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|Monday, February 13th, 2017|
|the Warka Water Adventure
Yesterday it was 42 degrees Celcius under the verandah. It is so not good. I have a friend who likes to weave, so I want to get her interested in doing this....
I want to build one of these
The warka water house
I suppose I could start working on the mesh
Which looks a little bit like onion bag mesh. Spider webs collect dew, and leaves as well. I could experiment with different kinds of structures that would funnel the water down into the ground.
So when i looked for some research around the mesh, I found this editorial How Emerging Technologies and Biomimicry can Help Solving Water Problems: Desert case Studies
And I was gobsmacked when I found Sietch Nevada
We so need one of these in Australia. When I look at this location in Nevada, there is something nearby, with bodies of water, but I couldn’t quite get anything telling me what it is. Is it Sietch Nevada? I still don't know. Arturo Vittori was one of the designers, but I still cannot find any research papers.
This is not "rain harvesting" because that is apparently a "water tank". It is not fog collecting because not everywhere gets fog, and a "fog fence" won't necessarily work in the backyard. If I knew what it was called, I would look for an Instructable
. I will have a think and a play, and wonder what it could be called, and wait for the Universe to tell me.
|Saturday, February 11th, 2017|
|Fused with his neighbour
"....each one feels himself not only united, reconciled, and fused with his neighbour,"
Lyrics from the sleeve of the 12" of Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Seems particularly relevant at this time.
|Monday, February 6th, 2017|
|Sunday, January 22nd, 2017|
|Exposure to novelty is not the same as learning
For some time now, I have thought that I was addicted to Novelty. That this was a bad thing. How can I keep feeding that? And that I was a minority because of it.
I have just looked at a new job listing with CSIRO. For a programmer with Haskell. Haskell, I think. I've never heard of that. I dutifully look that up on wikipedia. Because I am trying to grow a new habit. A habit of treating the job hunting process differently. When I scan a job listing, I want to take in something new instead of forgetting about the job listing instantly, and moving onto the next one.
Then I thought, I have been exposed to a new thing. (Haskell) I haven't actually learned anything. Yet. Then I typed into the Google search box, "Exposure to Novelty vs learning", and Google returned: Novelty and the Brain: Why New Things Make Us Feel So Good
So I dutifully read that. Now I will try to implement some of the suggestions. Like going exploring. Exploring new places with my flash cards. Reading new material while I am in the new place. Planning for something fun while on the expedition, to hone my amygdala and hippocampus, and take advantage of the dopamine.
One thing that i have noticed is the temperature. At uni, I call it the Arctic Room. The computer lab is typically very cold. Usually I Have been quite enjoying it. But the thermostat is on the wall under the general control of the students. So then, after some weeks had gone by, the temperature would vary. I would never know what it would be like when I got there. This was probably assisting my memory. How about that?
Now I realise that none of us are addicted to novelty. We stay alive by fresh injections of dopamine into the brain. Novelty is really a daily necessity, like eating, and sleeping, fresh water, fresh air and sunlight. Now I can learn that.
|Saturday, January 21st, 2017|
|Thursday, January 12th, 2017|
|Greenland Glacial Quakes
Glacial Quakes in Greenland
So this paper is saying that the signal from some of Greenland's more massive quakes can be detected in New York. The longer wavelength of the glacier quake can be picked out of the rest of the signal made by earthquakes which have a shorter wavelength. I am wondering if the glacier quakes in Antarctica can be detected in Australia. Or even if anyone is doing the same kind of seismic recordings on the Antarctic Glaciers.
Apparently it can/ could. Reverse glacier motion during iceberg calving and the cause of glacial earthquakes
This report's abstract indicates that these glacial quakes can be detected at any seismic station.
So I'll read this paper then!
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2016|
|Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016|
|Tuesday, November 1st, 2016|
|Saturday, October 29th, 2016|
|Friday, October 28th, 2016|
Martin Luther King Jr.
