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Today the Department of Miniature Marvels is exploring the extraordinary work of glass artist Kiva Ford, who uses his background in scientific glassblowing to create astonishingly small beakers, laboratory flasks, cylinders, wine glasses, vases and more. Some of Ford’s miniature glassware is barely an inch tall and contains even smaller glass objects.

“A member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, Kiva creates instruments for scientists who require one-of-a-kind designs for various experiments. The same techniques and tools used for scientific equipment also apply to his artistic practice including the miniature works you see here, as well as larger sculptures, and ornate drinkware.”

Visit Kiva Ford’s website or Instagram feed to check out many more images of his marvelous hand-blown glass miniatures, some of which are available for purchase via his Etsy shop.

[via Colossal]

ya know. this is probably how it looks like when ya sell your soul to your waifu and japanese spandexed karate stuntmen. 

We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay’s awesome Feminist Deck project – a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists she admires. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

Obviously, it needs your help in the basic, crowd-fundy way. If you want to see these cards made, help her raise the funds to make them! However, there’s more to it than that now. Because apparently, daring to create art depicting feminists (who are often targets of online harassment) is enough to get you harassed yourself, and that’s what happened to Kiva Bay, and in – quite honestly – the least clever way possible.

Apparently, some users at 8Chan didn’t like that there was yet another project which dared to paint feminists in a good light over at Kickstarter. They debated ways to take it down, and then one person in particular thought it’d be hilarious to “donate” $10,000 only to pull it later and cause the project to fail.

“Doubt” was written for you, me, Tyler, Josh, and anyone else who considers themselves apart of twenty | one | pilots. 

“Even when I doubt you, I’m no good without you.” Even if Tyler doubts us as a fanbase sometimes or if he thinks we may not understand what he’s trying to say, he wants us to know that without us his words mean nothing. We are what keep t | o | p alive. We are the fuel to this machine. Even if he doubts us, or hell, even if we doubt him. We need each other to keep going. Just remember, this album’s for you. 

Nimilapuista

Näin trans-, bi- ja homofobian vastaisena päivänä voisin kirjoittaa vähän ‘nimilapuista’. Olen usein, nyt myös viimeaikoina tumblrissa törmännyt kysymykseen, mitä väliä on jollain nimilapuilla, kun ihmisiä me kaikki ollaan. Yleensä tätä kysytään erilaisista seksuaali- ja sukupuolivähemmistöistä keskusteltaessa, mutta varmasti myös muunlaisissa yhteyksessä. Olisi kiva sanoa, että nimilapuilla ei ole mitään väliä, mutta valitettavasti se ei ole ihan niin yksinkertaista.

Ensinnäkin, sanat ovat ihmisen tapa jäsentää maailmaa. Jos jollekin on sana, sitä on huomattavasti helpompi käsitellä. Kuten ystäväni totesi lapsena kerrottuani dèjá vun käsitteestä: “Vau, en mä tiennyt, että se on niin yleistä, että sille on sanakin”. Se, että jollekin on sana, auttaa validioimaan ihmisen kokemusta. Sana kertoo, että hei tätä tapahtuu muillekin, et oo yksin, et oo rikki.

Olisi tietysti hirveen kiva, jos me voisimme uskoa olevamme tervejärkisiä ilman, että meillä on sanoja valtavirrasta poikkeavalle kokemuksellemme. Olisi hirveen kiva, jos yhteiskunta ei sanoisi meille koko elämäämme, että meissä on jotain vikana, koska olemme erilaisia. Olisi hirveen kiva, jos pystyisimme ilman kenenkään hyväksyntää ja kokemuksemme sanoittamista silti hyväksymään itsemme. Ihmismieli ei vaan usein pysty siihen ja siksi meillä on nimilaput, joita käyttää tarvittaessa.

