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the best news this week remains the photograph of the black hole at the center of the milky way galaxy. being all of a day or two old, the article has completely vanished from the front pages of news sites. but it’s still the most important. at a time when very little in this world could be considered inspiring—lives spent adapting to the whims of those who believe the rest of us exist to rotate around their idea of existence—here’s this picture of what we’re actually all rotating around, reminding us we’re all the same, small, meaningless beings on a random-ass spinning rock.

now, i love space—if for no other reason than earth is terrible & i am much more of a the devil you don’t kind of person. but i also get a photo like this would be easy for most to disregard, as it’s a few thousand pixels representing something thirty-two million miles across, while the earth is all around us.

Sagittarius A* via Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/National Science Foundation

i understand why the united states gives the department of defense $800 billion a year, but i’ll never get it. why men choose empire over exploration is absolutely beyond me. the traditions of war have long overstayed their welcome, but the state would rather invest in its ongoing pursuit than imagine an endeavor to truly lead the world.

how wonderful it would be to live in a world where all this infrastructure would be used for inspiration—from space exploration above down to food & shelter for all on earth. we can see the actual absence of light at the center of the galaxy, yet remain consciously tethered to the invented concept of money & the horrors of greed it creates.

yet here we remain, stuck to imagining what it would like to be inspired by the society we’re trapped in.

writing is truly the finest art & cats the greatest of animals. thanks to jess for sharing.

it’s fucked up enough for a journalist—wearing a kevlar vest clearly labeled press—to be shot in the head. but then to have the forces that killed her raid her funeral & beat everyone from the crowd to the pallbearers is straight ghoulish. who would do such a thing other than the idf?

—i mean, the united states, but still—

this is an interesting case because shireen abu akleh was palestinian-american. though there are different circumstances between her death & the assassination of jamal khashoggi in 2018, they were both american citizens who died at the hands of a controversial ally of the united states in the middle east.

even though the crown prince approved khashoggi’s murder, the biden administration still sold saudi arabia $650 million in weapons to continue their u.s.-backed war with yemen. similarly, israel bought $735 million in arms while usually receiving favorable headlines in american media though their actions are actually quite horrific.

who knows what the american response will be to this, but i’d imagine all will be forgiven by the next time israel walks into a meeting with the defense department holding a blank check.

A visit to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad

— occasionally it’s time to hit the reset button. i suppose now is that time. i guess it’s a sign of growth that i didn’t delete the entire site & move to montana, but instead just beat the blog post count back down to zero.

— probably should not have downloaded the new kendrick lamar the minute it came out because now i don’t know how i’m going to sleep. the cover photo sure is incredible.

Colin Smith (b. 1982) works in a form of assembly within and across disciplines, both in digital and analogue formats. Following in the ideas of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the medium of his work is often dictated by its message—the diversity of projects that result are each an attempt to represent a particular thesis, a certain context.

Educated in graphic design and photojournalism, and self-taught in the visual arts, Smith has additionally worked as an art director, freelance designer or creative consultant for a variety of small businesses and independent clients around the world.

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