“There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.”
|Monday, October 24th, 2016|
|Wordpress sucks the big one
Now I know why I bothered to learn HTML in the first place. Why I like writing my own code when I mark up the pages on LiveJournal. Maybe I need to keep digging. Because I don't like how WordPress bloats it's HTML pages with crap, and why the hell does a webpage have to publish my email address when I don't want it to. What is the point of that?
Don't use Wordpress. Learn to code.
|Saturday, October 22nd, 2016|
|Wednesday, October 12th, 2016|
|Institute of Play
"Games create a compelling need to know, a need to ask, examine, assimilate and master certain skills and content areas. Some experts argue that games are, first and foremost, learning systems, and that this accounts for the sense of engagement and entertainment players experience."Why Play Games
|Tuesday, October 11th, 2016|
|Quaker Grannies for Peace
I read this today in my email. I have to put it here to remember it. It will get lost in my email.
Building Life Rafts.
Background information on the Quaker Grannies for Peace: Transcript of Helen Bayes
"Quakerism emerged in the UK in the 1650’s, which was really immediately after terrible civil war, which had caused such enormous suffering and death and environmental destruction. And the turbulence— political turbulence—and the threads towards really the monarchy, the government of England. Before that, the bible had been opened up by translation into English in the King James version so ordinary people who could read, could read the Bible. So people were reading the Bible, they were fascinated by the stories, you know, their own faith was illuminated by the teachings in the Bible, and they'd go to church and they’d hear things being preached which were not, not compatible with the understanding they were getting in their own hearts with what the stories in the Bible were really about. So there was this fracturing of people following the faith into different groups into different perspectives. And the protestant movement of course was part of that, Calvin was part of that.
"So the Quakers— there was a real social restlessness about faith. A very strong belief in the reality of life after death, and if after death, you’ve lived a good life, you'd go to heaven and be with God. If you'd lived a bad life, you'd go to hell. The first quakers that wrestling with those ideas, studying the bible very closely, came to understand that a core principle is actually nonviolence. And its right through the old testament, as well as of course Jesus’ teachings. Story after story tell of the damage violence does, that way there is no future in it There is of course a short-term future in it, but in the end the thing that the most important thing is to lay down your sword , is to love peace, to be peaceful, with your neighbours, and with people who are different. And so the earliest Quakers’ first public statement—some of them were being imprisoned for blasphemy, were being beaten up on the street for being blasphemers, and were being thrown out of churches for speaking a different truth to what the preacher was giving. And their first public statement was the statement of the peace testimony: ”we utterly deny all wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any purpose whatsoever”. And they got that from the Bible! And so it’s the first principle of our community life. And struggling with the real challenges of trying to live that way. And the later testimonies which kind of became came clear over the next few decades, of the importance of simplicity, the absolute rightness of treating everybody equally. Of being scrupulously truthful. Because all of those things flow from God. They are, they are God’s work in us, they are God’s requirement of us, and there’s no escape from that. So, you know, peace is there right at the core."Who are the Quaker Grannies for Peace?
"Ah. Well there’s three of us, although one will be joining us in the next action we’re going to be involved in at Pine Gap. well, we are all women, at the moment, although inclusively I’m very happy to have men to call themselves quaker grannies for peace [laughs], or they can call themselves quaker grandpas for peace! I share the bonnet around, the 1890’s bonnet to anyone who cares to wear it, so in that sense we are an undefined or an ill-defined grouping. But the actual actions that we have taken, there are a few of us. Jo valentine, who of course was a senator for many years for the nuclear disarmament party and who is very active in the Greens, and a longstanding peace activist. Dawn Joyce in Brisbane, who is a longstanding peace activist too and longstanding Quaker, and myself. And yes, we feel very supported by our Friends, the Quakers of course."
|Monday, October 10th, 2016|
Why I do Environmental Management. Because it does work. Hugh Possingham's Lab
"Our work has helped save hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of woodland and forest and informed the creation of many of the world’s marine protected area systems."