Voi luoja, mä olin itse ahdistunut teini-ikäisenä, kun en saanut mistään tietoa muunsukupuolisuudesta, aromanttisuudesta ja aseksuaalisuudesta. Koko yhteiskunta sanoo, että näin ihminen toimii, kaikki on tyttöjä ja poikia, parisuhde on elämän täyttymys ja seksi osa sitä. Sitten 13-vuotias minä yritän muodostaa maailmankuvaani ja päädyn siihen, että jomman kumman seuraavista täytyy pitää paikkaansa:

1. En ole ihminen. Ainakaan ehjä sellainen. En kuulu joukkoon.
2. Kaikki teeskentelee olevansa jotain, mitä eivät ole ja ovat siinä vain parempia kuin minä. Tää on salaliitto.

Kesti kauan tajuta, että vika ei välttämättä ole minussa, eikä muissa. Kuulun vain sellaisiin vähemmistöihin, joille meillä ei sattunut olemaan sanoja. Olisi ollut paljon helpompaa ymmärtää itseään, jos olisi ollut vaikka homo tai lesbo, koska niille oli sanat.

Sanat auttavat ymmärtämään itseään ja muita. Siksi “nimilaput” eivät ole merkityksettömiä. Antakaa ihmisten olla ylpeitä nimilapuistaan, he ovat miettineet jo riittävän kauan, mikä heissä on vialla. Nimilaput ovat auttaneet heitä ymmärtämään itseään ja saamaan vertaistukea - siksi he puolustavat kynsin ja hampain nimilappujaan. He jotka eivät koe nimilappuja tarvitsevansa, eivät nähdäkseni menetä siinä mitään, että joku on ylpeästi tumblrissa ADHD panromanttinen demiseksuaali genderfluid intersukupuolinen.

Looking for a great way to support small farmers? Check out The Good Earth on Kiva Zip! Make a loan today! 

Personal Story

Nancy: I grew-up on a small farm in northwest Iowa. I attended The University of South Dakota and earned my teaching degree. I taught high school English for 7 years then worked in the education department for an Arts and Science museum in Sioux Falls.

Jeff: I was born in Oregon and lived all over the place before settling in Madison, SD in Jr. High. I graduated from The University of South Dakota with a degree in Business. I owned a small picture frame manufacturing company for 17 years.

The monotony of the daily routine was proving to be a little too much for us, so we traded in routine for life aboard a sail boat. Floating around in Mexico is great for your tan, but not for building a community or earning an income. After a year, we were back in South Dakota living in a farm house built in 1893. We are entering our 5th growing season. As we look to the future of our farm, we know it comes with being diverse, flexible and innovative

Business Description

The Good Earth is a Consumer Supported Agriculture farm located in Eastern South Dakota. We have delivered fresh produce to about 350 families in and around Sioux Falls for the past four years. After taking a break from the 9-5 job, we knew there was no going back. The outdoors were calling us! So was being a part of a larger community. Over the past four years we have expanded the business to include heritage turkeys, honey and this year eggs–all of which we produce on the farm.

South Dakota is last in the nation for fruit and vegetable consumption (even though we are an agricultural state)-so one of our greatest challenges is educating people on how to prepare fresh vegetables. Adding a summer kitchen will allow us the space to provide that type of education along with generating an additional revenue stream.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will allow us to build or retro fit an existing building on the farm into a summer kitchen. The summer kitchen gives us to opportunity to create additional revenue by having a venue to rent out and provides us the equipment and space to turn our vegetables into value added products.

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Santa Fe, NM

Northern New Mexico offers a stunning landscape that has served as a muse to artists for centuries. Artisans of every medium flock here as the city and surrounding communities embrace the artistic spirit and encourage creativity.
We traveled to the Pesos National Historic Park, just south of Santa Fe. The park offered a great self-guided tour of the cultural crossroads of Pueblo Indians, Spanish conquerors and missionaries, and Mexican and Anglo armies traveling the Santa Fe trail. While walking this historic soil, one can’t help but imagine the life of the early Native American, who also embraced artistic expression. This historic monument had Kivas, a vented underground room used for ceremonies and social space. The park allows visitors to enter a kiva, just as our predecessors did. The round room was filled with centuries of spiritually charged energy that channels to all those who enter.

It’s easy to see why so many flock to northern New Mexico for inspiration. The mountains of Santa Fe are absolutely breathtaking filled with mystery, history, and aesthetics beyond imagination.

Feeling like Lewis and Clark,
Eric and Lori
Humbleweeds