philosophy

Words as sounds?

Sitting in my car a few days ago I had the strangest experience watching my brain attempt to deconstruct the way it parses it’s environment. I was attempting to listen to words for the sounds they were creating devoid of language and I absolutely could not. Unless I took a single sentence and turned off the radio I couldn’t just let the words wash over me without what felt like setting down roots that would drag as I pulled.

Try it, next time you’re listening to the radio, or your mother lecture you, try to hear her words for the sounds she’s making. I believe removing the human element from this essential interaction truely lays bare the awesome power of language. Vibrating air as telepathy.

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-Bilal Ghalib

Chicago -> Boston -> NYC -> Ann Arbor Introductions

Billy Luigi and Mitch

It was such a treat to meet up with some old San Francisco friends today Mitch and Luigi.

We were able to talk a bit about the concept of a Hatchery (the name may be over used, but it’s so apt). And how it may help fund peoples ideas, I’m thinking some services that we can offer and some profit sharing models to encourage collaboration, and to stimulate work. I’m still mulling all these thoughts over and if you’d like to discuss what a hatchery can be, a hackerspace -geekery and +focus on entrepreneurship as a goal. But if you want to talk about this, projects in general, and DIY/Maker/Hacker culture you should come to the Ann Arbor Chocolate Cafe in Ann Arbor this friday!

Ann Arbor Introductions!

Where: 330 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI
When: 7:22 PM
Why: Talk, get excited, have chocolate
Bring: An extra dollar bill

-Bilal Ghalib

New Inks and Designs

At Modati Clothing we’ve been experimenting with new inks and techniques including:

  1. Photochromatic
  2. Thermochromatic
  3. Fluorescent
  4. Phosphorescent
  5. Hand Dying Fabrics

All these inks combined with fresh talent Ala Sadie Scheffer and what do you have? A whole new series of shirts rolling out, you can check out our new website at Modati.com. I’m really excited about the interactivity of our new inventory. Products like the thermochromatic potholders that change to indicate their states (they catch fire when they get hot) and the mood shirt, which appears to change moods depending on if it’s bright and sunny out, or dark and scary.

It’s interesting to see how important design is to us, if you consider the fact that you are simply an aggregate of sensory inputs through time, every object you encounter becomes a part of you. So let’s keep making beautiful things, so like the girl, we can keep a bright sky above and smiles on our faces.

-Yours

Goodbye 2008

Goodbye 2008, I'll miss you.
Goodbye 2008

What? So soon? We’re nearing the double digits for the 21st century. I’m nearing my own quarter of a century, I feel like I squandered it. I missed dozens of opportunities to attain mastery at different topics. But is mastery all that great? I’d like to know what you think is important? Because I can’t isolate it, every time I think I have the earth quakes beneith my feet and I wind up in another country of thought. So the closest thing to science in this regard is to take a poll, pshh psychology… Anyhow, what do you think is important?

-reading Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.

Bilal Ghalib