. Her patients all have secret identities. She’s very discreet.

Cindy: Right but I don’t think–

Richards: Consider it a way to get a second opinion, then.

The last conversation is between Cindy and her friend Lola at a bar. Cindy tentatively broaches the subject of anxiety.

Cindy: Lola…Do I ever seem anxious to you?

Lola: Not really. Do you feel anxious?

Cindy: I’m dancing. Anxious people can’t dance. Right?

Lola: Pretty sure that’s not how that works.]


ON OUR WEBSITE: Photographer Rafaela Pandolfini, a regular AP contributor, travelled with her family to visit the 55th Venice Biennale. It is common to see many patrons photograph the art to view on their phones; archiving and mediating the art experience as an image through technology. This aligns closely to Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni’s vision that is to reflect on our contemporary obsession to ‘see and know everything’. Will the image overload incapacitate our personal ability to dream or to be visionary? Thanks Rafaela for the images and reflection on the exhibition. 

tanchozuru said: you can’t hoard precious pictures like that to yourself it’s a national crime im sorry i’ll have to confiscate that from you

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Email Overload

Over the break my email inbox began filling up quite rapidly. I don’t know how but I ended up with over 350 emails, maybe it’s all those things I’ve subscribed to. Anyway I’ve been spending the last hour unsubscribing from a whole lot of them and organising the important stuff into folders.

It feels really good doing a digital spring clean like this. I still need to reply to and deal with the important stuff but tomorrow is another day.

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How To Be An Effective Blogger In Your Business

Many blogs focus on just one particular topic. If you want to make a great and exciting blog but don’t know where to start, you are reading the right article. Use the information and tips contained in this article to help you learn more about creating a successful blog. Do not rely to heavily on keywords, Adsense ads, plug-ins, or images. Overloading your blog with these elements will get it…

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The Big Picture: The Rise of Statement Art

When it comes to adding wall art to one’s space, there are a few schools of thought. We’ve watched the rise of the collection approach — which provides the cohesive interest of a salon wall — and now we’re seeing the return of statement art that boldly sets the tone of the room in a single, large piece. The singular, oversize approach is on the rise perhaps as a way to calm the mind and provide an aesthetic refuge from the image overload stream that our digital lives have become. Whether it’s an inspirational piece like a colorful map or a painterly floral, a single piece in a communal space like a living room or dining room can have the effect of focusing everything within the space, from the conversations that take place within to the arrangement of the furniture.

With a modern nod toward minimalism, homeowners are finding expansive ways to adopt some of the less-is-more tenets of minimalism with the adventurous and colorful imagery they’re consuming on their screens every day. These bold wall pieces can transform a wall and a space in ways that a micro approach generally can’t. There’s no up-close examination, no wondering what the frame holds — there’s simply a wash of emotion that sets the tone for how one perceives the room and what happens within it. In oversize art’s uncomplicated simplicity, it’s a comfort to feel like we’re not missing anything — it’s all laid out before us and we can simply enjoy the room and people within it! —Caitlin

Checkout the slideshow above for some of our favorite spaces outfitted with a single piece of art!


This post is brought to you by Minted. The Minted Art Marketplace features limited edition art by independent artists. Large format prints are now availableframed in sizes up to 44″ x 60.

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Running A Blog Techniques To Help You Realize Success

TIP! Use good search engine optimization techniques when creating your blog. Your goal, of course, is to get people to your site.

Have you considered creating your own blog, but you don’t know where to start? There are a great number of topics and sites with which you can start your running a blog endeavor. Remember the suggestions listed in the article so you can blog successfully. Make sure to have fun!

TIP! Don’t overuse plug-ins, ads, keywords or images. Overloading your blog with these elements will get it de-indexed from search engines results pages, and then all your hard work will have been wasted.

Don’t overdo any element on your website, such as advertising or keywords. This will send up red flags to the search engines, which will negate all of your previous efforts. Your writing tone should be natural, and the words should flow smoothly.

TIP! Blog frequently. A big mistake that many bloggers make is they do not keep it updated and use it on an infrequent basis.

Enjoy your blog, but don’t let it take over your life. If you don’t take a break, you run the risk of burning out. It is important that you take occasional breaks. Walk around the block. Meet some friends for coffee. Do whatever pleases you but do something other that set at the computer 24 hours a day! Taking this time away from the computer will allow you to return refreshed so that you’ll be prepared to produce excellent content.

TIP! Write a blog about things people want to know about. Everyday chores such as vacuuming and cleaning do not usually make good topics for blog posts.

Make sure posts are brief and concise. Long wordy blogs will turn off readers. No one expects verbose, Shakespearian depth discourse when it comes to blog writing. They want you to get to the point.

TIP! Be authentic and real. Do not try to act like some kind of know-it-all.

Guests posts are a great way to build your blog. This builds your relationship with other bloggers, creates backlinks to your website and gives your readers a new point of view to read. Don’t underestimate the importance of making connections with other bloggers. There might come a time in which you will need favors, and the blogger that you allowed to post in your website is someone that could help you out.

TIP! Keep your blog posts short and sweet. Although you want to give your readers the detail and information they desire, if your blog is too long or wordy, your readers will lose interest.

Keep commenting open, and respond quickly and courteously to every comment. By doing this, your readers will feel that they are actively involved in the site, and it will allow you to have a relationship with them. Additionally, if you respond to their comments, they will come back because they want to read what you have to say.

TIP! Include images with your posts. There is a lot of truth to the old adage that one picture is more valuable then a thousand words.

Make sure that you are totally committed to the topic that you’ve chosen to blog about. When you write about things you are passionate about, it will come across that way to your readers. This improves connections to your readership and increases your blog’s success.

TIP! It’s helpful to allow your visitors to post in your blog. This can help you to develop relationships with other bloggers, which can definitely come in handy at times.

Posting new content to your blog on a regular schedule is crucial to the success of it. Competition in running a blog is fierce, and if you do not provide your readers with consistent and fresh content, some other blogger will. There are some exceptions, like holidays, but you should be sure to always provide regular and consistent blog posts.

TIP! Include navigation buttons on your blog, so that your readers can reach you through social media. If you regularly use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your blog, you’ll make a name for yourself as an author.

Avoid thinking of blogging as a simple thing. Instead, treat running a blog like a business, and perform plenty of research so that you’re always learning something new. You can pick up valuable tips from seasoned bloggers, implementing a variety of techniques and strategies into your writing a blog approach. Striving to hone your craft and learn new methods will help your blog move forward and stay relevant.

TIP! Set your blog to accept comments from visitors and post answers to them. This way, audience members are allowed to become active participants in your blog.

You have read a couple of different ways to use a blog in a more effective manner, whether it is for pleasure or business. Using these suggestions may improve the creation of your own blog, while giving a better experience to the readers that visit your blog. Attract more readers than your competition by using the tips you’ve read to make your blog uniquely yours.

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